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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, November 20, 2019

T is for Terracotta Troops

I can't remember if we've seen one of these before, or all of them on two occasions, or none of them or four of them in a large show-report shot of everything, but to find out I'd have to check back through the tag results, which I can't do until Monday, and I'm putting this together to post on Monday, so if you've seen them before . . . sorry!

Thought for the Day - If really very sorry and hurry have no 'e', why does Surrey?

Air Force; Beefeater Novelty Figurines; Beefeaters; Civil Guards; Guarda Civil; Horse Guard; Horse Guards; Made in Spain; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Air Force; Spanish Gendarme; Spanish Police Toy; Spanish Toy Figures; Spanish Toy Soldiers; Terracotta Air Force; Terracotta Beefeater; Terracotta Beefeaters; Terracotta Figurines; Terracotta Policeman; Terracotta Soldier; Terracotta Spaniards;
Spaniards . . . from Spain! Little terracotta figures, I was going to say caricatures, but they differ for over-emphasising each subjects features? These are more consistent; 'cartoonish' maybe, they follow a stylisation anyway - bee-sting lips, short fat legs with big feet, offset, pool-ball eyes and relatively stationary posing.

State police (Civil Guard), Air Force and a soldier, I have no doubt there are sailors and other recognisable Spanish figures to be found; bull fighters? And they are probably (no 'e') or I assume; sold as tourist keepsakes? Both the policeman above and the Beefeater below have stiff-card enhancements, or detailing on their headdress.

Air Force; Beefeater Novelty Figurines; Beefeaters; Civil Guards; Guarda Civil; Horse Guard; Horse Guards; Made in Spain; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Air Force; Spanish Gendarme; Spanish Police Toy; Spanish Toy Figures; Spanish Toy Soldiers; Terracotta Air Force; Terracotta Beefeater; Terracotta Beefeaters; Terracotta Figurines; Terracotta Policeman; Terracotta Soldier; Terracotta Spaniards;
But why would the Spanish sell British characters? If they do, must I start looking for Germans in lederhosen, French-bereted chaps with bunches of onions, RCMP Mounties? I would have guessed they were supplied to a British Tourist industry novelty (no 'e' - twice) wholesaler, but they all came together bar the Guarda Civil chap, suggesting they all came from the same place?

Air Force; Beefeater Novelty Figurines; Beefeaters; Civil Guards; Guarda Civil; Horse Guard; Horse Guards; Made in Spain; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Air Force; Spanish Gendarme; Spanish Police Toy; Spanish Toy Figures; Spanish Toy Soldiers; Terracotta Air Force; Terracotta Beefeater; Terracotta Beefeaters; Terracotta Figurines; Terracotta Policeman; Terracotta Soldier; Terracotta Spaniards;
I can only suppose there are so many beered-up, misbehaving 'brits' in some parts of coastal or island Spain; they've found they can sell British icons to the British tourists as easily as their own Spanish ones? Especially (no 'e') those large numbers of regular visitors who are also [rather hypocritically (no 'e')] Bwreakshiteers!

Anyway, it's another Beefeater, and another Horse Guard, whom I prefer to Lifeguards! And thanks to Chris Smith or Peter Evans in one of who's parcels the latter four figures turned-up.

Second thought for the day - The gap . . . why don't Lifeguards or lifeguards have a gap, or; why do Horse Guards?

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