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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.

Thursday, November 15, 2018

H is for Hitler - in a Dress!

Or is it Rodney from Only Fools and Horses? I've actually picked-up four more Drevopodnik since we last looked at them, an MP/Traffic Sentry - who has already been put away - and two other duplicates, but of slightly better condition than the ones I glued back together in 2012.

The fourth figure is obviously from a civilian or railway figures set and wears the typical uniform of a waitress, but God! Is she ugly! I can't decide if it's Rodder's doing a Hitler impersonation or Adolf channeling Rodney! Still, it could be worse; the paratrooper's got a beak! But it's the naive charm that 'makes' these Czechoslovakian figures as far as I'm concerned.

I is for Is Nothing Sacred!

Well; what to make of this when you first see it . . . from Hong Kong, to Italy, to Germany, to the Potter's Sandown Park toy fair and then . . . into the stash! Where it should be safe for a decade or two.

1062 Two Indians & Cowboy; Britains Copies; Britains Herald; Britains Mini Sets; Britains Piracies; Britians Minisets; Cowboys; Cowboys and Indians; Gig Indian Set; GIG Italy; Header Carded Bottle Bag; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Copies; Hong Kong Novelty; Hong Kong Piracy; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Indian Novelty Toys; Indian Set; Indian Toy Figure; Indians; Made in Hong Kong; No 1062 2 Indians & Cowboy; No. 107; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Cowboy; Toy Indians; Vulture in Tree; Wild West Figures; Wild West Mini Set; Wild West Miniset;
Yes; it is exactly what it looks like . . . almost! A Hong Kong copy of a Britains Mini-Set, apparently made for an Italian importer/jobber; GIG, which as several Italian toy firms both old and current have a Gio...g... in their long-titles is no real help, but as none have turned-up in the US or UK, the inference has to be an Italian exclusive, as some Baravelli (or Solpa in Greece) stuff is relatively unique.

The still extant GiG were importers of more universal/generic 'army men' at the same time they were carrying the Galoob Star Wars mini-figures and LRG knock-offs, they fit the bill, and I suspect are the same company, despite the different logo-font?

1062 Two Indians & Cowboy; Britains Copies; Britains Herald; Britains Mini Sets; Britains Piracies; Britians Minisets; Cowboys; Cowboys and Indians; Gig Indian Set; GIG Italy; Header Carded Bottle Bag; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Copies; Hong Kong Novelty; Hong Kong Piracy; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Indian Novelty Toys; Indian Set; Indian Toy Figure; Indians; Made in Hong Kong; No 1062 2 Indians & Cowboy; No. 107; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Cowboy; Toy Indians; Vulture in Tree; Wild West Figures; Wild West Mini Set; Wild West Miniset;
The Britains original as advertised on the retail shop door-card (left) with errors and in the catalogues (right) with some errors corrected (shield/bow hand), and a headdress which better resembles the sticker actually issued, however the rear Indian is still not crouched enough.

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The clones, rather obscured by the packaging - one day I may open it carefully, but I'd rather look out for loose copies now I know they're out there! The cowboy is coloured more to match the other Wild West Mini-Set, but the Indians are a good likeness and they got round the sticker-issue by painting-on the headdress.

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Britains set less the small dead tree/shrub for which I still need the base! These are a funny thing and worth a bit of pontification;

As a small-scale-only, private collector for the longest time, usually on a low budget, I have picked-up most of them (no tractor and the footballers are a bit slim-on-the-ground!) as bits & pieces in job lots over the years, these are from a bagful' with lots of figures, two trees, a little tree, no outline base and a shortage of individual-bases in all colours, I'll get the missing bits in the end, but . . . with three base colours, there must have been quite a bit of production.

Now - once I'd become more involved in the public hubby, it became clear from their dialogue that I was in 'competition' (to locate/purchase) with the 54/60mm guys, who had come down a scale and 'rated' these because they were Britains AND because 'They weren't very popular and are really rare - especially the late six', but actually they're not!

Even the second tranche can be found (I saw three tractors on the weekend just gone - two on one stall), and as bits there are a few at every show I attend. The boxed sets, or even complete sets are hard to find intact due to the number of small pieces per set, so their premium price might be deserved due to rarity (but there's a lot of ex-shop stock around still), but overall, I think they have been appended a mythology (and value!) they don't actually merit.

Funnily-enough, or ironically; if one set seems rare, it's the second diver set (with shark), which we (my brother and I) had as kids!

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The clone's tree is slightly smaller, with simplified branches, but a bigger vulture! The 'outline' or containing-base is a lot larger than the Britains one, which was quite tight from the outer-edge to the individual-base edges. The vulture is also painted, unlike Britains', and with a green tree; the copyist has almost made a better set!

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There were colour-variations with the Britains figures too, again pointing to a larger volume of production, if not actual sales.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

U is for Update - Tupperware & Lido Posts

I've added the missing giraffe and a colour/base-variant camel to the end of last year's (last November's!) Tupperware post, putting it here - as a 'Follow-up' - would have been an unnecessary complication! Picture follows as a thumbnail if you can't be arsed to follow the link to what even I'd admit is ephemeral, novelty shite!

Block Figures; Boys Toys; Building Blocks; Building Bricks; Busy Blocks; Busy Blocks Plastic Toy; Busy-Blocks; C for Camel; Capsule Toys; Dart Industries Inc.; Dart Industries Tupperware; Dryfoods Breakfast Cereals; G for Giraffe; Novelties; Novelty Toy; Plastic Novelty; Plastic Toy Play Bricks; Plastic Toys; Play Brick Blocks; Polyethylene; Polymer Products; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stacking Blocks; Stacking Bricks; Toy; Tupperware; Tupperware Party; Artillery Cannon; Artillery Gun; Artillery Piece; Dime Store Toy; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Jeep Toy; Knock Offs; Lido Plastic Toys; Lido Plastic Vehicles; Lido Troop Transport; Made in Hong Kong; Piracies; Rack Toy; Tank Toy;
Similarly, I dug the Lido vehicles out of the garage the other day and have done a comparison shot with the Hong Kong-made copies we looked at back at the start of Rack Toy Month, and have added it to the end of that post.

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Apropos the 'digging-out', 'coming-across' and 'finding of stuff' from the storage collection, which is a genuine and ongoing 'thing'; I find it quite amusing that TJF is also now on an almost daily basis 'finding stuff out the back' or 'being surprised what turns up', a recent literary phenomena on his part, yet his circumstance haven't changed quite as dramatically as mine since July? The man has no originality of thought whatsoever!

Coming on the back of the long-running 'I've got one of those too', the recent 'he's showing cats, quick; find me a cat with toys picture' and the almost instant 'Oh no he's got-up stuff from his archive, I need a kit instruction-sheet to photograph' (badly!) memes, he's now trying to write like me!

It's pathetic, and I mean that most sincerely, there is an element of pathos in the way he is quietly traducing himself, in public, in his stubborn attempts to win a war he should never have started or to 'prove the legend' he never was. He's a dealer not a collector, he simply hasn't got the stuff; he keeps showing us the same things over-and-over again and he seems to think that if he does what I do, or says what I say, it'll help him catch up - it won't.

Instead of justifying, validating or ratifying this tragic nonsense with their continued support, perhaps Messieurs's Dittman, Bergner, Carrick and Dildobrand Hildabreath would be better employed trying to help the idiot find his own voice?

Block Figures; Boys Toys; Building Blocks; Building Bricks; Busy Blocks; Busy Blocks Plastic Toy; Busy-Blocks; C for Camel; Capsule Toys; Dart Industries Inc.; Dart Industries Tupperware; Dryfoods Breakfast Cereals; G for Giraffe; Novelties; Novelty Toy; Plastic Novelty; Plastic Toy Play Bricks; Plastic Toys; Play Brick Blocks; Polyethylene; Polymer Products; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stacking Blocks; Stacking Bricks; Toy; Tupperware; Tupperware Party; Artillery Cannon; Artillery Gun; Artillery Piece; Dime Store Toy; Hong Kong Plastic Toy; Jeep Toy; Knock Offs; Lido Plastic Toys; Lido Plastic Vehicles; Lido Troop Transport; Made in Hong Kong; Piracies; Rack Toy; Tank Toy;
As for the 'Webmaster' Matthias Berthoux, if he thinks I'm a cunt, he's a double-cunt with a well-used, hairy cherry on top, the silly, naughty, stupid little boy! In fact - I'm uninviting him to my next birthday party and you all heard it AND he will never ever ever be my best friend never ever again, SO THERE! And he has poo in his pants I smelt it!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

N is for Nil, None, Nicht, Nought, Nada, Nuno, Nothing!

Lazy weekend, watched a movie last night, ignored the pending queue today, buggering-off 'ome!

Maybe something [later] tomorrow, but I fancy a few days off! And I need to go to Basingrad tomorrow; vape battery and a roll of loft insulation (livin' on the edge 'ere!), so maybe not?

C is for Clowning Around

When we looked at the 'Crazy Clown Circus' a while ago, I mentioned the fact that there was a die-cast penny-farthing from Morestone (Budgie) with a similar clown, and had the good fortune to shoot one at the weekend on Adrian Little's stand at the Sandown Park toy fair at the weekend;

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You can see he has all the elements of the crazy clowns with the bobbles on the trousers, the collar-ruff, the pair of juggling balls, the bobble-hat and the wide tops to the trouser legs (I haven't the faintest idea what they are called in the fashion trade, but they're like old cavalry trousers?).

Now I don't think the polymer ones are a direct copy (I did at the time of the previous post), but suspect both toys are reflecting a specific clown 'suit', clowns often being registered as unique designs, while more generic or traditional designs are named within clowning, or wider afield, like 'Pierrot' for instance, from the commedia dell'arte, but I don't know the name of this one

This near mint example has a little dog; lacking on previous examples I've seen, although the dog can't reach the peddles and the clown is too busy with his balls (ooh-err missus!) to get peddling (and wouldn't reach either, so issues of/with both scale and perambulation!), making a rather static piece, but charming nevertheless, and would it go well as an additional item with an actual Crazy Clown Circus!

Monday, November 12, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Bits and Bobs!

Not hard to Believe
So, Remembrance-/Veterans-/Armistice day yesterday and TJF's post reveals he has no conscience, no decency, no class, no taste and no brain! They were all in 'Nam together you know . . . Birmi'Nam; Alabama!

Something like this might have been a better use of his time;

https://www.newsshopper.co.uk/news/17213792.photos-of-toy-solders-at-war-memorial-for-armistice-centenary/#gallery6

Customer Announcement
From Barney at Herald Toys & Models comes . . .

"Dear Collector, this week we are delighted to offer you not one but three superb boxed Britains English Civil War mounted figures (2 Roundhead Officers and 1 Cavalier Officer) from the same private collection. Like London buses, you don't see one for ages then three come along at once! Rare opportunity to obtain a boxed example of these highly desirable figures! Happy collecting as always, Barney."

A Bit Wooden

Now, I'm not saying this is pretty cool, but fuck . . . this is pretty cool - if a little 'folksy'!

https://folksy.com/items/7199467-Wooden-Toy-Soldier-Christmas-Bunting-Christmas-Garland

Bloody Useful
I was impressed enough to consider a link before I'd scrolled to where a 'phone got involved! If I ever have the room for a nice set-up like this - it's a definite!

http://alystoysoldiers.blogspot.com/2018/11/talking-about-taking-pictures.html

 It's an Old Trope . . .
. . . but they're always fun!

https://www.dailybreeze.com/2018/11/02/this-toy-soldier-family-from-manhattan-beach-took-halloween-by-storm/

C is for Caryatids

Caryatids are a specific form of column, used in Classical Greece and to a lesser extent in Rome, where the main body of the column is carved into a human figure, usually female I think, but some males exist (as 'Atlas' . . . architecture stuff is all in the garage!), and occasionally only half-columns (like relief-flats) coming forward from a load-bearing wall, due to their being less able to take weight, but a small temple with a relatively light roof, or a porch for a small building have whole caryatids - I think there's one among the ruins on the hill-side at the Acropolis.

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The TARDIS Temple to Aphrodite! Hic!

My mate John Begg - who some of you will know has links to Greece - had one of these on his mantelpiece as a memento, and when he was visiting Greece I asked him if he could get me one, empty or full of ouzo. . . a couple of weeks later he gave me this; empty, sadly!

I had intended to undo the caryatids and hot-glue them (polyethylene!) back to back to make two full-round columns, as photo-accessories/scenics. Two of the faces would have needed to be turned into hair, and a fair bit of fettling and filling would have been required around the join-line, the whole then needing painting, but in the end I didn't have the heart to damage them, so it is still in its little bag, marked Ouzounis 'Maiden Ouzo'!

All polyethylene; I hope you can see from the photo's the 'miniature' bottle is a blow-mould with the wide shoulders on top of the flocked 'box', the caryatids come as a flattish moulding with thin hinge-joints between the figures allowing it/them to be wrapped around the 'box' and clipped into place, the clips are under the stickers somewhere, if they exist; the stickers may be the 'clips', the column bases also become the bottom of the bottle and the figures are 45/50mm?

Sunday, November 11, 2018

PIF et pour Hercule!

Which is French for Hercules, which is odd, because normally the French add a letter or two, or another word (la bayie = eBay), but on this occasion they've clipped it as short as a detective's moustache!  Just a quick one, for which I will struggle to produce enough blurb to accompany the images, but that's the way the cookie crumbles sometimes, let's see what I can do with the crumbs . . .

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Could be Felix, could be Beano (was he called Beano; Dandy? Corky!), could be Tom (ears are too small), could almost be Figaro (standing up!) Fritz, Reddy, Rex, Max even the (never-seen?) 'smelly cat', but he's actually Hercule one of the mascots of Pif Gadget a French kids comic/magazine of the interactive/activity type, think Uncle Remus play-kits, with a stapled spine and comic strips!

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There was a website I think, or is there something on the publication in Figurines Publicitaires? Both pieces are clearly marked and I think they were attached to the cover in a small frame a bit like R&L kits in breakfast cereal? And there were other give-aways, until quite recently.

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That's it; I've run out of blurb! Did I say there were two parts and you had to put them together yourself? It's a modern dense polyethylene or polypropylene in a metallic gold material, 45/50mm depending on how hard you push the locating-studs into the base and whether or not you count the base! It's an anthropomorphic cat!

Q is for Question Time - Animal Flats

An odd one, as they are clearly not that rare, I have so many I split them between two bags, despite the fact that they clearly go together - as we'll see from the visible evidence, as well as the fact they came together in one or two sizable lots.

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Domestic, farm and European wildlife/ woodland types, along with a couple of farmer types, colours are across the board and - with the semi-transparent ones - an air of French premiums about the whole lot, rather than German 'margarine flats'. Several of the sets shown in Piffret's Figurines Publicitaires have a similar colour-range, I seem to recall some puppies and birds - given away with petrol I think?

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The wild or zoo animals; with a yeti, hunter and native bearer. Scale is all over the place, the bobcats looking a threat to the polar bears! I keep moving animals between the two bags, I think that white bird is a poor pheasant (as the red one is a peacock) so he got moved - along with the wild boar - when I put them away, and I'm still not sure about the curly-horned sheep/goat things! Also - odd that there's no elephant, but I may not have all of the poses.

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There's a bit of paint on some of the animals in both bags, an accident on a work-bench rather than any factory thing, I suspect, but it's another reminder to me that they all belong together! If you found the figures in the lower picture, on their own, you'd be excused for thinking they were from a board game!

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The sample is bigger than shown in the photo's and I'm pleased to report that there are some white polar bears! The alpine-sheep-goat thing; is it domestic or wild? I've left it in the wild pile for now.

Any ideas? These are from that Civilian-Farm-Zoo box we looked at briefly the other day, and tick all three boxes along with 'hunters'! From the size of the sample, the number of poses, the breadth of the subjects and the colour variation, I suspect something like bubble-gum, sweets, 'lucky-bags' or Wundertüten in the pocket-money bracket, issued over some time and with something purchased regularly; cigarettes, washing powder . . . 1950's or early-1960's and possibly French?

Saturday, November 10, 2018

T is for Two (Which Became Three!) - Space Transports

Also in the Really Useful Box (previous post) was this pair, and again I haven't the faintest idea where either of them came from, but they are a couple of crackers, one an ephemeral piece of tat never designed to survive more than a summer's day or two in the garden, the other a classic piece of US 'dime-store' plastic in a weird red colour which changes - depending on the light - from purple, to pink, to maroon and back again!

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I'm guessing from the large'ish, clip-on canopy that this was a candy-container, or more-likely - from the size of the compartment - a single-pastille bubble-gum container? Scaled to a rough 20/25mm figure wise and manufactured in the style of earlier dime-store toys from Pyro, Kleeware and their ilk, it's a space-ship/vessel of sorts and shot in brittle styrene with additional metal axles / ethylene wheels.

The little glued-on, stand-off frame that holds the wheels clear of the body looks to be a generic moulding that would also fit a tank, armoured-car or civil vehicle, so there may have been a assortment of these?

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Is it browny-red or heliotrope purple? This is really nice but I have no recollection of buying it, maybe at one the NEC Birmingham/BP-shows? Definitely a 'space-age' or concept car of the 1950's and similar to other space cars including the Kilgore one we saw again the other day.

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I don't know if it was issued under the Wannatoys branding, but this seems to be a Dillon Beck original, marked Dillon Beck USA on the interior and having a DB number-plate, or more accurately 'licence-plate'! There used to be a lovely azure-blue 'Futurecar' somewhere on the Internet, but I can't find it now, also with the DB 'quality' (if you believe Nabisco!) triangle and the same red canopy, it was a bit smarter than mine and had no whitening glue-marks!

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I nearly forgot this was sitting in Picasa . . . so T is for Three! This one is a Wannatoys branded one and we've seen it before in two colours, but I shot this on Adrian's stall ages ago and it's been waiting for a dime-store space post!

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Sizer; the car is closer to 28mm/1:48th I fear, but the ship can be a single-seat 1:72nd, or snug, two-man 1:76th! In a galaxy far, far away, long, long ago, they had A-wings, B-wings and X-wings . . . among other wing types, I think this latest addition to my space-fleet must be a sandbag-wing!

B is for Bits & Bobs

A bitty Post, but it all needs to be got out of Picasa, and as I try to always take photographs as I go, against those occasions when I'm "Damn, no camera" or worse "Damn, forgot to use the camera!" and in the hope that more I rememebr to get it out the less I'll forget if you know what I mean!

Armoured Car; Big; Corgi; Early British Toy Soldiers; English Village Designs; Heinerle; Hurst; Jean; Manurba; Mettoy; Mixed Lot; Mixed Playthings; Mixed Toys; Old Farm Toys; Old Plastic Figures; Old Plastic Toys; Old Toy Soldiers; Parachute Toys; Paratrooper Toys; Paratroopers; Paratroops; Plastic Figure; Plastic Figurine; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Novelty; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toys; Playcraft; Reading; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spot-On; Vintage Celluloid; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage Toys;
The upper shot shows the 'storage lot' of Spot-On polyethylene 1:43rd scale figures we looked at years ago, with the recent acquisitions on the left in bags, the lower shot shows them all sorted together with the colours in a larger tub and all the whites in the old tub. When I get round to it we'll have a better look reflecting the information published elsewhere since they were posted here.

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Couple of tubs I shot while sorting last Wednesday, armoured cars and German Wild West/ACW polyethylene, they are already re-buried in the garage, but I will dig out the tin-plate A/C and get it in before the weather gets too bad, the garage is dry and airy (now!) but tin-plate will tend to get surface-rust in damp, foggy or misty conditions. Label on the figures is a bit out, there's Manurba and/or Heinerle in there as well!

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Found the box I was looking for! It's contents are the larger inset, with the stuff we've covered in the last couple of years to be seen down the bottom right. Interestingly; I have a set of Sainsbury's party favours from 2010/11 which I think are the same as the Amscan Para-animals Brian sent shelfies of, about a year ago.

The stuff building-up here was not well annotated as I didn't know what would be duplicate, or already have a bag, in the end there were only about six empty bags by the time I'd finished, however I need to go through all my old posts and/or the dongles to get everything labelled-up properly!

I think what I'll do with the parachute toys is start a page like the Khaki Infantry one and they can all go there in their 'family' groups, with the odds, novelty and space ones separated.

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This tub (a 35-litre Really Useful Box) is a complete mystery, some of it is the sorted small scale from the 2011 show, as seen here (2nd, 3rd and 4th images) but some of it is totally un-memorable and not remembered, and when I got to the bottom of the tub I found five OO-gauge passenger coaches and a diesel locomotive I have absolutely no recollection of?

There's a wind-up mouse, Snoopy in a wind-up dog-house, a tub of street-furniture, another of broken Timpo horses, the remains of the runner from a set of Cherilea 50mm re-issues, two bags of HK/Blue-Box type farm, a small bag of Britain's Saracen sabres (and a lead torch?), a whole mass of stuff - well; 30-odd liters of it!

It must have been the detritus of a junk lot at SAS in October/Novemeber '11 and the unsorted from Birmingham at the same time the both added to the broken bits from the 'Big Purchase' the year earlier?

I will have fun 'processing' it over Christmas, and getting a spare 35lt tub out of the exercise!

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Even as I'm sorting/re-acquainting, I'm also buying the odd bit, four mixed figures on Monday of this week (snow-boarding Polar-bears! Board game?) and this nice card model of a windmill on Tuesday - both purchases from Charity shops.

Credited to a local firm, down the road in Hurst, near Reading; English Village Designs, and looking to be about HO-OO compatible - confirmed as they have an active website here;


With the above model made-up, on the landing page! Very much in the home-spun style of Fiddler's Green and with [these] two sheets for .50p; looking to make a nice model, you can't complain!

Friday, November 9, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Friday again!

Ongoing Nastiness
I must firstly thank Matthias Berthoux (aka: Breizh44) and Paul Stadinger (aka: The Jabbering F**k or TJF) for their juvenile rant'gasm yesterday over in Vichy, I think it got me another 25 hits or so, and hoping I get the 'three million' up in time for the Blog's tenth birthday I guess every little helps! In my dust guys children, and that's not egotism, that's the fact of the matter.

Show Dates
Right, to the business at hand, Sandown Park tomorrow, and 'only' Sandown Park - for toys; best show in the UK really, and last one this year, so be there or, err . . . be somewhere else . . . but you'll miss-out! C&T Auctioneers in the week, not the headline one which is still a month away, but there's plenty of good stuff in this one too.

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Toy Fairs
Saturday 10th November 2018

Sandown Park / Esher - Barry Potter / BP Fairs
Exhibition Centre, Sandown Park Racecourse, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9AJ
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission - Adults £6.50p, seniors £6, children £2, early bird (from 08.00hrs) £10.00
Tons of free parking, I mean, like; bring a convoy, there's room for 100-trucks down the bottom!

Torquay - Events Frontier - 'Devcon' & 'Collect-a-Happy'
Torquay Town Hall, Castle Circus, Torquay, Devon, TQ1 3DR
Mob. - 07508 548 938
Sci-fi, Film & Comic Convention [alongside the] Toy & Train Fair

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Sunday 11th November 2018

Chester-le-Street - Jim Corr Fairs
Lord Lawson Academy, Birtly Lane, Birtly, DH3 2LF
Mob. - 07504 035 955
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3, children/senior citizens £2, 'Early Bird' £5

Ipswich - Phil Cooper - Toy, Train & Diecast Collectors Fair
Copdock Village Hall, London Road, Copdock, IP8 3JN
Internet presence unknown
Mob. I - 01787 372 559 (Phil Cooper)
Mob. II - 01787 280 452 (Bill Bourne)
Hours unknown
Admission charge unknown
Light refreshments and bar facilities

Malvern - Bulldog Fairs
The Seven Hall, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW UK
Tel. - 01373 452 857
Mob. - 07917 125 641
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Adults £4, under 16's free if accompanied, early-bird (from 08:30hrs) £10.

Rayleigh - SRP Toyfairs
Sweyne Park School, Rayleigh, Essex, SS6 9BZ
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Wirral - Barry Stockton Fairs - Merseyside Hobbies & Model Railway Show
Hulme Hall, Port Sunlight, Wirral, CH62 5DH
Web. - http://barrystocktonfairs.co.uk/
Tel. - 01513 343 362
10:30 - 15:30
Admission - Adult £4.50p, Children £1

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Tuesday 13th November 2018

Hook - Steven Clements Fairs - Hook Evening Fair
Hook Community Centre, Hook, Hampshire, RG27 9NN (Near Basingrad!)
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 21:30hrs
Admission charge unknown
Free Parking

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Wednesday 14th November 2018

Hertford - Joe Lock Fairs (Evening Fair)
Richard Hale School, Hale Road, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG13 8EN
Internet presence unknown
Mob. - 07866 641 215
19:00-21:00hrs
Admission £1

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Friday 16th November 2018

Alfreton - Toy and Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend) - Evening fair
The Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD
Mob. - 07951 072 790
19:00 - 21:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

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Auctions
Tuesday 13th November 2018

Essex - Sworders Fine Art Auctioneers
Cambridge Road, Stanstead, Mountfitchet, Essex, CM24 8GE
Tel. - 01279 817 778
Sale Starts 10:00hrs

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Wednesday 14th November 2018

Tunbridge Wells - C&T Auctioneers
The York Suite, The Spa Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent TN4 8XJ (Venue)
Unit 4, High House Business Park, Kenardington, Near Ashford, Kent, TN26 2LF (Auction House)
Valuations - jamesopie@yahoo.co.uk
Tel. - 44 1233 510 050 (from abroad)
Tel. - 01233 510 050 (within the UK)
Viewing from 08:30hrs, sale starts 10:00hrs

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Thursday/Friday 15th/16th November 2018

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis (2-day sale)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
Thursday 15th - general toys
Friday 16th - trains/model railways

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Overseas Events
Sunday 11th November 2018

Dublin Toy & Train Fair - Chris Dyer Fairs
The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Dublin, Eire
Tel. - 01643 702 757
Mob. - 07966 694 579
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £4
Just off N11 trunk road

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If you are an event promoter/show curator/auctioneer and you want your toy, model, collectable or popular-/youth-culture type sale/exhibition/event listed here - FOR FREE - or linked to; please eMail me -

maverickatlarge[at]hotmail[dot]com

- stating the date/s of the event, address of event, contact details, opening/viewing times, admission pricing and any other relevant facts/details or features - parking, travel notes, disability access, availability of refreshments, event subject matter &etc.

And please mention any flyer-art or poster-/leaflet-scans but send by separate eMail, in case they go to the 'junk' folder, from where they can be recovered and marked safe, but only if I know they're there!

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Toys in the Media

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Propaganda postcard from 1918

Sorry Prussians, sorry Austro-Hungarians, but it's pretty obvious who's wining here, but then it IS propaganda! Of interest is the variety of artillery pieces in use and particularly the Pom-pom in the foreground, which although on a tripod, is very similar to Granddad's silver-plate keepsake, also, it's clear those little red boxes looked tatty from 'the off'!

Also note the Zouaves in the background and how pleased the two small boys look as their picklehaubed columns are utterly decimated! And a fair amount of the toy artillery would have been pre-war imports . . . from Germany!