Sunday, 26 February 2017
Mattel upcycled the blue Captain ten years later.
He stepped into the Mattel dream machine and came out in 1978 as the Seventies style icon Colonial Warrior and the Darth Vader wannabe Cylon Centurion.
Complete with chirruping back pack, disco chest plate, flashing eyes and lazer hand stump, these cool dudes were part of Mattel's Battlestar Galactica line and a bid presumably to save money on moulds. Get the Captain out I hear them shout!
It makes sense to go for the big guy. His Doctor Spock looks were enough to get him noticed, never mind his toned galactic physique. He was standing blue and tall decades before Doctor Manhattan too.
So, having been a big fan of the blue man in his first incarnation back in '67 I can't help but wonder whether those fine accessories I loved so much - proto-light sabre, glam rock boots, purple bed-table shield and Achilles' space helmet - would fit the new Captains from the Seventies?
The '67 helmet fitting the '78 Cylon Centurion maybe academic anyway as his chromed robo headpiece may not even come off! This is something I just don't know.
I'd love to see a mash up of the three Captains. What Marvel and DC would call a crossover where the Mattel universes of Major Mat Mason and Battlestar Galactica jam together like a supergroup.
Maybe the Colonial Warrior cruising in the Firebolt Laser Canon, maybe Callisto gun-stringing a Cylon Centurion and just maybe all three Captains staring each other out.
Does anyone have all three figures?
Saturday, 25 February 2017
The Truck did turn up in two other Joe 90 episodes. Here it is 'Breakout', sporting a red paint job.
It also appeared briefly in ' The Race', painted in khaki.
It also made another brief appearance in The Secret Service episode, 'School for Spies'.
According to David Sisson's article on the Big Rat website, although it's numbered 61, it's actually Truck 59 re-numbered, as it was used by the second SFX unit during filming of Colonel McClaine to complete the schedule on time.
Apart from the Konami toy there were also kits produced by Tamiya. Although it's generally referred to as the Explosives Truck, or Truck in the episode , the kit is titled U59 'Wild Cat'.
Tamiya also did a model of the U87 from the Joe 90 episode , 'The Race', which was titled U87 'Stronger'.
These were shot from a spring-loaded die-cast Canon on wheels.
It was military green and a few inches long. The barrel could be angled. Not very big but the spring was strong as anything. It hurled those matchsticks fast enough to cut a swathe through the carpet army like a screaming mee mee.
A few more matchsticks flattened the whole lot!
It must have been a a Corgi or a Dinky toy. Battered with a bent rear pull rod, I adored that canon!
Did you fire matchsticks readers?
Looking through my old photos, I came across this diagram I made a few years back, which was a vain attempt to try and figure out why I collect so many different toys and how they relate to one another. Starting with the basics, Spacex and Matt Mason etc, I tried to find connections between toys and themes. Looking at it now, having moved on into even more rarified realms, I can see I was hopelessly optimistic!
CHECKLISTS BY BRAND (FOR COUNTRY BY COUNTRY SEE TOP OF BLOG)
PROJECT SWORD SPACEX TIMELINE
- 1968 SPACEX LT10 CONCEPT
- 1966 SPACE GLIDER REAL THING
- 1969 LUNAR CLIMBER & MOONSHIP
- 1968 PROJECT SWORD ANNUAL
- 1968 TV21 #168 PROJECT SWORD PHASE 2
- 1968 PLEASURE CRUISER CONCEPT
- 1968 CENTURY 21 TOY MANUAL
- 1967 SCOUT 1 CONCEPT
- 1967 NUCLEAR FERRY TOY AD
- 1967 SWORD TOY AD
- 1967 SWORD TOY AD
- 1966 SPACE GLIDER CONCEPT
- 1966 HOVERTANK IN COMIC
- 1966 NUKE PULSE NEEDLEPROBE IN COMIC
- 1966 ZERO X FILM DEBUT
- 1966 MOONBUS IN COMIC
- 1966 SPACE PATROL 1
- 1966 P3 HELICOPTER IN COMIC
- 1966 SAND FLEA AND SNOW TRAIN
- 1966 MOBILE LAUNCH PAD IN COMIC
- 1965 SPACEX MOONBASE CONCEPT
- 1965 APOLLO FIRST UK TOY AD
- 1962 NOVA CONCEPT
- 1962 MOONBUS CONCEPT
- 1961 MOON PROSPECTOR CONCEPT
- 1953 MOLAB CONCEPT