1980s Space Fings, Crazy Fings, and some very British comic ads

If you were around in Britain in the 1980s you might well remember some of the following adverts for comics, sweets, bubble gum, Hot Wheels, MOTU, Weetabix, Grange Hill, and, erm… Understanding Electricity. Actually, if anyone recognises the artist from the Understanding Electricity ad at the end of the post, please let me know. The style is familiar, but so far I can’t find any info.

Enjoy this blast from the past 🙂

Trebor Space Fings. 1981. UK.

Trebor Crazy Fings free stickers. 1981. UK.

‘5 for Fun’. Comics. 1981. UK.

Western Magazine. 1980. UK.

Hot Wheels. 1981. UK.

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NERF – It’s Nerf or Nothin’!

NERF is a toy brand created by Parker Brothers in 1969 and currently owned by Hasbro. The company is notable for producing brightly coloured toy blasters (NERF Blasters) which shoot foam-based ammunition. Other products include NERF Sports, Dart Tag, Rebelle, Zombie Strike, Super Soaker, and Lazer Tag.

NERF 25th birthday prizes. 1995.

NERF Cyber Stryke Gear. More Fun From Kenner Catalogue. 1997.

NERF Whip-Tail Scorpion; Mad Hornet; Electric Eel; Razor Fin; Coral Viper; Lazer Fang; Venom Shot. More Fun From Kenner Catalogue. 1997.

NERF Stinging Scarab; Gator; Manta Ray; Head 2 head. More Fun From Kenner Catalogue. 1997.

NERF Sports. More Fun From Kenner Catalogue. 1997.

NERF Commlink II Blaster; Ratchetblast; Autogrip; Perceptor; Strongarm; Armorshot. More Fun From Kenner Catalogue. 1997.

NERF Terradrone. Metronews 2014.


Thanks for looking. Remember… NERF – not to be confused with:

  • Scruffy-looking Nerf-herder
  • N*E*R*D
  • Nerfing Compares 2 U
  • Smurf

 

My Second Barbie – she’s a Wonder Woman!


Presenting, my second Barbie… (first one here)

Dear readers, I am thrilled to add my second Barbie to TVTA’s toy collection – the 2003 Mattel Barbie DC Comics Playline Edition Wonder Woman doll.


My Barbie as Wonder Woman came mint in her original box, complete with accessories and a mini lunchbox keychain. A display stand is also included.

The reverse of the box shows an uncredited Wonder Woman comic artwork (possibly by Bruce Timm from Justice League Unlimited era, anyone?), and an image of the three DC Playline Edition Barbie dolls available at the time: Catgirl, Wonder Woman, and Supergirl.


She’s Wonder Woman, and she rules, but she’s also Barbie… therefore she must strike her glamour poses…


I was tempted to get one of the many exquisite Barbie Wonder Woman dolls based on the modern Gal Gadot version, but hesitated for the moment in favour of a more traditional comic book Wonder Woman + traditional Barbie look.

Honestly though, examples like the one below are going to be hard to resist!


In other Wonder Woman news…

Here is my freshly scanned copy of Odyssey of the Amazons – a ‘Before Wonder Woman’ tale. I’m hoping to jump into this epic story during my two days off before the weekend slog at work.

 

And finally, for those of you who just can’t get enough of Wonder Woman…

Look out for TVTA’s upcoming Wonder Woman tribute post, scheduled for this October in time for a very important film release 😉


Thank you for being Wonderful with us 🙂 

Smurfs figurines Catalogue 1965 to 1986 (part 2)

TVTA is pleased to present part 2 of the scans for this wonderful German Schleich catalogue featuring world-famous Peyo Smurfs figurines.

Part 1 showing the entire 1965 to 1986 Smurfs figurine range can be seen here

In part 2 we look at some of the figurine history and production processes; comic strips and animation; plus brilliant photographs showing some famous (and very lucky) 1980s recipients of the German pop culture magazine Pop Rocky ‘Golden Hammer Smurf’ awards!

Kim!

Kim Wilde photographed with her Pop Rocky Golden Hammer Smurf Award.

ABBA…

Abba photographed with Pop Rocky Golden Hammer Smurf Award.

Smurfs Schleich catalogue 1986 inhalt 01

History and design 

Comic strip pages

Animation

Pop Rocky magazine Golden Hammer Smurf Awards!

Smurf fan mail!


Thanks for smurfing with us  🙂

Check out part 1 here

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 🙂