Colouring Book Theatre: Battlestar Galactica

Colouring Book Theatre: Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar Galactica: Adventure Activiy Book by Grosset and Dunlap

I stumbled on this book over the holidays and that’s good because i didn’t know it even existed prior to that.

The artwork is credited to Tony Tallarico, a busy guy in comics and coloring books in the 60s and 70s (most famously for drawing those Dell “monsters as superheroes” comics which I am a fan of) who is quite capable of good work.

I’m really not sure what happened here but I have several theories.

Grab your crayons and still suit and join me after the jump

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Theory #1 Nobody had any reference material. 

The book is a rather uninspired collection of the usual activities mingled with some hard to see photographs  that look like the worst photocopies ever. I wasn’t surprised to find that whomever owned this as a kid, never once graced it with a crayon.

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Theory #2: Tallorico didn’t like drawing spaceships. The Galactica appears twice in the book, the vipers maybe three times.

The majority of this book is a generic “Member of the crew” wrestling an off model Cylon on some easy to draw barren world. 

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And for the centerfold, more Cylon fighting some guy!

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Oh wait, here’s an Ovion, I think?  I’m beginning to wonder if somebody just described the movie poster to the artist.

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Theory #3: He was given a couple of hours to do this. Even by colouring book standards, this is a real phoned in affair. The lack of care is obvious and suggests a rush job, it’s just pages of Greco-Cylon wrestling, which I’m sure is somebody’s fetish…

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AKA Brian Heiler author of "Rack Toys: Cheap, Crazed Playthings" and co-editor of "Toy-Ventures Magazine". Co-Host of the "Pod Stallions" podcast. Host of the Brick Mantooth Youtube channel, painter, designer, writer, mental health advocate, toy collector, Mego, and Mego Knock-Off enthusiast. I have large feet, ADHD and I live in Canada. Talk toys, not others.


  • Alan on January 4, 2015

    This is 100% pure awesome. Well, awesome in its badness.

  • Anonymous on January 4, 2015

    Color this MEMEMBER of the crew.

    Wow- a hand lettered typo. Groovy.

  • Shlomo Ben Hungstien on January 4, 2015

    all you need is a little know how in that Captain Kirk space judo and you're ready to take on a Cylon in hand to hand combat.

  • BC Dailey on January 4, 2015

    The Cylon in the background in that second to last pic looks like a discarded toy.

  • Anonymous on January 4, 2015

    That memember has some pretty bad camel toe

  • Unknown on January 6, 2015

    Punching a Cylon in the head. Yeah, smart. They should give those memembers weapons or something.

  • Anonymous on January 7, 2015

    If you want to find out about other forgotten Battlestar merchandise, check out

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