Tag Archives: 1970s

The Ups and Downs of the Cat

“Wooof, please stop jumping up and down on top of the scanner,” I said to the office cat this morning. “Look what you’ve gone and done to our advert for ‘Splash Out’. I’m going to have to scan it again now!”



“It’s not me!” replied the cat. “It’s this new Yo-Yo I bought from the toy shop in town. It seems to have a mind all of it’s own!”

“Yo-Yo you say? That reminds me, I need to scan a couple of Yo-Yo adverts I found in the archives – if you’ve quite finished destroying the office equipment?”

“No worries,” said the cat. “I’ll go practice my Yo-Yo skills in the garden.”

“Not too close to the greenhouse though, eh?”

“Do you think I’m that daft?”

Later … Smash! Tinkle! Shatter! Meeeowwwlll!


1980s Coca-Cola and Fanta Yo-Yos by Russell

In other Up and Down news…
R2-D2 defies gravity, C-3PO keeps his feet on the ground …

Illustration by David Kawami from The Star Wars Question and Answer Book about Space. 1979.

Q: What cool thing happens when you cross a video game icon with bubble gum and pocket money? 
A: The Pac-Man Bubble Gum Money Box! (I so want one of these!)

Hamleys. UK. 1983.

Oops! Putting your foot in it …

Hamleys. UK. 1983.

Nadia and her gymnasium

Ets De Neuter. 1995. France.

Make friends … yes 🙂

Junior Sales Club. 1974

The Whizz Kids Guide, How To books

Star Wars Weekly. UK. 1979.

Big Jim, Big Josh, Big Jack, Dr. Acero

Congost catalogue. 1977. Spain.

Crashback – crushable and expandable vans on command! 

More Fun From Kenner. US. 1997.

XRC by Tonka

More Fun From Kenner. US. 1997.

Here be dragons …

Hamleys. UK. 1983.

That’s all for now vintage mates. I’m off to buy new window panes for the TVTA greenhouse. Wooof’s off to Yo-Yo lessons for cats. See you soon 🙂

 

La Familia Feliz / The Sunshine Family

La Familia Feliz is a line of dolls and accessories sold by the Congost company of Spain. The line was created in the mid 1970s by Mattel and marketed in English as The Sunshine Family which Mattel eventually changed to The Sunshine Fun Family. Later the family of three was given a slight cosmetic makeover and the addition of a new baby, making them four, plus a Grandmother and Grandfather doll. Mattel also created an Afro-Caribbean family along with Afro-Caribbean grandparents.

Below are scans from a 1977 Spanish Congost catalogue.




Thanks for looking  🙂

Play Flixies

I struggled to find any information about these figures which appeared during the 1970s. Play Flixies are similar to Playmobil but with flexible / bendable limbs. Characters came with accessories and included cowboys and indians, construction workers, emergency service personnel and astronauts. If anyone knows any more info please let me know. Below is a Danish advert from 1976.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1976.

Power Mite from Ideal

Launched by Ideal in 1969 as the toy that is “safe for little hands”, Power Mite gave kids the chance to create their own workshops with sets of miniature power tools. The die cast metal and plastic made tools were plugged into battery-operated ‘electrical’ terminals, and were powerful enough to work through soft materials like balsa wood and styrofoam blocks, which Ideal supplied as ‘building materials’ with the range.

The following Ideal catalogue pages from 1972 are clearly pitched at boys, with descriptions such as: “Bring a man-sized thrill to a kid-sized worker”, and “Boys can play ‘craftsman’ with tools that look exactly like Dad’s”.



 

Dolls by Ideal

Featuring 1972 Ideal catalogue pages for Busy Missie, Thumbelina and April Showers.

Ideal. 1972.