BraveStarr – Wild West Adventure in Space!

BraveStarr. Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1987. Netherlands.

In a new entry at The Vintage Toy Advertiser, we take a look at 1986’s space-western toy line BraveStarr by Mattel. The toys accompanied the Filmation animation series of the same name which aired between 1987 and 1988. Filmation had previously been responsible for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, Shazam! and Filmation’s Ghostbusters. BraveStarr would prove to be the studio’s final animation series output.

Marshal BraveStarr

Marshal BraveStarr and his sidekick Thirty/Thirty. Image: Wikipedia

Set in the 23rd century on a planet called New Texas, BraveStarr mixes the genres of science fiction and wild west to pitch heroes against villains. The lead hero is Marshal BraveStarr – a Native American with superhuman spirit-animal powers, as well as a small arsenal of futuristic weaponry at his disposal. Lead villain is Tex Hex – who was originally a villain character in the development of Filmation’s Ghostbusters series. Tex Hex was removed from the show so that the studio could base the upcoming BraveStarr series around his character.

Tex Hex and Skull Walker

Tex Hex on his Skull Walker. Italy. 1986.


Dutch Mattel catalogue page showing various BraveStarr figures, vehicles and the Fort Kerium play set

BraveStarr. Intertoys Speelboek. 1987 Autumn. Netherlands.


See also: Cosmic Cowboys, Galaxy Rangers, Filmation’s Ghostbusters

Thanks for looking 🙂

Never Mind the Adverts Pt14 – Action Figure Frolics and Fun, plus Name-that-Figure quiz, all in TVTA Color!

Welcome to the latest Never Mind The Adverts Here Are The Toys!

In this edition, I finally get my hands on a Thirteenth Doctor action figure as portrayed by Jodie Whittaker in the BBC sci-fi drama Doctor Who. Judge Death stops by to give us an intimate portrait. X-23 Laura Kinney strikes some cool poses. Barbie meets a Dalek! And test your knowledge with TVTA’s fun-time action figure quiz: can you identify the characters and which franchise they belong to?


Doctor Who by Character Options

When 13 met Martha…

The Doctor and Martha Jones finally meet. It’s only natural they strike a pose for the camera.

when Barbie met Dalek

Dalek: Exfoliate! Exfoliate! Barbie: All in good time my lovely new blue accessory… first we have to choose outfits, do our hair, bake cakes, then there’s this cool party I’m throwing later over at my place. What? You haven’t seen my dream house yet!?!


Judge Death – the intimate side 

X-23 – These boots are made for slashing, and a fistful of adamantium! 

X-23… how do you like it?


Quiz time!!!

And now, from Norwich, it’s the quiz of the week! Presenting, in glorious TVTAColorVision, the TVTA fun-time action figure quiz: Identify each character for 1 point, its franchise for a bonus point. Can you score more than 14 points? Don’t feel bad if not, this is quite hard, and Wooof only scored 5 points and he’s supposed to be an expert! Haha. Hard cheese, cat… What, shhhh, don’t tell the readers I only scored 3 points!

Answers are at the end of the post… no cheating! Deduct a point if you do, naughty you!

Right, let’s go! Name the following characters, and the franchise they appear in…


Cowboys!

And finally, how about some cool cowboy figures from the 1980s? These were made by a company called Gerca. I remember nagging my mom for ages as a kid for a pack of cowboys very similar to these – I wanted them because their hats and guns were removable and the body parts interchangeable!

Wild West figures. Gerca. 1980s. Made in Macau. Loose.

Wild West figures. Gerca. 1980s. Made in Macau. MIP.


That’s all folks,

Thanks for getting action figure quizzical with us 🙂  Join us again soon for another edition of Never Mind The Adverts, in glorious TVTAColorVision!! 

Tomart’s Action Figure Digest, 2006

Cover: Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143, March, 2006. US.

A TVTA Special.

The Vintage Toy Advertiser tIme machine takes a short trip back to 2006 to look at some exceedingly cool toys – as featured in the March issue of Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143.

Images copyright of Tomart’s Action Figure Digest and are scanned and shown here for toy information and educational purposes. Click images to go bigger.


Rocky by Jakks Pacific


Jimmy Page, Freddie Mercury, Muhammad Ali, MOTU, John Lennon, Scarface, Pirates of the Caribbean by NECA 


The Notorious B.I.G., Miami Vice, Public Enemy by Mezco


DC Superheroes by Mattel


Marvel characters by Toy Biz and Medicom


Spawn, Aliens, Predator, Rambo


UK Toy Fair 2006


As always, thanks for looking 🙂

WCW action figures

Ladies and gentlemen, WordPress promotions in association with Freshly Pressed Premium Cat Food Accounts only, are proud to present, all the way from 1992, Galoob’s World Wrestling Championship action figures and Sound Slammin’ Action Ring playset! Woop! Yeahhrrr!

“RARRRR! TVTA is comin’ atcha! Grrurrrghhhh! An’ this time we ain’t foolin’ around an’ no way we’re lettin’ them low-down vintage ad browser boys beat us and cheat us like they did last time!! So better hold on to your pants coz TVTA’s gonna be whippin’ that VTWWC¹ belt right offa your skinny hips… Weee-doggie!!!² An’ there ain’t gonna be no stinkin’ cheatin’ Google referees to place us below you in the search engine rankings this time! Grarrrrrrr! We’s mean, and keen, and goin’ up to eleven on our time machine! We’s tough, rough, got an office cat called Wooof, and you better mark our words when we say TVTA is gonna lay this thing down right now! Yeah!! Bring it on!!”

US. Galoob trade catalogue. 1992.

US. Galoob trade catalogue. 1992.

US. Galoob trade catalogue. 1992.

US. Galoob trade catalogue. 1992.


Thank you for Hay-making, Half-Nelsoning, and Boston-Crabbing with us on a Saturday teatime with Dickie Davies  🙂

Footstool notes:

  1. Vintage Toy World Wrestling Championship
  2. Thanks Mean Machine, you would have made an excellent pro-wrestler if it hadn’t been for that pesky Judge Dredd
TVTA apologies for its poor imitation of 1990s pre-match wrestling threats. Wooof ate far too many cat energy biscuits while reading his latest copy of The Cat Fanciers Furball Monthly while at the same time keeping one eye on a failed weekend binge of WCW on VHS. Normal service will be resumed as soon as we clean up the mess, rewind the tapes, and get back from Blockbusters.

 

VISIONARIES – the shortest-lived franchise?

Visionaries: Knights of the Magical Light was an action figure toy line released by Hasbro in 1987 which consisted of twelve figures and four vehicles. The franchise also comprised an animated TV series and a comic book run. Following poor sales of the toys the line was abandoned by Hasbro, leaving series two characters, vehicles, and an action playset unproduced. The comic fared equally as bad, being cancelled after just six issues and halfway through a four-part storyline. The animated TV series lasted thirteen episodes and was not given a second series.

Below is a 1988 page from the French Cora Christmas catalogue showing the Dagger Assault vehicle and Darkling Lord character Reekon.

‘Visionaries: entre dans le monde incroyable des chevaliers à la lueur magique.’ Roughly translated as ‘Visionaries: enter the incredible world of the magical, glowing knights’. France. Cora catalogue. 1988.

Sources –

Check out the excellent The Visionaries .net site

Visonaries Wikipedia

Princess Leia Black Series figure as you’ve never seen her before?

Today I took photos of the Princess Leia Black Series 40th Anniversary figure. I was really pleased with how she came out, and managed to get some good shots inspired by Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of her in the Star Wars: A New Hope movie.

The Black Series is notorious for not always getting the likeness quite right of its human characters. I think the job Hasbro made on this 40th Anniversary Leia is really good. Added to this, the figure comes with two blasters and an impressive soft goods gown that can be manipulated (I used an artist fine paint brush) to fit around the contours of her body. The hood is a little wild and a bit too much on the pointy side, but again with some manipulation can be made presentable.

After downloading the photos I put them into an editor for cropping and framing – and that’s when things got a bit weird 🙂 as I went completely off topic and began messing about with art filters…

Below are the unexpected results. I’ve added some of the original and unaltered photos at the end of the post, as this was my first intention to show only these

Enjoy 🙂


A selection of some of the originally intended photos for this post…


Thank you for getting arty with us!

Judge Dredd – 1995 Mega Heroes figures from Mattel

A good friend sent me a full loose set of Mattel’s 1995 Judge Dredd Mega Heroes multi pack figures. These figures are really cool and at around two to three inches in height are packed with a surprising amount of colour and detail true to the characters as they appeared in the JD comics.

Judge vs Mutant. Dredd on a Lawmaster MK IV bike with cursed Earth mutant.

Judge vs Mutant Lawmaster MKIV cursed Earth mutant

 

Squad Leader Judge Hunter, Mean Machine Angel and Chief Justice Fargo.

Mean Machine CJ Fargo Squad Leader Judge Hunter

 

Ugly Pugley, Fink Angel and Block War Dredd.

Ugly Pugley Block War Dredd Fink

Rico, Judge Death and Street Judge Hershey.

Rico Hershey Death

 

Under City Perp, Fergie and Lawgiver Dredd.

Under City Perp Lawgiver Dredd Fergie

 

ABC Robot and Riot Armor Dredd.

ABC Robot Riot armor Dredd

STAR WARS toys and merchandising adverts from around the world: 1977 to 1985

Motta sweepstakes

My favourite toy line is Star Wars, particularly the vintage era from the late 70s to the early 80s. Back then there was a real buzz for the toys and almost anything else Star Wars-related. This was evident in shops everywhere with their abundantly-packed shelves and wonderful displays. Added to this were exciting TV commercials and a huge range of paper advertisements found in comics, magazines and catalogues. I was lucky enough to have a small collection of toys that included a Landspeeder and most of the first twelve figures. I always thought the Sand Person was the most scary-looking figure – no doubt aided by my childhood memories of that howling Tusken Raider attacking Luke in the first Star Wars film.

My collection grew steadily throughout The Empire Strikes Back series and ended at the beginning of the Return Of The Jed line when by this time I’d outgrown ‘toys’ and had more pressing things on my radar like buying records and going to watch bands – a familiar story to many who grew up with the first wave of Star Wars toys and who became teenagers around 1983.

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It wasn’t just the toys was it… a whole range of Star Wars-related products were available to tempt us, as illustrated in this US advert.

Looking back, it wasn’t just the toys that made such a big impression on me but all the other merchandise that accompanied them: Star Wars bed-clothes, bubble bath, toothbrushes, tee-shirts, posters, comics, badges, annuals and countless food and drink promotions – enough to keep any kid happy and their parents’ pockets empty.

Adverts

Some of my favourite adverts can be found in publications like Pif Gadget and Journal de Mickey. Meccano / Miro-Meccano produced some of the most innovative, stylish and irreverant ads, although I’ll always have a special love for Palitoy as this is the license I grew up with. I’m also a fan of the Heroes World adverts that can be found in many US comics.

The following examples are just a small selection from my large collection of international Star Wars ads. Featuring toys, clothing, masks, watches, video games, and a number of food and drink promotions, these ads show us exactly how the Star Wars brand was sold around the world.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978. Offer to win the first twelve action figures from Palitoy. R2-D2 must have been feeling a little camera-shy... he has his back to the camera.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978. Offer to win the first twelve action figures from Palitoy. R2-D2 must have been feeling a little camera-shy that day… he has his back to the camera.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979. North American promotion for Texas Instruments watches. Texas Instruments was the first company licensed to sell Star Wars-themed watches. Another licensed company, Bradley Time, went on to sell Star Wars watches throughout all of the original trilogy.

France. Pif Gadget N° 737. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget N° 737. 1983. Double page sweepstake to win prizes and a ROTJ cinema preview.

France. Pif Gadget N° 737. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget N° 737. 1983. Double page sweepstake to win prizes and a ROTJ cinema preview.

France. Pif Gadget N° 758. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget N° 758. 1983. Pif Gadget promotion for Panini album and stickers.

France. PIf Gadget. 1983. Another French ad for Panini album and stickers Pif Gadget promotion.

France. PIf Gadget. 1983. Another French ad for Panini album and stickers Pif Gadget promotion.

Denmark. Anders. 1985. Loose figures and MOC packaging on this toy page ad from BR.

Denmark. Anders. 1985. Loose figures and MOC packaging on this toy page ad from Faetter BR.

Germany. KDS. 1985. Advert for German Star Wars comics.

Germany. KDS. 1985. Advert for German Star Wars comics.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 792. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 792. 1984. The ‘Floating Yoda Head’ icon was used for several ad campaigns by Meccano. To my knowledge the icon has also appeared on similar or the same advertising as Clipper, Parker, Palitoy and Harbert.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 794. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 794. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 795. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 795. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 769. 1983.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 769. 1983.

Germany. Fix Und Foxi N° 37. 1984.

Germany. Fix Und Foxi. 1984. Parker ‘Yoda Floating Head’ advert. No slave Leia figure in 1984, so poor Han was chained up by Jabba instead!

Italy. 1984. This floating Yoda head example is from Harbert. UK's Palitoy is also credited on this advert - most likely because Palitoy photography is used from the original offer.

Italy. 1984. This ‘floating Yoda head’ example is from Italy’s Harbert. UK’s Palitoy is also credited on this advert – most likely because Palitoy photography is used from the original offer.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 818. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 818. 1984. Catalogue and poster promotion.

France. Pif Gadget 708. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget 708. 1982. Quarter page Stormtrooper ad as featured in the Meccano ‘Blue Ads’ series.

France. Pif Gadget 703. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget 703. 1982. Quarter page R2-D2 toy ad as featured in the Meccano ‘Blue Ads’ series.

USA. The Defenders 119. 1983.

USA. The Defenders 119. 1983. Parker Brothers ad for Atari’s Jedi Arena.

USA. Power Man and Iron Fist 86. 1982.

USA. Power Man and Iron Fist 86. 1982. Parker Brothers ad for Atari’s The Empire Strike Back.

USA. Marvel Power Pack 02. 1984.

USA. Marvel Power Pack 02. 1984. Parker Brothers ad for Atari’s Star Wars: The Arcade Game.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978. Pif Gadget’s first Star Wars toy advert.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980. More Star Wars toys from Meccano.

France. Pif Gadget 558. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget 558. 1979. Meccano Radio-Controlled R2-D2.

France. Pif Gadget 613. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget 613. 1980. Miro-Meccano gets trippy with this 1980 ad: floating heads and a radioactive Falcon!

Italy. 1982.

Italy. 1982. The Festacolor projector as advertised by Italian licensee Harbert.

USA. Marvel Star Wars. 1980.

USA. Marvel Star Wars. 1980. Heroes World mail order ad for Star Wars toys.

USA. Marvel Star Wars. 1978.

USA. Marvel Star Wars. 1978. Heroes World mail order ad for Star Wars toys. The ad shows the earliest figures available for the ‘first 12’ as well as the first three vehicles released.

TVTA Hi C fruit drinks advert ROTJ 1983 Sunday Comics Promotions

USA. Sunday Comics Promotions. 1983. Hi-C fruit drink promotion.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 89. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 89. 1979. Cantina, Droid Factory and Land of the Jawa play-sets as advertised by Palitoy.

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. Sound effects courtesy of Parker!

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. Sound effects courtesy of Parker! Look closely and you’ll see that’s not Luke X-Wing in the cockpit!

Germany. Star Wars N° 1. 1985. Is the 'Ssssccch' sound being made by the Speeder Bike or cleverly hidden Ewoks about to spring a surprise?

Germany. Star Wars N° 1. 1985. Is the ‘Ssssccch’ sound being made by the Speeder Bike or cleverly hidden Ewoks about to spring a surprise?

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. No slave Leia figure in 1985, so Luke was chained up by Jabba instead!

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. No slave Leia figure in 1985, so Luke was chained up by Jabba instead!

France. Le Journal De Mickey 83003. 1983.

France. Le Journal De Mickey 83003. 1983. Amora mustard sweepstakes promotion.

France. Pif Gadget 595. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget 595. 1980. Prize contest.

CBS network premiere TV ad.

CBS network premiere TV ad.

UK Palitoy Emperor figure offer advert, 1984.

UK Palitoy Emperor figure offer advert, 1984.

USA. Starlog N° 76. 1983. Masks by Don Post.

USA. Starlog N° 76. 1983. Masks by Don Post.

Spain. 1980. Star Wars El Imperio Contraataca 12 inch Boba Fett and IG-88 figures.

Spain. 1980. Star Wars El Imperio Contraataca 12 inch Boba Fett and IG-88 figures.

US. Starlog. 1983. ROTJ Merchandise.

US. Starlog. 1983. ROTJ Merchandise.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980. ESB Soundtracks.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980. ESB Soundtracks.

Star Wars ESB cake pans, candles, molds and toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

Star Wars ESB cake toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

M.A.S.K. Illusion Is The Ultimate Weapon

M.A.S.K. is a Japanese animated TV series featuring transforming vehicles, super-powered helmets and masks. M.A.S.K. stands for “Mobile Armored Strike Command” a special task force pitted against the criminal organisation V.E.N.O.M.
The original series focused on the characters and vehicles from the popular Kenner toyline. M.A.S.K. also had many derivative products such as video games and comics.


France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.

France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.


France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.

France. Pif gadget 896. 1986.


USA. Marvel. The New Mutants. 1985.

USA. Marvel. The New Mutants. 1985.


UK. 2000 AD. 1987.


SHOGUN

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Shogun action figures came in various scales made from both plastic and die-cast metal. Licensed by Mattel in the late 1970s the figures were based on the Japanese anime show of the same period.


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France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


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France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


Shogun Rocket Tops Topolino 1979

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


France. Goldorak 12" vinyl record. Saban Records & Music. 1982.

France. Goldorak 12″ vinyl record. Saban Records & Music. 1982.


USA. Creepy Mag. 1980.

US. Creepy Mag. 1980.


Castors 14. 1979.

Castors 14. 1979.