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



Gerry Anderson and Christopher Burr’s Terrahawks was a UK science-fiction television series that ran from 1983 to 1986. Anderson was already well known for his famous Thunderbirds TV series that was created in the 1960s alongside his wife Slyvia. Like Terrahawks, Thunderbirds also employed distinctive model sets with puppets as the cast.

TH group small

Creepy-looking android space villain, Zelda, was never short of a few good put-downs for her earthling-adversaries…

Zelda quotes: “Earth-scum!” “Earth-puke!” “Earth-wretches!”

Toy company Bandai made a series of action figures and games to accompany the series.

UK. ROTJ. 1984.

Terrahawks action figures and games. ROTJ. 1984. UK.

Terrahawks toys. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983. UK.

Terrahawks: The Menace From Mars. Starburst. 1984. UK.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

Terrahawks E-TV. Eagle. 1983. UK.

Philips Video Games Club with Terrahawks game. 1983. UK. Art Frank Langford.