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Toy-Ventures: Denys Fisher Cyborg

This week Toy-Ventures looks at Cyborg, a UK action figure line licensed to Denys Fisher by way of Japan. While it isn’t talked about enough, Cyborg was a spin-off of Hasbro’s GI Joe and eventually gave birth to such incredible toy icons as the Micronauts and Transformers. It’s a really interesting and beautiful line of […]

Toy-Ventures Issue 2 to cover Mattel Godzilla’s Gang

  We’re pleased to announce that Issue 2 of Toy-Ventures magazine will an article about the overlooked “Godzilla’s Gang” line by Mattel written by Ray “AcroRay” Miller.Seriously looking forward to this one! For more Updates on Issue 2, follow our shiny new Toy-Ventures Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/toyventuresmag You Can Purchase Toy-Ventures issue one at our online […]

Toy-Ventures 26: Infra-Man

This week we look at the merchandise made for the incredible 1975 Shaw Brothers masterpiece “Infra-Man” and talk about how we deserve way more than what is out there. Subscribe to our channel for weekly Toy-Ventures: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwYta3nz_7FAzPvP8FPSgpg

Popy World Heroes Catalog 1980

I recently acquired the 1980 Popy Catalog and it’s a “Treasury Edition” sized book that hates scanners, it’s also delightful. While I don’t have the time to scan the whole thing, I thought it important to showcase one of my favourite toy lines the Popy World Heroes. I honestly wonder if that middle carrying case […]

Grip Character Diecast Catalog

Click on the image to Enlarge. Eidai Grip diecast vehicles were produced in Japan during the 1970s and featured many popular TV licences not unlike Dinky and Corgi did in the United Kingdom. In fact, they shared many licenses like Gerry Anderson’s UFO (a personal favourite), Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet. They also (understandably) covered Japanese […]

Toy Hunting in Japan

A couple pals of mine went to Japan this week and while I was unable to join them, they did the next best thing and took photos of everything they could while toy hunting. Here are just a few samples… Japanese live action Spider-Man had a car and a killer robot, which seems to be […]

Popy World Hero Update!

When I first launched the Popy World Hero gallery, I had a few mysteries to solve like who certain characters were and the like. I’m happy to announce that the gallery attracted like minded folks who joined in and helped out, filling in a pile of gaps, like who was mystery figure 17? I now […]

Popy World Hero Figure Archive

The World Hero series was released in Japan in 1980, toy maker Popy had been distributing the 3 3/4″ Kenner Star Wars figure in cool display boxes as opposed to the cards the rest of the world received. Image Borrowed from Rebel Scum, they have a great article on Japanese Star Wars toys here. With […]

Podstallions 19: Japanese toys

Episode 19 sees Jason and Brian explain their deep affection for toys from the land of the rising sun. Even though we both grew up in North America, our childhoods were made happier by the imports that did manage to hop across the Pacific leaving us with a thirst for more. Japanese Toys tries to […]