Colouring Book Theatre: Gerry Anderson’s UFO

Colouring Book Theatre: Gerry Anderson’s UFO

UFO colouring book (Unknown Publishing)

Anyone who has read this blog might know that I am more than a little obsessed with this short lived SF series from the UK.

While this Gerry Anderson show enjoyed popularity world wide, it seemed to really catch on in Japan where its vehicles and colourful cast still enjoy merchandise. 

Merchandise that I must buy.

I am not fortunate enough to own one of these cool Japanese colouring books (I would like to!) but fortunately for me Jim of the S.H.A.D.O U.S.E.C.C facebook group shares with us a look between the covers.

Whats inside is a wonderful mash up of UK design and Japanese style, I love it! Unlike a lot of colouring books we look at, this one was made with care.

Red alert after the jump…

UFO coloring book

Commander Straker and Lt Gay Ellis on the moon. I love the strong anime look to the characters, it looks like some forgotten cartoon version I wish was real. As a side note, this is the only image of Straker smiling I have on record.

UFO coloring book

An awesome drawing of the Sky Diver vehicle, its a sub and a jet! One of the reasons I think the series is so popular in Japan is the cadre of cool vehicles, SHADO really does use all the toys in the back yard.

Dune coloring book

An interceptor takes on the titular invading ships.

Dune coloring book

Another epic battle, UFO did not scrimp on the special effects.

Dune coloring book

UFO battles take place on land, sea, air and in space on the series. Pictured (very accurately) is the SID which stands for Space Intruder Detector.

Dune coloring book

Lt Gay Ellis and he purple hair are one of the more memorable features of the series, at least if you are me……

Thanks for the look inside Jim!  If you are a big fan of all thing SHADO be sure to check out the 
S.H.A.D.O U.S.E.C.C facebook group.

About The Author

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.


  • Richard Bensam on May 26, 2013

    I honestly can't imagine why they passed up the opportunity to put kawaii Gay Ellis with her purple wig on the cover!

    • Anonymous on November 20, 2018


    • Anonymous on November 20, 2018

      They did use a picture of her on the back cover

  • chet brier on July 2, 2017

    The Printer of this coloring book is Seika Note. They are a Japanese publisher of stationary goods like coloring & Note books. They print a lot of Japanese anime and Tokuatsu ( action) themed products. It's a little unusual that they made books based on foreign copyrighted series. Nice art though.

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