Triple-Flips by Takara
Hostess Cup Cakes – The Flash
The Jorvik Viking Centre, York
Peter Pan Playthings Stunt Man Hang Glider
Worzel Gummidge – Scatterbrook Farm’s resident scarecrow since 1936
Capsela Construction Action Vehicles
Four Monogram models adverts
Magnum 440 by Tyco
Bubble Yum Sweepstakes
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Welcome to the latest Never Mind The Adverts Here Are The Toys!
In this edition I share photos of some 70s and 80s die cast cars I found at my local flea market in France last Sunday. Featuring the brands Corgi, Matchbox, Majorette, and my first example of a Politoys (later rebranded as the famous Polistil company). I also snagged a vintage set of German FX-Schmid automobile cards. FX-Schmid was one of the forerunners to the world famous Top Trumps cards which are still popular and sold to date. Those of you who had a set of Waddingtons Top Trumps back in the 80s will recognise the familiar old-school design of the cards.
So, cars, cars and cards of cars… not a bad haul then, and a relaxing way to spend an hour on a Sunday morning, and all for less than the price of a pain au chocolate and double espresso (which incidently I had too 🙂 )
Enjoy the pics!
Matchbox Battle Kings K 105 Hover-Raider. 1974. UK
Matchbox Superfast Chevy Van “Vanpire”. 1979. UK
Politoys Abarth 2000. N Y 19. Pininfarina. C1970s. Italy
Majorette Ford Escort XR3. N° 212. 1987/8. France
Majorette motorized Motor. C1980s. France.
Majorette Ford Capri. N° 251. 1982/3. France
Matchbox Super Kings Security Truck K 19. 1978. UK
FX-Schmid Top Trumps Quartet game N° 53322. Autos de Course. C1970s. Germany/France
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Just fab! So creative, colourful and groovy. I have an 80s Barbie but this makes me want to go out and find a 70s Barbie now 🙂 Top marks to Starrcreative.ca for more up-cycling Barbie goodness. Please check out Starrcreative’s post for more great photos!
If you love the home decor show Trading Spaces, consider this an opportunity to decorate a room for someone else, just on a smaller scale! As most of you know, I love to come up with up-cycled Barbie Doll furniture from Thrift Store or garage sale finds, even stuff you might consider throwing away can be transformed into something new. I also like to incorporate great finds from the Dollar Tree for parts and embellishments.
I’m partial to bright colors and the ‘Feeling Groovy’ theme is certainly that! My goal is to share ideas and inspirations, and encourage kids and parents alike to get creative, reuse and have some fun. You might not find the exact same pieces, but you’ll see how easy it is and hopefully get inspired to go on a treasure hunt of your own! There is no sewing and no tools so…
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Presenting: packaging and reel images for the 1982 View-Master Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.
Reel images. Click to enlarge.
Thanks for looking 🙂 More View-Master goodies can be seen here
Clone after clone after clone. Presenting: The Babs, Randy and Bill wardrobe booklet, 1960s, US.
Babs, Randy and Bill dolls were sold by the Fab-Lu Ltd company of New York in the early 1960s. The line was a cheap clone of the popular US Barbie doll brand, and the German Bild Lilli brand that predated both.
Babs’s wardrobe imitated many of Barbie’s costumes, as well as clothing from various Hong Kong cloned Lilli dolls. Babs also mimicked Barbie’s tag of “Teen-Age Fashion Model” by declaring herself as “Queen of Fashion”. Not that Barbie should complain too much, seeing as she herself was a clone of the German Bild Lilli – the original fashion doll.
Randy was a clone of Barbie’s younger sister, Skipper.
For the British market, Randy underwent a name change to ‘Mary Lou’ due to the English sexualisation of the word randy (meaning ‘to feel sexually aroused’). However, the problems didn’t end there for Randy/Mary Lou. The doll, as seen on her featured pages of the Fab-Lu booklet, was actually a Tammy doll as made by Ideal and ‘borrowed’ for the photoshoot to model Randy’s wardrobe. Fab-Lu tried to get around this by painting a beauty spot on the cheek of the Tammy doll in the hope no one would notice. It failed, and Fab-Lu was later taken to court and sued by Ideal.
Bill was a clone of Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken.
“Every inch a he-man. Powerful body. Powerful physique.” Check out Bill’s ‘sales pitch’ …
The Clone War(drobe)s.
Below are the remaining scans of the Babs, Randy and Bill product booklet. It is the only known catalogue to exist for the line to date, and was included in packs of individual dolls and accessories.
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Low, low prices!
Babs dolls and outfits were exceptionally cheap to buy compared to Barbie. Statements such as “fashions made to fit all leading fashion dolls”, and “Other male fashion dolls can and do wear Bill’s extensive wardrobe” were almost a call to arms to buy Babs outfits to put not just on Babs dolls, but on Barbie dolls too.
To find out more about the fascinating history of ‘clone dolls’ – from Lilli to Barbie to Babs and others – check out the excellent article Bild Lilli and the Queens from Outer Space
Until next time, thank you for cloning around with us 🙂