Saturday, March 19, 2011

Base from Thunderbir...er Tederos 2!


    Tederos is a line of robot and monster related toys produced by the Japanese company Marusan. I purchased Tederos 2 because it looked like a neat hybrid of Thunderbird 2 and Starbug from Red Dwarf. I love the vintage Showa style art on the box. As for the storyline for this toy I've included the plot description printed in English on the box. Enjoy!







Wednesday, March 16, 2011

One Small Ship Against A Very Big World

      Here's a nice model of the Spindrift; the sub orbital passenger craft from the 1968 Irwin Allen series The land of the Giants. In the series it's only seen flying long enough to get the main characters to their destination. It spends the remainder of the series siting in the middle of a forest as the home of the characters ala the Jupiter 2 in Lost in Space. It's a neat design that bears a slight resemblance to the Flying Sub from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. I picked this up fully assembled at the 2011 Tucson Toy show.






Tuesday, March 15, 2011

A rather speedy Tortoise



     In 1968 Tsuburaya Productions gave Japan Operation Mystery. An adult oriented series about the Scientific Research Institute (SRI) and their mission to investigate unusual phenomena. My Japanese friends have likened it to the X Files. I've never seen the series, but I own a piece of merchandise in the form of the Tortoise. A small model of the SRI's distinctive patrol car. Enjoy!






Friday, March 11, 2011

Stop Motion Vehicle Identified



     The video in my previous post featured a sequence in which two men in an armored vehicle are menaced by stop motion creatures. The vehicle appeared to be a repainted and slightly redressed version of the U59 explosives transporter from the Gerry Anderson TV series Joe 90. Japanese model company Tamiya had released a kit of this vehicle which they referred to as the Wildcat. This kit appears to be the basis of the vehicle seen in the video. Special thanks to my good friend Mr. Bulloch for bringing this to my attention. I don't own the Tamiya kit, but I DO have the small Konami model. Enjoy!






Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Born Free Dino Rescue Vehicles Extra



     I found a Youtube video featuring the opening of Kyoryu Tankentai Born Free. Now you can see what the dino rescue vehicles in my previous 3 posts looked like in their original studio miniature form. Enjoy!

Born Free Dino Rescue Vehicles Part 3


 
      Finally for Part Three we have Born Free's auxiliary vehicles.  First off, the ATV rover Free Beagle (my favorite), next the helicopter Free Seagull, and finally the submarine Free Mackeral.  Enjoy!















Born Free Dino Rescue Vehicles Part 2



      For Part 2 we have the Born Free in its separated Free 1 and Free 2 modes. The observation tower on Free 1 can be raised and lowered. The strange yellow object on the back of Free 2 is the Free Seagull helicopter in its stored configuration. On the rear ramp is the Free Beagle rover.  Enjoy!