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Princess Leia Black Series figure as you’ve never seen her before?

Today I took photos of the Princess Leia Black Series 40th Anniversary figure. I was really pleased with how she came out, and managed to get some good shots inspired by Carrie Fisher’s portrayal of her in the Star Wars: A New Hope movie.

The Black Series is notorious for not always getting the likeness quite right of its human characters. I think the job Hasbro made on this 40th Anniversary Leia is really good. Added to this, the figure comes with two blasters and an impressive soft goods gown that can be manipulated (I used an artist fine paint brush) to fit around the contours of her body. The hood is a little wild and a bit too much on the pointy side, but again with some manipulation can be made presentable.

After downloading the photos I put them into an editor for cropping and framing – and that’s when things got a bit weird 🙂 as I went completely off topic and began messing about with art filters…

Below are the unexpected results. I’ve added some of the original and unaltered photos at the end of the post, as this was my first intention to show only these

Enjoy 🙂


A selection of some of the originally intended photos for this post…


Thank you for getting arty with us!

Doctor Who latest ads and the Dalek Supreme!

Vrooop! Vreep! Christmas is coming! And one of the many things the season always brings us is the Doctor Who Christmas special. Trailers for it can be seen here and here. TVTA gets into the festive mood with a selection of vintage Doctor Who ads, and a long overdue toy entry for the Dalek Supreme, from the 2010 Paradigm set released by Character Options.

Finally Daleks Strategist, Scientist, The Eternal, and Drone are no longer leaderless!

The Paradigm featured in the 2010 5th series episode Victory of the Daleks. Writer Mark Gatiss wanted the Daleks to be bigger than those previously seen, with bright colours inspired by the Peter Cushing Doctor Who movies of the 1960s. UK toy license holder Character Options released all five individually throughout 2010.

It’s worth pointing out another interesting Dalek design in the episode Victory of the Daleks, and that is the WWII ‘Ironsides’ employed by Winston Churchill. The Character Options release of this figure is one of my all time favourite Daleks.


And now, in vintage Doctor Who news…

The following ads just in…

US. Starlog. 1984.

UK. Doctor Who Weekly. 1980.

UK. Doctor Who Weekly. 1980.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

UK. Starburst. 1988.

UK. Starburst. 1987.


Thank you for hiding behind the sofa with us 🙂

G.I. Joe 1986 Catalogue

Hasbro’s awesome line of G.I. Joe 3.75 inch action figures, vehicles and playsets as seen in this 1986 mini catalogue. Click images to enlarge.

Die-cast elegance from Eligor

Presenting catalogue scans from the French model car manufacturer Eligor.

In the 1970s Eligor specialised in small 1:43 scale models of past and present vehicles found in Europe, Britain and America. The range was produced with the more adult collector in mind, and noteworthy is the dedication to working vehicles featuring the liveries of many well known brands.

 

Out demon, out!

In occult circles, the name Eligor belongs to a powerful demon, so why the company chose this as their name is anyone’s guess. The catalogue I acquired is elegantly presented with a gold and black cover depicting the Eligor ‘Pac-man’ style logo with an extended hand holding out a toy car.

Artwork

The pages found inside are packed with beautiful drawings from the artists employed as product illustrators, with only a handful of vehicles represented by actual photos. The artists not only had to capture the look of the vehicle but had to replicate a multitude of brand logos.

Below are the page scans. How many company brands can you recognise?

 


Limos, taxis, fire engines, police cars, sports cars and more!


There is no date printed inside the catalogue. Based on online images I found of some of the featured models in their packaging, I estimate the catalogue was published in 1982.

sources and sites:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eligor_Models

http://www.eligor.com/en/index.asp

Thankyou for die-cast driving with us 🙂

Siku – quality die cast toys from Germany

Siku’s origins began in the German town of Ludenscheid in 1921. It was founded by Richard Sieper, a toolmaker working in metals and plastics. Early production items included aluminium cutlery, tools, belt buckles, buttons, military badges and decorations. The company went on to became a leader in the field of thermo-plastics, and in 1950 registered the name SIKU – formed from the first two letters of Sieper, and the first two letters of Kunstoff – the German word for synthetic material or plastic. Adapted from: Siku history

Below are scans taken from a German multi-lingual product catalogue showing the 1980 – 1981 range.


Adverts

UK. Eagle. 1983.


Thanks for looking!

The mystery of the French toy soldier photo collection – SOLVED!

GIF courtesy of theatrenerds.com

Update: 20/10/2017

Thanks to Twitter agent @DanHammond72, I think we can safely say that this mystery is now solved! Scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out the maker of these soldiers!

I recently picked up some paperwork items from a local vintage toy shop here in France. Among the items was a folder of photographs showing a vintage toy soldier collection. The soldiers seem to be Napoleonic era and include both infantry and cavalry. The photos look professionally made and are printed on Kodak paper. This looks like it could have belonged to someone who was documenting and cataloguing their collection. All in all there are about 400-450 pieces across 18 photographs. I’ve spent time online trying to match these figures to brands such as Airfix, Britains, Starlux, Timpo etc, but to no avail. The figures all have the same rectangular bases (similar to Britains) apart from one set which has round bases. If anyone recognises any of the pieces and can put a name to the brand(s) please let me know! Thanks for looking.









Update: 20/10/2017

STARLUX

Here is the comparison I received that makes me certain enough to say that the majority of the figures in the collection of photographs are from the French Starlux l’Empire line. Big thanks to @DanHammond72 for the awesome detective work!

Figurine number 274 (left) with the mint in box picture I received (right). Mystery solved.

I’d already looked through a whole bunch of Starlux images previously and had drawn a blank, so having a match from a mint in box was priceless as it enabled me to make further searches online and find other matches. The figures all appear to be 60 mm in height and datewise appear to span 1965 through to the 80s.

No doubts here. MIB photo from Lulu-Berlu.

 I’m pretty certain the riders here are the same. The MIB photo next to my photo is from Lulu-Berlu. They date the figure as 1965, which leads me to believe that the figure in my photo is possibly a later 80s remould – due to some differences in the horse, most notably the position of the head and colour of base. It could be a switched horse, as online photos of Starlux lots show riders that can be detached. As with many toys that are painted and licensed across the globe, it’s possible that paint applications and mould details may differ. Some collectors add their own paint schemes. This can all lead to many variations. 

No doubts here about the match. MIB photo by Lulu-Berlu.

I was able to match most of the figures in this lot from Paravendu France with figures in my photos.


There. Mystery solved. Or is it? The question that remains now is who did this collection of soldiers belong to? Who was it that took time and care to label and photograph this collection? And why did the photographs end up in a vintage toy shop in Toulon, France? I expect that’s a question that will remain unanswered. For now I’m happy to be able to put a name to it all. Starlux. Thanks for looking, and please feel free to add any further information.

Radar Search by Ideal

Spy vs Government Agent. A game of high seas electronic action. Images from the Ideal toy catalogue 1972.

2008 Airfix catalogue UK

The 2008 UK Airfix catalogue features model-making kits for Doctor Who and Wallace and Gromit along with the typical military vehicles and soldiers the Airfix brand is famous for. The high-quality 97 page catalogue was aimed at the UK market and is packed with wonderful photographs. Below are a few sample scans.

Doctor Who. The cover features a cheeky appearance from the Tardis to make the first letter ‘i’ of ‘Airfix’.

Wallace and Gromit

Military

Thanks for looking!

 

Scarecrow Target Game by Ideal

UK. Ideal catalogue page. 1972.

Latest vintage Star Wars ads

Representing merchandise as advertised in Italy, France, Germany, UK and the US.

Radio Control R2-D2. Italy.

Italy. 1979. Radio controlled R2-D2. In Italy this droid was called C1P8.

Star Wars toys. France.

France. Castors Juniors. 1979. Featuring models and action figures from both the small and large size lines. Plus… how often do you see a vinyl and cloth cape Jawa pictured together?

Star Wars Palitoy catalogue page from Hamleys. UK.

UK. Hamleys. 1983. Featuring vehicles for the 3.75 inch action figure line.

Star Wars model kits. Germany.

This 1979 Kenner Germany ad reads “Hello model fans”. It features Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter, the X-Wing Fighter, and our two favourite droids. The photo of the X-Wing vehicle appears to be the electronic toy meant for the 3.75 inch action figures and not the model kit version. It is not uncommon to see vintage Star Wars toy ads substituting certain products with others. My idea is that sometimes the foreign (to US) license holder had to make do with whatever images or products were sent over by parent company Kenner from the US. In other cases we may also catch sight of prototype versions, which were the only images available at the time prior to a toy’s actual release.

In the case of French license holder Miro-Meccano, which in 1981 ran a spectacular “saynettes” ad series, a mixture of toys were used to create perspective. Here we see a small scale die cast X-Wing in the background, with the bigger 3.75 inch action figure Landspeeder in the foreground.

Star Wars Denys Fisher model kits competition. UK.

Star Wars Weekly. 1978. This UK competition offered the chance to win one of 40 prizes for Denys Fisher licensed Star Wars models.

Return of the Jedi SnapFix models. Airfix. UK.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.

Boots stores model kit products. Airfix. UK.

UK. Eagle. 1983. I remember Star Wars toys being on sale in UK toys shops and newsagents but not in Boots – which is a high street chemist that still exists today. This ad from 1983 shows that Boots did indeed stock some toys, and gives mention to Star Wars.

School stationery prize competition, Helix. UK.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978. The Star Wars Helix brand has always been popular in the UK collecting world, and items can command high prices. One of the most popular and perhaps rarest of Helix items is the Death Star Pencil Sharpener – which is mentioned here as a lowly “runners up prize”.  If only we knew back then how desirable those little pencil sharpeners would one day become!

Eagle comics Return of the Jedi sticker album offer. UK.

Eagle comics. UK. 1983.

Eagle comics Return of the Jedi free stickers. UK.

Eagle comics. UK. 1983.

Atari Return of the Jedi Death Star Battle. Parker Brothers. US.

US. Alpha Flight. 1983.

Intellivision and Atari cartridges by Parker Brothers. UK.

UK. Hamleys Christmas Book. 1983.

That’s all for now. Please check out our Star Wars section beneath the banner for the best international Star Wars vintage advertising this side of the galaxy! Thanks for looking!


The Karate Kid

Wax on … Wax off …

Denmark. 1988.

The Karate Kid action figure line was released by Remco in North America in 1986. Based on the 1984 film of the same name, the line consisted of figures with a special ‘Tri-Action’ feature that enabled them to perform karate chops, twists and kicks. A handful of action playsets were also produced in which scenes from the film could be recreated.

Our featured advert above comes from Denmark, and shows the Attack Alley and Training Centre playset along with characters and accessories.