Here is my build of a 1992 model kit of The Mole, by Bandai. It’s a small, toy-like kit, with few details, so I decided to paint it as if it were a Dinky Toys die-cast.
As Annuals make a regular appearance on Moonbase, I thought you might be interested in this reference book from a few years ago. Green's Guide to Collecting TV, Music & Comic Book Annuals 1950-2001, by Paul Green & Laura Taylor, GT Publications, 2000.
There are various sections on defining an Annual, grading, collecting, and shows that did not have their own Annual but had stories, comic strips, or features in other Annuals. Then the main listings, in alphabetical order, the Annuals themselves. Title, Publisher, Dates, some give a guide to the contents, and Values (in 2000, so a bit out of date now).
Only a few of the Annual covers are illustrated in black and white, with eight pages in colour. Finally a cross-reference list - there was a Harry Secombe 'pin-up' in TV Mirror 1956. The amount of information on each title varies, but you get the basics - the photos should give you some idea of the contents. 159 pages.
I also recall borrowing one or two books on the history of Annuals from the library many years ago, but I can not recall their titles. So there is some reference material out there.
Paul Adams from New Zealand
I see this toy now and then on Todocolleccion in Spain.
The Koster Mudulo 2000.
It sort of reminds me of the old Isetta bubble car I used to see in the Sixties [anyone ever driven an Isetta?]
The simple clear ball/ bell jar concept for this Koster space rover, with its simple wheels, is really appealing to me. Its remote control too. There's a sort of SpaceX vibe to it.
The box art is pretty wonderful too.
What do you think?
Hot Wheels Ghost Olympics model number 2 of 10 is the '10 Toyota Tundra pick-up truck, depicting Baseball. This has a 2011 copyright date on the base, although it is a 2020 issue.
The metal body is maroon, with a black plastic interior, which also forms the lower portion of the body, and the pick-up bed. The windows are smoke tinted. Large wheels with gold hub detail.
There are pink/red/brown stripes. TOKYO 2020, BASEBALL, and the Hot Wheels ribbon are in gold, with the Olympic symbol on the bonnet in white. Again, the artwork on the short card is half hidden by the model, due to the limited space available.
I recently discovered that at least some of the Tokyo models are available in a second colour, but I am not sure if this applies to all of the Olympic models. I currently have four of these second colours, and all, so far, are basically white. All the plastic parts, and the wheels, are the same as on the maroon version.
The coloured stripes on the sides and the bonnet are slightly different, although the colours are the same. The writing on the sides is still gold, but the Olympic symbols on the bonnet are now red. The artwork on the card is the same, except for the change in colours.
Paul Adams from New Zealand