1979 French ad for the Olivia hair and make-up beauty salon.
1979 French baby doll Vanny, complete with expression of absolute surprise/horror as the little girl prepares to sit her on her pot.
A lovely, well-designed, and colourful ad for Testor Gliders, 1978.
Or perhaps don’t show the world your underoos… certainly not while you’re still wearing them anyway. Much more sensible to ‘Hulk up’ with ‘The Incredible Hulk Instant Muscles’.
I love the US mail-order Heroes World ads… they totally went off and away with their own style and spirit, not worrying if they went a bit awry with character likeness, or if they misspelt a character’s name (mostly Han and Vader from what I’ve seen. Even by 1980 they were still calling Han Hans). Heroes World advertised a diverse range of merchandise and toys for Marvel/DC heroes and Star Wars characters. Here are a few HW Star Wars ads I picked up recently…
for more Star Wars ads at TVTA go to: S is for Star Wars
LEGO Fire Fighters sets from 1978
A recent visit to a local bookstore turned up some unexpected Pif Gadget comics. I came away with five issues that contained some serious advert goodness! My favourite ad is this LEGO fire fighter sets advert which gave me a sweet memory rush as soon as I turned the page and saw it! I don’t think the LEGO minifigures have changed that much since this 1978 ad, but there’s definitely something a bit charming about those boxy, clunky vehicle designs when compared to modern examples.
Love LEGO ads? TVTA has tons of them! L is for: LEGO
Kinder - the chocolate that always surprises
Another ad I really liked was this simple but colourful Kinder Surprise ad. Always pleased to add some more Kinder goodies to TVTA… it incorporates not just my love of toys but also chocolate. Miam miam :)
for more great Kinder ads at TVTA go to: K is for: Kinder Surprise
Below are a few more ads found inside the issues I picked up… colourful Hot Wheels! A BMX bike that I initially believed (but for a missing letter ‘s’) was manufactured by a well-known French cigarette brand. And a big Big Jim ad. Enjoy!
Multi-coloured Hot Wheels cars in 1980
For more Hot Wheels ads at TVTA go to H is for: Hot Wheels
1984 Le Gitane BMX
More BMX ads can be found at B is for: BMX
a 1980 Big Jim big head ECU moment!
Lots more Big Jim ads at TVTA! B is for: Big Jim
More adverts from the book shop find coming soon! thanks for looking
Fischertechnik is a building block system invented in 1964 by Professor Artur Fischer in Germany. Fischertechnik sets can be combined with additional sets from the range. The company still exists and continues to produce toy engineering kits to date.
See official website: Fischertechnik
Your Weekly Unusual Photo Of A Random Toy! Pt 5… Hey teacher, leave them Pepper Pig characters alone!
Teachers... don't eat the kids! (at least not all of them!)
It’s back! It’s bigger! It has far less quality than before! And this time only one kitten and two puppies died to bring you this new instalment of a series not even anybody knows about!
Of course, I lie about the kitten and the puppies - they’re all safely playing in the meadows that surround TVTA Towers right as we blog! But I admit it has been a while since there was a ‘Your Weekly Unusual Photo Of A Random Toy’ post added here…
In fact, when I say “weekly” I use the term about as loosely as that ill-fitting nasty and itchy bright orange and cream ski-jumper Nan knitted for my eighth birthday! Pfft. Worse was that it was summer when she finished it and I was made to wear it on a day trip to Chessington zoo! I will never forget the look in the eyes of those Llamas as I approached their pen with a packet of Ringos!
Anyway, I was having a good tidy around the offices today, and came across these random toy pics which I thought would be perfect for an overdue ‘random’ post (actually, now I think of it, I believe these photos were once prize winning entries from a competition that had to be cancelled at the very last minute due to bad cheating or something. Apologies now to any of the bitterly, bitterly disappointed winners!).
Right, enough babble! Enjoy the pics
Thanks for looking! Watch out next time for more random toy pics!!
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TVTA is always pleased to add new international vintage toy adverts to the site. Our good friend in Brazil, Carlos – Zerocal, kindly sent the scans of two 1977 Playmobil adverts taken from Brazillian children’s comics Mônica and Pelezinho.
Both adverts already feature on the excellent site:
Be sure to check it out - it’s full of Playmo goodness
I’m really stoked to include these two great ads. Hope you like them too! And thanks again, Carlos – Zerocal, for sharing with TVTA
For more vintage Playmo ads at TVTA go to: P is for: Playmobil
Nikko R/C has a long-standing good reputation in the world of radio controlled toys, producing a wide range of cars, trucks and other vehicles.
"The teeth of the sea against the fingers of the hand"
Up to this post, TVTA had published 399 vintage toy adverts! Wow, that’s enough ads to stretch from here to Paris and back, and hot enough to fry an egg!! Anyway, I was looking for something a bit special to mark my 400th advert, so I had a look in my “latest issues” pile and found it to be somewhat empty (luckily have some new goodies arriving soon ). Undaunted, I decided to have a good look around TVTA’s extensive archives (suitcases, empty cereal boxes, back of the sofa, pressed between pages of random 1980s annuals)… and then I came across this…
This is the French version of the Game of Jaws game originally released by Ideal in 1975, and known in France as Les Dents de La Mer (the teeth of the sea).
Based on the Spielberg blockbuster Jaws this was a game for between 2 and 4 players and required each player to take turns fishing out items from the mouth of the shark with a hook – before the jaws snapped shut! The items ranged from nautical things like anchors and fish bones to more grisly bits and pieces like human bones and a severed hand!
I’d love to have a go at this game. I imagine it to be similar to other nerve-jangling classics like Buckaroo and Operation.
Anyway, hope you like ad #400!
(and the 399 before it).
Thanks for looking