Peanuts: merchandise for Snoopy, Woodstock and the gang!

Peanuts is the iconic US comic strip created by Charles M. Schulz in 1950 and follows the adventures of Snoopy (a white dog), Woodstock (a yellow bird) and a gang of kids including the meek and mild Charlie Brown, bossy Lucy and her comfort blanket-holding younger brother Linus among others.

US. FAO Schwarz catalogue 1980/1981

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.

Brazil. Peninha. 1987.

Brazil. Peninha. 1987.

Brazil. Pato Donald. 1984.

Brazil. Pato Donald. 1984.

CHANTAL GOYA SNOOPY AND OTHERS

Chantal Goya. Snoopy and other songs.


Peanuts View-Master, 1966


Snoopy figurine from United Feature Syndicate Inc – 1958-1966. From the TVTA collection.


Thanks for looking 🙂

ADVENTURE MAN / DYNAMAN / ACTION TEAM and other 12″ Action Figures

France. Jouets et Jeux catalogue page. 1978.

France. Jouets et Jeux catalogue page. 1978. Scan courtesy of Raymond Strain.


 

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. PIf Gadget. 1978.


Action Team

1977 German ad showing various figures.

Germany. 1977.


Commander Power

Hasbro’s 8.5 inch Super Joe line as rebranded by the Palitoy company. Thanks to Stan Fernando for the information.

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UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


Superhelten (superhero) advert from Denmark

Information on this Danish advert is welcome.

Anders 40 1979 Superhelten post new

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.


Fairland Toy

Thanks to Raymond Strain for the following information and catalogue scans.

The two French catalogue pages below feature figures with moulds from Fairland Toy stamped into their backs (the figures in the jeeps, helicopter and the white dress suit). These were also sold as Johnny Strong / Bruce Action.

The remaining figures (bottom six and parachute figure) look like Zapf’s Action Star Hardy bodies but with different heads and with arm and leg parts made of cheaper plastic. These moulds came with no factory markings on their backs.

France. La Redoute mail order page. 1979 / 80.

France. La Redoute mail order page. 1979 / 80.


France. La Redoute mail order page. 1978 / 79.

France. Catalogue page from La Redoute. 1979 / 1980.

 


BIG JIM: Action Figures From Mattel, 1971 to 1986

BigJim logo

Big Jim was produced by Mattel between 1971 and 1986 and was inspired by the popular G.I. Joe/Action Man 12 inch toys. The figures were shorter in height than their G.I. Joe counterparts and some characters had a push-button action feature that controlled an arm or leg movement.

The line featured an impressive range of figures, vehicles, outfits and accessories for play themes ranging from jungle and safari exploration, espionage, space, sci-fi, sports, wild west, and more. TVTA is pleased to present a number of adverts from France, Italy, Spain, Germany, the US and the UK, including examples for the related lines Karl May and Mark Strong.


Big Jim, Spain.

Congost catalogue. 1977. Spain.


Big Jim, Italy.

Italy. Topolino. 1978.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Big Jim, France.

Big Jim. Dr Steel. 1970s. France.




Big Jim, US.
US. Superman 296. 1976.

US. Superman 296. 1976.


KARL MAY

Big Jim also released a series of action figures based on the German writer Karl May’s wild west stories, including famous characters like Winnetou and Old Shatterhand.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.


Germany. 1978.


Mark Strong

For a while, due to licensing issues, Big Jim was known as Mark Strong in certain markets outside of the US.

Mark Strong action figure Victor 635 1973

UK. Victor. 1973.


Thanks for looking 🙂 Post updated December 2018 with new images.

STAR WARS toys and merchandising adverts from around the world: 1977 to 1985

Motta sweepstakes

My favourite toy line is Star Wars, particularly the vintage era from the late 70s to the early 80s. Back then there was a real buzz for the toys and almost anything else Star Wars-related. This was evident in shops everywhere with their abundantly-packed shelves and wonderful displays. Added to this were exciting TV commercials and a huge range of paper advertisements found in comics, magazines and catalogues. I was lucky enough to have a small collection of toys that included a Landspeeder and most of the first twelve figures. I always thought the Sand Person was the most scary-looking figure – no doubt aided by my childhood memories of that howling Tusken Raider attacking Luke in the first Star Wars film.

My collection grew steadily throughout The Empire Strikes Back series and ended at the beginning of the Return Of The Jed line when by this time I’d outgrown ‘toys’ and had more pressing things on my radar like buying records and going to watch bands – a familiar story to many who grew up with the first wave of Star Wars toys and who became teenagers around 1983.

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It wasn’t just the toys was it… a whole range of Star Wars-related products were available to tempt us, as illustrated in this US advert.

Looking back, it wasn’t just the toys that made such a big impression on me but all the other merchandise that accompanied them: Star Wars bed-clothes, bubble bath, toothbrushes, tee-shirts, posters, comics, badges, annuals and countless food and drink promotions – enough to keep any kid happy and their parents’ pockets empty.

Adverts

Some of my favourite adverts can be found in publications like Pif Gadget and Journal de Mickey. Meccano / Miro-Meccano produced some of the most innovative, stylish and irreverant ads, although I’ll always have a special love for Palitoy as this is the license I grew up with. I’m also a fan of the Heroes World adverts that can be found in many US comics.

The following examples are just a small selection from my large collection of international Star Wars ads. Featuring toys, clothing, masks, watches, video games, and a number of food and drink promotions, these ads show us exactly how the Star Wars brand was sold around the world.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978. Offer to win the first twelve action figures from Palitoy. R2-D2 must have been feeling a little camera-shy... he has his back to the camera.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978. Offer to win the first twelve action figures from Palitoy. R2-D2 must have been feeling a little camera-shy that day… he has his back to the camera.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979. North American promotion for Texas Instruments watches. Texas Instruments was the first company licensed to sell Star Wars-themed watches. Another licensed company, Bradley Time, went on to sell Star Wars watches throughout all of the original trilogy.

France. Pif Gadget N° 737. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget N° 737. 1983. Double page sweepstake to win prizes and a ROTJ cinema preview.

France. Pif Gadget N° 737. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget N° 737. 1983. Double page sweepstake to win prizes and a ROTJ cinema preview.

France. Pif Gadget N° 758. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget N° 758. 1983. Pif Gadget promotion for Panini album and stickers.

France. PIf Gadget. 1983. Another French ad for Panini album and stickers Pif Gadget promotion.

France. PIf Gadget. 1983. Another French ad for Panini album and stickers Pif Gadget promotion.

Denmark. Anders. 1985. Loose figures and MOC packaging on this toy page ad from BR.

Denmark. Anders. 1985. Loose figures and MOC packaging on this toy page ad from Faetter BR.

Germany. KDS. 1985. Advert for German Star Wars comics.

Germany. KDS. 1985. Advert for German Star Wars comics.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 792. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 792. 1984. The ‘Floating Yoda Head’ icon was used for several ad campaigns by Meccano. To my knowledge the icon has also appeared on similar or the same advertising as Clipper, Parker, Palitoy and Harbert.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 794. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 794. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 795. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 795. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 769. 1983.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 769. 1983.

Germany. Fix Und Foxi N° 37. 1984.

Germany. Fix Und Foxi. 1984. Parker ‘Yoda Floating Head’ advert. No slave Leia figure in 1984, so poor Han was chained up by Jabba instead!

Italy. 1984. This floating Yoda head example is from Harbert. UK's Palitoy is also credited on this advert - most likely because Palitoy photography is used from the original offer.

Italy. 1984. This ‘floating Yoda head’ example is from Italy’s Harbert. UK’s Palitoy is also credited on this advert – most likely because Palitoy photography is used from the original offer.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 818. 1984.

France. Pif Gagdet N° 818. 1984. Catalogue and poster promotion.

France. Pif Gadget 708. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget 708. 1982. Quarter page Stormtrooper ad as featured in the Meccano ‘Blue Ads’ series.

France. Pif Gadget 703. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget 703. 1982. Quarter page R2-D2 toy ad as featured in the Meccano ‘Blue Ads’ series.

USA. The Defenders 119. 1983.

USA. The Defenders 119. 1983. Parker Brothers ad for Atari’s Jedi Arena.

USA. Power Man and Iron Fist 86. 1982.

USA. Power Man and Iron Fist 86. 1982. Parker Brothers ad for Atari’s The Empire Strike Back.

USA. Marvel Power Pack 02. 1984.

USA. Marvel Power Pack 02. 1984. Parker Brothers ad for Atari’s Star Wars: The Arcade Game.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978. Pif Gadget’s first Star Wars toy advert.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980. More Star Wars toys from Meccano.

France. Pif Gadget 558. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget 558. 1979. Meccano Radio-Controlled R2-D2.

France. Pif Gadget 613. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget 613. 1980. Miro-Meccano gets trippy with this 1980 ad: floating heads and a radioactive Falcon!

Italy. 1982.

Italy. 1982. The Festacolor projector as advertised by Italian licensee Harbert.

USA. Marvel Star Wars. 1980.

USA. Marvel Star Wars. 1980. Heroes World mail order ad for Star Wars toys.

USA. Marvel Star Wars. 1978.

USA. Marvel Star Wars. 1978. Heroes World mail order ad for Star Wars toys. The ad shows the earliest figures available for the ‘first 12’ as well as the first three vehicles released.

TVTA Hi C fruit drinks advert ROTJ 1983 Sunday Comics Promotions

USA. Sunday Comics Promotions. 1983. Hi-C fruit drink promotion.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 89. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 89. 1979. Cantina, Droid Factory and Land of the Jawa play-sets as advertised by Palitoy.

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. Sound effects courtesy of Parker!

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. Sound effects courtesy of Parker! Look closely and you’ll see that’s not Luke X-Wing in the cockpit!

Germany. Star Wars N° 1. 1985. Is the 'Ssssccch' sound being made by the Speeder Bike or cleverly hidden Ewoks about to spring a surprise?

Germany. Star Wars N° 1. 1985. Is the ‘Ssssccch’ sound being made by the Speeder Bike or cleverly hidden Ewoks about to spring a surprise?

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. No slave Leia figure in 1985, so Luke was chained up by Jabba instead!

Germany. Star Wars N° 2. 1985. No slave Leia figure in 1985, so Luke was chained up by Jabba instead!

France. Le Journal De Mickey 83003. 1983.

France. Le Journal De Mickey 83003. 1983. Amora mustard sweepstakes promotion.

France. Pif Gadget 595. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget 595. 1980. Prize contest.

CBS network premiere TV ad.

CBS network premiere TV ad.

UK Palitoy Emperor figure offer advert, 1984.

UK Palitoy Emperor figure offer advert, 1984.

USA. Starlog N° 76. 1983. Masks by Don Post.

USA. Starlog N° 76. 1983. Masks by Don Post.

Spain. 1980. Star Wars El Imperio Contraataca 12 inch Boba Fett and IG-88 figures.

Spain. 1980. Star Wars El Imperio Contraataca 12 inch Boba Fett and IG-88 figures.

US. Starlog. 1983. ROTJ Merchandise.

US. Starlog. 1983. ROTJ Merchandise.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980. ESB Soundtracks.

UK. TESB Weekly. 1980. ESB Soundtracks.

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

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

New ads: Playmobil, Play-Big, Atari, Transformers and Tenté

This week’s ads feature toy, comic and video game brands from the 1980s and come from Denmark, France, the US and the UK.


Denmark. Anders. 1980.

Denmark. Anders. 1980.


Denmark. Anders. 1981.

Denmark. Anders. 1981.


UK. Death's Head. 1989.

UK. Death’s Head. 1989.


US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.


France. PIf Gadget. 1981.

France. PIf Gadget. 1981.


 

Question…

Q: Representing two decades, ten toy brands, four different countries…

What do these following ads have in common?

A: They’re all four-wheeled toys or models.


France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


US. Weird War Tales. 1981.

US. Weird War Tales. 1981.


US. Fine Scale Modeller. 1986.

US. Fine Scale Modeller. 1986.


France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.


US. Fine Scale Modeller. 1986.

US. Fine Scale Modeller. 1986.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.


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

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


US. Secrets of Haunted House. 1981.

US. Secrets of Haunted House. 1981.


Denmark. Anders. 1979.

Denmark. Anders. 1979.


France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


 

The Italian job… cool Playmobil ads from Italy!

Here are some more cool Playmobil adverts from Italy. As with my previous Italian Playmo post, these ads appeared in numerous comics and magazines during the late 1970s and early 1980s. Big thanks again to TVTA’s good mate Zerocal for sending these scans. Please visit his excellent Playmobil site over at: Playvender.blogspot.com

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AMT Model Kits

AMT (originally Aluminium Model Toys) began life in 1948 making promotional model cars for car dealerships. They later became established as one of the leading makers of plastic model kits. The company continues to produce model kits to date alongside its partner (another established model maker) MPC.

The Danish advert below shows two logos: Matchbox and AMT. This was due to the 1978 buyout of AMT by British Lesney, the makers of Matchbox.


Denmark. Anders. 1981.

Denmark. Anders. 1981.


The following two adverts from the UK and US show the AMT logo married with the logo of ERTL who purchased AMT from Matchbox in 1983.

UK. Dazzler. 1983.

UK. Dazzler. 1983.


US. Fine Scale Modeller. 1986.

US. Fine Scale Modeller. 1986.

Website: AMT

Wikipedia entry: AMT

PLAY-BIG / BUSY BODIES

Play-Big is a German toy figure and accessories range created in 1974. In the UK the brand was known as Busy Bodies. The figures are similar in style to Playmobil.


Denmark. Anders. 1981.

Denmark. Anders. 1981.


France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978. Double page ad.


Page one of double page ad.

Page one of double page ad.


Page two of double page ad.

Page two of double page ad.


France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.