Retro Packaging

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Attractive ‘Retro’ toy soldier packaging for the tiny 36mm pound store plastic warriors packaging.

I found this packaging shown at an online supplier Five Little Diamonds.

https://www.fivelittlediamonds.co.uk/products/box-of-retro-toy-soldiers-60-pieces

If my pound store supplies dry up (always possible), these are around. You can pay from one penny to four pence per these 36mm figures (plus postage) depending on the shop, supplier and packaging.

The Five Little Diamonds website also shows the stylish point of sale box materials.

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Two very Russian looking figures are shown in the box art illustration, alongside a third (possibly German, possibly American?) figure. These Retro Toys figures are packaged or supplied by BeamFeature, a Trade Only UK importer wholesaler supplier / website.

As usual with these sets, “two armies” are really the same figures in two colours, akin to the usual Toy Army Men green and tan, although in this case in the packaging picture green and red.

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Two Armies in one box?

This is a slightly different approach from the Poundland tub or bags of one colour / country, red / green / silver, each colour with a flag, respectively USA and Great Britain and Germany.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/28/more-pound-store-warriors/

There is nothing specifically WW2 about these figures, they are generic modern possibly American / German figures with a range of light to heavy weapons.

Some of the poses or moulding are a little strange.

As you will have seen in my blog recently, I have been looking at possible paint conversions to other periods.

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN, 26 October 2017.

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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