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I’m a 56-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.

Saturday, April 10, 2021

C is for Call Answered

Chris Smith eMailed me a week or two ago a with a link to an eBay lot which I bought there and then, even before thanking him . . . it answered a question posed here a couple of times I think; the 'like late / Toyway-Timpo' highlanders, and revealed new poses!

Bagpipes; Band Master; Bandsmen; Bass Drum; Drum Major; Highland Bandsmen; Highland Musicians; Highland Pipes & Drums; Highland Toy Figures; No. 6000; Pipe Band; Pipe Major; Pipers; Pipes & Drums; Pipes And Drums; Scotland; Scottish International Gift; Side Drums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tourist Gift Set; Tourist Keepsake;
Credited to a Scottish International Gift, Scotland and clearly a touristy gift-item, it's a pretty standard window-box with a tombstone-card at the back that could be pierced for wire-hook peg-board hanging, but something which isn't done in the factory. A potted history of the bagpipes is provided on the rear of the extended card, along with a code NO. 6000, which as a round number is almost certainly a stand-alone, with no similar items in the (or 'a') line?

Bagpipes; Band Master; Bandsmen; Bass Drum; Drum Major; Highland Bandsmen; Highland Musicians; Highland Pipes & Drums; Highland Toy Figures; No. 6000; Pipe Band; Pipe Major; Pipers; Pipes & Drums; Pipes And Drums; Scotland; Scottish International Gift; Side Drums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tourist Gift Set; Tourist Keepsake;
I can't remember which new pose/s we encountered last time we looked at them here; was it the bass drummer or the pipe/band major? No matter, you get one of each, with two-each of the commoner side-drummers and pipers, which - of course - is why they are commoner, or turn-up more often, loose!

Bagpipes; Band Master; Bandsmen; Bass Drum; Drum Major; Highland Bandsmen; Highland Musicians; Highland Pipes & Drums; Highland Toy Figures; No. 6000; Pipe Band; Pipe Major; Pipers; Pipes & Drums; Pipes And Drums; Scotland; Scottish International Gift; Side Drums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tourist Gift Set; Tourist Keepsake;

I took them out on one of those warm days a while ago and marched them round the empty bird-bath past the weeping cherry!

The next day - I should add that paint and material wise they are very similar to both the late Timpo/Toyway factory-painted Highlanders and the Hong Kong Salvation Army band set, only the bases being the obvious visual difference, this is not to say there is any connection, painted PVC was big in the late 1970's through the bulk of the 1980's.

Bagpipes; Band Master; Bandsmen; Bass Drum; Drum Major; Highland Bandsmen; Highland Musicians; Highland Pipes & Drums; Highland Toy Figures; No. 6000; Pipe Band; Pipe Major; Pipers; Pipes & Drums; Pipes And Drums; Scotland; Scottish International Gift; Side Drums; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Tourist Gift Set; Tourist Keepsake;

"You told me I couldn't eat them
so I'm not even going to see them!"

Many thanks to Chris for spotting these and facilitating my sharing them with the rest of you! Funny thing is I think I recognise the box, so JB probably had a set when I was helping him, and if I'd paid more attention to large-scale when I was a small scale collector I would have had the answer all along!

The next day - I may of course be confusing the box with the painted sets of Ecsi 1:35th scale figures which I think were issued under the A-Toys branding, I also think they were in silver/grey boxes?

7 comments:

Jan Ferris said...

The wee little people and bagpipes; I am feel a bit nostalgic about now. Thanks for sharing.

Hugh Walter said...

Happy to know you enjoyed them Jan!

H

jah said...

Two weeks and no posts you OK hope you are just taking in the sun

Hugh Walter said...

I'm sorting my late Mother's estate out Jah, this year will be very bitty, I'm sorting my stuff as it goes back into storage and taking thousands of photo's as I go, so there's tons in the long queue - several years worth - but I just don't have the luxury of faffing about on Blogger! I will try to get something up over the weekend, but the lawn still has to be done, and the weeding and the dead-heading, but without mum, there's little enthusiasm right now, it's more a case of keeping it in a state the Estate Agents will be happy with and watering the pots so I can save them for my new home, which I'm not even looking for yet!!!

H

jah said...

Ok Hugh just a bit worried Take care Johnny

remaras said...

Hugh

I am sorry to hear of your loss. It is a tough one. We will be here when you get back. Take care and don’t be an old ninny-grieve your loss old chap.

Jan

Hugh Walter said...

Cheers Jan - I've got a handle on the grieving, it's the dealing with the estate and the authorities which is occupying my time and my mind really, and the future is rather up in the air, but fingers crossed a year or so should see me and inherited-cat settled in a 'forever' home, and blogging double-time like a pair of semi-retired futtwitts!

H