Ministry of Toys advice for parents and young children: 1, Do not put hands into mouth of shark. 2, Do not encourage shark into bathing area. 3, Do not take selfie with shark. 4, Do not pet shark. 5, Do not throw peanuts, fish, live monkeys or hamburgers at shark. Above all, treat with respect and remember you are the visitor in the world of shark.
“Wooof, please stop jumping up and down on top of the scanner,” I said to the office cat this morning. “Look what you’ve gone and done to our advert for ‘Splash Out’. I’m going to have to scan it again now!”
“It’s not me!” replied the cat. “It’s this new Yo-Yo I bought from the toy shop in town. It seems to have a mind all of it’s own!”
“Yo-Yo you say? That reminds me, I need to scan a couple of Yo-Yo adverts I found in the archives – if you’ve quite finished destroying the office equipment?”
“No worries,” said the cat. “I’ll go practice my Yo-Yo skills in the garden.”
“Not too close to the greenhouse though, eh?”
“Do you think I’m that daft?”
Later … Smash! Tinkle! Shatter! Meeeowwwlll!
1980s Coca-Cola and Fanta Yo-Yos by Russell
In other Up and Down news…
R2-D2 defies gravity, C-3PO keeps his feet on the ground …
Q: What cool thing happens when you cross a video game icon with bubble gum and pocket money?
A: The Pac-Man Bubble Gum Money Box! (I so want one of these!)
Oops! Putting your foot in it …
Nadia and her gymnasium
Make friends … yes 🙂
The Whizz Kids Guide, How To books
Big Jim, Big Josh, Big Jack, Dr. Acero
Crashback – crushable and expandable vans on command!
XRC by Tonka
Here be dragons …
That’s all for now vintage mates. I’m off to buy new window panes for the TVTA greenhouse. Wooof’s off to Yo-Yo lessons for cats. See you soon 🙂
I always enjoy coming across the toy artwork ads by Ogilvy and Mather, the company responsible for Mattel’s Barbie, Big Jim and Hot Wheels adverts in France during the 70s and 80s. Here are two Big Jim adverts featuring the eponymous character himself along with fellow action figures Géronimo, Bloody Fox, Captain Flint and Captain Hook.
Mickey Mouse Summer Holiday Reading
Superman Die Cast Vehicles by Corgi
Glow In The Dark Posters from Pineapple Kids Club
Dungeons & Dragons
Mini-Jeux Pocket Games
Five French toy adverts from the late 1970s and early 80s.
TVTA additions just in: two French comic strip style adverts showing Lego airport and middle-ages sets, an Italian ad for Autobang by Sebino toys, two Big Jim ads and a cool ad for the 1984 Raleigh Aero Burner BMX,
Five 1979 Italian ads showing Lego Space, Big Jim featuring Dr. Steel, Barbie, Atlantic toy soldiers, and Polistil’s Alfa Romeo 1750 model car.
These latest retro paperworks from the UK, US and Brazil have just been added to the archive.
Big Jim was produced by Mattel between 1971 and 1986 and was inspired by the popular G.I. Joe/Action Man 12 inch toys. The figures were shorter in height than their G.I. Joe counterparts and some characters had a push-button action feature that controlled an arm or leg movement.
The line featured an impressive range of figures, vehicles, outfits and accessories for play themes ranging from jungle and safari exploration, espionage, space, sci-fi, sports, wild west, and more. TVTA is pleased to present a number of adverts from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the US and the UK, including examples for the related lines Karl May and Mark Strong.
Big Jim, Spain.
Big Jim, Italy.
Big Jim, France.
Big Jim, US.
Big Jim also released a series of action figures based on the German writer Karl May’s wild west stories, including famous characters like Winnetou and Old Shatterhand.
For a while, due to licensing issues, Big Jim was known as Mark Strong in certain markets outside of the US.
Thanks for looking 🙂 Post updated December 2018 with new images.
Mini-Jeux are mechanical games based on the Japanese Tomy hand-held games.
In the UK these were marketed as ‘Pocketeers’ by the Palitoy company. See TVTA’s post POCKETEERS
100 new surprises… more beautiful than ever.
1978 Kinder Surprise ad from France. More Kinder Surprise here
Big Jim helicopter. 1978.
LEGO Sea stuff.
Lego used to have a corporate deal going with the Shell oil company. For years the Shell logo appeared on numerous brick products like tankers, petrol stations and oil rigs – until recently (2014) when Lego finally cut its ties with the oil giant following a sustained capaign by Greenpeace