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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.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

News, Views etc . . . Herald Toys & Models

News of nice Speedwell's from Barney Brown at Herald;

"Dear Collector, this week we have for sale a superb collection of 54mm scale plastic Robin Hood figures by Cherilea and Speedwell, including two Speedwell mounted sheriffs and some interesting colour variants. Happy collecting as always! Barney."

The eMail's a day old, so they may be in short supply, but always worth a look!

M is for More Monopoly 'Movers' - Miniature Metal Marvel Mocherettes

Yeah! Formulaic take on the story of Achilles; Spider-Men, as die-cast statuettes around 28mm for yet another version of Monopoly, I didn't even shoot the box!

Game; Game Playing Pieces; Hasbro Board Game; Hasbro Boardgame Pieces; Hasbro Monopoly; Marvel Characters; Marvel Comics; Marvel SpiderMan; Mocherettes; Monopoly Board Game; Monopoly Junior; Parker Board Game; Parker Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spider Man Toy; Spiderman; Spiderman Game; Spiderman Marvel; Spiderman Mocherettes;
That's it, three Spidey's, three enemy (?), the inventor died the other day you know, if you missed the 1000's of column-inches in the press, the hours of TV and Radio coverage, the hundreds of blog posts and the sudden plethora of faceplant memes!

Remember, Judge Dredd didn't fall-in-, get caught in the ray of-, eat, drink, sniff, suffer a spill of-, get shot, bitten- or injected by anything radio-active, diseased, secret or alien - just about everyone in the Marvel and DC universes did!

And they all have an Achillies' heel, kryptonite, "You won't like me when I'm angry" and err, Spider-Man's got fifteen! Dredd just knows he's right!

P is for Poundland's Poured-Polyurethane Polymer Pals

How cool are these? Too cool for 'machine-learning' school, that's for sure! These are also a pound-each (see previous post) and I grabbed all three different ones when I saw them because . . . Paperchase have had proper blown-glass ones (set of three 'boxy' robots) for the last few years and I kept picking them up, checking the price and putting them down again! This year - determined to bite the bullet and purchase them - they don't have them!

1950's Pulp; Christmas Bauble; Christmas Decoration; Christmas Figures; Made in China; MC Imports; PO Box 7202; Polyeurethane Resin Robots; Poundland; Poundland Robots; Pulp Sci Fi Figurines; Robot Tree Decoration; Robot Tree Hanger; Robots; Sci Fi Figurines; Sci Fi Toys; Science Fiction Figures; Science Fiction Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tree Decoration; Tree Hanger; UK; Wilenhall; WV1 9QI;
But these are very similar and have clearly been based on them, picking up on a trend as cheapie/knock-off rack-toys always have. But as poured PE-resin they are really too heavy for real trees and will even slowly bend the branches of an artificial tree, especially if you have it in the warm or near a fire for the duration of Christmas. But as leery robots they are the biz!

1950's Pulp; Christmas Bauble; Christmas Decoration; Christmas Figures; Made in China; MC Imports; PO Box 7202; Polyeurethane Resin Robots; Poundland; Poundland Robots; Pulp Sci Fi Figurines; Robot Tree Decoration; Robot Tree Hanger; Robots; Sci Fi Figurines; Sci Fi Toys; Science Fiction Figures; Science Fiction Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tree Decoration; Tree Hanger; UK; Wilenhall; WV1 9QI;
Poundland; via 'MC' right now . . . for a pound! I'm not so keen on the 'crimbo ornamentation', especially on the green one, but at a pound I can't really complain, and it's three new robots into the collection! Often with something like this I would remove the hanger-eye, but as they are robots I think it looks like the old revolving radar thing on 50's 'Pulp' robots, so it can stay.

1950's Pulp; Christmas Bauble; Christmas Decoration; Christmas Figures; Made in China; MC Imports; PO Box 7202; Polyeurethane Resin Robots; Poundland; Poundland Robots; Pulp Sci Fi Figurines; Robot Tree Decoration; Robot Tree Hanger; Robots; Sci Fi Figurines; Sci Fi Toys; Science Fiction Figures; Science Fiction Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tree Decoration; Tree Hanger; UK; Wilenhall; WV1 9QI;
Berserker's not had much luck with large lumps of resin in the second-half of the year, and this outing is no exception to his continually picking-on more than he can chew - with my help!

F is for Festive Fun

And excellent stocking-fillers if you have little-ones! These are currently in Paperchase, I think they were a quid-each . . . I buy this stuff so you don't have to, but they are fun!

Christmas Decoration; Christmas Figures; Erasers; Iwako; Iwako Christmas Tree; Iwako Santa Clause; Iwako Santaclause; Iwako Snow Man; Iwako Snowman; Japanese Novelty Toy; Japanses Toy; Made In Japan; Novelty Erasers; Novelty Figurines; Paperchase; Pencil Earsers; Pencil Rubbers; Puzzle Erasers; Rubber Erasers; Rubber Figurines; Santa Cause; Santaclause; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Snow Man; Snowman; Swoppet Erasers;
Iwako Christmas puzzle erasers, except they aren't puzzles like 'jig-toys' are puzzles (so they don't get to go on that page), they are really plugging/stacking toys more akin to swoppets but without the ability to swop, except between same-pose items.

Christmas Decoration; Christmas Figures; Erasers; Iwako; Iwako Christmas Tree; Iwako Santa Clause; Iwako Santaclause; Iwako Snow Man; Iwako Snowman; Japanese Novelty Toy; Japanses Toy; Made In Japan; Novelty Erasers; Novelty Figurines; Paperchase; Pencil Earsers; Pencil Rubbers; Puzzle Erasers; Rubber Erasers; Rubber Figurines; Santa Cause; Santaclause; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Snow Man; Snowman; Swoppet Erasers;
Santa' in two colours, we've seen Iwako several times now so there's not much to add, but they are out there at the moment if you are tempted; they would also go very well in make-your-own Christmas crackers, if you do that in your household.

Monday, November 19, 2018

J is for Junior!

Running late today - just a quick box-ticker for a set I picked-up from a Charity shop back in August.

All the main board-games (Cludo and Monopoly particularly so) are getting the arse ripped out of them these days as popular culture 'goes critical' and starts eating itself in line with Mr Warhol's prediction, he probably didn't realise the media and Western politics society would do likewise!


Anna; Board Game; board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Disney Film; Disney Frozen; Disney Movie Promotional; Disney PVC Toy; Elsa; Flecked Polymer; Game; Glitter Polymer; Hasbro; Hasbro Monopoly; Monopoly Board Game; Monopoly Junior; Movie Promotional; Olaf; PVC Figurines; PVC Rubber; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
Among all the country, city, sports team and movie character, TV-series or celebrity versions are the 'junior' versions, and while they tend to have larger figural pieces, they can be only card flats. We have looked at several Cludo sets in the last 12 month's; here's a Monopoly set ticking the Disney and Frozen boxes and the figures are polymer!

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Photographed against different backgrounds as they are semi-transparent, and as such showed a willingness to look different against different backings! Figures (glitter-PVC type plastic, 50-54mm compatible) added to the collection, rule-book scanned onto the dongles and everything else off to recycling!

C is for Comansi Confederate Cavalry

Bit of an odd one, bit of a box-ticker, and Spanish, so here goes nothing! I'm a bit perplexed by these, on one level they are marked; Comansi and obviously; Confederate cavalry, but closer inspection reveals they may not be what they seem on the latter front.

80mm Figurines; 80mm Toy Soldiers; Comansi Confederate Infantry; Comansi Toy Soldiers; Comansi Union Forces; Comansi US Cavalry; Confederate States; Confederate Toy Soldiers; Confederates; PVC Figurines; PVC Vinyl Figures; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Toy Figures; Spanish Toy Soldiers; Union Forces; Union Toy Soldiers; US Cavalry; US Cavalry Toy Soldiers;
So most of the group, they were four quid from a non-figure toy dealer at Sandown Park, and being marked Comansi looked a bargain with a unit-price at less than 50p each. But they were current around the mid-1990's and probably only retailed at around 50p then, so not a really big bargain, however; they do tick a box.

The other thing about them is the paint, which may not be 'factory', some of it's flaky, some sticky and the five on the left seem to be US/Union figures (blue plastic) painted-up as Confederates, while the two on the right are Confederates (grey plastic) with the trousers painted to match the 'Union' figures?

Also some of them have black boots, some of them have brown boots, the bugler has black paint over brown, while the two with very dark brown boots have their belt-buckles carefully left unpainted? They are a bit of a curate's egg, and while I wouldn't be surprised to learn they are home-painted/re-painted . . .

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. . . I suspect they are factory painted, with the additional work done to make them match after different out-painters and/or different plastic-colour batches left them looking less uniform. The painting could be down to a mix-up of batch, or end-of-batch to match for a 'job' completion scenario, and possibly they're still out there somewhere; Comansi are still going, and still have a Wild West line, but these aren't up to the quality of the current issues.

Here we see a black boot Union and a brown boot Confederate (who's sticky paint has picked-up half a carpet!). If all the paint is home./re-, then why the two colours on the boots? Yet, if the grey shirts were added to the blue figures, all the white - on all the figures - must have been added later as it's over the grey paint on the blue figures. The same 'vis-à-vis' quandary is true of the glossy blue paint on the two grey figures with regards to the brown belts.

I should add they are a softish PVC substitute; in fact, they resemble some bendy Cowboys & Indians I have somewhere, but without the wire armature. And at 80-odd millimetres, sized to compete or go with the whole modern ouvre of Bully, ELC, Papo, Plastoy and Schleich et al.

Only some of the figures have numbers on the other sole, and with all three flags missing (I didn't photograph all of them), one of the best clues as to their original purpose is absent! Anyway, they are Confederate rebels now, and will remain so until further notice!

Still; they ARE also Spanish, so I'm sure TJF and his cock-wacking monkey lizard will have plenty to say on them after they've consulted their bookie-wook! Fancy not recognising Airfix commando poses or the Stalwart amphibious ammunition-carrier; he's a 'knowledge-base' legend you know . . . in his own lunch-time!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

A is for Astrobauble!

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's Astrobauble! How cool is this . . . to cool for space-school, more right than the right stuff, glitterier than Ru Paul's stage make-up at Mardi Gras, bluer than a video of your parents - naked! It's a blow-moulded astronaut Christmas tree bauble, in the shape of an astronaut and it's yours for £1.50 if you get down to Primark!

Astronaut; Bauble; Blow Mould; Blow Moulded Toy; Christmas Bauble; Christmas Decoration; Christmas Figures; Primark Astronaut; Primark Spaceman; Primark Tree Hanger; Small Scale World; Spaceman; Tree Decoration; Tree Hanger;
I'm not normally a fan of plastic baubles pretending to be blown-glass, and he won't be going on the tree, but he was never going on the tree, plastic figures go in the plastic figure collection! Although he is very well done for a polymer lookie-likie! I'll take the hook-eye, crown-finial and stuff off and block the hole with one of those black-plastic particle-board hole-sealers, and Bingo! A stand alone, plastic astronaut, about 120mm in a rather leery space-suit!

Astronaut; Bauble; Blow Mould; Blow Moulded Toy; Christmas Bauble; Christmas Decoration; Christmas Figures; Primark Astronaut; Primark Spaceman; Primark Tree Hanger; Small Scale World; Spaceman; Tree Decoration; Tree Hanger;
We will have a few Christmas posts a bit earlier this year so that if the items tickle your fancy you can seek them out. I bought this about two weeks ago in Primark, but checked when I was over there on Wednesday and they still had plenty of them, Astrobaubles for a quid--fifty . . . bargain!

M is for Minor Mob of Metal Motorcycles

So soon after the last Motorcycle post, here's another one! It's the flats/semi-flats in the 'storage' box, which won't go with the other flats because they don't have the kinds of bases suited to the foam-boards I use for the 'proper' metal flats, whether German Kulmbach/Nuremberg types or otherwise.

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Two small all-over, one-colour factory-painted, die-cast alloy bikes and two much larger un-decorated machines, one a copy of the other and you can see that the two small ones have tiny little side spikes to help them stand up, but nothing to keep them firmly in the slots I cut in the foam boards, while the two larger motorcycles have large chunky stub-bases (or 'stands') which would force huge holes/dents in the slots rendering the sheet unusable further-on, as they do get moved around as other things come in.

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Close-ups of the small ones, there's a chance they are different generations of the same board game's pieces, but I suspect they are from two different board-games, I'm not sure if we've seen these two before, I know I have shown the other one, which goes with other vehicles, and I'll try to drag them out and do a comparison between all three HO/OO gauge-compatible pieces.

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These are informative, as the shiny one is the better of the two, with the oxidised one clearly a poorer copy, but the dim one is old, the shiny one much newer and possibly still available as a home-casting mould somewhere. The fact that it's so shiny though is down to the low or non-existent lead content in modern moulding alloys, as opposed to the high lead content of the older one, which has grayed with oxidising-age.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

DY is for Dah Yang

Not often we have bone fide Taiwanese stuff on the Blog, I'm sure some slips by under the 'generic' label as Hong Kong/China, but Taiwan (whatever Beijing thinks) is quite a different place, and these are a lot of fun!

Cap Gun; Cap Pistol; Dah Yang; Dah Yang Ray Guns; Dah Yang Taiwan; Dah Yang Toys; Darts and Caps; DY Taiwan; DY Toys; F-703 Cap Gun; F-703 Ray Gun; F-703 Toy Gun; F-900 Cap Gun; F-900 Ray Gun; F-900 Toy Gun; Made in Taiwan; Plastic Cap Guns; Plastic Ray Guns; Plastic Toys; Ray Guns; Secret Ultra Gun; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Guns; Space Toys; Taiwanese Toys; Ultra Gun;
Equally - not often we have ray guns on the Blog, but it has happened before, although I won't know until I publish whether I tagged them as such? Also - do you think the gun is based on the artwork (nicked from a comic, annual or pulp paperback), rather than the artwork reflecting the toy? It's all a bit Dan Dare or Buck Rogers!

Cap Gun; Cap Pistol; Dah Yang; Dah Yang Ray Guns; Dah Yang Taiwan; Dah Yang Toys; Darts and Caps; DY Taiwan; DY Toys; F-703 Cap Gun; F-703 Ray Gun; F-703 Toy Gun; F-900 Cap Gun; F-900 Ray Gun; F-900 Toy Gun; Made in Taiwan; Plastic Cap Guns; Plastic Ray Guns; Plastic Toys; Ray Guns; Secret Ultra Gun; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Guns; Space Toys; Taiwanese Toys; Ultra Gun;
Dah Yang; new to me. The gun has a double mechanism of cap-firing and dart-firing and looks to be more modern that the card-art would suggest? This is a 'proper' ray-gun, with the dish-thing that makes it really lethal, the stacked-disc ones are all show and no firepower, I read it in Ray-guns & Ammo Monthly!

Cap Gun; Cap Pistol; Dah Yang; Dah Yang Ray Guns; Dah Yang Taiwan; Dah Yang Toys; Darts and Caps; DY Taiwan; DY Toys; F-703 Cap Gun; F-703 Ray Gun; F-703 Toy Gun; F-900 Cap Gun; F-900 Ray Gun; F-900 Toy Gun; Made in Taiwan; Plastic Cap Guns; Plastic Ray Guns; Plastic Toys; Ray Guns; Secret Ultra Gun; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Guns; Space Toys; Taiwanese Toys; Ultra Gun;
They make handguns too! Not only does this one have stacked-discs, but it's got the in-line tube/ring things too; Ray-guns & Ammo Monthly has very little good to say about them! But it's a repeater, and in enclosed spaces?

Just imagine; if only we could get every teacher, shopkeeper and bus driver to have their own - legally held - ray-gun, how safe the world would be?

C is for Carded Collection of Canned Cavalry

Slowly adding to the PRB ouvre, this being the third visit to them since the swivel-head contribution from John Roquas and the follow-up courtesy of Theo van der Weerden's memories; tying the combat infantry figures into bubble-gum.

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We now have a clear logo - a sort of antenna-sporting alien with his (or her) own electron halo and a checkered-banner or pennant on what appears to be a lance?! The figures - on identical cards - being approximately 50/54 and 35/40mm (the riders are slightly bent and hard to measure with certainty), the horse being a single sculpt, the lot taken from German Manurba sculpts.

Quick note here; One Erwin Sell; he who makes it up as he goes along, has stated they are licensed from Manurba, where he got this nugget of corporate information from is anyone's guess, but as he makes it up as he goes along . . . the Manurba set are better, but heavier sculpts and the horses (four poses) have bases.

Licensed production - if new tools are generated - usually follows the design parameters of the licensor's product (Tim Mee for instance), and indeed - as far as toys go - usually only extend to re-branding of supplied or like-for-like product (all those Answer Robot/Magician games). These are quite different - still I look forward to his publishing the copies of the licence he must have to make such pronouncements - as fact.

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Indeed, I would say the overall state of these is 'poorer', something you couldn't say of the swivel-heads seen here at SSW in 2017, against the blobbier, single piece Heinerle versions. It would appear that both the Italians and the Germans are the copyists here; PRB of the Manurba knights, Heinerle of the PRB swivel-heads?

Andreas Dittmann in his guide to Manurba published by Plastic Warrior magazine states that one of the companies which received Manurba product to sell-on was PRB, but these - in today's post - are not Manurba product!

The cards are the same size, but the artwork is miss-registered in the case of the 35mm set, or the guillotine-operator had his settings wrong!

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As well as only using the one (base-less) horse pose in both scales, they seem to have only adopted three or four human poses and I've only seen three in 50mm and three in 35mm, the 50-mil's getting a copy of the jousting/lancing knight with separate lance not apparently re-produced in the 35mm line.

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We did see these before on SSW, ten years ago (turns out I'd shown the little pirates before, so ITLAPD was their second showing on the Internet!) in an 'unknown' post, it's nice to be able to go back and add some pink-text ID'ing them, and even nicer if no one else has ID'd them in the meantime as I get to keep the credit and Breizhtt gets to call me an egotist; win-win for everyone!

The loose ones have more colours as far as horses go, and I must thank Adrian Little of Mercator Trading for finding me the carded set, between them they - both samples - are only offering the one horse pose and the three mounted-poses.

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All of mine together -  I was trying to show the horse colours, but flash/reflection and a yellowish light-effect means I'm not happy with the shot and there's a couple more below. Suffice to say it's nice to have a name to put to the three old ones at long last!

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This is a better illustration of the dark-chocolate brown against the black and three clearly different shades of white, being - from the left; very light-grey, cream and snow!

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This chap has been languishing in Picasa since a photo-shoot I did of all the - then - extant medieval's in larger scales, around 2012 and if I don't show him now I may never! The horse is Hong Kong and only there because he fits it! Indeed - you can just see the HK-mark down it's inside front-leg.

But the figure is not so clear; he's midway between the two sets above, and was once a darker bronze-colour (I suspect), but an additive colourant seems to have leached-out, leaving him 'antiqued' with a pinkish, powdery bloom, yet slightly translucent at his thinner points.

He's much-of-a-muchness as far as rack-toy/bazaar/pocket-money shite is concerned, and not obviously one of the Manurba sculpts (although he could be a 'cut-&-shut'?), I suspect he is Hong Kong, but he could be late'ish production French, Spanish or Italian . . . anyone recognise him?

Friday, November 16, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events +

Saturday was looking a bit thin for toy shows, but a few have surfaced, while Sunday is crammed with venues and those using the M1 or A40 to drop down for the London show, could pop into Potter's bar if they have time and kill two birds with but the one stone; although, in the midst of a mass-extinction event, you shouldn't be trying to kill any birds, while doing so with stones is just mindless cruelty and extraordinarily inefficient!

Also; Thanks to the ladies at Vectis Auctions, for sending me pictures/details for their forthcoming dates, I know you all like something to look at while you're reading.

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Toy Fairs

Friday 16th November 2018 (Today!)

Reminder of the Alfreton evening fair flagged a week ago here at SSW;

Alfreton - Toy and Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend) - Evening fair
The Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD
Mob. - 07951 072 790
19:00 - 21:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

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Saturday 17th November 2018

Auction News; Miscellaneous; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Newspaper Clipping; Noch; Noch Figures; Piggy Banks; Preiser; Preiser Figures; Show Dates; Show Reports; Show Times; Snakes & Ladders; Toy Fairs; Toy Show Dates; Toy Soldiers Sale;

Abington - Transport Collector's Fair
Abington Church Rooms, Park Avenue North, Northampton, NN3 2HT
10:30 - 16:00hrs
Admission £1.50p

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Enfield - NLETE - Enfield Transport Bazaar
St. Paul's Centre, 102 Church Street, Enfield, Middlesex, London, EN2 6AR
Contact - SSAE to: NLETE, 8 The Rowans, Palmers Green, London, n13 5AD
11:00 - 14:30hrs
Admission £3, accompanied children free

Exeter - Ray Heard Train & Toy Fairs
Matford Centre, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01823 480 097
10:00 - 15:30hrs
Admission £2
Free parking, refreshments

Hereford - Chris Dyer Fairs
Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Road, Hereford, HR4 9UD
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

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Sunday 18th November 2018 [Busy-busy day!]

Buxton - Barry Potter / BP Fairs
The Octagon Hall, Pavillion gardens, St. Johns Road, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 6XN
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3.50 (early-bird £6, from 08:00hrs), OAP's £3, Children £1

Devizes Steven Clements Fairs -
Corn Exchange, Market Place, SN10 1HS
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown
Free parking, café

Llanelli, Wales - Chris Dyer Fairs
Llangennech Community Centre, Off Hendre Road, Llangennech, Wales, SA14 8TH
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

London - MKPS - International Antique Doll, Teddy Bear & Toy Fair
Kensington Town Hall, Kensington, London, W8 7NX
Tel. - +(44) 7875 874 854 (Daniel Agnew or Hilary Pauley)
10:00 - 15:30hrs
Admission charge unknown
Saturday gala dinner

Potters Bar- Toy & Train Fairs
Elm Court Centre, Mutton Lane, Potters Bar, Middlesex, EN6 3BP
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 02082 051 518 (Peter Levinson or Diane)
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission charge unknown

Spalding - J&J Fairs (J&J Webb)
Springfields Events & Conference Centre, Camelgate, Spalding, Lincolnshire, PE12 6ET
Tel. - 01522 880 383
10:00 - 14:30hrs
Admission - Adult £2.50p, seniors £2, 1st child £1.50p

Walsall Wood - Transtar Promotions - Toy and Train Collectors Fair
Oak Park Active Living Centre, Coppice Road, Walsall Wood, WS8 7DG
Tel.- 01922 643 385 (Geoff or Linda)
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission - Adults £1.80p, seniors £1.50p, child £1
Refreshments

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Tuesday 20th November 2018

Wootton Basset - Steven Clements Fairs - Wootton Basset Evening Fair
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Wootton Basset, Wiltshire, SN4 7EN
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 20:30hrs
Admission charge unknown
Free parking, café

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Auctions

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Friday 16th November 2018 (Today!)

A reminder of another from last Friday's post

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis (day 2 of a 2-day sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
Model Trains

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Saturday 17th November 2018

Bury St. Edmonds - Lacy Scott & Knight
Tel. - 01284 748 600 (general enquires)
Tel. - 01284 748 623 (Oliver Leggett - auction)
Toy and Collectors Models

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

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Tuesday 20th / Wednesday 21st November 2018

Newbury - Special Auction Services (SAS - 2-day sale)
81 Greenham Business Park, Newbury, West Berkshire, RG19 6HW
Tel: 01635 580595
Fax: 0871 714 6905
Music and entertainment sale

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Wednesday 21st November 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

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Other Events

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Now - until the 6th January 2018

Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne

I'm not suggesting you travel any distance to this for any toy possible content, as most of the exhibits are more mainstream 'art' fare, but if you are local it might be worth a punt for any other works by Tony Cragg if the above is anything to go by. I can see a few toys in the . . . collage, work, heap? And they are presumably all pre-1978 items!

Any one of us could do a rainbow carpet, thicker too, but all in figures!

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Missed!

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These flyers were much in evidence at Sandown Park last Saturday, but it's a bit late for getting on the Internet for a show the next day, no one is going to rush home and late-promote your show, after an early start and a long-day getting a sore throat under that air-conditioning! Better luck next year guys; try a week or two before the show?

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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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Toys in the Media

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From the 'i' (9th Oct. '18), illustrating some dry piece on social-mobility with regards to educational attainment! It's a poor advertising agency or photographic studio that uses the HK copies off of evilBay, over the original Preiser or Noch we normally see in kinds of shots! Although, as Small Scale World was part [unwittingly] of the original publicity by the pirates, I should probably keep my head down on this one!

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Piggy Bank! Also from the 'i' (1st Sep. '18), this was in an advertisement for inheritance tax avoidance advice or something equally thrilling.

Other News

Get painting - if you live in Kansas!

New Zealand - wacky place; you're looking for images 7 & 8 in the slide-show at the bottom of the piece!

Q is for Question Time . . . Quorgi?

Many thanks to Adrain Little who as good as gave me this last weekend, having saved it for me knowing I like oddities, the question is can you add anything to the description?

Corgi Dog; Corgi Mettoy; Corgi Toys; Corporate Mascot; Diecast Toy Accessory; Logo Mascot; Mettoy Corgi; Mettoy Playcraft; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Toy; Plastic Toy Dog; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Animal; Toy Dog;
It looks like the Corgi Toys logo/mascot, it's made from a dense, white PVC-rubber, like a lot of Corgi's die-cast accessory figure production, and it's large, almost Action Man compatible, yes, it's a chunk!

My suspicion is some sort of show display or retail sales-unit finial, but there's no sign of glue or other fixing, so it may just be a dolls house accessory or some generic toy animal. There are no marks of any kind, so it's a bit of a mystery!