TVTA is retiring

Greetings vintage mates.

It is with a degree of sadness yet a positivity for the future of my blogging endeavours that I am announcing the retirement of The Vintage Toy Advertiser. At the least it will be a hiatus or very long holiday.

Since 2011 my aim for the site was to create an online resource and archive showcasing vintage advertising and catalogue images spanning the subject of toys, movies, comics, video games, food & drink and much more!

Ten years on – I think I’ve largely done as much as I can and want to do for the time being regarding this. The decision has been made easier by my dissatisfaction with the WordPress drive of switching to blocks. As a paying customer I am no longer willing to part with money for a service which does not meet the needs of TVTA.

My archive (4.5K advert and catalogue images + hundreds of toy images from my own collection + hundreds of comic book and magazine covers) was always meant to be added to and enhanced. Having to edit with blocks is unwieldy and time-consuming to maintain the good standards of my work, and it seems there are far too many hoops to have to jump through just to publish even a simple post these days… when blogging should be easy, quick, and fit for everyone’s purpose?

Another issue is that I will soon reach my current plan limit for image space, requiring me to upgrade to the next and more expensive plan with additional features I do not need. Maybe WP could consider offering one-off extra image space packages for blogs which are picture heavy? I doubt that. As much as I’ve always loved WP, they never seem to listen.

So, onto the future…

I will be launching a new site soon. Likely on WP still, but without the costs I’ve been incurring. The site will be simple. Focussed on writing, art projects, and with the occasional feature on vintage books and comics.

As such, The Vintage Toy Advertiser will no longer be updated, and will be left in the capable paws of TVTA office cat extraordinaire Wooof to curate while he idly munches his way through cat biscuits and re-watches all those VHS films we never returned to Blockbusters.

As for my dear vintage mates here… I intend to very much keep in touch, and I would like to give a HUGE, huge, huge, massive, storming, magnificent, mammoth, mega-big thanks to everyone who has been a part of TVTA over these past ten years. The interaction, inspiration, encouragement, fun and laughs, likes, comments, reblogs, shares and links has quite simply made my days 😊

It’s April, and April is my big TVTA blog anniversary – 10 years old this month! And now a retirement to add to it. Sometimes these things work this way.

I’ll leave you with a quick gallery of a few of my favourite archived images over the years (too many to choose from!!), and I’ll be sure to post the link soon for my new site once it’s up and running.

Adios you lovelies, see you on the other side! 😎

Ford, editor TVTA



As always, thanks for looking 🙂

TVTA’s top twenty international crunchy tasty vintage cereal killer breakfast snack ads – with milk! Plus, half a million site views!!

Kelloggs Choko Crunch. Denmark. 1988.

Time to snap, crackle and pop with TVTA as we celebrate half a million site views!

Half a million site views? Pas mal.  

Yes, since 2011 here at WordPress, the site has moved in all the right places I wanted it to, and it’s a pleasure to see so many daily visitors come check out the 4k+ images I’ve steadily been adding to the archives, along with the visits and interaction from my good blogging buddies (you know who you are and you know I love you 😍)

Here’s the screen shot I took the other day showing the magic number:

 

So, a BIG thanks to all my vintage mates and visitors, and remember – if it’s not TVTA then it’s probably something else! 

Cereal-y speaking…

Dear vintage mates, is your office cat addicted to cereals? Is your monthly procurement budget being constantly blown on Cheerios and Cornflakes? Are you finding empty boxes of bran flakes hidden behind the office scanner?

You would think a cat might be content with just milk, yes? Bah. Not TVTA’s intrepid office cat Wooof!

Read on to discover what happened on that fatal day during breakfast; a deadly tale of cereal overdose and fancy dress costume parties gone mad!

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Todd McFarlane’s KISS – The Action Figures and Psycho Circus

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of print images from the 1997 and 1999 catalogues of toy designer extraordinaire Todd McFarlane. Featuring rock legends KISS in their The Action Figures and Psycho Circus toy guises.

Enjoy.


Look out for more exciting action figure images from McFarlane Toys coming soon to TVTA!

Todd McFarlane’s Monsters, Movie Maniacs and more!

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of print images from the 1997 and 1999 catalogues of toy designer extraordinaire Todd McFarlane. Featuring action figures from horror legends of literature and movies, plus a look at the McFarlane exclusive Total Chaos figures. For those who don’t know, Todd McFarlane is a Canadian comic book creator, artist, writer, filmmaker and toy maker, and is recognised for his work on Spider-Man and the Spawn series.


Look out for more exciting action figure images from McFarlane Toys coming soon to TVTA!


 

Walking in a retro wonderland – Kenner toys

Kenner Products was founded in 1946 by three brothers of the Steiner family in Cincinnati, Ohio, US, who named the toy company after the street upon which their original office was located. The first Kenner toys included construction sets, projectors, the Easy-Bake Oven, and Spirograph.

Spirograph. Kenner. US. 1975.

1970s

The early 1970s saw Kenner gain the license for the already popular Play-Doh. Other toy lines such as Chip Away sets, Dusty and Skye dolls, S.S.P. (Super Sonic Power), T.T.P. (Turbo Tower of Power) and Duke the Action Dog became popular Kenner hits throughout the decade.

Kenner SSP Racers. 1971. US.

Duke the Super Action Dog. 1974. US.

Bionic power!

In 1976 Kenner held the license to produce and sell toys for the hugely popular Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman TV shows.

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Walking in a retro wonderland

A TVTA Christmas Selection Box Special!

Greetings, vintage mates!

December is our busiest month here at TVTA, with lots of Christmassy search hits from retro toy lovers seeking those special treasures from a bygone age.

Join us throughout this festive month as we highlight toy and pop culture goodness with images direct from the collection of The Vintage Toy Advertiser!

Tomarts Action Figure Digest. 2006. US.

Master of the Universe. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983. UK.

Star Wars. 1978. France.

Barbie. 1962. US.

Ideal. 1980. Rubiks Master Cube. France.

Quick Shoot Game. Ideal. 1972. UK.

Zeroids. Ideal. 1972. UK.

Princess Leia. Black Series. Photo TVTA.

She-Ra: Princess of Power. Mattel. Italy. 1986.

Ghostrider Hasbro figures. 2007. Cardbacks. Rear.

DC Heroclix. Arkham Asylum.

Energized Spider-Man. 1978. US.

Golden Girl. 1985. Germany.

The Beatles taxis album covers. Corgi.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Join us again soon for more toy goodness!

If you’re going to fight, do it outside

Street Fighter II. Game Boy. 1995. US.

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of gaming ads from 1995 to 2005 … featuring fighting and battle games from Nintendo Game Boy, Super Nes, PlayStation, X Box, Tiger Electronics, and more.

Grrrrrr!

Remember: if it hurts, you’re still alive. No pain, no game!

WrestleMania: The Arcade Game. 1996. US.

WW Day of Reckoning II. 2005. US.

WWF War Zone. 1998. US.

ChequeMate C-3D Imaging System. 1997. US.

Marvel Nemesis: Rise of the Imperfects. 2005. US.

Superman. Game Boy. 1998. US.

DC CD ROM Comic Books. 1996. US.


As always, thanks for looking 😎

Japanese Godzilla print goodies

Godzilla Store Tokyo. Chirashi side a.

The King of the Monsters is back! TVTA takes a look at some more Godzilla chirashi movie posters, along with posters for the Godzilla Store Japan, and the Atami Kaiju Movie Festival.

Let’s kick off with a shopping trip…

Godzilla shopping?

Rarrrr!!

Yes!

Japan – a country I hope to one day visit for its culture and landscape. Tokyo – a city that is a must for me to see because of its toy and pop culture heritage. Add to this now the Godzilla Store, Tokyo. Imagine if you will, dear readers, a whole shop dedicated to Godzilla!

Godzilla Store Tokyo. Chirashi side b.


And there’s a festival too…
… devoted to Godzilla and other Kaiju monsters…

Godzilla Atami Kaiju Movie Festival 2019. Chirashi poster. Japan.


Two new film posters…
Shin Godzilla, 2016

Shin Godzilla. 2016. Japanese Chirashi poster side a.

Shin Godzilla. 2016. Japanese Chirashi poster side b.


Godzilla, 2014

Godzilla. 2014. Japanese Chirashi poster. Side a.

Godzilla. 2014. Japanese Chirashi poster. Side b.


Coming soon…

Godzilla vs King Ghidorah anyone? Don’t miss the next TVTA Godzilla thriller!

Until then… thank you for rising from the sea and destroying cities with us 🙂


To see TVTA’s other Godzilla Japanese chirashi posters, click here