Non-toy Ad Tuesday: introducing our Famous Face Rate-o-Meter !!

It’s Non-toy Ad Tuesday time again on The Vintage Toy Advertiser and we’re delighted to bring you our usual delectable slices of retro advertisng goodness as well as our brand new, no-thrills, special ‘marks out of ten’ Famous Face Rate-o-Meter !!

Crikey yes!

So, without further ado… let’s see how our famous faces fared…

Ergo Sprint. ASTERIX and OBELIX – Famous Face Rate-o-Meter rating = 9/10

Famous everywhere… especially in Belgium and France! These two Roman-resisting Gauls are surely worthy of their instant no-messing-about 9 points?

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.

 

 

Kraft Ramek. YOGI BEAR – Famous Face Rate-o-Meter Rating = 7/10

This Hanna-Barbera bear surely scores well? Do you agree with our 7, or should he be a lowly 4 and slink back off to Jellystone Park?

Italy. Topolino. 1978.

Italy. Topolino. 1978

 

 

Jacob’s Trio biscuit. SUZY – Famous Face Rate-o-Meter rating = 5/10

Probably only famous in the UK, Suzy was the aspirational singer with an incredibly loud voice who advertised Jacob’s Trio.

UK. Count Duckula. 1989.

UK. Count Duckula. 1989.

 

Dubonnet aperatif. PIA ZADORA – Famous Face Rate-o-Meter rating = 6.5/10

The ‘Dubonnet Girl’ of the late 70s and early 80s; a singer and actress, Pia was often panned by critics for her work yet, conversley, was the recipient of a Golden Globe award and was a Grammy Award nominee.

US. Time. 1980.

US. Time. 1980.

 

Nutella. KYUNG HEE – Famous Face Rate-o-Meter rating = 2/10

Really not famous at all (apart from this ad we think). But Kyung seems to be enjoying his slice of baguette freshy-spread with Nutella. Surely he deserves his 2 points. No?

Italy. Topolino. 1978.

Italy. Topolino. 1978.

 

 

Faxe Kondi. Jesper Olsen – Famous Face Rate-o-Meter rating = 6/10

Famous for playing for Ajax and Manchester United in the 1980s, Jesper also played football for his country, Denmark. We’re going to award him a 6!

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1987.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1987.

 

 

Trebor Double Agents. THE TREBOR SPY – Famous Face Rate-o-Meter rating = 0/10

Probably only famous in the UK and scores a big fat zero because he is a spy and therefore a master of disguise! Who knows what this character really looks like??

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

 

 

Playstation 2. THE SIMPSONS – Famous Face Rate-o-Meter rating = 10/10

Woohoo! Come on, surely the winner? Who could be more famous than Homer and his dysfunctional family and friends from Springfield?

UK. Doctor Who Adventures. 2007.

UK. Doctor Who Adventures. 2007.

 

 

But no… hold your horses there… we have a late winner…

 

Radio Nostalgie. MARILYN MONROE, ELVIS PRESLEY, MICK JAGGER, THE BEATLES, SERGE GAINSBOURG, JOHNNY HALLIDAY etc – Famous Face Rate-o-Meter rating = 11/10

Hands down this is the winner scoring a Spinal Tap-worthy 11!

With so many famous faces on display in this ad for French radio station Nostalgie, how can this not be our winner?

Take that Homer!

France. Paris Match. 2001.

France. Paris Match. 2001.

 

The TVTA Famous Face Rate-o-Meter is sponsored by Wooof cat biscuit cereals. No celebrities were harmed in this production just Ewoks.

 

Non-toy ad Tuesday: Atom Smashers, Double Agents, and the longest F.A. Cup tie!

This week’s selection of ads for Non-toy ad Tuesday all feature iconic sweets and crisps from Britain.

UK. Empire STrikes back Weekly 122. 1980.

UK. The Empire Strikes Back Weekly 122. 1980.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 43. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 43. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 41. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 41. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1980.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Spider-Man 314. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 41. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly 41. 1978.

UK. Spider-Man Comic 314. 1979.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1978.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

UK. Eagle. 1983.

UK. Eagle and Tiger. 1985.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.