Tag Archives: print advertising

Curve Huggers by Tyco

Curve Huggers was a slot car racing track system sold by Tyco Industries. Popular in the 1970s, Curve Hugger cars were available with working lights and came in a number of different racing models. Track sets included the Laguna 2-in-1 Pro Racing, Nite-Glow Electric Racing, Tyco Championship 1000 – offering an enormous 37 feet of racing action, and the Road Race Empire – offering a whopping 54 feet of track action! Below are two US print adverts showing the Silver Streak and HP2 line of vehicles.

Curve Huggers. US. 1977.

Curve Huggers. US. 1978

Thanks for looking 🙂

Board Games

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of international board games as featured in magazines, comics and catalogues from the 1960s to present. I haven’t included Role Playing Games as there is a section for this here 

Some of my favourite games over the years, and indeed this Christmas, have been Stratego, Game of Life, Scrabble, Ludo, Operation, Mousetrap, Trivial Pursuit and Battleship. Do you have a favourite board game? Let me know in the comments.

As always thanks for looking 🙂


Canon Noir

Captain Scarlet




Game of Life







Trivial Pursuit

Miscellaneous board games

Miro-Meccano catalogue of games. 1979. France

Thank you for rolling sixes, missing your turn, passing GO, collecting 200 euros, moving forward three spaces and spinning again with us 🙂


Late 20th century Disney in print

The wonderful world of Disney as seen in TVTA’s print ad collection 1967 – 1999.

1982. Mickey Mouse 50. Miran Studio. Idea. Japan.

The Walt Disney Company was founded in the US in 1923 by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney. Disney is famous for its film studios, theme parks, TV and cable networks, Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Daisy, and an impressive list of acclaimed animated and live action films.

The Disney brand has appeared across toy lines, books, games, food and drink promotions and numerous household goods worldwide. In 2012 the company purchased the Lucasfilm Star Wars franchise to add to its entities. TVTA is pleased to feature some of the wonderful advertising and packaging that has represented the Disney brand during the late 20th century. Our featured images come from Brazil, Denmark, France, Japan, the Netherlands, the UK and the US. Click the pics to enlarge and enjoy 🙂

Toys, games, stickers

1984. Mickey magazine video game special. Brazil.


Tron. 1982. France.


Books and music

1987. Mickey. Brazil.

1981. Disney story cassettes. Denmark.

Mickey Mouse anniversary. 1979. Denmark.

Thanks for looking 🙂

Train sets

All aboard. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of international print adverts featuring train sets, models and accessories by Lima, Märklin, Fleischmann and others.






Lego train sets

Brio wooden train sets

Thank you for travelling with TVTA 🙂

1980s sci-fi and fantasy merchandise

A TVTA Special.

Back in the pre-internet days of the eighties, if you wanted to get your hands on unique and cool sci-fi and fantasy merchandise, you would likely end up going to your local comic book shop, or cutting out the mail order forms found in comics and magazines, or attending a convention or swap-and-meet event.

The following adverts offer a selection of sci-fi and fantasy merchandise adverts found in publications like Starlog (US) and Starburst (UK).

Mail order companies, bricks and mortar shops, conventions

US. Starlog. 1984.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

Forever People. Starburst. 1980.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

Forbidden Planet. UK. 1986.

UK. Starburst. 1982.

Fantasy World shop. Photoplay. 1983.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

Film, video, audio, books, magazines and masks

UK. Starburst. 1989.

Thanks for looking 🙂

G.I. JOE 1980s


G.I. Joe is a line of action figures produced by Hasbro. The original 1964 line featured 12 inch figures. In 1982 the brand was relaunched in a 3¾-inch scale along with vehicles, playsets and accessories. G.I. Joe also appeared in comic books, video games and an animated TV series.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Groo. 1988.

US. Dazzler. 1982.

US. The Defenders. 1983.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

US. Nth Man. 1989.

France. Cora Christmas catalogue. 1988.

G.I. Joe. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

1986. US.



Solido are famous for making die cast toy cars. The company was established in 1930 by Ferdinand de Vazeilles in France. The company continue to produce die cast vehicles for the toy market today.

Solido catalogue cover. 1973. France.

1960s. France.

France. Pif Gadget 391. 1976.

France. Pif Gadget 391. 1976.

France. Pif Gadget 379. 1976.

France. Pif Gadget 379. 1976.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.