Sunday, May 29, 2011

Golden Press UFO Comic

   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!


Tomy Chocovaders Collection

      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!

Garamon I Choose You!

    I love Japanese giant monster films and television shows. I'm a very big fan of the 1966 Tsuburaya series Ultra Q. This show brought us many memorable giant monsters. The robotic monster Garamon is quite possibly the show's most iconic creature. It featured in two episodes of Ultra Q and after a major personality makeover appeared in two episodes of Ultraman. The figure I'm featuring here was produced by Banpresto. Enjoy!

Character Age Magazine

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

A Corgi Toy that's sure to Bug you

      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

An Auto Decal that is FAB

My Wendy recently ordered a Thunderbirds themed auto decal. It's very cool! Have a look and enjoy!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

I Must Apologize

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

Markalite F.A.H.R.P.

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!

Revoltech Mogera

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

Dalek Lightswitch Cover

This really cool lightswitch cover was made by my Wendy for my office. She truly is the best.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

SF Drill Vehicles 3: IR Mole

    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!

SF Drill Vehicles 2: GUTS Peeper

       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!