As a postscript to our recent Imai Scramble Bug/ Project Sword Custom box sale, here's a great little site all about the 'GOOD MODEL' die-cast range (click on the logo). Oddly enough the Bug is the only 'non-character' vehicle made, the rest being from popular 1960/70's TV shows in Japan. Wonder why the Bug? Our little friend is also described as a 'space exploration vehicle'.
The site also covers, amongst many others, the much bigger Eidai Grip range of very similar 60/70's die-cast vehicles, which include Thunderbirds, Stingray and many more Anderson shows. Perhaps the closest stable-mate for the Bug in the Grip range is the UFO SHADO MOBILE, as they both appear together on various Imai Big Base kits.We've seen the 'GOOD MODEL' logo before on the blog - here - a gorgeous and original display case, of the Bugs sold on the blog, as originally procured by supercollector Terry Harle.
But what were Imai thinking with the line 'Now Roll Over'? Roll over and play with your toy? Roll over the moon terrain? What?
BTW if you are one of the proud owners of one of our custom boxed Sword Imai Bugs, don't forget to check out the little paper catalogue inside the Imai card base ( open carefully! ).