TO JOSH SANTANA
FOR TRANSLATING IT)
Dear friends, in order to understand this article we have to
travel through time. The year is 1983, the movie "Star
Wars - Return of the Jedi" is the greatest blockbuster
of the year, maybe of the decade! Children and adults around
the planet were fascinated with the adventures of Luke Skywalker,
Han Solo and the rest of the team. Star Wars action figures
were produced and sold a lot in US. However, in Brazil, the
importation and the business of imported products were prohibited.
Including toys. Should we fated to be out of the playing?
Trem, a company that used to make model train's parts in Rio
de Janeiro, didn't think so. With some creativity, ability and
of course, the original figures, it has created lead and clay
replicas very similar to the plastic original ones. It's important
to understand that we're not talking about falsification, because
these figures were sold as replicas. It was a great success.
Initially they were found only in Rio and São Paulo but
right after they were also sold in the main Brazilian capitals.
In Porto Alegre they were found at Hobby Brinquedos, one of
the best stores of the 80's.
despite of the fact that they were very fragile, these figures
were really cool. The American ones, of course, were infinitely
more resistant. They could survive to falls, pool baths, and
many hours under the sun and didn't get a "loose"
leg or arm so easily. However, the replicas were an excellent
choice for those who couldn't leave Brazil and wanted to complete
their collection. I remember that in order to get an original
figure we needed to go to Uruguay or Argentina and pay a small
fortune for each one.
the pictures we can see that none of the important characters
were left behind (with the exception of Jabba, the Hutt). There
wasn't neither an evidenced movie. Three of the Luke's suits,
imperial guards in different poses and even secondary characters
such as Snaggletooth were available to the consumer. In the
spot, the excellent medical robot, Darth Vader, Yoda and the
Gamorrean guard replicas. This last one made of a material that
I couldn't find out what it is. Even thou, it's very good.
Glasslite, a company that in the present days only makes simple
toys, has bought the rights of Star Wars series and Model Team
was forced to stop producing its replicas. In fact, the prohibition
was unnecessary because people just stopped buying the replicas
and started getting the original ones. What seemed to be a great
new for the collectors haven't last too long. Glasslite haven't
invested too much in the collection. It only released the most
popular characters that would be a sure profit and a few ships.
The irony of it all is that the Star Wars universe is so very
rich! It could be hundreds of characters that for sure would
have a place on the Brazilian shelves. I don't need to say that
pretty fast this collection was over and we were put aside again.
everything seemed lost, Model Trem got its power back. Using
the same molding cast but combining parts in a different way
and creating new figures and vehicles. It was created a new
line of figures totally compatible to the Star Wars collection.
The new Galaxy Adventures was released! (In Brazil - Novas
Aventuras nas Galáxias) Check below the reproduction
of all graphic material that exists. The original number order
was respected. Every figure came with a brief story about
itself and its role in this new universe, which was nothing
less than the humankind of the year 3030. Taking a better
look, you'll see that there is a break in the characters numerical
sequence. Star Wars figures (here called Aventura nas Galáxias)
goes from 01 to 32. The new Novas Aventuras nas Galáxias
starts in 51 and goes to 70. If you have figures different
from the ones that have appeared here or know people from
Model Trem, please contact me. I'll try to display both complete
collections in the website.
with no more dragging on, we proudly present:
Novas Aventuras Nas Galáxias
story takes time in the third millenium of our age. Intergalactic
journeys have become a routine. Many ships travel using light
speed, with automatic navigation systems controlled by hi-tech
computers that are able to guide a space vehicle to almost
every place in the universe. The ship crew uses life support
systems, that allows them to make trips that take several
years long without getting older, frozen in a cryogenic module.
The Earth is out of resources and with no life condition
for all people. Other planets of our system have scientific
basis or mine colonies but they're no good for living in. In
the search of a new world with a better life condition, they
finally found a group of planets many light-years from Earth.
The most adequate one for colonization has an aspect such as
the dinosaur age of our Earth. It's populated by weird animals,
real savage monsters and other evolved ones that could adapt
themselves and coexist with the humans. This planet has infinite
animal species and also vegetables and minerals.
new world they called Hamiliria. Now, there is an extremely
advanced civilization in there, where almost no diseases harm
its habitants and life lasts 200 years long. Added to the domesticated
animals that make the auxiliary services, there are also robots
for all kind of work (specially the ones that can be dangerous
to men). Everybody has confort and all conditions to live a
happy life. The ones who take attention for their inventions
and well-done works for the community are honoured and become
capable to rule Hamiliria.
all this scientific progress, envy and evil were not totally
erased. A single group, leaded by a candidate to government,
has tried to domain by force but was defeated in its fight.
After the defeat, they ran away to another planet where powerful
military bases were installed. They captured domestic animals
and transformed them into assassin beasts. The planet where
the rebel leader made his base is desolated, with an almost
poisonous atmosphere and totally out of resources. That's why
the rebels make many pirate invasions to Hamirilia to supply
themselves. The boss of those tyrants called himself Emperor
Zakro; his main base, Zakron and his sad planet is called Arkysmis.
Hamiliria you will meet: Werther, which rules the planet helped
by a council of ancients and raises his two granddaughters.
Helda, still very young and her sister, the pretty Mirna,
which owes to her grandfather her scientific knowledge. Mirna
is the girlfriend of Li-Karmi, who had his parents cruelly
murdered by Zakro, for whom he has sworn his vengeance...
Many other characters will be part of our story - soldiers,
robots, animals, their weapons and ships. You will get the
opportunity of knowing them every time you buy one of our
heroes. Every character comes with a booklet that explains
who it is and what it represents in the Aventuras das Galáxias.
Use your imagination to create adventures and situations in
this so exciting and modern theme.
(reporter - historiographer - year of 3030)
to my friends Adailson
Torma and Rodrigo
Paixão who lent me their collections for these pictures.
It wouldn't be possible without you. Thank you very much. Written
in December, 2001.