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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.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

T is for two - 'Armymen' AFV's

It's mostly vehicular in the subject matter for this post, but there are a few figures. Both sets from Peter Evans (a year apart) and at the lower-end of the rack-toy oeuvre, which is pretty low, but still fun!

1 Campaign Protect Piece Set QL Toys Factory Carded Pocket Money Toys II-001 Army Lorry; Army Vehicle; Armymen; Bagged Toy; Battle Set; Header Cards; Made In China; Polyethylene Toy Soldiers; Rack Toy Month; Rack Toys; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SPG Model; SPG Toy; SQP (UK) Ltd;
Campaign Project Peace Set . . . obviously from the practice peace through superior fire-power school of peace-keeping! Not a totally generic set; purporting to have been manufactured by QL Toys Factory of China, it was imported by SQP (UK) Ltd., of Barking Essex.

The figures are n'th-generation copies of Matchbox GI's and the ATGW carrier from New Ray (and others) in a 45/50mm range.

Army Lorry; Army Vehicle; Armymen; Bagged Toy; Battle Set; Header Cards; Made In China; Polyethylene Toy Soldiers; Rack Toy Month; Rack Toys; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SPG Model; SPG Toy; SQP (UK) Ltd; 2 Campaign Protect Piece Set QL Toys Factory Carded Pocket Money Toys II
The figures have been kept, along with the flag and the card archived after scanning, they are pretty poor, but at only four per-card and the cards probably distributed widely and thinly to more independent outlets, I may never see them again, and while some may argue that might be a blessing, they all have their place; I mean to say, they're better than the Cherilea UN troops, aren't they?

3 Campaign Protect Piece Set QL Toys Factory Carded Pocket Money Toys II1 Army Lorry; Army Vehicle; Armymen; Bagged Toy; Battle Set; Header Cards; Made In China; Polyethylene Toy Soldiers; Rack Toy Month; Rack Toys; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SPG Model; SPG Toy; SQP (UK) Ltd;
As if a large rocket on a large cannon wasn't enough 'peace' for you, there are two 25-kilo grenades (four-man, rolling downhill, for the use of) stowed on the side on the truck! After photographing the lorry went to charity, where it will bring joy to some little war-monger I'm sure!

4 THI Rack Toy Army Tank Plastic Toy Model AFV DSCN9542 Army Vehicle; Bagged Toy; Header Cards; Model Tank; Polyethylene Toy; Rack Toy Month; Rack Toys; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tank Toy; Toy Tank; Plastic Toys;
Sat in Picasa since last year, this also went to charity, still in the bag, as again the thing's a generic and with few clues on the limited graphics, it's large scale and lack of connection to any real vehicle, yet without the benefit of looking much like a 'space-tank', it was hard to justify the space!

5 THI Rack Toy Army Tank Plastic Toy Model AFV Army Vehicle; Bagged Toy; Header Cards; Model Tank; Polyethylene Toy; Rack Toy Month; Rack Toys; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tank Toy; Toy Tank; Plastic Toys;
Hidden running-gear is very similar to the maybe-Jellyman boat we saw the other day, so a clue to source, but nothing more, imported by THI (new to me), it too went off to Scope (or DEBRA?) where it will fill a small owner's needs better than mine.

Friday, August 17, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Bit better this week, getting back up to speed after the short summer hiatus?

Shows

Saturday 18th August 2018

Exeter - Ray Heard Train & Toy Fairs
Matford Centre, Matford Park Road, Exeter, EX2 8FD
Tel. - 01823 48 00 97
10:00 - 15:30hrs
Admission £2, free parking, refreshments

Llangollen - Chris Dyer Fairs
Llangollen Pavilion, Abbey Road, LL20 8SW
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2

Oxford - Richard Atkins Fairs
Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1AB
Tel. - 01869 347 489
10:30 - 15:00hrs

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Sunday 19th August 2018

 
Orphington - SRP Toyfairs
Crofton Halls, Orpington, Kent, BR6 8PR
Tel. - 07739 998 012
10:00 - 14:00hrs

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Auctions

Saturday 18th August 2018

Bury St. Edmonds - Lacy Scott & Knight
Tel. - 01284 748 600 (general enquires)
Tel. - 01284 748 623 (Oliver Leggett - auction)
Toy and Collectors Models

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Other Events

Friday 17th (today) - Sunday 19th August 2018

1 Sandown Park Racecourse Be Creative With Lego Event 17th-19th August; Brick Battles; Flyer; Handout; Mythical Beasts; News Views Etc...; Public Art; Safari; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The great Brick Adventure; Warriors;
 
Sandown Park Racecourse, Surrey - The Great Brick Adventure
Lego Event

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Elsewhere
 
Sunday 19th August 2018

2 18th Old Timer Car Auto-Jumble Meeting Belgium 19th August 2018 18 leme Ressemblement International; Bourse D'echange; Dimanche 19 Aout; Flyer; Handout; News Views Etc...; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wervik Belge; www.oldtimermeeting.be;
 
Wervik, Belgium - 18th Old-Timer Meet
Tel. - +003256 313 338
Exhibition, auto-jumble and swap-meet

I notice the theme for this year is 'Renualt', so grab a jam-jar of rusty metal bits from the shed at the bottom of the garden and you could be in with a chance of a placing in the final concourse parade!

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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 (corrected!)

- 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!

F is for Flogging The Arse Out Of It!

Not really a rack-toy in that they are shelf-sitter's (try saying that after a beer!), but priced as rack-toys and made by a rack-toy producer with product from their actual rack-toy hangers, and only to prove a point - already made.

1 Blue Box Toys Hand Painted Mobile Combat Team Series 77643 Plastic Figures 30mm DSCN8873 30mm Toy Figures; 30mm Toy Soldiers; Boxed Toy; Carded Toy; Combat Team; Erwin Sell Make It Up; Female Soldier; French Resistance; Made in Hong Kong; Maquis; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; Resistance Fighters; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tai Sang Toys; View of tub full of toy soldier boxed sets
What's this down the bottom of a tub (currently being rained-on as I write! It's waterproof and sited temporarily); looks interesting, let's get them out . . .

30mm Toy Figures; 30mm Toy Soldiers; Boxed Toy; Carded Toy; Combat Team; Erwin Sell Make It Up; Female Soldier; French Resistance; Made in Hong Kong; Maquis; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; Resistance Fighters; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tai Sang Toys; 2 Blue Box Toys Hand Painted Mobile Combat Team Series 77643 Plastic Figures 30mm DSCN8874 Close up of both sets togther
. . . oh, look . . . it's those Blue Box 30mm French Resistance Fighters you-know-who (make-it-ups-man) stated - more than once - didn't exist, or only existed in 50mm (which they don't!).

Selling for the princely sum of 39¢ across the pond, and two-shillings & eleven pence over here (.21p 'ish?), the backing card (and positioning of the product elements) is the same for both sets, but the actual container is quite different.

3 Blue Box Toys Hand Painted Mobile Combat Team Series 77643 Plastic Figures 30mm DSCN8875 30mm Toy Figures; 30mm Toy Soldiers; Boxed Toy; Carded Toy; Combat Team; Erwin Sell Make It Up; Female Soldier; French Resistance; Made in Hong Kong; Maquis; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; Resistance Fighters; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tai Sang Toys; Box ends photographed in close-up
The US-priced one (they [card/window] were available over here too) being a pretty standard window-box, opening both ends, while the UK-priced one is a plastic fold-up with the inner tray/backing-card slipped in. I have quite a few of these, and when I get my teeth back into Blue Box we'll have a look at all of them in grater detail.

As US pricing tended to be cheaper than the UK in the '50's and 60's (often still is!) and as I don't think it was ever quite two-dollars-to-the-pound (except maybe for a day or two in a crisis of some sort), I'm guessing . . . assuming . . . presuming . . . the UK version is the slightly later issue? Many-thanks to James Opie for the upper one and we looked at the individual figures here with a follow-up here.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Highlander in the A-Z

Starting to sort the archive in the evenings has resulted in a find I'd forgotten I had - an old article from the Sun-Sentinal newspaper of Broward & Palm Beach, Florida in the in the USA on the Highlander range. It firms up the companies start date to 1976 and reveals an interesting plan for foreign troops!

An old newspaper cutting scanned from the Sun-Sentinel, Thursday, September 23rd, 1976 and showing an interior designer called Billy MaCarty with a couple of figures, probably bronzes, in the background.
On the reverse of the article is another puff-piece (I think the 'C' suffixed pages are the 1970's equivalent of 'weekend' or 'magazine' pages?), this one on a Floridan called Billy McCarty who's reported to be in the UK doing interior design, well, if anybody designed that for me I'd beat him to death with a carrot, slowly.**

But there are a couple of military looking brasses involved in the 'make-over' a knight or conquistador type on the mantle-shelf, and something unclear which might be Caesar at Calais pointing vaguely at Eastbourne and saying "Let's go there...", on the quite small coffee table.

But it's funny - figures on both sides of a page from a 42-year-old newspaper!

** I'm joking - I would probably just sue them for emotional distress! Sadly he has passed away

HCF is for Hairy Chewbac'grilla Fella! . . . Filthy Ape!

I spent last week getting Rack Toy Month posts scheduled on the desktop 'till the 23rd, in the hope that whatever happened with the move and stuff, I'd be able to feed things into the blog irrespective . . .

1 HCF Planet Of The Apes Blow Moulded Flocked Gorilla Soldier Plastic Novelty Figure Screen Capcha 223641 1976 Film; 20th Century Fox; Blow Mould; Blow Moulded Toy; Film Character; Flocked Toy; Flocking; Gorilla Soldiers; HCF; Hong Kong Novelty; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Made in Hong Kong; Movie Promotional; Planet Of The Apes; Polyethylene Toy Figures; POTA; Return To POTA; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; 1 Screen Captcha Capcha Capture
. . . , a system you now know broke down two days ago! In the meantime while I have resisted the urge to start blanket-blogging everything sitting in the garage, I did spot this classic rack toy in the 'Minor Makes F-J' box this evening (Tuesday), and had to post it! And yes . . . I've cleaned my desktop since previous capcha's!

2 HCF Planet Of The Apes Blow Moulded Flocked Gorilla Soldier Plastic Novelty Figure 1976 Film; 20th Century Fox; Blow Mould; Blow Moulded Toy; Film Character; Flocked Toy; Flocking; Gorilla Soldiers; HCF; Hong Kong Novelty; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Made in Hong Kong; Movie Promotional; Planet Of The Apes; Polyethylene Toy Figures; POTA; Return To POTA; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Standing Ape Monkey Gorilla Fighter Soldier Figure
There are - among the grandees of the hobby (whose coat-tails I hope I'm increasingly treading-on!) - those who have suggested one or two companies did all the flocking, but in fact there were many flocking flockers both in the UK and elsewhere, while others bought the - relatively small - machines and did a bit of flocking themselves.

However, after the evidence of their sourcing Wombles, Paddington and the recent heavy/cart-horse, it's clear that as far as the colonies go, HCF (of Essex) were the 'go-to' for flocking-flocker's to flog flocked flockings to!

The process is actually quite simple, although there will be variations between machine-tool makers, with a glue-sloughed product (stencilled, all-over sprayed or cut-in by hand) introduced to a sealed-cabinet full of fine-fibres and given a shake, or blow, or a spin while a static charge is applied to the atmosphere in the space. War-gamers can attest to the simplicity of the tech' (if not its execution!), having affordable hand-held equipment for flocking flat areas, or even small bases?*

3 HCF Planet Of The Apes Blow Moulded Flocked Gorilla Soldier Plastic Novelty Figure Accessories Close-ups Logo 1976 Film; 20th Century Fox; Blow Mould; Blow Moulded Toy; Film Character; Flocked Toy; Flocking; Gorilla Soldiers; HCF; Hong Kong Novelty; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Made in Hong Kong; Movie Promotional; Planet Of The Apes; Polyethylene Toy Figures; POTA; Return To POTA; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Close-up Shots, Stickers, Logo, M16 Rifle, Knife, Belt Etc.
Too cool for film school! Excellent rendition of an M16 (which looks as if they were intending it to be threaded with a sling at one point?) and if the Planet of the Apes' movies weren't a few years earlier, you'd swear they'd used an old Chewbacca head!

Blow-moulded polyethylene with a solid plug-in head and the techniques are the same as for the cart-horse with stencilled, airbrushed highlights to jacket and boots, and paper stickers for the leather armband/gauntlet cuffs.

*Thinking out loud . . . has anyone flocked a Leopard tank kit to represent the carpeting someone in the 1980's (Belgium, Holland  . . . or Denmark maybe?) placed on them as a camouflage? You'd have to use very fine flock with a larger-scale model as the carpeting was that thin-pile, carpet-tile, type stuff, I seem to recall?

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

D is for Ditto!

Still where I was yeasterday (which is the day before as these are all 24hr pre-loads - Doh!), so here's some more shots of 'the stash' which I can chuck-up here inconsequentially without proper tagging and stuff, as we'll see it all again! What can you spot . . .

Armymen! Brackets; 'mostly big'! That's next year's RTM taken care of! I'm not sure about the marked bag of New Ray; I think they are actually copies, there are a couple on the top left tub (with a lovely motorcycle - all hidden by the reflection I'm afraid) and they are better than the sand ones so I suspect copies?

Romans Sah! Dozens ov'em! Marx and US, Toyway, Atlantic, Spanish and Italian, Crescent and copies, Cherilea and Timpo - mostly hidden - in the top left tub.

 It's the daft raft race, although the guys with the pump-truck are gonna' get wet!

Wagon overspill, these are all part-complete or dodgy in some way, except the one bottom-right which is about three-lb's of solid brass, 1950's, mantle-ornament! The Comansi only needs a horse, I'm not sure about the boxes, but they came with it and they fit, but so big? That's a lot of guns, or a lot of snake-oil!

 Everybody loves a sailor!

EvilBay-fodder . . . seriously . . . what the fuck am I carrying this stuff around for, I've got them all loose, I don't need this shite! Get 'em all photographed and gone is my new motto, use the money to fill the space with new figures!!

Likewise! A whole box of Merit and copy poplar tress, just poplar trees, war-gamers need these - not me! I need one of each for the archive, scan all five printed sides of the best box and it can all go.

And they've all had to be painstakingly colour-matched, as odds and sods come-in in mixed lots, then when you get four the same they need matching brown trunks to make a 'set'! It's madness!

Atlantic AFV's
Still got to be combined with the attic stuff!

All coming to SCW soon!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . No Post!

Busy getting everything out of storage this weekend, now running around like a kid in a sweet shop, wanting to blog everything at once!

But didn't text-up the post for tomorrow, so . . . soz! Will be tons coming though, just tons of it!

 What can you spot? Catalogues, packaging and the library now in reach!

Blue Box farm and zoo, Lego minifigs (very popular at the moment!) Italieri (probably leave them to PSR!), something else (?) and the Bum-Slot (teeheehee) 'master-box'! All coming soon . . . 'ish!

Tanks, gun, cars, buses, rockets . . . Westair . . . all on the way!

With the nine years experience now in larger scales I may be able to make some
headway sorting this lot . . . winter job!

Yes - I know which are the Timpo!

Monday, August 13, 2018

I is for Interim Invertebrate Index

It must be the best part of a year or more (last Rack Toy Month?) that we saw [toy] insects here at Small Scale World, but there haven't been any or many, still enough have come in for a yearly round-up, and these are they.

1 Plastic Toy Insect Sets DSCN7497 Animals; Ants; Beetles; Blister Pack; Creepy Crawlies; Flies; Hawkin's Bazaar; Hawkin's Bazar; Header Card; Insects; Maggots; Plastic Toys; Premiums; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spider; Sunny Patch; Tobar Toys;
I kept not buying this at 3-quid, but when it was re-anointed with a £1.50p sticker it seemed like a better idea, and it's a shed-load of bugs! From regular visitors to these pages Tobar (Hawkins Bazaar) these were actually purchased in an independent general/hardware store.

Animals; Ants; Beetles; Blister Pack; Creepy Crawlies; Flies; Hawkin's Bazaar; Hawkin's Bazar; Header Card; Insects; Maggots; Plastic Toys; Premiums; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spider; Sunny Patch; Tobar Toys; 2 18 Plastic Toy Insect Sets 1
The maggots are that clammy, soft, stretchy, silicone rubber, the spider is a bit small, the fly a bit big, but the ants are fun, the glow in the dark ones cover for termites, then you have black-ants, red-ants and errr . . . . 'Red' ants! Heliotrope-crimson-scarlet-red-ants; 'slot that Commie mo'fo and put a cap in his Soviet red'ass'-ants! Too funny! Did the factory have some lipstick pigment left-over from another job?

Also, it's often interesting with these multi-lingual packagings to see what familiar things are in other languages, but usually it's only curiosity sated, however with these they are all Excellent Dude!

Creepy Crawlies is a fine phrase, it says it how it is, not like 'door', what's a door, could be anything, but creepy crawly, you know you need to look out, tread carefully, probably shudder . . . you know what I mean, yet . . . Kribbel-Krabbler? Fantastic! And the French; Horribles Bestioles . . . even better!

I don't know if it's correct but I pronounce it Hor-reeb-ler best-ee-oles, and I can think of a couple of people I'll be calling bestioles before the year's out! That Boris Johnson - he's a Horrible Bestiole!

3 18 Plastic Toy Insect Sets Animals; Ants; Beetles; Blister Pack; Creepy Crawlies; Flies; Hawkin's Bazaar; Hawkin's Bazar; Header Card; Insects; Maggots; Plastic Toys; Premiums; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spider; Sunny Patch; Tobar Toys;
Giants - these have come in with mixed charity-shop lots over the last eight-months or so, the stag went straight in the recycling as it was missing three feet, while the other two are even bigger and they have gone in the big-ugly-stuff tub!

Actually I think we saw the spider at Halloween last year and I re-shot it for a size comparison?

Animals; Ants; Beetles; Blister Pack; Creepy Crawlies; Flies; Hawkin's Bazaar; Hawkin's Bazar; Header Card; Insects; Maggots; Plastic Toys; Premiums; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spider; Sunny Patch; Tobar Toys; 4 Plastic Toy Insect Sets
Again from a Charity-shop lot; I thought these were old Gum-ball or Christmas cracker type novelties and they may [currently] be both, but I saw them the other day (a week or so ago) on a kids comic/magazine, so they are contemporary novelties, not old ones.

5 Plastic Toy Insect Sets DSCN7218 Animals; Ants; Beetles; Blister Pack; Creepy Crawlies; Flies; Hawkin's Bazaar; Hawkin's Bazar; Header Card; Insects; Maggots; Plastic Toys; Premiums; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spider; Sunny Patch; Tobar Toys;
Shelfie from TKMaxx about two months ago, Melissa & Doug do vinyl-rubber; a bit big, a bit bright and a bit cartoony, but a bit of paint would improve them, not enough for me to take them off the tack though!

See what I mean about the translations - interesting; but they're no Kribbel-Krabbler!

Ohhhhhh! I should have done K is for Kribbel-Krabbler shouldn't I? hey-ho! Ich bin ein braindead bestiole.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

J is for Jellyman!

This post is entirely due to the regular donations and contributions of Peter Evans, and in this case have been slowly accruing over many years, the boat having been given to me so long ago I can't remember when! Then the helicopter came with the green A/Car and this year a sand recce-vehicle and the cyclist joined the tub, which will remain as a tub, due to their all being that oddest of sub-genres; the candy-container!

1 RTM - Jellyman Military Helicopter and Candy Tank 1 Agyall Avenue; Armoured Car; Army Men; Army Vehicle; Armymen; Candy Container; Cyclist; E 10 7FB; E10 7FB; F Brand; Fantasy Toys and Candies; Forest Business Park; Leyton; London; Patrol Boat; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Unit 33;
So, Jellyman - an armoured car filled with candy, they were those chalky ones a lot of these novelties come with and were secreted in full-view in the clear-plastic superstructure, the turret providing the lid. It has a pull-back-and-go spring-motor and - most importantly - a figure . . . or at least an upper torso, head and left-arm . . . saluting!

Agyall Avenue; Armoured Car; Army Men; Army Vehicle; Armymen; Candy Container; Cyclist; E 10 7FB; E10 7FB; F Brand; Fantasy Toys and Candies; Forest Business Park; Leyton; London; Patrol Boat; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Unit 33; 2 RTM - Jellyman Military Helicopter and Candy Tank
They also operate in the desert, literally with Arabic/Halal consumer-info/status and figuratively with the 'paint-job'!

3 RTM - Jellyman Military Helicopter and Candy Tank 2 Agyall Avenue; Armoured Car; Army Men; Army Vehicle; Armymen; Candy Container; Cyclist; E 10 7FB; E10 7FB; F Brand; Fantasy Toys and Candies; Forest Business Park; Leyton; London; Patrol Boat; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Unit 33;
Jellyman's take on the Hind D (or Apache?) helicopter-gunship looks like it's eaten all the candies, being a bit short and fat! The pull-back motor also drives the main-rotor, and can be operated either by pulling-back on the wheels or with a draw-cord.

I tried to wreak the mechanism in seeing how it could work (i.e. how can the wheels wind the motor if the cord is flush with the model, or how can the cord wind the motor if the wheels are jammed in the carpet?), but failed on both counts (wreaking and understanding), so can only assume a clever slipping-clutch mechanism on a dirt-cheapie toy?

Agyall Avenue; Armoured Car; Army Men; Army Vehicle; Armymen; Candy Container; Cyclist; E 10 7FB; E10 7FB; F Brand; Fantasy Toys and Candies; Forest Business Park; Leyton; London; Patrol Boat; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Unit 33; 4 RTM - Jellyman Military Helicopter and Candy Tank 3
I don't know if this is Jellyman or a similar outfit, the two holes behind the crew are not for more crew (although they could be used as such) but rather for a clear candy-tank, now missing.

As pointed-out in the intro-paragraph, Peter gave me this years ago and it just sort of got 'filed' as a novelty to be Blogged at some point in the future, I guess this is that point!

It has a pull-back motor (like Jellyman) and you can see the remains of a desert version (like Jellyman) underneath, so if it isn't Jellyman it must be a direct predecessor?

5 RTM - Jellyman Military Helicopter and Candy Tank 4 Agyall Avenue; Armoured Car; Army Men; Army Vehicle; Armymen; Candy Container; Cyclist; E 10 7FB; E10 7FB; F Brand; Fantasy Toys and Candies; Forest Business Park; Leyton; London; Patrol Boat; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Unit 33;
While this definitely isn't Jellyman, as it's marked-up to Fantasy Toys & Candies (or 'F') and is now my largest bicyclist! His candy-capsule is disguised as a large day-sack or odd-shaped rucksack and his 'Urgent' stickers suggest he's a courier who should have been delivering to me, but the container was empty!

Cheers Peter - The closest we get to this stuff out in the sticks are those Kinder knock-off capsule-eggs with a naff finger-ring, spinning-top or strip of stickers!

Saturday, August 11, 2018

F is for Follow-up - Fighting Fellows

So, I posted a bunch of posts, whenever it was Last Friday I think, up the Library as I was rushing about, and one of them was the two bagged sets of 'Army Men', got home to find a big parcel of stuff from Peter Evans (lovely gashapon set  . . . probably save them for Xmas), among which were these five chaps and their header-card . . .

1 11 PMS And Similar Rack Toy Armyman Sets & Accessories Follow-up 99p Stores; Army Men; Armymen; Battle Squdron; Combat Force; HL269; Jumbo Soldier Pack; Marshall Group Limited; Military Action; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tank Toy; Toy Soldiers; Watchtower;
. . . which I instantly realised were the figures from the bagged Wow Toyz set Brain B had sent the shelfies of, and which I'd posted an hour or two earlier, with no further plans to go online 'till the following Monday (just gone)! Not all the poses and I don't think they are all ex-New Rey, but some are, with a couple of odd ones - th eleft-hand yellow one would paint-up as a WWII US paratrooper BAR-gunner and the lefthand green one could almost be an early arrival in theatre for Rommel's DAK!

The middle-yellow is communicating with the brigade-net on a conch; prevents enemy-interception don't you know!

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Set JL 668-4 Military Action from PMS who were the phantom brand for 99p Stores before their demise, whether they are still supplying other people or not, now Poundland (the one which hasn't gone bust yet) own them is anyone's guess. The artwork seems to be borrowing a tank from Games Workshop!

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So the previous are a UK-available version of the set Brian sent from the 'States, Peter also sent me these (above) a while ago (three or four years ago?), they were loose with a bunch of other stuff and no header-cards, so I shot them together before they were sorted-away, but they then missed last year's four-part'er, as there were no figures easily identifiable as going with them.

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One of the elements is clearly visible in this commercial ad' from a generic 'location China' seller on feebleBay a while ago; the watchtower. The figures seem to be drawm for a couple of other common 'line-ups' with some being even poorer copies of New Ray, the others . . . worse!

But look at the tanks, a rather nice - if over sized for the others - M3/Grant medium-tank, it appears to be missing its main sponson-mounted main-armament, so a CDL conversion perhaps in the offing?

To which you can add an Airfix 'readymade'-sized Leopard I/II and an MI Abrams/Challenger type, along with what looks to be an inter-war Russian 'land-ship'? We've seen similar vehicles here (a LVTP7 and Indiana Jones WWI'ish) with the same paint, so clearly one of the generic contract-manufacturers has quite an eclectic catalogue of these things?

Not forgetting the pedestal-mounted 155mm gun with what appears to be two crew riding the barrel - rack toys; doncha just love'em!

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For completion, a rather fuzzy screen-capcha of the old Marshall's catalogue, with the same figures as those at the top of the page or in Brian's Wow Toyz set.

Friday, August 10, 2018

K is for FuntastiK

Another Fantastic . . . sorry Funtastik; Smashy and Nicey have a lot to answer-for! When we looked at those rather poor zoo/wild animals from Lewis Sales & Marketing the other day and I said a worse set was on the way . . . these are they!

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The Funtastik is only a brand-mark for a Tradeway Ltd., we may have looked at previously - checks  - no; Trademark Promotions and Tradewind Toys and neither on the Blog  . . . yet!

Indeed - the pack is actually a Bely blister-pack, being seen here before as a shelfie from Mr. Berke, while this set was put to one side for the Blog by Peter Evans and handed across at Plastic Warrior's show in May.

And . . . I know it says Dinosaur Set; there was NO sticker on the Anker/Home Collection dinosaur set in the same bundle! It is also an identical backing-card to the aforementioned Bely dinosaur blister-pack Brian B sent the blog a while ago, which probably has something to do the anomaly? Wheels within wheels!

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The animals are marginally better that those the other day, or at least in level of sculpting they are, in pose they are poorer and in number, no more than a handful, and with five yak-a-likes out of 16 animals, not much of a selection! Packing-out with the de rigueur palm trees.

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The Yak thing will be almost perfect for Hunish or Mongol war-gaming, the elephant and Rhino are pretty poor, the camel is not one to write home about, the lion's OK, but I think the 'rock-ape' baboon is quite a decent rendition, and a smallish 54mm- compatible - having lost a stone-throwing contest with a troop of them once, I regard them with the greatest respect.