Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Insane in the membrane, Insane in the ...

 Take an egg. Give it the diecast treatment. Put a little bit of arms, a little bit of legs and a revolving "eye" function and voilá... you got a robot. Not hard (boiled) really... OK, sorry for the pun. Was this thing capitalizing on the fame of Robocon and the likes ? Sure. But why not go along with a design that has proven itself before...


Brain III, Shinsei Kogyo Co. Ltd., Hong Kong, 1970's

Old School rubbers that will give you a punch !

Wonder Woman, NJCroce, China, 2016-17
Superman, NJCroce, China, 2016-17


Monday, June 18, 2018

Got to love the box !

Dan Dare Planet Gun, Merit, England, 1967-68

This gun came in black and in red also...

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Astroboy's ride ?

Astroboy car (Tetsuwan Atom) - maker unknown (marked "17 "Falcon")
 Argentina ? Hong Kong ? - 1960's (?)







Sunday, June 3, 2018

Next toyfair in Lisbon : 16 of June

Will you all be there ?


My favorite playset ?

The box is already a piece of art in itself, measuring a whopping 33 cm high on 60 cm wide... different sets were made, and were hand assembled with different spacecraft and figurines depending on the availability. Mine has 10 figurines and 3 spacecraft.

Figurines were stapled to the baseplate (thermovacuumed plastic) and spacecraft were held in place with rubber bands...long perished at this day and age.

Thunderbird 2 - silver version - is located in one of the craters...

Parker, Lady Penelope and Brains. The spying at the left, the engineering at the right.

...and of course you have the Hood, International Rescue's arch enemy that wants to steal the plans of the Thunderbirds craft and sell them to the highest bidder...

All figurines in my set were hand-painted,,, sometimes using the right colours of the TV show...

...and sometimes not !

The silver UFO is in fact a battery holder. (the old big chunky square ones...)

Here seen closed. The battery makes the translucid red star-shaped sattelite in the background blink. Groovy !

Thunderbird 4 got a two-tone paintjob ! 

El Alunizaje playset (Thunderbirds), Comansi, Spain, 1970's

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Buck's prewar little rocket

Buck Rogers Venus Duo-Destroyer, Tootsietoy, USA, 1937

Just stretch a piece of string and you have a working flying spaceship (this thing has pulleys on the top part)  !











Resultado de imagem para buck rogers spaceship drawing
rivets anyone ?

Sunday, May 27, 2018

The Daily Planet chopper


Daily Planet Helicopter, Corgi, UK, 1978

Because you just know Lois Lane will be rescued by Christopher Reeve... It is his job and that's just it!


Monday, May 7, 2018

Candy that's Bat for your teeth...

Batman Candy Container, Creative
Confection Concepts, USA, 1997
Alicia Silverstone sticker on the
back...




Well, the movie was kinda Bat too... with poor acting and a lousy script... and has been listed as one of the worst super hero movies ever made.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

A variation on the Razer Raygun

Raqygun, ?, Thailand, 1970's

I do like the colours - anyone knows who the maker was ?

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

It's Jabba time ! (JTH and Crumby)

Jabba the Hutt, Kenner, 1983, Hong Kong


Because yes, there is something even more annoying than JAR JAR in the Star Wars universe...


Sunday, April 29, 2018

R2, did you eat candy again ?

Robot (candy container), Sugar Dam,
Spain, 1980's
This droid will lead you straight...
to the dentist !




(on right) robot Two to One (Candy container),
Zeta Espacial, Spain, 2009
R2's relatives ? you decide...

Sunday, April 22, 2018

I'm seeing bubbles...

Robots (bubble containers), View Master, Hong Kong, 1985


I think every company wanted to jump on the Transformer craze of the 1980ies - even View Master (yes, the same View Master as in "stereoscope" viewers and reels). The colours are there... the general idea is there... Optimus Prime and Co. ? Not really...

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Beetlejuice, beetlejuice, beetlejuice...

How could anyone forget this classic ? 

Different faces (back)
Beetlejuice, Burger King, China, 1989




Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Tri-logo Jazz !


Sy Snootles and the Rebo Band, Palitoy, Hong Kong, 1983



He does have a diaper...

Monday, April 9, 2018

Saving lives ? Get diggin !


Even though this craft never appeared on TV, it was used by International Rescue (AKA Thunderbirds) in the comics. JR21 went at it and ... voilà, the Bandai version. 



Excavator, Bandai, Japan, 1960's