Latest ads, April luck, and Lando liked my reply!

Happy Easter vintage mates! If you’re lucky enough not to be working over this holiday weekend then enjoy it to the max. Me, I’m working. Boo. But I do have Monday off (it’s my day off anyway – so actually it doesn’t really count).

April… Hm. An interesting month so far… I’m currently sitting on some potentially brilliant news. If it all turns out rosy I’ll be sure to let you know 🙂 If not, expect a succession of extremely ill-tempered, grumpy and sore posts. Without me giving anything away whatsoever, please wish me luck over these next couple of weeks or so!

In other interesting news…

Billy Dee Williams liked my reply!!

Billy Dee Williams Colt 45 ad. Image: The Baltimore Times.

Yes! I was strolling around Twitter at the beginning of the month, and happened to reply to a post from actor Mark Hamill about the general and all-round coolness of his fellow actor Billy Dee Williams (as you do – on Twitter). I included a pic of a vinyl album I have for the film Scott Joplin, in which BDW starred (as you do – on Twitter).

Well, fast forward a day and a bit, Billy Dee Williams only goes and likes my reply! I’ve been telling everyone since – “Hey, did you know Billy Dee Williams liked my reply on Twitter?”

Here are the screenshots which I accidentally on purpose intentionally didn’t mean to but did save to share here:



Star Trek uncut!

In a recent comic book and ad lot I picked up, I found this Star Trek The Next Generation uncut character card sheet. I have no idea what it’s meant for – trading card set, role-playing game, an unproduced test copy, a fan-made item?? Star Trek fans – do you know what this is for?

Star Trek The Next Generation Uncut card sheet.

And now, we go to a quick commercial break

Monogram World of Outlaws. 1988.

Rotadraw. France.

Revell’s Power Lords vs. Mattel’s Masters of the Universe. Article. Starlog N°80 1984. An interesting battle but one which was surely won by Mattel?

Superhero merchandise from The Super Heros Company. France. 1970s.

Heroes World. US. 1977.

Back to our Easter break…

Looking for some activities this Easter?

Speelboom Club Journal Easter activities. Netherlands.


Easter cuteness and adorable awesome overload! 

That’s all for now vintage mates. Thanks for looking. And did I mention that Billy Dee Williams liked my reply on Twitter? 🙂

Danish Retro (Pt 3)

Welcome to the third part of Danish Retro.

In this edition we look at a variety of products as advertised in Denmark in the 1970s and 80s. Featuring: Jan books, Famous Five books, Transformers, Action Force, Kinder Surprise, MB Games, Matchbox cars, Matilda dolls, Lego, Tony the Tiger and Coco Pops. Thanks for looking!

Part Two can be seen here


Denmark. 1976.

Famous Five Books with… skateboarding

Denmark. 1987.

Transformers Panini stickers

Panini Transformers. Denmark.

Action Force

Action Force stickers. Denmark.

Denmark. 1988.

Mon Chhichi

Denmark. 1980.

Kinder Surprise






MB Games

MB Games. Denmark. 1988.


Denmark. 1980.

Matilda Doll

Denmark. 1980.



Denmark. 1978.

Denmark. 1980.

Denmark. 1981.

Kellogg’s Frosties




Coco Pops



Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs and toys

“In 1974, the iconic Kinder Surprise was launched in Europe. All children love chocolate, playing games and discovering new things. And so, the concept of an egg with a surprise toy was created, representing a special joy-filled moment to be shared between parents and their children.” From

As a lover of both toys and chocolate, Kinder Surprise (also known as Kinder Eggs) made by the Italian company Ferrero, is pretty hard to resist around the scanning rooms of TVTA! Many of the toys contained within the chocolate eggs have become collectable over the years, even giving rise to a reproduction market in some instances. The toys often require simple construction and contain fun action features. Many of the toys are collectable figurine sets featuring famous characters like the Smurfs, Astérix, Mickey Mouse and Friends, Disney Princesses, Shrek, Superheroes, Star Wars Hippos, Hello Kitty and others.

Below are some toy photos as put together by TVTA along with a selection of international ads featuring the much-loved egg and some of the toys available.

Selection of 40th anniversary collection figures.

Selection of Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Friends characters.

Cute animals, Princesses and Simpsons characters.

Robot characters.

Alien characters.

Astérix et Obélix: Au service de sa Majesté / God Save Britannia complete set.

Barbapapa complete set.

Les Schtroumpfs En Ville Kinder Surprise. Complete set.

Les Schtroumpfs 2 / The Smurfs Movie 2 complete set.

Les Schtroumpfs / Smurfs complete set

And you thought one Gargamel was bad enough!!! An example of a variant figure – Gargamel in grey tunic along with the more common black tunic version.


France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.

Germany. Fix Und Foxi 37. 1984.

Germany. Fix Und Foxi 37. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

Denmark. 1989.

Denmark. 1987.

Denmark. 1988.

Kinder Surprise Disney. Denmark. 1988.

Kinder Surprise Disney. 1987. Sweden.

Post updated with new images June 2019.

Mini-jeux, Kinder Surprise, Big Jim and the end of the LEGO-Shell love affair

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

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

100 new surprises… more beautiful than ever.

1978 Kinder Surprise ad from France. More Kinder Surprise here

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

Big Jim helicopter. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 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

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.