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Dutch Retro Part Three: Lego

Hooray! Here is the Lego Wishbook! Speelboom Club Journal N°14 1987.

Continuing our series of cool toys from the 1980s as advertised in the Netherlands. Part three is dedicated entirely to one of the greatest toys ever – Lego !!

Catalogue scans are from Dutch editions of Speelboom Club Journal and the Lego Wishbook. Enjoy 🙂

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1987.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4 1987.


Join us again soon for more 80s toys as advertised in the Netherlands 🙂

Madballs

“Freaky Fun For Everyone!”

Madballs. Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1986. Netherlands.

Madballs is a motley collection of gross-out characters made from foam rubber and shaped into balls. They were conceived in the mid 1980s by the toy company Those Characters From Cleveland which was also responsible for Care Bears, My Pet Monster, Popples and The Get Along Gang. The original Madballs line-up featured grotesque characters such as Slobulus, Screamin’ Meemie and Oculus Orbus.

A Madballs comic book run, home videos and computer game soon followed. Though short-lived the line proved hugely popular and inspired a number of imitation balls such as Crazyballs, Weirdballs, Uglyballs, and Spitballs.

Today Madballs has been revised for a new generation with slightly modified original characters once again on sale to the public and grossing everyone out. See Madballs.com

GROSS!

Madballs. Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1987. Netherlands.

GROSS!

Ugly Balls. X Factor N°16. 1987. US.

GROSS!

Madballs. Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1986. Netherlands.


Thank you for bouncing in a most ugly way with us 🙂

Latest ads – an 80s mix

The weekend kicks off at TVTA with an 80s mix of ads for model kits, 007 role playing games, My Little Pony, Oodles, Playmobil, Dungeons & Dragons and Columbia BMX.  

Model Kits

MPC The Empire Strikes Back. Spider-Man N°14. 1981. US.

MPC Return of the Jedi. House of Mystery. 1983. US.

Masters of the Universe. Amethyst. 1984. US.


James Bond 007

007 Victory Games. Alpha Flight N°5. 1983. US.

007 Victory Games. The Incredible Hulk N°292. 1984. US.


My Little Pony

My Little Pony. De Speelboom N°3. 1987. Netherlands.


Oodles

Oodles. Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1987. Netherlands.

Playmobil

Playmobil. Intertoys Speelboek 1987. Netherlands.

Dungeons & Dragons

The Adventure Is Yours. The Defenders. 1982. US.

D&D Gazeteer. The New Mutants N°57. 1987. US.

Columbia BMX

Columbia BMX. The Incredible Hulk N°292. 1984. US.

Columbia BMX. Dazzler. 1982. UK.

Happy weekend and thanks for looking 🙂

Weekend treats and novelties

Eye Candy?

The New Mutants N°24. 1985. US.

I leave you with some tasty treats and fun novelties for this weekend’s post at TVTA. May your weekend rock, dear readers. Alas mine will be more elevator Muzak as I have to work this weekend… #sigh


Always that same sense of dread and impending doom whenever I arrive at work for the weekend shift…

Conan the Barbarian. The Scarlet Personage. 1985. Owsley, Buscema, Chan, Chiang, Roussos.

So thank goodness for Punch ‘n Juicy Soft Bubble Gum – the big juicy taste in my favourite flavours! Yay, Very Cherry!

Punch ‘n Juicy. The Thing N°6. 1983. US.

And thank the lucky stars for M&M’s too…

M&M’s. The New Mutants N°57. 1987. US.

Packs of fun for everyone…

M&M’s. Blue Beetle. 1986. US.

Going for orange. “Glubgrafutz” Reese’s Pieces!

Reeses Pieces. The Incredible Hulk N°311. 1985. US.

A fun puzzle as you munch your way through a box of cookies…

Striped Chips Ahoy. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Coca-Cola gets minimal and edgy in bid to eradicate thirst…

Coke. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Okay, fine, but what about the toys?

… all these sugary vintage snacks are giving us toothache!

No problem.

Ask and ye shall receive…

Check out this awesome toy…

Téléphérique toy. Jouets Mont Blanc. France. 1969.

Hm. Do you have anything a little more exciting than that?

Exciting eh? How about…

Masters of the Universe

Fabulous secret powers were revealed to TVTA when… wait, hang on, these ads are fake news! Legit, not. Surely some kind of 80s MOTU bootleg knockoff thing going on! 

Look away now…

Mighty Laser Lite Sword 1986 and Mighty Force Weapons Set 1987. Netherlands.

It’s okay. It’s safe to look again. This next ad has been verified as real by the Wooof Authentic Advertising Agency & Antler Awareness Society…

MOTU. Intertoys Speelboek 1987 Autumn Catalogue. Netherlands.

We mentioned cookies earlier didn’t we?

Cookie Monster Piano. FAO Schwartz. 1980-81. US.

Did we mention anything about being tough? (sparkle edition)

Be tough. The Incredible Hulk N°318. 1986. US.

Hard stuff. Sega Burning Rangers, what’s not to love about this ad?

Sega Burning Rangers. The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Time’s marching on, so better say goodnight and post up the final ad… 

Goodnight Playmobil. Goodnight vintage mates and happy weekend 🙂

Playmobil. Intertoys Speelboek. 1987. Netherlands.


 

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 🙂