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No Fixed Abode, Home Counties, United Kingdom
I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

S is for Spring is Sprung!

Even as I was Blogging the Gnomes Peter Evans kindly sent me the other day these shots of some of my own Gnomes were sitting in Picasa after I'd shot them sorting some other stuff back at the start of Feb' and with spring in the air I know some people will be renewing their Gnome homes or villages, and these were aimed at exactly that market.

Thick-walled blow-moulds which I believe are actually rotary-mouldings, and quite common when I was a kid, being sold in garden centres, hardware stores, beach-side kiosks and general newsagents/corner stores as novelties there are lots still around, and I have the set of musicians, along with a miner holding a lamp (making a nice busking scene) and the gardener (below); other figures have tools (the rest of the gardeners and miners) and there are more I think . . . fishermen, playing leapfrog, sitting round a camp-fire set, but I may be getting confused with Kinder or Santa's or something?

Pleased to get this in one piece, it's often missing bits being quite brittle 'kit' styrene, the spade-handle, the barrow-handles or the wheel are prone to damage or - if you're lucky - poorly-glued, amateur mends!

A is for Another . . . Board Game with Turtle Ninjas

. . . another charity-shop purchase . . . another Nickelodeon-licensed to Tactic game . . . another box ticked!

52857 A; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Cowabunga; Donatello; Hero Turles; Heroes In A Half Shell; Heroes in a Half-shell; Kimble; Leonardo; Michelangelo; Nickalodeon Board Game; Nickalodeon TMNT; Rafael; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tactic; Tactic Board Game; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; TMHT; TMNT; TMNT Board Game;
Now I'm back using the library for internet, these boxes get shot in the shopping precinct and left there! I may be more honest and open with friends and family about my collecting than some in the hobby (anyone read the recent story of the family sorting out their late father's property for sale, finding thousands of quid's-worth of model trains under the floorboards, even the deceased man's wife new nothing about!) but I'm not wandering around town with a kids toy box under my arm any longer than I have to!

'Kimble'? It used to be called Ludo or 'Pachisi' when I wer't' whipper-snapper nipper!

52857 A; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Cowabunga; Donatello; Hero Turles; Heroes In A Half Shell; Heroes in a Half-shell; Kimble; Leonardo; Michelangelo; Nickalodeon Board Game; Nickalodeon TMNT; Rafael; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tactic; Tactic Board Game; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; TMHT; TMNT; TMNT Board Game;
Four times four figures, each colour-coded by 'Lone Ranger' style 'kerchief mask and coming in at a comfortably-compatible with role-playing figures' 28mm, you'd have to remove the locating-tube under the bases though. Softish PVC-replacement polymer.

The only point to note is that the purple one (Yeah! I could look 'im up, but I can't be arsed! Botticelli the Younger, Mona Liza Presley . . . one of them!) comes in two variants; two-each with the staff bent forward at the top, two-each backward and there's no apparent reason for it?

Friday, March 22, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Well, what a difference a week makes huh? It's surreal isn't it? We currently have - collectively - the worst 660-odd MP's in what? A hundred, a hundred-and-fifty years?

While I genuinely think Mrs. Maybe Maybe-not is going mad; she was so keen to be leader, plotting for years, doing all the right jobs (badly is seems if crime statistics and/or the state of the Police Force, prisons or probation is anything to go by), then, having taken what was clearly a poisoned chalice, she's lost-it in less than two years. It took Thatcher 11, and that B.Liar was nuts by the end . . . they think they're gods if you don't get rid of 'em in a timely fashion!

Meanwhile, the 15-years we were given to save the world has been shortened to 12 by Chinese scientists (we still haven't done anything meaningful since last October), our own environment agency have said there's only 25-years water left (a Tory-boy Brwreakshiteer had to be told building more reservoirs wouldn't help as they dry out in droughts too!) and the UN have said globally there are probably only 60 harvests left on the whole planet.

From the good news department (it's not all doom and gloom) New Zealand have found in their [female] Prime Minister a hero for our times, perfectly measuring the situation and the will of the people and showing such compassion it shamed almost every other being on the planet!

Also, strip-clearing of rain-forest in Asia to plant palm-oil is slowing down a bit, although as Brazil's President (a mate of Trump) is parcelling-up what's left of the Amazon basin for his farming mates and hanging the last of the Amerindians out to dry, I suppose the pendulum is still swinging the wrong way, and the one insect species going extinct every minute rate will accelerate.

So, while they argue in Brussels and Westminster about where to put the full-back-stops, best get buying toys . . . Saturday's disappointing, but Sunday is packed so there should be a show near you!

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Toy Fairs

Saturday 23rd March 2019

Oswestry - Chris Dyer Fairs
The Pavillion, Owestry Showgrownd, Park Hall, Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 4AS
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

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Sunday 24th March 2019

Aston Clinton - Joe Lock
Green Park, Stablebridgr Road, Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire, HP22 5NE
Internet presence unknown
Mob. - 07866 641 215
18:00-20:00hrs
Admission £2

Great Bentley - R & G Toy Fairs
Village Hall, Plough Road, Great Bentley, Essex, CO7 8LD
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01206 251 351 (Gary)
Tel. - 01255 473 509 (Richard)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission £2.00, under 16's free
Free parking, refreshments

Lincoln - J&J Fairs (John & Julie Webb)
The Exhibition Centre, Lincolnshire Showground, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, LN2 2NA
Tel. - 01522 880 383
10:00 - 14:30hrs Approximately
Admission £2.50p, seniors £2, 1st child £1.50p

Llandudno, Wales - Chris Dyer Fairs
Craig-y-Don Community Centre, Queens Road, Llandudno, Wales, LL30 1TE
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

Orpington - SRP Toyfairs
Crofton Halls, Orpington, Kent, BR6 8PR
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Plymouth - Plymouth Die-Cast Club - Plymouth Collectors Toy Fair (club event)
Jan Cutting Centre, Scott Business Park, Beacon Park Road, Plymouth, PL2 2PQ
Tel. - 01752 846 250
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown
Free parking, refreshments

Seaford - Robert Horsecroft - Toy & Antique Collectors Fair
Downs Leisure Centre, Sutton Road, Seaford, East Sussex, BN25 4QW
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01323 899 879
Tel. - 01424 846 676
10:00 - 14:30hrs
Admission £1.50p, children under 12 free

Shepton Mallet - Bulldog Fairs
Royal Bath & West Showground, BA4 6QN
Tel. - 01373 452 857
Mob. - 07917 125 641
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Adults £4, under 16's free if accompanied, early-bird (from 08:30hrs) £10

Warrington - Barry Stockton
Warrington & Vale Royal Collage, Winwick Road, Warrington, Cheshire, WA2 8QA
Tel. - 0151 334 3362
10:00 - 14:30
Admission £2.00, children 50p

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Tuesday 26th March 2019

Garstang - Janet Pearson - Garstang Evening Fair
Kirkland & Catterall Memorial Hall, PR3 0HR
Web-presence unknown
01282 439 009
18:00 - Finnish
Admission fee unknown

Tonbridge - SRP Toyfairs (evening fair)
Angel Lane, Tonbridge, Kent, TN9 1SF
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
18:00 - 20:00hrs
Admission £1.50p, Children Free

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Auctions

Toy Fairs, Toy Shows, Toy News, Announcements, News And Views, Miscellaneous, Bears, Trains, railway Models, Germany, Cacti, Cactuses, Dinky, Corgi, Steiff, Vectis, M&M Auctions , Herne, Sammler, Sammlung, Borse, Stads, Stadinger, Paul Stad, Stadswatch, Stadsstuff
Reminder - 21st March 2019 (today)

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (last day of a three day auction)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Trains/model railways

"The Model Train sale to be held on the 22nd of March features an exciting collection in the large scale category, "The North Wales Collection", it includes a 5" Gauge coal fired King class loco and tender "King George V", a coal fired 0-4-0 narrow gauge loco "Dolgoch" and an incomplete Britannia class loco and tender. There is a 2 1/2" gauge Southern class 70 overhead electric loco and 4-car EMU, both of which are believed to be apprentice or works produced locos. The collection features interesting historical items, Spirit fired Cardean loco and tender in LMS maroon and Milbro coaches plus others.  The sale will also include 60 plus lots of G Gauge garden railway locos rolling stock and accessories by LGB and others, and 100 lots of Hornby O gauge from a private owner collection. There is a further single owner collection - The Iain Gothard Collection; Japanese Brass & Other Commercial OO Gauge Locomotives; Meccano & Other Constructional Toys plus a selection of OO, HO, and N gauge, Triang, Kits and our usual good selection of general trains."

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Saturday 23rd March 2019

Newark - Northgate Auctions
17 Northgate, Newark, Nottingham, NG24 1EX
Tel. - 01636 605 905
Fax. - 01636 612 607
Mixed toys, vintage and modern

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Thursday 28th March

Toy Fairs, Toy Shows, Toy News, Announcements, News And Views, Miscellaneous, Bears, Trains, railway Models, Germany, Cacti, Cactuses, Dinky, Corgi, Steiff, Vectis, M&M Auctions , Herne, Sammler, Sammlung, Borse, Stads, Stadinger, Paul Stad, Stadswatch, Stadsstuff
Spalding - M&M Auctions (day 1 of a 2-day auction, day 2 tomorrow: 29th)
Unit 4, Plover Court, Stevenson's Avenue, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3SY
Tel. - 01775 724 939
Viewing Wednesday 27th March 2019 10:00 - 18:00hrs and on the day of the sale 08:30 - 10:30hrs
Sales starts at 10:30hrs - runs 'till finish

Toy Fairs, Toy Shows, Toy News, Announcements, News And Views, Miscellaneous, Bears, Trains, railway Models, Germany, Cacti, Cactuses, Dinky, Corgi, Steiff, Vectis, M&M Auctions , Herne, Sammler, Sammlung, Borse, Stads, Stadinger, Paul Stad, Stadswatch, Stadsstuff
Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel . - 01642 750 616
Dolls, Bears, soft toys &etc.

"The Dolls and Teddy Bear sale to be held on the 28th of March starts with a large collection of over 500 Charlie Bears, predominantly designed by Isabelle Lee. With Kaycee Bears Dragons, Hermann, Deans Rag Book, Steiff and artists bears, plus Pelham Puppets and porcelain artist dolls. The sale also includes Part 2 of The Joan Donachie collection, over 150 lots of vintage dolls, bisque, vinyl, hard plastic costume dolls; Sindy and Barbie plus clothing and accessories, dolls houses, furniture, prams and chairs, plus a lovely collection of wooden bears and Teddy Bears from Chad Valley, Merrythought, Chiltern, Steiff, including hand puppets and animals."

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Friday 29th March 2019

Toy Fairs, Toy Shows, Toy News, Announcements, News And Views, Miscellaneous, Bears, Trains, railway Models, Germany, Cacti, Cactuses, Dinky, Corgi, Steiff, Vectis, M&M Auctions , Herne, Sammler, Sammlung, Borse, Stads, Stadinger, Paul Stad, Stadswatch, Stadsstuff
Spalding - M&M Auctions (day 2 of a 2-day auction, day 1 yesterday: 28th)

Unit 4, Plover Court, Stevenson's Avenue, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE11 3SY
Tel. - 01775 724 939
Viewing Wednesday 27th March 2019 10:00 - 18:00hrs and on the day of the sale 08:30 - 10:30hrs
Sales starts at 10:30hrs - runs 'till finish


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Overseas Events

Toy Fairs, Toy Shows, Toy News, Announcements, News And Views, Miscellaneous, Bears, Trains, railway Models, Germany, Cacti, Cactuses, Dinky, Corgi, Steiff, Vectis, M&M Auctions , Herne, Sammler, Sammlung, Borse, Stads, Stadinger, Paul Stad, Stadswatch, Stadsstuff
Herne, Germany - PB Toys - 47th German Plastic Soldier Show
Kulturzentrum, Willi-Pohlmann-Platz 1, 44623, Herne, Germany (venue)
PB Toys, Wickeder Straβe 32, 58739 Wickede (promoter)
Web. - www.ksfb.de (venue)
eMail - peter@pbtoys.de (promoter)
Tel. - 02377 787 9322

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If you are an event promoter/show curator/auctioneer and you want your toy, model, collectable or popular-/youth-culture type sale/exhibition/event listed here -  FOR FREE  - or linked to; please eMail me -

maverickatlarge[at]hotmail[dot]com

- stating the date/s of the event, address of event, contact details, opening/viewing times, admission pricing and any other relevant facts/details or features - parking, travel notes, disability access, availability of refreshments, event subject matter &etc.

And please mention any flyer-art or poster-/leaflet-scans but send by separate eMail, in case they go to the 'junk' folder, from where they can be recovered and marked safe, but only if I know they're there!

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Toys in the Media

Strangely, BBC Radio 4 got in on the act this week, in The Archers (18/19th March) of all things, when fatuous-Freddy (the jailbird)'s equally fatuous-sister and her paedophilic boyfriend/sponger found some of his (fatuous-Freddy's) late fatuous-father's 'collectable' toy soldiers under his (fatuous-Freddy's) bed, it was suggested they should be put with the rest, the inference being that there was a cabinet of them elsewhere in the house?

The fatuous-father; 'Nigellllllllll!', being best known for a death which - it was calculated by fact-checking websites - involved him falling half-the-height of the Empire State Building, judging by the length of his scream . . . in leafy Warwickshire . . . sorry; Borsetshire!

The even-more fatuous-Mother was in another room having a breakdown.

Dat Eastender's got nuttin' on rural bucketshire, init gezzer!

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H is for How They Come-in

Toy Fairs, Toy Shows, Toy News, Announcements, News And Views, Miscellaneous, Bears, Trains, railway Models, Germany, Cacti, Cactuses, Dinky, Corgi, Steiff, Vectis, M&M Auctions , Herne, Sammler, Sammlung, Borse, Stads, Stadinger, Paul Stad, Stadswatch, Stadsstuff
I had a good haul from charity shops this week, nothing exciting, but nice - if you know what I mean? For followers of graphic novels; I picked up a near-mint copy of the Mouse Guard - Legends of the Guard, which is lovely, along with another book; a work on the Hubble-telescope images.

There was a Minjah Tortoise board game (is that three now?) which has its own post along with this book (above) on Bears (another one Erwin won't believe I have in my non-existent toy library!) and a set of eraser-cactii (which I think we have to call cactuses these days; I always get confused by that one?) which are the same one's I got from WHSmith a few years ago.

The Smith's one had three plants for £1.99, these are six (with a new sculpt) for a quid, and a colour variation on the tall one, so 'bargain' all round!

Toy Fairs, Toy Shows, Toy News, Announcements, News And Views, Miscellaneous, Bears, Trains, railway Models, Germany, Cacti, Cactuses, Dinky, Corgi, Steiff, Vectis, M&M Auctions , Herne, Sammler, Sammlung, Borse, Stads, Stadinger, Paul Stad, Stadswatch, Stadsstuff
Also coming-in this week were three odd vinyl figurines which I sorted-away without shooting; a sheepdog, a Disney and something like a Mr. Man but with an odd mustache! And then there was this for 95p . . . large chunk of Hasbro's finest superhero tat, licensed from Marvel and dated to 2015, I bet it was a lot more than ninety-five pee three years ago! 60-mil'ish figure, on a motorcycle, which doubles as a Space Tank, what's not to like?

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One More Thing . . . More

TJF's idiocy just got more idiotic;

Toy Fairs, Toy Shows, Toy News, Announcements, News And Views, Miscellaneous, Bears, Trains, railway Models, Germany, Cacti, Cactuses, Dinky, Corgi, Steiff, Vectis, M&M Auctions , Herne, Sammler, Sammlung, Borse, Stads, Stadinger, Paul Stad, Stadswatch, Stadsstuff
"There is a sad person who is worried about my collection. He keeps getting the size of my collection wrong. He would be a poor weight guesser at a county fair. Now he has called my collection magical. This time he got it right because it is."

Which would be a quite amusing comeback, if it were true . . . which it 'aint! I've never called his collection magical, I don't use the word that often, it's a bit too Disney/girly for me, as words go.

I suspect what's happened here is that Mr. Stadinger, who only continues to confirm his stupidity every time he has a pop in my direction, seems to have conflated mythical collection (a phrase I used in the Kentoy/Cavendish Police post on March 13th) with the 'quoted' magical (last used in the 'Paint Your Own These are Mine' post of November 2017)? A pretty standard mistake if you have the comprehension skills of a five-year-old, but yet another example of him 'quoting' me falsely!

I quote him (with screen-caps), he puts words in my mouth, I just don't use and/or haven't used? Consequently the "...because it is" comeback-joke is a fantasy construct of his own rabid imagination!

At the risk of dropping to his 'black-book' level of humourlessness (colours, who gave, what's in &etc.), I was intrigued by the "He would be a poor weight guesser at a county fair" line.

A 'hundredweight sack' (hessian) holds a hundredweight of potatoes (or Potar'toes) give-or-take a few pounds, but filled with clean-riddled wheat (Marshall's thrashing engine - of course!) requires two or even three people to drag into the back of a pick-up, the same sack, filled with equally well-riddled oat seconds can be thrown over the pick-up's cab, by one guy, one hand.

You tell me what's in the sack and I'll guess the weight pretty accurately, but if this is what passes for amusement in rural America over the summer, I think I've found an explanation for a lot of what's not right with the world! Brazil, the Golan Heights and fake university entrants this week!

I have estimated his collection (without seeing it) to be a few boxes of stuff he thinks might be rare, or valuable (or even particularly interesting), and his showing us the odd single figure hasn't done anything to change my opinion, especially as the stuff he's showing us now is often on its second or third outing.

Really, what I've really, actually really said is this really - He's a dealer not a collector. Period. I've said it more than once and I stand by it. I'm not "worried" by his collection; I just doubt it's much more than the few bits and bobs he shows us! He's the emperor 'Legend' with no clothes.

AND - that facile comment of his was on a post where he failed to read the embossed Lone*Star on a figure's base and declared it to be Crescent! A trick he managed with a W.Germany-marked figure a few months ago, banging on about his Italy figure! He then hid his stupidity by whingeing about "...another party..." calling it Nardi, it probably never occurred to him the other party was taking the piss!

He's really a very stupid man . . . with a "mythical" collection! What's 'magical' about it is that it's yet to really show itself! What's 'sad' is that a man who doesn't know the difference between mythical and magical would put fingers to keyboard and fake a quote, for a cheap laugh.

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Links
Only the one story today, but two links;



They say 'only in America' but this has the same level of intellectual debate as the House of Commons this week! And before you draw conclusions PSTSM'ers, I'm with the kid, show the damn thing, although it's a bit derivative, but he's young; he'll get better!

Which reminds me; The Metro (right-wing Tory-owned rag) headlining with '...Brussels softens' today, is utter rubbish, Brussels didn't soften; they played a blinder last night! In an attempt to not get the blame from the right-wing Tory-owned press going forward (which sadly won't work; nothing is ever the Brwreakshiteers own fault), they offered up two scarves, each made of rope, slightly noose-like and let us (who have given ourselves the stiff nick) choose which one to wear!

Whatever happen in April or May is down to stubborn, short-sightedness, internecine jostling, political dogma or doctrine, or plain animosity in the House of Commons and between the two main parties equally awful showers sf shit, and no one else.

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D is for Dutch Daimler from De Gruyter

I'm not sure if it's pronounced 'greweeter' or 'groiter' or even 'grew'it'er', but I first learned of De Gruyter many years ago in an article in Plastic Warrior magazine, penned by Jan Boers, on this issuer of little novelty playthings (with coffee) in the same vein as German Wundertüten (they actually carried the Jean knights with De Gruyter bases I think), Spanish Sobres or our own 'Lucky Bags'.

1896 - The First Ford; 1899 Daimler; Century of Transport; De Gruyter; De Gruyter Premiums; Kellogg's Premiums; Lucky Bags; Model Kits; Novelty Models; Old Plastic Toys; Plastic Kit; R and L Premiums; R&L; RL Giveaways; Rosenhain & Lipmann; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sobres; Vehicle Novelty; Vintage Plastic Kit; Wundertüten;
I have to say they have proved hard to track down, but I do have the same church as was included in Jan's article somewhere (in red polyethylene) and this (polystyrene 'mini-kit') came into the pile a year or so ago, I can't remember if I bought it, if Mr. Little found it for me or if Mr. Evans chucked it in one of his bags, but I'll thank Adrian and Peter just to be sure!

In the same format as the Kellogg's stuff made by R&L 'down under', but seemingly a locally-produced item in Holland (similar stuff comes out of Italy) the 1899 Daimler model has only eleven parts of which eight are wheels and hubs!

1896 - The First Ford; 1899 Daimler; Century of Transport; De Gruyter; De Gruyter Premiums; Kellogg's Premiums; Lucky Bags; Model Kits; Novelty Models; Old Plastic Toys; Plastic Kit; R and L Premiums; R&L; RL Giveaways; Rosenhain & Lipmann; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sobres; Vehicle Novelty; Vintage Plastic Kit; Wundertüten;
Packaging to the left while on the right I've shown a couple of the R&L/Kellogg's models for comparison, both have similar part counts and the same pin-through wheel/hub arrangement, and the same basic size. Indeed - packaging is everything as all this premium/giveaway/freebie stuff went around-and-around!

If I were to find another I'd take one off the runners and assemble it, but then the chances are it's more likely to find a started/finished one anyway, so I won't ruin this unnecessarily!

I say the other two are both Kellogg's, but I only know the blue one is the 1896 - The First Ford from the 'Century of Transport' issue we looked at here (link), the other is unknown and while I suspect another Kellogg's set it could be a second De Gruyter?

Thursday, March 21, 2019

F is for Fleet of Five Free Fiddly Flyers

Generally accepted to have been Quaker premiums (Sugar Puffs - more here), and from way back, these have also had other outings and while the Quaker freebies will have been one maker/issuer, it's clear there have been other sources.

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
This was my collection late last year, lined-up by vehicle type; I've tried to find the vehicles [in real life] but haven't had much luck. I got out an . . . no, verily; 'The' Encyclopedia of Classic Cars by Martin Duckley from the Library, but it precludes racing cars, and confines itself to post 1945 vehicles! While I didn't know where to start online, nor did I have the time!

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
I then rearranged them all in colour order (it was a slow-news day, clearly!) and you can see they have come-in over the years at a pretty level rate as far as car-type, goes with two extra 4's and four fewer 5's. Colour-wise; metallic red seems commonest with flat scarlet, yellow, blue and silver together in close second. On their heels are the two greens, metallic and flat, for the seven colours issued by Quaker.

Now, I knew Adrian had a box of these as an inexpensive 'loss leader' on his table at shows, and asked him if I could run my collection past his stock, exchanging his colour or mould variations for my duplicates and he - very kindly (no money was mentioned!) - said yes.

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
So the re-adjusted line-up now looks like this, the former 88 vehicles is now down to 82 (with the previously not-shown Hong Kong copies taking the total to 84), so Adrian's box is up six, but mostly metallic reds, although they are the best colour-way by far, unless you're looking for Ferrari red's or Mercedes' silver!

But where it still looks like I still have duplicates, they are now all different mouldings; the rest of the post is a meander through them; by car number.

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
Car number 1 looks to be a pre-war design (possibly sharing DNA with the early Monopoly car?) with various differences between examples; a fatter driver with arms, or a small, blobby driver &etc.

You can see the metallic red one (bottom right) has larger vents on the bonnet (hood) and the figure '1' is one vent closer to the nose for instance, while the white one (a copy . . . or later re-cut tooling) has a slightly different floor-plan (look at the exhaust-tip) and is numbered '5' just to confuse!

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
Hong Kong was there as always, the plagiarised versions being sans-car number, pantographed slightly smaller and manufactured in thinner-walled, soft, polyethylene, rather than the sturdy polystyrene lumps of the originals. The gold one is - like the previous white one -  from another source/issue, but utilising the Quaker moulds I think, unlike the white one, or the HK copies.

The red one has heat-melt damage to the sides, which look shaped and possibly deliberate (remains of that toffee-coloured contact-adhesive HK used) and it may have been attached to some revolving novelty or something? Maybe sitting astride a pencil sharpener?

Also while the green one is faintly marked Hong Kong, the red one isn't and is slightly smaller still, so two sources in the 'Crown Colony' is a safe assumption!

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
The number 2 car - is it a Jaguar? You can clearly see at least three different radiator grills, and both long and short nose variants, with differences in the bulges forward of the cockpit too, and a whole-car width-variation.

It looks as if the Quaker mould was a fifteen-cavity tool (three of each car, all different) with the various pirates (at least two) employing smaller tools of five-cavities (one of each car) while someone in HK copied the 1-car and someone elsewhere produced a 2nd-generation piracy of the same vehicle - I've now seen three 1's, but none of the other four cars?

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
My favourite example of all my cars is this marbled/flecked purple vehicle, made from a mix of what looks to have been 50/50 red and blue granules, it's the only one I've ever seen, but they must all have been done in the same colour, at the same time? It seems to be one of the Quaker sculpts.

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
Car 3, a pre-war Mercedes racer? In the upper shot you can see clear differences between the better finished silver car and the poorer red vehicle, most notably in the drivers and the exhaust vents. There are also (lower shots) at least three grill types and the red example has thicker axle-stubs/fairings.

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
The number 4 car, some huge aero-engined beast about (in scale with the driver) 25-feet long!

The right-hand yellow one is shorter, carries a better defined driver and has a wider, flatter exhaust which doesn’t extend to the first port. It also has a smoother bow at the end of a more rounded nose, although you could go blind looking for all the little differences in these!

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
Number 5, another huge car and a lot of clear differences between both Quaker cavities and new/copy tools. The most obvious are the grills and drivers, but the exhausts as well are quite varied, with some further apart or closer together.

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
The white one - again - has a different number ('4') but also has a totally re-designed rear with a round-arc covering the duck's-tail of the other cars.

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
The two white ones with their alternate sequence numbers, the most obviously copied of the 'other cars', these were a bugger to photograph and I had to stop them right-down to get the 4-car in focus. They are much cruder, especially in the drivers who are very blobby and have hardly any discernible steering-wheel.

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
Colours so far found for other - non-Sugar Puffs' - cars, but it may well be that some of the 'official' Quaker colours . . . err . . . aren't. There is a paler version of the metallic red which is a pinker shade, the metallic greens and dark blues come in several shades, while some of the scarlets are actually a flatter, oxide-brown. The camera's flash also hides two distinct yellows and the fact that some silver cars are in fact grey.

The cream-coloured ones (as opposed to the pure white) carry the correct numbers, while the caramel one at the back shows signs of being another marbled one, but I suspect it's actually either sun-faded on the pale side, or heat-damaged in the factory on the darker side?

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
The fact is, these are so common compared to other cereal premiums of the day (1957) that one suspects there were many other issues; gum-ball capsule-prizes, lucky-bags, Christmas crackers, comics maybe? And that those issues came from several sources, as well as the HK soft polymer copies, the small size and simple designs making them hard to tell apart.

It may even turn-out that a board-game carried a set - red, yellow, light green, light blue, caramel and cream . . . or grey, although it would have to be a game with large 'squares' or a linier form? Or a 'Grand Prix' version of those ratchet-handle/canvas or rubber-sheet horse race games, where they jerk down the course? It would be nice to find black ones, 3 and 5 would look stunning in jet-black.

1957; Bentley Turbo; Cereal Givaways; Cereal Premiums; Cereal Racing Cars; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Novelties; Cracker Toys; Ferrari Race Car; Free Racing Cars; Giveaway Cars; Gum Ball Capsule; Gum-ball Prizes; Jaguar Racing Cars; Lotus Racing Cars; Mercedes Benz; Mercedes Racing Cars; Novelty Prize Toys; Novelty Racing Cars; Novelty Toy; Novelty Toy Cars; Premium Racing Cars; Premiums; Quaker Food Premiums; Quaker Racing Cars; Quaker Sugar Puffs; Race Cars; Raceing Cars; Racing Car Premiums; Rolls Royce; Sugar Puff Premiums; Sugar Puffs Racing Cars; Vanwall Racing;
An idea of scale, albeit accepting that they aren't in scale with each other or the real-life vehicles they may be based-on, the Airfix 'Mighty Antar' readymade tank-transporter and the similar 'dime-store' Pyro Jeep.

Finally this is one of those posts were I have to thank everyone who's ever given stuff to me in the past or made blog donations, whether cheap or free, as there's often one or two of these in the bottom of a 'junk' bag, or a rummage lot, so that’s Trevor, three Peter's, Jim, Paul, John, Brain and Brian, 'Lego' Dave, Matt, Graham, Andy and a big thanks to Adrian!