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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.

Thursday, August 11, 2022

B is for Box-ticking Bible-bashing Belligerents

Crusaders; Reivers of the Levant! We know these are Supreme because Tiger told the hobby they were when they announced they would be carrying the full-sized range over a decade ago, through the pages of a leading hobby magazine. Whether Tiger were going through Toy Major or direct I don't know, but the impression was they were working directly with Supreme.

It makes you wonder then that ten years later someone would be talking such shite about Supreme on the PSTSM notice-board and in direct attacks on me? But if the individual had got used to making things up as he went along, and further; got used to getting away with making things up as he went along, you cease to wonder about him and wonder instead at those around him? Several of whom were older and should've been wiser!

Crusader Figures; Crusader Knights; Italeri Crusader Figures; Italeri Knights; Italeri Medieval Figures; Knight In Armour; Knights; PVC; Medieval Knights; Small Scale World; SP Crusaders; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Medivals; Supreme Crusader Figures; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP; Supreme-SP Crusaders;
Knights Hospitaller . . . Templar? If the crosses used by the orders are specific, these are Knights Generic (White) I fear! In the best traditions of most other plastic crusaders! The separate weapons are quite good I think, a short lance with hand guard and another with a nice three-pointed pennant. All Italeri copies and again; a couple of the figures are similar to those in smaller-scale Supreme lines/sets.

Crusader Figures; Crusader Knights; Italeri Crusader Figures; Italeri Knights; Italeri Medieval Figures; Knight In Armour; Knights; PVC; Medieval Knights; Small Scale World; SP Crusaders; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Medivals; Supreme Crusader Figures; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP; Supreme-SP Crusaders;
Knights Generic (Black), Teutons, or the other Hospitaller! More Italeri copies; the horse with the lozenge base (left, and the one with the aubergine-shaped* base, right in the 'white' shot) are standard horses in the Supreme inventory being used in most sizes/scales and other (non-medieval) sets. Indeed one of the ways of working them all out is the re-use of figure poses or horse sculpts!

The foot figures are all taken from Italeri Set 6009 The Knights, the mounted from Italeri Set 6019 Teutonic Knights.

*brinjal, brown-jolly, eggplant, Guinea squash, Jew's apple!

Wednesday, August 10, 2022

R&B is for Red and Blue

A quickie tonight, these came in about 14-months ago, but went straight into storage, they came with a huge chateau fort/castle, which we will catch later, but they just needed a better box than the one the seller sent (not his fault, Parcel Farce or Royal Fail wreaked it!), and off to storage, so I shot the figures quickly for last years RTM, which they never made, and the siege tower, for someone on another site.

Knight In Armour; Knights Play Set; Knights; PVC; Medieval Figures; Medieval Knights; Medieval Play Set; Medieval Siege Engine; Medieval Siege Tower; Mounted Knights; Siege Engine; Siege Tower; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Medieval Play Set; SP Toys; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Toy Major; Toy Major Knights; Toy Major Siege Engine; Toy Major Siege Tower; Toy Siege Tower;
Red; I don't know if these are Supreme, but I do know they were shipped by Toy Major, as the instruction sheet for the building made that clear. Certainly they have several poses in common with other Supreme sets, and are a soft substitute-PVC, however Toy Major do source from around the region and they may be someone else's. My own though it another Supreme set, purely on the accompanying 'palace'!

Knight In Armour; Knights Play Set; Knights; PVC; Medieval Figures; Medieval Knights; Medieval Play Set; Medieval Siege Engine; Medieval Siege Tower; Mounted Knights; Siege Engine; Siege Tower; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Medieval Play Set; SP Toys; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Toy Major; Toy Major Knights; Toy Major Siege Engine; Toy Major Siege Tower; Toy Siege Tower;
Blue; Similar set, sculpting style is more like those Roman/Medievals we looked at a while ago (and which I also suspect might be Supreme?). Unlike the red & blue (on black and silver) set/s from Supreme, as carried by Toy Major to Halsall/HTI and Simba, these are the same pose-set in different colours, rather than two sets of different figures, if you know what I mean . . . but the same slightly sub-scale at around 50mm - indeed as they seem to be newer, they may be replacing that older set of - now - much pirated figures.

Knight In Armour; Knights Play Set; Knights; PVC; Medieval Figures; Medieval Knights; Medieval Play Set; Medieval Siege Engine; Medieval Siege Tower; Mounted Knights; Siege Engine; Siege Tower; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Medieval Play Set; SP Toys; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Toy Major; Toy Major Knights; Toy Major Siege Engine; Toy Major Siege Tower; Toy Siege Tower;

That siege tower, one of the images is poor, but it was a rush-job to answer a question elsewhere. Different from the one we saw in the previous post, and about the same dimensions as the Atlantic Ancient's one, albeit with straighter sides and a better finish to the archery platform. The wheels are silly though - MPC astronaut for size!

Also take a moment to memorise the wall section from the castle (left hand shot), we'll be returning to it in the final post of this sequence of Supreme/Toy Major posts.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

S is for Silver Knight

Except, they are blue, red and black knights, with a higher or equal likelihood of gold paint than silver paint! But Silver Knight they were dubbed and Silver Knight they remain! The largest of the many Supreme / SP-Toys medieval sets/lines, and my least favourite, for mostly unfair reasons, but we all have our prejudices!

Fort Playset; Knights In Armour; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Fort; Medieval Knights; Play Set Fort; Play Set Knights; Silver Knight; Silver Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Castle; SP Toys Fort; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Play Set; SP-Toys; Supreme Castle; Supreme Fort; Supreme Industrial Co.; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP;
Empirical evidence! Taken from the Silver Knight Deluxe Play Set we are going to be looking at in the bulk of this post, we have seen the odd figure in the past, indeed, in past Supreme posts, but they were overdue for their own post!

Fort Playset; Knights In Armour; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Fort; Medieval Knights; Play Set Fort; Play Set Knights; Silver Knight; Silver Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Castle; SP Toys Fort; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Play Set; SP-Toys; Supreme Castle; Supreme Fort; Supreme Industrial Co.; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP;
Smaller sets were available, under the parent branding, here from Amazon or Alibarba? The Greco-Roman archer being a obvious incongruity, and a common trope with Supreme's medieval lines. Possibly discontinued now, you can still find brand-new examples on both platforms and in the odd, smaller, independent toy shop . . . if you still have one!

Fort Playset; Knights In Armour; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Fort; Medieval Knights; Play Set Fort; Play Set Knights; Silver Knight; Silver Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Castle; SP Toys Fort; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Play Set; SP-Toys; Supreme Castle; Supreme Fort; Supreme Industrial Co.; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP;
As I recently did with this set, going for a song (£9.99 I think, 12-something maybe?), the Silver Knight Deluxe Play Set, a small fort with outlying tower, siege equipment and two handfuls of stuff; figures in the one hand and smaller accessories in the other.

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I would imagine these came separately in different sized sets, or were so available from Supreme or Toy Major's catalogues for the likes of Boley, Halsall (HTI) or Simba, if they wanted something in a smaller price-bracket/packaging?

The fort is a standard toy fort with two gates and a footprint about the same 8/10-inches as the old Airfix, Atlantic or Giant forts, the other a rather neat 'folly' with crenellated-tower, steep stairs (easily defended) and lower walkway.

Fort Playset; Knights In Armour; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Fort; Medieval Knights; Play Set Fort; Play Set Knights; Silver Knight; Silver Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Castle; SP Toys Fort; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Play Set; SP-Toys; Supreme Castle; Supreme Fort; Supreme Industrial Co.; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP;
Full contents on the left, pre-bagging of different elements also helps the factory packers add them to other, different sized sets, whether branded-up Supreme, Toy Major or someone else.

To the right we have the weapon-rack and a rather odd cannon above, and some of the other accessories below which includes the shields (one of the reasons I don't like this set - ridiculously over-sized and clumsy shields, breaking several of the rules of heraldry to add to their crimes!), reasonable weapons, a ladder and a pair of flick-a-pults (my word) for the battlements.

Fort Playset; Knights In Armour; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Fort; Medieval Knights; Play Set Fort; Play Set Knights; Silver Knight; Silver Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Castle; SP Toys Fort; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Play Set; SP-Toys; Supreme Castle; Supreme Fort; Supreme Industrial Co.; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP;
The siege tower, a pretty good model for its type and not directly copying anyone else's, it has more luck with the battlements than the towers though, but one of the points of towers was to remain out of reach! Like all toy seige towers a scale compromise (also seen in most toy forts/castles) means it's perfect for HO/OO-guage 1:76/:72 or 20/25mm figures.

Fort Playset; Knights In Armour; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Fort; Medieval Knights; Play Set Fort; Play Set Knights; Silver Knight; Silver Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Castle; SP Toys Fort; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Play Set; SP-Toys; Supreme Castle; Supreme Fort; Supreme Industrial Co.; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP;
'Flick-a-pult' in situ, and the ladder positioned as both defenders and attackers might use it. As there is only one, the assumption is it for the defenders to man their own battlements, the attacks having their siege-tower!

Fort Playset; Knights In Armour; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Fort; Medieval Knights; Play Set Fort; Play Set Knights; Silver Knight; Silver Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Castle; SP Toys Fort; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Play Set; SP-Toys; Supreme Castle; Supreme Fort; Supreme Industrial Co.; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP;
Other accessories include a guillotine and archery butts, the cannon/flick-a-pult ammo is in a bright, international emergency-orange, but I guess it helps find them and prevents them disappearing up vacuum cleaners!

Fort Playset; Knights In Armour; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Fort; Medieval Knights; Play Set Fort; Play Set Knights; Silver Knight; Silver Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Castle; SP Toys Fort; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Play Set; SP-Toys; Supreme Castle; Supreme Fort; Supreme Industrial Co.; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP;
The weapons can all (not at once, but after the figures have been armed) be kept in the rack, a rather fanciful item, but plenty of play-value for kids, while the lances have safety-points, which leaves them better suited to jousting than war-fighting! The cannon works as weird as it looks!

Fort Playset; Knights In Armour; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Fort; Medieval Knights; Play Set Fort; Play Set Knights; Silver Knight; Silver Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Castle; SP Toys Fort; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Play Set; SP-Toys; Supreme Castle; Supreme Fort; Supreme Industrial Co.; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP;
The figures. They aren't as awful as I think of them, the mounted figures and one foot figure have moving arms which makes them action-figures, or semi-action figures (one or two points of articulation is no more than Galoob gave their Action Fleet 30-mils!), and they are biggish, solid lumps of PVC or its modern equivalent. And - as you can see - 'silver' is not the stand-out feature!

Fort Playset; Knights In Armour; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Fort; Medieval Knights; Play Set Fort; Play Set Knights; Silver Knight; Silver Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Castle; SP Toys Fort; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Play Set; SP-Toys; Supreme Castle; Supreme Fort; Supreme Industrial Co.; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP;
Got arty with the arches! If you place the small tower in front of the castle, as a gatehouse, you create a tunnel for the attackers to negotiate, with fire and sword! On the left open and closed gates, just because!

Fort Playset; Knights In Armour; Medieval Castle; Medieval Figures; Medieval Fort; Medieval Knights; Play Set Fort; Play Set Knights; Silver Knight; Silver Knights; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Knights; SP Toys; SP Toys Castle; SP Toys Fort; SP Toys Knights; SP Toys Play Set; SP-Toys; Supreme Castle; Supreme Fort; Supreme Industrial Co.; Supreme Knights; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP;
An unbranded generic on feebleBay a while ago, same knights, different fort (simple one-piece relief sculpt) and a new siege weapon, a catapult of the scorpion type, other sets have an arm-over ballista or double A-frame battering-ram. Missing a few bits including a horse, it only came with four figures and would have been quite cheap and probably well within rack-toy parameters; £5.99 or thereabouts? Although probably popping-up to 12-quid odd near Christmas!

B is for Blackrock Castle . . . Again, Again!

Except that this one is Black (wait for it) Rock! The Blackrock's all having four walls and the larger one's; a Keep, this one is open, and more of a relief-structure, or a backdrop to the mêlée. Simba did actually carry several sizes of the other Blackrocks too. I'll tag it without the gap, just to keep the tag-list tight.

Black Rock Castle; Black Rock Knights; Knight In Armour; Knights Fort; Simba Castle; Simba Dickie Group; Simba Fort; Simba Group; Simba Knights; Simba Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Castle; SP Knights; SP Knights Fort; SP Toys; Supreme; Supreme Castle; Supreme Knights Fort; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP; Toy Major; Toy Major Black Rock Castle; Toy Major Fort; Toy Major Knights;
The box is very poor, which has rather curtailed the shots that are usable with this one, but with everything being pulled together in the last post in the sequence, it is enough for a box-ticker.

You can see the parallels with the previous Blackrocks in the spray-decoration, and the six figures give enough play value, but there's no hind of extra 'stuff' as there is with the Army Base play-set (previous / 'older post').

Black Rock Castle; Black Rock Knights; Knight In Armour; Knights Fort; Simba Castle; Simba Dickie Group; Simba Fort; Simba Group; Simba Knights; Simba Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Castle; SP Knights; SP Knights Fort; SP Toys; Supreme; Supreme Castle; Supreme Knights Fort; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP; Toy Major; Toy Major Black Rock Castle; Toy Major Fort; Toy Major Knights;
The other two sides which could be brought-back to something like their original colours with a  bit of tweeking in Picasa - five foot and one mounted, three and tree silver/black, two ladders and the fort, it is what it is; a cheap play-set for corner shops and service stations at Christmas-time!

Black Rock Castle; Black Rock Knights; Knight In Armour; Knights Fort; Simba Castle; Simba Dickie Group; Simba Fort; Simba Group; Simba Knights; Simba Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Castle; SP Knights; SP Knights Fort; SP Toys; Supreme; Supreme Castle; Supreme Knights Fort; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP; Toy Major; Toy Major Black Rock Castle; Toy Major Fort; Toy Major Knights;
15 parts, plus stickers; in fact two of the flags are pre-stickered and part of the upper, figure display, as I've not opened the set I don't know if they've been taken off the sticker sheet, or if the sticker sheet is only laid-out for the others, a minor detail of little consequence, but I will do a box-opening on this one at some point in the future.

Black Rock Castle; Black Rock Knights; Knight In Armour; Knights Fort; Simba Castle; Simba Dickie Group; Simba Fort; Simba Group; Simba Knights; Simba Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SP Castle; SP Knights; SP Knights Fort; SP Toys; Supreme; Supreme Castle; Supreme Knights Fort; Supreme Toys; Supreme-SP; Toy Major; Toy Major Black Rock Castle; Toy Major Fort; Toy Major Knights;
In checking the Supreme tag, for preparing these posts, I've found we looked at this set years ago, right back at the start of the blog, so I must have shot it before, ages ago!

Standard variations of the standard Supreme range with the 'standard' Greco-Roman archer! Enough for a little mêlée in front of the 'castle' back-drop, or to send a few guys up a ladder to take a wall, or die trying!

Monday, August 8, 2022

A is for Army Base

And so to the Toy Major Army Base play set, not their usual PVC or ethylene 50-60mm fodder with a few accessories, and - like all their inventory - bought-in from someone else, the vehicles may one day help ID the maker, if their ad' turns-up in an old trade publication?

Army Base; Bunker Carry Case; Carry Case; Hawk Missile Launcher; Hawk Missile Trailer; Hawk Missile Unit; Jeep Toy; M60 Tank; M60 Toy; Missile Launcher; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TM Toy Major; TM Toys; Toy Jeep; Toy M60; Toy Major; Toy Major Army Base;
Being a major middle-man in the trade, Toy Major will have had some input to the manufacture and contents, if only so it would fit into the line which includes a knight's set, and probably also had, at the very least; a Wild West and either dinosaur, farm or zoo iterations?

Army Base; Bunker Carry Case; Carry Case; Hawk Missile Launcher; Hawk Missile Trailer; Hawk Missile Unit; Jeep Toy; M60 Tank; M60 Toy; Missile Launcher; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TM Toy Major; TM Toys; Toy Jeep; Toy M60; Toy Major; Toy Major Army Base;
The illustrated packaging (which we will look at below) suggests there are more contents than those displayed on the card and visible through the window, but we get a vaguely Cold War set up.

The backing photograph is unusual, depicting Canadian paratroopers (mid-1980's?) debussing from a Hercules transport 'plane, I can't find the actual photograph, but others which could be from the same sequence can be found on the Internet.

Army Base; Bunker Carry Case; Carry Case; Hawk Missile Launcher; Hawk Missile Trailer; Hawk Missile Unit; Jeep Toy; M60 Tank; M60 Toy; Missile Launcher; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TM Toy Major; TM Toys; Toy Jeep; Toy M60; Toy Major; Toy Major Army Base;
The figures, they are somewhere between the solids from First we saw here back at the beginning of the Blog, and the Action Fleet style of Galoob's Battle Squads; heavier sculpts; more like the First figures, but articulated like the Galoob.

Army Base; Bunker Carry Case; Carry Case; Hawk Missile Launcher; Hawk Missile Trailer; Hawk Missile Unit; Jeep Toy; M60 Tank; M60 Toy; Missile Launcher; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TM Toy Major; TM Toys; Toy Jeep; Toy M60; Toy Major; Toy Major Army Base;
The jeep is mostly Willy's MB, but there is more than a hint of M38 about the front end, while the Hawk trailer is a surprisingly common toy/model, I can think of four or five now, more if you include SNAP's ridiculous flying machine!

Army Base; Bunker Carry Case; Carry Case; Hawk Missile Launcher; Hawk Missile Trailer; Hawk Missile Unit; Jeep Toy; M60 Tank; M60 Toy; Missile Launcher; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TM Toy Major; TM Toys; Toy Jeep; Toy M60; Toy Major; Toy Major Army Base;
An M60 medium tank, nice from the skirt, up, but the chassis and running-gear are a bit crude, I suspect a push-and-go motor is hidden in there. It's one reason I will unbox this one day, another being to get a better look at the figures.

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While the box-art; full contents-photo', suggests there is a bag of extra scenics and figures hidden in the carry case . . . and a helicopter? More reasons for an unboxing! You may also notice a similarity between this case and the diminutive one - also carried by Toy Major - we looked at just over a year ago.

Sunday, August 7, 2022

I is for Introduction - Rack Toy Knights

I used to prepare 'mini-seasons' and pile them up in reverse order so they'd read right down the page, but I don't do it anymore, it's a faff, and you should all have got used to the non-English way of publishing on most blogs . . . that Blog on the Belgian Congo (not updated much these days) did publish down the page, but the landing page was always the first-ever post and you then had to find page 21 or whatever and scroll down to find the new one! The vagaries of the limitations of digital publishing!

Also this is going to be five or six posts, and the last post will link back to both the immediately preceding posts of which this is the first, and previously published stuff here on Supreme (and everyone else)'s similar knights, and 'Black Rock' castles.

Army Base; Black Rock Castle; Knight In Armour; Knights Fort; Knights Keep; Knights; PVC; Medieval Toy Figures; Simba Dickie Group; Simba Knights; Simba Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TM Toys; Toy Major; Toy-Major;
I bought these ages ago; like 15 or twenty years ago? They were sub-scale and quite small for full-on play sets, and they were cheap, can't remember if it was a toy show or a car-boot sale, but I suspect the later as one is hideously sun-faded and damp-effected and was clearly left in a shed-window or something similar for some time?

We will look at the Army Base one in the next post, it has its points of interest, then we will get stuck into the knights with a series of posts. Not obvious in this shot though, is the fact that . . .

Army Base; Black Rock Castle; Knight In Armour; Knights Fort; Knights Keep; Knights; PVC; Medieval Toy Figures; Simba Dickie Group; Simba Knights; Simba Toys; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; TM Toys; Toy Major; Toy-Major;
. . . one is branded to Toy Major, the other to the German firm of Simba (now Simba-Dickie Group), but make no mistake these are the same line, just different treatments of the packaging. Back when Mr. E. Sell (he who makes it up as he goes along) was in full flood, and long before he started talking shite about my Blue Box Australians, he was wont to talk shite about Supreme, and indeed, Simba and others!

And while I think I've undone the worst of it over the years since, these next few posts (excepting the Army Base) will underline some of the rules around the stuff, while remaining a bit confusing and leaving a few question marks to be cleared-up at a later date!

As to the above shot; Toy Major are more commonly a middle-man, or shipper/jobber between the manufactures in Hong Kong (now China) and both Western retail chains and other end-chain wholesalers in the US, UK and Europe, so when you find stuff with their branding, it means the end-user took it without new packaging as a kind of generic, albeit in the TM branding, while Simba (also, back then, a jobbing wholesaler, now a manufacturer in their own right, but we'll get on to that in a later post), have gone with their own branding.

T is for This is Why August is Rack Toy Month

 

'Nuff said! You treacherous holiday-taking lightweights!

Still, I hope you avoided the sheeple-driven mess of ports and airports this previous fortnight by leaving your departure dates 'till now? We'll still be here when you get back, but there's a lot in the queue, so you'll have some catching-up to do! Except - of course - you've all buggered-off, so you're not even reading this; Doh!

Saturday, August 6, 2022

W is for World of Dinosaurs

The first set from Phidal I bought the other day is a bit of a departure from them, but if it's a sign of things to come, more of it, farm and zoo to follow, knights and soldiers in the near future . . . I suspect not, but the hope is worth some thought!

Apatosaurus; Dinosaur Models; Dinosaur Set; Elasmosaurus; Kronosaurus; Phidal; Phidal Publishing; Pteranodon; PVC Dinosaurs; Rubber Dinosaurs; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Spinosaur; Stegosaurus; T-Rex; Toy Apatosaurus; Toy Elasmosaurus; Toy Kronosaurus; Toy Pteranodon; Toy Spinosaur; Toy Stegosaurus; Toy Triceratops; Toy Tyrannosaurus Rex; Toy Velociraptor; Triceratops; Tyrannosaurus Rex; Velociraptor; World of Dinnosaurs;
No movie, no cartoon, no Disney license, no Marvel or DC tie-in, just some model dinosaurs. A Guaranteed seller; I don't know, nor have ever known kids who aren't fascinated (or at least a little interested) in the prehistoric behemoths, so I hope in does well and encourages them to look at original sculpts of other fauna, extinct or extant!

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Again only ten, and simply marked © Phidal, from the top left to bottom right they are;

  • Triceratops
  • Stegosaurus
  • Spinosaur? [not named in blurb]
  • Velociraptor
  • Pteranodon
  • [not named in blurb]
  • Apatosaurus
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Elasmosaurus
  • Kronosaurus 

And they seem to be a whole new set of sculpts, not Battat's or Toy Major's, so, yeah, any farm, zoo or other figures of a non-licensed type Phidal want to produce or commission will find a market I think? Let's hope.

B is for Book-full of Bunnies!

It only seems like the other day I cleared the Phidal out of the queue, but actually it was January, with a quick touch in April, both a while ago, and while I was bemoaning the apparent dropping of them by TKMaxx (my main source), they had two sets in stock the other day and I grabbed both.

2018; 5740 Ferrier; Beatrix Potter; Bemjamin Bunny; Brock The Bagder; Canada; Cottontail; CTMG; Eliana Palucci; Film Character; Floppsy; Fredrick Warne & Co.; H4P 1M7; Interactive Books; Interactive Toys; Jemima Puddle Duck; Montreal; Moppsy; Movie Promotional; Mr Fox; Mrs Tiggywinkle; NN10 6BQ; Northamptonshire; Peter Rabbit; Phidal Book; Phidal Peter Rabbit; Phidal Publishing; Pigling Bland; PVC Figurines; PVC Toy; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Quebec; Rushden; Sanders Lodge Industrial Estate; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squirrel Nutkin; The Sandy Whiskered Gentleman; TKMaxx; UK;
This was actually the second, I was only there to sort out a car battery nearby, and popped in to have a look, purchasing the one we'll look at next, and wondering if this was the one I already had. So I memorised the figures and went home to check the set already published here, they were different and as I'd known I'd be back on the battery, got this at the same time a couple of days later!

2018; 5740 Ferrier; Beatrix Potter; Bemjamin Bunny; Brock The Bagder; Canada; Cottontail; CTMG; Eliana Palucci; Film Character; Floppsy; Fredrick Warne & Co.; H4P 1M7; Interactive Books; Interactive Toys; Jemima Puddle Duck; Montreal; Moppsy; Movie Promotional; Mr Fox; Mrs Tiggywinkle; NN10 6BQ; Northamptonshire; Peter Rabbit; Phidal Book; Phidal Peter Rabbit; Phidal Publishing; Pigling Bland; PVC Figurines; PVC Toy; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Quebec; Rushden; Sanders Lodge Industrial Estate; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squirrel Nutkin; The Sandy Whiskered Gentleman; TKMaxx; UK;
We have all the rabbits again, Peter (left), Benjamin Bunny (right) with Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail (I have no idea if they are in name order and there are no clues on the figures or in the text!

Benjamin is wearing his Tam-o'-shanter . . . when we were kids we had the wooden Victory puzzle of that original painting by Beatrix Potter, and because in one of the stories Mr. McGregor throws a marrow at one of the rabbits, I thought, for years; he was wearing a marrow on his head!

2018; 5740 Ferrier; Beatrix Potter; Bemjamin Bunny; Brock The Bagder; Canada; Cottontail; CTMG; Eliana Palucci; Film Character; Floppsy; Fredrick Warne & Co.; H4P 1M7; Interactive Books; Interactive Toys; Jemima Puddle Duck; Montreal; Moppsy; Movie Promotional; Mr Fox; Mrs Tiggywinkle; NN10 6BQ; Northamptonshire; Peter Rabbit; Phidal Book; Phidal Peter Rabbit; Phidal Publishing; Pigling Bland; PVC Figurines; PVC Toy; PVC Vinyl Animals; PVC Vinyl Rubber; Quebec; Rushden; Sanders Lodge Industrial Estate; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Squirrel Nutkin; The Sandy Whiskered Gentleman; TKMaxx; UK;
Only ten figures again; which seems to be the trend now (cost of living crisis etc . . . ), but if it keeps them at 5.99 (an eminently acceptable 'rack-toy' price), I'm not going to whinge too loudly!

Tom Kitten replaces the three missing figures of the odd cockerel, Brock and Pigling Bland seen in the first set, with the other four - Squirrel Nutkin, Jemima Puddleduck, Mr Tod (The Sandy Whiskered Gentleman) and Mrs. Tiggywinkle - getting a reprise. I would had that the Nutkin is quite a realistic sculpt, but he was one of the less anthropomorphised originally, and I thought the Mr. Tod character sculpt was a poor sculpt.

T is for Two - H is for Hong Kong Hovercraft

We haven't had as many hovercraft as we should have done, given their box was in the attic this last 11 years, so I'll have to redress that when I get to final [alive] resting place, but I can make a start here with two bog-standard rack-toy brands, one in Picasa for a while, the other sourced off feebleBay a week or so ago.

Bagged Toy; Boxed Hovercraft; Clifford Hovercraft; Header Card Hovercraft; Hong Kong Plastic Toys; Hovercraft; Hovercraft With Friction; Made in Hong Kong; MIB Hovercraft; Military Hovercraft; MIP Hovercraft; MMF 812 Hovercraft; NOS Hovercraft; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SRN-6; Sunders-Roe; Surface Effect Vessels; Woolbro Hovercraft; Woolbro Rack Toy; Woolbro Toys;
Woolbro's Hovercraft with Friction, is more of a whacky Intergalactic US Space Marines space-car, although with the body entirely filled with two large turbines, of limited use beyound getting two humans from A-to-B in a uncomfortably noisy fashion!

I actually have the Jane's Surface Skimmers and Hovercraft tome (and a tome it is, good for bodybuilding) and it is amazing to see how quickly Hovercraft went from British post-war excentricity in the 1950's to hundreds of designs all over the world by the 1970's (I think I have the '72 edition), and some of them do look a bit like this I think, but the forward perambulation isn't clear and the book's currently buried!

Bagged Toy; Boxed Hovercraft; Clifford Hovercraft; Header Card Hovercraft; Hong Kong Plastic Toys; Hovercraft; Hovercraft With Friction; Made in Hong Kong; MIB Hovercraft; Military Hovercraft; MIP Hovercraft; MMF 812 Hovercraft; NOS Hovercraft; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SRN-6; Sunders-Roe; Surface Effect Vessels; Woolbro Hovercraft; Woolbro Rack Toy; Woolbro Toys;
Carpet wheels aren't part of a real hovercraft which would have a hollow-belly to fill with pressurised air! Branded to an MMF and numbered 812, mine is obviously missing an ariel, but I will look out for another, better one as it also has that yellowish staining on the starboard side.

Learning something every day; although it sounds like the sort of thing Mum would have told us as kids, I learnt the other day that before 1844 it was Larboard and Starboard, but the Roayl Navy changed what was an obviously confusing (under fire/in a storm) convention, in that year.

Bagged Toy; Boxed Hovercraft; Clifford Hovercraft; Header Card Hovercraft; Hong Kong Plastic Toys; Hovercraft; Hovercraft With Friction; Made in Hong Kong; MIB Hovercraft; Military Hovercraft; MIP Hovercraft; MMF 812 Hovercraft; NOS Hovercraft; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SRN-6; Sunders-Roe; Surface Effect Vessels; Woolbro Hovercraft; Woolbro Rack Toy; Woolbro Toys;
The other reason to look out for another one is that the box on this one is shot to bits. The Woolbro stamp looks like the kind of overprint a few of their earlier sets carry, so there may be a generic version of this out there somewhere?

Bagged Toy; Boxed Hovercraft; Clifford Hovercraft; Header Card Hovercraft; Hong Kong Plastic Toys; Hovercraft; Hovercraft With Friction; Made in Hong Kong; MIB Hovercraft; Military Hovercraft; MIP Hovercraft; MMF 812 Hovercraft; NOS Hovercraft; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; SRN-6; Sunders-Roe; Surface Effect Vessels; Woolbro Hovercraft; Woolbro Rack Toy; Woolbro Toys;
On safer ground with the SRN6 (Saunders-Roe, Naval, Type Six), this is another regular rack-toy star; Clifford Toys, and would seem to be a copy of the Matchbox die-cast, in military colours (which Matchbox also did). The Royal Marines used these for years, and the Griffon's they use now are quite similar in design.

I have the die-cast black & white civil one in the under-visited box, and this copy must be a slight scale-up; because, although small; it wouldn’t fit in the standard 1-75 range's box? It's also all plastic and like the Woolbro/MMF one, mostly polystyrene.