Do toys prove to be a better investment than gold, art, and financial securities?

Lego Space. Denmark. 1987. TVTA/Jaltesorensen.

Depending on condition, rarity and market demand, I would say yes, they could do. A study published December 3, 2021 by HSE University economists states that “Unusual ways of investment, such as collecting toys, can generate high returns.” One of the study’s authors, Victoria Dobrynskaya, says:

“We are used to thinking that people buy such items as jewellery, antiques or artworks as an investment. However, there are other options, such as collectible toys. Tens of thousands of deals are made on the secondary LEGO market. Even taking into account the small prices of most sets, this is a huge market that is not well-known by traditional investors.” 

Read the HSE article here

Lego sets various. Autumn Bargains catalogue. 1986. UK. TVTA.

Time to break out your old Lego to see if you have anything of value to sell?

Hold on… to gain maximum profit you must first have something that is still in its original sealed box and in mint condition. Second, it needs to be an item that was popular and sought after (think Star Wars Lego sets) and produced as a limited run or as a special exclusive. Third, does the item have nostalgia and worldwide appeal value?

This is not to say that if you have a well-looked after complete Lego set which has been opened and played with, and with the original box and instructions still lying around somewhere, you won’t get a good return on what you originally paid. If you have just the complete Lego toy but no box and instructions however, then your return will be lower.

May The Toys Be With You

Star Wars 1978 Display Stand with First Twelve action figures. TVTA.

The same can be said for Star Wars toys and collectables made between 1978 to around 1985. Some items in mint and unopened condition can go for thousands+, but so too can certain items that are no longer packaged and perhaps not even in that good condition. Rarity is key. In 2010, I paid 100 USD for an all original 1978 Star Wars Display Stand including the ‘first twelve’ figures meant to be displayed. I’ve since updated some of the figures with better condition and rarer specimens (thus increasing its value). The figure accessories are all original and some are very hard to find. If I sold the set today I would make a mouth-watering profit on that original hundred bucks I spent.

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You’ll Be Dynamite! TVTA is back!

Ayiyah!

Greetings vintage mates! TVTA is back from a six month hiatus and ready to kick ass in the name of vintage and retro goodness!

Fear no man!

Kung Fu. 1974. US.

These past six months have flown by, and while my other site The Atomic Mage (where I do my writing, poetry and Six Sentence Story contributions) has been healthily choo-chooing along, I can honestly say I’ve missed TVTA and all things retro!

Ayiyah!

AWMA martial arts uniforms. 1983. US.

October 2021 sees the return of your humble editor and his intrepid office cat Wooof, as we look to pay the outstanding rent, repair the roof, clear the archives of mice crap, send begging letters to Mrs Coldkettle the tea lady to come back, and get to grips with a brand new scanner which seems to have a mind of its own! (This morning I swear I heard it say to Wooof as he was trying to scan a Hello Kitty poster: “I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.”)

Pernickety scanners aside, what better time than the month of October to bring you images and ads for 1980s horror films, some cool horror magazine covers, and of course TVTA’s longstanding traditon of creating a Halloween pumpkin!

Med-Hed – the 2020 Halloween pumpkin creation by TVTA

Also coming up over the next few weeks will be some 1970s die cast toy catalogues, and a feature on my collection of Star Wars Black Series 6″ action figures!

As for today’s images… no idea why the martial arts theme… all we can say is…

Ayiyah!

Look what’s happening!

Dear vintage mates, greetings 😎 Hope you are all doing fine and dandy! For your info and perusal… 1… please check out the newest Ford & Spira collaboration at my sister site The Atomic Mage  2… I miss you! And you can expect a TVTA very special late-summer jamboree post celebrating some rather groovy collectables and pop culture goodies we have quite frankly been missing around here! 3… hah, you don’t expect us to miss Halloween do you? With only 145 days to go to the big event, Ford and intrepid TVTA office cat Wooof have been super mega hyper impressionnant busy designing this year’s cool Halloween pumpkin!! So expect a special post this October! 4… TVTA has also been busy building its skinny and puny body for this summer’s muscle-exposing superhuman oiled-up gurning tight pants skinny-to-megaspacemanhulk power muscle beach bodybuilding bamfest!  We are feckin’ ripped boyo!   
“Are you skinny? Feckin’ Ada, no more! Now, you too can build impressionnant muscles with TVTA!”

That’s all for now, vintage mates     Ford & Wooof 😍

TVTA’s new site is up!

Greetings, vintage mates! Below is the link to my new site which is mostly ready to rock now. I already made a few test posts there using blocks and so far it’s looking okay. Please join me there as I continue to unpack and decorate the place 🙂

It’s called The Atomic Mage

Over the next few days I’ll work my way to (re)following you from there, and please feel free to follow me too – or to coin the phrase of fellow blogger Julie over at Darkside Creative please bother me and I will bother you right back 🙂

In TVTA news… look out later this week for a collaboration post between myself and FT from FTSabersite in tribute to the first ever Gerry Anderson Day! I originally intended to post my part here at TVTA, but due to zero disc space it’s going to go up at The Atomic Mage.

In other TVTA news… I already miss this place after only a week in the wilderness! The domain name for TVTA is still (and will remain so) under my ownership, so don’t be surprised if I make one or two ‘special posts’ throughout the year. Never say never and all that.

A big thank you to everyone who has reached out with well wishes. Hope everyone is doing good, keeping safe and staying creative!

Best, Ford

TVTA is retiring (or was that just a hiatus?)

Greetings vintage mates.

It is with a degree of sadness yet a positivity for the future of my blogging endeavours that I am announcing the retirement of The Vintage Toy Advertiser. At the least it will be a hiatus or very long holiday.

Since 2011 my aim for the site was to create an online resource and archive showcasing vintage advertising and catalogue images spanning the subject of toys, movies, comics, video games, food & drink and much more!

Ten years on – I think I’ve largely done as much as I can and want to do for the time being regarding this. The decision has been made easier by my dissatisfaction with the WordPress drive of switching to blocks. As a paying customer I am no longer willing to part with money for a service which does not meet the needs of TVTA.

My archive (4.5K advert and catalogue images + hundreds of toy images from my own collection + hundreds of comic book and magazine covers) was always meant to be added to and enhanced. Having to edit with blocks is unwieldy and time-consuming to maintain the good standards of my work, and it seems there are far too many hoops to have to jump through just to publish even a simple post these days… when blogging should be easy, quick, and fit for everyone’s purpose?

Another issue is that I will soon reach my current plan limit for image space, requiring me to upgrade to the next and more expensive plan with additional features I do not need. Maybe WP could consider offering one-off extra image space packages for blogs which are picture heavy? I doubt that. As much as I’ve always loved WP, they never seem to listen.

So, onto the future…

I will be launching a new site soon. Likely on WP still, but without the costs I’ve been incurring. The site will be simple. Focussed on writing, art projects, and with the occasional feature on vintage books and comics.

As such, The Vintage Toy Advertiser will no longer be updated, and will be left in the capable paws of TVTA office cat extraordinaire Wooof to curate while he idly munches his way through cat biscuits and re-watches all those VHS films we never returned to Blockbusters.

As for my dear vintage mates here… I intend to very much keep in touch, and I would like to give a HUGE, huge, huge, massive, storming, magnificent, mammoth, mega-big thanks to everyone who has been a part of TVTA over these past ten years. The interaction, inspiration, encouragement, fun and laughs, likes, comments, reblogs, shares and links has quite simply made my days 😊

It’s April, and April is my big TVTA blog anniversary – 10 years old this month! And now a retirement to add to it. Sometimes these things work this way.

I’ll leave you with a quick gallery of a few of my favourite archived images over the years (too many to choose from!!), and I’ll be sure to post the link soon for my new site once it’s up and running.

Adios you lovelies, see you on the other side! 😎

Ford, editor TVTA



As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Wonder Woman

A TVTA Special.

Presenting:

The Vintage Toy Advertiser’s collection of Wonder Woman goodness as seen across the years in print advertising, comic books and toys!

Click images to go bigger, and enjoy this treat of one of the finest superheroes to grace the pages of comic books and the screen!

Wonder Woman N°240. 1978. Garcia Lopez et Dick Giordano.

Lynda Carter as TV’s Wonder Woman.

Wonder Woman Japanese Chirashi poster. 2017.

Wonder Woman 1984. Japanese chirashi. 2020.

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Tiswas

Tiswas is a British children’s television show which aired on Saturday mornings from 1974 to 1982. “Tiswas” stands for “Today Is Saturday: Watch And Smile. Presenters included Chris Tarrant, Sally James, Lenny Henry, John Gorman, and others – including returning special guests and famous personalities. One of the most popular characters was the masked Phantom Flan Flinger – the arch villain of the show who would think nothing twice of chucking a custard pie in your face.

The show was all about fun, mayhem, riotous and slapstick humour, jokes, custard pies, puppets, impersonations, music, and famous faces. Popular slots included ‘Flanorama’, ‘Compost Corner’, and ‘Flan Your Folks’. The show spawned a hit single called ‘The Bucket of Water Song’, performed by members of the cast as ‘The Four Bucketeers’.

My Saturday morning TV childhood memories are full to bursting with excellent programmes, but Tiswas will always have a special place for its sheer mayhem and fun.

Recently I received a little bit of Tiswas in my life again – namely an armful of 1981 issues of the Tiswas Family Fun Book (later Tiswas Magazine). Flantastic! Here are the covers, ads, and selected content – all wiped clean of custard pies, and dried out from their buckets of water soaking.

Enjoy! I’m off to practice my Dying Fly movements 🙂

Tiswas Family Fun Book Vol 1 N°9 1981.

Tiswas Book of Silly Superstitions 1981.

Tiswas official money box and digital watch. 1981.

Tiswas. Bob Carolgees and Spit the Dog.


Thank you for flinging flans with us 🙂

British comic book promotions in 1983, and a look at some Frank Langford ads

2000 AD Weekly Order newsagent form. 1983. UK.

Hope you’re staying healthy and well, vintage mates, as we continue on through the 2020 pandemic, into glorious May, and a new monthly edition for TVTA #110!

 

Today’s post is a surefire blast from the past which will take anyone who was around in Britain in the 1980s on a most pleasant stroll down memory lane.

From a lot of 1983 British comics which I ordered weeks ago – but which was only delivered this week – due to the pandemic – TVTA is pleased to present a range of comic book free gifts and promotions, plus some superb advert goodies from British artist Frank Langford.

Frank Langford (1926-1996)

Frank Cyril Langford was born Cyril J. Eidlestein in Stepney, London, on 2 June 1926. His earliest work in comics was in Roxy in the late 1950s. His highest-profile work in British comics was “The Angry Planet” (1963) in Boy’s World, some pages of which are signed “Eidlestein”, and the title strip in Lady Penelope (1966-69). From 1969 to 1973 he drew romance comics for DC in the US, in titles such as Secret HeartsYoung LoveYoung Romance and Falling in Love.

Angry Planet

“The Angry Planet” Boy’s World 1963

Langford also drew “Doctor Who” for Countdown (1971) TV Action (1973) and the Doctor Who Holiday Special (1973), “The Persuaders” (1973) for TV Action, and the daily strip Jack and Jill for the Herald and Sun (early ’70s).

Print adverts

He had a long-standing sideline in advertising strips, from ads for the W.R.A.C., Lyons Maid Ice Cream, Corgi Toys, KP Outer Spacers, and Philips Video Games Club – to name a few. Info adapted from UKComics.Fandom

Frank Langford – Philips Video Games Club

Philips Video Games Club with Terrahawks game. 1983. UK. Art Frank Langford.

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