Merry Christmas from The Vintage Toy Advertiser

Here’s wishing everyone a very merry Christmas, peace, love and much success! This year has been good for TVTA – I’ve made many new friends both here at the blog and on its sister site over at Twitter. I’m looking forward to seeing all your posts and pics and catching up again in the New Year!

I can’t promise any chocolates inside this year’s TVTA Christmas selection box but there is a delicious assortment of international-flavoured toy ads typical of what children in the 70s and 80s may have woken up to on Christmas morning.

As always, thanks for looking  🙂


Evel Knievel – 1974, USA

US. The exciting adventures of Evel Knievel. Weird Mystery Tales. 1974.

US. Weird Mystery Tales. 1974.


Bionic Man – 1976, USA

US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.

US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.


Bionic Woman – 1977, USA

US. Richie Rich. 1977.

US. Richie Rich. 1977.


Playmobil – 1979, Italy

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Barbie – 1978, Italy

Italy. Topolino. 1978.

Italy. Topolino. 1978.


Make-up and hair Doll – 1979, France

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


Star Wars – 1978, UK

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


Action Man – 1980, UK

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Buckaroo – 1981, France

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.


Raleigh BMX Burner – 1983, France

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.


Masters Of The Universe – 1984, Denmark

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1984.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1984.


Atari – 1984, Brazil

Brazil. Cebolinha. 1984.

Brazil. Cebolinha. 1984.


Ghostbusters Computer Game – 1985, USA

US. Tales of the Teen Titans. 1985.

US. Tales of the Teen Titans. 1985.


Star Wars, Return Of The Jedi – 1985, Germany.

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. No slave Leia figure in 1985, so Luke was chained up by Jabba instead!

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985.


Tomy Super Cup Football – 1988, France.

France. PIf Gadget. 1988.

France. PIf Gadget. 1988.


And finally…

I couldn’t go without showing an annual or two…

UK. Grandreams. 1981.

UK. Grandreams. 1981.


UK. Marvel. 1979.

UK. Marvel. 1979.


And how about this… I’ve no idea of the date, but it’s a vintage advent calendar that came with some recent paperwork. As you can see, it’s a no-nonsense traditional effort without any need to give away chocolates or sweets behind its doors, and was probably intended to be kept for successive Christmas day countdowns – which is perhaps why it has survived this long.

Doors closed…

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Doors opened…

The little scenes come alive with light when placed against the window.

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Merry Christmas!




 

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