Tag Archives: old toy ads

Kenner Chip-Away Sets, 1972

This 1972 advert from toy giant Kenner presents a comic strip view of their sculpting product Chip-Away Sets. You simply ‘chipped away’ at the soft outer layer of your block to reveal the pre-sculpted figure hidden inside! Once the outer layer is removed the figure is ready to paint with brushes and paints included in the set.

US. The Unexpected. 1972.

US. The Unexpected. 1972.

DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

Dungeons & Dragons is a fantasy role-playing game first published in 1974 by TSR (Tactical Studies Rules). As well as many different and evolving versions of the game, numerous derivatives have been licensed such as a TV and film series, magazines, soundtrack, novels, model kits and video games.

Advanced Dungeons & Dragons. 1989. US.

Dungeons & Dragons Action Scenes. Starlog. 1982. US.

US. The Defenders 122. 1983.

US. The Defenders. 1983.

US. Firestorm 24. 1984.

US. Firestorm 24. 1984.

The Adventure Is Yours. The Defenders. 1982. US.


A “Dungeons & Dragons” Adventure comic strip adverts

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D&D Wikipedia

Entry updated October 2018 with new images.

CLICLAC

Cliclac are ‘clip-together’ toys featuring cars, boats, military vehicles and planes. The toys are made by longstanding French toy company Heller. The first advert below features nine new models, while the second advert advertises ‘Cliclac minis’ and offers a prize competition to win a BMX, cameras and tee-shirts.

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

DINKY TOYS

Dinky are miniature die-cast vehicles produced by Frank Hornby’s famous Meccano company.  Dinky made several TV and movie-related vehicles including many for Gerry Anderson TV productions such as Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, and Space 1999. More info here: Dinky Wikipedia

Dinky Kits… all you need is a screwdriver!

I’m pretty stoked to finally submit a Dinky toy ad to the pages of TVTA! And what a great example, too… this 1974 UK ad from the pages of The Mighty World Of Marvel features three of Dinky’s new models for their Dinky Kits range. The artwork is appealing, particularly the rendition of the Ford Capri Rally Special.


UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1974.

UK. The Mighty World of Marvel. 1974.


US. Kull. 1976.

US. Kull. 1976.


 

CORGI TOYS

Corgi Toys are famous for producing quality die-cast scaled vehicles. Introduced in the UK in July 1956, Corgi are perhaps best known for vehicles made famous in popular films and television series such as Batman, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Dakatri, The Saint, The Muppet Show, Starsky and Hutch and Charlie’s Angels – to name just a few! The James Bond 007 vehicles range are also a popular choice for Corgi – to date, the Aston Martin DB5 remains the biggest-selling toy car produced.

In addition to the TV series and film vehicles, Corgi produced standard road vehicles that included emergency, military, agricultural and public transport. Corgi continues to produce a broad range of quality and collectable die-cast vehicles today.

US. FAO Schwarz catalogue 1980/1981

Corgi Starsky & Hutch 292. France. 1978.

Corgi Batman 267. 1967/68 . France.

Corgi Batman batmobile and batboat GS3. 1960s. France.

Denmark. 1967.

Denmark. 1967.

Denmark. 1967.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980

Denmark. 1976. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Corgi Harvest Time. Die cast farm vehicles. UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

Corgi Harvest Time. Die cast farm vehicles. UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

US. Justice League of America. 1975.

US. Justice League of America. 1975.

US. Justice League of America. 1975.

US. Justice League of America. 1975.

Kojak's action-packed Buick by Corgi. France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

Kojak’s action-packed Buick by Corgi. France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

From Corgi’s farm vehicles range. France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

James Bond underwater Lotus. France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979

Denmark. Anders. 1976.

Denmark. Anders. 1976.

Denmark. Anders. 1981.

Denmark. Anders. 1981.

Denmark. Anders. 1988.

Denmark. Anders. 1988.

Denmark. Anders. 1978.

Denmark. Anders. 1978.

UK. Spider-Man and Hulk Match Up. 1981.

UK. Spider-Man and Hulk Match Up. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

Corgi Superheroes. 1982. France.


Official site: Corgi Toys