Saturday night at the movies – Skywalker is Coming!

Star Wars. The Rise of Skywalker. 2019 chirashi. Japan. Front.

Star Wars. The Rise of Skywalker. 2019 chirashi. Japan. Back.

TVTA is very pleased to acquire its first Japanese chirashi movie poster for the upcoming Star Wars film The Rise of Skywalker which is due for its cinema release in December this year!

In addition to this simple yet elegant Star Wars chirashi, I picked up a sweet 4-sided poster for 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, along with chirashis for 2019 releases Spider-Man: Far From Home, Joker, and Toy Story 4.

Enjoy 🙂

Star Wars. The Force Awakens 4-sided chirashi movie poster. 2015. Japan. Side 1.

Star Wars. The Force Awakens 4-sided chirashi movie poster. 2015. Japan. Sides 2 and 3.

Star Wars. The Force Awakens 4-sided chirashi movie poster. 2015. Japan. Side 4.

Spider-Man: Far From Home chirashi movie poster. 2019. Japan. Front.

Spider-Man: Far From Home chirashi movie poster. 2019. Japan. Back.

Joker. Chirashi movie poster. 2019. Japan. Front.

Joker. Chirashi movie poster. 2019. Japan. Back.

Toy Story 4. Chirashi movie poster. 2019. Japan. Front.

Toy Story 4. Chirashi movie poster. 2019. Japan. Back.


Enjoy your movie 🙂

Willy Wonka’s Magic Jumping Disc and other curiosities

Willy Wonka’s Magic Jumping Disc. US. 1982. I remember some jumping toys that were sold in the 80s and 90s – they were spring-loaded and you had to moisten a rubber suction cap then press it down onto its base. A few seconds later, the force of the spring would release the cap and the toy would jump. There were multiple variations of these toys featuring novelty animals and things, and I’m wondering if the Willy Wonka Magic Jumping Disc employed a similar method… or was it really Wonka magic at work?


Cube Lube

Cube Lube. US. 1982. Cleverly marketed on the back of the Rubik’s Cube craze yet not once mentioning the word ‘Rubik’ – possibly for fear of legal action. Cube Lube was deployed into being as a lubricant to increase your time at solving puzzles like… Rubik’s cube. The ad states the product’s greatness for other toys with moving parts, as well as the benefits for bikes and cycles. 


Triple-Flips by Takara

Takara Triple-Flips. US. 1982. Japanese toy company Takara had a number of successful toy hits it was proud to put its name to such as the Japanese license to sell Kenner Star Wars toys for the first Star Wars film; Microman (Transformers); Micronauts; Battle Beasts and Beyblade. Therefore I was surprised to see today’s Takara advert in all its low-tech and simple gadgetry – Triple-Flips – a humble travelling 3-in-1 pocket board game with magnetic playing pieces.


Hostess Cup Cakes – The Flash

Hostess Cup Cakes. The Flash. US. 1982. I’m always pleased to discover a Hostess advert I haven’t added to my collection yet, and this is my first ad for The Flash! Cup Cakes, Twinkies, and Fruit Pies products were advertised by Hostess in the pages of DC and Marvel comics in single page strips that starred famous superheroes allied with Hostess cakes to take down evil villains. There are hundreds of these quirky, bizarre and sometimes plain weird adverts to be found inside comics throughout the 1970s and 1980s. To date I have 44 in my collection, thanks to The Flash! 


The Jorvik Viking Centre, York

Jorvik Viking Centre Eagle comic competition. 1985. UK. Early print advert featuring the Jorvik Viking Centre in York, England. The advert is a prize-winning promotion in conjunction with Eagle comic in 1985. The Jorvik Viking Centre was opened in 1984 as a museum and visitor attraction on the excavated site of what was once the Viking city of Jorvik in the 10th century. The centre is still open to date and is one of the regions most popular visitor attractions.


Peter Pan Playthings Stunt Man Hang Glider

Stunt Man Hang Glider by Peter Pan Playthings. UK. 1983. Another promotion for the readers of Eagle comic with the chance to win a Stunt Man Hang Glider toy.


Worzel Gummidge – Scatterbrook Farm’s resident scarecrow since 1936 

Worzel Gummidge. Look-In N°15. 1979. UK. Worzel Gummidge was a massive TV show hit for children back in the 1980s. The title character was played by ex-Doctor Who actor Jon Pertwee. Worzel Gummidge was first featured in children’s books in the 1930s and was written by author Barabara Euphan Todd. In 2018 it was announced that the BBC is planning to make a new TV series based on the Barbara Euphan Todd books, with Pirates of the Caribbean actor Mackenzie Crook playing the Scatterbrook Farm scarecrow. 


Capsela Construction Action Vehicles

Capsela construction. US. 1982. Snap-together interchangeable parts for building motorised land and water action vehicles. 


Four Monogram models adverts


Magnum 440 by Tyco

Tyco Magnum 440. US. 1982. Slot-car racing for use on Tyco and AFX racing tracks.  


Bubble Yum Sweepstakes

Bubble Yum Sweepstakes. US. 1982. Some superb prizes on offer in this Bubble Yum bubble gum sweepstakes promotion.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Latest ads – SSP, Solar Ball, Skittle Baseball, Sea-Monkeys and more!

Kenner SSP Racers. 1971. US.

Glow in the Dark Solar Ball. 1985. US.

Aurora Skittle Ball. Weird War Tales N°1. 1971.

Seamonkeys. 1977. US.

Space 1999 model kit by Centuri. 1976. US.

Doctor Who Records and Tapes. 1980. UK.

Sphere sci-fi books. 1989. UK.

Sizzlers Fat Track. 1971. US.

Aurora Powerslicks. 1971. US.

Fleer football cards. 1991. US.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Saturday night at the movies… in Japanese Chirashi!

Star Wars Caravan Of Courage: An Ewok Adventure. 1984. Japanese Chirashi.

Time for some more movie treats!  

Presenting: a selection of Japanese Chirashi film posters direct from the collection of TVTA!

Japanese Chirashi are printed mini-posters or flyers created to promote film releases in Japan. The size of a typical Chirashi is “B5” (approx 7 x 10 inch /18cm x 26cm). Most Chirashis are double-sided with an image from the film printed in colour on the front. Additional artwork and information printed in Japanese appears on the reverse. Chirashi posters are great fun to collect, and TVTA is pleased to add this latest batch to its growing collection

Enjoy your movie 🙂

This Is Spinal Tap (1984) 2018 re-release. Japanese Chirashi.

This Is Spinal Tap (1984) 2018 re-release. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.

The Untouchables. 1987. Japanese Chirashi.

Dark Star: HR Giger’s World. 2014 Belinda Sallin documentary. Japanese Chirashi.

Dark Star: HR Giger’s World. 2014 Belinda Sallin documentary. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.

Captain Marvel. 2018. Japanese Chirashi.

Wonder Woman. 2017. Japanese Chirashi.

Wonder Woman. 2017. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.

The Monkey King. 2018. Japanese Chirashi.

The Monkey King. 2018. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.

DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon. 2017. Japanese Chirashi.

DC Super Heroes vs. Eagle Talon. 2017. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 2016. Japanese Chirashi.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. 2016. Japanese Chirashi. Reverse.


The end. Roll credits. Thanks for watching 🙂

Look out for another Saturday Night At The Movies with TVTA coming soon!

Saturday night at the movies

Champs-Elysées Film Festival. Premiere N°497, 2019, France.

It’s time once again for movie treats old and new!

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of cinema print adverts, magazine covers, features, and a DVD extra!

Enjoy your movie 🙂

Toy Story 4. 2019.

Toy Story 4. Cover, Premiere N°497, 2019.

1941. US. 1980.

Alien. The Best of Starlog. 1980. US.

The Innocents. 1961. British Film Institute DVD packaging, 2010.


Annie. Pif Gadget N°796. 1982. France.

Annecy Festival of Animated Film. Premiere N°497, 2019, France.


Thanks for watching 🙂

The Innocents. Images copyright belong to Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc., and the British Film Institute, DVD packaging and booklet, 2010.

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 🙂