Tag Archives: vintage toys

1984 Airfix catalogue UK

This 1984 UK catalogue for the famous Airfix brand features model-making kits for Star Wars, Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider and Fall Guy, as well as vehicle sets, birds, dinosaurs, skeletons, the Red Arrows display team and other cool kits!

This high-quality catalogue aimed at the UK market is packed with wonderful colourful photographs and retailed at £1.45.

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Airfix catalogue. 1984. UK. Front cover.

Inside cover featuring Return of the Jedi Speeder Bike models against a neon style background of sprue and model parts – perhaps a nod towards the film Tron?

Dinosaurs and the ghoulish Airfix skeleton kit!

Head to head. 1984 Corvette vs Toyota Celica Supra car test.

Nature sets featuring wild birds, and a challenge for modellers with superior painting skills!

Classic ships.

Red Arrows.

Star Wars. The Rebels. Resist the dark forces of the galaxy!

Star Wars. Imperial Forces. Crush the rebellion!

Various Star Wars kits and some of the Airfix New for ’84 range.

Airfix Space and Airliners kits.

TV thrills! Dukes of Hazzard, Knight Rider and Fall Guy sets.

The Masterpiece Collection.

Military Tanks and Troops.

Military Aircraft.

Sea Power.

Classic Fighters.

Helicopters.


You can also see scans from the 1983 Airfix catalogue, French edition here

Thanks for looking!

Latest toy ads just in

From Denmark, Germany, Italy and the UK… Action Man, Action Team, Micronauts, Barbie, Pocketeers, Power Machines, Engineer Set, Fix-it Trucks and Boaterific.

Denmark. 1967.

Germany. 1977.

Germany. 1978.

Germany. 1978.

Denmark. 1987.

Germany. 1982.

Italy. 1986.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1981.

UK. Ideal catalogue. 1972.

UK. Ideal catalogue. 1972.

SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN / WOMAN

BionicManLogo

She’s breaking up! She’s breaking up!

“Steve Austin, astronaut. A man barely alive. Gentlemen, we can rebuild him. We have the technology. We have the capability to make the world’s first bionic man. Steve Austin will be that man. Better than he was before. Better, stronger, faster!”

… so went the opening lines from the Six Million Dollar man TV series.

Produced by Kenner in the US in 1975, The ‘Colonel Steve Austin’ 13 inch action doll complete with bionic eye and removable bionic modules was based on the popular TV show character starring Lee Majors.

The doll became an instant toy hit around the world. Additional figures were introduced to the line including a popular Jaime Sommers doll – the Bionic Woman (for which a separate TV series was made). Other characters included Oscar Goldman, Maskatron, Fembot, and a Bionic Bigfoot figure! Clothing, accessories and playsets were also available.


French advertising. Meccano.

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.


France. Pif Gadget. 1977.


France. Pif Gadget. 1978.



US advertising. Kenner.
US. Kull. 1976.

US. Kull. 1976.


US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.

US. The Twilight Zone. 1976.


US. Richie Rich. 1977.

US. Richie Rich. 1977.

Never mind the adverts (Pt9)

Welcome to part 9 of TVTA’s series Never Mind The Adverts.

In this edition we focus on James Bond 007 Spy cards.


A collection completed!

Today I finally completed my 007 trading card set! I needed five cards to finish, two of them super-rares. The cards were released in 2008 by GE Fabbri Ltd alongside a fortnightly run of magazines containing facts and info on the James Bond films. The magazines and cards were available to buy in UK newsagents. There were 275 cards to collect, trade and play with (each card has numerical statistics similar to Top Trumps).

A collectors tin was offered with issue 2 in which to store your cards. Mini albums were also available if you wanted to display in a reading format. Other items included a 007 spy pen and a burglar alarm toy. Some of the items were only available for subscribers and were not sold in shops.

Got, got, got, haven’t got, got…

After spending a small fortune and finding that I needed only a dozen or so cards to finish, I stopped buying the cards as I was only turning up doubles. When GE Fabbri discontinued the line I was disappointed to learn that unlike other trading card companies such as Panini, they didn’t offer an end service to buy directly any remaining cards needed. So, it was off to eBay for me to chase the stragglers. At first it was easy, but trying to find the last five I needed for a fair price proved to be difficult. That is until this week, when after a considerable hiatus I decided to hunt down those last stragglers and got lucky!

And here they are…


A small breakdown of what was available either in-store or as a subscriber exclusive…

Issue 1 backing board that was available in newsagents for the series launch. In the foreground is the collectable storage tin that came with issue 2..


Storage tin showing a complete collection of the 275 trading cards. You can also see the double-sided poster standing in the inside of the lid which doubled as a checklist to track and mark off each card.


007 burglar alarm toy, two spy pens, and the wrapper from an opened pack of cards.


Series magazines and cardboard storage box.


The name’s Bond. James Bond. These cards are dedicated to the various actors who played the role.


Villains, allies, Bond girls, gadgets and vehicles!








To sum up, I’m delighted to finally finish this collection. The colourful cards are packed with interesting characters, gadgets and vehicles that span all the Bond films up to Daniel Craig’s first outing. There are plenty of metallic foils to collect along with a small number of super-rare tilting double image cards, making this set hard to complete yet not impossible – even almost ten years later on the secondary market. The magazines are well-produced and the extras are good fun. The collectors tin adds a touch of elegance but needs to be handled with care as the metal is very thin and prone to dents and scratches.

Marks out of ten for the entire set and the collecting experience: a solid 8.5.


That’s all for now. Thanks for looking, and join us again soon for another Never Mind The Adverts!

Märklin Toys

The Märklin company was founded in 1859 in Germany. As well as specialising in model railways sets (see TVTA’s post Märklin trains), the company has produced doll house accessories, tin plate toys, construction sets and slot car racing sets.


Denmark. 1967.


Denmark. 1970.


Denmark. 1969.


Denmark. 1967.


Denmark. 1970.

KerPlunk

Kerplunk was made by Ideal Toys in 1967. Players load the tower with 30 sticks to create a ‘nest’ then place 40 marbles on top of the nest. Players take turns in carefully removing the sticks to prevent any marbles from falling. Fallen marbles accumulate in designated player trays at the base of the tower. The winner is the player with the least amount of fallen marbles at the end of the game.

Ideal Toys catalogue page. 1972.