Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

The Lab


Well, you knew this would be there sooner or later... The hiding place of the greatest robot of all time ? Check. One of the more elusive toys on my wanted list ? Check. It's plastic and metal and has it all : retractable tower, laser guns, spring loaded missiles, secret compartments... and the smallest version of Grendizer and Spazer I have in my collection...





Grendizer base (PA-63), Popy, Japan, 1979



Monday, December 28, 2020

Obscure French Spaceman ?

Spaceman with missile launcher, Hugonnet, France, 1970's ?

Does anyone have more information about this toyline ? ("Série FERAL") Looks cool - and this one has a cape ressembling the ones on the Gatchaman figurines from CEJI. (merci à Utopia !)

Sunday, December 27, 2020

Spectreman

Spectreman Sofubi, Masaduya ?, 1970's, Japan

This was one of the many series that followed San Ku Kai (Message from Space) on the french TV. With a rather important ecological message - do not polute (like the enemy apemen did...)


Friday, December 18, 2020

Endoskeletons - Copycats ?

C3PO, Hasbro, China,
 1998
Terminator Endoskeleton, Kenner, China
1991

Sunday, December 6, 2020

Spanish copies of the Strato Gun

Pistola Espacial,
Creaciones Sierra SA
Spain, 1980's (?)



Blueprint of original (toy) design of the Strato gun this was based on
(Futuristic Products Co., USA)

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Holly suction Batman !

Batman with suction cup, ? 

If a Garfield dangling from your car's window is not good enough for you, why not try the caped cruzader ? OK - cape is missing. But you get my point...

Sunday, October 18, 2020

MB's Star Bird - the best electronics in 1978 !

If there is one "non Star-Wars"- spacetoy boys wanted in 1978 it was this baby.

Laser guns, modulable, and a reactor sound that amazed kids and sent parents to the assylum 😁 - it had it all ! 


Star Bird, MB, 1978, Rep. of Ireland






 

Sunday, October 11, 2020

Eat Candy you shall !

Yoda Candy Container, TOPPS, 1998, USA

... with other figurines and TOPPS card

Monday, October 5, 2020

Colors 'n Space

Space ships, Hong Kong, 1970's

Other versions of these were sold later on Battlestar Galactica cards as "Galactic Cruisers" by Larami of Piladelphia, but they did not have the spring loaded missile launchers between the wings anymore.

Achhh... progress... 

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Britains' Space soldiers...




These were also part of my childhood... Bright yellow - at least they did not get lost in the carpet like so many other unfortunates !

Stargard Space Craft, Britains, England, 1981


The ship was all genius toy-design : a weighted base in the transparent cockpit always kept the astronauts level. This type of design was reminiscent of spaceship design in the Yoko Tsuno books I read at that time...

"the Forge of Vulcan" - pg.16 detail - Roger Leloup

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Bouba, Bouba... (Monarch, the big bear of Tallac)

 Do you remember this one ? Another "please let the young children weep" cartoon we all grew up with...

Moy (Jill)  BRINTÓI - Portugal, 1980's

Bouba (Jacky) BRINTÓI - Portugal, 1980's





















Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Heavy equipment ?

Aliens Power Loader, Kenner, 1992, China


Thursday, September 10, 2020

Alf Superstar !

Alf ("Alien"), Bully, 1988, West Germany

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Doin' some computing, 1980's style !

Transformer Computerbot, MC Toy, Macau, 1980's

got to love the streamlined modern design !

...modernism seems so old today !

Monday, September 7, 2020

Vintage R2D2 lookalike kit with neck-extending feature ???

Robot, ? Japan ?, 1970's ?
And voilà !





















Some of these toys are just ... out of this world, really. I suspect it is a Japanese kit from the late 70ies, but would love to have more information about it.

 

Sunday, September 6, 2020

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

La Cucaracha robot



Musical Robot, HC (Hing Cheong), HONG KONG, 1980's

This one really plays the Mexican tune... all it's missing is a guitar and maybe a mustache to go with it !

The "U.N.SPACY" stickers come from Macross universe - so it should place this bot right in the same timeframe.

Thursday, August 20, 2020

Paper heroes

When you think about the Génération Goldorak, you think automatically about French TV... but it was also highly popular in North Africa.

Here are two examples of paper puppets to assemble with Arabic packaging. Maker unknown...


Alcor, ?, 1978

Actarus,?, 1978

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

R2 unit going wireless...

R2D2 (Radio Controlled), Kenner, USA, 1977

Sunday, July 12, 2020

Kryptonite in the tub ?

Superman bathsoap / foam container, 
Euromark PLC, England, 1994

Friday, July 10, 2020

Lionbot

Red Lion Robot, Unknown, 1980 's ?

I picked this up in the 1990's at a Belgian fleamarket. Have no clue from which serie this comes from, so if anyone recognizes this toy please send me a message.

I transforms into a car and suffered some damage to the crown piece...

Sunday, July 5, 2020

OCP's finest

This one is quite a neat toy - because you can put and take out most of the armour and rebuild Murphy yourself... there is even a "brain"-part !

Robocop, Ideal, China, 1995
And of course the iconic gun that can be hidden in his thigh.


Interesting feature is the Belgian packaging (both French and Dutch language) with a second clear window at the back showing parts of the armour.