Sunday, April 26, 2020

Classic TV Series Batmobile by Jada

I've decided that it is Bat-week here at the blog, and am starting it off by showcasing Jada's 1/24 scale Classic TV Batmobile. This is Jada # 98259. These were on the shelves of the big box stores about a year ago, and you can still see them sometimes in Walmarts or Meijers. At under $20, it's not a bad deal.

Louis Marx and Company Toys - Confederate Ambulance

With the COVID-19 restrictions and the resulting shelter-in-place orders now in place in much of the U.S., I find myself with time to cull through my collection and resume posting. I recently got the recast of the Civil War ambulance originally released by the Louis Marx and Company as part of the "Giant Blue and Gray Battle Set sold by Montgomery Ward in 1961". Not sure when the re-casts were made, but I got mine from Amazon from a 3rd party seller.

plastic civil war soldier

I was a kid in the early seventies, which was kind of the tail end for the Marx playsets. I don't remember having any of the Marx playsets as a kid, but I remember my friend across the street had the Guns of Navarone playset and the Comanche Pass playset. What I remember clearly was the detail in the castings, and the number of parts that came with the playset that added realism.

Close-up of horse team

Monday, February 19, 2018

Esci 1/72 UH-1D Huey Hog directions (kit 9009)

Decided to digitize some of the box art, instructions, and decals of some of my unbuilt kits lurking in my plastic mountain. I need to downsize, and will be trying to thin out some of kits I know that I have neither the time or skill to finish. Here is a fairly straightforward kit by Esci - the UH-1D Iroquois known more commonly as the Huey. The Army nomenclature as HU-1 for Helicopter, Utility, or pronounced by some as "Huey". The Army changed its naming protocols, and the Bell Helicopter became known as the UH-1. If ridden in a few during my time in the US Reserves, but it was the later "H" model, which looks almost the same as the "D". I bought this, along with the Esci Vietnam era US troops and Vietcong, hoping to either use them for wargaming or a diorama.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Warplanes Collector's Club -Handley Page HAMPDEN

Happy New Year! Here's to a new and hopefully wonderful new year.

In the late eighties/early nineties, there were various subscription services available were, for a monthly fee, you would receive cards to build a collection. This was pre-internet, so this type of reference material was not easily available. At the time I was really into aviation and subscribed to the Warplanes Collector's Club. I don't remember now how many months I was enrolled, or how many cards you got a month (15 or 20 per month seems right). Here is the Handley Page Hampden. It is classified (for this collection, at least) as a medium bomber. The green square signifies that the dates of operation is 1939-1945.

Wikipedia has very similar, but more exhaustive, information. I kind of prefer the cards, though, either due to a sense of possession or the ability to physically "flip through" the collection.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Hot Wheels Olds 442 W-30 (DYB56) - 2 of 8 from 2017 Happy Halloween Series

Here is the 2nd car in the 2017 Happy Halloween 8 car series. These are sold exclusively at Kroger's. This is the first licensed car in the bunch - the Olds 442 W-30 (DVB56). I like seeing a licensed model in the series, but would have preferred a car that's not "lifted". But, given the series it appears in, I'm OK with the model over-all, as I like the new wheels, and the tampos look good in this series. The haunted school house is a $1 find from Dollar General. I repainted it to the best of my abilities - the kid knocking at the door isn't great, but still better than the "before".

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hot Wheels Ratical Racer (DYB55) - 1 of 8 from 2017 Happy Halloween Series

October is here, so it's time to showcase Hot Wheels' 2017 Happy Halloween series. This year's offering is an eight-car series with a mix of licensed and original offerings. These are sold exclusively at Kroger Grocery Stores. What is especially nice for this year's collection is the premier of a new series of wheels - the HW Skull.

First off is the Ratical Racer. I'm not a fan of rat rods to begin with, and the purple plastic seems an odd choice for the engine. But, especially from the front, the car presents a sinister profile and seems like an appropriate choice for this series. Not my favorite casting, but the tampos and wheels make it an OK model.

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Space Robot by Ja-Ru

I used to purchase my fair share rack toys with money earned from my paper route. This Space Robot is more recent example, but certainly upholds the basic tenants of rack toys. I got it for a couple of bucks at a Kroger, and it reminds me of the Micronauts Force Commander. I don't know if it was deliberate or not, but the resemblance is there.

Force Commander photo from here.