Happy 50th birthday the Apollo 11 moon landing!

Examples from the “Luna Station play set” by Jean Höfler, early 1970s, West Germany. From the collection of TVTA.

Inspired by good friend and WP blogging buddy Wibi Wonders I’m joining in the celebrations of the Apollo 11 moon landing which is 50 years old today! Be sure to check out Wibi’s wonderful space exploration stamps 

Here are four of my own Apollo mission stamps, along with vintage print ads and other retro space and moon-related goodness.

Thanks for looking 🙂

Ajman Apollo 11 moon landing stamp. 1970s.

Space stamps. 1982. France.

Atari Moon Patrol. 1984.

Playmobil Space. 1981. Denmark.

MOON ROCKET, battery operated tinplate spacecraft, by Masudaya, Japan, 1960s.

Space pinball. UK. 1983.

Space Shuttle Mission Jacket. US. 1982.

NASA Poster. Space Ship by Kotaro Hirano. Starlog Japan 1981.

Thank you for mooning with us 🙂

Weird War Tales issue N°1

Weird War Tales N°1. 1971. US. Joe Kubert cover.

I finally got hold of issue number one of Weird War Tales by DC, October 1971. I’ve been after this debut issue of the brilliant comic book series for a long while, and managed to snag a copy at a more than agreeable price.

Weird War Tales was an anthology series of war-related stories blended with sci-fi, horror and the paranormal. Each issue was hosted by a character called ‘Death’ who was often drawn wearing a different military uniform on the cover or introduction page. Recurring characters such as the Creature Commandos, G.I. Robot, and The War That Time Forgot became regular stories.

The original title ran from 1971 to 1983 across 124 issues. In 1997 it was revised as a four part series, and in 2000 a one-off special.

I have some more Weird War Tales hopefully arriving soon, featuring The Creature Commandos on the covers. As for my collection of the full Weird War Tales run – I’m just over the one-third mark for completion. Look out for the latest additions in upcoming posts.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

The gift of the cat … Chet Phillips Vintage Travel Posters!

The editor and office cat of TVTA in rare moment of relaxation.

How lovely! Yesterday morning in the TVTA mail room, while opening envelopes containing our usual assortment of comics, catalogues, adverts and, erm, bills, I managed to find a surprise gift just for little old me!

Wow, thanks Wooof! I can’t believe you ordered me a set of Chet Phillips Vintage-style Travel Poster Postcards!

Chet Phillips is a digital artist, and you can check out his work here

In the meantime, feast your peepers on the the cool pressie Wooof got me – six vintage-style British and Scottish Tourism posters, upon which not just a splendid tour of Britain is promised, but something else lurking in the scenery!

Enjoy 🙂

As always, thanks for looking 🙂 Thanks Chet for making some wonderful art! And thanks Wooof for the cool gift 🙂

Never Mind the Adverts Pt15 – Flea Market Finds… cars, cars and more cars!

Corgi Juniors Tom & Jerry. Jerry’s Banger. 1979/80. UK.

Welcome to the latest Never Mind The Adverts Here Are The Toys!

In this edition I share photos of some 70s and 80s die cast cars I found at my local flea market in France last Sunday. Featuring the brands Corgi, Matchbox, Majorette, and my first example of a Politoys (later rebranded as the famous Polistil company). I also snagged a vintage set of German FX-Schmid automobile cards. FX-Schmid was one of the forerunners to the world famous Top Trumps cards which are still popular and sold to date. Those of you who had a set of Waddingtons Top Trumps back in the 80s will recognise the familiar old-school design of the cards.

So, cars, cars and cards of cars… not a bad haul then, and a relaxing way to spend an hour on a Sunday morning, and all for less than the price of a pain au chocolate and double espresso (which incidently I had too 🙂 )

Enjoy the pics!

Matchbox Battle Kings K 105 Hover-Raider. 1974. UK

Matchbox Battle Kings K 105 Hover-Raider. 1974. UK.

Matchbox Superfast Chevy Van “Vanpire”. 1979. UK

Matchbox Superfast Chevy Van “Vanpire”. 1979. UK.

Politoys Abarth 2000. N Y 19. Pininfarina. C1970s. Italy 

Politoys Abarth 2000 N Y 19. Pininfarina. C1970s. Italy.

Majorette Ford Escort XR3. N° 212. 1987/8. France

Majorette Ford Escort XR3. N° 212. 1987/8. France.

Majorette motorized Motor. C1980s. France.

Majorette Motor. C1980s. France.

Majorette Ford Capri. N° 251. 1982/3. France

Majorette Ford Capri. 1982/83. France.

Matchbox Super Kings Security Truck K 19. 1978. UK

Matchbox Super Kings Security Truck. K 19. 1978. UK.


FX-Schmid Top Trumps Quartet game N° 53322. Autos de Course. C1970s. Germany/France 

FX Schmid Top Trumps. Autos de Course Quartette Cards N° 53322. C1970s.

As always thanks for looking 🙂

Saturday night at the movies… in Japanese Chirashi!

Star Wars Caravan Of Courage: An Ewok Adventure. 1984. Japanese Chirashi.

Time for some more movie treats!  

Presenting: a selection of Japanese Chirashi film posters direct from the collection of TVTA!

Japanese Chirashi are printed mini-posters or flyers created to promote film releases in Japan. The size of a typical Chirashi is “B5” (approx 7 x 10 inch /18cm x 26cm). Most Chirashis are double-sided with an image from the film printed in colour on the front. Additional artwork and information printed in Japanese appears on the reverse. Chirashi posters are great fun to collect, and TVTA is pleased to add this latest batch to its growing collection

Enjoy your movie 🙂

This Is Spinal Tap (1984) 2018 re-release. Japanese Chirashi.

This Is Spinal Tap (1984) 2018 re-release. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.

The Untouchables. 1987. Japanese Chirashi.

Dark Star: HR Giger’s World. 2014 Belinda Sallin documentary. Japanese Chirashi.

Dark Star: HR Giger’s World. 2014 Belinda Sallin documentary. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.

Captain Marvel. 2018. Japanese Chirashi.

Wonder Woman. 2017. Japanese Chirashi.

Wonder Woman. 2017. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.

The Monkey King. 2018. Japanese Chirashi.

The Monkey King. 2018. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.

DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon. 2017. Japanese Chirashi.

DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon. 2017. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 2016. Japanese Chirashi.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 2016. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.

The end. Roll credits. Thanks for watching 🙂

Look out for another Saturday Night At The Movies with TVTA coming soon!

Mego – “World’s Greatest Super-Heroes” the dolls that packed a punch!

Mego catalogue 1976 US. World’s Greatest Super-Heroes. Super Heroes Assortment N°1.

The Mego Corporation, sometimes known as Mego Corp or just Mego, was founded in 1954 by D. David Abrams and Madeline Abrams. The company successfully imported dime store toys up to the early 1970s when the Abrams’ son, Martin Abrams, took over as company president and moved production into a line of 8 inch clothed dolls.

By 1972 Mego had gained the licenses to create 8 inch clothed dolls for DC and Marvel comics characters, under the name of “World’s Greatest Super-Heroes”.

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Super Heroes Assortment N°2.

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Super Heroes Assortment N°3.

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Super Heroes Assortment N°4.

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Super Gals Assortment (1972).

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Super Foes assortment.

Sock it to ’em!

The super hero line was a great success, and Mego found itself producing an entire range of comic book dolls, including ‘Super Foes’, ‘Super Gals’, the 1974 ‘Fist-Fighting Super-Heroes’, and 1976’s ‘Comic Action Heroes’.

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Comic Action Assortments.

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Fist Fighting Super Heroes.

TV and film

In addition, Mego acquired licenses for famous film and televison productions. Dolls appeared for Planet of the ApesStar Trek, Wizard of Oz, Starsky and Hutch, and the license from Edgar Rice Burroughs for his creation Tarzan.

Other dolls included The Waltons, The Flintstones, Happy Days, and a series of 12 and a half inch celebrity dolls featuring stars such as Muhammad Ali, Sonny and Cher, Diana Ross, and Kiss. The Cher doll and her fashion wardrobe (designed by the famous Bob Mackie) was such a hit it was named number-1 best-selling doll of 1976!

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Sonny and Cher from the 12.5 inch Celebrity Dolls line.

Some you win, some you refuse…

1976 proved to be an interesting year, as Mego made a deal with Japanese toy company Takara to sell Takara’s popular Microman action figures line in the US, under the new name of Micronauts.

At the same time, Mego famously rejected the offer to produce toys for an upcoming swashbuckling sci-fi movie that would later prove to be a global sensation – that film was Star Wars… and it would be the Kenner toy company which would go on to successfully produce Star Wars action figures and play sets, as well as a line of 12 inch clothed dolls!

Doll World. Aug 1984. Contains a feature on the large size action figure doll range from Kenner.

The rise and fall of Mego, and the rise again…

In the early 1980s Mego suffered heavy trade losses, and in 1982 filed for bankruptcy. By 1983 the company went under, and that seemed to signal the end of Mego’s story… until 2009 that is… when Martin Abrams successfully purchased the trademark rights to the Mego brand. Fast forward a decade to 2018, July, and a resurgent Mego Corporation under the guidance of another Abrams family member – Marty Abrams – announced the production of a limited run of its classic clothed dolls in their traditional 8 inch scale.

Jump to today, and you only have to look at just a handful of the new figures available to see that Mego is well and truly back in town!

New Mego figures. Images from megofigures.com

Office cats and editors

Unfortunately I never had any Mego dolls as a child, but I distinctly remember a friend having all of the Planet of the Apes figures, which I absolutely adored and was allowed to play with. For now, I get to relive what could have been through the scans of my 1976 Mego catalogue, and a handful of print adverts I’ve picked up along the way. Or maybe Wooof will treat me to one or two of the new Mego figures for my upcoming birthday?

Enjoy the rest of the scans!

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Cover.

Star Trek

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Star Trek Assortments.

Wizard of Oz

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Wizard of Oz Assortments.

Muhammad Ali

Mego catalogue 1976 US. Muhammad Ali.

1,000,000 B.C., The Waltons, Our Gang, Knights, Robin Hood, Starsky and Hutch

Mego Print advertising

Mego Super-Heroes and Super-Hero Carry Case. 1977. US.

Thanks for getting Mega Mego with us 🙂

Information sources: Wikipedia, Megomuseum.com and Megofigures.com

Bionic Battle Saber – Inspired by the Six Million Dollar Man and toys

“We can rebuild him”. Check out this amazing bionics-inspired lightsaber, as created by fellow WP blogger ftsabersite.


Hello Everybody, today I am taking on another “The Vintage Toy Advertiser Challenge” and it will take us back to the 1970’s TV show starring Lee Majors…The Six Million Dollar Man. The show which was loosely based on a novel titled “Cyborg” written by Martin Caidin tells the story of an Airforce Test Pilot – Colonel Steve Austin. Steve Austin was testing a new vehicle called a “Lifting Body” known as the M2-F2, but suffered a near fatal crash. He survived but suffered massive injury resulting in him losing his right arm, both legs and his eye. During the opening intro sequence of the show you see a real life crash of an M2-F2 piloted by Bruce Peterson which took place on May 10th 1967. Peterson survived the horrific crash with just(?) a broken wrist and severe damage to the skin of his face (he did later lose his…

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Barbie, Ken and Midge Wardrobe Booklet, 1962 (yellow version)

Here is the third of the three 1962 Barbie in-pack booklets I recently added to my collection. These beautifully illustrated catalogues show the fashion range available back when Barbie was just 3 years old!

Alongside dozens of fashion items for Barbie, Midge and Ken, other gems found inside the catalogues are the Barbie board game, the Dream House and Fashion Shop, knitting patterns, Trousseau Set and the Barbie fan club and magazine.

Below are the complete scans from the yellow version wardrobe booklet – Barbie, Ken and Midge.

More Barbie catalogues and adverts can be seen here

As always, thanks for looking 🙂