Calling all Rubikubistes

Rubik’s Cube was a 1980s worldwide puzzle-game phenomenon. The advert below is a promotional offer from le Cercle Française du Cube to send off for Cube goodies which included a tee-shirt, book, badge, sticker, and another of Rubik’s mind-challenging puzzles – the Tower of Babel (Babylone Tower).

Rubik’s Cube Goodies. France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

And in other vintage French news … another 1980s toy phenomenon …

Les Patoufs – Cabbage Patch Kids

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

Barbie – Camping Van

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

Group Action Joe

Group Action Joe. France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

ET Vinyl Doll by Kamar

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

Mon Petit Poney – My Little Pony

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

Figurine Panini Stickers – Candy Candy

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

TCR – Total Control Racing

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

Carrera Servo Racing

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

Atlantic Toy Soldiers

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

Thanks for looking 🙂



My Little Pony began life as a line of plastic pony toys developed by Bonnie Zacherle, Charles Muenchinger and Steve D’Aguanno. Launched by Hasbro in 1981 as My Pretty Pony the line changed names the year following to its current ‘My Little Pony’ title and remains a popular brand to date. TVTA proudly presents a pretty parade of Pony print adverts packed full of toys, games and merchandise.

Pif Gadget. 1983. France.

My Little Pony. Speelboom Club Journal N°5. 1987. Netherlands.

My Little Pony. Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1986. Netherlands.

My Little Pony. De Speelboom N°3. 1987. Netherlands.

My Little Pony. Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1986. Netherlands.

My Little Pony. Intertoys Speelboek 1987 Autumn Catalogue. Netherlands.

Cora Christmas catalogue. 1988. France.

Catalogue Super Jouet. 1985. France.

Entry updated October 2018 with new images.