Tag Archives: vintage adverts

Galaxy Rangers

The quickest draws in the universe, their motto: No guts, no glory!

Image courtesy of Hearst Entertainment Animation

Galaxy Rangers, or to give it its full title The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers is a Japanese-American animated TV show that was broadcast between 1986 and 1989. The show successfully blended Sci-Fi action themes and stories with traditional Wild West themes.

US. Alpha Flight. 1987. Galaxy Rangers animated series on VHS videocassette.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988. French promotion by the soft drink brand Tang for free Galaxy Rangers Panini stickers and Galaxy Rangers games found inside packs.

Doctor Who latest ads and the Dalek Supreme!

Vrooop! Vreep! Christmas is coming! And one of the many things the season always brings us is the Doctor Who Christmas special. Trailers for it can be seen here and here. TVTA gets into the festive mood with a selection of vintage Doctor Who ads, and a long overdue toy entry for the Dalek Supreme, from the 2010 Paradigm set released by Character Options.

Finally Daleks Strategist, Scientist, The Eternal, and Drone are no longer leaderless!

The Paradigm featured in the 2010 5th series episode Victory of the Daleks. Writer Mark Gatiss wanted the Daleks to be bigger than those previously seen, with bright colours inspired by the Peter Cushing Doctor Who movies of the 1960s. UK toy license holder Character Options released all five individually throughout 2010.

It’s worth pointing out another interesting Dalek design in the episode Victory of the Daleks, and that is the WWII ‘Ironsides’ employed by Winston Churchill. The Character Options release of this figure is one of my all time favourite Daleks.


And now, in vintage Doctor Who news…

The following ads just in…

US. Starlog. 1984.

UK. Doctor Who Weekly. 1980.

UK. Doctor Who Weekly. 1980.

UK. Starburst. 1989.

UK. Starburst. 1988.

UK. Starburst. 1987.


Thank you for hiding behind the sofa with us 🙂

Happy birthday to the editor, and RIP Harry Dean Stanton

Oh Leia! The princess perils of partying!

It’s my birthday today and I’m a little hungover – not from partying you understand; yesterday I worked my third eleven-hour shift in a row, and then spent five hours working on my novel way into the wee hours (Way Into the Wee Hours is not the title of it by the way). Apologies for any splelling errors – I will never proof read this, ever, and our sub editor long ago eloped to Scotland with the photocopier repair guy. Ah, I love an office romance. Apologies too if the following ads make little sense, but then things don’t always make sense at TVTA, which is absolutely fine, according to Wooof.


The day started off with some nice pressies and cards, but also with the sad news that actor Harry Dean Stanton died. I absolutely love his work with David Lynch, and also his roles in Alien and Pretty in Pink. RIP man!

Alas, there’s nothing in the TVTA archives to represent Harry Dean, other than this cool Japanese Chirashi of Alien in which HD played the character Brett.


In other hungover vintage news…

Feeling scummy? Then you will need Skummy bar! Excellent for long days and late nights, and a guranteed Dolphin to drag you merrrilly into Christmas!


For that lingering hungover feeling…

Try Trill.

Seems to work for budgies! (Please stand on your head to view pic correctly).


Works for Harvey too!


Rufus! Get ootay ma heed! The last thing you need when hungover is a skateboarding cheese with a turd-shaped hairstyle zooming around in your head!


Kaboom!

TVTA is most definitely going to try and find one of these at the next flea market we go to, and turn it into a time machine! And our first stop? 1967…


We will party like it’s 1967!!

Thanks for looking. Happy birthday everyone around the world!

A 1926 Sunday Pictorial

Flappers, Film, Fashion and Food. Images from The Sunday Pictorial, January 31, 1926.


Mrs Mary K. Chapman’s Mysterious Hair Colour Restorer


A few etceteras for women and young girls.


Craven A. “The only cigarette made specially to prevent sore throats.”


A touch of hectic. What modern audiences want


“Stella Dallas” and “The Teaser”


Lady Windermere’s Fan


Quaker Oats


Pompeian Beauty Powder


Olva


Bovril


Yorkshire Blanket Co.


H.P. Sauce.


Hovis Bread


Look for the Cat’s Head

(specially chosen by Wooof)


Camp Coffee


Going Underground

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Thank you for travelling with TVTA.

Talking teeth, onion gum, imitation bullet holes and other novelty ads

talking-teeth

There seemed to be no shortage of these cheap novelty items advertised in American comic books between the 1960s and 1980s. As a child I would stare at these ads with a begrudging fascination, knowing that even if they were available to order in the UK my mum would have surely said something like: “You’re not spending your pocket money on that cheap rubbish!”

Sometimes in UK toyshops you would see a stand displaying similar items like the chattering teeth above, or soap that turned your hands black, itching powder, stink bombs, or those chewing gum packs that snapped at your finger when you took out a fake gum. Yet it was always in the back pages of the US comics where the weirdest and coolest items were to be found. There are a gazillion or more ads like these out there. I just scanned a few from 1969 and the early 70s to give you a taste … (watch out for the onion gum though!)


onion-gum-1969


imitation-bullet-holes-1969


joy-buzzer


x-ray-specs


x-ray-specs-2


skin-head-wig


monster-size-monsters


Thanks for looking!

Some more Hostess snacks with your Saturday Morning TV?

Some great retro ads just in to compliment two of TVTA’s favourite categories. You can see the original Saturday Morning TV section here and Superhero Hostess Twinkies, Cup Cakes and Fruit Pies here

For now, Here are the newbies. Thanks for looking.


NBC Saturday Morning TV featuring Spider-Man, the Smurfs, Mr.T, Alvin & The Chipmunks, and other cartoon favourites.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.

US. The New Mutants. 1985.


CBS Saturday Morning TV featuring Sylvester and Tweety, Bugs Bunny, Tarzan and others.

US. Weird War Tales. 1976.

US. Weird War Tales. 1976.


Hostess Fruit Pies featuring Batman.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.

US. Weird War Tales. 1977.


Hostess Fruit Pies featuring Batman.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.


Hostess Cup Cakes featuring Superman.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.

US. Weird War Tales. 1978.


Hostess Fruit Pies featuring Superman.

US. House of Mystery. 1981.

US. House of Mystery. 1981.


Hostess Cup Cakes featuring Wonder Woman.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.


Hostess Cup Cakes featuring Red Tornado.

US. Ghosts. 1981.

US. Ghosts. 1981.