Monday, May 25, 2015

#549 HE-MAN - BATTLE PUNCH HE-MAN vs OPTIKK (1990)




We have sometimes commented that the main character(s) of a toyline has to be available in each wave. The Masters of the Universe and later the He-Man toylines made available in each wave the figures of He-Man and Skeletor, and each time a different figure with a different action feature.

 In the He-Man series, the first He-Man figure is very common and easy to get, but the second and third versions are very rare and also quite expensive for that series. This is the second one (we would say “v2”), and it features a quite impressive move, never seen in any other figure of the line. The accessories included with this figure are a rather big (slightly oversized) and a shield. Despite the size of the weapons, they are quite rare to find.



The second figure presented in this entry is Optikk, one of the evil characters working for Skeletor. It is one of my favorite figures of this line, because the design is really amazing with that big eye instead of a head. The figure came only with a pistol/rifle and its action feature is a spring-loaded punch with the left hand. As in many other toylines, the figures of the evil faction have quite dark colours, and this character has a dark brown with golden details outfit.



FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: BATTLE PUNCH HE-MAN and OPTIKK (Ref. 1340 and 3262)
  • Toy Line: He-Man (also New Adventures of He-Man) (Wave 2)
  • Year: 1990
  • Company: Mattel (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 14 cm

Friday, May 22, 2015

#548 TOMICA – NISSAN FAIRLADY Z 300 ZX, CHEVROLET CORVETTE and CHEVROLET CAMARO Z28 (Nrs. 15, F21 and F34) (1982, 1977 and 1983)


These are three more old Tomicas, two of them belong to the foreign (F) series, while the third one belongs to the normal series.



Nº15 – Nissan Fairlady Z 300ZX – Scale 1:61 – 1982 (original car 1981)

NºF21 – Chevrolet Corvette – Scale 1:64 - 1977
A newer version of this model was shown here, the yellow model is made in Japan, while the white one is made in China, and is part of the so-called "British Line".

NºF34 – Chevrolet Camaro Z28 – Scale 1:66 – 1983 (original car 1982)


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: NISSAN FAIRLADY Z 300 ZX, CHEVROLET CORVETTE and CHEVROLET CAMARO Z28 (Nrs. 15, F21 and F34)
  • Scale: 1:61, 1:64, 1:66 (respectively)
  • Year: 1982, 1977 and 1983 (respectively)
  • Company: Tomica (Japan)
  • Size: approx. 6 cm

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

#547 MICRO MACHINES - DRIVERS COLLECTION #1 (1991)



I have already talked about several Micro Machines series, but there are still many more to be commented... Today I want to focus on the Drivers Collections.

It was a rather short subline in which every model came with a (not removable/detachable) miniature driver/pilot. Just as simple. Most models were actually cabrios or race cars, although there were also motorbikes and military collections. The figures are made is a softer gum plastic, so my guess is that they are simply glued to re-decorated old models.

There were 4 collections made in 1991, and other 4 collections in 1992, each of them with four miniatures (except “bonus” vehicles). Each “drivers” collections have a subtitle.
 
I own “Hotfoot Collection #1”, that includes:
  • Kurtis Kraft Racer
  • March 707
  • `88 Camaro Cabrio
  • Corvette Cabrio

Maybe not the most imaginative sub-series, but most vehicles look really nicer with drivers on top! Motorbikes especially.

FACTS AND FIGURES
  • Name: DRIVERS “HOTFOOT” COLLECTION #1
  • Scale of the cars: 1:150 aprox.
  • Year: 1991
  • Company: Galoob (U.S.A.)
  • Size: approx. 2 cm

Saturday, May 16, 2015

#546 HASBRO’S WWF – RICK “THE MODEL” MARTEL, SID JUSTICE, VIRGIL, SKINNER and WARLORD (1993)

In this entry I´ll show the last 5 figures of this series:

Rick the Model Martel
Rick Martel was another unsympathetic character: snobbish, elitist, posh and even corny. He had his own perfume called "Arrogance", that he used against his opponents. The figure is quite boring, since its is exactly the same cast used for Macho Man #1, just with a new head.



Sid Justice (Sidney Raymond Eudy)
Sid Justice was the good guy and in my opinion a bit similar to Mr. Perfect. He was the character to fight cheaters and fighters who worked dirty (and there were a few of this). The figure has a nice action, but looks very much like other figures, since the figure is only dressed with a blue trunks and boots.



Virgil (Michael "Mike" Jones)
This figure is a very nice one, looks quite different to all the others. A nice figure to have, despite its action arm being too short, and his chest too prone. The action move rather ineffective. The character was a nice sidekick to Million Dollar Man and his team Money Inc.



Skinner (Steve Keirn)
The crocodile hunter from Florida Everglades had a great figure: its outfit and its "rare" action move makes it quite a singular figure, doesn´t look like any other in the whole collection. The wrestler however wasn´t very popular, because of his bad manners and customs. He used to chew tobacco and spit it on a bucket or over their opponents face.



Warlord (Terry Scott Szopinski)
I remember just one or two fights with Warlord, but it was so impressive, I have not forgotten his entrance to the ring with a metallic staff, and that silver pad on his face. It was really frightening. The figure has an impressive armspan and huge hands, looks slightly bigger than the rest of the figures. Maybe because of this, the fingers of the figure might break, in a problem which is common to all figures performing this mode.

FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: RICK “THE MODEL” MARTEL, SID JUSTICE, VIRGIL, SKINNER and WARLORD
  • Toy Line: Official WWF (Wave 5)
  • Year: 1993
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 12 cm

Friday, May 15, 2015

#545 HASBRO’S WWF – HULK HOGAN #4, MACHO MAN #4, I.R.S., JIM “THE ANVIL” NEIDHART and THE MOUNTIE (1993)

The next wave to appear in this blog is number 5. There were 10 new figures were released in 1993, 8 of them new characters, plus the fourth versions of Hulk Hogan and Macho Man. This wave was the first one that wasn´t sold in Spain, so these are difficult to find there and are usually a bit more expensive than the figures from the previous waves. If they were sold, it was in small amounts and on foreign (American?) cards.

None of the figures is especially difficult to find. The Mountie includes his cattle prod, which is one of the most difficult accesories in the collection. It is a long bar of black plastic, can be easily mistaken for something else, and it is mostly missing. In the chapter "fragile figures", I would only include Macho Man #4, whose fingers and hat are often broken. The rest of the figures are quite sturdy.

The first 5 (of 10) are:

Hulk Hogan #4
Another Hulk Hogan figure, the first one without t-shirt. I guess no matter how many previous versions of him were, the figure was always a good selling one, as we can deduce from the many bootleg figures made of him in all possible forms, sizes and materials. The figure has the straight punch action move, but the torso cast is different from the one used for Jake Roberts in series 1. It is more muscular and has a straight belly.



Macho Man Randy Savage #4
And also the 4th version of Randy Savage, this time with a white cowboy jacket, a white hut and colourful pants. This figure is the first one of those four with jumping action. The figure is quite flashy and I would say it is among the favorite figures for many people in the whole collection. It is a fragile figure, note the fingers in the right hand which have a strange pose. These two fingers are often missing.



I.R.S. (Irwin R. Schuster)
Another remarkable figure with an unique cast and a rare movement. I think the concept is quite nice. Even nicer was his name in Spanish (I.R.P.F.) and the many jokes with taxes and money that the Spanish commentators made. The figure performs the stomp move, which is not very playable, but its still a good thing to have a big variety of moves (until now, the only Stomping figure were Ted DiBiase #2 and one of the Bushwackers).



Jim the Anvil Neidhart
Unfortunately, I cannot remember much of this wrestler. I never saw him in action, but the figure is quite nice. That beard is very distinctive and the colours of his trousers are also flashy and nice. The movement was at the time a very nice one, although with the time it became a very common one, so now it is not very interesting anymore.



Mountie (with cattle prod) (Jacques Rougeau)
This is a wrestler I saw in action a few times on TV. He made great shows, I think the biggest one was against Big Boss Man. He was mostly an unsympathetic character, since he always used his cattle prod to shock his opponents, most times "illegally". The figure is also remarkable because of its mounted police uniform, which red jacket, black trousers and hut.
 


FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: HULK HOGAN #4, MACHO MAN #4m, I.R.S., JIM “THE ANVIL” NEIDHART and THE MOUNTIE
  • Toy Line: Official WWF (Wave 5)
  • Year: 1993
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 12 cm

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

#544 MAJORETTE - SONIC FLASHERS (SERIES 2300) (VARIOUS MODELS) (1989 and 1990)

From 1989 Catalogue

I already wrote one entry about Sonic Flashers, but this entry is more ambitious and will try to explain a little more about them.

This line was launched in 1989 and from the very beginning it had great sales. This success would later lead to a diversification of the line, with new and parallel lines, like military vehicles, planes... each series had a different number. The "ordinary" Sonic Flashers were series 2300, and each model had a reference number 23XX. This entry will be devoted only to the standard 2300 series.

The action feature, of course, was that each car made a particular sound and some light effect that could be activated when pushed down. On the inside each car has a small printed circuit board with a cell battery. According to the advertisement, the battery was able to operate the feature over 1500 times. Most models were based on previously existing Majorette models, although some were modified, probably to let enough space on the interior for the circuit board. Majorette didn´t allow to change batteries in the first models, although some others later models had screws instead of rivets.

2301 POLICE CAR (PORSCHE 928) ("POLIZEI" GERMAN VER.) and 2304 PACE CAR



As said before, the line was launched first in 1989 with only 3 different casts and 8 references. Those first models were:
  • Porsche 928 (Police, Pace Car, Rescue Vehicle)
  • Ford Bronco (Sheriff, Fire Engine, 4X4 Rallye)
  • Ford Transit (Ambulance, Police Van)

The Police decoration of the Porsche was adapted to Germany in this especial model I am showing here, together with two versions of the Pace Car (red or yellow sirens).

From 1990 Catalogue

The next year, 1990, the line was expanded with several new models and decorations. The models from the previous year were still available, the new were:
  • Chevrolet Impala Police
  • Pompier "Fire Truck"
  • Fougon "Police Van"
  • Ambulance
  • BMW 750i
  • Chevrolet Corvette (Coupé and ZR 1)
  • Sport Prototype ("Sebring Team" and "Daytona Team")
  • Depaneuse "Tow Truck"
2309 CHEVROLET IMPALA POLICE

  2313 BMW 750i 
2318 SPORT PROTO 




2310 FIRE TRUCK/POMPIER



Pompier compared with the original cast from the 200 series

2314 RACE CAR (CHEVROLET CORVETTE)



Each model was equipped with a suitable sound, these were available:
  • Police
  • Alert
  • Emergency
  • Fire
  • Horn
  • Brakes
  • Truck Horn
  • Not defined yet (by the time Majorette published the catalogues and the backcards, two cars were promised a "new sound", this sound was actually a motor sound while accelerating and shifting gears).

Since the line was becoming more and more popular, there were also gift packs available with several cars inside. Some sets could be really big, some even mixing vehicles from the 2300 series with planes or helicopters of other Sonic Flashers' series.

In 1991, again new models, new decorations and new sounds:
The Chevrolet Impala gets a new decoration in blue instead of black, and the Pace Car Porsche will be released in yellow instead of orange. More interesting is the rename of the BMW 750i to 535i, although I think the blue models still had "750i" tampographied on the doors.

The new models/decorations are:
  • BMW 535i in black
  • Ambulance in red "Fire Rescue"
  • Ferrari "Super GT"
  • Semi Truck
  • 4X4 Beverage Truck
  • Ford Bronco 4X4 "Crash Car"

The new sounds are "music", "broken glass" and "turn signal/car horn".

In 1992, there were less news, only
  • Ford Bronco "Police 4X4" with machine gun sound
  • 6X6 S.W.A.T. with missile lauch sound
  • Rocket Launcher with missile lauch sound

From 1993 on, there were only new decorations made but no new sounds or casts. This year, the yellow train was also released as part of the 2340 series, which are to the 2300 series what the 300 series is to the 200.

Some casts created for this series were later reused in the ordinary series. Although this model is quite recent, I include here the pictures of the Sport Proto made in the early 2000s, without sound or lights:





FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: SEVERAL SONIC FLASHERS´ MODELS (Nr. 2301, 2304, 2309, 2310, 2313, 2314, 2318)
  • Scale: 1:64 (aprox.)
  • Year: 1989 and 1990
  • Company: Majorette (France)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm
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