Tag Archives: 1970s toys

Vintage Space Lego

Anders And & Co. 1979. Denmark.

Rumfart!

Stop giggling there at the back! Rumfart means ‘space exploration’ in Danish.

As some of our regular readers know, Wooof and I absolutely love space exploration. Today we look at Lego Space sets. Rumfart! From 1978 to the 1990s Lego released some amazingly cool space-exploration themed sets. TVTA has been busy navigating the far reaches of the galaxy to gather a wonderful selection of adverts for our dear readers back home on Earth to enjoy. And what a feast we have in store. Just take a look at the stunning dioramas below – in our opinion some of the best toy photography you will ever see!

We begin with adverts from the home of Lego – Denmark! As always, thanks for looking and enjoy your Rumfart! 🙂


Lego Space adverts from Denmark  

1988. Denmark.

Denmark. 1987.

Denmark. 1981.

Denmark 1983.

Denmark. 1981.

Anders And & Co. Denmark. 1981.

Denmark. 1988.

Denmark. 1989. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Lego Space adverts from Germany – Raumfahrt!

Germany. 1980.

Germany. Fix Und Foxi N° 37. 1984.


Lego Space adverts from Italy – Spazio!

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Lego Space adverts from France – Espace!

France. 1983.

France. 1983.

France. 1983.

France. 1983.

France. 1985.

France. 1985.

France. Cora Christmas catalogue. 1988.

France. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget prize offer. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget prize offer. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget prize offer. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget prize offer. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget prize offer. 1983.


Lego Space adverts from Netherlands – Ruimtevaart!

Speelboom Club Journal 1987. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987. Netherlands.


TVTA Space Industries will continue to develop this space post as and when new advertising supplies arrive from the old colonies. If you would like further information on Lego Space sets then please set your navigation instruments to arrive at the wonderfully stellar: ToysPeriod.com

Squeeze ‘n’ Squeak toys

Squeeze ‘n’ Squeak, aka Les Petits couin-couin (France), Quietschfiguren (Germany) and Piepfiguren (Netherlands) was a line of character-themed vinyl squeaky toys sold by the Playcraft company. Aimed at the pre-school market, characters included well-known favourites from the world of Disney, the Mr. Men by Roger Hargreaves, Miffy and friends by Dick Bruna, and two ‘pullalongs’ Ernie Engine and Freddie Fire Engine.

Each Squeeze ‘n’ Squeak was packed separately in poly bags for displaying on hangers in the toy shop or in special presentation boxes supplied by Playcraft. The following images are taken from the 1980 Fair-Play catalogue, France.

Thank you for squeaking with us  🙂

Darda Motor 1986

In 1970 Helmut Darda of Germany invented a tiny interchangeable toy car motor and named it the ‘Darda Motor’. The motor could be inserted into a number of different vehicle types and was ‘wound up’ by rolling it back and forth by hand then releasing it. No batteries were required or electricity to power it. Vehicles could run on almost any surface but were given their own special track system called ‘Darda Tracks’ which were sold individually or in sets. Darda designed the system so that elaborate circuits could be created both horizontally and vertically in seemingly endless configurations limited only by your own imagination and how much track you could afford.

Among the typical vehicles you might expect to see such as road, rally and emergency, Darda produced some fun and unique models like dragsters, beach buggies, a mouse(!), a skateboarder, a rocket, and even a replica of Michael Knight’s KITT from the US television series Knight Rider.

The 1986 German catalogue from which these scans are taken show the classic ‘Darda-Motor’ system (red) as well as the updated ‘Darda-Stop-Motor’ (blue) – a new development at the time which allowed vehicles to be wound up but not activated to go until another vehicle had ‘tapped’ them from the rear. This added a new element to racing as cars could now ‘tag’ each other at different points of a race.

Darda is still made and sold to date, and one of the great things about it is that all current vehicles, motors and tracks can be fully integrated with their vintage counterparts. Add to this that no batteries or electricity is ever required, and that there is a seemingly endless combination of track layouts to be made, and Darda takes quite some beating.


Darda Track Sets


Darda Vehicles


Darda Accessories


In other Darda news…

Print adverts

Weird War Tales N°103. 1981. US.

Darda Motor A Team. Pif Gadget. France. 1988.

Darda Motor. Intertoys Speelboek. 1987. Netherlands.


Sources:

Darda Motor 1986 catalogue, Germany. Scans made by TVTA.

Vintage print adverts, various.

Website: DardaRacing.com


Thanks for looking 🙂

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

Fast Cars, Key Chains and Cop Show Guns

Courtesy of the 1976 Pilen catalogue from Spain 

Pilen S.A. was a Spanish company that produced die cast model cars, key chains and toy guns. TVTA is pleased to present the full scans from this terrific little catalogue printed in Spanish, French, English and German. Featuring international model cars, a Tiger tank, toy guns from top cop shows like Kojak, Columbo and The Untouchables, and somewhat randomly… a set of child’s kitchen scales. It’s all here. And how about those front and back covers… with what looks like a De Tomasa Mangusta launching itself through a set of tyres against a deep red background. Always good to see some art on the covers of a catalogue.  

The cars

While many of Pilen’s models are considered recasts of Dinky, Corgi, Solido and Polistil, see here and here, Pilen nevertheless stamped their own identity on them by producing superb vehicles made of quality materials, with attractive paint apps and working features.   









Tiger Tanks


Guns N’ Wrenches

Pilen produced some cool toy guns, managing to snag licenses for big name 60s and 70s TV shows like Kojak, Columbo, Matt Helm, U.S. Marshal, Cannon, Get Smart, and The Untouchables. Pilen key chains featured various mini tools like wrenches, saws, hammers, and even a pistol. I had one of the key chain tools as a kid and I’m almost certain it had working features. According to Wikipedia the key chains were already in production by Pilen long before the company began selling cars. Included with each car purchase was a mini catalogue with a slip which could be cut out and collected then used to send off for a free key chain. 






On balance …

I don’t know why the child’s kitchen scales are included on the last page… maybe it was an end of line sale, or just a space-filler, or the company testing the market for the launch of a line of die cast super kitchen accessories? Here at TVTA we never mind a little speculation, and are always happy to end a post with a kitchen unit or accessory 🙂