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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.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

A is for Answer . . . from the Antipodes!

I may have mentioned a parcel from Mr. Sibbald down there in New Zealand? He actually sent four 'things' to the blog, three of which will be Blogged over the next week or two, and while the other things involved multiples of figures; the fourth 'thing' was this single figure, but how useful he turned-out to be:

He's pink . . . he must be Pink!

It's the missing colour from the unknown board-game set I couldn't find in the recent past despite trying various search terms on both Google and feebleBay. But as soon as I saw it (and I may have posited pink as one of the possible colours of the missing figure) I knew where to look.

Not only did the pink give it away, a quick look at the other's revealed the red, blue and brown to look confirmatory familiar, and I eMailed Glenn the same day to say I was sure they came from the Minimodels plant in Havent, as they match some of the figures from the 'Cops and Robbers' Sweeny-branded and Geronimo's Treasure games.

Sir Geldoff of Boomtown auditions for Boyzone!

So it was straight to Boardgamegeek, for searches of Berwick, Condor, Omnia, Tri-Ang, and err . . . the other one . . . Ariel! Nothing! Not a sausage, definitely not a guitarist! So I went to feebleBay and tried Pop Band, Pop Star, Rock Band and Rock Star, Band, Guitar Player and Guitarist (including all the usual Board Game, Vintage, Old, Plastic and Toy Figure prefixes or suffixes). . . some results were too long to be faffed-with, others drew a blank.

I was getting worried; I'd promised Glenn that by the time he read my eMail - which I'd sent in what was the middle of the night down there - I'd know the name of the game and it was beginning to look like I'd drawn a blank . . . again!

"One more note of Tar-rar-rah-boom-di-ay
and you'll be an ex-guitarist mate!"

But discovering in the course of these searches that Waddington's carried versions of some of the games carried by the other companies above - presumably as Waddington's bought them out - and remembering that Waddington's ended-up with the Subbuteo system also linked to Havent through the supply of the Stadden-designed figures, I thought I'd try Waddington's as a search subject.

I tried Waddington's Rock . . . nothing, Waddington's Star (as in rock or pop-star) . . . still nothing, finally Waddington's Pop (obvious; but it took me five or ten minutes to try it!) and BINGO! Two, near-mint, for sale as of last Friday;

Mike Reid's Pop Quiz, 60mm, polystyrene, six board-game pieces, Minimodels for Waddington's, probably, also, a Stadden sculpt?

I don't know, but suspect it might have been sold under other names/titles in other places where Waddington's operated (Oz, NZ, South Africa?) as Mike Reid wouldn't have been known outside the UK, being a British radio DJ!

Anyway; mystery solved . . . thanks to- and thanks; Glenn!

F is for Follow-ups - Recent Posts

Rather than have another 'flurry' I think I'll add one of these to the original post and make a post out of the other two, so it doesn't get to complicated or bitty. Despite my being mostly off-line or out-of-touch, the last three weeks didn't stop a stream of eMails coming-in, among which were various additions to posts, while I myself mooted this first point . . .

Astronauts; China F21; Hong Kong Copies; Made in Hong Kong; Mattel; Mattel International; MI 1987; Ninja Capsule Toy; Ninja Fighters; Ninja Warriors; PVC Figurines; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Samurai; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Warriors; Spaceman; Spacemen;
. . . in that I mentioned I was sure I had a painted version of one of the figures in Chris's 'Christmas' parcel, so I went digging over the New Year and found the above nugget!

However as you can see, he's not quite the same, being a larger donor of the smaller, undecorated copy-figure Chris sent, which is not to denigrate the contribution, only to worry that there are now probably twice as many to be found as might have seemed, a month ago!

Astronauts; China F21; Hong Kong Copies; Made in Hong Kong; Mattel; Mattel International; MI 1987; Ninja Capsule Toy; Ninja Fighters; Ninja Warriors; PVC Figurines; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Samurai; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Warriors; Spaceman; Spacemen;
The one I had spirited away in an 'unknown' box ('Spacemen & Astronauts - Human/Humanoid') is marked CHINA, F21 and © M. I. 1987, I suspect the MI is probably Mattel International? But if the F21 is Figure 21 . . . of however many, and if the pirates (capsule toys?) have copied them all, even if it only goes up to 22, that's 41 I'm still/now looking for! I think the Chris-sent ones are capsule toys, I don't know where the MI ones came from?

Frog Missile; Missile Trailer; Plastic Rocket Launcher; Plastic Rocket Toy; Rocket Launchers; Rocket Trailer; Rocket Troops; Russian AFV's; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Tank; Russian Toy Soldiers; Scud Missile; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Era Toy Soldiers; Soviet Plastic Toy; Tracked Missile; Tracked Rocket Launcher;
Following on from my thought that the rocket/trailer combo' the other day probably had an attached tractor unit, Chris sent these shots of his fleet Squadron (I'm sure rockets should be in squadrons!) with three designs from possibly two makers?

Both towed-rockets and artillery; with the rocket in a larger fatter design and the slim-Jim similar to the one we saw the other day.

I like the dressed-stone walling in the background, I thought it may be GeModels, but it's not 'in the book' although it looks vaguely familier?

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Additionally I have added the 'completion' image Chris sent - for the Progresspost the other day - to that post.

Both Chris and Brian Berke also sent me stuff on CMV last week, less that 48hrs apart, and without each knowing the other had, so I will edit those images and add them to the Khaki Infantry page soon, along with another brand I'd forgotten (also courtesy of Chris), and while that was the second sign of the Gods' synergy smiling on the Blog in its eleventh year, the day after the second lot of CMV came in, the God's smiled again, when some kiwi's flew-in, now - flying kiwis - that was a miracle!

Aaaaaaannnnnnd . . . the three-millionth hit went-over on Saturday, I missed it! I said it would likely be the second week of Jan.!

P is for Prehistoric Animals

And rather anachronistic, cave-dwelling, humanoid types! Each of which is marked HONG KONG on the handle/shaft of his axe, spear or club. Kent Sprecher credits some to Tim-Mee via either Sinclair gas stations in the 'States or Cracker Jack, but all mine were sourced 'over here'.

Cave Man; Cavemen; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Jack; Cro-Magnon Man; Dimetrodon; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dinosaur Set; Early Man; Giveaways; Homonids; Hong Kong MOC; Humanoids; Kiosko; Made in Hong Kong; Plesiosaur; Prehistoric; Prehistoric Animals; Premiums; Primitive Humans; Pterosaurus; Sinclair Gas Stations; Sinclair Gasoline; Sinclair Petroleum; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sobres; Stegosaurus; Tim Mee; Tim Mee Dinosaurs; Tyrannosaurus; Wundertüten;
I picked this little lot (right-hand image) up over many years in one's and two's and a couple of larger lots that came with the plants, I'm pretty sure that at some point they were issued with the plants (copies of Marx Miniature Masterpiece accessories) but it may be a weird co-incidence? And with the paint and HK mark must be assumed to be Tim Mee copies - a safe assumption!

From the artwork I think we are looking at - clockwise from; Labradoodle Rex, Penguinman, Dimetropuma and Kuthunkacow! They certainly didn't come with plants when issued in the little header-carded (left-hand image), rack toy Prehistoric Animals poly-bags, of which I have . . .

Cave Man; Cavemen; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Jack; Cro-Magnon Man; Dimetrodon; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dinosaur Set; Early Man; Giveaways; Homonids; Hong Kong MOC; Humanoids; Kiosko; Made in Hong Kong; Plesiosaur; Prehistoric; Prehistoric Animals; Premiums; Primitive Humans; Pterosaurus; Sinclair Gas Stations; Sinclair Gasoline; Sinclair Petroleum; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sobres; Stegosaurus; Tim Mee; Tim Mee Dinosaurs; Tyrannosaurus; Wundertüten;
. . . two examples, the contents of each are separately shown in the two images above. You get the three poses of caveman (around 32mm) and six dinosaurs/pterosaurs drawn from a known list of seven sculpts (Kent shows nine from Tim Mee), but with each set adding a new sculpt to my loose sample - there may be more?

Cave Man; Cavemen; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Jack; Cro-Magnon Man; Dimetrodon; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dinosaur Set; Early Man; Giveaways; Homonids; Hong Kong MOC; Humanoids; Kiosko; Made in Hong Kong; Plesiosaur; Prehistoric; Prehistoric Animals; Premiums; Primitive Humans; Pterosaurus; Sinclair Gas Stations; Sinclair Gasoline; Sinclair Petroleum; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sobres; Stegosaurus; Tim Mee; Tim Mee Dinosaurs; Tyrannosaurus; Wundertüten;
They reappear as slightly smaller (30mm), gum-ball machine's capsule prizes (upper row) or Christmas cracker novelties, unmarked, unpainted and with sub-scale animals including something more mammalian (a unicorn-gazelle-goat!) for the cavemen to hunt!

While the lower row are smaller-copies still (28mm) and were all bought in Germany over a couple of years, so were probably wundertüten, or something similar from elsewhere in Europe; sobres/kiosko (Spain), bazaar (France)?

Cave Man; Cavemen; Christmas Crackers; Cracker Jack; Cro-Magnon Man; Dimetrodon; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dinosaur Set; Early Man; Giveaways; Homonids; Hong Kong MOC; Humanoids; Kiosko; Made in Hong Kong; Plesiosaur; Prehistoric; Prehistoric Animals; Premiums; Primitive Humans; Pterosaurus; Sinclair Gas Stations; Sinclair Gasoline; Sinclair Petroleum; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sobres; Stegosaurus; Tim Mee; Tim Mee Dinosaurs; Tyrannosaurus; Wundertüten;
These were bough at the same times as the five smaller ones and from the same sellers, but may not/probably don’t go with them, the figures are a soft polyethylene (as the other two types were), while these animals are a harder polypropylene or ABS type material.

Finished to a better standard and with finer engraving, they are larger as well; the plesiosaur is around 60mm, but I suspect they are some kind of premium, or perhaps an early blind-bag collectable? The dimetrodon though is a distorted moulding, probably from too-early removal from the tool, causing shrinkage-fattening and a blister.

Monday, January 14, 2019

B is for Bellona Bell Tents

This is a long-planned follow-up to someone else's post, and really only to confirm my comments there, at the time (2015) and to look more closely at a comparison between the two versions of Bellona product and try to work out how they are related from a technical point of view.

1:72nd; 1:72nd Scale; 1:76th; 1:76th - 1:72nd; 20mm Toys; 25mm Toys; Battlefield Accessories; Bellona; HO - OO; HO - OO Models; Latex Rubber; Marquee; Micromould; Pup-tent; Rubber Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Teapea; Tee-pee; Teepee; Tent; Tentage; Ti-pi; Tipi; Vac Forms; Vacuum-Formed;
The inner pair is undecorated, latex rubber; the outer pair is from the later vac-formed polystyrene-sheet which also contained a set of pup-tents (so crude I threw them away I think, or were they on another sheet?) and a more medieval-looking marquee or staff tent. I opened the 'doorways' with a sharp knife!

1:72nd; 1:72nd Scale; 1:76th; 1:76th - 1:72nd; 20mm Toys; 25mm Toys; Battlefield Accessories; Bellona; HO - OO; HO - OO Models; Latex Rubber; Marquee; Micromould; Pup-tent; Rubber Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Teapea; Tee-pee; Teepee; Tent; Tentage; Ti-pi; Tipi; Vac Forms; Vacuum-Formed;
Holding the slight squeeze out of them, by counter-squeezing; when I obtained these about eleven-years ago (one of Andy Harfield's shows down in Kent I think) they were pretty-much pristine, and remained-so when they went into storage in 2011

However they have suffered slightly from the conditions in the shipping container, getting slight blemishes of shiny perished latex where they were touching each-other and the holding bag (that squeezed them out of shape slightly), yet otherwise they are still flexible and will need to be painted in the near future to protect them further, finding a paint for latex, or that is latex safe might need to be a consideration?

1:72nd; 1:72nd Scale; 1:76th; 1:76th - 1:72nd; 20mm Toys; 25mm Toys; Battlefield Accessories; Bellona; HO - OO; HO - OO Models; Latex Rubber; Marquee; Micromould; Pup-tent; Rubber Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Teapea; Tee-pee; Teepee; Tent; Tentage; Ti-pi; Tipi; Vac Forms; Vacuum-Formed;
The more interesting thing about these latex items is that while they conform to the later vac-forms in both shape and catalogue codes, they are otherwise very different items, however, the one clearly lead to the other.

Above - not the best image (I've stopped-it right down), but the best I could do (try tipping your screen back slightly, or dipping your head, to see the vac-form's marks clearer), you can see how the three lines and the arrowed dink/blemish are carried on to the underside of the vac-form, from the surface of the latex moulding

The vac form has - like all these large sheet vac-forms - the better detail on the underside, as it is pulled onto the mould by suction, but that detail matches the finer detail on the surface of the smaller latex mould, as if it had been removed from the vac-form.

But it's not as clear as someone taking latex moulds from Bellona vac-forms and passing them off as Bellona (the cynical- or suspicions-thinking behind my original comment on Clive's post), because there is extra detail on the rubber versions; with these tents it's the air-flap 'barb' at the apex of the bell, and the overhang between bell and skirt-sides.

Likewise on the cottages over at Clive's blog, you can see the dormer windows on the rubber versions have an overhang to the roof which were smoothed back on the vac-forms. These features had to be removed from the tool/moulding to allow for the release of the vac-form, after cooling; a similar problem for the tooling engineers to that of 'undercuts' on dynamically posed figures.

How the one became the other is only to be guessed at, but must have involved taking a more substantial moulding from the tent's tool, to get a solid lump resembling the hollow latex product, removing all the overhangs, joining them together with the other tents on a level 'sheet', taking another, negative mould of that, and producing the metal final-tool as a third [positive] from the second [negative]?  .. . . . . ...  . . I think!

As an aside; there is a 12-panel 1930-50's British army bell-tent in the attic, my brother and I would spend a few weeks in it each summer, as kids. I keep meaning to get it out and set it up to see if the moths have been kind to it . . . or not.

It's interesting in being fully reversible, white on one side for winter-warfare and a non-standard camouflage on the other. By non-standard I mean it's not a WWII Micky-mouse black/grey cloud on green, nor sweeping swathes of contrasting colours, not a Denison smock type, nor a 1970's DPM, and will I suspect (I'm sure there are various labels on it and its canvas carry-all) date from either the inter-war period or the Korea era?

But it is a dead ringer for Bellona's little beauty, even to the air-flaps creating a spear's-head at the top if it's breezy!

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1:72nd; 1:72nd Scale; 1:76th; 1:76th - 1:72nd; 20mm Toys; 25mm Toys; Battlefield Accessories; Bellona; HO - OO; HO - OO Models; Latex Rubber; Marquee; Micromould; Pup-tent; Rubber Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Teapea; Tee-pee; Teepee; Tent; Tentage; Ti-pi; Tipi; Vac Forms; Vacuum-Formed;
Here's one I made earlier!

As a Brucey-bonus, I knocked this up from a piece of cartridge-paper years ago, then added some slivers of weathered plywood for poles and coloured-it-in with art-markers. I think the 'eyes' were Tippex and another - green - marker!

If I did it again I'd run the poles all the way down and make them from something stronger as they have mostly broken-off and the smoke-hole now looks like Hannibal Lectors' mask! I'd probably also wet the paper after shaping to produce some sag between the poles; colouring-in after it had dried?

I took the pattern from something commercial like Fiddler's Green or Usbourn, or even a cut-out freebee in White Dwarf? It's basically a cone with the tip cut-off and it's a bit too geometric!

Sunday, January 13, 2019

W is for What Can You Find!

Just for fun (and to help TJF, or - more likely - his cronies, line-up some spoilers!) this is the contents of the 'All other stuff' folder, one of about 250 in the queue, but the one with the most stuff in as it's where everything ends up if it's not in the medium or short queues, this is the 'long queue' if you like; in its entirety!

What can you spot! There should be approximately 726 images in there somewhere, but some are un-cropped or duplicates, a few have been seen, others are what's left from old posts which never got put away or deleted, but there's some bloody good stuff too and it should enlarge in a new window to a  reasonable size?

Hummm....it enlarges to a . . . errr . . . 'tantalising' size!

Latex tents should be tomorrow afternoon!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

D is for Due to Unforeseen Circumstances . . .

You were supposed to be reading about latex tents here, now, and Dinosaurs & Cavemen tomorrow, but Mr Glenn Sibbald of the near-neighbouring parish of New Zealand sent me a parcel [gratis] of such staggering significance on Thursday, everything rather got put on hold for a few days!

New Zealand's finest - coming soon!

I appreciate - equally - everything anyone does for the blog, whether it's photo's, donations, cheap stuff or other help, it's always humbling people contribute something; time, money, effort or 'stuff' but Glen has gone the extra five-miles on this one, and it's been ten-years in the gestation.

All will be revealed in/over the next week or so, but in being stunned by its arrival (10 'things', 3 carded, 1 boxed; 65 figures), my Thursday night's editing went out of the metaphorical window and today I have to Google board-games, see if a 1970's magazine is still publishing and go in the attic to find a pop-group!

Luckily I'd got the Show dates up a day early, but there'll be nothing here now until Monday afternoon, unless I manage to squeeze-out a quick filler-post tomorrow morning (Friday), and throw it up for Sunday? But if I do I'll add a line here when I post everything tomorrow.

- I have managed a fun collage for Sunday . . .

Friday, January 11, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Firing into the New Year with a plethora of dates and events, not! It's a steady week though, with something for everyone . . . look out for the last date, which is the annual society member's auction of the BMSS (British Model Soldier Society), one of the best auctions of toy soldiers in the calendar, although tending to be heavy in painted white-metal kit figures, there are always lots of rare figures, hollow-cast 'cast-offs', flats, unpainted castings and other treasures. You can join at the door so even if you aren't a member, you can be bidding later the same evening!

It's the 11th already, it's 2019 . . . now! Get up out of your rocking-chair Grandpa, and go; buy toys!

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Toy Fairs

Saturday 12th January 2019

Hawkinge - SRP Toy Fairs
Hawkinge Community Centre, Heron Forstal Avenue, Hawkinge, Kent, CT18 7FT
Mob. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Ludlow - Tony Oaks Toy Fairs - Ludlow Toy & Train Collector's Fair
Ludlow Racecourse, Bromfield, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 2BT
Web presence unknown
Tel. - 01270 652 773
Mob. - 07825 631 323
10:30 - 14:00hrs
Admission £2
Free parking

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Sunday 13th Jaunuary 2019

Great Bentley - R & G Toy Fairs
Village Hall, Plough Road, Great Bentley, Essex, CO7 8LD
Web presence unknown
Tel. - 01206 251 351 (Gary)
Tel. - 01255 473 509 (Richard)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission £2.00, under 16's free
Free parking, refreshments

Stafford - Barry Potter / BP Fairs - 'Stafford Showground'
The Preston & Argyle Suites, Stafford County Showground, Weston Road, Stafford, ST18 0BD
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10.30 - 15.00hrs
Admission £4.00 (early-bird £8), OAP's £3.50, Children £1,
Free parking

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Tuesday 15th January 2019

Wootton Basset - Steven Clements Fairs - Wootton Basset Evening Fair
Memorial Hall, Station Road, Wootton Basset, Wiltshire, SN4 7EN
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 20:30hrs
Admission charge unknown
Free parking, café

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Thursday 17th January 2019

Thatcham - Steven Clements (evening fair)
Thatcham Catholic Hall, Bath Road, Thatcham, Berkshire, RG18 3AG
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
18:30 - 20:30hrs
Admission charge unknown
Refreshments, free parking

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Auctions

Wednesday 16th January 2019

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)
Web. - www.candtauctions.co.uk
eMail - enquiries@candtauctions.co.uk
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

Announcements; Auction News; Fleck Way; January 16th 2019; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Specialist Sale; Stockton-on-Tees; Toy Auction; Vectis Auctions;
Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (1st day of a three day auction)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Web. - www.vectis.co.uk
eMail - admin@vectis.co.uk
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Specialist die-cast sale - "The Specialist Sale to be held on the 16th of January features seven private owner collections plus other vendors. The Northern Collection features Solido racing cars; Dinky cars, trucks, service vehicles, and aircraft, plus Corgi vehicles and TV and Film memorabilia. The Bus Collection features 20 lots of boxed and unboxed buses from Minialuxe, Gamda (Israel), Tekno and Dinky, plus others and The Hampshire Collection includes Dinky cars, motorcycles, South African, and French Dinky. The Borders Collection, The Hereford Collection - Part 1, and Part 2 of The Puerto Rico Collection all include boxed and unboxed Corgi and Dinky cars, commercials, haulage, military and aircraft plus many others, and the French Dinky from The London Collection features a number of buses and military vehicles"

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Thursday 17th January 2019

Announcements; Auction News; Fleck Way; General Sale; January 17th 2019; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stockton-on-Tees; Toy Auction; Vectis Auctions;
Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (2nd day of a three day auction)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Web. - www.vectis.co.uk
eMail - admin@vectis.co.uk
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Specialist die-cast sale -  "The Specialist Sale to be held on the 17th of January features a number of boxed and unboxed groups and single models from Corgi, Dinky, French Dinky, Siku and others, including cars buses trucks and lorries, military and Gift Sets. There is a large collection of Matchbox Superfast, Regular Wheels, King Size, Super Kings, Speed Kings, Accessory packs, twin packs and gift sets plus The Colin Davison Matchbox Collection. The "Big" North East Collection - Part 2, contains 1/18th, 1/16th, 1/12th, 1/8th Scale models plus other various Scale Models & kits, radio-controlled cars and Figures. The Surrey Aircraft Collection features 29 lots of Franklin Mint, Carousel and other boxed Aircraft. Further lots include TV and Film related vehicles, Buses, trucks and Matchbox models of Yesteryear"

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Friday 18th January 2019

London - BMSS - Members Auction
Church hall, St. Saviour's, Lupus Street, Pimlico, London, SW1V 3QW
Telephone unknown
17:30hrs - last call
Viewing from 17:00hrs
Admission to members only; re-up on the door

Announcements; Auction News; Fleck Way; January 18th 2019; Model Railway Sale; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Railroad Accessories; Railroad Stuff; Railway Models; Railway Passengers; Railway Scenics; Railway Staff; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stockton-on-Tees; Toy Auction; Vectis Auctions;
Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (last day of a three day auction)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Trains/model railways - "The Model Train sale to be held on the 18th of January features OO Gauge British Outline, HO USA & Continental Outline, N Gauge and Triang. Plus, OO Gauge Brass and Kit/Kitbuilt OO Gauge, and Gauge 1 & Larger. Part 9 of The Chris Broos Lifetime Collection features further interesting locomotives, coaches, and accessories. The sale also includes a fantastic collection of Garden Railway Centres Limited ex Shop Stock LGB & G Gauge Locomotives, Rolling Stock & Accessories, plus Hornby, Modern and Further O Gauge, Modern American Outline O Gauge and Scratch/Kitbuilt O Gauge Finescale. The sale concludes with Meccano & Other Constructional Toys, Live Steam, Railwayana, Books, Magazines & Catalogues, Pictures & Prints and our usual good selection of General Trains"

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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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A box for a box!

Joining an Internet trope here! You see these memes all over the place at the movement, mostly pertaining to Amazon deliveries, but this was waiting for me in my local Ryman's the other week! It's packed like medical equipment for a disaster zone, and contains approximately 75% space!

It's been used for the combined paratroopers to be sorted into as the first phase of preparation for a/soon-to-be 'the' parachute-toy page.

Thought for the day - this sort of thing has to stop. The scientists gave us ten years to make major changes in every aspect of human existence; that is - if we want to exist further-forward than the next 35 years. They did so about 6/8 weeks ago, so we have already spent wasted 1% of the time available to us - to start saving ourselves . . . from ourselves - doing nothing!

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S is for Squat Squidgy Squadies and Safe Samurai 'Sassins

You may remember a while ago, Brian Berke sent some shelfies to the Blog of these delightful little weirdoes, well; he only went and sent the Blog some in his autumn parcel - didn't he!

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Imported into the 'States by those new-old favourites Greenbriar/DTSC, but apparently on behalf of Imperial to whom the figures are also branded, and they are a soft, hollow silicon rubber, a bit like squeaky-toys but sans squeak, or; sans squeaker!

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Ninjas; too cool for martial-arts school and the colours are lovely; the camera's flash has reddened one, who - to the eye - is a pinky-heliotrope sort of colour, while the purple one has reproduced quite accurately. Style is slightly 'deform', or cartoonish with big heads, hands and feet.

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The cool colours extend to the generic (but vaguely 'Fritz' helmeted) combat infantry, with butterscotch, mint and blueberry, fairy-cake, icing hues! I have no idea how many colours there are in ether line, nor - indeed - whether the rich colours of the Ninjas carry over to the soldiers or the pastels vise-versa?

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Equally I don't know how many poses there are in either line, although they are numbered sequentially; so this may be 'it'. While the packaging carries the details of Greenbrier and DTSC (for Canada) it carries the logo of Imperial, however the figures are all marked Greenbrier International.

You can also see here just how squidgy they are and - courtesy of the 'Berserker' that they are around the 100mm mark. Many thanks to Brian for sending them.