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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, December 10, 2015

F is for Fake French Flats

Actually a couple of these are the original French food premiums (there's a full set in JC Piffret's Figurines Publicitaires) a book you must have on your shelves if you wish to study plastic shite! I haven't got it in front of me so I can't remember the make/issuer (if anyone's got theirs to hand?), but it matters not....

...as this sample contains vehicles from at least four sets; French originals (green sedan), Hong Kong and China (most of the rest) and an unknown lumpy gold one. They are also a mix of hard styrene, soft ethylene and a harder propylene, so here as a guide only, because they've come-in and because they're plastic shite!


Edward Bettina Berg said...

They don't appear do have any base to sit them upright - that would be kinda difficult for a youngin' to play with. Most flats have at least a minimal base so that they can stand on their own.

Hugh Walter said...

They are very odd Ed, which is why I passed over them so quickly! They may have had a deep card album you could sit them in, it's not shown in Piffret's book as far as I can remember, but there was a craze for them in the late 60's and early 70's, coins, badges, shields etc...you sent away for the album (or picked it up at a garage/service station or shop/store - depending on the promoter/promotion) and placed the things in the little cut-out indentations.

I've had the Sedan before in a British Christmas cracker, so the moulds and their clones have done the rounds! With a French original there is a chance of getting them to balance on the tyres which are slightly flat round the outside edge, but basically you're right, they'd have limited play value?