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The mystery of the French toy soldier photo collection – SOLVED!

GIF courtesy of theatrenerds.com

Update: 20/10/2017

Thanks to Twitter agent @DanHammond72, I think we can safely say that this mystery is now solved! Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out the maker of these soldiers!

I recently picked up some paperwork items from a local vintage toy shop here in France. Among the items was a folder of photographs showing a vintage toy soldier collection. The soldiers seem to be Napoleonic era and include both infantry and cavalry. The photos look professionally made and are printed on Kodak paper. This looks like it could have belonged to someone who was documenting and cataloguing their collection. All in all there are about 400-450 pieces across 18 photographs. I’ve spent time online trying to match these figures to brands such as Airfix, Britains, Starlux, Timpo etc, but to no avail. The figures all have the same rectangular bases (similar to Britains) apart from one set which has round bases. If anyone recognises any of the pieces and can put a name to the brand(s) please let me know! Thanks for looking.









Update: 20/10/2017

STARLUX

Here is the comparison I received that makes me certain enough to say that the majority of the figures in the collection of photographs are from the French Starlux l’Empire line. Big thanks to @DanHammond72 for the awesome detective work!

Figurine number 274 (left) with the mint in box picture I received (right). Mystery solved.

I’d already looked through a whole bunch of Starlux images previously and had drawn a blank, so having a match from a mint in box was priceless as it enabled me to make further searches online and find other matches. The figures all appear to be 60 mm in height and datewise appear to span 1965 through to the 80s.

No doubts here. MIB photo from Lulu-Berlu.

 I’m pretty certain the riders here are the same. The MIB photo next to my photo is from Lulu-Berlu. They date the figure as 1965, which leads me to believe that the figure in my photo is possibly a later 80s remould – due to some differences in the horse, most notably the position of the head and colour of base. It could be a switched horse, as online photos of Starlux lots show riders that can be detached. As with many toys that are painted and licensed across the globe, it’s possible that paint applications and mould details may differ. Some collectors add their own paint schemes. This can all lead to many variations. 

No doubts here about the match. MIB photo by Lulu-Berlu.

I was able to match most of the figures in this lot from Paravendu France with figures in my photos.


There. Mystery solved. Or is it? The question that remains now is who did this collection of soldiers belong to? Who was it that took time and care to label and photograph this collection? And why did the photographs end up in a vintage toy shop in Toulon, France? I expect that’s a question that will remain unanswered. For now I’m happy to be able to put a name to it all. Starlux. Thanks for looking, and please feel free to add any further information.

Danish Retro (Pt 4)

Welcome to the fourth part of Danish Retro. In this edition we look at some half-page adverts found in comic books in Denmark in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Part Three can be seen here


Lagerman Caramel Bars. 1969.


Dandy Chewing Gum. 1970.


Kellogg’s Rice Crispies. Pif Paf Puf (Snap Crackle and Pop). 1967.


Sun-Maid Raisins. 1980.


Kellogg’s Stamp Collector Offer. 1970. Frimærkesamler


Matchbox. 1967.


Cowboys and Indians. 1969.


Corgi Farms. Porsche and Lotus. 1967.


Corgi Batmobile and Batboat and Chevrolet Stingray. 1967.


Corgi Transporter. 1967.


Britains. 1970.


Board Games. 1987.


Disney and MOTU Storybook and Cassettes. 1987.


Disney and MOTU Storybook and Cassettes. 1988.


Playmobil. 1980.

Thanks for looking  🙂

Evel Knievel toys

Based on American daredevil stuntman Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel, the Evel Knievel toyline was released by the Ideal toy company and became one of the most popular toys sold throughout the 1970s. The line featured an Evel Knievel poseable figure with outfits, accessories, play-sets and a wide range of impressive stunt bikes and vehicles.

US. Kull 19. 1976.

US. Ride into adventure. Kull 19. 1976.

US. The exciting adventures of Evel Knievel. Weird Mystery Tales. 1974.

US. The exciting adventures of Evel Knievel. Weird Mystery Tales. 1974.

US. The continuing adventures of Evel Knievel. Justice League of America. 1975.

US. The continuing adventures of Evel Knievel. Justice League of America. 1975.

US. The further adventures of Evel Knievel. Superman. 1976.

US. The further adventures of Evel Knievel. Superman. 1976.

US. Evel Knievel Miniatures. The Witching Hour. 1977.

US. Evel Knievel Miniatures. The Witching Hour. 1977.

France. Trampline catalogue. 1980.

Non-toy ad Tuesday: Dali’s Chupa Chups

Did you know that the famous surrealist artist Salvador Dali was responsible for the design logo of Chupa Chups lollipops?

Dali created the logo in 1969 for the Spanish confectionery brand which is still used today.

Left: Woman at Chupa Chups store dispenser, circa 1960s. Image credit unknown. Right: Salvador Dali. 1939. Image credit Carl Van Vechten Photographs.


Danish ad, 1980.


French ad, 1980s


I want candy!


*** In other vintage news ***

… we look at movie ads for Dead Calm and Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure …

… we snack-out with Reese’s Pieces, Smarties and Sunkist …

… get sporty with Nike, Salomon and Iris …

… and finally, we welcome the Netherlands to TVTA with our first ever Dutch advert!

… and what a corker it is … let’s just say it’s a Nintendo classic!

As always, thanks for looking!

US. Swamp Thing. 1989.

US. The Phantom. 1989.

US. Rom. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

Germany. YPS. 1980.

UK. Running. 1986.

Germany. YPS. 1980.

Brazil. Almanaque Dos Namorados. 1985.


Welcome to TVTA the Netherlands! Donkey Kong. CBS Electronics. 1983.

SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN / WOMAN

BionicManLogo

She’s breaking up! She’s breaking up!

“Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster!”

… so went the opening lines from the Six Million Dollar man TV series.

Produced by Kenner in the US in 1975, The ‘Colonel Steve Austin’ 13 inch action doll complete with bionic eye and removable bionic modules was based on the popular TV show character starring Lee Majors.

The doll became an instant toy hit around the world. Additional figures were introduced to the line including a popular Jaime Sommers doll – the Bionic Woman (for which a separate TV series was made). Other characters included Oscar Goldman, Maskatron, Fembot, and a Bionic Bigfoot figure! Clothing, accessories and playsets were also available.


French advertising. Meccano.

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.


France. Pif Gadget. 1977.


France. Pif Gadget. 1978.



US advertising. Kenner.
US. Kull. 1976.

US. Kull. 1976.


US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.

US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.


US. Richie Rich. 1977.

US. Richie Rich. 1977.

Treat yourself

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”
― Mae West

Why not treat yourself to…

a delicious ice cream

UK. 2000 AD and Tornado. 1980.


a refreshing Coke

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


a whisky


a cigarette

France. Rigolo. 1983.


a journey back to 1979 to watch Mad Max (time machine required)

France. Métal Hurlant. 1981.


a good laugh

UK. Film Fun. 1957.


Chocolate

UK. Maltesers. Film Fun. 1957


more chocolate

France. Picsou. 1984.


a 90s style fun night in with the family playing Nintendo (time machine required)

Denmark. 1991


Treat yourself to…

some quality time in your garden or allotment


flesh-eating plants

US. 1976.


a Monkey-face Leia figurine

US. Kenner. 1995.


a new camera

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.


a new stereo hi-fi system and turntable

Denmark. 1967.


Treat yourself to…

a fab game of Don’t Dump the Daisy

UK. Ideal. 1972.


the Best of Pink Panther TV pocket book, France

France. Superman. 1980.


a mini spy camera!

US. 1976.


Treat yourself to…

Starburst 1980!

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1980.


Treat yourself to…

an entry into the Star Wars Helix stationery prize competition 1978 (time machine required)

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


And finally… wow, just wow… treat yourself to…

a TVTA prototype Ladybug telephone time machine pat pending Mk II time buster! *

TVTA Time Machine Mk II

Go on…

treat yourself.

You know you want to!

🙂

* The TVTA time machine Mk II does not currently work. The last time it did was in June 1994 when TVTA successfully made a return trip to 12th century Venus. Feel free to jiggle around with a screwdriver and duct tape and you may get it working again!