Monday, August 22, 2016

Flea markets...

Tintin au marché aux puces, Moulinsart, 2011, China

Like our Belgian hero, I find a lot of toys on the flea market of Lisbon, so here is a little story behind it :

The Feira da Ladra, which literally translates into “Thieve’s Market” (in Portuguese “ladra” is a woman thief), is a local flea market that spans several streets of Lisbon’s Alfama district (Campo de Santa Clara). It is believed that this market has its roots in the Middle Ages (since the 12th century to be accurate), when traders used to go there to sell their products as well as stolen goods (as the name suggests). Nonetheless, the name Feira da Ladra itself, only dates back to the 17th Century.

More about it here.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Fluffy pirate...

 OK, I'll admit, not the most beautiful rendering... But in the 70ies some of our toys were like that...

Capitan Harlock, Fabianplastica (?), Italy, 1978-79

Monday, July 25, 2016

Going to the moon, mister Bond ?

Moonbuggy (Diamonds are Forever), Corgi Toys, United Kingdom, 1972

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

For king and country !

This little friction rocket comes straight from the early Sci-fy serials of the 50ies, Dan Dare, are you there ? Your Planet Special is served...

Planet Special Spaceship, Wells-Brimtoy ?, England, 1950's

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Buck Rogers XZ-31 Rocket Pistol

Buck Rogers XZ-31 Rocket Pistol, Daisy Mfg. Co., USA, 1934

This is the first raygun ever produced as a toy. Call it the origin, number one or whatever else you may fancy. All I know was it made a big bang (lol) right from the start and sold in great numbers when it was launched in 1934. Now, it is still making "BANG"' 80 years later...  Read more about the story of this toy here.

The cocking mechanism is quite special, but still works after all this time !

Sunday, July 10, 2016

1940's Batmobile

1940's Batmobile (1:24), Corgi, China, 2005

 Just take the first car you see, put a wing on it and a bat shield and... voilà !