Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Optimus Prime

Optimus Prime, ?, China, 2010's
The crazyness of the Shogun Warriors made way to a whole new bunch of super robots in the 1980's. And the Transformer's line were certainly some of them. Here their leader, mighty Optimus Prime.

You remember the 'toon ?


Monday, May 19, 2014

Going Black and White on the collection...


Iti is really remarkable what black and white can do to otherwise very colorfull objects ! 






Sunday, May 18, 2014

Grendizer's Beauty Salon...

Goldrake (shampoo bottle), Aldimport Mestrino,
Italy, 1978
What a nice way to get your kids to have some basic respect for capilar hygiene... Just get the shampoo inside their favorite robot and... voilá !

Once again, Goldrake saved the day !




Hope it was not lead paint... 
... battledamage from H2O ?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

El hombre de acero...

Superman, EURA, Spain, 1970-80's ?

Not much is known about Spanish company EURA, except that they made some nice little rubber figurines.
Here is Superman.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

One extra Metro, please... it's to chew on the road !

Metro Candy Container, Bonbons MAY,
France, 1982
This one is a candy container. It had a Chewing-gum "Trésor" in its belly ! Nice addition to the rest of the gang - check them out here.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

RX78 - Big scale.

Of all Gundams, this one has to be the most popular ! It is the bot that started it all. The one that defended the first Zakus attacks... it is even the one to build real size. Yes. really... they did it a couple of years ago in Tokyo (Odaiba's Shiokaze Park). - to see more, click here. 

RX78 MegaSize Model, Bandai, China, 2000's
Building was a snap !











Lots of articulations... 
...and even more decals!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Next Toyfair in Lisbon


If you are around Lisbon on the 7th of June, come and say hi !

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Microman... and women ?

Microman (?) with sarcophagus, China, 1999



















Why the Statue of Liberty ? 















In toy history, the Microman toy line from Takara (Japan) has great importance and paved the way to the oh-so-popular Transformer toys in the 80ies. The toy line started in Japan in 1974, and some of the figures soon made their way to the USA under the Micronauts toy-line (imported directly through Mego Corp.)


Some really cool web-sites are devoted to these, and are worth checking :

http://www.micro-outpost.com/

http://www.microforever.com/

Supergril, Takara, China, 2006
Packaging all pink and girly !




















The nice thing about these figurines is that they are/were fully articulated. While Kenner and Palitoy were making stiffness the norm in their Star Wars / Action Force lines, Takara on the other hand was able to get about 30 (yes, thir-ty !) arculation points in their line. And all of this in a 3 3/4 inch figurine !

Furthermore, they came with ton of accessories, and could swap out parts from one figurine to another. At a certain point, they even introduced figurines with magnetized joints ! Tomy - Takara is continuing the line nowedays...

Magneforce ! or magnetic joints...
Icurus, Takara, China, 2005

Microsister Orga, Takara, China, 2005
No need for surgery, doc !









Evangelion set, Takara, China, 2007
Extra hands, weapons, display stands, ... 

And another radar robot... these just keep appearing!

 What's the dot on the forehead all about ? Robot for the Hindi market ?

Radar Robot, ?; Hong Kong (?), 1970's
No legs on this one... just little wheels
and friction mechanism !