Greetings vintage mates! TVTA is pleased to present an international selection of print advertising featuring toys, games, bicycles and other goodies, as seen in the pages of comics and catalogues between 1977 and 1998.
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Balls! Time to get mad with TVTA!
Greetings vintage mates! Remember the short but popular phase of Madballs toys? They also had their imitators like Uglyballs and Weird Balls. Back in the day I had a few Madballs, but I didn’t know the line expanded to include money savings banks and water squirters, as seen in the 1987 edition of Wonderland Catalogue.
TVTA is pleased to present some additional images from the 1987 Wonderland Catalogue, featuring excellent toys from the likes of Bravestarr, Barbie and Popples.
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Mebetoys 1971 Italian Die Cast Cars Catalogue
TVTA is pleased to add its second catalogue to the Mebetoys category for die cast cars. This latest catalogue is from 1971 and was printed for the Italian market. The catalogue has some very cool stylised images of the models showing partial views of the car, as well as colour photographs of the range available at the time. The catalogue also includes an image for the Yogi Bear and Boo Boo car.
Thanks for looking! You can see our other Mebetoys catalogue here
Dinky TV toys, Capitaine Flam, 90s movies
From the Dinky Toys 1971 French catalogue – Gerry and Sylvia Anderson TV show toys; Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, UFO.
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons
Micro Machines dealer catalogue by Ideal Toys
Produced by Galoob Toys in 1987 and currently owned by Hasbro, Micro Machines is a line of miniature scale vehicles and play sets. As well as producing their own vehicles Galoob held licenses for well-known TV and film franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, James Bond, Power Rangers and MIB, as well as producing a series of Rockin’ Wheels sets that featured the touring vehicles of famous bands such as AC/DC, Deep Purple and others.
TVTA is pleased to present selected new scans from an interesting Micro Machines catalogue I recently acquired: a 1990/91 unstamped dealer catalogue. It’s licensed to Ideal Toys from Lewis Galoob Toys, and was aimed at the French-speaking market. (This is my earliest so far catalogue for Micro Machines; the others can be seen in my post here)
Enjoy the images 😎
Playmobil catalogues 1980 – 2008
Currently nursing a mild case of Covid-19, TVTA is pleased to present a selection of recently acquired Playmobil catalogue covers and pages.
The print dates are from 1980s West Germany; 1990 Federal Republic of Germany; and 2008 Malta.
Might as well kick off with the medical one then 😀
Thanks for looking 🙂
Coming soon to TVTA… a splendiferous and spiffing spotlight on Spawn 😎
Top ten toys that are freaking me out right now
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?
And how about this Dancing Sailor Doll… 100% guaranteed to pick a fight with you, even if you agree with him!
Maybe it is me.
Anyway, I’m not taking any chances, and neither should you!
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!