Sunday, March 19, 2017

Planet Robot - mean green machine !

Planet Robot, Ha-Ha toy (KO Copy), China, 2000's
 Oh yes ! Another Robby the Robot lookalike !

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Big Bad Bat... mobile

Batmobile 2000 (1/18th), Corgi Toys, China, 2006
Batman's favorite vehicle has evolved through the ages. This version is from the modern comics. Spinning reactor and awesome wings....




Thursday, March 9, 2017

El gato cosmíco !

Doreamon(s), Kinder Figurine, China, 2004 (?)

Oh Nobita, what did you do this time ? It is nice to have a gentle alien taking care of things, no ? Classic Japanese !

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Candygram !

Big Guy Robot, Bandai, China, 1999
Read here about Big Guy and Rusty the boy robot...


Sunday, February 26, 2017

Little plastic Bioman robot...

Bio-Robo, Bioman, ?, China, 2000's
Seems he had a swim in hot lava !


Monday, February 20, 2017

BB-8

BB-8 windup with sound effects, Disney Store, China, 2016
This little guy may not have the fame of the R2 unit (yet) - but it sure hold its part in the first Disney Star Wars movie... I'm sure we'll see more of him next December...


Friday, February 17, 2017

Spectrum Patrol Car / SPC - Japanese blown plastic version...

Rato Roru / Patororu nº 110 / SPC, Takara Gangu, Japan, 1967
Header card art (front)
Header card art (back)
There is maybe one country where the Supermarionation craze went even more bezerk than in the U.K., and that is Japan. They loved Gerry Anderson's puppet shows, So much so that lots of toys were produced there. And this time not intended for export - but really for their internal market (maybe because they just could not compete with the Dinky Toys' line of diecast vehicles ?)



With Dinky counterpart for size
Was there ever a fin at th back ? 



This is how it was sold...

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Superman needs a spaceship to fly now? Old age, right?


Supermobile(s) (large and small), Corgi toys, U.K., 1979-1982

Read more about it here.

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Captain Harlock helmet


Captain Harlock Helmet, Takatoku toys, Japan, 1977-1978

This is an item that has been on my wanted list for quite some time, and it finally arrived in Lisbon... Original toy from Japan - this helmet has a visor that can be pulled up or down and a leather strap so you won't loose it when you ride your bike ! Foam inserts - plastic.





















Sunday, February 12, 2017

Magic potion ? anyone ?

Asterix and obelix, PEZ, Austria, 1997


Thursday, February 9, 2017

Rubber Suits of Monster's legend...


Microman Godzilla / First Monochrome version, Takara, Japan, 2006

Japan always had a thing with their monsters... Radioactive mutations were a popular subject after the horrors of the second WW and what better subject to make low-cost movies that would thrill young and old movie-goers...

But far from the special effects of Ray Harryhausen stop-motion, Japan went the other way around and used real actors in latex suits... A process George Lucas would use some years later for lots of the monsters of the first Star Wars trilogy, before CGI kicked in and filming was made more like computer programming than acting...

Please read more about it here.

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Haruo Nakajima, the real actor that did Godzilla "suit" acting


Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The small Jumbo Great Mazinger

Shrunking heads ? nope... just Jumbo's today ! Take a Great Mazinger from Mattel, give it the treatment, and voilà ! Lots of Grendizer elements to be found also... can you spot them ?

Great Mazinga, made by Fabianplastica for Mattel, Italy, 1978



Sunday, January 29, 2017

Remember GI Joe ?



For kids living in the 80ies/90ies, this toy-line was really all they wanted... Lots of vehicles, figurines and action !

S.A.W.-Viper, Hasbro, China, 1991
Laser-Viper, Hasbro, China, 1991


Free Fall, Hasbro, China, 1991
Dee-Jay, Hasbro, China, 1990


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017

Holy cow Batman ! They are building a wall !

El chico maravilla (Robin), ?, Mexico, ?
Flimsy blown plastic toy - 25 cm.

By the way, anybody knows how they translate "Holy Cow" in Spanish ?

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Albator, Albator, la la la la la la....

Harlock mask, Takatoku ?, Japan, 1970's
Albator mask, César, France, 1978


Herlock mask, ?, Italy, 1970's

3 different countries, 3 different companies. Same mask. same pirate... Which one is your favorite ? 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Lightsaber with gun attached ? Ulysse (s) 31

I still find things I never knew existed, even of my favorite series. This lightsaber/laser pistol belongs to this category. Somebody said the lightsaber was a more elegant weapon for more elegant times... now attach a laser pistol in the handle and you are ready for the Gods of Olympus !

Ulysse 31 saber, A.G. Excominsa, Spain, 1982

Simple toy, water squirter thing, I guess to be sold in Spanish newspaper kiosks or beach stores, hanging from the ceiling with hooks or something similar ? Exists also with yellow handle/gun.


No marking on the toy, only on the card...

For scale, with a plastic Popy figurine



Monday, January 16, 2017

Shitajiki

Shitajiki's (or pencil boards in English) are a common method to advertise in the manga business. These B5-sized cardboard images became very collectible and these are some of Matsumoto's series I have in my collection: