Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

When Maettel meets Harlock

Harlock, Banpresto, China, 1999
Maettel, Banpresto, China, 1999


Sunday, May 21, 2017

The amazing Amazon...

Wonder Woman, Gulliver, Brazil, 1978

Wonder Woman, Justice League,
China, 2003

Happiness is a warm puppy !


Peanuts rubber figurines, Bully, China, 2010


Schroeder and Snoopy, Mc Donald's, China, 2015

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Oh bats !

Batman, DC Collectibles, China, 2015


Sunday, May 14, 2017

O.C.P. Detroit - Murphy, are you there ?

Robocop helmet, Orion Pictures Corporation, China, 1993


Tuesday, May 9, 2017

I am Groot !

Dancing Groot, Funko, China, 2017
Went to see GOTG2 yesterday with 2 friends. Welcome to geekdom and to the most improbable superheroes ever !

Sunday, May 7, 2017

These are not the figurines you are looking for...

Les Héros, IDEAL-Galoob, China, 1997
Micro Machines were very popular in the 1990's. No wonder that Star Wars got the treatment also...
A big number of playesets and spaceships were issued, as well as some packs with figurines...

Here the Belgian (French/German/Dutch) version of the heroes.

Others in that serie included :

  • Imperial Commando
  • Rebel Soldiers
  • Sandpeople
  • Imperial Soldiers
  • Jawas
  • Ewoks
  • Imperial officers
  • Rebel pilots
  • "Ice" soldiers (Hoth rebel troops)
  • Imperial pilots

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Beach racing

Race Car, ?, Portugal ?, 1960's
Not everyone could go to Porto to see the Grand Prix... But little kids could easy reproduce a circuit here on the beaches of Estoril or Ericeira...


Monday, May 1, 2017

Holly radio control Batman !

RC Batmobile, AZRAK-HAMWAY, Hong Kong, 1979



Getting ready to go and scare the cat ! 

Sunday, April 30, 2017

New additions to the RockeTank collection !

You press on the dome and air sends missile away !



Great simple design and these colors !
RockeTank, Sewell Products USA, 1950's

Sunday, April 23, 2017

A couple of Astro's... by Chevrolet

GM did a number of interesting prototypes The 1967 Chevrolet Astro was definitely one of these. Read more about it here. Corgi toys made a very nice representation in 1/43rd scale, but the Chinese Yatming had these smaller nodels in 1/80th scale in their assortment.

Chevrolet Astro, Yatming, China, 1970's


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Big Smurf ?

Just came back from Belgium... The land of Tintin of course... and of these little creatures !

Big ? Bigger !!!
Smurf, Expectpromo, China, 2011

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Puppets with an attitude !

Captain Scarlet action figures, Vivid Imagination, China, 1993

Monday, April 3, 2017

Wookie face... or how I look / feel in the morning...

Chewbacca mask, unknown, 1980's ?
Facial hair problems ? Gilette !


Behold ! I will conquer the galaxy with this...

Hey... wait a second... This is not a blaster... This is just a thingy that shoots... balls... yep... no darts... no laser beams or jolts of electricity or ... just baby blue balls... Guess Greedo used one of these in the Cantina scene... oh yes, he did shoot first... just with the wrong gun ! The rest is history...

Automatic Safety Gun, Japan, 1960's ?

... and now we all have cellphones ...

But when we were kids, this was all the technology we needed... really !

Chatter Telephone, Fisher Price, USA, 1970's

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Funko's ReAction action figurines...

Boy, I wish they had these when I was a kid. Figurines of the greatest movies from the 80ies... all in retro packaging !

Alien, Funko, China, 2016
Kane (with chestbuster), Funko, China



T-800 Endoskeleton, Funko; China
T-1000, Funko, China

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Planet Robot - mean green machine !

Planet Robot, Ha-Ha toy (KO Copy), China, 2000's
 Oh yes ! Another Robby the Robot lookalike !

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Big Bad Bat... mobile

Batmobile 2000 (1/18th), Corgi Toys, China, 2006
Batman's favorite vehicle has evolved through the ages. This version is from the modern comics. Spinning reactor and awesome wings....




Thursday, March 9, 2017

El gato cosmíco !

Doreamon(s), Kinder Figurine, China, 2004 (?)

Oh Nobita, what did you do this time ? It is nice to have a gentle alien taking care of things, no ? Classic Japanese !

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Candygram !

Big Guy Robot, Bandai, China, 1999
Read here about Big Guy and Rusty the boy robot...


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Little plastic Bioman robot...

Bio-Robo, Bioman, ?, China, 2000's
Seems he had a swim in hot lava !


Monday, February 20, 2017

BB-8

BB-8 windup with sound effects, Disney Store, China, 2016
This little guy may not have the fame of the R2 unit (yet) - but it sure hold its part in the first Disney Star Wars movie... I'm sure we'll see more of him next December...


Friday, February 17, 2017

Spectrum Patrol Car / SPC - Japanese blown plastic version...

Rato Roru / Patororu nº 110 / SPC, Takara Gangu, Japan, 1967
Header card art (front)
Header card art (back)
There is maybe one country where the Supermarionation craze went even more bezerk than in the U.K., and that is Japan. They loved Gerry Anderson's puppet shows, So much so that lots of toys were produced there. And this time not intended for export - but really for their internal market (maybe because they just could not compete with the Dinky Toys' line of diecast vehicles ?)



With Dinky counterpart for size
Was there ever a fin at th back ? 



This is how it was sold...