Friday, 24 October 2014

SECRETS OF MOON BASE

In preparation for Scoop and Bill docking with Moon Base tomorrow, I have created two exhibitions for their viewing pleasure. The sheets will come off in the morning and all will be revealed!

Fly Me To The Moon

In anticipation of a weekend at Moonbase in the company of Scoop and Woodsy, heres some gratuitous pictures of Space Gliders! Actually meant to post these just after the Hover box set post, but better late than never.

JR 21 THUNDERBIRD 4 REVISITED

More revisited  photos of my JR 21 Thunderbird fleet, this time it's the turn of Thunderbird 4.









Thursday, 23 October 2014

TOY HUNTER RARITIES

This week I watched about 4 episodes of Toy Hunter. which my Daughter had recorded. Regular readers will know that I have a soft spot for Jordan Hembrough and his toy hunting TV show from the States. We even met him at the Birmingham NEC here in England last year. What a nice bloke!

Anyway, watching Toy Hunter is always an education. Jordan's knowledge is encyclopedic and his interests eclectic. He mentioned a whole gaggle of rare vintage toys I'd never heard of and here are just two of them.

UZAY Star Wars Action Figures: these were knockoff 'STARSWAR' figures from Turkey from the late 1980's [ notice the misspelling of Star Wars ] and hugely appealing to Star Wars collectors. The most famous and sought after is the 'Blue Stars', pictured below, which Jordan found on his show. Its a Hoth Stormtrooper painted blue and a group of Blue Stars seem to be stood in a pool of custard on the card art!   You can learn all about them here at the Star Wars Collectors Archive. Fascinating stuff! 


COLONIAL LANDRAM 40 from Mattel's Battlestar Galactica line: from how Jordan reacted and what I've subsequently read this is the rarest of Mattel's toy line and possibley only available in Canada. It has the style and look of a vehicle from a Gerry Anderson TV show! For some reason it also reminds me of another old space toy, maybe Starcom? You can read more about the Landram at the excellent Battlestar Galactoca Memorabilia.


Anyone got either of these rare toys?

YARD SALES ANYONE?

I recently saw an episode of the brilliant US TV series Toy Hunter with the ever-enthusiastic Jordan Hembrough. In the episode Jordan visited a 'yard sale', which was essentially a small group of tables piled high with old toys from one owner. The tables were in the driveway of the person's house and probably half were on the pavement. 

This idea of a private yard sale seems such a great one but I'm not sure it's done here in the UK. It may not even be legal to trade on the pavement, I'm not sure. It is so civilised though and would allow a resident to basically empty the loft and move stuff the few steps outside. If its raining the sale can switch to the garage!

Have any of you ever held a yard sale outside your house?

JR 21 THUNDERBIRD 3 REVISITED

More revisited photos from my JR 21 Thunderbird fleet, this time it's the turn of Thunderbird 3.







GRUMMAN LUNAR ROVER


Grumman Lunar Rover:

The inspiration for the Triang SpaceX Moon Buggy below

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

OCTOBER MOVIE QUOTE QUIZ

OK folks, here's another quiz for these dark wintry days. Just name the film each quote is from. One answer per reader. Go do it!

1. Put the lotion in the basket
2. Laugh it up Fuzzball
3. She's alive! alive!
4. He's to swimmin' with bow-legged women
5. Black as midnight, black as pitch, blacker than the foulest witch.
6. Dave, this conversation can serve no purpose anymore. Goodbye.
7. You're still collating?
8. Must go faster!
9. Its what we call a shake and bake colony
10. Mind the gap, Alan.

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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