Tag Archives: print advertising

Mutant Green Blob and the Green Machine

Today’s post title sounds like a cool name for some 70s experimental psychedelic rock band. No. The Mutant Green Blob is one of those gunge/slime toys that were all the rage in the 1980s and 90s, and The Green Machine is a pretty cool-looking three wheel low rider child’s bike from 1976. OK Mutant, show us what you can do!

Hale’s Mutant Green Blob gunge toy. 1988. UK.


It’s the hottest ride in town…

The Green Machine by Marx Toys. 1976. US.


Thanks for looking 🙂

TTP – Turbo Tower of Power

TTP (Turbo Tower of Power) was a toyline sold by the Kenner company during the 1970s. Sets consisted of motorbikes and cars that could be propelled along tracks by a pump-action launcher (the Tower) and made to perform stunts. Sets included the TTP Car Stunt Set, Cycle Action Set, Deluxe Thrill Set, and the Wild Riders Competition Set with motorcyle rider Flyin’ Freddie. Cars and cycles were also availble to purchase separately.

TTP Turbo Tower of Power. 1974. US.

TTP Turbo Tower of Power Wild Riders. 1976. US.

See also: Kenner’s SSP Super Sonic Power toyline

Thanks for looking 🙂

On a theme of flying

Flying. adj. in the air, winged

Up, up, and away! Take to the air with TVTA as we present retro adverts and comic covers on a theme of flying! We promise you all our pilots are teetotal (mainly on Mondays and Wednesdays) and pride ourselves in our company motto what goes up must come down, eventually. Choose from our range of travel options: jet engine, propeller, elastic band launch, glued feathers on card, or why not go full-on space cadet! So, buckle up, grab a Hostess Twinkie, and familiarise yourself with our flight safety instructions (free parachute included).


FEATHERED MADNESS. “NOW, EVEN MORE GOJA!”

Swedish friends may have to help me with this translation. I think ‘goja’ means nonsense, silliness?

Mad Magazine Sweden. 1978.


MORE FEATHERED FANDOOGLERY!

I’ll have what the bird’s having please! Bird seed? Not just any bird seed, it’s Trill!

Trill bird food. 1981. Denmark.


FEATHERED FELONY! PIGEON WOMAN IS PIGEON PERSON!

I like this DC supervillain – Pigeon Woman/Person – and her evil plot to steal famous statues of North America aided by her pigeon army! Pigeons love nothing more than perching (and pooping) on statues, so it’s a brilliant evil plan! Plus, she gets to annoy historians and tourists. Pigeon Person’s costume has that washed-out, grey and black pigeon poop colour, augmented with a crimson red tunic. Her wings quite honestly are spectactular! But bad luck for Pigeon Person that Batman and Robin were ready to foil her plans with those crime-busting super snack allies – Hostess Cupcakes!

Hostess Cup Cakes. Batman and Robin in Birds of a Feather. 1977. US.


WAYS TO FLING YOUR FLYING THINGS!

A 1979 Mighty Marvel Flying Shield. Free when taking out subscriptions. Offer only available to true believers everywhere, but not valid on The Red Skull. No frisbee love for him then. You can almost hear the glee in the Captain’s voice as he tells us this!

Marvel Flying Shields. 1979. US.


MONOGRAM SPEEDEE-BILT. RUBBER-POWERED FLYERS

I have a ton of adverts for the famous Monogram brand, and this new one is an interesting addition: you assemble it, wind it up, then let it go. We all know products sometimes never live up to their advertising claims, but these Speedee-Bilts look fun.

Monogram SpeedeeBilt Flyers. 1977. US.


TAKE OFF ON A TRIP TO ENGLAND

Another Monogram ad, this time a sweepstakes competition to win a 1st prize trip to England at the Farnborough Air Show.

Monogram Wild Blue Yonder Sweepstakes. 1976. US.


FLYING ON AUTOMATIC

This Cox Sure Flyer had an automatic pilot switch as well as the traditional hand control method.

Cox Sure Flyers. 1976. US.


SKY HEROES

Traditional pull-back-and-launch-from-elastic band. Sky Heroes were made by the reputable Marx Toys company, so were probably good value for money.

Superman Sky Heroes. Marx toys. 1977. US.


SUPERGIRL. IN FLIGHT. SHE’S ARRIVED

Supergirl movie. UK. 1984.


THE DARKSIDE OF FLIGHT

WE HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YOU! A truly awful outcome for that one time you make a routine parachute landing in enemy territory and discover your comrades are skeleton-dead!

Weird War Tales 44. 1976. US.


OR, AIRSHIPS AND ALIENS!

Weird War Tales 60. 1978. US.


ALPHA FLIGHT – EVIL IS HERE

Alpha Flight N°72. 1989. US.


THE WAR OF THE STARS

Handheld electronic game in which you fly a space vehicle around the galaxy and destroy stuff.

Guerre des Astres. 1983. France.


“THE MOST DEVASTATING KILLING MACHINE EVER BUILT…

… His job … steal it!”

Firefox (when web browser names were simply killer jets).

Firefox movie. France. 1982.


BLOOD-CURDLING VAMPIRE BAT

My favourite line from this 1973 ad: ‘So realistic, it even fools other bats’

Vampire Bat. 1973. US.


That’s all for now, vintage mates. Thank you for flying with TVTA 🙂

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 🙂



Battleship

Canon Noir

Captain Scarlet

Chess

 


Cluedo

Game of Life

Mastermind

Risk

Monopoly

Mousetrap

Operation

Scrabble

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.

Films

Tron. 1982. France.

Promotions


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.


Fleischmann


Lima


Märklin


Roco


Others


Lego train sets


Brio wooden train sets


Thank you for travelling with TVTA 🙂

G.I. JOE 1980s

A REAL AMERICAN HERO

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.