Q: What do you do with nineteen Bburago adverts from 1988?

A: Post them up at The Vintage Toy Advertiser!

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Bburago was founded by brothers Mario, Ugo, and Martino Besana in 1976. Hailing from the town of Burago in their native Italy, they combined the letter “B” of Burago with the initial “B” of their family surname to create Bburago. You can see my original post for Bburago here In the meantime, here are nineteen brand new ads fresh from 1988 editions of French Pif Gadget, including two special ads showing what the store display boxes would have looked like back in the day.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


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France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


 

Manta Force

Manta Force was a toy line based on the theme of futuristic space battle. In the UK the line was produced by Bluebird PLC from 1987. The British comic Eagle ran a regular storyline based on the MANTA characters and settings. Manta is the acronym for Multiple-Air-Naval-Terrain-Assault Force.

This 1988 French advert by Habourdin International features the awesome gigantic Manta Force space ship that included 20 space soldiers and 10 vehicles.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


 

The Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard is a popular American television series that ran from 1979 to 1985. The show centred around the ‘Duke Boys’ – cousins Bo and Luke Duke – who drove around Hazzard County in their iconic customised car known as the General Lee. Other Dukes included female cousin Daisy and family patriarch Uncle Jesse. Opposing the Dukes were County Commissioner Boss Hogg and his Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. Almost 150 episodes were broadcast during its original run as well as spin-offs, films, toys, video games and a wide range of other merchandise.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983


The Dukes of Hazzard Challenge. Ertl. UK advert, 1983.

The Dukes of Hazzard Challenge. Ertl. UK advert, 1983. Note the artist’s impression of the General Lee.


UK. Eagle. 1983. This advert appears to show an actual model of the General Lee and is a variant of the one above which shows an artist's impression.

The Dukes of Hazzard Challenge. Ertl. UK. Eagle. 1983. This advert appears to show an actual model of the General Lee and is a variant of the one above which shows an artist’s impression.


Airfix catalogue page 1983

Dukes of Hazzard Snapfix kits by Airfix from the French edition Airfix catalogue 1983.

Dukes of Hazzard Snapfix kits by Airfix from the French edition Airfix catalogue 1983.

TV thrills! Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider and The Fall Guy sets. Airfix. 1984.


Corgi TV, Film & Cartoon Catalogue, 2004

Corgi TV, Film & Cartoon Catalogue. 2004. UK.


 

Action Force figures from the 1980s

Action Force was a line of 3 3/4 inch action figures produced by the UK Palitoy company. The figures followed on from Palitoy’s success with their Action Man 12 inch line and were sold throughout Europe during the early 1980s.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1984.

UK. Eagle. 1984.

Battle Action Force. Eagle N°156. 1985.

UK. Eagle. 1984.

UK. Eagle. 1984.

Battle Action Force. Eagle N°155. 1985.

Battle Action Force. Eagle and Scream! N°138. 1984.

Action Force mini comic. Eagle N°23 July 1983.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.

Denmark. 1988.

Action Force stickers. Denmark.

French Action Force figures by Miro-Meccano

The advert below is for a 1984 Miro-Meccano competition to win a trip to a real submarine!

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

Miro-Meccano held the French license for Action Force toys. Below are three more French ads, the first a ‘breakfast scene’ in which an imaginative schoolchild thinks Action Force figures are ‘attacking’ breakfast – the miniature troops even going so far as to believe that the cup of hot chocolate is a flying saucer! Check out that barricade of sugar cubes! This is followed by two adverts with promotional offers for Milky Way chocolate.

France. PIf Gadget. 1983.

France. PIf Gadget. 1983.

France. PIf Gadget. 1983.

France. PIf Gadget. 1983.

France. PIf Gadget. 1983.

France. PIf Gadget. 1983.


Post updated August 2019 with new ads.

Robo Machines

Sold in the UK by the Bandai toy company, Robo Machines were transforming vehicle/robot toys made from sturdy plastic and die cast metal. Characters included RM-01 Motorcycle, RM-02 Tank, RM-03 Aeroplane and others. Robo Machines was also a British comic strip serialised in Eagle comics between 1984 and 1985. The story, though titled after the Bandai-owned Robo Machine toys, can also be connected to the Tonka-owned names of the Gobots, another toyline.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

Robo Machines. UK. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

Robo Machines in Eagle comic, 1983.


UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.

Robo Machines 20 Leader One and 20 CY-KILL. 1985. UK.

DX Robo Machines offer in Eagle comic 1985. UK.


Robo Machines Command Centre. 1985. UK.

Transformers, Cluedo, Buccaneer, Monogram, and Siku Cars

Six UK toy and games adverts from the 1980s.


UK. Eagle. 1984.

UK. Eagle. 1984.


UK. Eagle. 1984.

UK. Eagle. 1984.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

Action Man 12″ Action Figures

1980 British poster catalogue featuring Action Man figures, clothing, accessories and vehicles from the Palitoy company.

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1979 advert showing vehicles

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

1979 ‘Thrill, Spills & Chills Palitoy advert featuring Space Rangers and Gargan

UK. Marvel Superheroes. 1979.


1967 Danish ad showing Action Man Astronaut with early Palitoy logo

Denmark. 1967.


Two Action Man competition adverts

UK. Eagle. 1982.

UK. Eagle. 1982.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


French adverts from Pif Gadget

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


Hamleys catalogue page

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.


90s Action Man Hasbro 

Ets De Neuter. Catalogue page. 1995. France.

Five French toy adverts, 1980s

Five French Pif Gadget adverts featuring: model vehicles, Joué Club toys, Smurfs electronic game, Atlantic toy soldiers and Big Jim.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

 

France. PIf Gadget. 1982.

France. PIf Gadget. 1982.

GOBOTS

Gobots was a Japanese toyline featuring transforming action figures and play-sets that were licensed to the Tonka company between 1983 and1987. Among the GoBots derivatives are magazines, books, video games, a 1984 Hannah Barbera cartoon series and model kits made by MONOGRAM.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.

More GoBots info at: Transformerland.com