I liked the look of these blister pack figures with equipment, they have good pocket money “play value”. I picked these packs up for half the usual £1 price at UK high street store Wilko.
Oddly I didn’t notice at the time of rapid buying that one of the builder’s arms was missing. If you look carefully in the photo of the blister pack, you can see his arm is clearly missing. Each pair has an obviously male and less obviously female figure.
Not a promising advert for this builder and his safe use of the sprue of power tools enclosed!
For the sheer love of toys, I thought I would photograph these figures before I passed them on to younger members of the family.
Obviously these cheaper “bootleg-o” figures which are compatible or fits with other construction kits. The missingarm shows that maybe the production values are not quite the same as the more expensive Lego but they are highly affordable for children and parents on limited pocket money and imaginative to boot. You aren’t paying any film franchise costs as you do with Lego.
Previously I have mentioned the Wilco Blox figures alongside the Poundland underwhelming non-brand unofficial but charming superheroes.
I think the 50 figure wilkoblox set is highly attractive and would frame nicely on the wall – tempting.
Wilkoblox – Multiracial, cross generational, lots of female role models such as police officers, builders and other emergency services. Overall a pretty imaginative set but sadly without personal tools or equipment …
The military selection is limited but there is an attractive 10 in 1 tank set, that you could build in 10 different ways.
You would obviously have to buy 10 sets if you didn’t want to break each model up every time.
Nicely photographed on model landscapes though …
The surprise odd one out is one of the photos for the 5 in 1 military helicopter set, showing a young girl playing with the helicopter.
There seems to be a general lack of small arms and personal equipment. The Internet, Etsy and Ebay has plenty of Lego compatible military figures and equipment.
I haven’t made it to the Plastic Warrior Show in London yet (the next one is Saturday 11th May 2019). I hope all those who travel to this annual event have a great social time and a good rummage through the boxes and trays of plastic figures. http://plasticwarrioreditor.blogspot.com
Instead I have been rummaging through a fabulous box of 130 broken or damaged plastic figures bought from Barrie (“Redhalliwell” on eBay) for £3 to £4. Strangely no one else bid. That’s about 3p a figure – sent straight to my door!
Barrie mentioned interestingly that 2019 “is our 32nd Show. When we first started it was mainly collectors who came but now we get a lot of 1/32nd war gamers coming as there are cheap figures to be had.” (2019 Show details at end of post).
These playworn battle scarred veterans deserve some care and attention. Some Plastic figures from the 1950s and 1960s are now more brittle than others and these clearly have seen better days. My Broken Britain’s metal hollowcast figures in some ways will outlive these.
A few hours later the harsh sunlight was fading and photography was easier.
More damaged 1950s and 1960s khaki infantry, one Crescent figure with a melted base and a Crescent mortar man.
These should be 130 useful figures for the conversion and repair box.
Interestingly my usual repair glue – fast setting standard Superglue cyanoacrylate – does not seem to work on these plastics. Any better ideas?
I know there is a special Plastics Superglue with an activator.
From a previous post comment by snaves?
Reminder: the PLASTIC WARRIOR figure show
Saturday 11 May 2019
The Harlequin Suite
The Winning Post Inn
60+ tables packed with figures, mainly reasonably priced and LOTS of “junk” boxes
Further details tel: 01483 722 778
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 30 March 2019.
An interesting web sales site on Etsy and online is The Swagman’s Daughter, a fabulous website by Leonard Holder listing lots of vintage items from old warehouses that she has cleared. https://swagman.myshopify.com
I wasn’t entirely sure what overall size they were but having a variety of scale figures, I was sure they would suit some figures in my collection.
I tried some Airfix WW1 British OO/HO scale figures (20mm) for scale as they seem close enough to the vehicle period.
The Peter Laing 15mm figures seem to match well enough too. I have some WW1 Peter Laing figures to paint and I think that painted up in khaki, these small cars will make effective staff cars and small lorries. They remind me of the Marne taxis of WW1. My chances of finding affordable 15mm original Peter Laing vehicles are pretty slim.
Yesterday’s pound store charming plastic tat today!
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 28 March 2019.
I wish Tim Mee toys (“Made in the USA”) were more widely and cheaply available in the UK. Whilst they can be tracked down online, the extra shipping to the UK makes them pricey.
Very kindly the Grand Duke of Tradgardland, the Tradgardmastre himself sent (via the D of T P.O.) these spare Tim Mee space figure poses for my collection and for Close Little Star Wars 54mm future adventures on the Back Yarden Planet.
Well it is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings …
These attractive figures wait on the painting table for suitable colour scheme inspiration to strike. Hopefully sometime by International Star Wars Day on May 4th? Or the July moon landing anniversary?
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors 23 March 2019
What have my oddly painted Pound Store Plastic Warriors got to do with YouTube music sensation Scott Bradlee and his band Postmodern Jukebox?
Could it be that perennial chore of all gamers – “all about that base, about that base”? – to misquote Meghan Trainor?
So what is the connection between my paint converted penny dreadful plastic toy soldiers and throwaway hiphop or dance music tracks? Postmodern Jukebox (or in toy soldier modelling terms, should that be Postmodern Toolbox or Postmodern Paintbox?)
Take a toy soldier or music track – strip it down, look at it afresh, re-present it in a different way or time period. That is kind of the Pound Store Plastic Warrior blog philosophy and much the same with Postmodern Jukebox.
Is the connection – Taking one cheap throwaway thing like a modern pop song or a pound store plastic toy soldier and turning them (back in time) to something else more interesting with a bit of hard craft?
Talented American piano player Scott Bradlee has teamed up with a range of jazz musicians and vocalists to take modern pop songs from the 1980s classics onwards to today’s chart hits – and take them back in time. Stylish and spirited “Period covers of Pop Songs”.
What would 90s Canadian grungy punk band Nickelback sound like as Motown?
What would modern pop classics like Myley Cyrus’s We Can’t Stop sound like as a 50s doo-wop number?
What would Carly Rae Jepsen’s modern pop hit Call Me Maybe sound like as a 1920s ragtime flapper number?
That is the musical joy that is Postmodern Jukebox … everything I have been doing with cheap toy plastic soldiers in musical form!
It’s also what I often listen to whilst painting, if not listening to period specific music to match the figures on the painting table.
Don’t just take my word for it. I’m not the only Toy Soldier and game blogger to like this stuff. The Duke of Tradgardland himself no doubt employs them as Court Musicians. https://tradgardland.blogspot.com
Outside the Jukebox, Scott Bradlee’s autobiography, is an interesting and easy read about being a modern basement creative in the internet and social media age. It reads as an honest mistakes and failure through to success and attendant pitfalls story.
Well worth a listen … anyway, back to Bass-ics? Enjoy.
You might also find other YouTube groups like the Gardiner Sisters stripping back to acoustic and slowing down fast modern pop songs into more interesting versions:
Recent trips to local pound stores have revealed little new or useful for toy soldiers or tabletop gaming, except for a kid’s pack of Zombie warning signs stickers. Home Bargains UK store, if you want to know.
49p well spent?
The smaller Zombie signs should prove suitably atmospheric on walls and barriers for future fantasy or science fiction games, featuring my 40mm to 54mm skeletons, zombies, space marines and adventurers.
If you bought two sets, they would also look good paired up on the side of vehicles.
Pound store zombies are available in the UK online as party bag favours, currently about 12 for £4.