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  1. Brian.. added a blog entry in English Space Memorabilia   

    The First English Space Toy?
    So far, this is the earliest British space toy that I can date. It's the Dan Dare Ray Gun by Mettoy. Advertised in 1951. I believe it's based on an earler design but can't establish a date for its probable predecessor. To be honest it's a not very spacey and is unrelated to the Dan Dare comic strip. It seems to have been hastily adapted by Mettoy to meet the demand. The litho, the box art and the Dan Dare provenance make it.

  2. Brian.. added a blog entry in English Space Memorabilia   

    Space in Comic Books
    The first British comic book to explore science fiction appears to be Young Britain, published back in 1921. Space features occasionally, alongside the more popular stories about life in public schools. The odd story also pops up in Chums. But the first sustained interest in sci-fi seems to start with Scoops, the Story Paper of To-Morrow , first published in January 1934. I have an old and very worn example of the first edition of the comic; the black and white cover has a wonderful image of a giant robot striding off with a guy in pyjamas. Scoops covers are beautiful art-deco creations.

    This establishes a well-documented starting point and it's highly probable that British other sci-fi merchandise was created in the 1930s.
    The Second World War brought a swift halt to anything except plans for survival. When it ended the country was in a financial mess and the recovery was slow. But in 1946 there was a revival of sci-fi with Futuristic Stories. The high price and content indicate that the pulp magazine was aimed more at adults than children.

  3. Brian.. added a blog entry in English Space Memorabilia   

    Early English Space Toys
    The purpose of this blog is to delve a little deeper into the history of English space toys. America can trace a history back to the early 1930s with Buck Rogers. Japan can boast the first robot back in about 1937. But what about the UK? When did the preoccupation with space toys begin? It was going strong in the early 1950s when Dan Dare burst onto the scene, but was there anything before that? To answer that I think we need to unearth the stuff: spacemen, space guns, spaceships, space games, comic, trade cards, premiums etc - anything that kids were collecting.. Then we can begin to put some order into it all. If you can contribute any information please don't hesitate to email me at
  4. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Ceramic 'ditto' Robots   

    No. Phil. They have not been remade: the original run is still circulating in quantity. The project was always ambitious and the models were very good quality.
    I noticed that the someone involved with the Ditto factory recently joined Alphadrome so we may hear more!.
  5. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Who makes repro alps TV space man antennas?   

    Are the parts usually resin? Is anyone able to copy the original plastic?
  6. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Who makes repro alps TV space man antennas?   

    Chilli, in addition it would be very useful to get some feedback about the quality of reproduction parts that are available. I don't think I've read a single review of any of the parts that are on the market.
  7. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Blogs on Alphadrome   

    Yes, nothing to lose. At their best blogs can be very informative. I'm a constant visitor at Moonbase Central run by Paul Woods. We share a lot of interests and his site is a goldmine. I love the way that anything can be quickly thrown into the pot and the result is a rich mix of information. Fellow Dromers Doc Atomic and Geoffrey Peters have also created very informative and substantial "sticky" websites using blogs.  I particularly like the idea of a group blog dedicated to an area of interest and run by a small team.
    With the best will in the world forum software has a problem. Look at many threads and you will see a distinct pattern: there's a question, observation or discovery that sparks a great debate and we have a powerful, informative conversation. At some point, however, the comments alter and the thread enters a decline. It's rare for anyone to re-open an old thread with new comments.
  8. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Blogs on Alphadrome   

    One of the reasons for upgrading was my plan to introduce an interesting and potentially exciting new feature: Blogs. Of course many of you already run your own blogs, but you might like to consider the advantages of an Alphadrome-based blog. For the technically minded you can even import your existing blog into Alphadrome, thus linking the two.
    What is a Blog?
    A blog is basically a single page website that can contain articles based on a theme. It is now possible for members to create their own blogs. They would, of course, be based around the basic interest area of Alphadrome:  Vintage Robot and Space Toys.
    For example, it may be that you would like to develop a blog to showcase your collection. It would differ from the Private Collections forum in that you would have more control over the whole thing.
    It would also be possible for groups of users to set up a special interest blog, and for the group to develop and administer the blog themselves.
    Blog owners can accept comments from members, or decide to keep their site comment free.
    What advantages would an Alphadrome blog offer? At very least you would have direct access to a very big audience of like-minded collectors.
    Until I've fully explored the implications (disk space, bandwidth, costs)  I'll be creating a few trial blogs.  They may whet your appetite or turn you off the concept. Let's see.
  9. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Junior Toy Prototypes x3   

    Thanks John
    Gilbert reported on the Attacker a little while ago when it appeared on Yahoo Japan:
    It's more likely that these factory test shots rather than prototypes. Gernot provided the analysis of the date on the label.
  10. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Cyrnos Spaceman From France   

    Should be showing now, Ervino.
  11. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Box for Billy's Space Car - Atomic Space Pioneer   

    Wonderful find, Gernot. A rare and interesting box. After a fretful site update this has come as a lovely surprise.
  12. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Rocket Pistol R-75 By Nomura   

    Sorry, I don't know. I have only the picture to work on.
  13. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Cyrnos Spaceman From France   

    Here's a color variation that turned up recently, followed by a third in the series. Is he blindfolded? Injured? 2 ins tall, in hard plastic.

  14. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Cyrnos Spaceman From France   

    I just picked up the figure on the left, made apparently by Cyrnos of France. It's a new name to me. A trawl of the web identified one other figure on Geoffrey Peters' site. They're certainly well sculpted, with distinctive ribbing on their spacesuits, and wing clips on their shoulders. Are there any more? The neck design is just crying out for a helmet.

    That cup in his chest is actually an optical illusion: there's a hole there that must have contained something.

  15. Brian.. added a post in a topic: Rocket Pistol R-75 By Nomura   

    Not in the database (yet), here's the Rocket Pistol R-75 by Nomura. It's the same basic pressing as Fin's recent discovery.

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    The movie cylinder finally released. The movie is a cool fight between a T-Rex and pterodactyl. It's strange how these things happen. It's for sale on E-Bay.

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    Brian, I had a question for you. Is there an easy way to "release" the cylinder scene in the Horikawa television robots? I have mine on Ebay and I'm afraid it's not selling because of this. Is there a trick, or someone you could refer me too that would know how to deal with this? I'm pretty mechanically inclined I just don't want to cause any more damage to the robot. An...

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