Latest ads – Action Man, Dream Girl USA, Buffy, Pokemon and Yu-Gi-Oh! trading cards, and a Hellboy Zippo lighter!

Greetings vintage mates! Welcome to another roundup of various print adverts featuring toy and pop culture goodness, this time from the 1970s all the way up to 2007! Let’s get the action going with…

1996. ACTION MAN (Hasbro) US.

Action Man Power Arm Ninja. 1996. US.

I was pleased to get hold of the above Action Man double-page ad, even though I prefer the original Action Man line from Palitoy which I played with as a kid. The Hasbro line has already been around for more than 25 years now (how time flies!) and is starting to tingle the TVTA vintage sensors! I remember my eldest son when he was a child having lots of Action Man toys, and we would mix up what he had with some of the accessories I still had from the 70s.

The rest of the ads below you might remember if you were a 70s, 80s, 90s or even a 2000s kid! The ads come from publications as seen in the UK, US, France, Netherlands and Denmark at the time.

Enjoy 🙂


1978. PETRA / LOTTE DOLL. Denmark.

PETRA / LOTTE DOLL. Denmark. 1978.

1971. SPIROGRAPH; FROG MODELS; Disney MINEMA and MINICINEX Projectors. France.


2001. CRIMSON / GHOST action figures. La Boutique Semic. France.

Crimson. La Boutique Semic. 2001.
Ghost. La Boutique Semic. 2001.

1987. DREAM GIRL USA. Netherlands.

Dream Girl USA. 1987. Netherlands.
Dream Girl USA. 1987. Netherlands.

1987. COX HOBBIES. SB-X Stealth Bomber. US.


2007. YU-GI-OH! and POKEMON trading cards. UK.

Yu-Gi-Oh / Pokemon Gamestation trading cards. 2007. UK.

2005. YU-GI-OH! trading cards. Konami. UK.

YU-GI-OH! trading cards. Konami. UK. 2005.
YU-GI-OH! trading cards. Konami. UK. 2005.

2001. BUFFY / SPAWN / ZIPPO LIGHTERS. La Boutique Semic. France.

Buffy. La Boutique Semic. 2001.
Spawn. La Boutique Semic. 2001.
Zippo. La Boutique Semic. 2001.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

McFarlane Toys: Spawn

Spawn Series 29. Tomarts Action Figure Digest. 2006. US.

We recently promised you
 a splendiferous and spiffing spotlight on Spawn 😎

And we shall not disappoint! TVTA is proud to present Spawn action figure scans from the 1997 and 1999 McFarlane Toys catalogues, as well as other Spawn goodies! 

Spawn is a fictional antihero appearing in comic books of the same name published by Image Comics. Created by Canadian comic book creator, artist, writer, film maker and toy designer extraordinaire Todd McFarlane, the character Spawn first appeared in Spawn #1 in May 1992. The series has several spin-off comics, as well as a 1997 film adaptation, an HBO animated series, and a range of action figures as we shall see highlighted in this post! 

Let there be Spawn!

Spawn. McFarlane Toys Catalogue. 1999.


McFarlane Toys 1997 catalogue images

McFarlane Toys Catalogue. 1997.

Spawn The Movie Deluxe Boxed Assortment. McFarlane Toys Catalogue. 1997.

Spawn The Movie and Spawn Playstation. McFarlane Toys Catalogue. 1997.

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Saturday night at the movies

Red Sonja. 1985. Art by Renato Casaro.

It’s Saturday!

Time for some movie treats old and new! TVTA is pleased to present a snazzy selection of cinematic film posters, ads and magazine covers.

Enjoy the movie 🙂



Les Envahisseurs Sont Parmi Nous / Strange Invaders. 1983.


Star Trek the Motion Picture. 1979.

Star Trek The Motion Picture. 1979.

The Black Hole. 1979.

The Black Hole. 1979.



The Manitou. 1978.


Megaforce. 1982. US.



The Rescuers.. 1977.

La Bande Ă  Picsou. 2019.


Thanks for watching 🙂