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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, December 3, 2018

132 is for Roman Soldiers

A bit of a a box-ticker, to get something up for Monday AM, anyway; there's plenty on the Internet if you look and the figures aren't than rare, although the hard plastic, earlier versions tend to a bit of damage.

132 Roman Soldiers; Advertising Premiums; Advertisement; Catapults; Comic Book Flats; Comic Characters; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Ancients; Flats - Romans; Imaginary War Scenes; Long Island; Made in Hong Kong; Magazine Advertisement; New York; Pocket Money Toy; Polyethylene Toy Soldiers; Polystyrene Toy Soldiers; Roman Auxiliaries; Roman Chariot; Roman Legionaries; Roman Soldier; Roman Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Westbury;
Nine poses, flatter than semi-flat, but thick-enough to have some substantiality about them, they come in two colours, blue and yellow, why no - obvious - red is anyone's guess! Following the pattern of other premium flats, the mounted figures are a different scale to the foot figures . . . or further away!

132 Roman Soldiers; Advertising Premiums; Advertisement; Catapults; Comic Book Flats; Comic Characters; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Ancients; Flats - Romans; Imaginary War Scenes; Long Island; Made in Hong Kong; Magazine Advertisement; New York; Pocket Money Toy; Polyethylene Toy Soldiers; Polystyrene Toy Soldiers; Roman Auxiliaries; Roman Chariot; Roman Legionaries; Roman Soldier; Roman Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Westbury;
Hard polystyrene plastic on the left of both colour-pairs, softer polyethylene on the right, the soft plastic ones are heavily marked HONG KONG along the edge of the base with an engineer's stamp, as they were all supplied by the same advertisers I think this was probably an economic thing, although there are subtle differences between the two sets of mouldings.

132 Roman Soldiers; Advertising Premiums; Advertisement; Catapults; Comic Book Flats; Comic Characters; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Ancients; Flats - Romans; Imaginary War Scenes; Long Island; Made in Hong Kong; Magazine Advertisement; New York; Pocket Money Toy; Polyethylene Toy Soldiers; Polystyrene Toy Soldiers; Roman Auxiliaries; Roman Chariot; Roman Legionaries; Roman Soldier; Roman Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Westbury;
I only have soft-plastic catapults, whether this is due to the hard plastic ones all breaking over the years, or a sign of an addition I'm not sure, I think the ad's always mentioned them? Even in soft plastic they have lost their 'springiness' and settled to the low position so you can't effectively flick them any-more!

132 Roman Soldiers; Advertising Premiums; Advertisement; Catapults; Comic Book Flats; Comic Characters; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Ancients; Flats - Romans; Imaginary War Scenes; Long Island; Made in Hong Kong; Magazine Advertisement; New York; Pocket Money Toy; Polyethylene Toy Soldiers; Polystyrene Toy Soldiers; Roman Auxiliaries; Roman Chariot; Roman Legionaries; Roman Soldier; Roman Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Westbury;
Mr Hur and his competitors! You can see clearly here how the soft plastic set are much heavier sculpts that the older styrene ones.

132 Roman Soldiers; Advertising Premiums; Advertisement; Catapults; Comic Book Flats; Comic Characters; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Ancients; Flats - Romans; Imaginary War Scenes; Long Island; Made in Hong Kong; Magazine Advertisement; New York; Pocket Money Toy; Polyethylene Toy Soldiers; Polystyrene Toy Soldiers; Roman Auxiliaries; Roman Chariot; Roman Legionaries; Roman Soldier; Roman Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Westbury;
The effect of massed formations is - I suspect - one of the reasons we stay interested in these ephemeral playthings and keep collecting them?

132 Roman Soldiers; Advertising Premiums; Advertisement; Catapults; Comic Book Flats; Comic Characters; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Ancients; Flats - Romans; Imaginary War Scenes; Long Island; Made in Hong Kong; Magazine Advertisement; New York; Pocket Money Toy; Polyethylene Toy Soldiers; Polystyrene Toy Soldiers; Roman Auxiliaries; Roman Chariot; Roman Legionaries; Roman Soldier; Roman Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Westbury;
The flyer, I'm not sure where this one came from, but I do have the originals somewhere, Peter Evans gave me one years ago and I've had a couple out of cheap comic buys at car-boot sales, so I will replace this shot with a high-res scan, or add the better image to the A-Z entry.

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