A random selection of jigsaw puzzles published in the 1970s to present

Vintage advert: Mousline Instant Mashed Potato Jigsaw Puzzle Promotion. 1979. France.

Greetings vintage mates. Presenting, a random selection of jigsaw puzzles direct from the collection of TVTA. The first (below) is Disney’s The Rescuers, produced by Nathan in 1978. The completed 12-piece puzzle measures 108 cm long (approx 42 inches) and runs almost the entire length of my editing desk.

Puzzle-Frise. Bernard et Bianca / The Rescuers. 12 Large Piece Puzzle. 1978. Nathan. France.

Below: an early-school puzzle featuring farm-themed figures and objects, with six images to complete.

Silhouettes. 6 puzzles. 1979. Ravensburger. Made in Spain.

Below: Three Star wars puzzles. The first two are 1978 Kenner original-trilogy puzzles, with the “Luke and Droids” version unopened and still sealed. The third is a Hasbro Episodes I to VI puzzle.

Star Wars Luke and Droids 140 piece Jigsaw Puzzle. 1977. Kenner. US.
Star Wars Spave Battle 500 piece Jigsaw Puzzle.1977. Kenner. US.
Star Wars Episodes I to VI 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. 2015. Ravensburger. Made in Germany.

Where’s Wally? / Ou est Charlie?

The famous striped jersey and beanie hat-wearing elusive Wally is known as ‘Charlie’ here in France.

Ou Est Charlie? / Where’s Wally? 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle from Nathan under license by Ravensburger.
A detailed image for those wishing to find Wally… click pic to enlarge.

Below: Disney scenes 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. 2010. Ravensburger. Made in Germany.

Disney scenes 500 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. 2010. Ravensburger. Made in Germany.

Below: Mr Men and Little Miss 45 piece puzzle.

Mr Men and Little Miss 45 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle. 2010. MB Puzzles. France.

Below: Looney Tunes Dance 48 Piece Jigsaw Puzzle and poster. McDonald’s promotion. 2022. Pirouette Cacahouette. France.


As always, thanks for looking!

May The Fourth Be With You – let’s have a blast(er)!

Stormtrooper blaster 1996 Hasbro

Happy Star Wars Day, vintage mates! The 4th of May is the annual holiday celebration of the Star Wars franchise, known as: May The Fourth Be With You – which is a play on the expression ‘may the force be with you’. TVTA always makes a post on this day, usually showing off some Star Wars collectables or print advertising. This year we take a look at some Star Wars blasters, both big and small, direct from the collection of TVTA!

Boba Fett blaster 2009 Hasbro

Below: The Imperial Gunnery exclusive replica blasters.

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STS 4×4 – Super Track System by Exin

STS (Super Track System) 4×4 was an electric slot-car racing system made by Exin Lines Brothers of Spain. The track and vehicle operating systems were similar to Scalextric and other brands of the time, using a motor-driven chassis with pick-ups to make contact to an electrical current flowing inside the track.

STS 4×4 tried to do something a little different from its competitors by focusing on 4×4 vehicles and making their tracks a terrain-coloured brown as opposed to the typical black surface tracks of other brands. Extra track pieces were available to buy to expand the basic sets, along with a range of accessories such as obstacles, bridges and jumps.

TVTA is pleased to present catalogue images from the 1988 Spanish Exin catalogue and the 1988 French STS 4×4 catalogue. The images feature the main sets available at the time along with many accessories.

Cover. 1988 STS 4×4 catalogue. France.

Cover. Exin STS 4×4 segment from the Exin Catalogue. 1988. Spain.

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TENTE Construction Toys

TVTA is pleased to present further images from the 1988 Exin catalogue featuring TENTE construction toys.

Today we look at the lines Elephant (a range of pre-school bricks similar to Duplo and Mega-Bloks), Variant, Compact and Combi (for early school ages), and then sets for the more advanced young builder featuring typical Tenté themes of helicopters, boats, military vehicles and space craft.

To round off the post we have some examples from the Titanium line… and here there can be no doubt that some of its space vehicles were inspired by certain craft from the early Star Wars franchise (X-Wing and Tie Fighters immediately come to mind). 

Enjoy the images!

Selection of Tenté construction toy lines. Composition by TVTA.

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