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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 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!

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; 2 PMS And Similar Rack Toy Armyman Sets & Accessories -002
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.

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; 4 PMS And Similar Rack Toy Armyman Sets & Accessories s-l1600bs
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.

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