Saturday, December 16, 2017

#887 TMNT - BREAKFIGHTIN´ RAPHAEL and SWORD SLICIN´ LEONARDO (WACKY ACTION SERIES) (1989 and 1990)


Ninja Turtles representing the four heroes and other main characters (like April O´Neill, Splinter or Shredder) had many versions. I do not know how well they sold at the time, but the fact is that if you have the figures from the first wave, all the other are not necessary.

Maybe because of this, most turtle (Raph, Don, Mike or Leo) figures made after 1988 are not very expensive and very easy to find. These are also the first figures I got to complete, because of their reduce number of accesories. The Wacky Action in particular are among the easiest figures in the whole collection.




They have an action figure consisting of a small clockwork mechanism that can makes the turtle do some kind of movement. Raphael can twist on its back and leonardo moves its arms up and down. Of course without batteries, just by loading the mechanism.




Interestingly, the line was splitted in two waves (wave 2 from 1989 and wave 3 from 1990), I don´t know the reason for that.

Wave 2 included:
  • Rock 'N' Roll Michaelangelo
  • Sewer Swimmin´ Donatello
  • Breakfightin´ Raphael
  • Mouser
Wave 3 included:
  • Sword Slicin´ Leonardo
  • Creepy Crawlin´ Splinter
  • Slice 'N Dice Shredder

Note the very interesting release of Mouser, which is the only figure made of this nice little robot in the whole original toy line. The problem is that the Mouser is clearly oversized in comparison to the ones shown in comic books, video games and so on.



FACTS and FIGURES:

  • Name: BREAKFIGHTIN´ RAPHAEL and SWORD SLICIN´ LEONARDO (WACKY ACTION SERIES)
  • Toy Line: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) (Waves 2 and 3)
  • Year: 1989 and 1990
  • Company: Playmates (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 3.75’’ or 9,75 cm

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

#886 UNIVERSAL - CADILLAC ELDORATO (Around 1982)


This is one of the cars I bought just because of its rare brand. It is not well casted, it is not in good shape, the name of the car is even falsely casted in the base. I had no idea which brand this could be, but being made in Hong-Kong it was clear that it is at least from the early 80s.

Back at home, my friend Steven identified it in a picture: Universal was the brand. Then I found an old article (written in 2003) by Kimmo Sahakangas on Universal and a second article on Wheeler.


Note the plastic chromed base with a "U" inside a circle, the misspelling of Eldorado and the Made in Hong-Kong. This U is the symbol for Universal, and derives from a "W" inside a circle from Wheeler, that was the previous name of the company. This model in particular, was available in both brands W and U.

Universal cars are simpler and cheaper to produce (for example due to the dark windows) than Wheeler. Some Wheeler were copies of major brands. Please refer to the article link above for all details.


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: CADILLAC ELDORATO
  • Scale: 1:64 (approx.)
  • Year: 1982
  • Company: Universal (Hong Kong)
  • Size: approx. 3’’ or 7 cm

Sunday, December 10, 2017

#885 KOSMOS - "KOSMOS FÜR ZWEI" SERIES (IV) - SEVERAL GAMES

Being this a relatively long series, there are other games, which are not very good, or that I didn’t got to enjoy much. Some of these include:

Asterix & Obelix (2006)


Avalon (2003)


Caesar & Cleopatra (1997)


Das Riff/ The Reef (2000)


Elchfest (1999)


Halali!/ Tally Ho! (2000) (original 1973)


Hellas (2002)



Kahuna (1998)


Odin’s Raben/ Odin’s Ravens (2002)


Petri Heil/ Gone Fishing! (2005)


Rosenkönig/ The Rose King (1997)


Sudoku Duell der Meister (2006)


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: Asterix & Obelix, Avalon, Caesar & Cleopatra, Das Riff/ The Reef, Elchfest, Halali!/ Tally Ho!, Hellas, Kahuna, Odin’s Raben/ Odin’s Ravens, Petri Heil/ Gone Fishing!, Rosenkönig/ The Rose King, Sudoku Duell der Meister
  • Year: Between 1997 and 2006
  • Company: Kosmos (Germany)
  • Size: approx. 20 x 20 cm (game box)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

#884 KOSMOS - "KOSMOS FÜR ZWEI" SERIES (III) - SEVERAL GAMES

These are other games which in my opinion are good or even very good games.

Babel (2000) – Very complex card game in which you have to gather and place cards to form a step-pyramid. Each step is more complicated and need more cards. Complex rules.


Blitz und Donner/ Hera and Zeus (2000) – Excellent card game similar to Stratego, love the theme and the games are always very exciting.


Die Pyramiden des Jaguar (2002) – A relatively simple game about placing your cards/numbers in rows, but quite nice overall.


Einfach Genial Reiseedition/ Ingenious: Travel Edition (2006) – A classic game in its travel edition.


Jambo (2004) – Best of the best. Trading game with lots of chances. I also own the two expansions, that make the game even more exciting.



Lost Cities (1999) – A classic game about placing cards in the right order from your hand to the board. IT has been reimplemented many times, including the “Spiel des Jahres” Keltis. Quite cool theme as well.



Perry Rhodan Die Kosmische Hanse (2007) – I haven’t played this one yet (except once a long time ago), and I love the theme, based in the German space pulp-hero Perry Rhodan.


Sakkara (2007) – A tile placement and resources game. Get tiles from the maze to build a pyramid and play your spells to get even more tiles and avoid your opponent to finish the pyramid before you do it.


Summer Time (2006) – Despite the low ratings, this one is a very cool game, the theme is also fun (not everybody will think like me), and placing cards to get points and special combos is a simple and strong game mechanism.


FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: Babel, Blitz und Donner/ Hera and Zeus, Die Pyramiden des Jaguar, Einfach Genial Reiseedition/ Ingenious: Travel Edition, Jambo, Lost Cities, Perry Rhodan Die Kosmische Hanse, Sakkara, Summer Time
  • Year: Between 1999 and 2007
  • Company: Kosmos (Germany)
  • Size: approx. 20 x 20 cm (game box)
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