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Mebetoys die cast vehicles

It’s another new entry at TVTA as we present Mebetoys scans from a mid-1970s French catalogue and three Mebetoys pages from a 1973 French Solido catalogue. 

Mebetoys was owned by the famous Italian family the Besana brothers who produced and sold highly-detailed die cast cars throughout the 1960s and 1970s. In 1969 Mattel purchased the company freeing the Besana brothers to form the Martoys company which later became one of the biggest and highly respected die cast car makers of all time Bburago.

Information gathered from the excellent Gran Toros website. Click images to go bigger.


Mebetoys as seen in a Mattel French catalogue circa mid-1970s.

Front cover of Mebetoys catalogue. France.



Back cover of Mebetoys catalogue. France.


Mebetoys pages as seen in a 1973 Solido catalogue, France




Thanks for looking 🙂

Pop Culture Advertising 1997 – 2018

TVTA puts aside its usual fare of vintage adverts for a moment to focus on some younger ads which embrace the pop culture of their older generations. We begin in our current year 2018 with an advert for a Tintin watch based on the character’s adventure Explorers on the Moon which was first published in Tintin magazine on 30 March 1950.

Tintin watch. Premiere. France. 2018.


Next stop is 1997 with Kenner Star Wars toys and Micro-Machines.

Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition Offers Catalogue. UK 1997.

Star Wars Trilogy Special Offers Catalogue. UK. 1997.

Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition Offers Catalogue. UK. 1997.


2008 / 2009. Marvel and DC action figures

Wizard. UK. 2009.

Wizard. UK. 2009.

Wizard. UK. 2008.


2018. The best of Justice League from Urban Comics

Wootbox Magazine. France. 2018.


WWE Kane and Undertaker Mini-busts

Wizard. UK. 2008.


2017. Paris International Fantastic Film Festival

Pifff. Mad Movies. 2017. France.

2018. Annecy International Animation Film Festival

Annecy. Premiere. France. 2018.


2017. Atom Manga Culture

Atom. Mad Movies. France. 2017.


2008. Valkyria Chronicles.

Valkyria. Wizard. UK. 2008.


2009. Warhammer 40k Dawn of War

Warhammer Dawn of War. Wizard. UK. 2009.


2009. Wanted

Wanted. Wizard. UK. 2009.


2018. Premiere Classics

Premiere Classics. Premiere. France. 2018.

2017. Fireman Sam / Sam Le Pompier, Smoby, France

Les Cinémas Gaumont Pathé. France. 2017.

2018. Anyone for Mario Tennis Aces?

Science & Vie Junior. France. 2018.

Thanks for looking 🙂

Polly Pocket

It’s a new entry for TVTA as we present some 1995 Polly Pocket scans from French catalogue Ets De Neuter.

Polly Pocket is a line of toy dolls and accessories that became popular during the late 80s and early 90s. The original dolls came in pocket-size cases and were sold by Bluebird toys of the UK and Mattel. Polly Pocket has also appeared in feature films, video games and a web series. It continues to be sold to date.

Thanks for looking 🙂 

La Familia Feliz / The Sunshine Family

La Familia Feliz is a line of dolls and accessories sold by the Congost company of Spain. The line was created in the mid 1970s by Mattel and marketed in English as The Sunshine Family which Mattel eventually changed to The Sunshine Fun Family. Later the family of three was given a slight cosmetic makeover and the addition of a new baby, making them four, plus a Grandmother and Grandfather doll. Mattel also created an Afro-Caribbean family along with Afro-Caribbean grandparents.

Below are scans from a 1977 Spanish Congost catalogue.




Thanks for looking  🙂

More Fun From Kenner. 1997.

Cover of the 1997 More Fun From Kenner catalogue. US.

Under the ownership of Hasbro, Kenner’s twilight years as a toy company followed its long and distinguished tradition of producing heavyweight-name toys across the spectrum of TV, film and comics: Batman, Superman, Star Wars, Jurassic Park and others. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of scans from Kenner’s 1997 mini catalogue. Click images to go bigger.

Batman

Superman

The Lost World Jurassic Park

Steel

Star Wars

Transformers Beast Wars

Starting Line Up

Tonka

SSP Super Sonic Power

Magna Crew


Thanks for looking  🙂

Never Mind the Adverts Pt13 – 1979 Big Trak

Welcome to the latest Never Mind The Adverts Here Are The Toys!

Time to take a look at a toy that I always wanted as a kid but never had. Now, as an adult collector, I can finally say I have one! The original box is in a sorry state but the vehicle works perfectly (just needs a replacement bulb for the photon torpedo). After a good clean up and a trip to the shops to buy a monster load of batteries, I had the Big Trak following my commands along the kitchen floor like a good one. Oh, and the thing was so noisy it set off the neighbour’s dog upstairs barking.

Welcome to the world of the mighty electronic Big Trak!



BIG TRAK (US) or Bigtrak (Europe) was a computerised toy vehicle created by Milton Bradley in 1979. This six-wheeled tank-like space monster came with attractive decals, a front-mounted blue photon beam headlamp and an integrated programmable keypad that remembered up to 16 commands which it then executed in sequence. The US version was moulded in grey plastic while the European version was white. A companion unit was sold separately – the Big Trak Transporter – a trailer which could be attached to the rear that carried and dumped loads in response to Big Trak’s pre-programmed commands. Big Trak was relaunched in 2010 by Zeon Ltd who produced replicas of the original.








Hamleys. UK. 1983.


Thanks for requiring batteries with us  🙂  Join us again soon for another edition of Never Mind The Adverts!

Corgi absolutely nailed it for die cast pop culture

My adverts section for Corgi Toys shows some cool superhero, film and TV-themed die cast vehicles, and I always knew that Corgi was spot on when it came to representing pop culture in its die cast range. Even so, I wasn’t quite prepared for the images that greeted me as I took hold of a copy of the Paris-based Fair Play Distribution Catalogue from 1980.

This A4 toy brochure aimed at shops and stores features more pop culture goodness than you can shake a Penguin umbrella at, including many fabulous point-of-sale store displays. If these toy units don’t take you back to happy childhood times spent at the toy shop buying cars then I don’t know what will. Simply amazing to see.

The catalogue also features Corgi’s regular die cast vehicle range, which will have to come in a separate post as there are just too many photos to show in one outing, and as Wooof correctly points out, TVTA readers may be in severe danger of a vintage-joy circuit overload. Enjoy the scans!

1980 Fair Play Distribution Catalogue, France

Corgi Juniors

Point-of-Sale Displays


As always, thanks for looking  🙂

Groquik …

… is not an alien or a dinosaur or a bear or a fluffy yellow cat

he’s a giant fat yellow dog cartoon monster with a deep voice

who wears a red and white striped hat.

1979. Pif Gadget. France.


Can you help Groquik find his Nesquik?

France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


In other vintage news …

Yogi Bear and Boo Boo escape Jellystone in a red convertable

Mebetoys. 1973. France.


Italian ice cream goes Atomic with Motta

Topolino. 1978. Italy.


Construct yourself something constructive 

Ets De Neuter. 1995. France.


Slot Car Circuit Racing Fun From Carrera

France. 1973.


Win yourself a Star Wars digital watch! (time machine, pen and postcard required)

Star Wars Weekly. 1978. UK.


A Snugglebum can be called a Bum-Bum

Super Jouet. 1985. France.


A Care Bear can be called a Bisounour

Super Jouet. 1985. France.


Princess Power can be called La Princesse du Pouvoir

Super Jouet. 1985. France.


Electronic non-stop dodgem from 1969

Jouets Mont Blanc. 1969. France.


And lastly in today’s post, The Muppets Take Manhattan, storybook and record courtesy of Cheerios

Marvel Power Pack. US. 1984.


Thanks for looking 🙂