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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.

Monday, October 29, 2018

T is for Two . . . Wheels Good . . .

Like Paratroopers and whatever the other thing was the other day . . . goes and checks the 'finished' folder . . . ; footballers (!), this has become another of those perennials, we return to from time to time, dinosaurs, insects and fish are all currently rising-up the queue as well, but today it's a return to two wheels; well, fourteen wheels or - if you want to be a total pedant fifty-seven wheels and at least three - visible - skids!

Roughly in the order they've come in or been shot since we last looked at them excluding a lead flat I think we looked-at separately . . .

China Toys; Chinese Motorcycles; ITP Imports; ITP Motorcycle; Made In China; Made in Hong Kong; Motorbike; Motorcycle; Motorcycle Rider; Motorcycle Toys; Motorcycles; Old Motorcycle Toys; Old Plastic Toys; Police Interceptor; Save The City; Save The People; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Toy Motorcycles; Vintage Toys; WF6 1GY; X-92764;
Upon the demise of PoundworldPlus back in the summer, this was reduced to 50p with a further reduction at the till taking it to 43p or something! It was worth a punt for a small plastic motorcycle, of Kinder-egg quality? It needed squeezing together properly which I didn't notice until after the photo-shoot, branded to their ITP Imports and coming with a reasonable rendition of an executive type helicopter and a really crappy jeepney-thing which - if pink - would look like Barbie's beach-buggy!

Motorbike; Motorcycle; Motorcycle Pizza Cutter; Motorcycle Rider; Motorcycle Toys; Motorcycles; noki; Noki Pizza Cutter; Novelty Motorbike; Novelty Pizza Cutter; Old Motorcycle Toys; Old Plastic Toys; Pizza Chopper; Pizza Cutter; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Toy Motorcycles; Vintage Toys;
I can't tell you what this cost as it was a present for my Brother on his Birthday! He's one of those people who has everything he wants, and if he really wants something else tends to go and get exactly what he wants himself, so he's very difficult to buy for, but he likes his motorcycles, so when I saw this . . . bingo! Noki are the same people who did the novelty egg-cup and toast-soldier sets, see Small Scale World passim.

China Toys; Chinese Motorcycles; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Motorbike; Motorcycle; Motorcycle Rider; Motorcycle Toys; Motorcycles; Old Motorcycle Toys; Old Plastic Toys; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Toy Motorcycles; Vintage Toys;
I think this is the third time out for this chap, and the second involving contributions from Peter Evans, who recently sent me a very interesting set, with the unpainted black-plastic version. In the meantime I found another (slight colour variation) in the Storage lot, so shot all four together and they now have a new tub, all to themselves, although the black one is still in the bag awaiting next year's RTM.

California Highway Patrol; Chinese Motorcycles; Chips; Kentoys; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Motorbike; Motorcycle; Motorcycle Rider; Motorcycle Toys; Motorcycles; Novelty Motorbike; Old Motorcycle Toys; Old Plastic Toys; Patrolman; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Toy Motorcycles; Vintage Toys; Wheelers Fire Engine;
CHiPs! From storage, from Kentoys, but not the Kenway Cycle Shop of 1950's London, but rather the 1990's Kentoys with a half-mile-long factory in Shatin, New Territories! Now into high-end, larger-scaled, die-casts, they started (as so many HK companies did) with cheaper plastics, these came with blistered sets or singly with larger trucks, in this specific case the 'Wheelers' fire-engine set. They were announced at 1:72 and - basically - would have been in competition with the similar New Ray and Supreme sets of that time; among others.

Is it a Harley Electra-Glide or a Honda Goldwing Aspencade? Now - there's a question for my Brother! Judging from the full-tank and headlight-fairing; I recon a Honda?

Lead Models; Lead Motorbike; Lead Toy Figres; Lead Toy Soldiers; Motorbike; Motorbike Postman; Motorcycle; Motorcycle Postman; Motorcycle Rider; Motorcycle Toys; Motorcycles; Old Motorcycle Toys; Old Plastic Toys; Postman; Royal Mail; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Toy Motorcycles; Vintage Toys;
Old solid-lead motorcyclist (Postman?), I don't know if it's in Joplin and I haven't looked as I know it's not particularly rated (Adrian had it in his cheapie-tray at Sandown last), so probably a copy of anything similar-looking in the aforementioned tome, or more likely a home-cast which may have been made commercially available? The lead-guys dismiss this stuff (and melt it down!) like some in our polymer-branch of the hobby still dismiss HK stuff, but you know me; I'll post anything!

Bicycle Decoration; Cake Decoration Figures; Cake Decorations; Cakeboards; Cakeboards Cyclist; Motorbike; Motorcycle; Motorcycle Rider; Motorcycle Toys; Motorcycles; Novelty Toy Bicycle; Old Motorcycle Toys; Old Plastic Toys; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Toy Motorcycles; Vintage Toys;
A bicycle, Cakeboards, resin, cake decoration, the resin pile is piling-up! Nice 54mm and a female subject which is never that common, so pleasantly unusual!

China Toys; Chinese Motorcycles; Dirt Bike; DTSC Toys Canada; Free Wheeling; Greenbrier Toy Importers; Made In China; Made in Hong Kong; Moto Tout-terrain; Motorbike; Motorcycle; Motorcycle Rider; Motorcycle Toys; Motorcycles; Old Motorcycle Toys; Old Plastic Toys; Turbo Wheels; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Toy Motorcycles; Vintage Toys;
Mr. Berke sent a whole box of donations to the blog the other day with his uncommon generosity, and we will be looking at bits from it over the next few days, as some of it was very timely, but there was also this, Greenbrier/DTSC. I don't know if he and Mr Evans are in competition with their contributions, but this is an even larger scale than the candy-container bicycle we looked at in Rack Toy Month! Guy's; I don't know where to put them!

Thanks again to Brian, Peter and Adrian for some of the above!

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