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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, October 10, 2018

U is for Unknown Wild West Flats - 4 - Odds and Sods

So we come to what else is in the Unknown Wild West Flats box, recently out of storage and topped up with the bits I had here. Actually a few of them are known I just haven't got round to labelling them up or moving them so they are in the final shot!

Boardgame Pieces; Box Diorama; Boxed Flats; Boxed Toy; Boxed Wild West; Cowboy Flats; Cowboys and Indians; Cracjerjacks; Cracker Jack; Flat Cowboys and Indians; Flat Figures; Flats; Indian Flats; Game Playing Pieces; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Margarine Flats; Margarine Premiums; Nosco; Platico Osul; Polystyrene Figures; Polystyrene Toys; PZG Toy Soldiers; Rubber Figurines; Siku; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Snow Shakers; Unknown Flats; Unknown Plastic Figures; Unknown Toy Figures; Unknown Wild West; Wild West; Wild West Flats; Wundertüten;
Only the two poses, and I can only try to get across the feel of them as being like gritty rubber, the sort of stuff Auburn or Sun were using to make their early toys, but not so hard, possibly only because they are younger/newer?

It's almost as if they have been made from 1980's exterior door & window sealant or shoe mending compound!

Boardgame Pieces; Box Diorama; Boxed Flats; Boxed Toy; Boxed Wild West; Cowboy Flats; Cowboys and Indians; Cracjerjacks; Cracker Jack; Flat Cowboys and Indians; Flat Figures; Flats; Indian Flats; Game Playing Pieces; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Margarine Flats; Margarine Premiums; Nosco; Platico Osul; Polystyrene Figures; Polystyrene Toys; PZG Toy Soldiers; Rubber Figurines; Siku; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Snow Shakers; Unknown Flats; Unknown Plastic Figures; Unknown Toy Figures; Unknown Wild West; Wild West; Wild West Flats; Wundertüten;
Although only the two poses, they keep turning-up! And while the figures are - in the main - well formed (one of the archers is a bit short-shot at the tips of things), the bases seem to tell a different story! I suspect a hand-operated injection machine? The gate marks are at the head-end, so lack of 'puff' or dropping-off puff seems to have been the problem here!

Boardgame Pieces; Box Diorama; Boxed Flats; Boxed Toy; Boxed Wild West; Cowboy Flats; Cowboys and Indians; Cracjerjacks; Cracker Jack; Flat Cowboys and Indians; Flat Figures; Flats; Indian Flats; Game Playing Pieces; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Margarine Flats; Margarine Premiums; Nosco; Platico Osul; Polystyrene Figures; Polystyrene Toys; PZG Toy Soldiers; Rubber Figurines; Siku; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Snow Shakers; Unknown Flats; Unknown Plastic Figures; Unknown Toy Figures; Unknown Wild West; Wild West; Wild West Flats; Wundertüten;
These are interesting, sold to me as German sweet-premiums (wundertüten), they are only etched on one side, the reverses being blank. I wondered if they might be cake decorations when I first saw them as they seemed to have icing-spikes, but in fact they are just the poorly-gated runner-ends.

Looking at the way the 'base' line runs out to the cactus on the prone figure, suggests the sort of thing glued into snow-shakers, but they are a bit big for that at 60-odd millimeters, so I wonder if maybe they are factory blanks from some similar touristy thing, perhaps deep-framed pictures or 'box dioramas' - a slap of paint, some lichen/flock, a bit of sand-paper as a base and a formulaic gouache-painted backdrop?

If they are wundertüten, they must be quite early, as they are nowhere near the quality of the later Jean/Manurba/Heinerle stuff, nor even up to the detail of the margarine-premiums of that age?

Boardgame Pieces; Box Diorama; Boxed Flats; Boxed Toy; Boxed Wild West; Cowboy Flats; Cowboys and Indians; Cracjerjacks; Cracker Jack; Flat Cowboys and Indians; Flat Figures; Flats; Indian Flats; Game Playing Pieces; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Margarine Flats; Margarine Premiums; Nosco; Platico Osul; Polystyrene Figures; Polystyrene Toys; PZG Toy Soldiers; Rubber Figurines; Siku; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Snow Shakers; Unknown Flats; Unknown Plastic Figures; Unknown Toy Figures; Unknown Wild West; Wild West; Wild West Flats; Wundertüten;
While I have lots of margarine giveaway types in the 'known' boxes, there are the two gold ones here who are orphans, the one on the right being a poor copy of the Siku original, the one on the left a more original Mexican type.

The red chap holding his saddle was a recent purchase and seen here then, the rest have some info. attached; the pair shooting each other are from a board game; The Fastest Gun by Denys Fisher, missing are yellow and green 'good guys' and a bunch of black 'bad guys'!

Pretty-sure the white, running Indian is Nosco or Crackerjack (or Nosco for Crackerjack!) but I need to check and get him labelled correctly. The Tipi is a flat scenic accessory for fully-round Polish figures from PZG (the design continues round the back as the outside of the shelter), while the other five are purportedly from Italy, I'd like them to be Portuguese Osul, but I fear the bases are wrong, and they may be from a board-game?

These are all polystyrene, bar the orange chap who's ethylene, the two game-pieces who are polypropylene and the PZG which is a recycled polymer mix with some of the properties of each of the other three types!

So that's me' unknown Wild West flats, if you can anything to any of the figures in today's four posts it'll be much appreciated, but the search goes on, in any event!

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