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I’m a 58-year-old Aspergic gardening 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.

Thursday, December 8, 2022

S is for Solid Slime!

This'll be the seventh post on the Aliens franchise this year, so clearly 'the year of the Aliens' here at Small Scale World . . . purely accidental, or coincidental! These are another iteration of the EMCE 'Nanoforce' figures with an additional Alien sculpt and no Colonial Space Marines!

20th Cetury Fox; Alien; Aliens; Aliens In Glowing Slime; Diamond Select Aliens; Diamond Select Toys; EMCE Aliens; EMCE Toys; Facehugger; Glow In The Dark; Glow in the Dark Aliens; Glow-in-the-dark; Previews Exclusive; Previews Exclusive Aliens; PX; PX Aliens; Slime Play; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
Further branded to both Diamond Select and Previews Exclusive (PX), who have been associated with a lot of the EMCE 'toy soldiers' stuff, the slime has, over time, set solid! The material is a sort of bouncy-ball rubber now, so I had to break them out physically, rather than just pull them gently away from the gloop!

The solvent for slime is apparently vinegar (discovered for a forthcoming post!), but I'm not sure it would succeed in re-hydrating these lumps! I kept a few of the larger lumps as a 'might be useful later' addition to the 'spares box'!

20th Cetury Fox; Alien; Aliens; Aliens In Glowing Slime; Diamond Select Aliens; Diamond Select Toys; EMCE Aliens; EMCE Toys; Facehugger; Glow In The Dark; Glow in the Dark Aliens; Glow-in-the-dark; Previews Exclusive; Previews Exclusive Aliens; PX; PX Aliens; Slime Play; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
Of the six possible, I managed to end-up with four sculpts, which is not bad going, when I already have the standard ones, but there is a surprise here, in a sixth pose (a 'Facehugger'), as the previous issue only had the five adult Xenomorphs. It's not a very good sculpt, and out of scale (unless you collect Action Man/GI Joe dolls) but may - therefore - remain uniquely in the glow-material, as far as being a collectable goes.

20th Cetury Fox; Alien; Aliens; Aliens In Glowing Slime; Diamond Select Aliens; Diamond Select Toys; EMCE Aliens; EMCE Toys; Facehugger; Glow In The Dark; Glow in the Dark Aliens; Glow-in-the-dark; Previews Exclusive; Previews Exclusive Aliens; PX; PX Aliens; Slime Play; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
The Facehugger is not on the press image (left), probably because it's a bit shit, but the box clearly states "collect all six Aliens!". The box is shown as being apparently a 24-egg double-decker, while mine only has the one layer of 12 eggs, which also calls for a shout-out to eBay seller 'silver-acre' (Darryl Jones, Silver Acre Comics) who sent me the whole box with a multiple purchase even though it wasn't part of the offer - cheers dude; got a post out of them!

S is for Snow Pictures in Fleet

Nothing to do with toy soldiers, or even nostalgia; when I was a kid you got snow piled in the corners of shop windows but that was about it, this is a newer craft altogether, and takes advantage of the techniques of the graffiti artist and the properties of fake snow-in-a-can, and I thought they were worth shooting and sticking-up here as we career towards the 25th with alarming speed!

On one level it's a bit formulaic, with the same tropes from picture to picture; four-pointed stars, a snowfield across the bottom, snowmen (all white!) etc . . . but also some skill in making each design fit the window-frame or shop-front, and as a form of advertising it's as good as any other, after-all I made the point of walking the whole high-street and photographing them, didn't I!

Mostly found on the smaller independent shops and boutiques, none of the multi-branch names have bothered, nor have the larger - national - estate agent chains, but a couple of the smaller ones have, along with a couple of the hairdressers and several of the coffee-shops, while some (the 2nd one down and the delivery van) reflect the nature of the business, most were just seasonal fare. Anyway, enjoy - Aliens later!


















The hare is very feint in the last two images but he is there, down on the left in the first image and filling this one! There were also a couple I couldn't get decent images of due the the low, winter sun!

It's also reminded me I have a High Street post from last summer in the queue somewhere - animals again, along with last winter's exhibition at the Library, and I'd better get up there and see if this year's is up? I'll have to run them back-to-back!

T is for Two - Phidal's Latest

Pleased to say TKMaxx have had a Phidal top-up in time for Christmas, and I've grabbed two - so you don't have to, but you might want to after you've seen them! It's funny, when Spectrum Steve first ID'd these it was fun finding them all and learning to recognise them in mixed lots, now it's a case of keeping up with the output to tick the boxes!

Abuela Alma; Antonio; Bruno; Capybara; Chiguiro; Chispi Capybara; Chispi Chiguiro; Christopher Robin; Disney Encanto; Disney Pooh; Dolores; Eeyore; Encanto; Isabela; Jaguar; Kanger; Luisa; Madrigal Family; Mirabel; My Busy Book; Owl; Parce Jaguar; Phidal Encanto; Phidal Pooh Bear; Phidal Publishing; Pico; Piglet; Plastic Toy Figures; Pooh Bear; Rabbit; Roo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tigger; Winnie The Pooh;
There were four that I could see, the Disney Christmas one Brian Berke sent to the blog a few weeks ago, a 'Cars' one (I have no interest in anthropomorphic vehicles!) and these two, sadly it's the Disney Pooh, not the original, but then we'll never see the original one again - Disney Pooh; insert you own acerbic joke here! Encanto was new to me when also in that Brian B post, from Walmart on that occasion; here's the Phidal set, and I believe a second movie (some underwater stuff) is on the way?

Abuela Alma; Antonio; Bruno; Capybara; Chiguiro; Chispi Capybara; Chispi Chiguiro; Christopher Robin; Disney Encanto; Disney Pooh; Dolores; Eeyore; Encanto; Isabela; Jaguar; Kanger; Luisa; Madrigal Family; Mirabel; My Busy Book; Owl; Parce Jaguar; Phidal Encanto; Phidal Pooh Bear; Phidal Publishing; Pico; Piglet; Plastic Toy Figures; Pooh Bear; Rabbit; Roo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tigger; Winnie The Pooh;
Everything you need for a decent Pooh adventure in the 100 Aker Wood with all the characters except Penguin, who was a late addition and is not well known. The jar of honey though seems too big for a bear with even 'very-little brain' to get his head stuck in?

Abuela Alma; Antonio; Bruno; Capybara; Chiguiro; Chispi Capybara; Chispi Chiguiro; Christopher Robin; Disney Encanto; Disney Pooh; Dolores; Eeyore; Encanto; Isabela; Jaguar; Kanger; Luisa; Madrigal Family; Mirabel; My Busy Book; Owl; Parce Jaguar; Phidal Encanto; Phidal Pooh Bear; Phidal Publishing; Pico; Piglet; Plastic Toy Figures; Pooh Bear; Rabbit; Roo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tigger; Winnie The Pooh;
Lovely Jaguar; Parce, is the highlight here, along with a large Capybara or Chiguiro; Chispi which is also preferable to the humans, in my eyes anyway! But then I haven't seen the movie . . . but I'm thinking along the lines of - they are quite realistic sculpts (for cartoon animals) and could probably be painted to be more so, realistic that is?

Abuela Alma; Antonio; Bruno; Capybara; Chiguiro; Chispi Capybara; Chispi Chiguiro; Christopher Robin; Disney Encanto; Disney Pooh; Dolores; Eeyore; Encanto; Isabela; Jaguar; Kanger; Luisa; Madrigal Family; Mirabel; My Busy Book; Owl; Parce Jaguar; Phidal Encanto; Phidal Pooh Bear; Phidal Publishing; Pico; Piglet; Plastic Toy Figures; Pooh Bear; Rabbit; Roo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tigger; Winnie The Pooh;
Both sets are the new ten-count, but they are big, I struggled to get them in the standard archiving 4x5½ bags I use, and they both got 5x9's after this shot. Consider that the sets of 12 superheroes' back at the start of this Phidal odyssey would fit the smaller bags loosely!

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

F is for Faraones y Dioses

Pharaohs and Gods . . . just'a quickie, these are copies of the Safari set we've seen a couple of times now one way or another, and while I bought them bagged 'NOS', it was obvious the set had seen better days and several sets of staples had visited the header-card, so; as it's both 'modern production' and the Mexican equivalent of a China rack-toy, I felt no compunction in getting them out for a box-tick!

Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egyptians; Anubis; Bastet; Coleccion Mexico; Egyptian Deities; Egyptian Gods; Egyptian Model Figures; Egyptian Mummies; Egyptian Pyramid; Egyptian Toy Figures; Egyptian Toy Pyramid; Egyptian Toy Soldiers; Faraonnes Y Dioses; Godesses; Gods of Egypt; Horus; Isis; Made In Mexico; Magic Toys; Mexican Toys; Mexico; nefertiti; PVC Egyptians; Safari; Safari Egyptians; Scarab; SHS Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sphinx; Valley of the Kings;
The front and back of the header-card; a high point of the clip-artist's Photoshop efforts and no mistake! We have a colony of pyramids, some movie undead characters who definitely aren't in the bag and a loose camel, just I case we haven't worked out where the set's set! Manufactured by Magic Toys and distributed by SHS Toys, we've got two new tags out of it!

Ancient Egypt; Ancient Egyptians; Anubis; Bastet; Coleccion Mexico; Egyptian Deities; Egyptian Gods; Egyptian Model Figures; Egyptian Mummies; Egyptian Pyramid; Egyptian Toy Figures; Egyptian Toy Pyramid; Egyptian Toy Soldiers; Faraonnes Y Dioses; Godesses; Gods of Egypt; Horus; Isis; Made In Mexico; Magic Toys; Mexican Toys; Mexico; nefertiti; PVC Egyptians; Safari; Safari Egyptians; Scarab; SHS Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sphinx; Valley of the Kings;
They actually have a charm which leaves them with an apparent age they just have't earned, being crudely painted/washed over a softish silver PVC-vinyl (a couple are a cream or black substrate) rubber type material, very flashy, and somewhat worn (whether in the bag, or due to the several removals from the bag in the past I will ever know), they look like they might be from the 1950's and gum-ball machine prizes at that!

I can't compare them, as I have the other sets as they appeared over the last two years (Safari donors, two K&M/Wild Republic sets and the recent Hing Fat set from Peter Evans), due to the current storage situation/excuse! So we'll return to all-five one day for a full comparison of them together. Oh, and there are no actual Pharaohs in the set, just a wrapped-up dead one! For all their pirated daftness I quite like them!

T is for All Moulding . . . Maybe!

Toumoulage; a French company, the meaning of which is probably no more translatable than Triang or Meccanno but which can produce the above English, or variations on it ('Mould All') in translation engines, so may well mean that (input from friendly French welcome!)?

Cowboys; Cowboys & Indians; Cowboys and Indians; Indians; Native American Indians; Native Indian Costumes; Proctor & Gamble Cowboys; Proctor & Gamble Cowboys & Indians; Proctor & Gamble Indians; Proctor & Gamble Premiums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soap Powder Premiums; Toumoulage Cowboys; Toumoulage Cowboys and Indians; Toumoulage Indians; Toumoulage Premiums; Toumoulage Wild West; Wild West;
A hard polystyrene plastic original, factory painted, behind, with a soft polyethylene premium in front, the premium probably isn't Toumoulage, but rather a piracy/licensed copy, reduced in size by somebody-for-Procter & Gamble France?

P&G had issued unpainted polystyrene versions in their soap power, which were shown on Ludo's old site, so I guess the smaller, soft plastic ones are a later edition for the same companies products? But they could be from another issuer, these premiums tend to 'do the rounds'?

Cowboys; Cowboys & Indians; Cowboys and Indians; Indians; Native American Indians; Native Indian Costumes; Proctor & Gamble Cowboys; Proctor & Gamble Cowboys & Indians; Proctor & Gamble Indians; Proctor & Gamble Premiums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soap Powder Premiums; Toumoulage Cowboys; Toumoulage Cowboys and Indians; Toumoulage Indians; Toumoulage Premiums; Toumoulage Wild West; Wild West;
I think there are eight poses in total (plus a mounted line, we'll look at another day), I've still to find the crawling Indian and cowboy with lasso, and you can see they are part based on the second set of Lido Wild West (also copied in Hong Kong), part based on the earlier Crescent/Lido from hollow-cast Wild West set (seen here a while ago), with elements of the Siku premium set maybe and even the Thomas/Poplar for Quaker cereal premium set.

This is not to say they are straight piracies, they have their own style (a sort of art-deco meets yellow-submarine!), but the above named companies would have been contemporaneous-with and clearly influenced these.

Cowboys; Cowboys & Indians; Cowboys and Indians; Indians; Native American Indians; Native Indian Costumes; Proctor & Gamble Cowboys; Proctor & Gamble Cowboys & Indians; Proctor & Gamble Indians; Proctor & Gamble Premiums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soap Powder Premiums; Toumoulage Cowboys; Toumoulage Cowboys and Indians; Toumoulage Indians; Toumoulage Premiums; Toumoulage Wild West; Wild West;
Close-up of a couple of the smaller copies, so far I've only found them in the soft polyethylene, but as stated above there was a hard polystyrene issue, while the Toumoulage are always 'styrene, but can be painted or unpainted.

Cowboys; Cowboys & Indians; Cowboys and Indians; Indians; Native American Indians; Native Indian Costumes; Proctor & Gamble Cowboys; Proctor & Gamble Cowboys & Indians; Proctor & Gamble Indians; Proctor & Gamble Premiums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soap Powder Premiums; Toumoulage Cowboys; Toumoulage Cowboys and Indians; Toumoulage Indians; Toumoulage Premiums; Toumoulage Wild West; Wild West;
Colours found so far, I shot these from a very small sample before I'd found the larger ones (there may be a few more in the storage lots?), so there's not much else to say about them!

Cowboys; Cowboys & Indians; Cowboys and Indians; Indians; Native American Indians; Native Indian Costumes; Proctor & Gamble Cowboys; Proctor & Gamble Cowboys & Indians; Proctor & Gamble Indians; Proctor & Gamble Premiums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soap Powder Premiums; Toumoulage Cowboys; Toumoulage Cowboys and Indians; Toumoulage Indians; Toumoulage Premiums; Toumoulage Wild West; Wild West;
Elkie the moose shall sing no more, but he'll taste good and make excellent moccasins! I think the moose (Hong Kong) and background foliage (which includes a coral!) were in a lot from Chris Smith which was to-hand and the moose was the right size to suggest the vignette!

The tree on the far left is particularly interesting as it's a variation on the stackable Merit type, but with a single stepped-trunk you drop the greenery over, unlike the more common plug-together stack of separate sections . . . I recently picked-up a larger one, which is former-Soviet, so this one may be too, I can't remember?

B is for Back At'cha!

"You think you're ready?
We're readier!
Back at'cha!"

Actually I think they are slightly outnumbered by those in the previous post and I've reinforced them with some gash metal from the London Toy Soldier Show on Saturday! But at least they arrived - eventually!

Saturday, December 3, 2022

News Views Etc . . . December Already!

Sorry for the absence, but Real Life! The car was proving difficult to get through the MOT and I had several mini-adventures sourcing injectors and a decent garage! Once it was going and taxed I had a lot of rushing about to do to catch up and in the meantime I've paid for a flat for six months and got my teeth fixed!

Don't forget it's the last London Toy Soldier Show later today, and it's the last-ever stand alone show, before the combining with the Sunday modelling and war games show into one, next Spring, which remains to prove itself?

Chalk Farm, London - London Toy Soldier Show

Haverstock School, 24 Haverstock Hill, Chalk Farm, London, NW3 2BQ

Web. - www.toysoldiershow.co.uk

eMail - kim@guidelinepublications.co.uk

Tel. - 01908 274 433

10:30 - 16:00hrs

Admission £6, early bird (from 09:30hrs) £10, late hares £4 - after 14:00hrs

Parking £5 (reasonable for London!)

Check all charges - this is an old profile.

 

Paul announced the firm date for the Plastic Warrior show a week or so ago, flyer below;

Plastic Warrior Magazine - Plastic Warrior Show - Plastic Toy Soldiers - Toy Soldiers - model Soldiers

London - Twickenham / Whitton - Plastic Warrior Magazine - Plastic Warrior Show

The Harlington Suite, The Winning Post Hotel, Chertsey Road, Whitton, Twickenham, London, TW2 6LS

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/PlasticWarrior?fref=ts 

Blog. - http://plasticwarrioreditor.blogspot.com/

eMail - pw.editor3@gmail.com (pw.editor@ntlworld.com)

Tel. - 01483 830 743 (01483 722 778)

10:30hrs - Finish, no early-bird

Please note the new email is the only eMail, and check you have the right 'phone-number, as that's changed recently too. Still the best plastic figure show in the world!

Shot this for 2020, but ran out of time or circumstances dictated otherwise, two years running! Bisque figurines around 50mm, there's a lot of these around; I think I saw some in TKMaxx a couple of weeks ago, but the moss slowly brittles and fades away to dust, leaving them looking a bit sad and tatty, so I removed the figures after the shot and the stable went on the fire a year ago! Removing the remains of the hot-glue (sticky wax) was the hard part!

 

I had something else for here, but I can't remember what it was so it can't have been that important, or it can wait!

Sunday, November 27, 2022

B is for Bring It On!

America; Blow Moulded; BMC Japanese; Café Storm; Cherilea 54mm Soldiers; Composition Toy Soldiers; Crescent 54mm Troops; East germany Belgium Britain; Elastolin Hausser; England; France; French Toy Soldiers; germanny; Japan; JSB; Korean War; Lineol; Machine Gunner; Machine Gunners; Machine Guns; Machinegun Novelty; Machinegun Team; Made In; MG; MG Toy; MG's; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo GI's; UK; USA; WWII Toy Soldiers;
"Whatever you've got?
We're ready!
Bring it on"

I managed to get several lots the other day which appear to have been hacked from the machine-gunner's mother-lode, who knew there even was one, but the evidence is clear! The UN guy isn't ready, he's never ready! We'll have a couple of 'T is for Two's out of them and the rest will be filtered away for the future.

E is for Eastern Promise - How They Come In

For reasons which should be obvious (but sadly don't seem to be for the uneducated), we're not looking at one eastern country's stuff at the moment, and I hope there's none here, but as part of Chris's recent donation to the Blog was a number of smaller scale or outside 'area of interest' to his own collection stuff which we are looking at in a single post here. Everything below is soft polyethylene plastic.

Airfix; Ancient Britons; Army Tanks; Atlantic Custer; Custer's Last Stand; Flats; French Bazaar Figures; Hungarian Manufacturer; Hungarian Plastic Toys; Hungarian Toy Soldiers; Hungary; Kassa György; Knights In Armour; Lew Prokofijev; Made In Hungary; Mini Tanks; Napoleonic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Progress; Semi Flat Soldiers; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tanks; Toy Soldiers;
These are lovely! They are almost exactly the same size as the bubble-gum capsule tanks we looked at again recently, now the lot of Chris's from which these came, was a Hungarian lot and various clues suggest the bulk of it was Hungarian, so for now that's the 'call' on these!

As you can see; four parts with two little wheel/axle sets and loosely based on a late pattern T34/85, but when I say loosely I mean loosely! They look like Dalek copies of a K9 unit!

Airfix; Ancient Britons; Army Tanks; Atlantic Custer; Custer's Last Stand; Flats; French Bazaar Figures; Hungarian Manufacturer; Hungarian Plastic Toys; Hungarian Toy Soldiers; Hungary; Kassa György; Knights In Armour; Lew Prokofijev; Made In Hungary; Mini Tanks; Napoleonic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Progress; Semi Flat Soldiers; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tanks; Toy Soldiers;
Now, Peter Evans gave me several of these, years ago with the message that they were Bulgarian, and with figures only, there was no reason to question that attribution (which would have come with the figures from the seller/hander-on), however, seeing the horses here, and knowing what Hungarian flats/semi-flats tend to look like against their neighbour's output/s, these may well be Hungarian, not just because of the origin of the lots, but those chunky eye-shaped bases.

And this is not to call anyone 'wrong', just to adjust the theory to fit the available evidence, and, indeed; I think I may have some more horses somewhere, which is useful as Chris sent a few sets of mounted legs, so when I've put them (Peter's, Chris's, spare horses) all together we'll have another look, and if it's a few years from now, we may have more empirical stuff by then - packaging maybe?

Airfix; Ancient Britons; Army Tanks; Atlantic Custer; Custer's Last Stand; Flats; French Bazaar Figures; Hungarian Manufacturer; Hungarian Plastic Toys; Hungarian Toy Soldiers; Hungary; Kassa György; Knights In Armour; Lew Prokofijev; Made In Hungary; Mini Tanks; Napoleonic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Progress; Semi Flat Soldiers; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tanks; Toy Soldiers;
The odd's, now another reason for not accepting 'Hungary' willy-nilly as the origin for all of them are the facts that A) there was a few bits of Western stuff, including some Kinder, in the bag, and B) we've already learnt Progress had factories in Rus, and Bulgaria for certain, and I've been told, Poland and East Germany too, so some of this stuff, or the tools, were passed around the WarPact Bloc.

The three mounted figures are nice; a knight and two native American Indians, and match the ancient Romans I've been told were Hungarian, and which usually appear on Hungarian seller's feeds, note the same heavy eye-shaped bases again. While the racing [game?] figure looks eastern too.

But the white plastic French Foreign Legion figure could be either from the Soviet Bloc or French bazaar production? Likewise the yellow driver could be from anywhere, but both might well be Hungarian?

I think the large blue knigh knight may be from further to the East (Booo! Slava Ukraine!), he's a Lido copy/homage, with a touch of paint, but chunkier than the Hong Kong copies we've previously seen here at Small Scale World.

Airfix; Ancient Britons; Army Tanks; Atlantic Custer; Custer's Last Stand; Flats; French Bazaar Figures; Hungarian Manufacturer; Hungarian Plastic Toys; Hungarian Toy Soldiers; Hungary; Kassa György; Knights In Armour; Lew Prokofijev; Made In Hungary; Mini Tanks; Napoleonic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Progress; Semi Flat Soldiers; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tanks; Toy Soldiers;
I'm pretty sure these are Hungarian, and further that we visited them briefly when we looked at the Atlantic Fort Riley/Abilene Town a while back (follow the link in that post), and have a possible/probably mark; Kassa György (house of George/George's house/firm? Or; Gregory?) courtesy of Kadmon, the commenter/contributor then.

Airfix; Ancient Britons; Army Tanks; Atlantic Custer; Custer's Last Stand; Flats; French Bazaar Figures; Hungarian Manufacturer; Hungarian Plastic Toys; Hungarian Toy Soldiers; Hungary; Kassa György; Knights In Armour; Lew Prokofijev; Made In Hungary; Mini Tanks; Napoleonic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Progress; Semi Flat Soldiers; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tanks; Toy Soldiers;
These are copies of Atlantic's 7th cavalry from the General Custer sets, they are larger than the original 1:72nd scale set, so probably reduced from the 1:32nd scale figures, although as Kassa György copied the fort, they may have worked exclusively with the smaller range?

Note that there are two poses of horse is present; these have two distinctly different base types, with three stars on the rim of the heavier, formal cartouche sculpts, or thinner unmarked 'cloud' bases.

Airfix; Ancient Britons; Army Tanks; Atlantic Custer; Custer's Last Stand; Flats; French Bazaar Figures; Hungarian Manufacturer; Hungarian Plastic Toys; Hungarian Toy Soldiers; Hungary; Kassa György; Knights In Armour; Lew Prokofijev; Made In Hungary; Mini Tanks; Napoleonic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Progress; Semi Flat Soldiers; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tanks; Toy Soldiers;
A nice set which probably isn't Hungarian, being the sort of output more closely associated with Poland, but I've recently learnt from Maciej Jasinski (who's writing a book on the subject) that some of the stuff credited with Poland, was actually imported from East Germany (common borders between the three), so until the book comes out, I'll just sprinkle a light dusting of question marks over these!

Airfix; Ancient Britons; Army Tanks; Atlantic Custer; Custer's Last Stand; Flats; French Bazaar Figures; Hungarian Manufacturer; Hungarian Plastic Toys; Hungarian Toy Soldiers; Hungary; Kassa György; Knights In Armour; Lew Prokofijev; Made In Hungary; Mini Tanks; Napoleonic Toy Soldiers; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Progress; Semi Flat Soldiers; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tanks; Toy Soldiers;
Obviously copies of the old Airfix Celtic war-band Ancient Britons, the archer had escaped from the pack during the sorting phase and so isn't in all the shots! The card shows ancient Greek/Trojan types and maker/brand is the Polish kiosk supplier Lew Prokofijev, the Polish spelling of Prokofiev.

So many thanks to Chris for this little lot, fills a few gaps and builds a better picture of the Hungarian end of things even if it's not all Hungarian, and thanks to Kadmon  and Maciej again for their help in the past/elsewhere.

A is for And so to London - Loot Bag!

While I'm up 'The Smoke' (which has been smokeless since at least the 1970's!), I always look around for a few things I might not find locally, and Peter takes me to his local discount store, to which end the results of my last trip 'up to town' are this post!

15; Aras; Candy Toys; Candytoys; Ceremonial Troops; Desert Tank; Die Cast Metal Set; Dio Keyring; Eggo; Eggo Toys; Elgate Products; Global Gida; Hunter Price International; Mini Slinky; Minion Slinky; Minions; Pencil Sharpener Set; Pencil Tops; PS 336; Souvenir of London; Squish Animals; Styler Baby; The Sensory Toybox; Tourist Souvenirs; Tourist Trinket; Toymania; Unique Plus Ltd.; Wind-up;
In the said discount store I grabbed a box of three capsule-eggs by a minor-make, imported by Unique Plus Ltd., and from a Turkish outfit called Global, but branded Candy Toys and 'Aras Eggo', I've only shot one, but it was a nice clip-together bicycle around the 54/60mm size. I can't remember if the other two were crap, or if I saved them for another day?

15; Aras; Candy Toys; Candytoys; Ceremonial Troops; Desert Tank; Die Cast Metal Set; Dio Keyring; Eggo; Eggo Toys; Elgate Products; Global Gida; Hunter Price International; Mini Slinky; Minion Slinky; Minions; Pencil Sharpener Set; Pencil Tops; PS 336; Souvenir of London; Squish Animals; Styler Baby; The Sensory Toybox; Tourist Souvenirs; Tourist Trinket; Toymania; Unique Plus Ltd.; Wind-up;
These were also there for a quid-each or less, Toymania from Hunter Price International (whose logo is a large bear riding a penny-farthing!), and looked like a bit of Dino-fun, only the two designs were available, I don't know if there are any others, and a soft rubbery polymer, probably filled with the same corn-syrup Stretch Armstrong was?

15; Aras; Candy Toys; Candytoys; Ceremonial Troops; Desert Tank; Die Cast Metal Set; Dio Keyring; Eggo; Eggo Toys; Elgate Products; Global Gida; Hunter Price International; Mini Slinky; Minion Slinky; Minions; Pencil Sharpener Set; Pencil Tops; PS 336; Souvenir of London; Squish Animals; Styler Baby; The Sensory Toybox; Tourist Souvenirs; Tourist Trinket; Toymania; Unique Plus Ltd.; Wind-up;
And this little babe was next to the Dino-sqishes! She's a bit weird, as she has two clip-on dresses, but ony the front/sides are modelled, so from the rear you can see her pink-underslip! Hence the stand and mini action-figure holder, she's for display, with the odd change of outwear! Also from Global Gida.

15; Aras; Candy Toys; Candytoys; Ceremonial Troops; Desert Tank; Die Cast Metal Set; Dio Keyring; Eggo; Eggo Toys; Elgate Products; Global Gida; Hunter Price International; Mini Slinky; Minion Slinky; Minions; Pencil Sharpener Set; Pencil Tops; PS 336; Souvenir of London; Squish Animals; Styler Baby; The Sensory Toybox; Tourist Souvenirs; Tourist Trinket; Toymania; Unique Plus Ltd.; Wind-up;
On the way to visit Peter's work, we passed a junky-antiquey shop and I asked if he ever got anything from it and Peter said occasionally (without much enthusiasm!), but after missing the bus past his work on the way back, I elected to walk up to the next stop, and the next (exercise is good for you and the weather was fine!), inevitably though; the  next bus went past while I was between stops!

Eventually I realised I'd walked back to where the shop was over the road, so I popped in, there was nothing of interest, but the chap there was determined to 'help' me, and when I mentioned I was looking for vintage toy soldiers, model figures or military/space toys, he went out the back and came back with this!

No brand, beyond a tomato in yellow shorts which may themselves be a Chinese character, and clearly not that old, but mid-to-late 1990's is old for some people! It's a space ta . . . err . . . armoured car!

Clockwork, the key's missing but I have a bag of spares somewhere, it has an eccentric wheel to send it off in odd directions, and a sparking engine-bay (so, much like most Russian tanks these days - Slava Ukraine!), and was a bit of fun so it came home with me!

15; Aras; Candy Toys; Candytoys; Ceremonial Troops; Desert Tank; Die Cast Metal Set; Dio Keyring; Eggo; Eggo Toys; Elgate Products; Global Gida; Hunter Price International; Mini Slinky; Minion Slinky; Minions; Pencil Sharpener Set; Pencil Tops; PS 336; Souvenir of London; Squish Animals; Styler Baby; The Sensory Toybox; Tourist Souvenirs; Tourist Trinket; Toymania; Unique Plus Ltd.; Wind-up;

Walking down to Charing Cross and cutting through St Martin's Place you pass a bunch of Touristy shops, and while there wasn't much, I saw these two in a stand at not-much each and grabbed them so you won't have to!

We've looked at animals with pencil-top holes very similar to this horse I think (they may be in the long queue?), so this is more confirmation than anything else, while the guardsman is a pen-dangler, and a little blob of super-deformed poured resin to boot!

15; Aras; Candy Toys; Candytoys; Ceremonial Troops; Desert Tank; Die Cast Metal Set; Dio Keyring; Eggo; Eggo Toys; Elgate Products; Global Gida; Hunter Price International; Mini Slinky; Minion Slinky; Minions; Pencil Sharpener Set; Pencil Tops; PS 336; Souvenir of London; Squish Animals; Styler Baby; The Sensory Toybox; Tourist Souvenirs; Tourist Trinket; Toymania; Unique Plus Ltd.; Wind-up;
When I went to pay for the toppers or the next lot (below, seperate shops) this egg was on the counter by the till, so I grabbed one on the off-chance and got a figural, Minion slinky . . . or 'slinky-Minion? I haven't noted the brand on this, but I saved the wrapper so it's in the 'archive' for future revalation!

15; Aras; Candy Toys; Candytoys; Ceremonial Troops; Desert Tank; Die Cast Metal Set; Dio Keyring; Eggo; Eggo Toys; Elgate Products; Global Gida; Hunter Price International; Mini Slinky; Minion Slinky; Minions; Pencil Sharpener Set; Pencil Tops; PS 336; Souvenir of London; Squish Animals; Styler Baby; The Sensory Toybox; Tourist Souvenirs; Tourist Trinket; Toymania; Unique Plus Ltd.; Wind-up;
Theseare both good and bad, they're good because they were dirt cheap, they're quite nice die-casts, wire brush-polished for that satin/silk look and then both anodised gold and antiqued with a dark wash, but bad because they are obviously drilled for pencil sharpeners, which haven't been fitted, so either a bloody swizz, or an ugly hole, you chose! Imported from China by Elgate Products - previously importing resin Pirates; see Blog passim, also courtesy of Peter Evans.

Saturday, November 26, 2022

A is for And so to London - Pleasant Walk Across the River

No, no a toy soldier in sight, but I did purchase a few bits along the way which will be in the final post! After the disappointment of Forbidden Planet, I moseyed-down to - and over - the river at the Golden Jubilee bridge, across Trafalgar Square, skirting Whitehall and shooting a few shots of things which caught my eye.

Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;
Something going on inn the Vietnamese quarter?
 
Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;

Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;

Nigerian (above) and South Korean Embassies (here) flying at half-mast for the late Queen Elizabeth II, the whole of that part of the North bank; Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, Victoria Embankment and Northumberland Av' was sealed-off and pedestrianised, which made for a quite and pleasant walk in an area of London usually teeming with angry traffic!

Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;

Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;
London Eye

Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;
Golden Jubilee Bridge, there's actually two, one each side of the old Hungerford
Bridge, which has always been rail-only, I believe?

Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;
Houses of Parliament and Big Ben

Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;
'The Queue', I avoided it like the plague, and I just don't get it, in the 16-somthing's maybe, but now? After over a hundred years of compulsory education and two World Wars . . . ♫ Britons always-always-always will be slaves! ♫

Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;
A vista which has changed greatly in my lifetime!

Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;
The London 'I'!
Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;

Big Ben; Clock Tower; Embankment; Embassies; Golden Jubilee Bridge; Houses Of Parliament; Jubilee Bridge; London; London Embankment; London Events; London Souvenir; Londoners; MI6 Building; Nigeria; Nigerian Flag; Parliament; River Thames; South Korea; South Korean Flag; Thames Embankment; Thames London; The London Eye;
 Trying to shoot aircraft at Clapham Junction!

 And then on to Clapham Junction and home, what I found is in the next and last of this sequence!