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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, December 17, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Look Wot Tis!

I done did find this happening in the Library on Friday init!

Members of the Fleet Historical Society actually putting this year's toy display together, they said it would be finished in a hour or so, but I won't shoot it 'till Monday, so hopefully post-it on the Blog this week sometime!

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Den Dis!

Now shot, but I don't know when they'll post - the "best laid plans...." and all that; I had five posts for today and tomorrow near-ready this morning, but instead of finishing them, I spent the morning making pretty piles of differnt coloured polymer on the bed after the arrival of an unexpected parcel from Chris Smith! Which Girly-girl immediately sat on!

Trouble is, I have stuff on Thursday, stuff on Friday, stuff on Saturday and have to get over to West Sussex, or East Sussex or some lonely bit of Hampshire that looks like Sussex at some point, so I think the not-a-plan's all gone a bit pear-shaped, and I'll post what I can when I can, but it won't be every-day like the last two years! I'll post something tomorrow for Wednesday/Thurday' though . . . with any luck?!

M is for Malleable Mouldings 54mm Marching Marines

Title says it all, which leave me with a problem vis-à-vis blurb!

You were going to get Phidal Peter Rabbit in this slot, he'll appear this afternoon if things go according to a non-existent plan known as the 'see-what-happens' schedule!

I shot these on Adrian's stand back in September and they're actually cropped-out of larger images of a zoo I hope to Blog over Christmas, so I'm pleased they are as decent, image-wise, as they are!

54mm Figures; 54mm Plastic Figures; 54mm Royal Marines; 54mm Toy Soldiers; Blue Uniforms; Blues; Ceremonial Guards; Ceremonial Troops; Comet Authenticast; Comet Models; Early British Toy Soldiers; Early Plastic Toy Soldiers; Ericksonn; Erikson; Eriksson; Green Berets; Maleble Moulding; Mallable Mouldings; Malleable Mouldings; Marching Toy Soldier; Royal Marines; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
I don't know if these are Eriksson's-hand; ex-Comet/Authenticast (Gaeltacht Industries), or latter production, if anything they are superior sculpts, while he's rated, he is formulaic; these have a more realistic countenance, I feel? Although the join-line is quite 'hollow-cast' or poured-metal in execution so I'm really just generating blurb!!

They appear to be in four parts; hat, two arms and body with a additional base that Malleable Mouldings seem to have cut from sheet material, pretty rough sheet material at that; puddled or rolled-out cellulose-acetate!

Sunday, December 16, 2018

Ppffh is for Phidal Fairies

Another of the part-sets of Phidal which turn-up in charity shops, these were a September purchase, and I'm missing a fat cat (who may have since come-in, in another lot!), a ladybird and two other fairies, a gold/yellow one in a long ball-gown and another brown one with a red/orange handbag!

Disney Fairies; Disney Film; Disney Tinkerbell; Fairy Tales; Fantasy Figures; Film Character; Interactive Books; Interactive Toys; Movie Promotional; Phidal; Phidal Fairies; Phidal Publishing; Phidal Tinkerbell; PVC Figurines; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
It's OK Marm, I've got the interloper;
these board-game players get everywhere!

Phidal on the right (I think it's the eponymous Tinkerbell?); allowing for the fact that A) she's wearing eight-inch stiletto's and B) is totally fictional, she'll do for 54mm at a push, and 58 or 60mm perfectly!

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The sample as found, like most Phidal, they are nice sculpts well painted for the price bracket 5/10-quid, Dollars, Euros . . . everywhere! When a sample is as clean as this you do wonder if the missing figures were lost, or kept as favourites?

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Front and back covers for a little more visual info! What is starting to annoy me is the number of people selling these for twice their face value (or more) on evilBay, claiming they are 'unknown' or 'vintage' or - the great favourite - 'cake decorations'.

If it's one lot among a bunch of unrelated clothes lots, books etc... you can understand; they genuinely don't know what they are and maybe hoovered them up at a car-boot sale (or Charity shop!) looking to turn a little profit, but when they have all the sets from the last three years, on a drop-down-menu, single-listing, they are simply profiteering!

A is for an Army of Arachnids!

A year ago I was still getting excited about these Phidal's as a discovery (by Spectrum), but now they've become a bit of a box-ticker, also, they are coming out with a frequency that Airfix would have envied back in the 1970's and - as such - prove there's nothing wrong with the market, just that tastes (and brands!) have changed.

Comic Characters; Dr. Octopus; Dr. Otto; Green Goblin; Kid Arachnid; Lizard; Marvel Characters; Marvel Comics; Marvel Spider-man; Marvel Spiderman; Novelty Figurines; Octavius; Peter Parker; Phidal Publishing; Phidal Spider-Man; Play Mat; Proto-Spidey; Rhino; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spider-Girl; Spider-Man 2099; Spider-Qwen; Venom; Vulture;
Picked-these up back at the beginning of August and - Spidey fans excepted - who knew? Who knew there were at least half-a-dozen of the little serum-contaminated blighters! There's girl ones, future ones, kid ones . . . they're everywhere! ♪♫♪♫ Spider-Man, Spider-Man . . . how many of you in the Clan? ♫♫♪



Comic Characters; Dr. Octopus; Dr. Otto; Green Goblin; Kid Arachnid; Lizard; Marvel Characters; Marvel Comics; Marvel Spider-man; Marvel Spiderman; Novelty Figurines; Octavius; Peter Parker; Phidal Publishing; Phidal Spider-Man; Play Mat; Proto-Spidey; Rhino; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spider-Girl; Spider-Man 2099; Spider-Qwen; Venom; Vulture;
Boo! Shout the panto' crowd! It's the Phidal bad-guys, and they're in front of you! How come all these spider-things don't have eight legs or eight eyes? Just sayin'! Rhino looks more like a Blood Bowl player, although I think that particular piece of Nottingham's real-estate was nicked from something published earlier in 2000AD, or am I thinking of Rollerball?!

Comic Characters; Dr. Octopus; Dr. Otto; Green Goblin; Kid Arachnid; Lizard; Marvel Characters; Marvel Comics; Marvel Spider-man; Marvel Spiderman; Novelty Figurines; Octavius; Peter Parker; Phidal Publishing; Phidal Spider-Man; Play Mat; Proto-Spidey; Rhino; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spider-Girl; Spider-Man 2099; Spider-Qwen; Venom; Vulture;
The best of a bad-assed bunch! I wrote the names on these as I guide for myself, 'cos I don't follow any of this, There are two movies out this Christmas, I think, I won't watch either of them, even when they come on DVD!

I've recently been catching-up on stuff I did half-intend to see, but was pretty disappointed; Will Smith's After Earth was unadulterated, self-indulgent, shite, with Cruise's Oblivion a better movie but so full of plot-holes and continuity/logic errors it was a poor excuse for Sci-Fi.

District 9 was actually better, but all three had week endings with the first two very 'Hollywood-mawkish' in the last minutes! I also watched Elysium, the sort of [not-a-]follow-up to District 9, and while it shared the earlier films gritty realism and production values, along with a CGI budget to match Oblivion, it also shared the Elysium plot . . . man with X-hours/days to live puts on armoured body-suit to [successfully] defeat baddies!

Comic Characters; Dr. Octopus; Dr. Otto; Green Goblin; Kid Arachnid; Lizard; Marvel Characters; Marvel Comics; Marvel Spider-man; Marvel Spiderman; Novelty Figurines; Octavius; Peter Parker; Phidal Publishing; Phidal Spider-Man; Play Mat; Proto-Spidey; Rhino; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spider-Girl; Spider-Man 2099; Spider-Qwen; Venom; Vulture;
What was new with this set was a 'blind-bag' element which may be to prevent pilfering? I've seen a couple like this now (with the figure compartment covered), but most are still viewable, there's a nice set of Transformers out there at the moment with robots that look just like 1980's gum-ball capsule prizes, or pencil-tops - without the hole!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

E is for Evolution

Evolution is a very real thing, not just in nature, but in technology and toys, which - if you've walked round Aldershot or Basingrad - can be seen to lead to negative results as well as positive!

Indeed the evolution of toys can be driven by the evolution of technology, and in this case, like Aldershot and Basingrad, it has resulted in a family tree who's DNA has degraded before our eyes!

Cake Decorations; Christmas Cake Decorations; Christmas Decoration; Cullpits; Culpitt's Cake Decorations; Decorations; Festival; Festival Cake Decorations; Ge Models; Ge-Models; Gem; GeModels; Hong Kong Copies; Hong Kong Piracy; Made in England; Made in Hong Kong; Old Plastic Novelty; Old Plastic Toys; Seasonal Novelties; Seasonal Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Vintage Plastic Toys; Vintage Toys; Winter Cottage; Winter Scene;
It's not enough that Gem and/or Festival seem to have two or three versions of most of their figure output, but that Hong Kong chucked out almost as many copies! Although it has to be said that generally there are far more copies of the known (or believed) Festival items, than those catalogued to Gem.

This may have something to do with the relationship between Culpitt and either (or more accurately 'both') of the Musgrave imprints, and/or Culpitt's connections with the aforementioned Hong Kong . . . or Wilton in the 'States . . . or . . . ?

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After the earthquake,
the draughty doors were 
less of an immediate problem!

In both images the cottage nearest the viewer is clearly marked Festival on the broad area of under-wall, the middle one is a different moulding, but still 'early British' white polyethylene, yet clear of markings, while furthest from the viewer is the Hong Kong piracy in hard polystyrene, happily carried by Culpitt (and others) as if they didn't know it was a plagiarist copy of the one they'd been carrying for a decade or two previously!

The clear inference is that either Culpitt didn't care, or, they were (in part at least) responsible? Whether this was done with the blessing of George Musgrave (following his retirement from active business), is the bigger question, to which my guess at an answer is - probably not!

There is a brown-plastic version of this seen in Gem museum images, which I'm still trying to track down, it clearly has no tree/shrubbery to the right and may be the actual pattern for the HK copy, with its lower gable-end?

S is for Snowboarding Santa, Snowman, Snotty-nosed Kids and err . . . Polar Bears!

This is one of those things you just can't believe you're returning-to, especially when it's fair to say 15 or 20-years ago you wouldn't have found a snowboarding figure anywhere on the planet! Skateboarders' yes (they appeared in the 1970's, courtesy of Gem and the odd key-ring), sailboards . . . maybe . . . and Britains did a sand-yacht I think; in that late line of 54mm extreme sports, but snowboarders are a new thing!

Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Cake Decoration Figures; Cake Decorations; Cakeboards; Cakeboards Snowboarders; Father Christmas; Hot Foot; Key Chain; Key Ring; Key-Fob; Kinder; Kinder Prize; Maxi Eggs; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Key Ring; Prize Toys; Novelty Toy; Polar Bears; Santa Claus; Santaclaus; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Snow Boarding; Snow Man; Snowboarders; Snowman; Winter Scenes; Winter Sports; 1 Snowboarding Snow Board Borders Plastic Figures Novelty Toys DSCN8884
Got a mixed bag from a charity shop a few weeks ago and with a couple in the 'waiting to be sorted' pile tried to have a competition, but the camera's flash washes-out the 'slope' and it just looks like they've been strewn about on an old hankie! I can assure you it was the Devil's own job getting the bears to stop sliding down, long enough to get the shot in.

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The newest additions to a collection which you'd be forgiven for thinking has less and less to do with 'Toy Soldiers', but that's more to do with my blogging more esoteric stuff, rather than endless box-tickers of figures most people are familiar with!

I suspect these two are from a board game, probably aimed at the 5-11 age bracket? But they might be from something more 'teenage'; there's a certain street-edge to their styling, I wouldn't be surprised to find their profile sprayed on the side of Underground rolling-stock!

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This guy too is aiming for cool and trendy, but he's marked with the current Kinder 'K', although as he's far too big for one of their pocket-money eggs and doesn't seem to come apart (I've pulled him every-which-way!) he must be from a Maxi-Egg, which - I noticed in Debenhams recently - are more common that they used to be over here, being more of a Continental treat in the past.

He's also incomplete; that spigot is a pretty standard Kinder thing, and is usually either a locating stud (into something else) or a handle to be held by something/someone else. Also, while he's too big for the standard eggs, he's a bit small to fill a Maxi-Egg?

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Cakeboards; I've picked up a few of their pieces recently; they seem to occupy the place of Gem/Festival (although there are a couple of other players), albeit only in the dwindling number of independent cake/craft shops or online, and working in poured vinyl-resin.

Board Game Playing Pieces; Boardgame Pieces; Cake Decoration Figures; Cake Decorations; Cakeboards; Cakeboards Snowboarders; Father Christmas; Hot Foot; Key Chain; Key Ring; Key-Fob; Kinder; Kinder Prize; Maxi Eggs; Novelty Figurines; Novelty Key Ring; Prize Toys; Novelty Toy; Polar Bears; Santa Claus; Santaclaus; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Snow Boarding; Snow Man; Snowboarders; Snowman; Winter Scenes; Winter Sports; 5 Snowboarding Snow Board Borders Plastic Figures Novelty Toys Hot Foot Key Ring Chain Fob 3
Seen before, but waiting in the TBS bag, so he was dug-out and included in the 'photo-op'!

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While we saw this guy a while ago, and while I can't remembered who was responsible (possibly own-branded to a supermarket?), I only started the Poly-clay tag for that Culpitt's soldier the other day, so I can add him in, while I try to find the original post!

It's an irony - which may be keeping dentists in work - that Polyclay figurines look exactly like sugar-craft figurines!

Snowboarding - it's strapping yourself to a tea-tray!

Friday, December 14, 2018

News, Views Etc . . . Forthcoming Events

Second-to-last weekend before Crimbo and Saturday seems quiet, so everyone can go and have some jolly festive fun down the High Street or the local Malls, no doubt! Not!

But Sunday is busy-enough and there's still the odd Auction around.


Toy Fairs

Saturday 15th December 2018

Gloucester - Steven Clement Fairs
Churchdown Community Centre, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2JH
eMail: clementfairs@aol.com
01380 725 322
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown
Refreshments available

Hawkinge - SRP Toy Fairs
Hawkinge Community Centre, Heron Forstal Avenue, Hawkinge, Kent, CT18 7FT
Mob. - 07739 998 012 (Paula or Gerry)
10:00 - 14:00hrs


Sunday 16th December 2018

Coventry - Barry Potter / BP Fairs
The Connexion, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV8 3FL
Tel. - 01604 846 688
Mob. - 07966 527 177
10:30 - 15:00hrs
Admission £3, seniors £2.50p, children £1, eraly bird (from 08:00hrs) £6
Free parking

Eastleigh - Steven Clements Fairs
Barton Peveril Sixth Form Collage, Chestnut Avenue, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO50 5ZA
Tel. - 01380 725 322
Mob. - 07958 101 891
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission charge unknown

Great Bentley - R & G Toy Fairs
Village Hall, Plough Road, Great Bentley, Essex, CO7 8LD
Internet presence unknown
Tel. - 01206 251 351 (Gary)
Tel. - 01255 473 509 (Richard)
10:00 - 14:00hrs
Admission £2.00, under 16's free
Free parking, refreshments
(Cycled-there once, lovely place, but the weather was a little more inclement!)

Huntingdon - J&J Fairs (John & Julie Webb)
International Indoor Areana, Kings Bush Centre, Wood Green Animal Shelters, London Road, Godmanchester, Cambridgeshire, PE29 2NH
Tel. - 01522 880 383 (J & J Webb)
10:00 - 14:30hrs
Admission £3, Seniors £2.50p, 1st Child £2

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

Pudsey, Leeds - Steel Promotions - Leeds (Pudsey) Toy/Train Fair
Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawson Corner, Stanningley Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS28 5TA
Internet presence unknown
Tel. I - 0161 283 1255
Tel. II - 0161 766 2012
10:00 - 15:00hrs
Admission charge unknown
Café, licensed bar

Southport - Barry Stockton Fairs
Splash World, Dunes Leisure Centre, The Esplanade, Southport, Merseyside, Lancashire, PR8 1RX
Tel. - 0151 334 3362
10:00 - 14:30
Admission £2.00, children 50p


Auctions

Monday 17th December 2018

Downham Market - Barry L Hawkins
The Estate Office, 15 Lynn Road, Downham Market, Norfolk, PE38 9NL
Web. - www.barryhawkins.co.uk
eMail -  info@barryhawkins.co.uk
Tel. -01366387180

Newark - Northgate Auctions
17 Northgate, Newark, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG24 1EX
Tel. - 01636 605 905
Fax. - 01636 612 607
Mixed toys, vintage and modern


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 -

maverickatlarge[at]hotmail[dot]com

- 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!


Toys on the web!

I Bet He's Thinking About Another Woman - If Oil Is Made From Dinosaur Fossils And Plastic Is Made From Oil Plastic Dinosaurs Must Be Made From Real Dinosaurs

I might not post one or two days over the next week or so as I have stuff to do, but no formal plan!

P is for Pooping GOP-shite!

Christmas is a time for giving, and I hope you get what you want, the world needed this, so lucky someone provided it! In The Works, now, no stocking should be with out one!

It's biggly-wiggly President Pants-down! Donald J followed-through when Trumping . . . ewh! Priceless! The World's laughing at you Mr President, not with you! Now that's legend, right there!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

Q is for Question Time - Instruction Sheet

Anyone recognise this instruction sheet? The archive includes a folder of unknown HK stuff and an A4, 9-litre Really Useful Box full of unknown or 'mixed' cuttings, this is among them.

Aoshima?; Bandai?; Fujimi?; German Infantry; German Soldiers; German Toy Figurines; Model Figures; Model Kits; Modelling; Nitto?; No.58 - 1972 - 1 - 2; Polystyrene Figure; Polystyrene Toy Soldiers; Question Time; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tamiya?; Unknown; Unknown Model Kit; Unknown Toy Figures; Unknown Toy Soldiers;
I recognise them as Tamiya poses, but the assortment (only five figures; no prone MG) is wrong, nor does the base spring-out as instantly recognisable, so I suspect copies, and 1:35th? So possibly not Bandai's 1:48th (they had little square bases I think), but maybe Aoshima? Nitto cloned them in 1:76th, quite crudely.

The only clue is No.58 1972 [and a] 1 [and] 2 (part sets?) and the star down the bottom of the sheet; which could be Tamiya's, or an asterisk! The reverse is blank, but that may only be because it's a photo-copy.

P is for Plastic Popsters

A bit of a swizz, as we've seen these before here at SSW, but I had them out and shot them so we might as well have a brief reprise!

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Above; we have a variation of colours, the final guitarist is more orangey than the camera's flash would allow, I think I've seen yellow sets (they tended to be sold in sets of the same colour), but never  ared set, which, as I've suggested before, is probably due to the fact that the drum-kits are always red plastic.

Below; a bit of paint variation within a single plastic-colour's palette.

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The aforementioned Drum-kits; I gave him a 'proper' set, so he can knock-out a rolling solo while the rest of the band pop-off the stage for a top-up of Charlie!

The kit is well made, and clever, but machined not hand-sculpted, like the later skis we looked at a day or two ago, and consists of a hollow bass, two side-drums and a single cymbal on a spike. The skins - suspended over both ends of the hollow 'tube' - are just blank, self-adhesive, paper price-labels!

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A complete band, but with colours from three 'sets' . . . Let's Rock!!

With our frilly, crooner's shirt! Hee-hee!

S is for Sent-in and Similar to Santons

When I said the other day on the subject of contributions "If you haven't seen it yet, it's still in the queue!", this was (is!) the sort of thing weighing slightly on my mind . . . we looked at Santons last Christmas or New Year, and Brian Berke sent me these as a follow-up at the beginning of February, to which I was suitably enthusiastic and as grateful as always.

But the Toy Fair stuff rather took over and they went to the long list, at the beginning June, is June the seventh? No! In July I added a couple of images to the folder - from Chris Smith's donation - moved it to the desktop and really, really meant to post it that month!

But I was - at the time - running around doing the whole move thing, after which it was RTM, ITLAPD, Halloween and all the stuff I've been shooting twice as fast as I can publish it, so I pulled the folder back to Picasa!

Now it's Christmas again and they are perfect, but more 'seasonal' than an 'F is for Follow-up'!

Advent; Chalkware; Christmas Decorations; Christmas Figures; Civilian Figures; Civilian Toy Figures; Composition Statuary; Folk Art; Hand-Crafted; Krip; Made In France; Made In Italy; Naïve Art; Nativity; Plaster Figurines; Plaster Statuettes; Precepi; Rural Figures; Santons; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Statuette; Terracotta Figurines; Traditional Craft; Traditional Figures; Village Folk;
Brian shot these in a store in New York called the John Derian Company Inc., they may have imported them from Italy, but as they were offering Lead Animals from France (circa 1920, no pictures) in the same cabinet, they may have located them closer to home as vintage ware. Either way; they were stated to be from Naples (Napoli) in Italy, so should be Presepi rather that Santon hence the title!

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Hand painted terracotta, these are timeless, and will have been made like this for decades before the advent of modern plastic nativity figures. They are however in the style of Santons, being relatively modern-dressed rural subjects and I wonder at the Italy moniker, or if there is an influence between France and Northern Italy, the Spanish also produce similar stuff? Dress on some of these looks Tyrolean and Naples is a long way from the tyrol?

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Having said they look modern'ish, the chap in the centre here looks very 'Nativity'! The style of execution is probably best described as naïve- or traditional-art and hand-crafted, rather than poor or amateur, and there are some lovely touches such as the vine-leaves lining the other guy's basket.

A quick (very quick) Google suggests they are not like French Santon, nor modern'ish Precepi, and may be as old as the metal figures they were being sold with? 

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I also like the basket on the boy's head, with what looks to be mixed cheeses with tomatoes (which could be radishes or cherries!), a fine lemon and the most exquisite pomegranate! Note how the chap with the hat to the right is a variation of the man in the previous shot, and several of the figures follow similar patterns.

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Then Chris Smith chucked these two blow-moulds in his box of surprise goodies! In the style of Santons, but from much further afield; Japan or even Hong Kong, it's hard to tell from the plastic, as it's not clear whether it's celluloid (which would point to Japan) or polystyrene which would hint at Hong Kong!

The male has suffered from deformation upon mould-release to both his chest (smoothed off) and his base (turned back/receded), but as his back is fine it would seem that one half of the tool (probably the stationary half) was getting too hot? But they were sold anyway, bought and clearly loved/played with until they'd lost all their buckets/baskets and half their chains!

Also, and only a thought - but I wouldn't mind betting these are piracies of ceramic figures or fairings of some kind?

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The base doesn't help with the nationality thing much; 'foreign' tends to Germany or Japan over Hong Kong, but doesn't exclude it, or even somewhere more exotic like India (post Independence)? The patent's probably a made-up fiction and the logo is pushing toward Japan actually; looking like the HK-maker Tai Hing or  'T in a Circle' (known to fans of Moonbase), it's actually a 'T' in a 'G' - or possibly a seriffed 'C'?

Thanks to Brain and Chris - sorry it took a while chaps!

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

D is for Oh Deer!

One of the problems with trying to sort Festival from Gem, is that the Gem catalogues in Plastic Warrior's Gem special don't list everything Gem, and there is - as yet - no Festival catalogue, while the Culpitt salesman's sample-case - of which a couple have turned-up over the years - mixes both marques, along with Hong Kong; drawer by drawer, as they are laid-out in the trays thematically - with Culpitt order-codes.

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Case in point; all the above are marked Festival, I don't know another chalkey, early 'British' white (or brown) polyethylene deer of this type, not already ascribed to someone else, yet the Gem catalogue clearly states X3 – Reindeer as part of its Christmas line. They must have sent-out the Festival-marked animal?

The yellow plastic candle-holder seems to be from a small Easter range (which may include the yellow Snowbabies?), he also comes in Christmas white, while the brown robin is also available in Yellow as an Easter chick!

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Gem or Festival? They are all marked Festival! The brown plastic ones seem less common, could they have been a tool-run for Gem? Not that it looks much like a reindeer, more a woodland or downland species? Really it's a 'Christmas' deer, isn't it? And they're all George Musgrave!

S is for Snowbabies!

Having touched on them earlier we might as well have a decent gander at them, 'Snowbabies' or Snow Babies (?) is the term (going back to Victorian chalkware and bisque items) used for cake-decorating models of small children in one-piece, hooded coveralls or snow suits, these would have been plain, quilted-linen, kapok-filled things which got bloody heavy as they got wet, now they are multicoloured, synthetic-fibre, breathable Gortex things.

I have covered aspects of them before once or twice I think, but they are all together now, although I am short one pose and still need more yellow (or other coloured) ones.

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The three standard poses of tobogganist, we saw the one on the left earlier, where he was being used as a crashed skiier? Nursery slopes are a mass of tangled sticks and skis! But the one on the right has also been fitted to skis, along with a variation of the prone rider. We looked at the other version/marking of Festival toboggan here.

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I shot the upper image to show the locating studs on his forearms, but you can just see the Festival mark, there are two versions of these. In the lower shot we have two variants of Hong Kong piracy (believed to have been sought/commissioned by Culpitt), one being exact, the other far more colourful - as the austere 1950's faded and the 1970's arrived with multicoloured snow suits!

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The snowball fighters! There are two quite different sculpts of the standing 'over-arm' chap, one with longer legs and a thinner, more-ovoid base, the other has short, fat legs and a thicker, rounder base. I suppose the same will prove true for the 'swinger' or under-arm thrower, but so far I've only found the one.

The chap at the back (with multicoloured snowballs(?)) is the HK clone, he's a copy of the taller, thinner version, which I suspect is the earlier, so probably ran alongside the later British one in some bakers?

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Again from the much larger, old, museum image we see the sitting guy on skis (no sticks and looking out of control!) and the missing - from my collection - prone 'donkey kicker' also fitted with skis, it seems they were a comedy/clowning set/trio; as skiers.

Whether white, or yellow (or other colours?), the Snowbabies have a uniform paint-scheme of blue booties and red mittens.

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Unmarked and showing a few of Gem's skateboarder colours; both plastic and paint, these are unmarked but are catalogued Gem (items X5 to X11), as they are children they scale to about 60/65mm or even 70mm - as do the Snowbabies?

The reason for their existence as such is a bit of a mystery, Gem made a lot of stuff which could be considered 'Novelty' or 'Touristy' while Festival did Christmas, Easter (the 'festivals'!) and Birthdays. But then why did so much Gem stuff end-up with Culpitt, alongside the Festival stuff, and why did Gem have a Christmas range (albeit small) if Festival was supposed to handle that sort of thing?

Remember both Gem and Festival had their own packaging as well as being anonymised as 'generics' by Culpitt? Sadly - with Mr Musgrave's passing; this is a question we may now, never get an answer to.