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

The Aéro-Car from Mr. Francis Laur

Le rapide aérien, Maison Ch. Rollet, France, 1933
Just like the cars from Leyat 10 years earlier (see here), propeller-driven vehicles were still all the rage in France in the 1930'ies. This toy is a rendering of a proposition of Francis Laur to install a cable-car between "Porte de la Chapelle" and "Saint-Denis" in Paris. Why a cable car ? Because it had to cross 3 railway bridges at 7m height on a straight of 3300m. So it was designed to hover at 20m above street level.

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

The box has the stamp of Bazar de l'Hôtel de Ville Paris... today better known as BHV

Thursday, January 12, 2017

If Boba says it...

Who am I to argue... ? No, really, never argue with a Bounty Hunter.
Thanks Mr. Bulloch !

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Little green spaceship with propellor

Spaceship, ? (origin : U.K.)

I still did not figure out exactly how these work, and the spring inside is quite impressive regarding to the flimsy plastic, so I'm not forcing anything...

Can someone help me on the mechanism behind these toys ?

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Joker's Lil Pumpkin...

Harley Quinn, DC COMICS; China, 2015

Everybody that has had some psycho girlfriend can relate...

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Acrobunch - Pentabot robot

Acrobunch robot ST, Poplar (Clover), 1982, Japan
What do you get when you mix archeology with a giant robot ? Well... this. Called "L'Empire des Cinq" in France, it was quite a nice cartoon in the line of the popular Indiana Jones movies (remember, this was the 80'ies !). The plot ? the search for the lost city of Atlantis.

But they are not the only one trying to find it. So what best than a giant robot whose limbs can transform into motorcycles and race cars to combat the evil !

The whole cartoon was heavily sponsored by Poplar itself, in the wake of what the competion (=read BANDAI) was doing in Japan at the same time... What better advertisement than to make a cartoon of the stuff you have for sale ? Read mote about it here.

This is the smaller (ST) version of this robot - a larger DX version exists also.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

It's Charlie Chaplin !

Chaplin, talcum powder container, ?
Really it's the first actor to get action figures and other things made after him... Classic!

Monday, December 26, 2016

Parker, get the Rolls Royce. We're going for a little drive.

FAB 1 model kit, Lincoln International, Hong Kong, 1965
And another pink six-wheeled Rolls for the collection. This one had quite a nice story, really. I found the box (empty) about 7 years ago at a car-show here in Lisbon.

A number of years later the car passed by and got reunited... The kit has an electric motor that is activated through the black switch you see on the left side of the car.

Left, the IMAI kit - right, the Lincoln one...

Saturday, December 24, 2016

The POP phenomenon gets to Gotham...

Stores have opened here in Portugal with these things... At Comic Con, it was the latest rage... It's POP! My only regret : they could have made these with rolling wheels so you could actually play with the car...

The caped crusader

POP! Batmobile, Funko, China, 2015

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Men are from Mars...

Venus robot, Yoshiya, Japan, 1965
Tin face and chest litho, rest is plastic !

 This little bot has one of the most simple, square and plain designs in the botworld. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Ho Ho Ho !

 Only 3 more days...

clean your chimneys !
Windup Santa, ?, Hong Kong, 1970's

Monday, December 12, 2016

Getter 3

Giving hugs !
It's a tank ? It's a robot ? Oh come on... how hard can this be ! Just go and save the world and come back on time to have a cup of coffee !

Getter 3 (header card), Popy, Japan, 1970's

Going geeky at Comic-Con Portugal

Waiting for Ripley

Expensive Bruce

... and with my plumber !
Bounty Hunter on throne...

Lots of toys and T-shirts and Artists and TV stations and ... well, a time well spent !

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Oswald Chesterfield Cobblepot

Pinguin, Quick (kid's menu toy), China, 1990's

Well, this Pinguin did eat a lot of KINGFISH burgers at the Quick Hamburger Restaurant !

Friday, November 25, 2016

It's Stretchy ! A Lego toy you don't have to build !

From the "Little Robot" TV series (see here). Stretchy was the master of the junkyard...

Strectchy robot, Lego, ?,2003
Has number 1323 stamped on left foot

A fine example of mixing a robot with a boiler with a giraffe... Oh and the radar ears ? Any idea where that design came from ? English BBC shows !