Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The chubby prince...

He got the Sofubi treatment ! Yeah !
Duke Fleed (Actarus), HL PRO, China,

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Monday, October 9, 2017

Sniks ? what is a Snik ?

Baseball Astrosnik and rocket, Bully, Germany, 1981

With the success of the Smurfs (Schtroumpfes, Pitufos, Smurfen...) came a number of non-Peyo look-alikes. The Snorkels had their thing in the deep waters of the ocean, and these little guys called (Astro)Sniks had their story in space.

I just found that rocket (marked SNIK-X1 !) on the flea market of Lisbon 2 weeks ago... The little Snik itself is a "retooling"of a similar Smurf figurine. Nice way to go Bully ! Just take a Schleich figurine design, modify it a little and voilà ! No royalties paid I guess...

For the little story, Bully even edited some Comics and other merchandising, but unlike their Belgian blue cousins they never got the TV cartoon treatment...

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Counting days with Robocon !

1 click on the Radar... and it's tomorrow!
Robocon, Banpresto, China, 2010's

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Sleeping with the pirate...

OK, not really a toy, but for all fans of Matsumoto a gem and oh so difficult to find in good condition these days. Good for a nap... even better as decor on the sofa... (my wife will kill me...)
Captain Harlock pillow, Sacis, Roma (Italy), 1978

Mecha with horns...

Grendizer money box, High Dream China, 2010's

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Chinese firepower...

KY-2 Gun, 196 MS 604, 1970's ?
Well, since it has a planet on it it kind of qualifies as a ray gun / rifle... but why the wooden stock ?

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Bad robot !

Megatron, Hasbro, China, 2009

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I love truck'n !

Plastic trucks, ?, probably 70's
A little find at the feira... have no idea who made these - no markings.

Friday, August 18, 2017

There is a frog on the line !

Sneak-peak for the latest Iphone ? not really...

Frog-phone squeeze toy, maker ?

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Going to the bank...

Astroboy, Plastoy, China, 2017

With Astro ! This moneybank is quite cool and is released in a French box. A little find during my holidays in Cahors...


Monday, August 14, 2017

Ghostbusters going Playmo...

Lego started a number of years ago to touch the licensing side of the toy business. Now it is Playmobil's turn... and what a great license to start with...

Ecto-1 and Stay Puft man, Playmobil, Germany, 2017

Detailed interior with backpacks
Light and sirens do work !

Check out the roof details !

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Laundry day...

Yes, even in the toy-world you have to wash your uniforms... You cannot represent the Academy with that stain, Captain !

Washing powder (handwash !) + cold water

Soak, slightly rub (toothbrush) rinse and repeat until...

Ready for another year on the bridge in Jeff's showcase, Spock ?

Monday, August 7, 2017

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Commander Peck found his sweetheart again !

Miss Margot and Commander Peck, Raja, Portugal, 1960's
These 2 are the little version of these 2 other ones...  They were the 2 Rajá astronauts who, together with the aliens, populated the elusive big plastic saucer of the same brand. Cool toys for icecream vendors, don't you think ?

Monday, July 3, 2017

Mini Baxinger and maxi knock-off...

Baxinger ST, Mark (?) Japan, 1982

Another great example of how China is copying the world... and their neighbors from Japan... (at least they used another head and colors !

Baxinger, Chinese bootleg, ?, 2000's

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Daitarn 3 diecast

Daitarn 3 TT 1034 (bootleg), ?, Taiwan, 1984
This one is a big chunk of metal and plastic. Sweet !

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Smokin' red hot tires...

Rouge ? Anyone ?
For some strange reason, in 1972, there were a bunch of the Corgi Batmobiles getting out of the production lines with red Wizzwheels tires. Production mistake ? Or just another evil plot of the Joker, who got himself a job at Firestone (yes, look it up ! the original Batmobile had 15' Firestone Wide oval tires)  ? We'll never know. HAHAHAHA...

Sunday, June 25, 2017

A robot Nessy ?

Yatta Doiler (Yattaman), Takatoku, Japan, 1977

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Aoshima Arcadia's - Harlock's battleships...

Arcadia (weathering version), Aoshima, Japan, 2003

Arcadia, TV Anime versiom, Aoshima, Japa, 2006

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Campbell's 1933 272,40 MPH ride...

Railton Blue Bird, Schylling, China, 2007

Cockpit detail