About Me

My photo
No Fixed Abode, Home Counties, United Kingdom
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.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

R is for Raytel (Pershore) Limited - Wooden Forts

From the archive, and there will be more and more of this stuff as I get it all scanned-in, today we're looking at some wooden forts I will never have in the collection, because I have neither the space nor the inclination to start collecting those tatty, play-worn forts half-filled with a mix of Airfix and Britains 'Herald Hong Kong' one sees at car boot sales any day of the week!

1977 Catalogue; Castle Keep; Castle Play Set; Castle Toy; Catalogue Images; Fort Play Set; Fort Wayne; Fort William; Medieval Castle; Medieval Play Set; Model Forts; Raytel Quality Toys; Ref. 3341; Ref. 3341 Fort Wayne; Ref. 3342 Fort William; Ref. 3344 Mediaeval Castle; Reytel (Pershore) Limited; Reytel Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Castles; Toy Forts; Wooden Castle; Wooden Forts; Wooden Toy;
You may not recognise the Raytel name, but I bet that if you're between 40 and 50-years of age, you had at least one of their products in your toy stash. Good, solid - now called - 'traditional' toys, although they have always been made and still are, there are several makers exhibiting stuff like this at the London Toy Fair every year, and we saw similar forts and vessels from Papo not that long ago.

I would add, that you can see in the image a loss of quality over the Tri-ang/Pedigree stuff those of us in the 50-60+ years bracket had, and upon which these seem based, thinner tubes on the chair and table, thinner wooden legs, plain blocks, plastic wheels etc . . . none of it is quite as substantial as the previous generation's playthings.

1977 Catalogue; Castle Keep; Castle Play Set; Castle Toy; Catalogue Images; Fort Play Set; Fort Wayne; Fort William; Medieval Castle; Medieval Play Set; Model Forts; Raytel Quality Toys; Ref. 3341; Ref. 3341 Fort Wayne; Ref. 3342 Fort William; Ref. 3344 Mediaeval Castle; Reytel (Pershore) Limited; Reytel Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Castles; Toy Forts; Wooden Castle; Wooden Forts; Wooden Toy;
Close-up of the previous shot shows us the stuff we're interested in now, as 'grown-up' toy soldier fans, two wooden forts from their 1977 catalogue; a traditional castellated affair with buttressed corners and an unusual, hexagonal log-fort, from the frontiers of toy-land.

1977 Catalogue; Castle Keep; Castle Play Set; Castle Toy; Catalogue Images; Fort Play Set; Fort Wayne; Fort William; Medieval Castle; Medieval Play Set; Model Forts; Raytel Quality Toys; Ref. 3341; Ref. 3341 Fort Wayne; Ref. 3342 Fort William; Ref. 3344 Mediaeval Castle; Reytel (Pershore) Limited; Reytel Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Castles; Toy Forts; Wooden Castle; Wooden Forts; Wooden Toy;
Main Street, Fort Town, Woodsville! There's a third and some blurb! Is that the proper spelling of Medieval?  Fort [John?] Wayne looks a bit like our childhood fort but ours was hand-made by our parents and had thick walls and deeper barracks along the back wall!

1977 Catalogue; Castle Keep; Castle Play Set; Castle Toy; Catalogue Images; Fort Play Set; Fort Wayne; Fort William; Medieval Castle; Medieval Play Set; Model Forts; Raytel Quality Toys; Ref. 3341; Ref. 3341 Fort Wayne; Ref. 3342 Fort William; Ref. 3344 Mediaeval Castle; Reytel (Pershore) Limited; Reytel Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Castles; Toy Forts; Wooden Castle; Wooden Forts; Wooden Toy;
I like how the presence of a moat round the Mediaeval Castle is hinted at by a low wall; if the drawbridge is up, that's it - you'll have to wait 'till the post comes or the milk's delivered!

Having pointed out that the overall quality of Raytel's products was less substantial than those that went before, I would say these seem to be made of real wood and/or ply sheet, unlike some of their contemporary rivals who used pressed-hardboard, a forerunner of MDF and the stuff peg-boards (for rack-toys) were made of, which had a tendency to warp in damp, or collapse completely, if left out in the rain!

No comments: