Tag Archives: pop culture

Viva Chirashi! Japanese Movie Posters 1977 – 2018

Viva Knievel! (1977)

Deadpool 2 (2018) 

Deadpool (2016)

Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 (2015)  

Kinky Boots (2005)

Godzilla: Planet of the Monsters (2017)

Porco Rosso (1992)

Thor / Avengers

Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Avengers Infinity War (2018)

Batman Ninja (2018)

Sliver (1993)

Cobain: Montage of Heck (2015)

A Chirashi is a printed mini-poster or flyer used to promote film releases in Japan. The size of a typical Chirashi is “B5” (approx 7 x 10 inch /18cm x 26cm). A relatively cheap and space-saving alternative to regular-size industry posters, Chirashis make excellent movie memorabilia collectables. You can find all my Chirashi posts here

500th Post at The Vintage Toy Advertiser!

It’s a milestone moment for TVTA as we celebrate our 500th post.

I remember moving over to WordPress in the spring of 2011 and thinking: “well, this seems like a good place to be.” Fast forward a few years and my thoughts haven’t changed a bit. Much of this is down to you, dear readers and fellow bloggers, for checking out, sharing, liking and commenting on my posts and helping to make TVTA’s mission a whole lot of interesting fun. Thanks WP mates 🙂

So, what’s hot off the scanner to celebrate post N° 500… some obscure toy ad? Barbie, Etch A Sketch, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog? No, but there were a few little clues back there wink wink

How about some horror film ads, vinyl records, video games, poetry or kitchen work units?

Nope, none of those. And definitely no clown ads!!

So what is it then?

it had better be good!

It is…

… After an executive board meeting with Wooof, the cat and I have decided to celebrate our special 500th toy story with Toy Story! All told in the wonderful style of Japanese chirashi movie posters.

Regular readers will know how much we love our Japanese chirashi around here 🙂

So let’s hand over to Woody and Buzz and co for TVTA’s 500th post … Toy Story!

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

 

 

Toy Story (1995)


Toy Story 2 (1999)


Toy Story 3 (2010)


In other Toy Story news …
Toy Story 2 Japanese Movie Programme cover, centrefold and adverts

 


Disneyland x3. Original 90s Buzz Lightyear toy. DVDs

 


To infinity and beyond! Until next time  🙂


Photographs TVTA. Images scanned by TVTA from private collection.

Baby Face Dolls

“Special super posin’ girl and boy dolls, with feelings you can see!” 

The Baby Face line of dolls was created by Mel Birnkrant in partnership with Kiscom Toys and was licensed in 1990 by the Galoob toy company. Despite only having a short shelf life Baby Face became one of the most popular brands of dolls of its time. Aimed at ages 4 and up, the 13 inch dolls came with removable outfits, diapers, hair accessories, shoes and socks, and were articulated at the head, shoulders, elbows, legs and knees.


“Baby Face dolls – each with a different adorable expression and personality”

One of the highlights of this line for me is the idea of facial expressions married to emotions. This is reflected in the names given to each doll: So Surprised Suzie; So Merry Kerri; So Caring Karen; So Playful Beth. Another highlight is the attempt at diversity with the inclusion of black and Hispanic dolls.

Ten out of ten to the team responsible for creating the photographs in the 1992 Galoob catalogue scans you are seeing in this post. The images are among the best toy photographs I’ve seen – and I’ve seen a fair few over the years. The exquisite photos capture perfectly the quality of the dolls, their outfits and emotions, with great attention paid to the wonderful scene-setting details – making each image a work of art.


 


Baby Face Magic Heart Charms

Special charms with a secret message that appeared when held in a child’s hand, plus love note and ribbon to use as a bracelet or doll necklace.


Bathtub Baby Face

“Super-posin’ new baby dolls that love to play in water!”

These dolls were designed for bathtub play and came with Special Bath Shirts that magically disappeared in water then reappeared when you dried the doll. 



Special Outfits and Fashion Diapers

 


Packaging examples

Images and information taken from the Galoob 1992 trade catalogue as scanned by TVTA. Special thanks to the wonderful site BabyFaceDolls.com for additional information.

As always thanks for looking. This has been TVTA’s 499th post! Look out for post 500 coming soon 🙂

Pop Culture Advertising 1997 – 2018

TVTA puts aside its usual fare of vintage adverts for a moment to focus on some younger ads which embrace the pop culture of their older generations. We begin in our current year 2018 with an advert for a Tintin watch based on the character’s adventure Explorers on the Moon which was first published in Tintin magazine on 30 March 1950.

Tintin watch. Premiere. France. 2018.


Next stop is 1997 with Kenner Star Wars toys and Micro-Machines.

Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition Offers Catalogue. UK 1997.

Star Wars Trilogy Special Offers Catalogue. UK. 1997.

Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition Offers Catalogue. UK. 1997.


2008 / 2009. Marvel and DC action figures

Wizard. UK. 2009.

Wizard. UK. 2009.

Wizard. UK. 2008.


2018. The best of Justice League from Urban Comics

Wootbox Magazine. France. 2018.


WWE Kane and Undertaker Mini-busts

Wizard. UK. 2008.


2017. Paris International Fantastic Film Festival

Pifff. Mad Movies. 2017. France.

2018. Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Annecy. Premiere. France. 2018.


2017. Atom Manga Culture

Atom. Mad Movies. France. 2017.


2008. Valkyria Chronicles.

Valkyria. Wizard. UK. 2008.


2009. Warhammer 40k Dawn of War

Warhammer Dawn of War. Wizard. UK. 2009.


2009. Wanted

Wanted. Wizard. UK. 2009.


2018. Premiere Classics

Premiere Classics. Premiere. France. 2018.

2017. Fireman Sam / Sam Le Pompier, Smoby, France

Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé. France. 2017.

2018. Anyone for Mario Tennis Aces?

Science & Vie Junior. France. 2018.

Thanks for looking 🙂

Corgi absolutely nailed it for die cast pop culture

My adverts section for Corgi Toys shows some cool superhero, film and TV-themed die cast vehicles, and I always knew that Corgi was spot on when it came to representing pop culture in its die cast range. Even so, I wasn’t quite prepared for the images that greeted me as I took hold of a copy of the Paris-based Fair Play Distribution Catalogue from 1980.

This A4 toy brochure aimed at shops and stores features more pop culture goodness than you can shake a Penguin umbrella at, including many fabulous point-of-sale store displays. If these toy units don’t take you back to happy childhood times spent at the toy shop buying cars then I don’t know what will. Simply amazing to see.

The catalogue also features Corgi’s regular die cast vehicle range, which will have to come in a separate post as there are just too many photos to show in one outing, and as Wooof correctly points out, TVTA readers may be in severe danger of a vintage-joy circuit overload. Enjoy the scans!

1980 Fair Play Distribution Catalogue, France

Corgi Juniors

Point-of-Sale Displays


As always, thanks for looking  🙂