“Don’t make a monkey out of me”
The cute thumb-sucking plush monkey called Monchhichi was created by the Japanese Sekiguchi Corporation in 1974. The doll came in male and female form with a wide range of clothing and accessories available. Other characters included two Grandparents, a Policeman, a Guardsman, and the “Friends of” series such as Kitty-boo the cat, Hoppy-boo the rabbit, Larry-boo the lamb and Honey-boo the bear.
In the UK and US the doll was renamed Chic-a-boo. In France as Kiki, in Italy Mon Cicci, in Denmark Mon Chhichi then later Bølle, in Hungary Moncsicsi, and in Spain as Virkiki. As well as dolls, Monchhichi also appeared in a number of TV series, music recordings, and household items, including a range of special pencil toppers given away in French washing powder packs – which we will take a look at later in this post.
KIKI Pencil Toppers
KIKI 45 RPM record
1981 advert for the record
That’s all for now vintage ad fans, thanks for looking!
Based on American daredevil stuntman Robert Craig “Evel” Knievel, the Evel Knievel toyline was released by the Ideal toy company and became one of the most popular toys sold throughout the 1970s. The line featured an Evel Knievel poseable figure with outfits, accessories, play-sets and a wide range of impressive stunt bikes and vehicles.
Ol’ Blue-eyes is back, and he has Big Ben caps galore. Free with issue 1, 1984. Don’t be bashful!
In other vintage news…
It wasn’t just Ben offering goodies in the 70s and 80s for Marvel readers. Ever seen Hulk flying a kite? Want one? An Aer-O-Bat Stunt Kite that is?
The Polaroid… instant photographic proof… instant regret! How do I delete? Don’t worry, it’s old-school, you can just tear it in half… then quarters… and so on…
Nutella, 1981. The ad roughly translates as “Hunting season for the butterflies is open!” This wasn’t an invitation to go blasting insects all over the beautiful French countryside with a shotgun – just a play on words that encouraged Nutella lovers to look out for special jar promotions of butterflies of the world images.
A cool trio of toys from GIFTS 4 U, 1978. Mercedes Sonic Control Car, Starsky and Hutch car, Batman and Superman Bop Bags…
Get your Palitoy Action Man figures behind the controls of some of the best vehicles around!
Brush up on your World War II comic book German and English sayings with this Airfix ad featuring two iconic war planes.
Read Red Dagger and, er, brush up on your World War II comic book German and English sayings!
Read Doctor Who Magazine and Weekly.
Read Filles Magazine!
The Fastest Goal. Smiths Football Crazy Crunchy Snacks Fascinating Facts File No 93.
Thanks for looking!
A REAL AMERICAN HERO
G.I. Joe is a line of action figures produced by Hasbro. The original 1964 line featured 12 inch figures. In 1982 the brand was relaunched in a 3¾-inch scale along with vehicles, play-sets and accessories. As well as action figures, G.I. Joe had its own comic book and an animated TV series. The brand also appeared on numerous video game titles and products such as posters, games and clothing.
Welcome to TVTA’s vintage assortment of TMNT merchandise ads showing toys, video games and household goods!
Named after Italian Renaissance painters Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Donatello, and Rapheal, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are four anthropomorphic friends trained in the art of Ninjutsu (not to be confused with the Teenage Figural Ninja Symbolists Dali, Duchamp, Miro and Ernst – who battled underworld criminals while painting strange landscapes).
The Ninja Turtles originated in a 1984 American comic. An animated TV series came in 1987 followed by further series and feature films. Playmates Toys are responsible for the original toy figures and later Bandai. The turtles also appeared in a number of video game titles as well as promotions for merchandise ranging from dental care to breakfast cereal.
Ninja or Hero? Censored in Europe
Due to strict censorship policies in some European countries, the name “Ninja” had to be replaced with “Hero” because of the violent associations of the word “ninja”. This meant that products sold in these countries had to be undergo packaging and advertising changes. By 2003 these censorship policies ceased and our four friends could once again become “ninjas”
Fresh from TVTA’s scanning room comes this wonderful double page ad for a 1977 Milk Duds Superduds sweepstakes as presented by DC’s archvillain the Joker. Prizes on offer were an all expenses paid three day trip to New York that included a tour of the DC Comics office where an artist would ‘draw you’ into an upcoming issue of one of their titles. Other prizes included superhero watches, subscriptions and ten Schwinn bicycles! Who would have thought the Joker could have been so generous?
Other scans include the following ads for the DC Superfriends Supercase in which you could store your 45 inch vinyl records, plus three comic covers from the DC titled Weird War Tales. As always, thanks for looking 🙂
Five new retro ads: Task Force and Cannon Ball toy soldiers, Revell Snap-together models, Monogram model trucks, E.T. digital Zeon quartz watches and Pete Rose Batting Practice.
I’m pleased to add these five new UK ads for leading model kit producer Airfix. The adverts, from 1982 and 1983, promote some of the kits available at the time as well as the Airfix Modellers Club. The final ad is a Boots the chemist promotion offering a 25% seasonal discount.
You can see my main Airfix post here containing a number of International adverts.
From the US, UK and France, six paperworks made in the eighties.
What to do on a lazy late-Sunday afternoon? Could satisfy your soccer needs with Tomy Super Cup Football or Subbuteo; get into shape with Music Tone; finish your homework with the Masters of the Universe calculator pen; try and win that Raleigh Burner BMX; or just go and meet the mighty MR T. Decisions, decisions…