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About The Vintage Toy Advertiser

Love late 20th Century pop culture? You’ll love it here :) TVTA’s mission is to digitally showcase as much vintage advertising as it can get its ink-stained fingers on: from toys, to film, to music, to comics, video games, fashion, food, drink and household goods and much more. TVTA began life in 2010 as a French blog documenting French toy adverts. In 2011 the site moved to its current WordPress home and expanded to include international adverts, catalogues and posters that went beyond toys. Today the site is an ad-free, non-revenue platform aiming to serve as an excellent digital archive and resource. TVTA loves: books, magazines, comics, film, poems, music, photography, art and design, Halloween, Horror, drums and percussion, peace, love, nature, fairies, the stars and space, nonsense, silliness, and of course... vintage toys! Thanks for stopping by :)

Battleship

Battleship / Bataille Navale France. 1969.

“You sank my battleship!”

Battleship, or Battleships, is a two-player game in which you guess the location of your opponent’s fleet of ships on a concealed numbered and lettered grid. The aim is to destroy your opponent’s fleet before your own fleet is destroyed. Battleship can be dated back to World War I when it was a home-made pen and paper game. In later years numerous companies published printed pad-and-pencil versions, then in 1967 the Milton Bradley company (MB Games) produced a plastic board and peg version with miniature ships. Later incarnations by MB included electronic, speaking, and player vs computer versions.

Battleships. UK. 1983.

Torpedo Run / Opération Torpilles and Touché Coulé Computer / Electronic Battleship. 1988. France.

Touché Coulé / Battleship traditional and elctronic. 1995. France.

Bataille Navale Electronique Parlante / Electronic Speaking Battleship. 1995. France.

Combat Naval. 1995. France.


Barbie: alive, sporty and dancing

Presenting: six more Barbie print adverts to add to my collection. The following are all 1970s French ads of a sporting nature. As always thanks for looking 🙂

Barbie tennis and golf. 1970s. France.



Barbie Alive. 1970s. France.


For more superb Barbie print adverts check out my Around The World With Barbie page. 

Dutch Retro: Part Four

Welcome to part four in our series of 1980s toys as advertised in the Netherlands. Catalogue scans are from Dutch editions of Speelboom Club Journal, De Speelboom and Intertoys Speelboek.


Cosmic Cowboys action figures

Cosmic Cowboys action figures. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987. Netherlands.

G.I. Joe action figures

G.I. Joe action figures. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Ninja action figures

Ninja action figures. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Fleur dolls

Fleur dolls. Speelboom Journal. 1987.

Barbie dolls

Barbie dolls. 1987. Intertoys. Netherlands.

Dream Girl USA dolls

Dream Girl USA. De Speelboom. 1987.

Art, stationery, office, Britains, Darda, Nikko, die cast, outdoor
Thundercats pistols and utility belts

Thundercats pistols, swords and utility belts. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Board Games

Board games. Intertoys Speelboek. 1987.

Rubik’s Magic

Rubik’s Magic. Speelboom Club Journal. 1986.

Trolls and Twinkelpinkels
Fisher-Price Construx

Construx. De Speelboom. 1987.


Thanks for going Dutch with us! join us again soon for more 80s toy goodness 🙂

A Tribute to TRON – Lights, Cycles, Sabers and Tanks

Hello vintage mates. Here is another cool design from good friend and fellow WP blogger FTSabersite in the latest from our joint series “TV & Film Inspired Lightsabers”. Bravo to FT, these Tron designs are just brilliant! Thanks for looking 🙂

FTSabersite

Hello Everybody and welcome to my second post of this weekend. As I mentioned in my ?Khaarnage? a saber for Alex Khaar ? Inspired by Lady Revan?s FanFiction post earlier, I am a member of a custom lightsaber forum run by Ultrasabers (a custom saber manufacturer) and I have recently been invited to post my designs on that forum too. Well, the reaction to my designs has been nothing short of phenomenal and even if there was a criticism it was always put forward with the intention to help me improve. I posted my Speeder Lightsaber design and a member commented “That hilt and flat blade would look like something out of TRON if it had all the glowing edges”. Another member “hinted” they too would like to see a TRON themed hilt, then another so I guessed it was a challenge. I took on that challenge and went to…

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