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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.

Monday, July 18, 2016

G is for Gift Egg Updates - 4 - Balaban 'Toto'

Toto has become one of those 'Eurowords' that sort of means 'play' somewhere; 'playing' somewhere else, here - I think - 'plaything'? And these were the 'house' eggs of choice for the recently demised 99p Stores.

Only sold in packs of three; the same as Kinder are retailed as in larger stores, or - a little cheaper - in Lidl and Aldi. Following the merger they were cleared through Poundland for a few weeks but seem to have vanished now?

A pound (or 99p) for three eggs is considerably cheaper than the best price you'll find Kinder at, and at least a  third (per egg) than any of the rivals, you might expect the toys to be crap, given the Bonbon Buddies and Dracco contents, but actually these Turkish Balaban eggs have comparable contents to Kinder.

Here two decent mini goods-wagons and two (of four) small boats, a 'pirate' raft and a little jolly-boat, with Airfix sizer!

Compared to other rail-stock from Kinder, if anything the Balaban are better models?

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