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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, October 28, 2018

R is for Regular Round-up!

Like yesterday's football/footballers; for many years we didn't really look at paratrooper toys here, but a couple of years ago I did  an overview of what I had here at the time, and since then with a lot of help from New York and keeping an eye-out, we've had quite a few re-visits.

I still haven't found the 'in storage' box, but I spotted a few buried the other day and it may be with them, so perhaps before Christmas I'll have united the two sizeable samples and we can have a better look or over-view of the genre - a favourite here, now.

1988 catalogue; Carded Toy; D&D Distribution; Hong Kong Novelty; Jaru; Kandytoys of Exeter; Lion Group; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Norton-Thomson Toy Co.; Parachute Toys; Paratrooper Toys; Paratroops; Phidal; Phidal Peter Rabbit; Plastic Toy Figures; Pocket Money Toys; Rack Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TKMaxx; Unique Industries; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Wilkinson's/Wilco; Wilko's; 1 Wilko Wilkinson's Skeleton Snake Paratroopers Phidal Busy Book Peter Rabbit Unique TKMaxx DSCN0281
How they come in! I bought these in Basingrad on the 9th, two from Wilkinson's/Wilco, the other (Phidal Peter Rabbit) from TKMaxx, the monster [snake!] skeleton was really for Halloween, but you've seen it now - it'll look great with skeleton armies though! Phidal are going to need a couple of days now, there's around ten sets, or part-sets in the queue, and anyway it's the paratroopers we're looking at now.

1988 catalogue; Carded Toy; D&D Distribution; Hong Kong Novelty; Jaru; Kandytoys of Exeter; Lion Group; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Norton-Thomson Toy Co.; Parachute Toys; Paratrooper Toys; Paratroops; Phidal; Phidal Peter Rabbit; Plastic Toy Figures; Pocket Money Toys; Rack Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TKMaxx; Unique Industries; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Wilkinson's/Wilco; Wilko's; 2 Unique Industries USA China Party Favour Celebrate Carded Paratroopers
So, N is for Not That Unique Are They! We've looked at their 54mm solid paratroopers here and we've looked at the blow-mould poses as both a blow-mould and solid by other brands or under other brand marks, but under Unique - as I said - these sets of four are in Wilko's at the moment.

I have a set of 12 in the storage lot which I think also came from Wilkinson's but about eight or nine years ago (possibly the green-carded set), while an earlier set existed. The drop in contents reflects inflation, but a drop from 12 to 4 in one step has a whiff of greed too, especially if you were running the twelve for 15-20 years, prior to the sudden count-drop!

A drop to eight would have been a better start, and if you're dropping to four, why not issue one of each colour?

1988 catalogue; Carded Toy; D&D Distribution; Hong Kong Novelty; Jaru; Kandytoys of Exeter; Lion Group; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Norton-Thomson Toy Co.; Parachute Toys; Paratrooper Toys; Paratroops; Phidal; Phidal Peter Rabbit; Plastic Toy Figures; Pocket Money Toys; Rack Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TKMaxx; Unique Industries; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Wilkinson's/Wilco; Wilko's; 3 D&D Distribution High Flying Fun Para-Shooter Paratroop Toy 023357
This is a make-weight for the post, the recent D&D Distribution catalogue shot showing the currently common figures we've seen here under several brands already, they are the ones with the closed canopy and single-shroud which I don't like very much! Also, someone needs to have a word with the copywriter!

1988 catalogue; Carded Toy; D&D Distribution; Hong Kong Novelty; Jaru; Kandytoys of Exeter; Lion Group; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Norton-Thomson Toy Co.; Parachute Toys; Paratrooper Toys; Paratroops; Phidal; Phidal Peter Rabbit; Plastic Toy Figures; Pocket Money Toys; Rack Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TKMaxx; Unique Industries; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Wilkinson's/Wilco; Wilko's; 4 Kandy Toys Jaru 4 Skydivers ST Street Kids Brand Paratroopers DSCN9591
We've also seen these several times but I couldn't remember if we'd seen a four-blister one, I know Brian B has sent shelfies of Jaru 3-blister packs and I've bought or shelfied two- or three-blister cards, but have we had a four? We have now! Kandytoys of Exeter.

1988 catalogue; Carded Toy; D&D Distribution; Hong Kong Novelty; Jaru; Kandytoys of Exeter; Lion Group; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Norton-Thomson Toy Co.; Parachute Toys; Paratrooper Toys; Paratroops; Phidal; Phidal Peter Rabbit; Plastic Toy Figures; Pocket Money Toys; Rack Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TKMaxx; Unique Industries; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Wilkinson's/Wilco; Wilko's; 5 Norton-Thomson Toy Co. Lion Brand Group Paratrooper Gun Set-079
From the archive comes Norton-Thomson's 1988 Lion Group 'Pocket Money Toys' catalogue, and a different take on the paratrooper toy altogether; they are fired into the sky by a long, rigid . . . err . . . 'member' placed . . . err . . . between their thighs, the . . . err . . . 'snake's head' engaging with a steel spring and catch mechanism . . . well endowed lads, but - ouch!

"Most inappropriate toy in INGERLAND EVER!"; he spittle-flecks down the 'phone to the Daily Wail's 'really important news' desk, for lesser bloggers to re-post!

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