Tag Archives: vintage advertising

Matchbox military vehicles

“M.K.” is the only artist I can see credited among these 9 superb French print adverts for Matchbox military vehicles from the 1970s. The artwork successfully captures the dynamics of land, sea and air combat as Matchbox explored the theme of war through their popular model kits and die cast lines like Sea-Kings, Battle-Kings and Sky-Busters.

Matchbox Spitfire model kit. Artist signature “M.K.” in bottom left.



thanks for looking 🙂

12 Video Game Ads 1984 to 1994

Tiger Electronics Batman Returns. Detective Comics N°651. 1992.

Pac-Man Watches. The Incredible Hulk. 1984. US.

Taito titles for the Nintendo Entertainment System. The Young All Stars. 1988. US.

Zanac and Lunar Pool for the Nintendo and NES. The Young All-Stars. 1988. US.


Nintendo and Atari products. Netherlands.


Atarisoft. Alpha Flight N°8. 1984. US.

Sega Super High Impact. Detective Comics N°651. 1992. US.

Quarterback. Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Soldiers of Fortune. Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Kool Aid Nintendo offers. The Young All-Stars. 1988. US.


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.


 

This is it, frantic ones!

With what is possibly the most strangest statement I’ve ever seen on a print advert, I present you, dear frantic ones, with a 1982 Marvel Comics ad for Hungarian Rings – just one of the many puzzles that followed the worldwide popularity trail of Rubik’s Cube. Indeed, Hungarian professor Ernõ Rubik made his own version too; his has 34 balls, the traditional ‘Hungarian’ has 38.

Hungarian Rings Marvel Comics offer. Rampage Magazine N°54. 1982. UK.

Left; Hungarian rings. Right; Rubik’s rings. Pics courtesy of Jaap’s Puzzle Page.

Quote-tastic quotations

Let’s do quotes. It might be interesting to quote from Jaap’s Puzzle Page who did so quote:  It might be interesting to quote from the afterword of the Rubik’s Cubic Compendium [p212] here. It has a picture of the Hungarian rings and the following text by David Singmaster:
Closer to Rubik’s Magic Cube are ‘interlocking cycle’ puzzles where several rings of pieces cross each other. Endre Pap, a Hungarian engineer, invented a flat version with two rings which was marketed as the Hungarian Rings. The idea was not entirely new, as there is an 1893 patent for it.

That patent is US 507,215 by William Churchill, filed on May 28 1891, granted on October 24, 1893.


In other frantic news, O frantic ones …

Role Playing Games

Secret Wars N°14. 1985. UK.

The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988.

Doctor Who

Doctor Who Monthly N°78. 1983.

Doctor Who Monthly N°78. 1983.

Captain Power

The Young All-Stars N°9. 1988. US.

It’s not too late to join the MOTU fan club is it?

Secret Wars N°14. 1985. UK.

Hey dude, this is no cartoon!

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

But these are!

US. Iron Man. 1979.

And finally, O fabulous frantic ones, Wonder Woman and Batman are free at last, all in the name of super breakfast cereal favourite Weetabix!

Marvel Superheroes. 1979. UK.


That’s all for now folks. Thanks for getting frantic with us 🙂


No wait …

… just time for one more … 

… it’s rather frantic …

Star Wars Weekly. 1980. UK.


🙂

Fightin’ Talk

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.


Ten testosterone-filled, sword-wielding, fist-flying, karate-kickin’, armour-melting, laser-firing, ear-boxing, shark-attacking video game adverts from big boys Nintendo, Sega, Atari, Activision, Capcom, Acclaim, Konami and Taito. 


Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Die CutN°4. 1994. US.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.

Detective Comics N°651. 1992. US.

Die Cut N°4. 1994. US.

Hawk & Dove N°11. 1990. US.