Category Archives: TOY CATALOGUES

Dutch Retro Part One

Presenting a new series of some of the coolest toys available in the 1980s as advertised in the Netherlands. Catalogue scans are from Dutch editions of Speelboom Club Journal, De Speelboom and Intertoys Speelboek. Enjoy 🙂

The Karate Kid, construction sets and robots. Speelboom Club Journal N°5. 1987.

Masters of the Universe. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Playmobil. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Lego. Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987.

Monchhichi. Speelbomm N°5. 1988.

My Little Pony. Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1986.

Barbie. De Speelboom N°3. Nov. 1987.

Family Tree House. De Speelboom N°3. Nov 1987.

Hot Wheels. Speelboom Club Journal N°2. 1987.

Popples, Revell and Lego Technic. Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1096.

Micro-Machines. Speelboom N°5. 1988.

Thanks for going Dutch with us, join us again soon for more 80s toy goodness 🙂

Steiff plush animals – for ever yours

Since 1880, Steiff has been making plush toys and collectibles that set the world standard for quality. Each Steiff animal is meticulously hand-sewn and hand-finished by our staff of talented artisans in Giengen, Germany. The company is perhaps best-known for its bears – Steiff invented the Teddy bear in 1902. Since the firm was founded by Margarete Steiff in 1880, more than 16,000 different designs for animals have been created. Vintage Steiff pieces are regularly sold on the secondary market for thousands of dollars.

Steiff animals are made from mohair, alpaca, cashmere, 100 percent cotton velvet, 100 percent wool felt, and valuable woven plush – a material usually reserved for the high fashion industry. Manufacturing is still done by hand in our 103-year-old factory in Germany. Steiff products are often considered family heirlooms and are passed from generation to generation.

Steiff toys last so long because they are extremely well-made and vigorously tested – surpassing all U.S. and international toy safety standards. Vintage Steiff toys from the company’s earlier years have sold at auction for more than $100,000. Collectors treasure Steiff products for their artistry, beauty, and lasting value. Children love their friendly faces, cuddly fur, and realistic designs. When “only the best” is good enough, Steiff is the only choice. Steiff North America, Inc. 

Margaret Strong Bears / The Strong Museum

1985 catalogue

1986 catalogue

Hamleys catalogue page, 1983, UK

Scans made by TVTA from the 1985, 1986 and 1988 Steiff catalogues, US; and Hamleys 1983 catalogue, UK. Information taken from SteiffUSA,com


Solido Catalogue 1973

Presenting scans from the French 1973 Solido die cast cars catalogue. Solido was established in 1930 by Ferdinand de Vazeilles in France. The company continues to produce die cast vehicles for the toy market today. You can see my Solido adverts here

“Solido likes to make cars for you; the rarest or the most beautiful; the most powerful or the most expensive; the most glorious or the most modern… that’s why the young and the collectors of the world wait for the new Solido models”  

All images from the Solido 1973 catalogue, France. Scanned by TVTA. Sources and further reading:

Solido Wikipedia entry

Solido website:  Solido