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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

C is for Crong

Among the newest figures in my collection are these, made by a company called Crong which were bought in a Newsagents in Guildford a couple of years ago. There were three catapults included, which were similar to the Crossbows & Catapults/Castle Storm engines, they were over-scale.

These figures also came with an abysmal 'fort' which consisted of a basic front façade with gate and two corner towers and went strait in the bin! The figures are roughly 28mm and compatible with Games Workshop or similar makes.

Close-up of the novel locking-in of the rider, the shields bore two designs, basically Cyrillic letters roughly translating as F/Ph and J/zh, and this may be a clue either to the origin of the figures or the intended market. The figures are in a softish plastic material, closer to nylon/rayon than polythene, however I already had in my collection a hard polystyrene horse and caparison which are a bit older. I had always assumed the older one was from a board game, anyone got any further info/ideas on either type?

Shot of the older hard plastic horse on the left with the Timpo-like fitting of the caparison (split collar and hole for tail in the back) shown on the right.

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