Blackstar was a US animated fantasy / sci-fi TV series that ran in 1981. Toy company Galoob produced a run of action figures similar in style to the MOTU toys from Mattell. In France, Blackstar was made into a comic, featuring as a short series in Pif Gadget as well as a stand-alone publication in Editions LUG.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

Blackstar toys. France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

Blackstar animated series. TF1. 1985. France.

France. PIf Gadget. 1985.

Blackstar comic strip. PIf Gadget. 1985. France.



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Golden Girl toys. France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

Golden Girl toys. 1985. Germany.


Gyrojet as seen in the 1971 Dinky Toys vatalogue, France.

Gyro Jet Dinky Toys 1971 French Catalogue.

Gyrojet as seen in the pages and on the rear cover of the 1972 Meccano catalogue général, France.

Meccano SA Catalogue 1972. Rear cover. Gyrojet.

Meccano Gyrojet. 1972.

Les Cascadeurs and Les Motards Gyrojet from Meccano, 1979. 

Gyrojet. 1979. France.

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1979 action car-launcher set licensed by the Meccano toy company in France.

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Turbojet toy. France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

MORPHODROIDS… warrior robots you bring to life

Morphodroids are a range of driving vehicles that can transform into laser-firing, walking robots controlled by a remote control command unit. Four plug-in light cannons were available to increase battle power. An ambitious effort by Vector Intercontinental – the company that produced this toyline – who seemed to be trying to offer another angle on the whole transforming robot craze of the eighties.

USA. The New Mutants. 1985.

Morphodroids. USA. The New Mutants. 1985.

Lord of the Rings

Lord of the Rings merchandise adverts.

Lord of the Rings sculpture banks. USA. Creepy Mag. 1980.

Lord of the Rings. Collector’s Edition. Creepy. 1980. US.

Lord of the Rings by Peter Jackson. 2005. Japanese poster


The origins of Monopoly can be traced back to 1903 when American Elizabeth J. Magie Phillips designed a game called The Landlord’s Game. By 1935 her game was developed by Parker Brothers and became known by its present day name of Monopoly.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

Monopoly. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

Monopoly. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

Ets De Neuter. Catalogue page. 1995. France.