Ads just in: Lego, Big Jim, Barbie, Atlantic and Polistil

Five 1979 Italian ads showing Lego Space, Big Jim featuring Dr. Steel, Barbie, Atlantic toy soldiers, and Polistil’s Alfa Romeo 1750 model car.


Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


 

Non-toy ad Tuesday: Office cats, bubblegum, beer, cigarettes and Saturday Morning TV

As TVTA stumbles from the holiday season into another New Year we must confess there has been much overindulging at the office (not work we hasten to add). Still, everything in moderation we say – with just a little bit of excess to keep things interesting. Alas, paperwork duties have fallen to poor Wooof, our office cat, who has been stoutly keeping things going this past week and managed to find the following advertising goodies in the wine cellar on one of his many excursions down there. Well done Wooof!

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

France. Paris Match. 2001.

France. Paris Match. 2001.

France. Képi Blanc. 1979.

France. Képi Blanc. 1979.

France. Geo 163. 1992.

France. Geo 163. 1992.

France. Geo 163. 1992.

France. Geo 163. 1992.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1983.

 

Tom & Jerry adverts and merchandise

Hanna-Barbera’s animated cat and mouse double act Tom & Jerry has featured in numerous advertising campaigns around the world for a number of products. Below are some examples from France, Denmark and the UK.


UK. Tom and Jerry Playmates inflatables. Ideal catalogue. 1972.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Hand-held electronic game by Lansay. Pif Gadget. 1983.


Denmark. Frisko Ice cream promotion. 1983. Image supplied by Jaltesorenson.


Denmark. Frisko Ice cream promotion. 1983. Image supplied by Jaltesorenson.


UK. Victor. 1975.

UK. Quosh Jokers drink promotion, Victor. 1975.


Fair Play. France. 1980.


Fair Play. France. 1980.


Corgi Juniors – Jerry’s Banger. 1979/80

Corgi Tom & Jerry. Jerrys Banger. 1980s.


Thank you for playing cat and mouse with us 🙂

Post updated July 2019 with new images

Latest ads: Forbidden Planet, RPGs, Superhero Watches, Strawberry Shortcake and Big Jim

These latest retro paperworks from the UK, US and Brazil have just been added to the archive.


UK. 2000 AD's Dice Man #1. 1986.

UK. 2000 AD’s Dice Man #1. 1986.


UK. 2000 AD Dice Man #1 cover art by Glenn Fabry.

UK. 2000 AD Dice Man #1 cover art by Glenn Fabry. 1986.


UK. 2000 AD Dice Man #1.

UK. 2000 AD Dice Man #1. 1986.


US. Jonah Hex. 1978.

US. Jonah Hex. 1978.


Brazil. Chico Bento. 1985.

Brazil. Chico Bento. 1985.


US. Superman 296. 1976.

US. Superman 296. 1976.


 

Non-toy ad Tuesday: the Habitrail Hamster Wonderland, Skateboard jerseys, the Sleeze Brothers, Species II and the Strat-O-matic baseball thing

Possibly the oddest selection of Non-toy ad Tuesday ads in a while. Blow your hamster’s mind with the Habitrail Hamster Wonderland! Look cool in the latest 70s skatewear. Or just go and figure out the Strat-O-matic baseball thing.

US. Justice League of America. 1975.

US. Justice League of America. 1975.

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

Detail from above advert showing the white tee-shirt with 'Skateboard' design.

Detail from above advert showing the white tee-shirt with ‘Skateboard’ design.

 

US. Cloak and Dagger. 1989.

US. Cloak and Dagger. 1989.

 

US. Alpha Flight. 1998.

US. Alpha Flight. 1998.

 

US. The Unexpected. 1972.

US. The Unexpected. 1972.

 

Non-toy ad Tuesday: ads for Frosties, Trio, Disney, Sukita, Monark BMX, Adidas, Bad News Bears and Beavis and Butthead do America

TVTA‘s latest selection of international non-toy advertising takes us on a time trip that begins in 1976 UK with Kellogs Frosties and 1989 with Trio chocolate. Our next stop is 1980s Brazil with Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Sukita Orange drink, and a cool Monark BMX ad. After that it’s a brief stop in France for a 1978 Adidas football kit ad. Then it’s off to the US for a 1978 Bad News Bears Go To Japan movie ad and, finally, a cheeky 1997 Beavis and Butthead do America VHS rental ad.

 

UK. Planet of the Apes. 1976.

UK. Planet of the Apes. 1976.

 

UK. Count Duckula. 1989.

Suzy’s too loud! Trio chocolate bars. UK. Count Duckula. 1989.

 

Brazil. Peninha. 1987.

New fortnightly Mickey magazine. Brazil. Peninha. 1987.

 

Brazil. Chico Benito. 1985.

Brazil. Chico Benito. 1985.

 

Brazil. Pato Donald. 1983.

Brazil. Pato Donald. 1983.

 

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

 

US. Star Wars. 1978.

US. Star Wars. 1978.

 

US. Crimson Dawn. 1997.

US. Crimson Dawn. 1997.

 

Non-toy ad Tuesday: The gift of the cat… TDK, Smarties, Slim Jim and Kiri

Most cats offer captured mice, birds or other small creatures as gifts for their owners. But not Wooof, our office cat. Wooof recently came back up from the basement with no less than twelve vintage adverts clutched between his teeth. Thanks Wooof! We’ve been running short of material for our Non-toy ad Tuesday segment for weeks. Go take the afternoon off and hang out with your mates at the cool cat bar or wherever it is you crazy kids go to these days.

Twelve ads… unfortunately three of these had teeth marks and cat saliva all over them and were deemed by our quality control as ‘gross’. Another two ads were stuck together with bubblegum, another had holes cut out to make an improvised mask, and another was home to a family of woodlice. That left only five ads suitable-ish for publication. So, please, enjoy these five ads from the basement. They’re cool, they’re 70s, they’re 80s. They’ve been in a cat’s mouth.

UK. Kerrang! 1985.

UK. Kerrang! 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget. 1984.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1985.

US. Star Wars. 1978.

US. Star Wars. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.

Latest ads: Star Trek, Dredd, Hex and V

Recently I picked up some 1980s French issues of Judge Dredd comic published by Aredit. As with the UK versions published by Eagle comics, most of the adverts featured inside are for other comic book publications. Here are four cool ads I found.

France. Judge Dredd 18. 1985. Legendary gunslinger Jonah Hex travels to the future in his latest adventure. Cover by Mark Texeira and Klaus Janson.

France. Judge Dredd 18. 1985. Legendary gunslinger Jonah Hex travels to the future in his latest adventure. Cover by Mark Texeira and Klaus Janson.

 

France. Judge Dredd 13. 1985. V... They're here...

France. Judge Dredd 13. 1985. V… They’re coming…

 

France. Judge Dredd 8. 1984. Star Trek II The search for Spock.

France. Judge Dredd 8. 1984. Star Trek II The search for Spock.

 

France. Judge Dredd 4. 1983. Brian Bolland back cover art for Judge Dredd.

France. Judge Dredd 4. 1983. Brian Bolland back cover art for Judge Dredd.

 

Mini-jeux, Kinder Surprise, Big Jim and the end of the LEGO-Shell love affair

Mini-Jeux are mechanical games based on the Japanese Tomy hand-held games.

In the UK these were marketed as ‘Pocketeers’ by the Palitoy company. See TVTA’s post POCKETEERS

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


100 new surprises… more beautiful than ever.

1978 Kinder Surprise ad from France. More Kinder Surprise here

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.


Big Jim helicopter. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.


LEGO Sea stuff.

Lego used to have a corporate deal going with the Shell oil company. For years the Shell logo appeared on numerous brick products like tankers, petrol stations and oil rigs – until recently (2014) when Lego finally cut its ties with the oil giant following a sustained capaign by Greenpeace

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.