You wait five years, when along comes…

this…

What could it be, vintage mates? Hm, a piece of small red plastic; some component to match with other pieces, to complete a set?

A little clue…

Another clue…

Still no idea? Okay, another clue…

Easy peasy lemon squeezy?

If anyone guessed correctly that it is the stage platform for the 1991 Playmobil Romani Circus Jazz Band – then award yourself a mighty 3,000 vintage points!

Below is the band from my old picture gallery, naked of a stage (every band needs a stage, right?)

And below, here is the band onstage at last…

The drummer jazz dude with his little blue drum kit is my fave. He’s missing a cymbal and an extra pair of drumsticks (one can never have enough drumsticks) so the set is still not 100% complete, but I can source these parts another time. For now, having that stage finally turn up at a decent price makes all the difference.

Below is a picture (courtesy of eBay) showing the jazz band in the Romani Circus play set…

Thanks for looking 🙂

And, while we’re on about music… (and apologies for leaping from Playmobil to politics) …

F#@k you Brexit!

I’m pissed off to learn that the UK Conservative government has just shafted British and European touring artists by not agreeing to waiver performance visas in light of the recent Brexit trade agreements. The EU said they made an offer to allow continued frictionless travel between countries for performers, and that the UK rejected it. The UK are of course blaming the EU. I know who I’d rather believe.

As a drummer who once played live around Europe in numerous bands, the joy of performing to a wide and diverse audience is a pure high; but for bands and artists who earn a regular living from performing – this is also a cruel and unecessary blow to their livelihoods, which have already been savaged by Covid-19 restrictions.

Links: Musicians’ Union and The Gurdian and The Independent

The British music industry in 2019 contributed an estimated £5.8bn to the UK economy. The UK government – in restricting the freedom of travel for musicians – is causing a major self-harm with its shallow and spiteful gesture made to those who work in the arts. But then, what else would you expect from the government who produced Brexit Britain.

“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.” ― Lois Lowry

or…

“Welcome to the Brexit, sir. I’m sorry.” – Netherlands Border Control

😂🤣😂

I got Scoobied + 3 new Brazilian Playmobil ads

A little Christmas pressie for me… but Ruhuh… I didn’t get the Mystery Machine (not yet anyway 😉) However I did get the Playmobil Scooby-Doo set 70207 featuring Scooby, Shaggy, Ghost and accessories.

Cool 😎

Now for some cool Playmobil adverts from Brazil. The following three ads are reproduced here courtesy of longtime TVTA contributor and friend Zerocal and feature mid-90s Playmo figures from the manufacturer Estrela.

The ads are printed on mini comic books (in Brazil, called “Revista em Quadrinhos” or simply “Gibi”).

Circus Revista. Monica N°95. 1994. Brazil.

Ambulance Revista. Monica N°94. 1994. Brazil.

Castel Revista. Cebolinha N°96. 1994. Brazil.

Original Zerocal post can be seen here


Thanks for looking 🙂

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 🙂