day 403 – four thank yous

This is the final post of four things on but the site will remain open with updates on the things to come.

This has been a truly amazing year with this project. From day one I knew when I was organizing my studio and seeing how many small collections of things I kept and really loved, to Allison Sommers first post on January 2nd 2011, and in early November when all weeks had been assigned, and now when everything is all said and done that the concept of this project was something people really enjoy. We love our stuff and other peoples as well.

I can’t thank the Guest Editor’s enough for making this what it is. It takes courage to expose the things we hold onto. The Guest Editor’s did it and the internet has found out a little more about each of them.

I encourage everyone to keep checking back to find out what is next for this little project. My hope is a bound book and art exhibition. But I am open to other possibilites.

My humble thank you to everyone who made this possible and the collectors around the world, past, present, and future.

Happy New Year.

s. arden hill

day 402 – four glow in the dark kaiju

Four contemporary GID vinyl figures. From L-R 1. Ultraman (type A helmet) by Yamanaya 2. Heater Robot by Empaiya 3. Mad Baron by Zollmen 4. Spacetrooper by Toygraph/super7. BONUS – how do these awesome figures look with the light on ? …

day 401 – four vintage tigermask wrestlers

Four vintage 27cm tall Tigermask vinyl figures produced by Nakajima in Japan in the 1970’s.From L-R 1. Devil Spider 2. Tiger Mask 3. Viking Kid 4. Golden Mask.

Tigermask wrestlers have had a large following in Japan since the 60’s with the hero Tigermask fighting for orphans. Recently there have been donations made to orphans and disadvantaged school kids in Japan under tigermasks real name  ‘Naoto Date’ (link).


day 400 – four vintage trading card packs

Four collectable trading card packs from topps – still unopened ! A couple of these  are over 30 years old. I keep them sealed in little bags now but when I open the bag there is a waft of stale bubblegum and waxed paper that takes me back !

day 399 – four billiken wind up walkers

Four Japanese tin toy chracters. From L-R 1. National Kid 2. Maboroshi Tante aka Phantom Detective 3. Big X 4. Seven colour Mask Hero. These guys walk when wound up and are made of tin with vinyl heads. Bonus round !!  I found it hard to post just the toy without the wonderful box art they come packaged in…

day 398 – four spaceman mini’s

Four spaceman mini figures 7cm tall. Cast in resin, designed and hand painted by myself … blatant self promotion!

day 397 – four jumbo machinders

60 cm tall Shogun Warriors relaesed by Mattel under license from Popy in Japan in the 1970’s. These guys were awesome toys when I was  young and featured firing fists, shooting stars, axes and missiles. They are getting rarer now days as many robots and especially the firing parts were lost to the ravages of time or were destroyed in battle. From L-R 1.Mazinger Z, 2.Dragun, 3.Daimos 4.Raydeen. They are not the most valuable in my collection of Jumbos but they have the most nostalgic value.

day 396 – four vintage vinyl villans

12cm tall mini sofubi from Japan circa 1970’s. From L-R 1. Dr Hell; Mazinger Z enemy made by Popy 2. Baron Ashura; Mazinger Z enemy made by Popy 3. Ikima; Jeeg enemy made by Onda 4. Count Brocken; Mazinga Z enemy made by Popy.

Guest Editor’s Profile – Scott Vanden Bosch

Scott Vanden Bosch

Melbourne Australia

 In terms of your things, what does your space (studio/office/orliving area) look like? please describe.
That’s interesting question …most people I know think my studio is mad; boxes everywhere and unfinished projects precariously balanced in makeshift trays and containers according to fragility and interest factor. A lot of my house is taken up with boxes (I will absolutely keep a box purely because it’s well made), books, toys, artworks, and things that make people say ‘what you get that for ?’.

My partner and I are animation artist’s and my job involves alot of drawing on paper and computers so the rest of the house is full of stacks of paper, pencils, and computers.

Where do you normally get your things?
When I was younger I used to rifle through flea markets, but now the internet is mostly where I hunt, I travel to Japan every so often to hunt for rarer vintage things.

What is your prize possession/”thing”/collectible/tool?
Whoa…Thats hard, sometimes I feel kind of unattached to it all. A couple of my collections have become entities unto themselves and I keep searching for additions because the collection needs it not so much me. But If I had to choose something valuable it would be an arm load of Jumbo machinder robots from Japan – They are big and colourful and they can shoot missiles and fists if enraged, I do enjoy staring at them.


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