toyboxdx toy blog brog: is graceful art of daily expressing japanese toy
March 9, 2013
December 13, 2011
November 14, 2011
June 29, 2011
Japan. 1976. Ark Kaiju reign. Per Prof Robert Duban:
“Mecha Baltan” was kind of an odd choice for the name of this toy, as it’s the most accurately non-mechanical portrayal of the bunch. It also looks nothing like the actual “Mecha-Baltan” that appeared in later episodes of the Ultraman series. Whatever. In any event, although it’s a relatively common piece in the ‘States, it’s highly sought after in Japan.”
May 17, 2011
February 7, 2011
Return of the lost Ark…raiders of the lost Ark…aaaa forget it…I thought
I make another Brog about the european Ark toys. Maybe interesting
for a few Ark-nerds.
I know of 2 different packaging types here in europe.
In germany a company called Bienengräber & Co. from Hamburg distributed the Ark toys.
They printed their own “german boxes” and translated manuals etc.
Bienengräber & Co. was a bit the Marukai Trading Co. of germany. They also sold Bandai toys,
Takara Piocchio Magnemo, Nintendo “game & Watch” and other japanese stuff.
But their biggest hit was Monchhichi…little brown hairy suckers ;-)
left “german” box, right “belgium” box
There are also bilingual (french/dutch) boxes & manuals for the Ark toys.
These boxes are made for belgium. I don’t have a clue if they had been imported to france too.
I could swear that Bienengräber & Co distributed & produced the “belgium” boxes too, because strangely “Metallguss” (diecast) is written in german on them too. But my “theory” isn’t approved.
top “belgium” box, below “german” box
bilingual back of “belgium” box
back of “german” box
Did anyone know if there are italian versions of the box?
I never seen one before.
If you have other “theories” please LMK in the BBS
February 6, 2011
Toy cleaning day.
Pulled the Ark gang out of the display, because the guys had been a bit dusty.
Good chance to shot some pics.
Really like these guys. Maybe because I had a Red King as a kid in germany.
My Red King was my “Metalguss Weltraumroboter” (cast metal space robot),
because that was written on the german box. Didn’t realize Ark as a brand name as a kid.
Red King had a tough job, he had to fight against hundreds of Airfix mini soldiers all day.
But not Red King killed my Airfix Toy soldiers.
My mon did that with the vacuum cleaner ;-)