Tag Archives: 1980s

Cat gifts from Japan #2 – Starlog Jan 1981

Wooof just told me to post up the rest of the goodies from the 1981 Starlog magazine he brought back from Japan – the one with the exceedingly cool free cassette labels that we featured here. So let’s begin with a scan of the front cover followed by some selected pages…

Starlog Japan, January 1981. Also known as Starlog & Future Life. Front cover.

Starlog Japan, January 1981. Contents page.

The theme of this issue was welcoming in the New Year 1981 while saying goodbye to the previous year 1980. This is reflected throughout many of the pages, along with one of Japan’s biggest loves… robots!

Hello Artoo 🙂 Why on the black list? Been upsetting those mean Sith again? Great work droid, keep it up!

 

It’s the same robot that appears on the contents page. I wonder if this is Starlog Japan’s mascot?

I don’t know who or what this cool-looking robot is. There is a Disney copyright printed at the top of the page, so time to head off to the research room! *** EDIT 12/12/17 *** Big thanks to For Tyeth for identifying the robot as Maximilian from The Black Hole.

Advert for Heavy Metal magazine.

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu

Flash Gordon.

Michael Sullivan. One Point.

Sci-fi and fantasy Books.

Star Wars. Not sure what this is exactly. Some kind of advert for stickers or transfers? The drawings are similar to some Star Wars bootleg collectables I’ve seen like horse racing games. They may be playing cards as they have the suit symbols on them. Help me Japanese readers… you’re my only hope

Thanks for looking   🙂


 

Cat gifts from Japan – 1981 Starlog sci-fi gals cassette labels!

Wooof just got back from his annual cat holiday in Japan. I asked him to bring me back something vintage and musical. As always, the cat never disappoints! Thanks Wooof, I absolutely love my 1980s sci-fi gals cassette labels! 






The images are printed on cardboard and were given away with Starlog Japan, January 1981. Each image could be cut out and inserted inside a real cassette case to document your sci-fi inspired mix tape! I’m so tempted to make one, as I still have a box of blank cassettes and a cassette recorder … hmm … 



Thank you for rewinding with HB pencils with us 🙂


 

G.I. Joe 1986 Catalogue

Hasbro’s awesome line of G.I. Joe 3.75 inch action figures, vehicles and playsets as seen in this 1986 mini catalogue. Click images to enlarge.

Marvel’s Empire Strikes Back First Issue

I was happy to add this first issue of Marvel’s The Empire Strikes Back from 1980. The UK copy came with a free sheet of Kraft Dairylea action transfers – which was unused and included with the issue I picked up.

Dagobah Bog Planet. Check out the odd-looking Yoda… what’s he pointing at? Why is Luke flying through the air with his back to us? Why so feisty Artoo, has the Dagobah bog water got into your circuits? And what are all those other weird images about? All becomes one with the Force when you take a look at the “How to use your Dairylea action transfers” page inside the comic…

The issue included a page upon which you could rub down your transfers onto a handy Dagobah Bog scene. You could then use ‘crayons’ to colour the rest of the scene. Our family was quite poor, but even we could afford fine-tipped felts. The cumbersome Crayola crayons we owned would surely have destroyed that page in seconds! And… I’m still trying to figure out where ‘flying Luke’ should go in the scene… Perhaps Yoda is ‘finger-Force-pointing’ at him and making him fly? Dammit, being an adult sucks, because I know I wouldn’t have hesitated to Crayola the crap out of that pic after rubbing off every last transfer image from the free sheet with a two-pence piece and sticking them wherever I chose. Take that adult comic collectors (including free gifts) 40 years later!!

Back page advert for Kraft Dairylea action transfers offer. Is the hunt on next for the bumper transfer pack?

Thanks for rubbing down transfers and spreading soft cheese with us! Until next time, mtfbwy! 🙂

Japanese chirashi mini posters: Gremlins, Robocop, Indiana Jones

Some more classic movies added to the TVTA chirashi poster collection. Here are the scans showing both the front and backs.

Gremlins

Gremlins 2

Robocop

Robocop 2

Robocop 3

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Thanks for looking 🙂

1980s sci-fi and fantasy merchandise

Back in the eighties if you wanted to get your hands on some cool sci-fi and fantasy merchandise you went to your local comic shop or you sent off for mail order via adverts found in comic books and magazines. The following are a selection of adverts found in US Starlog and UK Starburst publications.

Stores and mail order

US. Starlog. 1984.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

US. Starlog. 1980.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

US. Starlog. 1980.

Books and publications

UK. Starburst. 1989.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

US. Starlog. 1983.

US. Starlog. 1980.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

Role Playing

US. Starlog. 1985.

US. Starlog. 1985.

Film and video

UK. Starburst. 1989.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

UK. Starburst. 1988.

Halloween countdown: 3

Question: When is the Doctor not the Doctor? Answer: When he’s a werelok!

Part 3 of 5. Introducing a selection of panels and the cover of Doctor Who Weekly, 7th May, 1980, Dogs of Doom by Pat Mills, John Wagner and Dave Gibbons.


1980 advert for the story The Dogs of Doom.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980.

Thanks for time travelling with us! Look out for Halloween countdown number 2 coming soon…

Halloween countdown: 4

Part 2 of 5. I want my 80s horror!

Greg Hildebrandt poster. Starlog. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

US. Swamp Thing. 1989.

Little Shop of Horrors. Colan and Hunt. 1986.

UK. Starburst. 1987.

Starburst. 1988.

Zeira Urshurak starlog 37 1980

Thanks for 80s doom dancing with us! Look out for countdown number 3 coming soon…

Battle jackets, Spider-Man jackets, cheese T-shirts and apostrophes galore!!!

Yes, it’s another stunning TVTA fashion spectacular!!!

US. Creepy Mag. 1980. New Warrior’s Battle Jacket. Now you and your entire family can look incredibly cool and stylish at the baseball game, the disco, your back yard, or even in your own space fantasy!


SUBJECT: Fashion. INTERNATIONAL HOUSES: Italy, France, Denmark, UK, Brazil, US. MODE TIMESPAN: 70s, 80s and 90s. STYLE: Superhero, sports, kids. APOSTROPHE COUNT: 33. TOTAL TIME MACHINE TRIPS: 8. GIANT CAT BISCUITS AND PIZZA CONSUMED: 4. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Please recycle this post at your nearest clothing regeneration outpost.


So, what’s hot for Autumn in the world of fashion?

Marvel jackets! Only $75.00 each!! This was way back in 1989, and according to Dollar Times that’s worth $150.27 in 2017!


US. 1989.


Cheese. It’s the big cheese! It’s the cheese of the decade! It’s what all the smart kids are cheesing on about! Look cheesy in these cheese-tastic Cool Burger cheese T-shirts! Did we mention cheese?

Denmark. 1984.


More T-shirts! This time hold the cheese… we got superheroes!

US. 1978.


But what happens if I want to put stars on my T-shirt? No problem. You can do that. All you need is a dollar and a Whoppers wrapper from 1979!

US. 1979.


Get Confirmed with the Lilly Confirmation dress!

Denmark.


It’s back! The drunken sailor look, fresh for Autumn!

UK.


Put pesky puddles in their place with Viking footwear!

Denmark.


Cycle in style! But be careful of catching those bell bottoms in your chain – ouch! Just look what happened to the kid on the right! No more bell bottoms for you young lad!

Denmark. 1978.


Still feeling sporty? Get yourself off to some tennis with these Iris trainers!

Brazil. 1983.


And still feeling sporty? Skate your way into the hearts and minds of the fashion world with these waspish yellow and black cool rollers from Italy!

Italy. 1984.


Two French ads by Hom. Yeah! 90s. Yeah, yeah, yeah!

France. Hom. 90s.

France. Hom. 90s.


Get kitted out vintage style! I went to some of these fairs when I lived in the UK. Always a good selection of clothing and jewellery! 

UK. Custard Factory, Birmingham. 2000s.


And finally, for the kids, or the young at heart, or just really small people, why not try out some fantastic superhero costumes!

Denmark. 1989.

As always, thanks for looking!

🙂

This post was brought to you by TVTA Fashion Under Statement Enterprises and is sponsored by Miow-Pow! cat biscuits and Pizza Au Feu De Bois, Vite, Vite, Vite! No apostrophes were harmed in the making of this vintage post, only Jar Jar Binks. If you would like to know more about fashion then why not visit some shops in your local area to see what clothes are 'hip' and 'yeah baby' today! You can also browse catalogues, or ask friends if you may look inside their wardrobes one time.

 

Latest vintage Star Wars ads

Representing merchandise as advertised in Italy, France, Germany, UK and the US.

Radio Control R2-D2. Italy.

Italy. 1979. Radio controlled R2-D2. In Italy this droid was called C1P8.

Star Wars toys. France.

France. Castors Juniors. 1979. Featuring models and action figures from both the small and large size lines. Plus… how often do you see a vinyl and cloth cape Jawa pictured together?

Star Wars Palitoy catalogue page from Hamleys. UK.

UK. Hamleys. 1983. Featuring vehicles for the 3.75 inch action figure line.

Star Wars model kits. Germany.

This 1979 Kenner Germany ad reads “Hello model fans”. It features Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter, the X-Wing Fighter, and our two favourite droids. The photo of the X-Wing vehicle appears to be the electronic toy meant for the 3.75 inch action figures and not the model kit version. It is not uncommon to see vintage Star Wars toy ads substituting certain products with others. My idea is that sometimes the foreign (to US) license holder had to make do with whatever images or products were sent over by parent company Kenner from the US. In other cases we may also catch sight of prototype versions, which were the only images available at the time prior to a toy’s actual release.

In the case of French license holder Miro-Meccano, which in 1981 ran a spectacular “saynettes” ad series, a mixture of toys were used to create perspective. Here we see a small scale die cast X-Wing in the background, with the bigger 3.75 inch action figure Landspeeder in the foreground.

Star Wars Denys Fisher model kits competition. UK.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978. This UK competition offered the chance to win one of 40 prizes for Denys Fisher licensed Star Wars models.

Return of the Jedi SnapFix models. Airfix. UK.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.

Boots stores model kit products. Airfix. UK.

UK. Eagle. 1983. I remember Star Wars toys being on sale in UK toys shops and newsagents but not in Boots – which is a high street chemist that still exists today. This ad from 1983 shows that Boots did indeed stock some toys, and gives mention to Star Wars.

School stationery prize competition, Helix. UK.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978. The Star Wars Helix brand has always been popular in the UK collecting world, and items can command high prices. One of the most popular and perhaps rarest of Helix items is the Death Star Pencil Sharpener – which is mentioned here as a lowly “runners up prize”.  If only we knew back then how desirable those little pencil sharpeners would one day become!

Eagle comics Return of the Jedi sticker album offer. UK.

Eagle comics. UK. 1983.

Eagle comics Return of the Jedi free stickers. UK.

Eagle comics. UK. 1983.

Atari Return of the Jedi Death Star Battle. Parker Brothers. US.

US. Alpha Flight. 1983.

Intellivision and Atari cartridges by Parker Brothers. UK.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.

That’s all for now. Please check out our Star Wars section beneath the banner for the best international Star Wars vintage advertising this side of the galaxy! 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  🙂

The Karate Kid

Wax on … Wax off …

Denmark. 1988.

The Karate Kid action figure line was released by Remco in North America in 1986. Based on the 1984 film of the same name, the line consisted of figures with a special ‘Tri-Action’ feature that enabled them to perform karate chops, twists and kicks. A handful of action playsets were also produced in which scenes from the film could be recreated.

Our featured advert above comes from Denmark, and shows the Attack Alley and Training Centre playset along with characters and accessories.