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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TTP (Turbo Tower of Power) was a toyline sold by the Kenner company during the 1970s. Sets consisted of motorbikes and cars that could be propelled along tracks by a pump-action launcher (the Tower) and made to perform stunts. Sets included the TTP Car Stunt Set, Cycle Action Set, Deluxe Thrill Set, and the Wild Riders Competition Set with motorcyle rider Flyin’ Freddie. Cars and cycles were also availble to purchase separately.
See also: Kenner’s SSP Super Sonic Power toyline
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The latest addition to TVTA’s View-Master collection is this lovely 1978 Mickey Mouse 50th anniversary gift set.
The three stories included are: “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”, “Mickey And The Beanstalk” and “Mickey’s Delayed Date”.
These stories were also made available in 1978 on a blister pack titled “Mickey Mouse Jubilee”.
Reels and multi-lingual booklet
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Mickey and the Beanstalk
Mickey’s Delayed Date
Thank you for belatedly celebrating Mickey’s fiftieth with us 🙂 Check out our main View-Master page for more stereoscopic goodies to delight your eyes!
Curve Huggers was a slot car racing track system sold by Tyco Industries. Popular in the 1970s, Curve Hugger cars were available with working lights and came in a number of different racing models. Track sets included the Laguna 2-in-1 Pro Racing, Nite-Glow Electric Racing, Tyco Championship 1000 – offering an enormous 37 feet of racing action, and the Road Race Empire – offering a whopping 54 feet of track action! Below are two US print adverts showing the Silver Streak and HP2 line of vehicles.
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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
Lego Space adverts from Germany – Raumfahrt!
Lego Space adverts from Italy – Spazio!
Lego Space adverts from France – Espace!
Lego Space adverts from Sweden – Rymd!
Lego Space adverts from Netherlands – Ruimtevaart!
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, 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 🙂
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
In other Darda news…
Darda Motor 1986 catalogue, Germany. Scans made by TVTA.
Vintage print adverts, various.
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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 website: Solido