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palitoy
Feb 13, '19, 10:59 AM
Sure it's in French but it looks like amazing eye candy.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9MqZST_8D8

https://www.iletaitunefoisbigjim.fr/

Brown Bear
Feb 13, '19, 11:21 AM
I knew I should've taken French-immersion as a kid. Damn this book looks awesome!

I'll buy it just for the pictures.

Agent4125
Feb 14, '19, 2:13 PM
I had to order this. Big Jim was my first action figure (back in 1976).

Yes, the language will be a problem.
French was my fourth language at school; after German, English and Latin :smile:

(Why Latin? Because my big sister had also chosen Latin as third language...
But that was a mistake. Didn't need Latin for anything during the last 30 years :smiley1:).

I switched to French for the last three years at school and so have a basic knowledge -
enough to read French language comics (Tintin, Smurfs).
And if my French is not good enough to understand the text in the Big Jim book,
I can still admire all the pictures... :smile: Or try to translate the text using Google... :wink_y:

PNGwynne
Feb 14, '19, 7:10 PM
Glad to know of this, thanks for sharing.

Agent4125
Feb 18, '19, 2:45 PM
Got the book today. Here are some first impressions.

https://i.imgur.com/ZaaPYv7.jpg

(figure not included - it's my childhood Big Jim :smile:)

The book is a nice hardcover. Great!
(I expected a soft cover because the item page said it was "broché". Doesn't that mean soft cover?)
It's approximately 13 x 9.7 x 1 inches. And it's quite heavy.

Beautiful large pictures:

https://i.imgur.com/qjHcCtC.jpg

Lots of information, e.g. on the muscle action feature:

https://i.imgur.com/QAdTWQT.jpg

Mark Strong:

https://i.imgur.com/tblhHuh.jpg

Terror off Tahiti, one of my favorite sets:

https://i.imgur.com/jy5rPRA.jpg

And there a lot more.
There seems to be lots of information, several long interviews, and LOTS of pictures.
It's a really beautiful book.

Brown Bear
Feb 18, '19, 3:28 PM
Awesome! I may buy this too. Hope to see more page scans online too. Looks great.

RonnyG
Feb 18, '19, 4:50 PM
If you want to read the text, I believe there are apps out there that can help you translate a page of text. I remember once I found a magazine article and I scanned it, and there was some website ( I forgot the name) I uploaded it, and it recognized the characters, and typed it up for me automatically. It was free to use. Maybe someone can remember the name of the website. You can scan it or maybe take a picture of it, and use google translate to make it in english.
UPDATE: I think it's called OCR (Optical Character Recognition)

SpaceCrawler
Feb 19, '19, 12:31 PM
Why is Big Jim welding that clam in the video? Just one of his mysterious adventures I guess.

Sean

Agent4125
Feb 19, '19, 3:23 PM
... You can scan it or maybe take a picture of it, and use google translate to make it in english. ...

I did try this for a few pages of another (French) book, some time ago.
Taking pictures and converting it into text - using some OCR service - did work well.
But the automatic translation is a problem. Don't expect to get a correct translation from google translate.
The translation will be crude. Some sentences will be difficult to understand, some will even have a different meaning.
Yes, it's better than nothing and you can usually guess what the meaning of the text was.
But you shouldn't expect too much. :smile:

Galactifan
Feb 24, '19, 7:15 AM
Great book!...even if you can’t read French. The glossy color photos are fantastic! It’s definitley worth picking up this book if you’re a Big Jim fan.

comicmike
Feb 24, '19, 7:47 PM
What a beautiful book!! C'est magnifique.

PNGwynne
Feb 25, '19, 6:56 PM
How exactly is this processed for international orders? I tried the link, but when I began an order, it did not allow me to change my country of origin or set up shipping.

palitoy
Feb 25, '19, 7:06 PM
https://www.amazon.ca/Big-monde-daventures-PASCAL-PINTEAU/dp/B07FDVCM95/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1551139553&sr=8-1&keywords=%22Big+JIm%22

PNGwynne
Feb 25, '19, 7:11 PM
Thank you! Is the hardcover only a European release, then?

Agent4125
Feb 26, '19, 10:33 AM
Thank you! Is the hardcover only a European release, then?

Amazon France says it's "Broché", which means softcover (if I'm not mistaken).
But the book I got from them is a hardcover.
Maybe just a mistake in the Amazon database?

comicmike
Feb 28, '19, 2:27 PM
I appreciate the deliciousness of the book's high quality photos. Amazing.

http://www.effets-speciaux.info/img/pages/2-2.jpg
http://www.effets-speciaux.info/img/pages/2-6.jpg
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http://www.effets-speciaux.info/img/pages/2-3.jpg
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PNGwynne
Mar 13, '19, 6:46 PM
I received my copy today--this is a fantastic book! Chock full of photos and interviews, it's one of the nicest books about toys I've owned. My French is quite degraded and I'm sure I'm missing some fascinating minutiae, but I was able to get the gist of it. So far, I've particularly enjoyed the interview with Mattel designer Carol Spencer, Big Jim's outfitter.

Not much in it was new to me, but it's all so beautifully presented and accessible.

MIB41
Dec 7, '20, 6:29 AM
Wow! I would love to purchase that book. Does this cover the entire history?

PNGwynne
Dec 7, '20, 5:50 PM
All of it, en francais.

MIB41
Dec 7, '20, 6:44 PM
I just placed my order. Super pumped to see it!!!

MIB41
Dec 13, '20, 7:33 PM
Talk about fast shipping! I already received this book and it's an absolute treat to hold in person. This treatment is EXACTLY what I felt Big Jim always deserved. Such a long and illustrious run and this book really captures it.

ddgaff1132
Apr 14, '21, 4:13 PM
If you want to read the text, I believe there are apps out there that can help you translate a page of text. I remember once I found a magazine article and I scanned it, and there was some website ( I forgot the name) I uploaded it, and it recognized the characters, and typed it up for me automatically. It was free to use. Maybe someone can remember the name of the website. You can scan it or maybe take a picture of it, and use google translate to make it in english.
UPDATE: I think it's called OCR (Optical Character Recognition)

Google Translate. A coworker introduced me to it. Put the App on your phone and any language your phones camera sees will be translated to English on your phones view screen. Yeah Technology!