Top ten toys that are freaking me out right now

Baby Face dolls. Galoob. 1992.

Hello, vintage mates. I’m nowhere near the stage of the definitions below, but lately some of my toy ads are freaking me out!

Pediophobia or “the fear of dolls” is a specific type of phobia characterized by irrational and intense fear or worry of dolls. Pediophobia is closely related to Automatonophobia.

Automatonophobia – morbid fear of ventriloquist’s dummies, animatronic creatures, wax statues or any inanimate object that simulates a sentient being.

I don’t know, maybe it’s just me… but am I the only one to feel disturbed by this plush bunny sitting at the edge of a pond?

Bunny Long Legs. 1983.

And how about this Dancing Sailor Doll… 100% guaranteed to pick a fight with you, even if you agree with him!

DANCING SAILOR, clockwork tinplate sailor in cloth uniform, by Lehmann, circa 1912.

Maybe it is me.

Maybe not.

Anyway, I’m not taking any chances, and neither should you!

Be warned…

Here is my top ten toy adverts that freak me out lately…

#10 – Thumbelina Dolls 

Tiny terrors. The kind of dolls you might find hiding in small boxes, your purse, or when you open the fridge – sat next to the milk and yoghurt. No!

Thumbelina dolls. 1972. Ideal.


#9 – Olivia Makeup and Hair

Decapitated heads ‘messed about with’. A future serial-killer’s ideal choice of toy?

Olivia. 1979. Raynal.


#8 – Makin’ Faces Face Paints

Evil spawn of rock band KISS, or twisted, young psychopath? You choose… I’m staying well away from this child and his box of evil!

Makin’ Faces. 1980.


#7 – Garfield Plush

A perfectly normal cartoon character rendered into the stuff of nightmares by being made into a plushie, photographed with fuzzy 1980s technology and print methods, and made to sit in a tree outdoors. Beam me up, Scotty!

Garfield. 1983.


#6 – Albert Buckner Dolls

The only way to be certain of their demise is to nuke them from outer space!

Albert Buckner dolls.


#5 – Sleep Walker Bill

No way, Bill, you’re never sleeping over at mine, ever! Book a hotel already!

Sleep Walker Bill from the Babs, Randy and Bill fashion dolls line, 1960s.


#4- World’s Famous Puppet Show

I think I need therapy after seeing this!

World’s Famous Puppet Show. 1995.


#3 – Baby Face Dolls

With cheeky names like ‘So Surprised Suzy’ and ‘So Funny Natalie’ what could go wrong? They’re so cute… so adorable… so lifelike… so help me, I’m going to have to sell a kidney to pay for a good shrink just to get me through the next week!

Baby Face Dolls. 1992.


#2 – Funny Faces

Child, quickly now, move away from that abomination of a toy before it steals your soul! Tsk. Parents, what were you thinking, buying this for your child at Christmas?!

Funny Faces. 1983.


#1 – Gorilla Suit

Gorilla suit. 1983.

I know it’s only a costume, but once you’ve draped this thing over your chair for the night after a hard day’s Tarzan cosplaying, do you really want to take the chance of it nefariously coming to life and murdering you in your sleep? Call me paranoid, but you can count me out!


Did we forget to mention… Annabelle and Chucky??

Yikes!


(shiver!)

That’s all for now, folks. Thanks for looking (over your shoulder) 🙂

Suggested power song to blog to today: “Doll Parts” by Hole.

Toys and games from 1986

Featuring Rambo action figures by Coleco, Zoids by Tomy, Crossbows and Catapults by Action GT, Robotix by MB, and more – taken from the Autumn Bargains Catalogue, 1986, UK.

Action GT toys and games. Autumn Bargains catalogue. 1986. UK.

Rambo action figures. Tonka toys. BMX Ultra Burner. Autumn Bargains catalogue. 1986. UK.

From Tomy: Merry-Go-Copter; Little Crib Concert; Super Cup Football; Zoids. Autumn Bargains catalogue. 1986. UK.

Robotix and Lego. Autumn Bargains catalogue. 1986. UK.


Thanks for looking 🙂

Britains Toy catalogue, 1979

Featuring toys from the world famous British toy manufacturer William Britain, as seen in the 1979 English, French, and German language mini catalogue. Britains are well known for producing durable and highly detailed painted toy figures, play sets, and vehicles, with sets such as the ‘Deetail’ line being much sought after by collectors in today’s vintage toy market.

On a personal note, as a child, I collected the Britains American Civil War soldiers, 7th Cavalry, Cowboys and Indians, and German Infantry figures. I also had one of the wagon and horses sets, and a selection of farm animals, and one of my brothers had numerous animals from the Wildlife range. This catalogue brings back a lot of happy toy memories 🙂

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Brumm’s classic race cars 1930s – 1960s

Brumm catalogue. 1983. Italy.

Brumm is an Italian toy manufacturer formed in the early 1970s. The company specialises in miniature plastic and die cast vehicles from a bygone age.

TVTA is pleased to present selected images and the full scans from the Brumm 1983 catalogue, featuring some wonderful artwork and photographs of models available at the time such as Ferrari, Bugatti, Mercedes, and Alfa Romeo.

Team Brumm. Pit stop play set.

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International Star Wars toy and merchandise images 1977 – 1997

TVTA is proud to present a gallery of some of the best vintage Star Wars print images you will see this side of the galaxy!

From the vaults of TVTA we share more than 250 images showing international adverts and catalogue pages for the Star Wars Original Trilogy films, toys, merchandise, and promotional offers.

Covering the period between 1977 and 1997… this incredible post shows exactly how the Star Wars brand was sold around the world!

Thanks for looking, and MTFBWY!


Star Wars as seen in the US

Star Wars Jedi Arena video game. US.,1983.

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Ertl farm, country, and construction toys

Ertl Hickory Grove Farm. 1990.

TVTA is pleased to present images from two 1990 Ertl export catalogues. Ertl, founded in America in 1945, specialises in die cast vehicles and is notable for its production of farm, country, and construction toys, featuring brands such as John Deere, Massey Ferguson, Ford, Caterpillar, and Case International.

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Ertl Farm Machinery. 1990.

Ertl Farm. 1990.

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Carrera – slot car racing since the 1960s

Carrera’s origins can be traced back to 1920 when Josef Neuhierl started manufacturing tin toys in the Franconian town of Fürth, Germany.
In 1963, Josef’s son Hermann Neuhierl launched the Carrera Universal system – the first electronic 1:32 scale Carrera racetrack. It was an instant success. In 1967 the larger scale Carrera 124 continued the success and led the way for the brand to gain further popularity throughout the 1970s, ’80s and ’90s. To date, the company continues to manufacturer innovative slot car racing sets, and is a recognised leading brand around the world.

TVTA is pleased to present selected scans from the Carrera 2001 catalogue, plus Carrera print adverts from the 1970s and 1980s.

Carrera cover 2001 catalogue. France.

Carrera 2001 catalogue. France.

Carrera Evolution vehicles.

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1974 Planet of the Apes Board Game

Courtesy of fellow WP blogger TV SET GO the 1974 MB board game Planet of the Apes!

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TVTA Christmas selection box 2019

Wishing all our vintage mates love, light, peace and happiness for the holiday!

Wooof and I and the rest of The Vintage Toy Advertiser team are all set for Christmas! Picture the scene – the fire is lit and roaring; the gramophone is playing Santa Baby by Eartha Kitt; brightly wrapped presents sit under the tree; Mrs Coldkettle the tea lady is dressed as an angel and has made a giant Christmas pudding full of vintage toys and little capsules of Baileys Irish Cream; Allesandro the pigeon who lives on our roof has hired a Hollywood snow machine to gently drop snow flakes past our window; Wooof is dressed as Charles Dickens and is busy reading us gruesome and spine-tingling Christmas horror tales by the light of his Hello Kitty lantern; and me, I’m dressed as a Christmas candle burning at both ends. But don’t worry, vintage mates, everyone at TVTA will for sure get Christmas day off – I certainly don’t want the staff sending not one but two ghosts to haunt the bycrikeyallmighty out of me like they did last year! Lesson learned.

Happy holiday folks. Sincere thanks to everyone who’s joined in the fun with us this year. It’s been a blast!