As always - still available as a back issue; Plastic Warrior 157 featured..
* The next part of Thomas Stark's series on figure sculpts; 'Animation', looking at the ones that make him laugh!
* James Opies obituary/tribute to Shamus Wade
* Hearld 'Notes and Queries' by Daniel Morgan reaches the four ACW figures in both paint schemes
* The Editor (Paul Morehead) looks at a fascinating desk ornament (?) from Subbuteo
* Catalogue illustrations wet the appetite for tracking down Mettoy play set figures
* An editorial center-spread feature on Gemodels is real eye-candy
* 'What's New' includes...
- Toy Soldiers of San Diego / TSSD (Alamo Mexican Lancers and WWII Germans)
- Engineer Basevitch (Finnish War)
- Replicants (Robin Hood character figures)
* There's more museing on Cow & Gate farm premiums from David Scrivener and the ed.
* 'Castle Warfare' from Brad DeSantis looks at a lovely MPC fort set called er...Castle Warfare! The mantlet/shields were new to me
* Juan Hermida looks at a specific character figure of a real-life bullfighter known as "Manolete"
* Brian Carrick looks at some recent production from China he's found including a couple of lovely Gladiators
* There's a look at Marx's Warriors of the World versions of Robin Hood figures from Les Collier
* What the !&*$? asks about a tractor/trailer pairing and a Cyclopean er...Cyclops!
* Reader's Letters covers
- Engineer Basevitch (Mathias Berthoux)
- Tudor Rose-Tim Mee (kent Sprecher)
- Vietnam (Les Collier)
- Shing Hing Plastics/Smyths (Eric Keggans)
- Marx website update (Eric Johns)
- Benbros (Editor)
- Poultry What the !&*$? (David Scrivener)
* This months book review looks at Figuras de Plastico Reamsa 1951-1978 by Juan Martin Garcia
* Cover images this issue are both illustrating the Gemodels article within
While the - still current - Plastic Warrior 158 brings the following delights to your door (if you subscribe!)...
* Brian Carrick takes a look at fish-tank accessories with a view to use as war gaming scenery
* The Star Wars Command sets from Hasbro are covered by Les White [Apparently like the Horrible Histories stuff, this range is to be dropped already, so get them while you can, they are still full price in most toy chains, Sainsbury's and other outlets, but expect discounting as summer approaches]
* An interesting in Poplar Plastics graphics with Thomas figures is examined by Kent Sprecher with accessories not covered here) and an apparently random Lido Indian!
* Les White returns to produce a brilliant turn of the 19/20 century's policeman at 'Converter's Corner'
* Thirty Years On is a look back at the development of Plastic Warrior from its inception...fascinating to those (like me) who came a bit late to the party)
* Alwyn Brice is still looking at 40mm Elastolin (like the 70mm but not so well-painted!)
* 'What's New' includes...
- Austin Miniatures (WWII US Marines)
- Paragon Scenics (Alamo Defenders)
- Expeditionary Force (ACW Zouaves & Militia and Medievals)
* There's an editorial on the elusive series II Horrible Histories - as I predicted, now filtering onto evilBay and Amazon as clearance
* Jack Shalatain (who has fed nice small-scale to me in the past) covers the ceremonial output of ABC out of Hong Kong, with nicely painted examples of the US Marines and British Line Infantry
* Reader's Letters include
- David Scrivener shows a Goodman Indian
- Eric Johns announces an update of his Marx website (link to right of this page somewhere)
- Mike Blake reminisces on Herald
- Mettoy feedback from yours truly
- Barney Brown talks glues
- Juan Hermida ID's some of the What The !&*$? and reader's letters items from PW157
- Andreas Dittman expands on the PW figures from PW156
- Drazzen Lulic discusses Karl May with a request for help on the same
- Juan Martin mentions the Wikipedia page on Reamsa
- While Brian Johnson provides an illustrated mini-article on Reliable of Canada and their take on the much-copied Bergan-Beton/Lido horse
* Cover images this issue are a 'fish tank' diorama and an interesting Chialu figure from a composition mould
Both issues presented in shiny, rainbow, technicolourfulness!
Also, it's now only just over a month to the 30th anniversary Plastic Warrior toy soldier fair, full details here;