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Marx Smash Martian

by Peter
Categories: Clockwork toys, Futuristic/sci-fi, Marx Toys, Robots & Aliens
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TV adverts have been with us as long as TV itself and many icons have stayed with us, the Smash martian will be remembered by many from the 1970′s.

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Mr. Smash is all plastic with clockwork motor and removable antennae. It hobbles slightly as it moves forward. Simultaneously the arms move back in forth in opposite directions while the upper head and mouth move up and down. The little brown object held in Mr. Smash’s right claw is actually a plastic potato! Best of all it works great!

Mr. Smash was actually a commercial advertising figure used to promote the sale of Cadbury’s Smash# brand of instant mashed potatoes. The “For Mash get Smash” sticker logo on the robot’s chest refers to the potato product. It became a well known European phrase in the early to mid-1970′s. The commercial shows a family of Martians marvelling at the curious potato eating habits of “primitive” Earthlings. It was such a big hit that Cadbury’s contracted the Marx company to produce a plastic robot toy based on the commercial.

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Daleks, Eaglemoss, Dr Who figurine collection

by Peter
Categories: Eaglemoss, Futuristic/sci-fi, Robots & Aliens, TV & Film
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In the words of Monty Python. “And now for something completely different”.

The Daleks are coming to a store near you, well, unless your near a certain WH Smith’s Store in Essex then don’t bother because I bought them all!

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Although I have done a separate page for figures, I have done this special feature on Daleks, mainly because I’m a bit of a Dalek nut.

These are from the Eaglemoss Dr Who figurine collection now on it’s sixth issue, others I have you can find Here.

These are resin cast and hand painted and scale at 1:21 and as I have mentioned before an unusual scale but the fact all the figurine are to the same scale make them quite unique.

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I have had other Dalek models over the years, some bigger and some smaller but these are pretty good although lack any moving features, also are good value at £6.99 each against what some Daleks go for.

These are subject to a future diorama yet to be built and this background is a temporary setup for these pictures.

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You can see more of the figures by clicking on the main page Here or go to the Eaglemoss publications, Dr Who figurines collection website on the link below.

http://www.dw-figurines.com/

For everything you ever wanted to know about Daleks  Click Here

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