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Everything but the kitchen sink

Wooof just gave me his Hello Kitty USB stick and said: “Latest ads all scanned boss, post ’em up, I’m off to Italy for the weekend.” “What kind of ads are they?” I asked the cat. “Oh, a bit of this, a bit of that. Everything but the kitchen sink really.” “And how am I supposed to put a theme to them?” I said. “There are categories and tags and witty comments to consider. We can’t all go swanning off to Italy you know.” “How should I know,” replied the cat, already packing his case and searching for his Aviators. “You’re the editor. Just call the post ‘Everything But The Kitchen Sink’, or something.” “Righto,” I said. “Ha, be funny if there really was a kitchen sink ad on your USB stick.” The cat looked at me and sighed. “That would be just ridiculous. Right, I’m off. Plane to catch. Don’t work too hard this weekend. Miow and ciao baby!”

Bye Wooof.

Door slams.

Cue one inserted Hello Kitty USB stick into the TVTA hard drive, and I present, a mixed bag of retro adverts, everything but the kitchen sink…

First up … Nice going Wooof … you found some Sony Walkman ads …

France. Ets De Neuter catalogue. 1995.

France. Ets de Neuter catalogue. 1995.

Next … Bubble Yum bubble gum wild cherry goodness … 

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

Next … Cool, 2000 AD and Judge Dredd badges …

2000 AD. Prog 333. 1983.

Marvel and DC comics action figures …

UK. Wizard. 2008.

Some Transformers …

France. Catalogue Super Jouet. 1985.

Erm … A Kerrang! Keep it loud! badge. I remember wearing that …

Next … Bravo Wooof … it’s the Armand Zildjian 19 inch ride … drool … I ride with a vintage 20 inch Zildjian Ping, but still … drool!

UK. Z-Time. 2004.

Well done Wooof, you found more Zildjian ads …

UK. Z-Time. 2004.

The Clone Wars … Marbs …

UK. Wizard. 2008.

Zarjaz! Return of the Jedi free album and stickers with 2000 AD …

UK. 2000 AD. 1983.

Acme boots, it’s the saga of Johnny West …

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

And finally … lol! … Wooof was tricking us all along … there really is an ad for a kitchen sink …

France. Jouet Mont Blanc catalogue. 1969.

That’s all for now folks. Thanks for stopping by. Please wash your dishes on the way out  🙂

Dino Riders

Dino-Riders was a VHS and TV series animated show that ran between 1987 and 1988 with an additional special feature in 1990. The storyline concentrated on the war between the time-travelling Valorian and Rulon factions, and their relationship with and employment of prehistoric dinosaurs as weapons/vehicles.

A toyline was created in the US by Tyco featuring both the humanoid and dinosaur characters. The dinosaurs were so highly regarded for their detailed sculpts and colour that the famous Smithsonian Institution approached Tyco to reproduce adapted versions for their “Dinosaur and other Prehistoric Reptile Collection”. The following two adverts are from France and Italy.

France. Cora catalogue. 1988.

Italy. 1990.


Toy time ad break

Ecto 1. Wootbox exclusive. 2018.

US. Tales of the Teen Titans. 1985.

Pez. TMNT.

Secrets of Haunted House. 1981. US.

Corgi Juniors Superman.

US. Weird War Tales. 1979.

Takara transforming X-Wing Fighter. 1978. Japan.

Takara X-Wings. Collectable postcard. Star Wars The Toys Chronicle Books. 1995.

The shootout. Photo TVTA.

Kenner X-Wing and figures. Collectable postcard. Star Wars The Toys Chronicle Books. 1995.

Various figures and accessories from vintage Playmobil indian sets.

Denmark. 1983. Image supplied by Jaltesorensen.

2000 AD Mega Heroes figures

UK. Eagle. 1983.

Slaine. 2000 AD Re-Action figure.

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.

Treat yourself

“I generally avoid temptation unless I can’t resist it.”
― Mae West

Why not treat yourself to…

a delicious ice cream

UK. 2000 AD and Tornado. 1980.

a refreshing Coke

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

a whisky

a cigarette

France. Rigolo. 1983.

a journey back to 1979 to watch Mad Max (time machine required)

France. Métal Hurlant. 1981.

a good laugh

UK. Film Fun. 1957.


UK. Maltesers. Film Fun. 1957

more chocolate

France. Picsou. 1984.

a 90s style fun night in with the family playing Nintendo (time machine required)

Denmark. 1991

Treat yourself to…

some quality time in your garden or allotment

flesh-eating plants

US. 1976.

a Monkey-face Leia figurine

US. Kenner. 1995.

a new camera

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

a new stereo hi-fi system and turntable

Denmark. 1967.

Treat yourself to…

a fab game of Don’t Dump the Daisy

UK. Ideal. 1972.

the Best of Pink Panther TV pocket book, France

France. Superman. 1980.

a mini spy camera!

US. 1976.

Treat yourself to…

Starburst 1980!

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1980.

Treat yourself to…

an entry into the Star Wars Helix stationery prize competition 1978 (time machine required)

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

And finally… wow, just wow… treat yourself to…

a TVTA prototype Ladybug telephone time machine pat pending Mk II time buster! *

TVTA Time Machine Mk II

Go on…

treat yourself.

You know you want to!


* The TVTA time machine Mk II does not currently work. The last time it did was in June 1994 when TVTA successfully made a return trip to 12th century Venus. Feel free to jiggle around with a screwdriver and duct tape and you may get it working again!

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 🙂

The Weetabix Gang

The Weetabix as seen in British comic book advertising. Thirteen adverts dated between 1982 – 1985.


‘The Weetabix’, often referred to as ‘The Weetabix Gang’, were five comic characters based on British skinheads, and were created for a highly successful advertising campaign for breakfast cereal Weetabix. It’s hard to believe that these biscuit-shaped, brace-wearing characters – Dunc, Bixie, Bryan, Brains and Crunch – managed to capture the hearts, and breakfast bowls, of the British public in the huge way that it did, considering the negative attitudes that were often levelled at skinhead culture.



‘The Weetabix’ featured throughout almost the entire 1980s in TV and comic book adverts. Some of the promotions tied in with well-known crazes of the decade such as video games, BMX and breakdancing, and even captured the spirit of the white tee-shirt and slogan fad, which was popular with fans of bands such as Frankie Goes To Hollywood and Wham!.


Ultimately ‘The Weetabix’ became a brand unto themselves, offering a vast range of merchandise via ‘The Weetabix Club’. Items ranged from clothing and patches to books and badges, lunch boxes, school and sports bags, stationery, an AM radio, an alarm clock, a Corgi licensed die cast truck, and many other items featuring the five characters and their catchphrases.