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Never mind the adverts (Pt9)

Welcome to part 9 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on James Bond 007 Spy cards.


A collection completed!

Today I finally completed my 007 trading card set! I needed five cards to finish, two of them super-rares. The cards were released in 2008 by GE Fabbri Ltd alongside a fortnightly run of magazines containing facts and info on the James Bond films. The magazines and cards were available to buy in UK newsagents. There were 275 cards to collect, trade and play with (each card has numerical statistics similar to Top Trumps).

A collectors tin was offered with issue 2 in which to store your cards. Mini albums were also available if you wanted to display in a reading format. Other items included a 007 spy pen and a burglar alarm toy. Some of the items were only available for subscribers and were not sold in shops.

Got, got, got, haven’t got, got…

After spending a small fortune and finding that I needed only a dozen or so cards to finish, I stopped buying the cards as I was only turning up doubles. When GE Fabbri discontinued the line I was disappointed to learn that unlike other trading card companies such as Panini, they didn’t offer an end service to buy directly any remaining cards needed. So, it was off to eBay for me to chase the stragglers. At first it was easy, but trying to find the last five I needed for a fair price proved to be difficult. That is until this week, when after a considerable hiatus I decided to hunt down those last stragglers and got lucky!

And here they are…


A small breakdown of what was available either in-store or as a subscriber exclusive…

Issue 1 backing board that was available in newsagents for the series launch. In the foreground is the collectable storage tin that came with issue 2..


Storage tin showing a complete collection of the 275 trading cards. You can also see the double-sided poster standing in the inside of the lid which doubled as a checklist to track and mark off each card.


007 burglar alarm toy, two spy pens, and the wrapper from an opened pack of cards.


Series magazines and cardboard storage box.


The name’s Bond. James Bond. These cards are dedicated to the various actors who played the role.


Villains, allies, Bond girls, gadgets and vehicles!








To sum up, I’m delighted to finally finish this collection. The colourful cards are packed with interesting characters, gadgets and vehicles that span all the Bond films up to Daniel Craig’s first outing. There are plenty of metallic foils to collect along with a small number of super-rare tilting double image cards, making this set hard to complete yet not impossible – even almost ten years later on the secondary market. The magazines are well-produced and the extras are good fun. The collectors tin adds a touch of elegance but needs to be handled with care as the metal is very thin and prone to dents and scratches.

Marks out of ten for the entire set and the collecting experience: a solid 8.5.


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Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt7)

Welcome to part 7 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on vintage and modern Playmobil figures.

Playmobil is one of my favourite toy lines for its simplicity, feel-good factor and traditional themes. As an archiver of toy advertising and a bit of a junkie when it comes to collecting toys, it’s always fun to add some Playmobil, whether from the secondary market, new, or by nagging the family to dig out any childhood stuff. Some of the following sets below are incomplete, but will still, I’m sure, have the power to bring a smile to your face.


First up…. vintage Playmobil Indians from the late 70s / early 80s

Various figures and accessories from vintage Playmobil indian sets.


And the band(s) played on

Circus bands. The top is a vintage set from the mid 1970s missing a few pieces, while the bottom is from circa 1991 and is missing the stage and a cymbal stand.


The Midnight Café

I was pleased with how this photo turned out. This set was available in France as a mail away order in the Playmobil catalogue supplement.


Rabbit Klicky Bunny Bizarreness!

Playmobil Easter bunny with eggs, basket and cane. Loose and packaged example. This strange but cute figure was given away in meals by French fast-food chain Quick in 2016. It has the feet and head of a rabbit appearing on the body of a Playmobil figure. The character is the same as the one sold in 2014 in the Playmobil Easter calendar pack. Playmo Easter bunnies can be dated back to 2004.

More Quick promotional Playmo figures

Sealed baggies. Quick promo figures from 2014 / 2015.


Recreio Comic from Brazil

Brazil. Sealed Recreio comic with Playmobil promotional figure in baggie. 2015.


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E-Rangers Robot and driver. 2012. This very cool toy has articulated arms, legs and feet, and can grasp objects. It comes with a crate of red rocks for lifting (not pictured).


Elvis and Lady Gaga are in the house

From Playmobil’s ‘Fi?ures’ collection. 2011. Series 2 Elvis and Series 3 Lady Gaga.


Vintage Playmo-Space

Vintage Playmo-space. GE 5P robot with RG 9-5 vehicle and figure. Circa 1980.


Playmobil Special Plus

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From the Playmobil Special Plus collection. Fairy and deer. 2016. This particular set was given away free by French company Prince when you collected ten tokens from their biscuit products.


Baby Dinosaur

Baby dinosaur, dinosaur egg, scientist. Circa 2011.


Table tennis

Table tennis players from 2011.


Zulu

Playmobil Zulu warrior. 2009.


Executioner

Off with their heads!! I call him “The Executioner of Lille”. He’s actually from the 2011 Playmobil ‘FI?URES’ Series 1 line


Zombie Pirates

I call these my “Zombie Pirates” but they’re really just various ghost pirates pulled together from sets between 2009 and 2012 to form an undead motley crew of ocean-bound vagabonds.

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Dates quoted from official Playmobil catalogues.

Thanks also to Klickypedia


 

Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt6)

Welcome to part 6 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on the best (or 2nd best depending on your stance) musical band to come out of the Star Wars original trilogy films:

Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band

Original concept artwork by Ralph McQuarrie.


US toy manufacturer Kenner released the Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band play-set in 1983 for their 3.75 inch action figure line. The characters are representative of the alien pop band hired by gangster Jabba the Hutt in the third installment of the original Star Wars trilogy film Return of the Jedi. The play-set was also released for the european Trilogo line and the Spanish Lili Ledy line.

Sy Snootles

Image Lucasfilm.

Singing from curling lips that sprout from the end of her long proboscis, with spindly legs and arms, could Sy Snootles be the galactic female equivalent of Mick Jagger? There are barely a handful of female O/T Star Wars figures; luckily Sy Snootles attempts to make up for this by being one of the grooviest and most interesting-looking alien of the entire line. Her action figure does her fine justice.


Max Rebo

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Max Rebo is the floppy-eared blue elephant-like keyboard player and leader of the Max Rebo Band. He comes from planet Orto and his species is Ortolan. His piano is called a Red Ball Organ.


Droopy McCool

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Droopy McCool is a flute-playing Kitonak from planet Kirdo III

 


This is the second Sy Snootles and the Rebo band I’ve owned. My first was a boxed Trilogo which I traded a while back for other Stars Wars stuff. Here are a couple of pics I saved.



I really love this set and wish that Kenner had also made some Biths for a cantina band play-set. That would be some jam session putting both bands together!

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Sources:

Star Wars The Essential Guide To Characters by Andy Mangels. Boxtree. 1996.

Imperialgunneryforum.com

Starwars.com


 

Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt5)

Welcome to part 5 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on a mixed selection of toys and games both vintage and new.


First up is this plastic Snoopy figurine stamped United Feature Syndicate Inc. 1958 1966.

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Next is this Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons adventure board game made by Peter Pan Playthings in 1993.

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Colour Dominoes circa 1980. Made by Spear’s Games.

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1979 Mastermind made by Invicta Games.

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Next is a 2016 Playmobil Special Plus set that came free with a promotional offer from Prince biscuits in France.

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1995 Rupert 75th anniversary die cast and plastic vans set from Lledo.

If you like Rupert Bear you can also check out my post on Rupert annuals: This Book Belongs To

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And finally… a novelty gift from a good friend over on the Imperial Gunnery forum. It’s Star Wars… it’s Play-Doh… it’s got an X-Wing! It’s awesome! It’s Can-Heads …

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Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt4)

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L to R : Judges Anderson, Death and Dredd.

Welcome to part 4 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on the 1999 Re-Action Figures line for British comic 2000 AD. The series was short-lived, but did provide a good choice of classic characters from the comics. The loose set I picked up was complete but for the Durham Red and Johnny Alpha figures as featured in Strontium Dog. Included below are pictures of Judges Anderson, Dredd and Death from Judge Dredd, followed by Slaine and Ukko from Slaine.


Judge Anderson

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Judge Dredd

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Judge Death

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Slaine

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Slaine and Ukko

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Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt3)

Welcome to part 3 of TVTA’s regular series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on vintage and modern Star Wars toys.


Biker Scout and Speederbike (Kenner)

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Princess Leia (Kenner)

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Boba Fett (Kenner)

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Luke Skywalker Farmboy (Kenner)

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Tusken Raider (Kenner)

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IG-88 (Kenner)

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Landspeeder (Palitoy)

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The Black Series

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R2-D2

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Kylo Ren

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Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot

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Star Wars Transformers – Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot (Hasbro)

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Jigsaw, Star Wars black box (Kenner)

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Lando Calrissian (Kenner)

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Ree-Yees (Kenner)

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Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot (Trilogo)

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ROTJ two-pack, Admiral Ackbar and Princess Leia (Kenner)

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