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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.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

T is for Two - Britains Archive

Although it's actually three images, but from two sources a decade or two apart.

Britains Farm; Britains Herald; Britains Hollow Cast; Britains Hollow-Cast; Britains Plough; Britains Poultry; Cows; Draft Animals; Farm and Zoo; Farm Animals; Farm Chicks; Farm Toys; Farm Worker Toy; Farming Figures & Animals; Goats; Hollow Cast; Hollow Cast Toy; Hollow-Cast; Horse Team; Horses; Pigs; Sheep Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
This is from a 1930's Hobbies Annual (1938 I think, but it's not where I left it to check?!!) and is a standard advert found in Meccano magazines and similar hobby and craft publications of the time; in this case cross-referenced in the text of the Hobbies' fretwork section where farm plans are on sale.

Britains Farm; Britains Herald; Britains Hollow Cast; Britains Hollow-Cast; Britains Plough; Britains Poultry; Cows; Draft Animals; Farm and Zoo; Farm Animals; Farm Chicks; Farm Toys; Farm Worker Toy; Farming Figures & Animals; Goats; Hollow Cast; Hollow Cast Toy; Hollow-Cast; Horse Team; Horses; Pigs; Sheep Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;

Britains Farm; Britains Herald; Britains Hollow Cast; Britains Hollow-Cast; Britains Plough; Britains Poultry; Cows; Draft Animals; Farm and Zoo; Farm Animals; Farm Chicks; Farm Toys; Farm Worker Toy; Farming Figures & Animals; Goats; Hollow Cast; Hollow Cast Toy; Hollow-Cast; Horse Team; Horses; Pigs; Sheep Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
I honestly can't remember where these come from, I know it's 1950's America, but which catalogue I can't recall? I think it might be a Bussler's though; as both Polk's and Bob Bard/ Military Miniatures' are more basic listings, I also have a fair bit of House of Miniatures stuff so it may be one of them?, When the originals turn-up I'll add a note - if I remember! Anyway, I think I'm right in saying $2.50¢ (or even $1.65¢) was quite a substantial amount for the day - imported lead, steam-ship fuel, tax!

B is for Box . . . Ticked!

A quick one this morning, previously seen in Plastic Warrior magazine where I hoped it was the one Peter Cole remembered from his time there, a previous iteration shown in the same mag' having had artwork he didn't recognise.

Boxed Farm; Boxed Toy; Britains Farm; Britains Herald; Britains Poultry; Cows; Farm and Zoo; Farm Animals; Farm Chicks; Farm Hand; Farm Toys; Farm Worker Toy; Farmer Feeding; Farming Figures & Animals; Foal; Galt; Galt Toys; Herald Chickens; Herald Collie Dog; Horses; Piglets; Pigs; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
Galt were primarily suppliers of educational toys, books, learning aids and junior school/infant-sized furniture, and would change their range graphics from time to time hence different versions of this set, which is obviously wholesaling a handful of Britains animals.

I actually had a really nice mid-80's Galt catalogue (thick as a Thomason Local!) but failed to follow the golden rule; 'Never lend a book you wouldn't want to lose', lending it to the wife of a client who was planning a bedroom for her kid . . . never saw it again!

What I do remember of it was that you could get a Lego City airport, with two big airliners and several other aircraft along with numerous vehicles and buildings, with several-dozen mini-figures for a price which was less than half the High Street price for a similar set, or similar quantity of 'elements' (as Lego pretentiously call their pieces!), not that the set concerned was in the High Street catalogues, it wasn't!

Saturday, September 21, 2019

F is for Follow-up - Ackerman-Lollipop (LP) / Silvercorn

We've pretty much done these to death now, with help from other quarters, but I found mine the other day and shot-off a few close-ups;

1998; 5 021947 502230; 502230; Ackerman; Ackerman Group Plc.; Army Men; Army War Games; Armymen; Brick Walls; Fritz Helmet; Lollipop; LP - Lollipop; Made in China; Military Case Soldier Unit; Military Miniatures; Road Sign Toys; Sandbag Defence; Scenic Accessories; Silvercorn; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SPG Model; SPG Toy; Street Furniture; US; US GI's; Warzone Playmat;
The case, in the UK it seems all forms of these sets were handled by Ackerman, but with the Silvercorn branding remaining visible, strangely Ackerman have a US office, but as we saw last-but-last time, they were Lollipop/LP in the 'States.

1998; 5 021947 502230; 502230; Ackerman; Ackerman Group Plc.; Army Men; Army War Games; Armymen; Brick Walls; Fritz Helmet; Lollipop; LP - Lollipop; Made in China; Military Case Soldier Unit; Military Miniatures; Road Sign Toys; Sandbag Defence; Scenic Accessories; Silvercorn; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SPG Model; SPG Toy; Street Furniture; US; US GI's; Warzone Playmat;
The three figure-runners from both sides, it looks as if each set got about four of the shooters (above left), two of the marchers (below left) and one command runner (right hand side) which had to be photographed twice! The prone guy is meant to be firing a pistol (I think?) but looks more like he's pointing at something.

1998; 5 021947 502230; 502230; Ackerman; Ackerman Group Plc.; Army Men; Army War Games; Armymen; Brick Walls; Fritz Helmet; Lollipop; LP - Lollipop; Made in China; Military Case Soldier Unit; Military Miniatures; Road Sign Toys; Sandbag Defence; Scenic Accessories; Silvercorn; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SPG Model; SPG Toy; Street Furniture; US; US GI's; Warzone Playmat;
There are two runners of accessories, although the two dark grey signs (see posts passim) weren’t in here, so I guess I recognised them from some tub of lose signs I may have somewhere, and that they were added to the other set?

These sit in the lid, over a pile of the rubbery figure-runners, who are themselves piled on top of a large coated-paper play-mat, hence the have two little cut-outs moulded into the outer frame-runner, to make room for the slide-lock mechanism.

Friday, September 20, 2019

News, Views etc . . . Forthcoming Events - Saturday 21st-Friday 27th September 2019

Well . . . the judges have pushed back their decision from 'perhaps today' until 'maybe early next week'! If they find against Johnson's decision to prorogue (I think I wrote pirogue last week, which is probably a dance move!) we will still be living in a democracy, albeit a wallowing one; holed below the waterline! But if they find in his favour, they will have rendered Parliament (and themselves) irrelevant! He will be free to prorogue whenever he feels like it and for as long as he wants, ergo; he will be able to prorogue before a no-confidence vote, or if he wants to go to war, and we will be in a very dark place.

California's skies will be getting darker now Trump has banned them from banning dirty cars!

But then the skies over Brazil, Peru and Indonesia are already dark! There's a metaphor in there somewhere about a gathering storm . . . 

. . . toys; we need toys!

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Toy Shows

Saturday 21st September 2019

Gloucester - Steven Clement Fairs
Churchdown Community Centre, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2JH
eMail: clementfairs@aol.com
01380 725 322
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown
Refreshments available

Henfield - David Parsons - Toy & Train Collectors Fair
Henfield Village Hall, High Street, Henfield, West Sussex, BN5 9DB
Mob. - 07742 609 865 (David)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission £2
'Delicious' breakfast/refreshments available

Romford - SRP Toyfairs
North Romford Community Centre, 32 Clock House Lane, Collier Row, Romford, Essex, RM5 3QJ
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 12:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Rugby - Barry Potter / BP Fairs 'Rugby Vintage'
The Benn Hall, Newbold Road, Rugby, CV21 2LN
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30-15:00hrs
Admission £3.50 (early-bird £7, from 08:00hrs), OAP's £3, Children £1

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Sunday 22nd September 2019

Coventry - Barry Potter / BP Fairs
The Connexion, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, CV8 3FL
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30-15:00hrs
Admission £3, seniors £2.50p, children £1, early bird (from 08:00hrs) £6
Free parking

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

Haydock Park - Barry Stockton Fairs - Toy Fair
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

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

Weston Supermare - Wendy Hobday - Doll Fair
Royal Hotel, South Parade, Weston Supermare
Tel. - 01895 834 348
Hours unknown
Admission fee unknown
Possibly the worst website still on the Internet! I hope 'Bluechip Computer Support' aren't charging her for that?

Wilton - Steven Clements
Michael Herbert Hall, South Street, Wilton, SP2 0JS
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission unknown

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Tuesday 24th September 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

Saturday 21st September 2019

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

Monday 23rd September 2019

Downham Market - Barry L Hawkins
The Estate Office, 15 Lynn Road, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 9NL
Web. - www.barryhawkins.co.uk
eMail - info@barryhawkins.co.uk
Tel. - 01366 387 180
Sale starts 10:00hrs
Scale models and collectable toys

Tuesday 24th September 2019

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Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Simon Hope Matchbox Collection - Part II

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Thursday 26th September 2019

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (1st day of a two day auction)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616
TV & film memorabilia (more in a separate post here at Small Scale World on Monday)

"The Tony Hillman Collection.

The Tony Hillman Collection, features 129 lots of cinema and film lobby cards and stills, Star Wars press books and literature, Photoplay and other monthly film magazine groups including Empire, Film and Picture Show etc; plus movie posters and production notes, film scripts and screenplays.

The collection started in 1955 when on holiday in Great Yarmouth I got the idea of collecting autographs, the first ones being Ronnie Ronald, The Beverly Sisters and Charlie Chester. Returning home to Birmingham every Saturday evening I’d go to the Hippodrome and wait at the stage door for autographs of the variety artists, getting anyone who came out so my first books were mainly of unknown names. I rarely went to the other city theatre, the Alexander, which did plays, as at that time I didn’t know of many actors but I did get Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh.

As I got older and more knowledgeable about actors, I started doing trips to London to get top names and by that time I’d started building up a collection of film magazines and books and bits and pieces scrounged from cinema managers

By the late 60’s and being in a dead-end job and with my interest in the cinema I decided to try for a job in the industry and got one in the publicity department of Classic Cinemas based in London’s West End.  Being close to the theatres and hotels made it easy at times for getting top names, such as one evening after a few minutes wait at Claridge’s getting Bing Crosby then a walk around the corner and getting Fred Astaire coming out of the Athenaeum, while at other times it could be a long fruitless wait.

Contacts in the distributor’s publicity departments helped build up “Classics” stills collection and mine until in 1974 Classic’s head office was closed. I asked what was going to happen to the publicity material and was told to help myself, so I did, taking the lot,

After moving North in the early 70’s I started writing a film column for a local magazine and doing research on films made in the North East and the film actors born in the region. I put the information to use by doing talks for various groups and when it was the “Centenary of the Cinema” I got six plaques for the region and put my collection to use by mounting a good number of exhibitions.

It’s now come to the point to thin some of the collection down and hope that it will give enjoyment to some other collectors."

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Friday 27th September 2019

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (2nd day of a two day auction)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Trains and model railways

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Other Events

Thursday 19th September (yesterday) - Sunday 3rd November 2019

Newcastle - Discovery Museum - Brilliant Bricks
Discovery Museum, Blandford Square, Westgate Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
'The story of Northern innovation, recreated in Lego'
Expect Lego black puddings, Lego slag-heaps, Lego whippets and Lego flat-caps?
(that's a joke, not 'racism' Mr. Stadinger, It'll be Ironbridge and shit like that, but that's obviously shit as in Rap 'shit' not 'bad shit', or 'shit as in bad' because bad-shit's probably quite good shit if you smoke shit, like rappers, so it could be rap shit AND bad shit, except there's NO drugs - it's bits of ENGINEERING and shit . . . I have to try and explain myself to the morons in Pennsylvanian, but I don't think they get it, even then . . shit!)

Dedham - Munnings Art Museum - Behind the Lines: Alfred Munnings, War Artist, 1918
The Munnings Art Museum, Castle Hill, Dedham, Colchester, Essex, CO7 6AZ
Tel. - 01206 322 127
Wednesday to Sunday, 14:00-17:00hrs, closed Mondays & Tuesdays (or groups by appointment)

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Saturday 21st/Sunday 22nd September 2019

Duxford - Imperial War Museum - Battle of Britain Air Show
Imperial War Museum, Duxford aerodrome, Duxford, Cambridgeshire
Pre-booking Required

Bitton - Avon Valley Railway Trust - 1940's Weekend
Bitton Station, Bath Road, Bitton, Bristol
Re-enactment, costume, vintage military vehicles &etc.

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Overseas Events

Saturday 21st/Sunday 22nd September 2019

Mariembourge (Belgium) - CFV3V - Train Show
A Côté de la Gare, Couvin, Mariembourge, Belgium
Tel. - ++060 312 440

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Saturday 21st September 2019

Köln (Germany) - Auktion Team Breker - Auction Sale
Otto-Hahn Straße 10, 50997, Köln-Godorf, Köln, Germany
P.O. Box - 50 11 19, 50971, Germany
Tel. - ++02236 384 340 (Herr. Uwe H. Breker)
Fax. - ++022363 843 430
Optical amusements, photographica and cinematographic collectables sale

Roseville, (USA) - Dolls4All - Crossroads Doll & Teddy Bear Show
The Grounds, Placer County Fair, 800 All America City Blvd, Roseville, California, USA
10:00- 15:00hrs, early-bird: 9:00
Admission unknown (early-birds US$10.00)

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Sunday 22nd September 2019

Aachen (Germany) - Jurgen Hörner - Toy Fair
Kurpark-Terrassen, Aachen, Germany
Tel. - ++0210 251 133

Chicago (USA) - Roger Garfield - Chicargo Toy Soldier Show
Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, 1800 East Golf Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173, Illinois, USA
Tel. - ++8475 675 355
10:00-15:30hrs
Admission US$10.00, children 12-and-under free
Probably the most professionally-run show on the circuit

Walldorf (Germany) - Automania - Diecast Fair
Stadhalle Walldorf, Marfelden-Walldorf, Germany
Tel. - ++6221 786 422

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Monday 23nd September 2019

Unterhatching (German) - Automania - Diecast Fair
Hatchinga Halle, Unterhatchin, Munich, Germany
Tel. - ++6221 786 422

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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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H is for How They Come In

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This chap; Bob the Builder or a dozer-operating Bob-clone, was found lying in the street! He's obviously from the younger-infant end of the toy-market, but will still go in the tub with all the other larger-scale seated civilians/drivers!

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Picked this up just before final editing of last week's 'show dates' in a Basingrad charity shop (back there today, so who knows what I might turn-up?), consisting of a job-lot of ceramics; the green duck is a small fairing, the owl earthenware, while the puppy is probably a Wade thing? The foxy-looking bear (?) is either doughcraft or chalkware, but I haven't done a dig to decide as it's well-sealed with varnish (suggesting flour & water!), and the glass bird may be damaged with the upper beak now a hard-to-explain cresty-thing! But they were 50p.

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This is getting silly! It's another - new sculp - Chap Mai! In defence of the shop, it was in the same basket as the truck I picked up a week or so ago, so I may have just missed it first time round! I have removed the 'soldier' from the bonnet in the same way as last time - a dab of nail-varnish remover on the end of an ear-bud/Q-tip.

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Came-in this week; there are three posts on these in the queue - really a more frivolous Christmassy posting thing - but they garner traffic for other sources, so not to be sniffed at! Gogo's Crazy Bones, including some early ones (I'm slowly learning them - early ones have no paint and a cruder sculpting style) and I might sort them into a forth post!

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Links

Go 'Strhaarliah! Toy Soldier-collecting Political leader . . .There's hope for us all!



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Received With Thanks
  • Imagery and a press-release from Vectis, I've parceled them up as a stand-alone 'News, Views...' on Monday.
  • We've seen the Captain Pugwash from Mr. Berke, but he's since sent more on them - Vivid Imaginations is the maker, and the line was from a range which included bean-bag figures, squirting toys (put that in the tag list and I'll get more traffic than the White House!) and a Black Pig Adventure Pirate Ship which could be useful for smaller 54/60mm figures - main deck's a bit short!
  •  Theo van der Weerden has sent some stuff following-up on some of last week's posts, but I've only just found it so I don't know if I can use it here, or just tuck it in the archive for 'latters'!

Thanks all, as always, and it reminds me there are various follow-ups to sort out, so I may have a day or two on them at some point.

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Other News

Hopefully by the time you read this I will have got the planet-dividers right! If not I'll put something simple in quickly and remove this so you'll never know I tried!

No toy news, I've given the paper's a miss this week - it's all old Etonians misbehaving! The only lesson of Brwreakshit (other than don't have Brwreakshit) is never send your son (no daughters ever!) to Eton, he'll end-up sexist, racist and behaving like a deranged performing-seal! I might catch-up at the weekend, although I'm gutted the 'i's gone-up 20p for the Saturday edition!

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"What'er we sorting? Unknown civilians? Why don't you know them then? So you won't be needing this lid? For . . . a while like?"

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Away From Toy Soldiers

Mentioned in the week at some point I think. . .

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. . . not as hot-a-shots as some you'll find on-line, but there is - nevertheless - something pleasing about capturing them yourself, even on a little pocket camera - the naughty Rosemary Beetle, so pretty! And yes - related to the spud-munching Colorado!

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F is for Follow-up - Hing Fat - Astronauts

Just a quick follow-up to the other day'spost as I have dug-out the loose stuff from the storage lot, a few new poses and some clues, but only serving to confuse!

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Three different sets are represented here, of which the one marked 3 above is an additional pose in the confirmed Hing Fat set we looked at last time, complete with obliterated earlier (probably 'HONG KONG') mark and the uneven 'MADE     IN CHINA', as well as the same silver plastic, but not so dark a gunmetal shade as in the set.

The number 1 lot are annotated on the container as being Hing Fat, so, despite forgetting where they came from, or when, I assume they are Hing Fat as someone I trusted must have told me so! They include the seated figure from the Luna Rover we could see in one of the bagged sets last time, and several new poses, along with a darker grey figure (rather washed-out by camera-flash) to the right.

The last figure (number 2) has a variation of the poorer Hing Fat mark but without the scar hiding something underneath.

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The number's 1 on the left and 2 to the right; you can see the 2 has a smaller but neater 'MADE IN CHINA' mark than that which we saw on the previous Dollar Tree Distribution set, so a sub-piracy or - as there's little to tell between all these size-wise - a different contract, but probably not Hing Fat, the quality is better than the Hing Fat mouldings so, closer to the originals.

However the Hing Fat's (1) are much better marked than the set we looked at the other day. I suspect these are the re-marked replacement for those, with their scars. It is in point-of fact a font similar to the Dollar Tree set, but with a more rounded type to Dollar Tree's slightly condensed lettering.

With the un-scratched-out Hing Fat 'HONG KONG's still to be found and an almost certain pre-1997 'handover' HK-marked, best-quality original out there, I suspect we will return to these, more than once, but it might take a few years to tell the whole story?