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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, January 19, 2019

W is for Wind-up Wobots

As Walter would have said . . . no, not me; Walter the wobot! And don't mess with his boss - he is the law!

We looked at one of these ages ago which I found in the attic here, a left-over stocking-filler gift from Christmases' past, and there is currently a set of figures doing the rounds with these mechanisms, a Guardsman (also seen here), a Spanish Gendarmerie (presumably - like 'our' Guardsman - also aiming at a tourist market), while in the 'States they have a pair of protagonists from their Civil War, in blue and grey.

1977; 1979; 1979 Film; Clockwork Dinosaur Set; Clockwork Robots; Film Character; Lost In Space; Movie Promotional; Novelty Toys; Old Clockwork Toys; Old Robot Toys; Old Space Toys; Robot Set; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Black Hole; Tomy Robot; Tomy Wind-up Toy; Tomy-Takara; Toy Robots; Universal Matchbox; Vintage Clockwork Toys; Vintage Robots; Vintage Toys; Wind Up Toys; Wind-up Dinosaur; Wind-Up Robots; Wonderful W;
The wonderfully wonderful Wonderful! 12 to a box, four each of three designs, there was only one original left in the box, so the rest are obviously part of a nascent collection, and as they are all pretty-much the same thing, blurb will be a bit thin after the first one!

1977; 1979; 1979 Film; Clockwork Dinosaur Set; Clockwork Robots; Film Character; Lost In Space; Movie Promotional; Novelty Toys; Old Clockwork Toys; Old Robot Toys; Old Space Toys; Robot Set; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Black Hole; Tomy Robot; Tomy Wind-up Toy; Tomy-Takara; Toy Robots; Universal Matchbox; Vintage Clockwork Toys; Vintage Robots; Vintage Toys; Wind Up Toys; Wind-up Dinosaur; Wind-Up Robots; Wonderful W;
This is the Wonderful chap/chapess (probably what is now called a phantom-brand) and while it's easy to say these are trying to be C3PO, most of them pre-date the original movie (I know the attic one does), what they were trying to be was smaller, cheaper versions of the all-singing, all-dancing, whistles, buzzer & bells, lights flashing, battery-operated robots in tin-plate and plastic coming out of Japan and Hong Kong at the same time.

1977; 1979; 1979 Film; Clockwork Dinosaur Set; Clockwork Robots; Film Character; Lost In Space; Movie Promotional; Novelty Toys; Old Clockwork Toys; Old Robot Toys; Old Space Toys; Robot Set; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Black Hole; Tomy Robot; Tomy Wind-up Toy; Tomy-Takara; Toy Robots; Universal Matchbox; Vintage Clockwork Toys; Vintage Robots; Vintage Toys; Wind Up Toys; Wind-up Dinosaur; Wind-Up Robots; Wonderful W;
This and the next one have a completely different mechanism for locomotion, hitching or hoicking themselves along with alternate steps, made as the two, long, too-long arms pass the base, helped by near-flush carpet-wheels. Looks like a juke-box!

1977; 1979; 1979 Film; Clockwork Dinosaur Set; Clockwork Robots; Film Character; Lost In Space; Movie Promotional; Novelty Toys; Old Clockwork Toys; Old Robot Toys; Old Space Toys; Robot Set; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Black Hole; Tomy Robot; Tomy Wind-up Toy; Tomy-Takara; Toy Robots; Universal Matchbox; Vintage Clockwork Toys; Vintage Robots; Vintage Toys; Wind Up Toys; Wind-up Dinosaur; Wind-Up Robots; Wonderful W;
'Jukebox's brother is some kind of 1950's labour-saving kitchen device (electric coffee grinder?) from the wish-list pages of Woman & Home!

1977; 1979; 1979 Film; Clockwork Dinosaur Set; Clockwork Robots; Film Character; Lost In Space; Movie Promotional; Novelty Toys; Old Clockwork Toys; Old Robot Toys; Old Space Toys; Robot Set; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Black Hole; Tomy Robot; Tomy Wind-up Toy; Tomy-Takara; Toy Robots; Universal Matchbox; Vintage Clockwork Toys; Vintage Robots; Vintage Toys; Wind Up Toys; Wind-up Dinosaur; Wind-Up Robots; Wonderful W;
Universal (who would be buying the remains of Matchbox around the same time) are responsible for the last two, apart from the next one, the others are unmarked.

1977; 1979; 1979 Film; Clockwork Dinosaur Set; Clockwork Robots; Film Character; Lost In Space; Movie Promotional; Novelty Toys; Old Clockwork Toys; Old Robot Toys; Old Space Toys; Robot Set; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Black Hole; Tomy Robot; Tomy Wind-up Toy; Tomy-Takara; Toy Robots; Universal Matchbox; Vintage Clockwork Toys; Vintage Robots; Vintage Toys; Wind Up Toys; Wind-up Dinosaur; Wind-Up Robots; Wonderful W;
This chrome-plated chap is a bit later (1979 - Tomy) and is it based on the Lost in Space or Black Hole movie robot? Geoffrey Peeters recently showed another here (link) and these would make a nice mini-collecting theme if you are short of space and/or budget, as they turn up pretty constantly, there are dozens of them if not hundreds (depending on where you draw the line) and they are usually affordable, but their mechanisms have often been damaged with over-winding, rust or gritty dirt/dust.

1977; 1979; 1979 Film; Clockwork Dinosaur Set; Clockwork Robots; Film Character; Lost In Space; Movie Promotional; Novelty Toys; Old Clockwork Toys; Old Robot Toys; Old Space Toys; Robot Set; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Black Hole; Tomy Robot; Tomy Wind-up Toy; Tomy-Takara; Toy Robots; Universal Matchbox; Vintage Clockwork Toys; Vintage Robots; Vintage Toys; Wind Up Toys; Wind-up Dinosaur; Wind-Up Robots; Wonderful W;
If you cast you net beyond robots, you will find all sorts of figural subjects, monsters, Easter-chicks, eggs, Christmas novelties, cartoon characters; and these dinosaurs, which are quite recent, if not current. There is a similar jumping or hopping mechanism with similar subjects. Many thanks to Adrian Little for letting me shoot these.

T is for Toy Fair 2018 Reports - GaleForce Nine (GF9) - Battlefront

This is the final last-year's Toy Fair report, both it and the other days Battat post had gone into a self-imposed exile, and I didn't find them until I was clearing out the 'My Pictures' folder. It happens sometimes with Picasa - that it arbitrarily decides you don't want to view a folder anymore and it hides it!

Also I don't know what to say about all this, which will be hopelessly out of day any day now, and of which those gamers who may be interested have much better blogs to go to, while those who don't won't be that bothered!

Battlefront are a New Zealand outfit, GaleForce Nine seem to carry the stuff over here and I think it's all 1:100 AFV's with 1:144 aircraft, and not many figures - which would be a tad fiddly for what appear to be quite formulaic tank-warfare systems.

1:100th Scale; Afrika Korps; AFV Kits; AFV's; Battlefield in a Box; Chieftains Hut; Desert Rats; El Alamein; Fighting First; Flames of War; GaleForce Nine; GF9; HammerFall; Iron Maiden; Leopard; London Toy Fair; Modern Armour Toys; Red Thunder; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Station Lasers; Stripes; Tank Sets; Tank Skirmish Game; Tanks; Team Yankee; Toy Fair Reports; War Games Figures; War Gaming; Wargaming; World War II; WWII;
I think these are Team Yankee which seems to preclude figures all together, so a chess-like (without the skill), systematic slugging-match from rule-book fire & movement-tables?

1:100th Scale; Afrika Korps; AFV Kits; AFV's; Battlefield in a Box; Chieftains Hut; Desert Rats; El Alamein; Fighting First; Flames of War; GaleForce Nine; GF9; HammerFall; Iron Maiden; Leopard; London Toy Fair; Modern Armour Toys; Red Thunder; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Station Lasers; Stripes; Tank Sets; Tank Skirmish Game; Tanks; Team Yankee; Toy Fair Reports; War Games Figures; War Gaming; Wargaming; World War II; WWII;
Ditto

1:100th Scale; Afrika Korps; AFV Kits; AFV's; Battlefield in a Box; Chieftains Hut; Desert Rats; El Alamein; Fighting First; Flames of War; GaleForce Nine; GF9; HammerFall; Iron Maiden; Leopard; London Toy Fair; Modern Armour Toys; Red Thunder; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Station Lasers; Stripes; Tank Sets; Tank Skirmish Game; Tanks; Team Yankee; Toy Fair Reports; War Games Figures; War Gaming; Wargaming; World War II; WWII;
Catalogue pages.

1:100th Scale; Afrika Korps; AFV Kits; AFV's; Battlefield in a Box; Chieftains Hut; Desert Rats; El Alamein; Fighting First; Flames of War; GaleForce Nine; GF9; HammerFall; Iron Maiden; Leopard; London Toy Fair; Modern Armour Toys; Red Thunder; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Station Lasers; Stripes; Tank Sets; Tank Skirmish Game; Tanks; Team Yankee; Toy Fair Reports; War Games Figures; War Gaming; Wargaming; World War II; WWII;
Tanks? A WWII version of Team Yankee? Most of the scenery would scale-up for other 'small-scale' gaming in '76th or '72nd?

1:100th Scale; Afrika Korps; AFV Kits; AFV's; Battlefield in a Box; Chieftains Hut; Desert Rats; El Alamein; Fighting First; Flames of War; GaleForce Nine; GF9; HammerFall; Iron Maiden; Leopard; London Toy Fair; Modern Armour Toys; Red Thunder; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Station Lasers; Stripes; Tank Sets; Tank Skirmish Game; Tanks; Team Yankee; Toy Fair Reports; War Games Figures; War Gaming; Wargaming; World War II; WWII;
The absence of figures is odd; all wars are won or lost on the ground-gains or losses of the infantry! And there's a lot of GW-type emphasis on buying into the whole experience with team-dice and such-like.

1:100th Scale; Afrika Korps; AFV Kits; AFV's; Battlefield in a Box; Chieftains Hut; Desert Rats; El Alamein; Fighting First; Flames of War; GaleForce Nine; GF9; HammerFall; Iron Maiden; Leopard; London Toy Fair; Modern Armour Toys; Red Thunder; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Station Lasers; Stripes; Tank Sets; Tank Skirmish Game; Tanks; Team Yankee; Toy Fair Reports; War Games Figures; War Gaming; Wargaming; World War II; WWII;
Catalogue pages.

1:100th Scale; Afrika Korps; AFV Kits; AFV's; Battlefield in a Box; Chieftains Hut; Desert Rats; El Alamein; Fighting First; Flames of War; GaleForce Nine; GF9; HammerFall; Iron Maiden; Leopard; London Toy Fair; Modern Armour Toys; Red Thunder; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Station Lasers; Stripes; Tank Sets; Tank Skirmish Game; Tanks; Team Yankee; Toy Fair Reports; War Games Figures; War Gaming; Wargaming; World War II; WWII;
The third system in offer - Flames of War actually seems to allow for some soldiers to join the fray! Although this outbreak of largess seems to be limited to anti-tank artillery crews or the odd driver?

1:100th Scale; Afrika Korps; AFV Kits; AFV's; Battlefield in a Box; Chieftains Hut; Desert Rats; El Alamein; Fighting First; Flames of War; GaleForce Nine; GF9; HammerFall; Iron Maiden; Leopard; London Toy Fair; Modern Armour Toys; Red Thunder; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Station Lasers; Stripes; Tank Sets; Tank Skirmish Game; Tanks; Team Yankee; Toy Fair Reports; War Games Figures; War Gaming; Wargaming; World War II; WWII;
Catalogue pages

There are more figures on the boxes than are otherwise in the catalogue!

1:100th Scale; Afrika Korps; AFV Kits; AFV's; Battlefield in a Box; Chieftains Hut; Desert Rats; El Alamein; Fighting First; Flames of War; GaleForce Nine; GF9; HammerFall; Iron Maiden; Leopard; London Toy Fair; Modern Armour Toys; Red Thunder; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Station Lasers; Stripes; Tank Sets; Tank Skirmish Game; Tanks; Team Yankee; Toy Fair Reports; War Games Figures; War Gaming; Wargaming; World War II; WWII;
GaleForce Nine also supply 1:100 (described as 10-15mm) scenics under the Battlefield in a Box label for all their systems and more besides (note the sci-fi gun-towers).

1:100th Scale; Afrika Korps; AFV Kits; AFV's; Battlefield in a Box; Chieftains Hut; Desert Rats; El Alamein; Fighting First; Flames of War; GaleForce Nine; GF9; HammerFall; Iron Maiden; Leopard; London Toy Fair; Modern Armour Toys; Red Thunder; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Station Lasers; Stripes; Tank Sets; Tank Skirmish Game; Tanks; Team Yankee; Toy Fair Reports; War Games Figures; War Gaming; Wargaming; World War II; WWII;
Although smallish at 1:100, some of these modern designs would make very useful background-buildings on HO or OO-gauge model railways, where sub-scale can help give a sense of depth.

1:100th Scale; Afrika Korps; AFV Kits; AFV's; Battlefield in a Box; Chieftains Hut; Desert Rats; El Alamein; Fighting First; Flames of War; GaleForce Nine; GF9; HammerFall; Iron Maiden; Leopard; London Toy Fair; Modern Armour Toys; Red Thunder; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Station Lasers; Stripes; Tank Sets; Tank Skirmish Game; Tanks; Team Yankee; Toy Fair Reports; War Games Figures; War Gaming; Wargaming; World War II; WWII;
Brand-logo's to look-out for.

Friday, January 18, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Well . . . here we are, look - half way through the month already, as 2019 speeds past with the same rapidity as 2018, giving us even more nonsense from the Trumpundbrexit community; you couldn't make it up, because if you did, no-one would buy the book - you need a plot that's believable, and nothing happening in Whitehall or Washington at the moment can be believed - even when you see it with your own eyes on the news!

Thanks to Canada for taking that Saudi girl.

Did anyone notice that by 'sculpting' the slices, Terry's (they're not Terry's they're Caramber and Co.!) chocolate orange's lost-weight this Christmas? But they weren't any cheaper!

Still; there's always toys . . . vintage toys; you can't go wrong with vintage toys!


Toy Fairs

Saturday 19th January 2019

Brentwood - J&J Fairs (John & Julie Webb)
International hall, Brentwood Centre, Doddinghurst Road, Brentwood, Essex, CM15 9NN
Tel. - 01522 880 383 (J & J Webb)
10:00 - Approx. 14:30hrs
Admission £3, seniors £2.50p, 1st child £2


Sunday 20th January 2019
Haydock Park - Barry Stockton Fairs
The Exhibition Centre, Haydock Park Racecourse, WA12 0HQ
Web. - http://barrystocktonfairs.co.uk/
Tel. - 01513 343 362
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission - Adult £2, Children £0.50p

Kidderminster - Tony Oaks Toy Fairs
Guilt Edge Leisure Centre, Zortech Avenue, Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7DY
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01270 652 773
Mob. - 07825 631 323
10:30 - 14:00hrs
Admission £1.50p
Free parking

Kirkby-in-Ashfield - Townsend Toy & Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend)
Festival Hall, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, NG17 7DJ
Mob. - 07951 072 790
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission fee unknown, accompanied under-16's free
Free parking, refreshments

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


Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Burton-on-Trent - Townsend Toy & Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend, evening fair)
The Town Hall, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 2EB
Mob. - 07951 072 790
18:00 - 20:30hrs
Admission unknown, accompanied under-16's free


Wednesday 23rd January 2019

Warwick - Warwick & Warwick
Charlton House, Scar Bank, Millers Road, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 5DB
(Auctions held in Court House)
Tel. - 01926 499 031
Facsimile - 01926 491 906
Catalogue on-line, printed version available on request
Trains, die cast, model soldiers and other toys


Thursday 24th January 2019

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
General toy sale


Friday 25th January 2019

Elstree - Excalibur Auctions (day 1 of a 2-day auction, day 2: Saturday 26th January)
The Village Hotel, Elstree, Hertfordshire, WD6 3SB (venue)
Ciltern Buisness Centre, Woodside Road, Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP6 6AA (office)
02036 330 913
Free Tea or Coffee
Collectables, posters, memorabilia

Note - not 'Aversham' as advertised elsewhere


Other Events

Tuesday 22nd January - Thursday 24th January 2019


London - The Toy Fair 2019
Olympia London, Kensington, London, w14 8UX (venue - ‘Kensington Olympia Exhibition Centre’)
Bastion, Unit 4.07 Tea Building, 56 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JJ (organisers)
Hotline - 0845 868 5820
09:00 - 18:00hrs - Tuesday and Wednesday
09:00 - 17:30hrs - Thursday


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!


Couple of links:

1:76th - 1:72nd Scale; 1:76th Scale Figures; 20mm Figures; 23mm Figures; Civilain Toy Figures; Civilian Figures; Cricketer Toys; Guagemaster; HO - OO Figures; HO - OO Models; HO - OO-Gauge; HO Scale Model Railroad Accessories; Merit; Modelscene; OO-Gauge; PPP; Prichard Patent Products; Railroad Accessories; Railroad Stuff; Railway Models; Railway Scenics; Railway Staff; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;

Modelscene
Tom Clague sent me a link to a brilliant new set of figures from Modelscene - 5300 Cricket Players! Given how few cricketers there are out there - in any scale - these are a much needed addition to the oeuvre, although it got me thinking that there are probably some garage/after-market whitemetal ones out there somewhere . . . anyone know of other cricketers? And the 1st-link is a 'must' to follow - it's all Tom's own work!

Statuary