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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, December 6, 2020

T is for Two - More Poultry!

Hey, it's Christmas and I always do 'other stuff' in December, and I meant to get this up yesterday, as a follow-up to the other one, managed the text, got the tagging done this morning, but only succeeded in finding the time to publish now!

It actually predates yesterday's post and is one of the 700-odd languishing in Picasa, when I titled the other post's folder 'Poultry' it defaulted to Poultry_1; reminding me this pair was there too!

Airfix; Cherilea Poultry; Chicken; Chicken Figurines; Cockerel Model; Cockrel; Hen & Cock; Hen Flat; Hens; Kleeware; Mettoy; Mettoy Playcraft; Model Poultry; Poultry Models; Q is for Question Time; Semi Flat; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; toy Poultry; Tri-ang; Triang; Unknown Poultry; Unknown Toy Figures;
I posted a growing sample of these a few years ago and thought it was worth a progress-shot; my growing flock of Cherilea 'large scale' hens and cockerels! Normally you only have one adult cock in a flock, as soon as the 'teenagers' start to look like wanting to fight, they go in the deep freeze! You can de-spur them to minimise damage if they are serving a larger flock in a big free-range setting, but it's easier to just have the one.

Many years ago, and soon after I first joined my father in Alderney we were given a bunch of poultry by the outgoing tenants of Rose Farm and made the mistake of letting two spurred cocks get together in a pen and they tore each other to hell, but separating them wasn't easy and they can do you damage when their bloods-up. And it's not just the spurs, they will be pecking to get an eye out.

Airfix; Cherilea Poultry; Chicken; Chicken Figurines; Cockerel Model; Cockrel; Hen & Cock; Hen Flat; Hens; Kleeware; Mettoy; Mettoy Playcraft; Model Poultry; Poultry Models; Q is for Question Time; Semi Flat; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; toy Poultry; Tri-ang; Triang; Unknown Poultry; Unknown Toy Figures;
'Q is for question time' on this one; it's hard polystyrene, stylised and semi-flat with an England mark on the starboard tail! Possibly from a large tin-plate truck or Doll's House accessory set, something like that.

Airfix; Cherilea Poultry; Chicken; Chicken Figurines; Cockerel Model; Cockrel; Hen & Cock; Hen Flat; Hens; Kleeware; Mettoy; Mettoy Playcraft; Model Poultry; Poultry Models; Q is for Question Time; Semi Flat; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; toy Poultry; Tri-ang; Triang; Unknown Poultry; Unknown Toy Figures;
A close up of the marking, needs a clean too, I think I've seen these in a pale greyish salmon-pink and possibly black, but I might be getting confused with the soft plastic ones with the heavy-cone bases, which turned out to be Thomas-Poplar and from a farm pick-up's accessory crate.

I'd like it to be Airfix, but suspect it's probably Kleeware or the Lines' family of Triang-Mettoy?

Friday, December 4, 2020

P is for Postponed Posts, Poultry and Pottering About!

Right, real life is going to make increasing in-roads for a while, it won't stop me posting, but some of the stuff penciled in for December will probably slide into the new year, other stuff won't happen and I'll pick at what's hanging around here half-done!

It's a pain, yet I can hardly claim 2020's been a vintage year, but I was hoping after a slow late-summer/autumn to pull a few stops out at the end; that probably won't happen now. A joint 'season' with Brain B has almost certainly gone for a Burton's, but I'll try to work at it for January, a space mini-season with another contributor will probably now be a single follow-up and plans for Santa's & Snowmen will wait for next year, but I have some Nativity in the can, which I'll try to get finished in the moments available!

Bath Ducks; Bath Toy; Birds; Britains Farm; Britains Poultry; Chicken & Chicks; Chicks and Chickens; Cresent Poultry; Flat Poultry; Kinder Flamingo; Novelty Birds; Owl; Plastic Birds; Plastic Cockerel; Plastic Ducks; Plastic Flamingo; Plastic Geese; Plastic HensPlastic Chicks; Plastic Penquin; Plastic Poultry; Poultry Models; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Birds; Toy ChickenPlastic Chicken; Toy Cockerel; Toy Ducks; Toy Flamingo; Toy Geese; Toy Owl; Toy Penguins; Toy Poultry; Wooden Flats;

I think I've mentioned before that increasingly I'm going for thematic/subject matter sorting of the collection, rather than maker/scale, and to that end one of the early subjects was the whole bird-world and poultry sector!

These are all the recent acquisitions (last 9-months or so), and some will have been seen before in H is for . . . 's, but getting them together to take to the relevant boxes in the loft was an excuse for another picture!

Clockwise in a spiral from the top left we have; a terracotta owl ornament, a probably French key-ring (wine and cockerels? It's not Barnsley!), a modern China goose in PVC, crappy HK turkey, British duck (Britains or Hillco? Another day!), Kinder flamingo, Crescent family group, a very-solid piece of - possibly cast iron - metal duck (modern), then a blow-moulded swan (probably from a Hong Kong doll's set), larger blow-moulded novelty duck, a green bird which could be an Indian Runner duck or a stretching goose, but is - I think - supposed to be a penguin and finally a novelty 'rubber ducky' in blue, probably a cracker or gum-ball capsule machine prise, also blow-moulded.

I'm actually building quite a group of those miniaturised bath-ducks! They were/are - along with swan sets -  a popular novelty and I've seen carded 'families' in different sizes.

Bath Ducks; Bath Toy; Birds; Britains Farm; Britains Poultry; Chicken & Chicks; Chicks and Chickens; Cresent Poultry; Flat Poultry; Kinder Flamingo; Novelty Birds; Owl; Plastic Birds; Plastic Cockerel; Plastic Ducks; Plastic Flamingo; Plastic Geese; Plastic HensPlastic Chicks; Plastic Penquin; Plastic Poultry; Poultry Models; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Birds; Toy ChickenPlastic Chicken; Toy Cockerel; Toy Ducks; Toy Flamingo; Toy Geese; Toy Owl; Toy Penguins; Toy Poultry; Wooden Flats;
With them were these wooden flats (from Peter Evans I think?) which I left in the bag for a reason, as I was pretty sure I'd another one!

Bath Ducks; Bath Toy; Birds; Britains Farm; Britains Poultry; Chicken & Chicks; Chicks and Chickens; Cresent Poultry; Flat Poultry; Kinder Flamingo; Novelty Birds; Owl; Plastic Birds; Plastic Cockerel; Plastic Ducks; Plastic Flamingo; Plastic Geese; Plastic HensPlastic Chicks; Plastic Penquin; Plastic Poultry; Poultry Models; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Birds; Toy ChickenPlastic Chicken; Toy Cockerel; Toy Ducks; Toy Flamingo; Toy Geese; Toy Owl; Toy Penguins; Toy Poultry; Wooden Flats;
As I was taking them up, I found another, a rather nice cockerel who could be that French/Portuguese family of PVC products being the same stiff material, but from the eyes I think he is a newer cartoon character by someone like Phidal?

Bath Ducks; Bath Toy; Birds; Britains Farm; Britains Poultry; Chicken & Chicks; Chicks and Chickens; Cresent Poultry; Flat Poultry; Kinder Flamingo; Novelty Birds; Owl; Plastic Birds; Plastic Cockerel; Plastic Ducks; Plastic Flamingo; Plastic Geese; Plastic HensPlastic Chicks; Plastic Penquin; Plastic Poultry; Poultry Models; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Birds; Toy ChickenPlastic Chicken; Toy Cockerel; Toy Ducks; Toy Flamingo; Toy Geese; Toy Owl; Toy Penguins; Toy Poultry; Wooden Flats;
When I took them up, I found the similar pickings from last year/early this year were sat on top of the stack waiting the 'full-sort', which was probably when I got the idea for this thematic post! And there was the other wooden flat!

Snaking down we have a pair of modern Chinese ducks, one large one small; we've seen these before, both from my collection and a contributor and they are always well painted - like owls, there is a sub-hobby who only collect these ornamental ducks.

The standing mallard-type is ceramic and probably a fair-ground prize or 'fairing', below him another well painted model of a goose (or non-UK-native swan?), another ceramic owl, a chewed 'chook', two more duckies, one a pink blow-mould, the other a 'proper' rubber duck with squeaker and key-chain hook and finally a moulten-glass sculpture which may be a duck with a broken upper beak, or some kind of tropical toucan thing? Always listed by hopeful evilBayers as Murano, they rarely are and I tend to pick them up in Charity shops for 50p

Bath Ducks; Bath Toy; Birds; Britains Farm; Britains Poultry; Chicken & Chicks; Chicks and Chickens; Cresent Poultry; Flat Poultry; Kinder Flamingo; Novelty Birds; Owl; Plastic Birds; Plastic Cockerel; Plastic Ducks; Plastic Flamingo; Plastic Geese; Plastic HensPlastic Chicks; Plastic Penquin; Plastic Poultry; Poultry Models; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Birds; Toy ChickenPlastic Chicken; Toy Cockerel; Toy Ducks; Toy Flamingo; Toy Geese; Toy Owl; Toy Penguins; Toy Poultry; Wooden Flats;
"Revenge of the Giant Chickens! Opens Bank-Holiday Monday, in a theatre near you! Be amazed, be shocked, and be sure to buy a choc-ice during the intermission!"

Quickly brought together, these are from larger Erzgebirge-style sets, and similar stuff exists in most countries, but from her garb I suspect some Eastern import, probably between the wars . . . Poland or Czechoslovakia?

I think I may have other animals (pigs/sheep) from the same set somewhere, and you do see them in rummage-trays at the 'London'  toy soldier shows in among the ratted hollow-cast, we imported a lot of Christmas decorations from both countries in that period, and we seem to have shipped-in a few of these!

Thursday, December 3, 2020

News, Views Etc . . . Vectis - Early December

 Next two Vectis auctions are later today and tomorrow; nice things in both . . .

ET Phone Home
Lot 183
'Go Home' 

Thursday 3rd December 2020 10:00am
TV and Movie Related Sale - starts 10:00hrs

"The TV and Film related sale to be held on the 3rd of December features an interesting collection from a Hasbro employee, items include standard samples and prototypes, from Transformers, Robin Hood Prince of Thieves, and Star Wars. Further items in the sale include Action Man vintage equipment, accessories, outfits, vehicles and figures. Star Wars carded and loose vintage figures, Legacy Collection and 30th Anniversary collection; Planet of the Apes carded figures, Dr Who, Austin Powers, Lord of the Rings, He-Man Masters of the Universe, Star Trek and Superhero figures. The sale will also include My Little Pony, Mezco Studiocraft Enchantica figurines, Cherlilea Military vehicles, books, magazines, annuals, Lego, signed photographs and displays, and games."

Catalogue and download

Gilbert "James Bond" 10-piece Figure Set which includes Miss Moneypenny, Largo, James Bond, M, Odd Job, Goldfinger, Domino, Dr. No, James Bond, 007, Secret Agent, Ian Fleming
Lot 1265
(see also 1266 and 1271)

Friday 4th December 2020
James Bond '007' and Specialist Die Cast Sale - starts 10:00hrs

"The James Bond and Specialist diecast sale to be held on the 4th of December starts with The Buckinghamshire Collection which features vehicles from Autoart, Minichamps, Kyosho, Corgi and Johnny Lightning, plus slot cars from Carrera and Scalextric. James Bond figures also feature, from Corgi, Action Man, Sideshow and Exclusive Toy productions, and the collection includes gift sets, props, books, memorabilia, and promotional items. The Sussex Collection features Corgi Gift sets promotional sets and posters, and The 50 Years of Bond Collection includes further Corgi vehicles and gift sets, Limited Edition Gift Sets, Autoart, Kyosho, Little Soldiers James Bond sets, figures, guns and pistols, Corgi Icon Figures, original and replica props, DVDs/VHS, advertising material, posters, and signed framed pictures. The sale will also include Part 2 of The Kempshott Collection, featuring Dinky buses and coaches, pre-war train sets and French Dinky; The Ian Townell Lotus Collection, a Mechanical Horse Collection and further items."

Catalogue and download

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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Public Service Announcement - On Trump's Progeny

 

Someone - who shall remain nameless to save him from being associated with my disrespectful shenanigans! - sent this as a follow up;

I've also seen some mock-ups of a My First Presidency (in Mattel branding?) which came with artwork suggesting further 'collectable' play sets! Personally I think he's losing his mind; Trump, not the contributor, him AND that nuttly-nuts lawyer of his!