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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Monday, April 22, 2019

F is for Fishel's Fetching Fuchsia Firefighters!

Another quickie! I am hoping to get hold of some Internet time on Monday (today as you read), so will try to produce something more substantial for later on, but for now this box-ticking exercise presented itself during the ongoing sorting process.

Marked, they were kicking around about 12/15 years ago and could be seen as the more commercial wave of the newer-styled, civil, die-cast vehicle accessories, all in a similar vein, although the hats are poorly sculpted and the over-all impression is of the Royal Household's Beefeaters on a picnic!

Ooaawahh! I must change the Firemen tag to fire-fighters before someone says something!

WTF is for Whacky Thingy Found

It's currently last Tuesday (as I write), and I'm looking for easy posts to shove up on Bank Holiday Monday, as I've a load of bits to publish for the weekend and no internet on Friday, which means the show dates have to be done tomorrow for Thursday and it's all got a bit bleah! Found this though!

Courtesy of Peter Evans's last-but-one parcel and just a bit of fun to move us away from Easter, it's a stretchy alien, but using a concertinaed-cable action, rather than very elastic silicon or PVC! It's a jewelled-eyes key-ring, branded (probably phantom-) to Gismos, that's it really . . . Cheers Peter!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

I is for 'In the Nick of Time'!

Spotted this online, on Monday (15th April), and only arriving an hour ago, I've quickly had it out, photographed it, duplicated 20-odd images for a .gif (hopefully loaded below!) and am now firing off a hurried blurb, before slotting it in somewhere, I think there's only two posts today (Thurs.) so it may be here new, or it may be added to Sunday or Monday?!!!

23-0917-DGN CH; Catering Novelties; Design No. 23-0917; Egg Soldier; Egg Soldiers; Egg-Cup; Forward Fred; Fred; Fred and Friends; G3 Assault Rifle; Gallil Assault Rifle; Genuine Fred; Herts of Stur; Hoobbe; Household Goods; Jason Pang; Kitchencraft; Lifetime Brands; Novelty Egg-Cup; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Toy; Paper Products; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier Egg Cup;
As it arrived; it's tied to several brands one way or another, but more important, it credits an artist/designer, so he should get a name-check first; Jason Pang. It appears to have been designed for Fred (Forward Fred/Fred and Friends/Genuine Fred) 'a division' of Lifetime Brands' (who are also the European distributer as Kitchencraft), sub-branded to Hoobbe and manufactured in China . . . by 'DGN' (if you believe Erwin!) and I got it from Herts of Stur!

23-0917-DGN CH; Catering Novelties; Design No. 23-0917; Egg Soldier; Egg Soldiers; Egg-Cup; Forward Fred; Fred; Fred and Friends; G3 Assault Rifle; Gallil Assault Rifle; Genuine Fred; Herts of Stur; Hoobbe; Household Goods; Jason Pang; Kitchencraft; Lifetime Brands; Novelty Egg-Cup; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Toy; Paper Products; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier Egg Cup;
Out of the box . . . is that a Gallil or G3 assault rifle, seems to be a bit of both?

The marking in full is exactly the same as the previous ones we looked at 23-0917-DGN [CH], which, as per last time is read backwards; it's actually China, Design No. 23-0917, there is no maker called DGN!

23-0917-DGN CH; Catering Novelties; Design No. 23-0917; Egg Soldier; Egg Soldiers; Egg-Cup; Forward Fred; Fred; Fred and Friends; G3 Assault Rifle; Gallil Assault Rifle; Genuine Fred; Herts of Stur; Hoobbe; Household Goods; Jason Pang; Kitchencraft; Lifetime Brands; Novelty Egg-Cup; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Toy; Paper Products; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier Egg Cup;
If it's worked there's a [rather wobbly] .gif here of a fat-knacker getting some exercise! I should have used a tripod, but is was all a bit rushed!

23-0917-DGN CH; Catering Novelties; Design No. 23-0917; Egg Soldier; Egg Soldiers; Egg-Cup; Forward Fred; Fred; Fred and Friends; G3 Assault Rifle; Gallil Assault Rifle; Genuine Fred; Herts of Stur; Hoobbe; Household Goods; Jason Pang; Kitchencraft; Lifetime Brands; Novelty Egg-Cup; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Toy; Paper Products; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier Egg Cup;
The egg is a papier-mâché addition to those we've looked at in the past at this time of year! Happy Easter all!

L is for Lone Wabbit and Egg: Bunny Cart at the River Styx!


What? You can't have Easter without an Easter bunny . . .err . . . actually you can, and in ten years here at Small Scale World; we have . . . several times! While the Germans run with a hare. They're going extinct you know; hares and rabbits, terribly sad, but some idiot left some pink monkeys in charge of the planet!

Anyway, that's the first paragraph provided with text . . .

Adrian Little; Another Poplar Plastic Product; Boxed Toy; Bunny Cart; Capsule Egg; Capsule Toys; Chocolate Eggs; Contribution; Easter Bunny; Easter Egg; Easter Toys; Mercator Trading; Old Plastic Toys; Plastic Bunny Cart; Plastic Toy Figures; Polystyrene Figures; Polystyrene Toys; Poplar Bunny Cart; Poplar Easter Cart; Poplar Plastics; Poplar Playthings; Poplar Products; PPP; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Vintage Boxed Toys; Vintage Plastic Toy;
. . . I shot this on Adrien Little's stand at the Plastic Warrior show a year ago (not long now), and have been catching sight of it in Picasa, regularly, ever since, it's a bit of fun but I'll be glad to get it on the dongle now!

Speaking of the dongles - after the Peter Pan Playthings dancer the other day - this is another of the PPP's in the archive, the other obvious one being Pritchard Patent Products, but I have a feeling there's a forth; just one of those little quirks!

Adrian Little; Another Poplar Plastic Product; Boxed Toy; Bunny Cart; Capsule Egg; Capsule Toys; Chocolate Eggs; Contribution; Easter Bunny; Easter Egg; Easter Toys; Mercator Trading; Old Plastic Toys; Plastic Bunny Cart; Plastic Toy Figures; Polystyrene Figures; Polystyrene Toys; Poplar Bunny Cart; Poplar Easter Cart; Poplar Plastics; Poplar Playthings; Poplar Products; PPP; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Vintage Boxed Toys; Vintage Plastic Toy;
The box-art doesn't lie . . . much, there's no sitting 'number two'! It's figural, it's seasonal and it has a bit of age. It would have been filled with smaller eggs, which were sometimes that cheap, gritty, chocolate 'flavor' sugar-candy, but if you were lucky, they were proper chocolate eggs in two halves, held together by the foil, with - if you were really, really lucky - hazelnut-ganache soft centres.

Poplar Plastic Products - Bunny Cart.

Happy Egg'tastic Easter loyal readers!

O is for Ovoid, Ovid 'Old Friends'!

Having posted the small-scale ones several times and seen them also posted elsewhere on the Internet (or in my eMail's inbox) as 'unknown' before remembering they were Tombola, only for Paul Morehead to then remind me that they had been large-scale and branded to Party Pig in Plastic Warrior magazine's issue 82, they've only gawn and turned up again in't they! And they're in Easter eggs - double-bloody-bargain and the yolks on us!

12 Toy Soldier Eggs; Amscan; Blues; Capsule Eggs; Capsule Toys; Chahai; Easter Eggs; Easter Soldiers; Easter Toys; Egg Soldiers; Filled Eggs; Fun Express; Greys; Imperial Pilots; Jaru 'fritz helmet' GI's; Matchbox US Infantry; Omaha - Nebraska; Oriental Trading Co.; Party Pig; Plastic Warrior Issue 82; Plastic Warrior Magazine; Sci Fi Figurines; Sci Fi Toys; Science Fiction Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tombola; Vaders;
As found on the Internet (left hand shot), there are two outlets on eBay.com that I know of, but there are other sources out there. I had to get a set straight away and what came is the bag on the right, 12 eggs with three each of four designs of egg-wrap, and two colours of polyethylene egg.

The bag has a header card that I think we've seen before (possibly from Brian Berke, but I can't remember if it was as a shelfie or donation) and which is trying to be the current card from  . . . err . . . Amscan - I think (Another Brian B contribution). On posting - Yes; the football erasers (among others).

As we shall see in October, rack toys with these cards can be sourced in the UK with an over-printed branding to Fun Express, here it's a sticker for the Oriental Trading Co. of Omaha, Nebraska (whispers . . . they share their postal code with Fun Express!). There's also a possibility of a Chahai being the actual manufacturer?

12 Toy Soldier Eggs; Amscan; Blues; Capsule Eggs; Capsule Toys; Chahai; Easter Eggs; Easter Soldiers; Easter Toys; Egg Soldiers; Filled Eggs; Fun Express; Greys; Imperial Pilots; Jaru 'fritz helmet' GI's; Matchbox US Infantry; Omaha - Nebraska; Oriental Trading Co.; Party Pig; Plastic Warrior Issue 82; Plastic Warrior Magazine; Sci Fi Figurines; Sci Fi Toys; Science Fiction Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tombola; Vaders;
Ten poses have gone missing (all nine 'Blues' or 'Imperial Pilots' and the 'Greys' or 'Vaders' standing firing chap), but you get eight different figures and four [different] duplicates so it looks deliberate, and the missing poses don't feature in any of the publicity shots I found, so that seems to be it? I would further venture that from set to set the four duplicates will differ by thirds - thus a fourth tool-shot is split between three 'sets'?

12 Toy Soldier Eggs; Amscan; Blues; Capsule Eggs; Capsule Toys; Chahai; Easter Eggs; Easter Soldiers; Easter Toys; Egg Soldiers; Filled Eggs; Fun Express; Greys; Imperial Pilots; Jaru 'fritz helmet' GI's; Matchbox US Infantry; Omaha - Nebraska; Oriental Trading Co.; Party Pig; Plastic Warrior Issue 82; Plastic Warrior Magazine; Sci Fi Figurines; Sci Fi Toys; Science Fiction Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tombola; Vaders;
The decoration is nothing to write home (or a blog article) about, but they will be a post-PVC substitute and should take PVA paints with no ill effects, although give them a good wash first, they are quite 'shiny' and that may be a leaching or a mould-release agent.

The guy pointing with his sidearm (bottom right) needs a bit of a hot-water treatment to straighten his weapon, and a few could use a flattening of the base with the same trick - I run near-boiled water over them then slide them across a cold, stone/marble cutting-board.

Sadly - even in the larger scale; their wellington-boots and gauntlets leave them looking as if their next task is masturbating a prize-bull into a jam-jar! Still they have face-mask/respirators so they've got nothing to complain about on the 'protective gear in the workplace' front.

12 Toy Soldier Eggs; Amscan; Blues; Capsule Eggs; Capsule Toys; Chahai; Easter Eggs; Easter Soldiers; Easter Toys; Egg Soldiers; Filled Eggs; Fun Express; Greys; Imperial Pilots; Jaru 'fritz helmet' GI's; Matchbox US Infantry; Omaha - Nebraska; Oriental Trading Co.; Party Pig; Plastic Warrior Issue 82; Plastic Warrior Magazine; Sci Fi Figurines; Sci Fi Toys; Science Fiction Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tombola; Vaders;
With its usual brilliance for surrealism; Hong Kong/China use completely different figures on one of the shrink-wrapped egg-bands, being those hoary old favourites - a mix of three Matchbox US Infantry and two of the original 1990's Jaru 'fritz helmet' GI's, all five rendered in outline!

Happy Space-War'tastic Easter loyal readers!

Saturday, April 20, 2019

E is for Egg Soldiers But Not Toast!

Or at least they are in a folder marked Egg Soldiers and have been edited as the above title for some time san's blurb, but, now I've looked them up, the blurb is here to say they aren't eggs, they're 'Rabbids', geddit? Like rabbits but . . . well, you know all these 'Art Figures; and 'Designer Toys' it all seems to be about death, un-death, disease and/or nihilism!

Art Toys; Cossack Novelty Figurine; Designer Toys; Easter Eggs; Guardsman Bauble; Guardsman Toy Soldier; Novelty Eggs; Novelty Guardsmen; Novelty Rabbits; or Ubil'art l TM; Rabbid Cossack; Rabbid Guardsman; Rabbid's!; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; UBI Art TM;
Anywhoos - These are they! They do look like eggs, and there is an obvious egg-soldiers joke in there for anyone to spot (which is why the title stands), but sadly out of all the Raving Rabbids issued (and they are legion) these happen to be the only two who's ears are hidden by headdress! But Rabbids they are.

A Rabbid Guardsman and a Rabbid Cossack from UBI Art, part of the whole Ubisoft empire, I'm not sure if they are straight-to-store 'art toys' or some sort of game-related characters, my bad, but I don't game and I don't follow designer figures and  . . . I don't care!

God knows what they cost new, but like the Un-Disney-Dunny-Bunny-Bare-Bear-Tiger thing a few Christmases ago, these were among others in a charity-shop pound-bag, and were going to post on Easter Sunday, but have been moved now I know they're not egg-soldiers; bloody imposters!

T is for There's More - Happy S&S Easter 2019!

Back on track and up-to-date with these shots, Brian did send some other Scully & Scully stuff (I think we've seen one?), but it was eclectic, if exquisite glassware, some of which are in a pending fish round-up and others will filter in to odd posts or as illustrators for points in 'News, Views . . .' type posts in the future.

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
We'll start with a close-up of the swing vignette from the end of the delayed 2017 post earlier this morning. These are all so well painted and I love the birch-bark on the fence - an idea for gamers looking to paint their trees differently?

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
Seen last year, but new dress and bow tie, and the balloons are different!

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
Third outing see pastels replace the alternate green/red combo's of previous years!

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
From the other side this year; Lamby's looking forward to his eggs, but you can still send them to me!

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
Both seen before, but they never seem to use the same ones twice, this tree has green leaves absent from the other blossomed one and the decorator is all new colours.

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
Ah! There's hedgehog, I was beginning to thing he was still hibernating! Another of my favourites as there is just so much detail packed into the engraving and it's all so beautifully painted.

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
Heh-hay! The old favourite is concentrating on his urgent deliver again! All new colours.

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
This is new, delightful may-pole dance . . . with eggy-ropes, they're gonna' get tangled, especially with those birds doing their own thing with two other ropes! I left the iconic NY taxi-cab in the reflection!

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
No eggs! And the barrow apparently from the Airfix Waterloo Accessory Set!

As always; a huge thanks to Brian for sending these to the blog, and getting such good shots through the store windows. If these don't peak your appreciation of Nuremburg or Kulmbach flats, nothing will - except some liveried knights maybe; you Philistine!

Happy Easter 2019 everyone!

S is for Scully & Scully - Happy Easter 2017!

Do you remember a year ago, when I posted Brian Berke's kindly contributed S&S Easter window display, and waxed lyrical about his other sending's on the same subject - exquisitely painted whitemetal flats, well I had intended to post a link (then) to the previous ones, but couldn't find them, so changed the sentence to some fluff about the previous posts and left it at that.

The reason I couldn't find them was because they had never been posted! I'd posted the Christmas ones, but somehow missed these -  well, there's no 'somehow' about it, they were in a folder within a folder and weren’t showing in Picasa, it wasn't that I'd tagged them wrong, or forgotten to tag them, I'd not put them on the blog . . . so, may I present 2017's Scully & Scully Easter flats, courtesy of Mr B, and apologise to him for losing a contribution!

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
We've seen this one before in 2018 with a different colour way, and will see it again later! Probably my favourite, there's so much going on! The tree is done as a green one here and as a full cherry-blossom bloom further down the page.

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
Choir Practice!

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
Loving the spokes on this one! With last year's scooter and bike, there's quite a convoy building-up for anyone who does collect these!

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
I'm not sure it's healthy to feed chocolate-eggs to lambs, but I guess if it's only once a year? Or you could send them to me . . . just saying!

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
The tree behind, now full of blosson, with egg's on sticks in front . . . do you have to keep them all spinning?!!

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
That's one well-travelled hedgehog; anywhere there's chocolate - there's hedge-pig!

Decorated Eggs; Decorations; Easter Bunny; Easter Crafts; Easter Eggs; Easter Flats; Easter Toys; Flat Figures; Flats; Flats - Civilian; Flats - Easter Scenes; German Flats; German Toy Figurines; Lead Flats; Lead Model; Lead Toy Animals; Made In Germany; New York Retailer; Novelties; Novelty Figurine; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Flats; Novelty Toy; Painted Easter Eggs; Painted Flats; Scully & Scully; Scully And Scully; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Bicycle Decoration; Toy Motorcycle;
A busy scene to finish, the vignette in the foreground may be from a standard farm range, while the boating couple were also seen last year as a colour-swap; her in green, him in red! They'll be in new colours later, and we'll have a better shot of the swing.

Brian - these are a real treat every time, and I know they're not easy to shoot through plate-glass windows - many thanks as always, I'm sure I'm not the only one starting to look forward to these posts!

Happy Easter 2017 everyone!

Friday, April 19, 2019

News, Views, Etc . . . Forthcoming Events Friday 19th - Friday 26th April 2019

I'll knock the opining on the head as it's a holy-day weekend! I'm too soft; that's my trouble! [Really - it's because everthing's been a bit last minute in the last couple of days!]

Loads of stuff to entertain the toy-collecting masses over the coming week, with Maidstone probably the highlight? No new 'Other Events' though, but check the two previous 'Forthcomming' posts for those which are still ongoing, especially if you've younger peep's to entertain over the next few days.


Toy Fairs

Good Friday 19th April 2019 (Bank Holiday)

Midhust - SRP Fairs
The Grange, Bepton Road, Midhurst, West Sussex, GU29 9HD
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
[Probably] 10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Leigh - Barry Stockton Fairs - Train & Toy Collectors fair
Leigh Sports Centre, Sale Way, Leigh, WN12 0HQ
Web. - http://barrystocktonfairs.co.uk/
Tel. - 01513 343 362
Admission Charge unknown


Saturday 20th April 2019

Maidstone - Maidstone Vintage Toy Fair
Lockmedow Market Hall & Leisure Complex, Barker Road (Hart Street entrance), Maidstone, Kent, ME16 8LW
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01622 298 159
Mob. - 01732 840 787
09:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission £2.50p
Park & ride, pay and display parking, refreshments

Chester - Tony Oaks Toy Fairs
The Cheshire Country Club Sports Club, Plas Newton Lane, Upton, Cheshire, CH2 1PR
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01270 652 773
Mob. - 07825 631 323
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission £2.00
Free Parking


Easter Sunday 21st April 2019

Eastbourne - Robert Horscraft - Eastbourne Toy & Model Collectors Fair
East Dean Village Hall, East Dean, East Sussex, BN20 0DR
Internet presence unknown
Tel. I - 01323 899 879
Tel. II - 01424 846 676
Hours unknown
Admission £1.50, under-12's free
Free Parking, refreshments,


Monday 22nd April 2019 (Bank Holiday)

Bridnorth - Toy & Train Collectors Fairs (Tony Oakes)
Bridgnorth Leisure Centre, High Town, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV16 4ER
Internet presence unknown
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Tel. - 01270 652 773
Mob. - 07825 631 323
Admission £2, accompanied children under-16 free.


Friday 26th April 2019

Alfreton - Toy and Train Fairs (Malcolm Townsend) - Evening Fair
The Leisure Centre, Church Street, Alfreton, DE55 7BD
Mob. - 07951 072 790
19:00 - 21:00hrs
Admission charge unknown


Auctions

Wednesday 24th - Friday 26th April 2019 (Maybe?)

Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions (3-day sale - maybe?)
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
Web. - www.vectis.co.uk
eMail - admin@vectis.co.uk
01642 750 616

Note: The only dates they've given me are 24th (part 1 of the Simon Hope Matchbox Collection) and the 30th (a very important Star Wars sale, more on which later/next week), however they had previously advertised a Train Sale for the 26th (Friday) a while ago, and Collectors Gazette are listing sales on the 24th, 25th AND 26th, so check with Vectis to see what's what, it's not my job!

24th April

"A long-standing customer of Vectis Auctions has chosen the company to offer the first part of his collection on the 24th of April. Part one comprises a thinning down of his collection, with Simon retaining a core to display at home. The 618 Lots include many interesting Regular wheels and Superfast variations for the dedicated collector, along with entry level estimates for groups of models. Something for everyone! Highlights include a rare Ford Galaxie police car, a Ford Fairlaine station wagon, a Ford Heavy Wreck Truck and a Cadillac sixty special."

25th April (maybe?)
General Toy sale?

26th April (maybe?)
Model railway/train sale?


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- stating the date/s of the event, address of event, contact details, opening/viewing times, admission pricing and any other relevant facts/details or features - parking, travel notes, disability access, availability of refreshments, event subject matter &etc.

And please mention any flyer-art or poster-/leaflet-scans but send by separate eMail, in case they go to the 'junk' folder, from where they can be recovered and marked safe, but only if I know they're there!


Other News

Let's parler Franglaise: Le webesiete Vichy l'et downe pour les cauntretemps unfortunate! Or something (it wasn't clear in Google translate?), but is appears a fight or some verbal pushing led to virtual fisticuffs and tziegheil'44 (a good year for the left) has shut the site down until everyone calms down or stops crying. I bet I can name the three most likely to have been involved and further bet at least one of them was Banzai's makeitup's-man, but I sadly missed the whole thing!

Strangely - given one of his lieutenants (and right-hand mouse) was almost certainly involved, TJF has remained remarkably silent on the matter, no news flash from the PSTSM headquarters' for us! But then, they are probably busy working on all those reports they announced with a flourish in January as forthcoming from the Toy Fairs in Nuremburg, New York, Nanjing . . . Nantwich . . . Noseby-on-the-Nase?

It's funny, if PSR goes down (even with forewarning), there's a rending of garments and ger'nashing of teeth on all the other main platforms, likewise if HäT's ETS goes down, you can hear the lamentation in Mongolia, but Vichy goes down and this; that wot you is reading, here, now, is it! There's a lesson there for all of us!


H is for How They Come In

Picked-up a Waddington's board game and an Epixx figure which will both be separately posted sometime, but in the meantime a couple of bits to show you . . .

More dinorasers, these double-up as pencil tops and came from one of the card shops, but I can't remember which one, I know it wasn't Clinton's or Birthdays, so it's one of the others! And they were also gathered several weeks ago but missed that week's post!

This was a charity-shop purchase, originating in the pinky-purple zone of toy stores. One of several I now have, I'll Blog them all together one day when I'm feeling particularly mean! But the quite reasonable 54/56mm PVC-like figures set this one apart! No idea on maker/brand, but when I do blog them I'll have all the old Argos/Index/TRU catalogues to guide me!