|Space gun, Haji, Japan, 1960's|
Sunday, December 20, 2015
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
|Darth Vader and Stormtrooper, General Mills (Kenner), 1978|
And his favorite weapon, the very civilized lightsaber...
|Men behind the mask - David Prowse is Vader !|
(and he signed my lightsaber !)
|Vader Lightsaber, Kenner (Hasbro), 1996|
Monday, December 14, 2015
|Tetsujin 28, model kit, Bandai, Japan, 1970's|
|Great Artwork !|
|Ohhh the drama !|
|Some freaking rare robots on the side...|
|... the motorized version had batteries in its feet !|
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Here are some other bots I found at the Feira da Ladra in Lisbon, and Mr. Carvalho was able to ID these for me ! Big Thanks !
Saturday, November 21, 2015
|Corgi JR and Coibel models side by side|
Of course ! A blue car in a blue ocean not to get spotted... Why did Q not think about this earlier ? His Spanish colleagues of the MI cinco (yes, the MI 5 in Spain) did. And they went the extra mile to use a British Lotus Esprit. (nobody wants to be seen driving in a Seat over there, not even their secret services...lol)
|James Bond Lotus Esprit S1, Coibel, Spain, 1977|
Read mote about the real car here.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Wednesday, November 4, 2015
|Nello and Patrasche, ?, Spain, 1970's - 80's|
Strangely enough, it was never a cartoon that aired in Belgium, Flanders, or even the rest of the low countries. I first started hearing about it when researching Japanese TV series. Please read more about it here. The story, of English origin, has not been read widely in Belgium, but is becoming better known because of the tourists it attracts to Antwerp. There is a small statue of Nello and Patrasche at the Kapelstraat in the Antwerp suburb of Hoboken, and a commemorative plaque in front of the Antwerp Cathedral donated by Toyota. (yes, the car-maker !) The story is widely read in Japan, and has been adapted into several films and anime, so it is no wonder this figure is so popular over there !
The toy is a plastic version of a sight that was quite often seen in Flanders and the rest of Belgium up to the end of the 19th century : dog-pulled carriages (this toy version has milk bottles, marked "leche de vaca", so definitely Spanish)
Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Sunday, October 25, 2015
|Flash Gordon Air Ray Gun, Budson, USA, 1948|
Very cool to scare the cat or to blast some plastic soldiers out of the way... and as it said on the box: "AS HARMLESS AS THE AIR YOU BREATHE !"
|Flash Gordon decall on front barrel|
|With the cocking mechanism open.|
|1952 patent for the toy - first filed in 1946 (picture credits : Alphadrome)|
Saturday, October 24, 2015
|Golden Arrow, Johillco, England, 1929|
It's 1929. - 372 km/h (231 mph). And there you have it. For a little time, you are the fastest man on four wheels on earth. A constant battle between Seagrave and Campbell - this one is major Seagrave's response in Daytona to the land speed record.
Saturday, October 17, 2015
The prototype was built by GM's Buick division in 1951 - all aluminium body - disk brakes - and an advertised speed of 140 Mph due to a supercharged V-8. Soon after, kids all over the US could play with their version. Unfortunately, their parents never got the possibility to buy the real deal...
|Big hood, big trunk - but not a lot of legroom !|
|What's at the back ? a nuclear reactor ?|
|Futuristic car, Tootsietoys, 1950's, USA|
Really a design that will give lots of elements to various GM car until the end of the 1950's : chrome (lots of...), fenders, side panelling etc.
|Buick XP-300 (the real thing)|
Sunday, October 11, 2015
|Sputnik 1, little satellite on sphere memorabilia, USSR, 1957-60-70 ?|
It all really had to start somewhere, and for the space race, 4 October 1957 is it.
With 83kg / 58cm in diameter and 4 external radio antenas, this little metal ball spent 3 months in orbit before reentering earth's atmosphere and burning up in the process.
Wednesday, October 7, 2015
In English-speaking nations, a professional space traveler is called an astronaut. The term derives from the Greek words ástron (ἄστρον), meaning "star", and nautes (ναύτης), meaning "sailor" (Wikipedia) - that's why we call their rides space ships and not space planes by the way...
|Astronaut, Athena (AOHNA), Greece, 1960's|