A merry shagadelic Christmas from TVTA!

McFarlane Toys 1999. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

From Ford and Wooof at TVTA: wishing all our vintage mates, readers and visitors a very happy Christmas. May love, light, spirit and healing be ours, and may our endeavours and art be fruitful in the new year ahead! 

We celebrate with a few fun images from the McFarlane Toys 1999 catalogue.

Enjoy 🙂  


All you need is love, mates!

McFarlane Toys. 1999. The Beatles Yellow Submarine.


And some McFarlane Diamond Exclusives!

McFarlane Toys 1999. Diamond Exclusives.


And some Metal Gear Solid!

McFarlane Toys 1999. Metal Gear Solid.


And, lastly, but not leastly, a bit of Ozzy!

McFarlane Toys 1999. Ozzy Osbourne.

Ozzy, just the same as me, is a Brummie, from Birmingham in the UK, and although I just gave him the last word, our post is interrupted by another Brummie contingent… the Peaky Blinders, who in no uncertain terms tell me:

“This blog is under new management, by order of the Peaky fu@!#ng Blinders!”  

Peaky Blinders. Image courtesy of BBC and Peaky Blinders Website

Now, have yourselves a very merry Christmas, or else!

🙂 

Never Mind The Adverts (Pt16) – Judge Dredd Mega Heroes by Mattel

We are the law!

Welcome to part 16 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts… Here Are The Toys!

Featuring: Judge Dredd Mega Heroes, by Mattel

In 1995, Mattel released a series of multi-pack action figures based on Judge Dredd characters from the British comic 2000 AD. The semi-articulated figures, which stand at around 2 to 3 inches (7 – 12 cm approx), come with an impressive amount of colour and detail, and were launched to coincide with the summer blockbuster film Judge Dredd, starring Sylvester Stallone and Diane Lane.

TVTA is pleased to present maximum thrill power images of the full 1995 loose set, including the impressively zarjaz ABC Robot, and Judge Dredd’s Lawmaster MK IV bike!

Judge Hershey and Block War Dredd.

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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 🙂