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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, October 3, 2022

S is for Seen Elsewhere - Sci-Fi Figures

Another in the occasional PC-clearing series of the stuff I've already shown somewhere else! Some of which will have been seen here too, but the idea is to get all new images up, or do a bit of extra box-ticking!

8300 Saurus Saturn; 8302 Jupiter Gorilla; 8304 Venus Amazona; 8310 Astronaut; Argentine Space Woman; Argentinian Toy Soldiers; Britains Star Guards; Cadbury's Smash; Elastolin Aliens; Elastolin Figuren; Elastolin Hausser; For Mash Get Smash; GUTS! Laser Fighters; Laser Fighter GUTS!; Martian Pencil Tops; Mattel GUTS; Max Weißbrodt; Perry Rodan; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smash Martians; Smash Pencil Toppers; Space Aliens; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Spacemen; Starguards; Unknown Space Figure; Vision of Other Stars; Vision von Anderen Sternen;
"For mash get Smash!", the almost immortal (if you're of a certain age) tag-line jingle that ended the humorous TV adverts' for Cadbury's instant mashed-potato powder! Technically 'Martians', they appear to be Robots (the actual Martians never being seen?), they were such a successful campaign several toys resulted, these pencil tops being possibly the most common, but a chunky Bendy exists and a Marx clockwork wind-up.

8300 Saurus Saturn; 8302 Jupiter Gorilla; 8304 Venus Amazona; 8310 Astronaut; Argentine Space Woman; Argentinian Toy Soldiers; Britains Star Guards; Cadbury's Smash; Elastolin Aliens; Elastolin Figuren; Elastolin Hausser; For Mash Get Smash; GUTS! Laser Fighters; Laser Fighter GUTS!; Martian Pencil Tops; Mattel GUTS; Max Weißbrodt; Perry Rodan; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smash Martians; Smash Pencil Toppers; Space Aliens; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Spacemen; Starguards; Unknown Space Figure; Vision of Other Stars; Vision von Anderen Sternen;
Argentine copy (pink) of the female space warrior (black) from Britains compared, the lower shot is out of focus (obviously) but the upper one was a poor choice of background, so I've put them together as I can't re-shoot at the moment, they're buried in a shipping container!

8300 Saurus Saturn; 8302 Jupiter Gorilla; 8304 Venus Amazona; 8310 Astronaut; Argentine Space Woman; Argentinian Toy Soldiers; Britains Star Guards; Cadbury's Smash; Elastolin Aliens; Elastolin Figuren; Elastolin Hausser; For Mash Get Smash; GUTS! Laser Fighters; Laser Fighter GUTS!; Martian Pencil Tops; Mattel GUTS; Max Weißbrodt; Perry Rodan; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smash Martians; Smash Pencil Toppers; Space Aliens; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Spacemen; Starguards; Unknown Space Figure; Vision of Other Stars; Vision von Anderen Sternen;
We saw these not that long ago, but I'd shot them for the Faceplant group, so here they are again! Mattel GUTS! Laser Fighters space figures, the helmets are all different, as are weapons, while equipment layout and colours also differ from figure to figure, so more a bunch of space pirates or mercenaries than an organised force!

8300 Saurus Saturn; 8302 Jupiter Gorilla; 8304 Venus Amazona; 8310 Astronaut; Argentine Space Woman; Argentinian Toy Soldiers; Britains Star Guards; Cadbury's Smash; Elastolin Aliens; Elastolin Figuren; Elastolin Hausser; For Mash Get Smash; GUTS! Laser Fighters; Laser Fighter GUTS!; Martian Pencil Tops; Mattel GUTS; Max Weißbrodt; Perry Rodan; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smash Martians; Smash Pencil Toppers; Space Aliens; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Spacemen; Starguards; Unknown Space Figure; Vision of Other Stars; Vision von Anderen Sternen;
We should have had these here too, in a show report, but I can't remember posting them, so it may still be in the queue somewhere. I did post them as shelfies from someone else's table once though - Vision von Anderen Sternen or 'Vision of Other Stars'.

Elastolin's hysterical lobster-hula-cow lady ('Venus Amazona') and 'Saurus Saturn' the turquoise space-ant eater! These were as rare as rocking-horse shit, but when the factory shut down a huge heap of them turned-up and I think everyone who wanted a set got one! I previously dubbed them Rubber-girl (catalogue No. 8304) and Dino-grinch! 8300.

I was a small-scale collector at the time but can remember loads of them on several tables at the Herne show, only to see people wanting pretty silly money for the few on show up in London! I sort of paid silly money for these, but they don't turn-up now like they did 15-odd years ago - because they are all in collections! And to be fair I didn't pay what I know some are happy to pay for all four!

8300 Saurus Saturn; 8302 Jupiter Gorilla; 8304 Venus Amazona; 8310 Astronaut; Argentine Space Woman; Argentinian Toy Soldiers; Britains Star Guards; Cadbury's Smash; Elastolin Aliens; Elastolin Figuren; Elastolin Hausser; For Mash Get Smash; GUTS! Laser Fighters; Laser Fighter GUTS!; Martian Pencil Tops; Mattel GUTS; Max Weißbrodt; Perry Rodan; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smash Martians; Smash Pencil Toppers; Space Aliens; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Spacemen; Starguards; Unknown Space Figure; Vision of Other Stars; Vision von Anderen Sternen;
The Astronaut (8310, who didn't get a name . . . Raumy?) was originally the most expensive (separate helmet?) at DM 1,50 pf. (about 30p in the 1970's?), with 1.25-each for the previous two and only ,90-pfennigs for 8302 the 'Jupiter Gorilla', or Crab-Taz the Lobster-man! And while some sources claim they were game-pieces for a board game (Perry Rodan?), they were issued in a bilingual (German French) clear carton.

8300 Saurus Saturn; 8302 Jupiter Gorilla; 8304 Venus Amazona; 8310 Astronaut; Argentine Space Woman; Argentinian Toy Soldiers; Britains Star Guards; Cadbury's Smash; Elastolin Aliens; Elastolin Figuren; Elastolin Hausser; For Mash Get Smash; GUTS! Laser Fighters; Laser Fighter GUTS!; Martian Pencil Tops; Mattel GUTS; Max Weißbrodt; Perry Rodan; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smash Martians; Smash Pencil Toppers; Space Aliens; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Spacemen; Starguards; Unknown Space Figure; Vision of Other Stars; Vision von Anderen Sternen;
Clearly though they were some kid of experiment or one-off, from Elastolin, the non-standard bases, painted different colours, singling them out as not the norm, and reputed to be sculpted by a Max Weißbrodt, they didn't take off, or didn't get the head-office support they needed, and consequently a shed-load turned-up at the end! The catalogue numbering though, suggests the line was to be expanded?

8300 Saurus Saturn; 8302 Jupiter Gorilla; 8304 Venus Amazona; 8310 Astronaut; Argentine Space Woman; Argentinian Toy Soldiers; Britains Star Guards; Cadbury's Smash; Elastolin Aliens; Elastolin Figuren; Elastolin Hausser; For Mash Get Smash; GUTS! Laser Fighters; Laser Fighter GUTS!; Martian Pencil Tops; Mattel GUTS; Max Weißbrodt; Perry Rodan; Small Scale World; smallscaleworld.blogspot.com; Smash Martians; Smash Pencil Toppers; Space Aliens; Space Warriors; Space Woman; Spaceman; Spacemen; Starguards; Unknown Space Figure; Vision of Other Stars; Vision von Anderen Sternen;
Finishing with a question-mark, anyone know who this is or what toy-line he's from? The hole in the back of his helmet and rather smoothly-finished back-pack seem to point to a missing attachment or fixing of some kind, he's nylon or polypropylene and about 54mm, I suspect he's quite modern or even relatively current? Although, he also looks a bit 1980's 'straight-to-video' post-apocalypse punky!

2 comments:

Jan Ferris said...

I don't know Hugh. Stick figures with pencils up their bum are rather avant-garde wouldn't you say?

Hugh Walter said...

Hahahaha! All the rage mate, people are fighting for stick-figures with pencils up their bums! I'm surprised you've missed the trend!

H