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I’m a 56-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.

Sunday, October 25, 2020

S is for Serious Score!

Look what I found! So pleased to get these, probably paid over the odds or certainly more than I am normally comfortable with (read tight as a gnat's chuff), but I'm not sure I even knew these existed and came across them looking of something else entirely! They may have been on Moonbase, but if they were loose, I would have just assumed colour variations of the sucker ones we've already seen here at Small Scale World?

Droids; Eraser Robots; Eraser Set; Erasers; LB; LB Lik Be; LB Robots; Lik Be; Lik Be Droids; Lik Be LB; Lik Be LP; Lik Be Robots; LP; LP Lik Be; LP Robots; Pencil Earsers; Pencil Rubbers; Robots; Rubber Robots; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
But they are technically pencil rubbers! Or 'erasers' as they are usually called these days, but as I've pointed-out before; they were pencil rubbers when I wer't lad! The Lik Be / LB robots re-purposed by a sub-pirater (engraved quality is particularly poor) and maybe dating only as far back as the late 1980's or early 1990's? There's no CE mark so it predates 1993 I think?

I would add that the rubber, as far as I can tell through the thermal-shrink sheet is a silicon type and probably not suitable for actually removing pencil from paper!

Droids; Eraser Robots; Eraser Set; Erasers; LB; LB Lik Be; LB Robots; Lik Be; Lik Be Droids; Lik Be LB; Lik Be LP; Lik Be Robots; LP; LP Lik Be; LP Robots; Pencil Earsers; Pencil Rubbers; Robots; Rubber Robots; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;

Droids; Eraser Robots; Eraser Set; Erasers; LB; LB Lik Be; LB Robots; Lik Be; Lik Be Droids; Lik Be LB; Lik Be LP; Lik Be Robots; LP; LP Lik Be; LP Robots; Pencil Earsers; Pencil Rubbers; Robots; Rubber Robots; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;

Droids; Eraser Robots; Eraser Set; Erasers; LB; LB Lik Be; LB Robots; Lik Be; Lik Be Droids; Lik Be LB; Lik Be LP; Lik Be Robots; LP; LP Lik Be; LP Robots; Pencil Earsers; Pencil Rubbers; Robots; Rubber Robots; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
I couldn't decide whether or not to de-card them so erred on the side of caution and left them be for now, but here's a few other angles, they are what they are and I'm just glad to have found them.

H is for How They Come In

Another board game but again not from the recent photo-shoot but a recent Charity Shop purchase, and relatively recent so a quick over view of Mattel's Batman board game (one of two which came out around the same time I think . . . have we had the others? I may have the figures from the other game somewhere, I'll dig them out) anyway; Gotham City Mystery:

40mm Figures; Bat People; Batgirl; Batman; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Cotham City Mystery; DC Batman; DC Characters; DC Comics; Man Bat; Mattel; Misterio En Ciudad Gotica; Nightwing; Robin; Robin The Boy Wonder;
Cover has a window to catch figure-fans! And because I haven't bothered to learn all the iterations of the Bat'verse, I don't know which era these represent, but I think it's the main comic one between the original TV series and the modern movie era (where everything changes ever film . . . purely for marketing purposes!)?

40mm Figures; Bat People; Batgirl; Batman; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Cotham City Mystery; DC Batman; DC Characters; DC Comics; Man Bat; Mattel; Misterio En Ciudad Gotica; Nightwing; Robin; Robin The Boy Wonder;
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40mm Figures; Bat People; Batgirl; Batman; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Cotham City Mystery; DC Batman; DC Characters; DC Comics; Man Bat; Mattel; Misterio En Ciudad Gotica; Nightwing; Robin; Robin The Boy Wonder;
You get four Characters who are - from the left; the man bat, the wonderful robin boy, Batgirl-woman-ladychick and knightfink batrider or someone, I wasn't paying much attention!

40mm Figures; Bat People; Batgirl; Batman; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Cotham City Mystery; DC Batman; DC Characters; DC Comics; Man Bat; Mattel; Misterio En Ciudad Gotica; Nightwing; Robin; Robin The Boy Wonder;
I think these are bad-guys but I've already forgotten, anyway there are five of them and all the figures are around the 40mm mark, but with thick bases.

40mm Figures; Bat People; Batgirl; Batman; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Cotham City Mystery; DC Batman; DC Characters; DC Comics; Man Bat; Mattel; Misterio En Ciudad Gotica; Nightwing; Robin; Robin The Boy Wonder;
There are ten bad-guys, but on paper only and the amount of thin, little-bits of paper shite in the box guaranteed its swift transfer to the recycling bin, sans the nine figures and two dice which went in the getting-ever-fatter dice-bag!

You may have guessed from the above I'm not terribly enamoured of this set? The game claims to be for from two to five players, but it's one of those games where you have to have all the characters, all the baddies and all the little bits of paper in-play for it to work, so if less than five players start, some of them have to play multiple characters and there's tons of prep to sort out all the little paper bits, it's a marketing thing and frankly we have to start understanding there just isn't enough planet left for this kind of shit. Anyway; box-ticked.

W is for Well . . . Follow-up to the Follow-up

Barney Brown of Herald Toys & Models sent these in case I didn't mention them in the follow-up to wells; which I hadn't, not only that but I had presumed the Taylor was from the hollow-cast mould and fingered Barratt as possible source of one of the two unknowns!

The truth is Barratt & Son inherited the T&B mould and FG Taylor's is the much copied version, although I think heavy cross-bar notwithstanding, the Speedwell is based on this - 'this' being the Barratt one!

Barratt & Sons; Barratt And Son's; Barratt Farm; Barratt Well; Farm Toys; Farm Wells; FG Taylor & Sons; FGT; Hollow Cast; Hollow-Cast; Model Wells; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Speedwell; Speedwell Well; T and B; T&B; Taylor & Barratt; Taylor And Barratt; Toy Wells; Water Well; Well Models; Well Toys;
This is the lead original, although the company is known as a hollow-cast producer, items like this are more traditionally made, poured-lead 'solid' castings, this is a cross-over piece with a plastic roof on a metal body, so is probably 'Barratt' rather than 'Taylor & Barratt'?

Barratt & Sons; Barratt And Son's; Barratt Farm; Barratt Well; Farm Toys; Farm Wells; FG Taylor & Sons; FGT; Hollow Cast; Hollow-Cast; Model Wells; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Speedwell; Speedwell Well; T and B; T&B; Taylor & Barratt; Taylor And Barratt; Toy Wells; Water Well; Well Models; Well Toys;
Production was eventually all-plastic and here is a later one with polymer body and roof, but still with a metal bucket and wire winding handle. You may have noticed - before reading this far! - another piece of plastic, on the bottom of the moulding? Well . . .

Barratt & Sons; Barratt And Son's; Barratt Farm; Barratt Well; Farm Toys; Farm Wells; FG Taylor & Sons; FGT; Hollow Cast; Hollow-Cast; Model Wells; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Speedwell; Speedwell Well; T and B; T&B; Taylor & Barratt; Taylor And Barratt; Toy Wells; Water Well; Well Models; Well Toys;
. . . I think this well is the first of the wells we've looked at, which is designed to hold actual water? The 'cap' is manufactured from neutral granules, is semi-transparent and can only be there to provide a seal so that water can be poured into the mould . . . how cool is that, it was the 1950's after all!

Many thanks to Barney for (what are very good-) images and the data, I'll update the other two posts to reflect the new information with links to here.

Previously;
Original Post
Follow-up Post
(post below this one on the page)

Thursday, October 22, 2020

F is for Follow-up, Q is for Question Time, W is for Well, Well, Well!

Chris sent an interesting item to the Blog the other day, or pictures of it which is just as good! Further to the water wells I shew (like showed but shorter!)* the other day . . .

*Heay, cummon' Throwed/Threw, Growed/Grew, Knowed/Knew . . . can someone get all those wiggly red lines off my word.docx?

On the left of Chris's line-up here is the F.G Taylor well we saw last time, on the right is the Speedwell again, but the one in the middle is a newie! Chris wondered at Blue Box, I though similar and consulting the farm guru; Barney Brown over at Herald Toys & Models brought a confirmatory response, although he was no surer than either of us, it's just a hunch we all share?

There are two problems with calling-it for being Blue Box, the first is a Google search for all the various Blue Box and clone 'Home Farm' sets and similar items don't reveal this well, and secondly; it's not marked, which most - if not all - the larger items from their farm sets (window-trays or big-box) are/were.

It has some of the tropes of Hong Kong production though, the spray-painted bright green, thick plastic winder, shiny-polymers, even the mould-release pin-marks under the rim? An alternate proposition is that it might be Barratt & Sons, as if the Taylor's inherited the mould in the great post-war divvy-up, the Barrett's would have needed a well for their farm?

Note the separate plug-in woodwork for what is otherwise ostensibly the Taylor design, and the plastic bucket. I'm sure I've seen one of these, I remember the kink in the winding arm . . . possibly when I was  a dealers apprentice! Barney's seen them as well.

I even checked the Codeg Camberwick Green sets in case I'd forgotten an accessory from the larger village boxed-set! I hadn't.

Anyway having contacted Barney I also sought and gratefully received permission to use the image I had mentioned last time, both to embiggen this post and  . . . well, to grow the well of knowledge of wells - I should be stopped!!

It shows another variation of the Taylor design (far left example) which could be any of the Speedwell stable-mates (Trojan, Kentoy, Una/VP), newer 'old' plastics (BMS, BR), or Barratt, or even (shiny polymer!) a Hong Kong pirate? barney says it came in a 'substantial' collection of Taylor farm though?

So; follow-up followed-up, the question marks are does anyone know for definite who issued/made either of the unknown wells . . . well?

Thanks to Chris Smith and Barney Brown for the above images.

Barney Brown of Herald Toys & Models cleared up the Barratt question here, so we are still looking for two other names to pin to the unknowns!

F is for Follow-up - Pyro Sailors

By way of a follow-up to his own donation to the Blog, Brian Berke has sent the following to add to the post with the Pyro sailors from April gone . . .

America's Cup; American Cup racer; Fishing Schooner; Gertrude Thebaud; Hobby Kits; Life Like; Life-Like; Lifelike Schooner; Lindberg Ship; Marines; Model Boats; Model Ships; Model Vessels; Plastic Model Kits; Pyro Plastics; Pyro Schooner; Pyro Toys; Sailing Ship Toy; Sailors; Ship Models; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
The Pyro Schooner model kit came with colour-matched runners of the figures we previously saw as stand-alone marine-modelling accessories and - for a second - I thought "What a swizz, you had to buy two packs (of the seperates) to get all of them!", then I realised the kit has two duplicate runners!

America's Cup; American Cup racer; Fishing Schooner; Gertrude Thebaud; Hobby Kits; Life Like; Life-Like; Lifelike Schooner; Lindberg Ship; Marines; Model Boats; Model Ships; Model Vessels; Plastic Model Kits; Pyro Plastics; Pyro Schooner; Pyro Toys; Sailing Ship Toy; Sailors; Ship Models; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
However Brian further reports that the later iterations of the kit (Life Like and Lindberg 'Classics' boxings above) don't have the figures included, which is odd as Pyro being gone (for the moulds to move-on/change hands) you wouldn't be able to source the little set we saw last time, or not with assumed ease?

I guess it was a separate mould, which would make it a smallish, man portable tool, which may have been nicked at some point, damaged or lost? Anyway, whatever happened to the figure mould; many thanks to Brian for the follow-up!

G is for Get Shorties!

Or; F is for Follow-up - ABC Marines

Chris Smith sent these two to the blog, and they are well worth the sending . . .

ABC; ABC Copies; ABC Hong Kong; ABC Toy Soldiers; Britains USMC; Dress Uniform; No 1 Dress; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toys; RAF Paratroopers; RAF Regiment; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; United States Marine Corps; US Army Uniforms; US Marines; US Navy; US Plastic Soldiers; USMC;
This is firstly his versions of the ones we looked at the other day, to the left of the rank (first three figures), but to the right are four smaller sub-piracies who have had white gloves and trousers in the past, while retaining black-belts, so clearly close-in hand-to-hand combat experts, all four of them, lovely find!

ABC; ABC Copies; ABC Hong Kong; ABC Toy Soldiers; Britains USMC; Dress Uniform; No 1 Dress; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toys; RAF Paratroopers; RAF Regiment; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; United States Marine Corps; US Army Uniforms; US Marines; US Navy; US Plastic Soldiers; USMC;
While here we see them in new colours, but the smaller sub-piracies again; note the different reds of the far-right chap's arm-v-body. This is really what collecting's all about, Swoppet knights? There's 97 lots of them on eBay right now - half mounted, several with tags/packaging - they're not rare, just nice!

But if anyone finds these between now and Christmas, send them to the Blog because they'll be as rare as the above figures and we'd all like to see them!

Cheers Chris, definitely not box-ticking!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

G is for Gilmark . . . again!

I posted two of these back in 2017 after a nice exchange with Ed Burg over at Toys & Stuff, but another exchange had then already been in gestation since about 2009, to wit a pair of first version Airfix Attack Force Patton's leaving these shores in a swap for 'something nice', well, that something-nice was finally settled-on the other day, and here, courtesy of Ken Taylor (who doesn't have a Blog I can link to!) are the other two Gilmark's.

105mm Gun; 25lbr; AFV's; China; Dime Store Toy; Dime Store Vehicles; Dimestore AFV; Gilmark; HMC; Hong Kong; Howitzer Motor Carriage; M7; Plastic AFV's; Priest SPG; Scout car; Self-Propelled Gun; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Scout Car; Toy SPG Model; US Halftracks; White's Scout Car;
I say the "other two" as I believe they only did the four military models in their wider range of dime-store vehicles, although some of the 'space trucks' come in a  metallic khaki which could pass for 'army man' colours and may find their way into the collection at some point!

But today we're looking at the White's scout car and Priest SPG, both equipped with a 105mm gun. technically a Priest should have a 25lbr and be in UK service, this being a Howitzer Motor Carriage (HMC) M7.

While some of the US half-tracks were fitted with guns for close-in infantry support, I don't think a scout car was ever so fitted, and this has limited traverse depending on which side the out-worker has heat-welded the plug-in - on mine he can sit on the right-hand corners and fire out of the left-hand corners . . . I'll look for one with the opposite configuration; they were only a dime!

105mm Gun; 25lbr; AFV's; China; Dime Store Toy; Dime Store Vehicles; Dimestore AFV; Gilmark; HMC; Hong Kong; Howitzer Motor Carriage; M7; Plastic AFV's; Priest SPG; Scout car; Self-Propelled Gun; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Scout Car; Toy SPG Model; US Halftracks; White's Scout Car;
The Gilmark with a far more recent offering from late 'Hong Kong' or early 'China', the method of attaching the gun is very similar, a plug-in, whose spigot is melted back, underneath, to provide a permanent washer or hub to prevent it being pulled out. They were common enough at toy soldier and war-games shows in the mid-1990's for me . . .

105mm Gun; 25lbr; AFV's; China; Dime Store Toy; Dime Store Vehicles; Dimestore AFV; Gilmark; HMC; Hong Kong; Howitzer Motor Carriage; M7; Plastic AFV's; Priest SPG; Scout car; Self-Propelled Gun; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Scout Car; Toy SPG Model; US Halftracks; White's Scout Car;
. . . to hoover-up three of these un-attributed/generics for what was pennies! My gun line with the gun-less one we looked at back at the start of the Blog being used as a 'defrocked' ammunition-carrier, command vehicle or forward-observation-post . . . in the rear!

What I like about the cheapie, is that it pays full homage to the older one (possibly without knowing of the Gilmark at all) with no metal parts, it's 100% plastic and a worthy successor to the dime-store toys of the past.

105mm Gun; 25lbr; AFV's; China; Dime Store Toy; Dime Store Vehicles; Dimestore AFV; Gilmark; HMC; Hong Kong; Howitzer Motor Carriage; M7; Plastic AFV's; Priest SPG; Scout car; Self-Propelled Gun; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Scout Car; Toy SPG Model; US Halftracks; White's Scout Car;
While putting them away I was reminded of the thermal-printing on some of them. This post ought to be accompanied by a few Spencer Smith troops, especially as both the 'here' and the 'storage' lot have been combined now, but since the Ed post I have discovered I already had an armored car, located the gun-less hull above and lost both the two in that post!

When they all turn up (they haven't got far) I'll do a 'final' post, maybe next summer in the garden with enemy and such-like, these dime-store toys always look better en mass! Cheers Ken!

A is for "And Now For Something Completely Different"!

A title I fear we have had before at least once, but after that vintage Soviet-bloc stuff, we're going the other way entirely with this little post, we looked at the figures from "the other" Kentoys before, here, but the rest of the play-set had some stuff of interest; primarily to war-gamers and/or modellers/dioramists in the 1:72nd-scale bracket.

Battlefield in a Box; Honda; Kentoys; Military Base; Military Miniatures; NO 29645; Panzer IV; People Carrier; Pick-up Truck; Plastic Army Toys; Rocket Launcher; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Technical Trucks; Toyota; War Games Accessories; War Gaming; Weapon Store;

No matter how hard you tug your brain when doing rocket-launchers (the other month) there will always be a few who fall through the net (I found some other green ones while looking for this lot's tub!), and here another one, not cap-firing, but sprung-loaded and ready to scare some kittens!

I think the truck and bottom - green part - of the rocket's cradle started life as a fire appliance/ladder-truck, in red plastic! It's a sort of late-FROG or Scud mounted on a vehicle which would disintegrate if asked to actually launch the thing, but for a bit of battlefield tactical-support in an 'old school' game, it's ready to run!

Battlefield in a Box; Honda; Kentoys; Military Base; Military Miniatures; NO 29645; Panzer IV; People Carrier; Pick-up Truck; Plastic Army Toys; Rocket Launcher; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Technical Trucks; Toyota; War Games Accessories; War Gaming; Weapon Store;
 It's escort-vehicle is a reasonable rendition of a Panzer IV and possibly the source (for the pirates) of the twin-barrelled ethylene rack-toy effort which was kicking around the pound-shops and 99p-stores a few years ago? Colouring would need sorting, but again, when I bought this (early 2000's?) it was just a cheap, ready-to-go 1:72nd scale model - bargain!

Battlefield in a Box; Honda; Kentoys; Military Base; Military Miniatures; NO 29645; Panzer IV; People Carrier; Pick-up Truck; Plastic Army Toys; Rocket Launcher; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Technical Trucks; Toyota; War Games Accessories; War Gaming; Weapon Store;
While support/C&C crews can travel to and from the weapon store in relative comfort, with a pair of 'technicals' (Toyota and Honda I think?) in a rather fetching 'British racing-green'!

Battlefield in a Box; Honda; Kentoys; Military Base; Military Miniatures; NO 29645; Panzer IV; People Carrier; Pick-up Truck; Plastic Army Toys; Rocket Launcher; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Technical Trucks; Toyota; War Games Accessories; War Gaming; Weapon Store;
However, the budding gamer's table isn't complete until it's littered with gribbles (like Tribbles - lots of them and they get in the way - but not so furry) and the set didn't disappoint with multiples of all these; a gamut of civil riot-control barriers and preventative-signage, and military defence stores including what appears to be elephant caltrops! You got two each of the larger pieces and four each of the smaller ones.

That's it; another box ticked, Kentoys (the other one!) NO 29645 - Military Base 1:72 play set.

K is for Kid's Stuff!

Another Russian maker, another new name to blog and new to the English speaking hobby, here at Small Scale World.

It's funny I posted that Krugozor the other day and TJF followed it up with a Russian post of his own (he did the same thing with the previous Polish post), but I'm bringing stuff new to the English speaking hobby, he's telling us about third generation copies of Linde copies of Dom (or Friedel or whoever - I really don't care Deadleaf) (which he had to get from someone else because he's a dealer not a collector), that he doesn't know the name of and which will be all over evilBay for the next 18-months! Yet, apparently, we’re supposed to think this makes him a legend and me the idiot?

This stuff has been around on the Russian sites for years, so I'm not much taking credit for it, although there's the effort of finding it and translating it, but it's in a different league to what TJF does and it's tiresome that all he's got is copying what I'm doing, or what a magazine's doing or what another site's doing! Tiresome and unoriginal, that's TJF.

Московский Завод; Пластмассовых Игрушек "Малыш"; Infant Toy Soldiers; KID; Kid Toys Moscow; MALYSH; Moscow Plant; Moscow Toy Factory; Moskovskiy Zavod; Napoleonic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toys 'Malysh'; Plastmassovykh Igrushek "Malysh"; Russian Guards; Russian Infantry; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Toy Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Soldiers;
Anyway, 'Kid' or Malyesh; another of the Moscow firms which were swallowed-up by Krugozor, but unlike MKI, don't seem to have survived the break-up after the Iron Curtain came down . . . well, it sort of fell-down didn't it!

The full translation makes Kid the obvious choice:

Московский завод пластмассовых игрушек «Малыш»

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Moskovskiy zavod plastmassovykh igrushek "Malysh"

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Moscow plant of plastic toys 'Malysh'

Малыш» = Malysh = Kid (think: Kiddycraft, Little Tikes, Kinder), otherwise it would be a right mouthful! Although I will tag them as 'Kid Toys Moscow'.

Above is a cross section of their toy soldiers and a sample of the colours, and they are 'toy' soldiers aimed at infants, the small ones were five kopeks when a Ruble was 60-odd cents, so maybe 1½p?

Московский Завод; Пластмассовых Игрушек "Малыш"; Infant Toy Soldiers; KID; Kid Toys Moscow; MALYSH; Moscow Plant; Moscow Toy Factory; Moskovskiy Zavod; Napoleonic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toys 'Malysh'; Plastmassovykh Igrushek "Malysh"; Russian Guards; Russian Infantry; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Toy Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Soldiers;
These are worked in the same stable PVC-like rubber material as the MKI cavalry, and one or two other colours exist, including a semi-transparet yellow, but they may be polyethylene production (possibly from one of that Odessa mob!), I've yet to find out.

I thought these two were different, but the red one's lost his plume, they are from a set of four which consisted of two Frenchies and two Russians, I'm missing the Russian with shako, who is similar to the yellow Frenchies seen in this post, but with a shorter headdress.

Московский Завод; Пластмассовых Игрушек "Малыш"; Infant Toy Soldiers; KID; Kid Toys Moscow; MALYSH; Moscow Plant; Moscow Toy Factory; Moskovskiy Zavod; Napoleonic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toys 'Malysh'; Plastmassovykh Igrushek "Malysh"; Russian Guards; Russian Infantry; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Toy Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Soldiers;
These only seem to come in the one pose, although there are differences between my two, the bases are quite different (one a squashed ovoid, the other penny-round), as are the bayonets and the way they hold the butts of their muskets. Also one is marked with a price the other isn't, and apparently some carried the bear-logo but I don't have any of those yet.

Московский Завод; Пластмассовых Игрушек "Малыш"; Infant Toy Soldiers; KID; Kid Toys Moscow; MALYSH; Moscow Plant; Moscow Toy Factory; Moskovskiy Zavod; Napoleonic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toys 'Malysh'; Plastmassovykh Igrushek "Malysh"; Russian Guards; Russian Infantry; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Toy Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Soldiers;

This was a single lot and when I saw it on feebleBay I wondered if the others I had might not actually be board-game playing-pieces, but the info' from Russia is clear that there's the one set of four Napoleonics and the other larger chap, all sold from counter-boxes I think; you may have been able to get one of each of the Napoleonic set (with or without an aeroplane?) in a little bag?

Added later the same day - when I was picking these up, I kept thinking I'd seen them before and/or that I must have some somewhere, if you're getting the same feeling looking at them . . . it might be because they are the same size and have the same bases as the hard styrene, yellowish GI figures which came with the bigger Pyro boxed sets of dime-store AFV's!

C is for Collectivism

Or 'collectivisation' . . . we saw in the previous post how modern Russian collectors were 'accusing' an Odessa factory of "copying" the MKI riders, but the thing is, under the Soviet system of socialism (which was the other side of the Fascist coin, and had little do with socialist principles for not very long!), it wasn't about copying in the piracy sense of the word, but rather being allocated the permission, or even ordered to produce something which might have appeared first elsewhere.

We've seen it with Progress, where the set of revolutionary cavalry were issued in the Bulgarian factory in Sofia, in primary colours, by Progress Russia (probably one of the Moscow plants but they had several) in red plastic (and by at least two other plants) and we're looking at it now, where we find one (of several) Odessa plants producing items previously credited to Kultbyttovarov (Craft Workshops) - who were also in Odessa

З-д "Полимер" г.Одесса; Крейсера «Аврора»; Линкора; Морской парад; Эсминца; Battleship; Complete Set; Cruiser "Aurora"; Destroyer; Hospital Ship; Kultbyttovarov; Marine Parade; Naval Toys; Odessa Cultural Goods; Odessa Plastics Factory; Russian Craft; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Ships; Russian Vessels; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Plastic Novelty; Soviet Plastic Toy; Torpeado Boat; USSR Plastic Toys;
It's the micro-ships, or a complete 'Marine Parade' micro-navy! З-д "Полимер" г.Одесса = Z-d "Polymer" h.Odessa = Zavod "Polymer" from Odessa = 'Odessa Plastics Factory' are the culprits this time, and . . . being only just down the road from Kultbyttovarov in a nation with umpteen time-zones, whatever the relationship between the two plants and/or the two mould tools' was; true-piracy it wasn't.

З-д "Полимер" г.Одесса; Крейсера «Аврора»; Линкора; Морской парад; Эсминца; Battleship; Complete Set; Cruiser "Aurora"; Destroyer; Hospital Ship; Kultbyttovarov; Marine Parade; Naval Toys; Odessa Cultural Goods; Odessa Plastics Factory; Russian Craft; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Ships; Russian Vessels; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Plastic Novelty; Soviet Plastic Toy; Torpeado Boat; USSR Plastic Toys;
You get . . .

Marine Parade Complete Set

  • № 01 Destroyer
  • № 02 Battleship
  • № 03 Boat (x2)
  • № 04 Submarine (x2)
  • № 05 Torpedo Boat
  • № 06 Hospital [ship]
  • № 07 Cruiser 'Aurora'

They come in many other colours, I was watching some blue ones the other day but they were a bit tatty and then I found the whole set so grabbed them, but neither colour is particularly easy to photograph.

З-д "Полимер" г.Одесса; Крейсера «Аврора»; Линкора; Морской парад; Эсминца; Battleship; Complete Set; Cruiser "Aurora"; Destroyer; Hospital Ship; Kultbyttovarov; Marine Parade; Naval Toys; Odessa Cultural Goods; Odessa Plastics Factory; Russian Craft; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Ships; Russian Vessels; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Plastic Novelty; Soviet Plastic Toy; Torpeado Boat; USSR Plastic Toys;
The Kultbyttovarov ones (two green above, red below) are if anything the slightly better mouldings, and are about a millimeter longer and have smoother waterlines but are otherwise the same, albeit wearing the logo missing on The Odessa Plastics' ones.

So it would appear that whenever, whoever (by way of a Communist-party apparatchik) gave the clearance for the second factory to cover the same models as the first, he or she was talking to Odessa Plastics about Odessa Kultbyttovarov!

З-д "Полимер" г.Одесса; Крейсера «Аврора»; Линкора; Морской парад; Эсминца; Battleship; Complete Set; Cruiser "Aurora"; Destroyer; Hospital Ship; Kultbyttovarov; Marine Parade; Naval Toys; Odessa Cultural Goods; Odessa Plastics Factory; Russian Craft; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Ships; Russian Vessels; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Plastic Novelty; Soviet Plastic Toy; Torpeado Boat; USSR Plastic Toys;
Different logo to the cat/bear's head of Kultbyttovarov on the Odessa Plastics Factory flyer, and with the markings only found on one set, we know they are separate production tranches from different tools and that - consequently - even ignoring colours, we have twice as many to find . . . the beauty of collecting!

З-д "Полимер" г.Одесса; Крейсера «Аврора»; Линкора; Морской парад; Эсминца; Battleship; Complete Set; Cruiser "Aurora"; Destroyer; Hospital Ship; Kultbyttovarov; Marine Parade; Naval Toys; Odessa Cultural Goods; Odessa Plastics Factory; Russian Craft; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Ships; Russian Vessels; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Plastic Novelty; Soviet Plastic Toy; Torpeado Boat; USSR Plastic Toys;
My whole fleet steaming into action to give Fritzie a bloody-nose! Although the 'Torpedo Boat' is more of a post-war surface-to-surface missile carrier of rather fictional design? And the Aurora is an old WWI/Dreadnaught-era vessel

You may have noticed the Hospital ship is in need of a doctor itself; the seller had several sets and they all seem to suffer the same shrinkage damage, but good ones are out there as this page can attest.

The scale too, is all over the place, rather like the MPC 'minis' and a comparison is needed, but that can be for another day!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

MKI is for Московский Комбинат Игрушек

Or . . . Moskovskiy Kombinat Igrushek, literally translated as Moscow Combine [of] Toys, properly the Moscow Toy Factory, one of the 20-odd which were grouped under the Krugozor 'super combine' (which I mentioned the other day) for the late 1970's through to the 1990's, they (MKI) managed to survive and hive themselves off again!

МКИ; Московский Комбинат Игрушек; Bogatyr; Budenovets; Cossack with Spear; Cuirassier; Dzhigit with a saber; Hussar; Kiev Rus Knight; Kuban Cossack; MKI - МКИ; Moscow Toy Factory; Moskovskiy Kombinat Igrushek; Polish copy; Red Guard; Roman; Russian Cavalry; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Toy Soldiers; Saracen; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tatar; Teutonic Knight; Winged hussar;
I love these, I only have one pose, but I have pictures of all of them and will slowly build a collection, also, they were - I believe - originally sold in matching sets, horse and rider in the same colour (there are many colours), with a non colour-matched lance or spear, if required; some have sculpted-in weaponry, swords and the like.

Different sources state that they were copied by a co-operative in Odessa (under collectivisation this would have been a permissive thing, like the different sets of Progress revolutionary cavalry we've seen here at Small Scale World in the past), copied by a Polish company and re-issued under Krugozor, while someone was supposed to have issued a complimentary 'new' figure a few years ago, but I now can't find the details of that?

МКИ; Московский Комбинат Игрушек; Bogatyr; Budenovets; Cossack with Spear; Cuirassier; Dzhigit with a saber; Hussar; Kiev Rus Knight; Kuban Cossack; MKI - МКИ; Moscow Toy Factory; Moskovskiy Kombinat Igrushek; Polish copy; Red Guard; Roman; Russian Cavalry; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Toy Soldiers; Saracen; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tatar; Teutonic Knight; Winged hussar;
This is my original MKI jobbie, he's a synthetic-rubber/PVC (like Malyesh's output), and has a larger ring-hand hole, so gets a kebab stick as his replacement lance!

The sculptor of the originals is given as Mikhail Anoshin and what I love about them is the stylisation, they remind me almost of the Bayeux tapestry, or - more poignantly - the work of Russian artist Ivan Bilibin, whos work I've loved since I picked-up a book of his theatrical/operatic stage-designs in 1981 or '82, and an exhibition of who's work, in London, I managed to get to, in the early 1990's.

МКИ; Московский Комбинат Игрушек; Bogatyr; Budenovets; Cossack with Spear; Cuirassier; Dzhigit with a saber; Hussar; Kiev Rus Knight; Kuban Cossack; MKI - МКИ; Moscow Toy Factory; Moskovskiy Kombinat Igrushek; Polish copy; Red Guard; Roman; Russian Cavalry; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Toy Soldiers; Saracen; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tatar; Teutonic Knight; Winged hussar;
Mine is the 'Russian knight' I believe (or Bogatyr, contemporary of the Redcat Rus we saw earlier today), but which one I'm not so sure, there seem to be two? This is a later version/copy in polyethylene; it's a dense one too, which makes the rider a bit stiff for the horse, but a good shove does the trick! He has a smaller ring-hand hole, so gets a toothpick!

The set would appear to be a 12-count, but with the copies and possible mould-damage at some point leading to a new horse and possibly some detail changes, it is now an arguable 13 to find? There is a good thread on them here, and armed with the scratch info' here presented (for the first time in English?), you won't need Russian-language to enjoy the pictures, the sculptor is seen at work on them on page three, there's a stunning line-up at the top of page five, while page six has the 'main 12' in high-resolution.

These are the supposed '13' of them:

  • 1. Polish Winged Hussar
  • 2. Knight (Teutonic/mid-late medieval)
  • 3. Bogatyr (early/Rus knight + Polish copy)
  • 4. Roman
  • 5. Saracen
  • 6. Tatar
  • 7. Hussar
  • 8. Cuirassier
  • 9. Cossack with Spear
  • 10. Red Guard (two versions of horse)
  • 11. Dzhigit/Zaporozhye with Saber (Ottoman/Caucasian and Central Asian horseman)
  • 12. Budenovets (revolutionary horseman)
  • 13. Kuban/Don Cossack (on a cuirassier horse with 'harem' trousers) 

МКИ; Московский Комбинат Игрушек; Bogatyr; Budenovets; Cossack with Spear; Cuirassier; Dzhigit with a saber; Hussar; Kiev Rus Knight; Kuban Cossack; MKI - МКИ; Moscow Toy Factory; Moskovskiy Kombinat Igrushek; Polish copy; Red Guard; Roman; Russian Cavalry; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Toy Soldiers; Saracen; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tatar; Teutonic Knight; Winged hussar;
While, as I said above; MKI extracted themselves from Krugozor after the fall of the 'curtain' and can be found, still-trading, here.

Red is for Cat

A real box ticker here, rather like them, don't know much about them, although their WWII stuff was all over the place about five years ago (Peter Evans sent the Germans to the Blog I think, and I'm not sure they got covered properly?), but to get Redcat (for it is they!) into the tag list, here's nothing!

СОЛДАТИКИ; 12-14th Century's; 210-11-67; A-to-Z; I-7630; Made in China; Marx Knights sculpts; Modern Russian Production; Padgett Bro's.; Plastic Knights; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Knights; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Rack-Toys; Red Cat; Red is for Cat; Redcat Toys; Rus; Russian Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SOLDATIKI; Toy Soldiers;
Modern Russian producer, but not charging 40, 60 or even 80-quid for the set, but rather a few dollars with six dollars postage! Which is the intrinsic value of a handful of made in China rack-toys - for that is what we have here, bagged with a header card and manufactured in a tough ethylene, or a polypropylene/nylon type polymer!

СОЛДАТИКИ; 12-14th Century's; 210-11-67; A-to-Z; I-7630; Made in China; Marx Knights sculpts; Modern Russian Production; Padgett Bro's.; Plastic Knights; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Knights; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Rack-Toys; Red Cat; Red is for Cat; Redcat Toys; Rus; Russian Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SOLDATIKI; Toy Soldiers;
Sold simply as 'Soldiers' СОЛДАТИКИ = SOLDATIKI = soldiers, and as 'set II' by the seller, I've not encountered a set I, nor had the seller got one (I asked!), so they may be stand alone or a continuation of a series? I think they represent Russian knights of the12-14th Century period.

СОЛДАТИКИ; 12-14th Century's; 210-11-67; A-to-Z; I-7630; Made in China; Marx Knights sculpts; Modern Russian Production; Padgett Bro's.; Plastic Knights; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Knights; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Rack-Toys; Red Cat; Red is for Cat; Redcat Toys; Rus; Russian Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SOLDATIKI; Toy Soldiers;
They reminded me of the recent third or fourth generation copies of the old Marx knight sculpts, imported by Padgett Bro's./A-to-Z, and while there's no actual connection I took a shot and hopefully you can see what I was thinking of!

Weapons on the new figures are a bit leery or oversized and the mace (?) on the far right needs . . . something! Work; it needs work!

СОЛДАТИКИ; 12-14th Century's; 210-11-67; A-to-Z; I-7630; Made in China; Marx Knights sculpts; Modern Russian Production; Padgett Bro's.; Plastic Knights; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Knights; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Rack-Toys; Red Cat; Red is for Cat; Redcat Toys; Rus; Russian Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SOLDATIKI; Toy Soldiers;
A first outing for Redcat in the Tags/on the Blog, so a bit late for a box-tick, but I'm only human! These are some of the other sets mentioned above and I'll try to find the Germans and get them up here.

СОЛДАТИКИ; 12-14th Century's; 210-11-67; A-to-Z; I-7630; Made in China; Marx Knights sculpts; Modern Russian Production; Padgett Bro's.; Plastic Knights; Plastic Toy Figures; Plastic Toy Knights; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Rack-Toys; Red Cat; Red is for Cat; Redcat Toys; Rus; Russian Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SOLDATIKI; Toy Soldiers;
Occasionally you take a couple of shots which - if animated together - produce a slight 3D effect and this is one of those cases, the two shots used here would normally have been deleted in favour of the upper image in the second picture above, but they make a fun thing!