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  • Writer's picturePeter Berthoud

Pinocchio

Updated: Sep 2, 2023

Pinocchio, Pepys Series


First Published: 1940, Pepys Series

Illustrator or Designer: After Walt Disney Studios


Contents: 45 Cards + Rules leaflet


Pinocchio Box Front With Thumb Cut

Pinocchio Box Front With Thumb Cut



There are 5 sets of 9 cards. All cards feature characters from the films and a letter. Each set individually spells "Pinocchio" and tells part of the story. The sets letters are coloured: Red, Black, Green, Blue and Orange.


With 2 letter Cs, 2 Is & 2 Os there is scope to reorder parts of the story.


Pinocchio cards: The Red Set

Pinocchio cards: The Red Set


Pinocchio cards: The Black Set

Pinocchio cards: The Black Set


Pinocchio cards: The Green Set

Pinocchio cards: The Green Set


Pinocchio cards: The Blue Set

Pinocchio cards: The Blue Set

Pinocchio cards: The Orange Set

Pinocchio cards: The Orange Set


The game is based on the classic Walt Disney animated film Pinocchio but this fact is not promoted on the box. "Walt Disney - Mickey Mouse Ltd" only gets a one line mention in the rules and the "Disney sketches" upon which the game is based are only mentioned in a small advert.


The only "branding" is the "Pepys Series" device on the box. There is no mention of Castell Brothers or their address in the rules but several Pepys games are advertised on the back cover and on an inside fold. In contemporary press advertising Castell Brothers were credited as the publishers.



Pinocchio Contemporary Press Advert

Pinocchio Contemporary Press Advert


Game & Version Details


Pinocchio - Card Back

Pinocchio - Card Back


Pinocchio - Rules Front

Pinocchio - Rules Front


Pinocchio - Rules Back

Pinocchio - Rules Back



Games Advertised:

Kargo

Belisha

Progress

Mickey's Fun Fair

Crime Club

Peter Pan

Spelso


​Pinocchio - Rules, Inside Fold

​Pinocchio - Rules, Inside Fold


"British Throughout

Pre-War Prices"


Games Advertised

Zigs

FAMO

Speed

Turnover

Combat

Snow White

Pinocchio

Chase the Enemy


​Pinocchio - Box Back

​Pinocchio - Box Back


Pinocchio - Box Top "Alluring Entertainment"

Pinocchio - Box Top

"Alluring Entertainment"


Pinocchio - Box Side Left "King of Card Games"

Pinocchio - Box Side Left

"King of Card Games"


Pinocchio - Box Base "British Manufacture"

Pinocchio - Box Base

"British Manufacture"


Pinocchio - Box Side Right "An Old Favourite in a New Setting"

Pinocchio - Box Side Right

"An Old Favourite in a New Setting"


​Pinocchio - Box Front With Flap

​Pinocchio - Box Front With Flap


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