Sunday, July 24, 2016

#702 TOMICA – OHARA SNOW TIGER, CITROEN H TRUCK and LOTUS 79 FORD (Nr. 84, F17 and F36) (1978 and 1979)


I am running out of Tomica models to show, the next three do not have anything in common, they are three completely different vehicles: A snow vehicle, a transport van and a Formula 1.


They date from more or less the same age, I got them when I was maybe 6, and I have kept ever since. The Snow Tiger caterpillars have sadly dried and are broke, an as far as I know, there are no replacement for that. I loved it as a kid, it looks great in red, I wish I had seen a real one in the snow at least once.

Ohara Snow Tiger SM30 Nr. 84, Scale 1:78 © 1978

This Citroen van is quite an icon of the French carmaker and also an icon of France itself. I love this truck, that has not been made in this scale by any other toy manufacturer I know of (at least on the old days). It is made in a bright blue colour. It has practicable doors on the rear part.

Citroën H Truck Nr. F17 Scale 1:71 © 1979

And the third model today is a great formula one from the latest 70s. The black "John Player Special" decoration is really impressive, and the car driven by Mario Andretti from the U.S. (with race number 5) was also World Champion in 1978. That´s why the car became so famous that year. The year after that, the car was not so competitive.

Lotus 79 Ford F36 Scale 1:59 © 1978

FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: OHARA SNOW TIGER, CITROEN H TRUCK and LOTUS 79 FORD
  • Scale: 1:78, 1:71 and 1:59 respectively
  • Year: 1978, 1979 and 1978, respectively
  • Company: Tomica (Japan)
  • Size: approx. 5-6 cm

Thursday, July 21, 2016

#701 POLISTIL – BETONIERA PERLINI (J24) and CAMION FS CON CASONE (RJ126) (1973 and 1976)


When I go to flea markets, and I see a lot of scale cars, I do not turn each of them to look for the maker, model and so on. With the years, I learn how to recognise most models just by looking at them from above.

The cement mixer presented in this entry caught my attention immediately. I had never seen it before, and despite its cheap-looking aspect, I took it and found it was a Polistil. Note that the main part of this truck is an unpainted piece of metal, to which the four wheels and two pieces of plastic are attached. It has no interior (the interior is casted in the main part) and it was surely cheap to produce.

The second model (Camione Fuoristrada con Casone) presented today has the same type of wheels, but it is made completely in metal, and still share some characteristics with the first one: the main piece of unpainted metal (including the interior), and this time two more red pieces (this time both metallic). Other versions of this model came with plastic parts.


The numbers of these vehicles are N.J26 and RJ.126. Interestingly, the J numbers belong to the Y-Series, like other Polistil models I presented in entry #411, and which are also budget toys.


Apparently the Y-Series is older. It started in 1972, models between J20 and J121 are from 1973 onwards, the series was cancelled in 1976 and substituted by the RJ-Series. I have seen the Unimog both with metal and plastic cockpit, so in 1976, the model was updated to be more durable and also to look better. I guess the plastic models should be very difficult to find nowadays, those plastic parts look really fragile.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: BETONIERA PERLINI and CAMION FUORISTRADA CON CASONE (J24 and RJ126)
  • Scale: 1:100 and 1:60 approximately
  • Year: 1973 and 1976 respectively
  • Company: Polistil (Italy)
  • Size: approx. 5 cm

Monday, July 18, 2016

#700 FILMATION GHOSTBUSTERS - FUTURA and FIB FACE (1986)

 
I recently got this two great blistercards: Futura and Fib Face from the Filmation's Ghostbusters toyline. They are my first MOC/MISB ítems so I can comment a bit the packaging. Note that the cards are in Spanish. As you probably know, these figures were distributed by Comansi in Spain, who at the time had brought several Tyco products to the Spanish market with more or less success.
 
Comansi also owns Yolanda, so the deal included the license or the rights to produce this same characters in plastic figure format. These are very common nowadays and are found almost constantly in eBay and similar sites. Some look very similar to the Schaper/Tyco figures and sometimes it takes me a few second to find out if the auction is for one action figure or a plastic one.
 
Back to the package, it is a classic blístercard in dark blue/white (representing a stormy sky at dawn) that came in two designs: the card for the good characters has the three main characters (Jake, Spenser and Tracy) while the card of the evil forces have Prime Evil with Scared Stiff and Brat-a-Rat. The illustrations are quite cool in my opinion.
 
The figure is placed in the left lower corner in a transparent bubble and includes a comic book with a short adventure of the toy characters. The comic is very colourful and nice, similar to the one made for Dino-Riders.
 
Some figures came with accesories, like Futura, that cames with a blue helmet. In this case, the accesories came in the same bubble, but separated from the figure, except for Prime Evil, whose accesory is a cloak, and came over his head.
 
 
The backcard present all 13 characters in two groups, and includes a few lines to introduce the story. Not very good, but at least you could see the other figures and think which one would you like to buy next.
 
Something interesting about this line is that out of 13 figures, 3 are women, which is not a bad percentage for an action figure toyline.
 
The two figures presented here are Futura, a character I like and that is one of the coolest figures in the series. The second figure is Fib Face, one of the evil guys and one of the figures that usually have less supporters. The colours are simple and that is probably what most people dislike about it, but nevertheless I think it is not bad at all.
 
Read other Filmation Ghostbusters entries HERE.
 
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: Futura and Fib Face
  • Alternative Names: Dos Caras (Spain)
  • Toy Line: Filmation Ghostbusters
  • Year: 1986
  • Company: Schaper, Tyco (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figure: 15 cm.

Friday, July 15, 2016

#699 FX SCHMID – WAFFEN DES WILDEN WESTENS (Nr.621 22) (1978)


I couldn’t resist buying this set... not that I like guns, but it is one of the most interesting and rare quartets I have seen in my life. This topic does not seem the most appropriate for children today, although we must think it was made in 1978. At the time western movies were very popular, as well as western pulp literature and comics, so maybe it was not such a bad idea to have this quartet released.

Anyway, it is a really beautiful set of cards: 32 guns and rifles made in the 19th century depicted with some accesories. The information we can compare are the year in which it was built, the weight, the caliber of the bullets, the form of the barrel and the shooting range.



Note that the cover car is marked „Hobby Trumpf“. I do not know exactly if this is supposed to mark a series of Schmid quartetts or if it is some kind of sign to indicate it is oriented towards an adult collector. I am not familiar with Schmid quartetts, and much less with such old ones.

FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: WAFFEN DES WILDEN WESTENS (Nr.621 22)
  • Year: 1978
  • Company: FX Schmid (Germany)

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

#698 BBURAGO – LAND ROVER, PEUGEOT 405 and SUZUKI VITARA (1992)


I have still a few Bburagos in 1:43 scale to show. Here are three that have a few things in common. First is that they are 4x4 vehicles, two of them are prepared to run rallies or raids and the third is decorated as an utilitarian. Another thing they have in common is that all three were released (at least with these decorations) in 1992, and that is already a long time ago… 24 years.


As always, I checked www.bburago.info to find all the information related to these cars. This is what I found:

Suzuki Vitara – ref. 0534 – 1992-2004
 



Land Rover – ref. 0450 – 1992-1995




Peugeot 405 – ref. 0519 – 1992-2006




FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: LAND ROVER, PEUGEOT 405 and SUZUKI VITARA
  • Scale: 1:43
  • Year: 1992
  • Company: Bburago (Italy)
  • Size: approx. 9 cm

Saturday, July 9, 2016

#697 M.A.S.K. – BILLBOARD BLAST with DUSTY HAYES/VACUUM (1987)


Kenner offered both vehicles and playsets for this toyline, and these came in boxes with the same design. There is one huge playset called Boulder Hill, which is the headquarters for the M.A.S.K. team, but there are also three small playsets (this size or even smaller) that are also worth commenting.

The small playsets are The Collector, Pit-Stop Catapult and Billboard Blast, all from series 3 (1987).


 In this case, it is a billboard that hides a cannon and a missile launcher (with two big missiles), everything has place inside of the small flat box. The set is quite simple, I think vehicles are more interesting, and probably sold much better than these small playsets.


The figure included with the Billboard Blast is Dusty Hayes, in a repaint (although with very similar colours) of the figure that came with Gator (series 1). The mask is vacuum, a mask that “pretends to suck up objectionable objets”.




FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: BILLBOARD BLAST with DUSTY HAYES
  • Toy Line: M.A.S.K. (Wave 3)
  • Year: 1987
  • Company: Kenner (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the playset: Around 16 cm
  • Size of the figures: 2½’’ or 6,5 cm

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

#696 JOAL – MERCEDES BENZ 350 SL (N°124) (Around 1973)


Amazing model made by Joal in the early 70s. It is a Mercedes 350 SL in brown/gold color. It was also available in other colours (bright yellow, blue, red…), and also as part of car+trailer sets, for example with a roulotte or a boat.


This was one of the first models that came with this jewel case with yellow plastic base. Previously all models came in a green cardboard box, as seen in entry #406 or #523.



The car has practicable doors, bonnet and trunk, and came with two stickers. Other features are chromed hubcaps, chromed front and bumpers, plastic headlights and realistic steering wheel.


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: MERCEDES BENZ 350 SL (Nº124)
  • Scale: 1:43
  • Year: Around 1973
  • Company: Joal (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 9 cm

Sunday, July 3, 2016

#695 ZEE TOYS/ ZYLMEX – SEVERAL DYNA-FLITES MODELS (Around 1981)


I have three plane models made by Zee Toys/ Zylmex. Unlike the major manufacturers (for example Matchbox), Zee Toys took very seriously this plane series, and made one of the most comprehensive catalogues of scale die-cast planes, from the 70s to the 90s.


The Dyna-Flites series, as I was called, included 162 references, some of which were used twice. In Europe these are hard to find, I could only find these three over the years, and one of them is not 100% complete. The Bronco is missing 3 wheels and the Space Shuttle in wheel.

These are:
A109 P-38 Lightning



A111 OV-10 Bronco






A148 Space Shuttle



In Spain there were also several toymakers that made die-cast planes, I wrote several entries some years ago. Click HERE.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: P-38 LIGHTNING (A109), OV-10 BRONCO (A111) and SPACE SHUTTLE (A148)
  • Scale: Unknown Scale
  • Year: Around 1981
  • Company: Zee Toys (U.S.A.) / Zylmex (Hong Kong)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm
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