Non-toy ad Tuesday: US comic book adverts 1970s and 1980s

Our latest edition of Non-toy ad Tuesday features a selection of 1970s and 80s North American ads for Converse footwear, Bubble Yum, Oreos, Super Friends School Supplies, Iron On Transfers, Junior Sales Club of America, and Crosman Air Guns.


US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.


US. The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves. 1974.

US. The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves. 1974.


US. Dctor Who. 1981.

US. Dctor Who. 1981.


US. The New Mutants. 1985.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.


US. Weird War Tales. 1976.

US. Weird War Tales. 1976.


US. The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves. 1976.

US. The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves. 1976.


US. The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves. 1976.

US. The Many Ghosts of Doctor Graves. 1976.


US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

Thanks for looking! Join us again soon for another edition of Non-toy ad Tuesday!


 

The Weetabix Gang

The Weetabix as seen in British comic book advertising. Thirteen adverts dated between 1982 – 1985.

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‘The Weetabix’, often referred to as ‘The Weetabix Gang’, were five comic characters based on British skinheads, and were created for a highly successful advertising campaign for breakfast cereal Weetabix. It’s hard to believe that these biscuit-shaped, brace-wearing characters – Dunc, Bixie, Bryan, Brains and Crunch – managed to capture the hearts, and breakfast bowls, of the British public in the huge way that it did, considering the negative attitudes that were often levelled at skinhead culture.

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‘The Weetabix’ featured throughout almost the entire 1980s in TV and comic book adverts. Some of the promotions tied in with well-known crazes of the decade such as video games, BMX and breakdancing, and even captured the spirit of the white tee-shirt and slogan fad, which was popular with fans of bands such as Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Wham!.

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Ultimately ‘The Weetabix’ became a brand unto themselves, offering a vast range of merchandise via ‘The Weetabix Club’. Items ranged from clothing and patches to books and badges, lunch boxes, school and sports bags, stationery, an AM radio, an alarm clock, a Corgi licensed die cast truck, and many other items featuring the five characters and their catchphrases.

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Never mind the adverts… here are the toys ! (Pt5)

Welcome to part 5 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on a mixed selection of toys and games both vintage and new.


First up is this plastic Snoopy figurine stamped United Feature Syndicate Inc. 1958 1966.

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Next is this Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons adventure board game made by Peter Pan Playthings in 1993.

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Colour Dominoes circa 1980. Made by Spear’s Games.

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1979 Mastermind made by Invicta Games.

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Next is a 2016 Playmobil Special Plus set that came free with a promotional offer from Prince biscuits in France.

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1995 Rupert 75th anniversary die cast and plastic vans set from Lledo.

If you like Rupert Bear you can also check out my post on Rupert annuals: This Book Belongs To

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And finally… a novelty gift from a good friend over on the Imperial Gunnery forum. It’s Star Wars… it’s Play-Doh… it’s got an X-Wing! It’s awesome! It’s Can-Heads …

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Thanks for looking.

Join us again soon for another Never Mind The Adverts!


 

Non-toy ad Tuesday: Au revoir 2016, bienvenue 2017, what could possibly go wrong?

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Deep political changes, rising hatred and intolerance, the continuation of war, the loss of so many cultural idols … 2016 is perceived by many to be a truly shitworthy year of humungous proportions. Good riddance 2016. But will 2017 be any better? Me, I’m not sticking around to find out … Wooof and I are off to spend the year in the early 90s.

Inspired by the following French ads from Geo magazine, we’ve decided to swap the inevitable global hullabaloo of year 2017 for the (relative) short-term sanity of 1992 and 1994. It’s a bit like a time-travelling foreign exchange plan but without all the forms to fill in. And as it is so at TVTA – we do not look forward as so much look backwards … hardly surprising seeing as we are the N° 1 purveyor of retro pop culture paperworks (statistic unverified).

So farewell friends, au revoir, adieu, auf wiedersehen and ta ta for now. Bonne continuation, meilleurs vœux, que la force soit avec vous! We leave you with these adverts that come from a slightly more sunnier time. And as Wooof has just pointed out, how often do you see Vanessa Paradis pouring Chanel into the English Channel?


France. Geo 181. 1994.

France. Geo 181. 1994.

France. Geo 181. 1994.

France. Geo 181. 1994.


France. Geo 163. 1992.

France. Geo 163. 1992.


France. Geo 163. 1992.

France. Geo 163. 1992.


France. Geo 181. 1994.

France. Geo 181. 1994.


France. Geo 181. 1994.

France. Geo 181. 1994.


France. Geo 163. 1992.

France. Geo 163. 1992.


France. Geo 181. 1994.

France. Geo 181. 1994.


France. Geo 181. 1994.

France. Geo 181. 1994.


à 2017 !!


 

 

 

Scalextric – trade catalogues, part one

Scalextric is a leading brand of slot-car racing that was developed in the UK by Bentram “Freddie” Francis in 1957. Below are some scans and photographs taken from the 1989, 1990 and 1991 Scalextric trade catalogues. These high-quality industry catalogues are packed with amazing colour photographs of (the then) upcoming products. The copies I acquired included dealer suggested price lists, a poster, and a DVD. Part two later will look at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 catalogues. Click pics to enlarge.


30th Edition Trade Catalogue. 1989.

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Knight Rider Turbo Boost and Pursuit Mode Sets

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31st Edition Trade Catalogue. 1990.

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32nd Edition Trade Catalogue. 1991.

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Batman Chase and Leap sets

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Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Turtle Power and Turtles to the Rescue sets

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Check out the story of Scalextric at the official site