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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.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

R is for Reisler's Retro Rocket-man Replicas

♪♫♪♪ "Rocket Maaaaaaan, he's besty-friends wiiith gob-shiiite Donnnnn'uldtrump!"♫♪♫♪

Both this and the forthcoming Mettoy post have sort of 'grown' as I've got my teeth into combining what is actually three collections, the main 'storage' collection (33 years - to 2010 - of predominantly small-scale), the autumn 2010 'Big Purchase' and anything unsorted from four NEC's, PW '11 and Birmingham '11 (large scale heavy - I was playing catch-up . . . and err, overtake!) and what was here at Fleet from the last few years (predominantly large scale), and it means I keep finding things that go with things I've 'sorted'!

Astronaut; Britains Space; Danish Spacemen; Danish Toy Figures; Made In Denmark; Plastic Helmets; Plastic Toy Figures; Poplar Plastics; Poplar Playthings; Poplar Space Figures; Reisler; Reisler Spacemen; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Toys; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Thomas Space Aliens; Thomas Toys; 1 Reisler Spacemen Compared With Poplar Thomas Space Aliens Britains Astronauts-001
I'm pretty sure these two came from Adrian at the end of the Birmingham show; 2011, he looked a little confused at my sudden interest in 54mm, until I reminded him the Blog had a voracious appetite!

Reisler originals with coloured helmets and factory paint, the helmets have a very slight shoulder cut-out both sides.

Astronaut; Britains Space; Danish Spacemen; Danish Toy Figures; Made In Denmark; Plastic Helmets; Plastic Toy Figures; Poplar Plastics; Poplar Playthings; Poplar Space Figures; Reisler; Reisler Spacemen; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Toys; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Thomas Space Aliens; Thomas Toys; 2 Reisler Spacemen Compared With Poplar Thomas Space Aliens Britains Astronauts-002
Adrian had another at recent show, and not knowing which ones I had (I thought I had four but couldn't remember the colours!) so I just shot it quickly for the archive! He's the same as one of mine, but with a clear helmet which - frankly - is far better than my blue ones as you can actually see the chap, which means he can see where he's going, mine must be blundering about- when I'm not looking . . . obviously; how mad do you think I am? -  trapped in their own psychedelic 'trip' of inky-blueness!

Astronaut; Britains Space; Danish Spacemen; Danish Toy Figures; Made In Denmark; Plastic Helmets; Plastic Toy Figures; Poplar Plastics; Poplar Playthings; Poplar Space Figures; Reisler; Reisler Spacemen; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Toys; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Thomas Space Aliens; Thomas Toys; 3 Reisler Spacemen Compared With Poplar Thomas Space Aliens Britains Astronauts 1
Comparison between the original and one of the recent paint-it-yourself-you-lazy-git re-issues! You can see how they all have a glue-on arm, but they seem to have stuck to a 'same arm for same body' rule in the factory, rather missing the main-point of different arms!

On the right is a shot which managed to escape the collage I did last time we looked at the Thomas/Poplar spacemen, showing a PVC original and a later painted example. The paint is part of the figure, so it's proper liquid PVC paint, applied in the factory/by out-workers.

Astronaut; Britains Space; Danish Spacemen; Danish Toy Figures; Made In Denmark; Plastic Helmets; Plastic Toy Figures; Poplar Plastics; Poplar Playthings; Poplar Space Figures; Reisler; Reisler Spacemen; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Toys; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Thomas Space Aliens; Thomas Toys; 4 Reisler Spacemen Compared With Poplar Thomas Space Aliens Britains Astronauts
Adrian had all four (of four?) and while preparing this article and digging out the old shots it became obvious they were - in part - lifted from the Thomas sculpts, with various elements reappearing on different figures as a cut-n-shut exercise.

Astronaut; Britains Space; Danish Spacemen; Danish Toy Figures; Made In Denmark; Plastic Helmets; Plastic Toy Figures; Poplar Plastics; Poplar Playthings; Poplar Space Figures; Reisler; Reisler Spacemen; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Toys; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Thomas Space Aliens; Thomas Toys; 5 Reisler Spacemen Compared With Poplar Thomas Space Aliens Britains Astronauts 2
Meanwhile my storage additions had come to light, so I shot them and added the other image I took of the unpainted Reislers, as I'd shot them at the end of the old camera's life and white on white with a failing mother-board had led to pretty poor shots! Mine are all PVC except the blue chap, and I think they will be joining the four in the previous image, one of which is a pirated, based-copy, with another polyethylene (yellow one) and two bronzy-PVC.

Astronaut; Britains Space; Danish Spacemen; Danish Toy Figures; Made In Denmark; Plastic Helmets; Plastic Toy Figures; Poplar Plastics; Poplar Playthings; Poplar Space Figures; Reisler; Reisler Spacemen; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Toys; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Thomas Space Aliens; Thomas Toys; 6 Reisler Spacemen Compared With Poplar Thomas Space Aliens Britains Astronauts DSCN9377
More by accident/co-incidence than design the Reisler's also mirror, or are similar-to a couple of the much-latter Britains poses!

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