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...

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 ?