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Toy shop snap shot: Hamleys of Regent Street London W.1.

Peter and Jane: We Have Fun. Lady Bird Books. 1964 / 2004.


Hamleys toy shop based in Regent Street, London, England, was founded in 1760 by William Hamley. It is the biggest and oldest toy shop in the world, and prides itself on selling not only traditional toys but newer toys that enter the market. Hamleys Book of Toys, Sports and Games, Christmas 1983 states

“Whilst traditional toys and dolls are as popular as ever, a vast revolution has nevertheless taken place in toyland. Electronic games and home computers have captured the imagination of children and their parents throughout the world.”

The Hamleys book goes on to announce the creation of a vast 4,000 sq. ft electronic games complex called ‘A Step Ahead’ with trained technology advisors on hand to guide customers through what surely must have been described back then as ‘video game heaven’.



Hamleys also announce another new department ‘Small World’ featuring international dolls furniture and miniatures, as well as extra space given over for their ground floor Star Wars department.

The 123 page Hamleys Christmas book is wonderfully presented with photographs and descriptive text, giving us a sense of not just what the toys looked like back in 1983 but what they did too, Enjoy the scans!

The 1983 Christmas Book of Toys, Sports and Games by Hamleys. Front and rear cover. The front ‘cover subject’ is “Toy Lady” while the back features one of Hamleys famous bears.































Hamleys “A Step Ahead” Electronic Games Complex












That’s all folks. Hope you enjoyed the scans. Thanks for looking 🙂

Further reading: A history of Hamleys by Hamleys

 

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special: posters, features and adverts

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.

Aside from its regular weekly issues (known as PROGS), British comic publication 2000 AD also published summer special issues known as 2000 AD Sci-Fi Special. The comic was released each summer from 1978 up to 1996, and recently underwent a reboot by the current publishers. Typical issues contained new and reprinted stories, posters, fan art, film and book reviews, puzzles and fact files. I really like the Sci-Fi Specials and tend to regard them as ‘summer break’ versions of the UK hard back Annual which is traditionly published each Christmas, 2000 AD being no exception. I’m also a fan because the stories are complete and not serialised.

2000 AD Thrill-Power rating: a no nonsense ten out of ten!

Here are some selected scans.

Various artists from credits: Gibson, Fabry, Davis, Demarkus, Percival, Bisley, Smith, Kennedy, Rowley.

2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1981.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1981


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1986.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1987.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1986.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1996.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1985.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1983.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1984.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1994.


2000 AD Sci-Fi Special 1980. Thargus Maximus.

Kinder Surprise chocolate eggs and toys

“In 1974, the iconic Kinder Surprise was launched in Europe. All children love chocolate, playing games and discovering new things. And so, the concept of an egg with a surprise toy was created, representing a special joy-filled moment to be shared between parents and their children.” From Kinder.com

As a lover of both toys and chocolate, Kinder Surprise (also known as Kinder Eggs) made by the Italian company Ferrero, is pretty hard to resist around the scanning rooms of TVTA! Many of the toys contained within the chocolate eggs have become collectable over the years, even giving rise to a reproduction market in some instances. The toys often require simple construction and contain fun action features. Many of the toys are collectable figurine sets featuring famous characters like the Smurfs, Astérix, Mickey Mouse and Friends, Disney Princesses, Shrek, Superheroes, Star Wars Hippos, Hello Kitty and others.

Below are some toy photos as put together by TVTA along with a selection of international ads featuring the much-loved egg and some of the toys available.

Selection of 40th anniversary collection figures.

Selection of Disney’s Mickey Mouse and Friends characters.

Cute animals, Princesses and Simpsons characters.

Robot characters.

Alien characters.

Astérix et Obélix: Au service de sa Majesté / God Save Britannia complete set.

Barbapapa complete set.

Les Schtroumpfs 2 / The Smurfs Movie 2 complete set.

Les Schtroumpfs / Smurfs complete set

And you thought one Gargamel was bad enough!!! An example of a variant figure – Gargamel in grey tunic along with the more common black tunic version.


KINDER SURPRISE ADVERTISING

France. Pif Gadget. 1977.


Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1981.


France. Pif Gadget. 1980.


Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1979.


Germany. Fix Und Foxi 37. 1984.

Germany. Fix Und Foxi 37. 1984.


France. Pif Gadget. 1978.

France. Pif Gadget. 1978.


France. Pif Gadget. 1982.


France. Pif Gadget. 1980.


France. Pif Gadget. 1981.


France. Pif Gadget. 1979.


 

Is there a cheap analyst out there?

1970s and 80s slightly unhinged comic covers

Is the world dangerous or mad? Or both? Do you continue to possess your own name? What’s that growing silently in the corner of your mind? And why so serious all of a sudden? Because nothing’s very funny anymore, and in case you didn’t notice we’re sinking slowly into the mire. Yes, but why so angry? So changeble? Because we’ve painted ourselves into a corner we can’t get out of, and have finally conquered ourselves. Ah, that would be the inherent human condition to destruct itself, yes? Yes. Now how much do I owe you?

Time to let off some steam with comic covers from the 1970s and 80s featuring characters, stories and themes whose worlds have come undone. Artwork by Kirby, Kubert, Alcala, Severin, Veitch, Trimpe, Sutton, Colan, Ordway, O’Neill and Dillon.

Please pay the therapy bill on the way out.

2000 AD. Sci-Fi Special. Cover by Steve Dillon. 1988.


Marvel 50th Premiere. Alice Cooper. Sutton and Austin. 1979.


Little Shop of Horrors. Cover by Gene Colan. 1986.


Batman Official Movie Adaption. Cover by Jerry Ordway. 1989.


Swamp Thing No.85. Cover by Tom Veitch. 1989.


The Mighty World of Marvel No.107. Cover by Herb Trimpe. 1974.


Weird War Tales No.25. Cover by Alfred P Alcala. 1974.


Kull No.19. Cover by Severin, 1976.


Claw the Unconquered No.11. Cover by Joe Kubert. 1978.


Marshal Law. Cover by Kevin O’Neill. 1988.