Wilko Heroes

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Delightful 40mm-ish charging toy soldier style plastic pound store figure from Wilko Heroes range.  

A welcome Christmas gift, two bags of Wilko Heroes, which are currently not available in (my local) store and were found recently on an online auction site.

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Amongst the often strangely elongated plastic figures was an interesting charging figure which has a real old fashioned toy soldier feel to the pose.

Only about five of these charging soldiers are included per bag of fifty.

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This Wilko Heroes charging figure has echoes of earlier 54mm lead toy soldiers such as this repainted Britains Japanese Infantry on the left and Johillco figure on the right. 

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The strangely elongated and tall Wilko Heroes – some familiar pound store poses. All around about 35 to 40 / 45 mm. 

These are well worth picking up for the charging figures alone if you ever see them, even if you don’t keep all of the other figures.

Being ‘Made in China’ pound store figures, their supply is usually very erratic but they might return again to the shelves of a pound store somewhere.

Posted by Mark, Man of TIN on the Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, December 2016.

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Author: 26soldiersoftin

Hello I'm Mark Mr MIN, Man of TIN. Based in S.W. Britain, I'm a lifelong collector of "tiny men" and old toy soldiers, whether tin, lead or childhood vintage 1960s and 1970s plastic figures. I randomly collect all scales and periods and "imagi-nations" as well as lead civilians, farm and zoo animals. I enjoy the paint possibilities of cheap poundstore plastic figures as much as the patina of vintage metal figures. Befuddled by the maths of complex boardgames and wargames, I prefer the small scale skirmish simplicity of very early Donald Featherstone rules. To relax, I usually play solo games, often using hex boards. Gaming takes second place to making or convert my own gaming figures from polymer clay (Fimo), home-cast metal figures of many scales or plastic paint conversions. I also collect and game with vintage Peter Laing 15mm metal figures, wishing like many others that I had bought more in the 1980s ...

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