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The mystery of the French toy soldier photo collection – SOLVED!

GIF courtesy of theatrenerds.com

Update: 20/10/2017

Thanks to Twitter agent @DanHammond72, I think we can safely say that this mystery is now solved! Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out the maker of these soldiers!

I recently picked up some paperwork items from a local vintage toy shop here in France. Among the items was a folder of photographs showing a vintage toy soldier collection. The soldiers seem to be Napoleonic era and include both infantry and cavalry. The photos look professionally made and are printed on Kodak paper. This looks like it could have belonged to someone who was documenting and cataloguing their collection. All in all there are about 400-450 pieces across 18 photographs. I’ve spent time online trying to match these figures to brands such as Airfix, Britains, Starlux, Timpo etc, but to no avail. The figures all have the same rectangular bases (similar to Britains) apart from one set which has round bases. If anyone recognises any of the pieces and can put a name to the brand(s) please let me know! Thanks for looking.









Update: 20/10/2017

STARLUX

Here is the comparison I received that makes me certain enough to say that the majority of the figures in the collection of photographs are from the French Starlux l’Empire line. Big thanks to @DanHammond72 for the awesome detective work!

Figurine number 274 (left) with the mint in box picture I received (right). Mystery solved.

I’d already looked through a whole bunch of Starlux images previously and had drawn a blank, so having a match from a mint in box was priceless as it enabled me to make further searches online and find other matches. The figures all appear to be 60 mm in height and datewise appear to span 1965 through to the 80s.

No doubts here. MIB photo from Lulu-Berlu.

 I’m pretty certain the riders here are the same. The MIB photo next to my photo is from Lulu-Berlu. They date the figure as 1965, which leads me to believe that the figure in my photo is possibly a later 80s remould – due to some differences in the horse, most notably the position of the head and colour of base. It could be a switched horse, as online photos of Starlux lots show riders that can be detached. As with many toys that are painted and licensed across the globe, it’s possible that paint applications and mould details may differ. Some collectors add their own paint schemes. This can all lead to many variations. 

No doubts here about the match. MIB photo by Lulu-Berlu.

I was able to match most of the figures in this lot from Paravendu France with figures in my photos.


There. Mystery solved. Or is it? The question that remains now is who did this collection of soldiers belong to? Who was it that took time and care to label and photograph this collection? And why did the photographs end up in a vintage toy shop in Toulon, France? I expect that’s a question that will remain unanswered. For now I’m happy to be able to put a name to it all. Starlux. Thanks for looking, and please feel free to add any further information.

Japanese Chirashi Film Posters – the Alien movies

I finally added examples of Covenant and Prometheus to my Alien Chirashi run. A Chirashi is a doubled-sided mini-poster or flyer used to promote film releases in Japan. The size of a typical Chirashi is “B5”  – approx 7 x 10 inch /18cm x 26cm.

Alien (1979)

Alien (front)

Alien.

Alien (reverse).

Alien (reverse).

Aliens (1986)

Aliens

Aliens.

Aliens (reverse).

Aliens (reverse).

Alien 3 (1992)

Alien 3.

Alien 3.

Alien 3 (reverse).

Alien 3 (reverse).

Alien Resurrection (1997)

Alien Resurrection.

Alien Resurrection.

Alien Resurrection (reverse).

Alien Resurrection (reverse).

Alien vs Predator (2004)

Alien vs Predator.

Alien vs Predator.

Alien vs Predator (reverse).

Alien vs Predator (reverse).

Alien vs Predator 2 – Requiem – (2007)

Alien vs Predator 2.

Alien vs Predator 2.

Alien vs Predator (reverse).

Alien vs Predator 2 / Requiem(reverse).

Prometheus (2012)

Prometheus. Front.

Prometheus. Reverse.

Alien Covenant (2017)

Alien Covenant. Front.

Alien Covenant. Reverse.


Battle jackets, Spider-Man jackets, cheese T-shirts and apostrophes galore!!!

Yes, it’s another stunning TVTA fashion spectacular!!!

US. Creepy Mag. 1980. New Warrior’s Battle Jacket. Now you and your entire family can look incredibly cool and stylish at the baseball game, the disco, your back yard, or even in your own space fantasy!


SUBJECT: Fashion. INTERNATIONAL HOUSES: Italy, France, Denmark, UK, Brazil, US. MODE TIMESPAN: 70s, 80s and 90s. STYLE: Superhero, sports, kids. APOSTROPHE COUNT: 33. TOTAL TIME MACHINE TRIPS: 8. GIANT CAT BISCUITS AND PIZZA CONSUMED: 4. SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS: Please recycle this post at your nearest clothing regeneration outpost.


So, what’s hot for Autumn in the world of fashion?

Marvel jackets! Only $75.00 each!! This was way back in 1989, and according to Dollar Times that’s worth $150.27 in 2017!


US. 1989.


Cheese. It’s the big cheese! It’s the cheese of the decade! It’s what all the smart kids are cheesing on about! Look cheesy in these cheese-tastic Cool Burger cheese T-shirts! Did we mention cheese?

Denmark. 1984.


More T-shirts! This time hold the cheese… we got superheroes!

US. 1978.


But what happens if I want to put stars on my T-shirt? No problem. You can do that. All you need is a dollar and a Whoppers wrapper from 1979!

US. 1979.


Get Confirmed with the Lilly Confirmation dress!

Denmark.


It’s back! The drunken sailor look, fresh for Autumn!

UK.


Put pesky puddles in their place with Viking footwear!

Denmark.


Cycle in style! But be careful of catching those bell bottoms in your chain – ouch! Just look what happened to the kid on the right! No more bell bottoms for you young lad!

Denmark. 1978.


Still feeling sporty? Get yourself off to some tennis with these Iris trainers!

Brazil. 1983.


And still feeling sporty? Skate your way into the hearts and minds of the fashion world with these waspish yellow and black cool rollers from Italy!

Italy. 1984.


Two French ads by Hom. Yeah! 90s. Yeah, yeah, yeah!

France. Hom. 90s.

France. Hom. 90s.


Get kitted out vintage style! I went to some of these fairs when I lived in the UK. Always a good selection of clothing and jewellery! 

UK. Custard Factory, Birmingham. 2000s.


And finally, for the kids, or the young at heart, or just really small people, why not try out some fantastic superhero costumes!

Denmark. 1989.

As always, thanks for looking!

🙂

This post was brought to you by TVTA Fashion Under Statement Enterprises and is sponsored by Miow-Pow! cat biscuits and Pizza Au Feu De Bois, Vite, Vite, Vite! No apostrophes were harmed in the making of this vintage post, only Jar Jar Binks. If you would like to know more about fashion then why not visit some shops in your local area to see what clothes are 'hip' and 'yeah baby' today! You can also browse catalogues, or ask friends if you may look inside their wardrobes one time.

 

Danish Retro (Pt 4)

Welcome to the fourth part of Danish Retro. In this edition we look at some half-page adverts found in comic books in Denmark in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

Part Three can be seen here


Lagerman Caramel Bars. 1969.


Dandy Chewing Gum. 1970.


Kellogg’s Rice Crispies. Pif Paf Puf (Snap Crackle and Pop). 1967.


Sun-Maid Raisins. 1980.


Kellogg’s Stamp Collector Offer. 1970. Frimærkesamler


Matchbox. 1967.


Cowboys and Indians. 1969.


Corgi Farms. Porsche and Lotus. 1967.


Corgi Batmobile and Batboat and Chevrolet Stingray. 1967.


Corgi Transporter. 1967.


Britains. 1970.


Board Games. 1987.


Disney and MOTU Storybook and Cassettes. 1987.


Disney and MOTU Storybook and Cassettes. 1988.


Playmobil. 1980.

Thanks for looking  🙂

Happy birthday to the editor, and RIP Harry Dean Stanton

Oh Leia! The princess perils of partying!

It’s my birthday today and I’m a little hungover – not from partying you understand; yesterday I worked my third eleven-hour shift in a row, and then spent five hours working on my novel way into the wee hours (Way Into the Wee Hours is not the title of it by the way). Apologies for any splelling errors – I will never proof read this, ever, and our sub editor long ago eloped to Scotland with the photocopier repair guy. Ah, I love an office romance. Apologies too if the following ads make little sense, but then things don’t always make sense at TVTA, which is absolutely fine, according to Wooof.


The day started off with some nice pressies and cards, but also with the sad news that actor Harry Dean Stanton died. I absolutely love his work with David Lynch, and also his roles in Alien and Pretty in Pink. RIP man!

Alas, there’s nothing in the TVTA archives to represent Harry Dean, other than this cool Japanese Chirashi of Alien in which HD played the character Brett.


In other hungover vintage news…

Feeling scummy? Then you will need Skummy bar! Excellent for long days and late nights, and a guranteed Dolphin to drag you merrrilly into Christmas!


For that lingering hungover feeling…

Try Trill.

Seems to work for budgies! (Please stand on your head to view pic correctly).


Works for Harvey too!


Rufus! Get ootay ma heed! The last thing you need when hungover is a skateboarding cheese with a turd-shaped hairstyle zooming around in your head!


Kaboom!

TVTA is most definitely going to try and find one of these at the next flea market we go to, and turn it into a time machine! And our first stop? 1967…


We will party like it’s 1967!!

Thanks for looking. Happy birthday everyone around the world!