Friday, 19 December 2014

GUN LAW

Some more toy guns from the pages of TV Century 21. 


A nice arsenal of Lone Star guns including the Midge, which appeared quite recently on eBay complete with holster.

Another little gem in the selection is the snub-nose automatic, the gun of choice for Amos Burke.


A couple of guns that had first appeared as Dan Dare merchandise in the fifties was this Stingray cap gun,


and this Fireball XL5 suction cup gun. I did have this as a youngster. Although it's quite obviously a Dan Dare cast off ( The handle has the lettering Inter-Planet Space Fleet) the XL5 box artwork by Eric Eden is excellent.


THE JR21 THUNDERBIRD 2 POD JEEP




A reader kindly supplied these pics of his little plastic jeep from his JR21 Thunderbird 2. Despite it missing its windshield, I was keen to see whether the JR21 diamond mark appeared on the base but as you can see there's no mark at all. How about the Mole? Are there colour variations of this jeep and the mole? Any other J21 pod vehicles?

Thursday, 18 December 2014

HAPPY XMAS FROM ANDY B



Hi Woodsy, Xmas greetings and thanks for all the hard work! Andy B.

THE CARDED HAWK NOVA II BY DURHAM



Regular readers will have seen the carded Tri-ang orange SpaceX Rocket Ship Hawk before like the one pictured above. 

Not so common and in fact the first time on the blog is this larger green Moon Rocket Nova II by Durham. We've seen the boxed Tarheel version of this and a couple of loose Durham examples but never a carded one. Nova's I and III also came carded in the same way. This one looks really quite snazzy don't you think?


Both carded toys are currently on Ebay, from whence I came the images.

TOYS ON FILM: MORE PLASTIC TOYS USED IN THUNDERBIRDS CITY OF FIRE AIRPORT RESCUE FLEET

In this shot from of the Thunderbirds airport fire and rescue fleet we can see that those crafty modelshop chaps have raided their local toy store near Century 21 studios in Slough! (picture borrowed from the Space 1999 Eagle Transporter Forum. Thank you.)

First up we have the tender tug
and in it's original form, the plastic AQUACAR by Marx

Next up the tender cab
and in its original toy form, which we have blogged before
but I've found what is clearly a similar toy, the ELEKTRO AMPHIBIO by SCHUCO, which came in a variety of colours
and finally the tanker car
and a similar yellow prop being displayed at Fandercon
Well it's not really a toy this time but there is a connection to PROJECT SWORD as the same shaped truck appears in the 1969 SWORD ANNUAL (there is also a slight look of the BEETLE with its heat shields up)

so stripped down of all the red paint and airport scenery a family portrait of the original toys might partly look like this
(the green DUKW-style vehicle is by Marx and has sneaked into the photo!)


Pictures borrowed from the wonderful Space 1999 Eagle Transporter Forum and VECTIS.

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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