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ZEROIDS – workers of the future

“From the planet Zero come the incredible workers of the future – grabbing, pinching, clawing, carrying, attracting, throwing, pushing, pulling and hauling. From turret to track they are realistically simulated in awesome detail.”

I love how in 1972 the Ideal toy company was using the word “awesome” to describe one of its products – awesome being a word heavily in use today to describe… well… awesome things. Things like toy robots. Things like Zeroids!

Zeroids was a line of battery-operated motorised robots able to propel themselves across surfaces. They appeared on toy shelves in 1967 and underwent a rebrand in the late 70s and more recently in 2016 by the Toyfinity company. The original robot characters in the line are Zobor the Bronze Transporter, Zintar the Silver Explorer, and Zerak the Blue Destroyer.

UK. Ideal catalogue page. 1972.

Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt7)

Welcome to part 7 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on vintage and modern Playmobil figures.

Playmobil is one of my favourite toy lines for its simplicity, feel-good factor and traditional themes. As an archiver of toy advertising and a bit of a junkie when it comes to collecting toys, it’s always fun to add some Playmobil, whether from the secondary market, new, or by nagging the family to dig out any childhood stuff. Some of the following sets below are incomplete, but will still, I’m sure, have the power to bring a smile to your face.


First up…. vintage Playmobil Indians from the late 70s / early 80s

Various figures and accessories from vintage Playmobil indian sets.


And the band(s) played on

Circus bands. The top is a vintage set from the mid 1970s missing a few pieces, while the bottom is from circa 1991 and is missing the stage and a cymbal stand.


The Midnight Café

I was pleased with how this photo turned out. This set was available in France as a mail away order in the Playmobil catalogue supplement.


Rabbit Klicky Bunny Bizarreness!

Playmobil Easter bunny with eggs, basket and cane. Loose and packaged example. This strange but cute figure was given away in meals by French fast-food chain Quick in 2016. It has the feet and head of a rabbit appearing on the body of a Playmobil figure. The character is the same as the one sold in 2014 in the Playmobil Easter calendar pack. Playmo Easter bunnies can be dated back to 2004.

More Quick promotional Playmo figures

Sealed baggies. Quick promo figures from 2014 / 2015.


Recreio Comic from Brazil

Brazil. Sealed Recreio comic with Playmobil promotional figure in baggie. 2015.


I like to move it

E-Rangers Robot and driver. 2012. This very cool toy has articulated arms, legs and feet, and can grasp objects. It comes with a crate of red rocks for lifting (not pictured).


Elvis and Lady Gaga are in the house

From Playmobil’s ‘Fi?ures’ collection. 2011. Series 2 Elvis and Series 3 Lady Gaga.


Vintage Playmo-Space

Vintage Playmo-space. GE 5P robot with RG 9-5 vehicle and figure. Circa 1980.


Playmobil Special Plus

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From the Playmobil Special Plus collection. Fairy and deer. 2016. This particular set was given away free by French company Prince when you collected ten tokens from their biscuit products.


Baby Dinosaur

Baby dinosaur, dinosaur egg, scientist. Circa 2011.


Table tennis

Table tennis players from 2011.


Zulu

Playmobil Zulu warrior. 2009.


Executioner

Off with their heads!! I call him “The Executioner of Lille”. He’s actually from the 2011 Playmobil ‘FI?URES’ Series 1 line


Zombie Pirates

I call these my “Zombie Pirates” but they’re really just various ghost pirates pulled together from sets between 2009 and 2012 to form an undead motley crew of ocean-bound vagabonds.

That’s all for now. Thanks for looking, and join us again soon for another Never Mind The Adverts!

Dates quoted from official Playmobil catalogues.

Thanks also to Klickypedia


 

Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt6)

Welcome to part 6 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on the best (or 2nd best depending on your stance) musical band to come out of the Star Wars original trilogy films:

Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band

Original concept artwork by Ralph McQuarrie.


US toy manufacturer Kenner released the Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band play-set in 1983 for their 3.75 inch action figure line. The characters are representative of the alien pop band hired by gangster Jabba the Hutt in the third installment of the original Star Wars trilogy film Return of the Jedi. The play-set was also released for the european Trilogo line and the Spanish Lili Ledy line.

Sy Snootles

Image Lucasfilm.

Singing from curling lips that sprout from the end of her long proboscis, with spindly legs and arms, could Sy Snootles be the galactic female equivalent of Mick Jagger? There are barely a handful of female O/T Star Wars figures; luckily Sy Snootles attempts to make up for this by being one of the grooviest and most interesting-looking alien of the entire line. Her action figure does her fine justice.


Max Rebo

Image Starwars.com

Max Rebo is the floppy-eared blue elephant-like keyboard player and leader of the Max Rebo Band. He comes from planet Orto and his species is Ortolan. His piano is called a Red Ball Organ.


Droopy McCool

Image Starwars.com

Droopy McCool is a flute-playing Kitonak from planet Kirdo III

 


This is the second Sy Snootles and the Rebo band I’ve owned. My first was a boxed Trilogo which I traded a while back for other Stars Wars stuff. Here are a couple of pics I saved.



I really love this set and wish that Kenner had also made some Biths for a cantina band play-set. That would be some jam session putting both bands together!

As always thanks for looking. Join us again soon for another Never Mind The Adverts!


Sources:

Star Wars The Essential Guide To Characters by Andy Mangels. Boxtree. 1996.

Imperialgunneryforum.com

Starwars.com


 

Never mind the adverts… here are the toys (Pt5)

Welcome to part 5 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on a mixed selection of toys and games both vintage and new.


First up is this plastic Snoopy figurine stamped United Feature Syndicate Inc. 1958 1966.

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Next is this Captain Scarlet & The Mysterons adventure board game made by Peter Pan Playthings in 1993.

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Colour Dominoes circa 1980. Made by Spear’s Games.

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1979 Mastermind made by Invicta Games.

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Next is a 2016 Playmobil Special Plus set that came free with a promotional offer from Prince biscuits in France.

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1995 Rupert 75th anniversary die cast and plastic vans set from Lledo.

If you like Rupert Bear you can also check out my post on Rupert annuals: This Book Belongs To

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And finally… a novelty gift from a good friend over on the Imperial Gunnery forum. It’s Star Wars… it’s Play-Doh… it’s got an X-Wing! It’s awesome! It’s Can-Heads …

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Thanks for looking.

Join us again soon for another Never Mind The Adverts!


 

Robots and other retro toys from Christie’s 1988 auction catalogue

TVTA loves robots, and couldn’t resist acquiring this summer 1988 auction catalogue from Christie’s of South Kensington. Complete with a colour cover featuring a 1960s tinplate robot toy called ANSWER-GAME, this 40 page catalogue consists of black and white images featuring robots, games, trains and lead soldiers dating as far back as the 19th century. Here a few images fresh from the scanning room. Thanks for looking.


ANSWERGAME. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

ANSWER-GAME. From Christie’s South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.


ATTACKING MARTIAN, battery operated tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Jaman, 1960s. ANSWERGAME, battery operated tinplate robot that executes simple mathematics, by Ichida, Japan, 1960s. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

1. ATTACKING MARTIAN, battery operated tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan, 1960s. £150-250. 2. ANSWER-GAME, battery operated tinplate robot that executes simple mathematics, by Ichida, Japan, 1960s. £150-250.


ATTACKING MARTIAN, battery operated plastic and tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan, 1960s. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

ATTACKING MARTIAN, battery operated plastic and tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan. £300-500.


PISTON ROBOT, battery operated plastic and tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan, 1960s. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

PISTON ROBOT, battery operated plastic and tinplate robot, by Horikawa, Japan, 1960s. £200-300.


DUX-ASTROMAN, battery operated remote control robot, by Dux. W, Germany, 1950s. From Christie's South Kensington auction catalogue. 1988.

DUX-ASTROMAN, battery operated remote control plastic robot, by Dux. W. Germany, 1950s. £150-200.


SOUCOUPE A REACTION, friction powered tinplate flying saucer, by SFA, France, 1950s.

SOUCOUPE A REACTION, friction powered tinplate flying saucer, by SFA, France, 1950s. £50-80.


MOON ROCKET, battery operated tinplate spacecraft, by Masudaya, Japan, 1960s.

MOON ROCKET, battery operated tinplate spacecraft, by Masudaya, Japan, 1960s. £150-250.


W.H. SMITH & SON kiosk. Circa 1928.

W.H. SMITH & SON kiosk. Circa 1928. £130-190.


RACING COLOURS OF FAMOUS OWNERS, by Britains, UK, circa 1937.

RACING COLOURS OF FAMOUS OWNERS, by Britains, UK, circa 1937. £60-100.


DANCING SAILOR, clockwork tinplate sailor in cloth uniform, by Lehmann, circa 1912. £70-100.

DANCING SAILOR, clockwork tinplate sailor in cloth uniform, by Lehmann, circa 1912. £70-100.


HORNBY BOOK OF TRAINS (lot), 1925-1940. £250-350.

HORNBY BOOK OF TRAINS (lot), 1925-1940. £250-350.


BRITAINS SET N° 460, Scots Guards, circa 1933. No price listed.

BRITAINS SET N° 460, Scots Guards, circa 1933. No price listed.


Rear cover: K. BUB LANDAULETTE, clockwork tinplate car. Germany, circa 1912. £1,500-2,500.

Rear cover: K. BUB LANDAULETTE, clockwork tinplate car. Germany, circa 1912. £1,500-2,500.