Following our recent post showing the 1980 catalogue for Italian model maker Brumm, TVTA is very pleased to present some more horse and carriage examples, this time from a 1983 catalogue. These die cast and plastic miniatures are simply delightful, and with an incredible amount of detail. Dear readers, your carriage awaits…
Brumm is an Italian toy manufacturer formed in the early 1970s. The company specialises in miniature plastic and die cast vehicles from a bygone age, such as steam-powered transport, horse-drawn carriages, old fire engines, and vintage road and racing cars.
TVTA is pleased to present the full scans from an Italian catalogue featuring the Brumm range as it appeared in 1980. En plus… Look out for the 1983 Brumm catalogue coming to these pages soon!
Today’s toy images are scanned from the US printed 1990 Ertl Export Catalog which was produced in six languages, 50 pages, and contained the 1990 Ertl range available for export around the world.
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 Superfast Chevy Van “Vanpire”. 1979. UK
Politoys Abarth 2000. N Y 19. Pininfarina. C1970s. Italy
Majorette Ford Escort XR3. N° 212. 1987/8. France
Majorette motorized Motor. C1980s. France.
Majorette Ford Capri. N° 251. 1982/3. France
Matchbox Super Kings Security Truck K 19. 1978. UK
FX-Schmid Top Trumps Quartet game N° 53322. Autos de Course. C1970s. Germany/France
As always thanks for looking 🙂
Founded in the UK in 1973 by husband and wife team Mike and Joyce Stephens, Western Models produced a range of white-metal casted cars both in kit form and fully finished. Their high quality models were aimed at collectors and enthusiasts, and were typically hand-built from a lead-based white metal. Some vehicles were produced in extremely limited quantities of as little as one-thousand per model, making them highly sought after at the time. Models such as the F1 range and racing cars were specially licensed and built with the co-operation of the racing teams of the day.
Western Models continues to exist to date though it now focuses on producing model aircraft. The following scans are from the 1982 and 1983 poster catalogues, and feature the typical 1:43rd scale vehicle range available at the time, along with its newest innovation line of 1:24th scale vehicles featuring ‘authentic wire like wheels’, or ‘realistic photo-etched wheels’ – often referred to as the ‘Small Wheels’ models.
I’ve never owned a Western Models car but would certainly like to! Looking at the images in the two catalogues you can see the amount of detail, care and attention that went into making these top quality models.
Enjoy the scans.
As always, thanks for looking 🙂
TVTA is pleased to present a selection of print advertising for the Corgi Toys range of die cast vehicles seen throughout the 1960s and 70s. Featuring James Bond, Batman, Superhero and TV stars, Corgi Rockets and Whizzwheels, and a very Presidential Lincoln!
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Lincoln Continental 6-door State Limo
James Bond Aston martin DB5 first edition, gold version
Batmobile and Batboat
Chipperfields Circus, Rockets, Whizzwheels, Juniors and others
Film and TV range
As always, thanks for looking 🙂
This. Catalogue. Is. Quite. Simply. Awesome!
As is so often the case with Corgi Toys, they produce the most beautiful product catalogues on the market. This 2004 TV, Film & Cartoon catalogue is no exception – 24 pages, A4, of wonderfully-presented pop-culture toy photography. Enjoy 🙂
James Bond, 007
The Blues Brothers, Scooby-Doo, The Beatles
Bullitt, Knight Rider, Back to the Future
The Italian Job
The Persuaders, Smokey & the Bandit, Only Fools and Horses, Last of the Summer Wine, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Inspector Morse, Heartbeat
Charlie’s Angels, The A-Team, The Dukes of Hazzard
As always, thanks for looking 🙂
Presenting scans from the 1986/87 Australian edition of the Matchbox Collectors’ Catalogue.
Gallery 1 – Matchbox 1-75 range
Gallery 2 – Matchbox Convoy Range, Action Sets and Team Matchbox
Gallery 3 – Matchbox Models of Yesteryear
Gallery 4 – Matchbox Junior Collectors’ Club, Matchbox Calendars, Matchbox toys
Thanks for looking 🙂
“The Curious Case of the Random, Everyday Objects Superimposed Next to the Cars!”
… and nothing to do with hats, though it is a little mad, Alice…
… mad objects like coins, pasta, moon rocks, pencil shavings, Andorran flag bottle tops, and more! Maybe some of our Italian visitors can help out with the significance of these photographed objects placed next to drawings of cars? Or will they be as nonplussed as us? Non? What’s Italian for ‘no’? The catalogue in question is Italian, a Bburago HAT (Hobbies And Toys) 1976 N°2 edition. Perhaps catalogue N°1 had similar designs? The objects seem to be ‘hobby’ or ‘food’ related? Just how are these everyday items related to toy cars??
So many questions, I know, I know! Let’s move quickly to the scans which show some truly wonderful artwork of the models available by Bburago at the time. As was often typical with 1970s advertising, design teams didn’t photograph their product they hired artists to draw it!
The cover… already you see weird objects, but not so noticeable as the images are tiny…
Inside… it all begins in a quite orderly fashion with a very cool cross section of a die cast car…
And then… Bam! Straight down the rabbit hole… it’s random object time…
(with bonus FREE pun-and-nonsense commentary from our editing team!!)
… A serious car, serious coinage!
Please put the lid back on the toothpaste when you’ve finished brushing your teeth!
Somebody call me a thimble!
Excuse me, officer, I seem to have lost my marbles!
There are others…
Think I’ve got most of them…
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Bottle tops. The nearest one appears to be the Andorran flag?
The pen is mightier than the police car?
Back to school. Pencil shavings!
At school, in your pencil case, you were likely to have a cheap, plastic sharpener, red, yellow or blue or something; if you were lucky, you’d have one of those sturdy, metal, technical drawing sharpeners; some had sharpeners that were moulded inside see-through containers into which the shavings could be collected and emptied later; others had novelty promotional sharpeners for cartoon, TV and film characters.
Then there was the ‘beast-of-all-sharpeners’… the one that belonged to the entire class, usually bolted onto the end of the teacher’s desk – a sinister-looking device that could grind down three different-sized pencils at a time, automatic or crank handle-operated, when in motion it sounded like a derailed steam train driven over a cliff by Godzilla, and this monster of a pencil-sharpener, make no mistake, could easily rip off your fingers, and the entire lower arm of some of the smaller pupils!
Decorative beads or tongue-tingling sweets?? No fear, we’re not taste-testing them, they’ve been out of their packaging since 1976!
Calls down to archives: “Wooof… got some tasty new treats for you to test out, dear cat(muhuhahaha)…”
Wooof: “But you’ve already tested them yourself, dear editor.”
Me: “I have?”
Wooof: “Yes, what do you think it was that I sprinkled on top of your cappuccino this morning?”
Me (going green about the gills): “Uuumph!”
… And finally… a back pages questionnaire, for kids, in Italy, in 1976.
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