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How to… Help Meatloaf

A brand new vintage post in a series of limited edition baseball and cigarette cards free only with your favourite cereal! Ten fantastic top tips on how to…

N°1 – How to help Meatloaf

1987. US.

N°2 – How to play Frogger at home

1984. US.

N°3 – How to get your free Lone Ranger Western Town

1982. US.

N°4 – How to get your Thrills, Spills and Chills

1979. UK.

N°5 – How to avoid alien abduction with The Thing and Hostess Fruit pies

1981. US.

N°6 – How to gain weight and learn unbeatable fighting power (sparkle edition)

N°7 – How to get Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Dinosaur stuff

1985. UK.

N°8 – How to help Adam Power

1984. US.

N°9 – How to get into the Zorcom Space Ship

1984. US.

N°10 – Wowie, zowie! How to spend Saturday Mornings

1979. US.

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Dinky Toys & Supertoys 1963 – *commercial break

Dinky Toys tinplate advert. 2013. Editions Atlas.


*TVTA is taking a short break and will return soon with more retro goodness.

We leave you with the following scans which are from a reproduced and licensed 2nd edition 1963 Dinky catalogue, as made available in 2013 by Editions Atlas Collections, France.






Images and Dinky logo copyright of Mattel and Editions Atlas. Scanned by TVTA for information and education purposes only.


 

Darda Motor 1986

In 1970 Helmut Darda of Germany invented a tiny interchangeable toy car motor and named it the ‘Darda Motor’. The motor could be inserted into a number of different vehicle types and was ‘wound up’ by rolling it back and forth by hand then releasing it. No batteries were required or electricity to power it. Vehicles could run on almost any surface but were given their own special track system called ‘Darda Tracks’ which were sold individually or in sets. Darda designed the system so that elaborate circuits could be created both horizontally and vertically in seemingly endless configurations limited only by your own imagination and how much track you could afford.

Among the typical vehicles you might expect to see such as road, rally and emergency, Darda produced some fun and unique models like dragsters, beach buggies, a mouse(!), a skateboarder, a rocket, and even a replica of Michael Knight’s KITT from the US television series Knight Rider.

The 1986 German catalogue from which these scans are taken show the classic ‘Darda-Motor’ system (red) as well as the updated ‘Darda-Stop-Motor’ (blue) – a new development at the time which allowed vehicles to be wound up but not activated to go until another vehicle had ‘tapped’ them from the rear. This added a new element to racing as cars could now ‘tag’ each other at different points of a race.

Darda is still made and sold to date, and one of the great things about it is that all current vehicles, motors and tracks can be fully integrated with their vintage counterparts. Add to this that no batteries or electricity is ever required, and that there is a seemingly endless combination of track layouts to be made, and Darda takes quite some beating.


Darda Track Sets


Darda Vehicles


Darda Accessories


Sources:

Darda Motor 1986 catalogue, Germany. Scans made by TVTA.

Website: DardaRacing.com


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