|BB-8 windup with sound effects, Disney Store, China, 2016|
Monday, February 20, 2017
Friday, February 17, 2017
|Rato Roru / Patororu nº 110 / SPC, Takara Gangu, Japan, 1967|
|Header card art (front)|
|Header card art (back)|
|With Dinky counterpart for size|
|Was there ever a fin at th back ?|
|This is how it was sold...|
Thursday, February 16, 2017
|Supermobile(s) (large and small), Corgi toys, U.K., 1979-1982|
Read more about it here.
Monday, February 13, 2017
|Captain Harlock Helmet, Takatoku toys, Japan, 1977-1978|
This is an item that has been on my wanted list for quite some time, and it finally arrived in Lisbon... Original toy from Japan - this helmet has a visor that can be pulled up or down and a leather strap so you won't loose it when you ride your bike ! Foam inserts - plastic.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Thursday, February 9, 2017
|Microman Godzilla / First Monochrome version, Takara, Japan, 2006|
Japan always had a thing with their monsters... Radioactive mutations were a popular subject after the horrors of the second WW and what better subject to make low-cost movies that would thrill young and old movie-goers...
But far from the special effects of Ray Harryhausen stop-motion, Japan went the other way around and used real actors in latex suits... A process George Lucas would use some years later for lots of the monsters of the first Star Wars trilogy, before CGI kicked in and filming was made more like computer programming than acting...
Please read more about it here.
|Haruo Nakajima, the real actor that did Godzilla "suit" acting|
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Shrunking heads ? nope... just Jumbo's today ! Take a Great Mazinger from Mattel, give it the treatment, and voilà ! Lots of Grendizer elements to be found also... can you spot them ?
|Great Mazinga, made by Fabianplastica for Mattel, Italy, 1978|
Sunday, January 29, 2017
For kids living in the 80ies/90ies, this toy-line was really all they wanted... Lots of vehicles, figurines and action !
|S.A.W.-Viper, Hasbro, China, 1991|
|Laser-Viper, Hasbro, China, 1991|
|Free Fall, Hasbro, China, 1991|
|Dee-Jay, Hasbro, China, 1990|
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017
Sunday, January 22, 2017
|Harlock mask, Takatoku ?, Japan, 1970's|
|Albator mask, César, France, 1978|
|Herlock mask, ?, Italy, 1970's|
3 different countries, 3 different companies. Same mask. same pirate... Which one is your favorite ?
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
I still find things I never knew existed, even of my favorite series. This lightsaber/laser pistol belongs to this category. Somebody said the lightsaber was a more elegant weapon for more elegant times... now attach a laser pistol in the handle and you are ready for the Gods of Olympus !
|Ulysse 31 saber, A.G. Excominsa, Spain, 1982|
Simple toy, water squirter thing, I guess to be sold in Spanish newspaper kiosks or beach stores, hanging from the ceiling with hooks or something similar ? Exists also with yellow handle/gun.
|No marking on the toy, only on the card...|
|For scale, with a plastic Popy figurine|
Monday, January 16, 2017
Shitajiki's (or pencil boards in English) are a common method to advertise in the manga business. These B5-sized cardboard images became very collectible and these are some of Matsumoto's series I have in my collection:
Sunday, January 15, 2017
|Le rapide aérien, Maison Ch. Rollet, France, 1933|
Read all about it here.
|The toy came with a cable and instruction leaflet.|
|The cabin is very light, all made out of aluminium.|
And the sticker says it would go all the way from Paris
to NYC ! Big, big cable...
|A rubber band for propulsion...The real thing would have had |
a 40 hp engine, and a propeller that could be inverted
at each end of the line, to avoid expensive roundabouts...
|Newspaper rendering of the time...|
In need of rolling stock ? The real system might have been "invented" a couple of years before, when Zeppelins were shot down above Paris.
|World War One. Nacelle of the Zeppelin L49 captured in Bourbonne-les-Bains |
(France) and displayed in the courtyard of the Invalides.
Paris (VIIth arrondissement). 1917. © Maurice-Louis Branger / Roger-Viollet