Monday, May 22, 2017

#812 EFSI – FIAT 242 and CITROËN C35 (Around 1975)

Efsi Holland made these two vans in several versions each. I am still surprised to find more and more decorations of them. I already have 6 or 7 different ones.

Not only the colours change, but also there are versions with a siren on top, other without, and some with windows other without.

The Fiat 242/Citroën C35 was the result of a cooperation between the two car manufacturers and it is surprising to me that Efsi made two casts which are almost identical, instead of choosing another van which may look “more different” to each other. The only difference is in the front, where the logo of Fiat or Citroë in displayed and on the base, where the name of the car is written.

This van has not been reproduced in this scale by any other die-cast manufacturer I know of, so they are interesting collectables for people interested in the cars and vans from the 70s an the 80s. I think it was quite common in many European countries.

  • Name: FIAT 242 and CITROËN C35
  • Scale: Around 1:64
  • Year: Around 1975
  • Company: Efsi (Netherlands)
  • Size: approx. 7 cm

Friday, May 19, 2017


I remember I bought this car in a flea market maybe 15 or 20 years ago. I though it was older, and I bought it because I liked the box, and I thought it may be also rare. Apparently it is not so old, because the World Class series debutted in 1993. It consisted of normal “Super Kings” models repackaged in strange looking box (or actually display, since it is open on one side).

The World Class were only saloon cars, like the ones you can see in this promotional picture from 1993, while the World Sports were sports cars. One year later the same series were available, but the box was update accordingly to match the style of the new corporative image with yellow and orange boxes instead of blue, as seen in the following picture.

The Porsche 944 is an old known Super King, nothing has changed except the colour, which I think was not previously available. It has practicable doors and trunk, as indicated in the box. The World Series are somehow the followers of the Super Kings. That previous Porsche 944 (and other models in this size) were available in the kind of box shown in entry #459.

About the rarity of this series, I am not sure. On one side, the cars are often spotted on eBay or similar webs, but on the other side, there is only one site where I could find pictures of these cars boxed. It was here: The guy who made this web, has three models in their boxes. Not bad!

Matchbox later reused the name “World Class” for another series of highly detailed cars in 3 inches size. Somewhat similar to the “Premiere Collection” series (see #381), but with a different card and a different box.

  • Scale: 1:32
  • Year: 1993
  • Company: Matchbox (Great Britain)
  • Size: approx. 10 cm

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

#810 PANINI - BA-146-100 AIR FRANCE from JET AIRLINERS (2004)

I was talking to a toy expert recently who showed me these planes in the Micromachines scale. There is no doubt about them, because they are still wrapped in its original bag (and comes with its original papersheet). They belong to a series of 48 planes that could be bought together with Panini stickers for the collection: "Jet Airliners" from 2004, which apparently had only 82 stickers.

Although the planes are relatively new, I decided to write an entry about this plane (I have only one), just for comparison purposes. I have written two other entries with Panini stickers from two different collections (published long ago).

The collection of 48 planes consisted of 24 different models, each of them in two decorations, that is, with two different sets of stickers, belonging to two different airlines, for example. Iberia and Alitalia, or Air France and British Airways.

What the expert also told me is that the other collection of military planes in the micromachines scale and that I showed a very long time ago in my blog is also from Panini. Please return to entry number #273.

  • Scale: unknown scale.
  • Year: 2004
  • Company: Panini (Italy) / Unknown Toymaker (China)
  • Size: approx. 3 cm

Saturday, May 13, 2017

#809 GI JOE – DESTRO v3 and FIREFLY v3 (1992 and 1993)

The next two figures also come from different American waves. Destro was originally release in 1992 and Firefly in 1993. In 1992 there was another Firefly figure which was identical to this one only the balc parts were instead grey. To my knowledge in Spain we only had this one, as it happened with most figures that were released in consecutive years with similar but different paint schemes (this was kind of common those last years 1992-1993-1994)

Destro was finally released with the iconic dress including that big red “thing” behind the head that was always used in the cartoons and that none the first or the second versions had. The v2 was the first Destro available in Spain, and with golden head was not very similar to the cartoon character, so this figure is kind of a must-have. The accessories look fun to play with, but is the classic gadget that adult collectors despise.

Something similar can be said about Firefly. It was the first Firefly available in Spain, an to us, it was kind of a very secondary character. We never knew the cool v1 until many years later with the internet. The accessory is again kind of ridiculous (but surely fun to play with), and that green uniform is not very appealing to adult collectors, but all-in-all a nice figure to have, especially in Spanish blister!.

The cards seem to be accurate translations, not as it happened with other characters from these same years (and some earlier). The only difference is that the original card says “When the time is right, he uses his Blade Launcher weapon for maximum effect against…” is translated as “When the weather is fine …”. This made me suspect of some “invented facts” for Firefly’s filecard, but it is only an error in the translation.

  • Name: DESTRO v3 and FIREFLY v2
  • Toy Line: G.I. Joe (Waves 11 and 12, respectively)
  • Year: 1992 and 1993 (respectively)
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 9,5 cm (3 3/4'')

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

#808 GI JOE – BIG BEAR v1 and GRUNT v3 (1992 and 1991)


The American 1992 G.I.Joe suberies was released in Spain in 1994. The sales were already declining, and the figures were made in much shorter runs than just 2 or 3 years before. That makes these Spanish blisters currently very hard to find, but not necessarily very valuable, since many collectors (and I know a few) stopped collecting figures with the (American) 1990´s wave.

This is not the last wave released in Spain, since there was another one released in 1995 which included the Star Brigade Armour Tech figures (6) an its vehicles (3 with 3 more figures) and the Street fighters sub-series, which were only available in American cards.

In any case, the Spanish blisters are always very special to me and during many years, I got to buy these that I am presenting today.

Today I will present Big Bear and Grunt and tomorrow two surprise Cobra members.

The main characteristic of the blisters from this year is a yellow frame on both sides of the card, and the “Battle Corps” logo right right of the big G.I.Joe logo. The blisters for G.I.Joe and Cobra figures are identical except for the background colour of the filecard, which is blue for the first group and peach for the second.

Well the first figure Big Bear was already shown in a previous entry, so I won’t write more about it. Please visit this entry (#690) for more information and a snow diorama which I think it is well done.
The filecard for this figure had to be reformatted to fit the rest of the series, since the American included those “numbers” identifying weapons by name and other accessories. That is whay there seems to be so much free space there.

The second figure Grunt is the third reincarnation of this character. Curiously was one of the first figures released in 1982 and had a second version with swivel arm one year later, but since then, the name was never reused until 1990 I do not like this figure especially, since it is quite a generic soldier with no specific remarkable distinction, and not even very interesting colours or weapons.

The figure was available in Spain not with the rest of series 10, but with the equivalent of series 11.
Both cards are pretty accurate translations of the American ones written by Larry Hama.

  • Name: BIG BEAR v1 and GRUNT v3
  • Toy Line: G.I. Joe (Waves 11 and 10, respectively)
  • Year: 1991 and 1990 (respectively)
  • Company: Hasbro (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: 9,5 cm (3 3/4'')

Sunday, May 7, 2017

#807 FX SCHMID – GARFIELD and BIENE MAJA (No. 54046.6 and No. 55022) (1978 and 1976)

These two card sets are slightly older than the previous two. I have to say, that the years I have given are taken from the copyright, which can be misleading. They might be actually much more modern than that.

In this entry, I want to show the Garfield and the Biene Maja decks. These two characters are still very popular, the first one is still being reproduced in many newspapers and publications worldwide and Biene Maja was produced again just 2 year ago or so in 3D.

Garfield (No.54046.6) 1978

Note that the Garfield quartett includes a cover card and a second card that goes on top of the cover that could be missing in many decks out there. Watch out if you are interested in buying one of these.

Biene Maja (No.55022) 1976

  • Name: GARFIELD and BIENE MAJA (No. 54046.6 and No. 55022)
  • Year: 1978 and 1976
  • Company: FX Schmid (West Germany)

Saturday, May 6, 2017

#806 FX SCHMID – WICKIE, PUMUCKL and NILS HOLGERSSON (No. 61122, 61622 and 61822) (1978, 1980 and 1981)

Children cartoons are one of the main topics for deck of cards. I will show today three decks from FX Schmid dealing with 3 cartoon series which were very popular in the early 80s. Even today they have a certain fandom that keeps them alive.

From Wickie, for example, there was a real action movie made only a few years ago, while Nils Holgersson is still a very famous book, especially in Scandinavia.

Wickie (No.61122)


Der Aberteuer-Kobold Pumuckl (No.61622) 1980

Selma´s Lagerlöf´s Nils Holgersson (No.61822) 1981

It is curious that all these card decks have a reference number ending with “22”. Maybe this 22 indicates something in the reference coding system by FX Schmid, but what exactly?

  • Name: WICKIE, PUMUCKL and NILS HOLGERSSON (No. 61122, 61622 and 61822)
  • Year: 1978, 1980 and 1981
  • Company: FX Schmid (West Germany)
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