Tag Archives: 1990s toys

Polly Pocket

It’s a new entry for TVTA as we present some 1995 Polly Pocket scans from French catalogue Ets De Neuter.

Polly Pocket is a line of toy dolls and accessories that became popular during the late 80s and early 90s. The original dolls came in pocket-size cases and were sold by Bluebird toys of the UK and Mattel. Polly Pocket has also appeared in feature films, video games and a web series. It continues to be sold to date.

Thanks for looking 🙂 

Starlight the Walking Horse

The enchanting prancing horse with magical lights that really walks. 

Starlight. 1992 Galoob trade catalogue.

Starlight was released by Galoob in 1992. This enchanting and pretty toy horse could walk, move her head up and down and swish her tail via a handheld controller. Starlight’s mane, forehead star and bridle gems all lit up. She came boxed with a number of accessories that included a show blanket, leg warmers, a bridle, a tail band, hair accessories and a brush.

Micro Machines

Produced by Galoob in 1987 and currently owned by Hasbro, Micro Machines are a line of miniature scale vehicles and play sets. As well as producing their own vehicles the line held licenses for well-known TV and film franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, James Bond, Power Rangers and MIB, as well as producing a series of Rockin’ Wheels sets that featured the touring vehicles of famous bands such as AC/DC, Deep Purple and others. The images below are taken from the 1992 Galoob trade catalogue. Click pics to go bigger.

Micro Machines. Galoob trade catalogue. 1992. US.


64000 Collections. Micro Machines Vehicles; Adventures; X-Rays; Neon Beach; Superbikes; Drivers; Reflectors; Super Sparklers; Classy Chromers



Super Monsters

 


Stock Car Superstars


4×4 Crushers


Shake & Sniff


Roll Down Showdown; Tuff Trax; Motor Muncher; Super van City; Race-In-A-Case; Cyclone City


Military sets


Super Carriers


Hiways and Byways


City Scenes and Rollin’ Raceways


Micro Machines Power Rangers Mega Battle Collector’s Set

Ets de Neuter. 1995. France.


Micro-Machines Star Wars

Star Wars Trilogy Special Offers Catalogue. UK. 1997.

Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition Offers Catalogue. UK. 1997.


Thanks for getting all miniature with us. Look out for TVTA’s next post in which we celebrate with our two-thousandth published paperwork advert!  🙂

ETS De Neuter toy trade catalogue 1995

ETS DE NEUTER is a French toy distributor that has been in operation for more than 60 years. The following scans are from its 1995 Christmas trade catalogue and feature many of the big name toy and game brands. The front cover has a wintry, foresty, Christmas wonderland feel to it, while the back cover shows a range of cool merchandise for popular 90s film The Lion King. In between these covers are more than 80 pages of well-presented toy photos and dioramas, making this catalogue a joy to look through.

As well as toys and games, ETS De Neuter distributed household, sports, leisure and electrical goods, which the catalogue also features – but we’ll save those goodies for another time. For now, sit back and enjoy these cool 90s toys. Click if you need to go bigger. Thanks for looking.

Cover. Ets De Neuter. Catalogue Noël. 1995. France.

Batman and Robocop toys.

Biker Mice From Mars.

Playmobil sets and Wild West sets.

Joustra construction. Road Rigs.

K’Nex.

Lego Technic.

Meccano construction.

Barbie dolls, play sets and accessories.

Barbie dolls, play sets and accessories.

Barbie merchandise.

Action Man.

Polly Pocket.

Power Rangers.

Play-Doh.

Crayola

Spirograph.

Spirograph.

Monopoly.

Qui Est-Ce? / Guess Who?

Cluedo.

Tir’Pic / Ker Plunk.

Touche Coule / Battleships.

Mastermind.

Docteur Maboul / Operation.

Trivial Pursuit.

Astérix plush.

Sailor Moon.

Sindy.

Tintin.

Nikko Radio Control.

Nikko Radio Control.

Nikko Radio Control.

TCR.

Transformers.

Le Roi Lion / The Lion King. Back cover of Ets De Neuter catalogue. 1995. France.

Thanks for looking 🙂

Play Ballet Dancing Ballerinas

Play Ballet Dancing Ballerinas was a line of 6 ½ inch dolls presented on decorative stages which could be glided across a surface to enable the dolls to spin and twirl. The dolls could also be removed from their stages for individual handplay. Characters were sold individually or in couples known as the Play Ballet Dance Partners, of which there were 6 collectable sets. Stages could be connected enabling each couple to dance together. Images are from the 1992 Galoob trade catalogue.

I’m not sure how successful these ballerina dolls were, but I think they’re pretty adorable, and the catalogue photo designs from Galoob are beautifully made… though I must admit the darker side of me can’t help but conjure a few images of Aronofsky’s Black Swan

Black Swan. Darren Aronofsky. 2010.

Picture courtesy of Marlena Lovett – Fanpop.

Thank you for performing your ‘Fouetté en tournant en dehors’ with us 🙂

Trash Bag Bunch by Galoob

Trash Bag Bunch was a line of toy figures released by Galoob in 1992. The ingenious gimmick with these toys was that they came in special ‘garbage bags’ and you couldn’t see which figure you were purchasing until you got home and immersed the bags in water. The bags would then fizz and dissolve to reveal your figure.

There were 36 figures to collect – 18 Disposers (the good guys) = the filth-fighters standing for all that is clean, and 18 Trashors (the bad guys) = evil dump dwellers fighting dirty and mean. Figures included monsters, robots and alien creatures.

A Grip ‘n Dip Bagger playset was also released in 1992. Essentially a hand-operated crane enabling you to re-bag your trash figures.

The pictures below are from the 1992 Galoob trade catalogue. Click to enhance.

Trash Bag Bunch. Galoob catalogue. 1992.

Trash Bag Bunch. Galoob catalogue. 1992. Bad guy Trashors.

Trash Bag Bunch. Galoob catalogue. 1992. Good guy Disposers.

Trash Bag Bunch. Galoob catalogue. 1992. Grip ‘n Dip Bagger playset.

Rockin’ Wheels by Micro Machines

How cool are these Micro Machines official band tour vehicles! AC/DC, Deep Purple, Mötley Crüe, Cinderella … all logo’d up and ready to rock ‘n roll! 

There was also a Whitesnake set released, but this is not shown on the 1992 Galoob catalogue pages I scanned. As for the other bands in the line… never heard of them.

Galoob trade catalogue. 1992.

Galoob catalogue. 1992. For some reason the “Cruisin’ Cowboys” vehicles have “Cadillac Cowboys” as their logo.

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.