Saturday, September 28, 2013

Where is your sombrero amigo ?

Somewhere between Acapulco and Mexico city, there is the scrambler unit that was traded in for one of these big hats and a shot of tequila !

Mazinger Z (missing Scrambler) ,?,Mexico, 1980's


Space Robot Trooper

 A modern take on the Yoshiya original toy.

Space Trooper Robot, HA-HA toys (Yoshiya copy)
China, 2010's
And of course based on this guy:



Wednesday, September 25, 2013

On Melmac, we have 1st class, 2nd class and ham.

Alf, ?, 1980's
Other quotes from my favorite alien ?


  • Haaa! I kill me.
  • Putting humans in charge of the earth, is the cosmic equivalence of letting Eddie Murphy direct.
  • If you love something, let it go. If it comes back to you, it's yours. If it's run over by a car, you don't want it.
  • I can see you're still one sandwich short of a picnic.
  • Raining cats? You open the skylight and I'll get the relish.
  • Hey, Willie. Let's throw a cat on the barbie.
  • The only good cat is a stir-fried cat.
  • I'm on a new diet. I can eat as much of whatever I want.
  • [ALF is trying to hypnotize Lucky] You are getting sleepy. You... are no longer a cat. You are a bagel.
  • Like my old skeelball coach used to say: "Find something you're not good at, and then don't do it."

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Rouge...

Minirobot, Franco American Novety Co., Hong Kong
1960's
Tiny but not ugly... Existed in other colours too.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Daitarn - 3 : Spara i Pugni !

Daitarn 3 - AL-ES SNC Di Monza - Hong Kong
1970's
Another great classic robot show that travelled to Italy straight from Japan, without ever stopping by on the french TV sets. A pitty...




Space Tank and Robot.

Flashing Lights ? Check
Flashing robot's face ? Check.
Spring loaded missiles ? Check.
I think this one is ready to go. All it needs is fresh batteries !

Space Tank, Chi Li Toys, Taiwan, 1980's


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Oh no James...


James Bond DB6, Husky, UK,1968
James Bond DB5, Corgi, UK, 1970's
For queen and country... and before out favorite agent got his hands on BMW's and other German metal, his ride and the one that defines him was this... the DB5. This is one of Corgi Toys best selling toys ever, and no wonder ! It has all the gimmicks of the real one: ejectable seat, bullet screen and submachine guns in the grille. Earlier models also had tire-slasher and revolving license plates. Gama and Gilbert and lots of other toy companies got their try at the same model - some like Husky with a DB6 instead of a DB5... 
All in all one of the Hall-of-Fame toys of entire generations. 

One of the original ads for the Corgi model - 1966
And the model continues to live on... with more details but less play-value... A good example of what toy safety standarts did to kill spring loaded mechanisms... 

James Bond DB5 - Eaglemoss - China - 2006


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Battle Fever

Battle Shark, Popy, Japan, 1980's

Anyone saw this in their childhood ? One of the first Sentai (=series with live actors) with super robots...

Battle Fever Robot (goes inside ship)
Popy, Japan, 1980's

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Open your heart to me, baby !

If you need to save the planet, do it with heart ! This is why this little bot is one of the most humane characters of all manga and cartoons...

Billiken, Japan, 2010's
Astro Boy / Tetsuwan Atom

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Unknown Pyro desintegrator rifles...





Space rifle, Fábrica de Plásticos Hercules,
Portugal, 1950's


These ones will require some information. Facts: 
  1. they were found in Guimarães (Portugal). 
  2. no markings whatsoever
  3. they are a copy of the famous Pyro rifle, but with slight details (3 vents instead of 5 on the barrel  plain crank, no name on the painted part of the stock...)
  4. size is the same as Pyro
  5. mechanism works the same way (you turn the crank and the barrel moves in and out and in...)

So here you have it. The maker is still unknown, Maybe Pepe, Osul, Jato (Ermesinde) or Hercules (Espinho)... Even though Pepe and Osul have been known to produce plastic rifles and pistols, my best bet up to now is another company called Ribeirinho in Guimarães. (namely because of where it was found and the "fragile" quality of the plastic that they used).

Thanks to the help of fellow collectors, I can tell the maker : Fábrica de Plásticos Hercules.

Here is a full description of the company and how they produced plastic molds and sold them all over the world: http://f.hypotheses.org/wp-content/blogs.dir/425/files/2009/09/tese_mestrado_nuno_gomes.pdf.


They did participate in a number of trade fairs in the USA and other countries. Maybe this is how Pyro got hold of them. For the fun factor, if they really produced the molds for the space rifle, this would mean Pyro only had a second run, which would indicate why the Pyro guns had some engravings that these guns don't have. (it doesn't seem anything was "erased" afterwards).


Twins, how nice... 
Barrel detail - upper parts move at turn of crank
For comparaison, here are some pictures of the "Real Mc Coy" made in USA by Pyro (stock/archive photos - not mine)

Pyrotomic desintegrator rifle (red), USA,
1953 
Some came with white lettering ?


and in bronze...

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Batarangs

Batman has definitely an Australian boomerang-throwing ancestor somewhere... From Aborigines to Gotham... just one throw away.

Batman, Fast Food toy, China, 2010's

Big Red

Astronaut, Marx, USA, 1970's
This looks like a Gemini suit to me... What do you guys think ? Marx made a number of "oversized" figurines in the USA, from prom/beauty "cuty" queens to american presidents. These are part of their space - line.

Ceji Aviscoupe


Aviscoupe, Ceji, Hong Kong, 1978
I know it is a Takara toy and that it came out of their Magnemo line. Ceji Arbois got the rights for this toy in France and sold it with French packaging. Little magnets on the wings allow to change the configuration of the ship, or just make up for a "lost wing due to explosion" during playtime....