More Fun for Less – Party Favor Plastic Cowboys and Indians

A good toy slogan to have “More Fun for Less.” These Made In China Cowboys and Indians have a couple of interesting poses, some of which echo the familiar Airfix and Britain’s Deetail Cowboys and Indians.

They were ordered online from a UK “party favors” shop, an interesting but sometimes expensive place to find plastic figures.

They are marked MARIES 0415 on the base. They were £3.60 including postage, so 36p each.

The plastic figures are slightly larger than the usual 54mm figures but close enough, the last picture gives a size comparison with similar Britain’s 54mm lead hollowcast figures.

Two of the plastic figures alongside a Britain’s hollowcast lead cowboy and repaired Indian.

I look forward at some point to painting these in Gloss toy soldier style.

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, 20 July 2018.

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 ...

4 thoughts on “More Fun for Less – Party Favor Plastic Cowboys and Indians”

    1. This set is surprisingly large 54mm, as usually the pirated or clone Airfix party favour cowboys are in the mid to lower 40 mills, so worth scouting out an inexpensive sample few to see the size. I often look at the wolfskin headdress Airfix Indian Warrior clone figures and think he would suit your old Ug caveman rules from 1980s Miniature Wargames.
      Failing that the cowboy and Indian (foot) figures Prince August 40mm Holger Eriksonn Home cast moulds for cowboys and indians have a certain charm. There are also charming Irregular Miniatures 42mm / Deutsche Homage Andy Partridge 42mm and semi flat 42mm cowboy and Indian figures.
      As you say, not that any of us need an extra shiny new side project from what we have said we are (or should be) doing in our gaming lives, but that’s often where the illicit energy, ideas and enthusiasm comes from …


      1. I have bought several of these plastic cowboys & Indians over the years and converted some to American Civil War. However regarding the Crusades I searched high and low for Saracen archers & I could not find them in true 54mm scale? I did not want to convert the Britain’s deetail archers or the herald archers as they are too good to ‘chop about.’ And the metal ones are far to expensive when making up an army.
        A few years back I bought the plastic Saracen set in 60mm by? Name escapes me. They were too big for my Arabs and crusader figures. Then I realised that I could convert the cheap Indians to become Saracens this I have done….rather expensively using milliput. However, man of Tin your idea of using tissue paper and white glue has inspired me to try them on more Indians. I use wood freebies to cut out scimitars from a certain burger place we all know. And last year’s remains of the sparklers on bonfire night for spears. The archers are a straight conversion from various Indian archers after removing the head dress etc. Also tops of wine bottles etc make excellent Saracen shields some even have similar designs on them.


  1. Short sparkler wire is very useful.
    I wish you luck with your PVA and Tissue Paper Saracens, I hope it works well for you. Indian archers should work well. There are some 54mm sets of cheapish plastic knights with archers around online or in toy shops but these may be a little too slender or small.
    Beer bottle tops also make interesting shields.


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