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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, May 27, 2020

S is for Smart Toys

In the recent parcel from Chris Smith was another one of the 25mm versions of these (he sent most of the others previously), and I'd just seen the Smart Toys box tucked-away in the garage, so I dug it out and shot my small sample for a box-ticker, as I think I mentioned them when doing the PVC round-ups last  . . . October?

1:87th Scale; 25mm Toy Figures; 30mm Toy Soldiers; AFV's; Collectible Series; First Aid Tent; HO - OO Figures; HO 1:87; HO Collector's Series; Made in China; Micro Machines; Military Force; Plant Machines; Road Sign Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smart Toys; Tentage; Tractor; Worker's World;
I encountered them in the mid/late-1990's as HO-gauge compatible sets of civilian farm and construction vehicles, or Micro-machine clones, both with HO figures of the 18/20mm bracket. These are some of the military sets in the two sizes I found them.

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Plant, with some of the civilian figures, there is a definite parallel with the contiguous production of New Ray at the time, and there may be some cross-fertilisation, but I suspect just 'copying' for the same market/price-points?

1:87th Scale; 25mm Toy Figures; 30mm Toy Soldiers; AFV's; Collectible Series; First Aid Tent; HO - OO Figures; HO 1:87; HO Collector's Series; Made in China; Micro Machines; Military Force; Plant Machines; Road Sign Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smart Toys; Tentage; Tractor; Worker's World;
A couple of tractors from the farm range and a blister of aggregate piles, clearly aimed at the model railway layout people, what you would do with that many identical piles is anyone's guess, but the sculpting is so crude and lumpy they could double for potato's or sugar-beet on a farm . . . with a bit of paint!

1:87th Scale; 25mm Toy Figures; 30mm Toy Soldiers; AFV's; Collectible Series; First Aid Tent; HO - OO Figures; HO 1:87; HO Collector's Series; Made in China; Micro Machines; Military Force; Plant Machines; Road Sign Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smart Toys; Tentage; Tractor; Worker's World;
Every military set in the 20mm range came with a tent bearing a red-cross on one end, so they will be a feature of mixed lots till the dusk of time!

In the meantime the marked figures in a 28/30mm bracket have started turning-up in loose lots, and I've found a few of the vehicles (to look at, not buy) on feebleBay; an odd mix of late Cold-War stuff in approximately 1:72nd scale - German Unimog, French-looking tanker-lorry (ex-civilian?) that kind of thing, I haven't found heavy AFV's yet?

1:87th Scale; 25mm Toy Figures; 30mm Toy Soldiers; AFV's; Collectible Series; First Aid Tent; HO - OO Figures; HO 1:87; HO Collector's Series; Made in China; Micro Machines; Military Force; Plant Machines; Road Sign Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smart Toys; Tentage; Tractor; Worker's World;
Both samples are of limited pose-range, and one suspects that as a pocket-money/rack-toy line, they weren't expected to gather in 'collected' numbers, but rather to be more impulse/pester-power purchases at checkouts or in corner shops (where I was picking them up back at the time? And rather nicely showing how a smaller size allows for a larger campaign!

The smaller figures are definitely aimed at Galoob Micro Machines customers, the larger ones are not so close to either size of the 'believed to be' Pioneer we looked at last time, so more stand-alone? Obviously the MG fits in a vehicle mount, but is super-glued to the operator's hands!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

New Petition on 38degrees

I've started a petition on 38degrees to have Dominic Cummings sacked, please sign and share if you've had enough of his arrogance and heartless disregard for you and yours. [case closed!]


Sack Dominic Cummings

Why is this important?

If This cretinous buffoon with his obvious contempt for the people, the electorate, the Civil Service and the media, his total disregard for democracy, Parliament or the rule of law and his terrible wardrobe isn't dismissed forthwith, the contract between people and state will be irrevocably broken, and the Covid-19 legislation rendered no more than equivalent to the lavatory-paper which was in such short supply as the government dithered a few short weeks ago.

http://chng.it/P2H8b8kKPs

Update - Still Sack Dominic Cummings!

There would appear to be some rule at 38degrees that you can't call a cretinous person 'cretinous', or at least you can, but not in a petition! No matter, I only started my petition because I couldn't find one on 38degrees, the reason for which is that they won't allow one . . . because he's unelected! However, had I looked harder, I would have found the Change.org petition with the same aim which being a couple of days older has reached 200,000+ 400,000+ signatures and I would urge you to sign that one instead.

http://chng.it/P2H8b8kKPs

I'm currently listening to his self-justifying bollocks press-statement and he doesn't quite seem to understand that millions of other people had equally (or BETTER) reasons for breaking the Covid-19 legislation, but CHOSE NOT TO! And you can hear in his voice how sorry he feels - for himself! Sack him. Peston could barely get his question out he was so stunned by the brazenness of it all!

F is for Follow-up - Cap-Bombs & Rocketry

So, we looked at cap-bombs the other day and I said there were a few still in the attic, but the brown one with a yellow spaceman seems to have been totally lost being in none of the places it might have been? And apart from the missing one there was only one other and a buckshee tail-section, but the whole one is different to the others so worth a shot or two.

It has an internal anvil, and exhaust venturi, which as they face forward would/could be seen as retro-rockets on an interspatial vessel! It needed a good clean and I used cotton-buds to remove the rusty gunk from the interior and an old flossing-brush to clean the venturi!

There's nothing to hold a cap or a section of cap 'tape' in place, so I suspect it was designed and/or issued with the plastic-drum caps in strips to place over the end of the hammer-bar. The anvil-plate seems to be set into the plastic, but it's very rusty so I'm not about to shove it around or pick at it to prove or disprove the suspicion!

And, if you're one of the older loyal readers of this blog it may look familiar to you; because it's a copy of the Merit (J&L Randall) one we saw here.

Before it was cleaned up (crap shot - sorry!), it's somewhere between the two common'ish sizes we looked at last time, and has a screw-cap where they had pop-on ones. In the comparison below we see the odd part in dark-olive, they all go in the tub together, and as bits which fit come-in they get put with each-other.

The two on the left are not cap-firers, but rubber-tipped projectiles. The smaller red one being from the rail-mounted 'Battle Space' launcher from Rovex Tri-Ang/Hornby-Triang, it replaced a short-lived die-cast alloy version (also with a rubber nose, but in oxide red).

The yellow one is annoying me as I'm sure I know (or should know) its origin or have ID'd its brand/maker in the past - possibly on this Blog - but I can't find it on the Blog, can't find it in the archives and can't find it on-line, so if you can tell me - kudos to you! Is it ammunition from a 'One Man Army' type thing?

An old internet image (possibly Vectis?) it's a bit fuzzy but you get the idea and we looked at mine years ago (over a decade ago! And I now know the yellow one in that post!), the real aim here is to use the connection of this and the 'unknown' yellow one to get us to this . . .

. . . sent to the Blog by Mr Berke, it's mintier than a minty-mint 'minter' from the Royal Mint! Crescent's rocket launcher; which carries a cap-bomb of epic dimensions, with a fully die-cast nose/firing mechanism on a polyethylene body. This baby would take six or eight caps and detonate with quite a flash, having a much heavier rod that the other's we've looked at.

Unfortunately, because we abused them with large charges, the tiny elastic-band which kept the 'breech block' in place quickly failed and the little piece of mazac is often missing. We looked at the rarer desert variant here a while back, but a temperate/tropical unit was also available . . .

. . . and Brian sent one of those too! Although obviously a cap-bomb, it was originally sold as the Mobile Space Rocket in the red/green combo', with this version normally having a white plastic body for its Corporal Rocket & Lorry (the real corporal was longer and thinner) and the 'civil' coloured truck carrying the yellow bodied rocket.

I thought we'd seen my paint stripped one on the blog, but I can't find it either, not can I find the HK copy's post, but I did re-show it (if I'd shown it at all? Maybe a show-report?) in this post, it's all plastic with a no-cap missile copied from another (Corgi) toy.

Going back a post (from the earlier link) Mr. B also sent this to compliment the spring-loaded rocket launchers of that post, it's the MPC rocket launcher, which is supposed to be rubber-band operated.

Although when I say rubber-band operated, Brian couldn't get it to work so I turned to Ed Berg (who has just Blogged the whole MPC space range) and asked him for help (or the instruction sheet), but he explained he had just as much trouble trying to get them to work, but told us how it should be done and Brian had another stab at it.

But - basically - it seems the rocket gets a little too comfortable in its mounting slot/groove and sticks fast, clearly the rocket designer and/or the launch-pad designer and the tool's 'pattern maker' weren't talking to each other with the clarity necessary? Or the  rubber-band 'interactivity' was a late addition to the toy's features? But it looks the part!

The gang at Moonbase have been running a Money Box Season through lockdown (among all their other stuff!) and I sent my German BAC Spaarraket's over there, so follow the jump for more on them or this link for loads of money boxes (banks), including at least four other rocket types, a spaceman, several globes &etc.

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On another matter altogether, the Police Commissioner for Durham has just accused Grant Chapps (Transport Secretary) of "Making it up as he goes along" with regard to Dominic Cumming's shenanigans over the Covid-19 Lock-down . . . well, fancy that, fancy populist fuckwitts on the right making it up as they go along! History will reflect more kindly on my whitterings that mine 'eemies'! Have you injected your dose of loo-cleaner today?!

Saturday, May 23, 2020

News, Views Etc . . . Vectis Auctions; Week 22

There are three sales in Northumberland next week, all online only, the first - Wednesday 27th - being another 'Specialist die cast' sale;

Lot 1435

"The specialist Sale to be held on the 27th May starts with The Herefordshire Emergency Vehicle Collection, 186 lots from Neo, Minichamps, Ixo, Rai's, Vanguards, Corgi and many others. The sale continues with Private Owner Collection #1, 106 lots of boxed Lansdowne models. Further items in the sale include WSI Models, Tekno trucks, including Superhero and Picasso paintwork models; Vanguards, Corgi, 1/18th scale models from Minichamps, Auto Art and Sunstar, plus further Lansdowne, Brooklin and mixed modern diecast groups. The sale concludes with 93 lots of slot car Models from Fly Car Model and Fly Car Classic, including boxed sets; Mini Models (UK) Scalex tinplate keyless clockwork cars and a selection of Scalextric cars, including tinplate; parts, track and original technical drawings."


The next day - Thursday 28th - gives us a general toy sale;

Lot 2163

"The General Toy sale to be held on the 28th May features large groups of mixed vintage and modern diecast, including Corgi, Lledo, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, EFE, Solido, Franklin Mint and many more, The sale will also include Corgi Aviation Archive models and other aircraft, Corgi Heavy Haulage, Hauliers of Renown and others, plus Corgi Gift Sets and military models, and a number of Corgi Thunderbirds FAB1 cars. There is a large selection of sports and racing cars from Auto Art and similar, plus Airfix and other kits. The sale also includes a number of books, magazines, comics, soft toys, DVD's and video games, plus posters, prints, football programmes and further general and novelty toys."


While the run finishes on the 29th (Friday, next) with a toy and model trains and railway sale;

Lot 4247

"The Model Train sale to be held on Friday 29th May features OO Gauge British Outline, HO/HOe USA & Continental Outline, N Gauge and Wrenn, plus Triang & Triang Hornby and a Hornby Dublo Single Owner Collection. The Chris Freeman Meccano & Vintage Toy Collection Part II includes Models, Dealers Cabinets, Outfits, Cars, Boats & Aeroplanes, Clockwork & Electric Motors, Parts & Empty Boxes, Magazines, Display & Other Items, plus, Marklin Construction Sets, Marklin Steam, Marklin Constructional Vehicles, Erector Sets , Primus, Structator, Structo, Hornby O Gauge,  and Finescale O Gauge. Further items in the sale include Meccano & Other Constructional Toys, Exley, Live Steam, Gauge 1 & Larger, G Gauge. Hornby, Further and Modern O Gauge, Finescale/Kitbuilt and American Outline O Gauge, plus Railwayana, Books, Magazines, Catalogues & Miscellaneous, Railway Photographs, and our usual good selection of General Trains."



Contact Details
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Web. - www.vectis.co.uk
eMail - admin@vectis.co.uk
Tel. - 01642 750 616
Sales commence at 10:30hrs

Thursday, May 21, 2020

News, Views Etc . . . Blog Updates

The re-tagging slowed to a 'lost the will to live' pace, with the Space tag reduced from 227 to 80-something before grinding to a halt! I'll try and get it finished this weekend. I have however finished the abbreviations pages on the A-Z Blogs, they all have one now which is up to date with whatever I've found around and about.

There are a few typo's, I spotted some as I was uploading them, but they'll do for now as a guide, and I will correct over time as I spot them.

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I've also sorted the 'favorite links' list after a reader was sent to a porn site! I tried it and went to a less salubrious sales page for white-goods or something (fussa-russa!) but it was obviously going through an aggregator when you watched the .url's toggle through automatically!

It's sad to see old friends dead (some have actually passed, but I meant the destination pages not the owners?), and while I'd left Maggie's Zowies up there for years, knowing it was defunct, because it could still be found - in parts - on the waybackmachine, that is no longer the situation, so it's gone.

Also going were James Opie's site, which seems to have been replaced by his 'area' on the C&T Auctions website, while the 'George Martin (knights)' entry was, errr . . . 'that' George Martin; George . . . RR Martin, who has obviously become a little more well-known than when I added the link back in 2008/9! Consequently a dead-link proved to be sign of a moved page on a vastly enlarged website, rather than a dead page, and I've updated the link to that one, but the link still takes you to the knights, so if you want Game of Thrones stuff, you'll have to navigate away from the knights - shock horror!

Arthur's Men in Miniature and a Jecsan site have both died a death, along with one of the Marx sites and Mr Klimtov's Belgian Durso site. The BMSS site needed a new link although it is still there, but Richard Camp's toy soldier moulds' site has gone along with one of the Britians sites, but I slipped Barney Brown's site into the same slot!

Holly Loves Toys has been excised as it's now a very different concern, still out there, but a very commercial thing, more suited to another place (maybe some A-Z page-holders are the next unfinished project!). Airfix Soldiers has disappeared (as have most of the Airfix pages linked to on the Airfix Blog, so that's another job!

Harfield's was sadly retired, and the comic-book '100-things' site went down ages ago, Mikes Tanks and the Diecast 72 pages have also vanished while Ludo's site link has been changed for the forum address - which is also in the forums list.

Strangely BoardGameGeek had a new landing page, as had the Waddington's site. Seven Wonders is lost along with that fine listing of all known 6x6 truck models? Ships had also migrated to a new server, while we've lost a decent dinosaur site and I haven't got round to replacing it yet. However I have added the Lettraset site as a start to re-filling that links list.

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Speaking of the waybackmachine; I've updated the useful sites list as well and sadly replaced Bablefish with the Google-translate page, it's always sad when the little-guy with a good idea gets steamrollered by the corporate giant with their juggernaut of convenience!

So things are bumbling along, it's not like I've claimed to be a professional, or a legend or anything silly like that!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

H is for Here's a Bit of Fun Again!

And here's one of those Toy Fair reports I've dragged out, but only the four months, this time though? I must be slipping; I'll leave you to decide if it's date sensitive; and I really should have ignored everything-else to get it out in a more timely manner? Once you've reached the inevitable conclusion you can have a laugh at TJF and his pomposity!

Character Pencils; Characters; Christmas Decorations; Christmas Figures; Fiesta Characters; Fiesta Crafts; Fiesta Crafts Ltd.; Fridge Magnet; Fridge-Magnet; Guardsman Toy Soldier; Lapices; Les Crayons; Matite; Medieval Knights; Novelty Figurines; Pencil Toppers; Pencil Tops; Pencils; Prince; Princesses; Seasonal Novelties; Seasonal Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
I shot these as I had obtained the guardsman (below) a few weeks earlier in a mixed lot and it's always nice to ID something, even if it's something a bit frivolous! They are similar to some of the earlier stuff on this Blog, being simple constructs of basic wooden shapes, with the addition of fabric, wool and coloured rope highlights.

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Fiesta Crafts (for that is who they are) do a range of pencil-topped pencils, fridge magnets and stand-alone figurines, following a similar pattern but with or without holes drilled in them or magnets glued to a flat area.

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All the common tropes are covered; guardsman, pirate, princess, dragon etc . . . and seasonal stuff as seen in the left-hand of these alternate counter displays, I'll be looking out for the snowman!

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I was enthusiastic-enough about them to garner me a free gift of a knight; is he a Templer, a Teutonic or a Toughguy? I don't know enough about my crusaders to commit to an answer on that one, but it's definitely a cross on his surcoat - unless he's a steam-punk robot with an integrated arrow-slit in his chest!

The guardsman who had come in with a mixed charity-shop lot only a few weeks earlier is the magnetic variant; he has no pencil-hole but a flatter area on his back with a small, inexpensive, composite-material, disc-magnet.

That's Fiesta Crafts, they're out there, they're fun, especially if you have young kids, or grandchildren, nephews/nieces &etc. I can see them filling the same story-telling role as finger-puppets too?

News, Views Etc . . . Vectis Tomorrow

Vectis have another in their series of 'specialist die-cast' sales tomorrow, as last - and for the time being - online only, but with some nice lots;

Lot 3023

Blurb as follows -

"The Specialist Sale to be held on the 21st of March features a magnificent seven private owner collections. The first, features 154 lots of Corgi and Dinky models including cars, trucks, Military, Corgi Whizzwheels, commercial vehicles, TV and Film related and Gift Sets. The Mansfield Collection features over 230 lots of Dinky pre and post war models, including aircraft, ships, road and racing cars, buses and coaches, plus accessory and figure sets. Private Owner Collection #2 includes Matchbox Regular Wheels, Corgi, Dinky and French Dinky models. The Foden Family Collection includes Dinky Foden 1st and 2nd type trucks, models from Corgi, Triang Spot-On, Tekno and White Metal. The Yorkshire Collection and The North East Collection feature further Dinky vehicles and accessory sets. The sale concludes with further Dinky factory drawings from The John Beugels Collection."

More news on next weeks auctions later, the catalogue for tomorrow's is here.

Sunday, May 17, 2020

ELC is for Extra Large Crowd

Or - B is for a Bunch O' Biggun's

I'm not being lazy, I'm out in the garden, this isn't the weather for blogging; this is the weather for a good dose of fresh-air! Especially when you have firewood to cut, firewood to split for the coming winter, and a tree or two to deal with! Shot a slow-worm yesterday, so that's all the native reptiles bar an Adder photographed in two weeks . . . and I got Adders twice a few years ago!

But I have a load on on the back-burner, have received all sorts of stuff from Arto, Brian B, Chris Smith and Theo van der Weerden by eMail, two lovely lots from Chris and Peter E via the mail system and am awaiting a few more bits and bobs to add to things.

But I did mention - just as we went into lockdown I think - that I was bringing all the ELC figures together and would Blog them as a group, and this is that post!

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The good guys, or at least; I assume they are meant to be good-guys for the target age-group who may still believe in such fairy-tale nonsense! We all know those at the top are robber-barons, intent on screwing someone, somewhere, whether they have title over them, or not!

There's a weapon missing from the palace guard/man-at-arms and it's probably an axe or a lance, as his sword is in it’s scabbard?

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Might be good, might be bad, and probably depends on how much silver you have to cross their palms with! What games-master's might call the 'independent adventurers', or 'non-aligned', the witch looks to be a good fairy, the other two look a bit rough-about-the-gills to me! I could fix the swords, but they'll only bend again when they go back in their bag, better to wait until they have a tub or shelf of their own and straighten them the once.

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Badder than bad things which have gone to university and had themselves elected joint-heads of the being really-bad department! Some sort of Troll on the left and an airborne Ork on the right . . . an airborne Ork? Isn't it enough than Orks are pretty awful already, that you'd go and give them a pair of wings, f 'f 'sake!! And these were sold to five-year-olds!

Is it a Troll and an Ork, or an Ork and a Goblin? Flying Goblins . . . even worse!

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If the previous two were bad; one of these is dead and the other's eight-foot and has burning-eyes! These are the anti-heroes of the piece and no mistake!

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Berserker says -
Cumm'ooohn dude, this isn't funny! I don't mind the odd 60-mil, but . . . WTF?

Scale wise these are collectively around 90mm but vary considerably, although at this size it doesn't really matter, especially given the fantasy nature of them as a whole, and they will go perfectly with similar figures from other manufacturers.

To the eyes the three medievals are 80mm (King, designed to ride and stand) and 85, the witch is only 75-mil, while the rest are 90-100mm, the red-eye from horrorville being the top end.

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

T is for Teeny Tiny Torgano's

I'm pretty sure these are all Torgano, but I'm only 100% on the space figures as Ervino ID'd them a few years ago here as Small Scale World, however the others are so similar I can't see why they wouldn't all be from the same outfit?

Costume Doll Figures; Dirndl; Dolls of the World; Italian Space Toys; Italian Toy Figures; Landgirl; Made In Italy; Native Bowman; Novelty Figurines; Pocket Money Toys; Polystyrene Figures; Pulp Sci Fi Figurines; Red Indians; Scottish Dancer; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spacemen; Togano Children; Torgano; Torgano Indian Brave; Torgano Scot; Torgano Spacemen; World Dolls;
Subject of the post with both scalers as they are a true in-between around 30mm. My two spacemen are to the left (similar to Co-Ma's); three civilians on the right and a lone Native American Indian (green) in the middle.

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My two again, the red one seems to be a late one with the mould-face having been ground down (to remove a flash-inducing dink of some kind?), meaning the appearance of flash is created where the product-material meets the flattened surface of the - now shallower - other half of the tool. A similar performance has filled in the elbow-cavity of the blue one - see next shot.

Costume Doll Figures; Dirndl; Dolls of the World; Italian Space Toys; Italian Toy Figures; Landgirl; Made In Italy; Native Bowman; Novelty Figurines; Pocket Money Toys; Polystyrene Figures; Pulp Sci Fi Figurines; Red Indians; Scottish Dancer; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spacemen; Togano Children; Torgano; Torgano Indian Brave; Torgano Scot; Torgano Spacemen; World Dolls;
I shot these on Adrian's stall a year-or-a-few-ago, and there's a third pose, the 'sonic golf-club' carrier! You can see how the earlier ones are both fuller-rounds than mine and that my red one is meant to be carrying Thor's hammer!

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The Indians,; they may be one of the next lot, or they may be from a specific Wild West set, I don't know, and I only have the one pose, all damaged, evidencing the daftness of those who spent the 1970's writing to modelling magazines asking for glue'able polystyrene figures, and mirroring the problem with the similar-sized and also polystyrene Rospacks; especially the archers!

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The civilaina figures seem to follow the 'Dolls of the World' pattern (lots of firms had similar sets back in the day, Marx and Thomas for instance) of national or 'ethnic' dress as- or of- children, and as stated above may include the Native American?

Here we have a figure who could be Dutch or a nurse maybe, the headdress is a bit ambiguous, but the twin hair-plats seem to have been a trope for Holland in similar sets like those of Commonwealth Plastics or Van Brode. I actually think it's probably Germany/Bavaria, with the braces suggesting the Dirndl of Southern Germany and the Tyrol?

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While here we seem to be in Scotland but the gender is less clear although the hint of a sporran may indicate a young lad rather than a lad'ess! And he/she lacks accessories such as a drum, a set of bagpipes or a pair of swords to jump over?

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This young lady looks like a WWII British 'Land Girl' but is - I suspect - more aiming at what we might call 'Riviera Chic'? And is therefore (and modelled) more adolescent than the child-like figures of the previous three poses.

That's them; I don't know if they are from two sets or three, even the space figures are a bit juvenile so it may be the one? I don't know how many figures were in the/each set, nor whether there were aliens for the spacemen to fight, or cowboys to evict the Natives? Nor do I know how they were retailed, some kind of premium? Capsule machines? Little carded 'novelties'?

Sunday, May 10, 2020

A is for Amorces - I Need'em for Mah'Forces!

The other (see yesterday's post) great "Take it outside before one of you blinds the other" toy was the cap-firing rocket-bomb, and while I don't have as many as I'd like; or as many as I'd like if money were no object, I have a few, and that's what we're looking at now.

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The metal ones - were a common pocket-money thing; on the way home from school, pop-in to the village for milk and Chelsea-buns, receive a quick issue of pocket-money (6d) and grab a cap-bomb from Webb's the Newsagents! The commonest design was the one second from the left. I vaguely recall they came in some of the less reverent Christmas crackers as well?

The one on the far left is a modern one, sourced in Taiwan, which I grabbed with a newspaper (at the same time as-, not a freebie from the publisher!) a few years ago - Henbrandt, Play Write, someone like that?

Reading to the right, the middle one is a more ornate version of the common design (unfortunately with broken tail fins) which I suspect is earlier (1950's), while above them is an alternate head for which I have no body, so I don't know how it differed from the other two? Another variation is the little cockpit sculpted on one side (of the second one) to make it a 'plane rather than a rocket/bomb

12th May - Duh! Missed the actual bomb! Some of you will have known it as the cap-firing cargo from the Dinky Toys die-cast Junker's 87 'Stuka', dive-bomber! If you didn't recognise it . . . that's what it is, utilising the mechanism of the Britains shell . . . I had meant to say as I segued seamlessly to the next paragraph!

Second from the right is the Britains shell from the big howitzer, which uses the same low-tech, to provide a satisfying crack upon landing among the enemy lines. The final item seems to be some kind of anvil for similar ammunition; it came with a load of plastic and metal shells and bombs, but I don't know anything else about it and it could as easily be a crude milk-churn or a washing-machine component!

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The plastic ones - I've only ever seen one of the ornate ones on the left so it was lucky I was there to see it and buy it, or did someone donate it? But somewhere, sometime, there were shop-stock boxes full of them, probably in three or four colors!

The blue one is a common-ish design, still around, but not so common with the brass (or more likely phospher-bronze) anvil on the nose. The yellow chap with an orange nose is South American, and clearly comes with the instruction to evacuate capsule before detonation!

The final pair are the common 'pocket-money' bombs of my childhood, they came in various sizes, and vaguely equate to WWI (blue nose) and WWII (red nose) 'standard' bomb shapes.

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The carded ones - The Argentine version comes with an atmospheric card, suggesting it's about to land next to the 'Spacex' equipment in the crater (strangely - or; ironically - the old sci-fi landing system is now being employed by Musk's reusable launch-vehicles!), while to its right a card with both common designs in two sizes.

In the right hand image three littlies in a small header-carded bag; they're not 'triple-shot', but rather a trio (or triplet!) of single-shots; pedantry - I know!

They sit next to a very different beast - if you really want to "have an eye out", a good way to go about it is with a projectile of high-impact polyethylene, fired under a jet of air-pressure!

It's basically a hand-held pop-gun in the shape of a rocket-bomb! A wooden piston is pulled-back and thrust forward, forcing the red-end to fly off, at speed, with a pop-sound! I have a couple of khaki-plastic nose-cones in one of the 'odds bags', similar but not quite the same, which may be off an 'army' version of this toy.

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This one is a bit of a mystery - clearly it's styled in a rocket-bomb fashion, but the firing pin is at the 'blunt' back and has no spring, plate or anvil, while the hole in the blue plastic cap suggests that this was somehow fired from a larger object (space gun?).

The paper cap being placed between the flat-end of the pin and the hole in the cap, fired by a trigger-pin in the missing object, through the hole? At the same time it was - presumably - shot-off, as a rocket, to land quietly? Anyone recognise it?

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Ammo - The early ones were the 'Standard' caps as mentioned on the carded set above, pretty-much predating my childhood, there were still a few around, but with the coming of realistic feed-mechanisms in the die-cast output of people like the UK's Lone Star or Crescent , Rendondo 'pam-pam's from Spain and Italy's Edison the caps were placed on reels, and you had to carefully tare one off to place it in an older weapon, or single-shot toy such as these rockets/bombs.

By the 1980's it was mostly the plastic caps either in daisy-wheels as above or in strips as here, both of which are still around, although they could be used with some of the older bombs, by placing them over the tips of the firing-pins, the pin needing to be of a gauge which fitted tightly-enough to hold the cap in 'flight'!

You can also stack the paper ones for a bigger bang, but even as kids we quickly learnt that too many and they cushioned each-other and failed to go off (or flew, unburnt, out the side like confetti), while more than three tended to do damage to the more delicate bits (the two posts between nose and neck of the head-piece), ruining your new toy!

This post shows one of the other cap-bombs in the collection, I think there may be a couple of others with that one, but I haven't got round to combining them with the garage lot (this post) yet, so - another visit in a year or two? It also shows a Hong Kong version of yesterday's rocket launchers.