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Toy shop snap shot: Hamleys of Regent Street London W.1.

Peter and Jane: We Have Fun. Lady Bird Books. 1964 / 2004.


Hamleys toy shop based in Regent Street, London, England, was founded in 1760 by William Hamley. It is the biggest and oldest toy shop in the world, and prides itself on selling not only traditional toys but newer toys that enter the market. Hamleys Book of Toys, Sports and Games, Christmas 1983 states

“Whilst traditional toys and dolls are as popular as ever, a vast revolution has nevertheless taken place in toyland. Electronic games and home computers have captured the imagination of children and their parents throughout the world.”

The Hamleys book goes on to announce the creation of a vast 4,000 sq. ft electronic games complex called ‘A Step Ahead’ with trained technology advisors on hand to guide customers through what surely must have been described back then as ‘video game heaven’.



Hamleys also announce another new department ‘Small World’ featuring international dolls furniture and miniatures, as well as extra space given over for their ground floor Star Wars department.

The 123 page Hamleys Christmas book is wonderfully presented with photographs and descriptive text, giving us a sense of not just what the toys looked like back in 1983 but what they did too, Enjoy the scans!

The 1983 Christmas Book of Toys, Sports and Games by Hamleys. Front and rear cover. The front ‘cover subject’ is “Toy Lady” while the back features one of Hamleys famous bears.































Hamleys “A Step Ahead” Electronic Games Complex







That’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed the scans. Thanks for looking 🙂

Further reading: A history of Hamleys by Hamleys

 

The Dukes of Hazzard

The Dukes of Hazzard is a popular American television series that ran from 1979 to 1985. The show centred around the ‘Duke Boys’ – cousins Bo and Luke Duke – who drove around Hazzard County in their iconic customised car known as the General Lee. Other Dukes included female cousin Daisy and family patriarch Uncle Jesse. Opposing the Dukes were County Commissioner Boss Hogg and his Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane. Almost 150 episodes were broadcast during its original run as well as spin-offs, films, toys, video games and a wide range of other merchandise.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983


The Dukes of Hazzard Challenge. Ertl. UK advert, 1983.

The Dukes of Hazzard Challenge. Ertl. UK advert, 1983. Note the artist’s impression of the General Lee.


UK. Eagle. 1983. This advert appears to show an actual model of the General Lee and is a variant of the one above which shows an artist's impression.

The Dukes of Hazzard Challenge. Ertl. UK. Eagle. 1983. This advert appears to show an actual model of the General Lee and is a variant of the one above which shows an artist’s impression.


Airfix catalogue page 1983

Dukes of Hazzard Snapfix kits by Airfix from the French edition Airfix catalogue 1983.

Dukes of Hazzard Snapfix kits by Airfix from the French edition Airfix catalogue 1983.