I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost!

Ghostbusters and The Real Ghostbusters – Columbia Pictures. TVTA presents a number of product advertisements from comics, catalogues and magazines, plus other Ghostbusters related items.

For Filmation’s The Ghost Busters and Filmation’s Ghostbusters see here


US. Tales of the Teen Titans. 1985.

US. Tales of the Teen Titans. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

UK. The Flintstones and Friends. 1988.

UK. The Flintstones and Friends. 1988


Ghostbusters II Activity Book 1988 US.

 


Toys

The Real Ghostbusters in pack catalogue. Details.

The Real Ghostbusters in pack catalogue. Details.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

Ecto 1. Wootbox exclusive. 2018.


In other Ghostbusters news…

Ecto-Plasma Saber. For Tyeth Editions. 2018.


Thanks for Stabilizing with us 🙂

500th Post at The Vintage Toy Advertiser!

It’s a milestone moment for TVTA as we celebrate our 500th post.

I remember moving over to WordPress in the spring of 2011 and thinking: “well, this seems like a good place to be.” Fast forward a few years and my thoughts haven’t changed a bit. Much of this is down to you, dear readers and fellow bloggers, for checking out, sharing, liking and commenting on my posts and helping to make TVTA’s mission a whole lot of interesting fun. Thanks WP mates 🙂

So, what’s hot off the scanner to celebrate post N° 500… some obscure toy ad? Barbie, Etch A Sketch, Mr. Potato Head, Slinky Dog? No, but there were a few little clues back there wink wink

How about some horror film ads, vinyl records, video games, poetry or kitchen work units?

Nope, none of those. And definitely no clown ads!!

So what is it then?

it had better be good!

It is…

… After an executive board meeting with Wooof, the cat and I have decided to celebrate our special 500th toy story with Toy Story! All told in the wonderful style of Japanese chirashi movie posters.

Regular readers will know how much we love our Japanese chirashi around here 🙂

So let’s hand over to Woody and Buzz and co for TVTA’s 500th post … Toy Story!

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

 

 

Toy Story (1995)


Toy Story 2 (1999)


Toy Story 3 (2010)


Edit: September 2019. Adding Toy Story 4.

Toy Story 4 (2019)


In other Toy Story news …
Toy Story 2 Japanese Movie Programme cover, centrefold and adverts


Disneyland x3. Original 90s Buzz Lightyear toy. DVDs

To infinity and beyond! Until next time  🙂


Photographs TVTA. Images scanned by TVTA from private collection. Updated September 2019 with new images.

May the 1982 Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating be with you

The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982 had been on TVTA’s ‘to get’ list for a few years …

Mainly because of this cake-tastic Star Wars ad …

Star Wars ESB cake pans, candles, molds and toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

And this …

Star Wars ESB cake toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

But the US baking publication also serves up some other interesting pop culture goodies …

Like these …

And these …

And these …

And these …

Then there’s this cheestastic and delightful happy family in the kitchen ad … hotdog! I think they’re making a happy lion cake …

And … You’ll be a baking star …

And finally, Wooof’s favourite, a most adorable big cat big cake cover … it’s the happy lion …

Right, we’re off to find our aprons and chef’s hats for a round of happy lion cake making in the TVTA kitchen. Until next time, you can have your cake magazine but don’t ever eat it, and remember kids … a lion is not just for Christmas but forever. Thank you for sweetly decorating with us 🙂

 

Dino Riders

Dino-Riders was a VHS and TV series animated show that ran between 1987 and 1988 with an additional special feature in 1990. The storyline concentrated on the war between the time-travelling Valorian and Rulon factions, and their relationship with and employment of prehistoric dinosaurs as weapons/vehicles.

A toyline was created in the US by Tyco featuring both the humanoid and dinosaur characters. The dinosaurs were so highly regarded for their detailed sculpts and colour that the famous Smithsonian Institution approached Tyco to reproduce adapted versions for their “Dinosaur and other Prehistoric Reptile Collection”. The following two adverts are from France and Italy.

France. Cora catalogue. 1988.

Italy. 1990.

 

TVTA means…

2017 in review. Bolt by bolt.

Wooof and I like to celebrate our small achievements here at TVTA. In 2017 we gained more than 2.5 million followers, 2 billion likes, received numerous nominations such as the Lobster Award, the Good Morning I’m Hungry Award, the Time Travelling Companions of Gannow Award, the Friendly Blogger Looking to Borrow A Few Bucks Award, the Sunshine And Scattered Showers Award, and we were also Freshly Parsed 42 times!

Why, that’s enough achievements to be able to view the Great Wall of China from space with a pair of 1980s dinosaur explorer toy binoculars, cold enough to freeze penguins to a lampost, and loud enough to distract excitable puppies when used in conjunction with a sonic dog whistle and My Little Kitty glove puppet!

So what does it all mean, this TVTA thing? And do we have adverts for it?

Well, a quick browse on the interweb reveals that TVTA actually means… Threat and Vulnerablity Testing and Assessment

TVTA also means… Thermal Vacuum Test Article

and TVTA also means … Technical and Vocational Training Act

and Triple Vaginal Triple Anal … WOAH! Stop right there Wooof!

Where the heck did that one come from?

This is a family-friendly blog showcasing vintage toys!

Suffice to say, there is no mention of our humble blog anywhere in acronym land, so Wooof has been frantically retro-adding TVTA to the tags of all our old posts like a cat out of hell!

Go Wooof, you fantastic cat you!

And now, the TVTA 2017 awards sponsored by Stephen Spookberg’s Speak and Spell Time Machine Soda-Stream Maker (includes FREE collectable ‘owls of the world’ and ‘dragon botherer’ cigarette cards while stocks last) …

Our best missing item from 2017: Has anyone seen our Elizabethan tape machine?

Has anyone seen our Elizabethan tape machine? We seem to have misplaced it the last time we time travelled to 1955. If you find it, please return it to our usual address at TVTA Towers, France, Earth. Thanks in advance!

The 2017 Conquering Our Ridiculous Fear Of Clowns Award

We thought we were doing great. The hypnotherapy sessions had been positive. The yoga was beneficial. We were no longer afraid to leave the office. And Wooof was off the meds. Then these two paperworks landed on our desk yesterday, and now we’re right back where we started. Gah!

The 2017 TVTA Best Fashion Statement Award: Cheese tee-shirts

The 2017 TVTA Best Unfortunately-Named Throat Pastel Award

The 2017 TVTA Best Hulk Recreation And Leisure Award

The TVTA Best Adverts Of 2017 Award

Thanks for coming to the awards! Sincere thanks to everyone who has read TVTA this past year. May 2018 be a happy and fruitful year for you and yours 🙂

SEA-MONKEYS… brine shrimp beasties in a bowl

“Sea-Monkeys” is the marketing name given to Artemia – a genus of the aquatic Brine Shrimp able to produce dormant eggs which hatch from their state of suspended animation when mixed with water and crystals.

These cleverly marketed “pets” were the brainchild of Harold Von Braunhut who in 1957 sold his creature-kits as ‘Instant Life’. In 1962 the name was changed to Sea-Monkeys and became popular worldwide thanks to a massive advertising drive in comic books.

X-Ray Specs

Von Braunhut was also notable for inventing and marketing X-ray Specs – glasses which were advertised in the back pages of comics, usually alongside an illustration and description ‘suggesting’ the ability to see through clothes and skin.

Typical X-Ray Specs adverts found in the back pages of comics in throughout the 60s and 70s.

Typical X-Ray Specs adverts found in the back pages of comics throughout the 60s and 70s.


Spot the difference?

Artemia…

artemia_monica

Above Image by djpmapleferryman – originally posted to Flickr as Artemia monica, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=7030334

Sea-Monkeys…

US. Ghostly Tales. 1982.

US. Ghostly Tales. 1982.


US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.


Germany. Fix Und Foxi. 1984.

Germany. Fix Und Foxi. 1984.


US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.


 

Non-toy ad Tuesday: 1980s British snacks – E.T. Cola Creams, Curly Wurly, Caramac, Hula Hoops, Hubba Bubba, Rice Krispies and Sherbert Fountain

Seven scrumptious snack adverts. They’re 80s, they’re British, they’re yummy, they’re making me nostalgic and very, very hungry!


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1984.

UK. Eagle. 1984.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1982.

UK. Eagle. 1982.


UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


UK. Eagle. 1985.

UK. Eagle. 1985.


UK. Eagle. 1984.

UK. Eagle. 1984.

Top Trumps – card games for kids and adults

TopTrumpsLogo

Top Trumps is a numerical data card game in which players try to win their opponent’s cards by ‘trumping’ them with a higher-rated card of their own. Original sets from the late 1960s through to the 70s and 80s were often based on the theme of sports and high-powered vehicles, combining factual knowledge with competitive fun. The Waddingtons company was arguably responsible for making Top Trumps a household name in the 1970s and 80s.

Relaunch

Top Trumps was relaunched during the late 1990s and expanded its themes to include science, wildlife, pets, TV, movie and pop stars, book and comic characters, and many other diverse subjects. Below are a few of my modern packs, followed by a vintage Waddingtons motorcycles quartet deck, an FX-Schmid automobiles quartet deck, and some print advertising examples.


Smurfs, The Muppet Show, The World of Roald Dahl, Disney Planes.

Modern packs: The Smurfs, The Muppet Show, The World of Roald Dahl, Disney Planes.


Modern packs: Marvel Comics characters.

Modern packs: Marvel Comics characters.


Modern packs: The Lord of the Rings, Wonders of the World, The Dog, Postman Pat Juniors edition.

Modern packs: The Lord of the Rings, Wonders of the World, The Dog, Postman Pat Juniors edition.


French McDonalds Happy Meal exclusives.

French McDonalds Happy Meal exclusives.


Waddingtons Top Trumps quartet game, Motorcycles, UK

Vintage Top Trumps. 1970s Motorcycles pack.

Vintage Top Trumps. 1970s Motorcycles pack.


FX-Schmid Top Trumps quartet cards, Germany/France

German company FX-Schmid, along with other companies like Piatnik, Altenburg-Stralsunder, and Dubreq, was the forerunner to Top Trumps. Below is a complete German/French quartet set from the 1970s, Autos de Course.

FX Schmid Top Trumps. Autos de Course Quartette Cards N° 53322. C1970s.


Advertising

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


UK. Eagle. 1983. Eagle Comics competition with 500 packs of Top Trumps up for grabs.

UK. Eagle. 1983. Eagle Comics competition with 500 packs of Top Trumps up for grabs.


UK. The Mighty World Of Marvel. 1978. This 1978 UK Super Heroes card game by Jotastar is based on the Waddingtons' Top Trumps.

UK. The Mighty World Of Marvel. This 1978 UK Super Heroes card game by Jotastar is based on the Waddingtons’ Top Trumps.


Thanks for trumping with us! 🙂

Post updated July 2019 with new images.

Non-toy ad Tuesday: Office Cats, Harmony Hair Cats, Jawbreakers, Bubbly Bubble Gum, Yamaha Keyboards, Weetabix and Texan Bar

What’s gotten into our office cat Wooof? He’s dashing about the TVTA scanning room like some creature possessed, making strange, garbled mewling sounds. What are you trying to say Wooof? Well you can take that rolled-up vintage advert out of your mouth for a start, no wonder you can’t speak! Oh, look… that’s why Wooof is so excited, he’s just found the first advert for this month’s Non-toy ad Tuesday segment… it’s the Harmony hair colour ad with the kitten on it. Blimey, we’ve been looking for that for ages. What’s that Wooof? Yes, you’re absolutely right; never take kittens into the shower, and always remember to keep them well away from dangerous hair products! Thanks Wooof.


UK. Film Review. 1979.

UK. Film Review. 1979.


UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.

UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.

UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.


UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.

UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


 

Latest ads: Reading over Superman’s shoulders…

Baron Ironblood, Charlie’s Angels, Speeder Bike pilots, Transforming robots and multiple comic heroes trying to read over Superman’s shoulders… just some of the characters featured in the latest ads to line up inside TVTA’s scanner. This week’s selection comes from UK publications Eagle, Eagle and Tiger, and Star Wars Weekly.

First up, spot the famous comic heroes trying to take a peek over Superman’s shoulders to snatch a look at the latest comic available from the Forbidden Planet Store.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978. Artwork by Brian Bolland.

It’s Superman again! This time he’s advertising the Superman III movie for the UK Shreddies breakfast cereal 1983 promotion.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


Action Force.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


Transformers.

UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.

UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.


UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.

UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.


Airfix.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle. 1983.


Corgi.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.


UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.