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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.

The man inside R2-D2, RIP Kenny Baker

Sad to hear the news that Kenny Baker has died today. R2-D2 has always been one of my favourite characters from Star Wars, and Kenny played his part well inside this droid for six of the films, including the role of Speeder Bike thief, Paploo the Ewok in Return of the Jedi. Here are a few vintage toy ads featuring the feisty droid.


France. Pif Gadget 703. 1982.

France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


PIFGadget558_1979_ R2D2_Wordpress

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


France. PIf Gadget. 1981.

France. PIf Gadget. 1981.


 

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 brand was relaunched during the late 90s 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 our modern packs followed by a vintage Motorcycles deck and some UK advertising.


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.


Vintage Top Trumps. 1970s Motorcycles pack.

Vintage Top Trumps. 1970s Motorcycles pack.


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.


 

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.