Transformers – ’84 and on

The Transformers. 1989. Denmark.

Based on the Japanese TAKARA and BANDAI characters, Transformers was introduced to the US public in 1984 by HASBRO. Employing the classic scenario of the good guys versus the bad guys (Autobots vs Decepticons in this case), the concept of ‘transforming’ vehicles, weapons and animals into articulated action-packed robots proved to be hugely popular and prompted many other toy companies into making products of a similar concept. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of international print adverts featuring Transformers toys and merchandise.

Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987. Netherlands.

De Speelboom N°3. 1987. Netherlands.

Alpha Flight. 1985. US.

Eagle and Tiger. 1985. UK.

Eagle. 1984. UK.

Eagle. 1984. UK.

ROTJ. 1986. UK.

Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1986. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987. Netherlands.

Transformers Beast Wars. More Fun From Kenner catalogue. 1997. US.

Transformers Beast Wars. Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143. 2006. US.

Scalextric Catalogue 49th Edition. 2008. UK.

Transformers: The Last Knight. Les Cinémas Gaument Pathé. 2017. France.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Are you feline lucky?

Good afternoon vintage mates. Do you think black cats are lucky or unlucky? Check out some cool vintage black cats by Wibi Wonders and enjoy. I reckon they’re perfect for good luck, for Halloween, and office cats called Wooof approve of them too 🙂

Wibi Wonders

Excuse the pun – I couldn’t resist! There’s not only the international ‘Black Cat Appreciation Day’ (always in August) but also a ‘National Black Cat Day’ here in the UK (always in October). Why?According to the Cat Protection Society, it takes a week longer for black cats to be housed than other cats. One of the myths that could possibly explain why this is, is that black cats are ‘unlucky’. Well, at least at the beginning of the 20th century people thought exactly the opposite. How else can I explain the plethora of Christmas & New Year cards that show black cats bringing or wishing ‘Good luck’? Time for the images to speak for themselves:

W&K Cheerio - wherever you go Publishers: Wildt & Kray  (1903-1915)

may good luck await you - Premier Publishers: Premier

Happy Days - British Manufacture Publishers: unknown

Basket full of luck - publisher unknown Publishers: unknown

Black cats are lucky

Jolly - publisher unknown Publishers: unknown

Here’s a fundraising card:

The Modern Press - ClaytonBack of Lucky Black Cat Perfume Card

I hope I’ve shown that a black cat is nothing to have nightmares about. I will leave you…

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Jedi Knight Saber – Inspired by Knight Rider

Please check out fellow WP blogger and all-round good guy For Tyeth’s superb lightsaber design for 80s Knight Rider car KITT.
The design followed a little back and forth For Tyeth and I had about Knight Rider – and here is the amazing result!
Don’t forget to check out For Tyeth’s other excellent saber designs too. It’s true you know, Star Wars goes with just about everything 🙂 Thanks for looking!

FTSabersite

Hello Everybody and in particular to two friends of this site, namely The Vintage Toy Advertiser (TVTA) and his pet office cat WOOOF! In one of TVTA’s recent comments he mentioned classic TV shows and that he had searched FTSabersite for a design dedicated to, or a mention of a very special show. That show was Knight Rider starring David Hasselhoff as a man on a crusade to fight crime using the aid of an indestructible supercar. Hasselhoff played the part of Michael Arthur Long, a cop who was working an undercover case. He was shot in the head and left for dead by the female criminal he was investigating. Lying in the desert Michael Long was fortunately discovered by a passer-by who took him to get medical aid, and saved his life. The man who found Michael was Wilton Knight, a reclusive millionaire who provided the hospital and treatment Michael needed to…

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Weekend treats and novelties

Eye Candy?

The New Mutants N°24. 1985. US.

I leave you with some tasty treats and fun novelties for this weekend’s post at TVTA. May your weekend rock, dear readers. Alas mine will be more elevator Muzak as I have to work this weekend… #sigh


Always that same sense of dread and impending doom whenever I arrive at work for the weekend shift…

Conan the Barbarian. The Scarlet Personage. 1985. Owsley, Buscema, Chan, Chiang, Roussos.

So thank goodness for Punch ‘n Juicy Soft Bubble Gum – the big juicy taste in my favourite flavours! Yay, Very Cherry!

Punch ‘n Juicy. The Thing N°6. 1983. US.

And thank the lucky stars for M&M’s too…

M&M’s. The New Mutants N°57. 1987. US.

Packs of fun for everyone…

M&M’s. Blue Beetle. 1986. US.

Going for orange. “Glubgrafutz” Reese’s Pieces!

Reeses Pieces. The Incredible Hulk N°311. 1985. US.

A fun puzzle as you munch your way through a box of cookies…

Striped Chips Ahoy. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Coca-Cola gets minimal and edgy in bid to eradicate thirst…

Coke. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Okay, fine, but what about the toys?

… all these sugary vintage snacks are giving us toothache!

No problem.

Ask and ye shall receive…

Check out this awesome toy…

Téléphérique toy. Jouets Mont Blanc. France. 1969.

Hm. Do you have anything a little more exciting than that?

Exciting eh? How about…

Masters of the Universe

Fabulous secret powers were revealed to TVTA when… wait, hang on, these ads are fake news! Legit, not. Surely some kind of 80s MOTU bootleg knockoff thing going on! 

Look away now…

Mighty Laser Lite Sword 1986 and Mighty Force Weapons Set 1987. Netherlands.

It’s okay. It’s safe to look again. This next ad has been verified as real by the Wooof Authentic Advertising Agency & Antler Awareness Society…

MOTU. Intertoys Speelboek 1987 Autumn Catalogue. Netherlands.

We mentioned cookies earlier didn’t we?

Cookie Monster Piano. FAO Schwartz. 1980-81. US.

Did we mention anything about being tough? (sparkle edition)

Be tough. The Incredible Hulk N°318. 1986. US.

Hard stuff. Sega Burning Rangers, what’s not to love about this ad?

Sega Burning Rangers. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Time’s marching on, so better say goodnight and post up the final ad… 

Goodnight Playmobil. Goodnight vintage mates and happy weekend 🙂

Playmobil. Intertoys Speelboek. 1987. Netherlands.


 

Fond farewells Carlos Ezquerra – comic artist and co-creator of Judge Dredd

2000 AD 40th Anniversary Prog. 2017. UK.

I was sad to hear about the passing of Carlos Ezquerra on Monday aged 70. I grew up reading the British comic 2000 AD, with Judge Dredd being one of my all-time favourite characters. Alongside writers Pat Mills and John Wagner, Ezquerra created the formidable and unbending future cop Dredd and the vast city in which to place him: the crime-ridden hellhole that is Mega-City One.

2000 AD Annual 1989. UK.

With his instantly recognisable drawing style, Ezquerra’s legacy to Judge Dredd and other 2000 AD staples like Strontium Dog will be long lasting I think. Below is a selection of Ezquerra covers and ads scanned from my collection, including images from the brilliant 1980s series The Apocalypse War. Thank you Carlos for enriching my comic book experience.

2000 AD ft Judge Dredd. Prog 333. 1983.


The Apocalypse War. Ezquerra/Wagner/Grant. 1982.

Below images from Eagle Comics 1985 UK colourised editions.

The Apocalypse War. Advert. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°19 1985. UK.

The Apocalypse War Part 1. Judge Dredd Vol 1 N°20 1985. UK.


Carlos Ezquerra. 1947 – 2018.