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SERIOUSBOB

You are correct "Planet of Vampires" is the one I'm thinking of, thanks

 

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space.trucks

Just watched "Assignment Outer Space" with that suicidal 4 inch spaceman figure who bails out in the thick of it.

 

 

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ervino
4 hours ago, space.trucks said:

Just watched "Assignment Outer Space" with that suicidal 4 inch spaceman figure who bails out in the thick of it.

 

"Assignment Outer Space" (or "Space Men") is one of the movies that started the Space/SF fascination for a lot of us Italian kids in the '60. Ah, those green-colored space scenes!🤩😺

 

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ANZinSpace

These are the swoppet figures I have. I also have some odds and ends of backpacks, torsos and heads. I basically bought a job lot because they were weird.

 

 

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space.trucks

Wow yeah baby! The green one rocks, looks like his head and helmet are the same piece of plastic where all mine are separately cast heads pushed into their helmets. He's a Marx guy for sure, the others Cherilea era. You've got both brown and green bases too -- Do the green bases have any markings on their bottom?? What I am believing is that "original" Cherilea pieces will have peg feet (or knees if kneeling) which fit into a base, have no painted features, and sharp happy-looking facial details.

 

Not sure where I found this picture, maybe the database? The first Marx variation on the form has pod feet rather then bases, painted details, sharp facial details with freaked-out looking expressions, and are cast in a somewhat flexible "rubberized" plastic. Foot bottoms (or knees if kneeling) will have a single circular indentation on each foot which is consistent with how they marked their pre-Apollo space figure bases. So this set below is a "first run" Marx swoppet group, with what I think says "Contents Made In Taiwan" at lower right. (Would do lawn chores for the owner of that card just to get to come over and look at it in person.)

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They (or someone using their moulds?) also apparently did a "second run" in standard Army Man plastic which do not have painted features but still have the pod feet with circular indentation.

 

From what I have seen later anonymous Hong Kong copies will have no base or pod feet, no circular indentation on foot bottom, no painted details, and fuzzy or indistinct faces. All the HK copies I've scored have also been in standing poses, which I guess makes sense if you're selling them as birthday cake decorations.

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ANZinSpace

The green bases have no markings nor do the brown ones.

 

As to the Marx figure the head is separate from the helmet. When you remove the head and helmet, the colour difference is more noticeable at the base of the head and helmet.

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Alain Lapointe

In Italy, those were also used as pilots for the Tibidabo 'Lunik' spaceships. An example from internet, various poses were chosen indifferently (for ex. I have the one holding the camera as pilot for mine)

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