Pound Store Plastic Warriors Poundland artwork

 

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Explosions, walls and sandpit not included, just some useful silver soldiers and a handy German flag! 

 

The excellent Small Scale World blog by Hugh Walter and other plastic figure blogs like Stad’s Stuff are interesting because they feature not only lots of plastic soldiers, clones, pirates and novelties, but also show attractive ephemera such as the artwork and packaging.
In the spirit of this, I have photographed the Battle Squadron labels of these “tub o’soldiers” as my Poundland receipts described them.

 

The Poundland Battle Squadron figures (produced or imported by Funtastic) are shown on a interesting sandtable background with some typical poundstore figure set accessories that are sadly not included in the tub.

These accessories include  battle-torn wooden signs, a tank and / or helicopter, barbed wire and walls, which not being included could be  potentially annoying or confusing to purchasers.

 

Obviously you need to raid your own toybox and sandpit to supply your own plants, sand, accessories and imagination.

Smoke (the fog of war?)  or helicopter downdraught swirls in the background and what look like explosions are suggested – all  very dramatic, if not quite epic!

 

By the look of it, a green enemy soldier is glimpsed bottom left of the Army Silver Grey or Germans to give an idea of how to play – buy more tubs of different coloured figures for the ‘Epic Battles’ promised on the label!

There is a certain bold Heinz Soup-ness to the label design which I like.

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Some of the twelve silver soldier poses inside are shown on the lid. German forces. 

The different nationalities are given different colours – Army Red or American, Army Green or British and Army Silver / Grey or German.

Each label and lid shows the appropriate coloured infantry inside and a different front label with different picture for each coloured army.

 

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This label shows helicopter back up … but no helicopter inside. 

The Army Green or British forces are pictured with a helicopter, the tank and battle-bashed noticeboard not provided – raid the toybox for these.

A flag to defend is helpfully included. Defend the flag!

 

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Green toned lid for the British set.

The most puzzling figure colour choice is the Army Red or Americans. Arguably red is part of the American flag, but maybe it is supposed to be a sort of brown camouflage? Tan would have been another suitable plastic soldier standby colour familiar from the Toy Army Men standard contrasting colours of Green and Tan.

I imagine in other parts of the world in their versions of pound or dollar stores they are differently flagged and packaged to suit local conditions. Something to watch out for whilst web-surfing …

 

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This red army of Americans has helicopters shown but not included in this lively label.  

The American or Red Army troops (hang on, isn’t Red normally Russians?) are pictured with hovering helicopter (not included).

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Colour theming on the Army Red army or American troop box. 

The back of the tub label has the excitable  text backed up in Spanish, presumably because they are sold through Poundland stores (known as Dealz)  in Spain where a Pound is really 1.50 Euros. Doesn’t have the same ring somehow, popping out to 1.50 Euroland!

  • Escaudron de batalla 
  • 100 soldados
  • Batallas  epicas 

 

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Four new tubs of joy for my last otherwise  useless four old round pound coins,  thanks to Poundland … and four paint conversion figures in progress. 

 

 

In future blogposts I will feature more of my paint and figure conversions

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/22/poundland-desert-warriors-finished/

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/10/24/poundland-space-marine-pilot/

Related blogposts 

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2017/10/27/poundland-mission-accomplished/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN for the Pound Store Plastic Warriors Blog.

 

 

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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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