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I’m a 49-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model soldier collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture. 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, therefore I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed. 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”.

Friday, July 25, 2014

M is for McMystery Figures

Back in 2009 a member of the Treefrog toy soldier forum asked the assembled experts if they could identify his Mystery Figures, sadly, the experts were all off for the day (I'm joking!)...and it's taken me a while to track down the images I took in 2007 of an eBay lot I'd just bought.

If someone on that forum could direct the chap to this post, his query can be answered...to an extent!

They are made by a company called Highlander, not - as one might expect - from Scotland, but Boca Raton, Florida! How a swamp came to be associated with the crags of Caledonia is anyone's guess....I know, I know...I've got Google...it's the beach!

I'm guessing this was a short-lived venture, probably launched off the back of the 1968 movie 'The Green Berets', short-lived because A) they don't appear often on feeBay and B) the popularism of the Vietnam war would soon become the silence of the war that dare not speak its name, and selling any war toys, let alone specifically Vietnam War related became an uphill task! Probably issued in 1972 as US troop numbers in-theatre were already being reduced, the pull-out being completed in '73, these would have been a heavy-sell.

A 3-page commercial catalogue (Build Profits While Your Customers 'Build Battlefields' with Highlander)
was published in 1978, and later sets were issued unpainted, unassembled and - judging by one recent feeBay listing - missing the MG! they do appear on feeBay regularly, usually with ridiculous BIN's. Look out for the A/T gun released without figures as code; HT-105 and the 2-man MG team as HT-106 (painted or unpainted).

I'm not sure how many Pak. 40 75mm Anti-Tank guns the US special forces employed in Vietnam, but my guess is none! However, toys is toys, and this is not a bad little model of one. Of far more interest are the approximately 40mm figures, some painted as African-Americans and all wearing the green beret.

I don't know how many poses there were in total, or whether there were ever any North Vietnamese 'enemy'? The cards apparently cost 25C back in the day and both the vehicles and figures are in a hard styrene plastic - another reason for their rarity?

I had an SPG as well, also carded but it had no figures included and I gave it to Paul for PW, but he seems to have misplaced it - one of the reasons I've held-off on blogging them was the hope of a photograph of it! It was - if I recall correctly - one of that 1950's family of M53, 54, 55 vehicles, but I can't remember which one and didn't think to photograph it at the time; I'd only had a digital camera for a few weeks (these start at photo number 148, from zero). Another reason for the delay, as I'd yet to suss-out the 'tulip = macro' rule and was hoping to get them out of storage and re-shoot them better...one day I might!

There is very little about these on the 'net', and a bit of research from someone in Florida might reap a list of products, or a better company history? There is a Highland Toys in Scotland....they make stuffed animals!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

News, Views etc...Posting Elsewhere! (rant alert)

I know my posting rate has dropped-off this year, but with real life stuff and the fact that I'm running out of stuff in the attic to blog, while everything else is still in storage have both affected what I can post, but there will be a steady'ish trickle of new'ish stuff...

This week I was also posting on another site - the STS Animal Collectors Forum;


 JK of Hong Kong

 Tudor Rose

If you collect things other than military figures I would recommend it, they are a friendly bunch without the out-and-out competitiveness or bitchiness you get on some forums. And they have an animal-wiki attached;

Toy Animal Info.

I've also been posting original content elsewhere without my knowledge or permission....

This little shit;


...has copied all the documentation and most of the other images from my two EKO articles, presumably this means he doesn't mind me taking his stuff and putting it up here in English? As he seem to have stolen a lot of stuff from other people/books, I shall refrain!

While this plagiarist thief;

 Ghislain Oubreyrie

...has taken the diver images from the Kellogg's post and carefully cut round them! He's also cut round the Toysmith divers regularly found on eBay and is passing them off as Kellogg's originals, but the Toysmith ones have aluminium alloy plugs while the originals were tin, which tended to rust. Again, the little-dick has lots of useful stuff I could take reciprocally and post here in the universal language - if I chose to?

All you thieving pirates (Henk, Rudik, Ward as well) need to understand one thing...if/when I can afford it I will engage legal representation in your own countries and sue you (or your web-service provider/publisher/printer) for the price of a small house!

I publish original content, OR I credit fully with permission/link-backs, OR I flag up dodgy origin with a caveat, I also understand the law of copyright both off and on the internet. You don't; you're all inadequate, poxy little neuro-typical, farty-arsed fuckwits relying on others to do your 'work' for you.

So....lots of 'Smallscaleworld' on the web, just not all of it published here in the last few days, and not all of it original!

S is for Sultan Saladin of Syria's Saracen Subjects

Repeat three times quickly whilst eating a water-biscuit!

Bit of a box-ticker today; not rare, not uncommon, but they have had a fair few decoration variations over the years so I thought we could look at some of them...the Deetail Turks/Saracens.

The one I always assumed was supposed to be Saladin / Salad-in / Sala'hadin....[Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn Yūsuf ibn Ayyūb (Righteousness of the Faith, Joseph, Son of Job)] with his wicked curved scimitar lunging at the effete King Richard! "Drink my coffee with milk will you, you apostate Euro-swine!"

Chain-mace guy, some of the poses suit more than one of the weapons Britains provided, but this guy always looks best about to separate a crusaders head from his shoulders with a spiked boulder on a loo-chain!

Lance-throwing guy, his helmet has always suffered from the notorious 'easily detachable crescent-moon shaped crest syndrome'!

Other spear/lance guy...he's the guy with the other spear/lance.

Can have most weapons guy. I prefer the late painting on most of these figures, and his last version (a few years ago now 2007'ish) was particularly pleasing on the eye.

I'll take any weapon I'm given as well guy, but the axe works best! Illustrates the development of the base style well, in all the line-ups I've tried to go oldest to the left, newest to the right.

That's it; tags added, box ticked! Definite thanks to Mike Melnyk for some of the figures.

Friday, July 11, 2014

News, Views Etc...Plastic Warrior 155

Only a few weeks behind this time, a quick look at PW 155 which - as the editor points out - ended-up being a bit of a 'Cherilea Special', more by accident than design...

Keeping us interested this issue;

* Cherilea desk-calender girls.
* Cherilea spacemen follow-up by Marx (No; by Jim Lloyd!).
* Cherilea in Vereston clothing.
* Giant Cowboys and Indians (but not Giant; Bang Bang Kid).
* Colin Penn covers Tri-ang Spot-On's 35mm figures in depth with the help of a new book (reviewed in issue 154).
* Fontanini stauettes are looked at by PW's roving reporter Peter Evans.
* Fred Barrett explains the building of a Roman Mile-fort.
* My personal favourite this month (I love a thematic 'round-up') - Brad DeSanis looks at musicians in uniform, and over two pages covers 34 figures from a couple of dozen makers.
* This issue's Book Review studies the latest in Alain Thomas's growing oeuvre; Clairet, co-authored with Daniel Trombetta, the review (raveing advert?) provided by Andy Partridge.
* Fellow blogger Brian Carrick visits the larger figures of Rodeo riders and clowns from New Ray.
* What the !&*$? has question marks on a seated 'flyboy' (Tri-ang Mettoy/Minic?) and early British 'Khaki Infantry'.
* Coverage of new products includes... A Call to Arms and some unknown Chinese pound-shop blister-card civilians.
* Reader's Letters  is very busy this issue with correspondence on Engineer Bassevitch, Bookends, Flats, and Elastolin's 40mm medievals (all illustrated), a question on Bentalls (that needs answering), feedback on 154's What the !&*$?, and someone lost on a transport network.
* While  cover images this quarter are a shot of the Cherilea calender girl set on the front and the Marx Spacemen on the back.
* Plus all the usual small-ads, news and views, including Birmingham Show update and Pathe newsreels.

All still in glorious technicolourfulness!

S is for UNA, U is for Speedwell?

As well as the welcome additions to the Khaki Infantry page he's made, Barney Brown also sent these eight images from his website's sales page (you've missed them but he does keep adding nice bits as he finds them!).

The last time we looked at these...

U is for Usurpers

They were generally believed to be Speedwell, having previously been pencilled-in as Charbens, Kentoys or Trojan, they are now suspected to also be the figures listed in an UNA catalogue/advert.

The 'Good Guys'; Little John with his staff, Maid Marion and her Beau; Robin of Loxley, there was also a figure of Friar Tuck, who can be seen in the previous post.

The 'Bad Guys'; The horrible Sheriff of Nottingham and two of his goons. As far as I know a boxed set has yet to surface by either Speedwell or UNA, so which was which is open to question, as there are only two or three paint variations or plastic colour variations for each figure - that might be a clue - but when you look at the variations each company had in its Khaki Infantry range, I suspect it may one day be clear that while they both listed Robin Hood figures - only one actually got them to market, or that they both sold common stock and there's nothing to tell between them?

Barney's Website/Shop (and he's just listed some nice ACW sets!)

Herald Toys and Models

Saturday, July 5, 2014

C is for Cavendish (Listing)

Cavendish Miniatures / Cavendish Novelties

EC1, London, UK - Then;
Little Buntings, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 4DD

Circa 1950-1976 (Michael Martin)
1976-Circa 1995 (Tony Kite)
Originally a London based company owned/run by Michael Martin, the name and assets were bought by Tony Kite in 1976. He had been running the souvenir shop outside Windsor Castle since 1966 and had stocked Cavendish previously. He seems to have inherited the Kentoys / Kenway Cycles range/stock/moulds (?) soon after. As some plastic moulds wore-out they were replaced/re-tooled for metal production, plastic continued for some time however and around 1996 he found the moulds to a range of Nazi parade figures and personalities of unknown origin and in approximately 1997 began to resurrect the Garrison 54mm moulds. The resin models were probably re-badged to Cavendish, having been bought in via the wholesale/mail-order side of his business. In the same way he ‘inherited’ the tail-end of the Britains ‘Eye’s Right’ range factory stock and some Timpo and Lone*Star castings/moulds along with the remaining stock of Crescent's Silver Jubilee Coach.

Known Listings (loose and boxed)
Earlier 54mm Plastics (from 1961 list - Stadden designs, all soft ethylene plastic)
Loose Figures
- Lifeguard (standard)
- Lifeguard (sword)
- Lifeguard (trumpet)
- Horseguard (standard)
- Horseguard (sword)
- Horseguard (trumpet)
- Beefeater (integral partisan/pike)
- Queen's Bodyguard [or] Gentleman-at-Arms
- Grenadier 1756 [1st foot Guards] (blue facings - by 1997 called Marlborough’s Men)
- Officer 1756 [1st Foot Guards] (blue facings - by 1997 called Marlborough’s Men)
- 'Royal' Drummer 1756 (by 1997 called ‘Marlborough’s Men)
- Grenadier 1756 [59th Foot] (yellow facings - by 1997 called Marlborough’s Men)
- Officer 1756 [59th Foot] (yellow facings - dropped from lists by 1997)
- Sentry [or] Guardsman (at ease)
- Guardsman (marching)
- Guards Officer (short, fat bearskin)
- Guards Officer (tall, slimmer bearskin)
- Guards Officer with Colour-belt (may never have been issued)
- Bandsmen [Euphonium] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Oboe] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Saxophone] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Tuba] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Horn/French Horn] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Trumpet] of the Coldstream Guards (beyonet and cartridge pouch, integral base)
- Bandsmen [Euphonium] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Bandsmen [Oboe] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Bandsmen [Saxophone] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Bandsmen [Tuba] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Bandsmen [Horn/French Horn] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Bandsmen [Trumpet] of the Coldstream Guards (plain belt, separate base)
- Drum Major of the Coldstream Guards
- Base Drummer of the Coldstream Guards
- King Henry VIII (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Catherine of Aragon (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Anne Boleyn (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Jane Seymour (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Anne of Cleaves (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Catherine Howard (painted and - later - unpainted)
- Catherine Parr (painted and - later - unpainted)

Other/Later 54mm Plastics
- Policeman (walking - Norman Tooth design for and ex-Kentoys)
- Policeman (walking - HK, polystyrene)
- Policeman (directing traffic - George Musgrave design for and ex-Cavendish)
- Sentry [or] Guardsman (at ease - Norman Tooth design for and ex-Kentoys)
- Sentry [or] Guardsman (at ease - George Musgrave design for and ex-Cavendish)
- Sentry [or] Guardsman (at ease - HK, polystyrene)
- Beefeater (separate metal partisan/pike, ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (separate plastic partisan/ pike, ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (separate metal 'Castle', ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (separate plastic 'Castle', ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (separate metal executioner's axe, ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (separate plastic executioner's axe, ex-Kentoys)
- Beefeater (partisan/pike, 54mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Beefeater (partisan/pike, 60mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Yeoman Warder (partisan/pike, 54mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Lifeguard (sword, 54mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Lifeguard (trumpet, 54mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Lifeguard (sword, 60mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Horseguard (sword, 54mm, HK, polystyrene)
- Horseguard (sword, 60mm, HK, polystyrene)

Knights (ex-Timpo and Lone*Star solid foot and Timpo Swoppet mounted, carded bag of 3/5 foot and/or 1/2 mounted or similar sized mix of figures, header card artwork by Peter Harris)
- Foot Knights (ex-Lone*Star)
- Foot Knights (ex-Timpo solids)
- Mounted Knights (ex-Timpo 'swoppets')

Known Boxed Sets (Based on 1961 List, Stadden designs)
No.1 - London Set (Beefeater, Policeman, Guardsman - Stadden designs)
No.2 - London Set (Lifeguard, Policeman, Guardsman - Stadden designs)
No.3 - London set (contents unknown)
No.4 - London set (contents unknown)
No.5 - London Set (Five different figures - Stadden designs)
- Beefeater Set (3 Beefeaters -Stadden designs)
- Lifeguard Set (3 figures? - Stadden designs)
- Horseguard set (3 figures? - Stadden designs)
- The queens Bodyguard (Gentleman -at-Arms, Lifeguard, Beefeater)
No.1 - Sentry Set (Beefeater, Guardsman, Lifeguard - Stadden designs)
No.2 - Sentry Set (Policeman, Sentry, Horseguard - Stadden designs)
No.1 - Band Set (contents unknown)
No.2 - Band Set (contents unknown)
No.3 - Band Set (2 bandsmen and Drum Major)
- Mounted Lifeguard (standard)
- Mounted Lifeguard (sword)
- Mounted Lifeguard (trumpet)
- Mounted Horseguard (standard)
- Mounted Horseguard (sword)
- Mounted Horseguard (trumpet)
- Cavalry set (1 mounted and 1 dismounted Lifeguards)
- Cavalry set (1 mounted and 1 dismounted Horseguards)
- The Grenadier Set (4 figures 1751)*
- British Regiments (2 Grenadiers, 1 Officer, 1 'Royal' drummer - Stadden designs)*
- British regiments 1751 (Stadden designs, may be same as above listed set)*
No.515 - Presentation Box (5 figures and Sentry Box; acetate lid)
No.1751 - Presentation Box (4 figures 1751 Grenadiers - same as the 'Grenadier Set' but higher price?)
- King Henry VIII His Wives [and his 6 wives] (7 figures, Stadden designs)
* May all be the same set

Other Boxed Sets
- London Souvenir (Lifeguard trumpeter, Policeman, Beefeater, Guardsman, Horseguard - HK)
- Scots Guards (ex-Britains, 2 mounted officers 1 piper)
- Scots Guards (ex-Britains, officer, drum major, bass drummer, piper)
- Lifeguards (ex-Britains, mounted with Colour, mounted with sword, ensign on foot)
- Yeoman (4xI pose - 2 black-painted as Yeoman Warders ‘Ceremonial Dress’, 2 red-painted as Yeomen of the Guard ‘Everyday/Working Dress’, HK)
- Souvenir Set (Policeman, Lifeguard, Beefeater, Guardsman - HK versions)
- Souvenir Set (4 Cavendish guards bandsmen, assorted)
Souvenir Set's Combinations/Make-ups Seen;
- French Horn, Tuba, Euphonium, Saxophone
- Oboe, Tuba, Saxophone, Drum Major

Other Items (Items for which Cavendish were the last/previous holder of stock and or parts)
54mm Plastic
- Guards – marching and band (ex-Eyes-right range)
- Marines – marching and band (ex-Eyes-right range)
- Marines – standing band (ex-Eyes-right range)
- Lifeguards mounted band (ex-Eyes-right range)
- Highlanders – marching and band (ex-Herald range)
- Lifeguards (ex-Herald range)
- AWI gun-crew (ex-Herald range)

Spare Parts (ex-Britains, all remaining stock sold-on to PTS, 1990's)
- Guards heads (polyethylene, ex-Eyes-right range)
- Saddles. Stirrups, Horse-furniture (PVC)
- Lifeguards Band - Stirrup Reins (PVC)
- Bandsmen’s arms (polyethylene)
- Instruments (die-cast metal, gold finish)
- Instruments (die-cast metal, silver finish)
- Flags, Colours, trumpet-banners (printed paper or printed self-adhesive paper)
- Flags, Colours, trumpet-banners (printed self-adhesive faux-silk)
- Kettle-drum banners (printed paper or printed self-adhesive paper)

- Guardsmen (?)
- Policeman (?)
- Beefeater (?)
- Lifeguard

- Cowboys or Indians on foot (bagged in fours)
- Mounted Indians (bagged in twos)
- Mounted Napoleonic's (ex-Action Pack)
- Indian Canoe
- Cowboys on log
- Guards (now with Toyway)
- Ballista
- Catapult
- Arabs (ex-Action Pack)
- 8th Army (ex-Action Pack)
- Waterloo on foot (ex-Action Pack)
- Eskimos
- Mounted Guards Officer (in tear-drop window-fronted gold box)

120mm Plastic Models
- Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Elisabeth II (full colour decoration)
- The Prince Consort, The Duke of Edinburgh (full colour decoration)
- Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Elisabeth II (chrome-silver finish)
- The Prince Consort, The Duke of Edinburgh (chrome-silver finish)
- Her Majesty the Queen, Queen Elisabeth II (plain cream/white polystyrene, ex-stock)
- The Prince Consort, The Duke of Edinburgh (plain cream/white polystyrene, ex-stock)

120mm Resin Dickens Caricatures (Limited edition)
- Artful Dodger
- Beagle
- Bill Sykes
- David Copperfield
- Fagin
- Little Nell
- Mr. Macawber
- Mr. Pickwick
- Oliver Twist
- Peggoty
- Sam Weller
- Scrooge

32mm Metal Models
- Coronation coach with horses and riders (after Johillco? or Crescent Jubilee Coach - see below listing)

54mm Metal Models
Royal marines (present-day ‘Blues’ uniform)
- Standing at-ease
- Marching with rifle shouldered
- Officer with sword marching
- RSM marching
- Ensign of the Colour marching
- Drum Major marching
- Trombone marching
- Euphonium marching
- Tuba marching
- Cymbals marching
- Cornet marching
- Fife marching
- French horn marching
- Saxophone marching
- Bassoon marching
- Clarinet marching
- Side-drummer marching
- Bass drummer marching

- Standing at-ease
- Marching with rifle shouldered
- Officer with sword marching
- RSM marching
- Ensign of the Colour marching
- Drum Major marching
- Trombone marching
- Euphonium marching
- Tuba marching
- Cymbals marching
- Cornet marching
- Fife marching
- French horn marching
- Saxophone marching
- Bassoon marching
- Clarinet marching
- Side drummer marching
- Bass drummer marching

Black Watch Highlanders
- Officer with sword marching
- Rifle at slope, marching
- Drum Major marching
- Piper marching
- Side drummer marching
- Bass drummer marching

Cameron Highlanders
- Officer with sword marching
- Rifle at slope, marching
- Drum Major marching
- Piper marching
- Side drummer marching
- Bass drummer marching

Policemen (ex-plastic moulds)
- Marching
- On Traffic-duty

Household Cavalry (ex-plastic moulds)
- Lifeguard marching with sword
- Horseguard marching with sword

Chelsea Pensioners
- Officer/Gentleman at arms (No.1 Dress style uniform, feathered bi-corn hat)
- Sergeant at arms (blue frock-coat, tri-corn hat)
- Pensioner (red coat with tri-corn hat)
- Pensioner (red coat with pill-box hat/shako)

- Beefeater (ex-plastic mould)
- [Henry VIII] (probably 65mm figure listed above)
- [Shakespeare] (probably 65mm figure listed above)
- [John Bull] (probably 65mm figure listed above)
- [Richard the Lionheart] (probably 65mm figure listed above)

British Regiments of 1751 (ex-plastic moulds)
- Grenadier 1st Foot
- Officer 1st Foot
- Gentleman-at-Arms (same as Chelsea Pensioner Officer with different paint?)
- Grenadier 59th Foot
- Officer 59th Foot
- Royal Drummer

German Troops 1933/42, National Socialists (available as sets, singly or unpainted kits, further details needed)
- Adolf Hitler (single figure matt-painted or unpainted kit)
- Herman Goring (single figure matt-painted or unpainted kit)
- German Police band
- German Police Colour Party
- Luftwaffe Band
- Luftwaffe Colour Party (as set with Herman Goring)
- SS/Gestapo Band
- SS/Gestapo Colour Party
- SA/Brown-shirts Band
- SA/Brown-shirts Colour Party (as set, with Hitler)
- Kriegsmarine Band
- Kriegsmarine Colour Party
- Wermacht Band
- Wermacht Colour Party

Knights of the Garter (ex-Garrison, unpainted as metal kits)
- Pose 1
- Pose 2
- Pose 3
- Pose 4
- Pose 5
- Pose 6
- Pose 7

Mounted ‘Blues & Royals' (ex-Garrison, unpainted as metal kits)
- ?

Mounted Life Guards Band (ex-Garrison, as unpainted metal kits)
- ?

Other Ceremonials (ex-Garrison, as unpainted metal kits)
- Queen Elizabeth II, mounted side-saddle
- Life-Guard Band-major on foot
Modern British/Argentinean Soldiers, Falkland Range (ex-Garrison, as unpainted metal kits)
- British Naval Gunner
- British Pilot
- British Soldier
- Argentinean Soldier
- SAS (‘Embassy siege’ gear)

RHA Gun Team (ex-Garrison, as unpainted metal kits)
- Gun with six horses and three riders
- Gun and four gun-crew

Boxed Sets
- Henry VIII and his six wives – 7 figs (ex-plastic moulds)
- Chelsea Pensioners – 4 figs
- British Regiments 1751 – 6 figs (ex-plastic moulds)

Parts Accessories
- Marine Heads
- Peaked-cap Heads

65mm Metal Character Range
- King Richard 1st
- Edward, the Black Prince
- Henry VIII
- Shakespeare
- John Bull

- Tower Bridge (Cavendish Novelties - die-casting)

Mixed Media Models - No Specific Scale (around 1:50, Metal/Plastic/PVC)
- Queens Coach (ex-Crescent 1977 Silver Jubilee boxed set)

[This is very much a work in progress and any corrections, details of additional figures/ranges or the old Garrison codes would be greatly appreciated]

Stadden = Charles 'Chas' C. Stadden (sculptor)
HK = Hong Kong manufactured product

C is for Carded Combination, from Cavendish

Another bag/card combination from the recent Plastic Warrior show, and another bag/card combination which is considerably more substantial than the contents, although the ratio of spare space to packaging is not as wide as it was with the Tudor *Rose set we looked at the other day!

I had in my listings for Cavendish an entry which read;

Knights (ex-Timpo or Lone*Star?)
- Knights

It now reads;

Knights (ex-Timpo and Lone*Star solid foot and Timpo Swoppet mounted, carded bag of 3/5 foot and/or 1/2 mounted or similar sized mix of figures, header card artwork by Peter Harris)
- Foot Knights (ex-Lone*Star)
- Foot Knights (ex-Timpo solids)
- Mounted Knights (ex-Timpo 'swoppets')

Those close to the hobby will know that Peter Harris is a well known collector/dealer most famous (perhaps unfairly) for a couple of landslides involving his stock tables a few years ago! An indication of the amount of stuff on his tables! Sadly; I believe he was 'only' a graphic designer back then and failed to ask the questions of the client he might do today, such as "Can I have one of everything and what are you going to do with those moulds in the corner?"!

I suspect that the early silver swoppet knights by Timpo may also have been issued in these bags, as Toyway seem to have inherited all of them together?

News, Views Etc...Khaki Infantry Updates

I've now added the UNA section and hope to do VP before the end of the day, I've also updated the Zang / Herald / Britains and section and Trojan courtesy of images from Barney Brown, who has also allowed the addition of a small Phoenix section. I've also migrated the stretcher team from Speedwell to Trojan and fixed a few other bits.

Khaki Infantry Page;

Khaki Infantry

A little later...

VP now done, Unknowns, Hong Kong, Brazil and Poland to come.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

News, Views Etc...Khaki Infantry Page

I've now done the text for the Trojan section and added two images to the Charben's section (which was bereft) courtesy of Gareth Morgan who kindly supplied them when I asked him at a recent show.

Gareth's blog (where he annonces all his new figures and carries details of the rest of the range) is here;

Morgan Miniatures

Khaki Infantry Page;

Khaki Infantry

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

News, Views Etc...Khaki Infantry Update

I've added some images kindly supplied by Barney Brown to the Speedwell section of the Khaki Infantry page, and the images for the Trojan section including more pictures from both Barney and David Scrivener. I haven't done the text yet, but am working on another page (abbreviations) which has taken all day to format. I hope to have it up later tonight and will get the Trojan text done later today or tomorrow.

UK Khaki Infantry

Barney's e-Store

Later...much later the same night/next morning

Abbreviations page is now up;


It's not quite what I was hoping it would be, but if I kept working on it in draft until I was happy with it; it would never have gone up! There are a few manufacturers in the listings, but the bulk of them will be added to the Marks and Markings page when I get round to that one! Additions and corrections will be gratefully received and fully acknowledged as it's a resource for all to use.

Next page will be on Composition, but I must get the Khaki Infantry page finished first!!!!

Saturday, June 28, 2014

P is for Polythene Plastic Products

Another 'best of day' from Plastic Warrior's show in May, the chap had three or four of these but this one had a nice selection of figures. Some time ago I did a massive photo session which sits in Picasa in a folder called err...photosesh! It was all the European combat infantry (no German, US or desert figures) in the larger scales, all the Hong Kong carded small scale with a bit of Giant hived-off and all the mediaevals and crusaders.

But because I came to collecting large scale late, there tend to be some quite small samples of common figures/makes for some of the sets, so I'm always looking for ways to make a post or two out of them. Spotting this has allowed one of those posts to happen, and the pictures can now go off the laptop to moulder on the relevant dongles!

It's an odd set, 80% card and bag! but nice nonetheless...three foot figures and a mounted figure, some of the other sets the seller had had foot only, poor colour mix or tatty cards, so this was the better of the bunch. I suspect it was a seaside-booth seller for sand-castles?

The card has two slots in it which may be for a rubber-band to hold the figures up (no visible remains), or may be arrow-slits as part of some folding backdrop feature of the card/fort which is not obvious, although the door is also operable?

Note: "The Tudor Rose" and "Almost Indestructible"

The figures are copies of the Marx first type 54mm mediaevals, and are probably piracies rather than licensed, Tudor*Rose did do a lot of licensed mould/swapping along with their sort of sister company Kleeware (who they took over and would eventually merge with), but those deals were with their other relatives in the Islyn Thomas stable, not - as far as I know; Marx.

They are a well-copied set and here are a few more (bottom left), with various small samples of Marx originals from the 'photosesh' images.

I've labelled them pretty effectively, so I don't need to bore you too much with the minutiae, but note the Hong Kong figure is in a dense polypropylene, I don't think much of the paint in any of the images is factory original, but it might be (a hard plastic painted issue has some like the crusader type), and; a couple of Vikings have snuck into shot!

The four Marx first type (top right) have the deep illegible engineer-stamp style base-mark which is shared with the red plastic Indians (wild west type), which are - I think - Swansea production. The two silver ones and the blue chap (bottom left) may be Marx or Tudor*Rose but are unmarked, as are the HK one and the figures in the bagged set.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Y is for You're a sick puppy buddy - get help!

W is for Watch with Mother

Photographed at the recent Plastic Warrior (I only have Mrs. Bear and a couple of lose arms and legs and they're in storage!), these are among Lone Star's more esoteric output.

Once TV had got going children's programming followed the pattern of 'Listen with Mother' on the old home service (by my childhood; renamed Radio 4) with a midday section of programmes which started with simple things for infants and got progressively more sophisticated to cater for the the elder children. There was a limited number of programmes, which were endlessly repeated over the years (1950's to 1970's), meaning the characters all became very well known and there was much merchandise produced.

One each of the main characters; PC Plod (top right), Mrs. Bear, Big Ears, Noddy and Golly (left to right - bottom row) along with three paint variations of the evil (well...'naughty'!) Goblin. The figures are about 50mm and polyethylene with Lone Star's usual flaky paint and a 'swoppet' style of plug-on arms, legs and heads.

These days the Gollies have been whitewashed out of both new TV productions and the reprints of Enid Blyton's books, but when I was a kid he was just 'Golly'...not 'Gollywog' and a lot of kids had soft toy gollies, with no racist intent. There was however a believed racist history behind the term and a definite racist history behind the character in general culture, and modern mores demand he slip from the public conscience. Also, while Mr Golly was a good character, I seem to remember the other gollies tended to be the wicked characters if the goblins weren't around?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

M is for Musketeers...or 'Mousquetaires'

Good old 'The Works'; how many times have I named them here now? Currently carrying a whole bunch of board games by Rio Grand / Ystari, only one has useful figures, and at 9.99, you might argue a bit pricey for the five, but if you're a board game geek...a bargain!

The box...that's it; it's a box! I think I took too many photographs for covering something I know so little about!

The other contents...I'm not a board game geek, but have had enough experience with board games to surmise that this is going to take longer to learn than to play...once you've learnt it. Therefore this is mostly going straight in the recycling, the dice will go in the dice bag and the timer looks useful...for eggs?

But the figures are really quite sublime sculpts in that 'gamers' size of around 28mm (I didn't measure them and they're in the loft now!) They remind me of the figures Charles Stadden sculpted for Tri-ang Minimodel's 'Spanish Gold', with the swords and things sticking out everywhere! The lady is the sort of baddy!

A close-up of the detail on these figures, they are a stiff PVC (or soft polypropylene?) which holds a lot of fine detail, and are multi-part assembled in the factory.

Available now in The Works who are also stocking the astronaut/shuttle pencil-top I covered a while back. Some of the other games they are carrying at the moment have wooden 'flats' of figures, and if you are a BBG, you need to get down there as you'll probably like most of them!

N is for Not Meccano!

I bought these the other day, bit of an odd one as the company conserned has no connection with figures or war toys of any kind, but over the years I have picked up a tin of bits in mixed lots and often wondered what they were from...

I used to get confused between these people and Rosedale/Tudor Rose, but they are in fact different companies, although both made dolls. I had been watching these get cheaper, the last few visits to the Sandown Park toy fair and the last time I was there they were cheap as chips!

I'll look out for the other set ('Set A' seems to have the four little wheels and long bars needed for anything complicated or mobile to be modelled), and then probably off-load them as a group in a year or two with the loose bits. I just like that they are early plastic and have a nostalgia value!

There's no date on them, but artwork would place them late 1950's or early 1960's? Soft ethylene and only the three colours.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

T is for That There Interweb Thing

A return to our irregular round-up of Toy Soldier related 'stuff' on the Internet...

Knitted Toy Soldier

Life-sized Card Toy Soldier

Personalised Toy Soldier Mug

Toy soldiers in art from 1876, I can see French Zouaves and Cuirassiers? (Lucotte/Mignot?)

Antonio Mancini - Boy with Toy Soldiers

For hollow-cast fans; auction news of a major collection coming-up for sale next weekend in the States;

OTSA - present the James A. Henderson collection

British Pathe visits Peter Cushing with his model soldier collection...

Peter Cushing and his Toy Soldiers