Ce site est développé par Didier Gilles, et présente les différents modèles de billes fabriqués par Fabricas Selectas. Il est basé sur le travail de collecte d'information de Pete, sur la marque Mega distribuée aux USA
New 2017 Styles : come back, transmutation and teleportation
The new 2017 styles are there. This year, the new styles are all related to preexisting styles. Jupiter is a brand new style under a very old name. Penguin is changing to become what is elsewhere called Morgan. Superhero, Koi fish and ocean are new mega styles, that existed elsewhere before (find which ones on this site!). Fiesta is back. just the plain old fiesta!
A new functionnality is now available on the site :
search by color
If you choose List>Search by color, you can select either base or structure color (by selecting respective checkboxes), and use a color picker (click on the colored zone) to select the overall color you wish to search for.
The slider ranging from 0 to 100 gives the approximate strictness in color matching : 0 means the very same color (very few marbles will come up for this value), 100 means a roughly similar color. Usually, a value of 10 should give you good result.
You can exclude transparency from the base color search : it is often difficult to define the accurate color for transparent glass. If you check this, tranparent base color marbles will be filtered out of the search.
The search will show you the list of the closest colored marbles, given colors, and accuracy level slider:
I was about to allow transparency exclusion for structure color, when I realize that there were no transparency used in structure color for the Mega/Vacor marbles... Strange, no ?
Did you know that MEGA Starburst was produced with 2 different designs. The first was based on patch, the second on swirls. Patches seem to be older, as we find it in yellow header bags. swirls are found in blue header bags.
Vacor is in Greece too, and in Brazil too, and in South Africa too, and in Israël too, and in...
The site has been upgraded with reference to Vacor distribution in countries like Greece, Brazil, South Africa, and Israël. Greek bags are interesting, as the names are written in greek alphabet. Pictures of the bags have been uploaded whenever possible. Check them out !
No doubt there are other countries where vacor is selling. I wonder about Russia : will there be bags with cyrillic alphabet ?
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15/08/2016 , à 09:55:03
In search of lost nets...
In my constant effort to gather mega bags of different design, I realized that some of them may be difficult to find, even if they were not produced a long time ago.
This is a sort of wish list of these nets that were very shortly available, stuck between a design change and an "end of production" date:
These are : Agate, Fiesta, Leopard, Oily, Orangutan, Steely torpedo, Tree Frog, Centipede, Flamingo, Hurricane, Tidal wave, Twister and all the discontinued painters set (Michelangelo, Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh).
Regarding painters set, I could not find any picture of a different design for the year 2010 : I'm not sure there were different design (Oily for example kept the same picture).
Different header styles in MEGA US Marbles themed packaging
Putting together my collection of Mega Marbles, I realized that there was a significant number of packaging styles over time. Few people collect the different styles, focused on the marbles themselves. However, it may be useful to have a reference of these packaging, just to spot in time when the marbles bags we have were available in stores...
This list covers the US Mega brand headers. Of course, there were also different styles in other countries, but this post wouldn't have enough room to show them all...
First packaging I know is shaped as a shield. I have only one like this, and I'm not sure to what extent it was used for multiple marbles theme.
This packaging last until 1999. the header is a 92mmX78mm rectangle. It is available with MEGA brand name (Vacor US) or QUALATEX brand name (Pioneer Balloon Company).
Starting 1999, Mega headers are Blue or Magenta, the size being unchanged. Not sure at this time why some headers were blue and other were magenta. Not sure either if a marble name was distributed with the two different header color...
THEMED SQHARE HEADER
By 2003, 2 major changes happened : first, the size changes to a smaller 70mmX70mm square. But more important, the marbles types got each their own dedicated design, with a specific picture....
Specifics: Naive painting, red triangle as a warning sign icon, includes two display rings, and no game rules on the back, distribution brand is "Mega Marble USA":
Specifics: Same as first, additional game rules on the back, some lost the recycling icon:
Note: Some yellow warning triangle appeared on some packaging, not sure though that these were distributed in USA.
Specifics: Same as second, but the warning sign is smaller. The Mega Marbles icon on the back is more stylized:
Note: This variation seems to be dedicated to the new styles issued in 2008.
Specifics: The painting changes for existing style and becomes more photo realistic. The warning sign is included in a black rectangle, with white letters. No more red triangle. Now includes "fun facts" within the header, and distribution brand becomes "Fabricas Selectas USA":
Specifics: Same as fourth, but the warning sign is now black on white. Some includes the two display rings, and then not anymore:
Note: Starting 2012, the "Mega" logo on the back reverts to a less stylized drawing (no "shading").
Specifics: Starting in 2013, the marbles on the front of the picture disappear. Compliance statements appear on the back, along with a 2013 copyright:
Specifics: Starting in 2014, The 5+ is mentionned on the front. Okay, very light change, but still...
Specifics: For year 2015, border disappears, MEGA logo appears on the front. The front picture is repeated shaded on the back
Note: Only the new 2015 styles will have this style : Asian elephant, Jaguar, Poison dart frog, Red panda, Snow leopard.
Specifics: As for 2015, year 2016 sees a new change of the bag style for the new styles. The label turns to a vertical rectangle.
Note: Only the new 2016 styles will have this style : Firefighter, Police officer, Scorpion, Seahorse, Starfish, Troll.
Starting November 2012, US Mega nets labels have been slightly changed. The picture itself was not changed; On the front, the marbles (one to three) that were before appearing on the picture were removed: see below the pictures for the rooster style. On the back, the mega logo was "simplified" a little bit.
I recently purchased a bag of what looked like blue and black marbles in a 2000 era packaging. When I received the package, I discovered a bag labelled THUNDERBOLT, but the marbles where not swirled as I was expecting from the pictures I had seen so far : they actually looked very much like blue BLACK PANTHER ones, with two blue patches on each side of a black marble (you can see it on the thunderbolt detail page on this site).
Anyone can confirm what were initially thunderbolt like? Please, feel free to send me pictures of marbles or packaging you may have in your collection.
Après quelques journée de travail, il est temps de laisser sortir le diable de sa boite, et de le laisser rencontrer le monde. Nous allons pouvoir nous frotter aux amateurs de billes Vacor (peut-être quelques dizaines de personnes dans le monde), et voir si ce site peut fédérer leurs envies de communiquer.
Pour commencer, le site offre une liste qui se verra au fur et à mesure la plus complête possible, référençant les différentes billes Vacor. Parcourir cette liste sera possible dès la page principale, une sélection pouvant être faite pour "spécialiser" la liste.
Ensuite, chacun, une fois enregistré, pourra saisir le contenu de sa collection et le suivre en ligne.
Enfin, un blog permettra à tous de communiquer toutes ce qu'il peut y avoir à dire sur les billes de cette fabrique.
Voilà, c'est à vous! Faites vivre ce site et surtout, n'oubliez pas : si vous avez des vieux sacs de billes qui trainent; pensez à moi!