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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.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

News, Views Etc...Plastic Warrior No.167

The latest issue came out about a month ago, so I've slipped slightly, but better late than never!

Another blinder, full of good stuff


* The first article is an answer to a reader's call, with Peter Nussbaum supplying plenty of Samurai figurines following a request in an earlier issue, with warriors illustrated from Papo, Plastoy, Dragon-DML (CanDo), Furuta (F-Toys), Publius and Technolog among others.

* Gerald Edward's follows-up on his own previous article on Crescent premiums with more on Daz and the addition of both Tide-branded and unmarked/generic versions.

* 'Lefties' is another follow-up, an editorial this time, with more on left-handed figures, there's loads! One being Lone Star's Sheriff of Nottingham - it struck me that most of the set are left handed one way or another? Britains, Cherilea, Crescent, Marx and Timpo also provide.

* Some metal sneaks-in to the magazine, but interesting nevertheless in Daniel Lepers' find of an unusual version of Lone Star army lorry, he wonders if a component is original, I wonder if it's designed for hooking small shark, it looks vicious! If you're wondering what I'm going on about, you need to subscribe - details below.

* Some interesting premiums are studied with Paul Stadinger's look at New Zealander's from Sanitarium.

* An in-depth look at some recent production comes courtesy of Tom Stark who investigates two sets of Indians from Publius; an older set of Pawnee and the newer Sioux set.

* Dan Morgan (who makes the display models for Peter Cole's Replicants) shows us a model of The Bell Inn he made for Thetford's Ancient House Museum, using Replicants figures to populate it and including the Thomas Paine character sculpt. As an aside the editor points out that several Paine's were hidden about the museum for children to spot as they toured the exhibits.

* 'Converters Corner' has Les White producing troops for both sides in the WWI campaigning in East Africa, as always - they are very good, and all based on AIP's Boar War infantry.

* Yours truly has a small piece at the end, commissioned from the editor, on China's 4M, covered on the Blog, the piece has [mostly!] new images.

* Finally - Andreas Dittmann has a fascinating look at a French board game, themed around Davy Crockett and branded to Capiéra, with four 54mm figures.

Regular Features

* 'NEWS and VIEWS and other stuff ' is mostly editorial housekeeping this month, but a pair of glasses were found at May's show if you're missing them and there are some back-issues of PW38 going on a first-come, first served basis.

* 'What The !&*$?' has an equestrian feel to the first section with various mounted figures to ID for Eric Critchly and Andreas Dittmann; over the page Brian Carrick seeks information on a very unusual figure, and Barney Brown is looking for help with three French figures.

* 'Readers Letters' includes
·         Brain Carrick and Barry Blood both feedback on Robinson Crusoe
·         Steve Weston reminisces on Tom Smith
·         I. Wraite . . . writes!
·         Philip Hamilton reminds readers that the Hamilton Collection unlocked its doors for the Summer season on 1st April
·         While identification/information on previous 'What The !&*$?'s comes from Richard Lewis, Kent Sprecher, Andreas Dittmann, Juan Hermida and Daniel Lepers

* 'What's New' covers recent releases from . . .
·         Engineer Basevitch - Early Slav Warriors
·         Annonymous - Vikings & Ancient Greeks
. . . all supplied by and available from Steve Weston (Weston Toy Soldiers)

Plus all the usual small-ads

Covers cover Samurai this issue with images from the Peters; Evans (front) and Nussbaum (back)

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