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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, January 2, 2019

LBJ is for Little Black Dress? No . . . Little Baby Book [wi' ma' poems in!]? No . . . Little Baby Jesus!

Ah?! Was that the sound of a penny dropping in Pennsylvania? No matter, it takes them a while! Onwards and upwards here at SSW, and I must clear the rest of the Christmas stuff before twelfth-night, or it'll be some kind of bad luck, for whoever believes in that superstitions nonsense, but . . . then . . . you can never be too careful!

Andreas Brandstätter; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Big; Big Spielwarenfabrik; Brandstätter; Creche; Creshe; Geobra; Hans Beck; Holy Land; Horst Brandstetter; Jean; Jean Hoefler; Joseph The Carpenter; Krip; Krippen; Little Baby Jesus; Magi; Manfred Urban; Manurba; Mary Mother of God; Michael Brandstätter; Nardi Nativity; Nativity; Nativity Set; Noel; Old Plastic Figures; Old Plastic Toys; Presepe; Presepi; Shepherds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star of Bethlehem; The First Noel; Three Kings; Three Wise Men; Vintage Nativity; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Wise Men;
The family shot! Manurba's nativity set is a sharply-sculpted, traditional group of eight figures, the animals being drafted-in or provided from the based, brown or gray sets of farm (sheep, goats cow, donkey) and zoo (camel) sets available previously/separately from Jean Höefler (who also carried these figures with their stable/Krippen) and as other toy lines; so are not illustrated in this post.

The LBJ appears to have been pinned-out for the ants or something and both parents are looking slightly vexed by the situation. They'd be better occupied swaddling the little chap, before he gets a chill (or eaten by ants) and we all need another pan-dimensional mega-being to believe in!

Andreas Brandstätter; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Big; Big Spielwarenfabrik; Brandstätter; Creche; Creshe; Geobra; Hans Beck; Holy Land; Horst Brandstetter; Jean; Jean Hoefler; Joseph The Carpenter; Krip; Krippen; Little Baby Jesus; Magi; Manfred Urban; Manurba; Mary Mother of God; Michael Brandstätter; Nardi Nativity; Nativity; Nativity Set; Noel; Old Plastic Figures; Old Plastic Toys; Presepe; Presepi; Shepherds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star of Bethlehem; The First Noel; Three Kings; Three Wise Men; Vintage Nativity; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Wise Men;
The 'three kings'; I know I go on about it, but they are Magi or "Wise Men" and while three were named in one gospel, they are an unspecified number of science-philosophers, astronomers and diviners-of-signs, not kings! Also, two of them look to be - respectively - Orthodox and Catholic, or at least central/Eastern European 'high-church' types, despite the fact that neither church existed in the year 0!

The third chap looks to be a Barberry/Corsair type, which at least places him in North Africa or the Levant and - therefore - slightly more realistic in a set which always makes the same white-Euro-Christian-centric, historical-mistakes! Strangely - in reference to today's other post - this chap has some similarities with and was clearly lifted from the Nardi 70 and 100mm plug-together versions.

Andreas Brandstätter; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Big; Big Spielwarenfabrik; Brandstätter; Creche; Creshe; Geobra; Hans Beck; Holy Land; Horst Brandstetter; Jean; Jean Hoefler; Joseph The Carpenter; Krip; Krippen; Little Baby Jesus; Magi; Manfred Urban; Manurba; Mary Mother of God; Michael Brandstätter; Nardi Nativity; Nativity; Nativity Set; Noel; Old Plastic Figures; Old Plastic Toys; Presepe; Presepi; Shepherds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star of Bethlehem; The First Noel; Three Kings; Three Wise Men; Vintage Nativity; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Wise Men;
Not having to worry about the animals, Manurba made up the mould's eight-sculpt, cavity-count for what was likely to be a single-shot tool with the ubiquitous shepherd and a serving wench, she being also more in the Italian presepe tradition.

Both are standing over small saplings' cut-trunks, presumably over in the Holy Land they took trees indoors at census time and hung stuff in them? Even before the land was Holy, although it is full of caves, so maybe . . . !

Andreas Brandstätter; Bible toy; Biblical Toy; Big; Big Spielwarenfabrik; Brandstätter; Creche; Creshe; Geobra; Hans Beck; Holy Land; Horst Brandstetter; Jean; Jean Hoefler; Joseph The Carpenter; Krip; Krippen; Little Baby Jesus; Magi; Manfred Urban; Manurba; Mary Mother of God; Michael Brandstätter; Nardi Nativity; Nativity; Nativity Set; Noel; Old Plastic Figures; Old Plastic Toys; Presepe; Presepi; Shepherds; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star of Bethlehem; The First Noel; Three Kings; Three Wise Men; Vintage Nativity; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Wise Men;
Marked W.Germany and with a variety of hollows or mould-tool release-pin cavities clearly visible, that's them, there; Manurba's nativity set.

2 comments:

Jan Ferris said...

Do these figures have some weight to them?

Hugh Walter said...

Yes Jan, or as much as any, they are quite solid lumps with the cloaks an'all!

H