Late-Sunday 1980s blast from the past.

What to do on a lazy late-Sunday afternoon? Could satisfy your soccer needs with Tomy Super Cup Football or Subbuteo; get into shape with Music Tone; finish your homework with the Masters of the Universe calculator pen; try and win that Raleigh Burner BMX; or just go and meet the mighty MR T. Decisions, decisions…


France. PIf Gadget. 1988.

France. PIf Gadget. 1988.


France. PIf Gadget. 1988.

France. PIf Gadget. 1988.


France. PIf Gadget. 1988.

France. PIf Gadget. 1988.


France. PIf Gadget. 1988.

France. PIf Gadget. 1988.


UK. Eagle. 1984.

UK. Eagle. 1984.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


 

Manta Force

Manta Force was a toy line based on the theme of futuristic space battle. In the UK the line was produced by Bluebird PLC from 1987. The British comic Eagle ran a regular storyline based on the MANTA characters and settings. Manta is the acronym for Multiple-Air-Naval-Terrain-Assault Force.

This 1988 French advert by Habourdin International features the awesome gigantic Manta Force space ship that included 20 space soldiers and 10 vehicles.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


 

Voltron Force ad by Neil B Vokes

I discovered some great info today on this excellent and colourful 1986 UK advert for Voltron Force. After posting it on Twitter I  was contacted by the artist Neil B Vokes, who told me,

“I drew this ad (with Rich Rankin) while doing the pencils on Comico’s Robotech Masters series – was paid a pretty penny for it too…;o)”

Wow, that’s so cool to hear from one of the actual artists involved in the toy advertising process, and it’s made my day. Here’s the ad.


UK. Hex. 1986.

UK. Hex. 1986.


Four Panini adverts from France

TVTA has a great selection of vintage Panini adverts which can be seen here. Today I’m pleased to add to the collection four new Panini ads from France. Enjoy.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


 

Annuals adverts from the UK

Annuals are hardback anthologies published once a year, usually in time for the Christmas market. Annuals consist of multi comic stories, either new or republished, featuring characters normally seen in their weekly or monthly editions. Puzzle pages, features, profiles, facts and content not always seen in regular format may also feature in annuals.


UK. Return Of The Jedi 31. 1984.

Popular annuals of 1984. UK. Return Of The Jedi. 1984.


UK. Eagle. 1984.

Advert for the 1985 Battle Action Force annual. UK. Eagle. 1984.


UK. 2000 AD. 44. 1977. Advert for the 1978 edition 2000AD annual.

UK. 2000 AD. 44. 1977. Advert for the 1978 edition 2000 AD annual.


Advert for the 1983 Eagle annual. Eagle. 1982.

Advert for the 1983 Eagle annual. Eagle. 1982.


Advert for the 1984 Eagle annual. Eagle. 1983.

Advert for the 1984 Eagle annual. Eagle. 1983.