Corgi Toys – 1960s & 70s French print ads

“Choose your Corgi model today”

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of print advertising for the Corgi Toys range of die cast vehicles seen throughout the 1960s and 70s. Featuring James Bond, Batman, Superhero and TV stars, Corgi Rockets and Whizzwheels, and a very Presidential Lincoln!

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Lincoln Continental 6-door State Limo


James Bond Aston martin DB5 first edition, gold version

The screen-innacurate gold coloured first edition version of the famous James Bond Aston Martin DB5, with ejector-seat baddie and other gadgets.
I’ve read that the reason for this strange colour choice was because the only silver paint Corgi had at the time was too similar to the base casting colour – leading to suspicions that some customers would believe the car hadn’t been painted at all! Later DB5 models were painted in a silver colour which Corgi managed to make distinct from the base metal.


Batmobile and Batboat

Corgi Batman 267. 1967/68 . France.

Corgi Batman batmobile and batboat GS3. 1960s. France.


Salty or sweet? Corgi offered two ‘snack’ vehicles to suit your taste!


Chipperfields Circus, Rockets, Whizzwheels, Juniors and others

Corgi’s Chipperfields Circus and Cooper-Maserati F1 models.



Corgi Whizzwheels.

Corgi Belgium Gendarmerie.



Film and TV range

Kojak’s Buick. 1977.

James Bond Lotus Esprit Underwater. 1977.

Corgi Starsky & Hutch 292. 1978.

Corgi Superheroes, TV and film range. 1979.

Corgi. Chopper Squad. 1979.

Corgi Superman range.

Corgi The Incredible Hulk Mazda. 1979.


As always, thanks for looking 🙂 

under de/construction..

Morning vintage mates. Check out this cool paper construction set via Small Wonders. For more vintage delights please visit Wibi’s blog: Small Wonders

Wibi Wonders

I guess it has become obvious that I like miniatures of various kinds. Here is a selection of ‘model-sheets’ and ‘construction-kits’.

I admire anyone who can actually put these models together – it needs nimble fingers and the patience of a saint – at least that’s what I believe! But the sheets or materials themselves are great to look at in their own right.

Here are two lovely examples of finished buildings:

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’74-’85, comic book art and covers

Marvel 50th Premiere. Alice Cooper. 1979. US.

Welcome, vintage mates, to another selection of comic book art, covers and ads. In this instalment we span the years 1974 to 1985 and feature titles from the US and UK. Included (above) is my childhood copy of Marvel’s Alice Cooper – Tales From the Inside. I didn’t know very much about Alice Cooper back in the late seventies apart from the song ‘School’s Out’ – but the crazy story inside that 12p comic managed to fully capture my imagination as a child… and who could resist that cover?

Other comic book goodies included today are Godzilla King of the Monsters (below), more superb examples of the striking cover art as seen in DC’s Weird War Tales, and titles and ads for Marvel, Star Comics, Starlog, Starburst, Doctor Who and Fantasy Modeling.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂 

Marvel Comic N°338. 1979. UK.


Weird War Tales

Weird War Tales N°32. 1974. US.

Weird War Tales N°78. 1979. US.


Various titles


Fábulas de Esopo (Aesop’s Fables) vintage folding dioramas


Aesop’s Fables, or the Aesopica, is a collection of fables credited to Aesop, a slave and storyteller believed to have lived in ancient Greece between 620 and 564 BCE.

I picked up the following ‘Dioramas Plegables’ (Folding Dioramas) in a small lot of ephemera last year. The dioramas were published in Barcelona, Spain, by Ediciones Barsal. I suppose they might be loosely described as ‘optical toys’. There is no visible publishing date, but two Spanish websites I found dated them between the 1930s and 40s.

The three I have are numbered #7, #13 and #15, and are about the size of a paperback novel when opened. The ‘pop-up’ parts are quite fragile – the poor dog in ‘The Thief and the Dog’ diorama is standing up by virtue of only one leg, and there seems to be a ‘food item’ part missing. The other two are in good condition for their age, and all three come in their original protective envelopes with instructions.


Fábulas de Esopo (Aesop’s Fables) folding dioramas. Ediciones Barsal. Spain.

N° 15. El Leon Rey. The Lion King.

The Lion King.

N° 15 envelope front cover and rear cover with instructions.

N° 13. El Ladron Y El Perro. The Thief and the Dog.

N° 7 and N° 13 envelopes.

N° 7. El Pastor mentiroso. The Lying Pastor.

Dioramas Plegables (Folding Dioramas) range.


And the moral of today’s post?

“Inside small envelopes might be wondrous things; you never know what might pop-up!”

Thanks for looking 🙂

Fiction’s Fearless Females: Wonder Woman

Graphic Novelty²

Nancy and I, as well as six other bloggers, continue to celebrate Women’s History Month with this latest installment in our #FictionsFearlessFemales series! Each post written thus far has featured a female character from mass media such as movies and TV shows. Green Onion started us off, with his excellent post about Ellen Ripley, from the Alien movie series. Nancy followed with her phenomenal ode to Captain Kathryn Janeway from Star Trek: Voyager. Then, Michael over at My Comic Relief penned a loving tribute to Amy Pond of Doctor Who. Man, I remember following Michael for our Great Chris Debate series too, and wondering how I could possibly top his post! (But, perhaps vainly, I assure you, dear readers… I didn’t feel that way this time ;D)

I know, I know… you guys are all are on tenterhooks wondering who I picked…

My post features Wonder Woman!…

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