About Me

My photo
No Fixed Abode, Home Counties, United Kingdom
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.

Sunday, January 16, 2022

K is for Klutz . . . No, No, No . . .

. . . I dealt with TJF earlier!

This is further to the lone vinyl Pirate I identified back in September, which had actually been ID'd by someone else, a few years ago, in Plastic Warrior Magazine (issue 185 has just hit the metaphorical newsstands*), and my search for the other figures, there is a fourth; Harry Potter, but I think I have him loose somewhere.

So, I managed to track down the other two Klutz sets, and this is how they come, a large number of interactive, pre-printed cards in a variety of shapes, with various slots in them so they can be stacked a bit like Galt's Octons. Then there's a calender-spined booklet and the set-relevant figure, a backing card holds it all together.
So, I managed to track down the other two Klutz sets, and this is how they come; a large number of interactive, pre-printed cards in a variety of shapes, with various slots in them so they can be stacked a bit like Galt's Octons. Then there's a calender-spined booklet and the set-relevant figure, a backing card holds it all together.

The Spaceman from Klutz is quite 1980's TV series in styling with a touch of Buzz Lightyear! A back-pack rocket and 'sonic sword' are matched with urban combat kit and Judge Dredd boots!
The Spaceman from Klutz is quite 1980's TV series in styling with a touch of Buzz Lightyear even the face! A back-pack rocket and 'sonic sword-gun' thing are matched with urban combat kit and Judge Dredd boots!

The knight reminds me a bit of the LJN / Matchbox / TSR goodly knight (or "Good Paladin") 'Strongheart', but a little more serious - if waving your sword around is more serious - klutz!
The knight reminds me a bit of a wingless version of the LJN / Matchbox / TSR goodly knight (or "Good Paladin") 'Strongheart' from the Dungeons & Dragons 45mm figure set, but a little more serious - if waving your sword around is more serious - klutz!

Some pages from the fort booklet so you can get the impression, I carefully removed the figures and pared-away the remains of their blisters and gave the two booklets to a charity shop, where they went the next day as they still had tons of play value. That's it - a quick Klutz box-ticker!
Some sample pages from the fort booklet so you can get an impression, I carefully removed the figures and pared-away the remains of their blisters and gave the two booklets to a charity shop, where they sold the next day, as they still had tons of play value. That's it - a quick Klutz box-ticker!

Wikipedia: Klutz is a publishing company started in Palo Alto, California in 1977. It was acquired by Nelvana in April 2000 and became a subsidiary of Scholastic Inc. 

------------------------------------------------------------------

* By 'metaphorical newsstands' I mean you actually have to subscribe, and (for newer collectors - Lockdown has changed the landscape of the hobby!) it's a mail-only subscription, which you can do here, or; if you are on Faceplant - direct message them here, and yes (for seasoned Loyal Readers) - I know I'm behind on the PW reviews, but there has been other stuff going on the last 24 -months which are - in some parts - ongoing, so I'll do them when I do them!

TJF is for The Jabbering Fuck!

How long ago was it he last swore he was going to ignore me and have nothing to do with me? And yet there it is, another two paragraphs trying to justify his autumnal and Christmas fuckwittery! I guess his 'people' love it though, so hat's off to them . . . MAGA hats?
 
Image - Mark Hamill (yes; that Mark Hamill!)

2 hours later - That's funny, 8 direct views of this morning's Progress post, 14 direct views of this! Extrapolate that ratio over all today's traffic and you realise he doesn't get it, but he's going to keep plugging away . . . hey-ho!

F is for Follow-up - Progress WWII Russians

I managed to find a full set of the Progress Russian Infantry (going very cheap or I would have waited) a while ago, and while I only needed the three Chris helped-out with last time we looked at them, I thought "When will I see them again?" so grabbed them!

Проƨрес; Пpоrресс; 70mm Figures; 70mm Toy Soldiers; Bulgarian; Officer; Plastic Officer; Plastic Toy; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Progress; Progress brand; Progress tradename; Russian brand/tradename; Russian Infantry; Russian Plastic; Russian Soldiers; Russian Toy Soldiers; Russian Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier; Soviet Era Toy Officer; Soviet Era Toy Soldiers; Soviet Infantry; Soviet Russian; USSR Infantry; USSR Plastic; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Soviet Figures; Vintage Soviet Toys; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage USSR Toys; Cold War; Warsaw Pact Era;
We saw the backs of most of them when we looked at them last time, so just a re-hash from one side, they have faint traces of paint on them (a pale flesh on hands and faces, no other apparent colours), so earlier (?) sets seem to have carried paint, but I've seen them on packaging (near mint) without.

And as Chris suggested last time, still only the nine poses, I guess they considered it a set of ten items with the flag, not that any set of toy anything has to have round numbers and many don't, but with toy soldiers you tend to look for six, eight or ten &etc!

Проƨрес; Пpоrресс; 70mm Figures; 70mm Toy Soldiers; Bulgarian; Officer; Plastic Officer; Plastic Toy; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Progress; Progress brand; Progress tradename; Russian brand/tradename; Russian Infantry; Russian Plastic; Russian Soldiers; Russian Toy Soldiers; Russian Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier; Soviet Era Toy Officer; Soviet Era Toy Soldiers; Soviet Infantry; Soviet Russian; USSR Infantry; USSR Plastic; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Soviet Figures; Vintage Soviet Toys; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage USSR Toys; Cold War; Warsaw Pact Era;
Having accepted I would have a bunch of duplicates, they came in a darker, flat green than most of my existing metallic ones, or the pale-jade above, so I will probably hang-on to most of them for a fuller sample in the near future at least, right now they are still in two places so I haven't had time to fully-compare them.

Проƨрес; Пpоrресс; 70mm Figures; 70mm Toy Soldiers; Bulgarian; Officer; Plastic Officer; Plastic Toy; Plastic Toy Soldiers; Progress; Progress brand; Progress tradename; Russian brand/tradename; Russian Infantry; Russian Plastic; Russian Soldiers; Russian Toy Soldiers; Russian Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Soldier; Soviet Era Toy Officer; Soviet Era Toy Soldiers; Soviet Infantry; Soviet Russian; USSR Infantry; USSR Plastic; Vintage Plastic Figures; Vintage Soviet Figures; Vintage Soviet Toys; Vintage Toy Soldiers; Vintage USSR Toys; Cold War; Warsaw Pact Era;
The best of the bunch, he can be holding it in a brisk updraft (right-hand pair) . . .
. . . or on a slightly breezy day!

Tuesday, January 11, 2022

A is for Aladdin

Ten years before Brave, and one of Disney's most successful movies ever, and another one I haven't seen, but I've caught a few clips and remember enough of the story from childhood to be on top of it!

Abu; Aladdin; Aladdin Figurines; Aladdin Figures; Disney; Disney Aladdin; Disney Play Set; Fully Sculpted; Genie; Golden Paint Accents; Highly Detailed; Iago; Jafar; Magic Carpet; Phidal Aladdin; Phidal Play Set; Phidal Publishing; Princess Jasmine; Rajah; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sultan;
It was - in fact - so successful that a lot of figurines have resulted, and from time to time we've seen them coming-in in mixed lots with me muttering vaguely "Might be Kinder, probably Phidal, to big for . . .material is like . . . " &etc.; so it's nice to get a complete Phidal set, to start ID'ing them all more accurately!

Abu; Aladdin; Aladdin Figurines; Aladdin Figures; Disney; Disney Aladdin; Disney Play Set; Fully Sculpted; Genie; Golden Paint Accents; Highly Detailed; Iago; Jafar; Magic Carpet; Phidal Aladdin; Phidal Play Set; Phidal Publishing; Princess Jasmine; Rajah; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sultan;
Goodies, baddies and some morally ambiguous types! With reference to what I said in the previous post, you can see the play-mat here is just four crappy stills form the movie artwork/backdrops, and of little use to ought but a child, which is not a criticism per se, these sets are very cheap and the - relatively high-quality - figures are all the money, so that fact they mostly have basic text on the five-or-so stiff card pages and a naff play-mat is, rather, par for the course!

Abu; Aladdin; Aladdin Figurines; Aladdin Figures; Disney; Disney Aladdin; Disney Play Set; Fully Sculpted; Genie; Golden Paint Accents; Highly Detailed; Iago; Jafar; Magic Carpet; Phidal Aladdin; Phidal Play Set; Phidal Publishing; Princess Jasmine; Rajah; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sultan;
Close-ups of the various characters, scale is - I think - all over the place, but figures is figures, and with Kinder and other capsule toys and other set (there's a nine-piece set with the queen from Disney themselves - some of which we may have seen in those odd-lots), you can always mix and match!

Abu; Aladdin; Aladdin Figurines; Aladdin Figures; Disney; Disney Aladdin; Disney Play Set; Fully Sculpted; Genie; Golden Paint Accents; Highly Detailed; Iago; Jafar; Magic Carpet; Phidal Aladdin; Phidal Play Set; Phidal Publishing; Princess Jasmine; Rajah; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Sultan;
He was genuinely intrigued by the tiger!

B is for Brave Busy Book

I mentioned in another post over Christmas how TKMaxx didn't have the usual pile of Phidel Busy Books this year, and to be honest, the supply of them has been dwindling for some time, after trying to scalp a couple of extra-quid per unit, WHSmith seem to have stopped stocking them (locally at least) some time ago, and my last few trips to TKMaxx haven't seen any, but I have managed to pick-up a couple at Charity shops, and this in one of them!

Clan Dunbroch; Disney Brave; Disney Pixar; King Fergus; Phidal Brave; Phidal Publishing; Pixar Brave; Pixar Productions; Prince Hamish; Prince Harris; Prince Hubert; Princess Merida; Queen Elinor; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Triplets;
Brave, a Disney Pixar movie which - like most of Phidal's choices - has totally passed me by! Not only that, I'm an old git, it's bound to happen; but I've never heard of it, despite it's having won lots of awards and sounding like I'd probably enjoy it (?) - I Googled it!

Clan Dunbroch; Disney Brave; Disney Pixar; King Fergus; Phidal Brave; Phidal Publishing; Pixar Brave; Pixar Productions; Prince Hamish; Prince Harris; Prince Hubert; Princess Merida; Queen Elinor; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Triplets;
If the Mother turns into a bear (she does!) I guess the three little cubs are also the 'triplets', who might spoil the movie for me, I hate the annoying brat/comedy element (Daggit, I'm talking to you, and you Scrappy Doo, and yes Tweakie!), so three is just too much! But the mother/bear is a nice sculpt!

Clan Dunbroch; Disney Brave; Disney Pixar; King Fergus; Phidal Brave; Phidal Publishing; Pixar Brave; Pixar Productions; Prince Hamish; Prince Harris; Prince Hubert; Princess Merida; Queen Elinor; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; The Triplets;
Most Phidal sets have rather naff play mats which consist of stills from the production, but this could have limited use as a pocket war games mat? Heavy cover, light cover and a quest/target to defend - the Henge!

That's it, box ticked.

Sunday, January 9, 2022

D is for Donnnnn'Pushhhh Meeeeee!

After you've enjoyed the risibley funny sequels - which certainly didn't pan out in the real-life Iran, Iraq, Syria or Afghanistan - as empty-headed action-movies, it's worth remembering in the original, John Rambo (for it is he!) was a disgruntled, ex-grunt 'patriot; shooting-up his own neighbourhood!

Arco Figures; Arco Mattel; Arco Rambo; Arco Toys; Arcotoys; Black Temptation; Gemelo-Plast; Gemelo-Plast Rambo; Maqueta Rambo; Rack Toy Figures; Rack Toys MIB; Rambo II; Rambo III; Rambo Rack Toys; Ruben Juarex Gemelo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
On another site someone was asking about Rambo figures the other . . . month? A while ago anyway! So I've got this little overview together, despite most of mine being in storage, in fact; they never came out, but the narrative can still be expressed with what I do have!

The above shows the header card from a line of Maqueta Rambo (Rambo figures) rack toys coming out of Mexico, by Gemelo-Plast (Ruben Juarez Gemelo), who are using copies (lower centre) of older - probably Arco figures (lower left) taken from the marked Arco smallies (lower right) which we looked at back in the early days of the blog.

Arco Figures; Arco Mattel; Arco Rambo; Arco Toys; Arcotoys; Black Temptation; Gemelo-Plast; Gemelo-Plast Rambo; Maqueta Rambo; Rack Toy Figures; Rack Toys MIB; Rambo II; Rambo III; Rambo Rack Toys; Ruben Juarex Gemelo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
This was in the bag, another has a jeep, a third a jet-plane, and it's just a question of getting past it with a box-tick, so we can get back to the figures!

Arco Figures; Arco Mattel; Arco Rambo; Arco Toys; Arcotoys; Black Temptation; Gemelo-Plast; Gemelo-Plast Rambo; Maqueta Rambo; Rack Toy Figures; Rack Toys MIB; Rambo II; Rambo III; Rambo Rack Toys; Ruben Juarex Gemelo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
This is all the Gemelo's I've ID'd so far, each bag has a small mix with duplicates, so I can't be sure I've found all of them, 'bowman' and 'crossbow' Rambo's are missing for starters? Large lumps of - probably - polyethylene and I guess the odd red ones are 'commie-bastards' to be deaded? The standing firing is a simplification of an Arco (?) crossbow pose - you can see he still has the explosive arrow tip!

Arco Figures; Arco Mattel; Arco Rambo; Arco Toys; Arcotoys; Black Temptation; Gemelo-Plast; Gemelo-Plast Rambo; Maqueta Rambo; Rack Toy Figures; Rack Toys MIB; Rambo II; Rambo III; Rambo Rack Toys; Ruben Juarex Gemelo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
Here we have the smaller, definitely Arco and larger 'probably' with an Airfix figure for scale, below which we have a newer set, which while not portraying the Arco sculpts, do nevertheless carry an air of Rambo (or Platoon; is that meant to be Willem Dafoe's Sgt. Elias, second from the right?) about them. All the above - bar the Airfix cold-war warrior - are courtesy of Chris Smith I think, mine are elsewhere!

Arco Figures; Arco Mattel; Arco Rambo; Arco Toys; Arcotoys; Black Temptation; Gemelo-Plast; Gemelo-Plast Rambo; Maqueta Rambo; Rack Toy Figures; Rack Toys MIB; Rambo II; Rambo III; Rambo Rack Toys; Ruben Juarex Gemelo; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com;
I've actually just grabbed these off the blog (so you should have seen them before!), as it (right-hand image, also from Chris) shows a bigger, baseless Rambo with bow, who may be a third iteration ofArco's, or another copy, but is of better quality that the Mexican ones, although is probably from the donor set for them?

On the left a set I found to explain another point sometime, credited to Black Temptation (an Amazon or Ali  Baba phantom brand if ever I read one!), we can see the first three of the poses (reading English-wise) are based on the Arco Rambo sets.

In the past we've seen a clear Rambo or Rambo knock-off in silver here, probably from a  rack-toy type mini-playset? While this crossover set mixed old Matchbox poses with Arco influenced figures and all the Reisler WWII prone figures!

F is for Four Fingers of Fictional Fun

A few Sci-Fi bits and bobs which were kicking around various corners of the Laptop, and which might as well be shoehorned into one post to clear the decks a bit!

1940; 1951; 2000 Leagues Under The Sea; 20th Century Fox; Applause Star Wars; Astounding Science Fiction; Astronauts; ET; ET Phone Home; Farewell to the Master; French Dinky; French Meccano; Gnut; Gort; Harry Bates; J.A.R. ET; JAR Sales; Lego Star Wars; LJN ET; LJN Toys; Novelty Key Rings; Novelty Star Wars; Remco Diver; Short Story; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star Wars Key Rings; Star Wars Novelties; The Day The Earth Stood Still; The Exraterrestrial; Vinyl ET's; Zygon War Chariot;
Star Wars key-rings; We've seen a few before now, but I thought a comparison was in order, and we have - from the left - an LED torch, Lego 'maxi' Darth Vader, followed by three normal 'minifig' sized rings, then an Applause young Anakin/Vader, which I think is part of the avalanche of merchandise which accompanied the fourth/first movie.

I don't know how many there were in the Applause set, so the gap is for the missing Vader in an otherwise complete set of the capsule key-ring figures, cleared through The Works a few years ago, then to Pound-Plus, branded TPF Toys for shipping-in by STL.

1940; 1951; 2000 Leagues Under The Sea; 20th Century Fox; Applause Star Wars; Astounding Science Fiction; Astronauts; ET; ET Phone Home; Farewell to the Master; French Dinky; French Meccano; Gnut; Gort; Harry Bates; J.A.R. ET; JAR Sales; Lego Star Wars; LJN ET; LJN Toys; Novelty Key Rings; Novelty Star Wars; Remco Diver; Short Story; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star Wars Key Rings; Star Wars Novelties; The Day The Earth Stood Still; The Exraterrestrial; Vinyl ET's; Zygon War Chariot;
ET's, a planetoid's worth of ET's! The three to the right are licensed LJN, and from a set of six (or eight?), while the chap on the left is marked J.A.R. Sales, and may be more of a knock-off than an official product, but both lines are dated 1982, so may both be legitimate?

I have no idea how many of the JAR ones there were and scale on them is 'big' as he fitted in a bikes shopping basket I seem to recall (never seen it, have no intention of seeing it!), so about 1:18th or larger? I guess there was half-an-idea for them to be compatible with dolls, for playing-out the movie scenes?

1940; 1951; 2000 Leagues Under The Sea; 20th Century Fox; Applause Star Wars; Astounding Science Fiction; Astronauts; ET; ET Phone Home; Farewell to the Master; French Dinky; French Meccano; Gnut; Gort; Harry Bates; J.A.R. ET; JAR Sales; Lego Star Wars; LJN ET; LJN Toys; Novelty Key Rings; Novelty Star Wars; Remco Diver; Short Story; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star Wars Key Rings; Star Wars Novelties; The Day The Earth Stood Still; The Exraterrestrial; Vinyl ET's; Zygon War Chariot;
Ignore the Greek, he's been joined by three of his compatriots recently and will be Blogged separately at some point. I managed to pick up both the Remco divers from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea last year, but they have been separated already, one here, one in storage - funny story; TJF managed to score a brownie-point with this one when I posted it elsewhere, but really, Journey to the Centre of the Earth / The Land that Time Forgot / 2,000 Leagues Under the Sea / 10,000 BC and a dozen other movies of the time were basically variations on a theme!

The metal-detector/mine-sweeper one is missing the base-stud, but as it's only used to lock them onto the floor of their retail carton, it's more a question of Do I remove the other one?

The chap to the right is supposed to be Gort from The Day the Earth Stood Still, but the head's all wrong, so I'll leave it to a jury, preferably a Bristolian one! He's a soft polyethylene and Argentinian.

1940; 1951; 2000 Leagues Under The Sea; 20th Century Fox; Applause Star Wars; Astounding Science Fiction; Astronauts; ET; ET Phone Home; Farewell to the Master; French Dinky; French Meccano; Gnut; Gort; Harry Bates; J.A.R. ET; JAR Sales; Lego Star Wars; LJN ET; LJN Toys; Novelty Key Rings; Novelty Star Wars; Remco Diver; Short Story; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Star Wars Key Rings; Star Wars Novelties; The Day The Earth Stood Still; The Exraterrestrial; Vinyl ET's; Zygon War Chariot;
Picked this up cheap a while back, as a sort of follow-up to the other day's Lunar Rover post; it's Dinky France selling-off the Zygon War Chariot crew figures as 'astronauts' in their spare-parts program! Daft in'it . . . got tub full's of orphaned seated figures and I go and get three more, but it's always about the packaging!

The funny thing is I know I have a metal Gort somewhere but can't find him, and there are more ET's in the post, so we will be returning to both those subjects in the not too far future!

Saturday, January 8, 2022

H is for How They Come In - June 2021 - 3 - Chris

I bought something off Chris in June, possibly one of the items in the previous post, and although he'd sent me a big parcel a few weeks earlier, also included these with the purchace.

All sorts, of which the highlight is probably the three Wild West (top of picture) which look Polish (bases) but are probably French 'bazaar' figures, but not common ones? The flocked donkey next to them is cool, he's a mini blow-mould under the fur! The pale-jade French firefighter is probably another bazaar figure, while we had two paratroopers and a . . . in a minute on that one!

A small group of margarine premiums (top left) balance a similar sample of Commonwealth 'world dolls' except these are the later sub-piracies. And speaking of pirates; the big brown fellah is a Brabo 'Parafool' missing his chute-loop and waving a short-short cutlass! Various cake decorations and mini's can also be seen, along with an oversized copy of one of  Arco's smaller sized Rambo figures and a nice pile of Kinder bits (bottom right).

That other figure - he might be a parachute toy, but I suspect - from the locating studs on his hands - that he is a swinger, spinner or revolver! He's some kind of superhero, with a possible sun-motif on his chest, but it could just be a runner gate-mark or release-pin blemish.

I asked the chaps and chapesses on Brian Heiler's Faceplant group if anyone knew, but apart from a suggestion he might be a "...Palmer Scuba Diver figure or VooDoo", both of which drew a blank, there cameth-forth an answer none, so if you can help? He's also a bit 1950's pulp, rather than '70's Marvel/DC?

Cheers, as always to Chris Smith, for the bag of bits, all really appreciated.

H is for How They Come In - June 2021 - 2 - Three Days in June

Toward the end on May last year I went a little mad on evilBay, call it shopping therapy, call it depression, call it extravagance . . . it wasn't a good time, there were no shows, lock-down was into its 26th month and it's comforting to go and buy shit, however transitory the feeling it brings, so that's what I did! And I like to think I have a good eye, so it's all worth a look, these are some shots I took not long after the Postman had been!

Tuesday 8th June - Parcels from the four corners of the world here, almost, with packages from Amazon, the USA, Ukraine and Greece all arriving together! From the latter came the Louizos Toys Wild West set, which I hope contains cowboys around 50/54mm and probably of the Solpa type, but I don't know as it's sealed, and having never seen one before I thought I'd better keep it sealed for now!

Below the unknown cowpokes we have a set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Hero Turtle Anthropomorphic knock-offs from the former Soviet Union, and bunch of Japanese glico-style spaceships and UFO's, but from the 'States, and a rather nice magnetic bottle-opener which was one of two I got in the last 18 months or so, I thought it looked like a Matchbox GI-copy, but it's closer to the Marx 60mm sculpt.

This single parcel arriving the next day was several lots from the same seller (Tony; a friend of the Blog), and contained all sorts of nice things, starting in the top left-hand corner, and moving vaguely clockwise - several swoppet knights, some Elastolin 54mm and some Hong Kong copies of Britains mounted Swoppets.

Below which is a handful of the RP issue of Co-Ma's Roman sculpts, with enough duplicates for me to send the five I hadn't previously been able to, to Peter, small thanks for all he sends to the blog, and who I'd originally sent my only one, we now both have a full set!

An empty swoppet box I can fill at some point! Two empty Airfix boxes and a bunch of loose Airfix figures, two of the new 1:144 war-gaming AFV's which have become popular, literally over the lifetime of the Blog! Below them are two Roskopf blisters, which are nice as I previously only had them loose, or in the small tan boxes, while in the bottom corner two sets of the Roco-Minitanks 'Artillery Group' (copies of Tamiya's 1:35th scale desert-attired 25lbr crew), so I will - at some point - make one up.

The 'box-square' of figures to their left are more modern HK/China (Rado) & Caesar and older Roco and Eidai figures in various amounts with a Japanese officer from Marx Miniature Masterpiece's lines.

To their left a mix of larger figures and above them smaller Giant, post-Giant and Montaplex, other HK figures of interest and a 45mm Ri-Toys (a.k.a. Rado) French soldier taken from Airfix. In the centre we have an Airfix boxed 6x6 truck, a post-Giant two-horsed, articulated chariot, Eidai FlaK's (one mounted on a  half-track) and Roco SPG.

While the 11th brought a very eclectic mix, which I thought to shoot, but not the best photograph of the three, nevertheless full of nice things!

In the distance, lined-up on the laptop is some Comansi Wild West, but not just any-old Wild West, they are the five character sculpts (husband, wife, two kids and uncle) from the High Chaparral, in front of them some cake-decorations (I can't even remember - one looks Chinese?), a 2,000 Leagues Under the Sea diver from Remco, another PVC bird from that set we looked at the other day and some Toy Major knights.

We saw the two Soviet-era AFV's back in the summer or autumn, the V2 will be made up at some point, I intend to compare all three - Condor, Eidai and Revell! While I'd forgotten the two Hong Kong AFV's, they are the same maker as the one we looked at the other day, so I'll be able to cannibalise one of the Dingo's to give the Humber it's missing set of wheels.

Other AFV's include two guns and the weird six-wheeled AMX30! Three swans (?) a bag of ? (something), and finally; a set of Supreme Saracen/Livonian type knights made up an eclectic list of arrivals. Most got sorted away quite quickly and sent up to the storage unit, some just packed in 'To be Sorted' boxes, so I will have the fun of discovering them all again at some point!

H is for How They Come In - June 2021 - 1- Peter

That's it look, 2021 is 'The Past' already! Continuing with the catch-up on last year's donations to the blog, brings us to June, where quite a bit happened while I was busy doing other stuff - only 8 posts in June!

This lot came to the Blogquaters, via Peter Evans, and the obvious object of our attention is the bagged rack-toy branded to a 'Deluxebase' which I suspect is a phantom, with two large 120+mm astronauts, hollow, they are kit-type polystyrene, manufactured in two parts and glued together. I also like the radar which will look good with Mattel 'Star Wars Command' rebel snow-troops!

There were a bunch of the Hing Fat's I think, but I shot a representative sample and put the rest with Peter's previous donation against Blogging them as sets at some point. A Supreme small-scale horse, similar (Polly Pocket knock-off?) type and larger medieval one are all interesting, with several kit figures and a couple of Giant knights.

A nice Cherilea platoon signaller in 60mm tops of the lot, many thanks to Peter, as always, it all finds a place in the whole.

News, Views etc . . . General Roundup

Obit's
I don't often stray into gaming territory, as it's really a different bough rather than another branch of the hobby, but this guy was clearly loved and respected within the industry and too young, RIP

Another Toy Soldier Collector (ad' pop-ups)

 
TableTop Games Listicle
As simplistic and - no doubt - as controversial as any other listicle, but with some useful side-links


Mudlarking


Refighting the Punic Wars


Warhammer
 
 
Nostalgia
I had to refresh after clicking the cross-button on the pop-up - old Dundee toy stores!
 
 


Miniatures
I cant's remember if I've posted this before, but there's tons and while Prieser and Noch figures are to the fore, he uses all sorts of scales and figures, and of all the sites with this type of stuff, Tatsuya Tanaka's is about the best.


ACW


Beautiful Brass

Thursday, January 6, 2022

XL5 is for Firkin' Great Fireball!

So I bought myself a Christmas present last year, which I've been meaning to Blog for a while, it's missing a piece and needs a bit of work, but it was missing two pieces until Chris Smith kindly sent me the more important one!

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
Probably one of the best-wrapped parcels I've ever taken delivery of, and it's come from the other side of the pond, while all those pictures of piles of rain-soaked Christmas mail were in the tabloids last year, it actually arrived on 2nd February, so in the end it was a late-Christmas present, but given everything else which was going on at the time, a blessed relief from the grim realities of everyday life!

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
MPC Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City playset; the box is a bit faded and the lid's crushed down the front panel, but that's how I got it for somewhere between a quarter or a tenth of what they normally go for, or less, I'm not telling you but I've seen them (good ones) over $2,000 and I only paid a fraction of that . . . phew!

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
The card control tower/space HQ building seems to be all there, and was buildable, but the paper ring which separates the two discs of the base tore while I was trying to put it together for this post, so I will have to reinforce it on the blank-side and do that shot another day, also the tower itself has been discoloured by miles of Sellotape (other sticky-backed plastic tapes are available), which wasn't needed and has been removed (by me) to no other detrement?

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
Fuel tanks, before and after cleaning; both marked "XL FUEL", and looking like some fancy holder for picnic hard-boiled eggs in a mail-order catalogue circa 1975! A use for which they are ideally suited!

The artwork shows one, split in halves, sat flat on the ground but there is a stud-and-hole joining system, so they are meant to be fully-rounds?

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
The mini XL1 and transporter/low-loader truck, the cab-unit having some of the lines of the old M25 'Dragon Wagon' tank-transporters or M65 'Atomic Cannon' road-train. My first piece of luck (if I hadn't already got extra fuel tanks) was getting two XL1's in the box, this may be standard (I have seen another set with two silver ones), but only one is listed in the contents?

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
I also got two launcher sleds, and it took me a while to work out what they are (check the box-lid!), I still haven't worked out exactly how they work, but suspect it includes at least one elastic band of the heavier type? I only have one of the slip-in bars however, and they are clearly important! In addition to the sliding-bar, there is a swinging arm which folds/unfolds under the sled and if anyone can furnish me with a scan of the instructions I'd be very grateful.

I suspect the folding arm [folded under] is somehow attached to the sliding arm and fires at the end of the ramp (below), but it may be the other way round and it starts folded-up, then the sudden folding-under releases the slide to launch? Because I sent some of these shots to other people in the hope of ID's, I included the blue bit, but it's job became clear . . .

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
. . . once I had studied the mini interceptor-satellite launcher. Which is a dressed-up version of a common toy of the era, you could find micro-versions in gum-balls, simple versions were given away on comic-books and there were fancy space-pistols which fired the same discs.

The one item I am still missing for certain (beyond elastic launch consumables!) is a three-stage rocket (Ed Berg at 'Toys & Stuff' Blogged them here) for the red tower, and I will have to look out for a loose one going unloved in a mixed-lot of cheapie-shite sometime!

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
Space car, before and after cleaning; the whole set was pretty grimy, which was a second factor (after the tatty box) in its low BIN amount, but two minutes in the sink brought everything back to 'made yesterday', at which point all the red stuff became bloody-hard to photograph! The two figures in the next image can be used with this car.

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
Venus on her Jetmobile, Steve (coutesy of Chris Smith) is still waiting here at home to be reunited with his, it having gone to the storage unit a while ago, they should have matching ariels, I used dressmakers pins, but will try making some from colour matched-runner one day. I saw a couple of complete ones on the same stall the Clifford space set came from, at September's Sandown Park toy fair, but they were silly-money!

Also a comparison with one of the smaller pair of Jetmobile's stowed in the front section of Fireball XL5 itself.

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
Which - the front section - is called Firball Junior! And this is he, well; I don't think Fireball is a terribly feminine name? Compared to the two red plastic XL1's (and the TV originals) scale is all over the place with the main component, or 'star' of the set, due in no small part to the facts that A) an in-scale ship would need a box at least a foot longer if not two-feet, and B) would be more prone to breakage, right across the middle!

Fireball Junior has a sliding door in the roof, and both the smaller-scale crew figures and the pair of Jetmobile's can be removed for play - presumably at the destination of flights round the garden/yard, as there are larger figures for play back at the Space City site!

You can see the third reason for a cheap purchase price is the state of the stickers and some pretty-crude painting, but the painting can be removed and/or redone, and there are options for the stickers too. Meanwhile 'Junior' has all eight fine jet-vents intact.

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
There is also a fold-down landing skid under the cockpit, which is a tad loose on my example, but when I strip down for paint-removal, I'll try to prize it all apart and in the rebuilding will ensure everything is as tight as it was originally.

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
The rest of the beast, or the 'main hull', again paint and stickers! They only painted one of the outer tail-fins? Anyway, again it can all be sorted, and it'll be the subject of a proper 'project-video' once I am settled in wherever I end up!

All the stickers are in a bag (including those seen on the machine in this post - I had a stripping session after the last shots were in the bag! There are sellers offering sets of new stickers on feebleBay, but I might try either resurrecting these with clear matt varnish (as an under-glue and over sealant), or even making my own from scans of the survivors, they are all present, but you could produce a set with mirroring if you only had one of each?

You can also see some damage to the left outer fin, but again both pieces are present and it's a simple mend I could have done for the photographs, but as the plastic will need buffing after the gloss red and yellow is removed, I might as well wait - and do it all as one project.

Finally - problem wise - the missile launchers have got so old, they fire themselves! Unlike the spring-catch versions of these (which we saw here), the MPC ones are designed to be fired by hand, so they have a longer tab at the back-end which you flick across to fire, but the polyethylene of both the tab - and a plastic tag to hold them in-place before firing - have warped with age and now slowly fail while you are trying to get the shot in focus, they just sigh-away from each other and the rocket goes off like an over-excited virgin if you know what I mean! I doubt hot-water will solve the problem in the long-term, but I will try it as part of the restoration-project.

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
Launch-activity on Moon 57, Solsys 12, Quadrant 9, Sector 25, but then you recognised it, didn't you? The one piece I still have to work-out fully; the launch-ramp. You can see a catch at the end of the ramp (about two inches short of the buffer-plate) and between it, the existing spring (in the box at the other end) and the two bars; one sliding and one folding, there is a mechanism for launching the diminutive XL1's to the other side of the park!

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
Hard to photograph in low Autumn sunshine, as if it's flying, without an assistant, but hopefully you can use you imaginations where my photo-journalistic skills have failed! It's a Big Bloody Beautiful Bastard (to quote Ozzy Man) of a toy, and by the time I've cleaned it up, fixed a few jinks and ironed the box flap; it might be worth the $2k I didn't pay for it!

Animatronics; AP Films; C21; Century 21; Colonel Steve Zodiac; Commander Zero; Derrek Meddings; Fireball XL5; Gerry Anderson; Lieutenant 90; Marionettes; MPC Fireball XL5; MPC No. 3300; MPC Space; Multi-Toy Corp.; Multiple Products Corp.; Multiple Products Inc.; Multiple Toys; Professor Mat Matic; Professor Matic; Robert Robot; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Space City; Space Doctor Venus; Steve Zodiac; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Galaxy Patrol; Steve Zodiac's Fireball XL5 Space City; Supermarionation; Sylvia Anderson; TV21; Venus; XL1; XL5; Zooney the Lazoon; Zoony;
Which finally brings us to the figures! A toy soldier blog ought to have a few figures from time to time! As well as the two-pairs of seated Zodiac/Venus figures in different sizes, we get six standing characters, as above (seen elsewhere before), and a handful of MPC's spacemen, I haven't bothered showing them as if you need to know what they look like, you need another hobby! Joking, I will 'box tick' them one day, but they aren't that interesting and I put them with the rest back in Feb'!

I got about 25/30-odd, of which around half were gold (brighter than the three characters above), the rest were the red, white and blue ones, except there were no white ones, but there were orange ones instead!

***     ***    ***   ***  *** *** ***  ***   ***    ***     ***

Now, it happens I showed the Jetmobile with Venus on a Faceplant group back a few months, and followed up with the above picture a few weeks later, since when TJF has managed to mention them on his blog three times! Not only mention them but get some pictures from the other side of the pond, taken by someone else, on the second occasion! Three times, in less than three months . . . to my knowledge, he's never previously mentioned them . . . at all, ever!

The last time I had to respond to Stadinger's  nonsense, I suggested his behaviour (on that occasion) pointed to serious insecurities, and this, latest, is only confirmation of that, such inadequacies need professional therapy, not sycophants!

I mean I get that some Americans 'rate' these, the online prices are enough to convince, but actually they just aren't that rare, there were three or four different sets, from this big one with everything, to a smaller window box, with only a few figures and the car - I think, I could look it up, but that's not the point, the point is, he could have mentioned them at any point in the last 18-odd years, mentioning them three times after I've just shown them - it's as obvious as snow in August? "I can be him too!"

He's declared himself a legend twice, in recent years, yet publicly follows me, copies what I'm doing, trying to 'best' me, or be me? What does that make him . . . my fucking shadow, that's what! Again; the other night, trying to score points with that Avengers video-link? No one cares how many Herald there are, they are as common as cow-muck on a cow-farm! That's a dairy Hugh.

The Marx tank had nostalgia-value and the Airfix both a rarity-premium and the interest of the converted figure, so I highlighted them, in a 'bit of fun' link, it was meant to be a bit of FUN! But blinded by his insecurities he thought he'd score some Brownie-points by solemnly stating the bleeding-obvious!

He then went away and spent 24hrs researching a TV series so he could go back the next night and post more 'snippets' on a link everyone had lost interest in, because he'd already ruined it with his pompous arsery and which wasn't mean to be taken so seriously to begin with!

I don't comment on his group-posted-stuff (oh, once maybe), he should try to learn to attempt to ignore mine; he's leaving it very late in life to grow-up and get-a-grip. Sigh!