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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.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

B is for Batman, super Bloke and Babe'alichious Babe one...

So bringing the DC season to a close with some more exclusive to Five Below stuff also contributed from Brian Berke up there in NY.

The Man Bat! A nice version of the classic TV Batman, but beefed-up a bit to meet the expectations of modern fans raised on the darker muscle-Batmen of the recent movies.

The Super-dooper Man. Brian reports that these figures are around 3-inches (90/100mm), and again this seems based on an older vision; the early - Christopher Reeve - movie Super Man, but also viewed after a steroid-based workout!

The Wounder'ful-come-to-rescue-you-in-Ann Summer's-kinky-nightwear-Woman! I had such a crush on Ms. Carter when I was a kid busy going through the crushes on TV stars phase of adolescence! I don't recall her having a polished steel brassier though, so I think this sculpt has more modern references, but it looks a bit like the old gold-lame one I remember.

Reverse of the packaging reveals that there are five in the series (which is the 2nd series issued), and that they lock together via their bases to make a shelf-display vignette. I wonder who was in the line-up of the first series, if such major characters are in the second.

Brian states he knows of no significance behind the 'New 52' graphics on both sides of the card, neither do I, anything to do with the Justice League? Are the two in the background bad guys, or other members of the Justice League? If they're baddies the other three shouldn't have their backs to them!

Close-ups of the three figures; probably doesn't add much to the post, but I've done the collage so it can stay!

Monday, June 27, 2016

I is for Itty Bitty Batman

Micro DC today, this comes from Kenner and is clearly 'after' Galoob's mini play sets, but by the time this set was issued they had actually bought Galoob.

The box-art was a darn-sight more exciting than the contents, in my opinion, but to be fair to Kenner, the back-side of the box and the display-window, gave you plenty of time to work that out for yourself, and let's face it, a kids sense of imagination is a darn-sight more active than this cynical adult's!

That other side; showing most of the elements of a Star Wars 'head' play set, with fold-out panels and a couple of figures along with a larger plug-in accessory.



The widow (also carried over from the Galoob sets) showing the little pieces that make it a 'playset' and not just 'a set'! It's lucky the Man Bat has that Bat-schtick thing going on; 'cos in a straight fist-fight he'd surly lose, that Freezer-dude's huge!

Galoob had bought the licence before they went tits-up, and there are a couple of other Batsets (Batsee what I Batdid there!) shown on the back of the baseball quartet we'll look at another day. If anyone has that Harley Davidson set on the right going spare, I'd happily swap it for the baseball players. They - Galoob - also had a stab at Marvel with some Spidey-sets!

Friday, June 24, 2016

M is for Mark this day well....

...it is the day the idiots finaly got the keys to Pandora's box...

...or as Farage might have said if he had an honest bone in is body:

"A victory for Stupid People!"

B is for the Board-game Batmen!

Mattel issued two board-games with batmen, namely: Gotham City Mystery with Batmen and Robin, two main bad-guy characters and a 'bunch-of-five' baddies, and Shadow Assault (a 'Batman Begins' tie-in from 2005) with four Batmen and a herd of ninja baddies!

It is from that latter set that these three are probably taken, I say probably as there were several versions it seems, and not all of them had the same four poses. There seem to have been three with this type of base (red, orange and yellow) and another with a different base. The Ninja bad-guys are all the same pose and in unpainted transparent PVC.

The Upper Halesworthington Synchronised BDT (Bat-flying Display Team) totally mess-up their compulsory flaming-swoosh with triple-salchow fly-past, right under the judges noses; spacing is all over the place, yellow-leader has not turned-out early enough and green has stopped smiling his very expensive, snow-white, Harley Street dentistry. . . awful performance!

I'm missing the blue one, presumably kept by the owner as the most realistic of the four, originally included in the Spears Games game of Batman Swoops Down, from 1966. Thanks to . . . I'm not sure, they came from the PW31 show, but whether they were a table-purchase or in one of the brought-by-mates lots I'm not certain, so thanks to Trevor, Graham, Adrian or Gareth anyway!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

T is for Two - Batman Paratroopers . . . Batroopers? Batachutists? Batatroopers!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No . . . it really IS Batman this time! More from DC, and one f my favorite side-collections; Parachute Toys!

The first one is pretty standard, late 1970's, polyethylene blow-moulding, seems to have obtained a license, although not a likeness - he looks like Momma from 'Throw Momma From a Train'. Also, he seems to be wearing a nappy, probably a good idea as his fellow blow-moulding . . .

. . . seems to be err . . . packing a bit of a lunch-box, if you know what I mean! How did that get through trading-standards? Believed to be an Argentinean or Mexican in origin, it's a more recent toy, with a much thicker walled moulding, waxed-nylon or rayon (?) fishing-line like strings (pined through his shoulders - ouch!) and a thick polythene parachute.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

R is for Res Plastics to the Rescue

Picked these up at the London show from a mate who's a DC fan, these were only his spares and talking to Paul Morehead (PW's Ed.) on Monday he thinks there are 12-16 in the set.

Originally manufactured by Res Plastics (RP) of Italy, the moulds should be with Red Scorpio (DSG) of Argentina and I'll try to find a link and put it below when I go up the Library to publish this! The originals were a soft polyethylene - we looked at the Superman and Batmen in a Kinder post here - while these are in a tinier, more rigid plastic, but not a brittle styrene.

Red Scorpio seems to have them (painted?) but the links are dead here (and PC-crashingly dead at that...he says - ten frozen-screen minutes later), maybe you'll have better luck?
 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

O is for Old School

If this was the 1970's, seeing these in a specific [American] store's packaging would be the signal to go out and try to find your local unbranded generic card from the same factory! Sadly, these days the contracts between the Asian producers and the Western retailers are much tighter, and if you haven't got a Five Below down the road you will not have such an option . . . or will you?*

The Bat Man!

Many thanks again due to Brian Berke for these shots, he went out last week in the good weather (peeing-down all week - this side of the pond!)** looking in the discount-stores round Queens in New York and found these.

What is so cool about them is that they aren't the new 'dark' knight characters, or any of the incrementally darker knights of the string of barely connected movies since the 1990's, but rather the old TV serial, even the faces are reasonable renditions of the original characters!

Robin the Boy Wonder!

And - in the light of recent posts here - they are bendy toys, but full-bodied, anatomically correct (ignoring the Boy Wonder's elbows!), bendy-toys; these are too cool for school . . . one of the bigger boys would nick them! If you live near a Five Below get down there and forget the whole Trump-Clinton future shocks by losing yourself in these for a few hours . . . that's a suggestion not an order .
. . Biff! Pow! Thwack!

Has it ever stuck you that the old school Boy Wonder also looks a bit like a camp Robin Hood! "Holy Hot-Pants Batman!" said Robin the Boy-Wonder Hood!

Back of Batcard!

*While they seem to be made exclusively for Five Below, the other change from the '70's is - of course - evilBay, and it's only a matter of days before some of the bottom-feeders on there have these listed with a silly BIN mark-up! There's probably also an online portal for Five Below, but whether they will ship overseas remains to be seen, however I think I'll be looking!

** Oak before Ash - you're in for a splash, Ash before Oak - you're in for a soak, thunderstorms in 'flaming' June - Wimbledon's coming very soon!

There now follows a minor DC 'Super Hero season' on the Blog as I use these as an excuse to clear some stuff out of Picasa! I love these - Thanks Brian.

Friday, June 17, 2016

T is for "Timmaaay"!

Cartman . . . you're such a fat'ass . . . wrong Timmy!

So if the term 'Ubiquitous' was ever deserved by a set of toy soldiers, it's got to be this lot . . . I know the Britains Guards,  khaki infantry or Airfix Para's fight for the title in the UK, and elsewhere other people may have had a more common inhabitant of the toy-box, but globally, these guys have to take the medal.

We had a few Marx and MPC from Woolies, a bunch of 'inherited' Crescent, Lone Star and Charbens (from the church fete!), tones of Airfix, Britains Herald HK (including the above-mentioned) and Timpo swoppets, but we had a bunch of these as well, in various colours; everyone we knew did!

I actually took this - rather fuzzy - shot in October 2014, when I was blogging GI's for a while, but never got round to using it. More have come in, then someone else Blogged them so I held-off for a bit, now, with contributions and a purchase, there's enough for a better view!

This is the contribution (from Brian Berke - thanks again!): the current Imperial version; Delta Force, they're poor sculpts, but not as poor as some copies you'll see! They've taken 10 of the original 12 poses and issued them with a card that illustrates other maker's better figures!

Three days after I took the original image I found this large PVC rubber mine-clearer from a Burger King promotion on the back of the Toy Story movie in another tub, so fired off a quick comparison shot to add to the folder against the day I'd use them . . . as it happens - today!

Below them are three Imperial figures of the same pose showing the differences between cavities of a mould-tool; the one on the left practically sand-blasted of detail, the one in the middle not bad, while the one on the right has one less release-pin mark and a thinner left wrist.

Boley have also had a go recently, and we did look at them before, the other figures in the set being a mixture of ex-Airfix and Matchbox poses, so these are the two Tim Mee ones - in a glossy polypropylene. The mortar operator appears to be holding an upside-down bottle in the other hand . . . very poor mouldings!

Starting a run through the poses, we'll lead with the 'Ell Tee': Thinks "Shall I shoot them or shall I throw my binoculars at them?", the chinatroops (to the right) take the choice away by giving him a more belligerent arm pose!

These Tim Mee chaps got a whole new shot in the arm, when following the Toy Story movie, various sets, tubs and other tie-ins returned to the old figures they were parodying in the film, and we see two here, bottom left, with the story behind the larger one elsewhere on the blog, he having been removed from a Mattel infant toy.

Close-ups of the bases, I think the slightly marbled one (top left) is the original (or as close as), with various other versions roughly as they are in the previous collage, along with a new 'officer with Bino's' pose thrown-up by the licensed toys, the left-hand example of which looks like he's on Charlie Brown's pitchers' hump!

He's a mobile-phone (cell phone) stand I've blogged before, and I never really did work out how it was supposed to work, a triumph of marketing over any practical value . . . very American!

The dark green guy on the right of the middle shot is a 'recent purchase', and I'll keep referring to them as that as we go through, because while they are Tim Mee clones, when we get to the kneeling-firer you wouldn't know it - if you didn't get them all together! They are re-cut to a reasonably high standard (for China), and look more like paratroopers than GI's.

Again: top left is probably the original, with three of the common clones we all knew next to him; they ran through 'till the end of the 1970's at least. Bottom row has two current Imperial and two crappy chinatroops with a Toy Story between them.

The chinatroops have reduced the calibre but appear to be firing dildos at the enemy, as they're apparently also wearing half-gonads on their 'eds, that's really no surprise! Toy Story - on the other hand - clearly mean business and have gone-up a few calibres.

If these Tim Mee's are ubiquitous, then this pose is the quintessential one! A weird one nonetheless, a sort of semi-Japanese Bren-gun/BAR on an 'avoiding-undercut' designed bi-pod! But still - such a dynamic pose, bi-pod braced against one foot as he strains to find targets, crouched over to make as small a target as possible for returning enemy fire.

He's also one of the few toy-soldier, medium machine-gunners to have his left hand where it should be: firmly gripping the neck of the butt and cushioning the cheek. Ignored by Toy Story (too much firepower?!), Boley and Imperial, he seems to have died the death of all things . . . or have Processed Plastics resurrected him?

The prone guys, chinatroops have swapped legs at the waist! Note how the 'recent purchase' (middle of the bottom row - crawling guys) has been re-tooled and 'chunked-up' a bit, the pale guy to his left might be a more recent copy of him? Both poses are also based on the previous 60mm figures by Tim Mee.

Kneeling firers: you can see that if you found him on his own, you wouldn't recognise the 'resent purchase' as being from the same set of poses, he looks more like a 1990's Revell paratrooper? Meanwhile the chinatroops have now swapped legs with the flamethrower guy in the next collage, and Toy Story has given-up trying to look like his ancestors!

The chinatroops kneeling-down on the job while the Tim Mee and clones fight their way uphill through the rain, a mix of thick jungle undergrowth, barbed-wire and smashed palm-trunk bunkers.

Here the chinatroops have taken the legs off the stabbing guy, Toy Story have a bit of a redesign and - like the knee-mortar - an increase in firepower. I particularly like the 'baselette' on the raised foot of the larger Toy Story guy, having never seen the movies I don't know if they carry them around in the film; like magnetic puddles on each boot, but it certainly gets the point across on the figure.

Digressing for a moment: have you seen the magnetic liquid that was going round the Facebook as a viral a while ago, brilliant stuff, if you want to lose five minutes of your life on a frivolity, Google the Youtube!

Radio operator/field-telephone guy; another marbled one seeming to be the original, as they were never marked and some clones are very good, what with me not being an expert on them and Tim Mee or Processed Plastic producing dozens of runs in various colours it's hard to know what I've got here with some of them!

Mine clearer guy, the only one who looks to be doing any real work is the larger PVC one; he's got it on the sand, pushing, most of the rest are waving it fruitlessly around 8-10 inches off the ground, presumably waiting until the loss of their legs tells them they've found a mine?

To be fair the chinatroops are holding it about right, and the recent copy (bottom right) is also holding it near the sought metal. This is also the other pose not taken-up by Imperial in their recent act of piracy, but I think the PP re-issues do contain him.

Waving-forward guy becomes grenade thrower guy with both the 'recent purchase' and late HK clone to his right (the viewers left), making them about the only pose in this set that are close to the contemporary Marx/MPC figure sets, the other two make's figure however, are both holding Thompson SMG's.

Although even without the grenade added, this pose is closest to those other sets, strange really as the rest of the set is quite original, while the other two sets have several poses in common, as we saw when we looked at them.

Toy Story and chinatroops have similar legs, 'recent purchase' is looking like a Paratrooper again! Called Stabby-guy (by me) - the original is top left and has a very fine bayonet sculpted, most of the others are trying to spear their enemy with a sausage on the end of their weapon.

Common to most of the line-ups, but missing from the officer one I annotated the base shot of, I've also added text here to point out the HK marked versions, they are present in most of the line-ups as are the 'China' ones. Most of the copies though, in all poses, are unmarked.

Loose-ends: Two new poses given-up by the 'reborn' franchise; 1000-yard stare'y-guy and at last . . . advancing with rifle! Still no marching with slung weapon though? Also a close-up of the finer detail on Stabby-guy and the various treatments of the business-end of the mine detector, his headphones undergo similar change/transition through the various generations.

12 original poses, four new ones and with chinatroop conversions/Toy Story variations: 23'ish to collect . . . so far! "Timmaaay, Timmaaay, Timmaaaaaaaaaay"!

More here

Thursday, June 16, 2016

L is for Larger than Life-size

Not really a 'toy soldier', not even a 'box-ticker' as there's no manufacturer . . . this would have been a one-off commission by the council (or a similar body) to a commercial studio or model-maker of some kind, but there's no credit on the thing. However, it's painted and it's fibreglass which is considered a polymer, so it's in!

'Wellington' shopping centre - Aldershot

Taller than me, even without the plinth, it represents a drummer from the time of Waterloo, presumably in the uniform of the Hampshire's, who at the time were still waiting to become 'Royal' I believe? Listen to me . . . "I believe"? I once had to pass a test on their regimental history to get a free cap-badge from the Queen! How quickly we forget . . .

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

News, Views Etc...Plastic Warrior No.162

The latest issue (number 162); sees me getting worse on the timings again, as the next one is due any day now, but here it is - just in time . . .
Articles
* The opening article has Colin Penn show-and-telling on a purchase of a Britains Zoo eagle conversion.
* Staying with Britains, there's a brilliant editorial on Summer County premiums with contributions from Jonathan Stevens and Barney Brown.
* Certain err . . . coincidental images in Timpo publicity material/packaging are examined by Steve Pugh.
* Erwin Sell looks at 1980's copies of Crescent and Cherilea medieval foot and mounted, re-done as Romans.
* Best article this month (even: ever?) is Andreas Dittmann's Koziol bazooka-man . . . cowboy! Yes - you read that right, and with two other make's similarly cannon-equipped cowboys and a lovely Indian wall plaque arrow-firer. . . stuff you otherwise probably never see; brilliant.
* Tom Stark looks at the hobby as it relates to 'counter price' vs value and such like.
* H.G. Wells is brought to life by a lovely diorama from the hand of Joseph W. Svec III, depicting events in Woking, Surry all those future-past years ago.
* The third pose-example of a Lone Star Musketeer turns up (that's three poses and about ten figures that we know about now), as I say every time: it's only a matter of time before a whole box turns-up!
'What The !&*$?' has four question marks this quarter;
·         An early-looking (French?) mounted knight in armour from Jack Shalatain
·         A seated AFV crewman/motor cyclist/tractor driver/passenger type of military appearance from Joe Bellis . . . Penny Farthing rider?!!
·         Barney Brown's large scale cowboys and Indians are still looking for a positive ID
·         A moustached French actress/circus lady in her underwear whipping a mike . . . all very Parisian!
* Les Collier looks at a set of figures from Toltoys which I found fascinating as I thought they were French and possibly premiums.
* Tom Stark returns for a second contribution, looking at Publius new sets and new retail arrangements.
Regular Features
'NEWS and VIEWS and other stuff ' has a follow-up on the unknown figures from the previous 'NEWS...', being Nordplast, news on C&T auctions, a new French show and news on Papo moving into 54mm.
'Book Review' this issue is very busy with reviews of four new titles
1.      Sixty Years of Airfix

2.      The A-Z of Timpo

3.      Farming in Miniature Vol. 1

4.      Farming in Miniature Vol. 2
'Readers Letters' this time is a four page fest, including mentions for:
·         Management change at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show (Janice and Rodger Garfield)

·         Books on Guards (Claude R, Hart)

·         Herald/Zang (Dan Morgan)

·         Marx (B. Nielson, JC. Martin and K Sprecher)

·         Engineer Basevich (Peter Cole)

·         Kellogg's (Kent Sprecher)

·         Dull Men of Great Britain (Tim Barker)

·         Ideal 'Justice League' and Wilton 'Batman' figures (Paul Stadinger)
'What's New' (as part of 'letters' this issue) mention releases from:
  • Nagant - Anarchists (Mathias/Stads)
  • Mars - Ex-Oritet Taliban, Russians in Afghanistan and Vietcong (Mathias Berthoux)
  • Big Bad Toy Store - MOFO's (Mathias Berthoux)
Plus all the usual small-ads and a four page 'Plastic Advertiser' insert.
Covers are: on the front, lovely French moveable-arm figures from Miniajouets courtesy of Andy Partridge (nice, but not as nice as Andreas's figures!), with a further War of the Worlds shot on the back cover.
Remember also; for subscription details or re-up, contributions or queries, Plastic Warrior is now on-line here:
And they are on Paypal.

Monday, June 13, 2016

A is for Aurora, Allied & Axis Armour, Amphibious Assault on Anzio and Anti-Aircraft AFV

Today's topic was the subject of the first ever post on this Blog (dated now!), and while a few people would have seen it while scrolling, when it was still on the first few pages, the last time I looked it still only had 26 targeted hits! As we clear the million hits and approach the 1,500th post there will be occasions when we revisit something that was pretty-well covered the first time, and this is one of those occasions...

I only have the three cards, I'm assuming there was at least a fourth, for the Patton, maybe (but unlikely) a fifth - with a jeep; or two? Clearly copies of Roco-minitanks, they are each attached singly to the same card, which is overprinted with the content's title.

The Anzio Beach kit, filled - in the American style - with lots of 'stuff' to make it more of a 'play set', reused the Pz.Kpfw.IV chassis for a Whirlwind self-propelled flack-platform, but the tracks and wheels were really buggered-about with, and no hidden carpet-wheels were provided.

Comparison between the treatments of the underside, I can only conclude that a second vehicle was copied with little or no recourse to the first design . . . and that's assuming the better one came first, maybe it was a latter improved addition. As far as I know the Flakpanzer never got a carded issue, and the Mark Four never got included in either of the two kit/sets which carried the other vehicles; Anzio Beach and Rat Patrol.

The Panther however, came carded AND in both kit-sets, with one at Anzio and two more trying to prevent a pair of 'Rat Patrol'  jeeps from conquering North Africa or; a bunch of tea-time entertainment, Hollywood forgettable's forgotten's take credit for the exploits of the LRDG (Long Range Dessert Group) and SAS!

Again the carded vehicle has hidden wheels while the kit version has none, but here - the Panther - is of better quality overall than the Wirbelwind, but still of poorer finish than the carded example.

Part counts of the kit vehicles are simple; indeed the jeep has more parts than any of the tracked vehicles and even the landing craft! The carded versions getting the additional two hidden wheel/axle combo's.

Again we see a drop-off of quality with the kit version, the two locating slots and the tabs that connect with them being particularly obvious, much rougher and needing cleaning to work properly, apart from the Pz.IV as noted above, all the others seem to be copies of the originals, that is: the carded copies of Roco were then copied for the kits...maybe someone had scrapped the moulds in a moment of madness, however as also touched on above: it may be that the carded ones were letter, cleaner re-designs?

When HO worlds collide!

The Aurora road-tanker in the US slot-racing scale of 1:64th HO, refuels the tank copied from a European 1:90th'ish railway HO which through the late sixties/1970's would be formalised at 1:87th, while an Airfix 'tankie' in a nominal 1:76th HO/OO looks on, he's actually toward the OO/1:72nd end of that particular HO scaling!

Yet they all look OK together . . . the AFV a bit small, but . . . who cares? A few more figures spread about would pull everything together a bit better.

The Patton which I assume had a carded version, these are the two colours of the Anzio Beach sets (the Germans always in grey), and neither have carpet-wheels. Rather anachronistic for Anzio, it was nevertheless the star of many 1960's/'70's war movies (sometimes on both sides . . . the Germans always in grey!), courtesy of the Spanish, Greek, Turkish or Portuguese armies!

Below them the equally anachronistic M38 (?) jeeps, which I suspect didn't get a carded version. Interestingly, the rather tatty Rat Patrol one at the back is a different moulding from the two Anzio variants, with tabs on the otherwise finer windscreen, so again; to get it on the Rat Patrol frame/runner ('sprue') it was re-cut.

The final vehicle from the two kit-sets; A landing craft, which would look more at home on an African river-crossing (sans pom-pom!) than a WWII beach assault landing, but it's a useful asset to war-gamers none the less!

Aurora - rather cheekily - actually included the copy of the Airfix 1st version US Marine's rubber boat in their vehicle total for the Anzio kit, but I'm proceeding on the assumption  you know what that looks like! If you don't: it's on the Airfix Blog.

Sunday, June 12, 2016

T is for Two - Early Plastic Vehicles

These are both militarised versions of civil toy vehicles, in the case of the lanny: more obvious than the sports car which may have been intended to be a stab at 'British Racing Green'?

This has the wheels of the little Tri-Ang Minic trucks we looked at a long time ago, but is scaled larger than them; here in a nice 'army' green, it's a basic short-wheelbase, Mark-One Land-Rover with pick-up body as used by farmers from day one, before the army adopted them and clamped a spare-wheel to the bonnet. Equipped with a standard Minic push-and-go motor, it's not terribly accurate, but the headlights and grill say: Mk.I!

I suspect this is more accurate to the real thing, but not being a fan of two-seat sports-coupes, I can only guess at Morgan? Jaguar? Riley? It's made in the USA who weren't known for this type of car (were they?), so I'm guessing it's a European 'type' anyway, although the squidged 'm', fort or hat shape logo (Maserati? No . . . trident!) on the bonnet doesn't seem to be a clue?

Also interesting - given its likely age - is that it's a soft polyethylene, the Irwin mini-planes being made of a more phenolic or styrene type plastic?

A scaleing-shot with Spencer Smith's figures, the Tri-Ang lanny is not too bad, a tad big for the 30'mils, but - as you can see - the Irwin 'staff car' is better suited to 50mm and could pass for a 54mm officer's steed...if any government would issue such cars! And you should never use the bonnet as a look-out!

Saturday, June 11, 2016

911 is for Call the Emergency Services!

If you live the other side of the pond that is . . . I remember thinking as a kid that they must be saying '911' in the movies and TV dramas because they aren't allowed to use the 'actual' 999!

Brain sent these a while ago, well it seems like a while ago as it's been a busy time recently, but they arrived a month ago this Friday! Of interest is that they are the basis of the smaller ones we looked at here a couple of years ago ['can't find the link...obviously haven't tagged it properly!].

Six Jaru police in blue and six other emergency personnel, mostly firemen (or firefighters!) in a mix of red and white, but with the same three poses in each colour. Did other sets have those two reversed?

I asked Brian for a shot of the pack for my records this week, but it was good enough to use on the Blog! Also comparisons with the cheepo-copies I found, the police being the inside pair, the fire crew the outside pair. You can see the clones are a bit smaller, and the teeny pistol's ancestor is revealed to be another teeny-pistol! It's like he's pointing his finger . . . "Halt! Or I poke you in the eye perp!"

The lower shot is a comparison with the Fishel figures; they're modelled on a later (more modern) era, with 'Fritz' helmets, something equating to a Heckler-Koch MP-something-or-other and body armour, also they are a better sized 54mm. The upper shot is another comparison between the Jaru in the middle and the clone to the right with a painted vinyl original to the left, which may be modern, or may date from the 1980's and could be via Jaru (they've been around long enough), or some other rack-toy jobber?