TVTA Christmas selection box 2022 – the marvelous universe of toys!

Cover detail. Arbois toy catalogue. France. C1978.

Greetings vintage mates! It’s that time of year again when your humble TVTA editor and his intrepid office cat, Wooof, search high and yo-ho-ho low for some seasonal scans to warm the cockles of your Christmas heart!

So, sit back, slip on your Ewok slippers, grab a mince pie, and allow us to mull your wine and get figgy with your pudding, as TVTA presents you with some delightful toys and games from yesteryear courtesy of the French Arbois catalogue (no date printed on this catalogue, alas, but I’m staking the Christmas raffle on it being 1978! Wooof says it’s 1980… but I think he’s had one too many sherries and is meowing up the wrong Christmas tree. Furballs ahoy!). This Arbois catalogue features toys and games from the CEJI imports company.

Enjoy the scans. Have a very merry Christmas and a fruitful and creative New Year!

Ford


Below images: Action Joe figures. Action Joe (or Group Action Joe) is the French version of the UK’s Palitoy Action Man and the US’s Hasbro G.I. Joe. Alongside Lego and die cast cars, Action Man was the toy I had ‘the most of’. The below adverts bring back happy memories as I had almost all of the uniforms featured.

Action Joe parachute. Arbois toy catalogue. France C1978.

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I got Scoobied, again!

Scooby-Dooby Doooo! (Never Mind The Adverts, Part 18)

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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