Archive for the 'toys' Category

Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong - the most popular image of www.retrolution.dk!

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Seems like my old picture of the classic orange Donkey Kong is the all time most popular image of my website!

In September 2008 the image was downloaded almost 3000 times both directly from the website, but primarily from Google images and referring sites.

Try google Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong, and the image show among the first 10 hits! Also a lot of other sites have copied the image, which means the same image is shown several times from different sites! Neat!

Now the old picture was absolutely no beauty - actually it’s way to dark and fuzzy, so I finally took the 30 seconds to shoot a new and better picture, and overwrite the old.

This time making sure the image is also large enough to fit a 1280×1024 desktop - feel free to use it, if you wish.
Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong DK-52

Vintage 1970’s Mettoy Computacar

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

‘The amazing car with a memory you control!’ - Designed by Mettoy in 1970.

Box contains the cool metal sports car controlled by punch card-like cardboard key inserted into the rear - furthermore a bunch of traffic refuges, the car can drive between. Must have been a rather different toy for it’s time - apparently very common in US, but I’ve never seen it before in Denmark.

Mine is in near MINT condition - not for sale.

Mettoy Computacar

Extremely Rare Vintage Zathura Tin Robot

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Here’s another gem from my personal collection of “objects worth of preservation” - the rare and very old Zathura robot, probably from the 1940/50’s.

Actually I haven’t been able to find any information or matching images on the net, so if you hold knowledge I’d love to hear from you. Please get in contact via kenneth@retrolution.dk

Mine is in extremely “well preserved” condition, complete with original box!

Vintage Zathura Robot

Vintage Danish ‘Sparekassen Fyn’ spaceship money bank

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Rare spaceship shaped money bank, souvenir for Danish bank Sparekassen Fyn - heavily inspired by the infamous Tintin rocket, but IMHO much to phallus to be seen in any playroom!

Rather cool construction; robust metal body with a firing ramp shooting your coin into the rocket!

Sparekassen Fyn Spaceship money bank

Milton Bradley Super Simon - Early Eletronic Multiplayer Game

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

Simon was originally launched in late 1978 by Milton Bradley, and was the must-have toy for Christmas that year. Super Simon was released 2 years later in 1980, and as something completely new introduced electronic interactive multiplay!

The various version of Simon were extremely popular and sold in millions - in fact they were so popular that they even showed up in early 1980’s movies! Super Simon have e.g. been spotted in “Lampoon’s Vacation” and “E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial”

Mine is MINT, in original box - I picked it up at the local scout flea market for $1!

Milton Bradley Super Simon

Nintendo Ten Billion Barrels

Sunday, October 7th, 2007

The Nintendo Ten Billion Barrels was designed by Gumpei Yokoi in 1980, almost a decade before he designed the famous Nintendo GameBoy. This game is very similar to professor Ernõ Rubik’s infamous “Magic Cube” originally from 1974 (renamed Rubik’s Cube by Ideal Toys in 1980) but the Ten Billion Barrels is much much harder to solve.

The puzzle has 23 colored balls arranged in five columns spaced evenly around the sides of the barrel. The barrel itself has six rows. Two (nonadjacent) columns have only 4 balls, which lie in the middle four rows. The other three columns have 5 balls, and the extra balls either lie all in the top row or all in the bottom row. The black central core can move up or down, and that moves those three columns along with it. The middle four rows lie in two discs, which can rotate. By rotating a disc, the balls in the two rows it contains are moved around to the other columns. The aim is to place four balls of the same colour in each of the five columns, with the three black balls filling up the top of the longer columns. See more at http://www.geocities.com/jaapsch/puzzles/nintendo.htm

Mine is near MINT and in original box!

Nintendo Ten Billion Barrels!

Vintage 1970’s Danish Tin-tin money bank

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Great Tin-tin money bank in very nice condition - complete with original lock and keys. Not really that rare, but still a lovely colorful piece which reminds me of my childhood! Thou my bank didn’t give out this type, but the dull Rasmus Klump money bank - but now I finally got one :-)

Tin-tin money bank

Ultra rare Barbie doll with windable Comando baby carriage

Friday, June 15th, 2007

Here’s a true treasure from my own collection of vintage toys - the 1950/60’s Barbie doll lookalike attached to a windable italian Comando baby carriage. The wheels are turning and Barbie moves her feet when the carriage is winded! Ultra rare - In fact I haven’t been able to find anything like this on google or eBay. Extremely nice details - rubber wheels, metal key, blue eyes and makeup - very thorough! This item is not for sale.

Barbie doll with Comando baby carriage

Kay Bojesen Policemen

Monday, January 8th, 2007

Kay Bojesen (1886-1958) trained as a silversmith at Georg Jensen in 1906. A few years later, he would open his own shop in Bredgade in central Copenhagen. Although he never gave up working in metal, he started making toys for his son in the 1920s. In 1932, he publicly introduced building blocks, which were plain and simple and beautifully made. Soon after came the incredible “Manhattan” skyscraper building set. Then it was on; he cranked out animals and human figures, amazing hand-turned bowls and platters, trains, cars and a farm set. The most famous of his toys, the teak monkey, was not made until 1951.

These 5 policemen might be part of the huge Kay Bojesen production range of wooden toys - I will contact an auction house to have it confirmed.

Kay Bojesen Policemen?

Computer Battleship - Milton Bradley 1977

Sunday, January 7th, 2007

Impressive electronic battleship board game from 1977, complete in original box.

Here’s some unusual bonus info! IMHO the gentleman on the box looks a lot like the Danish Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen! LOL

Computer Battleship - Milton Bradley 1977

Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong 1982

Sunday, December 10th, 2006

The immortal orange Donkey Kong was one of the best selling Game & Watch hand held games durring the early 80’s. The game is still a nice collectors item, eventhou it was sold in several millions just in Scandinavia.

The Nintendo Game & Watch series included around 60 different model produced in a period of over 10 years from 1980 to 1991! My collection still isn’t complete - I still need around 5 or 6 games - the rare models ofcourse! If you’re interested in trading / selling Game & Watch - please do contact me at kenneth@retrolution.dk

I picked up this game at a local garage sale, its complete with serial number, battery cover and most important intact closing hasp - it will be added to my personal collection.

Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong

Original Danish 1950’s plastic elephant

Saturday, October 28th, 2006

Extremely rare plastic elephant - from the Danish 50/60’s family movies “Far til 4″ (father of four) where the youngest boy “Lille Per” was dragging around with this elephant - naming it “Bodil Kjær” after popular Danish female actor with the same name. The elephant is stamped “PP”.

I have only once before seen this plastic elephant - in a private toy collection owned by one of the retro store keepers in Copenhagen.

Bodil Kjær plastic elephant


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