- Name: FREEMAN INTER CITY COMMUTER, STRETCHA FETCHA and TOE JOE (Nrs. 22, MB-46 and 74)
- Scale: 1:64 (approx.)
- Year: 1970, 1971, 1972
- Company: Matchbox (G. Britain)
- Size: approx. 3’’ or 7 cm
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Action Fan celebrates its third birthday with a new whole issue (number 20!) that in my opinion is the best number I have read so far. Why? This time there is a mixture of articles dealing with vintage toys and new ones, while in the previous numbers there used to be more new toys than vintage ones.
Articles about vintage toys that can be found in this issue include: Toxic Crusaders, Captain Planet, Remco’s Conan and an introductory article about collecting and Star Wars merchandising, that it’s very promising.
Among the articles dealing with new toys there’s a very extensive review of Resident Evil Figures, an article about “cloned” figures and statues, and a very interesting gallery showing the Star Wars customs by Sillof.
For nr. 20, Action Fan is interviewing the Spanish sculptor Ale Pereira.
From TFTP, we’d like to wish AF a happy birthday and a successful fourth year of existence! Please download the new number, and enjoy it!
Find it here: http://actionfan.wordpress.com/descargar-revista/
Saturday, November 26, 2011
If you remember or you check the older Dino Riders entries, “middle-sized” dinosaurs had some features like moving heads, while “small” dinosaurs had no featured action. Another sales argument in this toy-line is that some dinosaurs (the “big” ones) were battery operated, and they could actually walk.
- Wave 1: Tyrannosaurus-Rex, Diplodocus, Triceratops, Torosaurus
- Wave 2: Stegosaurus
- Wave 3: Pachyrhinosaurus
- Wave 3 (Ice Age): Wooly Mammooth
- Name: STEGOSAURUS with TARK and VEGA
- Toy Line: Dino-Riders (Wave 2)
- Year: 1989
- Company: Tyco (
- Scale of the dinosaur 1:24
- Size of the figures: 2½’’ or
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
- 2300 (1:64)
- 2330 Special Forces (military)
- 2340 (larger packs with trailer, trucks, limousines…)
- 2380 Air Force (planes, jets, helicopters)
- 1300 micro sonic flashers (smaller scale, micromachines scale)
- 3300 (1:43)
- 3390 Sonic Alarm (1:43)
- Majo Baby
- Name: YELLOW TRAIN SONIC FLASHERS (ref. 2341 Y)
- Scale: ?
- Year: 1992
- Company: Majorette (France)
- Size: approx. 7 cm + 7 cm
Sunday, November 20, 2011
I have recently discovered that the toy was originally manufactured for/by? Geyper. These first untis are marked Geyper in the lower right corner. Later, this text was removed, but interestingly the Pascual y Valls name was only added in some units, not in all of them. Mine does not have it. Geyper did use the "red dot" logo on the box. The box was not changed when the toy changed form one company to the other and just a Payvasa sticker was applied wherever a Geyper logo appeared.
Who manufactured this toy really? Was it Payva all the time, but during some time for Geyper and during another time for themselves? Are all tinplates marked either Geyper or not at all? Could it be, that the very first batch was made for Payva, then Geyper got interested, and then after a while Payva again retook the ownership of the toy? Could it be that Payva bought the toy from Geyper and kept producing it? Many questions without answer.
|Here's the original box of the toy, taken from castrotoys-vintageradioradiosantiguas.blogspot.com|
- Name: TANQUE SOLITARIO TANQUE DE CUERDA / CLOCKWORK TANK (Ref. 107)
- Year: Around 1968
- Company: Payva / Payvasa / Pascual y Valls also Geyper (Spain)
- Size: Approx. 25 cm x 14 cm
Thursday, November 17, 2011
- Name: BATRUS (Ref. 1726)
- Toy Line: Madelman 2050 (Wave 1)
- Year: 1988
- Company: Exin (Spain)
- Size: Approx. 24 cm
Monday, November 14, 2011
Hero Quest was at the time the most complex board game ever. Profiting from the fashion of the role-playing games (many of which are set in this ancient age of Warriors, Dwarfs, Elfs and Wizards), MB launched a game together with Games Workshop (a figure manufacturer, worldwide famous for series like Warhammer 2000), which was partially inspired on those.
Also in this pic, the block to keep control of the events happening during the game.
I remember when it came out in Spain, and the commercial shown on tv, which was amazing. At the time, it was mandatory that toy commercials showed a label indicating if the toy was over 5.000 or over 10.000 pesetar (30 or 60 Euros), and this toy was over 5.000 pesetas, that in 1990 was extremely expensive! (game was edited in Spain one year later).
-“Against the Ogre Horde” includes 7 new figures, and new playing possibilities, since the Ogres can be enemies, or can be hired as unpredictable mercenaries. It was only released in Europe, what makes it a complete rarity, and also very expensive.
These expansions, and all the other that I do not own, are extremely valued by collectors, who pay over 100 Euros for each of those packs (some are so rare, that can go up to 200 or 300 Euros). Maybe it’s because of the miniatures, that were made exclusively for the game, or maybe it’s just they are really scarce.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: HERO QUEST, HERO QUEST ADVANCED QUEST, RETURN OF THE WITCH LORD, AGAINST THE OGRE HORDE
- Year: 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993
- Company: Milton Bradley (MB) (U.S.A.)
- Size: approx. 51 x 32 cm or 20 x 12,50 inches (basis game box)