Category Archives: Latest ads

Cat gifts from Japan #2 – Starlog Jan 1981

Wooof just told me to post up the rest of the goodies from the 1981 Starlog magazine he brought back from Japan – the one with the exceedingly cool free cassette labels that we featured here. So let’s begin with a scan of the front cover followed by some selected pages…

Starlog Japan, January 1981. Also known as Starlog & Future Life. Front cover.

Starlog Japan, January 1981. Contents page.

The theme of this issue was welcoming in the New Year 1981 while saying goodbye to the previous year 1980. This is reflected throughout many of the pages, along with one of Japan’s biggest loves… robots!

Hello Artoo 🙂 Why on the black list? Been upsetting those mean Sith again? Great work droid, keep it up!

 

It’s the same robot that appears on the contents page. I wonder if this is Starlog Japan’s mascot?

I don’t know who or what this cool-looking robot is. There is a Disney copyright printed at the top of the page, so time to head off to the research room! *** EDIT 12/12/17 *** Big thanks to For Tyeth for identifying the robot as Maximilian from The Black Hole.

Advert for Heavy Metal magazine.

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu

Flash Gordon.

Michael Sullivan. One Point.

Sci-fi and fantasy Books.

Star Wars. Not sure what this is exactly. Some kind of advert for stickers or transfers? The drawings are similar to some Star Wars bootleg collectables I’ve seen like horse racing games. They may be playing cards as they have the suit symbols on them. Help me Japanese readers… you’re my only hope

Thanks for looking   🙂


 

1980s sci-fi and fantasy merchandise

Back in the eighties if you wanted to get your hands on some cool sci-fi and fantasy merchandise you went to your local comic shop or you sent off for mail order via adverts found in comic books and magazines. The following are a selection of adverts found in US Starlog and UK Starburst publications.

Stores and mail order

US. Starlog. 1984.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

US. Starlog. 1980.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

US. Starlog. 1980.

Books and publications

UK. Starburst. 1989.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

US. Starlog. 1983.

US. Starlog. 1980.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

Role Playing

US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.

Film and video

UK. Starburst. 1989.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

UK. Starburst. 1988.

Daylight Saving Time

Did you remember to put back your clocks last night? It took absolutely ages for me and Wooof to reset our watches!

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

US. Jonah Hex. 1978.

USA. New Marvel Universe. 1988.

USA. Starlog 71. 1983.

UK. 1981.

UK. Empire. 2016.

US. Time. 1980.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1985.

US. Time. 1980.

France. Geo 163. 1992.

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

The ever-lovin’ Thing

Ol’ Blue-eyes is back, and he has Big Ben caps galore. Free with issue 1, 1984. Don’t be bashful!

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1984.


In other vintage news…

It wasn’t just Ben offering goodies in the 70s and 80s for Marvel readers. Ever seen Hulk flying a kite? Want one? An Aer-O-Bat Stunt Kite that is?

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


The Polaroid… instant photographic proof… instant regret! How do I delete? Don’t worry, it’s old-school, you can just tear it in half… then quarters… and so on…

France. Pif Gadget 612. 1980.


Nutella, 1981. The ad roughly translates as “Hunting season for the butterflies is open!” This wasn’t an invitation to go blasting insects all over the beautiful French countryside with a shotgun – just a play on words that encouraged Nutella lovers to look out for special jar promotions of butterflies of the world images.

France. Pif Gadget 652. 1981.


A cool trio of toys from GIFTS 4 U, 1978. Mercedes Sonic Control Car, Starsky and Hutch car, Batman and Superman Bop Bags…

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


Get your Palitoy Action Man figures behind the controls of some of the best vehicles around!

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.


Brush up on your World War II comic book German and English sayings with this Airfix ad featuring two iconic war planes.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1980.


Read Red Dagger and, er, brush up on your World War II comic book German and English sayings!

UK. Red Dagger N° 3. 1980.


Read Frantic.


Read Superman!

France. 1980.


Read Doctor Who Magazine and Weekly.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1984.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1980.


Read Filles Magazine!

France. Pif Gadget 869. 1985.


The Fastest Goal. Smiths Football Crazy Crunchy Snacks Fascinating Facts File No 93.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1980.


Thanks for looking!

Latest toy ads just in

From Denmark, Germany, Italy and the UK… Action Man, Action Team, Micronauts, Barbie, Pocketeers, Power Machines, Engineer Set, Fix-it Trucks and Boaterific.

Denmark. 1967.

Germany. 1977.

Germany. 1978.

Germany. 1978.

Denmark. 1987.

Germany. 1982.

Italy. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1981.

UK. Ideal catalogue. 1972.

UK. Ideal catalogue. 1972.

Treat yourself

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”
― Mae West

Why not treat yourself to…

a delicious ice cream

UK. 2000 AD and Tornado. 1980.


a refreshing Coke

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


a whisky


a cigarette

France. Rigolo. 1983.


a journey back to 1979 to watch Mad Max (time machine required)

France. Métal Hurlant. 1981.


a good laugh

UK. Film Fun. 1957.


Chocolate

UK. Maltesers. Film Fun. 1957


more chocolate

France. Picsou. 1984.


a 90s style fun night in with the family playing Nintendo (time machine required)

Denmark. 1991


Treat yourself to…

some quality time in your garden or allotment


flesh-eating plants

US. 1976.


a Monkey-face Leia figurine

US. Kenner. 1995.


a new camera

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.


a new stereo hi-fi system and turntable

Denmark. 1967.


Treat yourself to…

a fab game of Don’t Dump the Daisy

UK. Ideal. 1972.


the Best of Pink Panther TV pocket book, France

France. Superman. 1980.


a mini spy camera!

US. 1976.


Treat yourself to…

Starburst 1980!

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1980.


Treat yourself to…

an entry into the Star Wars Helix stationery prize competition 1978 (time machine required)

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


And finally… wow, just wow… treat yourself to…

a TVTA prototype Ladybug telephone time machine pat pending Mk II time buster! *

TVTA Time Machine Mk II

Go on…

treat yourself.

You know you want to!

🙂

* The TVTA time machine Mk II does not currently work. The last time it did was in June 1994 when TVTA successfully made a return trip to 12th century Venus. Feel free to jiggle around with a screwdriver and duct tape and you may get it working again!

Modern vs Vintage

I was wondering how to present these ten modern paperworks I recently scanned – and I thought let’s see if I can twin them up with vintage counterparts. A sort of new versus old. Shiny versus retro. It took me a while to go through my archives looking for suitable matchups – especially anything vintage I might have with Spider-woman on it! Ultimately it was a fun exercise involving adverts and comic covers. Here are the results…  (click pics to go bigger)


Spider-woman. 2008 vs 1980.


Hulk. 2008 vs 1977.


Superman. 2013 vs 1979


Wrestling. 2008 vs 1989


G.I. Joe. 2009 vs 1988


2000 AD. 2017 vs 1988


Doctor Who. 2013 vs 1979


Playmobil. 2014 vs 1978


Lego. 2014 vs 1978


Iron Man. 2014 vs 1978

Thanks for looking 🙂

A 1926 Sunday Pictorial

Flappers, Film, Fashion and Food. Images from The Sunday Pictorial, January 31, 1926.


Mrs Mary K. Chapman’s Mysterious Hair Colour Restorer


A few etceteras for women and young girls.


Craven A. “The only cigarette made specially to prevent sore throats.”


A touch of hectic. What modern audiences want


“Stella Dallas” and “The Teaser”


Lady Windermere’s Fan


Quaker Oats


Pompeian Beauty Powder


Olva


Bovril


Yorkshire Blanket Co.


H.P. Sauce.


Hovis Bread


Look for the Cat’s Head

(specially chosen by Wooof)


Camp Coffee


Going Underground

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Thank you for travelling with TVTA.

I need gorilla info – fast!

So I’ll just go check my preferred search engine of choice.

But back in pre-internet days, if I wanted to find out about gorillas, or leopards, or Indian elephants, I had to work for it. It usually involved a trip to the local or school library, or consultation with the hefty family encylopedia that was so heavy it required two people to lift it from the  bookshelf, or questions aimed at one of my more brainier friends or relatives. Or else, if I’d have known they’d existed in 1980-something or so, I could have collected Animal Cards!

Animal Cards. This four page UK promotional leaflet from Heron Books came inside a copy of Star wars Weekly from 1980. Readers were invited to become subscribers and receive card sets and a filing case in which to store them. The cards were printed with colour photographs, facts and information, and contained four different ways of filing classification depending on your favourite category. The promotional leaflet contains a written endorsement from the World Wildlife Fund.


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Thanks for stopping by  🙂


In other gorilla news…

US. Weird War Tals. 1974.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

UK. Planet of the Apes and Dracula Lives. #94. 1976.

1975 Penguin UK edition of Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle.

US. The Defenders. 1977.

This just in …

Netherlands. 1983.

48, 55, 73, 76, 81, 98.

Do you have a favourite number? Can you find the numbers in the adverts below? What is the significance of the numbers in the post title? Some numbers may be relevant to you, others not. TVTA is proud to present a selection of twentieth century numbers. In no particular order. Join us as we countdown in three, two, one…


31.


007.


13.


6,000,000.


4.


5.


2.


2.


2000.


2 + A (1) = 3.


1664.


666.


999.


101.

France. Pif Gadget N° 616. 1981.


6.

UK. Film Review. July 1979.


1.

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.


440.

US. Weird War Tales. 1981.


5.

UK. Doctor Who Magazine. 2013.


1 – 90 or 1- 75 and other variations.


54.


100.

Ron Wing to rule them all

US. Creepy Mag. 1980.

Wooof just came flying into the scanning room in a state of panic.

“What’s the trouble?” I said.

“I accidently messed up the settings on our new time machine,” replied the cat. “We have less than six minutes before time splits into two, erases our recent posts, and the bailiffs come to take our scanner! In addition to this, we’ll be talking in spoonerisms and nonsense.”

“Bloody hell Wooof,” I said. “We already talk enough nonsense at The Vintage Toy Advertiser as it is. And may I remind you, the last time this happened we ended up crashing into the darkside of Planet Jupiter!”

“Stop moaning,” said the cat. “And post up the ads!”

INSERT TIME TRAVEL NOISE HERE: Whooooooooshhhhhhhh…

(six minutes later)

Wooof just came skying into the flanning room in a plate of static.

“Trots the wubble?” I said.

“I maccidently assed up the settings on our new wine machine,” replied the cat. “We have less than six biscuits before time tits into sploo, erases our decent roasts, and the bailiffs come to bake our spanner! In addition to this, we’ll be talking in noonerisms and sponsense.”

“Hoody bell Wooof!” I said. “We already talk enough nonsense at The Toasted Sandwich Advertiser as it is. And ray I me-mind you, the last time this happened we ended up crashing into the backside of Janet Plutiter!”

“Mop stoning,” said the cat. “And toast up the pads!”


TVTA is proud to present a tantalising mixed-up time treat of inflatable bunnies, scarecrows, rollerskates, kangaRoos, monsters and spooks, and more inflatables!

Playmates Bunnies. Ideal Toys catalogue. 1972. UK.


Scarecrow Target Set. Ideal Toys catalogue. 1972. UK.


Lundi rollerskates. Denmark. 1980.


Pop Wheels. Italy. Topolino. 1978.


Gioca rollerskates. Topolono. Italy. 1978


KangaRoos. Denmark.


KangaRoos. Denmark.


Monsters and Spooks model kits. Airfix catalogue. 1984. UK.


Slim Jim. Jonah Hex. 1978. US.


US. 1976.


US. 1976.


Feel the love or feel the pain? Elastic Man and Elastic Monstre get stretchy. France. 1978.


Playmate’s Disney characters. Ideal Toys catalogue. 1972. UK.


Tom and Jerry Playmates inflatables. UK. Ideal catalogue. 1972.

Selected ads from The Gramophone, September, 1955

The Gramophone is a monthly classical music magazine that was founded in 1923 by the English-born Scottish author Compton Mackenzie and his brother-in-law – Britain’s first DJ Christopher Stone.

Front cover of The Gramophone, September, 1955. Cost – one Shilling.

The issue I acquired is from September, 1955 – VOL. XXXIII – No. 388. It consists of 68 pages of classical and operatic musical reviews and features. There are a number of adverts dedicated to 1950s music recording technology and related accessories, a small selection of which are featured below.

W.H. Barnes LTD.

Monarch autochanger. Birmingham Sound Reproducers LTD.

Winel gramophone record storage cases.

A festival of favourites from Decca Records.

Record Housing with Nordyk cabinets.

Broadcaster stylus needles.

Trixette gramophones.

E.A.R. Balanced High Fidelity. A750 gramophones.

Collaro tape transcription units.

His Master’s Voice vinyl recordings.

Ferrograph tape unit.

Quad II amplifier.

Don Giovanni.

Columbia Records.


That’s all for this post. Thanks for looking 🙂