Monday, July 19, 2021

Diver or spaceman ?

Or diver ?
Spaceman, Torgano ?, Italy ? 

They don't eat a lot in Space...

Monday, July 5, 2021

The Italian Star Wars bagatelle

Star Wars "flipper", ARCO FALC S.P.A., Italy, 1978-79

+ the original metal marbles needed to play the game ! (120 BEF = approx. 3 EUR in today's Exchange Rate)

Sunday, July 4, 2021

The missing link...

So after all there is a second manufacturer that produced the "copies" of the Pyro rifles here in Portugal. After having found the rifles that were mistakenly attributed to Hercules but were in fact versions made by a company called "Sirolite", a portuguese fellow collector was able to find me one of the original "Hercules" rifles after all. These were (I believe) the first ones to be produced here, because they are closer to the original Pyro design. 

Hence the round barrel all the way - coloured tip - contours on the crank instead of the "flat" crank on the Sirolite, 4 vents instead of 3, and the pieces from different colours that were molded and glued on the Sirolite version are part of the integral mold of the gun's body on the Hercules. (grip + dial on stock + side vent), just like on the Pyrotomic desintegrator...

The quality of the built seems also much better (no desalignment, no glue marks etc.)

Space Rifle, Fábrica de Plásticos Hercules, 1950's, Portugal

Unlike the Sirolite, this one has clear "Hercules" markings

Sirolite (top) and Hercules (bottom)

Side B

Unlike the Sirolite, the barrel here is round,
even in the "fin" area.

Top view - sizes are the same

The "Fábrica de Plásticos Hercules" was a split of former company plásticos Henriques & Irmão (or Luso-Celulóide) created by 2 brothers in the locality of Espinho in 1931 (close to the city of Porto). The company originally produced jewelry and other knick-knacks, but quickly started producing plastic toys since it was a convenient way to reuse rejected materials from their main production lines.

In the 1950's, Luso-Celulóide split and one brother created OSUL (which later became famous in its diecast and zamac miniatures under the name METOSUL, using a lot of Dinky tooling) and the other brother created the HERCULES toy factory. It is still believed that the Hercules company met with Pyro in the USA (during a toy fair ?) and thus were able to use the molds.

Were these molds afterwards lended or given to Sirolite to continue production ? The mystery remains...

Sunday, June 27, 2021

Lill'blue bot

Hong Kong 1970-1980

Robot (wind-up) 05-135, TN


Thursday, June 17, 2021

The fastest on earth...

Golden Arrow, Western Models, England, 1980's ?

And housing for the Napier Lion 
Dunlop Cord Racing tires

372 KM / 231 MPH

For King and Country !

Cut-away of the heart of the beast

Read more about it here...

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Carded Astro Rockets

Take-a-part (puzzle)
Astroboy rocket
Takara, 1970's
Rocket with suction cup
and disk-launching watch
Takara 1970's


Wednesday, June 9, 2021

For my collection of bootlegs...

Stormtrooper party light, ?
China, 2020's

1) you put batteries in the feet of the thing
2) you press a small button on the right leg of the thing
3) Top of the helmet (Stormtrooper's skull ? /  brain) begins to light up in music

Who needs the force when this is the Stormtrooper you are looking for...

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Life going back to normal ?

Well, here we go... Lisbon's first attempt to do a toyfair since the pandemic. I'll keep you posted !

And if you do happen to be around, come and see us !

Wednesday, May 26, 2021

And another fin... fine automobile !

Space car with dome, Plakie, USA, 1946

How do you get in ?
Nice wheels, Jetson !

there is the fin !
Frogeye nose ?

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Calling International Rescue...

Thunderbird 5, JR21, 1965 Hong Kong

It's light and sound when this
toy is on !

With docking station for 
Thunderbird 5
Looking for someone to 
rescue ?


Monday, May 17, 2021

Mexican plastic - it's fantastic !

Robot Bank, Vinilos Romay S.A.,
Mexico, 1970's ? 

with fake screws molded in the plastic !

It's Wattoo Wattoo !

Wattoo Wattoo Superbird, Ceji-Lang, 1978, France

This is another one of my toys linked to childhood memories... Wattoo-Wattoo was a cartoon I loved as a child. Little birds from another planet bringing ecology to very stupid geese that were polluting all the time... 

Going to multiply ?
They have a bouncy string to make'em fly !

They have a squeezy whistle in the belly !


Thursday, May 13, 2021

Tubes and hoses and pipes and plumbing... in space...

Astronaute, JEM RF, France, 1970's (?)

I think they made these when "Scoubidous" (plastic lace bracelets and trinkets) were all the rage...

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Tweety & Silvester PEZ dispensers
Austria, 1978

Monday, May 10, 2021

Sticky Godzilla babies !

Godzilla, Livins Stationary Corp, Taiwan, 1970's ?

Another FDL find... these guys are glue dispensers... paper sticker eyes... just so cute as a group !