As we saw yesterday, Matchbox figures became ripe for piracy as soon as they had been released, taking the pressure off old Britains and Lone Star sculpts and joining Airfix as the origin of choice for copyists in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore and increasingly by the 1980's - Mainland China.
With the bulk of my Matchbox copies in storage the figures we are looking at today are all contemporary or very recent, we did have a brief look at older, larger US clones here and the small scale Airfx/Matchbox mix from the 1990's here while the rest of the figures below are labelled for known sources, where known.
The grey one is interesting, but his origins remain unknown to me, I'd guess either a small quantity issued as accessories with die-cast toys, or a modern'ish 20¢ price-range capsule/gum-ball prize. The small scale Wing Lung's we looked at yesterday are a tad smaller then the Red Box PVC-rubber chap.
To the right are the (known) poses/colours of the smaller figures, except Red Box's Motormax, who I know carried five poses (issued paired in tens) but they are in storage. They also come in various paint styles and I think another 'brand' source is ID'd in the archive.
The little boats would paint-up well for war gaming, but the drivers/pilots (? Captains!) are a bit wooden. The map is fascinating, trying to tie-in to the Afghanistan 'adventure'.
MADE IN CHINA in the bases, and I find the need for a storage bag a bit ironic . . . "rip that box to bits and get it to landfill ASP kid, stuff the environment!"
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