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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.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

W is for Wiking

Produced at about the same time as the Lego figures and the first appearance of Jouef's rather crude effort, these were at the budget end of the model railway figure market.

Coming in little strips of 4/6 items (depending on the size), you were to brake-off the figures when you got them home. Notice the man carrying a sack in the packet on the far right, he was pirated by EKO along with a few others.

A few of the vehicles by Wiking (pronounced "Viking") also include figures, and here we see the VW Beetle with two passengers and a Fork-lift operator. When collecting, certain items are always going to collect a premium, as more than one group collects it, both 'Bugs' and construction equipment have a second set of collectors and - with Wiking - you are fighting specific Wiking collectors as well!


Close-up of a complete strip, this is the 'standard' strip of 5 items, in this case a family group.

Footnote; some early publicity material and catalogues meant for the US market actually spell it 'Viking' as the Americans couldn't get used to the W/v differential! These were shipped to the US quite early and in some quantity, where they went head-to-head with the heavy-metal products of Comet/Authenticast - amoung others - for the 'Railroad' market.

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