Beware of the shark!

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.

Jaws/Les Dents De Le Mer game. 1981. France

Alternate Version. 1981. France.

Sky Shark. 1990. US.

In other vintage news…

I have the power!

Masters of the Universe. 1986. Italy.

I have an awesome bed!

Barbie. 1986. Italy.

I have a cold hand…

Big Jim. Dr Steel. 1970s. France.

…But a warm heart!

Baby Face. 1990. US.

Just in!! Bionics, Joes, Jims, RPGs, cars, art, BMX

And lastly…

Remember – beware of the shark!

Petra / Lotte dolls. 1978. Denmark.

Cover for Télé Parade Mensuel N°6. 1978 featuring Jabberjaw and Scooby-Doo.

Thank you for observing sharks with us 🙂

G.I. Joe 1986 Catalogue

Hasbro’s awesome line of G.I. Joe 3.75 inch action figures, vehicles and playsets as seen in this 1986 mini catalogue. Click images to enlarge.

G.I. JOE 1980s


G.I. Joe is a line of action figures produced by Hasbro. The original 1964 line featured 12 inch figures. In 1982 the brand was relaunched in a 3¾-inch scale along with vehicles, playsets and accessories. G.I. Joe also appeared in comic books, video games and an animated TV series.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Dazzler. 1982.

US. The Defenders. 1983.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

France. Cora Christmas catalogue. 1988.

G.I. Joe. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

1986. US.


Action Man 12″ Action Figures

1980 British poster catalogue featuring Action Man figures, clothing, accessories and vehicles from the Palitoy company.







1979 advert showing vehicles

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

1979 ‘Thrill, Spills & Chills Palitoy advert featuring Space Rangers and Gargan

UK. Marvel Superheroes. 1979.

1967 Danish ad showing Action Man Astronaut with early Palitoy logo

Denmark. 1967.

Two Action Man competition adverts

UK. Eagle. 1982.

UK. Eagle. 1982.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

French adverts from Pif Gadget

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

Hamleys catalogue page

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.

1990s Action Man by Hasbro

Action Man Power Arm Ninja. 1996. US.

Action Man, Hasbro. Ets De Neuter. Catalogue page. 1995. France.

ADVENTURE MAN / DYNAMAN / ACTION TEAM and other 12″ Action Figures

France. Jouets et Jeux catalogue page. 1978.

France. Jouets et Jeux catalogue page. 1978. Scan courtesy of Raymond Strain.


France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. PIf Gadget. 1978.

Action Team

1977 German ad showing various figures.

Germany. 1977.

Commander Power

Hasbro’s 8.5 inch Super Joe line as rebranded by the Palitoy company. Thanks to Stan Fernando for the information.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Superhelten (superhero) advert from Denmark

Information on this Danish advert is welcome.

Anders 40 1979 Superhelten post new

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.

Fairland Toy

Thanks to Raymond Strain for the following information and catalogue scans.

The two French catalogue pages below feature figures with moulds from Fairland Toy stamped into their backs (the figures in the jeeps, helicopter and the white dress suit). These were also sold as Johnny Strong / Bruce Action.

The remaining figures (bottom six and parachute figure) look like Zapf’s Action Star Hardy bodies but with different heads and with arm and leg parts made of cheaper plastic. These moulds came with no factory markings on their backs.

France. La Redoute mail order page. 1979 / 80.

France. La Redoute mail order page. 1979 / 80.

France. La Redoute mail order page. 1978 / 79.

France. Catalogue page from La Redoute. 1979 / 1980.