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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.

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?

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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.

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;
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.

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