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 !

Monday, November 21, 2016

A couple of Tryders...

Mighty S-Robot (aka Tryder Robot), ?, Taiwan, 1980's

Tryder Robot, Clover, Japan, 1980
Parts galore, can you spot the error ?

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Diecut sheet of space scraps / cards

My latest find on the Feira... a full sheet of very cool English space-images from a company called MPL. Anyone got more information about these ?

(from top left to bottom right:)

1. Recharging energy in space for a further journey
2. International landing stage for goods traffic
3. Catapult safety seats for space ships
4. Tourist travel by combined hotel-space omnibus
5. Mooring tower, with rocket platforms, on Mars
6. A space rocket from Earth landing on Venus
7. Outer-space meteorological observatory
8. Landing on the Moon

(from top left to bottom right:)

1. Mid-ocean emergency landing stage
2. Wingless, death-ray fighter planes
3. Hospital space-ship
4. An echelon of flying saucers
5. A solo rocket helicopter
6. Interplanetary power station and maintenance depot
7. Space hydroplane on a lagoon on Jupiter
8. A giant interspace transport rocket

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

The circus is in town !

Circus CHoo CHoo, Daiya, Japan, 1960's

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Going to the moon... going, going... and gone

These little sets from the 70ies date back to a time when moonwalks were still shown on the television sets around the world each night. Then the Apollo missions ended... and a lot of the magic too.

Exploring on the moon, LP, Hong Kong, 1970'ies

Monday, October 24, 2016

In space, no one can hear you scream... So just shut up !

"Big Chap" Alien vinyl bust bank. Diamond Select, China, 2016

H.R. Giger's design at its best !

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Buck Rogers' ride in 1936

Buck Rogers Rocket Fighter, Wyandotte, USA, 1936

Is it a blimp ? 
Well, at least it has fins !


And undercarriage... 

Image result for buck rogers comics spaceship
Some original artwork for the period...

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

False Zeroids ?

Astroid Robots, Durham Ind. Hong Kong, 1970's

The blue one looks like Zerak...
... and the orange one like Zobor

If there ever is a "design" of the 70ies for robots, this is it. All plastic with tracks and computer-paper-stickers on their chests. 

A little taller than the real battery-operated ones from Ideal !
Well, they had to put the windup mechanism somewhere...

Monday, October 10, 2016

Do not expose the Mogwai to bright lights or sunlight which will kill it, do not let it get wet, and never feed it after midnight...

Gizmo, maker ?, 1980's

Another classic coming straight from the 80ies...  The ultimate pet to have... or not... 

Show me your colours, Shogun style...

UFO Robot Grendizer, Dynamic Heroes, Medicom, Japan, 2016
This is the retro color version of the new Medicom Sofubi of our favorite robot ! They really went old school with this toy and took as model the color scheme of the Popy Jumbo robot of the 70ies. Sweet!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Hazard County...

gone jumping ?

General Lee, Malibu Int. Ltd., China, 2006

oh yeah, it has the buzzer sound !
Even with the controversy regarding the flag on the roof, this car was an 80ies TV star of its own...

Read more about it here.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Nuclear Power ? Ford made it (almost) happen with the Nucleon...

The answer to a better world... just don't crash the damn car or you will have your own meltdown....
Read more about it here.

Atomic car, ?, Germany, 1960's

Ford Nucleon, with optional fins...
William Ford and model

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Carded little beauties...

Help me out putting a name on these, OK ?

???, Japan
Pocket Robot, Tomy ?, Japan

???, Japan
Mini Super Silver Robot,
IMCO Hong Kong
Strollers, 828C, Hong Kong

Sidero - Période bleue

Qonto (Sidéro), Popy, Japan, 1979
Toymaker Popy sold these little robots carded in different colors under "Bandai Investment" logo... The original was of course white, but this gives us collectors quite a new challenge trying to collect them all.

The same model was sold with the saucer by Popy as well.

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.