Sunday, October 10, 2021

Take the tram !

Tramway (Copenhagen), Hanse, Denmark, 1950's

In Denmark, you have LEGO, but did you know there were a lot of different toy manufacturers over there ? And before the plastic bricks took over the world, a lot of them (including LEGO and HANSE) used the readilly available wood.

Paper overlay (like Fisher Price toys).

The funny thing about this one is that it is almost the same color as the famous "Elétrico 28" that I have in my street here in Lisbon !

Wednesday, October 6, 2021

It's a chopper baby !

Piasecki (?) helicopter, KA Japan, 1970's ?

(There is not much I could find on the "KA" Japanese toy-manufacturer. If someone has more information to give me regarding this company please don't hesitate to contact me.)

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

The small jumbo Goldorak / Goldrake

Goldorak / Goldrake, Fabianplastica, Italy, 1978

Thanks to Tomeke to help me get this one back to glory ! (repro stickers, axes) 

As a side note, a lot of this toys is the same as the Mazinger seen here.

Monday, October 4, 2021

Sesame Street

I think a lot of us grew up with these... 😊 Found them at the Feira da Ladra... Windup mechanism makes them "dance" (spin around)

Bert and Ernie (Blas y Epi), Barval, Spain, 1976

And the correct answer is...

Quiz Robot ? possibly JUMBO ?
1960's ?

Flat and same design...
on both sides !

See also similar robots here. How many different disign were there ? I don't know...

Saturday, October 2, 2021

Lisbon's next toy fair !!!

 Finally, it will happen again... Hotel Roma, here we go !

Before supermarkets...

General Store, Oehme & Söhne, DDR, 1970's

Because in the 70ies, we had toys promoting whiskey drinking and tobacco smoking...

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Mazinger Z 3-headed foe

Gelbros J3, Yolanda, Spain, 1980's


Read more about this character here.

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Eat your Spinach !

Popeye squirt gun, Hong Kong, 1970's ?

Like a lot of these guns, trigger location is
rather questionable ...

Monday, September 13, 2021

It's Harlock's go-to fighter - the "Aviscoupe" !

Vollet 1, Takatoku, japan, 1978

Diecast and plastic

Spring-loaded Missiles 
(of course...)

The back of the ship lifts
to eject the cockpit...
when in need to abandon ship

Sunday, August 29, 2021

King Moguras and Barracuda Tank

King Moguras, Midori Shokai, Japan, 1971
This design is remeniscent of the Mole from the Thunderbirds series.  The model had originally a missile-shooting turret  and 2 side missiles (missing here).

Barracuda, Midori Shokai, Japan, 1971

Motorized... even in water !

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

After the Great Depression...

1940's Batmobile, Eaglemoss, 2012, China

this one has 4 pipes on each side of the hood (Corgi ones have 2 only...)

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...