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Scalextric, 1960s

Scalextric is a leading brand of slot-car racing that was developed in the UK by Bentram “Freddie” Francis in 1957. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of 1960s adverts from France and Belgium showing some of the early models, tracks and accessories available during this period. Click images to enlarge.


1960s models, Belgium and France


Jojo, Nicole and Pierre adverts, Belgium

Scalextric. Jojo, Nicole et Pierre. Belgium. 1960s.


Power Sledge, Belgium


Jim Clark, Belgium, 1965


Ian Ashley and Mike Walker, C 1968, Belgium


The Starting Line


Comic Strip Style adverts, France




Bonus ads

1970s models, Belgium and France

Scalextric ‘You Steer’. Belgium.


Want to see more Scalextric? Check out my selected catalogue images here and here

As always, 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 🙂 

Curve Huggers by Tyco

Curve Huggers was a slot car racing track system sold by Tyco Industries. Popular in the 1970s, Curve Hugger cars were available with working lights and came in a number of different racing models. Track sets included the Laguna 2-in-1 Pro Racing, Nite-Glow Electric Racing, Tyco Championship 1000 – offering an enormous 37 feet of racing action, and the Road Race Empire – offering a whopping 54 feet of track action! Below are two US print adverts showing the Silver Streak and HP2 line of vehicles.

Curve Huggers. US. 1977.

Curve Huggers. US. 1978


Thanks for looking 🙂

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

Thanks for looking 🙂

Battleship

Battleship / Bataille Navale France. 1969.

“You sank my battleship!”

Battleship, or Battleships, is a two-player game in which you guess the location of your opponent’s fleet of ships on a concealed numbered and lettered grid. The aim is to destroy your opponent’s fleet before your own fleet is destroyed. Battleship can be dated back to World War I when it was a home-made pen and paper game. In later years numerous companies published printed pad-and-pencil versions, then in 1967 the Milton Bradley company (MB Games) produced a plastic board and peg version with miniature ships. Later incarnations by MB included electronic, speaking, and player vs computer versions.

Battleships. UK. 1983.

Torpedo Run / Opération Torpilles and Touché Coulé Computer / Electronic Battleship. 1988. France.

Touché Coulé / Battleship traditional and elctronic. 1995. France.

Bataille Navale Electronique Parlante / Electronic Speaking Battleship. 1995. France.

Combat Naval. 1995. France.