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I’m a 58-year-old Aspergic gardening 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 23, 2022

B is for Babes . . . in Toyland!

The folder these were in is a new one which was going to sit in the long queue until I could get the Marx originals out for full comparisons, not that I have many, a couple of damaged 60mm's I think and some of the HO Miniature Masterpiece/Disneykin ones (actually around 1:64th - if cartoon characters can have a scale?), but having bumped myself into yesterday's post these might as well go here for now, and we'll have a better look at all the cake-dec' soldiers in a year or two.

Babes in Toyland; Cake Decoration Figures; Cake Decorations; Cake Guards; Disney; Disney Babes in Toyland; Gem; GeModels; George Musgrave; Guards Band; Guards Musicians; Guardsmen; Little Toy Soldiers; Marx Disney; Marx Toy Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Soldiers; Wilton 1966 Catalogue; Wilton 1977 Catalogue; Wilton 1986 Catalogue; Wilton Babes in Toyland; Wilton Cake Decorations; Wilton Guards; Wilton Soldiers; Wilton's;
A complete set as sold by Wilton, they are - as mentioned yesterday - copies of the Marx set, Marx actually had a fourth pose, standing to attention (Private's Valiant and Hooligan!), but Wilton only copied the marching figures, who, using the Marx names are, from the top-left to bottom-right; Privates Chivalrous & Courageous (drummers), Trustworthy & Archibald (riflemen) and Gallant & Fearless - trumpeters.

The only real difference is in quality, the Marx are better finished and painted, while the Wilton's are probably a tad smaller, I haven't checked. It also looks like the bases are bigger, to anchor them firmly in the icing!

Babes in Toyland; Cake Decoration Figures; Cake Decorations; Cake Guards; Disney; Disney Babes in Toyland; Gem; GeModels; George Musgrave; Guards Band; Guards Musicians; Guardsmen; Little Toy Soldiers; Marx Disney; Marx Toy Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Soldiers; Wilton 1966 Catalogue; Wilton 1977 Catalogue; Wilton 1986 Catalogue; Wilton Babes in Toyland; Wilton Cake Decorations; Wilton Guards; Wilton Soldiers; Wilton's;
The set was in Wilton's catalogues for over twenty (maybe over thirty-) years, so the figures aren't even slightly rare, and there are always several mint sets on evilbay, but a lot of sellers try to price scalp as if they are Marx, so try not to pay over the odds, I bought a tatty-carded set to keep the cost down!

Babes in Toyland; Cake Decoration Figures; Cake Decorations; Cake Guards; Disney; Disney Babes in Toyland; Gem; GeModels; George Musgrave; Guards Band; Guards Musicians; Guardsmen; Little Toy Soldiers; Marx Disney; Marx Toy Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Soldiers; Wilton 1966 Catalogue; Wilton 1977 Catalogue; Wilton 1986 Catalogue; Wilton Babes in Toyland; Wilton Cake Decorations; Wilton Guards; Wilton Soldiers; Wilton's;
Compared with the slightly comical, but not so cartoonish guard from George Musgrave's Gemodels on the left, on the right and from the 1966 catalogue, another set of cake decoration soldiers from Wilton, these being made of real cloth and - I think (?) - pipe-cleaners and likely to be rarer, but won't find a home in my collection, they're just a bit too 'off-the-wall'!

Babes in Toyland; Cake Decoration Figures; Cake Decorations; Cake Guards; Disney; Disney Babes in Toyland; Gem; GeModels; George Musgrave; Guards Band; Guards Musicians; Guardsmen; Little Toy Soldiers; Marx Disney; Marx Toy Soldiers; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Toy Soldiers; Wilton 1966 Catalogue; Wilton 1977 Catalogue; Wilton 1986 Catalogue; Wilton Babes in Toyland; Wilton Cake Decorations; Wilton Guards; Wilton Soldiers; Wilton's;
 That scruffy card!
 
And I've added a shot to yesterdays post.

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