A little bit of Barbie, Action Man, Playmobil and Doc Justice!

Barbie Birthday. Pif Gadget 627. 1981. Artwork by Mezza. If anyone knows any information on the illustrator Mezza please let me know!

Greetings vintage mates! Presenting: eight vintage adverts from French comic Pif Gadget. I was particularly pleased to get my hands on the Barbie ‘Birthday’ advert with art by the illustrator Mezza who designed a good deal of late 70s and early 80s Barbie adverts, and, despite my online searches, I still can’t find any info about.

The Action Man advert was also a treat to discover (known as Action Joe in France, and GI Joe in the US where the toy originated in 1964). Eagle-eyed readers will spot the popular ‘Eagle-Eye Action Man’ features on the below advert – quite an innovation for those of us who lovingly played with these toys back in the day.

Action Joe. Pif Gadget 529. 1979. France.

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Ads just in: Lego, Big Jim, Barbie, Atlantic and Polistil

Five 1979 Italian ads showing Lego Space, Big Jim featuring Dr. Steel, Barbie, Atlantic toy soldiers, and Polistil’s Alfa Romeo 1750 model car.


Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.


Italy. Topolino. 1979.

Italy. Topolino. 1979.