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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.

Friday, July 13, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events



I'm still not well, sitting here alternate hot and cold sweating, I've given myself ten minutes to post this and while I may have something up tomorrow, I'm not even posting the other ready-stuff right now. Don't think it was food poisoning either, something more viral or gastro-enteritic? Probably a Trump-allergy!

The next weeks dates for your diary, there's one event tomorrow (Saturday) but it's at the bottom of this post, that's the way the cookie crumbled! So - starting with the general toy fairs . . .

Sunday 15th July 2018

Lincoln - J&J Fairs (J&J 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

Porthmadog - Chris Dyer Fairs
Y Ganolfan Community Centre, High Street, Porthmadog, North Wales, LL49 9LU
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

Worthing - SRP Fairs
Charmandean Centre, Forest Road, Worthing, West Sussex, BN14 9HS
Tel. - 07739 998 012
10:00 - 14:00hrs

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Wednesday 18th July 2018

Croydon - Joe Lock Fairs (evening fair)
St. John's Community Hall, Upper Selsdon Road, Selsdon, South Croydon, CR2 8DD
Mob. - 07866 641 215
18:00-20:00hrs
Admission £1

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Thursday 19th July 2018

Thatcham - Steven Clements (evening fair)
Thatcham Catholic Hall, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3AG
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 20:30hrs
Refreshments, free parking

Theydon Bois - Joe Lock Fairs (evening fair)
Village Hall, Coppice Row, Theydon Bois, Essex, CM16 7ER
Mob. - 07866 641 215
19:00-21:00hrs
Admission £1

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And later next week, the auctions . . .

Wednesday 18th July 2018

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 19th/Friday 20th July 2018

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis (2-day sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
Thursday 19th - general toys
Friday 20th - trains/model railways

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Other Events

Saturday 14th July 2018

Hoddesdon  - Friends of Robert Barclay Academy (with Joe Lock Fairs)
The Robert Barclay Academy, Cock Lane, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, EN11 8JY
Mob. - 07866 641 215
10:30 - 16:30hrs
Admission: Adult £4.50p, concessions £3, 2x adults+2x child £12.
Trade stalls, display layouts, refreshments, free parking
All profits to the academy

Please note this is slightly confusing as there is also a Hoddesdon Model Railway Club, who have a show on the 26th August nearby! 

Thursday, July 12, 2018

News, Views Etc...Plastic Warrior No.171

Been out for about a month now, so I'm slipping slightly! Another packed issue with something for everyone.

Magazine Review, Plastic Figurines, Plastic Soldier Magazine, Plastic Soldiers, Plastic Toy Figures, Plastic Toys, Plastic Warrior, PW 171, PW Magazine, PW171, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com,

Articles

* The continuing series on Scalextric by Adrian Norman reaches the Spectator sets
* An editorial on Marx oddities covers pirates, cowboy test shots and the 'Marxie' pin badge.
* Michael T Hyde continues his charming overview of ecclesiastical types (if that's the right collective noun?), with a comprehensive collection of Orthodox priests, Catholics, padres and a missionary - most not known to this author.
* 'Converters Corner' continues with Les White's production of colonial types, this time Brit's in hot-weather gear, using Armies In Plastic WWI figures as a base.
* A small piece on Reisler shows the Walt Disney tie-in Davy Crocket figure issue with their little card-discs
* An 'in depth' looks at the full range of Lone Star Robin Hood and the Siege-engine crews with an interesting copy, all the figures, catalogue imagery and a pink Sheriff - hides the blood!
* Schuco Piccolo figures are covered by Adrian Levano of the Maidenhead Static Model Club.
* Tom Stark looks in detail at the new trappers from Publius

'What The !&*$?' has three question marks this time
  •  Joe Bellis asks after a Cowboy marked PR and a copy/licensed product from the US maker Ausley's moulds?
  • There's two guards from Brain Carrick, possibly Speedwell?
  • Two sailors also seek more information on their origins

* Pedro L. Cunha concerns himself with the weights and measures of packaging v. shipping
* John Murray shows the late Arthur Belshaw's ACW armies

'Updates' covers the following;
  •  New poses of Hugonnet Copies of Cherilea Elizabethans (thanks to Pascal Crochet)
  • Airfix for Sugar Puffs Cowboys & Indians
  • Galt Toys repacking of Britains farm animals
* An obituary for Ian Gothard is provided with a collective by-line from the team at The Hamilton Toy Collection, I didn't know the name, but recognise the face and have had dealings with him (at the old Birmingham venue - I think) and he was a friendly, cheerful soul, knowledgeable and with a smile for everyone.
* This author provides the London Toy Fair report for 2018

Regular Features
* 'NEWS and VIEWS and other stuff ' covers
  • Limited re-run/printing of the book Herald Civilian Models: The Golden years by Barney Brown and Peter Cole
  • Plastics, Hamleys and Toys 'R' Us
  •  Forthcoming sale of TSSD
  • Ron Barzo's retirement and final co-operation with Lod Enterprises
  • Plea-for/details on contributions
* 'Readers Letters' include
  • Eric Crichley reminisces on Airfix and Sugar Puffs premiums
  •  Steve Pugh corrects on the historical accuracy of adversaries!
  • Peter Evans replies to David Pye and Brian Petrin from PW170
  • Yours Truly writes on Lone Star plastic colours, Russian drivers and Lines TV towers
  • Frank Langcaster muses on Timpo pricing
* 'What's New' covers recent releases from Engineer Basevich -
  • Russo-Japanese War Russians
  • Russo-Japanese War Japanese
  • Caucasian Warriors
  • ACW Command (in blue or grey, Eng.B for Chintoys)
Plus all the usual readers small-ads and a commercial supplement

Front Cover - A Victorian Villain Vignette from Les White 'Incident in Whitechapel'
Back Cover - Saint Cyr cadet from composition mould by RP of France (Andy Partridge)

Contact details, as always, are . . .

And they are on Paypal.

S is for Shelfies

A quick round-up of shelfies I've taken over the last few months and not used in specific articles . . .

54mm Figures, 6 Piece Set, 60mm Figures, Boxed Toy, Farm Animals, Farm Girl, Farm Hand, Farm Play, Farm Toys, Farm Tractor, Farmer, Ram, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, The Works,
Currently in The Works, there seems to be only the three variations and the only variation is the figure, so to get all three you need £18, and will end-up with a lot of duplicate stuff, so a Shelfie seems to be the answer for future identification when they turn up loose.

The figures are around the 54mm mark, with two subscale tractors and animals in various sizes. The square 'tube' is quite long - you can see about a third in this shot - as there is a play-mat in the lower section.

Boxed Toy, Castle Keep, Castle Play Set, Doll's Furniture, Dolls' Houses, Fantasy Figures, Fantasy Models, Plastic Novelty, Plastic Play Set, Poundworld Plus, Princess Castle, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Sparkle Sweethearts, Toy Furniture, Toy Princess, The Box, The Whole Play Set,
Going, going . . . fire sale at Poundworld will end soon, these are - clearly - a bit 'pink and girly' but they are solids, around 80mm, and again, should they turn-up in mixed lots in a year or a few; label them ITP Imports!

Boxed Toy, Castle Keep, Castle Play Set, Doll's Furniture, Dolls' Houses, Fantasy Figures, Fantasy Models, Plastic Novelty, Plastic Play Set, Poundworld Plus, Princess Castle, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Sparkle Sweethearts, Toy Furniture, Toy Princess, Close-up Of The Figures,
Twins! Vacuous-looking twins at that!

Accion de Ataque, Action Figures, Baxter, Boxed Toy, Construction Toy, Donatello, Laboratorio Mutante, Lego Construction Toy, Leo, Mega Bloks, Megabloks, Michelangelo, Mutation Lab, Raphael, Slashing Action, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TK Maxx, TK Maxx, TV Tie Ins, TMHT, TMNT,
I think I shot these in TKMaxx and I just like the fact that other brands are fighting back against the hegemony of Lego with cool licenses of their own, Brian B has sent me a fantastic Bending Unit which will go in the next Lego-likey post!

Animals, Cheetah, Giraffe, Monkey, PVC Figurines, PVC Vinyl Animals, PVC Vinyl Rubber, Rhinoceros, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Store Dispenser, Toy Animals, Wilkinson's, Wilko Stores, Zebra,
Wilco-branded (Wilkinson's - the real reason Woolworth's died), these are large, mixed scale PVC type animals, and again will help ID them in the future.

Carded Toys, Construction Site, Die Cast Toys, Fire Department, Fire Engine, Header Cards, Helicopter, Jeep Wrangler, Motorbike, Motorcycle, Plastic Toys, Play Set, Police Interceptor, Poundworld Plus, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, street Furniture, ITP Imports,
Back to the closing-down sale at Poundworld Plus here in town, these were reduced to 80p so I got the blue one . . . motorcycle! The vehicles are really 'cheap and nasty' and typically - for these days - no military option, but a motorcycle is not to be sniffed at; for less than a quid!

Boxed Toy, Castle Keep, Fairy Tale Crayons, Japan Wax, King and Queen, Novelties, Novelty Figurines, NPW, Princess, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Soldier, Stationary, TK Maxx, Wax Crayons, Witch and Wizard,
These are statuette crayons, with a pointed-bit hidden behind the battlements of the catchy packaging. With a King, Queen, princess, wizard and witch; that soldier's got a lot of guarding to do! But they're figural! NPW, who's novelties have featured here several times in the last few years; these were shot in TKMaxx.

Ballerinas, Ballet Dancers, Dancers, En Point, Glass Drying Mat, Household Goods, Kitchen Equipment, Novelties, Novelty Figurine, Ra-ra Skirts, Rubber Figurines, Silicon Rubber, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, TK Maxx, Tu-tu's,
These . . . TKMaxx . . . I just don't really get? It's apparently a glass drying mat, but with four semi-flat ballet-dancers. How are you supposed to dry the glasses? If you catch the dancer as you place the glass over it with wet hands you may drop the glass, what about shallow glasses? What about narrow champagne flues, or champagne bowls, why only room for four? Or do you place the glasses between the dancers, in which case; why have them? And even if that's the case there's only room for about six, and no mugs, the handles will get in the way - the whole concept is just daft!

A triumph of farty-art idea over practicality, hundreds of people were involved in designing, tooling, producing, packing, procuring and shipping this Caca!

It seems to me to be a sublime example of everything that's wrong with consumerism, as espoused by Thatcherite-Raganomics and the mantra of 'market forces' for the last 39 years. A totally impractical, ill thought-out, relatively unnecessary product, packaged to appeal to a certain type of 'lifestyle' cretin or brain-dead fashion-victim! People with bows behind their family pictures, matching his'n'hers anoraks and pink loo paper! The same people who've been buying waistcoats over the last two weeks.

The figures have fully-round skirts and plinths, but chunky block-flat bodies, they are silicon-rubber (I think), around 50mm (not counting the base) and could be fun; taken off the mats and displayed with the Britains, Gem and other dancers, but they represent our need to keep consuming until there's nothing left, it's not a good sign.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

U is for Unknown; Metal Flats

Hard to say much about these, they look like home-casts of the kind Agasee* carried, but Brian (Berke) reckons they are harder, possibly die-cast?

They were meant to follow this morning's post and I was going to collage them into a couple of images, but running short of time I'll just load them all 'as is' in the hope someone can add something?

* Lots of hobby companies/shops offered the same basic range of home-casting moulds for the home-hobbyist to cast figures from in the early half of the 20th Century, but the old guard at the BMSS collated a lot of information on Agasee and the multi-page photocopy of their efforts used to be relatively easy to acquire, so I tend to use them as a 'name' in these situations, the swan seen here - for instance - is, I'm sure, in the Agasee catalogue?

Civilian Toy Figures, Cows, Dogs, Farm and Zoo, Farm Animals, Farm Toys, Farming Figures & Animals, Goats, Goose, Horses, Lead Flats, Lead Models, Lead Toy Animals, Lead Toy Figures, Scenic Model, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Swan, Unknown, Unknown Metal Figures,

Civilian Toy Figures, Cows, Dogs, Farm and Zoo, Farm Animals, Farm Toys, Farming Figures & Animals, Goats, Goose, Horses, Lead Flats, Lead Models, Lead Toy Animals, Lead Toy Figures, Scenic Model, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Swan, Unknown, Unknown Metal Figures,

Civilian Toy Figures, Cows, Dogs, Farm and Zoo, Farm Animals, Farm Toys, Farming Figures & Animals, Goats, Goose, Horses, Lead Flats, Lead Models, Lead Toy Animals, Lead Toy Figures, Scenic Model, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Swan, Unknown, Unknown Metal Figures,

Civilian Toy Figures, Cows, Dogs, Farm and Zoo, Farm Animals, Farm Toys, Farming Figures & Animals, Goats, Goose, Horses, Lead Flats, Lead Models, Lead Toy Animals, Lead Toy Figures, Scenic Model, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Swan, Unknown, Unknown Metal Figures,

Civilian Toy Figures, Lead Flats, Lead Models, Lead Toy Figures, Scenic Model, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Unknown, Unknown Metal Figures, Washer Woman, Crescent 54mm Khaki Infantry, Farm Fence
 Can anyone help Brian with a bit more information on these? As you can see they are a reasonable 54mm. and semi-flat or 'demi-ronde'.

N is for Nanceing Nazi Nincompoops!

I've been very unwell the last 24-hours (food poisoning I think?) and have not managed to get anything ready for tomorrow (Wednesday) other than this, something else might appear later in the afternoon, but I've nothing ready for Thursday either and must do a show dates post, while the PW Review is sliding!

These are a real puzzle . . . shot on Adrian's stall at the Sandown Park before last (March), they are aluminium flats (or a similar Zamak/Mazac alloy?), clearly depicting German subjects from the Nazi period and your immediate thought upon seeing them for the first time is either WHW-KHW tokens or some sort of cigarette-pack premiums, however . . .


Cigarette Premiums, Die Cast Toys, Flat Figures, German Flats; German Soldiers, German Toy Figurines, Mazac, Metal Toy, Metal Toy Soldiers, Nazis, NSADP Toys, Premium Flats, Premiums, Russian Flats, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Standard Bearer, Unknown NAZI Figures, Zamac, Zamak, Eight Poses, Officers, Goose Steppers, Standard Bearer, Hitler, Saluting Figures, Seig Heiling,
. . . they are more than faintly ridiculous in their posture, or at least; most of them are. Given the Nazi's views on the degenerate Berlin arts scene between the wars, one can't actually believe these are the product of that country, or certainly not that period?

To use the G-word in its old, non-PC form for a minute (without any intention of insulting anyone from the LGBTQI community, but because no better vocabulary exists), they are gay! They are gaily being gayer that gay people who have gone to university and had themselves elected heads of the gayness department!

The guy Sieg-Heil'ing and marching (far left) is doing so 'en point' for fucks sake! The next guy along is a pure caricature while the flag-man is so effete he's almost certainly called Quentin Quonfalon! He's also ridiculed further by having been reduced in stature, like the Hitler look-alike (second from the right), while the saluting officer is rocking on his heels in an undignified manor likely to bring the NSADP into disrepute!

While they are all anatomically caricatured to a comedic level with long bodies and short legs, except the two on the far right . . . yes . . . really; they are all from the Far Right!

Cigarette Premiums, Die Cast Toys, Flat Figures, German Flats; German Soldiers, German Toy Figurines, Mazac, Metal Toy, Metal Toy Soldiers, Nazis, NSADP Toys, Premium Flats, Premiums, Russian Flats, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Standard Bearer, Unknown NAZI Figures, Zamac, Zamak, Two Poses Colour Variation, Variants
While the majority of the castings have a flat- or matt-chromium finish, a few have had what I suspect was a chemical dip to dull them down and give them a bronzed appearance, although it's more of a oxidised blackening, showing as a bronze/brown from the under-silver reflecting through.

I think I may have some of these in storage, however that may be a false memory stemming from my handling these and looking at the imagery for a month or two? But it would make them less than rare if they'd turned-up twice.

What I am sure about is that I have a very similar rhinoceros (and possibly some later-found additional animals), which I always assumed was probably a cigarette-pack premium; it's a realistic sculpting though, not a cartoony thing, so there's more of this stuff around.

Cigarette Premiums, Die Cast Toys, Flat Figures, German Flats; German Soldiers, German Toy Figurines, Mazac, Metal Toy, Metal Toy Soldiers, Nazis, NSADP Toys, Premium Flats, Premiums, Russian Flats, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Standard Bearer, Unknown NAZI Figures, Zamac, Zamak, Marching, Sieg Heil, Base Type
I can only suppose these are firstly; a post-war thing, and secondly, probably Soviet or Soviet-bloc influenced or originating pieces.

Although it's possible that as part of the Allies' denazification process they were issued as cigarette premiums to parody or ridicule the previous regimen, I suspect not, I think they are a more direct piss-take from further afield, but if such, could be not-that subtle propaganda, contemporary with the object of their comedic representation?

However, it's equally possible that they are just poorly executed, or maybe related to a comedy cartoon strip, perhaps in a newspaper?

Can anyone shed some further light on them?

I can see a movie in there somewhere; My Big Gay Nazi Best Friend's Wedding Parade! Naturally they (Fritz and Fritze - of course) will only be able to find a Rabbi to officiate, pageboys will be Jimmy Krankie and Bella Emberg; bridesmaids will be Fanny the Wonder Dog and R2D2 (painted pink for the day), the evening reception will be opened with a Berlin-Charlottenburg drag-act, and the first dance will kick-off of with Marlene Dietrich writhing semi-naked in a spotlight with two lesbian dwarves while Josephine Baker sings the movie's main theme; The Goosing Step!

Mel Brooks; eat your heart out . . . the rest of you guys could try and find out what you can about the figures, I've got a script to write!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

O is for Odds and Sods

There are always a few things in the queue, which aren't really in the queue as they can only be used singly or wait forever for something to help them contribute to a larger post; these are two of they - as it is said in Bristol!

Bagged Toy, Beccles, Civilain Toy Figures, Dwarf Figurine, Gnome Toy, Hawkin's Bazaar, Hawkin's Bazar, Leprechaun, Novelty Figurine, NR34 75P, Pixie Toy, Plastic Figurine, Plastic Figurines, Plastic Novelty, The Old Aerodrome, Tobar Toys, Toy Gnome, Unknown, Unknown Toy Figures, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com,
We start with a Gnome from Peter Evans, who - some of you may know - has just put his out to summer pasture; he kindly sent a duplicate my way!

Branded to Tobar so probably also a Hawkins Bazaar item at some point, he's a reasonable 54mm and manufactured from a dense polymer which could be anything, but probably isn't polystyrene.

Beccles, Civilain Toy Figures, Dwarf Figurine, Fontanini Dwarf, Gnome Toy, Hawkin's Bazaar, Hawkin's Bazar, Heinerle Manurba, Leprechaun, Manurba Heinerle, Novelty Figurine, NR34 75P, Pixie Toy, Plastic Figurine, Plastic Figurines, Plastic Novelty, Studio Heinerle Spiel und Süßwaren GmbH, The Old Aerodrome, Tobar Toys, Toy Gnome, Unknown, Unknown Toy Figures, Wundertüten, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Hong Kong,
Posed with a 60mm coloured polyethylene Manurba for Heinerle 'Wundertüten' (Studio Heinerle Spiel- und Süßwaren GmbH!) copy of the originally white PVC Fontanini dwarf, a common, blow-moulded Hong Kong garden ornament/cake decoration and the two recently acquired Irish factory Wade Leprechauns to give you a sense of his size - he's definitely eaten all the pies!

Now, terrible to report, but Peter needs to keep a close eye on his Gnome Ghomes as there is such a very, actual, not-so-jolly 'thing' as gnome rustling, and it doesn't involve a bloke with leaves on his head, but rather; leaving gnomes!

The Daily Torygraph reported on the 8th May that a lady in Angus had had all her gnomes removed over several days between the 23rd and 30th April - batch-snatching!

In total 37 gnomes have gone walkabout, described by Police Scotland's Arbroath office as "small" and the "usual garden type", the elderly lady had collected them over 30 years and is genuinely bereft, the theft - believed to be a prank - is being treated as a 'not funny crime'.

Ambulance Toy, Civilian Toy Figures, Medics, Novelty Figurine, Plastic Figurine, Plastic Figurines, Plastic Novelty, Spanish Toy Figures, Stretcher Case, Unknown, Unknown Toy Figures, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com,
Meanwhile these were sitting in Picasa waiting in vain for something similar to make a 'T is for...' post . . . although they could have been tacked-on to yesterday's Taffy post? Doh!

Sent in by Gog/Juan Angel, he's hoping someone can give him a brand name, brand-mark or set title, they presumably came with an toy ambulance or emergency-set of some kind and are quite modern, but rather nice sculpts, and it's always nicer when the two bearers are posed separately, rather than a duplicate pair.

B is for Best Buy - Big Block of Badly Behaved Bear

I picked this up in a Charity shop a few weeks ago, I grabbed it because I thought it looked quite 2,000 Leagues Under the Sea 'ish, and the lady behind the counter commented that sometimes she wondered if something so quirky was going to sell immediately (It hadn't been there the day before) or sit on the shelf for an age, I didn't think it was that quirky, and assuming a fish-tank ornament went on my way, with my bargain wrapped in tissue-paper, well pleased!

80mm Figurine, Bear in Diving Suit, Cartoon Bear, Deep Sea Diver, Deep Sea Divers, Diver Figures, Diver Figurines, Diving Bear, Fish Tank Ornament, Plastic Diver Ornament, Plastic Novelty, Polyurethane Resin, Poured Resin Casting, PU Resin, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Toy Divers,
But when I got home and un-wrapped it it became obvious that some of the helmet 'detailing' I hadn't given any attention to was, in actual fact - the riveted-on 'helmet-spaces' for a pair of ears . . . WTF?! Luckily; not squeaky-voiced mouse sized . . . phew!

80mm Figurine, Bear in Diving Suit, Cartoon Bear, Deep Sea Diver, Deep Sea Divers, Diver Figures, Diver Figurines, Diving Bear, Fish Tank Ornament, Plastic Diver Ornament, Plastic Novelty, Polyurethane Resin, Poured Resin Casting, PU Resin, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Toy Divers,
Some close-ups showing the markings (a bear logo - with his tongue out?), the classic or standard three-finger 'cartoon' hand, odd belt-equipment and vicious, double-barbed, curved under-blade harpoon!

Does anyone know anything about a deep-sea diving bear, armed and liable to stick his tongue out? Best find since the Toy Soldier show in May!

28mm War Gaming Figure, 54mm Toy Soldiers, Metal Figures, 54mm Diver Model, 28mm Diver Figure, Role Play Piece, Toy Divers
Terranova sent a shot of three more; real synergy as he didn't know I had the bearskin-diver (heh-heh!), which is above. The large one looks to be a fish-tank ornament, but looking at the PVC  pipe, possibly a filter or aerator disguised by the diver 'shell'? It also looks to be about the size of my bear, but in polystyrene, and seems to be several parts (the rocks and coral being undecorated, flecked mouldings?) with a clip-on helmet and over-belt & braces.

Brian is actually after the ID of the middle figure which is a metal casting around 54mm, can anyone help him with a name? It looks a bit too flat-painted for someone like King & Country and I'm not sure what he's holding but it looks like maybe a deck-gun or something?

The small one is another 25/25mm war-games/role-playing figure (see yesterdays post on Space Invaders!) and I'd be interested in an ID.

80mm Figurine, Bear in Diving Suit, Cartoon Bear, Deep Sea Diver, Deep Sea Divers, Diver Figures, Diver Figurines, Diving Bear, Fish Tank Ornament, Plastic Diver Ornament, Plastic Novelty, Polyurethane Resin, Poured Resin Casting, PU Resin, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Toy Divers,
Return to bear-man-diver-bloke-teddy! I think he's prizing-open a rusted door or forcing the lid off a treasure chest rather than attacking someone, but you never know! Perhaps he's preparing to repel Captain Nemo's men, as he clearly isn't one of them; he's got half-moon ears!

4D is for Tank Killer

I had an odd experience this week (just gone), on Monday there was a tray of eight different 'generic' clip-together aircraft models for a pound-each in the Blue Cross animal-charity shop, I bought one for the record - as it were - and thought little more about them, beyond the forming of an idea for the article you're reading, until the Wednesday - when the odd bit occurred.

Boing Aircraft Corporation, Boing AH-64 Apache, AH-64 Apache Helicopter, Tank Buster, Attack Helicopter, 1:100th Scale, Combat Mission, Boxed Kit, Model Aircraft Kit, Clip-together Helicopter Toy, Snap Together Kit, Snap-together Model, Kandy Toys, Exeter, EX5 1DR, TY6923, 3854, 4D, 4D Puzzle Models, 8 Paragraph, ABS, GPPS, Oker Packaging, MM-0590, General Purpose Polystyrene, Akurate, Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Catalogue Image, Gruman F-14 Tomcat, Migoyan Mig-29, Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, F-117 Nighthawk, SR-71 Blackbird, General Dynamics F-18 Fighting Falcon, McDonnell Douglas F-4E Phantom
This is the whole set, there was one of each in the tray, and they appeared to be new production (rather than a 'member of the public' donation), at a pound each it was worth a punt on one of them and I chose the AH-64 Apache.

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Eight little boxes; each containing a bag of bits and a rudimentary instruction sheet. They seem to be about 1:100 (or box-scale?) and branded - as imports - on the blank panel to Candy Toys, who keep popping-up these days.

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The bag of bits contains two small runners, one a frame-runner with transparent pieces and the other a branch-runner with the rotor blades, there's also a two-part stand and a handful of helicopter body-parts; both de-'sprued'.

More interesting is the fact that the bag is marked-up for 4D, but I suspect not the same 4D Master who was responsible for the PVC-type tank available from The Works a few years ago, the recent Kangaroo and other stuff seen around.

The packaging also usefully tells us what the model is made of; ABS (Acrylonitrile-butadiene-styrene); probably the rotors, and GPPS (General-purpose polystyrene) also known by the trade name Akurate; the green parts and transparencies.

They (4D) have been seen on various (antipodeans'?) Blogs issuing simplified, but useful AFV's in similar hard-plastic materials. Note: they are using the bags from Oker, also seen here at Small Scale World in relation to other brands/makers toy packaging!

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It's a reasonable model, although a bit small, construction being similar to 4D Master (who they may be a part of, it's only a suspicion they're more clone'ish) and an excellent budget source of air-power for some of the modern 'corporate' gaming systems?

What was odd about it? On Wednesday the same tray appeared in the Scope charity shop, but with a price of £1.20p per set, that's another £1.60p per dispenser's contents which seemed a little greedy!

The Apache was still there so it wasn't a question of buying the remains of the tray from next-door but four and marking it up - obviously there's a batch of these doing the rounds of the charity community as some sort of corporate clearance/tax write-off; there's similar card-construction sets from PMS (one of the defunct 99p Stores' brands) in Help The Aged [Age Concern] at the moment, in both cases - get 'em before they're gone - I got a haunted house; with six figures!