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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.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

PW is for Plastic Warrior Show - 1 of 5 (I think!)

Because Adrian and myself had a bit of a debrief after the show, and a reckoning of what I was buying from him, everything got a bit muddled-up on the bench in the 'Meccano' summer room, so I think the easiest thing to do is deliver them - in lots of ten-images - as I shot them later that night and yesterday. I'll try to credit everyone for any freebies as I go.

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 25lbr; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; Cake Decorations; Car with Pump; Cherilea 60mm Soldiers; Cherilea British Infantry; Cherilea Swoppets; Coach; Comando Paratrooper; Dark Horse; Garden Ornaments; Hellboy; Injectaplastic; JEM Medievals; Made In Hungary; Matchbox Toys; Norev Knights; Plastic Warrior 2022; Plastico Osul; PW 2022; René Fisher Medieval Play Set; RF tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Parachute Toy; Star Toys; Success Car with Pump; Toy Jeep; Tudor Rose Gun; Tudor Rose Jeep; WH Cornelius;
And we're starting with a freebie from Graham Apperley, who gave me a tub of bits before the show started,  which was half these and half the next shot. Some of these are marked CHINA, so probably not of great age, and may still be findable in garden centers or gift shops, but they are charming, and continue a tradition from that part of the world which is over a 150 years old. The man in green (who I initially thought was a duck!) is less than 3mm thick and about 5-high!

I have Japanese and Chinese variations in composition, this 'bisque' ceramic, blow-moulded celluloid, harder plastics and lead. The older lead ones often come with long wire-spikes embedded for more permanent placing in plant-pots (Bonsai &etc), those without spikes were for more temporary displays in sand-trays or maybe as cake decorations?

To be honest, I think all the larger people could be from other, older sets (the CHINA set is the very pale, clean material), and some could have some age, even considerable age, the sitting lady in blue for instance? I have the frog in several sizes (in fact didn't Britains or someone do a lead set for their garden range?), while the birds are all new to me and quite exquisite. The larger pieces, including most of the rickshaw are slab-cut and slip-glued.

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 25lbr; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; Cake Decorations; Car with Pump; Cherilea 60mm Soldiers; Cherilea British Infantry; Cherilea Swoppets; Coach; Comando Paratrooper; Dark Horse; Garden Ornaments; Hellboy; Injectaplastic; JEM Medievals; Made In Hungary; Matchbox Toys; Norev Knights; Plastic Warrior 2022; Plastico Osul; PW 2022; René Fisher Medieval Play Set; RF tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Parachute Toy; Star Toys; Success Car with Pump; Toy Jeep; Tudor Rose Gun; Tudor Rose Jeep; WH Cornelius;
Also in Graham's tub was a nice Matchbox farmer with his dog still attached, two PVC figurines (which I assume are from the same set of Dark Horse's franchise Hellboy?), a metal horse which I think was Crescent, but might be Charbens or Timpo (for OO railways anyway), we looked at them back at the start of the Blog, along with a buckshee Esci horse and a cake-decoration coach in a lovely toffee & caramel marbling!

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 25lbr; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; Cake Decorations; Car with Pump; Cherilea 60mm Soldiers; Cherilea British Infantry; Cherilea Swoppets; Coach; Comando Paratrooper; Dark Horse; Garden Ornaments; Hellboy; Injectaplastic; JEM Medievals; Made In Hungary; Matchbox Toys; Norev Knights; Plastic Warrior 2022; Plastico Osul; PW 2022; René Fisher Medieval Play Set; RF tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Parachute Toy; Star Toys; Success Car with Pump; Toy Jeep; Tudor Rose Gun; Tudor Rose Jeep; WH Cornelius;
These were actually a late-in-the-day purchasing decision, they were on Adrian's stall, and no one had shown much interest in them, and I was chatting with Chris Smith (friend of the Blog!) about something else, and we came round to Eastern European figure-matters and I pointed these out to him suggesting I was tempted, only to promptly talk myself into putting them on the 'settle-up' pile!

The thing is, you should recognise them as it's not long ago we looked at them here, and they are obviously copies of the JSP/Injectapalstic/Culpitt, separate base version, Wild West figures, in a bazaar or rack-toy style. Which could make them French bazaar clones, however they have also the look of some - particularly Hungarian - Eastern European stuff?

They could - of course - also be Injectaplastic late production (or batch, their production was done in Macau), they did move to polyethylene, and there's a nice article (well, I hope it's nice) on that in the queue! So a bit of a mystery, but I've never seen them before?

The archer being absent from my samples of the painted figures, could be the missing 8th figure, rather than the tee-pee, which [attribution] only raised a question-mark over the fort and other accessories in the carded sets!

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 25lbr; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; Cake Decorations; Car with Pump; Cherilea 60mm Soldiers; Cherilea British Infantry; Cherilea Swoppets; Coach; Comando Paratrooper; Dark Horse; Garden Ornaments; Hellboy; Injectaplastic; JEM Medievals; Made In Hungary; Matchbox Toys; Norev Knights; Plastic Warrior 2022; Plastico Osul; PW 2022; René Fisher Medieval Play Set; RF tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Parachute Toy; Star Toys; Success Car with Pump; Toy Jeep; Tudor Rose Gun; Tudor Rose Jeep; WH Cornelius;
These weren't specifically on my 'shopping list', which consisted of things I'd thought of in the last few weeks, but I am always on the lookout for the early version Cherilea swoppets, and Adrian had these on top of a rummage tray which I snaffled as we were setting-up!

I will probably take the webbing from the right-hand figure, and with one of the heads and the rifle, make-up the left-hand figure to 'complete', but there are other bits in their tub, so I may get two whole figures, out of the collected shrapnel?

Theo sent us a nice sample of these a few years ago.

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 25lbr; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; Cake Decorations; Car with Pump; Cherilea 60mm Soldiers; Cherilea British Infantry; Cherilea Swoppets; Coach; Comando Paratrooper; Dark Horse; Garden Ornaments; Hellboy; Injectaplastic; JEM Medievals; Made In Hungary; Matchbox Toys; Norev Knights; Plastic Warrior 2022; Plastico Osul; PW 2022; René Fisher Medieval Play Set; RF tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Parachute Toy; Star Toys; Success Car with Pump; Toy Jeep; Tudor Rose Gun; Tudor Rose Jeep; WH Cornelius;
Meanwhile, a day or two before the show, I'd been chatting with Matt Their - who wrote the definitive series of articles on these for Plastic Warrior magazine - and mentioned that if he still had his and was moving them on, I'd be interested, but sadly he'd already sold them.

However, he sold them to Adrian, who found them in his stock later in the day! So they came home with me anyway/after-all! And again I have a few somewhere, the chap with the bayonet and the prone pose complete I think, with some bits, so a session of part-swapping and I should have a decent sample of these, these are the type 1, the type 2 are the previous trio/Theo's and the type 3 were looked at here.

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 25lbr; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; Cake Decorations; Car with Pump; Cherilea 60mm Soldiers; Cherilea British Infantry; Cherilea Swoppets; Coach; Comando Paratrooper; Dark Horse; Garden Ornaments; Hellboy; Injectaplastic; JEM Medievals; Made In Hungary; Matchbox Toys; Norev Knights; Plastic Warrior 2022; Plastico Osul; PW 2022; René Fisher Medieval Play Set; RF tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Parachute Toy; Star Toys; Success Car with Pump; Toy Jeep; Tudor Rose Gun; Tudor Rose Jeep; WH Cornelius;
You see, there's a story attached to this card too! Mostly told here at Small Scale World previously . . . I had the choice of this card, or the cows, many years ago, many, more than a decade for sure, and I chose - for reasons I've never really understood - the cows. I had a better stab at an explanation when we looked at them.

Since when I have found a loose silver one of these kneeling-firers, three charging soldiers which I think are (now; must be) Plástico Osul, and now this card, which Adrian thinks he bought from the same dealer . . . probably/almost certainly one of the two I passed-on, on that day, nearly twenty years ago!

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 25lbr; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; Cake Decorations; Car with Pump; Cherilea 60mm Soldiers; Cherilea British Infantry; Cherilea Swoppets; Coach; Comando Paratrooper; Dark Horse; Garden Ornaments; Hellboy; Injectaplastic; JEM Medievals; Made In Hungary; Matchbox Toys; Norev Knights; Plastic Warrior 2022; Plastico Osul; PW 2022; René Fisher Medieval Play Set; RF tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Parachute Toy; Star Toys; Success Car with Pump; Toy Jeep; Tudor Rose Gun; Tudor Rose Jeep; WH Cornelius;
A mixed bunch of military hardware, with an Argentinian polystyrene jeep that has a tin-plate screen, on the left, the grey gun at the back is the Star Toys 'German' 25lbr in 'Aussie' jungle configuration, I may have one somewhere, but couldn't remember, so in the pile it went, the full-shield 25lbr in front is another HK rack-toy piece but in a mix of 'ethylene and 'styrene.

Then there's the full Tudor Rose A/T gun train, with the limber lacking a towing hook, but I'm pretty sure I have a good one in the spares box, and enough windscreen parts to fix this otherwise good jeep, while the little jeep in front is lacking wheels, and goes with those diminutive Humber 1-ton's I think?

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 25lbr; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; Cake Decorations; Car with Pump; Cherilea 60mm Soldiers; Cherilea British Infantry; Cherilea Swoppets; Coach; Comando Paratrooper; Dark Horse; Garden Ornaments; Hellboy; Injectaplastic; JEM Medievals; Made In Hungary; Matchbox Toys; Norev Knights; Plastic Warrior 2022; Plastico Osul; PW 2022; René Fisher Medieval Play Set; RF tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Parachute Toy; Star Toys; Success Car with Pump; Toy Jeep; Tudor Rose Gun; Tudor Rose Jeep; WH Cornelius;
Adrian Little practically threw this at me, and I could have saved it for a rack-toy month (RTM) post, but seeing as I photographed everything I might as well post it all now! Branded to WH Cornelius's mark Success, they are still going, now under Play Write.

The car is a soft blow-mould with more solid tyres, however the pump looks to be another blow-mould but doesn't give easily, so may be polystyrene,  the age-fogging on the bag (millions of micro-flexings and scratches) make it hard to tell without squeezing it 'till something breaks, which I'm not doing!

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 25lbr; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; Cake Decorations; Car with Pump; Cherilea 60mm Soldiers; Cherilea British Infantry; Cherilea Swoppets; Coach; Comando Paratrooper; Dark Horse; Garden Ornaments; Hellboy; Injectaplastic; JEM Medievals; Made In Hungary; Matchbox Toys; Norev Knights; Plastic Warrior 2022; Plastico Osul; PW 2022; René Fisher Medieval Play Set; RF tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Parachute Toy; Star Toys; Success Car with Pump; Toy Jeep; Tudor Rose Gun; Tudor Rose Jeep; WH Cornelius;
Another one Adrian drew to my attention, easily ignored as 'just another Hong Kong copy' of the Britains Herald tee-pee/tipi, I recognised the [French] coats of arms as placing it with the JEM-Norev reissues of RF-René Fisher medievals (which included the Lone Star Richard I copy), there are Flanders and single lion versions of the water-slide transfers too, probably others.

2022 Toy Soldier Show; 25lbr; 37th Plastic Warrior; 37th PW Show; Cake Decorations; Car with Pump; Cherilea 60mm Soldiers; Cherilea British Infantry; Cherilea Swoppets; Coach; Comando Paratrooper; Dark Horse; Garden Ornaments; Hellboy; Injectaplastic; JEM Medievals; Made In Hungary; Matchbox Toys; Norev Knights; Plastic Warrior 2022; Plastico Osul; PW 2022; René Fisher Medieval Play Set; RF tent; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spanish Parachute Toy; Star Toys; Success Car with Pump; Toy Jeep; Tudor Rose Gun; Tudor Rose Jeep; WH Cornelius;
And this is deliberately half-obscured as it will be in a future post and go on the parachute toys page, but is a nice, boxed example of a now-familiar fat chap in a Rocketeer helmet! Comando [sic] is the given Spanish branding, the figure is not offered-up as a military toy specifically either in its sculpting/equipment or colours, but it is - to an extent - on the box-art, with civilian aircraft types dropping khaki troops!

Many thanks to Graham for the tub of goodies and . . . part 2 along shortly!

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