Welcome to the latest Never Mind The Adverts Here Are The Toys!
Time to take a look at a toy that I always wanted as a kid but never had. Now, as an adult collector, I can finally say I have one! The original box is in a sorry state but the vehicle works perfectly (just needs a replacement bulb for the photon torpedo). After a good clean up and a trip to the shops to buy a monster load of batteries, I had the Big Trak following my commands along the kitchen floor like a good one. Oh, and the thing was so noisy it set off the neighbour’s dog upstairs barking.
Welcome to the world of the mighty electronic Big Trak!
BIG TRAK (US) or Bigtrak (Europe) was a computerised toy vehicle created by Milton Bradley in 1979. This six-wheeled tank-like space monster came with attractive decals, a front-mounted blue photon beam headlamp and an integrated programmable keypad that remembered up to 16 commands which it then executed in sequence. The US version was moulded in grey plastic while the European version was white. A companion unit was sold separately – the Big Trak Transporter – a trailer which could be attached to the rear that carried and dumped loads in response to Big Trak’s pre-programmed commands. Big Trak was relaunched in 2010 by Zeon Ltd who produced replicas of the original.
Hamleys. UK. 1983.
Thanks for requiring batteries with us 🙂 Join us again soon for another edition of Never Mind The Adverts!
… here are the toys. Part 11. Today we take a quick look at some modern goodies like Adventure Time, Harry Potter and Star Wars Funko Pop Vinyls, Pez, Mr Men/Little Miss and Rubik’s Cube food promotion toys, and a cool Doctor Who Titans Tardis!As always, thanks for looking 🙂
Princess Leia Pop Vinyl Bobble-Head. Wootbox exclusive.
Adventure Time Pop Vinyl. Marceline.
Pez Donkey Kong and TMNT.
Titans Tardis. Wootbox exclusive.
Rubik’s Cube. From the Quick Magic Box meal collection.
Mr Men and Little Miss. From the McDonald’s Happy Meal collection.
Ron Weasley. Harry Potter Pop Vinyl Mystery Minis.
Welcome to a special ‘Never Mind The Adverts Here Are The Toys’ in which TVTA grabs a few goodies from the toy box and attempts to match them up with their advert counterparts. Modern and vintage, anything goes today! Thanks for looking 🙂
Ecto 1. Wootbox exclusive. 2018.
US. Tales of the Teen Titans. 1985.
Secrets of Haunted House. 1981. US.
Corgi Juniors Superman.
US. Weird War Tales. 1979.
Takara transforming X-Wing Fighter. 1978. Japan.
Takara X-Wings. Collectable postcard. Star Wars The Toys Chronicle Books. 1995.
The shootout. Photo TVTA.
Kenner X-Wing and figures. Collectable postcard. Star Wars The Toys Chronicle Books. 1995.
Various figures and accessories from vintage Playmobil indian sets.
A TVTA mystery toy special! NASA formed in 1958 and West Germany ceased to be in 1990 – so this toy set which I picked up for under a tenner at my local vintage toy shop was produced anywhere between those two dates, likely the late 70s early 80s? The figurines are approx 1 inch tall, and like the lunar module and rocket vehicle have ‘W GERMANY’ stamped on them as COO (Country Of Origin). The red pilot figure has no COO stamp but has the same uniform as the others, and was likely meant for a vehicle that’s missing from the set? I made this quick dio using card, rocks and sand.
Edit: 20/11/17. Thanks to TVTA agent Arohk over on the TIG forum I’ve found out the origins of these toys. Fast forward to the end of this post to find out!
Mystery solved! The figures and “Lunar Set” were originally made by Jean Höfler, with the figures eventually being licensed out to Plong bubblegum in North America. The following images are all courtesy of the excellent site: blechroboter.de