Wednesday, June 29, 2022

The Daltons !

The Daltons, Quick Hamburger Restaurants,
China, 1996
Lucky Luke, Jolly Jumper and Rantanplan,
Quick, China, 1996

Thursday, June 16, 2022

The mighty Yamato

Yamato, 1/850, Nomura, Japan, 1970's

Boy this thing is heavy ! Pure diecast

for navigating the sea of stars...

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Red Zark ?

Robot, Ferrero ? Italy ?, 1980's ?
No markings on this one. Comes from France and seller claims it is a Ferrero Kinder Surprise toy.

Has the size of a Lego minifig.

And the design is obviously based on The Battle of the Planets 7 Zark 7...

Thursday, June 9, 2022

French non-E-bikes of the past ?

Motor bicycle, maker ?, 1970's

... is this green thing where you put gasoline ?

At least he wears a helmet !

The real thing was quite popular in France ...

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

It's the Man of Action in Space ?

In the USA you had GI JOE, here in Europe he was redubbed ACTION MAN. Not a doll... an action figurine ! Most of the early ones wore military outfits, but this astronaut is pretty much up to specs with the first spacesuits of the Gemini and Mercury missions at NASA. (see more about Action Man here).

The original suits were made by the (now defunct) tire company B.F. GOODRICH and were at the time as critical as any of the other equipment developped for NASA to get people in space. See more about this here.

Action Man Astronaut Set, Palitoy, 1967

The real right stuff - original NASA
picture of Mercury Astronauts

Monday, June 6, 2022

Iberian ray of destruction

Visible gears !!!

This kid sure loves shooting at things... 
Check his smile !

Spacial-6 raygun, Monteplast, Spain, 1970's

Sunday, June 5, 2022

O robot full of air...

Robocon, Popy, Japan, 1970's

I wished I had this one in the swimming pool when I was a kid, instead of the usual ducky floating devices... but then, with all of the circuits in his belly, maybe not a good idea after all 😁...

This is one of the toys that makes me smile, and a perfect addition to the other Robocons in the collection.

Tuesday, May 31, 2022

Marx Electric Robot and Son

Electric Robot and Son, MARX toys, USA,

It took me a number of years, but I finally got to pair these two...

Another classic US-design. This robot is a pure example of the atomic 50'ies - with a grin that is either laughing at you or trying to teach kids to brush their teeth ! (hey, I ate too much oily candy and now my mouth is looking like a radiator !)

Finish it up with a Morse Code chart on the back of his head (yes, robots of that time did not speak in Bits and Bytes, but in Morse - through a buzzer system...) and a son that is very often missing in action, and you have the all mighty skirted Mr. Electric Robot.

Together with Robert - they are some of Marx's best.

Glass eyes... there goes toy
safety in the fifties !
A diaper on a robot ? 
Oil leaks ?

Sunday, May 29, 2022

Blue Bots

Walk Robot (ref. 2006),
Hong Kong, 1980's ?

Batery Operated
Play Bot, Hong Kong, 1980's ?

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Where's the Mayo ? where's the Andalouse ? I suddenly have a craving for Fries...

Thats what these versions of iconic Star Wars Characters do to me... but hey, I'm from Belgium !

Spudtrooper, Hasbro
2010, China

Artoo Potatoo with Princess Tater
Hasbro, 2002, China

May the Sauce be with You, always !

Sunday, May 8, 2022

Tin futuristic airplane

World Jet Airlines, Crown (?), Hong Kong, 1970's
This plane was a gift from a fellow Portuguese toy collector (thanks Paulo !) and has the same "rainbow" function as the aircar from Japan you can see here.

Cute litlle toy, half plastic, half tin. Friction powered. Now I'll just ask if some airline companies could take this paintscheme... it certainly would make life at the airports much more cheerful !

Sunday, May 1, 2022

Sunday, March 27, 2022

The sheriff is back in town !

Ready for some action, kiddo !
Cowboy (blown plastic), Galba
Italy, 1970's 


Thursday, March 24, 2022

What's wrong with wheels ?

Really, your best option to drive in moondust ?

Space Rescue, Asahi (ATC) Japan, 1970's

Friday, March 18, 2022

Gundam on a horsey

Zhao Yun Gundam - Fei Ying Shan
Bandai, 2010, CHINA

Sunday, March 13, 2022

San Ku Kai - c'est la bataille ! Dans les étoiles ! - Jetiscope (Message from Space)

2002 Space Patrol nº3191, IMCO, Hong Kong, 1970's

I did not know they made a movie out of this - with non-Japanese actors... Cashing in the Star Wars craze of the time.

Saturday, March 12, 2022

Monday, March 7, 2022

Superman, the man of steel or the man of clay ?

Superman Plasticine, Harbutt's, England, 1979

This packaging was obviously made for the French market...


Sunday, March 6, 2022

Better than one radar ? Two radars !

Space Radar Scout Pioneer, Modern Toys, Japan, 1960's