Tag Archives: nostalgia

The Ups and Downs of the Cat

“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 …

Illustration by David Kawami from The Star Wars Question and Answer Book about Space. 1979.

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!)

Hamleys. UK. 1983.

Oops! Putting your foot in it …

Hamleys. UK. 1983.

Nadia and her gymnasium

Ets De Neuter. 1995. France.

Make friends … yes 🙂

Junior Sales Club. 1974

The Whizz Kids Guide, How To books

Star Wars Weekly. UK. 1979.

Big Jim, Big Josh, Big Jack, Dr. Acero

Congost catalogue. 1977. Spain.

Crashback – crushable and expandable vans on command! 

More Fun From Kenner. US. 1997.

XRC by Tonka

More Fun From Kenner. US. 1997.

Here be dragons …

Hamleys. UK. 1983.

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 🙂

 

500th Post at The Vintage Toy Advertiser!

It’s a milestone moment for TVTA as we celebrate our 500th post.

I remember moving over to WordPress in the spring of 2011 and thinking: “well, this seems like a good place to be.” Fast forward a few years and my thoughts haven’t changed a bit. Much of this is down to you, dear readers and fellow bloggers, for checking out, sharing, liking and commenting on my posts and helping to make TVTA’s mission a whole lot of interesting fun. Thanks WP mates 🙂

So, what’s hot off the scanner to celebrate post N° 500… some obscure toy ad? Barbie, Etch A Sketch, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog? No, but there were a few little clues back there wink wink

How about some horror film ads, vinyl records, video games, poetry or kitchen work units?

Nope, none of those. And definitely no clown ads!!

So what is it then?

it had better be good!

It is…

… After an executive board meeting with Wooof, the cat and I have decided to celebrate our special 500th toy story with Toy Story! All told in the wonderful style of Japanese chirashi movie posters.

Regular readers will know how much we love our Japanese chirashi around here 🙂

So let’s hand over to Woody and Buzz and co for TVTA’s 500th post … Toy Story!

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

 

 

Toy Story (1995)


Toy Story 2 (1999)


Toy Story 3 (2010)


In other Toy Story news …
Toy Story 2 Japanese Movie Programme cover, centrefold and adverts

 


Disneyland x3. Original 90s Buzz Lightyear toy. DVDs

 


To infinity and beyond! Until next time  🙂


Photographs TVTA. Images scanned by TVTA from private collection.

Baby Face Dolls

“Special super posin’ girl and boy dolls, with feelings you can see!” 

The Baby Face line of dolls was created by Mel Birnkrant in partnership with Kiscom Toys and was licensed in 1990 by the Galoob toy company. Despite only having a short shelf life Baby Face became one of the most popular brands of dolls of its time. Aimed at ages 4 and up, the 13 inch dolls came with removable outfits, diapers, hair accessories, shoes and socks, and were articulated at the head, shoulders, elbows, legs and knees.


“Baby Face dolls – each with a different adorable expression and personality”

One of the highlights of this line for me is the idea of facial expressions married to emotions. This is reflected in the names given to each doll: So Surprised Suzie; So Merry Kerri; So Caring Karen; So Playful Beth. Another highlight is the attempt at diversity with the inclusion of black and Hispanic dolls.

Ten out of ten to the team responsible for creating the photographs in the 1992 Galoob catalogue scans you are seeing in this post. The images are among the best toy photographs I’ve seen – and I’ve seen a fair few over the years. The exquisite photos capture perfectly the quality of the dolls, their outfits and emotions, with great attention paid to the wonderful scene-setting details – making each image a work of art.


 


Baby Face Magic Heart Charms

Special charms with a secret message that appeared when held in a child’s hand, plus love note and ribbon to use as a bracelet or doll necklace.


Bathtub Baby Face

“Super-posin’ new baby dolls that love to play in water!”

These dolls were designed for bathtub play and came with Special Bath Shirts that magically disappeared in water then reappeared when you dried the doll. 



Special Outfits and Fashion Diapers

 


Packaging examples

Images and information taken from the Galoob 1992 trade catalogue as scanned by TVTA. Special thanks to the wonderful site BabyFaceDolls.com for additional information.

As always thanks for looking. This has been TVTA’s 499th post! Look out for post 500 coming soon 🙂

Mebetoys die cast vehicles

It’s another new entry at TVTA as we present Mebetoys scans from a mid-1970s French catalogue and three Mebetoys pages from a 1973 French Solido catalogue. 

Mebetoys was owned by the famous Italian family the Besana brothers who produced and sold highly-detailed die cast cars throughout the 1960s and 1970s. In 1969 Mattel purchased the company freeing the Besana brothers to form the Martoys company which later became one of the biggest and highly respected die cast car makers of all time Bburago.

Information gathered from the excellent Gran Toros website. Click images to go bigger.


Mebetoys as seen in a Mattel French catalogue circa mid-1970s.

Front cover of Mebetoys catalogue. France.



Back cover of Mebetoys catalogue. France.


Mebetoys pages as seen in a 1973 Solido catalogue, France




Thanks for looking 🙂

May the 1982 Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating be with you

The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982 had been on TVTA’s ‘to get’ list for a few years …

Mainly because of this cake-tastic Star Wars ad …

Star Wars ESB cake pans, candles, molds and toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

And this …

Star Wars ESB cake toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

But the US baking publication also serves up some other interesting pop culture goodies …

Like these …

And these …

And these …

And these …

Then there’s this cheestastic and delightful happy family in the kitchen ad … hotdog! I think they’re making a happy lion cake …

And … You’ll be a baking star …

And finally, Wooof’s favourite, a most adorable big cat big cake cover … it’s the happy lion …

Right, we’re off to find our aprons and chef’s hats for a round of happy lion cake making in the TVTA kitchen. Until next time, you can have your cake magazine but don’t ever eat it, and remember kids … a lion is not just for Christmas but forever. Thank you for sweetly decorating with us 🙂