Category Archives: TOY CATALOGUES

Siku – quality die cast toys from Germany

Siku’s origins began in the German town of Ludenscheid in 1921. It was founded by Richard Sieper, a toolmaker working in metals and plastics. Early production items included aluminium cutlery, tools, belt buckles, buttons, military badges and decorations. The company went on to became a leader in the field of thermo-plastics, and in 1950 registered the name SIKU – formed from the first two letters of Sieper, and the first two letters of Kunstoff – the German word for synthetic material or plastic. Adapted from: Siku history

Below are scans taken from a German multi-lingual product catalogue showing the 1980 – 1981 range.


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UK. Eagle. 1983.


Thanks for looking!

2008 Airfix catalogue UK

The 2008 UK Airfix catalogue features model-making kits for Doctor Who and Wallace and Gromit along with the typical military vehicles and soldiers the Airfix brand is famous for. The high-quality 97 page catalogue was aimed at the UK market and is packed with wonderful photographs. Below are a few sample scans.

Doctor Who. The cover features a cheeky appearance from the Tardis to make the first letter ‘i’ of ‘Airfix’.

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Thanks for looking!

 

1984 Airfix catalogue UK

This 1984 UK catalogue for the famous Airfix brand features model-making kits for Star Wars, Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider and Fall Guy, as well as vehicle sets, birds, dinosaurs, skeletons, the Red Arrows display team and other cool kits!

This high-quality catalogue aimed at the UK market is packed with wonderful colourful photographs and retailed at £1.45.

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Airfix catalogue. 1984. UK. Front cover.

Inside cover featuring Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike models against a neon style background of sprue and model parts – perhaps a nod towards the film Tron?

Dinosaurs and the ghoulish Airfix skeleton kit!

Head to head. 1984 Corvette vs Toyota Celica Supra car test.

Nature sets featuring wild birds, and a challenge for modellers with superior painting skills!

Classic ships.

Red Arrows.

Star Wars. The Rebels. Resist the dark forces of the galaxy!

Star Wars. Imperial Forces. Crush the rebellion!

Various Star Wars kits and some of the Airfix New for ’84 range.

Airfix Space and Airliners kits.

TV thrills! Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider and Fall Guy sets.

The Masterpiece Collection.

Military Tanks and Troops.

Military Aircraft.

Sea Power.

Classic Fighters.

Helicopters.


You can also see scans from the 1983 Airfix catalogue, French edition here

Thanks for looking!

Toy shop snap shot: Hamleys of Regent Street London W.1.

Peter and Jane: We Have Fun. Lady Bird Books. 1964 / 2004.


Hamleys toy shop based in Regent Street, London, England, was founded in 1760 by William Hamley. It is the biggest and oldest toy shop in the world, and prides itself on selling not only traditional toys but newer toys that enter the market. Hamleys Book of Toys, Sports and Games, Christmas 1983 states

“Whilst traditional toys and dolls are as popular as ever, a vast revolution has nevertheless taken place in toyland. Electronic games and home computers have captured the imagination of children and their parents throughout the world.”

The Hamleys book goes on to announce the creation of a vast 4,000 sq. ft electronic games complex called ‘A Step Ahead’ with trained technology advisors on hand to guide customers through what surely must have been described back then as ‘video game heaven’.



Hamleys also announce another new department ‘Small World’ featuring international dolls furniture and miniatures, as well as extra space given over for their ground floor Star Wars department.

The 123 page Hamleys Christmas book is wonderfully presented with photographs and descriptive text, giving us a sense of not just what the toys looked like back in 1983 but what they did too, Enjoy the scans!

The 1983 Christmas Book of Toys, Sports and Games by Hamleys. Front and rear cover. The front ‘cover subject’ is “Toy Lady” while the back features one of Hamleys famous bears.































Hamleys “A Step Ahead” Electronic Games Complex







That’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed the scans. Thanks for looking 🙂

Further reading: A history of Hamleys by Hamleys

 

Scalextric – trade catalogues, part two

Scalextric is a leading brand of slot-car racing that was developed in the UK by Bentram “Freddie” Francis in 1957. Below are some scans and photographs taken from the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Scalextric trade catalogues. These high-quality industry catalogues are packed with amazing colour photographs of (the then) upcoming products. The copies I acquired included dealer suggested price lists, a poster, and a DVD. You can see part one here when I looked at the 1989, 1990 and 1991 catalogues. Click pics to enlarge.


47th Edition Trade Catalogue. 2006.

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48th Edition Trade Catalogue. Special 50th Anniversary 1957 – 2007.

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49th Edition Trade Catalogue. 2008.

Featuring sets from James Bond, The Italian Job, Transformers, The Simpsons.

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Check out the story of Scalextric at the official site

Scalextric – trade catalogues, part one

Scalextric is a leading brand of slot-car racing that was developed in the UK by Bentram “Freddie” Francis in 1957. Below are some scans and photographs taken from the 1989, 1990 and 1991 Scalextric trade catalogues. These high-quality industry catalogues are packed with amazing colour photographs of (the then) upcoming products. The copies I acquired included dealer suggested price lists, a poster, and a DVD. You can see part two here which takes a look at the 2006, 2007 and 2008 catalogues. Click pics to enlarge.


30th Edition Trade Catalogue. 1989.

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Knight Rider Turbo Boost and Pursuit Mode Sets

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31st Edition Trade Catalogue. 1990.

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32nd Edition Trade Catalogue. 1991.

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Batman Chase and Leap sets

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Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles Turtle Power and Turtles to the Rescue sets

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Check out the story of Scalextric at the official site

Welcome Greece to TVTA ! Mister P Toy catalogue

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TVTA is always pleased to add paperworks from countries it’s never featured before. Today’s post welcomes Greek toy company Mister P which manufactered and distributed toys between the late 60s and the late 70s. According to the Greek Toy Museum Rhodes Mister P made high-quality toys – usually vehicle types, of which the Mini Cooper below was a top-selling example.

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Mercedes 450 SE

I can personally attest to the high quality of at least one of their toys: Christmas, 1980-ish, I received from good ol’ Santa the Mercedes 450 SE remote controlled car; a beast of a toy (sizewise almost on par with Action Man vehicles) complete with flashing lights and opening boot/bonnet.

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I had no idea that my childhood Mercedes was made by Mister P. So was very pleased to see the inclusion of it in the 23 page catalogue I recently acquired. The catalogue contains a host of road and air vehicles, slot car racing sets and trains. Most of the toys are depicted with some truly delightful artwork. Click to enlarge the images.

Thanks for looking 🙂


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Palitoy Action Man poster catalogue

1980 British poster catalogue featuring Action Man figures, clothing, accessories and vehicles from the Palitoy company.


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