Thursday, 24 July 2014

COOL TOY OF THE WEEK


Rocket Truck
Plastic
1960's
DDR
[old East Germany]
online source: virtuelles speilzeugmuseum


Anyone else like Eastern bloc toys like me?

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

KONAMI SKYDIVER

Some photos of the Konami Skydiver.

Here it is 'seaskimming'.

I think the detail on this tiny 3” model is exceptional, and to some degree better than the Product Enterprise version.



Even though it’s small, each side is a perfect representation of its TV counterpart with accurate lettering.




It even separates  into Diver 1 and a minuscule Sky 1.


BEAUTIFUL SCI FI SITE FROM FINLAND

Whilst looking for sci-fi covers I came across this lovely Finnish site about Sci-Fi comics. I particularly love the author's childhood comic covers, which have a look of the gorgeous coloured pencil drawings of JRR Tolkien. Of course our very own Bill Wotan B made fab childhood drawings of his favourite spacex toys, which would have made great comic covers.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

BLIMEY ANNOUNCES PROJECT SWORD IN PRINT AGAIN!

Blog reader Gerry D has kindly brought to my attention some very exciting news, which has appeared on BLIMEY! Lew Stringer's excellent comics blog.

Lew has announced that Project SWORD will be print AGAIN! Yes, Project SWORD will return as part of a one-off Limited edition TV21 special included in a Blue-Ray set by Network 'Filmed In Supermarionation'. 

If I have understood it correctly, the strip, along with many more Anderson shows, will be NEW, written by a modern writer! Wow! Let's hope it comes off.

Check out Lew's scoop here on BLIMEY! and the actual Press Release from NETWORK.

INSPIRATION FOR THE LUNAR CARRIER

As a post script to the Konami Lunar Carrier I  found this feature in the 1980 Dan Dare annual featuring drawings of real prototype aircraft and the designs did remind me of the SHADO Lunar Carrier. I wonder if Derek Meddings had seen pictures of these exotic looking craft when he designed the Carrier. What do you think?





T IN A CIRCLE CHIEFTAIN TANK

T in a Circle Chieftain Tank
Ferryman Collection

Monday, 21 July 2014

KONAMI LUNAR CARRIER

The Konami Lunar Carrier, another model from Konami’s UFO TV series range.





Unlike my previous Konami post on the Konami S.I.D. which came as part of a double pack, the Lunar Carrier was part of a separate UFO set. http://projectswordtoys.blogspot.co.uk/2014/06/konami-sid.html



 With all the sealed boxes looking exactly the same what you’d find inside was down to pot luck, and according to the UFO series page with the chances of getting a Carrier was one in ten.



In the TV series the Lunar Carrier (or Moon Transporter as it’s described in the UFO annual) is the lifting body used to take the Lunar Module up to the edge of space, whereupon the Module is released to continue its journey to the Moon, while the Carrier returns to Earth.


This concept art by Derek Meddings shows that there were few differences between Derek’s original design and the finished studio model.




Like its TV counterpart, the Konami Carrier has a tiny detachable Lunar Module.






CENTURY 21 TOYS SAM'S CAR





Ferryman Collection

Sunday, 20 July 2014

MOONBASE SUMMER


Well, the Summer break is here at last. School's out and the living is easy. Let's hope so anyway [you can tell I'm getting old, I'm worrying already!]

Drawing inspiration from Bill's recent troll portrait, I saw this little troll in a meadow on Etsy and it reminded me that Me and Missus Moonbase will be visiting Switzerland soon and more precisely the small mountain town of Wengen. 

It's funny, I only really know Switzerland from films; the Eiger Sanction with Clint Eastwood and On Her Majesty's Secret Service with George Lazenby I think. I've read about the James Bond breakfast that's available in a mountain top rotating restaurant, which is a must! Are there any more film connections in Switzerland that you know of readers?

CORY GURMAN'S PLASTIC YELLOW MOTORBIKE

What luck! I've been spring cleaning my inbox and found these pictures of  'my' red motorbike but this time in yellow and boxed, kindly sent in some time ago by Cory Gurman of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Thanks a lot Cory! I once thought this might be JR Toys but this and my own example do not have a makers mark, although they do have the same model number, 303. Can anyone make out the date on the post mark and does anyone else have this toy?

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

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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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