It’s another new entry at TVTA as we present Mebetoys scans from a mid-1970s French catalogue and three Mebetoys pages from a 1973 French Solido catalogue.
Mebetoys was owned by the famous Italian family the Besana brothers who produced and sold highly-detailed die cast cars throughout the 1960s and 1970s. In 1969 Mattel purchased the company freeing the Besana brothers to form the Martoys company which later became one of the biggest and highly respected die cast car makers of all time Bburago.
Information gathered from the excellent Gran Toros website. Click images to go bigger.
Mebetoys as seen in a Mattel French catalogue circa mid-1970s.
Front cover of Mebetoys catalogue. France.
Back cover of Mebetoys catalogue. France.
Mebetoys pages as seen in a 1973 Solido catalogue, France
TVTA puts aside its usual fare of vintage adverts for a moment to focus on some younger ads which embrace the pop culture of their older generations. We begin in our current year 2018 with an advert for a Tintin watch based on the character’s adventure Explorers on the Moon which was first published in Tintin magazine on 30 March 1950.
Tintin watch. Premiere. France. 2018.
Next stop is 1997 with Kenner Star Wars toys and Micro-Machines.
Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition Offers Catalogue. UK 1997.
Star Wars Trilogy Special Offers Catalogue. UK. 1997.
Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition Offers Catalogue. UK. 1997.
2008 / 2009. Marvel and DC action figures
Wizard. UK. 2009.
Wizard. UK. 2009.
Wizard. UK. 2008.
2018. The best of Justice League from Urban Comics
Wootbox Magazine. France. 2018.
WWE Kane and Undertaker Mini-busts
Wizard. UK. 2008.
2017. Paris International Fantastic Film Festival
Pifff. Mad Movies. 2017. France.
2018. Annecy International Animation Film Festival
It’s a new entry for TVTA as we present some 1995 Polly Pocket scans from French catalogue Ets De Neuter.
Polly Pocket is a line of toy dolls and accessories that became popular during the late 80s and early 90s. The original dolls came in pocket-size cases and were sold by Bluebird toys of the UK and Mattel. Polly Pocket has also appeared in feature films, video games and a web series. It continues to be sold to date.
La Familia Feliz is a line of dolls and accessories sold by the Congost company of Spain. The line was created in the mid 1970s by Mattel and marketed in English as The Sunshine Family which Mattel eventually changed to The Sunshine Fun Family. Later the family of three was given a slight cosmetic makeover and the addition of a new baby, making them four, plus a Grandmother and Grandfather doll. Mattel also created an Afro-Caribbean family along with Afro-Caribbean grandparents.
Below are scans from a 1977 Spanish Congost catalogue.
Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé, c’est une chaîne de cinema appurtenant à Pathé, active en France, aux Pays Bas, en Suisse et en Belgique. Voici plusieurs couvertures et publicités de films récents, scannées à partir du magazine français Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé!
Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé is a cinema chain owned by Pathé, with operations in France, The Netherlands, Switzerland and Belgium. Here are some covers and adverts for recent movies you may have seen, scanned from the French magazine Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé!
Cover of the 1997 More Fun From Kenner catalogue. US.
Under the ownership of Hasbro, Kenner’s twilight years as a toy company followed its long and distinguished tradition of producing heavyweight-name toys across the spectrum of TV, film and comics: Batman, Superman, Star Wars, Jurassic Park and others. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of scans from Kenner’s 1997 mini catalogue. Click images to go bigger.
Welcome to the latest Never Mind The Adverts Here Are The Toys!
Time to take a look at a toy that I always wanted as a kid but never had. Now, as an adult collector, I can finally say I have one! The original box is in a sorry state but the vehicle works perfectly (just needs a replacement bulb for the photon torpedo). After a good clean up and a trip to the shops to buy a monster load of batteries, I had the Big Trak following my commands along the kitchen floor like a good one. Oh, and the thing was so noisy it set off the neighbour’s dog upstairs barking.
Welcome to the world of the mighty electronic Big Trak!
BIG TRAK (US) or Bigtrak (Europe) was a computerised toy vehicle created by Milton Bradley in 1979. This six-wheeled tank-like space monster came with attractive decals, a front-mounted blue photon beam headlamp and an integrated programmable keypad that remembered up to 16 commands which it then executed in sequence. The US version was moulded in grey plastic while the European version was white. A companion unit was sold separately – the Big Trak Transporter – a trailer which could be attached to the rear that carried and dumped loads in response to Big Trak’s pre-programmed commands. Big Trak was relaunched in 2010 by Zeon Ltd who produced replicas of the original.
Hamleys. UK. 1983.
Thanks for requiring batteries with us 🙂 Join us again soon for another edition of Never Mind The Adverts!