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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 3, 2018

ITP is for Chinasaur Play Set

Although one of the last pieces to be Blogged from the now defunct PoundworldPlus, I actually bought them a while ago, I had been ignoring them for a while as they are real old-school crappy 'chinasaurs', but in the end I thought "Well, they are cheap, and a shelfie is awkward in this instance, so bugger it!" and grabbed a set, which was lucky as they then disappeared and didn't reappear during the fire-sale / stock clearance, and there was a little piece of luck hidden in the tub, we'll get on to in a minute.

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The tub - as bought; A couple of the standard modern trees with soft vinyl pop-on foliage, there wasn't enough foliage for both boughs, so I chucked one, fully-leaved the other and sorted-it out from the dinosaurs before the photo-shoot, so we will have to look at it another day with other, similar trees! Yeah . . . that sounds like a thrilling post!

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Meet the guys 'cos the gang's all here! They aren't that bad, but they are low-quality, low for today's output that is, they are better than half the dino-production of 1970's HK 'chinasaurs'! You may recognise the 'ceratopsian (front right) as having been the [reversed image] dino' staring in a recent 'Toys in the Media' advert!

They are that soft, foamy plastic I'm mentioned before and started tagging as foamed-vinyl, with the two-part construction and glued join-line you see quite a bit now with larger toy animals and dinosaurs.

Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dinosaurs; Hollow Cast Vinyl; ITP Imports; Poundworld Plus; Prehistoric Animals; PVC Rubber; PVC Toy; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rubber Dinosaurs; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Tub; Tub Toy; vinyl Dinosaurs; Vinyl Plastic Toys; 3 RTM - Dinosaur Play Set1 Close-up Shots
There were two stegosauruses in every tub, indeed, the contents of every tub were the same, why there were two of one moulding is anyone's guess, my guess is that even with the two crappy trees the stipulated (by the client) container (for retail shelf-frontage) was looking empty, but still under target-cost, so they quickly ran a mould-tool again, gave the product a different paint finish to the existing ones - having fallen-out with whoever normally supplies them with those large blow-moulded rocks that usually join the 'filler' trees?

While is a fun musing, the one on the right is one-colour over tan, the one on the left is three, as all the others are two or three, I'd say that for whatever reason the yellow-orange one was a late addition as the budget stretched?

Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dinosaurs; Hollow Cast Vinyl; ITP Imports; Poundworld Plus; Prehistoric Animals; PVC Rubber; PVC Toy; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rubber Dinosaurs; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Tub; Tub Toy; vinyl Dinosaurs; Vinyl Plastic Toys; 4 RTM - Dinosaur Play Set2 More Close Ups
The others, I've already said more about them than the set deserves and I've still the next - important - bit to write, so that'll do for these - and I always hate the pterodactyls in dinosaur sets; they inevitably look stupid!

Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dinosaurs; Hollow Cast Vinyl; ITP Imports; Poundworld Plus; Prehistoric Animals; PVC Rubber; PVC Toy; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rubber Dinosaurs; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Tub; Tub Toy; vinyl Dinosaurs; Vinyl Plastic Toys; 5 RTM - Dinosaur Play Set3 Close-up Stiudy Of two Halves Of Hollow Plastic polymer Glued Together, Yet comming Apatt
But, the little bit of luck; this was in the set - the sauropod wasn't glued properly, and revealed that what I've though is-, and tried to describe as- some 'fancy' new foamed polymer is actually just two 'hollow-cast' halves glued together with solvent.

It achieves the goals of allowing for more complicated poses (no 'undercuts') while reducing both material-cost and shipping-cost/weight, but I will have to remove the 'Plymr - Foamed PVC' tag from the tag-lists and replace it with 'Plymr - 2-Pt. Hollow' or something.

I'm guessing lots of kids have discovered this already through violence or chewing (!) but no-one seems to have clocked-it within the hobby and no one's corrected me, prior to my correcting myself - here! And I did use question-marks when I first started Blogging the material, so - Phew, that was close!

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