1971 die-cast models and art from Matchbox

Curious. Does anyone else think the mountain race track peak looks like Batman?

Art vs Photography and the two combined

I’ve mentioned before that some of my favourite toy advertising images come from the 1960s and 1970s. This is because many products back then were advertised using original art – often drawn by in-house company artists, rather than the product photography style which became popular in the years that followed. That’s not to say photograph adverts were employed pre-1980s, they were, but perhaps it was cheaper to produce ad materials with drawings rather than photos back then?

The following images from the 1971 Matchbox Collectors Catalogue illustrate perfectly, and with some charm, how products might capture the imagination of the buyer when rendered as art. As well, some images feature both art and photography. The ideal mix, perhaps.

Cover. Matchbox Collectors Catalogue. 1971. France.

Matchbox Speed kings. 1971.

Matchbox Autopark. 1971.



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I got Scoobied + 3 new Brazilian Playmobil ads

A little Christmas pressie for me… but Ruhuh… I didn’t get the Mystery Machine (not yet anyway 😉) However I did get the Playmobil Scooby-Doo set 70207 featuring Scooby, Shaggy, Ghost and accessories.

Cool 😎

Now for some cool Playmobil adverts from Brazil. The following three ads are reproduced here courtesy of longtime TVTA contributor and friend Zerocal and feature mid-90s Playmo figures from the manufacturer Estrela.

The ads are printed on mini comic books (in Brazil, called “Revista em Quadrinhos” or simply “Gibi”).

Circus Revista. Monica N°95. 1994. Brazil.

Ambulance Revista. Monica N°94. 1994. Brazil.

Castel Revista. Cebolinha N°96. 1994. Brazil.

Original Zerocal post can be seen here


Thanks for looking 🙂

Todd McFarlane’s KISS – The Action Figures and Psycho Circus

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of print images from the 1997 and 1999 catalogues of toy designer extraordinaire Todd McFarlane. Featuring rock legends KISS in their The Action Figures and Psycho Circus toy guises.

Enjoy.


Look out for more exciting action figure images from McFarlane Toys coming soon to TVTA!

A merry shagadelic Christmas from TVTA!

McFarlane Toys 1999. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

From Ford and Wooof at TVTA: wishing all our vintage mates, readers and visitors a very happy Christmas. May love, light, spirit and healing be ours, and may our endeavours and art be fruitful in the new year ahead! 

We celebrate with a few fun images from the McFarlane Toys 1999 catalogue.

Enjoy 🙂  


All you need is love, mates!

McFarlane Toys. 1999. The Beatles Yellow Submarine.


And some McFarlane Diamond Exclusives!

McFarlane Toys 1999. Diamond Exclusives.


And some Metal Gear Solid!

McFarlane Toys 1999. Metal Gear Solid.


And, lastly, but not leastly, a bit of Ozzy!

McFarlane Toys 1999. Ozzy Osbourne.

Ozzy, just the same as me, is a Brummie, from Birmingham in the UK, and although I just gave him the last word, our post is interrupted by another Brummie contingent… the Peaky Blinders, who in no uncertain terms tell me:

“This blog is under new management, by order of the Peaky fu@!#ng Blinders!”  

Peaky Blinders. Image courtesy of BBC and Peaky Blinders Website

Now, have yourselves a very merry Christmas, or else!

🙂 

Todd McFarlane’s Monsters, Movie Maniacs and more!

TVTA is pleased to present a selection of print images from the 1997 and 1999 catalogues of toy designer extraordinaire Todd McFarlane. Featuring action figures from horror legends of literature and movies, plus a look at the McFarlane exclusive Total Chaos figures. For those who don’t know, Todd McFarlane is a Canadian comic book creator, artist, writer, filmmaker and toy maker, and is recognised for his work on Spider-Man and the Spawn series.


Look out for more exciting action figure images from McFarlane Toys coming soon to TVTA!