Sunday, May 29, 2011
Last month my Wendy and I were visiting local antiques shoppes and I found this great comic book. It was published by Golden Press in 1978 and features 222 pages of UFO comic goodness. Every story guaranteed to be true. It's not in the best condition, but still worth owning. Here's a sample. Enjoy!
The Japanese company Tomy released a collection of miniature UFO and Alien candy toys called Chocovaders. From what I read they are based on 'actual' UFO and Alien encounters. The alien figures were of little interest to me, but the UFOs looked really cool. Enjoy!
I've seen many SF hobby magazines over the years and Character Age is my favorite. It's a Japanese magazine focussing on classic SF modeling subjects. In addition to articles on rare and unusual Japanese SF kits; they also regularly feature Star Wars, Star Trek and Irwin Allen related kits. It's released twice a year by Gakken Publishing and they are currently up to Vol. 6. Here are the covers. Enjoy!
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
My good friend Wotan from the Project Sword Moonbase recently wrote an article about the Corgi Diamonds Are Forever Moon Buggy toy. This really great piece featured photos of another really great Corgi toy known as the Lunar Bug. This toy looks really cool. I fell in love with it immediately. With its wings retracted I get a sort of Moon Zero Two vibe from it. This toy is not tied to any specific movie or TV series and that makes it more interesting to me as a collector. I must find one of these for myself. In the meantime Wotan has kindly given permission to display his Lunar Bug photos here. Enjoy!
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Saturday, May 14, 2011
I just want to apologize to my readers for a severe lack of content recently. In addition to not feeling my best lately; I have had to contend with technical matters that have slowed things to a halt. This is especially true of my Behind the Green Screen articles. Regular blog entries will resume this Monday and I'll be able to continue Behind the Green Screen the following Sunday. I certainly appreciate your patience.
William A Schwartz
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Also from the 1957 Toho film Chikyu Boeigun is the Markalite F.A.H.R.P. (Flying Atomic Heat Ray Projector). It was the superweapon that the Earth Defense Force deploys against the Mysterians Domed headquarters. In the film it's a giant weapons platform as tall as the Mogera Robot. This miniature was an accessory that came with the Revoltech Mogera. Enjoy!
Mogera is the giant robot monster deployed by the Mysterian invaders in the 1957 Toho SF classic Chikyu Boeigun (Earth Defense Force). Although its reign of destruction in the film is brief, it's still a very cool design. In fact it's one of my favorite Toho monsters. The Revoltech figure more than does the character justice. It even features a tiny figure of the Mysterian leader. Enjoy!
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Next we have International Rescue's Mole. It featured in several episodes of Gerry Anderson's 1964 SF series Thunderbirds. I always looked forward to the episodes where this great design appeared. This model was a trading kit produced by Konami and the details are amazing. Enjoy!
Next in our lineup is the GUTS Peeper. It features in two episodes of the 1996 Japanese SF series Ultraman Tiga. GUTS is the acronym for Global Unlimited Task Squad which was the tactical arm of the Terrestrial Peace Coalition. A very cool design in my opinion. Popynica produced the diecast toy which is really excellent. Enjoy!