TVTA Christmas selection box 2022 – the marvelous universe of toys!

Cover detail. Arbois toy catalogue. France. C1978.

Greetings vintage mates! It’s that time of year again when your humble TVTA editor and his intrepid office cat, Wooof, search high and yo-ho-ho low for some seasonal scans to warm the cockles of your Christmas heart!

So, sit back, slip on your Ewok slippers, grab a mince pie, and allow us to mull your wine and get figgy with your pudding, as TVTA presents you with some delightful toys and games from yesteryear courtesy of the French Arbois catalogue (no date printed on this catalogue, alas, but I’m staking the Christmas raffle on it being 1978! Wooof says it’s 1980… but I think he’s had one too many sherries and is meowing up the wrong Christmas tree. Furballs ahoy!). This Arbois catalogue features toys and games from the CEJI imports company.

Enjoy the scans. Have a very merry Christmas and a fruitful and creative New Year!

Ford


Below images: Action Joe figures. Action Joe (or Group Action Joe) is the French version of the UK’s Palitoy Action Man and the US’s Hasbro G.I. Joe. Alongside Lego and die cast cars, Action Man was the toy I had ‘the most of’. The below adverts bring back happy memories as I had almost all of the uniforms featured.

Action Joe parachute. Arbois toy catalogue. France C1978.

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Dinky Toys 1971 Die Cast Vehicles

SHADO UFO Interceptor vehicle from UFO.

TVTA is pleased to present scans from the 1971 Dinky Toys catalogue as produced for the French market. As well as featuring vehicles ranging from road and sports cars to military and emergency vehicles, the catalogue shows three famous pop culture TV series vehicles: the SHADO Interceptor from UFO; Lady Penelope’s FAB 1 from Thunderbirds; and the Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (SPV) from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.

Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (SPV) from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.
Lady Penelope’s FAB 1 car from Thunderbirds.

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Dinky Land Rover Pony Club 1971.
Dinky Land Rover Safari 1971.
Citroen Presidential car Dinky Toys 1971.
Dinky 1971 catalogue rear and front cover.

International Star Wars toy and merchandise images 1977 – 1997

TVTA is proud to present a gallery of some of the best vintage Star Wars print images you will see this side of the galaxy!

From the vaults of TVTA we share more than 250 images showing international adverts and catalogue pages for the Star Wars Original Trilogy films, toys, merchandise, and promotional offers.

Covering the period between 1977 and 1997… this incredible post shows exactly how the Star Wars brand was sold around the world!

Thanks for looking, and MTFBWY!


Star Wars as seen in the US

Star Wars Jedi Arena video game. US.,1983.

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Meccano toy catalogue, France, 1972

Front cover for the Meccano S.A. Catalogue Général, 1972, France, showing the new blue and yellow parts colour system.

Originally called ‘Mechanics Made Easy’, Meccano is a popular and enduring toy construction set invented in 1901 by Frank Hornby from Liverpool, England. Due to its huge success and demand, Hornby opened factories around the world, one of which features in today’s post – the Bobigny factory in France, which in 1951 was producing more than half a million Meccano box sets a day! 

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Latest ads – SSP, Solar Ball, Skittle Baseball, Sea-Monkeys and more!

Kenner SSP Racers. 1971. US.

Glow in the Dark Solar Ball. 1985. US.

Aurora Skittle Ball. Weird War Tales N°1. 1971.

Seamonkeys. 1977. US.

Space 1999 model kit by Centuri. 1976. US.

Doctor Who Records and Tapes. 1980. UK.

Sphere sci-fi books. 1989. UK.

Sizzlers Fat Track. 1971. US.

Aurora Powerslicks. 1971. US.

Fleer football cards. 1991. US.


Thanks for looking 🙂