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Never mind the adverts Pt10 – Takara Die Cast Darth Vader

Welcome to another Never Mind The Adverts… Here Are The Toys! This time we take a look at the 1978 Die Cast Darth Vader figure made by the Takara company, Japan.

Japanese toy company Takara has never been shy of infusing its love of the quirky into the toys and merchandise it was licensed to produce and distribute for the first Star Wars film. The transforming X Wing Fighter and missile launching R2-D2 are just two examples. It’s no great surprise to see their die cast Darth Vader receiving similar treatment with a ‘robot-look’ makeover, and the issue of not just his trusty lightsaber but a full-on missile-firing crossbow!

Features: This cool die cast Darth Vader measures in at around 7 inches tall (17.78 cm) has articulated legs and arms, and can turn his head to the left and right via a lever located on his back.

Accessories: lightsaber, crossbow, two shots, removable vinyl cape, stand.

Packaging: the partially bilingual box comes with the typical Takara graphics and includes the ST logo belonging to the company responsible for checking the safety standards of the toy. Line drawings on the back of the box indicate the action features. The bottom right insert picture on the back appears to show the C-3PO die cast figure that was released along with Vader.





If you want to discover other cool Japanese vintage Star Wars collectables check out my guide over on The Imperial Gunnery Forum

That’s all for now. Thanks for looking, and join us again soon for another Never Mind The Adverts!


 

Japanese chirashi mini posters: Gremlins, Robocop, Indiana Jones

Some more classic movies added to the TVTA chirashi poster collection. Here are the scans showing both the front and backs.

Gremlins

Gremlins 2

Robocop

Robocop 2

Robocop 3

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Thanks for looking 🙂

The Dark Knight Chirashi

This special six page fold out chirashi features portraits of Batman, Joker and Harvey Dent each presenting the viewer with a ‘signature’ item.

The front page is the movie poster of Batman standing below the burning bat logo. The reverse pages are a mixture of screen stills, info and character pics typical of chirashi.

Thanks for looking!

Japanese Chirashi movie posters

A Chirashi is a printed mini-poster or flyer used to promote film releases in Japan. The size of a typical Chirashi is “B5”  (approx 7 x 10 inch /18cm x 26cm). A relatively cheap and space-saving alternative to regular-size industry posters, Chirashis make excellent movie memorabilia collectables.


When The Wind Blows.

When The Wind Blows.


Most Chirashis are double-sided with an image  from the film printed in colour on the front. Additional artwork and information printed in Japanese appears on the reverse.  As well as the standard double-sided format, some Chirashi are more elaborate – opening up as gate-fold, tri-fold or quad-fold posters. Other deluxe features can include thicker card stock, metallic print, UV overlay, Mylar print, and die-cutting.


Spirited Away. 2001.

Spirited Away. 2001.


When Marnie Was There.

When Marnie Was There.


Kill Bill 2. 2004.

Kill Bill 2. 2004.


Star Wars. 1977.

Star Wars. 1977.


Jodorsky's Dune (Quad version)

Jodorsky’s Dune (Quad version)


Anne of Green Gables.

Anne of Green Gables.


Animal Farm.

Animal Farm.


Mr Bug Goes To Town.

Mr Bug Goes To Town.


Le Magasin de Suicides.

Le Magasin de Suicides.