Monday, April 28, 2014

Taking a break for a while

    Greetings all, I've decided to take a break for a while.  Normally, the  blog  is a source of enjoyment for me, but it has its drawbacks.  At times, I feel the results aren't worth the amount of work I've put in.  It's tiring to say the least.  Also, there are projects I'd like to pursue in the meantime.  In any case, enjoy what I've posted here.  Hopefully, there will be something you find interesting.  I may come back to this during the summer or possibly the fall.  Time will tell.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Andercon is Here!

     Well, Andercon, the convention for all things Gerry Anderson and Supermarionation has finally arrived. If you're a Gerry Anderson fan living in the UK; this is where you should be spending your Easter Weekend.  A major show featuring exhibits, panels, and guests covering the entire history of Gerry Anderson's amazing television and film legacy.  Although I wasn't able to attend myself; the depths of my disappointment will never be fully know; Mike Burrrows of the The Project Sword Moonbase Central Blog is attending.  I can't wait til he returns and fills us in on all the exciting details.  Until then here's a 30 min documentary discussing his programs.  Enjoy!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Vivid Imaginations Joe 90 Jet Car is a real!

     I recently managed to get my hands on a diecast Joe 90 Jetcar produced by the Vivid Imaginations toy company.  I was familiar with the excellent Captain Scarlet diecast vehicle assortment they produced in the 90s, but I never knew about their Joe 90 toys.  Joe 90 was the last of the true Supermarionation series produced in 1968 by the legendary Gerry Anderson.  It was the story of 10 year old Joe McClaine whose brain could programmed with borrowed neural patterns enabling him to perform a variety of espionage operations.  Joe was the youngest member of the World Intelligence Network (W.I.N.)  It was a fun series that featured  a lot of amazing futuristic vehicles and hardware. 
     One such vehicle was the flying Jet Car designed and built by Joe's father Professor McClaine.  A cool design that combined elements of  an aircraft and a drag racer.  It appeared throughout the entire series run and was one the more memorable vehicles to emerge from the show.  Consequently it was one of only two  that would receive a toy treatment.  Dinky produced a diecast version of this and the automobile of character Sam Loover.
     The Vivid Imaginations toy seems to take a lot of its lead from the Dinky Toy.  Of particular note is the spring loaded mechanism that allows the toy to convert from ground mode to flight mode.  The details are really excellent including tiny sculpted figures in the cockpit.  Being a diecast toy it's very durable.  It also displays really well.  Enjoy!

The Vivid Imaginations Toy alongside the Konami model for comparison

The Hot Wheels Batman and Robin Movie Batmobile!

     I must confess that although I'm a huge Batman fan; I hated the movie Batman and Robin.  The camp level in this movie was so high that it made the 66 Batman TV series look like Citizen Kane.  Add to that bad editing, poor acting, and  ultimately no soul.  Having said this I level none of the blame for this movie on the designers of this film's Batmobile.  Although I don't like this design nearly as much as the Burton or Batman Forever versions; this Batmobile does have a lot of character.  Making it a convertible was certainly an interesting choice on the part of the designers as is the split-fin tail section.  
     The Hot Wheels offering is every bit as nice as the previous Batmobile toys I've posted here.  Hot Wheels never disappoints when it comes to Batmobile toys.  Solid, durable, and highly detailed.  The size makes it easy to display well.  I'll let the photos speak for themselves.  Enjoy!

The Big Corgi Supermobile Is Here!

     Back in Oct of 2012 I posted an article about Superman's cool anti-kryptonite vehicle; the Supermobile and the diecast toy produced by Corgi.  The version I posted about was the rather small (Matchbox car sized) Corgi Jr. offering.  I have recently acquired its much larger Corgi counterpart.  I have been wanting to add to this to my collection for years, but in mint condition it can go for almost 200.00.  I acquired mine for a substantially lower cost and with little damage other than some paint issues.  Both of the fists are intact and the punching mechanism works fine.  It didn't come with the missiles that are standard when MIB.  Thankfully, Corgi missile accessories can often be found on Ebay.   The cockpit details and the painted Superman bust are really excellent.  Enjoy!

The two Supermobiles together for size comparison