Don Post Studios produced quality character masks from films like Star Wars, Star Trek, ET, and horror classics such as Dracula, the Werewolf, Hellraiser and Halloween. Gaining popularity throughout the ’70s and ’80s, the company earned a solid reputation for being the finest producers of masks.
Strawberry Shortcake is a character line created by the American Greetings company. This desert / fruit themed character line was originally made for greetings cards, later developing into other products such as dolls, toys, video games, books, a TV series and TV specials, and a film.
See also: Stawberry Shortcake official site
The following ads are from (1) Brazil, known as Moranguinho. (2) France, known as Charlotte Aux Fraises.
James Bond, codename: 007, is the British Secret Service character created in 1956 by author Ian Fleming in. As well as books, the character has also featured in films, television, radio, comic strips and video games, as well as numerous toys and games.
“Karate kicks, jumps, lasers and more…”
Parker Brothers released this James Bond 007 Octopussy game in 1983 for the Atari 2600 and Sears consoles. A version was also in the planning for Intellivision. The design style on this US advert is very similar to other 1980s Parker Brothers adverts such as Tutankham, Frogger and Super Cobra.
James Bond Corgi Vehicles
The 007 Aston Martin D.B.5 was made as a die cast toy vehicle by Corgi between 1965 and 1969. This award-winning toy featured cool gadgets such as an ejector seat, bulletproof windshield and retractable guns.
Corgi continued to produce other vehicles for the James Bond line; two of which can be seen in this 1982 French advert.
This week’s selection of ads for Non-toy ad Tuesday come from the pages of Time magazine, dated May 19, 1980.
Retailing at $1.25 and featuring a terrific Darth Vader cover by artist Marshall Arisman, the issue contains an article and photographs for the upcoming Star Wars film release of The Empire Strikes Back.
Advert-wise, this issue of Time is loaded (loaded seems like a good adjective) with adverts for cigarettes and alcohol. There are also a good number of ads for hotels, airlines, exotic holiday destinations, cameras and wrist-watches. I’ve included some of my favourites below.
And (just for a bit of fun) how many domestic animals can you spot in the ads? It was only after making my final draft that I noted there are quite a few :)
Continuing TVTA’s little run of Brazilian adverts, here are two excellent eighties ads featuring Spidey and Hulk!
A selection of electronic and video games adverts from Brazil, 1984/85
The Saturn 7 rocket
It can climb at a fantastic height of 100 feet per second! It comes with a cosmic pump! And I imagine my grumpy next-door neighbour, Mr Crotchet, may well cosmically pump inside his pants when this Saturn 7 rocket has an unexpected trajectory fail and lands in his garden, flattening his prize gladiolas… oops! Sorry Mr Crotchet. Can I have my rocket back please?
Doctor Who Weekly
1980 Doctor Who Weekly ad.
100 The Empire Strikes Back records must be won!
Advert to win TESB soundtrack records by completing the spot the difference competition.
Don Post Masks
A selection of Return of the Jedi-era latex masks from Don Post Studios.
This week’s selection of ads for Non-toy ad Tuesday all feature iconic sweets and crisps from Britain. You may notice the Fruit Gums advert features another British favourite – the Raleigh Grifter. Other offers include space stickers (Atom Smashers), an F.A. Cup fact file (Smiths Football Crazy), and a super spy gun! (Trebor Double Agents)
Some nice ads just in from Germany, UK and USA,
The Walt Disney Company was founded in the US in 1923 by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney. Disney is famous for its film studios, theme parks, TV and cable networks, Mickey Mouse, and an impressive list of films.
Over the years, the Disney brand has appeared on many toys, books, games and other merchandise. TVTA is happy to feature some great advertising representing this.
Denmark. Anders And’s book club featuring classic Disney stories.
1976. Win a trip to Disneyland, Paris, with Reynolds.
1981. Figurine Panini stickers, 101 Dalmations.
1982. Figurine Panini stickers, Rox et Roucky.
1979. Magic Shaker.
1983. From Denmark, Disney Nintendo Game & Watch, watches, books.
1979. French film cassette projectors from the Meccano license.
1983. Snow White & the Seven Dwarfs story book and record.
More information on Disney:
Digger Dan’s Rockbusters!
The Digger Dan line offered a range of construction vehicles along with play-accessories such as figures, tools, water pumps, winches and a cement mixer. The vehicles had interchangeble parts and could be operated manually or by batteries.
I don’t remember if these were available in the UK during the eighties, and I couldn’t find much info online. In the US they were distributed by Revell, and in France by Joustra .