Top ten toys that are freaking me out right now

Baby Face dolls. Galoob. 1992.

Hello, vintage mates. I’m nowhere near the stage of the definitions below, but lately some of my toy ads are freaking me out!

Pediophobia or “the fear of dolls” is a specific type of phobia characterized by irrational and intense fear or worry of dolls. Pediophobia is closely related to Automatonophobia.

Automatonophobia – morbid fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues or any inanimate object that simulates a sentient being.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me… but am I the only one to feel disturbed by this plush bunny sitting at the edge of a pond?

Bunny Long Legs. 1983.

And how about this Dancing Sailor Doll… 100% guaranteed to pick a fight with you, even if you agree with him!

DANCING SAILOR, clockwork tinplate sailor in cloth uniform, by Lehmann, circa 1912.

Maybe it is me.

Maybe not.

Anyway, I’m not taking any chances, and neither should you!

Be warned…

Here is my top ten toy adverts that freak me out lately…

#10 – Thumbelina Dolls 

Tiny terrors. The kind of dolls you might find hiding in small boxes, your purse, or when you open the fridge – sat next to the milk and yoghurt. No!

Thumbelina dolls. 1972. Ideal.


#9 – Olivia Makeup and Hair

Decapitated heads ‘messed about with’. A future serial-killer’s ideal choice of toy?

Olivia. 1979. Raynal.


#8 – Makin’ Faces Face Paints

Evil spawn of rock band KISS, or twisted, young psychopath? You choose… I’m staying well away from this child and his box of evil!

Makin’ Faces. 1980.


#7 – Garfield Plush

A perfectly normal cartoon character rendered into the stuff of nightmares by being made into a plushie, photographed with fuzzy 1980s technology and print methods, and made to sit in a tree outdoors. Beam me up, Scotty!

Garfield. 1983.


#6 – Albert Buckner Dolls

The only way to be certain of their demise is to nuke them from outer space!

Albert Buckner dolls.


#5 – Sleep Walker Bill

No way, Bill, you’re never sleeping over at mine, ever! Book a hotel already!

Sleep Walker Bill from the Babs, Randy and Bill fashion dolls line, 1960s.


#4- World’s Famous Puppet Show

I think I need therapy after seeing this!

World’s Famous Puppet Show. 1995.


#3 – Baby Face Dolls

With cheeky names like ‘So Surprised Suzy’ and ‘So Funny Natalie’ what could go wrong? They’re so cute… so adorable… so lifelike… so help me, I’m going to have to sell a kidney to pay for a good shrink just to get me through the next week!

Baby Face Dolls. 1992.


#2 – Funny Faces

Child, quickly now, move away from that abomination of a toy before it steals your soul! Tsk. Parents, what were you thinking, buying this for your child at Christmas?!

Funny Faces. 1983.


#1 – Gorilla Suit

Gorilla suit. 1983.

I know it’s only a costume, but once you’ve draped this thing over your chair for the night after a hard day’s Tarzan cosplaying, do you really want to take the chance of it nefariously coming to life and murdering you in your sleep? Call me paranoid, but you can count me out!


Did we forget to mention… Annabelle and Chucky??

Yikes!


(shiver!)

That’s all for now, folks. Thanks for looking (over your shoulder) 🙂

Suggested power song to blog to today: “Doll Parts” by Hole.

Ertl farm, country, and construction toys

Ertl Hickory Grove Farm. 1990.

TVTA is pleased to present images from two 1990 Ertl export catalogues. Ertl, founded in America in 1945, specialises in die cast vehicles and is notable for its production of farm, country, and construction toys, featuring brands such as John Deere, Massey Ferguson, Ford, Caterpillar, and Case International.

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Ertl Farm Machinery. 1990.

Ertl Farm. 1990.

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TVTA Christmas selection box 2019

Wishing all our vintage mates love, light, peace and happiness for the holiday!

Wooof and I and the rest of The Vintage Toy Advertiser team are all set for Christmas! Picture the scene – the fire is lit and roaring; the gramophone is playing Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt; brightly wrapped presents sit under the tree; Mrs Coldkettle the tea lady is dressed as an angel and has made a giant Christmas pudding full of vintage toys and little capsules of Baileys Irish Cream; Allesandro the pigeon who lives on our roof has hired a Hollywood snow machine to gently drop snow flakes past our window; Wooof is dressed as Charles Dickens and is busy reading us gruesome and spine-tingling Christmas horror tales by the light of his Hello Kitty lantern; and me, I’m dressed as a Christmas candle burning at both ends. But don’t worry, vintage mates, everyone at TVTA will for sure get Christmas day off – I certainly don’t want the staff sending not one but two ghosts to haunt the bycrikeyallmighty out of me like they did last year! Lesson learned.

Happy holiday folks. Sincere thanks to everyone who’s joined in the fun with us this year. It’s been a blast!

Meccano Magazine 1958

Cover of Meccano Magazine N°10, 1958, France.

Following on from my previous post about Frank Hornby’s Meccano toys, here is a Meccano enthusiast magazine sold in France in 1958.

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Meccano toy catalogue, France, 1972

Front cover for the Meccano S.A. Catalogue Général, 1972, France, showing the new blue and yellow parts colour system.

Originally called ‘Mechanics Made Easy’, Meccano is a popular and enduring toy construction set invented in 1901 by Frank Hornby from Liverpool, England. Due to its huge success and demand, Hornby opened factories around the world, one of which features in today’s post – the Bobigny factory in France, which in 1951 was producing more than half a million Meccano box sets a day! 

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Latest ads – SSP, Solar Ball, Skittle Baseball, Sea-Monkeys and more!

Kenner SSP Racers. 1971. US.

Glow in the Dark Solar Ball. 1985. US.

Aurora Skittle Ball. Weird War Tales N°1. 1971.

Seamonkeys. 1977. US.

Space 1999 model kit by Centuri. 1976. US.

Doctor Who Records and Tapes. 1980. UK.

Sphere sci-fi books. 1989. UK.

Sizzlers Fat Track. 1971. US.

Aurora Powerslicks. 1971. US.

Fleer football cards. 1991. US.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Weird War Tales issue N°1

Weird War Tales N°1. 1971. US. Joe Kubert cover.

I finally got hold of issue number one of Weird War Tales by DC, October 1971. I’ve been after this debut issue of the brilliant comic book series for a long while, and managed to snag a copy at a more than agreeable price.

Weird War Tales was an anthology series of war-related stories blended with sci-fi, horror and the paranormal. Each issue was hosted by a character called ‘Death’ who was often drawn wearing a different military uniform on the cover or introduction page. Recurring characters such as the Creature Commandos, G.I. Robot, and The War That Time Forgot became regular stories.

The original title ran from 1971 to 1983 across 124 issues. In 1997 it was revised as a four part series, and in 2000 a one-off special.

I have some more Weird War Tales hopefully arriving soon, featuring The Creature Commandos on the covers. As for my collection of the full Weird War Tales run – I’m just over the one-third mark for completion. Look out for the latest additions in upcoming posts.

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

ThunderCats

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of toy adverts, comic covers, mini-posters and fact files for the 1980s animated series ThunderCats. ThunderCats was originally aired between 1985 and 1989, with an additional series added in 2011 and a new series (ThunderCatsRoar) scheduled for spring 2019. The ThunderCats brand has appeared worldwide on merchandise such as action figures and play sets, toys, stickers, comics, books and a video game.

This post has been 100% office cat approved by Wooof, who has made himself a cardboard sword and a fake fur leotard costume, and is now proclaiming himself to be the new Lord of the ThunderCats!

Enjoy the scans 🙂

ThunderCats N°77. 1988. UK.

ThunderCats toy weapons. 1987. Netherlands.

ThunderCats new action figures. 1988. UK.

ThunderCats Luna-Lasher. 1988. UK.

Thundercats Cheetara mask. 1988. UK.

ThunderCats Mini Poster N°44. 1988. UK.


That’s all for now, vintage cats. Thank you for getting thunderous with us 🙂

Western Models – quality hand-built model cars

Western Models 1982 catalogue poster. Artwork by K. Williams.

Founded in the UK in 1973 by husband and wife team Mike and Joyce Stephens, Western Models produced a range of white-metal casted cars both in kit form and fully finished. Their high quality models were aimed at collectors and enthusiasts, and were typically hand-built from a lead-based white metal. Some vehicles were produced in extremely limited quantities of as little as one-thousand per model, making them highly sought after at the time. Models such as the F1 range and racing cars were specially licensed and built with the co-operation of the racing teams of the day.

Western Models continues to exist to date though it now focuses on producing model aircraft. The following scans are from the 1982 and 1983 poster catalogues, and feature the typical 1:43rd scale vehicle range available at the time, along with its newest innovation line of 1:24th scale vehicles featuring ‘authentic wire like wheels’, or ‘realistic photo-etched wheels’ – often referred to as the ‘Small Wheels’ models.

I’ve never owned a Western Models car but would certainly like to! Looking at the images in the two catalogues you can see the amount of detail, care and attention that went into making these top quality models.

Enjoy the scans.




Information taken from the Western Models poster catalogues 1982 and 1983 – purchased and scanned by TVTA, the company website Western Models, and the Western Models Wikipedia page

As always, thanks for looking 🙂