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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.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

News, Views Etc...Plastic Warrior No.162

The latest issue (number 162); sees me getting worse on the timings again, as the next one is due any day now, but here it is - just in time . . .
Articles
* The opening article has Colin Penn show-and-telling on a purchase of a Britains Zoo eagle conversion.
* Staying with Britains, there's a brilliant editorial on Summer County premiums with contributions from Jonathan Stevens and Barney Brown.
* Certain err . . . coincidental images in Timpo publicity material/packaging are examined by Steve Pugh.
* Erwin Sell looks at 1980's copies of Crescent and Cherilea medieval foot and mounted, re-done as Romans.
* Best article this month (even: ever?) is Andreas Dittmann's Koziol bazooka-man . . . cowboy! Yes - you read that right, and with two other make's similarly cannon-equipped cowboys and a lovely Indian wall plaque arrow-firer. . . stuff you otherwise probably never see; brilliant.
* Tom Stark looks at the hobby as it relates to 'counter price' vs value and such like.
* H.G. Wells is brought to life by a lovely diorama from the hand of Joseph W. Svec III, depicting events in Woking, Surry all those future-past years ago.
* The third pose-example of a Lone Star Musketeer turns up (that's three poses and about ten figures that we know about now), as I say every time: it's only a matter of time before a whole box turns-up!
'What The !&*$?' has four question marks this quarter;
·         An early-looking (French?) mounted knight in armour from Jack Shalatain
·         A seated AFV crewman/motor cyclist/tractor driver/passenger type of military appearance from Joe Bellis . . . Penny Farthing rider?!!
·         Barney Brown's large scale cowboys and Indians are still looking for a positive ID
·         A moustached French actress/circus lady in her underwear whipping a mike . . . all very Parisian!
* Les Collier looks at a set of figures from Toltoys which I found fascinating as I thought they were French and possibly premiums.
* Tom Stark returns for a second contribution, looking at Publius new sets and new retail arrangements.
Regular Features
'NEWS and VIEWS and other stuff ' has a follow-up on the unknown figures from the previous 'NEWS...', being Nordplast, news on C&T auctions, a new French show and news on Papo moving into 54mm.
'Book Review' this issue is very busy with reviews of four new titles
1.      Sixty Years of Airfix

2.      The A-Z of Timpo

3.      Farming in Miniature Vol. 1

4.      Farming in Miniature Vol. 2
'Readers Letters' this time is a four page fest, including mentions for:
·         Management change at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show (Janice and Rodger Garfield)

·         Books on Guards (Claude R, Hart)

·         Herald/Zang (Dan Morgan)

·         Marx (B. Nielson, JC. Martin and K Sprecher)

·         Engineer Basevich (Peter Cole)

·         Kellogg's (Kent Sprecher)

·         Dull Men of Great Britain (Tim Barker)

·         Ideal 'Justice League' and Wilton 'Batman' figures (Paul Stadinger)
'What's New' (as part of 'letters' this issue) mention releases from:
  • Nagant - Anarchists (Mathias/Stads)
  • Mars - Ex-Oritet Taliban, Russians in Afghanistan and Vietcong (Mathias Berthoux)
  • Big Bad Toy Store - MOFO's (Mathias Berthoux)
Plus all the usual small-ads and a four page 'Plastic Advertiser' insert.
Covers are: on the front, lovely French moveable-arm figures from Miniajouets courtesy of Andy Partridge (nice, but not as nice as Andreas's figures!), with a further War of the Worlds shot on the back cover.
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