Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lobstros Guns VS Ampzilla Guns

Recently I was supplied with a gun to replicate.  The gun supplied was in fact a cast of an Ampzilla Gun.  I did not make it.  For the longest time I thought that the Lobstros gun and the Ampzilla gun were the same.  MEGO was famous for maximizing the usage of their molds.  But as I looked at the 2 of them, they are in fact NOT the same. 

I dont know if this is common knowledge or not, but they aren't.  The top fin that sticks up from the gun is singular and smaller on the Ampzilla gun.  It is doubled in thickness and taller on the Lobstros gun.  The 5 mm pegs are also longer which would make sense as this would be more accommodating to the curves and slopes of the Lobstros body.

See how thin the "Fin" is that sticks up out of this Ampzilla gun cast?

This picture shows the 5mm peg hole length difference.  Again done to be more fitting to the Lobstros body design.

A perfect shot of the Lobstros gun showing both the "Fin" and an extra bigger panel up right beside it.

I went to ISO to see if the pictures there could verify this for me or not.  ISO has clear shots definitively proving that the casts supplied to me are indeed Ampzilla casts.  The ISO Lobstros pictures are a little less definitive, but in the top left and top right pictures you can see that the top fins are indeed thicker and the extra portion is indeed taller. 

Indeed...there's always something. : ~)

Micronaut Books Mags and DVDs

A lot of artwork has been put into various Magazines.  Super 7 had a stint where they ran the one magazine with Antron on the cover.  This post is so very hard for me to write. I am not a journalist.  What I am trying to accomplish to to show some of the various magazines, books and DVDS that every Micronaut collector should be aware about. 

I have taken various pictures of some of the items mentioned that I have.  There is so much more yet that should be include in this post that I am missing.  I will post the pictures and tell what I can about them.

I will be doing posts a little later on each picture individually with a more specific content breakdown.  For now I am just showing some of what is available for Micronaut Reference Material.

 These are the first books by Gordon Williams.  The story rotates around man trying to come up with ways of feeding everyone.  Originally the plan was to enlarge the produce.  They instead worked to shrink man and then the tales they got into in their yard.  Its actually well written and I think it leaves alot of possibilities however farfetched somewhat plausible.  the book seems to have been printed several times with various different covers.  There are 3 books to this set, but I am missing one.  I have bought Revolt of the Micronauts 4 times now thinking its the book I am missing.  The 2 books on the left are the same.  Just different covers.  I was halfway through the book the second time before I figured it out.   I kept thinking this seemed oddly familiar.  lol
 This is the famed Micropola Issue # 00  By Ron Pringle.  I cant begin to tell you everyone who contributed to this magazine.  It reveals alot of the Micronauts, prototypes the toys.  A great magazine.  You occassionally find one on Ebay.  Not often tho.  And each time it does, the price goes higher and higher.  An invaluable resource.

 Micropola Issue # 01.  This bad boy covers EVERYTHING!  And when I mean everything, I mean everything.  I have had this disc for years and still havent gone through everything on it.  These 2 items are the best resources you can find for Micronauts.  Wait till I break this disc down in its own post.  You wont believe what all it covers.  There is also one other Micronaut CD.  It is the Digital Comic of the first 4 issues of the Devils Due Run I believe.  Actually there are a few other Micronaut CD's as well.  I understand there are various MEGO Commercial CD's out there as well. 

 I am sure everyone is aware of this magazine.  Mr. Marty Abrahms telling the MEGO story.  Pretty self explanatory there.  lol.

Jon Bonavita has put out many books for collectors.  They are excellent resources for  lists.  It is a complete list of Megos line including Micronauts.  The only thing I dont think applies anymore is the price guide.  Ebay has pretty much taken over as a more accurate market indicator.  Some of the prices listed are these days obsolete.  I believe it lists Rocket Tubes as somewhere around $200.  I got mine for $10.00 and the Deluxe Rocket tubes for $15.00
This is the Steve Lyons Micronauts Trilogy.  For me, I found them to be well written and a very enjoyable read.  It is a nice deviation from the Marvel Comic storyline.  Its cohesive and well thought out.  I thoroughly enjoyed reading these and still do.

Like I stated earlier, I will be making individual posts on each of these above pics and a more complete look at what each one covers.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Micronaut Pillows

WOW...I remember seeing these a few years back and thinking...these would look good with my sleeping bag.

Well they do!  I keep the sleeping bag properly stored and occassionally take it out for a photo shoot.  This seemed like the right time.  :~)

The pillows are more apt to be called cushions I believe or throw pillows.  While the pattern is the same the material seems to be slightly different between the sleeping bag and the pillows.  The pillows are Fan Made and made from the material of a Micronaut Mattress.  I dont have Kids.  I have a small dog and I spoil him crazy.  He is my sue me...I allowed him up for a few photos.

 Actually I didnt have a choice.  Riley is a photograph pig and as soon as he saw the flashes he jumped up on the bed and didnt move until I put the camera down.  OOPS...I lie...he closed he mouth for the last few pictures.  lol.

I have never heard of Micronaut Curtains.  Altho it is possible to have them made, I dont think MEGO ever made curtains.  No one I know has ever heard of any.  But material is still around so if one was inclined, They could be made.  That would really top of the room.  But I am happy with my Transformer curtains.