Friday, 30 September 2016

Kids Incorporated - NASA Space Week (1984)

Well that was not nice but in order to get some images, I've just sat through far too many minutes of Kids Incorporated, episode 23 of the first season on the strength of a tip off from a blog follower. (cheers sir!  I would never have found it without your help)
And what we have is another appearance of the Men in Space helmet and suit. looking decidedly rough and aged I might add.
There are also some small, similar suits that look specially made up to me, although the helmets will clearly be from somewhere else because that's the expensive bit and there are 4 of them.
I had to research the show as we never had it over here and it all sounds embarrassing and painful so we probably shouldn't dwell on it any longer than it takes to share the episode's plot and then move along
"It's Space Week at The P*lace, and all the kids are writing to NASA in hopes of becoming the first kid in space. Gloria, however, is too scared."


Thursday, 29 September 2016

A Suitography of the "Windak" Spacesuits (1962 and onwards)

A work in progress

Further pictures and details to be added later but to better help you explore the blog, here is the second of our suitographies for the spacesuits with the more varied and interesting of CV's.  Ladies and Gentlemen, I present the mighty Windak - High altitude pressure suit and so much more.
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Windak Suits (1962)  Real Life
First Men in the Moon (1964)  Film
Doctor Who The Tenth Planet (1966)  TV Show
Doctor Who: The Wheel in Space (1968)  TV Show
Star Wars: A New Hope - Part 2 - (1977)  Film
Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)  Film
Star Wars - Return of the Jedi (1983)  Film


A Suitography of the "Way... Way Out" Spacesuit (1966 and onwards)

A work in progress.

Below are the links to all the films, TV shows and other places you will find all or some part of the spacesuits originally featured in; Way... Way Out.
I'll update it when necessary and will hopefully also identify alterations, customisations and variations.  If you think you've found a new appearance not listed then let me know in the comments below.  Otherwise; Go explore the Suitography.

Way... Way Out (1966)  Film
The Time Tunnel - Episode 2: One Way to the Moon (1966) TV Show
Lost In Space - S3 E8 - Flight into the Future (1967) TV Show
The Green Hornet - Invasion from Outerspace (1967) TV Show
The Invaders - Moonshot (1967) TV Show
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea - Journey with Fear" (1967)  TV Show
In Like Flint (1967) Film
Get Smart – Pheasant Under Glass (1969)  TV Show
Future Blues by Canned Heat (1970)  Album cover
The Bob Hope Show (1971) TV Show
Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971)  Film
Star Wars: A New Hope - Part 2 - (1977)  Film
Warp Speed (1981)  Film
The Philadelphia Experiment (1984) Film


Saturday, 24 September 2016

The Green Hornet - Invasion from Outerspace (1967)

The Green Hornet, episode 25....

Can't get any sharper images than these at the moment but hopefully you can still see that those are the Way... Way Out space suits and helmets.


Road to Hong Kong (1962) Lobby card

We've done this film already but I'm having a bit of a Bob Hope thing this evening so lets post a new image for The Road To Hong Kong, in which Bob (and Bing) can be seen wearing a suit that's possibly original to them but which goes on the pop up in the following few years in at least a couple of other films


The Bob Hope Show (1971)

Bob Hope in the "Planet of the Shapes" skit from The Bob Hope Show Season 22, Episode  1, Aired September 1971

And of course that is the Way.. Way Out space suit


Chrysler Presents a Bob Hope Comedy Special (1965)

An original NBC TV network promo photo from 1965 for Chrysler Presents A Bob Hope Comedy Special.

Bob is of course wearing the Men in Space suit and helmet.


Saturday, 17 September 2016

Blake's 7: Traitor (1981)

That's Forbus from the Blake's 7 episode; Traitor.  He's wearing one of those nifty RAF ventilation suits, that are sometimes a spacesuit, sometimes a Cyberman and sometime nice to dress pop stars in to make a video more interesting.  I think Forbus is one of those crippled evil genius types, so here its being part life-support... which is new.
I quite liked Blake's 7 the first time around although it does get a little painful by the forth season which might be why I don't remember too much about this one or feel particularly inclined to sit through it again.


Doctor Who: The Wheel in Space (1968) - A Gallery

We've been here before of course but that was before I was pointed in the direction of episode 6, one of the two surviving episodes of this second Doctor and the Cybermen, six part story from 1968.  And the reason to explore episode 6 in greater detail is that, as you will see, it reveals that the BBC actual used three Windak suits and not just two as originally blogged.  It is my belief that these were the same suits as featured the film; First Men in the Moon in 1964, and again in Doctor Who: The Tenth Planet, the first Doctor's last story and the Cyberman's first, in 1966.  I would make a fairly safe bet that between their appearance here in The  Wheel in Space and then guesting in Star Wars IV in 1977, they did feature in other sci-fi shows and films as well.  As of yet I've no idea what that might be but if anyone has caught a glimpse in an episode of Out of the Unknown or Doom Watch, etc, I would love to hear about it. Until then enjoy the images.

Thanks to Philip Ayres for telling me where to find these.  You are a star, sir.


Tuesday, 13 September 2016

The Space Between Us (2016)

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Mission Stardust - Lobby Cards (1967)

Mission Stardust, AKA  ...4...3...2...1...Morte in Italy, AKA Perry Rhodan – SOS aus dem Weltall in Germany, AKA Órbita Mortal in Spain is a 1967 Italian movie based on the Perry Rhodan universe.

I've never had the pleasure although it is supposed to be quite bad.  Still I feel strangely drawn by that 60's Italian aesthetic.


Thursday, 1 September 2016

On the Silver Globe (1988)

On the Silver Globe or Na srebrnym globie to give it its original name, is a 1988 Polish film directed by Andrzej Żuławski and based on the novel by Jerzy Żuławski.  I had never heard of it up until a week or two ago, where it was described to me as being a very weird film, as in "Zardoz" levels of weird.
Now this is a good description for me because although we almost never talk about Zardoz around here - because it lacks spacesuits - it is actually one of my all time favourite films. Which just puts Na srebrnym globie, even higher on my; to see list.
I'll let you know after I've tracked a good copy down but in the mean time if anyone wants to agree with me that Zardoz is a work of genius or discuss the merits of; On a Silver Globe ,then join me in the comments section below.

Thank you again to Tim