Tag Archives: 1980s toys

Western Models – quality hand-built model cars

Western Models 1982 catalogue poster. Artwork by K. Williams.

Founded in the UK in 1973 by husband and wife team Mike and Joyce Stephens, Western Models produced a range of white-metal casted cars both in kit form and fully finished. Their high quality models were aimed at collectors and enthusiasts, and were typically hand-built from a lead-based white metal. Some vehicles were produced in extremely limited quantities of as little as one-thousand per model, making them highly sought after at the time. Models such as the F1 range and racing cars were specially licensed and built with the co-operation of the racing teams of the day.

Western Models continues to exist to date though it now focuses on producing model aircraft. The following scans are from the 1982 and 1983 poster catalogues, and feature the typical 1:43rd scale vehicle range available at the time, along with its newest innovation line of 1:24th scale vehicles featuring ‘authentic wire like wheels’, or ‘realistic photo-etched wheels’ – often referred to as the ‘Small Wheels’ models.

I’ve never owned a Western Models car but would certainly like to! Looking at the images in the two catalogues you can see the amount of detail, care and attention that went into making these top quality models.

Enjoy the scans.




Information taken from the Western Models poster catalogues 1982 and 1983 – purchased and scanned by TVTA, the company website Western Models, and the Western Models Wikipedia page

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Construx by Fisher Price

Construx. Speelboom, Netherlands.

Some of you may know of the recent Mega Construx building sets by Mattel, featuring well-known franchise entities like Masters of the Universe, Pokémon, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Monster High, Call of Duty and more. But did you know that Mega Construx has its origins dating back to the early 1980s when it was owned by Fisher-Price and known simply as Construx?

Construx. Speelboom, Netherlands.

The original Construx sets can be comparable to Lego, especially Lego Technic sets, in that creations could be built from a choice of interlocking and movable parts. Sets came with large-size beams that acted as frameworks; these were connected to smaller pieces by connector blocks. Hinges, motors, wheels, pulleys and figures added to the build and play experience.

Construx. Speelboom, Netherlands.

Construx production appears to have ended around 1988, with Mattel (current owners of Mega Brands, including Mega Bloks) re-imagining the line for their Mega Construx sets in 2017. When making my research for this post, an overiding sentiment I found among the original owners of Fisher-Price Construx was that it was one of the best construction sets of its time – even better than Lego, with many agreeing it was a toy limited only by the imagination of the builder.

Construx. Speelboom, Netherlands.


The following images come from 1986 and 87 Dutch catalogues, when the brand was heavily geared to space and action themes.

Construx. De Speelboom, 1987. Netherlands.

Construx. Intertoys Speelboek, 1987. Netherlands

Construx. Speelboom Club Journal N°4, 1986. Netherlands.

Construx. Speelboom Club Journal N°4, 1987. Netherlands.


Thank you for connecting and interlocking with us 🙂

Starriors by Tomy


Big thanks to fellow WP blogger Virtuanaut for sharing the image scans from the Starriors Marvel mini-comics series. To view the complete series be sure to visit Virtuanaut’s site.

Starriors was a short-lived line of toy robots made by Tomy in 1984 and 1985. The figures were released with Marvel mini-comics (6 comics in total). Marvel also published a 4-issue comic book series. Some of the Starriors toys were later altered and re-branded for European markets as R.A.T.S (Robot Anti-Terror Squad).


Starriors toy ad. 1984. Image scan by virtuanaut.net

Starriors toy ad. 1984. Image scan by virtuanaut.net



Thanks for looking 🙂

Dutch Retro: Part Four

Welcome to part four in our series of 1980s toys as advertised in the Netherlands. Catalogue scans are from Dutch editions of Speelboom Club Journal, De Speelboom and Intertoys Speelboek.


Cosmic Cowboys action figures

Cosmic Cowboys action figures. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987. Netherlands.

G.I. Joe action figures

G.I. Joe action figures. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Ninja action figures

Ninja action figures. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Fleur dolls

Fleur dolls. Speelboom Journal. 1987.

Barbie dolls

Barbie dolls. 1987. Intertoys. Netherlands.

Dream Girl USA dolls

Dream Girl USA. De Speelboom. 1987.

Art, stationery, office, Britains, Darda, Nikko, die cast, outdoor
Thundercats pistols and utility belts

Thundercats pistols, swords and utility belts. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Board Games

Board games. Intertoys Speelboek. 1987.

Rubik’s Magic

Rubik’s Magic. Speelboom Club Journal. 1986.

Trolls and Twinkelpinkels
Fisher-Price Construx

Construx. De Speelboom. 1987.


Thanks for going Dutch with us! join us again soon for more 80s toy goodness 🙂

I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost!

Ghostbusters and The Real Ghostbusters – Columbia Pictures. TVTA presents a number of product advertisements from comics, catalogues and magazines, plus other Ghostbusters related items.

For Filmation’s The Ghost Busters and Filmation’s Ghostbusters see here


US. Tales of the Teen Titans. 1985.

US. Tales of the Teen Titans. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

UK. The Flintstones and Friends. 1988.

UK. The Flintstones and Friends. 1988


Ghostbusters II Activity Book 1988 US.

 


Toys

The Real Ghostbusters in pack catalogue. Details.

The Real Ghostbusters in pack catalogue. Details.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

Ecto 1. Wootbox exclusive. 2018.


In other Ghostbusters news…

Ecto-Plasma Saber. For Tyeth Editions. 2018.


Thanks for Stabilizing with us 🙂

Dutch Retro: Part Three – Lego

Hooray! Here is the Lego Wishbook! Speelboom Club Journal N°14 1987.

Continuing our series of cool toys from the 1980s as advertised in the Netherlands. Part three is dedicated entirely to one of the greatest toys ever – Lego !!

Catalogue scans are from Dutch editions of Speelboom Club Journal and the Lego Wishbook. Enjoy 🙂

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.


Join us again soon for more 80s toys as advertised in the Netherlands 🙂

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 Sweden – Rymd! 

Lego Space. 1979. Sweden.


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

Dutch Retro: Part Two

Continuing our series of cool toys available in the 1980s as advertised in the Netherlands. Catalogue scans are from Dutch editions of Speelboom Club Journal, De Speelboom and Intertoys Speelboek. Enjoy 🙂


Battle Beasts. Speelboom Club Journal N°2. 1987.

Tomy. De Speelboom N°3 Nov 1987.

Potato Head Kids. De Speelboom N°3 Nov 1987.

Potato Head Kids. Speelboom Club Journal N°2. 1987.

Playmobil. De Speelboom N°3. Nov 1987.

Playmobil. Speelboom Club Journal N°5. 1988.

Jem, Moon Dreamers. Speelboom N°3. Nov 1987.

Filmation’s Ghostbusters. De Speelboom N°3. 1987.

My Little Pony. Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987.

My Little Pony. Speelboom Club Journal N°5. 1987.


Legs, legs, legggs and more legggggs…. Lots-a-Legggs!

Lots-a-Legggs. Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1987.

Lots-a-Leggggs. De Speelboom N°3. Nov 1987.

Thanks for getting all leggy with us, join us again soon for Part Three of Dutch Retro and more 80s toy goodness 🙂