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 🙂

Western Models – quality hand-built model cars

Western Models 1982 catalogue poster. Artwork by K. Williams.

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.




Information taken from the Western Models poster catalogues 1982 and 1983 – purchased and scanned by TVTA, the company website Western Models, and the Western Models Wikipedia page

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Corgi Toys – 1960s & 70s French print ads

“Choose your Corgi model today”

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!

Click images to enlarge.


Lincoln Continental 6-door State Limo


James Bond Aston martin DB5 first edition, gold version

The screen-innacurate gold coloured first edition version of the famous James Bond Aston Martin DB5, with ejector-seat baddie and other gadgets.
I’ve read that the reason for this strange colour choice was because the only silver paint Corgi had at the time was too similar to the base casting colour – leading to suspicions that some customers would believe the car hadn’t been painted at all! Later DB5 models were painted in a silver colour which Corgi managed to make distinct from the base metal.


Batmobile and Batboat

Corgi Batman 267. 1967/68 . France.

Corgi Batman batmobile and batboat GS3. 1960s. France.


Salty or sweet? Corgi offered two ‘snack’ vehicles to suit your taste!


Chipperfields Circus, Rockets, Whizzwheels, Juniors and others

Corgi’s Chipperfields Circus and Cooper-Maserati F1 models.



Corgi Whizzwheels.

Corgi Belgium Gendarmerie.



Film and TV range

Kojak’s Buick. 1977.

James Bond Lotus Esprit Underwater. 1977.

Corgi Starsky & Hutch 292. 1978.

Corgi Superheroes, TV and film range. 1979.

Corgi. Chopper Squad. 1979.

Corgi Superman range.

Corgi The Incredible Hulk Mazda. 1979.


As always, thanks for looking 🙂 

2004 Corgi TV, Film & Cartoon catalogue, UK.

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 🙂

Thunderbirds

Mr Bean

Doctor Who

 

Batman

 

James Bond, 007

 

The Blues Brothers, Scooby-Doo, The Beatles

Bullitt, Knight Rider, Back to the Future

The Italian Job

 

Red Dwarf

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
Back cover

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Matchbox Collectors’ Catalogue 1986/87

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 🙂

Curiouser and curiouser… the Bburago HAT Catalogue 1976, starring:

“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!!)

1.

… A serious car, serious coinage!

Coins!


2.

Please put the lid back on the toothpaste when you’ve finished brushing your teeth!

Toothpaste lid!


3.

Somebody call me a thimble!

Thimble!


4.

Excuse me, officer, I seem to have lost my marbles!

Marbles!

There are others…

Think I’ve got most of them…

(click images to go bigger)

5 – 22


23.

Bottle tops. The nearest one appears to be the Andorran flag?

Bottle tops!


24.

The pen is mightier than the police car?

Pen nibs!


25.

Back to school. Pencil shavings!

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!


26.

Decorative beads or tongue-tingling sweets?? No fear, we’re not taste-testing them, they’ve been out of their packaging since 1976!

Decorative beads or tongue-tingling sweets??

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!”


27.

… And finally… a back pages questionnaire, for kids, in Italy, in 1976.


Thanks for identifying random objects with us :) If you know the identity of any of the mystery objects in today's post please let us know in the comments. Likewise, if you have any idea what is going on, about anything at all really, ever, we're here, and we'd like to know too! This post has been brought to you by TVTA random objects and old school schools of old school school stories.

 

Dinky Toys & Supertoys 1963 – *commercial break

Dinky Toys tinplate advert. 2013. Editions Atlas.


*TVTA is taking a short break and will return soon with more retro goodness.

We leave you with the following scans which are from a reproduced and licensed 2nd edition 1963 Dinky catalogue, as made available in 2013 by Editions Atlas Collections, France.






Images and Dinky logo copyright of Mattel and Editions Atlas. Scanned by TVTA for information and education purposes only.