About Me

My photo
No Fixed Abode, Home Counties, United Kingdom
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, 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.

No comments: