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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.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

H is for Hong Kong Mongol Hoard...or Herd of Huns

This set is 100% Giant, yet 100% not Giant! We know it's Giant because every single foot figure is marked Made In Hong Kong Giant (P), yet we know it's not Giant, because Giant were never that generous with their figures! Obviously there is the secondary evidence of no 'Giant Plastics Corp. NY' anywhere on the packaging and/or the presence of the retail price in s/d (two-shillings and eleven'punce).

This was the UK (and elsewhere?...it's quite common as these sets go) version of Giant's Mongols, probably let out of the back of the same factory supplying Giant, and consists of about 15 each of red and yellow foot 'Huns' and the same of silver and black [final 'type'] knights, with 6-7 each of the same force's riders.

Loose examples, I don't have all the mounted knights here, but you get the picture and when I get the rest out of storage we can come back to them and look at the forts and stuff. The missing yellow one turned-up and is below!

The knights tended to reuse the bulk of the pose (lifted from old British 54mm figure poses - Crescent and Britains Swoppets) which I've tried to highlight in the silver row - although the pose second from the right is the same as the pose fifth from the right.

I should add that when I did these in One Inch Warrior magazine all those short years ago...I photographed them with siege equipment which was actually from the Marx medieval/Viking fort sets!

Not sure what I was playing at in the top image...trouble with photographing 'off the hoof' without taking notes, but I think the top row are standard, while the under-row show a colour variant (obviously!) and a couple of 'usable' miss-moulds?

Middle shots compares the Giant-marked figures to the real piracies...small HO-sized blobs with unmarked bases.

The final image (a bit washed-out by flash as these images often are - red and yellow...always!) shows darker versions of some of the figures. In the case of the - missing above - yellow one it seems to be down to batch, while the red ones have some black flecks in them and I suspect the plastic was cooked-off.

When I was (briefly) a plastic extrusion operator, I used to get the problem of a brown, darkening line appearing in my extrusions, I'd have to speed the conveyor up a bit (which normally thinned the extrusion to gash quality) and run it as waste until the head cooled down and the mark disappeared. If the mark didn't disappear, I'd have to strip the thing down and clean an - often quite small - burnt speck off the injector head. That's cooking-off...a nightmare!

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