TVTA is retiring

Greetings vintage mates.

It is with a degree of sadness yet a positivity for the future of my blogging endeavours that I am announcing the retirement of The Vintage Toy Advertiser. At the least it will be a hiatus or very long holiday.

Since 2011 my aim for the site was to create an online resource and archive showcasing vintage advertising and catalogue images spanning the subject of toys, movies, comics, video games, food & drink and much more!

Ten years on – I think I’ve largely done as much as I can and want to do for the time being regarding this. The decision has been made easier by my dissatisfaction with the WordPress drive of switching to blocks. As a paying customer I am no longer willing to part with money for a service which does not meet the needs of TVTA.

My archive (4.5K advert and catalogue images + hundreds of toy images from my own collection + hundreds of comic book and magazine covers) was always meant to be added to and enhanced. Having to edit with blocks is unwieldy and time-consuming to maintain the good standards of my work, and it seems there are far too many hoops to have to jump through just to publish even a simple post these days… when blogging should be easy, quick, and fit for everyone’s purpose?

Another issue is that I will soon reach my current plan limit for image space, requiring me to upgrade to the next and more expensive plan with additional features I do not need. Maybe WP could consider offering one-off extra image space packages for blogs which are picture heavy? I doubt that. As much as I’ve always loved WP, they never seem to listen.

So, onto the future…

I will be launching a new site soon. Likely on WP still, but without the costs I’ve been incurring. The site will be simple. Focussed on writing, art projects, and with the occasional feature on vintage books and comics.

As such, The Vintage Toy Advertiser will no longer be updated, and will be left in the capable paws of TVTA office cat extraordinaire Wooof to curate while he idly munches his way through cat biscuits and re-watches all those VHS films we never returned to Blockbusters.

As for my dear vintage mates here… I intend to very much keep in touch, and I would like to give a HUGE, huge, huge, massive, storming, magnificent, mammoth, mega-big thanks to everyone who has been a part of TVTA over these past ten years. The interaction, inspiration, encouragement, fun and laughs, likes, comments, reblogs, shares and links has quite simply made my days 😊

It’s April, and April is my big TVTA blog anniversary – 10 years old this month! And now a retirement to add to it. Sometimes these things work this way.

I’ll leave you with a quick gallery of a few of my favourite archived images over the years (too many to choose from!!), and I’ll be sure to post the link soon for my new site once it’s up and running.

Adios you lovelies, see you on the other side! 😎

Ford, editor TVTA



As always, thanks for looking 🙂

Dinky TV toys, Capitaine Flam, 90s movies

From the Dinky Toys 1971 French catalogue – Gerry and Sylvia Anderson TV show toys; Thunderbirds, Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, UFO.


Thunderbirds

Lady Penelope’s FAB 1 car from Thunderbirds.


Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons

Spectrum Pursuit Vehicle (SPV) from Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.


UFO

SHADO UFO Interceptor vehicle from UFO.


Cover. Dinky Toys catalogue. 1971. France.

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Micro Machines dealer catalogue by Ideal Toys

Cover. Micro Machines 1991/92 Ideal/Lewis Galoob Toys catalogue. France.

Produced by Galoob Toys in 1987 and currently owned by Hasbro, Micro Machines is a line of miniature scale vehicles and play sets. As well as producing their own vehicles Galoob held licenses for well-known TV and film franchises such as Star Trek, Star Wars, James Bond, Power Rangers and MIB, as well as producing a series of Rockin’ Wheels sets that featured the touring vehicles of famous bands such as AC/DC, Deep Purple and others.

TVTA is pleased to present selected new scans from an interesting Micro Machines catalogue I recently acquired: a 1990/91 unstamped dealer catalogue. It’s licensed to Ideal Toys from Lewis Galoob Toys, and was aimed at the French-speaking market. (This is my earliest so far catalogue for Micro Machines; the others can be seen in my post here)

Enjoy the images 😎

Micro Machines Motors. Ideal Toys. France. 1990/91.


Micro Machines X Rays. Ideal Toys. France. 1990/91.


Micro Machines Micro Vision. Ideal Toys. France. 1990.


Micro Machines Mega Monsters. Ideal Toys. France. 1990/91.


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Playmobil catalogues 1980 – 2008

Currently nursing a mild case of Covid-19, TVTA is pleased to present a selection of recently acquired Playmobil catalogue covers and pages.

The print dates are from 1980s West Germany; 1990 Federal Republic of Germany; and 2008 Malta. 

Might as well kick off with the medical one then 😀

Playmobil catalogue. 1990. Federal Republic of Germany.

Playmobil mini catalogue. 1980s West Germany.

Playmobil catalogue. 1990. Federal Republic of Germany.

Playmobil catalogue. 1990. Federal Republic of Germany.

Playmobil catalogue. 2008. Malta.

Playmobil catalogue. 2008. Malta.

Playmobil catalogue. 1990. Federal Republic of Germany.

Playmobil mini catalogue N°2. 1980s. West Germany.

Playmobil mini catalogue N°2. 1980s. West Germany.

Playmobil mini catalogue N°2. 1980s. West Germany.

Thanks for looking 🙂

Coming soon to TVTA… a splendiferous and spiffing spotlight on Spawn 😎

Corgi Toys die-cast vehicles catalogue 1971/72

Q: What do The Magic Roundabout; Popeye; Noddy; Batman; James Bond, The Saint, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Daktari have in common?

A: They’ve all had die-cast vehicles made for them by Corgi!

TVTA is pleased to present scans from the 1971/72 Corgi Toys catalogue French edition, featuring well-known stars of TV and film, as well as iconic Corgi models like the Lunar Bug and Simon Snorkel fire engine.

Enjoy 🙂


James Bond Aston Martin DB5; Batmobile and Batboat; Chitty Chitty Bang Bang


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1971 die-cast models and art from Matchbox

Curious. Does anyone else think the mountain race track peak looks like Batman?

Art vs Photography and the two combined

I’ve mentioned before that some of my favourite toy advertising images come from the 1960s and 1970s. This is because many products back then were advertised using original art – often drawn by in-house company artists, rather than the product photography style which became popular in the years that followed. That’s not to say photograph adverts were employed pre-1980s, they were, but perhaps it was cheaper to produce ad materials with drawings rather than photos back then?

The following images from the 1971 Matchbox Collectors Catalogue illustrate perfectly, and with some charm, how products might capture the imagination of the buyer when rendered as art. As well, some images feature both art and photography. The ideal mix, perhaps.

Cover. Matchbox Collectors Catalogue. 1971. France.

Matchbox Speed kings. 1971.

Matchbox Autopark. 1971.



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You wait five years, when along comes…

this…

What could it be, vintage mates? Hm, a piece of small red plastic; some component to match with other pieces, to complete a set?

A little clue…

Another clue…

Still no idea? Okay, another clue…

Easy peasy lemon squeezy?

If anyone guessed correctly that it is the stage platform for the 1991 Playmobil Romani Circus Jazz Band – then award yourself a mighty 3,000 vintage points!

Below is the band from my old picture gallery, naked of a stage (every band needs a stage, right?)

And below, here is the band onstage at last…

The drummer jazz dude with his little blue drum kit is my fave. He’s missing a cymbal and an extra pair of drumsticks (one can never have enough drumsticks) so the set is still not 100% complete, but I can source these parts another time. For now, having that stage finally turn up at a decent price makes all the difference.

Below is a picture (courtesy of eBay) showing the jazz band in the Romani Circus play set…

Thanks for looking 🙂

And, while we’re on about music… (and apologies for leaping from Playmobil to politics) …

F#@k you Brexit!

I’m pissed off to learn that the UK Conservative government has just shafted British and European touring artists by not agreeing to waiver performance visas in light of the recent Brexit trade agreements. The EU said they made an offer to allow continued frictionless travel between countries for performers, and that the UK rejected it. The UK are of course blaming the EU. I know who I’d rather believe.

As a drummer who once played live around Europe in numerous bands, the joy of performing to a wide and diverse audience is a pure high; but for bands and artists who earn a regular living from performing – this is also a cruel and unecessary blow to their livelihoods, which have already been savaged by Covid-19 restrictions.

Links: Musicians’ Union and The Gurdian and The Independent

The British music industry in 2019 contributed an estimated £5.8bn to the UK economy. The UK government – in restricting the freedom of travel for musicians – is causing a major self-harm with its shallow and spiteful gesture made to those who work in the arts. But then, what else would you expect from the government who produced Brexit Britain.

“For the first time, he heard something that he knew to be music. He heard people singing. Behind him, across vast distances of space and time, from the place he had left, he thought he heard music too. But perhaps, it was only an echo.” ― Lois Lowry

or…

“Welcome to the Brexit, sir. I’m sorry.” – Netherlands Border Control

😂🤣😂

I got Scoobied + 3 new Brazilian Playmobil ads

A little Christmas pressie for me… but Ruhuh… I didn’t get the Mystery Machine (not yet anyway 😉) However I did get the Playmobil Scooby-Doo set 70207 featuring Scooby, Shaggy, Ghost and accessories.

Cool 😎

Now for some cool Playmobil adverts from Brazil. The following three ads are reproduced here courtesy of longtime TVTA contributor and friend Zerocal and feature mid-90s Playmo figures from the manufacturer Estrela.

The ads are printed on mini comic books (in Brazil, called “Revista em Quadrinhos” or simply “Gibi”).

Circus Revista. Monica N°95. 1994. Brazil.

Ambulance Revista. Monica N°94. 1994. Brazil.

Castel Revista. Cebolinha N°96. 1994. Brazil.

Original Zerocal post can be seen here


Thanks for looking 🙂