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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, February 18, 2019

G is for Greeks Bearing Similar Shields

Bit of a late one today; as I said [wrote] on Friday [Thursday] I hadn't got a plan for the weekend, and while I managed to get Saturday and Sunday covered, Monday rather went by the wayside!

Also apologies for my inaccuracy on Friday, it's not Vanuatu we're about to sign a trade-agreement with, it's the international power-house that is the Faeroe Islands! As someone with more knowledge of these things than me on the News Quiz pointed-out on Friday night; they're going to send us puffin meat, in exchange for the mould off Ms. Maybe-Maybe-not's jam!

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Another box-ticker, another set of the Toyway-Timpo vinyl figures with separate bases, we're off to Greece this time, and frankly, this set is not as nice as the Romans, the sculpting is a bit . . . sort of lumpy or rubbery! But there are some quirky figures and it's a full group.

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The whole set, 10 figures, the painting is also a bit of a let-down, they are all 'text-book' boy's-comic Rome with all the red and silver, and they were - of course - from the bronze-age and Greek! Two musicians and a woman hardly help with army-building either!

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Those musicians in full! The guy on the left is obviously a signaller, but the one on the right might be the more Mercurial, godlike character . . . Hermes! Or is it Ares/Mars?

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The figure on the left here is also supposed to be a god, well, goddess I think; Athena/Athene (Minerva in Rome)? While the chap on the right appears to have been designed for a chariot, which - to my knowledge - was never offered, but might it have also gone with, or been designed to go with the Timpo Roman chariot, which Toyway may have been thinking of? As it is, he looks like he's about to start a race with an invisible watch!

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Spearmen - a hideously unbalanced spear being wielded by the guy on the left, the other two are OK, although the middle figure looks more early Roman to my eyes; maybe he's the General? At least his cuirass is the right colour, while the chap on the right is wearing the latest in kilt fashions; imported from Polynesia!

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Swordsmen - probably my favourite figures from the set, perticularly the old man on the left; some crocked Trojan packed-off to do his duty and die properly; the other two quite good poses, the kneeling figures is particularly nice, but all three let down by the fact that their swords have morphed into letter-openers!

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The shields are all reasonable designs I think, most taken from actual Greek art or artifacts in museums, although the originals wouldn't have been quite so deep in relief, most being only painted-on? They fall down in the bright-yellow on silveriness of them all!

54mm Greek Figures; 54mm Plastic Figures; Ancient Greek Soldiers; Ancient Greeks; Athena; Etruscan Warriors; Greco-Roman Warriors; Greek Gods; Greek Soldier; Greek Soldiers; Greek Warrior; Greek Warriors; Mars, Mercury; Hermes; Mighty Greece; Old Plastic Figures; Old Plastic Toys; Old Toy Soldiers; Plastic Greek Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Greek Empire; The Might of Greece; Timpo-Toyway; Toyway; Trojan Warriors; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Plastic Soldiers; Vintage Toy Figures; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage Trojan Soldiers;
A scale comparison shot, with similar figures from two Atlantic sets; the woman with amphora being taken from a Roman set!

Sunday, February 17, 2019

F is for Follow-up - Family Photo . . . Not!

Just a quickie, looking at the sum-total (not!) of ZIP farm animals, now I've found the storage lot;

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This is what I had in storage, and which I thought I'd Blogged years ago, only to find I hadn't, when I came to Blog them [again!] a while ago. I'd forgotten the cow was in there, and the second pig was not missed, poor thing!

1:32nd Scale Farm Animals; 1:32nd Scale Toys Animals; 54mm Farm Animals; 54mm Figures; Animals; Britains; Colonil; Colonil Animals; Colonil Farm Animals; Colonil Piglets; Colonil Pigs; Colonil Premiums; Elastolin; Ethylene Toy; Farm Animals; Farming Figures & Animals; Hong Kong; Hong Kong Mark; Made in China; Made in Hong Kong; Piglets; Pigs; Plastic Figurines; Plastic Novelty; Plastic Toys; Polyethylene Toy Animals; Polyethylene Toy Figures; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Timpo; Zip; Zip Animals; ZIP Brand; Zip Farm Animals; Zip Hong Kong; Zip Pigs; Zip Zoo Animals; Zip's Colonil Animal Premiums; Zoo Animals;
Putting them together with two lots I had here should have given us the 'family photo' in the post-title, but . . . the pigs which turned-up in one of Jim's donations to the Blog have disappeared into the semi-, un-, still-to-be-sorted heap.

The animals and the Wild West have rather been allowed to pile-up, and while I started to sort the Cowboys and Indians the other night, it proved too daunting a task and I ended up sorting Dinosaurs instead! So we will return to ZIP farm, when I have some new ones AND the missing piggie-wigs have rejoined the farm!

All marked ZIP except the Britains-clone scratching-nose-foal and the smaller, based piglet. Four legs - good; four legs present - better . . . next time!

M is for Multiple Manufacturers Mascots

A quick round-up of a few of the smaller corporate mascot stuff on hand, I think one or two have been seen here before in show-reports or such-like, but as a group they make an interesting diversion!
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Starting with the all-important beer mascots!

This is a vinyl/PVC key-ring charm of the mascot of Brickwoods Ltd, a brewer from Portsmouth, founded in 1851 by Fanny Brickwood and acquired by Whitbread's in 1971, the last pint left the brewery in 1983.

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This is a solid piece of polystyrene, another key-ring and mirrors the larger ceramic one which is quite common on evilBay. As a brand they (Flowers) only date from 1952 and seem to have brewed their last pint in the 1990's, whether that was a pint of Brewmaster brew is your guess, but you can blame Whitbread for the demise . . . again!

As an aside . . . while our (the UK's) much-loved beers all disappeared in the 1980's/1990's being replaced by gassy chilled shite like Fosters, Heineken, Coors &etc . . . the same thing was happening everywhere; back when you could have a decent chat about non-platform stuff, we were chatting about favorite beers on the HäT forum, I mentioned my favorite Phauenbrau from Tüttlingen and someone from Germany said "Disappeared years ago!", it turned out that all the old, little-town, local brands (and even some of the bigger ones - Herforder I think?) had been swallowed up in the same process, and not just in Britain or Germany, but everywhere - it's called globalisation, and has almost certainly lead to Trumpundbrxit, but it is also 'progress' and; like it or not, you can't turn the clock back, for good or bad 'progression' is a one-way trip; we won't get the old brands back by voting for populist reactionaries and disrupters, but we may well get war!

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That's enough beer (I think?), and proselytising! But still sticking with beverages; I think this was a soft-drink (although several beers seem to have Lutin in longer titles - or Lutine?), maybe a carbonated thing, or a yogurt thing and while I thought it might be German (I bought it in Germany) a vague attempt to find it on Google resulted in a possibility it may be a Spanish drink? As the little bear supping the Lutin looks like he could have been manufactured by Manurba or Jecsan, it's no clue!

The bear looks a dead-ringer for Mary Plain, a now rather lost and forgotten children's character, one of my favorite books is Mary Plain in Wartime, which takes us neatly to the next entry in 'mascot of the day'! Seems to be a stand-alone figure, and is polyethylene.

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I thought this chap was some DIY superstore, hardware or plumbing maskot, because of the tool-box, but a slightly deeper search revealed a darker history involving IG Farben and Courthold's (the Ford Motor Company may have made some army trucks for the Nazi's, but apparently one of our biggest pre-war concerns was making plastics/fabrics for them!), slave labour and all sorts of stuff - which may be a red-herring - but it seems Diolen was a man-made fabric brand of a Vereinigte Glanzstoff-Fabriken AG, in the polyester group, to which the forenamed companies were connected?

As a result I think the 'tool-box' is a US style lunch-box and that hideously patterned set of matching checked-hat and dungarees are in fact his 'mighty, hardwearing, comfy, Diolen' work wear? Another stand-alone figure, it's the sort of PVC thing that might have been contracted from Heimo/Bully?

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Sugus is a survivor brand (over all the above?), being now owned by Wrigley's where it is used in several territories, but only Spain in Europe, although when I bought it several German collectors recognised it as having been a brand of their younger days. It's another key-ring, PVC.

Also it only seems to survive as a fruit-flavor brand of wrapped, boiled-sweet (candy), while this mascot pertains to the liquorice variant, which even if it survives as a brand, won't use a mascot which might be misinterpreted in these PC times - look at the trouble they are having in Holland with the innocent Swartz Pete, or what happened to our Robinson's Golly mascot?

Again "It's progress", again problematical [in the moment] for some, but I'd rather lose a few mascots or traditions, than be a part of bullying, whether deliberate or sub-conscious, whether meant or as a bi-product of cultural activity . . . after all we used to have the happy 'cultural tradition' of burning people at the stake, after church on a Sunday; usually for living alone with a few cats!

I don't think even the execrable Mr Mogg hankers back that far - although he's a 'landowner' so he'd probably jump at the chance to add a few empty cottages to his estates, after the owners' have been immolated! 'Vote for my idea, I've got a silly accent!'

We ended-up with more proselytising! Who'd have thought I could find so much rant in five little polymer novelties, but they've all got a history! I haven't measured them but they are all between about 30 and 45mm

Saturday, February 16, 2019

H is for Hard-plastic Hussar!

It's beginning to look as if just about everything Fontanini produced (most of which they themselves produced in several sizes, materials or finishes) between about 1965 and 1985 were pirated in Hong Kong (in several sizes, materials or finishes), this is yet another!

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From the commoner sculpt-set of Napoleonic troop types and in the style of the blow-moulded knights we've looked-at in the past, the main difference is that this isn't a blow-mould, being a solid, very-dense, polyethylene lump. Finish is the same as the knights though with a metallic bronze/gold dry-brushed over a flat black.

Over eight inches with the base the figure is a good seven-odd.

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The base does seem to be slightly hollow, which may be due to shrinkage (the result of injecting such a large piece), or the use of a blow-mould/Rotary-mould tool with a large shot of plastic designed to be slightly hollow for cost, but tough-enough to survive handling? The little sticker is a generic version of the ones used by HCF, but lots of from-HK import novelties had the same or similar, still do, but now they read 'CHINA'!

The depth of the plinth and strange pinch to one end may be a sign that the statue was pleased in some kind of receiver or holder of some kind, maybe a piece of kitsch furniture or a lamp stand? The Sabretache has a florid, copperplate 'A' on both sides - as per the Fontanini original.

R is for Roskopf

'Redhead' and I think I'm guilty of nearly always using Roscopf with a 'c' in the past, and will probably do so again in the future, my bad, but I'll try to get in right in this post! A post which is really only a small-scale box-ticker; looking briefly at the figural output of this Austrian maker's military range.

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How they came in! Each set was available painted or unpainted and seem to have been removed from the runners in the factory or at the out-painters, unlike their German rival Roco Minitanks' which tended to be sold on the runner, but unpainted only. RMM stands for Roskopf Miniatur-Modell.

151; 151a; 181; 181a; 183; 183a; 184; 184a; 185; 185a; 1:100th Scale; AFV Kit Figures; AFV Kits; ATGW; Austrian Toy Soldier; Cold War Era Troops; HO - Gauge; Machine Gunners; Made in Austria; MG Gunners; Miniatur Modell; Mortar Man; Mortar Team; NATO; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Rmm; Roskopf; Roskopf Miniatur-Modell; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Warpack; Warsaw Pact;
Marching and advancing infantry; Set 181 - 8 Soldiers with Weapons (set 181a painted) consisted of only four figure posess, and they are quite thin and crude sculpts, but when they came out there wasn't so much opposition and very little in the nominal scale of 1:100th, although that is a moot point as we will see in a forthcoming post.

There's a possibility that the unpainted set is also numbered 151 in some catalogues, either as a foursome or, possibly from before (or after?) the painted sets were offered, or even just a typo?

151; 151a; 181; 181a; 183; 183a; 184; 184a; 185; 185a; 1:100th Scale; AFV Kit Figures; AFV Kits; ATGW; Austrian Toy Soldier; Cold War Era Troops; HO - Gauge; Machine Gunners; Made in Austria; MG Gunners; Miniatur Modell; Mortar Man; Mortar Team; NATO; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Rmm; Roskopf; Roskopf Miniatur-Modell; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Warpack; Warsaw Pact;
185/185a Five Soldiers with Infantry Weapons, this set reveals exactly the era it was issued in, with the now anachronistic bazooka and the ground-launched, wire-guided missile operator on a camp-stool (ammo-box!) with his clear line-of-sight to the people firing-back at him! They are based on other figures around at the time (Monograms 40mm and Roco's copies) but I think it's more familiarity of the others leading to similarity, rather than any direct piracy?

I have lost the two Sagger-looking rockets which accomany this set in the unpainted lot, and the painted lot's are both damaged!

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Sets' 183 - Sitting Figures & 184 - Drivers and Passengers and 183a/184a were seated figures for the AFV range the figures were designed to accompany, and I only have partial samples of each.

With drivers and co-drivers/convoy sentries (184/184a) on the left, and 'loads' for troop-carrying trucks etc . . . (183a) on the right. Again there is a hint of Monogram/Roco in the trooper and again; these also seem to be the basis of the similar EKO set, which also produced them in the same dark-green polystyrene.

As well as being pretty crude, these figures are also quite generic and could be used with NATO, Soviet or neutral state equipment, especially after a bit of paint - both the lack of detail and the diminutive stature hiding a multitude of sins!

I suspect I still have to track down the contents/examples of a 182/182a unless they are the rockets for 181?

Friday, February 15, 2019

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Run-of-the-mill week really but there's a couple of Lego-themed 'half-term' bits going on in London this week if you're passing, or looking for something for the kids or grandkids and which have been added below the 'Auctions' section.

At time of writing I haven't the faintest what, if anything, I'm posting between now and Monday, but I dare say I'll get something knocked-out tonight (Thursday) for posting tomorrow!

Brwreakshit . . . sorry; the UK's trouble-free and incredibly ordered exit from the European Union is - after yesterdays shenanigans in Parliament - now so close to economic Armageddon I wouldn't put money on either of them happening first, still, Liam Fox says we're almost ready to sign a trade deal with Vanuatu, so it'll all going to be fine!

Buy toys; that's my advice - go out and buy toys and pretend our elected representatives know exactly what they're doing. I think we should have a referendum on whether bread should be free at the point of collection, with death to bakers' who want money for their efforts, 'cos there's nothing like trusting the country's future to the opinions of the people!

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Toy Fairs

Friday 15th February 2019 (reminder - today)

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

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Saturday 16th February 2019

Beconsfield - Toy & Train Fairs (Peter Levinson)
Beconsfield School, Wattleton Road, Buckinghamshire, HP9 1SJ
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01282 051 518 (Peter or Diane)
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission charge unknown

Crewe - Crewe Model Engineering Society - 'Toy & Train Collectors Fair'
Crewe Heritage Centre, Vernon Way, Crewe, Cheshire, CW1 2DB (venue)
CMES, 93 Merlin Way, Crewe, CW1 3YP (bookings)
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01270 505 781 (Mon-Fri, before 20:00hrs, not weekends)
10:30 - 15:30hrs
Admission unknown, dealers; £18 per six-foot table

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Sunday 17th February 2019

Catterick Garison - Jim Corr - Toy, Train & Sci-fi Fair
Catterick Garrison Leisure Centre, Gough Road, Catterick DL9 3EL
Mob. - 07504 035 955
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission £3, child/seniors £2, early bird £5
Free Parking
Café
Exhibition layouts

Exeter 'Westpoint' - Bulldog Fairs
Westpoint Arena, Clyst St. Mary, Exeter, EX5 1DJ
Tel. - 01373 452 857
Mob. - 07917 125 641
10:30 - 14:30hrs
Admission £4, each under-16 free with adult, 'Early Bird' £10 from 08:30hrs

Orpington - SRP Toyfairs
Crofton Halls, Orpington, Kent, BR6 8PR
Tel. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

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Auctions

Monday 18th February 2019

Ledsham - UK Toy & Model Auctions Ltd.
Craxton Wood Hotel, Parkgate Road, Ledsham, Near Chester, Cheshire, CH66 9PB (venue)
46 Wirrel Gardens, Bebington, Wirrel, Merseyside, Cheshire, CH63 3BH (offices)
Tel. - 01513 343 362 (Barry Stockton)
Tel. - 01270 652 773 (Tony Oaks)
Catalogues £3.50p from office address
Die-cast, trains and toy soldiers

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Friday 22nd February 2019

Chippenham - Wessex Auctions
Wessex Auction Rooms, Westbrook Farm, Draycot Cerne, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 5LH
Tel. - 01249 720 888
Viewing - Thursday 6th 10:00 - 19:00hrs, from 09:00hrs on sale day
10:30 - Finish
On-line catalogue, general toy sale


Stockton-on-Tees - Vectis Auctions
Fleck Way, Thornaby, Stockton-on-Tees, TS17 9JZ
01642 750 616
Specialist model train sale

"The Model Train sale to be held on the 22nd of February features OO Gauge British Outline, HO USA & Continental Outline, N and Z Gauge plus Hornby Dublo 2-and 3-rail, and Acho. Other items include Triang, Wrenn Railways and OO Gauge Kit/Kitbuilt, Gauge 1 & Larger and LGB G Gauge. There are two private owner collections, The Broos Lifetime Collection - Part 10 and Garden Railway Centres Limited Ex Shop Stock LGB & G Gauge Locomotives, Rolling Stock & Accessories - Part 2. The sale continues with Hornby and other O Gauge, Darstaed & Other Modern O Gauge plus Finescale; Meccano & Other Constructional Toys, Books, Magazines, Catalogues, and our usual good selection of General Trains."

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Other Events

Saturday 16th - Sunday 24th February 2019

London - Knight School - Historic Royal Palaces
Tower of London
Admission fee unknown (HRP members go free)
Learn to be a knight - ages 5-11 plus families

Monday 18th - Sunday 24th February 2019

London - Bricks in the Sky - ArcelorMittal Orbit (formally; London Orbit)
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, East London/Docklands
Web. - arcelormittalorbit.com (all other info.)
10:00 - 18:00hrs daily
Admission fee unknown
Warren Elsmore's Lego models, build-your-own

Tuesday 19th - Friday 22nd February 2019

London - UK Film Pop-up Event
The gallery, 15 Bateman Street, Soho, London
Web. - launchingfilms.com/live-experiences (all other info.)
Social - #launchingfilms
Opening times vary
Admission fee unknown
Lego cinema, Soft-Lego play-area, VR, selfies, Lego play area
Free face-painting 20th only

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If you are an event promoter/show curator/auctioneer and you want your toy, model, collectable or popular-/youth-culture type sale/exhibition/event listed here -  FOR FREE  - or linked to; please eMail me -

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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!

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Cat; Cats On The Internet; Dinosaur Toys; Girly-Girl; Humour; Miscellaneous; News; News Views Etc; News Views Etc...; Plastic Toy Dinosaurs; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sorting Toy Figures;
Sorting dinosaurs: "Well, if they're not be needing this box . . . tea break!"

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P is for Pressman's Pooch and 'Pesky Kids'

A quick box-ticker; it's  been a while since we looked at a board-game (although - we looked at one the other day without knowing it! More on that monkey-business later) so here's one from the archive.

50mm Figures; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Daphne; Film Character; Game Counters; Game Playing Pieces; Made In America; Movie Promotional; Polypropylene Toys; Pressman Toy Corp.; Scoobie-Doo Cyber Chase; Scooby Doo; Shaggy; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TV And Film-Related; TV Cartoon; TV Characters; TV Related; TV Tie Ins; TV Toys; Scooby-Doo.; Shaggy Rogers.; Fred Jones.; Daphne Blake.; Velma Dinkley.
US Company Pressman Toy Corp's board game 'Scoobie-Doo Cyber Chase'; as there are only five main characters (or at least; there were before the execrable 'Scrappy' turned-up to mawkishly lower the tone of the thing!) I'm assuming there are only five main players for these five plastic figurines, but there may have been a sixth 'banker' in charge of a bad guy or several bad-guys, who - if they existed - may have been card flats with slot-on bases, or just head-cards? I don't know . . . and I would have got away with it if it hadn't been for you pesky kids!

50mm Figures; Board Game; Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Daphne; Film Character; Game Counters; Game Playing Pieces; Made In America; Movie Promotional; Polypropylene Toys; Pressman Toy Corp.; Scoobie-Doo Cyber Chase; Scooby Doo; Shaggy; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TV And Film-Related; TV Cartoon; TV Characters; TV Related; TV Tie Ins; TV Toys; Scooby-Doo.; Shaggy Rogers.; Fred Jones.; Daphne Blake.; Velma Dinkley.
Velma Dinkley - now it's a fine post!

R is for Rasnoexport's Russian Renegades!

I believe I actually bought my loose set of these from Blog contributor Chris Smith about 12, maybe 14 years ago? Something like that! The bagged set came from JB, as I had started collecting larger-scale flats long before I went over to large-scale everything, and hoovered-up his ex-soviet stuff  in the 2000's.

15 Krasnoselskaya Street; 1917 Revolution; All Union Export Import Corporation; All Union Export Import Unit; Article no: 3207; B-140 Moscow; Made in Russia; Made in the Soviet Union; Made in USSR; Naval Infantry; Naval Landing Party; OTK 51; Pirates; Rasnoexport; Russian Flats; Russian Pirates; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Revolution; Russian Toy Soldiers; Russianl Sailors; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Era Russian Marine; Soviet Era Toy Officer; Soviet Era Toy Soldiers; Soviet Infantry; Soviet Plastic Toy; Soviet Russian; USSR Infantry; USSR Plastic Toys; Раэноэкспорт
The graphics printed on the bag are of those blow-moulded cartoon animals any of you who have searched for ex-Soviet figures on feebleBay will have encountered in the search results. Note also how the bag is simply sealed with a vicious little tin-plate stamping which grabs the folded bag!

While the packing slip translates as;

All-[Soviet]-union
Export-Import-
Corporation (or; 'Unit'?)
"Rasnoexport"

           Moscow

                 B-140, 15 Krasnosels'kaya Street

__________________________________________

Pirates

Article no: 3207 (or; 'Item)

Control
               OTK
                51 (stamp)
Date 1-80 (handwritten) [January 1980?]

Made in USSR

Where OTK = QA/QC (quality assurance/control) and thanks to Mimi for the translation. They may be from another factory though, this mob seems to be a 'Party' mechanism for soft power with a shipper/jobber office in central Moscow, rather than one of the actual manufacturers, and with some dodgy history and several lost law-suits in Western commercial courts!

I have no idea why they are called pirates when they are clearly Russian naval personnel, but suspect it has something to do with the politics surrounding the 1917 Revolution; maybe the Navy went-over to the Bolsheviks or People's Parliament first and earned the ire of the eventually all-conquering communists? Or is it a proud nickname for the Potemkin's crew? Mutineer and pirate probably translate the same.

15 Krasnoselskaya Street; 1917 Revolution; All Union Export Import Corporation; All Union Export Import Unit; Article no: 3207; B-140 Moscow; Made in Russia; Made in the Soviet Union; Made in USSR; Naval Infantry; Naval Landing Party; OTK 51; Pirates; Rasnoexport; Russian Flats; Russian Pirates; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Revolution; Russian Toy Soldiers; Russianl Sailors; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Era Russian Marine; Soviet Era Toy Officer; Soviet Era Toy Soldiers; Soviet Infantry; Soviet Plastic Toy; Soviet Russian; USSR Infantry; USSR Plastic Toys; Раэноэкспорт
Only four figures, semi-flat-to-flatish and quite big at around 65mm, and the same four poses in both my samples, a marine infantry or naval landing party, not sure they had automatic SMG's in 1917, so better for WWII, but that only re-raises the 'Pirates' question-mark. I like the stripy-shirt on the rifleman, and there's a hint of Tom in those tight-waist, bell-bottomed trousers!

15 Krasnoselskaya Street; 1917 Revolution; All Union Export Import Corporation; All Union Export Import Unit; Article no: 3207; B-140 Moscow; Made in Russia; Made in the Soviet Union; Made in USSR; Naval Infantry; Naval Landing Party; OTK 51; Pirates; Rasnoexport; Russian Flats; Russian Pirates; Russian Plastic Toys; Russian Revolution; Russian Toy Soldiers; Russianl Sailors; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soviet Era Russian Marine; Soviet Era Toy Officer; Soviet Era Toy Soldiers; Soviet Infantry; Soviet Plastic Toy; Soviet Russian; USSR Infantry; USSR Plastic Toys; Раэноэкспорт
Ghosts in the machine!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

J is for Japanese TV Characters

As with the previous post I've lost the full note (or source) for these, but they are pretty self-explanatory and it's a short post of half a set, most of whom are damaged, so it's really just a bit of a box-ticker! We'll return to them if the rest ever turn-up!

Atom Boy; Atomic Boy; Division Sales; Japanese Toy; Justen Products; Manga Characters; Marks International; MMPR; Power Rangers; PVC Figurines; PVC Vinyl Figures; Rubber Figurines; Sci Fi Figurines; Sci Fi Toys; Science Fiction Figures; Science Fiction Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Spacemen; Vulcanised Rubber Toys;
Branded to Justen Products (of Itasca, Illinois (?)) they were further credited to a Division Sales and/or/of/for Marks International, they seem to be called 'Iron Troops' and there should be six poses in the set.

Both the standing ones have lost weapons from their hands, I don't know if that is due to play, age, or something more deliberate.

Atom Boy; Atomic Boy; Division Sales; Japanese Toy; Justen Products; Manga Characters; Marks International; MMPR; Power Rangers; PVC Figurines; PVC Vinyl Figures; Rubber Figurines; Sci Fi Figurines; Sci Fi Toys; Science Fiction Figures; Science Fiction Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Spacemen; Vulcanised Rubber Toys;
They look to be Japanese TV serial characters along the lines of Ultraman, Atomic Boy, Zone Fighter, VR (?) or those early Superheroes who fight some of the Godzilla monsters - I don't know enough about the Japanese end-of-things! It's not clear either (in part due to the faces being similar to other characters) whether they are robots or androids or something.

Manufactured in a dense black PVC or vulcanised-rubber, with good moulding/detail and an overall, overspray with a flat or silk aluminium colour, the kneeling one is wearing a different outfit to the other two (who both look a bit female?) and it may be that the full set is three each of two 'sides'?