Thursday, August 25, 2016

#714 G.I. JOE- ARTIC BLAST with WINDCHILL (1989)


This vehicle was released in 1989. When I first saw it, I thought it was the coolest concept for a G.I. Joe vehicle ever, but today I don’t like it very much. Most people I know think similarly. Where do you go with such an overpowered sleigh? Would it be effective as an attack vehicle in the snow? The weapons included several machine guns and two missiles.



So complex as it seems, the vehicle is really easy, it is basically one big piece, the harness, two big wheels and a few bits. These bits (all in orange/yellow) have an uncomfortable property, as it is, that they decolour. Most of these vehicles in sealed box would have the following problem: the yellow bits decolour and the white body become yellow-stained. But stained in a very ugly way. It is not that original snow white any more, but depending on the exposition to the yellow parts, it might become really yellow. That’s why I opened my box as soon as I got it, to separate the yellow parts in an extra bag and prevent further damage to my Artic Blast. I don’t know if the American version have this same problem, but in any case, all European Artic Blasts have it.


No matter what, I own this vehicle in its original box and, of course, its driver Windchill. This figure is truly great. It cames with an assault rifle and two skies (these have little guns at the tip of the figure toes).


The box illustration is, as usual, excellent and the picture at the back is also great with that slope and the great scenery behind. Fun that the driver is outside the vehicle.
 
 
FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: ARTIC BLAST with WINDCHILL
  • Toy Line: G.I. Joe (Wave 8)
  • Year: 1989
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 9,5 cm (3 3/4'')

Monday, August 22, 2016

#713 MC TOY – BMW M1 and 750iL (1984 and 1987)


These two MC Toys models are very impressive.

On one side there is the M1, which (I think I have mentioned it before) it is one of my favorite sports cars ever. It is also one of the first MC Toys I ever bought. Maybe I have dreamt this, but I recall that it came with stickers… that I finally removed. Strange, no other MC Toys model came with stickers. I like the sport lines tampographed on the car, but I think another colour would have fit better.




The second model is a 750iL, a somewhat rare choice in 1:64 scale. I don’t know of any other manufacturer who released this model in this scale. The color choice is great, it fits perfectly to a high-end sedan like this one.




FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: BMW M1 (Ref. 8448) and BMW 750iL (Ref. 8742)
  • Scale: 1:64 (approx.)
  • Year: The two first digits in the reference number indicates the year of design and manufacture, so: 1984 and 1987.
  • Company: MC Toy (U.S.A./ Macau)
  • Size: approx. 3’’ or 7 cm

Friday, August 19, 2016

#712 LA DIBUPEDIA DE LOS 80 (JOSÉ GUERRERO)


This book is a great compilation of TV series which were aired in Spain between 1980 and 1990. Many of them were, of course, done and produced before 1980. For people like me, it brings really good memories. There is also a chapter dedicated to series which were not aired on TV, but reached us in videotape (for example in video rental), so the book is really complete and well done.

Because of the huge amount of tv series, and the short extensión of the book, most series are explained in half page, the most important ones have two pages and the most unknown ones have one third of page. Not much space to give details, but enough to bring you some memories. You can always investigate further in YouTube or somewhere else.

I love the layout of the book, with many little pictures, and also some merchandising and related products. This is not a toy book, but the worlds of cartoons and toys are so related, that you can always think of toys based or related to the tv series you are reading in each moment.

Great book! Unfortunately, it is not available anymore, since it was a corwdfunding project. Recently a second part to it was edited, this time with cartoons from the 90s! I don't have this book yet, but it is surely very enjoyable too.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

#711 MATCHBOX – AMX JAVELIN (Nº9b) (1977)


Around Matchbox collectors there are some which are really looking at minor differences that could be among cars. Think that Matchbox cars were sold over 5-8 year periods and several million times each, so when the cast had some wear it had to be replaced for another one, which maybe introduced some changes and improvements.

Also when a run of pieces (both metallic – base, body, practicable parts…- or plastic -interiors, windshields, wheels…-) was over and a new one had to be manufactured, it is not rare that the colours changed slightly.

Some collectors also search for differences in the boxes.




This has, in principle, no relation with the models that were re-released with “new decorations” (in a completely different colour), although (specially in the old days) a new decoration usually meant that the new casts were often mounted with the old interiors or the old windshields (that had a different colour than they should), resulting in even more variations, some of them very rare.

What I bring today are three versions of the AMX Javelin made between 1972 and 1977, but also available in other types of packs until 1982. These three are not the only variants of this car. It also came with white, blue interior… the part that covers the motor (which is also part of the interior and the steering wheel can be black or chromed), some of this variants are really rare, some can be found more commonly. The rare ones, if correctly described can reach very high prices in sites like eBay.



For variants, I recommend the page of Christian Falkensteiner, that you can find here: http://www.cfalkensteiner.com/Matchbox/Catalog/ChFCatalogIndex.htm
(Hint: Put this link in "favorites"!)

For AMX Javelin explicitly:
http://www.cfalkensteiner.com/Matchbox/Catalog/LS/LS01-39/LS09b/ChF-LS09b.htm

In the previous link at the bottom, you will find a download link for a Word file, where all known variants are listed:

My respect to the guys who perform this thorough analysis, and spend so much time making this information available to the public.

FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: AMX JAVELIN (Nº9b)
  • Scale: Approx. 1:64
  • Year: 1972 (to 1977)
  • Company: Matchbox (Great Britain)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

#710 HASBRO'S WWF - BAM BAM BIGELOW, UNDERTAKER #2 and YOKOZUNA (1994)


Bam Bam Bigelow (Scott Charles Bigelow): Bam Bam Bigelow is a figure which is evry appretiated among collectors. It is based on the cast made for Typhoon and Earthquake, but the decoration is quite amazing with all those tattoos in the arms and the nice colours used in his outfit, that makes it look very different from every other figure.






Undertaker #2 (Mark William Calaway): The Undertaker has always being very popular, so, as I said in the previous entry, it is interesting for Hasbro to keep it always available. In this case, and since the Undertaker has used during his whole career the same outfit (or almost) this figure is identical to #1 (series 4) except for the colour of his hair, which is darker. This figure does not have purple eye rims (unlike the mail-away version) and to “disguise” it a little bit it came with a very nice coat. This coat is quite difficult to find, since it was removed to play with the figure and many tore or went lost.




Undertaker #2 from 1994 (left) and #1 from 1992 (right)

Yokozuna (Rodney Agatupu Anoa’i): And another figure which had a new cast is this Yokozuna. The cast is completely new, although the action feature is quite boring, and has been seen in many figures in the previous waves. I like this fact, but I can’t remember having seen Yokozuna in action. At the time it was one of the wrestlers who was doing more shows, so it is understandable that Hasbro decided to release it. It would be later re-released in a #2, that you can see in entry #375.
 

 
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: BAM BAM BIGELOW, UNDERTAKER #2 and YOKOZUNA
  • Toy Line: Official WWF
  • Year: 1994
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figure: Around 10 cm. tall

Sunday, August 14, 2016

#709 HASBRO'S WWF - BRET HITMAN HART #2, MR. PERFECT #2 and LEX LUGER (1994)


The new series, which makes number 8 according to the “standard” listing is also known as the red series, because the blisterpacks had a frame in this colour. There were 6 figures released together in such blisterpacks, I will present today 3 and 3 more next time.

Bret Hitman Hart #2 (Bret Hart): After appearing for the first time in series 4, it was time to re-release this character (one of the most popular at the time) in his new outfit. Popular figures should always be available so children can always jump on collecting starting by it’s favorite wrestler. The new version does not add much to the first one, since it has very similar colours (the characteristic ones for Bret Hart) and the cast is the same, so, same action feature, same articulation points.




Mr Perfect #2 (Curt Hennig): Again, we have a re-usage of an old cast, The first version of Mr. Perfect was released in wave 3. The figure is exactly the same, except that it has blue colour instead of yellow. Curt Hennig had changed the colour of his output in between, so this update was more or less justified.



Lex Luger (Lawrence Wendell Pfohl): Lex Luger is on of the new figures made for this series, and at this time of the toyline is something the fan would appretiate. Many people who already bought Bret Hart or Mr. Perfect the first time they were available won’t buy them a second time, so it was important to keep on releasing new figures with new casts (but unfortunately no new action features). I don’t have any memories of this wrestler, because at this time, there was no tv show being aired in Spain.


 
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: BRET HITMAN HART #2, MR. PERFECT #2 and LEX LUGER
  • Toy Line: Official WWF
  • Year: 1994
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figure: Around 10 cm. tall
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