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Toy shop snap shot: Hamleys of Regent Street London W.1.

Peter and Jane: We Have Fun. Lady Bird Books. 1964 / 2004.


Hamleys toy shop based in Regent Street, London, England, was founded in 1760 by William Hamley. It is the biggest and oldest toy shop in the world, and prides itself on selling not only traditional toys but newer toys that enter the market. Hamleys Book of Toys, Sports and Games, Christmas 1983 states

“Whilst traditional toys and dolls are as popular as ever, a vast revolution has nevertheless taken place in toyland. Electronic games and home computers have captured the imagination of children and their parents throughout the world.”

The Hamleys book goes on to announce the creation of a vast 4,000 sq. ft electronic games complex called ‘A Step Ahead’ with trained technology advisors on hand to guide customers through what surely must have been described back then as ‘video game heaven’.



Hamleys also announce another new department ‘Small World’ featuring international dolls furniture and miniatures, as well as extra space given over for their ground floor Star Wars department.

The 123 page Hamleys Christmas book is wonderfully presented with photographs and descriptive text, giving us a sense of not just what the toys looked like back in 1983 but what they did too, Enjoy the scans!

The 1983 Christmas Book of Toys, Sports and Games by Hamleys. Front and rear cover. The front ‘cover subject’ is “Toy Lady” while the back features one of Hamleys famous bears.































Hamleys “A Step Ahead” Electronic Games Complex







That’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed the scans. Thanks for looking 🙂

Further reading: A history of Hamleys by Hamleys

 

Dolls and Fashion Toys from the 1970s and 80s

Many will be familiar with famous doll brands like Barbie and Sindy, but how about Kenner’s Glamour Gals or Dusty and Skye? Or Mattel’s The Littles? Or even Mattel’s doll of French singing icon Chantal Goya? How about those lifesize fashion doll heads upon which you could apply make-up and create hair dos?

Here are some scans of various doll adverts from the 70s and 80s I’ve been collecting over the past few years. Don’t forget to check out TVTA’s awesome Barbie section packed with retro Barbie goodness!


UK. Prima. 1987.

UK. Prima. 1987.


Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.


USA. Superman 296. 1976.

USA. Superman 296. 1976.


France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


France. Pif Gadget. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


France. Pif Gadget. 1979.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.


France. Pif Gadget. 1979. Mattel created this special doll and accessories after French singer Chantal Goya.

France. Pif Gadget. 1979. Mattel created this special doll and accessories after French singer Chantal Goya.


France. Pif Gadget. 1980.

France. Pif Gadget. 1980.


Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1978.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1978.


Italy. Topolino. 1978.

Italy. Topolino. 1978.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.


France. Pif Gadget. 1983.

France. Pif Gadget. 1983.


Brazil. Zé Carioca N° 1693. 1984.

Brazil. Zé Carioca N° 1693. 1984.


France. Pif Gadget. 1981. Joué Club advert featuring the Carolle Bébé Chéri and the Bébé Pitchoun dolls.

France. Pif Gadget. 1981. Joué Club advert featuring the Carolle Bébé Chéri and the Bébé Pitchoun dolls.


France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.


Denmark. 1980.

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.


 

Strawberry Shortcake

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Strawberry Shortcake is a character line created by the American Greetings company. The line was originally made for greetings cards, later developing into other products such as dolls, toys, video games, books, a TV series and TV specials, and a film.


UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.


The following two adverts are from Brazil where Charlotte is known as Moranguinho.

Brazil. Zé Carioca N° 1693. 1984.

Brazil. Zé Carioca N° 1693. 1984.


Brazil. Chico Bento. 1985.

Brazil. Chico Bento. 1985.


In France Charlotte is known as Charlotte Aux Fraises.

France. Trampline Catalogue. 1980.

France. Trampline Catalogue. 1980.


Strawberry Shortcake. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.

Strawberry Shortcake. 1979 Miro-Meccano catalogue page.


Further reading: Stawberry Shortcake official site