Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Sticker Head

Super Robot, ?, France ? Hong Kong ? 1970's ?
Getter 1's long lost cousin, this one was left at birth because he was too ugly.

Maybe a beach toy, or one of these robots you could win at the county fair. The right arm sticker has something of Grandizer... No shooting anything, just kind of hollow and fragile. A wonder he survived.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Pimp my Ride - Tatooine

Ok, now I want a twin carburator, exhaust flames painted on the reactors, and... a blast of a sound instalation to hear Max Rebo's cantina band...

Oh well, Luke is a teenager, isn't he ?

Landspeeder, General-Mills / Kenner, USA, 1978

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Pneumatic and Sound -controlled ?

L'Atlantis, Joustra, France, 1979

The cannons can launch plastic discs !

These are the big plastic ships that were available in France (see A2 logo - second channel) when the Captain Harlock ("Albator 1978") cartoons first aired. Since Takara has made these for the Japanese market, I guess they sent molds to France to get them made and packaged there, or maybe it was just a "sticker and box"-swap... The Arcadia had a sound controlled mechanism with a clicker that made the ship run in circles and shoot the discs.

The Cosmowing ("Aviscoupe" in French) had no batteries whatsoever, but used a clever system (but not very strong) of air to launch the bullet car and the missiles. The back tower of the ship served as pump.

Cosmowing and Bullet Car 

... with missiles
Ready to pump ? Aviscoupe, Joustra, France, 1979

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Goodrock "Il Difensore del Pianeta"

Lots of cool toy-designs appeared in Italy to cash in on the Mazinga and Goldrake - craze. A number o unusual robots came to light. This one was produced in HK especially for an italian company, Il Giocattolo S.P.A., and was part of "Guerra Nella Galassia" series.

Goodrock, Il Giocattolo, Hong Kong,
Ah, toy-funk at its best !
Where is the disco ball ?

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Vive la Françe !

Asterix and Obelix, Kinder Surprise, China, 2010's
Now you know where I am for the holidays ! Good cheese and wine, lots of sun... and even more of these irreductibles Gaulois !

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Walk like an Egyptian...


This guy came from a serie from Toei Animation that aired between 1967 and 1968 based on a manga created by Mitsuteru Yokoyama.

Giant Robot, Rocket Pro ?, China, 1990's

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Hey you ! Gimme your money. We need to buy growth hormones !

Giant Robot, Banpresto, China, 2000's
SD (=Super Deformed) robots sure look cool, but these ones have a slot, collect money and say something through a voice chip when you feed them with coins. Don't trust the banks ? Give your funds to Personal banker Raideen, Account manager Daitarn or just plain Stock broker Getter.  You'll be sure to... Gett your money back with a punch (line) ... Oh well ...

Raideen, Banpresto, China, 2000's
Daitarn 3, Banpresto, China, 2000's

Getter 1, Banpresto, China, 2000's