Friday, September 21, 2012

1983 Columbia Blue Angel

Dedicated to the Ladies. Another "twilight of the banana seat" great. This step-thru frame features the more aggressive looking straight down tube, an acknowledgment of the emerging BMX bicycle craze of that era, possibly even a slight nod towards Olivia Newton-John. 

I took a few leaps at the local track riding a banana seat bike, way back when,  though not the one pictured here. I seem to recall a health advantage of the wide handle bars being that they allowed one to be better able to jump clear of the contraption when crashing back to the earth after some magnificent acrobatic feat.

The after-market white wall tires really 'makes' this particular bike.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

1978 HG Toys Godzilla Battles The Tricephalon Monster Playset

A timeless classic. When I recieved this as a youngster, the battleship was missing, so they tossed in an extra Tricephalon Monster. I wasn't complaining! Little did I know that the ship features a simple projectile launching mechanism that fires off missles that are 1/4" long by 1/16" diameter (!) The overall vibe of this playset is pure, chintzy goodness. I picked it up fairly recently for a mere $80.