Friday, 16 March 2012

Making Tracks - SPV Part 2

First off, a slight addendum to the previous SPV article, the image which describes the SPVs unique climbing ability is not in the 1969 TV21 annual, although the Battle Breakdown article is and does show the SPV along with the Spectrum Helicopter and World Army Hovertank, comaparing them to real world vehicles such as the Chapparal Missile Launcher, which at the time of publication of the annual, would have been quite modern! The actual image appears - as you can see from the apologetically blurry photo above, in the Captain Scarlet annual itself, which I discovered again after clambering around the loft last night.

Rosenthal SPV and SPC with Timpo vintage figures
Mikes Rosenthal SPV box and model (below)
 So, on with the show! Theres much ground to cover, so I felt it would be best to start with some of the more well known incarnations of the toy in a brief nostalgia fest! First up we have the JR21 Rosenthal SPV and Spectrum Saloon Car complete with Timpo figures, from Terrys collection. This is followed by Mike B's toy set in a custom diorama.
 
 Next we have a Takara (left) and Konami (foreground) from Terry. These are more recent 2001 releases.
Konami and Takara
Konami
 Mike B's Konami miniature set in a Century 21 style diorama! Below is the larger Takara model in Carlton licenced packaging.
Takara
Corgi
Bandai Friction
Finally we have Mikes Corgi (not Dinky!) model and Terrys glorious friction driven Bandai toy. Things of rare beauty, i think you'll agree!

8 comments:

  1. Am I right in remembering Tesco's doing an SPV-shaped bottle of bubble bath? Ca. 1990?

    Best
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    Paul

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  2. Just a thought a propos the SPV's climbing position - Captain Scarlet better remember to buckle up before trying!

    Arto

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  3. An SPV bubble bath may well be in the mix..

    as to buckling up, the very idea of driving in that position gives me the shakes!

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  4. Considering you don't drive, Wote, it gives me the shakes too ; D

    Back to the point. Terry's Bandai looks like a Rosenthal version with different arials. Wonder what year it came out and can I presume that Bandai did a SPC and an Angel as well.

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  5. great post Wote. I loved my Corgi SPV as a Kid. A Corgi fleet comprising the SPV, FAB 1, UFO Interceptor and SHADO 1 had enough firepower to start Carpet World War Three! The bandai SPV is indeed a thing of beauty. I've never seen one before. Is it the same toy as the JR21 version?

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  6. The corgi one is a modern day 2007 toy, your thinking Dinky! Yes the big Bandai is a reboxed jr21 toy for the jap Market, concurrent with the English toys

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  7. I'm amazed at that Japanese version of the JR21 SPV! Did Bandai re-box other JR21 toys?

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  8. When I said in the earlier post that someone would need to draw me a diagram of how those treads were supposed to help climbing, I didn't realize there actually was a diagram! I was kidding!

    (But was the person who came up with that idea kidding as well? Those treads are supposed to swing down to the same road as the other wheels, not stay up.)

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