Friday, November 2, 2018

Matt Groening's green machine...

Planet Express Spaceship (Futurama), Quantum Mechanics, China, 2010's

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Hey ? I'm seeing double...

Skeletor, Mattel, 1981, Spain
Battle Armor Skeletor, Mattel, 1983,

... brothers in arms ?

Saturday, October 27, 2018

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Capitaine Flam / Captain Future dimestore bootleg ?

Not a lot to say here, except that Picasso had his "période bleue" and our Captain has his "période rouge"... Looks like he stepped in molten lava... They just took the mold of the Popy toy, guns, watch and all and... voilà...

Captain Future, ? (bootleg), TAIWAN, ?

Saturday, October 20, 2018

The new (old) FAB 1 by Tomica

This one was issued for the 50 years of Thunderbirds.

FAB 1, TOMY, 2016, Vietnam
Click here to see how this car evolved....

Monday, October 15, 2018

Parachuting in space ?

Up to not too long ago this would have been a silly idea... Why would you need a parachute in space where there is no air ? But since Felix Baumgartner's record - you kind of start to understand the whole spacesuit with a parachute thingy... Italians were on it a lot sooner... don't know which toycompany though, but somebody, somewhere in Italy made this little 9cm. figurine.

Spaceman w/parachute, "Brevettato"
(= patented), Italy, make ?
Back of figurine with parachute

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Little clockwork futuristic cars...

Futuristic car, ?, Great Britain,  ?

No markings on these littel cars of about 7.5 cm each, except that they have a metal clockwork motor, wheels and chassis marked : MADE IN GT BRITAIN. Because of the pegs on the side they surely had some kind of track to run on. Anybody has more information about date ? Manufacturer ?

Friday, October 12, 2018

Libellule de Popy - Il était une fois l'Espace / Once upon a time... Space

Libellule, Popy, 1981 Singapore
From all the cartoon we watched on TV in the 80ies, this one (Il était une fois l'Espace / Once upon a time... space) was maybe one of the Frenchiest of all - even though it was created in Japan. All the mecha (= including this spaceship) was the creation of French illustrator Manchu, His very realistic approach to design was something no one had seen yet in a cartoon. But this is also why, about 30 years later, these same designs do not look outdated at all.

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Sci-Fy artwork by Manchu 
He was also at the drawing board for Ulysse's 31 "Odysseus" spaceship...

Inicial sketch by Manchu for the Odysseus

Thursday, October 11, 2018

It's Hugh Hefner ? Let's not go home but let's stay in the Manoir !

E.T. shampoo container, Avon, USA
Where did the bunnies go ?

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Kei Yûki - Nausica

Kei Yûkim ? Italy ? 1970's ?
This one is a strange find. It was described as Kei Yûki (Nausica), Captain Harlock's officer in chief. Or it may just be a female space pirate (she does have a blaster in her hand). We may never know, No manufacture, date or other text (of course...)

A bootleg ? A first draft of a never-produced action figurine ? You decide...

Go Charlie !

White knob windup Charlie Chaplin, Protocol, 2010's

Just a little toy of the walking Chaplin... Found in a tourist store in Lisbon...

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Feeling like a hot dog... and driving like one !

Sometimes an advertisement stunt transforms itself into an icon of pop culture. This is definitely the case with Oscar Mayer's Weinermobile ! Heck ! It even appeared on the Simpsons !

Weinermobile bank, China ?, 1990's
Weinermobile bank, Molto, Spain, 1970's

Modern Weinermobile
1952 version
1960's ?

Light my fire, Emeraldas !

Queen Emeraldas Zippo lighter w/base, 1998, USA production for Japan

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Bat Hair day ? Use some conditioner, girl !

Batgirl, McDonald's, 2015, Vietnam

Please recycle - Part two

Wall E - rubber figurine - Disney-Pixar, China (no date)

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Comic Con Lisbon

Cosplayers at Comic Con Lisbon 2018

Comic Con in Portugal happened for the first time in Lisbon yesterday. (before this it was always organized at Exponor in Porto). Maybe not as big as some of the other Comic Cons around, but still lots of cool costumes and Geekdom galore ! 

Gaming was there... from Pong to the unreleased SMASH game for the Nintendo Switch...