Friday, February 22, 2013

Ramis Valente

Tadashi, Ceppi Ratti, Italy, 1978

Sometimes, a toy comes in a number of different packagings - and as a collector finding the "hard-to-get" one is always a blast. This bendable figurine was mainly sold in Italy loose with a carton "skirt" around the waist, but some blister-card examples do exist. This is quite nice since usually italian artists would do the artwork on these cards instead of using original drawings all the way from Japan. Did Mr. Matsumoto know about these ? Probably not, even though they are licensed (RAI)...

Then came Star Wars and packaging norms for the action figures with Pantone colors and other directives, and creative input, and some of our childhood, was lost...

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