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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.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

W is for Westair's Wandering Windies Wastrels

This is a bit unfair on Brain who sent me some 'Mosherettes' back in the New Year, and - paraphrasing - I said thanks, but I'll hold them back for the Mosherette page (which is coming-along nicely), only to post these here, but A) it IS International Talk Like a Pirate Day and B) The rest of the Mosherettes are out of storage, so that project will pick-up pace now!

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You don't know it but the last three posts were abandoned earlier today, with no blurb and just small notes that I would come back to them tomorrow if you were reading the notes!

As it happens I raced back to finish them and now (6.30 today) have half an hour in-hand, with an hour and a half before this one publishes, but the last four images are so self-explanatory, I don't need blurb - whatever Google, Blogger or TJF's idiot-software might say!

So as a reward to myself for getting them all done in what ended-up being a bit of a last-minute thing, I'll say AaaHaarrrrrrr Jimlaaad and Avast me 'arties! See youse'all next yearrrrrr, yeerrr land-lubbin' scumbuck'erts!

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A Pirate

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Another one!

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A Piratess!

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Guess what . . .

B is for Blind-Box Buccaneers

Peter Evans either sent me these in January, or put them in the big-bags at PW in may, I can't remember, but either way; kind of him, and while deforms are even less of a 'my thing' than resin [ . . . used to be!], they are toys, they are figures and they are pirates, so Spin Master - Blind Boxes!

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Like blind-bags, except they are in a box! I'm not sure if they are still in the shops but there are always a few on feebleBay, blind or opened. Obviously tied directly into the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise from Disney.

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I'm guessing the gold one is a less common / limited edition thing? But the Skullopus Squidington is brilliant, he would make an excellent additional piece for fantasy role-play gaming, as a daemon of some sort, and while I'm sure the Nottingham Mafia would hate it, I think he could slide (or slither?) into a Tyranid Genestealer army effortlessly?

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Can't say much else about them, if deforms are your thing you probably already know more than I ever will! Cheers Peter - loving ol' purple eyes!

H is for Hing Fat's Hooligan Hijackers

A quick return to some figures we first visited back in 2012, possibly the first TLAPD (not sure in had gone 'International' then?); Hing Fat, except that the figures I was then told (2012, two years into being a larger scale collector) were Hing Fat are probably the donors for Hing Fat's simpler set . . .

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Being the seven figures to the left of this shot, the rest (blue, red and mustard yellow) are definitely Hing Fat, several of the Toy Soldier shops on-line still have them in stock. This follows the pattern of Hing Fat appropriating contemporary Hong Kong or China stuff and putting it out there again, worse.

The better and slightly larger ones will be someone like Rado/Ri-Toys (Hing Fat pirated their Japanese), Yat Ming or well . . . there's 'undreds really?

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Hing Fat on the right, their NASA astronauts in grey were poorer that someone else's donor, as were their take on the MPC spacemen and they have copied  several generations of ex-Airfix Cowboy & Indian, which their rivals have copied better!

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I've kept photographing them as they've grown, along with the doubt as to the original set, so here's a bunch more images, these are Hing Fat, not the better ones!

V is for Villainous Venturer's New Version!

Remember the trio of small pirates we looked at in ITLAPD a few years ago, which I then found a Halsall-branded packaging (now HTI) shot of, on my old 'phone, for last year? Well, I found the even-older donors in storage!

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These are they, the top three are the poses we've seen before here, the lower trio are 'new to Blog', colourful, around 35mm and a soft vinyl-like polymer.

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They too (mentioned in the last post) have things in common with the Tiger/Strawberry Group stuff from the 1990's, credited to Supreme, but that doesn't mean I'm saying they are SP Toys, just that they are of that era/oeuvre, not least that Halsall carried the smaller copies and also carry copies of Supreme knights!

On the right of the clone-pairs are the Halsall copies and you can see they are a bit smaller and thinner all-round, (classic bad-pantographing), but follow the paint-scheme closely, apart from the base-wash. In cases like this they are as likely to be contracted by the originator of the donors as they are to be illegal copies, but again; I'm not saying that's the case, there's no evidence, either way.

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They are scaled to go quite well with the Toy Bank vessel Peter Evans sent to the Blog last Christmas, after I had shelfied it; too tight to buy one!

Incidentally, there is a similar vessel appearing on feebleBay and Amazon at the moment, with two 54/60mm pirates, there are several deals, all 'buy it now', at least one direct from China, the others apparently UK clearance/wholesale type eBayers/sellers and all between 5.99 and 10-quid odd, well worth a look, I was tempted and they may be here for next year's ITLAPD!

S is for Supreme's Swanky Swashbuckling Sea-rover's

A bit of a box ticker, but they are nice figures and need their five minutes of fame at Small Scale World!

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There are six poses, each comes in two main colour ways, and there were two issues, so technically 24+ to find. These are the later version and there are four pairs of opposite paint-ways and one blunderbusieer (I think I just invented that word!), they are a bit 'smooth' in sculpting style, and the gloss finish only adds to that impression, but - as we'll see in a minute - they are actually perfectly fine figures and hold-up well against the opposition.

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The other pose and more blunderbusieers! The lower two are the earlier issue, these have boot-painted bases, although, note the two blunderbusieers (lovin' it!) are different from the one in the larger sample, so if you look for these definitive things it's going to be way more than 24!

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Two new and two old Supreme figures compared with four of the main rivals for toy pirate fans affections, who are clockwise from top left; Safari, Zizzle, Charbens and Marx. You can see that behind the glossy paint and smooth sculpting, they hold their own perfectly against the others and only enhance a band of brigands!

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Not only is it more than 24 to find, it could be as many as 48+, as the 'other six' (I have two poses still to find)* are more fantasy figures, although all very 'Pirates of the Caribbean' I think they predate the movie franchise by a few years?

I can remember seeing these, in open shop-stock boxes in a large corner-shop/hardware store opposite a car-park in a little town on the way down to Eastbourne around 1998/9, along with the Britains Deetail-like Tiger Cowboys & Indians also accredited/ascribed to Supreme?

*There are several on evilBay, where I've been keeping an eye on them for months, but both sellers want stupid money per-figure for what are modern, PVC-shite, 50p items! And that's more than I've paid for the others, although some of them have gone-up to around a quid-each with postage, but think what the petrol would have cost; and it's still a bargain! But five-ninety-nine BIN, with three-quid postage, for one skeleton? That's a piss-take, and so's the £9.99-odd some Belgian or Dutch seller is asking, for two figures!

R is for Rubber Raiders Run Rampant

Seen briefly earlier in the year, this is the Paperchase carded pirate rubber/pencil-eraser I got in a new-year's sale while visiting PW's editor earlier in the year.

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Blurb Kreator 4.2 says; Packaging - forms of ephemeral and/or disposable material used for transporting goods safely and/or hygienically, without damage from factory to end-user, or from one user to another!

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The monkey is in three pieces (hung from the yard-arm by the Bwreaksiteers of the North East, you know? But if he was waving a bloody-great knife around - he deserved it; Vichy swine-monkey pirate!), the parrot and the pirate four-chunks each, while the treasure chest is the real eraser; a solid lump!

Q is for Questionable Quaker Quandary Question-time?

When I say 'unknown', I've yet to find them but they may be out there somewhere?

These came as a single lot about 20-years ago and there are about three times the number I've shot, in all four colours but with green short, most separated and hard to make into sets, suggesting more in the original sample. I haven't added a single figure to the lot since I found it, nor had I found any prior to finding the lot.

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Now . . . is the central character Cap'n Crunch? If he is, I think that narrows it down a bit to Quaker? The Cap'n Crunch's I've seen have no hackle in their hat, larger moustaches and obvious epaulettes, but these things change over time and it would tie in with the Gladiators and Airfix offers (Combat Group and Wild West).

You can see they are all based loosly on other pre-existing figures from Marx, Thomas-Poplar, or Charbens and there are two strips of five found in the lot, an 'A' strip and an 'F'* strip. Strangely, the guy to the right of the cartoon character seems to be based on the dead-german from Marx? He's looking a bit uncomfortable that's for sure!

Whether this means there are others to be found, or just that the factory used un-similar letter stamps for east of identification is unknowns, because no others have turned-up and the 30-odd+ figures I have are all from the two strips?

* It might be 'E', but they are back in the attic and I forgot to write it down!

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Set 'F' (or 'E'!); again some recognisable poses from the larger scales, but all hand 'drawn' copies, not pantographs. All mine are green, blue, red or the above, rather flaccid, yellow, and with no shade or hue variations, all clean, so clean they may even be factory 'blanks' or test-shots which never got a commercial release?

While - as I said - they don't all make up strips, enough of them match-up to see how they were cut off the strips after 'purchase' - that yellow 'A' set above is complete. While I can't make a whole F/E strip, I can make two runs of three (in different colours), one from either end, so I know - from the 'overlap' and a complete 'A' that it's just the two strips in the collection/lot.

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History never explained why the pirates had a Grenadier Guard's Saxophonist aboard ship, but luck was clearly with the condemned on this occasion; they would die happy!

As you can see they are wholly compatible with HO and OO-gauge related figures, coming somewhere between 23 and 25mm at around (a round?) 24mm! As far as I know, these are new to the cereal premium guys, new to you 'plastic warriors' and new to the Internet?

R is for Resin Rascal Raiders

Apart from the fact that he has a slightly piggy face, I rather like this chap, and it is further evidence of the slide into resin hell . . . Mr Evans has sent me several more as well; I don't rate the stuff but it's piling-up!!

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See what I mean about the piggy-face! He's also a chunky sculpt, obviously lots of pies on the last ship they caught . . . and he ate them, all! But non-the-less, a lovely, warm colour palate on a cheerful looking chap.

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No marking but he was one of these two-quid jobs from a charity shop a few months back so I'm not complaining and he's big; a basic 120mm without the full height of the hat, berserker is taking a chance, my experience of the post-war British bayonet is that it will struggle to dent that boot and only further annoy an already irate-looking pirate!

Imagine Brain Blessed's voice . . . "The little man's doing WHAAAT?"

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I also bought another of those Penn-Plax resins (hell cometh-fast upon me!) for the pirate and that odd 'diving-bear' (who came from another charity shop a week later, and still needs ID'ing as to likely character) to fight over.

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Having failed to show you better images of the Penn-Plax Easter Island heads earlier - this is constructed in the same way as the larger head (the smaller head was a solid), and it looks to be the same basic technique as a hollow-cast soldier, but with a larger exit-hole; pour, swill-round and tip out the excess.

But I suspect there's more to it, for a thicker material which will flow more turgidly over a wider 'front' and take a while to start solidifying (molten-lead sets almost immediately), there may be some mechanical/rotary device involved and the exit 'hole' is obviously a mess which - after setting - needs removing with a saw or grinder.

TP is for Taller Pirates from Thomas-Poplar

Again, similar to another maker's pirates; this time MPC's 'ring-hands', but again, the role of Thomas in the industry might suggest they were first, however the similarity is less obvious with these than the ones we looked at an hour ago, the MPC versions being much heavier sculpts and less animated in posing.

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I'm not sure if the oars are part of the set, and Thomas have lanterns not included in MPC's accessories, also the 'belaying pin' of MPC is more of a cudgel here and Thomas seem to have two cat'o-nine tails to MPC's one. MPC have four poses while I've found five Thomas-Poplar so far, but no PVC vinyl-rubber versions have appeared as far as I know.

There was a nice trio on feeBay a while back with several swords including a larger cutlass than my thin sabre, they were listed under Tudor Rose, and it's worth trying if you're looking for these. I'm still looking for hats and a treasure chest, and don't believe T-P ever did the/a cannon as MPC did.

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I'm not calling the copyist, but it's  fact the MPC flag is the better one, having a full skull and crossbones on both sides, while Thomas-Poplar have a smooth rear, also theirs is a little too long, which could point to them being the sinner here? MPC went with the larger 60mm bracket, the T-P's are closer to 54mm

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They also come in 40/45mm, but I think I subjected you to this pair last year! Both sizes have spigots on one foot to locate with holes in a pirate ship, or at least that's the role for the 60-mil's, the 40-milimeter figures are still a bit of a mystery and they lack the ring-hands (so presumably also lack the accessories?).

Going back to the oars for a moment, in Plastic Warrior 166 (http://plasticwarrioreditor.blogspot.com/) an article from Juan Martin Garcia showed a Spanish Reamsa pirate ship, with different (copies of Marx/MPC) figures,  the ship was an MPC copy/licensee and while the plug-in lanterns were nicer than the above T-P examples, there was also a little deck-boat with two oars, so that may legitimise the above oars in a convoluted fashion?

TP is for Tiny Pirates from Thomas-Poplar

I think we looked at the 'other' 40mm's from Thomas-Poplar last year, but I picked these - first Three - up in the course of the last 12-monthes, then got the grubby, rubber one (at PW's show I think) a while back, only to find a bunch in storage! So I retook the photo's and Bob's your pirate-uncle!

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The three additions, There are shades of other makers work in there, Marx for instance have contributed to the middle figure from two of their leter HK 54mm's. Colours are the same as for the Romans and Spacemen from the same maker/s; it's increasingly obvious that the only real difference between Thomas and Poplar in the UK is the packaging, so I tend to lump them together nowadays.

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These turned up at some point (in the past) and appear to be either copies (the peg-leg is larger and detail seems poorer than on the T-P originals) or a later issue. PVC rubber and a basic paint-job, you'll recognise two of the poses from the Ideal/Glencoe figures . . . 'pirate pirates'?

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A comparison between the three, I believe the chap in the middle is a T-P moulding, the size difference with the green ethylene one being excused by the shrinkage of the more elastic polymer (elastomer) as it cools.

You can see how the third figure - as well as the fatter peg-leg - seems to have poorer detail to the fingers of both hands, but it's a moot point and they both have the little button visible on their chest; there may have been more than one cavity per pose on the tool? I wouldn't want to create a variant which isn't really there!

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All mine together, six poses in total - there are three taken from the Ideal set, the two swordsmen and the 'gunslinger', the hat and bare-heads of the Ideal poses here replaced by scarves. Although, given the ages of all these things and the seminal role of Iselin Thomas in early plastic playthings, it's more likely that Ideal were the plagiarists, not Thomas Toys?

Two other points - these have been described as being '...only sold in England for a short period.', yet were clearly on sale/in production long enough to produce two or three generations in two materials, so perhaps they were available for a while, in actual fact?

Incedently;  It is almost impossible to 'Google search' these as all the search-engines insist on assuming you're looking for Thomas [the Tank Engine]'s Pop[u]lar toys, and my tagging-up this and the next post won't make a happeth' of difference!

Finally, they take a while to amass, and turn-up in small quantities so I wonder  (now we know from Plastic Warrior's piece on Space Premiums a while ago) if they were supplied to Tom Smith for use as cracker-prize inserts?

S is for Soma's Silly Sailors

Although the first set-post today, they were the last lot to fully come-in, with four out of storage a month ago the rest purchased couple of weeks ago, and a missing one (seven) arriving the other day!

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In the 1980's Soma who had been contract-manufacturing for some time before that, began issuing their own branded lines, and by the late 1990's several of these slightly childlike figure sets had been issued, the pirates arrived in 1991 and unlike other sets where you find two colourways (Robin Hood for instance), they only got the one scheme, Issued in three blister-sets of four, two sets of six or a window box with all twelve.

Number 10 (each figure is numbered on the underside of one foot) looks like the love-child of MacDonald's 'Hamburgler' and the popster; Boy George, while I think you could use the facial expressions to make the 7-darves out of some of them, well, seven of them! Number 12, with the all important swag-bag, seems to have been equipped with a fully-automatic Walther or Berretta?

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He also looks mighty pleased with himself, possibly because he has possesion of the loot!

I bought these two Penn-Plax fish-tank ornaments a while ago and they seemed ideal for these chaps to discover! I don't know if Pirates ever put-in at Easter Island, but it seems like a nice place to hole-up, chill-out, get drunk, sing bawdy songs, bury some loot and draw a map with a big X on it!

ITLAPD is for It's That Lingo-Affectation Post's Day . . . Aahhaarrrrr!

It'be thart toime o'yere again! Interr'national Talk Loik a Poirate Day! Which in this'ere neck o'the woods means moiself,  troi'in to wroit a West-contrymaan's aahkcent . . . poorrrly! Aahhaarrrrr . . . to the Poirates, mee'harrrtiees; to the Poirates . . .

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Aaaand, take a deep breath and return to English as it was intended (typos excluded!). ITLAPD is really an excuse for faceplanter's and tweet-twits to talk silly to each other in Starbucks or at work, here at Small Scale World it's a hook I've used to hang Pirate posts on over the years . . . when I remember to!

The key ring was sent by Mr. Berke of New York with the others we looked at ages ago, but this one had to be saved for today! I think the eye pops-out when you squeeze it! Can't quite make out the importer's brand-logo but it looks like Kalan (or Kalin)? Cheers Brian!

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On the left an unmarked resin pirate bear which was included in a mixed lot from somewhere recently; Charity shop I think? On the right a yellow version of some silver ones I thing we've seen before, in every other way (than not being a Ninja) he is the same as those Ninja's Peter Evans sent a couple of months ago, so probably RedBox elsewhere and HGL here?

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Similar fodder, no idea as to origins - beyond 'China' - but there will be more of them and I'll track them down for next year's ITLAPD maybe, or the year after! Thanks to Peter for these three too!

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These are all over feebleBay at the moment (BIN, free direct-post from China), and looking at the common'ish accessories, the figures are on the large size; 60/70mm? I have been tempted to get them for this year's ITLAPD but the low number of figures per lot and the unknown quantity of poses sort of put me off, again; maybe for next year!

Looking at them again just now made me wonder if they mightn't be propylene copies of old Schleich or Papo sculpts, they both 'do' this size, and both have (or have had) a man carrying a cannon on his shoulder, not exact copies, but based-on?

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This chap is also in the large bracket and is one of the few figures you can still find in older corner shops being sold loose from a shop-stock box, softish PVC-substitute and a bit cartoony, he's the only one I've got so far, but you see them (and a similar, equally base-less, set with poorer paint) on eBay quite a bit, so another one we'll return to when I get more of the set.

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Picked this up at PW's show in May, my first small scale pirate from Fontanini (got the African warriors out of storage the other day, so we'll see them here in the autumn). He's a creamy white ('ivorene') polyethylene, stained down by way of 'antiquing' or aging with a sepia wash and is one of the better pirates we'll look at here all day!

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Oh! Are we sorting pirate's boss? I'll look in here to see if it's big enough for me...ny, err, 'many' pirates to fit in!

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Nah! Too small, but that plastic one looks better for cats...taing lots of pirates boss! Just need to empty it so someone in admin can  . . . err . . . try it for size. I'd delegate, but . . . YAWWN . . . as I'm here, I might as well . . . ?

So that's the 'Odd's and Sods' up-first this year; next-up - Soma's dwarfen fatties, or is it the PSTSM in mufti?!! Do you suppose Dildoheft Hildabrand had to pose his cat on that pile of stuff, or is it entirely co-incidence they keep publishing stuff that resembles stuff seen here first? They are too funny, in their transparent stupidity . . . pirates really!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

B is for Brown-water Navy

Quite by accident and without noticing I seem to have built a small fleet of Vietnamese Resistance vessels, gun-smuggling, for the use of!

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Top left is a Hong Kong-made cake decoration fisherman on his little boat, based on earlier lead models originally used to decorate bonsai or miniature rock-gardens. Bottom right we have the small vessel from the Atlantic 'Mao and the Chinese Revolution' sets while the other vessel in both shots is a celluloid 'ivorene' touristy keepsake thing (like the little wagons) which may be factory painted, but I suspect a war-gamer's brushwork; from the matt-finish and accuracy!

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Seven pieces for the factory glued one, the other having five-pieces for self-assembly in a plastic which doesn't like gluing! The  first - fisherman's boat - is a single moulding with a wire rod, a second wire-rod for fixing in the gravel/cake has been removed.

And the ironic thing is, while I think of them/present them as Vietnamese, one's actually Hong Kong-Chinese, the others Japanese and the third an Italian rendition of a Chinese boat and all pretty fictional/out of scale with the real things; but they look the part!

150 is for Comic Book Flat Civil War Soldiers

These have been Blogged elsewhere, so really just a box-ticker, I've said before, that "It will all appear here eventually", and from time to time that means covering stuff covered elsewhere, today it's some 'comic book flats'.

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Lesser items; The guy second from the right in the middle row is - I think - supposed to be blowing a bugle, but all mine (on both sides of the fratricide) are moulded in such a way as to be open to interpretation, and it seems that taking a drink off a southern 'Belle' (actually a nurse) is preferable to swallowing a wasp or poking himself in the eye with a Remington, the other obvious explanations for what he looks like he may be doing instead of blowing a bugle!

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You get a whole bunch of charging chaps, some of whom tend to have miss-moulded bayonets, there are quite a few cavalry and well and a second sword armed soldier; an officer to the NCO or dismounted cavalryman of the previous view.

Meanwhile you can send no less than three USS Monitor-class 'iron-clads' into maritime action against the same number of CSS Merrimac's! They should be  CSS Virginia's - the original built on the USS Merrimack (with a 'k'), comics huh? Like the Daily Mail but with better pictures!

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The opposition come in an electric blue polymer and apart from the three different vessels are the same mouldings in the same numbers.

USA                     CSA

   Monitor Ships x3 - 3x Merrimac Ships
Gatling Guns x3 - 3x Gatling Guns
Coast Mortars x3 - 3x Coast Mortars
Scouts (binoculars) x3 - 3x Scouts (binoculars)
Officers (Stetson) x3 - 3x Officers (Stetson)
Sergeants (kepi) x3 - 3x Sergeants (kepi)
Hospital Wagons x3 - 3x Hospital Wagons
Hospital Nurses x3 - 3x Hospital Nurses
Buglers x3 - 3x Buglers
Cannons x9 - 9x Cannons
Sharpshooters (kneeling firing) x9 - 9x Sharpshooters (kneeling firing)
Infantrymen (advancing) x15 - 15x Infantrymen (advancing)
Cavalry x15 - 15x Cavalry

Monday, September 17, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Herald Toys and Models

Barney's eMailed me to say he's got new stock in for the Autumn, including nice Briatians Herald English Civil war items including a fine loose example of the Mounted Roundhead Officer on an early smooth white plastic horse.

http://www.heraldtoysandmodels.co.uk/catalog/landing_page

I have to correct some idiocy on the Trojan post which will have to happen tomorrow, and I notice we went over the most posts in a year's record the other day, so everything from now to Christmas is a  Brucie Bonus!

S is for Subbuteo's Snappy Songsters!

Although known to be by Subbuteo in the UK, it's likely these were bought-in, and probably from Hong Kong, for several reasons, not least that a falco subbuteo (European hobby), as a small raptor, probably eats beetles when it's had a poor day's hunting larger pray!

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Two other [proper!] reasons for suspecting importation are that 1) they were also issued carded in the 'States with white rosette-backs as lapel badges, presumably to cash-in on a US Tour?

2) They are made of a softish plastic which could be either a polyethylene or a dense PVC, either way; it's a much better material for making footballers than the brittle styrene Subbuteo was using at the time.

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Nevertheless, they are very well-done compared to all the other 'Beatles' cake-decorations we've looked at, although Subbuteo sold them as stand-alone (stand- together!) figures in a window-box set. All three guitars are different shapes, with well-registered stickers applied, and all are held in place with a small black rubber-band on the note-forming/fret-board wrist.

The drummers stool is glued on and the Drum-kit usually has more than just a bass-drum if I recall correctly (with a stand of some kind?), but a slip of the scissors (you had to cut the kit out) and you might easily end up with just the main drum! Indeed, the lack of a 'proper' drum-kit may point to the US badges coming first?