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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.

Wednesday, December 8, 2021

H is for How They Come In - April I - Chris - The Rest!

We're working - vaguely - backwards from the 20th century with this post as we cover the historicals, ceremonials, Wild West, medievals and ancients from the donation Chris sent to the Blog back last April.

Battle of Kulikov; Britains AWI; Flat Figures; Kulicovo; Kulikov; MPC 40mm Knights; Napoleonics; Plasticom; Polish Toy Soldiers; Premiums; Raja cavalry; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldabar; Spencer Smith Miniatures; Wild West Flats; Wilton Cake Decorations;
These were accompanied by a number of eMailed images from Chris's own collection and have been covered in full here now, being both Polish sourced Plasticom and Polish takes on Plasticom, with more Plasticom 'Soldabars' added to the post! WWII/Modern infantry and Wild West.

Battle of Kulikov; Britains AWI; Flat Figures; Kulicovo; Kulikov; MPC 40mm Knights; Napoleonics; Plasticom; Polish Toy Soldiers; Premiums; Raja cavalry; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldabar; Spencer Smith Miniatures; Wild West Flats; Wilton Cake Decorations;
True Wild West here, and a really nice mix; we have one of those teeny-tiny cowboys (in Peru they had a very similar set of race-horses and jockeys), another pod-foot in metallic blue, as I said only the other day, you can't have too many of these as there are so many to find!

The semi flat in red soft plastic is also nice and more have been seen here in their own post somewhere. One each of the Waddington's copies will join their mates but the metallic-purple trio are very useful. I think I've singled them out before, in silver and possibly brown or gun-metal, copies of Elastolin plastics and probably a [French?] premium, but so far a brand has eluded me.

Battle of Kulikov; Britains AWI; Flat Figures; Kulicovo; Kulikov; MPC 40mm Knights; Napoleonics; Plasticom; Polish Toy Soldiers; Premiums; Raja cavalry; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldabar; Spencer Smith Miniatures; Wild West Flats; Wilton Cake Decorations;
These are all worth a word, starting with the Beefeater, who may be a tourist memento bust, or part of a larger chess-set? I can report that both he and the 'swizzle-stick' from the other day just managed to fit in the tub all the Beefeaters are in now! Some shuffling was required!

The outside pair are recent (but discontinued) Spencer Smith Wellingtonians, inside them are a pair of Raja 'Regiment' TV-related Portuguese ice-cream premium cavalry, and in the less common colours, so a real treat, while the two versions of a stroppy corporal could be early Kinder?

I say that because they seem to be based on the set from Portugal which has been issued by several premium-givers over the years, but as larger figures with separate bases and slightly finer sculpting; these being smaller, slightly 'blobbier' and having integral bases. Both sets have been credited to Kinder, but the better ones may have been dragged in (as other things have been) erroneously by over-enthusiastic Kinder collectors!

Battle of Kulikov; Britains AWI; Flat Figures; Kulicovo; Kulikov; MPC 40mm Knights; Napoleonics; Plasticom; Polish Toy Soldiers; Premiums; Raja cavalry; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldabar; Spencer Smith Miniatures; Wild West Flats; Wilton Cake Decorations;
Very interesting; an AWI copy of a Britains swoppet, but as a single moulding, the locating stud suggests Wilton or someone like that (Carousel, SSCO, Grandmother Stover's, there were a fair few), but he could plug into a touristy thing? He's lost the end of his musket, but as a first sample is very gratefully received!

Battle of Kulikov; Britains AWI; Flat Figures; Kulicovo; Kulikov; MPC 40mm Knights; Napoleonics; Plasticom; Polish Toy Soldiers; Premiums; Raja cavalry; Semi Flats; Semi-Flats; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldabar; Spencer Smith Miniatures; Wild West Flats; Wilton Cake Decorations;
A painted Hun (warrior with bow - simple), we looked at them back in March here, and I'll keep him painted (is it your work, or the standard, commercially available Toy Soldier Co. paint-job?) as he's the recent Chinese gold-plastic production-run underneath.

The other two are chalk and cheese; on the right is a bog-standard MPC 40mm knight in silver (Ed Burg just posted the fort carry-case here), but the chap on the left is a first for the Blog and the collection (I have a mounted figure or two who may go with him I think, somewhere), and could be a European premium.

He has something in common with the soft polyethylene premiums from Portugal, but they were Starlux copies, I don't think this is a Starlux pose and they were off-white he's silver! Equally he could be a crudely added addition to a toy fort, it's quite a rough moulding, or even a 'from hollow-cast' but they tend not to have such heavy bases; he's very interesting!

There will be one other post related to this lot, but in the meantime my gratitude to Chris Smith for sharing them with the rest of us.

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