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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, June 23, 2020

M is for Military Mystery Men

I really, really, REALLY thought I'd posted these, in fact I thought I'd posted them more than once, but I can't find them anywhere on the blog (except a relatively recent distance shot, in a 'Forthcoming' post) under the correct tags (Comet, Eriksson, Spencer Smith and/or Timpo, nor 'Motorcycles'!), so without further ado; let's get'em up'ere!

Agasee Moulds; BR Moulds; Bren Gunner; Britains Khaki Infantry; Britains Machine Gunner; Comet Authenticast; GI's; Hilco Plastic Figures; Holgar Ericksonn; Holgar Eriksson; Home Casting Motorcycles; Home Casting Moulds; Homemade Figures; Johillco; Joplin's Book; Motorbike; Motorcycle; SAE; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo Khaki Infantry; Timpo Toys; Toy Importers; Toy Motorbike; Toy Motorcycle;
I think I must have thought about posting them once or twice and written the blurb-bits in my head, leaving me with a false memory (or false memories!) of having posted them, when I hadn't?

Anyway, here they are and they are brittle, polystyrene 'kit' plastic, in a much darker colour than the flash has rendered them here! Most of the other images are truer to the eye, but not the last one (bottom) which was taken in the same circumstances as this one.

They are relatively unusual and an odd mix as we have a semi-flat running G.I., a fully-round kneeling firing Tommy Atkins and a very generic motorcyclist who's more civilian racing scrambler!

Agasee Moulds; BR Moulds; Bren Gunner; Britains Khaki Infantry; Britains Machine Gunner; Comet Authenticast; GI's; Hilco Plastic Figures; Holgar Ericksonn; Holgar Eriksson; Home Casting Motorcycles; Home Casting Moulds; Homemade Figures; Johillco; Joplin's Book; Motorbike; Motorcycle; SAE; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo Khaki Infantry; Timpo Toys; Toy Importers; Toy Motorbike; Toy Motorcycle;
The sources are therefore as eclectic as the finished group and we'll go from the left in the previous image, which means the kneeling firer here first; he's taken from Timpo's WWII figure, and may well have been taken from the original hollow-cast rather than either of the later plastic issues we looked at here, they having copied they own hollow-cast moulding!

Agasee Moulds; BR Moulds; Bren Gunner; Britains Khaki Infantry; Britains Machine Gunner; Comet Authenticast; GI's; Hilco Plastic Figures; Holgar Ericksonn; Holgar Eriksson; Home Casting Motorcycles; Home Casting Moulds; Homemade Figures; Johillco; Joplin's Book; Motorbike; Motorcycle; SAE; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo Khaki Infantry; Timpo Toys; Toy Importers; Toy Motorbike; Toy Motorcycle;
The running chap is taken from a common (and much used) pose/sculpt (or should that be sculpt-pose?) from the famous figure-sculptor Holgar Eriksson. Seen here compared with the diminutive Spencer Smith's, but also used by Comet-Authenticast, Comet-Gaeltec, SAE, Tradition and probably others, it can be - and is - many nations with head/webbing swaps, or the addition of a frock-coat and bi-corn hat, and the match illustrated isn't completely identical.

Agasee Moulds; BR Moulds; Bren Gunner; Britains Khaki Infantry; Britains Machine Gunner; Comet Authenticast; GI's; Hilco Plastic Figures; Holgar Ericksonn; Holgar Eriksson; Home Casting Motorcycles; Home Casting Moulds; Homemade Figures; Johillco; Joplin's Book; Motorbike; Motorcycle; SAE; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo Khaki Infantry; Timpo Toys; Toy Importers; Toy Motorbike; Toy Motorcycle;
The third member of the 'set' which I had remembered as four (they've been in storage for a while) and may be more, it this motorcycle, again it seems to have been a common design back in the 1950's (or even late 1940's), predominantly for board-game pieces? Luckily I have found all three 'junk' lead and unknown Hollow-cast boxes in the garage!

You'll see the best match for the front-forks among the smaller trio, is the green one, but the head of the pink one is closer - they are very play-worn, very soft lead. A lack of fettling has led the larger red one to look like one of those Bisque imp-devils for cake-decorating, but closer study reveals several similar key-signatures . . . actually closer study suggests he is meant to be an Imp? Pointy ears?

Further I have a note to the effect that the trio are 'similar; to an Agasee home-casting mould (166? I've already put it away!), which is important for the rest of the narrative, and as I haven't found the Agasee catalogue yet and the red one has come in since, we may find it (Imp), or the plastic one, are actually closer to - or from - the Agasee mould?


Now known to be from Glevum Games 'Dirt Track Racing' game.

Agasee Moulds; BR Moulds; Bren Gunner; Britains Khaki Infantry; Britains Machine Gunner; Comet Authenticast; GI's; Hilco Plastic Figures; Holgar Ericksonn; Holgar Eriksson; Home Casting Motorcycles; Home Casting Moulds; Homemade Figures; Johillco; Joplin's Book; Motorbike; Motorcycle; SAE; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo Khaki Infantry; Timpo Toys; Toy Importers; Toy Motorbike; Toy Motorcycle;
These were sent to the Blog by Chris Smith the other day (prompting the fruitless search for the originals on the Blog!), I think they are all polyethylene and we find, as the fall-out from the BR Moulds revelations in Plastic Warrior magazine gathers momentum, that there are lots of these figures out there, who have come, not only from that set of moulds, but from other, poured-metal or hollow-casting (?) sources.

Off the top of my head we have here an ex-Agasee bren-gunner based on the Hill/Johilco pose (inset - from Joplin's 'Big Book of Hollow Cast') of the same hollow-cast pose; another of the Eriksson runners, but this one with an apparently different base; landscaped and wearing the Authenticast 'ears' and a sling - but mine may be a short-shot version of the same tool, I don't think so though; more likely Chris's was the donor for my simplified cop-of-a-copy? While the MG gunner is ex-Britains too, I think, with that ammo-box sticking-out the side?

The point being made here is that a lot of the figures previously credited by some in the Old Guard to Hilco, Charbens or 'Early Cherilea' . . . err . . . aren't! They are in fact taken from either the newly discovered BR moulds, or home-casting moulds, or pirated from Hollow-cast figures/production, either by smaller commercial outfits, or industrious individuals/hobbyists.

The three (prone MG, rifleman and Kneeling GI) I put on the Khaki Infantry page (and sent to PW (issue 156) are now looking more likely to be Trojan than when I first suggested it, while the ex-Airfix para' almost certainly is, as Trojan probably helped themselves to a set of BR's moulds! To them it would have been investing petty-cash to write-off against tax . . . ?

Agasee Moulds; BR Moulds; Bren Gunner; Britains Khaki Infantry; Britains Machine Gunner; Comet Authenticast; GI's; Hilco Plastic Figures; Holgar Ericksonn; Holgar Eriksson; Home Casting Motorcycles; Home Casting Moulds; Homemade Figures; Johillco; Joplin's Book; Motorbike; Motorcycle; SAE; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo Khaki Infantry; Timpo Toys; Toy Importers; Toy Motorbike; Toy Motorcycle;
The mould for Chris's Bren-gunner, it's a home-casting mold, but if jigged to fit a single-shot hand injection-moulder (as still used by Peter Cole at Replicants) it could produce a number of figures without distorting as the pressures built-up by such an appliance are no greater than the weight of a body on a bottle-jack, the trick is probably more to keep heaving until the extremities have formed, to prevent short-shot 'blob-ends', than to be releasing the pressure early to prevent damage to a solid-metal mould!

I believe some of these moulds were Zamak/Mazac alloy, so pretty tough, and while a modern six-second-cycle, fully automated injection-moulding machine would probably blow-them apart in less than a minute; that's not how they were done back in the day. Some however were softer whitemetal, and wouldn't last long before deformation? So, yes, it's in the Hill catalogue, but that doesn't make it Johillco.

I don't know if it's specifically an Agasee mould, and seem to remember being corrected last time I mentioned them as they were mostly importing someone else's moulds, but there were other mould-makers supplying home hobbyists (Gilbert and Schwarz spring to mind), often with variations of the same sculpts - the modern home-casters use the output to melt-down for new lead and few of them are in Joplin's big book - the 'BMSS & OTS guys' just don't rate them.

Agasee Moulds; BR Moulds; Bren Gunner; Britains Khaki Infantry; Britains Machine Gunner; Comet Authenticast; GI's; Hilco Plastic Figures; Holgar Ericksonn; Holgar Eriksson; Home Casting Motorcycles; Home Casting Moulds; Homemade Figures; Johillco; Joplin's Book; Motorbike; Motorcycle; SAE; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo Khaki Infantry; Timpo Toys; Toy Importers; Toy Motorbike; Toy Motorcycle;
The bases of mine, there are no marks on mine, nor on Chris's, nor the commoner prone/kneeling figures, nor the guards and highlanders now attributed to BR, nor my funny little Highlander or that larger prone highlander and lifeguard we looked at a couple of years ago, nor the 'Trojan' paratrooper.

And don't think I'm attacking the Old Guard, they've always used the caveats of 'believed', 'thought', 'might' or 'could' be . . . assumed, presumed or 'seem to be', so arses were always covered, but it's clear there was much shenanigans going-on back in the 1950's-early '60's to produce all these more esoteric toy soldiers!

Thanks to Chris again for his images and for the second time this month - the more we know, the more we know we need to find out! That's five or six figures - new to the blog, new to the Internet (except evilBay!) and new (ish) to the hobby . . . oh, and thanks to John Begg and Steve Vickers for my three, which came to me from a fruit-box on a tailgate in a car-park back in 2009, some of my first large-scale purchases!

Saturday, June 20, 2020

News, Views Etc . . . Vectis Over the Next Fortnight


Another newsletter from Vectis brings a reprise of the other-day's announcement and further details on three more auctions next week (this coming week) and two the week after, as I seem to have saved dosh during lockdown, as have others I know, might be that you too are ready for a splurge?

Adventure 2000; Art Toys; Auction News; Auction Starts 10am; Bachman Railways; Dinky Military Vehicles; Dinky Toys; Moko Lesney; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Subbuteo; Vectis Auctions; Vectis Sale;
Lot 5

TV & Film-related Sale
Tuesday 23rd June 2020, Starts - 10:00hrs

" The TV and Film related sale to be held on the 23rd of June features 64 lots of The Key Issue Comic Book Collection, over 1500 issues of Silver, Bronze and Modern Age Marvel, DC and other comics, including large groups and Single issues, with some hard and soft back books. Further items in the sale include Star Wars helmet collection groups, model kits, accessories, plus carded and loose figures, including graded. There is a large collection of Batman figures and vehicles, Thunderbirds collectables, Camberwick Green figures, plus Transformers, He-Man, Dr Who, and many more. The sale will also include a large selection of Prototype, One-off and Pre-Production sample items, from Disney characters, Star Wars, Tonka and Sindy plus Mr Turnip BBC TV original Whirligig scripts, artwork and ephemera. Further items include Hero Quest and other fantasy board games and sets, Modern Action Man, Subbuteo, Lego, and Caterbench product. "


Adventure 2000; Art Toys; Auction News; Auction Starts 10am; Bachman Railways; Dinky Military Vehicles; Dinky Toys; Moko Lesney; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Subbuteo; Vectis Auctions; Vectis Sale;
Lot 1025

Specialist Die-Cast Sale
Wednesday 24th June 2020, Starts -10:00hrs

" The Specialist Sale to be held on the 24th of June, features seven private owner collections. The French Collection features 41 lots from Victory Models, Shackleton, and boxed and unboxed cars, trucks, and buses from Dinky. The Yorkshire Collection includes 29 lots of boxed and unboxed Dinky models whilst The Hampshire Collection features Tinplate and Plastic models from Mettoy, Wells Brimtoy, Victory Models, and Triang Minic; plus Corgi and Dinky figure sets and vehicles. The Graham Tucker Collection comprises a number of different toys and books, plus Pelham Puppets, Triang Minic ships, and Corgi Gift Sets; Dinky, Budgie and Matchbox. 1/50th scale cranes, Excavators and construction machinery feature in The Humberside Construction Collection whilst Private Owner Collection #1 includes Lansdowne Models, SMTS models, Spark, IXO, Minichamps, EFE, plus Aircraft and Corgi Aviation Archive. There are further items from Other Vendors including TV and Film related diecast, French Dinky, Marklin and Dinky Aircraft. "


Adventure 2000; Art Toys; Auction News; Auction Starts 10am; Bachman Railways; Dinky Military Vehicles; Dinky Toys; Moko Lesney; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Subbuteo; Vectis Auctions; Vectis Sale;
Lot 2037

General Toy Sale
Thursday 25th June 2020, Starts - 10:00hrs

" The General Toy Sale to be held on the 25th of June, features The World's largest collection of Law Enforcement Insignia and Police Memorabilia. The haul of over 10,000 pieces forms part of an emergency services collection, amassed by a private collector over several decades. Further items in the sale include boxed groups from Lledo, EFE, Bburago, Solido, Matchbox Models of Yesteryear plus many others. There is a large selection of magazine Issues from Hachette, Altire and similar; Britains boxed sets, Disney "Cars?, Dinky, Danbury Mint, Triang, and white metal and resin lots from Provence, Record, John Day, Starter and others.  Further items include books, video games and consoles, board games, magazines, robots and space toys, Subbuteo, Lego and much more. "


Adventure 2000; Art Toys; Auction News; Auction Starts 10am; Bachman Railways; Dinky Military Vehicles; Dinky Toys; Moko Lesney; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Subbuteo; Vectis Auctions; Vectis Sale;
Lot 3097

Model Train & Railway Sale
Friday 26th June 2020, Starts - 10:00hrs

" The Model Train sale to be held on the 26th June features The St Martins Bay Collection; OO Gauge British Outline from Hornby, Bachmann, TMC Models and other Manufacturers & Accessories. HO Gauge Continental & American Outline, N Gauge and OO & O Gauge Golden Age Models. Further items in the sale include OO Gauge British Outline from Other Vendors, a Wrenn Single Owner Collection, Part 3 of The Chris Freeman Meccano & Vintage Toy Collection, plus further Meccano & Other Constructional Toys, Live Steam, Hornby, Modern and further O Gauge plus Books, Magazines & Catalogues, Railway Photographs, Pictures & Prints and our usual good selection of General Trains. "


Adventure 2000; Art Toys; Auction News; Auction Starts 10am; Bachman Railways; Dinky Military Vehicles; Dinky Toys; Moko Lesney; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Subbuteo; Vectis Auctions; Vectis Sale;
Lot 4351

Specialist Matchbox Toy Sale
Monday 29th June 2020, Starts - 10:00hrs

" The Matchbox sale to be held on the 29th of June includes two private owner collections. The Belgium Collection and the Bruges Collections, both feature Matchbox Regular Wheels, boxed and unboxed, single models and groups, including cars, commercials, buses, tractors and emergency vehicles plus others. The collections also include Gift Sets, Major Packs, King Size and Super King. Further items in the sale include sales and service stations, Accessory and Major Packs, Super Kings, Speed Kings, King Size and Superfast. The sale will also include unlisted variations, factory errors and unfinished models, plus, counter displays, books, catalogues, artwork, games and sets. "


Adventure 2000; Art Toys; Auction News; Auction Starts 10am; Bachman Railways; Dinky Military Vehicles; Dinky Toys; Moko Lesney; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Subbuteo; Vectis Auctions; Vectis Sale;
Lot 5606

The Joe & Urs Ayres Matchbox Toy Collection Sale
Tuesday 30th June 2020, Starts - 10:00am

" The Joe and Urs Ayres Collection to be held on the 30th of June is a private owner collection of over 600 Lots of Matchbox Regular Wheel models. The collection includes road and racing cars, trucks and haulage, tractors, motorcycles, removals vans, constructions vehicles, buses and coaches, caravans', boats, military and many more. They include many rare and hard to find issues with different colour and wheel variations. "


Vectis also explained the system as it stands and going forward in the immediate future;

" We are now back and working to almost full capacity. We have a one or two Specialists still shielding and we have safe distance measures set out within the warehouse, but the Auctions are continuing and the prices being achieved are very strong.

We are still operating closed Auctions, with no viewing or room attendance. Bids can be made prior to, or on the day of the sale, please see our website for more details.

Because of the measures in place, and the time-off we have had, we are still slightly behind with packing, so please bear with us when waiting for deliveries, rest assured we are working as quickly and safely as possible whilst ensuring our usual high standard of packing.

If you would like to collect your lots please contact us prior to collection and once paid we can arrange a mutually agreed time with you.

We have some fantastic collections coming up this month, a World Record Collection, Original BBC props, Key Issue comic books, and a plethora of private owner collections with many rare and sought after Lots. Please take a look at our online catalogues and remember, if you would like any further information or photographs we will be happy to provide extra condition reports on any Lots. "

ARU is for Armoured Reconnaissance Unit

Just a quickie I shot at Sandown just over a year ago, now well-over-time to get it out of Picasa, and despite a tatty box - a really rather wonderful thing! Thanks to Adrian Little at Mercator Trading - as always - for these shots.

AFV's; Allied Jeep; Armoured Car; Armoured Reconnaissance Unit; Armoured Vehicles; ARU; Boxed Set; Churchill Model; Churchill Tank; Jeep Driver; Jeep Toy; Plastic Toys; Small Scale World; Small Toy Tank; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Staff Car; Tudor Rose;
Huh? What do you think of this? It's not all of them, but therein lies a small story, as Adrian found it it had an extra jeep, but no carrier, and they were all jumbled up, so he wasn't sure it was complete, so when I took it up to the stands outside the hall, to photograph it I worked out that each vehicle's wheels fitted in slots in the lining-card. Turned-out this box didn't have the carrier (single 'rocking' axle) but did have slots for the truck.

I suppose there was a version with the carrier and/or the other missing vehicles - amphibious Jeep/DUKW (it's none too accurate for either) and twin-Bofors 'gun-truck'? But that was months later and a didn't photograph the whole one - Doh!

AFV's; Allied Jeep; Armoured Car; Armoured Reconnaissance Unit; Armoured Vehicles; ARU; Boxed Set; Churchill Model; Churchill Tank; Jeep Driver; Jeep Toy; Plastic Toys; Small Scale World; Small Toy Tank; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Staff Car; Tudor Rose;
Box sides, the turret of the armoured-car was missing and I was going to provide a replacement, but in the end to colour-match, I just gave Adrian a whole one as swap for the Allied-star adorned jeep which was buckshee to the set.

AFV's; Allied Jeep; Armoured Car; Armoured Reconnaissance Unit; Armoured Vehicles; ARU; Boxed Set; Churchill Model; Churchill Tank; Jeep Driver; Jeep Toy; Plastic Toys; Small Scale World; Small Toy Tank; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Staff Car; Tudor Rose;
Seen here on the right; most of the vehicles can be found with or without the thermo-printed star (exceptions so far being the staff car, gun & limber, and strangely the Churchill?) while all the vehicles which take figures (Jeep, carrier and amphi-thing) can be found with one, two or three figures glued in. The Gun truck also gets a gunner sometimes.

We looked at them separately here, eleven years ago!

and ARU is actually for

1)    Annual Report [on a] Unit
2)    Army Rugby[-football] Union

Thursday, June 18, 2020

News, Views etc . . . Vectis Auctions, 23rd June - Next Tuesday

Louise at Vectis has notified me of the TV/Movie related sale next Tuesday which has some interesting consignments if you are of a certain age - I'm too young to have even caught the repeats!

Please find below a short press release on a fascinating collection coming up next week.

BBC TV ARCHIVE COLLECTION

Vectis Auctions Ltd – 23rd June 2020

Featuring in the 23rd of June TV and Film Related sale at Vectis Auctions, is a collection of original BBC TV props and ephemera from the Children’s Show Whirligig.

Mr Turnip was created and operated by renowned puppeteer Joy Laurey. As the show was broadcast live Mr Turnip had many more strings than a conventional puppet, allowing for a greater range of movement by Joy.
Lot 316 - with change of cloths!

Whirligig was first broadcast in 1950; a new children’s programme that soon became a huge success. The show ran for 6 years and aired fortnightly in a prime-time 5pm Saturday evening slot. The show featured Mr Turnip, a vegetable-based puppet who became a celebrity in his own right. He had toys, dolls, games, and even toiletries made in his name, as well as being made children’s “Man of the Year” in 1951.

Mr Turnip was created and operated by renowned puppeteer Joy Laurey. As the show was broadcast live Mr Turnip had many more strings than a conventional puppet, allowing for a greater range of movement by Joy.

The original, fully operational, Mr Turnip puppet prop, owned and created by Joy Laurey, is featuring in the Vectis Auctions TV and Film related sale on the 23rd June 2020.
Lot 326

The original, fully operational, Mr Turnip puppet prop, owned and created by Joy Laurey, is featuring in the Vectis Auctions TV and Film related sale on the 23rd June 2020. He is accompanied by original scripts, including one dated 25th November 1950 – the first time the show was aired; plus working notes from Joy, studio floor plans, contracts, photographs and correspondence.

Other Whirligig items include printers proof mock-up annuals, Mr Turnip and Whirligig annuals, and puppet related literature. Some very interesting reading.
Lot 324

Other Whirligig items include printers proof mock-up annuals, Mr Turnip and Whirligig annuals, and puppet related literature. Some very interesting reading.

Also in the collection are two further puppets created by Joy. Septimus and Phoebe, the puppets were designed and created for the show “The Adventures of Septimus”
Lot 317

Also in the collection are two further puppets created by Joy. Septimus and Phoebe, the puppets were designed and created for the show “The Adventures of Septimus”. The show, which was not televised, was intended for Anglia Television and was about a stone gargoyle boy who comes to life and is capable of time travel. This unique lot also includes letters, sketches and photographs of the intended show.

Another show, which Joy Laurey was commissioned for and which was subsequently produced was The Adventures of Twizzle. “Twizzle” was produced by Gerry Anderson and AP Films during the late 50s early 60s, the puppet, Jiffy The Broomstick Man, was created by Joy using images created by Roberta Leigh, these original hand coloured illustrations are available within this fascinating collection.
Lot 328 - I love the distances in the '6th British Empire & Commonwealth Games', but I don't want to go back to them; all twelve's and eighth's and fourteenth's!

Another show, which Joy Laurey was commissioned for and which was subsequently produced was The Adventures of Twizzle. “Twizzle” was produced by Gerry Anderson and AP Films during the late 50s early 60s, the puppet, Jiffy The Broomstick Man, was created by Joy using images created by Roberta Leigh, these original hand coloured illustrations are available within this fascinating collection.


These lots can be found between Lot 316 – 330

For further information on any of the lots in this collection or in this sale please contact Kathy Taylor on 01642 750616 or email admin@vectis.co.uk

Z is for Zoological . . .

God! That was obvious; could have used that years ago! Anyway, when we looked at Peter Evans' donation the other day I said we'd look at the Poundland (for that is who they are!) animal pairs again properly as I had myself grabbed a sample . . . while keeping an eye out for the supposed 'series 2' dinosaurs one assumes will - at some point - follow the series 1's we looked at a while ago!

2 Pack; 2 Pack Wild Animals; Animal Toys; Ape; Developing Little Minds; Imagination; Leopard; Lioness; Monkey; Play 2 Discover; Play2Discover; Polar Bear; Poundland; PVC Figurines; PVC Vinyl Animals; Rhinoceros; Small Scale Tank; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Animals; Wild Animal 2 Pack; Wild Animals;
The two sets together, they did have a set of dogs a while ago, but firstly they were really big and secondly they seemed to only send a few to each store, so getting a whole set or even knowing how many were in the set wasn't easy, so I thought "Well . . . they'll come in loose some time"!

But these are more straightforward for several reasons, first they're smaller and in pairs so you can pick them up quicker (I may try to get all of them now my 'sample' has become a fledgling 'collection'!) and they are on the back (we'll look at it below) so you know what you're looking for - the dog-packs had no such 'check-list'.

2 Pack; 2 Pack Wild Animals; Animal Toys; Ape; Developing Little Minds; Imagination; Leopard; Lioness; Monkey; Play 2 Discover; Play2Discover; Polar Bear; Poundland; PVC Figurines; PVC Vinyl Animals; Rhinoceros; Small Scale Tank; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Animals; Wild Animal 2 Pack; Wild Animals;
I think she's supposed to be a lioness (see card back below) but the sculpt appears to be far more textured than the press-photo's presumed master or early test-shot and the darker colour of the cheap paint-job (Heay, they’re 50p-each we can't be too judgemental!) takes her further still from lionid'ness! I think a repaint as a leopard could prove quite successful?

The ape is lovely, I think someone has confused him by doing the cup-&-ball trick with three buckets and a banana!

2 Pack; 2 Pack Wild Animals; Animal Toys; Ape; Developing Little Minds; Imagination; Leopard; Lioness; Monkey; Play 2 Discover; Play2Discover; Polar Bear; Poundland; PVC Figurines; PVC Vinyl Animals; Rhinoceros; Small Scale Tank; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Animals; Wild Animal 2 Pack; Wild Animals;
Again the rhinoceros looks quite different from the shot below, while the polar bear is looking the other was - which might be down to an image mix-up, but the days of upside-down negatives in art studios is long gone, replaced by digital imagery; where you'd have to chose to invert an image? But both nice for the money.

2 Pack; 2 Pack Wild Animals; Animal Toys; Ape; Developing Little Minds; Imagination; Leopard; Lioness; Monkey; Play 2 Discover; Play2Discover; Polar Bear; Poundland; PVC Figurines; PVC Vinyl Animals; Rhinoceros; Small Scale Tank; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Animals; Wild Animal 2 Pack; Wild Animals;
Four more pairs? If I track them down we'll return to look at the rest, but for now, thanks to Peter Evans for doubling the 'sample' and they're in Poundland now if you're passing.

Wednesday, June 17, 2020

P is for Putt-Putt Tank!

Not - as far as I know - connected to this morning's earlier's (real problems with Internet again today!) ABC, but there are similarities; two colours, olive-green and sand; poor representation/sculpting of the original target model; made in Hong Kong in the late 1950 and/or through to the late 1960's and sold as rack-toys or similar within the pocket-money bracket.

AFV's; Airborne Tank; Hong Kong 404; Hong Kong Tanks; Hong Kong Toy; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale Tank; Small Scale World; Small Toy Tank; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tank Model; Tank Models; Tank No. 404; Tank Set; Tank Toy; Tanks; Tetrach Air Portable Tank; Tetrach Light Tank Model; Toy Tank;
Generally they come with colour-matched running-gear, but I do have one with contrasting wheels, so a 'Friday afternoon' job or a 'Monday morning' job!?!

We have looked at them before, so it's difficult to know what to add, there were sets (I've only found generics and they are on the blog), they were bought-in by Speedwell (with another generic gun) for adding to large gift-set boxed 'dioramas' and they don't seem to represent a specific marque, but could be used as Tetrach light, air-portable WWII tanks by old-school gamers with a bit of imagination!

AFV's; Airborne Tank; Hong Kong 404; Hong Kong Tanks; Hong Kong Toy; Made in Hong Kong; Small Scale Tank; Small Scale World; Small Toy Tank; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tank Model; Tank Models; Tank No. 404; Tank Set; Tank Toy; Tanks; Tetrach Air Portable Tank; Tetrach Light Tank Model; Toy Tank;
There is a smaller copy which is less common (the larger one is relatively common as far as these things go), but it's tracks have aged slightly better! I only have the one so don't know what colours it came in - if any others?

The common, larger one is marked MADE IN HONG KONG NO 404, the smaller one just a MADE IN HONG KONG, both in a wide DIN or Ariel-Rounded type font.

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This example has poor moulding with a hole and splits down the mudguards caused by 'short-shotting' in the production process. It also has better tracks in a silicon rubber best described as pinkish-gunmetal!

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Side-on ambush! Despite being outnumbered 2:1, green-force should retire from this action with a 6-0 scorecard!

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I found this shot after-all; three of the sets they come in with further cards of the figures which raises the possibility of blue, grey or purple-brown examples being out there somewhere but as the guns (which we looked at here) have so far only turned-up in green it's not that likely. And many thanks to James Opie for some (most! Four?) of the sets in the above image.