K-Tel Super Star Game (Unboxing)

It is always a gamble purchasing old, discontinued board games. Far too often, one of the many pieces that makes the game playable has gone AWOL. So when a sealed copy of K-Tel’s Super Star game came up for sale, I decided to pull the trigger. Not only would all the pieces would be intact, but the included 7″ record would also be pristine. That’s the theory, at least.

Here’s the thing about shrink-wrap though: it never stops shrinking. Watch my quick unwrapping and unboxing video. Afterwards, read on for more ind-depth information as to my findings.

First off: You may have noticed that I didn’t go into the rules or how the game plays. I’m saving that for a future episode.

So you’d think, being sealed and all, the game would be factory fresh. But the funny thing about shrink wrap is that it continues shrinking. And after all this time, the box – which was not the sturdiest cardboard available – was starting to give up the fight.

K-Tel Super Star sealed box self-crushing itself.
Shrink wrap takes no prisoners (see arrows on left for damage).

I did a good job of hiding my panic but the internal crushing of the box warped the actual board slightly. And since K-Tel stored the record underneath that board, it was subject to the kind of pressure you would normally not want to apply to vinyl. I can’t blame K-Tel for that. If it was the 70’s, time would not have had a chance to have its way with it. And, as it turns out, the record did have negligible warping. Thankfully, it didn’t affect play back.

As for something for which I can blame K-Tel, I offer you now the mess found under the white inner-box. The contents were strewn about by four and half decades of violent shifting. K-Tel’s fault lies with the way they packaged it many years ago: simple rubber bands. The years weren’t kind to this cost-cutting packaging choice. But it’s also quite possible even the journey from factory to store shelf to shopping cart to the owner’s house would have violently disrupted the contents back in the day.

Untouched pile of money left waiting for me.
The contents, impatient and restless, threw a destructive party inside the box and forgot to clean up after itself.

I am thrilled to own this quirky piece of K-Tel history. But it does appear that most of the production budget was likely spent on the special, three-groove record. Although they did have money leftover for a quirky TV ad. If you watch it (below), try not to mind that they’re playing the 45 without an adapter and it’s not centered. Because I know it drives me crazy.

Only $5.99 – or about $35 in 2019 money. Since I only spent about $30 on the game, I saved $5 by waiting 45 years to purchase it.

I haven’t had a chance to play the game. Upon first glance, it appears to be your basic luck-based contest with a few choices along the way. Once I get some legitimate playtime in, I will be all too eager to share my impressions.