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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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . or - C is for 'Cos . . . You're sick of Bears!

A quick update on the Khaki Infantry page, following his contributions the other week, Chris Smith kindly sent a follow-up group shot of the FG Taylor's in white plastic . . .

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. . . and an even more interesting head-swap pair; more on which with the images on that page. I was in half-a-mind to 'call them out' as Trojan's - still to be identified - Parachute Battalion, but for now I have placed them in the Unknown section, they also cross-refer to Rocco's sculpts?

U is for Ursine Urethane

Following on from this morning's stripy bumble-bear, we have not so much a box-ticker as a 'deck-clearer' with one of the Blog's occasional looks at what bear-related stuff has come in over the last year or so, and 'teddy' rather that realistic - it wouldn't do to get ones bears muddled-up!

Brown Bears, Polyurethane Resin, PU Resin, Resin Bears, Resin Statuettes, Teddy Bears, Toy Bears, Varnish Washed,
This pair was going to be in a post called 'Cats and Bears', well; the post would probably have been called something else, but the folder was C&B as they all came together in a 50p-each type charity shop purchase. But then it turned out the cats were more interesting, so these two vinyl lumps were cast aside, while I sought something to make a 'T is for Two . . . ' post!

The sculpting is slightly different on them but the overall style is so similar they have to be from the same source and - presumably - that will be one of these hideously expensive, seemingly endless series of designer-tat sets you see in high-street jewellers - the most honest things ever said about them having been uttered by Gerald Ratner!

Also they were probably the smaller lower priced, entry-level pieces in a range with larger examples and great lumps of PU 'family groups', mothers with cubs and the like? Yet vey affordable years later in a charity shop! Not 100% sure they're not supposed to be an attempt at realistic bears, but the foot-pads earned them a place in the 'teddies' box.

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This catalogue shot was the other half of the T-is-for-two post, and shows a few common-enough London tourist keepsakes, probably carried by other 'names' but wholesaled through the recently folded MGL.

Similar to the soft PVC household cavalry and similar policeman we've seen here at Small Scale World in the past, but poured resin, and the key-ring artwork seems to be mocked-up Photoshop type stuff, but I'm sure they were made and distributed, and; by more than just Marshall's!

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Another charity shop purchase and we were on a roll - for a bear post!

These two were a further charity shop purchase a few weeks after the previous lot, slightly bigger and from another series of over-priced baubles. Different artists/designers I suspect, but the same brand?

Bear In Jumper, Bear in School Cap, Brown Bears, Patched Teddy Bear Figurine, Patchwork Bear, Polyurethane Resin, PU Resin, Resin Bears, Resin Statuettes, Schoolboy Bear, Teddy Bears, Toy Bears,
The one on the right came in the other day, and is shot here to size-up against the other pair.

Brown Bears, Patched Teddy Bear Figurine, Patchwork Bear, Polyurethane Resin, PU Resin, Resin Bears, Resin Statuettes, Teddy Bears, Toy Bears, Clinton's Cards,
I think he's a Clinton's Cards thing?* I'm pretty sure I've seen stationary and greeting-cards with these patchwork/patched-up bears, slowly easing-out the execrable Love Is... stuff over the last decade or so, even Snoopy-licensed stuff isn't as common as it was!

*Google says - Me to You bears . . . there's hundreds of 'em!

Baby Shower Novelty, Blue Bear, Teddy Bear, Toy Bear, Polyethylene Bear Toy,
Finally - I can't remember where this one came from, the shots were taken on the 19th May, so it could have been in the PW Show Plunder (Peter, Brian, Trevor or purchase), several large mixed lots I got from charity shops around that time, or even Jim's box? If it was you - thanks!

It's similar to the little blow-moulded novelty bears we've also seen here before, usually flocked, but this one is a solid-moulded, polyethylene lump and I don't know if it should be flocked. It is - equally - similar to the 'baby shower' bear we saw here too, so may be something like that, in which case the flock is ruled-out by the Pink & Blue rule!

Bee is for Bumble Bear!

There was a fad among the poured, painted-metal branch of the hobby a few years ago (I say 'a few', it's more like fifteen to twenty years ago, I keep forgetting how old I'm getting and how quickly!) for vignettes, issued around Christmas time, involving a child or two with a set of teeny-weeny, tiny toy soldiers they had found under the tree, that trope - for toys of toys with toys - was behind this purchase, from the struggling Poundworld Plus.

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What appears to be a bit of 'Euro-clearance' from Italy, but it may have been available here earlier in somewhere like the late Toysaurus, and related to an Italian kid's TV-series La Cassa delle Api (the bee house/house of the bees), I only bought it for one item, but we'll look at the whole thing 'cos it's there!

A World Of Play, Biplane Toy, Buzzbee, Junior Distribution, la Cassa delle Api, Mookie Toys, Nice Group Italy, Novelty Figurine, Plastic Novelty, Poundworld Plus, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Space Enterprises, Teddy Bear, The Bees House, The Hive Enterprises Ltd., The House Of Bees, The House Of The Bees, Toy Bi-plane, Toy Locomotive, TV Characters, TV Related, TV Tie Ins, Smaller Contents, Rubbish Bin, Bee, Bumble Bee, Close-up Shots
After umming and aah'ing, I kept the three 'toys of toys', put the bee in the charity-shop pile and recycled the bed and hexagonal bin (bee comb - see?!). While the packaging and all other ephemera was in Italian - apart from an English age-restriction sticker - I would imagine some UK kids are familiar with it as the nature of the Internet and multi-channel broadcasting means most things tele-visual (or clips of them) are available somewhere, these days?

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But this is what I was after! Is it a Bee Bear or a Bear Bee? A Teddy-bee? It can't be a Honey-bear, I know what they look like - I'm not stupid! It's too cool for nursery-school (about my level!), it's a Bumble Bear!

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There's a mini bi-plane and a mini locomotive too, and you'll know from past posts that I am slowly amassing side-collections of both, but the bear is the best! The Bee; 'Buzzbee', has a fold-down hook so he can do a bit of zip-wire action, along a cable in one of the bigger play-sets.

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Some of the other sets available at the time (2014); I've seen no evidence of them being part of this import tranche, and with none of them having anything like a stripy bear, I'm not concerned, although the little ladybird looks fun.

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The problem with a globalised toy market is trying to make sense of who (or to whom) the toy can actually be attributed for the purpose of archiving the post after Blog-publishing, this appears to be manufactured (in China by an unnamed contract manufacturer) for Mookie Toys, on behalf of Space Enterprises licensed or licensing from/to Hive Enterprises (the TV company?), distributed (in Italy?) by Nice Group in collaboration with Junior Distribution who may (or may not) be responsible for it's turning up in the UK on Poundworld Plus's shelves!

I will archive it under Mookie and Space with a cross-reference (eventually on the A-Z Blogs) to Hive!

Of course it's all childish, but if I gave you nothing but wall-to-wall Marx, Cherilea and Airfix you'd soon get bored . . . and it was a quid, you know . . . a quid, why would you walk past it - it's got a 20mm bear in it . . . with stripes!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

B is for Brucey Bonus - More Phidal!

A few recent shelfies of Phidal stuff in TKMaxx I wouldn't bother with if I found them in a charity shop or at a car boot sale, and a few odds I think are also Phidal.

Disney, Disney Film, Disney Infinity, Fireman Sam, Interactive Books, Lion Guard, My Busy Book, My Little Pony, Phidal Publishing, PVC Mini Figures, PVC Plastic Toy Figurines, PVC Rubber, PVC Toy, PVC Vinyl Figures, Scooby Doo, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Super Hero, Superheroes, Thomas The Tank Engine,
We saw a quite nice My Little Pony set as a shelfie from Brian, which appeared to have stuff likely to prove useful to fantasy war-gamers or role-players, I suspect this set's contents are more chunky, cartoony figurines.

The other three are run-of-the-mill licensed stuff, likely to be larger animals, small trains and a mix of figures and sub-scale vehicles, I didn't study the backs of the tomes; where those clues lye!

Disney, Disney Film, Disney Infinity, Fireman Sam, Interactive Books, Lion Guard, My Busy Book, My Little Pony, Phidal Publishing, PVC Mini Figures, PVC Plastic Toy Figurines, PVC Rubber, PVC Toy, PVC Vinyl Figures, Scooby Doo, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Super Hero, Superheroes, Thomas The Tank Engine,
Other probable Fidal's, the Disney Infinity character I'm now sur of (haven't confirmed the Minions though), likewise the superhero, who is tatty and damaged, but I think the two girls (big hands?) from Scooby Doo are early Phidal, their markings are right and I have seen a more recent Scooby set in TKMaxx, so Phidal obviously carry the licence?

F is for Fluffy the Feline

It turns out that it's not just Phidal who have been issuing these interactive book/play set volumes, this is one of those others, issued by Century Books, the company - based in Torquay, Devon - was previously (and is again) known as Centum, and this was another charity shop lot, back in early June.

Amscan Cats, Animals, Black & White Cat, Cat In A Box, Cats, Centrum Books, Centrum Publishing, Dogs, Domestic Animal Toys, Domestic Pet Cat Toy, Fluffy The Kitten, Generic Animals, MTC Cats, Pets, Plastic Toys, PVC Figurines, PVC Vinyl Animals, PVC Vinyl Rubber, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Cover of Box and Contents
The pages are simpler than Phidal's, being pretty basic with a couple of rendered, low-resolution CGI kitten images on the cover - they look like they may be TV related, but I've never heard of Fluffy? But the story is actually more fully formed than the thumbnail 'captions' of most of the Phidal examples I've seen.

[Google suggests it's piggy-backing a more well known 'Fluffy the Kitten' touch & feel book?] 

The big difference is that rather than commissioning their own figures, they have taken off-the self generic items from China, which we have actually seen here at Small Scale World before twice - or at least the cats we have, the dogs are obviously taken from a sibling set.

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We first saw them when Brian Berke donated a blistered set (branded to MTC) to the blog, and while I was very good and left it sealed, I then found them in a plain bulk bag (branded to Amscan) in a party shop, all this about a year ago? Two years ago? Doesn't matter, these are they!

The above shot actually adds to the overall count, as my find had several duplicates both with its own contents and with Brian's four-different sculpts, we now have a fine orange bi-colour and a stripy marmalade and black! Being 'off-the-self', none of the models equate to Fluffy's artwork!

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This [unknown] dog was added by the owner of the set, has clearly had more play than the others, may have been the owners favourite and he or she may be heartbroken to find Mum's given it to charity, I should fell a heel, but I don't; as I don't know it's real history!

The other weird thing about this set is that the enclosed animals - while being nice, certainly fine for a kid and having great play value - bear little relationship to the fleshed-out story which involves a rabbit and hedgehog among other things, well not many; another cat, a dog, a puppy and a little girl!

Fluffy snuggles-up with the rabbit for a happy ending! All the cats I've ever known have found the happier-ending involving rabbit was as a meal . . . except George P's cat, which used be chased round the carefully chicken-wired garden by a rabbit twice its size!

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A couple of fuzzy shelfies I took in TKMaxx of another issuer of these sets, this one from Igloobooks has four figures and a cartoon cat and dog, TV related, large scale - shelfies are all I'll ever need to ID them in loose lots, the people will likely go back-out to charity if they turn-up.

Igloobooks and Century Publishing; two new tags in one post, rare these days!

F is for Phour More Phidal Phat-Books with Phigures

Most of this has been sat in the queue since before the PW show, and is one of three related posts, as this stuff - a complete mystery to me until last autumn - is everywhere, once you know what you're looking for, which is; fat-spine books in the children's section, whether that be a book-shop, newsagent's, TKMaxx or a charity shop!

Disney, Disney Film, Disney Frozen, Disney Princess, Interactive Books, My Busy Book, Phidal Publishing, PVC Figurines, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Book and Board
More Disney Princesses, we've looked at another set already and two of at least three Frozen sets, the beauty of this set being that they are approximately 54mm, and apart from the costumed Snow White, all can pass for regency ladies.

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Comparing the contents (usually incomplete if found in charity shops) with the artwork above, there's a green fish/frog/gecko thing missing, a grey blob (donkey?) and two girls, the one in gold and one of the newer Disney Princesses with ethnicity (other than white) in a green dress.

One can't complain at the missing items, as these charity shop sets are usually 50 or 75p, if one does have a 12 count they tend to be a quid though!

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This was a 50p one! Incomplete, but only missing the little cave boy, had I known they were cartoon caricatures; I probably would have left it, but there you go - another piece of the puzzle.

This was the full whack! All £5.99p of it from TKMaxx! I done did a video di'unt I!

Watch, enjoy, hear my evil laugh at my secured plunder! Yeah . . . I'm still learning the movie thing, each time I watch it I see another error, or niggle I'd change, but this is the third edit (I think) and each one takes a while to get right, and involves looking for folders that hide themselves in the system!

I like the Killer Croc character as it's a straight-lift from Marvel's Hulk, but with knobs-on! 

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Here's our Graham, chooks - with a quick reminder! They are the smaller size at around 50mm (Batman), I don't know what Robin thinks he's wearing, but it was Pride the other day, maybe he is trying to tell us something we've already guessed!

2014, Interactive Books, My Busy Book, Nickelodeon, Phidal Publishing, Pixar, PVC Figurines, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, TMHT, TMNT, Book And Board
Another day; another charity shop; another Phidal; another license! Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with up to six enemies (which is unusual for TMNT toy lines!), the trope with this set is that the play-mat is also a board-game with simple mechanics. Other sets can be puzzles, magnetic flats (fridge magnets!) or sucker-flats.

Note also, that it points to another source of these sets (as yet unknown to me) selling at £4.71p (with VAT), that's more than a  quid less than TKMaxx and over half the price of WHSmiths, yet crooks on feebleBay are selling them BIN for 12.99-a-set (plus post!) with no book! It's criminal, but that's capitalism.

Given the locations of both me and the found object (Basingrad) it may be a Reading Warehouse (Tadley) thing, but it's been years since I was last there.

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I can't work out if it's missing a green tentacle-armed humanoid, a larger black, white and yellow monster or a small turquoise rolling-die, but the eleven-count is wrong. A slightly older set (dated 2014), it seems the figures with bases are newer, while the older sets (I've found dates back as far as 2006/7 now, I think) tended to be baseless.

DC Comics, Disney Film, Interactive Books, My Busy Book, Phidal Publishing, PVC Figurines, Small Scale World, smallscaleworld.blogspot.com, Lone Star, 50mm, 54mm, 70mm Plastic Toy Figures
While I had them all out together (new container, for a growing sample pile) I did a quick scaler or two, although they are marked (by me) and measure up as 54mm, the princesses are a tad smaller than the Lone Star sailor, due in no small part to his chunky base and hat!

The thing with these Phidal's is; there's no rhyme or reason to size, I thought it might be due to cost, but with one set having twelve 60 or 65mm figures and another have 12 45mm figures (or their cartoon equivalent) it seems that the only 'rule' is that within sets figures should be in-scale, but even there; two DC sets, or two Marvel sets, two Frozen sets, two Disney Princess sets can be completely different scales from each other!

Monday, July 16, 2018

I is for If you read one thing today, read this . . . and read it properly.

Via Paul Kaufman

Fintan O'Toole wrote this yesterday in The Irish Times:

“To grasp what is going on in the world right now, we need to reflect on two things. One is that we are in a phase of trial runs. The other is that what is being trialled is fascism – a word that should be used carefully but not shirked when it is so clearly on the horizon. Forget “post-fascist” – what we are living with is pre-fascism.

It is easy to dismiss Donald Trump as an ignoramus, not least because he is. But he has an acute understanding of one thing: test marketing. He created himself in the gossip pages of the New York tabloids, where celebrity is manufactured by planting outrageous stories that you can later confirm or deny depending on how they go down.

And he recreated himself in reality TV where the storylines can be adjusted according to the ratings. Put something out there, pull it back, adjust, go again.

Fascism doesn’t arise suddenly in an existing democracy. It is not easy to get people to give up their ideas of freedom and civility. You have to do trial runs that, if they are done well, serve two purposes. They get people used to something they may initially recoil from; and they allow you to refine and calibrate. This is what is happening now and we would be fools not to see it.

One of the basic tools of fascism is the rigging of elections – we’ve seen that trialled in the election of Trump, in the Brexit referendum and (less successfully) in the French presidential elections. Another is the generation of tribal identities, the division of society into mutually exclusive polarities.

Fascism does not need a majority – it typically comes to power with about forty percent support and then uses control and intimidation to consolidate that power. So it doesn’t matter if most people hate you, as long as your forty percent is fanatically committed. That’s been tested out too.

And fascism of course needs a propaganda machine so effective that it creates for its followers a universe of “alternative facts” impervious to unwanted realities. Again, the testing for this is very far advanced.

But when you’ve done all this, there is a crucial next step, usually the trickiest of all. You have to undermine moral boundaries, inure people to the acceptance of acts of extreme cruelty. Like hounds, people have to be blooded. They have to be given the taste for savagery.

Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group. This allows the members of that group to be dehumanised. Once that has been achieved, you can gradually up the ante, working through the stages from breaking windows to extermination.

People have to be given the taste for savagery. Fascism does this by building up the sense of threat from a despised out-group.

It is this next step that is being test-marketed now. It is being done in Italy by the far-right leader and minister for the interior Matteo Salvini. How would it go down if we turn away boatloads of refugees? Let’s do a screening of the rough-cut of registering all the Roma and see what buttons the audience will press. And it has been trialled by Trump: let’s see how my fans feel about crying babies in cages. I wonder how it will go down with Rupert Murdoch.

To see, as most commentary has done, the deliberate traumatisation of migrant children as a “mistake” by Trump is culpable naivety. It is a trial run – and the trial has been a huge success. Trump’s claim last week that immigrants “infest” the US is a test-marketing of whether his fans are ready for the next step-up in language, which is of course “vermin”.

And the generation of images of toddlers being dragged from their parents is a test of whether those words can be turned into sounds and pictures. It was always an experiment – it ended (but only in part) because the results were in.

And the results are quite satisfactory. There is good news on two fronts. First, Rupert Murdoch is happy with it – his Fox News mouthpieces outdid themselves in barbaric crassness: making animal noises at the mention of a Down syndrome child, describing crying children as actors. They went the whole swinish hog: even the brown babies are liars. Those sobs of anguish are typical of the manipulative behaviour of the strangers coming to infest us – should we not fear a race whose very infants can be so devious?

Second, the hardcore fans loved it: Fifty-eight percent of Republicans are in favour of this brutality. Trump’s overall approval ratings are up to 42.5 per cent.

This is greatly encouraging for the pre-fascist agenda. The blooding process has begun within the democratic world. The muscles that the propaganda machines need for defending the indefensible are being toned up. Millions and millions of Europeans and Americans are learning to think the unthinkable.

So what if those black people drown in the sea? So what if those brown toddlers are scarred for life? They have already, in their minds, crossed the boundaries of morality. They are, like Macbeth, “yet but young in deed”. But the tests will be refined, the results analysed, the methods perfected, the messages sharpened. And then the deeds can follow."

Let us protect our freedom with all our democratic power, and continue to be brave with everything we must face.”

***JUST TO BE CLEAR, I DID NOT WRITE THIS PIECE. A WRITER NAMED FINTAN O'TOOLE WROTE IT IN THE IRISH TIMES (LINK BELOW). THANK YOU! ***

https://www.irishtimes.com/opinion/fintan-o-toole-trial-runs-for-fascism-are-in-full-flow-1.3543375

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)

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