Thursday, May 28, 2020

Before Google...

Robot "gives the right answer" game, Jumbo, 1950's, The Netherlands

Robot "Magical Computer" game, Jumbo, 1950-60's ?,The Netherlands


Why does a toy company change the name of one of their best selling games mid-term ? I don't really know which version came first - my best guess is the green one - at least for the Dutch market. I know other versions were made in other languages all over the planet. The design of the plastic robot pointing at the answers with a metallic needle (yes, toy safety maniacs - a big metallic needle !)  also changed through the years. Maybe "Magic Computer" came into fashion ? Or is it the multilingual version of the box ? (even though all blue question cards are in Dutch and not in French or German like te box would suggest)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Mazinger bootleg ?

Robot Lance Missiles, Soclaine (Importer - Paris),
Taiwan, 1980's

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Paper planes ? Nope - styrofoam spaceships !

Colors are hard to print on styrene !
This is a strange Comet...only 1 wing!

Outer Space Gliders, Taiwan, 1980's

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Winter is coming !!!

Snowspeeder, Kenner, USA, 1980
This one is definitely high on the list of my favorite Star Wars toys. It's close to scale, has great light effects in the dark and can host 2 pilots. And the harpoon... don't forget the harpoon !

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Robots and trains ? 2 of my hobbies coming together !

Sonic Mighty Transformer robot, HappyWell, China, 1997

Don't know  lot about this toy. Does it come from a cartoon ? It had quite an expensive pricetag in the 1990's, at least for a Chinese toy...

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Sparkling rayguns

Sparkling guns nº5018 - LS - Hong Kong - 1980's

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Do they only listen to AM in space ?

I-R-1-2 Starroid radio robot, 
Calfax Inc. Hong Kong, 1978

Pistons !

Sentinel Robot, Kamco 
Hong Kong, 1980's

Ahhhh - the smell of roaring pistons in the morning... and spring loaded missiles !

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Don't loose a piece !

Wooden Jigsaw puzzle, High Spot, UK ? 1960's

Space Pirates ? GI Joe - Action Man did not have this one...

Space Pirate costume for Action Joe figure, CEJI Arbois, 1976, Hong Kong

Anyone recognizes the logo and the cosmodragoon in the holster ? Yeap... same ones as the CEJI Albator doll ! (see here)

Palitoy had Captain Zargon, but the Frenchies had to be different... bien sûr !

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

The figurine that was hard to get...

Darth Maul (jedi Duel) Kenner-Hasbro, China, 1998

Sometimes you had to go through a heck of a number of toystores before finding the one figure you wanted from a particular movie... this was what happened here. I think in the end my mom located and offered this to me. Thanks mam !

Don't know what to play during Corona ?

Capitaine Flam game, MB, Ireland, 1980

There are cards and spinners...

Monday, April 27, 2020

Plants with super powers ?

Some very strange licensed products have appeared to me over the years... This one has a certain charm because it teaches kids that all you plant will grow... or not 😉 !

Super-Hero Planters, 12 porcelain flower pots
Design Marc by Hampshire, Japan, 1978

Batman, Shazam, Superman and Wonder Woman.

Sunday, April 19, 2020

Goldorak is back !

Grendizer infinitism, HG 1/144 model kit, Bandai, 2019, Japan

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Portuguese Ulysses 31 books

Ulysse 31 has always been a big serie in my youth - great spaceships - good scripts, and a whole new modern take on mythology.

As you can see, this cartoon also was famous abroad... here two Portuguese booklets (only 8 pages each...) with images taken straight of the cartoon. It aired on RTP from 1984 to 1985.

Ulisses 31-A lagoa dos duplos,
Disvenda, Portugal, 1980's
Ulisses 31-A insurreição dos companheiros,
Disvenda, Portugal, 1980's

Thémis (Yumi) is called Thais in this version...

Sunday, March 8, 2020

Next toyfair in Lisbon ? Be patient young Paduwan, be patient...

The power of the Dark Side decided to intervene in all our lives... so now we all have to stay home and maybe use this time to do some cleaning and rearange shelves... I'll keep you updated as soon as we have new information regarding next toy fair.

Stay Safe !

Flying to Melmac ?

Alf in rocketship, Bully, West Germany, 1988

Friday, March 6, 2020

Old Ben's Spirit...

Obi Wan Kenobi (spirit), Kenner, China, 1997
This of course was never produced in the original toy line, but Kenner issued this as a mail-away figurine for their POTF 2 line. Not a lot of articulations (just head and arrms) and a big block of translucid plastic for the body, all this to recreate the famous (or infamous - since Disney made a new version with Hayden Christensen as Vader) end-scene of the Return of the Jedi...

Saturday, February 29, 2020

And another Harley !

Harley Quinn. Mattel, China, 2015

Friday, February 28, 2020

Tin R2 for Candy...

I ate the candy people... so no pics of that ! But the container is still a beauty !

R2D2 embossed tin for Star Wars Fruit Jelly
Kinnerton Confectionery, London, 1996

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

The General...

PullBack General Lee Racer. Knickerbocker, 1980, Taiwan

Monday, February 3, 2020

In space no one hears you... sing the blues...

Blue Moon Alien, Reaction (Funko), China, 2018

Sunday, February 2, 2020

The new Disney bot...

BB-8 and D-O Pez dispensers, PEZ, Hungary
And, what did you guys think of the movie ?

Friday, January 24, 2020

Round Table Knight

Round Table Knight Robot, Ptoy, Taiwan, 1980's
Well, here you have it. King Arthur can rest in his grave now, the next generation knight is going to guard Camelot all on his own.

Missing a shield, this one is (to my knowledge) one of the only robots with a Christian cross on his chest...