1991 Maltesers

Maltesers-Wrapper-SmallMaltesers are a confectionery product manufactured by Mars, Incorporated.

Maltesers consist of a roughly spherical malt honeycomb centre, surrounded by milk chocolate. They are most popular in Denmark, the UK, Australia, Switzerland, Spain, Ireland, Canada, Poland, France, Hong Kong, and Portugal Maltesers are sold in a variety of packaging, including plastic bags (ranging in size from small ‘fun-size’ upwards), larger cardboard boxes and tubes, and plastic buckets (ranging in size from medium to very large). They also have medium sized “teasers” in celebrations boxes. Maltesers are also one of the types of sweet included in Mars’s Revels assortment.

In February 2013, Maltesers will be sold in Italy, Malta, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Macau, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro,Serbia and Slovenia.

The current name is a portmanteau of the words “malt” (one of the main ingredients) and “teasers”.

Info gleaned from Wikipedia

1976 Matchbox SuperKings


Matchbox
 is a popular toy brand which was introduced by Lesney Products in 1953 and is now owned by Mattel, Inc. The brand was so named as the originaldie-cast Matchbox toys were sold in boxes similar in style and size to those in which matches were sold. Subsequently the brand would encompass a broad range of toys including larger scale die-cast models and various non die-cast lines such as plastic model kits and action figures.

During the 1980s, Matchbox started to switch to the more conventional plastic and cardboard “blister packs” that were used by other die cast toy brands such as Hot Wheels. The box style packaging was re-introduced for the collectors’ market in recent years, particularly with the release of the “35th Anniversary of Superfast” series in 2004.

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1980 Scalextric

C3073-scalextric-mini-slot-carsScalextric advert from Christmas 1980.

Scalextric came from the Scalex brand of Minimodels Ltd, which was a clockwork powered race car system that first appeared in 1952. Their inventor, B. “Freddie” Francis, showed Scalextric (“Scalex” plus “electric”) cars at the annual Harrogate Toy Fair in 1957 in the UK. In 1958, unable to meet demand for their popular range, the parent company was sold to Lines Bros Ltd, who operated as “Tri-ang”. Their subsidiary Rovex, which specialised in plastic, then developed Scalextric, converting the metal cars to the easier and cheaper to mould plastic. The track, which was originally a rubber compound, became moulded plastic at a later date. Production continued at Mini-models in Havant until 1967, when it moved to Rovex’s own site.

When Lines Bros collapsed, their subsidiary Rovex-Triang, which handled Scalextric and the Triang railway brand, was sold off, eventually becoming Hornby Railways. Although Scalextric remained based in the UK, most of the products are made in China.

Results were hit in 2007 by the closure of the Scalextric Race World retail store in Tacoma; Scalextric-USA created a store front in Auburn, Washington showcasing Scalextric slot cars, tracks and accessories.

Star Wars Toys

Star Wars Toys from the 80’s

The Kenner toy company produced a line of Star Wars action figures based on prominent characters in the original Star Wars movie trilogy. Over 90 unique action figures were produced and sold from 1977 to 1985. Between 1977 and 1984, 300 million Star Wars action figures were sold; Kenner’s success motivated creators of other action-adventure movies to market their own action figure line.

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