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Starriors by Tomy


Big thanks to fellow WP blogger Virtuanaut for sharing the image scans from the Starriors Marvel mini-comics series. To view the complete series be sure to visit Virtuanaut’s site.

Starriors was a short-lived line of toy robots made by Tomy in 1984 and 1985. The figures were released with Marvel mini-comics (6 comics in total). Marvel also published a 4-issue comic book series. Some of the Starriors toys were later altered and re-branded for European markets as R.A.T.S (Robot Anti-Terror Squad).


Starriors toy ad. 1984. Image scan by virtuanaut.net

Starriors toy ad. 1984. Image scan by virtuanaut.net



Thanks for looking 🙂

Barbie and Ken catalogue – 1962


I recently picked up three 1962 Barbie in-pack booklets. These beautifully illustrated catalogues show the fashion range available back when Barbie was just 3 years old – amazing to think she’s still going strong today at 60! Alongside dozens of fashion items for Barbie, Midge and Ken, other gems found inside the catalogues are the Barbie board game, the Dream House and Fashion Shop, knitting patterns, Trousseau Set and the Barbie fan club and magazine.

Below are scans from the first booklet – Barbie and Ken – the others to follow another time soon. Click images to go bigger and enjoy 🙂












As always, thanks for looking 🙂

View-Master / Matchbox Grand Prix Game

Greetings vintage mates. Check out fellow WP blogger Mike Pigott’s excellent die cast toys and models site. The following reblog ticks three boxes of some of my favourite toys: the View-Master, die cast cars, and board games 🙂

Mike Pigott's Diecast Toys & Models

Mike Pigott looks at a rare game that combines a board, a View-Master viewer and reels and four Matchbox Superfast cars.

Viewmaster Game BoardDuring the 1970s GAF, the manufacturer of View-Master, entered the toy market with a range of games incorporating 3D viewers and reels. One of these was a race game that had the novel idea of using Matchbox cars as playing pieces. What makes this product of interest is the fact that some of the cars included were exclusive to the set and were not available separately, resulting in them being among the rarest Matchbox models of all time.

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Scalextric, 1960s

Scalextric is a leading brand of slot-car racing that was developed in the UK by Bentram “Freddie” Francis in 1957. TVTA is pleased to present a selection of 1960s adverts from France and Belgium showing some of the early models, tracks and accessories available during this period. Click images to enlarge.


1960s models, Belgium and France


Jojo, Nicole and Pierre adverts, Belgium

Scalextric. Jojo, Nicole et Pierre. Belgium. 1960s.


Power Sledge, Belgium


Jim Clark, Belgium, 1965


Ian Ashley and Mike Walker, C 1968, Belgium


The Starting Line


Comic Strip Style adverts, France




Bonus ads

1970s models, Belgium and France

Scalextric ‘You Steer’. Belgium.


Want to see more Scalextric? Check out my selected catalogue images here and here

As always, thanks for looking 🙂

G.I. JOE Action Figures 1960s

“America’s Movable Fighting Man”

G.I. Joe was first marketed by Hasbro in 1964 as a 12 inch (30 cm) scale posable action figure, then later again in 1982 as a 3.75 inch (9.5 cm) scale figure. In the UK the toy was sold by the Palitoy company as ‘Action Man’ (12 inch) and ‘Action Force’ (3.75 inch).

TVTA is pleased to present scans for G.I. Joe figures, clothing, accessories and vehicles from the 1964 and 1965 Hasbro catalogues, the G.I. Joe Army Manual, and the G.I. Joe Club.


G.I. Joe product catalogue. 1964.

G.I. Joe product catalogue. 1964.

G.I. Joe product catalogue. 1964.


 G.I. Joe Official Gear and Equipment Manual. 1965.




G.I. Joe Army Manual. 1964.



G.I. Joe Club and used sticker sheet. Dates unknown.



Thanks for looking 🙂