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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, September 3, 2017

E is for Espanya!

I thought we'd have a bit of metal for a change, and having recently been given this as a present, it was the obvious candidate.

An Almirall figure of a Civil Guardsman bearing a standard (or colour?), actually brought back from Cuba, but totalitarian regimes make strange yet obvious bedfellows, even if one purports to be from the socialist 'Left' and the other is avidly from the 'Right' with Catholic Rome's berobe'ed servants behind it! When they are both pariah's to someone, trade is easier to justify, and politics is all about justification!

The base is the same as a recent set of magazine part-work collectables from Almirall, but I couldn't tie the figure into that set and the same base was in use by the firm when Garratt was waxing-lyrical about them in the early 1980's, so I hope he's a rarer figure from the 'connoisseur' market. Although I wouldn't describe the figure as having a connoisseur finish, the painting is a bit hit-and-miss - more 'matt toy-soldier' style.

Still - he'll look good leading my Pech Y Hermanos (Pech & Brothers) detachment!

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