Sunday, 5 July 2015

SENTRY 21 AND FRIENDS

Over the years I've seen some great misspellings of Andersonalia. The first one I noticed was in one of those cool Japanese reference books, which said Cenpury 21. Others have included

  • Sanctuary 21
  • Sentry 21 
  • Centurion 21
Thunderbirds can easily be misspelt too. I've seen Thunderburbs, Thunderdirbs, Thunderbrids and Thunderbids in Ebay listings. I can't think of an actual toy that gets the name wrong although the YOT/ ZEE toys effort of THUNDER BIRD get's my vote for subtlety:



I'm sure there will be more you can think of readers!

Saturday, 4 July 2015

KING SHARK BATH


This footage is of a Japanese model tank, which I think is called King Shark by Nichimo. Courtesy of You Tube.

Amazingly its underwater in a bath!

EMERGENCY SQUAD 6WD BOOTLEG OF THE SHADO 2 MOBILE AND MULTI-WHEELED FRIENDS


Almost a blog legend, this is another old chestnut from Dennis Nicholson's superb Anderson Memorabilia Book. Part of the tantalisingly cool Knockoffs section, this is the Emergency Squad 6WD bootleg of the UFO SHADO 2 Mobile. The two packaged examples above featured on Ebay several years ago.

Reader John Ward recently sent me these cool pics of his own loose grey Emergency Squad showing the rear opening.


A ramp can be pulled out of the back hatch.


The smaller craft, which can be brought out for trickier operations, looks rather neat. Does anyone know its origin?


John also sent me pics of his other multi-wheeled toys and here they are:


Star Explorer 1


Mystery 'snake' vehicle by Blue Box


MSR 12 [make?]


Mystery 12  [make?]

WHEN SCRIPTS COLLIDE

Having just watched George Pal's classic When Worlds Collide I was chuffed to see that its still possible to acquire original material from the making of the movie. Over at iCollector they sold the script a few years back. Here's the first page courtesy of their archive:


Have you any original props readers?

A LOVELY DAY FOR DISASTER FILMS

I'm currently enjoying a Disaster Fest on You Tube. I have always loved disaster movies and especially that cheeriest of sub-genres, 'the end of the world'!

So far I have watched The Day the Sky Exploded, The Day The Earth Caught Fire [the best acted of them all], The Day of the Triffids, Crack in the World and just this morning, When Worlds Collide when Zyra and Bellus destroy our rock on August 12th!

Watching these films you notice the things: cigarettes were everywhere in the Fifties. All the leading men smoked them: Howard Keel even smokes in his hospital bed! Booze was in the limelight too, particularly bottles of bourbon gripped tightly by tormented men! 

Of course there were the gender conventions of the time: men acted tough and women screamed, but some women did get to be scientists and twiddle a few dials.

In many of the films Armageddon was caused by missiles or a planet coming to say hello. The way out always seemed to be to use more missiles or rockets. The divisions caused by the lottery in When Worlds Collide is reminiscent of the broken society in the Project SWORD back story of rejects and casuals.

I was saddened to see an ageing Dana Andrews give such a lacklustre performance in Crack in the World. He was such a confident leading man in my favourite flick, the Night of the Demon. The real screen presence of Crack was Kieron Moore.

Moore had appeared in the earlier Day of the Triffids as the alcoholic lighthouse keeper. A usual he gave an intense performance and was rewarded with discovering how to destroy the flesh-eating Triffids.

He is also the lead in my next installment, a break from disaster with one of those unforgettable three word titles: Doctor Bloods Coffin.

Any recommendations readers?

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

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