This year's new SWORD cyber- sightings are coming thick and fast. Some are Japanese collectables we've seen before and some are new to the blog.
First up is this beautiful shop display of rack toys. Japanese shops appear to have gone in for these cards of assorted bagged plastic gifts in big way. They probably still do. The SWORD interest is the bagged blue pop rocket top right. The header card has Probe Force 2 illustrated on it. We've seen this before but never on its display card like this. Interestingly, next to it is a grey Angel Interceptor! See the close-up shot.
Next up are a series of online appearances of our friend the 1972 Imai kit Thunderbird 7, known to SWORD fans as the Beetle, the shielded version of the Snow Train. This first shot is the kit almost finished.
This Imai Thunderbird 7 is definately new to the blog. Dirtied down and mounted on a sandy base, it looks fantastic and totally transformed.
And here's some cool footage of the Imai TB7 in action courtesy of You Tube. We get to see how the rocket launcher works too!
This final shot is of a white Thunderbird 7. The still is from a Japanese collectables book posted online. It says that the model was issued in 1989/1990. Was it white plastic instead of the standard yellow or has someone simply painted it white? Was the box the same in 1989?
In the blog's first year we reported on a Japanese meccano-style Scramble Bug toy by DeltaX. We've never seen the back of the box - until now. You can see that the biult-up toy can double-up on itself. Whether this toy is inspired by the SWORD Scramble Bug I don't know but it does look similar.
Here's the small Japanese model Zero-X again. This time we see it with its box. I'm not sure if its Glico or Morinaga.
And finally the most exciting sightings of the month are the next three items. First we have two small green plastic SWORD replicas, which I assume form part of the hard plastic Japanese miniature fleet reported on the blog before. The Probe Force 2 is completely new and the green colour of the Scout 2 is new to the blog too.
The last item was flagged up by two fellow SWORDies at the same time, Terry H and Salim, to whom I'm grateful for the heads-up. Its a Japanese display card of assorted bags of plastic toy spaceships. the real SWORD interest is the header card, which shows what is clearly a Nuclear Ferry. This time we have an astronaut sat astride it and another space-walking. I can't see any Nuclear Ferry toys in the bags although the red and white UFO type spaceship top right on the illustration does feature as a grey toy in the bags at the bottom.
This display card illustration is very similar to this one we saw on the blog years ago featuring space watches rather than bagged toys. The Ferries are identical.
That's all for this month SWORDies!