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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.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

D is for Double-Death-Dealing Derringer!



Except, because this is Christmas, the only thing this Derringer deals-out is clarity on a dark situation!

From Brian Berke, and with the photographs telling the whole story; very much a guest-post - at which I'll take the opportunity to thank Brian for all the effort he's devoted to the blog this year, both in photographic contributions, donations to the 'master-collection' and information, background stories and . . . and . . . enjoy -






A few points raised by the images . . . I'm guessing the light shines every time you press the trigger, so blasting red-light at your nemesis!

Previously unknown (to me) Hong Kong brand MT (M'something Toys?) with a design registered in the UK and the toy on sale in the US, not an uncommon situation in the late 1950's what with HK being a UK colony and the US toy guys still quite entrenched in using the services of toy makers in 'occupied' Japan. A further confusion being that 'MT' is also a brand-mark of the - predominantly tin-plate manufacturer - Masudaya, who ARE Japanese but have a very different logo, so I don't think there's any real connection.

Power-switch disguised as a safety-lever (did Derringers have one, I doubt it! Later models perhaps?), nice touch with the matching plastic 'screw' on the pistol-grip and a bullet-charm - for the hell of it! Quality piece of festive nostalgia; did you have one under the tree once?

Reminds me of my favourite Giles cartoon, the 'Family' including Granny are creating the usual mayhem in a department store's toy department - I can't remember the punch line. But - in the background are three, large, free-standing, boxes next to the counter; one says 'Merry Festive Stuffed Toys' and is full of bears, giraffes and the like, the next is labeled 'Merry Festive Ray-Guns; and is stuffed with Jonny-Seven One-Man-Army lookie-like'ies, Tommy-guns and Space-weapons, while the third has a sign saying 'Merry Festive Stuffed Toys with Ray Guns' and is full of heavily-armed soft-toys, looking like a platoon of plush-Rambos!

Happy Christmas all! [Yeah; even the Penn-State Toy-Soldier Mafia!]

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