I got Scoobied, again!

Scooby-Dooby Doooo!

Finally, I have it… the Playmobil Scooby-Doo Mystery Machine set 70286!

And what a beauty it is. Enjoy the pics!

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A little bit of Barbie, Action Man, Playmobil and Doc Justice!

Barbie Birthday. Pif Gadget 627. 1981. Artwork by Mezza. If anyone knows any information on the illustrator Mezza please let me know!

Greetings vintage mates! Presenting: eight vintage adverts from French comic Pif Gadget. I was particularly pleased to get my hands on the Barbie ‘Birthday’ advert with art by the illustrator Mezza who designed a good deal of late 70s and early 80s Barbie adverts, and, despite my online searches, I still can’t find any info about.

The Action Man advert was also a treat to discover (known as Action Joe in France, and GI Joe in the US where the toy originated in 1964). Eagle-eyed readers will spot the popular ‘Eagle-Eye Action Man’ features on the below advert – quite an innovation for those of us who lovingly played with these toys back in the day.

Action Joe. Pif Gadget 529. 1979. France.

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Goldorak is…

Goldorak is; a Japanese super robot, UFO Robot Grendizer (UFOロボ グレンダイザーYūfō Robo Gurendaizā), a Shogun, a Shogun Warrior, mecha, a Japanese animation… Goldorak is Grandizer, Goldrake… Goldorak is toys, records, comics… Goldorak is huge in France! Goldorak is… super cool robot!

Goldorak prize competition. Pif Gadget 529. 1979. France.

Goldorak 12″ vinyl record. Saban Records & Music. 1982. France.

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We need to quit this foolishness and get die-cast down with a little bit of 1990s Bburago goodness!

For some reason my Bburago posts are always a bit left field, and what a title! But I mean, what’s not to love about these wonderful 1990s die-cast toy car images… brought to you via catalogues from the Italian manufacturer Bburago and lovingly scanned by your humble TVTA editor. We ain’t no fools, sucker!

Bburago was founded by brothers Mario, Ugo, and Martino Besana in 1976. Hailing from the town of Burago in their native Italy, they combined the letter “B” of Burago with the initial “B” of their family surname to create Bburago. You can see my additional posts for Bburago here. In the meantime, check out my selected scans from the 1991, 1992 and 1994 catalogues featuring the models of the day along with examples from the Die-Cast Metal Kits 1/18 and 1/24 scale range, packaging examples, and key rings!

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TVTA pumpkin teaser, my new wife, and an ad-blast from the past!

Greetings vintage mates. Here is a teaser for this Halloween’s TVTA pumpkin creation… possibly my most ambitious pumpkin to date as it comprises more than 20 components across 3 elements, plus a background! Below are 4 mini pumpkins to be used along with some acrylic paint and, erm, chopsticks. Long-time readers will know that I make a pumpkin creation each Halloween for TVTA 🎃🎃

Clues: the creation is based on a classic piece of children’s literature which is known across many generations as a popular and fun story to read!

The protagonist is a type of creature somewhat prone to change!

750 vintage points up for grabs if you can name the title of the story the pumpkin is based on. Bonus points galore for just wildly guessing anything! All being well I should have the creation ready for posting on Monday 31st! 🎃🎃🎃

In other news…

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