Monday, October 24, 2016

In space, no one can hear you scream... So just shut up !

"Big Chap" Alien vinyl bust bank. Diamond Select, China, 2016

H.R. Giger's design at its best !

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Buck Rogers' ride in 1936

Buck Rogers Rocket Fighter, Wyandotte, USA, 1936

Is it a blimp ? 
Well, at least it has fins !


And undercarriage... 

Image result for buck rogers comics spaceship
Some original artwork for the period...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

False Zeroids ?

Astroid Robots, Durham Ind. Hong Kong, 1970's

The blue one looks like Zerak...
... and the orange one like Zobor

If there ever is a "design" of the 70ies for robots, this is it. All plastic with tracks and computer-paper-stickers on their chests. 

A little taller than the real battery-operated ones from Ideal !
Well, they had to put the windup mechanism somewhere...

Monday, October 10, 2016

Do not expose the Mogwai to bright lights or sunlight which will kill it, do not let it get wet, and never feed it after midnight...

Gizmo, maker ?, 1980's

Another classic coming straight from the 80ies...  The ultimate pet to have... or not... 

Show me your colours, Shogun style...

UFO Robot Grendizer, Dynamic Heroes, Medicom, Japan, 2016
This is the retro color version of the new Medicom Sofubi of our favorite robot ! They really went old school with this toy and took as model the color scheme of the Popy Jumbo robot of the 70ies. Sweet!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hazard County...

gone jumping ?

General Lee, Malibu Int. Ltd., China, 2006

oh yeah, it has the buzzer sound !
Even with the controversy regarding the flag on the roof, this car was an 80ies TV star of its own...

Read more about it here.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nuclear Power ? Ford made it (almost) happen with the Nucleon...

The answer to a better world... just don't crash the damn car or you will have your own meltdown....
Read more about it here.

Atomic car, ?, Germany, 1960's

Ford Nucleon, with optional fins...
William Ford and model

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Carded little beauties...

Help me out putting a name on these, OK ?

???, Japan
Pocket Robot, Tomy ?, Japan

???, Japan
Mini Super Silver Robot,
IMCO Hong Kong
Strollers, 828C, Hong Kong

Sidero - Période bleue

Qonto (Sidéro), Popy, Japan, 1979
Toymaker Popy sold these little robots carded in different colors under "Bandai Investment" logo... The original was of course white, but this gives us collectors quite a new challenge trying to collect them all.

The same model was sold with the saucer by Popy as well.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Flea markets...

Tintin au marché aux puces, Moulinsart, 2011, China

Like our Belgian hero, I find a lot of toys on the flea market of Lisbon, so here is a little story behind it :

The Feira da Ladra, which literally translates into “Thieve’s Market” (in Portuguese “ladra” is a woman thief), is a local flea market that spans several streets of Lisbon’s Alfama district (Campo de Santa Clara). It is believed that this market has its roots in the Middle Ages (since the 12th century to be accurate), when traders used to go there to sell their products as well as stolen goods (as the name suggests). Nonetheless, the name Feira da Ladra itself, only dates back to the 17th Century.

More about it here.