Japanese Toy Month: Plasman B Set

Plasman B windup toy property William C Gallagher
Plasman B windup toy property William C Gallagher
Something like a toddler’s Go-Bot, the Plasman B Set Gear Machine winds up and comes with extra gears. Property Modern Toys from Japan 1940s-1980s by William C Gallagher. A Schiffer Book for Collectors. 

Japanese Toy Month: Trains

It would make perfect sense that the land of the Shinkansen would bring us plenty of train sets. And then some! These models made sound, had moving conductors, real smoke from the smokestacks and flashing headlights.  Property Modern Toys from Japan 1940s-1980s by William C Gallagher. A Schiffer Book for Collectors 1. Santa Fe Diesel Locomotive 2. Piston Red, Blue, Green and Silver Mountain Express 3. Continental Express

Japanese Toy Month: Disney clocks

Disney Clocks  property William C. Gallagher
Disney Clocks property William C. Gallagher
These cute little alarm clocks made of plastic came in both the traditional round bell-style which would up and the more modern square shaped with that awful eh-eh, eh-eh sound which plugged in. Featuring a whole cast of Disney characters, the little 4″ clocks fit nicely into a stocking, deceiving you into thinking how cool Santa knows I love Donald Duck until early January when you realised it’s just my Mum and Dad at their usual game of parental deception trying to get me up to go back to school. Property Modern Toys from Japan 1940s-1980s, William C Gallagher.

Japanese Toy Month: Big Key Racer

Big Key Car property William C Gallagher
Big Key Car property William C Gallagher
We used to go to local productions of The Nutcracker right around my birthday every year and I particularly liked the act in the beginning where Herr Drosselmeyer winds up the toy dolls which come to life in front of the big Christmas tree. What does this have to do with today’s Japanese toy? Keys! The Big Key Racer winds up as well with an oversized, kind of silly key I find irresistible. This little car also features a directional lever and runs on battery.  Property Modern Toys from Japan 1940s-1980s, William C Gallagher.

Japanese Toy Month: Police Cars

The 80s were a big decade for cops- Police Academy, Beverly Hills Cop, C.O.P.S, and Japan regaled us with enough tiny police cars to patrol most of the Eastern Bloc. Not just cheap autos with law enforcement decals, these models had real working lights and sirens. Property Modern Toys from Japan 1940s-1980s by William C Gallagher. A Schiffer Book for Collectors 1. 1967 Chevrolet Camaro Highway Patrol Car 2.  Nissan Police Patrol Car 3. Television Patrol Jeep

Japanese Toy Month: Walking toys

Ever popular with street vendors and funfairs and forerunners to the Fur Real crowd, little pups and kitties who walked, backflipped, meowed and barked made their way into our bookbags to be shown at show ‘n tell. Mew Mew Pussy can walk, move her head and mew while Wee Wee Pekinese walks, barks and lifts his leg to– well you get the idea from his name.  Property  Modern Toys from Japan 1940s-1980s, William C Gallagher.

Japanese Toy Month: Happy Band Trio

Happy Band Trio  property William C Gallagher
Happy Band Trio property William C Gallagher
Something like a cute, mini version of the big scary Chuck E Cheese band, the Happy Band Trio sits on a tin base and ‘plays’ tunes. Battery powered.  Property Modern Toys from Japan 1940s-1980s by William C Gallagher. A Schiffer Book for Collectors

Japanese Toy Month: Radicon Volkswagon

Radicon VW property William C. Gallagher
Radicon VW property William C. Gallagher
This slick Radicon Volkswagon VW 1303 has sound features including turn signals, a 4 channel radio control and runs on r/c battery. Made of plastic. Property  Modern Toys from Japan 1940s-1980s, William C Gallagher.

Too Groovy Toy Show a success!

The Masterminds behind it all!
The Masterminds behind it all!
I took a trip to the Too Groovy Pop Culture Toys toy show on Saturday to see what was what with my buddy Bobby Novotny and was really pleased with how things turned out. The tables were chock full of vintage and new; Ben and Janet Novotny were working the kitchen and keeping watch over Too Groovy’s table (and beating Penn Hills Game Exchange in a friendly Nintendo DS competition) and the hosts Patrick, Bobby and Steve worked the crowd. There were Klingons, there were Minifigs, there were hot dogs! And I admit, there was a box of My Little Ponies that almost came home with me… shhh! So the highlights- at $2 admission and kids under 9 free there was no excuse not to come out. It was even cold and rainy out so no better way to spend the day than with toys. The atmosphere was friendly, there was a decidedly 80s tv theme vibe about the music (woohoo! I put my head up long enough to catch snatches of Doogie Howser, the Smurfs and the Greatest American Hero) and all the dealers were ready to talk toys. I had a very good chinwag with Penn Hills Game Exchange (very knowledgeable people) on Nintendo’s Famicom and a very interesting base for Gamecube which allows one to play Gameboy on a television. Really neat stuff, ok I’m a video nerd lol. Atari Guy was also nearby who I am told is *the* authority on Atari. I particularly liked his pacman themed table decor. At the very end of the middle tables Paul had some interesting Japanese movie figures with plenty of accessories and original boxes. Jason’s collection of die cast was impressive, Warp Zone brought about every classic GI Joe playset there could possibly be, and D and E Collectibles’ Star Wars spread would have made Darth Vader jealous. Nicole Tibbitt was in full regalia with a very original anime and toy-themed collection of jewelry, stickers and badges, Melissa and Jason’s wall o’80s and 90s got a fan squeal out of me and Kevin brought not only boxes of DVDs but some really interesting and HUGE Batman vehicles. The My Little Ponies were courtesy Harlyn, C. Todd Brick had enough Lego sets to build a whole new building for next year’s toy show and lastly, Laser Tag. Laser Tag! STEVE!!!!! Of course with vintage items you have a lot of overlap so for GI Joe Fans, Legomaniacs and Star Wars junkies there was plenty at many of the tables. Every table seemed to have a really unique item which I will focus on here because there was some pretty cool stuff and I know the founders are looking to repeat the process in a few months so I hope this will be a preview of the next time around: Penn Hills Game Exchange: Retron 5 Nintendo clone Atari Guy: Possibly every 2600 cartridge, ever Too Groovy Toys: Benji Detective and Charlie’s Angels Board Games Kevin: Mammoth Batmobile! Paul: Gaijin Figures Harlyn: Huge Pee Wee Herman doll Steve Appleby: LASER TAG!! Melissa & Jason: Wrinkles dog (when did you last see one of these??) C. Todd Brick: Lord of the Rings Lego sets J.P. Bidula: novel Unlucky Seven Spike Bowan: novel War in the Backyard D and E Collectibles: Ewoks Village playset Jason: Corgi double decker bus models Warp Zone: GI Joe Cobra Terror Drome Nicole Tibbitt: Plastic Army men earrings Make sure you check out the participants’ websites and also check out Fruitimals who nay be joining the show next year. There’s talk of a follow up show possibly in 6 months so make sure you’re going to be around in the spring to come out, talk toys and bring a couple of favourites home for your collection.

Japanese Toy Month: Cop Cars

Kiddy Cop Car
Kiddy Cop Car
Adorable Kiddy Cop Car with battery-powered light and sound made out of tin and plastic. Image property Modern Toys from Japan 1940s-1980s, William C Gallagher. A Schiffer Book for Collectors.