Tag Archives: vintage toy advertisements

I ain’t ‘fraid of no ghost!

Ghostbusters and The Real Ghostbusters – Columbia Pictures. TVTA presents a number of product advertisements from comics, catalogues and magazines, plus other Ghostbusters related items.

For Filmation’s The Ghost Busters and Filmation’s Ghostbusters see here


US. Tales of the Teen Titans. 1985.

US. Tales of the Teen Titans. 1985.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

UK. The Flintstones and Friends. 1988.

UK. The Flintstones and Friends. 1988


Ghostbusters II Activity Book 1988 US.

 


Toys

The Real Ghostbusters in pack catalogue. Details.

The Real Ghostbusters in pack catalogue. Details.

France. Pif Gadget. 1988.

Ecto 1. Wootbox exclusive. 2018.


In other Ghostbusters news…

Ecto-Plasma Saber. For Tyeth Editions. 2018.


Thanks for Stabilizing with us 🙂

Madballs

“Freaky Fun For Everyone!”

Madballs. Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1986. Netherlands.

Madballs is a motley collection of gross-out characters made from foam rubber and shaped into balls. They were conceived in the mid 1980s by the toy company Those Characters From Cleveland which was also responsible for Care Bears, My Pet Monster, Popples and The Get Along Gang. The original Madballs line-up featured grotesque characters such as Slobulus, Screamin’ Meemie and Oculus Orbus.

A Madballs comic book run, home videos and computer game soon followed. Though short-lived the line proved hugely popular and inspired a number of imitation balls such as Crazyballs, Weirdballs, Uglyballs, and Spitballs.

Today Madballs has been revised for a new generation with slightly modified original characters once again on sale to the public and grossing everyone out. See Madballs.com

GROSS!

Madballs. Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1987. Netherlands.

GROSS!

Ugly Balls. X Factor N°16. 1987. US.

GROSS!

Madballs. Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1986. Netherlands.


Thank you for bouncing in a most ugly way with us 🙂

Latest ads – an 80s mix

The weekend kicks off at TVTA with an 80s mix of ads for model kits, 007 role playing games, My Little Pony, Oodles, Playmobil, Dungeons & Dragons and Columbia BMX.  

Model Kits

MPC The Empire Strikes Back. Spider-Man N°14. 1981. US.

MPC Return of the Jedi. House of Mystery. 1983. US.

Masters of the Universe. Amethyst. 1984. US.


James Bond 007

007 Victory Games. Alpha Flight N°5. 1983. US.

007 Victory Games. The Incredible Hulk N°292. 1984. US.


My Little Pony

My Little Pony. De Speelboom N°3. 1987. Netherlands.


Oodles

Oodles. Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1987. Netherlands.

Playmobil

Playmobil. Intertoys Speelboek 1987. Netherlands.

Dungeons & Dragons

The Adventure Is Yours. The Defenders. 1982. US.

D&D Gazeteer. The New Mutants N°57. 1987. US.

Columbia BMX

Columbia BMX. The Incredible Hulk N°292. 1984. US.

Columbia BMX. Dazzler. 1982. UK.

Happy weekend and thanks for looking 🙂

Transformers – ’84 and on

The Transformers. 1989. Denmark.

Based on the Japanese TAKARA and BANDAI characters, Transformers was introduced to the US public in 1984 by HASBRO. Employing the classic scenario of the good guys versus the bad guys (Autobots vs Decepticons in this case), the concept of ‘transforming’ vehicles, weapons and animals into articulated action-packed robots proved to be hugely popular and prompted many other toy companies into making products of a similar concept. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of international print adverts featuring Transformers toys and merchandise.

Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987. Netherlands.

De Speelboom N°3. 1987. Netherlands.

Alpha Flight. 1985. US.

Eagle and Tiger. 1985. UK.

Eagle. 1984. UK.

Eagle. 1984. UK.

ROTJ. 1986. UK.

Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1986. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987. Netherlands.

Transformers Beast Wars. More Fun From Kenner catalogue. 1997. US.

Transformers Beast Wars. Tomart’s Action Figure Digest N°143. 2006. US.

Scalextric Catalogue 49th Edition. 2008. UK.

Transformers: The Last Knight. Les Cinémas Gaument Pathé. 2017. France.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Popples

What are they, who are they, where are they? I want one!

Popples logo (PRNewsFoto/Netflix, Inc.)

Originally marketed between 1986 and 1988 by the company Those Characters From Cleveland, Popples are brightly coloured bear-like plushies with the ability to be inverted and rolled up into a ball. A cartoon series was produced to compliment the toys as well as merchandise like puzzles, games, a comic run, ride-alongs, school sets, watches and clocks, and even a paddling pool set.

Popples plushies include the original line, Rock Star and Baby Popples, Pufflings (a kind of Popples pet), Popples Clip-ons, Sports Popples, Pom-Pom Popples, and even Rucksack Popples to wear on your back. In later years the toy line would undergo three revivals, its most recent being one to compliment the Popples Netflix series.

TVTA is delighted to present a small selection of Popples merchandise scanned from 1980s Dutch and French catalogues. Enjoy 🙂


Speelboom Club Journal N°2. 1987. Netherlands.

De Speelbooml N°3. Nov 1987. Netherlands.

De Speelboom Club N°3. Nov 1987. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal N°4. 1986. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal N°1. 1987. Netherlands.

DE Speelboom N°3. Nov 1987. Netherlands.

Speelboom Club Journal N°3. 1987. Netherlands.

Cora. 1988. France.


Thank you for getting all inside-out and brightly fluffy with us 🙂 This post will be updated as soon as we find more Popples!