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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.

Friday, August 31, 2018

News, Views etc . . . Forthcoming Events

That's it people; the summer's over, you can all get back to work for the man, but as a reward for your labours, the weekends are chocka' with shows again!

I ran out of time on the old Rack Toy Month front with a few missed days and the move, but I'm not going to save them for a year so the seven-or-eight still in the queue will be slipped in between now and Christmas. There's nothing that exciting, but there was some 'Armymen' follow-up stuff and some fish and some dinosaurs and some big trucks and . . . shows, we're looking at show-news here!

If you've come later in the day and found this, there are three new posts underneath it, with a further two on the Hong Kong Blog!

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Toy Fairs

Saturday 1st September 2018

Bexhill-on-Sea - SRP Toy Fairs
St. Barnabas Parish Church, Cantelupe Road, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN40 1JG
Mob. - 07739 998 012
10:00 - 14:00hrs

Brecon, Wales - Chris Dyer Fairs
Market hall, Town Centre, Brecon, Powys, Wales, LD3 7LG
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

Rhyl - 'Rails in Wales'
Rhyl Town Hall, Wellington Road, Rhyl, Wales
[No other details available]
10:00 - 16:00hrs
Admission £2, under-12's free

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Sunday 2nd September 2018

Chester-le-Street - Jim Corr Fairs
Lord Lawson Academy, Birtly Lane, Birtly, DH3 2LF
Mob. - 07504 035 955
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3, children/senior citizens £2, 'Early Bird' £5

Exeter 'Westpoint' - Bulldog Fairs
Westpoint Arena, Clyst St. Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ
Tel. - 01373 452 857
Mob. - 07917 125 641
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission £4, each under-16 free with adult, 'Early Bird' £10 from 08:30hrs

Falkirk, Scotland - McLaren Models
Tel. - 01324 624 102

Huntingdon - J&J Fairs
International Indoor Arena, Kings Bush Centre, Wood Green Animal Shelters, London Road, Godmanchester, PE29 2NH
Tel. - 01522 880 383 (J & J Webb)
10:00 - 14:30hrs
Admission £3, seniors £2.50p, 1st child £2

Stafford - 'Stafford Showground' - Barry Potter (PB Fairs)
The Preston & Argyle Suites, Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £4.00, OAP's £3.50, children £1, 'Early Bird' £8 from 08:00hrs
free parking

Worthing - SRP Toy Fairs
Charmandean Centre, Forest Road, Worthing, West sussex, BN14 9HS
Tel. - 07739 998 012
10:00 - 14:00hrs

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Friday 7th September 2018

Alfreton - Toy and Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend)
The Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD
Mob. - 07951 072 790

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Toy Auctions

Monday 3rd September 2018

Lewis - Wallis and Wallis
West Street Galleries, Lewis, West Sussex, BN7 2NJ
Tel. - 01273 480 208
Fax. - 01273 476 562

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Friday 7th September 2018

Chippenham - Wessex Auctions
Wessex Auction Rooms, Westbrook Farm, Draycot Cerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 5LH
Tel. - 01249 720 888
Viewing - Thursday 6th 10:00 - 19:00hrs, from 09:00hrs on sale day
10:30 - Finish
On-line catalogue, general toy sale

Sheffield - Shefield Auction Gallery
Windsor Road, Heeley, Sheffield, S8 8UB
Tel. - 0114 281 6161
Viewing - Thursday 6th 10:00 - 16:45, from 08:30 on sale day
14:00 - Finish
Model railways and collectables

Taunton - Greenside Taylor Hunt (GTH)
The Octogon Saleroom, 113a East Reach, Taunton, Devon, TA1 3HL
Web. - www.gth.net

Three toy-auctions on the same day, at opposite ends of the country? I'm sorry, but all three of them should be ashamed of themselves; with 300+ days to choose-from (including Saturadys?); doubling-up is bad enough, but three in one day is a piss-take, and it means none of them can be delivering the service they claim they are to the sellers.

It's not enough to say people [read 'dealers'] can leave bids at all three venues (if necessary), it's the fact that all buyers (including a lot of dealers) are on a budget, and holding three sales on the same day will result in overall lower final sale prices on the day, frankly - it's a bit shocking!

Good news for canny buyers though!

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Toys in the Media

Halifax again, broken piggly-wiggly-bank this time!

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If you are an event promoter/show curator/auctioneer and you want your toy, model, collectable or popular-/youth-culture type sale/exhibition/event listed here - FOR FREE - or linked to; please eMail me -

maverickatlarge[at]hotmail[dot]com

- stating the date/s of the event, address of event, contact details, opening/viewing times, admission pricing and any other relevant facts/details or features - parking, travel notes, disability access, availability of refreshments, event subject matter &etc.

And please mention any flyer-art or poster-/leaflet-scans but send by separate eMail, in case they go to the 'junk' folder, from where they can be recovered and marked safe, but only if I know they're there!

N is for 'Nother Noah's N'ark!

This is a bit of a rush job, but it adds to the earlier posts, however I'm not going to get the animals out of the bag as I seem to have a couple more of these and I think one of them is loose-complete, so I'll Blog it another day.

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This is one of the more complicating sets, as the artwork comes on boxes with completely different contents! However, this is the one we've got, so this is the one we look at, with reason!

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Far more packed into slightly more space than this morning's sealed set, including three bags of animals instead of two, 8 figures instead of two, large blow-moulds of rocks and props, palm-trees (6), play-mat and a couple of shrubs!

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The bigger bits are all stuffed in the hull, which is upturned onto the deck (face-up on the bottom of the box), the four bags are then stuffed round the sides (on top of the two rock-piles) and the palm-trees rather sqiudged onto the top before the thing is taped closed - presumably while someone-else holds them firmly together!

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Mix of medium sized animals, domestic and wild types and while you can see the legacy of Blue Box in some of them others are not the common BB types and painting veers more toward the colourful, the pelican looks more like a RedBox zoo animal. Scale is all over the place with the [2] lions around 1:60th and the [2] lionesses closer to Britains 54mm!

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Clearly the four grey monkeys are two genetically-separate pairs!! The rest are common HK-fayre and can't be easily attributed to anyone. Again; mostly identical pairs; so this set has far more animals, but this morning's set had greater effort to produce interesting pairs.

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As with the previous bags - multiple multiples, with quads and sextuplets, the sheep are definitely from different sources, the larger white ones being very 'blue box', while the little orange over-sprayed ones are also found in smaller generic carded sets.

Chickens are the later Britains type while the smaller animals are the sub-Blue Box copies we looked at last year. I haven't counted the pigs but there are about 10, in about four designs and the whole bag seems to have been diverted from a Home Farm packing-line!

The Home Farm having been just as much copied and mucked-about with as the Noah's Arks and as common in source-origin - Toy shops, early learning, mail order offers, catalogues &etc. Along with the same Blue Box, Pagget, and EJP boxings (among others - see below)

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Larger wild animals and the set of eight Blue Box figures, we had two small tigers in the first bag, so that'll be Sumatra and Java covered? That Noah was thorough, I'll give him that!

Hippo's and Rhino's are identical pairs this time, but both the mouldings seen here made-up one half of the non-matched pairs we saw this morning.

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As I said above, I have another complete/near-complete one of these sets and it too has three sets of props, two pale and one dark, so while I got them years apart and from different sources, they must have been from the same original batch! Usually you get two or four or in the case of this morning's sealed one, none!

I think you only got two sets in the Marx original from which these are copied - along with the boat, rock-piles and palm-trees. As I also mentioned earlier, the doors have been glued shut by some idiot running the glue-brush round the base of all four walls without thinking about the doors, which his colleagues carefully designed to slide - as they do on most examples you find, of all set types . . . a real Friday-afternoon job!

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Instructions, not included in the smaller set we looked at earlier, and really only of use to the gluer, who ignored them!

And what's this . . . a logo? MRS? Well Mr. Walter; all that stuff about Tai Sang possibly being behind them all, which you pontificated-on earlier today, was bollocks; wasn't it?

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Not really - this morning's was also carrying a brand; NMP, both are phantom brands, and to prove the point; share a ship's-wheel design-element!* Which - while it might give succour to TJF (40-years man-and-menace, you know!) and his self-abusing monkey-lizard, re- their 'revelations' about "Port Tain Sang" (still not worth looking-for on a map!) - only rather confirms that one entity is behind these two very different sets with relatively different contents, and/or those branded to more concrete makers or importers, with equally similar box-art or contents.

* Because it was all about the shippers and shipping-agents with these generics . . . geddit!

The set shown in this post can be found with the other, completely different figure set, a third common artwork has the Miniature Play Set Noah's Ark text on a bright pink plaque, with a vista of animals leaving the beached ark, after the flood, contents including some of the animals seen in the two posts today, but figures (a pair) having square bases like those common, poor copies of Blue Box farmers.

I've seen this morning's set with the common Home Farm triple-rabbit runner in orange plastic; I've seen this set with six single moulding trees (instead of the palms) like the two shrubs above but a different species, another with 8 identical brown monkeys, while a same-set box-opening recently revealed the same three-count for blow-moulded timber props and five of the grey 'swimming' apes.

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These were very popular sellers, for many years, from probably the early sixties (or 'as soon as' after the Marx one hit the shops?) until about a decade and a half ago, hell; there's probably still a few hiding in the storerooms of older bible book-shops, or the prize-giving cupboards of Sunday-schools!

And they all follow [badly] the pattern of some or all of the Marx set's elements, e.g. ark, roof with twin gable-windows, larger gable over twin sliding-doors, long, thin ramp, large, triple log-props, piles of rocky-outcrop, a bunch of trees and/or shrubs, pairs of animals (domestic and wild), peeps - the smaller sets losing the larger elements excepting the ark, which in every case is a Marx copy.

Ergo; there was a constant stream of contracts for large numbers of dirt-cheap animals, figures and accessories, which would have overlapped as some items ran out sooner than others. More care was exercised over the contents of some; any-old shite was thrown into others.

Those contracts would have gone to any one of several hundred plastics makers with some downtime, and if they couldn't borrow the moulds they copied the mouldings, they used each-other's out-painters and bought their plastic granules and paints from the same service guys, hence dozens of sets of very similar animals,; while the boxes came from the same printers in different batches.

While customers/clients would have wanted a choice of artwork and a choice of pricing-points, result; lots of different-content sets in the same boxes and same-content sets in different boxes! Or . . . same contents / same box; different branding.

Blue Box, 'Hong Kong', 'Macau', EJP, MRS, NMP, Pagett Bros., RedBox . . . and . . . ?

But someone was pulling the strings for most of them and my guess is Tai Sang or one of their subsidiaries.

B is for Biblical Blokes and Babes

A quick look at one family of these Noah's ark figurines, there is another 'family' (single moulding or 'monoblock' figures, unpainted with round bases, but I can't find them, so we'll look at them another time), these are all - with the exception of Noah - taken from the original Marx sculpts.

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A pictogram of this particular 'family' of Noah and his kin, with probably newest at the top and oldest toward the bottom . . . at the top we see the same Noah we saw earlier this morning, with the wife he is sometimes accompanied by, having no base and a pair of healthy feet, if rather chunky on her, having been added to a sculpt which didn't originally have them; they being covered by a flowing dress/toga!

Below them are a late set of the plug-based figures, six poses with simple paint, these are all copies of the old Marx poses, unlike the Noah. Further down are earlier versions with other paint schemes with an extra colour (belts, collars etc...) and - finally - a third version of Mrs. Noah, having her base-plug spigots closer-together.

The blue guy, extreme left is another pose from the next shot's full set . . .

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. . . which seem to be from Blue Box, or at least Tai Sang, having the same base marking as their cowboys, knights and the equally pink-plastic road-menders we looked at a year and a half ago in the Lucky figures overview, where I seem to have awoken the Vichy (and others) to Scalextric!

Because I'd half done this article before things started coming out of storage the 1st image above was going to be tacked-on to the earlier post as a vague comparison, but then I found - and photographed separately - these two lots, being a whole set and the bag of 'bits & pieces'.

We now have four men and four women, all from the original Marx Miniature Masterpiece sets but in soft polyethylene. These are probably the older sculpts with the changes to bases, Noah's wife[s] and the invention of the older Noah being later developments.

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Above; Classic Blue-Box base mark, below; three versions of Noah's wife.

While Blue Box did mark-up some of the better Noah's Arks, with these figures, I wouldn't mind betting the parent (Tai Sang) is behind most of them. This is not to suggest they are all made by them, but that they had a hand in their constant production (and changes) for the many European/US importers shipping them. Most of the animal sculpts used - whether good or poor - have their origins in Red Box/Blue Box stuff and all the figure generations have a lineage from these.

I'm sure also they wouldn't want to be directly associated with a lot of the sets, some of which are complete shite, but when you go on the HK-Chinese social-media sites researching toys you find that while they often mention Marx and sometimes mention firms like Harbour Lights, Herald Holdings or even Soma, it's Blue Box who get the most mentions (not Tai Sang, the buildings all had Blue Box on them!), and that's because they were one of the power-houses in the colony and would have many contacts (and contracts!) with the shippers, FOB'ers, importers, exporters and others who seem to have been copying their animals, figures and large cubit-by-cubit vessel, willy-nilly? I think there was a nod and a wink tipped from Tai Sang for most of these sets? There's another clue below.

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These are copied from the missing (unpainted) figures and come from Pagget Brother's take; Cat No.5009465 - Noah’s Ark, which I obtained back when I was a small-scale collector, so I fear the contents went to the great polymer god in the sky, many moons ago! However, note the strange protrusions on the base of the Noah figure . . .

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. . . which seem very similar to the protrusions on the bases of the two foot figures associated with the Einco bagged Indian Village set. That set came with the horses I call 'Pony', which also come in Ri-Toys branded sets (without the foot figures!), Rado carried a lot of the copies of Blue Box (including the French Resistance figures!) and ran the old Marx moulds for Marksmen until everyone piled-in and the market collapsed! It's another clue see; Marx-Blue Box-Ri Toys . . . wheels within wheels!

By the time you read this I will have posted two articles on the small-scale HK 'But Is It Giant' Blog pertaining to these Indian figures.

N is for Noah's Entirely Fictional Nonsense Boat!

After the Rain on Saturday I was starting to wonder if the drought might be followed by a flood, but I'm still here and no large wooden structures are going-up locally, cubit-by-cubit, but you never know . . . Link to [well meaning but deluded] loons and more sensible money-hungry Dutchman.

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There are so many of these and the contents vary so much between same artwork presentations and different boxes there's no point doing more that paying lip-service to them until I'm able to compare them all (which will be in about 20-years time at current rates!), and these are in an odd order as I'm posting them in the order they were shot, which is this post (in the queue since December last), the next post (an overview of some of the figures) which was shot in bits over time and then another set, shot the other day from the storage archive, but probably slightly earlier than this one.

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Sealed when bought, if they are not sealed they are not worth buying as the contents are so crap to begin with, if you can't assure yourself they are original, they won't say anything about anything, other than that there were loads of these sets issued by Bible book-shops, mail-order sellers, catalogue stores, corner-shops and 'all else'.

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This is one of the latter sets, with a boat and two bags of pretty basic animals, Noah and his wife. No boat-props, no rock-lumps blow-moulded in finest ethylene, no trees or shrubs, no sons or their wives, no &etc.

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Boat is in one colour, earlier sets (including the lovely Marx original) tend to two or three colours, but all the elements are here and at least the doors work on this sample - this afternoon's post has them lazily glued together, closed!

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Contents of the 'wild animal' bag, the animals have probably been sourced from more than one source (in order to get the different poses as much as anything else) and this is marked with the tigers and zebras particularly. The monkey and turtle sculpts are identical pairs though.

I'm not going to try listing all the European donor-brands, but you can see they are poorer that the Blue Box originals or Arco copy-animals from which they were nicked, those fellow Hong Kong brands having taken then from Britains, Timpo, Elastolin et al.

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Farm/domestic and oddments-bag! The figures are particularly interesting in this set as they are a crossover, we'll look at them in more detail later this morning, but suffice to say the Mrs Noah (with stand) is taken from another set of figures, to which the Noah seems to have been added, scaled to account for her base, but it's not as simple as that. I've seen similar horses with livestock wagons in Kamco train-sets.

1972; 291283/F920; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Blue Box; Domestic Animals; Farm Animals; Hong Kong Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set; NMP; No. 5059A; Noah; Noah's Ark; Plastic Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tai Sang; The Ark; Toy Animals; Wild Animals; Zoo Animals; 7 NMP Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set No. 5059A 4 larger wild animals
The giraffes have definitely come from two sources, with different colours of plastic and different 'crazy-paving' stencils, the alligators/crocodiles (it's the bible so; crocodiles, I guess!) are subtly different and the elephants are both 'baby-elephants' in/from other HK play-sets.

1972; 291283/F920; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Blue Box; Domestic Animals; Farm Animals; Hong Kong Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set; NMP; No. 5059A; Noah; Noah's Ark; Plastic Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tai Sang; The Ark; Toy Animals; Wild Animals; Zoo Animals; 8 NMP Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set No. 5059A 5 4 Rest of the big animals
The lioness is also commonly found as a black-panther, in which guise I've had one for a while now, while the tigers follow the giraffes in colour, as well as being different scales and both rather male-looking, with only one getting a white mane; or do tigers have beards? The rhino's have the same plastic colours as the elephants, and all four have had their eyes painted-in at the same time in the same orange-red (a Tai Sang / Blue-Box / RedBox trait?).

1972; 291283/F920; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Blue Box; Domestic Animals; Farm Animals; Hong Kong Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set; NMP; No. 5059A; Noah; Noah's Ark; Plastic Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tai Sang; The Ark; Toy Animals; Wild Animals; Zoo Animals; 9 NMP Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set No. 5059A 6 smaller animals
The other 'big' animals, all pretty common as 'unknowns' in loose lots, or carded to small sets of generics and again some may be from two sources (the kangaroos for instance), but the turtles are mere duplicates! The hippo's are slightly more interesting though . . .

1972; 291283/F920; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Blue Box; Domestic Animals; Farm Animals; Hong Kong Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set; NMP; No. 5059A; Noah; Noah's Ark; Plastic Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tai Sang; The Ark; Toy Animals; Wild Animals; Zoo Animals; 10 NMP Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set No. 5059A DSCN0131 Hippo marking in close-up
. . . as they have the remains of a marking, which while not clear on either, both seem to include the date 1972, which would suggest this set is later; from '73 or '74'ish? It's certainly one of the commoner sets, and there's usually one or two on Feebay in any given 10-day period.

1972; 291283/F920; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Blue Box; Domestic Animals; Farm Animals; Hong Kong Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set; NMP; No. 5059A; Noah; Noah's Ark; Plastic Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tai Sang; The Ark; Toy Animals; Wild Animals; Zoo Animals; 11 NMP Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set No. 5059A 7 Larger domestic animals
The larger domestic animals betray their origins as 2nd/3rd-generation Blue Box copies with Britains, Gem and somebody-else as original donors. And like the elephants - the horses and cows here are calves and foals elsewhere, in other sets!

1972; 291283/F920; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Blue Box; Domestic Animals; Farm Animals; Hong Kong Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set; NMP; No. 5059A; Noah; Noah's Ark; Plastic Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tai Sang; The Ark; Toy Animals; Wild Animals; Zoo Animals; 12 NMP Noah's Ark; Made In Hong Kong; Miniature Play Set No. 5059A 7 Mr and Mrs Noah and small animals
The two figures again and the duplicated, smaller animals, we looked at a 4th (or higher) generation copy of the monkey with the circus set a couple of days ago; compared to that grey one, this is quite a good sculpt, but still not a patch on the original.

With the vast number of late version Britains chickens coming out of Hong Kong it's nice to see the old ex-hollow-cast 1st version getting pirated as well!