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Matchbox Collectors’ Catalogue 1986/87

Presenting scans from the 1986/87 Australian edition of the Matchbox Collectors’ Catalogue.


Gallery 1 – Matchbox 1-75 range

Gallery 2 – Matchbox Convoy Range, Action Sets and Team Matchbox

Gallery 3 – Matchbox Models of Yesteryear

Gallery 4 – Matchbox Junior Collectors’ Club, Matchbox Calendars, Matchbox toys


Thanks for looking 🙂

Curiouser and curiouser… the Bburago HAT Catalogue 1976, starring:

“The Curious Case of the Random, Everyday Objects Superimposed Next to the Cars!”

… and nothing to do with hats, though it is a little mad, Alice…

… mad objects like coins, pasta, moon rocks, pencil shavings, Andorran flag bottle tops, and more! Maybe some of our Italian visitors can help out with the significance of these photographed objects placed next to drawings of cars? Or will they be as nonplussed as us? Non? What’s Italian for ‘no’? The catalogue in question is Italian, a Bburago HAT (Hobbies And Toys) 1976 N°2 edition. Perhaps catalogue N°1 had similar designs? The objects seem to be ‘hobby’ or ‘food’ related? Just how are these everyday items related to toy cars??

So many questions, I know, I know! Let’s move quickly to the scans which show some truly wonderful artwork of the models available by Bburago at the time. As was often typical with 1970s advertising, design teams didn’t photograph their product they hired artists to draw it!


The cover… already you see weird objects, but not so noticeable as the images are tiny…


Inside… it all begins in a quite orderly fashion with a very cool cross section of a die cast car…


And then… Bam! Straight down the rabbit hole… it’s random object time… 

(with bonus FREE pun-and-nonsense commentary from our editing team!!)

1.

… A serious car, serious coinage!

Coins!


2.

Please put the lid back on the toothpaste when you’ve finished brushing your teeth!

Toothpaste lid!


3.

Somebody call me a thimble!

Thimble!


4.

Excuse me, officer, I seem to have lost my marbles!

Marbles!

There are others…

Think I’ve got most of them…

(click images to go bigger)

5 – 22


23.

Bottle tops. The nearest one appears to be the Andorran flag?

Bottle tops!


24.

The pen is mightier than the police car?

Pen nibs!


25.

Back to school. Pencil shavings!

Pencil shavings!

At school, in your pencil case, you were likely to have a cheap, plastic sharpener, red, yellow or blue or something; if you were lucky, you’d have one of those sturdy, metal, technical drawing sharpeners; some had sharpeners that were moulded inside see-through containers into which the shavings could be collected and emptied later; others had novelty promotional sharpeners for cartoon, TV and film characters.

Then there was the ‘beast-of-all-sharpeners’… the one that belonged to the entire class, usually bolted onto the end of the teacher’s desk – a sinister-looking device that could grind down three different-sized pencils at a time, automatic or crank handle-operated, when in motion it sounded like a derailed steam train driven over a cliff by Godzilla, and this monster of a pencil-sharpener, make no mistake, could easily rip off your fingers, and the entire lower arm of some of the smaller pupils!


26.

Decorative beads or tongue-tingling sweets?? No fear, we’re not taste-testing them, they’ve been out of their packaging since 1976!

Decorative beads or tongue-tingling sweets??

Calls down to archives: “Wooof… got some tasty new treats for you to test out, dear cat(muhuhahaha)…”
Wooof: “But you’ve already tested them yourself, dear editor.”
Me: “I have?”
Wooof: “Yes, what do you think it was that I sprinkled on top of your cappuccino this morning?”
Me (going green about the gills): “Uuumph!”


27.

… And finally… a back pages questionnaire, for kids, in Italy, in 1976.


Thanks for identifying random objects with us :) If you know the identity of any of the mystery objects in today's post please let us know in the comments. Likewise, if you have any idea what is going on, about anything at all really, ever, we're here, and we'd like to know too! This post has been brought to you by TVTA random objects and old school schools of old school school stories.

 

Dutch Retro: Part Four

Welcome to part four in our series of 1980s toys as advertised in the Netherlands. Catalogue scans are from Dutch editions of Speelboom Club Journal, De Speelboom and Intertoys Speelboek.


Cosmic Cowboys action figures

Cosmic Cowboys action figures. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987. Netherlands.

G.I. Joe action figures

G.I. Joe action figures. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Ninja action figures

Ninja action figures. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Fleur dolls

Fleur dolls. Speelboom Journal. 1987.

Barbie dolls

Barbie dolls. 1987. Intertoys. Netherlands.

Dream Girl USA dolls

Dream Girl USA. De Speelboom. 1987.

Art, stationery, office, Britains, Darda, Nikko, die cast, outdoor
Thundercats pistols and utility belts

Thundercats pistols, swords and utility belts. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Board Games

Board games. Intertoys Speelboek. 1987.

Rubik’s Magic

Rubik’s Magic. Speelboom Club Journal. 1986.

Trolls and Twinkelpinkels
Fisher-Price Construx

Construx. De Speelboom. 1987.


Thanks for going Dutch with us! join us again soon for more 80s toy goodness 🙂

Dutch Retro: Part Two

Continuing our series of cool toys available in the 1980s as advertised in the Netherlands. Catalogue scans are from Dutch editions of Speelboom Club Journal, De Speelboom and Intertoys Speelboek. Enjoy 🙂


Battle Beasts. Speelboom Club Journal N°2. 1987.

Tomy. De Speelboom N°3 Nov 1987.

Potato Head Kids. De Speelboom N°3 Nov 1987.

Potato Head Kids. Speelboom Club Journal N°2. 1987.

Playmobil. De Speelboom N°3. Nov 1987.

Playmobil. Speelboom Club Journal N°5. 1988.

Jem, Moon Dreamers. Speelboom N°3. Nov 1987.

Filmation’s Ghostbusters. De Speelboom N°3. 1987.

My Little Pony. Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987.

My Little Pony. Speelboom Club Journal N°5. 1987.


Legs, legs, legggs and more legggggs…. Lots-a-Legggs!

Lots-a-Legggs. Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1987.

Lots-a-Leggggs. De Speelboom N°3. Nov 1987.

Thanks for getting all leggy with us, join us again soon for Part Three of Dutch Retro and more 80s toy goodness 🙂

Dutch Retro: Part One

Presenting a new series of some of the coolest toys available in the 1980s as advertised in the Netherlands. Catalogue scans are from Dutch editions of Speelboom Club Journal, De Speelboom and Intertoys Speelboek. Enjoy 🙂

The Karate Kid, construction sets and robots. Speelboom Club Journal N°5. 1987.

Masters of the Universe. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Playmobil. Speelboom Club Journal. 1987.

Lego. Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987.

Monchhichi. Speelbomm N°5. 1988.

My Little Pony. Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1986.

Barbie. De Speelboom N°3. Nov. 1987.

Family Tree House. De Speelboom N°3. Nov 1987.

Hot Wheels. Speelboom Club Journal N°2. 1987.

Popples, Revell and Lego Technic. Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1096.

Micro-Machines. Speelboom N°5. 1988.


Thanks for going Dutch with us, join us again soon for more 80s toy goodness 🙂