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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.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

C is for Call Answered

Chris Smith eMailed me a week or two ago a with a link to an eBay lot which I bought there and then, even before thanking him . . . it answered a question posed here a couple of times I think; the 'like late / Toyway-Timpo' highlanders, and revealed new poses!

Bagpipes; Band Master; Bandsmen; Bass Drum; Drum Major; Highland Bandsmen; Highland Musicians; Highland Pipes & Drums; Highland Toy Figures; No. 6000; Pipe Band; Pipe Major; Pipers; Pipes & Drums; Pipes And Drums; Scotland; Scottish International Gift; Side Drums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tourist Gift Set; Tourist Keepsake;
Credited to a Scottish International Gift, Scotland and clearly a touristy gift-item, it's a pretty standard window-box with a tombstone-card at the back that could be pierced for wire-hook peg-board hanging, but something which isn't done in the factory. A potted history of the bagpipes is provided on the rear of the extended card, along with a code NO. 6000, which as a round number is almost certainly a stand-alone, with no similar items in the (or 'a') line?

Bagpipes; Band Master; Bandsmen; Bass Drum; Drum Major; Highland Bandsmen; Highland Musicians; Highland Pipes & Drums; Highland Toy Figures; No. 6000; Pipe Band; Pipe Major; Pipers; Pipes & Drums; Pipes And Drums; Scotland; Scottish International Gift; Side Drums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tourist Gift Set; Tourist Keepsake;
I can't remember which new pose/s we encountered last time we looked at them here; was it the bass drummer or the pipe/band major? No matter, you get one of each, with two-each of the commoner side-drummers and pipers, which - of course - is why they are commoner, or turn-up more often, loose!

Bagpipes; Band Master; Bandsmen; Bass Drum; Drum Major; Highland Bandsmen; Highland Musicians; Highland Pipes & Drums; Highland Toy Figures; No. 6000; Pipe Band; Pipe Major; Pipers; Pipes & Drums; Pipes And Drums; Scotland; Scottish International Gift; Side Drums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tourist Gift Set; Tourist Keepsake;

I took them out on one of those warm days a while ago and marched them round the empty bird-bath past the weeping cherry!

The next day - I should add that paint and material wise they are very similar to both the late Timpo/Toyway factory-painted Highlanders and the Hong Kong Salvation Army band set, only the bases being the obvious visual difference, this is not to say there is any connection, painted PVC was big in the late 1970's through the bulk of the 1980's.

Bagpipes; Band Master; Bandsmen; Bass Drum; Drum Major; Highland Bandsmen; Highland Musicians; Highland Pipes & Drums; Highland Toy Figures; No. 6000; Pipe Band; Pipe Major; Pipers; Pipes & Drums; Pipes And Drums; Scotland; Scottish International Gift; Side Drums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tourist Gift Set; Tourist Keepsake;

"You told me I couldn't eat them
so I'm not even going to see them!"

Many thanks to Chris for spotting these and facilitating my sharing them with the rest of you! Funny thing is I think I recognise the box, so JB probably had a set when I was helping him, and if I'd paid more attention to large-scale when I was a small scale collector I would have had the answer all along!

The next day - I may of course be confusing the box with the painted sets of Ecsi 1:35th scale figures which I think were issued under the A-Toys branding, I also think they were in silver/grey boxes?

T is for Two - Webbs Rack Toys

Previously these pirates (1st set below) have been attributed to Dollar General in the US, I now seem to have a UK brand-mark, while the knights are 2nd or 3rd generation copies of the original 1970's Britains Deetail copies out of Hong Kong, now marked 'China' (like the pirates) and being hawked by the same rack-toy name - Webbs.

Britains Deetail; Cannon; Carded Knight Set; Carded Pirate Set; Carded Toys; Deetail Knights; Deetail Turks; Dollar General; Dollar General Pirates; Gwynedd; Knights; Lady Pirate; Little Boat; Little Jolly Boat; LL59 5RW; Menai Bridge; Mounted Knights; Pirates; Play Set; Play-Sets; Playset; Rack Toys; Rowing Boat; S Webb and Son; Saracen Warriors; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Super Knights; Supertoy; Supertoy Pirates; Webbs; WST048; WST051;
Packaging is about as generic as it comes on the front, but there is a consumer info panel and what looks like a phantom branding (but is actually S Webb and Son of Menai Bridge, Gwynedd) printed on the otherwise plain back, and the WST048 set's blister is 'space-filled' with spurious shite!

Britains Deetail; Cannon; Carded Knight Set; Carded Pirate Set; Carded Toys; Deetail Knights; Deetail Turks; Dollar General; Dollar General Pirates; Gwynedd; Knights; Lady Pirate; Little Boat; Little Jolly Boat; LL59 5RW; Menai Bridge; Mounted Knights; Pirates; Play Set; Play-Sets; Playset; Rack Toys; Rowing Boat; S Webb and Son; Saracen Warriors; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Super Knights; Supertoy; Supertoy Pirates; Webbs; WST048; WST051;
The spurious shite includes an injection-moulded copy of the old Noah's ark props and a rock wall, but the boat and cannon are useful and make up for the village-pond-with-coral-reef play mat!

There is another pose (swordsman, seen in black plastic in the rack-toy round-up, last ITLAPD), but of interest to the blog is a new pose here, the lady. She looks like she might be being made to walk the plank as a victim of wicked pirates, but is in fact holding a pistol in the small of her back with the clear intention of giving someone a third eye or a hole in the heart - generous girl! And don't worry - plenty in the bag for ITLAPD this year!

Britains Deetail; Cannon; Carded Knight Set; Carded Pirate Set; Carded Toys; Deetail Knights; Deetail Turks; Dollar General; Dollar General Pirates; Gwynedd; Knights; Lady Pirate; Little Boat; Little Jolly Boat; LL59 5RW; Menai Bridge; Mounted Knights; Pirates; Play Set; Play-Sets; Playset; Rack Toys; Rowing Boat; S Webb and Son; Saracen Warriors; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Super Knights; Supertoy; Supertoy Pirates; Webbs; WST048; WST051;
The seller is offering these in threes should you be tempted; and with the knights each assortment differs, but each blister (set WST051) gets two identical riders, so you need multiples to complete the set.

Britains Deetail; Cannon; Carded Knight Set; Carded Pirate Set; Carded Toys; Deetail Knights; Deetail Turks; Dollar General; Dollar General Pirates; Gwynedd; Knights; Lady Pirate; Little Boat; Little Jolly Boat; LL59 5RW; Menai Bridge; Mounted Knights; Pirates; Play Set; Play-Sets; Playset; Rack Toys; Rowing Boat; S Webb and Son; Saracen Warriors; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Super Knights; Supertoy; Supertoy Pirates; Webbs; WST048; WST051;
No filler and lots of separate weapons make these very useful purchases, although the play mat is "...far out there man" . . . with Frisian cows, stud-fencing, nicely-trimmed hedges and dry-stone walls sharing space with a pterodactyl, veggie'saur, giraffe and lion, while a Napoleonic grenade appears to be stuck half-way up the cliff . . . or is the pterodactyl bombing the mud-river with rocks??!!!!

That's them - they're still out & about there somewhere!

Friday, April 9, 2021

T is for Two - Mighty Antar's & Conquerors

We looked at both these back near the start of the blog and have revisited features of them once or twice I think, but the opportunity to do 'full line-ups' wasn't to be ignored, indeed; sorting and packing was held-up for a day while I struggled to find the Matchbox one, the others all lined up on the green-baize, with a gap ready!

Airfix Attack Force; Antar Transporter; Armoured Car; Battle Space; Budgie Toys; Centurion Tank; Conqueror Tank; Dinky Toys; Hornby Triang; Matchbox 1-75; Mighty Antar; Minic Motorways; Minic Push and Go; No. 106V; Pippin Toys; Push & Go; Push-and-Go; Raphael Lipkin; Rocket Launcher; Scotia Micro Armour; Skytrex Davco; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tank Transporter; The Lucky Toys; Thornycroft Mighty Antar; Tri Ang Toys; Tri-ang Toys; Triang Minic; Triang Toys;
From the rear/right; Raphael Lipkin/Pipin Toys (1:30th'ish), Dinky (1:43rd), Airfix (1:76th), Budgie (damaged), Matchbox (painted, badly!), unknown - might be Scotia? The last being two at approximately 1:125th 'box scale' and one 1:300th 'micro-armour' scale.

Anomalies include the Lipkin load being an FV 214 Conqueror rather than the Centurion (from Mk.5/1 - FV 4011) everyone else went with, the Budgie having the later cab design of the Mk.III [not 'mighty'] Antar with narrower bonnet and Matchbox having a simple rendition of the Sankey 50-Ton Tank Transporter trailer along with the error of the name 'Thornycroft' as "Thorneycroft" moulded on the base of the tractor-unit.

The micro-armour one is a curates egg, seemingly based on a ballast-body variant (draw-bar trailers, for the use of) it nevertheless has an articulated, fifth-wheel, DAF style trailer like the others, and may be based on the RAF's lone C6T variant, but with added 'saddle' fuel-tanks? The fuel tanks being used as tool-bins on the Lipkin biggie!

Airfix Attack Force; Antar Transporter; Armoured Car; Battle Space; Budgie Toys; Centurion Tank; Conqueror Tank; Dinky Toys; Hornby Triang; Matchbox 1-75; Mighty Antar; Minic Motorways; Minic Push and Go; No. 106V; Pippin Toys; Push & Go; Push-and-Go; Raphael Lipkin; Rocket Launcher; Scotia Micro Armour; Skytrex Davco; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tank Transporter; The Lucky Toys; Thornycroft Mighty Antar; Tri Ang Toys; Tri-ang Toys; Triang Minic; Triang Toys;
The recent purchase of another Conqueror from [The] Lucky Toys meant that while the Lipkin was out . . . anti-clockwise from the top left; the red version I got at Richmond-call-me-Whitton (the . . . no . . . THE Plastic Warrior show!) a couple of three-years ago!

Then the standard green Lipkin one that came with the transporter (you may remember we looked at the individually boxed version a while ago and both colours were on the box-art), while bottom left is the new Lucky one - I believe a home paint in gray over the chromium-finish still visible on the tracks and running gear, and about the same as the Dinky Centurion at around 1:43rd scale.

Then the two version of Tri-Ang Conqueror (approximately 1:72nd [00-guage compatible]), one from the Minic Motorway sets (I believe) as a tank, the other from the latterly Hornby-Triang 'Battle-Space' line of the wider railway range, as a well-wagon/flat-car load with twin rocket-launcher turret and finally two box-scale (1:76th'ish or smaller?) Tri-Ang Minic's configured as imagi-nation armoured cars but with scaled-down Conqueror turrets!

Instead of an anomaly, we have a coincidence with these; they are all equipped with push-and-go motors! Actually - maybe the train one isn't; just free-rolling? I've sent them to the storage unit now!

Airfix Attack Force; Antar Transporter; Armoured Car; Battle Space; Budgie Toys; Centurion Tank; Conqueror Tank; Dinky Toys; Hornby Triang; Matchbox 1-75; Mighty Antar; Minic Motorways; Minic Push and Go; No. 106V; Pippin Toys; Push & Go; Push-and-Go; Raphael Lipkin; Rocket Launcher; Scotia Micro Armour; Skytrex Davco; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tank Transporter; The Lucky Toys; Thornycroft Mighty Antar; Tri Ang Toys; Tri-ang Toys; Triang Minic; Triang Toys;
For those who don't know the Conqueror; it was a post-war super-heavy tank in the same family as the Soviet Russian Joseph Stalin - JSIII and American M103. The Lipkin is probably the closest to the real thing, turret-wise, but none of them really do the actual vehicle full-justice.

The Lucky Toy's model (new to me when I saw it on evilBay for no money! What else is out there?) is clearly a copy of the Tri-Ang rendition, scaled-up and with an integrally-moulded, non-revolving turret and equally integral radio-aerial.

Airfix Attack Force; Antar Transporter; Armoured Car; Battle Space; Budgie Toys; Centurion Tank; Conqueror Tank; Dinky Toys; Hornby Triang; Matchbox 1-75; Mighty Antar; Minic Motorways; Minic Push and Go; No. 106V; Pippin Toys; Push & Go; Push-and-Go; Raphael Lipkin; Rocket Launcher; Scotia Micro Armour; Skytrex Davco; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tank Transporter; The Lucky Toys; Thornycroft Mighty Antar; Tri Ang Toys; Tri-ang Toys; Triang Minic; Triang Toys;
Base-mark; aft of the forward axle's push-and-go motor housing, which is very similar to the one fitted to TAT (see tags)'s Universal/Bren-carrier, and their dime-store lorry-copy. I don't know if there is any significance to the 'v' suffix of the model-number, or if it just means 'v-ehicle' range?

Thursday, April 8, 2021

T is for Three-of-a-Kind

I've been sorting all the AFV's in the attic, bedroom and garage, into one 'master collection', only to find after I'd taken 70-odd boxes and tubs to the new Storage unit (hopefully more temporary than previous times) another box of unsorted AFV's! As I was going I was taking various shots as chance presented the opportunity, and one was this little line-up!

"Blue-Box"; "Blue-Box" Toys; 18Lbr.; 1914 - 1918; Blue Box; Crescent; Crescent Copy; Crescent Gun; Eighteen Pounder; Gun Team; Kamley Industrial Co. Ltd.; KS Toys; Rado Industries; RHA; Ri-Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; World War One; WWI Toy Soldiers;
From the left; the Crescent original in die-cast metal alloy (the red paint probably home-added), a Blue Box copy in hard Polystyrene (PS) and a softer sub-piracy in polyethylene (PE), which may be Kamley or Ri-Toys; they both had a bash, and I didn't compare with the carded sets.

In fact it too has some home paint and then there's the pale blue-grey version from Blue Box and a cleaner Crescent somewhere, so we will have a proper look at all of them one day, but this'll do for now!

Sunday, April 4, 2021

B is for Bobbing Bunny!

We've seen bobbing tanks here several times in two designs, but this came-in with a mixed lot of mostly British/Canadian 'dime-store' type plastics, and I'd forgotten all about it until someone came round the other day and we were going through them, indeed, if it hadn't been for that visit and Brian's kindness a few days ago there would have been no seasonal stuff here today at all!

Bobbing Bunny; Cheerio; Comansi Novalinea; Dime Store Cars; Dime Store Toys; Dime Store Vehicles; Dimestore AFV; Dimestore Trucks; Easter Hare; Osten Haase; Peter Pan Playthings; Poplar Plastics; Poplar Products; PP; PPP; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Thomas Toys; Thunderbirds; Tudor Rose;
In fact I got two mixed-lots recently, this is both lots together, some (from Mercator Trading) have been seen here in the past, others haven't, and a similar-sized lot came from a charity-lot on feebleBay, among which was the target of this post.

I know I've spelt probably incorrectly - Doh! And the wreaker-truck turned-out to have faint PP's on the wheel-hubs so is another Poplar, but the motorcycle-rider is PVC so probably a Thomas left-over. while the Cheerio's are half-and half 'Canada' (yellow wheels) and 'England' (black/white wheels).

Bobbing Bunny; Cheerio; Comansi Novalinea; Dime Store Cars; Dime Store Toys; Dime Store Vehicles; Dimestore AFV; Dimestore Trucks; Easter Hare; Osten Haase; Peter Pan Playthings; Poplar Plastics; Poplar Products; PP; PPP; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Thomas Toys; Thunderbirds; Tudor Rose;
It's a Bobbing Bunny! He appears to be driving the bastard-child of a White's scout-car and an Indian Pattern Chevrolet as supplied to the Long Range Dessert Group (LRDG)! And that's all I can say about it really, it is what it is, and you can see that for yourselves!

Bobbing Bunny; Cheerio; Comansi Novalinea; Dime Store Cars; Dime Store Toys; Dime Store Vehicles; Dimestore AFV; Dimestore Trucks; Easter Hare; Osten Haase; Peter Pan Playthings; Poplar Plastics; Poplar Products; PP; PPP; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Thomas Toys; Thunderbirds; Tudor Rose;
I'm not saying my diet's that healthy at the moment but I made the little bugger work for his sugar-coated,Mr Cadbury's Parrot, chocolate mini-eggs! Up and down the carpet, up and down the bedspread, up and down the table, up-and-down the mantelpiece, he's quite versatile and delivers all sorts of treats!

Only marking is a Made in England and tool/cavity mark '2' and he probably came with either Jelly-Tots (or similar?) or a great, big, tooth-loosening gobstopper?

Easter is for Exquisite Flats!

In the years Brian Berke has been a friend of the Blog, one of the delights has been the regular eMails containing these shots of Scully & Scully's window display in New York; both at Christmas and Easter they have a display of hand-painted, German-made white-metal 'Nuremberg' flats of such charm and exquisite detail it is a joy to receive them and a pleasure to share them with the rest of you.

Always new sculpts and the blurb has gone before, in previous posts, so let's just enjoy them with many thanks to Brain . . . happy Easter everyone, and if ever there was a year when it's safe to say 'may we never have a worse one' I think this may be it . . . 

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Know your eggs! And birds!

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Glove puppets! The detail is extraordinary!

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We had blossom like this on the Mirabelle only a week ago!

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That's it for another year but aren't they lovely . . .

AF is also for April Fools . . .

 . . . all fools or - specifically - this fool in April! The previous post was of course not Teresa May, but the Jon Pertwee (ex-Dr Who) era Wurzel Gummidge, done as a pencil top, although, as Jan spotted; he did look more like Eddy Izzard or even Grayson Perry!

Dr Who; Farm Toys; Hong Kong; Jon Pertwee; Made in Hong Kong; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Pencil Tops; Pencil Toppers; Pencil Tops; PVC Novelties; PVC Rubber; Scarecrow; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wurzzle Gummage;

Courtesy of Chris Smith who got the images to me in plenty of time for an April Fool's two years ago, I can't remember why I missed it that first year, but then Covid-19 intervened last year, still, I have said in the past (with fingers crossed) that "...everything will get up here eventually!", and now it's Jon-call-me-Wurzel's time in the spotlight!

I don't know how many there were in the set, or who imported them but for their third non-empirical mention in the last few days; I wouldn't mind betting it was HCF into the UK, they are similar to the Star Wars pencil-tops we now know were HCF imports!

The costume on the left is the day-to-day or episode-to-episode clothing, while the 'Tereasa May' outfit was for finest or something! Britains did the one figure with different plug-in heads! And they are marked Hong Kong down the spine.


Thursday, April 1, 2021

AF is for Almost Feminine

I forgot to Blog this a couple of years ago! Chris Smith, friend and regular contributor to the Blog sent this during the 'height' of her power . . . 

Dr Who; Farm Toys; Hong Kong; Jon Pertwee; Made in Hong Kong; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Pencil Tops; Pencil Toppers; Pencil Tops; PVC Novelties; PVC Rubber; Scarecrow; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wurzzle Gummage;

Dr Who; Farm Toys; Hong Kong; Jon Pertwee; Made in Hong Kong; Novelties; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Pencil Tops; Pencil Toppers; Pencil Tops; PVC Novelties; PVC Rubber; Scarecrow; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Wurzzle Gummage;
Some fool made a whole bunch of Teresa May figurines . . . would I lie to you? He must have a warehouse full of them - unsold! Totally failed to get the big cat-print shoes right either!

M is for Macrobots and [Macro?] Nauts

Pleased to be putting these to bed, albeit more info' is still to be found (European brandings?), but the victory was putting the two sets together as the connection wasn't empirical, nor clear! I had a fetching pink rubber astronaut in the unknown-zone for the longest time, and a robot in the pencil-tops box, but a while ago managed to obtain this mixed lot . . .

Astronauts; Carded Novelty; Eraser Robots; Famus Corp; Macrobots; Made in Hong Kong; Made in Japan; Novelty Erasers; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Stationary; Pencil Rubbers; Pencil Top Erasers; Pencil Toppers; Pencil Tops; Robot Eraser Set; Rubber Erasers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Novelties; Spacemen;
. . . ostensively for the rubber robots, they being a growing sub-category or side-collection, but which came with three more of the roughly 50mm (thick bases) astronauts in two new poses. The incomplete red-yellow plug-together - I think - belongs to another, as yet to be tracked-down, line?

I wasn't convinced they actually went together as the greens were subtly different and the robots were configured as pencil-tops with a large hole in their 'catflap' (as Andy Wood succinctly put it, elsewhere, the other day!) against the integral bases of the Nasa'nauts, so I was going to separate them, robots with the rest, Astronauts with the existing pink one.

Astronauts; Carded Novelty; Eraser Robots; Famus Corp; Macrobots; Made in Hong Kong; Made in Japan; Novelty Erasers; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Stationary; Pencil Rubbers; Pencil Top Erasers; Pencil Toppers; Pencil Tops; Robot Eraser Set; Rubber Erasers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Novelties; Spacemen;
However, this turned-up on eBay, giving us a branding for the US market (Famus Corporation - new to the tag-list I think!) and showing they definitely go together, which leaves me with a quandary; if they stay together they will be absent from both the robot-eraser box and the Astronauts!

It's a quandary I haven't fully reconciled yet, do I, for instance, put the kharki-green Maisto front-loader with the farm tractors, the military plant (small but growing category) or keep them in a Maisto tub, denying the other AFV categories of their Maisto's too, and while - particularly with the figures - it's increasingly a case of 'theme over maker', it's not fully decided one way or the other, but I think one day I'll be breaking down everything to themes, even the Airfix and Britains?

I wouldn't want you thinking I lose sleep over this stuff, I don’t, but if you then can't find something you know you have in the 'stash' - because having looked in the three obvious/previous places, you forget you started a fourth category just for them - it becomes a pain . . . erasers or pencil tops??!

Astronauts; Carded Novelty; Eraser Robots; Famus Corp; Macrobots; Made in Hong Kong; Made in Japan; Novelty Erasers; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Stationary; Pencil Rubbers; Pencil Top Erasers; Pencil Toppers; Pencil Tops; Robot Eraser Set; Rubber Erasers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Novelties; Spacemen;
Anyway another purchase (if you wait a few weeks this stuff all turns up for pennies) gives us the four known robot poses (from the card), three astronauts and a smaller 'bot (also a pencil-topper) in a variety of colours (8 with the two greens, 11 with the carded set), and the box well and truly ticked . . . just remains; where to put them!

And I'm assuming the robots are based on some other-titled Japanese TV-serial robots of the 1970's or '80's?

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

M is for Mookies

 Quick update from Barney at Herald Tots & Models;

"...we are now adding the Darlington Herald Farm collection to our website, starting with Pigs, Cows, Calves and a fine Herald Brown-and-white Bull. The collection comprises many early farm models dating from 1955 to circa 1959."

Monday, March 22, 2021

J is for Just a Quick One! F is for Follow-up, T is for Two . . .

. . . Three . . . Four? We looked at this oddity here ages ago, can't remember when now, but I know I've highlighted the weirdness of a Pz.Kfw. II 'Luchs' (lynx) light-tank chassis on a M4 Sherman medium tank, however I was convinced mine had a broken driver (Matchbox Battle Kings piracy), so when I saw one in a charity shop days (or hours?) before the latest Lockdown . . .

AFV's; Lynx Reconnaissance vehicle; M4 Sherman Tank; M60 Reactive Armour; M60 Tank; Main Battle Tank; Medium Tank; Novelty Stationary; Novelty Toy Tank; Pencil Sharpeners; Play Me; Pz.Kpfw.II Luchs; Reactive Armour Suite; Sherman Tank Model; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Souvenir Novelty; Tourist Keepsake; Tourist Novelty;
. . . top left, I bought it. I got home to find a parcel from Chris Smith, which had another (top right), and they were different, so I dug-out the third (bottom-middle, to find the driver was fine!), and found more differences, not great, but they are there.

AFV's; Lynx Reconnaissance vehicle; M4 Sherman Tank; M60 Reactive Armour; M60 Tank; Main Battle Tank; Medium Tank; Novelty Stationary; Novelty Toy Tank; Pencil Sharpeners; Play Me; Pz.Kpfw.II Luchs; Reactive Armour Suite; Sherman Tank Model; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Souvenir Novelty; Tourist Keepsake; Tourist Novelty;
Chris's on the left here has the Hong Kong in a sort of 'postmark' cartouche, the Charity shop purchase has added carpet-wheels, while the old one is a hybrid of the two, sans wheels but with the same mark as the wheeled one.

Like I say, not great differences, but they confirm the evolutionary nature of such things, as we looked at previously with the pencil sharpener/tourist figurines. I have no idea which order they go in, so it's only for curiosity's sake . . . and 'completism'!

AFV's; Lynx Reconnaissance vehicle; M4 Sherman Tank; M60 Reactive Armour; M60 Tank; Main Battle Tank; Medium Tank; Novelty Stationary; Novelty Toy Tank; Pencil Sharpeners; Play Me; Pz.Kpfw.II Luchs; Reactive Armour Suite; Sherman Tank Model; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Souvenir Novelty; Tourist Keepsake; Tourist Novelty;
The current iteration of these common-enough tourist trinket/gift shop/museum novelty pencil sharpeners, as far as armour goes, is an M1 Abrams I believe, but there was also an M60 with an ERA (Explosive Reactive Armour) suite, and I've picked-up one of those at some point. Its running-gear is not much better to be honest, having more in common with those cheap Pioneer knock-offs of Matchbox 1-76 type die-casts.

AFV's; Lynx Reconnaissance vehicle; M4 Sherman Tank; M60 Reactive Armour; M60 Tank; Main Battle Tank; Medium Tank; Novelty Stationary; Novelty Toy Tank; Pencil Sharpeners; Play Me; Pz.Kpfw.II Luchs; Reactive Armour Suite; Sherman Tank Model; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Souvenir Novelty; Tourist Keepsake; Tourist Novelty;
The two together, they're 'box-scale', but might suit 1:100th scale war-gaming? I won't bother with branding on these; there are maybe 20+ boxings around the world, most of the main importers/jobbers and some odder firms more normally associated with dolls house accessories, games and such-like have also had a go, although Play Me in Spain (tag'able) may have been originator on some?

While the superstructures on my three are the same, when we get on to the canons (yeah . . . one day!), we'll see that there are different versions as well as variations within one version, with two or three different Mortars, Naval Guns, Catapults, Trebuchets or Battlement canons, so it's quite complicated!

Thanks to Chris for my third [different] M4 Sherman pencil sharpener!

Saturday, March 20, 2021

M is for More to Come . . .

. . . but we've sort of sorted some of it out, for now!

This wasn't in the queue a few days ago! I bought a nice (well; tatty!) set of Shackman novelty pencil sharpeners from New York a few weeks a ago, which were going on the back burner, but Chris Smith posted some nice thematic shots on the Friend's of Plastic Warrior Facebook group earlier this week, which lead to a flurry of activity there and here at SSW Towers, leading to this post!

1705 B; 315; 674; Boxed Novelties; Ceremonial Troops; Christmas Crackers; HCF; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Novelty; Kitoys Traders Co.; KT Mark; Made in Hong Kong; Novelties; Novelty; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Toy; Pencil Sharpener Figures; Pencil Sharpeners; Plastic Costume Figures; Policemen; R 675; Shackman; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Stationary; Tom Smith; Tourist Keepsakes; World Dolls;
First a quick look at that Shackman set; it's been mucked about with - I suspect end-of-line/ex-shop stock, put back in a box and sold as a set when it's meant to be broken down in a small stores? There's an extra Beefeater and the Indian is a suspect inclusion, but a nice sculpt in a civilian role as hunter rather than war-path warrior.

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Quick confirmation of the empirical evidence for the doubting Thomas's and make-it-up-as-you-go-along-brigade, Shackman were a jobber specialising in the novelty/tourist trinket end of the market (a bit like HCF here in the UK), I'm also collecting their novelty-matchbox pencil sharpeners with 'Mocherette' in them (I know, I know, I'll get round to it, but probably next year now - most of the photo's are done!), although, further back (1950's), they also imported some of the Erikson/Authenticast copy sets from Japan as more mainstream playthings.

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If the boxes were sold as sets, I suspect the chap here would have been one (?) of the missing figures, the pair in the two central shots are Chris's, the sharpener on the left is mine now and the other pair on the end are an Internet couple! Tyrolean dancers who could be German or North Italian . . . Austrian or Eastern/Alpine Swiss!

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Back to the set, and they all (including the Indian) have plug-feet and separate bases, which are glued to a standard pencil sharpener which I remember being included in cheap Christmas crackers, and have seen on gum-ball vending machine cards. The Indian however plugs straight into a flimsier pencil-honeing device.

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Chris's however are integrally moulded with base and figure as single moulding, not two pieces. Now I already knew - and you may remember - we had seen the Beefeater before here, when by coincidence Chris and Adrian both gave me examples a few days apart, neither of them are marked, but a policeman we will look at in a minute has a small KT on his base in an oval cartouche reminiscent of the aforementioned HCF's little gold stickers?

My dancer has a fuller set of marking (as do the 'Internet pair' in the second image) and a stock/cavity number/code; 315, while Chris's lady (who's base has been home-painted/re-painted white over the original balck) is coded 673, her partner 674 and lacking her ® mark? The sharpeners, meanwhile, can be found with or without a pretty bog-standard HONG KONG.

The earlier Beefeaters, along with the stationary policeman from the boxed set have a disc-shaped blemish which people (including me) would more normally, and erroneously describe or assume (never assume huh?!!! Heeheehee!) as/to be mould-release pin-marks, but which are clearly blanking plates or pins to hide the smaller mark of the policeman.

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In the conversation at FoPW, Chris had managed to find another figure on-line, which reminded me that Brain Wagstaff had sent two to this Blog ages ago, as they were clearly influenced by the Commonwealth/Van Brode/Codec 'dancing doll' sets. The 'Brain pair' having no mark on either side of the integral base, while the Internet one - also having an integral base - on a pencil sharpener; neatly tying all the above (bar the Indian?) to the same series.

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Meanwhile, or actually closer to the Beefeaters and the start of this little odyssey, Chris had spotted a policeman on feebleBay ages ago, back near the start of Lockdown One, and I thanked him for the heads up and watched it half-heartedly for several months (it was really too pricey), now . . . I can't remember if the price came down or the seller listed something else to combine . . . but in the end I did get it in the autumn/recently.

Here we see pencil-sharpener and non-pencil sharpener versions of both Beefeater and policeman together, along with another Internet shot of a new sharpener colour - new to this article mind; many colours dropped out of Christmas crackers!

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By this time ( a couple of days ago)n it had dawned on me that the Highlander was also rather familiar, as we saw him here at Small Scale World not that long ago - green sharpener! Now, a point of note; it would appear one is attempting Black Watch (left, 'new' one) and the other the Gordon's (right, 'old' one). It may be the out-painter was just running out of yellow on the brush, but it seems to be a deliberately different shade of green and has not been applied to the haggis-bag or the lower reaches of the pipe's webbing?

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Which leaves us with the Indian from the boxed set and a conclusion to formulate!

The Indian, is lovely, I don't know if he's based on a donor, most of these seem pretty unique - only one of Brian's is a direct copy - as sculpts, and the hunting with raptor is quite a German/East German pose (if you know what I mean), however, he is plugged into a thin-walled base which has a different sharpener, glued in, and it - the sharpener - has a different blade design.

The differences outweigh the similarities; plug-in feet, gloss-paint in a stab-and-hope style, so for now he must remain a question-mark, there are other sources of figural, novelty, pencil-sharpener as we saw not that long ago here.

But I suspect he is from the same source, but the thin-walled case for the sharpener was easily damaged, and the extra glue-step of a separate sharpener was more expensive, so he's likely an earlier variant.

The conclusion is that with the possible exception of the Indian, these are all from one, evolving series, from the same source, and differing either for reasons of increasing the ease of production, over time, or to comply with caveats from different clients, such as Shackman, from contract to contract.

They can be plug-in, or moulded with a base, which may or may not subsequently end-up glued to a pencil sharpener which is also available separately elsewhere. A variety of marks or no-marking can be found on the separate bases, the integral bases and/or the sharpener-units.

There must be more 'world dancers', possibly another Indian or two, and matching quantities of cowboy, still to be found, maybe a Welsh lady and etcetera. I would also put a fiver, at least a fiver, on HCF being found to have shipped some of them into UK, and dare to say Tom Smith was in-there as well?

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The only likely "KT" I can come up with is Kitoys Traders Co., who were making/marketing mini-deform, pull-back-and-go, 'hot hatch' novelty cars in the late 1980's from Connaught Road, West, Hong Kong and may have been responsible for something like these figures a decade or two earlier, if they were around then?

Despite the question-mark I will put them in the tags, as I have one of the little cars to Blog - one day! And many thanks to Chris Smith for several involvements in this 'Discovery', plus the photos, Bill B for the Kitoys reference and to Brian Wagstaff for the other images.

Small Scale World - weaving magic, with lots of help . . . and more to come!

Friday, March 19, 2021

H is for "Hi, do you know who made these?"

"No, sorry, all I know is what you know, Hong Kong copies of Britains garage mechanics, the bases look a bit like Marx's 45mm air force figures . . . ohh! Hold-on, yes I do know . . . read on!"

It's really nice to discover the answer to a regular question in my inbox, although when I say 'regular' I've been asked about three times since the blog started so about once every half-decade!

And when I say 'discovery' it's really more rediscovery, as all this stuff we seek was once common knowledge to various people or groups, from toy fairs to sales-rep's visiting newsagents! Sculptors, pantograph-operators, polymer-granule wholesalers, marketers and Christmas present un-wrappers!

1974; Beach Buggy Racers; Britains; Britains Mechanics; Civilian Toy Figures; Eldon; Fabulous 2-Lane Road Racing Set; Garage Mechanics; Home Paraphernalia; Home Paraphernalia Ltd.; Hong Kong Novelty; Made in Hong Kong; Mail Away; Mail Order; Petrol Station; Racing Game; Racing Mechanics; Service Station Personnel; Slot Racing; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
The 'offending article', copies of better mechanics by more household names (Britains & Auburn?) which turn up quite often, indeed 'mysteriously often', given the evidence, but I'll get on to that in a minute. I have a fair few of them, but only the three poses, which again will be addressed below.

The Britains' sculpts are either-side, the one in the middle is from a US maker's donor, I think, but a cursory search didn't throw-up the actual figure, Auburn have the hat on a casually walking figures, but no oil can or pourer/measuring jug, while Kentoy here have similar poses without the hat? He looks like Sgt. Bilko with an illicit or purloined urn of coffee!

1974; Beach Buggy Racers; Britains; Britains Mechanics; Civilian Toy Figures; Eldon; Fabulous 2-Lane Road Racing Set; Garage Mechanics; Home Paraphernalia; Home Paraphernalia Ltd.; Hong Kong Novelty; Made in Hong Kong; Mail Away; Mail Order; Petrol Station; Racing Game; Racing Mechanics; Service Station Personnel; Slot Racing; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
Anyway, the answer - which will be specific to the UK - is Home Paraphanalia! Some tup'penny-ha'penny mail-order outfit offering cheap deals in the Sunday Supplements (Sunday Telegraph 1974) to get peoples contact-details so they could bombard them with shite from a dozen other companies for ever-after!

The 'Fabulous' 2-Lane Road Racing Set; from the side-fencing, would seem to be a knock-off of the Scalextric system.

1974; Beach Buggy Racers; Britains; Britains Mechanics; Civilian Toy Figures; Eldon; Fabulous 2-Lane Road Racing Set; Garage Mechanics; Home Paraphernalia; Home Paraphernalia Ltd.; Hong Kong Novelty; Made in Hong Kong; Mail Away; Mail Order; Petrol Station; Racing Game; Racing Mechanics; Service Station Personnel; Slot Racing; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
Now . . . there is a forth pose, holding/rolling a spare tyre, who is also reminiscent of several other peoples' figures, but I've yet to find one and a figure in a publicity photo is never a guarantee of an actual issue . . . do you have one? I have several similar figures and we may have looked at some a while ago, so I'll check them at some point , see if he's been miss-directed to the wrong tub/bag.

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Once you know it's a Beach Buggy slot-racing game, Google quickly reveals that the same game is common as both a generic (two on evilBay right now) and also branded to Eldon (dozens findable) which will be good for most everywhere, but, neither seem to come with the figures? Yet for the figures to be so common, they must have either sold this mail-order offer bloody-well, or we'll find the figures to have been included in various other, similar sets?

The ones I've found don't even seem to have a space for the figures, but it may be they all had them as a bagged addition shoved into a space, and to have just lost them? The generics would have been sold from markets, the old newsagents and general stores, sports shops etc . . . I was discussing the old Aldershot market with Adrian from Mercator the other day, and we both remembered it fondly, it had several stores selling this kind of stuff.

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A couple of mine have been conscripted due to the efforts of other buggers; army green Hong Kong'er on the left and a FANY boiler-suited Britains on the right, like a certain HMtQ!

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♪♫♪♫ "Iiiiii'm toppin' up my Space Car
  kickin' at my white-walls
               dylithium's for snails . . . "
♫♪♫♪

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The premises of Home Paraphernalia is now a Majestic Wine Warehouse with offices above, the company doesn't seem to have a presence on the 'web, and probably folded decades ago.