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Re: Vintage 70's / 80's Argos catalogues

Postby spoons » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:45 pm

subzero wrote:But Argos didn't advertise anything SW related until the Autumn 1979 catalogue and there ain't much in there at all, and then again nothing being advertised at all again until the Autumn 1982 edition which shows just a single page of a handful of ESB toys, maybe this was just an Argos thing and they were more advertised in others?, I don't know.

Anyway thought i'd post this as others may have fun with this...

http://retromash.com/argos/


Argos advertised SW throughout the early 80s but there isnt a lot to be had until ROTJ. I copied these pages from a site a while ago. Couldnt find anything from 1981

spring summer 1980

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autumn winter 1980

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spring summer 1982

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Re: Vintage 70's / 80's Argos catalogues

Postby spoons » Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:49 pm

Here you go - here's all the pics from that earlier thread

viewtopic.php?f=1&t=29718&hilit=argos

No bras though :lol:
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Re: Vintage 70's / 80's Argos catalogues

Postby Mini99 » Thu Oct 11, 2018 6:58 pm

I never realised how expensive the Falcon was!
We (my brother and I) wanted the Action Man training tower, but were told that was too expensive, the Falcon was £5.00 more!
We never had either by the way! :cry:

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Re: Vintage 70's / 80's Argos catalogues

Postby Snaketibe » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:49 pm

spoons wrote:Here you go - here's all the pics from that earlier thread

http://www.starwarsforum.co.uk/viewtopi ... ilit=argos

No bras though :lol:

Thanks for the link. Great stuff! :-)

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Re: Vintage 70's / 80's Argos catalogues

Postby paulcalf » Thu Oct 11, 2018 7:50 pm

subzero wrote:But Argos didn't advertise anything SW related until the Autumn 1979 catalogue and there ain't much in there at all, and then again nothing being advertised at all again until the Autumn 1982 edition which shows just a single page of a handful of ESB toys, maybe this was just an Argos thing and they were more advertised in others?, I don't know.

Anyway thought i'd post this as others may have fun with this...

http://retromash.com/argos/


Although star wars was first shown in UK cinemas in December 1977, most UK cinemas didn't show it until 1978.

Star Wars toys wouldn't have featured in Spring 1978 argos catalogue as it would have been produced before the toys were available.
They probably didn't feature in Autumn 1978 and spring/summer 79 for a couple of reasons: Argos may not have known how popular SW would be/they couldn't get sufficient stock of the toys.

'Palitoy brings Star Wars to Planet Earth' advert didn't appear until 8th March 1978 and some of the figures advertised were drawings rather than pictures of figures.

Star wars Comics in June 1978 still had drawings of figures in adverts, rather than pictures of figures.

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Re: Vintage 70's / 80's Argos catalogues

Postby subzero » Thu Oct 11, 2018 11:27 pm

Thanks for the replies guys some useful info to think about there, I did also wonder did Argos just simply not realise how popular the toys would have been?, I suppose there's plenty of stories out there of many different companies not foreseeing the success in a franchise and then not preparing for it.

Spoons - Yes I noticed that last page too which I think was the only one I could find that actually had figures for sale and an actual full page dedicated to Star Wars, the rest from other years was just basically scraps.
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Re: Vintage 70's / 80's Argos catalogues

Postby theforceuk » Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:11 am

Yes I noticed no Star Wars in the 1981 catalogue, very strange. They did have quit a lot in the 1984 catalogue which is a double page, but not much really in others. I think it was their thinking to have a little bit of everything. As a kid I always remember wanting stuff that I only saw in the catalogue, like punch bags, table tennis table and a snooker table.
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Re: Vintage 70's / 80's Argos catalogues

Postby bosk70 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:11 am

I think I mentioned on the last argo's thread a few years ago, I could not believe the price £28.00 for the atat back in 81=82, what is that in todays money, it really makes you think how expensive toys were back then compared with today, (although some Hasbro prices are mad compared with other China produce) and how lucky we were to have these toys bought for us.
I don't believe I was spoilt as a kid but over the years I was lucky enough to have all the usual toys discussed in the resent toy thread (one toy line kid).
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Re: Vintage 70's / 80's Argos catalogues

Postby subzero » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:17 am

bosk70 wrote:I think I mentioned on the last argo's thread a few years ago, I could not believe the price £28.00 for the atat back in 81=82, what is that in todays money, it really makes you think how expensive toys were back then compared with today, (although some Hasbro prices are mad compared with other China produce) and how lucky we were to have these toys bought for us.
I don't believe I was spoilt as a kid but over the years I was lucky enough to have all the usual toys discussed in the resent toy thread (one toy line kid).


Just did a calculation on this site http://www.in2013dollars.com/2015-GBP-in-2018?amount=1

It would have been the equivalent to spending just over £100 today. :shock: A decent amount of money for a parent to spend on just one toy.

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Re: Vintage 70's / 80's Argos catalogues

Postby bosk70 » Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:18 am

bosk70 wrote:I think I mentioned on the last argo's thread a few years ago, I could not believe the price £28.00 for the atat back in 81=82, what is that in todays money, it really makes you think how expensive toys were back then compared with today, (although some Hasbro prices are mad compared with other China produce) and how lucky we were to have these toys bought for us.
I don't believe I was spoilt as a kid but over the years I was lucky enough to have all the usual toys discussed in the resent toy thread (one toy line kid).


Thanks for that Sub zero

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