Sunday, October 18, 2020

MB's Star Bird - the best electronics in 1978 !

If there is one "non Star-Wars"- spacetoy boys wanted in 1978 it was this baby.

Laser guns, modulable, and a reactor sound that amazed kids and sent parents to the assylum ūüėĀ - it had it all ! 


Star Bird, MB, 1978, Rep. of Ireland






 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Eat Candy you shall !

Yoda Candy Container, TOPPS, 1998, USA

... with other figurines and TOPPS card

Monday, October 5, 2020

Colors 'n Space

Space ships, Hong Kong, 1970's

Other versions of these were sold later on Battlestar Galactica cards as "Galactic Cruisers" by Larami of Piladelphia, but they did not have the spring loaded missile launchers between the wings anymore.

Achhh... progress... 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Britains' Space soldiers...




These were also part of my childhood... Bright yellow - at least they did not get lost in the carpet like so many other unfortunates !

Stargard Space Craft, Britains, England, 1981


The ship was all genius toy-design : a weighted base in the transparent cockpit always kept the astronauts level. This type of design was reminiscent of spaceship design in the Yoko Tsuno books I read at that time...

"the Forge of Vulcan" - pg.16 detail - Roger Leloup

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Bouba, Bouba... (Monarch, the big bear of Tallac)

 Do you remember this one ? Another "please let the young children weep" cartoon we all grew up with...

Moy (Jill)  BRINT√ďI - Portugal, 1980's

Bouba (Jacky) BRINT√ďI - Portugal, 1980's





















Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Heavy equipment ?

Aliens Power Loader, Kenner, 1992, China


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Alf Superstar !

Alf ("Alien"), Bully, 1988, West Germany

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Doin' some computing, 1980's style !

Transformer Computerbot, MC Toy, Macau, 1980's

got to love the streamlined modern design !

...modernism seems so old today !

Monday, September 7, 2020

Vintage R2D2 lookalike kit with neck-extending feature ???

Robot, ? Japan ?, 1970's ?
And voilà !





















Some of these toys are just ... out of this world, really. I suspect it is a Japanese kit from the late 70ies, but would love to have more information about it.

 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

La Cucaracha robot



Musical Robot, HC (Hing Cheong), HONG KONG, 1980's

This one really plays the Mexican tune... all it's missing is a guitar and maybe a mustache to go with it !

The "U.N.SPACY" stickers come from Macross universe - so it should place this bot right in the same timeframe.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Paper heroes

When you think about the Génération Goldorak, you think automatically about French TV... but it was also highly popular in North Africa.

Here are two examples of paper puppets to assemble with Arabic packaging. Maker unknown...


Alcor, ?, 1978

Actarus,?, 1978

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

R2 unit going wireless...

R2D2 (Radio Controlled), Kenner, USA, 1977

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Kryptonite in the tub ?

Superman bathsoap / foam container, 
Euromark PLC, England, 1994

Friday, July 10, 2020

Lionbot

Red Lion Robot, Unknown, 1980 's ?

I picked this up in the 1990's at a Belgian fleamarket. Have no clue from which serie this comes from, so if anyone recognizes this toy please send me a message.

I transforms into a car and suffered some damage to the crown piece...

Sunday, July 5, 2020

OCP's finest

This one is quite a neat toy - because you can put and take out most of the armour and rebuild Murphy yourself... there is even a "brain"-part !

Robocop, Ideal, China, 1995
And of course the iconic gun that can be hidden in his thigh.


Interesting feature is the Belgian packaging (both French and Dutch language) with a second clear window at the back showing parts of the armour.



Saturday, July 4, 2020

Nono

Nono mask, César, France, 1981

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Cosmos Robot

Cosmos robot n¬ļ8835
Kamco,  Hong Kong, 1980's


Same principle of all its predecessors.  It walks, stops, swivels with open chest and guns blazing and repeats itself until the batteries die out or my wife tells me to stop making all that racket...

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Tog'lman

Tog'lman- Racer, Mattel, Hong Kong
1969
Tog'lman- Engineer, Mattel, Hong Kong
1969
Tog'lman- Fire Fighter, Mattel, Hong Kong
1969
This is a rather strange toy-line I stumbled upon in the early 1990's (old stock from Belgian sea-side toystore...). Were there other sets available ? Vehicles as shown on the cards ? The whole concept is rather generic and ressembles the plain looking wooden art-dolls that can be moved in a number of poses.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Corona closed the Cinema? No problemo - Video Night!

Telepocket Max (Albator box), Silvertoys / Artigrafiche, 1979 Italy


This camera is also Italian made, but from a different company than the ones from MUPI seen here.
I don't know how many toy camera producing companies got the Captain Harlock license in Italy - but it is nice to note they produced that packaging especifically for the French market, even though Capitan Harlock was as popular in Italy as in France at that time.

Of course, the cassettes were NOT compatible with each other. If MUPI was the VHS version of toy projection systems in the 1970's, this was it's Betamax counterpart. 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Superman needs a tan...

Super Powers figurine / Superman, China, ?, 1990'S
Of course it's another bootleg... of course China made... I just find a lot of these figurines or they have a tendency to find me....

Monday, June 22, 2020

G-Force ! Go !

La Bataille des Planètes РJeux 6-14 ans, MB, Ireland, 1979
Does this game look familiar ? Yes, it is EXACLTY the same as the Captian Future / Flam game in the messages below, except for the graphics...

An easy way for MB to get on the wagon of all the cartoons of the 1980's at a very small cost...

Cards showing where (=which hole) you need your spinning top to land in...

Friday, June 12, 2020

Drum and Bass !


When you have pink robots in your collection... With drums... you know you've achieved something! Not really sure what... but something...

Drum Parade Robot, Supertoys, China, 1987