Thursday, 31 July 2014

OLD SPACE NUTS: SPACEMEN RAMP WALKERS

Some space toys seem to be everywhere. Like old chestnuts they pop up all the time on Ebay, at toyfairs and fleamarkets. One such toy are these spacemen ramp walkers. For some reason Ebay has been full of them ever since I can remember. Produced in vast numbers, they became the 'muzak' of space toys on the Bay so I didn't really give them a second look. Well, I thought I'd give them that second look as well as a few more old 'space' nuts.

The spacemen ramp walkers appear to come in these four basic types [I have made up the names]:

nuts

astronauts

big noses

devils

As with any mass produced toy made in Hing Kong there were countless colour variations and formats such as this merry trio of grey astronauts. Similarly, header cards and names varied. I have seen 'Space Twins' and lovely headers with lifted space art.


Fellow blogger Geoff has even more loose space walkers and probably the best photographs I have seen of them anywhere online: Geoff's Toys.


Anyone got any of these little gems readers or know any more about them?

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Brains of the Operation

Ever since I saw the Quatermass Experiment as a kid, I've loved aliens and monsters with huge brains and tentacles. Such classics as Fiend Without A Face and The Trollenberg Terror fascinated me (besides scaring me witless). These were real aliens, not like the animal headed creatures that sci fi is so fond of lately (don't get me started on Guardians of the Galaxy...), without reference to humanoid or animal shapes, they were 'different' and scary.
Since then, I've found the odd toy featuring an octopoid or brainy alien and just this week, got a cheap Lego Turtles toy, with a Krang minifigure. Molded in a single piece, Krangs' bright pink body just reminded me of Terence Cunos' beautiful illustration for Wells War of The Worlds in 1970s mag Tell Me Why.
To go with Krang, I also have 3 Stinkhorn figures from Bluebird Manta Force, a neat rubber pencil top octopod and the daddy of them all, Teachers Pet 'Sandy', as seen resting on my seven year old head in the back garden in Liverpool, displaying my monster collection!
They were the days..

TOMY RUNAWAY ROCKET 1976



Just noticed the handheld game, Runaway Rocket from 1976, on the Bay whilst searching for "Tomy Rocket". I love the little grey rocket, which reminds of a SWORD Scout 2. The graphics on the rolling background are pretty cool too! Anyone got anymore early handheld games like this?

GREEN SLIME LUNAR TRANSPORTER: NEW IMAGE


Lunar Transporter a la SpaceX
The Green Slime
Japanese DVD
Top left

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Down To The Sea In...

My latest addition from the amazing world of ebay, is a Gama Sea Ranger. The Sea Ranger was originally designed by Luigi Colani and appeared at the 1979 Essen Motor show, based on a Unimog chassis.
The model is around six inches long with a diecast body, gull wing doors and opening roof panel. Designed as a recreational amphibious vehicle, the sea ranger comes with a large antenna array and detachable sports seat.
Oddly, Woodsy gave me a smaller 6 wheeled version, some time back, but I didn't recognise it!

BOOK COVER SUMMER: SPACE GLIDER


Space Glider cover
Tranquility Down

Monday, 28 July 2014

ANTI-DALEK SONIC DISINTERGRATOR

With reference to Woodsy's post about that mystery Ray Gun toy here's an ad for Lincoln International's Anti-Dalek guns which shows something similar.


Also here's Lincoln International's three other Anti - Dalek arsenal. 





I'd imagine they were all based on previously released toys but now with added 'Dalekmania'!

CODEG MISSILE FIRING CAR AND MISSILE FIRING ARMOURED CAR BOX SET

Ferryman Collection
[SpaceX Cricket shown for scale]








Sunday, 27 July 2014

MYSTERY RAY GUN TOY


What's the story behind this ray gun on this old Colliers magazine cover? 
I'm sure I've seen it before.

BOOK COVER SUMMER: TOYS AND ACTION MAN COVERS

I've always been fascinated by the use of toys on the covers of paperbacks. I think it stems from my passion for the photo box lids of the Tarheel Project SWORD toys.


Not sure if we've seen these book covers before but here goes:



and if that wasn't cool enough then take a look at this amazing post done by another blogger with a similar penchant for toy cover art. The Action Man shots are just brilliant!

the definitive guide to vintage thunderbirds toys - steve's thunderbirds vintage toys

BLOG EXCLUSIVES ARCHIVE: CUrrently out of order

Spacex Mobile Launch Pad Instruction sheet courtesy of reader Mike Burrows

Spacex Nuclear Pulse Instruction sheet courtesy of reader Mike Burrows

Tarheel Moon Prospector Instruction sheet courtesy of Woodsy

Snow Train and Hover Tank Make a Model Book Century 21 courtesy of Woodsy

Scout 3 Box copy to print out and make up by Woodsy and Wotan

BLOG EXCLUSIVE: TARHEEL PROBE FORCE 3 BOX ART AND INSTRUCTION SHEET DOWNLOAD

BLOG EXCLUSIVE: TARHEEL PROBE FORCE 3 BOX ART AND INSTRUCTION SHEET DOWNLOAD
Courtesy of Graeme Walker

Blog exclusive 3 - tarheel moon prospector instruction sheet - print-out a4 and keep!

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