Sunday, January 21, 2018

The stormtrooper helmet.

Now I can start my Ewok music band !

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Stormtrooper electronic voice changer helmet, Hasbro,
China, 2016

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Next toyfair in Lisbon ? 3 Feb. 2018

Tell you a story I shall...

Just press my hands...
And answer your questions I shall...
Or a story you will get...
Call upon Yoda, Hasbro, China

This is a great toy (thanks mam !) which was issued after episode 3. Animatronics in the face (eyes and mouth area) and arms.

You can start the desired options by pressing his left or right hand.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Vader on bricks !

 You don't need to be called emperor to build your own Sith Lord... Proof ? see below.

Darth Vader set #75111, Lego, Czech Republic, 2015

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Gerry Anderson's Portuguese STINGRAY submarine

Portugal did not make a lot of Sci-Fi based toys, but this one is a rare exception. It is listed in the book "O Brinquedo em Portugal" from Carlos Anjos and João Arbués Moreira (see bibliography) in the section of 1961/1970 toys - as "Carro Espacial - desconhecido" (Space Car - maker unknown). It is 22cm long and came in different color schemes (some with the top "cockpit" part in a different color of plastic - some with the torpedo tubes painted red instead of black etc.)

Was it a copy of another existing toy ? If you have some information on this please let me know.

A big thank you to the fellow toy-collector who helped me get this one into my collection !

No markings unfortunately...

Stingray, ?, Portugal, 1960's

Monday, December 18, 2017

Comic Con Portugal 2017

Well, guess where I was this Saturday ? With my kid and all my fellow nerds at Comic Con, of course! With cosplayers, otaku, geeks, gamers and fans from the far realms of the kingdom of coolness!


Sunday, December 3, 2017

Holly Inca Batman !

Who knew that Batman would be so popular in Peru ? Well, if you believe some bloggers, it is huge! (see here). No wonder then they made their own versions of Batman items, most of them not licensed. This one comes from Lima, and has a scary resemblance with some of the Inca pottery work you can see in local musea.

Barman Candy container, ?, Peru, 1960's-1970's

Inca pottery

(extrait) Charles WIENER, Pérou et Bolivie, ed. Hachette, 1880

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Eat your cereals if you want to break the speed record on land...

Lot's of crazy toys were made as prizes inside the cereal boxes, and it was kind of their business model before some crazy kids swallowed and or choked on them. Then the E.U. and Happy Meals took over... well... At least you can still find some of these gems.

301.13 mph 1935 Rolls-Royce Canpbell Bluebird, Kelloggs, 1959, USA

With Lledo model behind...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Chrome face...

Robot, KA nº 772, Hong Kong, 1970's

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Customize your own Batmobile...

Tumbler Batmobile, Custom Motors, Hotwheels, Mattel, China, 2009

Does this car really need some extra body parts to make it more bad-ass ? I don't think so... but people at Mattel thought otherwise...

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

It's electronic, and mixes a VW Beetle with a robot... t's... our all new redesigned Robocon !

Showing the game inside... looks a little
like a Tamagotchi kind of thing...
With hood/trunk closed,
Robocon, Bandai, Japan, 1999