AIRGAM – the Spanish toy for the children of the world

Airgam was a Spanish toy company which made a popular range of articulated figures sold throughout parts of Europe in the 1970s and 1980s. These figures were called Airgam Boys and included the lines Miss Airgam, Airgamlandia and Airgam Comics. The figures were similar in style to the famous Playmobil and Play-Big / Busy Bodies toys of the same era, and they came with a number of accesories including vehicles and play sets.

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of Spanish catalogue pages featuring Airgam figures from 1977 to 1980, plus images from the Airgam Comics line showing the Super Fantastics and Super Diabolics superhero figures from the mid-80s – courtesy of the excellent site Weirdotoys.com


Airgam Boys and Miss Airgam

Airgam Boys Wild West. Airgam catalogue page. Spain.

Miss Airgam. Airgam catalogue page. Spain.

Ouch!

Nurse: “Bend over. This might hurt a bit.”

Patient: “But I’m only supposed to be having my tonsils out.”

So many different figures to choose from…

It’s impressive how many themes Airgam explored. Just some of the figures the company made were: cowboys and indians; aliens; astronauts; military; circus; Dracula, Frankenstein and Satan (no kidding!) from the ‘Terror’ line; Mickey, Donald, Goofy, Pluto and other Disney characters from the ‘Zooland’ line; World Cup 82 football teams; emergency services; pirates; musketeers; vikings; Romans; Robin Hood; Zorro, and many, many more.

Get behind me Satan!

From the Airgam Boys ‘Terror’ / ‘Monster’ line: Satan. Image courtesy of Lulu Berlu


Airgam Comics: Super Fantastics and Super Diabolics

There is no mistaking the similarity of some of the Airgam Comics figures to well-known superhero characters from Marvel and DC comics. How Airgam managed to avoid any lawsuits in the production of these wild, wacky and wonderful figures is probably a superhero feat in itself. Spider-Man, anyone? Captain America? Batman?

Pictures courtesy of Weirdotoys.com Check out the link for more excellent photos of these cool figures!

Airgam Comics Super Fantastics and Super Diabolics loose figures. Image courtesy of Weirdotoys.com

Airgam Comics Super Fantastics and Super Diabolics MOC. Image courtesy of Weirdotoys.com

Airgam Comics Panther Man and Bad Tiger figures. Image courtesy of Weirdotoys.com

Airgam Comics Super Fantastics and Super Diabolics play sets. Image courtesy of Weirdotoys.com

Airgam Comics Red Maskermobile vehicle. Image courtesy of Weirdotoys.com


Airgam Vehicles

Action jeeps and helicopters.


Airgamlandia

Mini Airgam figures, doll house play sets and accessories for small hands.

Airgam ‘Airgamlandia little house’ collection. Catalogue page. Spain.


I’m trying to get hold of a few Airgam figures to add to my collection. if I do i’ll be sure to add them to this post. Until then, thanks for looking 🙂


Images scanned from Spanish Airgam catalogues 1977 – 1980 by TVTA.

Special thanks to Weirdotoys.com for additional images.

Airgamboys.Wordpress.com for additional information.


 

Sing strong

“Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are.”
― Lady Gaga

“It’s not how much you have that makes people look up to you, it’s who you are.”
― Elvis Presley

Ladies and gentlemen of TVTA and Playmobil land, Elvis is in the building and Lady Gaga will be right by your side.

 

Modern vs Vintage

I was wondering how to present these ten modern paperworks I recently scanned – and I thought let’s see if I can twin them up with vintage counterparts. A sort of new versus old. Shiny versus retro. It took me a while to go through my archives looking for suitable matchups – especially anything vintage I might have with Spider-woman on it! Ultimately it was a fun exercise involving adverts and comic covers. Here are the results…  (click pics to go bigger)


Spider-woman. 2008 vs 1980.


Hulk. 2008 vs 1977.


Superman. 2013 vs 1979


Wrestling. 2008 vs 1989


G.I. Joe. 2009 vs 1988


2000 AD. 2017 vs 1988


Doctor Who. 2013 vs 1979


Playmobil. 2014 vs 1978


Lego. 2014 vs 1978


Iron Man. 2014 vs 1978

Thanks for looking 🙂

Danish Retro (Pt 2. Playmobil)

Welcome to the second part of Danish Retro.

In this edition we look at 1970s and 80s Playmobil, as advertised in comic books from Denmark.

Big thanks once again to our guest image contributor Jaltesoren. Part One can be viewed here

Denmark. 1989. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1987. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1982. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1978. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1979. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1981. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1978. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1983. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1978. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1981. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1984. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.


Denmark. 1980.


Look out for another installment of Danish Retro coming soon!

Thanks for looking.


 

Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt7)

Welcome to part 7 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on vintage and modern Playmobil figures.

Playmobil is one of my favourite toy lines for its simplicity, feel-good factor and traditional themes. As an archiver of toy advertising and a bit of a junkie when it comes to collecting toys, it’s always fun to add some Playmobil, whether from the secondary market, new, or by nagging the family to dig out any childhood stuff. Some of the following sets below are incomplete, but will still, I’m sure, have the power to bring a smile to your face.


First up…. vintage Playmobil Indians from the late 70s / early 80s

Various figures and accessories from vintage Playmobil indian sets.


And the band(s) played on

Circus bands. The top is a vintage set from the mid 1970s missing a few pieces, while the bottom is from circa 1991 and is missing the stage and a cymbal stand.


The Midnight Café

I was pleased with how this photo turned out. This set was available in France as a mail away order in the Playmobil catalogue supplement.


Rabbit Klicky Bunny Bizarreness!

Playmobil Easter bunny with eggs, basket and cane. Loose and packaged example. This strange but cute figure was given away in meals by French fast-food chain Quick in 2016. It has the feet and head of a rabbit appearing on the body of a Playmobil figure. The character is the same as the one sold in 2014 in the Playmobil Easter calendar pack. Playmo Easter bunnies can be dated back to 2004.

More Quick promotional Playmo figures

Sealed baggies. Quick promo figures from 2014 / 2015.


Recreio Comic from Brazil

Brazil. Sealed Recreio comic with Playmobil promotional figure in baggie. 2015.


I like to move it

E-Rangers Robot and driver. 2012. This very cool toy has articulated arms, legs and feet, and can grasp objects. It comes with a crate of red rocks for lifting (not pictured).


Elvis and Lady Gaga are in the house

From Playmobil’s ‘Fi?ures’ collection. 2011. Series 2 Elvis and Series 3 Lady Gaga.


Vintage Playmo-Space

Vintage Playmo-space. GE 5P robot with RG 9-5 vehicle and figure. Circa 1980.


Playmobil Special Plus

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From the Playmobil Special Plus collection. Fairy and deer. 2016. This particular set was given away free by French company Prince when you collected ten tokens from their biscuit products.


Baby Dinosaur

Baby dinosaur, dinosaur egg, scientist. Circa 2011.


Table tennis

Table tennis players from 2011.


Zulu

Playmobil Zulu warrior. 2009.


Executioner

Off with their heads!! I call him “The Executioner of Lille”. He’s actually from the 2011 Playmobil ‘FI?URES’ Series 1 line


Zombie Pirates

I call these my “Zombie Pirates” but they’re really just various ghost pirates pulled together from sets between 2009 and 2012 to form an undead motley crew of ocean-bound vagabonds.

That’s all for now. Thanks for looking, and join us again soon for another Never Mind The Adverts!

Dates quoted from official Playmobil catalogues.

Thanks also to Klickypedia


 

Playmobil, Big Jim, La Bonne Aventure and Roco Trains

Five French toy adverts from the late 1970s and early 80s.


France. Le Journal de Mickey. 1982.

France. Le Journal de Mickey. 1982.


France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

Three Italian Playmobil adverts

Happy New Year everyone. Let’s kick off 2016 with these three 1979 Italian ads from Topolino comic which I’m very pleased to add to TVTA’s Playmobil collection.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.