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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. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Friday, December 11, 2009

P is for Pirates (LP part 3)

Because all the HK guys were centred on the same region of the colony, when they did produce unique designs - not often but it did happen occasionally - they would immediately be copied by all their rivals, so dozens of piracy's exist; Blue Box suffer from a lot of copying, these LP figures, Corgi's late figure production and so on.

Here we have a white figure almost the same size as the 54mm originals, but with a hollowed out base, either side of him some unmarked silver figures around 45mm with similar but slightly heavier moldings in the same size but multi-coloured above.

The bottom row from left to right; quite accurate copies of the small scale figures, then a very heavy-set chap in silver, and an intermediate bunch to finish. All - again - unmarked, all around 25mm.

The figures in this 'Acrobatic Team' carded set are marked with a small 'HONG KONG' as are the 'planes, I particularly like these aircraft, as while being based on 1950/60's Cold War machines, they could - with a bit of paint - pass for 'Atmosphere Craft' of the Trigan Empire or some of their allies or enemies.

Now why has no one exploited that franchise!? The loose craft bottom right is a moulding failure, but with such symmetry to the missing wing-tips, he makes a whole new variant!

Silicone rubber window stick-ons of the robots

Some vehicles that have accompanied some of the lots the above figures came in, they may or may not be connected, wheels are very like some Blue Box wheels? The pilots are straight copies of the pilots from the Triang Spacex range.

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