Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Ultra Man Coin-Op Kiddie Ride (Kobe, Japan)

A mere stones throw away from the spectacular Tetsujin 28, aka Gigantor statue (see previous post HERE), this coin-op kiddie ride of Ultraman in front of a nearby Kobe toy store is just as spectacular to behold. I'm guessing it's from the late 60's / early 70's, and as you can see from my photos, it is indeed in ultra pristine condition!







And did I go for an ultra ride, you ultra ponder? Well...

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Gigantor Statue

Speaking of giant robots, on a recent day trip to Kobe, Japan (from Osaka), I was finally able to stand in jaw dropping awe beneath the life-sized statue of the king of giant robots-- Tetsujin 28, aka Gigantor! "Bigger than big, taller than tall..." is no joke (see the very last image below for all the size details), --seriously, it's so impressive and awesome in person that I had to photograph it from every angle! Has anyone else taken a stroll down Tetsujin Street?



















Sunday, May 13, 2018

Shogun Warriors!

Recent additions to my Shogun Warrior collection: the complete Colorforms adventure set from 1978 featuring Great Mazinger, RaydeenDragun and an arsenal of weapons to fight with on a colorful animated background scene, +booklet. Also, the incomplete Ben Cooper Great Mazinger halloween costume from 1977 --mask only unfortunately-- but it looks great on the wall next to my Ultraman and GeGeGe No Kitaro masks!









Friday, May 11, 2018

Rocket Fizz: KISS SODAS vs. KING KONG COLA

You wanted the best... you got the best... the hottest soda in the land-- well, you do have to refrigerate 'em! That's right, one of my all time favorite bands has now teamed up with Rocket Fizz on some sweet ass pop that is actually pretty damn rockin': KISS Destroyer Kola, KISS Cherry Kola, and there's even a KISS Army Root Beer (not pictured-- as I'm not really a fan of root beer and I wanted to try out the KING KONG Cola instead-- and it's also quite delicious!) All 3 are bold and flavorful, though the cherry kola kind of left a cough droppish after-taste in my mouth. Still way better than Cherry Pepsi though! The bottle labels are an equally ass kickin' highpoint here, nicely designed, with one based on their fan club logo, and the others based on two of their best 70's album releases as well! And OMG the KONG label is super awesome as well --see image below!

Available at all Rocket Fizz locations, or you can order online too by clicking HERE!





And who won the taste test, you ponder? For my taste buds, it's a clear tie as the monsters of rock can easily hold their own with a monster from Hollywood!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

I Had My Hair Redone For the Christmas Holiday...

Well, not MY hair, it was actually the hair on this vintage Kreiss Psycho Ceramic xmas figurine from 1960's Japan-- my $12 find of the week at a local antique mall! With her fuzzy two color doo, and strategically placed holly leaves over her private bits, isn't she just the absolute cutest! And fyi: the name of this post is in reference to a card description that used to come tied to her wrist (according to a current eBay auction listing HERE!), and boy oh boy, judging from the "buy it now" price, even without the attached wrist card I'm guessing I got a pretty swell deal on this!









Don't look, Ethel!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Cowgirl vs. Beach Bunny vs. Wife

Dug up a few more cute vintage postcards from my personal collection-- a double dose of color-litho "bursheen" finished examples from the 1940's, highlighted by a sultry, smokin' (literally) cowgirl, plus a skimpy swimsuit sweetie just a'burstin' at the seam! Fun images that definitely produce a sexy chuckle, just as the surprised fella on his wedding night below noticing that he is indeed now in for the ride of his life-- in more ways than one!



Saturday, April 28, 2018

Sidney the Elephant Tells Time

I posted a 1960's Terrytoons Sidney the Elephant book way back in 2011 (see it HERE), and here he comes again in yet another fabulously fun book, this time from 1977, and this time he's tellin' some time through the interactive wonders of a Magic Punch-Out See-Thru Picture Storybook, from Ottenheimer Publishers. Sure, there is a story here too, but that would make the post twice as long page scan wise, and hey, who wants to read when you can just focus on the cute illustrations! Ahem! Okay, also where ever you see the dotted line within the image, just know that's where the Magic Punch-Out See-Thru Picture moment happens --it lifts like a pop-up book flap to reveal the number on the next page underneath. Fun fun fun!