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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, August 5, 2018

C is for Contributed Chinatroops

I haven't got a big post or set of posts on Army Men this year for RTM but there are a few, and both these have come from other sources; with shelfies of a set from across the pond via Brian 'Terranova' Berke and a set from closer to home donated to the Blog by Peter 'PW's Roving Reporter' Evans, so thanks to both.

1 Bagged Header Card Toy Army Men Wow Toyz Classic Armour Combat Soldiers 01693; 0222018; 103 panton Road; 40 Pieces; 45-3115-030808-000299-07-2; 80PK; 83746; 96; Army Men; Armymen; Battle Plan; Castleford; China Toys; Chinatroops; Classic Armour; Combat Soldiers; Copies; Item #CA-MM; Knock Offs; Lot 163451; M14724; Made In China; Methley Road; New Ray Copies; OT Ltd.; OTL; OTL House; Piracies; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; Red Deer Toys; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; T.J.Maxx; Toy Soldiers; USA; Vergennes; VT 05491; WF10 1PA; Wow Toyz; WowToyz Inc.;
Brian sent me these shots to see if I could ID them, I wasn't 100% at the time but I'm sure now that they are 2nd generation sub-piracies of the 1990's New Ray figures, we looked at some 1st generation copies last year in the big RTM four-parter (which over-ran into September!), and you can see these have suffered a further drop in detail/quality, but . . . they will still paint-up.

Indeed seeing what the Man of Tin - Men of Tin has been/is doing with those 30mm's from Poundland/99p Stores (et al), it's fair to say the less detail, the more can be done with paint! Branded to WowToyz Inc., and available in TJMaxx, I haven't seen them in TK' . . . yet!

01693; 0222018; 103 panton Road; 40 Pieces; 45-3115-030808-000299-07-2; 80PK; 83746; 96; Army Men; Armymen; Battle Plan; Castleford; China Toys; Chinatroops; Classic Armour; Combat Soldiers; Copies; Item #CA-MM; Knock Offs; Lot 163451; M14724; Made In China; Methley Road; New Ray Copies; OT Ltd.; OTL; OTL House; Piracies; Rack Toy; Rack Toy Month; Red Deer Toys; RTM; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; T.J.Maxx; Toy Soldiers; USA; Vergennes; VT 05491; WF10 1PA; Wow Toyz; WowToyz Inc.; 2 Bagged Header Card Toy Army Men Red Deer Toys Battle Plan Toy Soldiers Chinatroops
Meanwhile OTL are importing these Red Deer branded 'army men', and again we saw these last year, but in a series of screen-grabs of various issues from various phantom-brands and Ali-Baba page-holders, so hard to tell which was which and which these are closest too.

As they are 3rd or 4th generation copies-of-copies-of-&etc., with a skeletal semi-flat countenance it matters not, but with 20-odd each of four colours they might keep two small boys quiet in a wet caravan . . . not much danger of that this year though!

Peter and Brian - cheers guys, even especially 'chinatroops'-  all grist to the mill!

Monday 6th - Follow-up in the pipeline! I got home from posting this article to find a big parcel from Peter Evans, with more on these, digging in the dongles added yet more still!

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