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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, February 20, 2020

News, Views Etc . . . New Airfix Blog Page


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I've added the Modern British Infantry to the Airfix Blog, the aim is to get all the 54mm pages at least started during the course of the year, with the readymade forts and vehicles next year - with any luck! I may even start to do a few pages; data tables, lists and the like.

M is for Mushy-mush Mushington!

Before the winter's entirely over and after seeing the story the other day about one of the big Northern 'mush' races struggling to find a course of the correct length than was snow, not mush, I thought these were timely after a fashion . . . or indeed a manner!

Arctic Explorers; Esquimaux Dog Team; Esquimaux Novelty; Esquimaux Sled; Esquimaux Sledge; Esquimaux Sleigh; Esquimaux Toy; Inuit Dog Team; Inuit Sled; Inuit Sledge; Inuit Sleigh; Inuit Toy; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo Esquimaux; Timpo Inuit; Timpo Sled; Timpo Sledge; Timpo Sleigh; Timpo Toys;
Not a patch on the sublime Britains Herald sledge team (which I don't have!), but aimed at a different price-bracket and consequently cruder, yet more robust, is the Timpo arctic sledge with Esquimaux/Inuit musher.

13 pieces (unlucky for some . . . especially if items are missing!) go together to make up the model, which was sold assembled. One of my dogs is the wrong pose, but one of his feet lines up with a hole in the base so I could bluff the assembled shot below.

Arctic Explorers; Esquimaux Dog Team; Esquimaux Novelty; Esquimaux Sled; Esquimaux Sledge; Esquimaux Sleigh; Esquimaux Toy; Inuit Dog Team; Inuit Sled; Inuit Sledge; Inuit Sleigh; Inuit Toy; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo Esquimaux; Timpo Inuit; Timpo Sled; Timpo Sledge; Timpo Sleigh; Timpo Toys;
It's a stunning piece, even it if lacks the subtlety of the Britains one, although you have to ignore the totally inaccurate arrangement of the dog-team, who are always in-line, lead by the pack leader and spaced so that they can't reach each-other with a bite!

The traces simply loop loosely over the dogs heads and given that both horse leathers and these dog-leads are known for their increasing brittleness these days, I was treating them with such care - so's not to break them - they kept popping off; as I got a couple over the heads one would come loose again, it was like a fiddly game of whack-a-mole!

Arctic Explorers; Esquimaux Dog Team; Esquimaux Novelty; Esquimaux Sled; Esquimaux Sledge; Esquimaux Sleigh; Esquimaux Toy; Inuit Dog Team; Inuit Sled; Inuit Sledge; Inuit Sleigh; Inuit Toy; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo Esquimaux; Timpo Inuit; Timpo Sled; Timpo Sledge; Timpo Sleigh; Timpo Toys;
The Britains set was different from the others by depicting Western explorers rather than native peoples, the green one is a Marx reissue and I think the brown one holding a fish aloft was by Ideal, also an American make, also a reissue?

The musher can take the same snow-shoes as the rest of the line, and; once equipped with a knife, makes a good bar-brawler or bear-fighter!

T is for Toy Fair 2020 Reports - Tobar

Tobar didn't have much on display this year, or at least not much new or exciting for the readers of this Blog (so this is another post with no inherent or actual urgency!), but if they were busy in December extricating from or protecting themselves from the fallout of the Hawkin's Bazaar collapse, they probably had other things on their minds?

2020 Toy Fair; Dino Tube; Dinosaurs; Fumfings; Fumfings Dinosaurs; Gold Fish Toys; Goldfish Novelty; Grossman Toy Group; H Grossman; HGL Dinosaurs; HGL Toys; Kensington Olympia Toy Fair; Key Craft Fumfings; Keycraft; London Toy Fair 2020; Novelty Gold Fish; Novelty Goldfish; Prehistoric Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squirting Fish; Squirting Goldfish; Squirting Toys; Tobar Novelties; Tobar Toys; Toy fair 2020;
They did have a set of dinosaurs, which are of interest only because we will be seeing them again twice - if I get all the Toy Fair 2020 reports out . . . in a vague and untimely manner!

2020 Toy Fair; Dino Tube; Dinosaurs; Fumfings; Fumfings Dinosaurs; Gold Fish Toys; Goldfish Novelty; Grossman Toy Group; H Grossman; HGL Dinosaurs; HGL Toys; Kensington Olympia Toy Fair; Key Craft Fumfings; Keycraft; London Toy Fair 2020; Novelty Gold Fish; Novelty Goldfish; Prehistoric Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squirting Fish; Squirting Goldfish; Squirting Toys; Tobar Novelties; Tobar Toys; Toy fair 2020;
In case I don't [get them out in a timeless fashion], I'll point-out now that the same weirdly decorated (mouldy birthday-cake? Cambazolasaurus?) stegosaurus (far left - bottom) was to be seen on both HGL (Grossmann)'s stand (top left) and in the inventory of Keycraft's 'Fumfings' (top right) pocket-money/rack toy lines.

2020 Toy Fair; Dino Tube; Dinosaurs; Fumfings; Fumfings Dinosaurs; Gold Fish Toys; Goldfish Novelty; Grossman Toy Group; H Grossman; HGL Dinosaurs; HGL Toys; Kensington Olympia Toy Fair; Key Craft Fumfings; Keycraft; London Toy Fair 2020; Novelty Gold Fish; Novelty Goldfish; Prehistoric Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squirting Fish; Squirting Goldfish; Squirting Toys; Tobar Novelties; Tobar Toys; Toy fair 2020;
I think we saw these last year (I shot them while I was talking to the sale manager about Erwin's bullshit re- both Schylling and Supreme!), but I thought we'd look at them again in such an untimed procedure as they are really rather good sculpts of fancy goldfish, for what are really 'only' simple bath/garden toys - except for the cartoon eyes perhaps! Note the differential between the unit price and the Recommended Retail Price (RRP)!

So, if you're timing the exercise; that's Tobar 2020! Did you see him this week; TJF? I don't live anywhere near Woking, and have mentioned Fleet so often we can only conclude he's a very stupid man. he then grandly announced a post of rare or unusual figures and showed us a bunch of mostly seen-before stuff, half of which was Dulcop, common as muck . . . common as Airfix . . . box-ticking!

The next day came two good'ish posts and I began to think they'd turned it round (the good ship shitestuff), but it all seems to have petered-out in the second half of the week, and that was with all of them running around like busy  bees! Sweet little Merkle Lickspittle was dispatched to buy the jeep I showed you a couple of weeks ago, and while it's lovely to know they use this Blog as their purchasing guide (that the whole point of the New Production News tag!), they then Blogged it without a brand, so what - exactly - was the point? To show that they can sit in my dust any-time; badly? We already knew that! Very stupid men, and one of them's a university type!

B is for Best Toy Ever? Working Machinegun

It's time for another Best Toy Ever post, and like the last one, thanks are due to Adrian Little (Mercator Trading) who took this along to a show where I was able to get a few shots off. Not 100% sure to the maker, but some of the ammunition resupplies are marked Märklin which is probably a good clue to the original maker too.

Belt-Fed Novelty MG; Best Toy Ever; Cap Firing Gun; Cap Firing Toy; Cap Gun; Diecast Toy Gun; Firing Gun; Firing Toy; Gummi Bolzen; Märklin; Märklin Machine Gun Set; Machinegun Novelty; Maerklin; Marklin; MG Toy; Novelty Machine Gun; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Working Machine Gun; Working Models;
The contents were less than pristine having obviously been played with, well; you'd want to play with a best toy ever wouldn't you! Basically, it's a firing machine-gun, and I don't mean it makes a noise like a machinegun, I mean you feed it a belt of pre-loaded ammunition and it bangs . . .  as it fires rubber-bullets; it's too damn cool for the SF-Cadre!

Belt-Fed Novelty MG; Best Toy Ever; Cap Firing Gun; Cap Firing Toy; Cap Gun; Diecast Toy Gun; Firing Gun; Firing Toy; Gummi Bolzen; Märklin; Märklin Machine Gun Set; Machinegun Novelty; Maerklin; Marklin; MG Toy; Novelty Machine Gun; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Working Machine Gun; Working Models;
A scaled-down feed mechanism and cap-firing hammer are operated by the turning of the handle, which is not far removed from the handle found on a Gatling Gun. Painting is similar to pre- or inter-war toys, but the two instruction sheets are cruder than you might expect from a 1930's toy, also at least one (the pink sheet above) seems to be that purpleish thing which I think we used to call  a 'roneo' (spell?) copy.

So I suspect it is just post-war? But using a pre-war tool, and painting style, just to get a product up and running in a blasted economy, and apart for the unconvincing clues to a post war sale, there's nothing in it.

Belt-Fed Novelty MG; Best Toy Ever; Cap Firing Gun; Cap Firing Toy; Cap Gun; Diecast Toy Gun; Firing Gun; Firing Toy; Gummi Bolzen; Märklin; Märklin Machine Gun Set; Machinegun Novelty; Maerklin; Marklin; MG Toy; Novelty Machine Gun; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Working Machine Gun; Working Models;
This was the best bit! An exquisite chain of small brass turnings each of which can take a cap-gun charge at one end (top), and a rubber bullet at the other end (bottom), all tied together in a series of sort-of Morbius-loops or - more accurately - figure-of-eights, which allow for flexibility and a 'belt' feel, but which arrangement keeps the strings tight to the 'rounds' so they don't foul the mechanism, it's very clever!

Belt-Fed Novelty MG; Best Toy Ever; Cap Firing Gun; Cap Firing Toy; Cap Gun; Diecast Toy Gun; Firing Gun; Firing Toy; Gummi Bolzen; Märklin; Märklin Machine Gun Set; Machinegun Novelty; Maerklin; Marklin; MG Toy; Novelty Machine Gun; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Working Machine Gun; Working Models;
The original bullets were small vulcanised rubber (tyre rubber) shells, but seem to have been replaced - due to loss - with small wooden splints which could be jammed in the blast hole between the cap-charge and the barrel, which must have worked because there were enough for the whole belt (with signs of jamming-in) which you wouldn't bother with if it all didn't work.

I couldn't try it as we had no caps on site, and you wouldn't want to break something like this if you hadn't paid for it, not to mention the cotton 'belt' arrangement looked like it might need replacing with some newer threads! But I can imagine what it must have been like spurting rubber death at ranks of composition or hollow-cast toy soldiers - best toy ever . . .

. . . 'till next time!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

S is for Submarine - on a Card

I purchased this at the same time as the Tank in a Tin although it was a more reasonable pocket-money price of three-quid-odd I think? Also; it's the 3rd or 4th 4M thing to appear in the Blog now and I think I muttered 'up and coming' last time!

4 893156 032126; 4M; Baking Powder Toy; Baking Soda Toy; Bath Toy; Carded Toy; Diving Submarine; Great Gizmos; Interactive Toys; Playwell; JE609930; Kidzlab; Novelties; Novelty Submarine; Novelty Toy; Rack Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Submarine; Toysmith; Water Toy; Waterstone's;
I love the card-art, an ocean filled with submarines like a school of dolphins, but then I guess a German wolf-pack would have looked something like that - if visibility in the North Sea was anything like an artist's imagination!

4 893156 032126; 4M; Baking Powder Toy; Baking Soda Toy; Bath Toy; Carded Toy; Diving Submarine; Great Gizmos; Interactive Toys; Playwell; JE609930; Kidzlab; Novelties; Novelty Submarine; Novelty Toy; Rack Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Submarine; Toysmith; Water Toy; Waterstone's;
Because it's not that long since the last 'Subs' round-up I've no other images to fill the post with, so it's just a case of here it is; another bath toy, submarine. The slot for the coning-tower is slightly tapered so you can't put it back in the wrong way - helps the watch-officer navigate if he knows which way his 'fish' is pointing!

Shades of the old Kellogg's sub in the deck-slots and shades of another, more silvery modern one, in polystyrene (this one is propylene I think, with a nylon plug) which we've seen here before at Small Scale World, another novelty baking-soda submarine, or baking powder, it's all the same stuff!

Shipper's are Great Gizmos in the UK, Toysmith in the US and Playwell in Canada.

H is for Hugh's Handy Helpful Home Hobby Hints

I think I started this particular trope ages ago and it might have run to a 'part one' post, so this is probably only the second of Hugh's Handy Helpful Home Hobby Hints on Small Scale World!

You can go to a decent model shop (if you still have one near you) or you can go to a modelling supplies website and buy a pack of veneer sheets for whatever it costs, probably not a lot, but something, use them to create some scenic masterpiece and spend ages staining, dry-brushing and weathering it, or . . .

Handy Home Hobby Hints; Hugh Walter's Modelling; Laminate Material; Modelling Ammunition Boxes; Modelling Guide; Modelling Hints; Modelling Materials; Modelling Tips; Play Wood Plywood; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Veneer; Weathered Materialls; Wooden Modelling Material;
. . . you can check a wood-pile for old, weathered, de-laminated plywood sheeting, which can make excellent clap-board buildings, feather-edges fence-panels, split-rail fencing or various defence-works, or indeed anything wooden you may need in a diorama or as part of war-games scenery - mine workings, packing cases etc.

And (if it's not too rotted) it can be cut with scissors as well as a craft-knife, although the older stuff can be a bit crumbly! Non-crumbly stuff can be washed to get the worst of the lichen or algae off and once patted-dry can be re-flattened/straightened in a flower-press.

And it makes excellent fire-lighting material!

Dr. is for Steve Hunter


Continuing the themes da jour - Dino-shelfies; we've seen these before, and it's more from TK Maxx from the other day, still from Geoworld, and still dinosaurs, may even have shelfied the same animals last time (quickly checks the dongle - no, it was some unpronounceable raptor-like thing!), but a reminder never hurt!

Boxed Dinosaurs; Dilong Paradoxus; Dinosaur Collection; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Toys; Dr. Steve Hunter; G - Geoworld; Geoworld; Geoworld Dinosaurs; Lambeosaurus; Model Dinosaurs; Polacanthus; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TK Maxx; TK Maxx Dinosaur Models; TKMaxx; Toy Dinosaurs; Zuniceratops;
Putting my critics hat on I'd say the decoration is lazy on these otherwise quite nice sculpts, the bright colours on both being almost last-minute stab (or spray)-and-hope additions, particularly on the Dilong - stupid name = stupid colours!

Boxed Dinosaurs; Dilong Paradoxus; Dinosaur Collection; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Toys; Dr. Steve Hunter; G - Geoworld; Geoworld; Geoworld Dinosaurs; Lambeosaurus; Model Dinosaurs; Polacanthus; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TK Maxx; TK Maxx Dinosaur Models; TKMaxx; Toy Dinosaurs; Zuniceratops;
These two are much better and the kerthunkersaur 'Polacanthus' is a rather fine variant of the family . . . in fact they are both all less common species than you normally get which is in their favour and helps forgive the red-blobs on the first pair!

That's it, Geoworld, Dr. Steve Hunter dino-shelfies, TK Maxx now!

M is for Massive Mammals and Megasaurs

Brian actually sent me the Rhinoceros (further down) as a follow-up to the lazy-post the other day, while he then sent me the bagged dino' the same day I took the shelfies, so we can throw them all together in one post, as I realise it's more of a box-ticker, likely to be of little interest to most of you, but it has its own validity and despite their size, they are still small-scale as far as the world is concerned!

Large Scale Animals; Large Scale Dinosaurs; NBC Apparel; NBC Apparel Dinosaurs; Rubber Dinosaur Toys; Rubber Dinosaurs; Rubber Elephant Toy; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Rhinoceros; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squeasy Dinosaurs; Squeasy Mammals; Squeasy Toys; Squeezy Dinosaurs; Squeezy Mammals; Squeezy Toys; TJ Maxx; TJMaxx; TK Maxx; TKMaxx;
These are currently in TK Maxx, they (or similar) have previously been seen in both The Works and Wilkinson's/Wilko, and there is a - limited - selection of Dinosaurs, Big Game and Monsters, or at least; a monster!

Large Scale Animals; Large Scale Dinosaurs; NBC Apparel; NBC Apparel Dinosaurs; Rubber Dinosaur Toys; Rubber Dinosaurs; Rubber Elephant Toy; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Rhinoceros; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squeasy Dinosaurs; Squeasy Mammals; Squeasy Toys; Squeezy Dinosaurs; Squeezy Mammals; Squeezy Toys; TJ Maxx; TJMaxx; TK Maxx; TKMaxx;
Close-ups of a kind of spinosaur and a rather leery-coloured triceratops, like everything else in this post they are hollow, softish, PVC-like plastic, and - basically - are squeaky-toys without the squeak!

Large Scale Animals; Large Scale Dinosaurs; NBC Apparel; NBC Apparel Dinosaurs; Rubber Dinosaur Toys; Rubber Dinosaurs; Rubber Elephant Toy; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Rhinoceros; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squeasy Dinosaurs; Squeasy Mammals; Squeasy Toys; Squeezy Dinosaurs; Squeezy Mammals; Squeezy Toys; TJ Maxx; TJMaxx; TK Maxx; TKMaxx;
The other dinosaur is a bit boring, but the turquoise, two-headed, 'Cerberus' dragon is a lot of fun, and would make an excellent foe for a whole bag of M-Toys barbarians; indeed you could stuff about six in his mouths - three in each! Nom-nom-nomnivore!

Large Scale Animals; Large Scale Dinosaurs; NBC Apparel; NBC Apparel Dinosaurs; Rubber Dinosaur Toys; Rubber Dinosaurs; Rubber Elephant Toy; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Rhinoceros; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squeasy Dinosaurs; Squeasy Mammals; Squeasy Toys; Squeezy Dinosaurs; Squeezy Mammals; Squeezy Toys; TJ Maxx; TJMaxx; TK Maxx; TKMaxx;
Brian sent this at the same time, and it appears to be from the same source as the others - back in China. I can't make out the maker or (more likely) importer on the card back, but it looks a bit like some of the Greenbrier/DTSC labels?

Large Scale Animals; Large Scale Dinosaurs; NBC Apparel; NBC Apparel Dinosaurs; Rubber Dinosaur Toys; Rubber Dinosaurs; Rubber Elephant Toy; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Rhinoceros; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squeasy Dinosaurs; Squeasy Mammals; Squeasy Toys; Squeezy Dinosaurs; Squeezy Mammals; Squeezy Toys; TJ Maxx; TJMaxx; TK Maxx; TKMaxx;
Big game; lions, an elephant and a rhino were on show, but I think I've previously seen a larger giraffe of similar design. The TK Maxx stuff is credited to NBC Apparel, but I think you'll agree that's looking more and more like their in-house 'phantom' brand.

Large Scale Animals; Large Scale Dinosaurs; NBC Apparel; NBC Apparel Dinosaurs; Rubber Dinosaur Toys; Rubber Dinosaurs; Rubber Elephant Toy; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Rhinoceros; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squeasy Dinosaurs; Squeasy Mammals; Squeasy Toys; Squeezy Dinosaurs; Squeezy Mammals; Squeezy Toys; TJ Maxx; TJMaxx; TK Maxx; TKMaxx;
This is more cartoony and may well be from an alternate source and it could be an infant toy, or a dog toy . . . just get the squeak re-installed! Also; he looks like he's in the mood to errr . . . 'recycle' a Land Rover.

Large Scale Animals; Large Scale Dinosaurs; NBC Apparel; NBC Apparel Dinosaurs; Rubber Dinosaur Toys; Rubber Dinosaurs; Rubber Elephant Toy; Rubber Figurines; Rubber Rhinoceros; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squeasy Dinosaurs; Squeasy Mammals; Squeasy Toys; Squeezy Dinosaurs; Squeezy Mammals; Squeezy Toys; TJ Maxx; TJMaxx; TK Maxx; TKMaxx;
Various methods of getting across the size have been employed from the Berserker to my hand, via a real Chihuahua! Zazie (the Chihuahua) doesn't look wholly au fait with the situation?

Note that the feet/toenails on the US-purchased Brontosaur are decorated the same way as the TK Maxx examples seen in Basingrad, hence the likelihood they all come from the same place, and at that size he's pretty-much in scale for 54mm figures - that would make for an interesting 'garden game' down the Padre's place; 'The Lost World' . . . throw a double six and you get squashed-flat by a big-footed herbivore, throw a double one and your whole team get ripped to shreds by a T-Rex and it's back to the Nautilus for a new team, after tea!

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

S is for Shiny Shelfies!

While in TKMaxx the other day, I shot these ornamental lumps for two reasons, one being that they cover a subject we cover here, and secondarily to show how a lot of what might be appearing in local auctions rooms as 'apprentice pieces' might have been made five-minutes ago from recycled drinks cans in Mumbai!

Aircraft Models; Aircraft Ornaments; Alloy Models; Aluminium Alloy; Apprentice Piece; Art Deco Retro; Cast Metal; Decorative Ornaments; Decorative Sculptures; Die-Cast Aircraft; Die-Cast Alloy; Die-Cast Metal; Die-cast Novelties; Home Decor; Home Furnishings; Homeware; Indain Castings; Made in India; Ornamental Aircraft; Ornamental Castings; Retro Range; Retro Sculptures; Shelfies TK Maxx; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TK Maxx Planes;
By far the better piece and at £12.99p affordable if it tickles your fancy that much, but not something I need, a vague Mosquito look, it would go well with Tintin figures in a display cabinet maybe? It had a stern label stating it's "...not a toy" and is "...for decoration only", which is probably to save TJX Europe from law-suits for broken toes!

Aircraft Models; Aircraft Ornaments; Alloy Models; Aluminium Alloy; Apprentice Piece; Art Deco Retro; Cast Metal; Decorative Ornaments; Decorative Sculptures; Die-Cast Aircraft; Die-Cast Alloy; Die-Cast Metal; Die-cast Novelties; Home Decor; Home Furnishings; Homeware; Indain Castings; Made in India; Ornamental Aircraft; Ornamental Castings; Retro Range; Retro Sculptures; Shelfies TK Maxx; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TK Maxx Planes;
This was frankly ugly, and is the sort of hidiosity you might see in the background of one of those navel-gazing movies about the making of the movies where it would be owned by some unspeakable Hollywood mogul who's Bel Air mansion would have been entirely furnished by an 'interior designer' anyway, but then you can say that about a lot of the stuff in TKMaxx's home-furnishing section!

It also looks a bit like some of the designs in that movie with Jude Law I can't remember the name of (the one with the flying aircraft carriers - and Angelina Jolie as a pilot-babe?)? It had the better propellers though, the ones on the 'mosquito' are vary crude and heavy.

Both were marked 'Made in India' which is forth entry in the tag list I think, and reminds me there's still some 'India' in the queue, from Mr. B!

F is for Fairy Flowerpot

We've had a few of these Interplay - IP's shelfied since we first saw them at Toy Fair 2018, always in TKMaxx so a continuous relationship there, and - as with some of the Christmas stuff - not necessarily clearance or end-of-line, but more likely just loss-leaders to keep the toy section ticking over and looking well-stocked - I think I first saw them there weeks after the Toy Fair?

Create a Magical Fairy Garden; Fairy Flowerpot; Fantasy Toy Figures; Garden; Grow & Play; Grow And Play; Hope; Includes Bunny friend; Includes Easy-Grow Seeds; Interplay; Interplay IP; Interplay Toys; IP; IP Fairy Garden; My Fairy Garden; Plastic Figurine; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Novelty; Plastic Toys; PVC; PVC Figures; PVC Figurines; PVC Plastic Figurines; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rabbits; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TKMaxx; Toy Fantasy Figures;
Anyway, some might be interested in these near 54mm fairies, I've yet to find any in second-hand sources so for bow we rely on shelfies and these are a week old and TKMaxx as stated.

"Includes easy-grow seeds" and "Grow a plant in the flowerpot house" suggests you plant above a false floor in the dolls- fairy-house flower-pot?

Create a Magical Fairy Garden; Fairy Flowerpot; Fantasy Toy Figures; Garden; Grow & Play; Grow And Play; Hope; Includes Bunny friend; Includes Easy-Grow Seeds; Interplay; Interplay IP; Interplay Toys; IP; IP Fairy Garden; My Fairy Garden; Plastic Figurine; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Novelty; Plastic Toys; PVC; PVC Figures; PVC Figurines; PVC Plastic Figurines; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Rabbits; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TKMaxx; Toy Fantasy Figures;
As I say the fairies are about 54mm (I haven't actually measured them, I don't tend to wander about in department stores whipping out my tape-measure . . . Ooh Missus!) so are useful only in fantasy settings as they are hardly dressed as saloon 'galls' or combat refugees, the other two reasons 54mm women might be of interest to figure collectors of our ilk.

And you get a rabbit, but a bit too cartoony for animal collectors who lean toward species-typical purism.

T is for Tank in a Tin

"It does exactly what it says on the tin!"

Bit of an investment this one, as it was £11.99! I passed on it at Christmas for reasons of price against available budget, but the other day A) I had a spare tenner to fritter away on a tank in a tin, or even a tank not in a tin and B) people had broken the seal on a couple of the aforementioned tank tins, so the contents (light-feeling and anonymous back in December) were open to a quick inspection, and I would then have been failing - both this and the airfixfigs Blogs - had I turned-away again!

1 ─ M62 - 4 ● M80; 1 Battle Tank; 76mm Gun; Airfix US Infantry; Airfix US Marines; Battery Powered; Full Tracked; Funtime Gifts; Korea; M' Logo; M-41 Combat; M41 Walker Bulldog; MW Logo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SoldierWW2 Font; Tank In A Tin; Tin; Tin With A Tank In; US Infantry; US Marines; Veit Nam; Vietnam; Walker Bulldog Light Tank; Waterstones; WM-09E604L163; World War Two; WW 2; WWII;
There you go . . . a tin, with a tank; a tank in a tin, there's really no doubt about the matter! The tank wrapped in a bubble-sock and the figures in a little stash-bag! All in a tin.

The customer information panel on the base is a firmly glued card sheet, almost certainly over the printed date of a partner importer elsewhere or the factory  and the Funtime Gifts branding doesn't seem to match what may be that partner/originating-factory's logo with seems to be an 'M' but might be an MW cypher?

1 ─ M62 - 4 ● M80; 1 Battle Tank; 76mm Gun; Airfix US Infantry; Airfix US Marines; Battery Powered; Full Tracked; Funtime Gifts; Korea; M' Logo; M-41 Combat; M41 Walker Bulldog; MW Logo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SoldierWW2 Font; Tank In A Tin; Tin; Tin With A Tank In; US Infantry; US Marines; Veit Nam; Vietnam; Walker Bulldog Light Tank; Waterstones; WM-09E604L163; World War Two; WW 2; WWII;
The tank (from the tin it's come in) is described as a M41 Walker Bulldog and apart from a road-wheel missing in each side seems to be a reasonable model of one in a slightly over-1:72nd scale, maybe closer to 1:70th or even 1:64?

1 ─ M62 - 4 ● M80; 1 Battle Tank; 76mm Gun; Airfix US Infantry; Airfix US Marines; Battery Powered; Full Tracked; Funtime Gifts; Korea; M' Logo; M-41 Combat; M41 Walker Bulldog; MW Logo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SoldierWW2 Font; Tank In A Tin; Tin; Tin With A Tank In; US Infantry; US Marines; Veit Nam; Vietnam; Walker Bulldog Light Tank; Waterstones; WM-09E604L163; World War Two; WW 2; WWII;
It comes with 12 copies of the Airfix '2nd version' US Marines, which, through the bag, in the store (Waterstone's have them at the moment) looked as if they were Hornby-supplied, but which upon unpacking were revealed to be good-quality piracies; four each of three poses, manufactured in a PVC-like polymer with some of the properties of a polyethylene.

1 ─ M62 - 4 ● M80; 1 Battle Tank; 76mm Gun; Airfix US Infantry; Airfix US Marines; Battery Powered; Full Tracked; Funtime Gifts; Korea; M' Logo; M-41 Combat; M41 Walker Bulldog; MW Logo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SoldierWW2 Font; Tank In A Tin; Tin; Tin With A Tank In; US Infantry; US Marines; Veit Nam; Vietnam; Walker Bulldog Light Tank; Waterstones; WM-09E604L163; World War Two; WW 2; WWII;
Further to previous posts, you can see here that a skilled copyist has ensured the pantograph produced figures of exactly the same size, but some detail has been lost by the vibration of the cutting-head/burr-drill which has not be re-etched in afterward (by an engraver/finisher), the Tank in a Tin figure is on the right in both shots.

1 ─ M62 - 4 ● M80; 1 Battle Tank; 76mm Gun; Airfix US Infantry; Airfix US Marines; Battery Powered; Full Tracked; Funtime Gifts; Korea; M' Logo; M-41 Combat; M41 Walker Bulldog; MW Logo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SoldierWW2 Font; Tank In A Tin; Tin; Tin With A Tank In; US Infantry; US Marines; Veit Nam; Vietnam; Walker Bulldog Light Tank; Waterstones; WM-09E604L163; World War Two; WW 2; WWII;
In the powering-up I encountered a few problems which those of you chaffing to rush out and buy one of your-own Tank in a Tin's need to be aware of;

The AAA (Triple-A) battery is NOT supplied and will need to be sourced. When you remove the screws and split the model, you will find that the middle gear in the drive-chain (A) pops out of it's housing, slip it back in by all means, but don't try tightening the motor-housing screws (C) (as I did - it'll just hold everything too tightly), because the spigots (B) actually hold the gear-shaft in place during normal operation!

Also the PVC glue used to seal the track-join will have filled a few of the sprocket-tooth holes in the tracks, you may wish to open them-up again with a hot needle. For similar resons (of more realistin running) the sprooket-teeth may need a bit of flash removed and some of the wheels have mould-gate (incorrectly; 'sprue') residue which can be trimmed off.

Finally; if you've not made a note of it before or during the above 'base-workshop' phase, the track-pad 'arrows' point to where the tank is going above the wheels and where it's been below the wheels (yellow arrows) when you need to refit them.

It's a nice little runner - albeit in one direction only - and I'll try to do a video at some point - when the weather improves! The three-point drive-chain reducing the speed to a decent 'scale' speed - it's runs-over the infantry in a satisfyingly slow fashion!

1 ─ M62 - 4 ● M80; 1 Battle Tank; 76mm Gun; Airfix US Infantry; Airfix US Marines; Battery Powered; Full Tracked; Funtime Gifts; Korea; M' Logo; M-41 Combat; M41 Walker Bulldog; MW Logo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SoldierWW2 Font; Tank In A Tin; Tin; Tin With A Tank In; US Infantry; US Marines; Veit Nam; Vietnam; Walker Bulldog Light Tank; Waterstones; WM-09E604L163; World War Two; WW 2; WWII;
I love a bit of detective work, and I love a bit of a challenge, so when I thought I recognised the silhouetted figures on the side of the tin I had to try and reproduce them!

They were the SoldierWW2 font (which worked so poorly on last year's PW Show announcement - only three months 'till the next one!) I've posted a link to before , but most of them had been reversed (all but the two underlined ones - both 'duplicates'), so I had to type them into a word document, colour the page appropriately, take screencapchas, put the .jpg's back into the word document as picture-elements, flip/reverse them, screencap' again and remove the two which had to be the right way round and add them as actual font-element/additional over-text's to the picture, and then save!

I think they are older Men At Arms images and might be . . .

m - French or Polish?
C - French
] - German
3 - British Paratrooper (not reversed)
u - Japanese or Russian? (with anti-tank rifle)
e  - Japanese in cap

3 - British Paratrooper
[ - German Paratrooper
o - US Marine?
8 - US GI?
= - US Marine or GI!
e  - Japanese in cap (not reversed)

So that was that half-sorted! The silhouette tank drawn next to them, which the two groups are following round the sides of the tin (with a tank in) is a Soviet T54/55!

1 ─ M62 - 4 ● M80; 1 Battle Tank; 76mm Gun; Airfix US Infantry; Airfix US Marines; Battery Powered; Full Tracked; Funtime Gifts; Korea; M' Logo; M-41 Combat; M41 Walker Bulldog; MW Logo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SoldierWW2 Font; Tank In A Tin; Tin; Tin With A Tank In; US Infantry; US Marines; Veit Nam; Vietnam; Walker Bulldog Light Tank; Waterstones; WM-09E604L163; World War Two; WW 2; WWII;
This is probably about twice the size (around 1:35th), coming out of Japan and is the old Masudaya (Modern Toys) version of what is - I think - another M41 Walker Bulldog, (not an 'M-12'!) also battery-operated and also reduced to four road-wheels. Thanks to Jan Yarzembowski for the image.

Monday, February 17, 2020

T is for Toy Fair 2020 Reports - D-Gifts (Monza) / D-Kids / D-Video / Dynit

A new name at this year's Toy Fair 2020 was Dynit, and Italian toy seller, obviously using China for it product, but A) working with contractors not necessarily known to us or whose products aren't visually familiar, and B) doing all their own innovation and design.

2020 Toy Fair; Cat Toys; D-Gifts; D-Gifts Italy; D-Gifts Toys; D-Kids; D-Kids Italy; D-Kids Toys; D-Video; D-Video Italy; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dynit; Dynit Italy; Dynit Toys; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Italy's D-Video; Kensington Olympia Toy Fair; London Toy Fair; Monza Italy; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Fair 202; Toy Farm Animals; Toy Zoo Animals; Zoo Animals;
Their big push at the Toy Fair was blind-bag stuff for which they are looking for UK buyers/stockists. And we'll work though the quite extensive ranges, laid-out in the catalogues, in a minute.

2020 Toy Fair; Cat Toys; D-Gifts; D-Gifts Italy; D-Gifts Toys; D-Kids; D-Kids Italy; D-Kids Toys; D-Video; D-Video Italy; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dynit; Dynit Italy; Dynit Toys; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Italy's D-Video; Kensington Olympia Toy Fair; London Toy Fair; Monza Italy; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Fair 202; Toy Farm Animals; Toy Zoo Animals; Zoo Animals;
Not in the top-flight of such animals and no real threat to Schleich or Papo, they are nevertheless perfectly reasonable animals, and the catalogue shows higher and lower-grade lines, so the animal collectors will soon know which to look-out for. The adult bear here is better than the painting has left it looking, what with a lopsided nose!

Chatting with the Italian staff I gathered they have begun work with the UK's DC Thompson (comics) on licensing British characters (DCT are struggling at the moment in the balanced-figures department!) and are also talking to Egmont Ltd  (who own the Dean back-catalogue) and Immediate Media with partnership potential.

2020 Toy Fair; Cat Toys; D-Gifts; D-Gifts Italy; D-Gifts Toys; D-Kids; D-Kids Italy; D-Kids Toys; D-Video; D-Video Italy; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dynit; Dynit Italy; Dynit Toys; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Italy's D-Video; Kensington Olympia Toy Fair; London Toy Fair; Monza Italy; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Fair 202; Toy Farm Animals; Toy Zoo Animals; Zoo Animals;
I tried to see if a combination of flash and the hall (Kensington Olympia)'s lighting might render the contents guessable, but as you can see - no such luck!

2020 Toy Fair; Cat Toys; D-Gifts; D-Gifts Italy; D-Gifts Toys; D-Kids; D-Kids Italy; D-Kids Toys; D-Video; D-Video Italy; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dynit; Dynit Italy; Dynit Toys; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Italy's D-Video; Kensington Olympia Toy Fair; London Toy Fair; Monza Italy; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Fair 202; Toy Farm Animals; Toy Zoo Animals; Zoo Animals;
Several pages of dinosaurs are currently available (mostly in Italy?), and in several size-brackets (always pack- or 'box-scale'), along with various novelty lines, glow, deforms, skeletons, squeezes/stretchies &etc. Along with modelling-compound/moulding sets.

2020 Toy Fair; Cat Toys; D-Gifts; D-Gifts Italy; D-Gifts Toys; D-Kids; D-Kids Italy; D-Kids Toys; D-Video; D-Video Italy; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dynit; Dynit Italy; Dynit Toys; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Italy's D-Video; Kensington Olympia Toy Fair; London Toy Fair; Monza Italy; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Fair 202; Toy Farm Animals; Toy Zoo Animals; Zoo Animals;
Wild and farm animals, insects, amphibians, snakes and all the usual lines you would expect from a 'rack-toy' specialist. Indeed they mention 'news-stands' (as the destination for their toys)  several times in their introductory blurb, so clearly Italy isn't yet as far down the corporate, uniforming of the high street we have seen here in the UK?

2020 Toy Fair; Cat Toys; D-Gifts; D-Gifts Italy; D-Gifts Toys; D-Kids; D-Kids Italy; D-Kids Toys; D-Video; D-Video Italy; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dynit; Dynit Italy; Dynit Toys; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Italy's D-Video; Kensington Olympia Toy Fair; London Toy Fair; Monza Italy; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Fair 202; Toy Farm Animals; Toy Zoo Animals; Zoo Animals;
Sticky-insects, glow-in-the-dark stuff, slime with marine life and Halloween types also abound in an 82 page catalogue of such stuff. Other lines include all the usual furry things, glove-puppety things, dolly-things and so forth!

2020 Toy Fair; Cat Toys; D-Gifts; D-Gifts Italy; D-Gifts Toys; D-Kids; D-Kids Italy; D-Kids Toys; D-Video; D-Video Italy; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dynit; Dynit Italy; Dynit Toys; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Italy's D-Video; Kensington Olympia Toy Fair; London Toy Fair; Monza Italy; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Fair 202; Toy Farm Animals; Toy Zoo Animals; Zoo Animals;
Little pets and domestic animals share catalogue space with monsters and dragons while I haven't shot all the larger 'action-figure' types which are to be found in each section; Dinosaurs, dragons, wild, farm and zoo.

2020 Toy Fair; Cat Toys; D-Gifts; D-Gifts Italy; D-Gifts Toys; D-Kids; D-Kids Italy; D-Kids Toys; D-Video; D-Video Italy; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Novelties; Dynit; Dynit Italy; Dynit Toys; Farm and Zoo Animals; Farm Animals; Italy's D-Video; Kensington Olympia Toy Fair; London Toy Fair; Monza Italy; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy Animals; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Fair 202; Toy Farm Animals; Toy Zoo Animals; Zoo Animals;
As with all toy companies of this type; there is a larger pinky-purple section of the catalogue, some of which will be of use to fantasy collectors or gamers, with or without a bit of home-paint!