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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.

Monday, December 29, 2008

O is for O'la

Ola is an Ice Cream brand in Europe, who were (are?) part of or a subsidiary of Walls in the UK. Along with Tito, Kellogg's and others they issued a variety of premiums in the late 60's/early 70's including Rosenheim & Lippmann stuff and other products. Some of their give-aways were however unique to themselves.

Among which are these animals, not quite in scale with each other but all roughly 20mm. This is almost certainly not all the poses and they are all marked 'OLA' somewhere on their body.

These are among the hardest to find of all the small scale premiums (although eBay France and a cheque-book would probably offer up a reasonable sample in a week or two!), they are the small range of Tin-Tin figurines from the early 1970's, these are about as small and realistic as premiums come, being 30mm tall and very naturalistic.

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