Manta Force by Bluebird 1988

Manta Force was a toyline produced by Bluebird Plc in the 1980s. MANTA was an acronym for Multiple-Air-Naval-Terrain-Assault Force, which referred to both the “good guys” and their spacecraft, searching the galaxy for a “New Earth”. Their foe was called Viper Squad, who traveled in a spacecraft called Red Venom. The back-story involved the sending of a spaceship to find a “New Earth” for colonization by the World Government, given the overpopulated and polluted state of Planet Earth. The Viper Squad aimed to take over MANTA and colonize the New Earth themselves.

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Oh Penny Bluebird 1988

oh penny1988 Oh Penny Bluebird advert.

Matchbox made the Oh Penny range of toys which initially comprised a furnished dolls house with a family of five miniature people plus their pet cat and dog.

Later on Matchbox created more Oh Penny toys including a tree house, swimming pool, a barn and a creek to put around the house. The Oh Penny family also had a trailer for going on vacation!

1988 Manta Force by Bluebird

Manta Force was a toyline produced by Bluebird Plc in the 1980s. MANTA was an acronym for Multiple-Air-Naval-Terrain-Assault Force, which referred to both the “good guys” and their spacecraft, searching the galaxy for a “New Earth”. Their foe was called Viper Squad, who traveled in a spacecraft called Red Venom. The back-story involved the sending of a spaceship to find a “New Earth” for colonization by the World Government, given the overpopulated and polluted state of Planet Earth. The Viper Squad aimed to take over MANTA and colonize the New Earth themselves.

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Nissan Bluebird 1986

Nissan Bluebird advert from 1986

The Nissan Bluebird is a compact- to medium-sized car launched in 1957. The nameplate still exists today on the Nissan Pulsar-based Nissan Bluebird Sylphy in Japan, and on the U13-based Nissan Bluebird in mainland China.

The Bluebird’s traditional competitor was the Toyota Corona from almost the very beginning of the product line.

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1978 – Bluebird a la carte kitchen

Bluebird Kitchen Toy “Wake Up Daddy” 80’s Christmas advert.

Bluebird Toys plc was a British toy company. They are responsible for the Polly Pocket brand, Havok wargame and the Disney Tiny Collection. Previous toy lines include Manta Force and Mighty Max.

Torquil Norman started Bluebird Toys in 1980, his first product being the now famous Big Yellow Teapot House. This was one of the first ‘container’ houses which broke away from the traditional architectural style of dolls’ houses in favour of this light and colourful family home. He is also famous for his Big Red Fun Bus and Big Jumbo Fun Plane, Polly Pocket and the Mighty Max range, as well as the invention of the plastic lunch box.

The company was taken over by the toy giant Mattel in 1998.

Info gleaned from Wikipedia