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Latest ads – an 80s mix

The weekend kicks off at TVTA with an 80s mix of ads for model kits, 007 role playing games, My Little Pony, Oodles, Playmobil, Dungeons & Dragons and Columbia BMX.  

Model Kits

MPC The Empire Strikes Back. Spider-Man N°14. 1981. US.

MPC Return of the Jedi. House of Mystery. 1983. US.

Masters of the Universe. Amethyst. 1984. US.


James Bond 007

007 Victory Games. Alpha Flight N°5. 1983. US.

007 Victory Games. The Incredible Hulk N°292. 1984. US.


My Little Pony

My Little Pony. De Speelboom N°3. 1987. Netherlands.


Oodles

Oodles. Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1987. Netherlands.

Playmobil

Playmobil. Intertoys Speelboek 1987. Netherlands.

Dungeons & Dragons

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

D&D Gazeteer. The New Mutants N°57. 1987. US.

Columbia BMX

Columbia BMX. The Incredible Hulk N°292. 1984. US.

Columbia BMX. Dazzler. 1982. UK.

Happy weekend and thanks for looking 🙂

Weekend treats and novelties

Eye Candy?

The New Mutants N°24. 1985. US.

I leave you with some tasty treats and fun novelties for this weekend’s post at TVTA. May your weekend rock, dear readers. Alas mine will be more elevator Muzak as I have to work this weekend… #sigh


Always that same sense of dread and impending doom whenever I arrive at work for the weekend shift…

Conan the Barbarian. The Scarlet Personage. 1985. Owsley, Buscema, Chan, Chiang, Roussos.

So thank goodness for Punch ‘n Juicy Soft Bubble Gum – the big juicy taste in my favourite flavours! Yay, Very Cherry!

Punch ‘n Juicy. The Thing N°6. 1983. US.

And thank the lucky stars for M&M’s too…

M&M’s. The New Mutants N°57. 1987. US.

Packs of fun for everyone…

M&M’s. Blue Beetle. 1986. US.

Going for orange. “Glubgrafutz” Reese’s Pieces!

Reeses Pieces. The Incredible Hulk N°311. 1985. US.

A fun puzzle as you munch your way through a box of cookies…

Striped Chips Ahoy. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Coca-Cola gets minimal and edgy in bid to eradicate thirst…

Coke. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Okay, fine, but what about the toys?

… all these sugary vintage snacks are giving us toothache!

No problem.

Ask and ye shall receive…

Check out this awesome toy…

Téléphérique toy. Jouets Mont Blanc. France. 1969.

Hm. Do you have anything a little more exciting than that?

Exciting eh? How about…

Masters of the Universe

Fabulous secret powers were revealed to TVTA when… wait, hang on, these ads are fake news! Legit, not. Surely some kind of 80s MOTU bootleg knockoff thing going on! 

Look away now…

Mighty Laser Lite Sword 1986 and Mighty Force Weapons Set 1987. Netherlands.

It’s okay. It’s safe to look again. This next ad has been verified as real by the Wooof Authentic Advertising Agency & Antler Awareness Society…

MOTU. Intertoys Speelboek 1987 Autumn Catalogue. Netherlands.

We mentioned cookies earlier didn’t we?

Cookie Monster Piano. FAO Schwartz. 1980-81. US.

Did we mention anything about being tough? (sparkle edition)

Be tough. The Incredible Hulk N°318. 1986. US.

Hard stuff. Sega Burning Rangers, what’s not to love about this ad?

Sega Burning Rangers. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Time’s marching on, so better say goodnight and post up the final ad… 

Goodnight Playmobil. Goodnight vintage mates and happy weekend 🙂

Playmobil. Intertoys Speelboek. 1987. Netherlands.


 

Popples

What are they, who are they, where are they? I want one!

Popples logo (PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc.)

Originally marketed between 1986 and 1988 by the company Those Characters From Cleveland, Popples are brightly coloured bear-like plushies with the ability to be inverted and rolled up into a ball. A cartoon series was produced to compliment the toys as well as merchandise like puzzles, games, a comic run, ride-alongs, school sets, watches and clocks, and even a paddling pool set.

Popples plushies include the original line, Rock Star and Baby Popples, Pufflings (a kind of Popples pet), Popples Clip-ons, Sports Popples, Pom-Pom Popples, and even Rucksack Popples to wear on your back. In later years the toy line would undergo three revivals, its most recent being one to compliment the Popples Netflix series.

TVTA is delighted to present a small selection of Popples merchandise scanned from 1980s Dutch and French catalogues. Enjoy 🙂


Speelboom Club Journal N°2. 1987. Netherlands.

De Speelbooml N°3. Nov 1987. Netherlands.

De Speelboom Club N°3. Nov 1987. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1986. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987. Netherlands.

DE Speelboom N°3. Nov 1987. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1987. Netherlands.

Cora. 1988. France.


Thank you for getting all inside-out and brightly fluffy with us 🙂 This post will be updated as soon as we find more Popples!

How to… Help Meatloaf

A brand new vintage post in a series of limited edition baseball and cigarette cards free only with your favourite cereal! Ten fantastic top tips on how to…

N°1 – How to help Meatloaf

1987. US.

N°2 – How to play Frogger at home

1984. US.

N°3 – How to get your free Lone Ranger Western Town

1982. US.

N°4 – How to get your Thrills, Spills and Chills

1979. UK.

N°5 – How to avoid alien abduction with The Thing and Hostess Fruit pies

1981. US.

N°6 – How to gain weight and learn unbeatable fighting power (sparkle edition)

N°7 – How to get Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Dinosaur stuff

1985. UK.

N°8 – How to help Adam Power

1984. US.

N°9 – How to get into the Zorcom Space Ship

1984. US.

N°10 – Wowie, zowie! How to spend Saturday Mornings

1979. US.

Thanks for getting all howie, wowie, zowie with us! Join TVTA again soon for more vintage goodness  🙂 

This is it, frantic ones!

With what is possibly the most strangest statement I’ve ever seen on a print advert, I present you, dear frantic ones, with a 1982 Marvel Comics ad for Hungarian Rings – just one of the many puzzles that followed the worldwide popularity trail of Rubik’s Cube. Indeed, Hungarian professor Ernõ Rubik made his own version too; his has 34 balls, the traditional ‘Hungarian’ has 38.

Hungarian Rings Marvel Comics offer. Rampage Magazine N°54. 1982. UK.

Left; Hungarian rings. Right; Rubik’s rings. Pics courtesy of Jaap’s Puzzle Page.

Quote-tastic quotations

Let’s do quotes. It might be interesting to quote from Jaap’s Puzzle Page who did so quote:  It might be interesting to quote from the afterword of the Rubik’s Cubic Compendium [p212] here. It has a picture of the Hungarian rings and the following text by David Singmaster:
Closer to Rubik’s Magic Cube are ‘interlocking cycle’ puzzles where several rings of pieces cross each other. Endre Pap, a Hungarian engineer, invented a flat version with two rings which was marketed as the Hungarian Rings. The idea was not entirely new, as there is an 1893 patent for it.

That patent is US 507,215 by William Churchill, filed on May 28 1891, granted on October 24, 1893.


In other frantic news, O frantic ones …

Role Playing Games

Secret Wars N°14. 1985. UK.

The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who Monthly N°78. 1983.

Doctor Who Monthly N°78. 1983.

Captain Power

The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988. US.

It’s not too late to join the MOTU fan club is it?

Secret Wars N°14. 1985. UK.

Hey dude, this is no cartoon!

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

But these are!

US. Iron Man. 1979.

And finally, O fabulous frantic ones, Wonder Woman and Batman are free at last, all in the name of super breakfast cereal favourite Weetabix!

Marvel Superheroes. 1979. UK.


That’s all for now folks. Thanks for getting frantic with us 🙂


No wait …

… just time for one more … 

… it’s rather frantic …

Star Wars Weekly. 1980. UK.


🙂