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...


















Wednesday, August 29, 2018

The Geyper gun

Pistola del Espacio, Geyper, Spain, 1970's

This is not a joke...


Laughing robot, Yonezawa/Waco, Japan, 1969
You know this thing is evil... See it function here :



Monday, August 27, 2018

And another T-28...


Iron Robot Type 28, Crown Models, Japan, 1960 ?

One small Tetsujin...

Monday, August 20, 2018

The LeSabre concept


Buick LeSabre, Marx, USA, 1952


Sometimes the design of one object leads the way to the future... This was certainly the case with Harley Earl's designs at GM. The LeSabre car was based on every curve and line aviation from that jet age could throw at it... and it went 12Volts - this at least is a characteristic every modern car has by now. In 1951 ? Kind of the exception.... 



It is nice to have a toy with a driver from time to time... 
 
Changing a tire ? No problem, electric lifting jacks were integrated in the car...

Harley Earl, top designer at GM, driving his creation.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Your friend from space...

Mechanical Shooting Man from Mars, Irwin, USA, 1952-1953



Monday, August 13, 2018

Hubley Fire Brigade ?

Ahrens-Fox fire (pump) engine, Hubley, USA, 1950's
I don't really collect fire engines, but this one caught my attentuion by the spectacular futuristic - art deco design of the toy. From the "chrome" sphere on front of the radiator, it should suposedly be a model of an Ahrens-Fox fire truck (1910-1977). Ahrens-Fox fire engines were produced in Ohio and were recognizable by the chromed sphere above the pump that held air and smoothed the outgoing pressure fluctuations from the piston pump.


See more about the Ahrens-Fox company here. And here.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

May I smoke you ?

I finally got the coloured version of this fantastic Ray-Gun ! To see more about the grey version, click here.

Smoke Ring Gun, NU-AGE, USA, 1950's

With  more common grey version
Classic design !