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Collecting Monsters => Vintage Monster Toys => Topic started by: darkmonkeygod on January 04, 2008, 04:45:13 AM

Title: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: darkmonkeygod on January 04, 2008, 04:45:13 AM
Check out this blog that was linked to from the megomuseum with a great look at the late '70s Diener Industries Aliens which were also Happy Meal Toys!

http://kevin-mayle.livejournal.com/70053.html (http://kevin-mayle.livejournal.com/70053.html)
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: The Phantom Creep on January 04, 2008, 09:34:34 AM
Ooohh, very cool. I'll have to go back to that when I have more time.

I love the Diener Aliens and have fond memories of them as a kid in school. Now if I can just find my I MARRIED A MONSTER FROM OUTER SPACE guy that I drew on and made a little sweater for. He's in a box somewhere...

I've been picking these up again and am putting together a little army.

I REALLY want the Happy Meal box that they came in but I never see one for sale.
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: darkmonkeygod on January 04, 2008, 10:12:19 AM
I sent the guy an e-mail telling him I was linking to him via UMA and inviting him to come revel over here.  Hopefully he will, or perhaps he already lurks among us!
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: fmofmpls on January 04, 2008, 10:54:00 AM
I believe there was discussion regarding these figures not long ago over at the old YG. If I'm not mistaken, I believe these figures were also sold at other venues besides McDonald's? Can't quite remember all the details, but I'm sure someone here knows.
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: darkmonkeygod on January 04, 2008, 10:56:16 AM
They were sold for years.  Toys R Us had them in two packs well into the 90s.
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: fmofmpls on January 04, 2008, 10:58:58 AM
Got a pic Shannon?
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: raycastile on January 04, 2008, 11:51:49 AM
I have a coffee can full of my childhood Diener erasers.  I'd like to get the carded sets one of these days.
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: darkmonkeygod on January 04, 2008, 12:29:24 PM
Got a pic Shannon?

Apparently not.  I just scanned through my other other hard drive to no avail.  There are so many thousands of pix that are not labeled, it's possible I missed 'em.  Shawn may actually have some.  Of course his camera isn't working at the moment...
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: NekroDave on January 04, 2008, 02:08:47 PM
Cool to see all those in one place, with pics of their inspirations right there. Not sure if the author didn't know or just didn't bother to mention it but the 4 robots at the end are also knockoffs.

Dard= Getter 1 (from the Getter Robo anime)

and the last 3 are from the "Robocon" show:

Horta= Robo Gaki
Zama= Robocon (with a modified head)
Brak= Robo Gari

Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: Dr.Terror on January 04, 2008, 02:26:26 PM
http://neatocoolville.blogspot.com/2007/10/i-guess-most-of-us-have-our-little.html


(http://www.tinypic.com/8an6iqp.jpg)
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: The Phantom Creep on January 04, 2008, 02:32:07 PM
I missed out on three carded sets on e-bay not too long ago. They didn't go for much either...-sigh-
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: darkmonkeygod on January 04, 2008, 03:39:01 PM
Didja keep the pix?  I remember you showing me the auction and its poor listing of the fact that it contained all three, but apparently I did NOT drag the pix onto my desktop...
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: Dr.Terror on January 04, 2008, 04:19:04 PM
(http://www.tinypic.com/8g3t8c2.jpg)

(http://www.tinypic.com/8f2ts9u.jpg)
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: fmofmpls on January 04, 2008, 06:00:13 PM
WoW! That is some great packaging! NOT. Still interesting to see alright. Thanks for the pics Jason. And thanks for looking Shannon. The Happy Meal box is cool though!
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: Kevin Mayle on January 04, 2008, 09:03:27 PM
Hi, I'm Kevin Mayle. I'm glad you e-mailed this link because I haven't posted on my blog in over a month and I was wondering why it got 30 visitors today. Glad you liked my Diener stuff. I've been trying to collect every color of ever figure and ship since that post. I was going to bid on those carded ones too, but it wasn't a full set, so I didn't. And because it had some colors I needed I would've have been too tempted to tear open the packaging. I snagged the pics and info for my blog from that neatocoolville.blogspot but I didn't know that the robots were knockoffs too. Thanks for that info. Do you happen to know if the four ships are based on anything as well? I checked out that megomuseum post too. It's pretty cool that they liked my drawings. Well, I'm brand new here, so I'm going to look around.
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: darkmonkeygod on January 05, 2008, 05:47:14 AM
Hey Kevin!  Thanks for joining!  I understand about the temptation and reservation around opening pacakges on vintage toys to complete a colorway.  How many different colors do they come in, and do the robots and aliens come in different materials?  I remember the robots and spaceships I got from McDonalds were a soft rubber, while all the aliens (as well as mythological monsters that Diener made, such as the centaur and Medusa) were a much harder, almost pvc material.

Welcome,

Shannon
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: Kevin Mayle on January 05, 2008, 10:25:46 AM
Yeah, The Space Raiders are soft and The Space Creatures are hard. There are 8 colors of each: Blue, Brown, Pink, Yellow, Orange, Dark Green, Light Green and Light Gray. I know those carded ones look red, but they're orange, and there are bootlegs in other types of plastic that are made in even more colors. It's been kinda hard trying to get all 8 colors of all 16 figures, and that Ebay link in that megomuseum post http://megomuseum.com/community/showpost.php?p=77268&postcount=12 went unsold because he keeps using the same picture every time he auctions the Space Raiders. I already bought the batch in that picture from him and have asked him if each new batch is in different colors, because he is still using the same picture of the old auction. Anyway, I haven't recieved any responses so it goes unsold. This thread here and the one at megomuseum will probably attract new collectors and make it harder to complete my set, but that's OK, because I'm pretty low on funds right now anyway. Since 12 of the 16 figures have been identified as knock-offs of established characters, I'll bet those remaining 4, the space ships, are as well. I'd love to know from what, though.
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: fmofmpls on January 05, 2008, 01:58:34 PM
Welcome to the UMA Kevin! Glad to have you on board here!

If you'd like, your welcome to introduce yourself over at our "we are who we are" thread at http://universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=429.75

It's a thread designed to introduce yourself to the rest of the group. Tell us a little bit about yourself, plug your site or blog, how you found us, etc. Not mandatory in any way .. just something fun to do.
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: NekroDave on January 05, 2008, 03:44:27 PM
Kevin, I have no idea what those vehicles are from, but I agree that it's very likely that they are from something and not just made up. I'll post the link at some of the robot boards I go to and see if anyone there recognizes them. I knew the Getter 1 immediately, but had to ask on the Robocon stuff since it's not my cup of tea. ;)  I can try to dig up pictures of the original characters too, if you'd like.
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: Kevin Mayle on January 06, 2008, 08:50:08 PM
Welcome to the UMA Kevin! Glad to have you on board here!

If you'd like, your welcome to introduce yourself over at our "we are who we are" thread at [url]http://universalmonsterarmy.com/forum/index.php?topic=429.75[/url]

It's a thread designed to introduce yourself to the rest of the group. Tell us a little bit about yourself, plug your site or blog, how you found us, etc. Not mandatory in any way .. just something fun to do.


Thanks. I'll go do that.
Title: Re: Diener Industries Aliens eraser figures
Post by: Kevin Mayle on January 06, 2008, 08:54:06 PM
Kevin, I have no idea what those vehicles are from, but I agree that it's very likely that they are from something and not just made up. I'll post the link at some of the robot boards I go to and see if anyone there recognizes them. I knew the Getter 1 immediately, but had to ask on the Robocon stuff since it's not my cup of tea. ;)  I can try to dig up pictures of the original characters too, if you'd like.

That would be great about posting on the robot boards Thanks! While you're at it, do you think you could see if any of them know where these guys come from too? I've had them since the early 80's but don't remember what they are.
(http://i132.photobucket.com/albums/q30/kevinmayle/robots.jpg)
As for images of the Getter 1 and Robocon guys, I already Googled them and got a bunch of pics. Thanks!