These Lanzador Espacial key rings are pretty darn neat. Available in Spain on the Todocollecion site, its an unusual design. Looks like they contain a smaller vehicle too. Have you seen anything like it?
Tuesday, 6 December 2022
A few oddments from a stroll around a local market town. Is there anything you like?
This Jewellers had a few classic die-casts mixed in too like this lovely gold James Bond Aston Martin.
It is a 1/8th scale kit of the Tumbler Batmobile, with lights and sounds. Mixed metal and plastic construction. Part 1 comes with a screwdriver. It would be expensive, but it would certainly be an impressive model. There have been a number of other large scale Star Car kits over the years, all around 1/8th.
I thought you might be interested.
Batmobile Tumbler ISSUE 1 trial version from Hachette - YouTube
Paul Adams from New Zealand
Following on from my previous Product Enterprise Supercar post, I've always liked the Gold Key comics, well, if I'm honest the covers really, as they are nearly always a case of style over content. I have quite a few in my collection, and only collect the ones featuring my favourite classic TV series.
This was interesting. A picture of an early interpretation of what Disney Gremlins might look like!
Flight Lieutenant Roald Dahl wrote a story about them years before the movie was dreamt of!
Do you like Gremlins?
Its bound to be on telly this Christmas!
Monday, 5 December 2022
Here’s a few shots I took of the Product Enterprise Supercar, along with a few photos of the limited run pre-cursor model which was sold through Comet Miniatures.
Product Enterprise Supercar:
I was very impressed with the incredible detailing on the Product Enterprise Supercar when I first saw it. It has a very slick paint job, finished off with some excellent chrome piping. The adjustable wings can move in and out, and there’s even a figure of Mike Mercury at the controls. All in all, a superb model, and a credit to Product Enterprise.
I should point out that as it’s a die-cast, it’s fairly heavy, and you have to take care picking the model up. The front aerial and the tiny prongs on the top of the headlight blisters could easily break, along with the delicate yellow cooling fins, which are prone to bending, or even coming loose.
For me though, I’m still not sure about the grinning Mike Mercury figure. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing technically wrong with the sculpt; apart from that wide grin, it does look like the Mike we see on screen. It’s just personally, that caricatured look jars with the precise lines of their Supercar model for me.
The Product Enterprise Supercar was released in 2005, and came in some lovely retro packaging, designed by Graham Humphreys. Credit also goes to model-maker, Phil Winslade, and sculptor Andrew Teal.
Comet Miniatures Supercar:
A passing glance at the Comet Miniatures Supercar looks pretty much the same as the Product Enterprise model. While it carries the Comet Miniatures name, I think it’s fair to surmise that the people behind the Product Enterprise company came up with this labour of love.
There’s no credits or copyright date. According to the card that comes with it, no more than 100 were produced. It comes in a simple cardboard box with a sticker on the front. The model is secured in polystyrene packaging.
The impression I get of the Comet Miniatures Supercar is it looks to be a very good pre-production model, just missing all the refinements and polish of the final product. The sharp metal nose aerial and light blister prongs would probably struggle to pass today’s O.T.T. health & safety rules. (The nose aerial on the one in the photos was removed and has been replaced with a ball-head pin needle)
Comparison photos - P.E. top/ C.M. bottom
I don’t know when the Comet Miniatures Supercar came out, obviously sometime before 2005, so it’s fair to say some of the issues I mention will be simply down to the model’s quality and age.
The paintwork on the model is pretty good, although the piping, on very close inspection looks to have a couple of joints, but nevertheless still looks fine.
The Mike Mercury figure, although still caricatured actually looks slightly more appealing to me with a simple smile rather than a grin, although it loses points with those bulging eyes!
One major difference is the wings are fixed in position unlike the adjustable ones on the P.E. version.
Most of the quality issues are with the cockpit cover. The clear plastic windscreen has yellowed over time, and the supporting frame looks to be quite fragile. The thin bars resting on Supercar’s body (these are missing completely from the P.E. version) came loose and had to be re-glued, and a couple of the thin corner joints have come apart.
Like the Product Enterprise Supercar there’s no shortage of detail in the cockpit. There’s a pair of joysticks, the clear-vu screen and several dashboard dials.
When comparing the Comet Miniatures Supercar, with the Product Enterprise example both versions are, unsurprisingly very similar bearing in mind Steve Walker, who created the Product Enterprise company, and is currently the man behind Sixteen 12 collectables, has used Comet Miniatures in the past as a sell through outlet.
Although it didn’t sell that well at the time, I’m still glad that Product Enterprise took a chance and created this excellent model, even going on to release a monochrome version.
My thanks to Derek McLean for the loan of his Comet Miniatures Supercar.
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