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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.

Parachute Toys & Novelties

This is a new page (Jan. 2020) which will be added to over the next few weeks or months, one section at a time, each section appearing at the top of the page (so you don't have to scroll through familiar stuff each time) until it's relatively complete, then it will be further added to, occasionally, over time as new items/information comes to light.

Civilian Sports Sky-Divers
(D&D Distribution
Fizz Creations - Fun Express
Halsall's / HTI
Keycraft - Marshall's
Play Write / WH Cornelius
Top Toys / 99p Stores
&etc., Still TBA)

Even though some are described as 'soldiers'! This 'set' contains the same basic figures in - I think - five poses, but two distinct 'groups' and a whole bunch of issues/generations from several sources. They are all equipped as civilian sky-divers with fibre-glass reinforced plastic 'motorcycle' helmets, goggles and soft-soled boots

The main differentiator between the two groups being that the older group have standard, flimsy, polyethylene 'placky-bag' parachutes, the newer group have faux-silk parachutes with a mirroring, air-permeable net hanging below the true parachute, but we'll get on to them in a minute.

Plastic Parachutes

99p Stores; 99p Stores Parachutists; Civilian Sky-Divers; Civilian Sports Sky-Divers; D&D Distributers; D&D Distributers Parachutists; Faux-Silk Parachutes; Fizz Creations; Fizz Creations Parachutists; Fizz Parachutists; Fun Express; Fun Express Parachutists; Funtastic Parachutists; Halsall's; Halsall's Parachutists; HTI; HTI Parachutists; Key Craft Parachutists; Keycraft - Marshall's; Marshall's Parachutists; Play Write; Play Write Parachutists; Poundland Parachutists; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Success Parachutists; Top Toys; Top Toys Parachutists; W.H.Cornelius Parachutists; WH Cornelius;
Fizz Creations on the left and Play Write, formally Success (W.H.Cornelius) on the right, the pink bloke may be slightly earlier and is the donor-sculpt for two of the slightly smaller Fizz's, while the Play Write's are a sub-piracy of the other pose.

99p Stores; 99p Stores Parachutists; Civilian Sky-Divers; Civilian Sports Sky-Divers; D&D Distributers; D&D Distributers Parachutists; Faux-Silk Parachutes; Fizz Creations; Fizz Creations Parachutists; Fizz Parachutists; Fun Express; Fun Express Parachutists; Funtastic Parachutists; Halsall's; Halsall's Parachutists; HTI; HTI Parachutists; Key Craft Parachutists; Keycraft - Marshall's; Marshall's Parachutists; Play Write; Play Write Parachutists; Poundland Parachutists; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Success Parachutists; Top Toys; Top Toys Parachutists; W.H.Cornelius Parachutists; WH Cornelius;
The pink chap is larger than the others at 90mm foot-sole to top of helmet, while the rest are approximately 80mm, but in the latter case there is variation between the figure poses while the loop/rings attached for the shroud lines take upper measurements from 95mm for the various current figures to 105mm+ for the pink guy.

The upper row is from the Fun Express catalogue and seems to be a third generation of the smaller chaps, introducing another pose - hands on hips.

99p Stores; 99p Stores Parachutists; Civilian Sky-Divers; Civilian Sports Sky-Divers; D&D Distributers; D&D Distributers Parachutists; Faux-Silk Parachutes; Fizz Creations; Fizz Creations Parachutists; Fizz Parachutists; Fun Express; Fun Express Parachutists; Funtastic Parachutists; Halsall's; Halsall's Parachutists; HTI; HTI Parachutists; Key Craft Parachutists; Keycraft - Marshall's; Marshall's Parachutists; Play Write; Play Write Parachutists; Poundland Parachutists; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Success Parachutists; Top Toys; Top Toys Parachutists; W.H.Cornelius Parachutists; WH Cornelius;
This is a sizer between plastic 'chute guys and the red 'chutist, who's from the next lot, you can see size is pretty-much the same, although the figure is a next-generation sub-piracy, and the plastic is more like 'propylene than the 'ethylene of the others.

Fabric Parachutes

99p Stores; 99p Stores Parachutists; Civilian Sky-Divers; Civilian Sports Sky-Divers; D&D Distributers; D&D Distributers Parachutists; Faux-Silk Parachutes; Fizz Creations; Fizz Creations Parachutists; Fizz Parachutists; Fun Express; Fun Express Parachutists; Funtastic Parachutists; Halsall's; Halsall's Parachutists; HTI; HTI Parachutists; Key Craft Parachutists; Keycraft - Marshall's; Marshall's Parachutists; Play Write; Play Write Parachutists; Poundland Parachutists; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Success Parachutists; Top Toys; Top Toys Parachutists; W.H.Cornelius Parachutists; WH Cornelius;
From the left; Marshall's (now ceased trading), Key Craft (who have a logo similar to current Kinder but without the accompanying cloud) and D&D Distributers, all carrying the basic product, albeit in different packaging and both the fourth and fifth poses can be seen, one holding a ring above the head, the other with the arms raised but parted.

99p Stores; 99p Stores Parachutists; Civilian Sky-Divers; Civilian Sports Sky-Divers; D&D Distributers; D&D Distributers Parachutists; Faux-Silk Parachutes; Fizz Creations; Fizz Creations Parachutists; Fizz Parachutists; Fun Express; Fun Express Parachutists; Funtastic Parachutists; Halsall's; Halsall's Parachutists; HTI; HTI Parachutists; Key Craft Parachutists; Keycraft - Marshall's; Marshall's Parachutists; Play Write; Play Write Parachutists; Poundland Parachutists; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Success Parachutists; Top Toys; Top Toys Parachutists; W.H.Cornelius Parachutists; WH Cornelius;
Halsall's HTI were issued in packets with a window, while the blistered ones from 99p Stores (also now defunct) in Top Toys branding may have had an outing in the Funtastic colours of Poundland's in-store thing, as the latter (Poundland) bought the rump of the former (99p Stores).

Modern HALO / Special Forces
(Funtastic / Poundland
Hawkin / Tobar
Hunson / OKK Trading
Marshall's - Toyrific
&etc., Still TBA)

So; what will become the last section (and I'll edit this line out in a year or so!) at the bottom of the page gets to go first. I think we have looked at these on the main blog in dribs and drabs, but recent incomers have made a more comprehensive overview possible.

13109; 13109 PBF Parachute Soldier; 385-92-8473; Combat; Combat Force; Combat Parachute Man; Fight With The Best; Fun Tastic; FunTastic; Funtastik; Hawkin Tobar; Hawkin's Bazaar; Hawkin's Bazar; Hawkin-Tobar; Hawkins Bazaar; HL284; Hunson; Marshall Group Limited; Marshall Group Ltd.; Marshall's Imports; Marshall's Wholesalers; OKK Trading; Para Patrol; Para Trooper; Para troopers; Parachute Toy Page; Parachute Toys; Paratrooper Toys; Paratroopers; Paratroops; Poundland; Poundland (Funtastic); Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier Force; Super Parachutes; Tobar Toys; Toyrific Toys;
These came first (to Small Scale World's collection)* being about ten years old and as I mentioned last time being brand-marked to Hawkin's Bazaar rather than the then parent (?) Tobar, and are the largest of the three types so far discovered in this 'group'.

*Hold on? Am I now referring to myself in the third person . . . as a different entity? In addition to talking to myself! That'll sort-circuit Erwin Sell's brain-cells - won't it?!!

Quoting from the original post here; titled 13109 PBF Parachute Soldier, the five-figure stock code matching Tobar's [then] current coding, as does the manufacturer code (038728) but while the postcode given is Norwich, it’s different to the current Tobar postcode, however; there was a solvency problem with Hawkin's a few years ago reported here at the time and it'll all be connected to that.

The 'Max Headroom' guy with sunglasses (far left) was screen-cap'd from the Tobar website recently, so they both handled them in any-case!

13109; 13109 PBF Parachute Soldier; 385-92-8473; Combat; Combat Force; Combat Parachute Man; Fight With The Best; Fun Tastic; FunTastic; Funtastik; Hawkin Tobar; Hawkin's Bazaar; Hawkin's Bazar; Hawkin-Tobar; Hawkins Bazaar; HL284; Hunson; Marshall Group Limited; Marshall Group Ltd.; Marshall's Imports; Marshall's Wholesalers; OKK Trading; Para Patrol; Para Trooper; Para troopers; Parachute Toy Page; Parachute Toys; Paratrooper Toys; Paratroopers; Paratroops; Poundland; Poundland (Funtastic); Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier Force; Super Parachutes; Tobar Toys; Toyrific Toys;
I can't remember if Brian Berke shelfied these first (as Hunson, middle) or if I shelfied the Funtastic (Poundland, left) earlier, but it would have been months apart in any event and wouldn't be significant of anything in perticular. The Toyrific-branded set (right) was on their website.

Based on the earlier set, so far none of them are exactly the same, although 'Max Headroom' and Balaklava-face are similar, baseball-cap man is not and they are smaller than the possible influencing set.

13109; 13109 PBF Parachute Soldier; 385-92-8473; Combat; Combat Force; Combat Parachute Man; Fight With The Best; Fun Tastic; FunTastic; Funtastik; Hawkin Tobar; Hawkin's Bazaar; Hawkin's Bazar; Hawkin-Tobar; Hawkins Bazaar; HL284; Hunson; Marshall Group Limited; Marshall Group Ltd.; Marshall's Imports; Marshall's Wholesalers; OKK Trading; Para Patrol; Para Trooper; Para troopers; Parachute Toy Page; Parachute Toys; Paratrooper Toys; Paratroopers; Paratroops; Poundland; Poundland (Funtastic); Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier Force; Super Parachutes; Tobar Toys; Toyrific Toys;
Again; derivative, again; not exact copies ('Max Headroom's found a biggly-big gun folks!), again; a size reduction, but the - rather wacky - paint-schemes have been dropped. I have no brand for these, but they must be pretty current (so hopefully one of the first 'new' additions forthcoming, once it's come to light!) as they have all turned-up in the last year or so.

But . . . these may not be parachute toys at all. However, if they turn-out not to be, I won't be editing them out (a quick note will be added here, on what they actually are) as they are so clearly related to the two previous lots/sets. They have the cavity in their backs common with the others but nowhere to attach or control the shroud-lines, so they may be cheapo rack-toys with reduced-cost/material-weight sculpting!

13109; 13109 PBF Parachute Soldier; 385-92-8473; Combat; Combat Force; Combat Parachute Man; Fight With The Best; Fun Tastic; FunTastic; Funtastik; Hawkin Tobar; Hawkin's Bazaar; Hawkin's Bazar; Hawkin-Tobar; Hawkins Bazaar; HL284; Hunson; Marshall Group Limited; Marshall Group Ltd.; Marshall's Imports; Marshall's Wholesalers; OKK Trading; Para Patrol; Para Trooper; Para troopers; Parachute Toy Page; Parachute Toys; Paratrooper Toys; Paratroopers; Paratroops; Poundland; Poundland (Funtastic); Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier Force; Super Parachutes; Tobar Toys; Toyrific Toys;
Various scale comparisons, the figures are approximately 70/75, 90 and 100mm with variation within each set, and all have the same 'army gear' panoply of belt-order, cross-belts, more belts, grenades, knives, stuffed pockets, stuffed pouches and non-regulation kit worn and draped about them like a bunch of Black Magic men (and women!) delivering chocolates to Skynet!

One is reminded of the humanoid faction in the movie Small Soldiers, but elements of characters seen from Stallone, Schwarzenegger, Van Dam and the other one (diesel-rock, vine-stone?) in our cinemas, have to be taken into consideration, along with various comic-book creations and PC/Platform gaming characters such as Laura Croft.

13109; 13109 PBF Parachute Soldier; 385-92-8473; Combat; Combat Force; Combat Parachute Man; Fight With The Best; Fun Tastic; FunTastic; Funtastik; Hawkin Tobar; Hawkin's Bazaar; Hawkin's Bazar; Hawkin-Tobar; Hawkins Bazaar; HL284; Hunson; Marshall Group Limited; Marshall Group Ltd.; Marshall's Imports; Marshall's Wholesalers; OKK Trading; Para Patrol; Para Trooper; Para troopers; Parachute Toy Page; Parachute Toys; Paratrooper Toys; Paratroopers; Paratroops; Poundland; Poundland (Funtastic); Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier Force; Super Parachutes; Tobar Toys; Toyrific Toys;
Another scaler, with a new polymer-colour for the mid-range, multi-brand set and a second brand for the larger figures with a low-res' screen-capcha from the - now defunct - Marshall's catalogue, which; given things stay in the importers' catalogues for a few years and it's now several since they went under, puts them contemporary with the Hawkin's Bazarr un-carded lot.

Note also; that unlike the single-packed Hawkin's, the Marshall's get a flicky-launching handle with elastic-band like the mid-size set.

Thanks to Brian Berke, Chris Smith and Peter Evans, who have all sent some of the stuff in the above-seen, five images, and all in the last few years.

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