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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, July 7, 2022

A is for Another Petition . . .

I think actually it's my third! The first was silly and came to nothing, my second had a few thousand signings before I told everyone to go to a duplicate which was a day or two older and much bigger, but I've checked and there's nothing like this up, so hopefully it might gain some traction.

Listening to Boris in his committee hearing this afternoon, it became clear he's as nuts as Trump, something I've hinted at before, and while all petitions are political in one way or another, I've tried keeping this one as neutral as I can, calling only for a coalition government to be formed - by the powers that be - without actually knowing if they can; within the rules, which are vague, given our lack of a formal written constitution.

Now, I need five signatures for Change.org to publish the 'public' version, so if any of you are wondering WTF's going on, chuck a signature on the link below . . . please!

I can't see a leader in the pack of self-servative dogs surrounding Boris, nor in Keir who I suspect would struggle to find his way out of a wet paper bag if you gave him a fire axe and a flamethrower, but something needs to 'give'.

And if you think it stands a chance, or is just a good message to sent to the 'Establishment', share it on your feeds too? Cheers.

https://www.change.org/p/form-a-coalition-government

Full text of the petition reads;

"Given the mess we seem to be in;

We the below signed believe the Speaker of the House of Commons, representatives of the House of Lords and the Monarch should find a mechanism to organise and create a Coalition Administration, and request they do so forthwith.

The coalition to sit for five years with the aims of recovering from Brexit and Covid-19, dealing with the on-going matters arising from Russia's illegal invasion of Ukraine, the 'Cost of Living' crisis, emerging Monkey Pox, industrial unrest, the Gig economy and the mess the current administration are creating through apparently corrupt practice, dogmatic intransigence, dishonest obfuscation and fiscal mismanagement.

Suggestions for the interim/temporary leader/holder of the Prime ministerial position, pending a more formal leadership election might include Caroline Lucas (Green Party), Kenneth Clark (Conservative, House of Lords) or Angela Rainer (Labour Party)."

As mentioned above I've started the petition because I can't see a single leader among the dogs sniffing round Boris Johnson, while I don't believe Keir Starmer is even made of leadership material. With both the main parties internally riven with internecine squabbling and the Liberals not fully recovered from their last drubbing, a coalition seems the best hope for what will become a wartime economy if things get much worse, both on the Ukraine front and the global inflation/recession crisis and ongoing food supply problems.

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

M is for Memories of a Misspent Youth!

The reconnaissance platoon of the Ist Fantasian Motor-Rifle Corps, Putlos, Schleswig-Holstein, 1986!

We made the red stars from an old fertilizer sack we found in the barn we were billeted in, while providing 'Enemy Force' for the rest of the battalion!

Left to right; top; Steve B, 'Solid', 'Beano', Stu' M,
bottom; Alan 'Muscles' G and yours truly!

They gave us a LWB Land Rover, but no tilt, so we fashioned one from three groundsheets and some broom-handles (also liberated from the barn! And returned!), however six-guys full kit doesn't leave much room for passengers, so it was interesting in the back. Stu' and Beano (IC) were alright; they were up-front - with a heater . . . of sorts!

We'd be tasked with an all-night OP or a snap VCP, or sometimes just a drive-through (so someone else in an OP could report our movements), then back to the barn and some of the best cooks in Berlin Brigade who had two catering trailers for about 30 of us, we lived like kings and it was a pretty 'cabby' week! Bloody wet though; anyone in the UK who's ever bemoaned the weather, has never been to the Jutland Peninsula in October!

It was in this Lanny we all nearly died, when we came round a corner in the middle of nowhere and found two old ladies walking down the centre of the country-lane. Stu' managed to avoid them but we ended-up careering down a ditch at 45°'s while the windscreen and driver's door (LHD) got smashed-in by a line of cut-off tree stumps!

By the time we'd all clambered out of the half-waterlogged wreckage, the two old ladies has just wandered off round the corner (don't think they even broke step or stopped chatting to look over their shoulders!) and were nowhere to be seen! We tried pulling, we tried pushing, we stuffed logs under it, but in the end a passing German farmer pulled it out with his tractor and we limped-home to a late breakfast!

He hadn't seen the old ladies either and he'd come from where they'd gone (which we'd just driven - flat fields for miles) so we wondered if they hadn't been visiting from the twilight-zone as payback for some RAF bombing raid (Oldenburg escaped the worst, but nearby Kiel was heavily bombed) in the 1940's!

You can only get away with that shit when you're young . . . and . . . those 'Deputy Dog' hats though!

T is for Thought For The Day, Being This Day, The 4th of July!

It struck me that just as Brwreakshit gave succor to the Scot's new push for Indy-Ref' II, so the language of the Declaration of Independence of a certain bunch of armed terrorist insurgents (for that is what we call them when we think we are the 'good-guys') could give succor to those States which want nothing of the new, post-Trump, pro-gun, anti-healthcare, Church-driven America with its new, all-political Supreme Court?

"When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation."

Seems clear to me . . . if you don't like the politics you've got, go and do something else - with the blessing of the 'Founding Fathers'!

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for fair-minded, liberal states to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with a Federal shitfest and neo-Nazi neighbors, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes (fascism, sexism, racism, 3rd-world penitentiaries and a para-military police) which impel them to the separation.

You see, while certain Morlocks and Yahoos pay so much heed to the original constitutional document (or a certain later amendment to it), a document which had nothing for, nor mention of; women, children, slaves or the natives, they don't seem to want any other amendments which might better reflect modern life!

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On the subject of Scotland, apart from the likes of Tuvalu and the Falklands, Gibraltar and the Channel islands, it's only the other three members of the Union still in the rump of blood-soaked Empire, high-time they had their independence and us arrogant English were given the final lesson in humility, after all; the numerous previous lessons (Hong Kong the most recent - if you ignore Brwreakshit) haven't worn our sharp-edges down yet!

I've said it before and I'll say it again - Mercedes, Pepsi, Disney, Craft or Unilever don't care where the boarders are, what colour you flag is, or who claims control over either, they will still get their products to the local stores. Anyone who wants Independence should have it, including the Basques, Catalonia, Walloonia or the Pirate's Republic of Kernow!

Thursday, June 23, 2022

N is for Nostalgia - Badges!

OK, well, after a seven-day figure-fest, let's have something completely different with a bit of a nostalgia hit to boot, after all if we collect toys we already have an interest in juvenile popular culture!

105mm Gun; 20mm Oerlikon GAM-BO1; ADSEC; Aeroplane; Artillery Badge; Badge Novelties; Badges; Button Badges; Buttons; Cats; Disney Badge; Dogs; Figurral Badges; Giant. Jr. Combat Emblem Set; Injection Moulders Ltd.; Lapel Badges; Mickey Mouse; Motorbike; Motorcycle; No. 260; Novelty Badges; Novelty Pins; Pin Badges; Pins; Plastic Badges; Rabbits; Sheriff's Badge; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Special Agent; Tin Badges;
Another of the magic drawers shot on the way to storage, it's where all the badges that come in with mixed-lots end-up, after the drawing-pins, building blocks, broken chalks & crayons, buttons, Lego, lumps of hairy, brown Plasticine, marbles, Meccano, and other detritus have been removed!

105mm Gun; 20mm Oerlikon GAM-BO1; ADSEC; Aeroplane; Artillery Badge; Badge Novelties; Badges; Button Badges; Buttons; Cats; Disney Badge; Dogs; Figurral Badges; Giant. Jr. Combat Emblem Set; Injection Moulders Ltd.; Lapel Badges; Mickey Mouse; Motorbike; Motorcycle; No. 260; Novelty Badges; Novelty Pins; Pin Badges; Pins; Plastic Badges; Rabbits; Sheriff's Badge; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Special Agent; Tin Badges;
This might . . . I stress MIGHT . . . and only 'might' . . . be the only surviving example of the badges in this Giant Plastics Corp., set (third image down), but it may be from another source altogether! A photo-realistic (because it's a 1:1 photograph, as a print!) army badge, reproduced as a paper sticker. It's actually quite an unusual higher-function/rear echelon logistics/construction unit - ADSEC Wikipedia.

105mm Gun; 20mm Oerlikon GAM-BO1; ADSEC; Aeroplane; Artillery Badge; Badge Novelties; Badges; Button Badges; Buttons; Cats; Disney Badge; Dogs; Figurral Badges; Giant. Jr. Combat Emblem Set; Injection Moulders Ltd.; Lapel Badges; Mickey Mouse; Motorbike; Motorcycle; No. 260; Novelty Badges; Novelty Pins; Pin Badges; Pins; Plastic Badges; Rabbits; Sheriff's Badge; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Special Agent; Tin Badges;
Figurals; A cat stamped from polished sheet steel (stainless), a relief-flat setter, a similar Tyrolean/Bavarian [very-]young couple stealing a kiss, the two dogs came from Bulgaria, while the rabbit is channeling both Miffi and Hello Kitty (or even the new Chi) but is none of those franchise's characters, but rather a generic; possibly a gum-ball machine prize?

Finally the National Children's Homes (NCH) crocodile/alligator in Santa suit is a teeny-tiny example of multiple-shot moulding, a technique akin to over-moulding, but with each colour laid side-by-side, originally; separately, increasingly now; at the same time.

105mm Gun; 20mm Oerlikon GAM-BO1; ADSEC; Aeroplane; Artillery Badge; Badge Novelties; Badges; Button Badges; Buttons; Cats; Disney Badge; Dogs; Figurral Badges; Giant. Jr. Combat Emblem Set; Injection Moulders Ltd.; Lapel Badges; Mickey Mouse; Motorbike; Motorcycle; No. 260; Novelty Badges; Novelty Pins; Pin Badges; Pins; Plastic Badges; Rabbits; Sheriff's Badge; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Special Agent; Tin Badges;
Also figural, this is interesting both for being a motorcycle (speedway memento?) and being marked on the back with the Injection Moulder's logo, whom we last saw selling Thomas cord-pull helicopters here.

105mm Gun; 20mm Oerlikon GAM-BO1; ADSEC; Aeroplane; Artillery Badge; Badge Novelties; Badges; Button Badges; Buttons; Cats; Disney Badge; Dogs; Figurral Badges; Giant. Jr. Combat Emblem Set; Injection Moulders Ltd.; Lapel Badges; Mickey Mouse; Motorbike; Motorcycle; No. 260; Novelty Badges; Novelty Pins; Pin Badges; Pins; Plastic Badges; Rabbits; Sheriff's Badge; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Special Agent; Tin Badges;
This is a lovely little thing, a simple pin-badge in pressed, tin-litho, not sure if the alphabet is Chinese or Japanese but I think the latter, and the equivalent of a 'penny toy'? The sort of thing 1960's or early '70's parents would buy a whole card of, and hand out as 'attendance' prizes to all the kids at a birthday party . . . "I'll be ya' best friend . . . "

105mm Gun; 20mm Oerlikon GAM-BO1; ADSEC; Aeroplane; Artillery Badge; Badge Novelties; Badges; Button Badges; Buttons; Cats; Disney Badge; Dogs; Figurral Badges; Giant. Jr. Combat Emblem Set; Injection Moulders Ltd.; Lapel Badges; Mickey Mouse; Motorbike; Motorcycle; No. 260; Novelty Badges; Novelty Pins; Pin Badges; Pins; Plastic Badges; Rabbits; Sheriff's Badge; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Special Agent; Tin Badges;
Oh, if I had a decent sample of these I'd need a new Blog! Brass, die-cast alloy, plastic, card . . . stars, medallions, shields, name-plates, we all had several of these on our way through childhood, Sheriff, Deputy, Posse, Marshal, Fire Chief, Police, or here (in plastic) 'Special Agent' . . . where would a 20th Century adolescence have been without at least one of these?

105mm Gun; 20mm Oerlikon GAM-BO1; ADSEC; Aeroplane; Artillery Badge; Badge Novelties; Badges; Button Badges; Buttons; Cats; Disney Badge; Dogs; Figurral Badges; Giant. Jr. Combat Emblem Set; Injection Moulders Ltd.; Lapel Badges; Mickey Mouse; Motorbike; Motorcycle; No. 260; Novelty Badges; Novelty Pins; Pin Badges; Pins; Plastic Badges; Rabbits; Sheriff's Badge; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Special Agent; Tin Badges;
I hate this creature with such a vengeance he's got 'air-pellet receptacle' written all over 'im! However, some, many, were taken in by the Disneyfication of the whole planet, so just for them . . .no, I'm not going to clean the little shit!

Look at his dimwittedness, shining, beacon-like from his fizzog, listen to his whining voice (it's there, in your head, right now! "Oooh! helloooo pluuu'tooo!"), wonder at his inordinate earning-potential, imagine my extra Google-traffic - whatever I say about the horrid, mawkishly-sentimental little fu . . . deep breath Hugh, deep breath . . . calm down; go and have a coffee!

105mm Gun; 20mm Oerlikon GAM-BO1; ADSEC; Aeroplane; Artillery Badge; Badge Novelties; Badges; Button Badges; Buttons; Cats; Disney Badge; Dogs; Figurral Badges; Giant. Jr. Combat Emblem Set; Injection Moulders Ltd.; Lapel Badges; Mickey Mouse; Motorbike; Motorcycle; No. 260; Novelty Badges; Novelty Pins; Pin Badges; Pins; Plastic Badges; Rabbits; Sheriff's Badge; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Special Agent; Tin Badges;
At the other end of the badge spectrum from anthropomorphic plastic twats are these, given away by arms manufacturers, to adults, at defence shows! Heavy alloy, base-metal or pewter models of whichever killing-machine they are flogging that day, here we have a faux-gilded 105mm howitzer (presumably from BAE Systems) and an Oerlikon ship-defence auto-cannon.

I may have some more of these somewhere (tanks, helicopters and 'planes), I've had a lot of luck with the Farnborough Airshow over the years; Dad used to get us all-area tickets when the Tiger Moth was on display, while in the 2000's I was working as a chauffeur and a lot of our work was for BAE or their clients, so we were in and out, all day, for the whole gig and got given a lot of stuff.

At that level of corporate hospitality the stuff is given-away like rain, indeed; umbrellas (full size, posh ones) were another common freebie, leaving me and family possessing a lifetime's supply of them - I recently took half-a-dozen to charity! Once I had a party of Turks visiting Thames Water facilities for a whole week (8-seat V-Klass) and they left all their umbrellas with me and I struggled to give them all away! We (they - the rich and powerful) have killed the planet with this shite!

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

H is for How They Come In - Chris - May - 6

Drawing to a close, but if you've caught any of the previous five episodes, I think you'll agree is been an interesting lot, with a few revelations (not 'discoveries', just revelations!) with Commander Rourke's Command Car and the Poplar Plastics / Playthings Two-in-One pair!

This is the TV/Movie, sci-fi/fantasy and space items, which includes any superhero's or cartoony things.

Battle Beasts; Bendy Dog; Bendy Toys; Bluebird; Bone Shakers; Brickwoods Beer; Candy-Container; Captain Scarlet; Chewbacca; Coffin; Darth Vader; Dogs; Elephant Toy; Football Player; Fox; Harry Potter; Kinder; Lloyds Bank; Lord of the Rings; Manta Force; Missiles; Mixed Figures; Mixed Lot; Mixed Model Figures; Mixed Novelties; Mixed Playthings; Mixed Toy Figurines; Mixed Toys; Muscle; Quentin; Quentin the Troll; Risk; Saxaphone; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smoking Dog; Spacemen; Spaceship; Star Wars; Superheroes; Swizzles Matlow; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Thunderbirds; Wrestler;
Chris has only gone and found another pop-up astronaut/spaceman! Based on the old LB sculpt, missing his spring and sucker but a nice, muted, mustard-yellow. In front of him is a Bluebird Karnoid, or knock-off (?) I can't get an exact match with my catalogues? Next to him what looks like a gum-ball capsule-machine knock-off of a Japanese keshi robot in silver.

Next to the Action Fleet Vader is a Chewy who looks familiar while being neither Galoob nor Wizards', so must be a more modern Mattel or Hasbro thing, I have half a feeling I have a Han or Luke on a similar base? He would go well with the Wizards of the Coast stuff though, or the Imperial Assault board game from Disney/Fantasy Flight?

The two larger figures look like 'action figures' but are solids, one a MUSCLE or knock-off (blue) the other new to me; anyone know? Front row are a sidewinder type missile in a hard plastic but not kit-plastic and from the size, some big-box 'China' electronic aircraft I suspect, an Airfix kit figure from the Moon-Lander and a triple-point, vaginal-stimulator with hand-grip . . . wot? Oh cummon . . . they RUINED it - Thunderballs, no double-oh-seven! It looks like a dibber for spuds! It goes in the tub with all the other micro-Anderson stuff and is gratefully received!

Which leaves the large chap at the back . . . I knew literally nothing about Quentin (for it is he!), but Chris knew all about him, and we worked-out I was mostly out of the country, without telly, or drunk during his run at popular-cultural fame!

Battle Beasts; Bendy Dog; Bendy Toys; Bluebird; Bone Shakers; Brickwoods Beer; Candy-Container; Captain Scarlet; Chewbacca; Coffin; Darth Vader; Dogs; Elephant Toy; Football Player; Fox; Harry Potter; Kinder; Lloyds Bank; Lord of the Rings; Manta Force; Missiles; Mixed Figures; Mixed Lot; Mixed Model Figures; Mixed Novelties; Mixed Playthings; Mixed Toy Figurines; Mixed Toys; Muscle; Quentin; Quentin the Troll; Risk; Saxaphone; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smoking Dog; Spacemen; Spaceship; Star Wars; Superheroes; Swizzles Matlow; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Thunderbirds; Wrestler;
Quentin for those equally not paying attention back in the day was the mascot for Lloyds Bank, and he had TV adverts and everything; Chris found one on YouTube -

It might have been a squeaky toy that's lost its squeak, or just manufactured in the same way - PVC blow-mould? And a brilliant box to tick - cheers Chris!

Battle Beasts; Bendy Dog; Bendy Toys; Bluebird; Bone Shakers; Brickwoods Beer; Candy-Container; Captain Scarlet; Chewbacca; Coffin; Darth Vader; Dogs; Elephant Toy; Football Player; Fox; Harry Potter; Kinder; Lloyds Bank; Lord of the Rings; Manta Force; Missiles; Mixed Figures; Mixed Lot; Mixed Model Figures; Mixed Novelties; Mixed Playthings; Mixed Toy Figurines; Mixed Toys; Muscle; Quentin; Quentin the Troll; Risk; Saxaphone; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smoking Dog; Spacemen; Spaceship; Star Wars; Superheroes; Swizzles Matlow; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Thunderbirds; Wrestler;
This looked like a rather non-descript civilian type, sans head until I noticed he wears a Starfleet breast-badge, so . . . board-game playing piece? I've had a cursory look but didn't draw-out anything beyond the fact there are lots of Star Trek board games! Behind him a Swizzles Matlow Bone Shakers candy-container coffin, to keep you cough-drop'in! You can get tickets from the box-office, I'm here all week!

Battle Beasts; Bendy Dog; Bendy Toys; Bluebird; Bone Shakers; Brickwoods Beer; Candy-Container; Captain Scarlet; Chewbacca; Coffin; Darth Vader; Dogs; Elephant Toy; Football Player; Fox; Harry Potter; Kinder; Lloyds Bank; Lord of the Rings; Manta Force; Missiles; Mixed Figures; Mixed Lot; Mixed Model Figures; Mixed Novelties; Mixed Playthings; Mixed Toy Figurines; Mixed Toys; Muscle; Quentin; Quentin the Troll; Risk; Saxaphone; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smoking Dog; Spacemen; Spaceship; Star Wars; Superheroes; Swizzles Matlow; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Thunderbirds; Wrestler;
Two Teenage Mutant Hero Ninja Turtles, the one on the left (Mirage Studios/Playmates Toys) is action-figure'y with five points of articulation, the one on the right (Mirage Studios/Bully) is a solid, and both seem to be new to collection/Blog, but the Playmates' may go with ones we've seen before, as there are a lot of product-related figures out there for these, there being only four joint/main characters, and a lot in the collection still to be Blogged.

Battle Beasts; Bendy Dog; Bendy Toys; Bluebird; Bone Shakers; Brickwoods Beer; Candy-Container; Captain Scarlet; Chewbacca; Coffin; Darth Vader; Dogs; Elephant Toy; Football Player; Fox; Harry Potter; Kinder; Lloyds Bank; Lord of the Rings; Manta Force; Missiles; Mixed Figures; Mixed Lot; Mixed Model Figures; Mixed Novelties; Mixed Playthings; Mixed Toy Figurines; Mixed Toys; Muscle; Quentin; Quentin the Troll; Risk; Saxaphone; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smoking Dog; Spacemen; Spaceship; Star Wars; Superheroes; Swizzles Matlow; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Thunderbirds; Wrestler;
The Post Office failed again, foxy will need superglue, the 'wraith rider' should accept poly-cement! I don't know if the figures are from the LotR's Risk, or a French board game of 30-odd years ago called Dragon-something, or something-Dragons, but it's all in the archive and will come out in the wash before they go on the A-Z pages!

Battle Beasts; Bendy Dog; Bendy Toys; Bluebird; Bone Shakers; Brickwoods Beer; Candy-Container; Captain Scarlet; Chewbacca; Coffin; Darth Vader; Dogs; Elephant Toy; Football Player; Fox; Harry Potter; Kinder; Lloyds Bank; Lord of the Rings; Manta Force; Missiles; Mixed Figures; Mixed Lot; Mixed Model Figures; Mixed Novelties; Mixed Playthings; Mixed Toy Figurines; Mixed Toys; Muscle; Quentin; Quentin the Troll; Risk; Saxaphone; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smoking Dog; Spacemen; Spaceship; Star Wars; Superheroes; Swizzles Matlow; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Thunderbirds; Wrestler;
Quality merchandise! A Brickwoods publican 'brewerania' figure, a resin footballer and his dog, a polystyrene crocodile (or alligator, I'll have no species'ism here!) playing a saxaphone - as they do - and an old silicon elephant which I think might be an Esso Petroleum premium.

Battle Beasts; Bendy Dog; Bendy Toys; Bluebird; Bone Shakers; Brickwoods Beer; Candy-Container; Captain Scarlet; Chewbacca; Coffin; Darth Vader; Dogs; Elephant Toy; Football Player; Fox; Harry Potter; Kinder; Lloyds Bank; Lord of the Rings; Manta Force; Missiles; Mixed Figures; Mixed Lot; Mixed Model Figures; Mixed Novelties; Mixed Playthings; Mixed Toy Figurines; Mixed Toys; Muscle; Quentin; Quentin the Troll; Risk; Saxaphone; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smoking Dog; Spacemen; Spaceship; Star Wars; Superheroes; Swizzles Matlow; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Thunderbirds; Wrestler;
An Action Fleet Tie Fighter pilot who should have been in the first shot, and a Captain Scarlet who's probably been ripped from a Century 21 or similar Hong Kong make's Spectrum Patrol Car?

Battle Beasts; Bendy Dog; Bendy Toys; Bluebird; Bone Shakers; Brickwoods Beer; Candy-Container; Captain Scarlet; Chewbacca; Coffin; Darth Vader; Dogs; Elephant Toy; Football Player; Fox; Harry Potter; Kinder; Lloyds Bank; Lord of the Rings; Manta Force; Missiles; Mixed Figures; Mixed Lot; Mixed Model Figures; Mixed Novelties; Mixed Playthings; Mixed Toy Figurines; Mixed Toys; Muscle; Quentin; Quentin the Troll; Risk; Saxaphone; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smoking Dog; Spacemen; Spaceship; Star Wars; Superheroes; Swizzles Matlow; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Thunderbirds; Wrestler;
Kinder Disney, sans stickers, a wooden nodding toy removed from its nodder and re-tied as a floppy donkey! And the best; a smoking dog bendy! I thought it might be a Hector knock-off from Hector's House, but Chris found a couple more with cigar and cigarette, so they are 'the smoking dogs' bendies!

Battle Beasts; Bendy Dog; Bendy Toys; Bluebird; Bone Shakers; Brickwoods Beer; Candy-Container; Captain Scarlet; Chewbacca; Coffin; Darth Vader; Dogs; Elephant Toy; Football Player; Fox; Harry Potter; Kinder; Lloyds Bank; Lord of the Rings; Manta Force; Missiles; Mixed Figures; Mixed Lot; Mixed Model Figures; Mixed Novelties; Mixed Playthings; Mixed Toy Figurines; Mixed Toys; Muscle; Quentin; Quentin the Troll; Risk; Saxaphone; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smoking Dog; Spacemen; Spaceship; Star Wars; Superheroes; Swizzles Matlow; Teenage Mutant Hero Turtles; Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles; Thunderbirds; Wrestler;
What looks like a Harry Potter figure, but not Harry, one of the bad-guys, they always have pale skin, or green skin, or red skin, or blotchy skin, even sweaty skin . . . odd-skin = bad guys! A Battle Beast in a pink leather leotard . . . and why not? He's missing an arm, but will join a slowly growing pile of them, whole ones are getting pricey on feebleBay these days, and the weapons are like gold-dust! I think there's a spud-dibber round here for him!

And an action figure of 54mm proportions brings these parcel overviews to a close. He is probably a character I should know, but you can't know everything! Seven Points of articulation, and possibly a wrestler figure but from which franchise! Many, many thanks to Chris Smith for everything we've seen in these six posts, we cover/re-cover a lot of ground with them, each time.

Monday, June 20, 2022

V is for Vikings, Vandals, Varangians, Visigoths and err . . . Goths!

Plain old Goths . . . with a G! The same comments re. this post apply as to the Roman post - mixed lot on eBay about a year ago, posted a few elsewhere, a couple of unrelated photo-shoots, finding the Heimo/54mm's while putting them away in the loft, shooting them against the small scale before they all went to storage and then having to be a bit vicious with the pile of images but still ending up with some duplication!

Донецький Завод Іграшок; Ark Toys; Charmore Vikings; Doneckaja Fabrika Igrushek; Donetsʹkyy Zavod Ihrashok; Donetsk Toy factory; DZI; DZI Vikings; Heimo Vikings; Hong Kong Vikings; Made in Hong Kong; Marx Army Men; Marx Figures; Marx Toy Soldiers; Marx Toys; Marx Vikings; Plastic Vikings; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Made Vikings; Viking Figures; Viking Toys; Viking Warriors;
We'll start with a comparison line-up this time; on the left is the Warriors of the World, hard polystyrene plastic 60mm Marx original with full factory paint. Then an unpainted copy from the former Soviet Union or post-Soviet Ukraine.

As the former they can be the Ukrainian DZI,  Донецький Завод Іграшок - Donetsʹkyy Zavod Ihrashok (Донецкая фабрика игрушек - Donetskaya fabrika igrushek in Russian) whether Russia steals it again or not - Slava Ukraine

As the latter: Ark Models, where they are often described as "recast Marx", well, firstly you cast metal not plastic (you run, shoot, inject, 'push-through' or mould plastic) and secondly, they are copies, possibly stolen from the German Charmore production, not even reissues, although Ark are reissues of DZI! More on DZI here.

You can see however, they are very good copies, even down to the blemish on the spear shaft, and there may have been a nod-&-a-wink, from Marx, via East Germany (?), but they are too small to be 'from Marx mould tools', a very good example of the pantographer's art, but the size difference can't be explained by the [marginally] greater shrinkage of polyethylene, over polystyrene!

Then we have a 54mm Viking from Marx (with home paint) and finally a pair of the Miniature Masterpiece ones which led to the confusion of my thinking I'd also shot 30mm Romans the other day! Of note here is that the right-hand (late, soft plastic version) figure has had his spear re-tooled, I think the back-end of the shaft may be 'short-shot', but the pointy-end has been re-done, with a new spear-tip, placed short off/of the base

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Last year's additions, allowing for front and back shots of two, and these are often found damaged, due to the fine sections and frangibility of polystyrene. They're fun, and while as Verangians, the Vikings were enemies of Rome, it wasn't the Rome of Marx's legionnaires, but rather the Arthurian/Dark Age, late-Rome, beloved of fantasy set-dressers.

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Again, what can I say, it's a good shot! Note the arrows are threaded behind the bow, not as you would sport-shoot today.

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Base marking and plastic colour, one white the other a cloudy/marbled neutral-granule grey, neither have the full Marx-X of the Romans, but just a HONG KONG, which makes them look bought-in!

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The other chap, I rather like him, he looks like he doesn't take nonsense from fuckwits, which is not a bad life philosophy! It's like he's daring you to say something . . . anything untoward!

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The Ukrainian copies, I don't have the whole/complete lot in any type, but I have them all in 30mm, and I thought I had at least one larger example of each in larger iterations, but I am actually missing one - guy with a sword and shield, similar to the clubbing guy, top middle!

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An equally incomplete set of the 54mm's, but a mixture of originals (top row) and reissues (bottom row). I think we all know by now that horns and wings were more of a ceremonial/burial-goods thing, rather than a practical feature of war-fighting, skull protection!

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Miniature Masterpieces, all eight, for some years, from childhood until taking the hobby up again after the Army, I only had the chap on the left and always thought he was an Assyrian or something else more Biblical . . . Hittite or something! And with that cone shield he would/does make an excellent Goliath with HäT Industries Assyrians!

And there's a nice diminutive slinger in the Revell scale-downs of Elastolin Romans, who can be David!

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In the putting-away I found a Heimo licensed-production figure in PVC; with the white beard he looks like an avenging God! Full Marx-X marks on the small scale figures and some size comparisons, the Heimo has no marks.

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How they went away! Hard polystyrene and soft polyethylene go together, reissues, copy and PVC are in with the Rojas y Malaret elephant for some reason - enough room for an elephant I suppose! The PVC figures get a separate bag, as they have a chemical effect which can affect other plastics or paints and I don't want to find a tub of sticky goo, next time I go into it!