Tag Archives: 1980s toys

Siku – quality die cast toys from Germany

Siku’s origins began in the German town of Ludenscheid in 1921. It was founded by Richard Sieper, a toolmaker working in metals and plastics. Early production items included aluminium cutlery, tools, belt buckles, buttons, military badges and decorations. The company went on to became a leader in the field of thermo-plastics, and in 1950 registered the name SIKU – formed from the first two letters of Sieper, and the first two letters of Kunstoff – the German word for synthetic material or plastic. Adapted from: Siku history

Below are scans taken from a German multi-lingual product catalogue showing the 1980 – 1981 range.


Adverts

UK. Eagle. 1983.


Thanks for looking!

Danish Retro (Pt 4)

Welcome to the fourth part of Danish Retro. In this edition we look at some half-page adverts found in comic books in Denmark in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Part Three can be seen here


Lagerman Caramel Bars. 1969.


Dandy Chewing Gum. 1970.


Kellogg’s Rice Crispies. Pif Paf Puf (Snap Crackle and Pop). 1967.


Sun-Maid Raisins. 1980.


Kellogg’s Stamp Collector Offer. 1970. Frimærkesamler


Matchbox. 1967.


Cowboys and Indians. 1969.


Corgi Farms. Porsche and Lotus. 1967.


Corgi Batmobile and Batboat and Chevrolet Stingray. 1967.


Corgi Transporter. 1967.


Britains. 1970.


Board Games. 1987.


Disney and MOTU Storybook and Cassettes. 1987.


Disney and MOTU Storybook and Cassettes. 1988.


Playmobil. 1980.

Thanks for looking  🙂

Monchhichi / Chic-a-boo / Kiki / Bølle

“Don’t make a monkey out of me”

The cute thumb-sucking plush monkey called Monchhichi was created by the Japanese Sekiguchi Corporation in 1974. The doll came in male and female form with a wide range of clothing and accessories available. Other characters included two Grandparents, a Policeman, a Guardsman, and the “Friends of” series such as Kitty-boo the cat, Hoppy-boo the rabbit, Larry-boo the lamb and Honey-boo the bear.

In the UK and US the doll was renamed Chic-a-boo. In France as Kiki, in Italy Mon Cicci, in Denmark Mon Chhichi then later Bølle, in Hungary Moncsicsi, and in Spain as Virkiki. As well as dolls, Monchhichi also appeared in a number of TV series, music recordings, and household items, including a range of special pencil toppers given away in French washing powder packs – which we will take a look at later in this post.

Denmark. Note here the doll is named ‘Mon Chhici’, a difficult pronounciation for many Danish kids. The name was later changed to Bølle.

Denmark. Bølle.


KIKI Pencil Toppers

Kiki pencil toppers that were given away free with Bonux washing powder in the eighties

Kiki pencil toppers that were given away free with Bonux washing powder in the eighties

Kiki: bright colours and varied costumes

Kiki: bright colours, costumes galore and interesting accessories from surfboards to puppies to a fish!

Who's your favourite Kiki? Mom, can you please buy another box of Bonux?

Who’s your favourite Kiki?


KIKI 45 RPM record

La chanson de Kiki, 45 RPM record, 1978

La chanson de Kiki, 45 RPM record, 1978

Do you recognise any of these Kikis? Back cover of record sleeve shows some of the Kiki dolls available at the time.

Do you recognise any of these Kikis? Back cover of record sleeve shows some of the Kiki dolls available at the time.

"C'est mon Kiki!"

“C’est mon Kiki!”

1981 advert for the record

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

That’s all for now vintage ad fans, thanks for looking!

1984 Airfix catalogue UK

This 1984 UK catalogue for the famous Airfix brand features model-making kits for Star Wars, Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider and Fall Guy, as well as vehicle sets, birds, dinosaurs, skeletons, the Red Arrows display team and other cool kits!

This high-quality catalogue aimed at the UK market is packed with wonderful colourful photographs and retailed at £1.45.

Click pics to go bigger.

Airfix catalogue. 1984. UK. Front cover.

Inside cover featuring Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike models against a neon style background of sprue and model parts – perhaps a nod towards the film Tron?

Dinosaurs and the ghoulish Airfix skeleton kit!

Head to head. 1984 Corvette vs Toyota Celica Supra car test.

Nature sets featuring wild birds, and a challenge for modellers with superior painting skills!

Classic ships.

Red Arrows.

Star Wars. The Rebels. Resist the dark forces of the galaxy!

Star Wars. Imperial Forces. Crush the rebellion!

Various Star Wars kits and some of the Airfix New for ’84 range.

Airfix Space and Airliners kits.

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

The Masterpiece Collection.

Military Tanks and Troops.

Military Aircraft.

Sea Power.

Classic Fighters.

Helicopters.


You can also see scans from the 1983 Airfix catalogue, French edition here

Thanks for looking!

SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN / WOMAN

BionicManLogo

She’s breaking up! She’s breaking up!

“Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster!”

… so went the opening lines from the Six Million Dollar man TV series.

Produced by Kenner in the US in 1975, The ‘Colonel Steve Austin’ 13 inch action doll complete with bionic eye and removable bionic modules was based on the popular TV show character starring Lee Majors.

The doll became an instant toy hit around the world. Additional figures were introduced to the line including a popular Jaime Sommers doll – the Bionic Woman (for which a separate TV series was made). Other characters included Oscar Goldman, Maskatron, Fembot, and a Bionic Bigfoot figure! Clothing, accessories and playsets were also available.


French advertising. Meccano.

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.


France. Pif Gadget. 1977.


France. Pif Gadget. 1978.



US advertising. Kenner.
US. Kull. 1976.

US. Kull. 1976.


US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.

US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.


US. Richie Rich. 1977.

US. Richie Rich. 1977.

Danish Retro (Pt 3)

Welcome to the third part of Danish Retro.

In this edition we look at a variety of products as advertised in Denmark in the 1970s and 80s. Featuring: Jan books, Famous Five books, Transformers, Action Force, Kinder Surprise, MB Games, Matchbox cars, Matilda dolls, Lego, Tony the Tiger and Coco Pops. Thanks for looking!

Part Two can be seen here


Jan

Denmark. 1976.


Famous Five Books with… skateboarding

Denmark. 1987.


Transformers Panini stickers

Panini Transformers. Denmark.


Action Force

Action Force stickers. Denmark.

Denmark. 1988.


Mon Chhichi

Denmark. 1980.


Kinder Surprise

1988.

1988.

1989.


Superman

Denmark.


MB Games

MB Games. Denmark. 1988.


Matchbox

Denmark. 1980.


Matilda Doll

Denmark. 1980.

 


Lego

Denmark. 1978.

Denmark. 1980.


Denmark. 1981.


Kellogg’s Frosties

1988.

1984.

1986.


Coco Pops

1988.


 

A mixed bag of MOTU for your viewing pleasure

Masters of the Universe 7 inch record story book. 1985. France.

I love how they used the actual toys to illustrate the cover of this!


1983 Masters of the Universe 7 inch record from France, and Secret of the Dragon’s Egg Super Adventure


Masters of the Universe Danish comic cover 1987


Two ads, Masters of the Universe toys

Denmark. 1987.

Denmark. 1988.


“He-Man”

Mattel relaunched the Masters of the Universe toy line with a 1989 line called He-Man, which featured a more streamlined look for the action figures. The storyline shifted the adventures of He-Man and Skeletor away from Eternia and into outer space.

Denmark. 1990.


He-Man and Masters of the Universe transfers

Denmark. 1988.


Castle Greyskull maze puzzle page

Denmark. 1988. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.

G.I. JOE 1980s

A REAL AMERICAN HERO

G.I. Joe is a line of action figures produced by Hasbro. The original 1964 line featured 12 inch figures. In 1982 the brand was relaunched in a 3¾-inch scale along with vehicles, play-sets and accessories. As well as action figures, G.I. Joe had its own comic book and an animated TV series. The brand also appeared on numerous video game titles and products such as posters, games and clothing.


US. Groo. 1988.


US. Groo. 1988.


US. Dazzler. 1982.


US. The Defenders. 1983.


US. The New Mutants. 1985.


US. Nth Man. 1989.

US. Nth Man. 1989.