Thursday, December 31, 2015

Zap !

Space gun, Haji, Japan, 1960's

Sunday, December 20, 2015

High visibility !

Astronaut, ?, 2000's ?
Because orange is the way to go to bee seen in space. Not convinced ? ask HAL... he'll back me up on this...

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Who is your daddy ?

Darth Vader and Stormtrooper, General Mills (Kenner), 1978
At a day of the new movie coming out, here you have the original of the Siths... because really, they don't make them like that anymore...

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

Building Gigantor

Tetsujin 28, model kit, Bandai, Japan, 1970's

Because sometimes, a model is just a nice way to put a new bot in the collection !

Great Artwork !

Ohhh the drama !


Some freaking rare robots on the side...

... the motorized version had batteries in its feet !

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Who is who in Bandai - land ?

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 !

Red Dragon thunder Megaziord
(Super Sentai Dairanger)
Bandai, China, 2000's 
Red Dragon thunder Megaziord
(bat.op) (Super Sentai Dairanger)
Bandai, China, 2000's 

Dekabike Robo
(Super Sentai Dekaranger)
Bandai, China, 2005

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Can you make it disappear ? Oh James...

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

James Bond Lotus Esprit S1, Coibel, Spain, 1977
For the fun facts: Coibel did a number of James Bond guns and rifles at the time, and this car. Why did they paint it blue to start ? Nobody knows. But since it does not show any indication of copyrights, maybe it was just so they could not get sued by the studios....~

Read mote about the real car here.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Archer pull along car...

 I'ts big - 25cm / 10inch and extremely yellow... it's the Archer convertible !


Space Car, Archer, USA, 1950's

And fins... yes, why not ! GM did worse, right ? 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Dog of Flanders

Nello and Patrasche, ?, Spain, 1970's - 80's
A Dog of Flanders is an 1872 novel by English author Marie Louise de la Ramée published with her pseudonym "Ouida". It is about a Flemish boy named Nello and his dog, Patrasche. 

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 !

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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

Mechanik Orange

Cubistic lines... invert bathtub, put dome + radar and voilà !

You have some kind of a lunar car !
Space Vehicle, ?, Russia, 1970's ?

Sunday, October 25, 2015

I am seeing red two ...

Flash Gordon Air Ray Gun, Budson, USA, 1948
Another big red gun, this time all metal and looking like a retro hairdryer... and to a point. The Budson Air Ray gun, when working (most of these are not - the rubber membrane inside did not survive well the ages and crumbled in pieces...) was known to blast a jet of air to whatever you were pointing at.

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. 

I am seeing red...

Simple design at it's best - a number of vents on th barrel and a disc to shoot at the stars... This raygun has it all ! 

Windrad Pistole "Apollo", ?, G.D.R., 1970's

Saturday, October 24, 2015

All that shines is not gold...

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

Buick XP-300 from Tootsie

Every spacegirl needs one !
Hey, fins !

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.

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Buick XP-300 (the real thing) (img. source: )

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sputnik 1 - "ping" "ping" "ping"

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

Did you see Zorba ? He's dancing. On I-tunes ? Nope, on Nep-tune...

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...

So no wonder the Greeks made also some toys out of these... and what toys ! They are a worthy ancestor to the action figures, with their moveable arms and clear helmet !

Astronaut, Athena (AOHNA), Greece, 1960's