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Starriors by Tomy


Big thanks to fellow WP blogger Virtuanaut for sharing the image scans from the Starriors Marvel mini-comics series. To view the complete series be sure to visit Virtuanaut’s site.

Starriors was a short-lived line of toy robots made by Tomy in 1984 and 1985. The figures were released with Marvel mini-comics (6 comics in total). Marvel also published a 4-issue comic book series. Some of the Starriors toys were later altered and re-branded for European markets as R.A.T.S (Robot Anti-Terror Squad).


Starriors toy ad. 1984. Image scan by virtuanaut.net

Starriors toy ad. 1984. Image scan by virtuanaut.net



Thanks for looking 🙂

My First Barbie


You’re never too old, right?

Presenting, my first Barbie…

and a wonderful addition to TVTA’s toy collection – California Barbie, 1987.


My California Barbie came mint in her original European-issue box. The contents include Barbie, her accessories and paperwork, a catalogue, a mini comic, and a Beach Boys flexi-disc record: Living Doll, Brother Records, 1987. 

Barbie seemed more than pleased to join the other toys here at TVTA Towers…

But you should have seen her face when I told her I’d bought her a gift…

Her very own wheels… the California Barbie Dune Buggy!

Never one to miss a good photo opportunity, Barbie couldn’t wait to strike some poses…

Check out her glamour shots …







Catalogue, comic, flexi-disc scans


California Barbie, Danish advert, 1988



Thank you for California dreaming with us 🙂 

BraveStarr – Wild West Adventure in Space!

BraveStarr. Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1987. Netherlands.

In a new entry at The Vintage Toy Advertiser, we take a look at 1986’s space-western toy line BraveStarr by Mattel. The toys accompanied the Filmation animation series of the same name which aired between 1987 and 1988. Filmation had previously been responsible for He-Man and the Masters of the Universe, She-Ra: Princess of Power, Shazam! and Filmation’s Ghostbusters. BraveStarr would prove to be the studio’s final animation series output.

Marshal BraveStarr

Marshal BraveStarr and his sidekick Thirty/Thirty. Image: Wikipedia

Set in the 23rd century on a planet called New Texas, BraveStarr mixes the genres of science fiction and wild west to pitch heroes against villains. The lead hero is Marshal BraveStarr – a Native American with superhuman spirit-animal powers, as well as a small arsenal of futuristic weaponry at his disposal. Lead villain is Tex Hex – who was originally a villain character in the development of Filmation’s Ghostbusters series. Tex Hex was removed from the show so that the studio could base the upcoming BraveStarr series around his character.

Tex Hex and Skull Walker

Tex Hex on his Skull Walker. Italy. 1986.


Dutch Mattel catalogue page showing various BraveStarr figures, vehicles and the Fort Kerium play set

BraveStarr. Intertoys Speelboek. 1987 Autumn. Netherlands.


See also: Cosmic Cowboys, Galaxy Rangers, Filmation’s Ghostbusters

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Join us ye brave space cadets…

… as TVTA blasts off into 2019 and gets completely spaced out in the name of all things space!

Stick around! Space Letraset action transfers. 1960s. France.

A TVTA Special.

Dear readers, we invite you to get with the space programme! 

Here are your eight training modules. Good luck space cadets… mission control is counting on you!


Module 1 – Galactic Communication. Space exploration stamps!

Module 2 – Simulations. Learn how to make Nasa space dioramas!

“We come in pieces.” Jean Höfler / Plong Nasa space toys. West Germany. Diorama by TVTA.


Module 3 – Essential Equipment. Space toys!

Module 4 – Construction in Space. The Lego Method!

Module 5 – Video Learning. Space movies!

Module 6 – Uniforms and Kit. Space style!

Module 7 – Know thy moons!

Module 8 – Space nutrition. All you can eat and drink in the vacuum of space!

Congratulations space cadets! You have passed your basic training and can now proceed to mission control to receive your first assignment.

Don’t forget to pick up your free astronaut goodie-bags, space TV wi-fi helmet and alien monkey blaster gifts from Group Captain Buzz Lightyear who will be on hand to answer all your space questions! Cosmic calamities await!

Buzz Lightyear original 90s talking toy. TVTA collection.

Join us again soon as we blast off to Venus in search of chocolate fizzing macaroons and gravity-free Swiss cheese! Happy New year to all our readers, and may much happiness and success come your way! As always, thanks for looking 🙂


 

TVTA Christmas selection box 2018

Christmas with the superheroes. 1989. US.

Merry Christmas vintage mates! Wishing you all love, peace, happiness, creativity and much success in 2019!

I hope you get lots of toys!!!

Lots and lots of toys!

Lots and lots and lots of toys!


… hey, who snuck a Santa skelly into the gallery above?

… Wooof?

No worries, back to the toys… where were we? Yes, hope you get lots of toys!!

… toys and toys and toys!!

… toys, toys, toys, toys, toys and toys!!!


And finally… batteries required?

No worries, TVTA has you covered!


As always, thanks for looking  🙂