Babar the elephant is a fictional character who first appeared in children’s books in 1931 in France. Written by Jean de Brunhoff, Babar’s first adventure – Histoire de Babar – was a huge success and led to further stories being published. In 1933, Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne introduced Babar to British and American readers with an English-language translation – The Story of Babar.
We can do it!
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
Thanks for looking 🙂
Greetings vintage mates! In my ongoing endeavour to gather a digital archive of international advertising, catalogues, posters and comic covers, The Vintage Toy Advertiser is pleased to post today some wonderful examples from Sweden and Finland. Välkommen!
Adding to an already impressive world map featuring France, UK, US, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Japan and Brazil… the following titles from the 1970s and 80s were aimed at a Finnish and Swedish readership, and feature Superman – (Stålmannen in Swedish), Batman – (Läderlappen), Dracula, Tarzan, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil (Våghalsen), and Spider-Man (Spindelmannen).
Enjoy the scans! Or as they may say in Swedish, Njut av skanningarna!
Super fart! Let’s save the Superman fart joke for last! Super-Fart = Super Speed. Super-Spänning = Super-Voltage. Super-Tuff = Super-Tough!
Hulk, Spider-Man, Daredevil
As always, thanks for looking 🙂 Coming soon… yet another international debut at The Vintage Toy Advertiser! (clue – you won’t have to read upside down!)
Welcome to the latest Never Mind The Adverts Here Are The Toys!
In this edition, I finally get my hands on a Thirteenth Doctor action figure as portrayed by Jodie Whittaker in the BBC sci-fi drama Doctor Who. Judge Death stops by to give us an intimate portrait. X-23 Laura Kinney strikes some cool poses. Barbie meets a Dalek! And test your knowledge with TVTA’s fun-time action figure quiz: can you identify the characters and which franchise they belong to?
Doctor Who by Character Options
When 13 met Martha…
when Barbie met Dalek
Judge Death – the intimate side
X-23 – These boots are made for slashing, and a fistful of adamantium!
And now, from Norwich, it’s the quiz of the week! Presenting, in glorious TVTAColorVision, the TVTA fun-time action figure quiz: Identify each character for 1 point, its franchise for a bonus point. Can you score more than 14 points? Don’t feel bad if not, this is quite hard, and Wooof only scored 5 points and he’s supposed to be an expert! Haha. Hard cheese, cat… What, shhhh, don’t tell the readers I only scored 3 points!
Answers are at the end of the post… no cheating! Deduct a point if you do, naughty you!
Right, let’s go! Name the following characters, and the franchise they appear in…
And finally, how about some cool cowboy figures from the 1980s? These were made by a company called Gerca. I remember nagging my mom for ages as a kid for a pack of cowboys very similar to these – I wanted them because their hats and guns were removable and the body parts interchangeable!
That’s all folks,
Thanks for getting action figure quizzical with us 🙂 Join us again soon for another edition of Never Mind The Adverts, in glorious TVTAColorVision!!
Nintendo and Atari products. Netherlands.
Thanks for looking 🙂
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.
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
It’s not too late to join the MOTU fan club is it?
Hey dude, this is no cartoon!
But these are!
That’s all for now folks. Thanks for getting frantic with us 🙂
No wait …
… just time for one more …
… it’s rather frantic …
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.
“Wooof, please stop jumping up and down on top of the scanner,” I said to the office cat this morning. “Look what you’ve gone and done to our advert for ‘Splash Out’. I’m going to have to scan it again now!”
“It’s not me!” replied the cat. “It’s this new Yo-Yo I bought from the toy shop in town. It seems to have a mind all of it’s own!”
“Yo-Yo you say? That reminds me, I need to scan a couple of Yo-Yo adverts I found in the archives – if you’ve quite finished destroying the office equipment?”
“No worries,” said the cat. “I’ll go practice my Yo-Yo skills in the garden.”
“Not too close to the greenhouse though, eh?”
“Do you think I’m that daft?”
Later … Smash! Tinkle! Shatter! Meeeowwwlll!
1980s Coca-Cola and Fanta Yo-Yos by Russell
In other Up and Down news…
R2-D2 defies gravity, C-3PO keeps his feet on the ground …
Q: What cool thing happens when you cross a video game icon with bubble gum and pocket money?
A: The Pac-Man Bubble Gum Money Box! (I so want one of these!)
Oops! Putting your foot in it …
Nadia and her gymnasium
Make friends … yes 🙂
The Whizz Kids Guide, How To books
Big Jim, Big Josh, Big Jack, Dr. Acero
Crashback – crushable and expandable vans on command!
XRC by Tonka
Here be dragons …
That’s all for now vintage mates. I’m off to buy new window panes for the TVTA greenhouse. Wooof’s off to Yo-Yo lessons for cats. See you soon 🙂