Sometimes, all a design needs is a bit of freshening up to make it look brand new. A perfect example of this are the retconned Gundam Wing redesigns done by Hajime Katoki. Taking the Endless Waltz Gundams and backdating them to “original” versions has yeilded, almost without exception, designs that are cleaner and meaner-looking than […]

Nope, it’s not Superman, it was just a plane! Well, okay, that’s not fair, it’s a WHOLE BUNCH of planes, actually! Since it’s a dreary day here today, I thought I’d spice up the weekend with some awesome Matchbox Airplane kits! I have added pictures of my collection of Matchbox “Sunset Stripe” airplane boxes to […]

From time to time here at the Sprue Lagoon, I like to bring you different things. It’s not always model kits; sometimes I find a cool Japanese robot toy, or a Russian die cast or… this. What is “This”? Well, quite frankly, I had no idea what it was when I bought it, but it […]

Before you start getting too excited, I’m talking, of course, about swing wings! What were you thinking of? Now that we’re on the same page, you might be thinking of the Bell X-5. Well, you’re close! In fact the aircraft that inspired the Bell was the Messerschmitt P.1101, a research plane that was designed to […]

Luxury isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. A perfect example of this is the Mercury LN-7. The LN-7 was an attempt to create an upmarket sporty coupe for Mercury dealers to sell to young, sporting and better-off people. Unfortunately, it was based on the anemic, crampedly-useless and bizarrely styled EXP. How do you […]

Even though Metal Armour Dragonar is not an anime that most people today know, it was a good show that, back in the later ’80s was intended to be the “next big thing”. To that end, Bandai made all kinds of kits from this show, including some of the “bad guy” mecha from the evil […]

By the time 1980 came around, the Mopar muscle car was well and truly dead. The final nail in the coffin was also the last Road Runner until the advent of that badge on Acclaim. The 1980 Road Runner was just a gussied up Volare with some decals and a few appearance options. It is […]