Friday, September 17, 2010

Ulysse (s) 31

What was the best way to teach Greek mythology to a bunch of schoolkids in the early 80ies ? Well, you named it - having Ulysses and Telemachus redoing the whole Odyssey in the future. (Ulysses being the Latin name for Odysseus - which does not make sence since in this Franco-Japanese anime series the Odysseus is the spaceship in which Ulysses travels... hmmm, I will have to chat with Homer about this... (no, not the Simpson's one !). Toys were very prolific. Popy had a whole diecast toyline, and a cheaper blister-carded one. These toys were produced in Singapore, not in Japan like most other Popy toys (end of diecast toys in Japan...). You had bendies in France (CEJI) and Spain (VICMA), rubber figurines in Portugal (Maia e Borges), candy dispensers etc.

Ulysse 31 - club membercard, France
1980s

Group of Rubber Figurines (Yumi, Ulysses, Nono, Telemachus), Maia e Borges, Portugal
1980s

Odysseus, Popy, Singapore
1980s

Nono le petit robot, blown plastic (fair giveaway), France
1980s



3-part Spaceship, Popy, Singapore,
1980s

2 comments:

  1. Wow beautiful toys. I want to start collecting 80's toys from my childhood. I would love to have the Odyssey. This was one of my favorite cartoons, and in Latin America (Honduras) had and awesome and catchy intro song

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  2. I would love to hear that song, Robert !

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