Friday, March 30, 2012
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
In the above mentioned links, a list of references can be found. It is also very interesting, that apart from the cars, small sets containing one car and some accessories were sold (a little bit in the “siku” style). These sets (named Guri Kits) mostly comprised a few traffic signs, plus some element like a bus stop, phone booth or gas pumps.
The cars were numbered according to those webs and catalogues 701, 702,… to (at least) 712, while the Guri Kits were numbered 700A, 700B, … to (at least) 700O
- Name: PEUGEOT 405 TURBO 16 and MERCEDES 200
- Scale: 1:62
- Year: 1988
- Company: Poliguri (Portugal)
- Size: 6 cm
Sunday, March 25, 2012
- Name: SUPERMAN and SUPERMAN, DAS SUPER-QUARTETT ZUM FILM (No. 61422)
- Year: 1979
- Company: Heraclio-Fournier (Spain) and FX Schmid (West-Germany)
Friday, March 23, 2012
A new number of AF has just been released! I have already read it, and it surprises me, that the magazine brings each time more and more articles about vintage toy lines, this are great news (for me at least). This time there are articles about the following topics:
- Masters of the Universe (Interview with Mike Bock)
- Star Wars vintage figures
- Resident Evil
- Chuck Norris Karate Kommandos
- Muhammad Ali
- and some more...
I like the mixture of popular toy lines with others that are quite rare nowadays. Also interesting is the mixture from toys from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and 10s, so there's for sure something interesting in it.
I recommend that you download it from its website: actionfan.wordpress.com. Have fun!
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The Princess of Power line is, to say it short, the girl’s equivalent to the Masters of the Universe for boys. Both lines were designed by Mattel, and to unify both universes, She-Ra and He-Man are siblings. They’re more than siblings, they’re twins! She-Ra was stolen from Eternia as a child, and now lives in Etheria. She also has a double personality: Princess Adora turns into She-Ra with the spell: “For the Honor of Grayskull!”. Etheria, by the way, is also the native planet of Hordak and the evil Horde, that’s why in the She-Ra cartoons, the evil Horde appears very often.
The toy line started in 1985, three years later than the MOTU line. In those three years, Mattel had made a lot of money with the figures, so when they decided to launch She-Ra, they created a huge first series: 8 figures, 4 creatures and the Cristal Palace playset, which is as big as the Castle Grayskull.
The lifespan of the series was not as large as probably Mattel would have liked. There were only three waves ever released, being the third one much shorter (and now very hard to find) than the previous ones. This last series was released in 1987, year in which the MOTU series was also cancelled in most parts of the world, so even if the PoP line was selling good (which I doubt), it didn’t make much sense to keep producing it. It’s a shame that the line didn’t start earlier, because much more characters and figures would have been released.
In these two pictures, the saddle is not correctly placed, it should be "closed" at the breast of the swan.
Today I want to focus on the creatures. Since these figures were aimed for girls, no vehicles, like jet planes, tanks or walking dragons were released, and the creatures, that in the MOTU line were Panthers and Eagles, were replaced by horses and swans, which are much more beautiful animals. Note also that none of the figures came with firearms, but only with swords or bows.
- Name: ENCHANTA
- Toy Line: She-Ra: Princess of Power (wave 1)
- Alternate Names: She-Ra y el Reino Mágico (Spain)
- Year: 1985
- Company: Mattel (U.S.A.)
- Size of the figures: 29 cm
Saturday, March 17, 2012
The Ultrafast Collection are one the first collections in the Micro Machines Toyline. The name was intended to describe that the axles of the cars and the wheels are designed and improved to allow the small cars to roll faster and further, exactly like HotWheels! wheels or Matchbox´s Superfast wheels many years before.
The first wave ever in 1987, consisted in several vehicle collections, without any indication of series. They were simply "collections". In the second wave, the first “Deluxe Collections” were released, but the normal collections kept unnamed. It was first in the third wave (1989) that many "special" collections (with special features) would come out. Those collections without any other distinctive feature were given the "Ultrafast" name, and since then, "Ultrafast" describes the basic Micro Machines.
Being the simplest cars, these were sold in 5-packs, the largest standard packs that were available at the time. There were special collector´s or starter packs with 10 or 20 cars, but these were rare editions.
So, from wave 3, this Ultrafast collection #2 -City Supers- consisted of the following cars:
- ’69 Camaro
- ’85 Camaro
- ’86 Corvette
- ’64 Stingray
- ’68 GTO
Collection #10 - Aircraft II:
- 747 Jumbo Jet
- Indy 33
- Renault 11
- Indy 9
- Renault 7
- Indy 5
- Indy 4 (green/yellow)
- Renault 5 (yellow)
- Indy 7 (orange/white)
- Renault 18 (pink/black)
- Indy 27 (white/pink/blue)
- '50 Bubble Top Lincoln
- '61 Lincoln Limousine
- '82 Lincoln Limousine
FACTS AND FIGURES:
- Name: Micromachines Ultrafast Collection #2 (City Supers), #10 (Aircraft II), #18 (Formula Racers) and #35 (Presidential)
- Scale of the cars: 1:150 aprox.
- Year: 1989
- Company: Galoob (U.S.A.)
- Size: approx. 3 cm
Wednesday, March 14, 2012
I have found more Darda models at home, and since the first Darda article I wrote has received many visitors, I’ll publish another one. The car has almost the same characteristics than the Renault 5 already shown, same year, similar serial number. Both cars are even the same type (rally cars), so they make a great group.
- Name: PORSCHE 911 CLOSED TOP and FORD RS 200 (Ref. 1668-002 and 1674-072)
- Scale: (Estimated) 1:64
- Year: Around 1983
- Company: Darda (West-Germany)
- Size: 7 cm
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Only two years later, in 1993, Hasbro re-launched the series. To tell between the Transformers from the first period from the new ones, these were named “G2” (G is for Generation), what automatically turned the old transformers in G1. This new generation would only last for 3 years, but other transformers concepts would take over the franchise.
The new G2 series consisted of many repaints of old characters and new figures. This time, they were equipped with launching weapons, light sabers, water shooting weapons or even sound. The logos were also redesigned. These repaints are very interesting, but even more interesting are the European-exclusive (also released in Canada and Australia) figures, like these two here.
In Europa, this G2 line is considered to start one year earlier, in 1992, and as you can see from the pictures, the Decepticon logo is still the one that has always been used up to that moment. This series it's often referred as G1,5.
Skydive and Talon belong to the “Predators” sub-group, that consisted of 6 robots:
- 4 of them are fighters in this same size (these tow plus Snare and Falcon)
- 1 of them is a larger fighter (Skyquake)
- 1 is a missile launcher tank (Stalker)
Both TFs are complete with their missile launcher and their 3 green missiles each. A feature of these transformers is shown in the picture above, and it is the “supersight”. Talon has the supersight of Thunder Clash, while Skydive has Boss, this should be some kind of long range scanner, in which the robot detects the presence of some Autobot enemy and reveals its weapons.
In alt-mode, the missile launcher can be inserted in the lower part of the fighter, or it could. Skydive has a slightly different casted part that does not allow to carry the launcher. The wheels of Skydive are built nearer to the supersight visor, andd therefore a knob had to be added in order to make the visor more practicable.
Printed on the box there was always a short description of the characters, as well as a series of stats from that robot, like strenght, speed or courage. I include these decriptions as a bonus:
SKYDIVE (Japan: Dark Jet -TF-06-)
- Faction: Decepticons
- Subgroup: Predators
- Function: Scientific Advisor
- Motto: “The cruelty is the highest form of art”
- Bio: Revels in the science of battle. Cold, calculating and entirely cruel. Not even understood or trusted by his fellow Predators. As plane uses the farseeing properties of Megavisor to the ultimate as a lean and hungry fighter. As robot calmly attacks with hand-held missile power.
- Tech Specs for Skydive:
- Strength: 8
- Intelligence: 9
- Speed: 9
- Endurance: 7
- Rank: 6
- Courage: 8
- Firepower: 8
- Skill: 10
TALON (Japan: Moon Jet -TF-08-)
- Faction: Decepticons
- Subgroup: Predators
- Function: Advance Fighter
- Motto: “Don´t get me mad… when I get mad, I get even”
- Bio: Incredibly strong and vicious. Mows down all in his path as a terrifying wall of attack in battle. Low intelligence combined with brute force and a vile temper -- a dangerous enemy. As plane, plummets down to wipe out targets pinpointed with heightened vision of Megavisor system. As robot attacks mercilessly with hand-held missile launcher.
- Tech Specs for Skydive:
- Strength: 10
- Intelligence: 4
- Speed: 8
- Endurance: 9
- Rank: 4
- Courage: 8
- Firepower: 8
- Skill: 5
FACTS and FIGURES:
- Name: SKYDIVE and TALON
- Toy Line: Transformers G2 (Predators)
- Year: 1992
- Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
- Size of the figures: Around 11 cm in robot mode