Friday, December 9, 2016

#752 PUNTAX - SEAT 600 (Around 1970)


This nice Seat 600 has a plastic pencil sharpener inside.

As a kid, this was the only Seat 600 I had in this scale. No company made the die-cast model in 1:64 scale, what in my opinion, was a complete marketing error. It would have been the best selling model among all "Made in Spain" 3 inches die-cast. You could buy a 600 in 1:43 scale (see for example #293), but this bigger size sells much less. At least back then.


The car was available in several colours and I remember having had a red one and another blue one. Being made of plastic, they were (are) very fragile. Anytime they are stepped over, they break and could be directly dispossed of.


The blue car in the pictures was found much later, a few years ago. Despite its good overall shape is also broken in the base. The brand Puntax should be there, where the missing part is.
The cast has some limitations, but it has nice details: windshields, painted headlights and casted base.
I cannot give an exact year of manufacture, but I will try to make an approximation. I had a few in the mid 80s, but other people I know had the same model earlier… I would say the toy could have been made from 1970 on… maybe until the late 80s. The box in which they were sold has a style which is very much from the late 60s, but, since they were made in Spain, they could probably be from the early 70s.

The next two pictures are from todocoleccion.net. Note also the four colours available and the variations, body colour + interior colour (the interior is actually the pencil sharpener). The base colour could also vary, being the most common light blue, grey and dark grey.



FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: SEAT 600 SACAPUNTAS/ PENCIL SHARPENER
  • Scale: Around 1:64
  • Year: Around 1970
  • Company: Puntax (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 4.5 cm

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

#751 GI JOE vs COBRA - SEVERAL CARDED FIGURES (2002)


Here are some of the first G.I.Joes after the G.I.Joe: ARAH era. I remember when they came out around (to Spain) in 2002 or 2003. For some reason they were sold in 2 packs, although later there would be other packages available.

These are the first I ever saw, although then I bought none. I was not thinking about collecting them, and I haven´t bought any except these four blisters which I found at a flea market for maybe 1 or 2 Euros each. For that price I couldn´t let them go, but I have never bought any since them. Well I have a few more that I got in job lots or that friends gave to me, but I will just keep these blisters, and the others will be sold in my toy shop.



The Gi Joe vs Cobra series had a new (supposedly improved) body cast which was a little bit taller and slimmer than the ARAH body cast. The GvC had a cartoon-ish style, when the ARAH had a more realistic approach. The colour of the figures turns again to darker and we find many camo patterns, like during the first half of the 80s.

Hasbro reused many casts from weapons, backpacks and vehicles, although most figures were completely new. Interestingly, some old ARAH casts were reused to create new versions of old figures (but no new figures) and packaged in GvC series. The new weapons are sometimes very similar to the vintage ones, so many collectors buy them to complete old figures. The plastic is, according to experts a little bit shinier and more fragile, but I cannot confirm it, since I only have vintage weapons, and those that I have bought in the internet I do not know where they come from.



The first 6 sets, as depicted in the backcard are:
  • Agent Scarlett vs. Zartan
  • Sgt. Stalker vs. Neo Viper Commander
  • Flint vs. Baroness
  • Snake Eyes vs. Cobra Commander
  • Nunchuk vs. Firefly
  • Beach Head vs. Dr. Mindbender
I have the first four.


 
One of the most amazing things of these blisters are the positions in which the figures are presented, either jumping, or pointing with their guns… really original, would be later used in other toylines, but, as far as I can remember, these were the first.

Some of the new weapons (even when based on old casts) included a lid that could be inserted in some electronic vehicles and would make noise depending on the pattern coded in that lid/weapon. This can be seen very clearly in the staff of Cobra Commander on the left side, although every box has at least one of these weapons.

The first GvC releases were, of course, the most famous characters known from the previous series: Cobra Commander, Duke, Baroness, Snake Eyes... with almost no new characters.



FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: AGENT SCARLETT VS. ZARTAN, SGT. STALKER VS. NEO VIPER COMMANDER, FLINT VS. BARONESS AND SNAKE EYES VS. COBRA COMMANDER
  • Toy Line: G.I.Joe vs Cobra (Wave 1)
  • Year: 2002
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: slightly over 3.75’’ or 10 cm

Saturday, December 3, 2016

#750 AMIGO - WWF QUARTETTS Nr. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 (1992 and 1993)



I am fascinated with these card sets by Amigo released in 1992 and 1993. Amigo is one of the greatest German card and board game makers. It is surely among the top 5, and because wrestling was hugely popular in that country by the early 90s, Amigo released 8 WWF quartetts with the corresponding license of the copyright owner.



I am not sure how this all started, by I think the first 4 came all at once into the toyshops in 1992, while the other 4 came one year later, a sign that the first four were selling very good. There are at least two editions of each of the 4 first sets, as you can see above, so, at least the first 4 were reissued at some point. Note that some boxes have a signature on the cover, other not (the ones without the signature are reissues), and some cards have in the back of each card a wrestler and text or only text. The example above even has a different cove picture (Papa Shango instead of the Ultimate Warrior).

The numbers 5, 6, 7 and 8 are much more difficult to find. I have number 6 only. I´ll buy the other 3 as soon as I find them.



Each set contains 32 cards, plus two instruction cards and three promotional cards (wrestling publications, other Amigo games, and wrestling videogames). Those promotional cards, are very difficult to find, if you are a die-hard "completist". The 32 cards build 8 families, with 4 members each, but in this set, the "family members" are not related in any way... One card shows one wrestler or one tag team, and the next card another wrestler. You can play the classic game with the families or using the back of the card you can play a sort of paper-scissors-rock game with one action on the back of each card. Here “Press” wins “Pin”, “Pin” wins “Body Slam” and “Drop Kick”, an so on…

The game complexity or fun is, in my case at least, unimportant. I just like looking at the great pictures showing wrestlers in action. The pictures are amazing, official promo pictures taken by the WWF themselves. All 32 wrestlers or teams are really well known, and there are no repetitions. The problem is that in the next quartett, you find the same 32 characters, but, fortunately, different pictures. If you collect all four sets, you could have 128 pictures of very famous wrestlers, and 256 pictures with all 8 card sets. In the second set, however, there are a few new wrestlers that were not present in the first 4 sets.

SET 1:





SET 2:





SET 3:





SET 4:





SET 6:





FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: WWF QUARTETTS Nr. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6
  • Year: 1992 and 1993
  • Company: Amigo Spiele (Germany)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

#749 GUISVAL – FANAL/ DISPLAY COLECCIÓN CAMPEÓN and SERVICIOS PÚBLICOS (Around 1990)

 
These are two displays from the very early 90s by Guisval, as the cars were still made in Spain. I have talked about these display items many times over the entries dedicated to Guisval, but these are the first I actually buy. I got them through a friend who saw them in a shop. For that year, the models included are quite old-fashioned, and include casts that were already used in the early 80s.
 
 
The first of the two is a "campeón" collection, that is the 3 inches, ordinary collection by Guisval. It contains 24 cars, in plastic blisters, many of them are double, triple or even cuadruple. Note that interestingly, the bottom three come in slightly bigger blisters, because they are bigger models (vans and pick-ups). The yellow display should have some cardboard decoration on both upper sides, but they are lost, or maybe removed if the cars were originally placed in another display and the picture did not fit the cars anymore.
 
The cars from these years suffer from metal-fatigue or zamak pest and sometimes are found broken, even if mint in box. This is the case of the pick up at the bottom, center column or the second car in the center column (a golden Seat Ronda).
 
All cars come with rally stickers, and with either 4 spoke wheels or 8 point wheels, which are two of the latest wheel models used by Guisval.
 
The models are (by row and column)
  • Opel Kadett (Vauxhall Astra) - Matra Simca Bagheera - Ford Sierra
  • Porsche 928 - Seat Ronda - Matra Simca Bagheera
  • Matra Simca Bagueera - Renault 11 - Peugeot 205
  • BMW 323i - Renault 21 Nevada - Citroën BX
  • Opel Corsa - Ford Sierra - Seat Ronda
  • Seat Ronda - Mercedes 190 - BMW 323i
  • Ford Sierra - Opel Kadett - Ford Sierra
  • Renault Espace - Toyota Hilux - Renault Espace


The second display has a bunch of trucks (either Volvo or Magirus Deutz) together with one Jeep Willis, one Land Rover, several pickups (Toyota Hilux and Datsun), two Renault Espace and a camper van. I love this set, because most of these vehicles came with plastic accesories like canopies, tow hooks, or construction items and these are usually lost in played toys. It is diffcult to get some of them complete.
 
 
 
Here, the wheel mixture is more complex, because we find the 4-spoke wheel and the typical “truck wheel” (small circle surrounded by 5 points and big circle), together with the classic wheel used in the Jeep Willis.
FACTS AND FIGURES:
  • Name: 2 FANALES/ DISPLAYS COLECCIÓN CAMPEÓN AND SERVICIOS PÚBLICOS
  • Scale: Cars around 1:64, trucks around 1:100
  • Year: Around 1990
  • Company: Guisval (Spain)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm each
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