Not exactly Pound Store Plastic Fantasy Warriors but a job lot picked up cheaply on EBay.
These figures are not to my knowledge usually sold in the UK so often have hefty shipping. There are multiple copies of each figure, which will allow flexible painting.
There are several female or androgynous figures in this set that might or might not qualify as Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog contribution for #FEMbruary.
Whilst picking up The Unincredibles ‘bootlego’ superheroes in Poundland this weekend, I spotted a sight for sore eyes.
A lone tub of the 32mm-ish PennyDreadful figures (as I call them after Ross Macfarlane said about them).
Ross MacFarlane of Battle Game of The Month blog described these cheerfully as “some of the crudest cheap plastic toy soldiers that I’ve ever seen but you have managed to rescue them and transform them into brave warriors!”
I had not seen these tubs in the pound store for months.
Forlornly, it was one stray tub of these Soldiers that must have been lurking at the back of a shelf, and sadly with a quarter less contents. When I first bought these it was 100 soldiers for £1. Now it is 70 soldiers for £1.
As somebody wisely commented on my blog, these are now not quite so Epic Battles. 30% less Epic.
I bought the tub anyway, for old times sake, as they will always come in useful.
The proportions of figures in each tub seems to vary quite widely too – this one seemed to have a high proportion of bazookas and machine gunners.
They could become great little figures with a bit of work.
Blogposted by Mark, easily pleased Man of TIN, on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 12 February 2019.
These figures are cleverly made to look slightly like well known Super Heroes without having to pay super (hero) amounts of copyright. I see glimpses of Iron Man, Spider-Man and Hawkeye.
Some people may look down on such ”bootlego” budget figures at four Superheroes for a Pound. 25pMan anyone? The QuarterofaQuid Kid?
Buying legitimate Lego super heroes with their Marvel and DC franchise would cost considerably more.
Even the real Lego base plates are quite expensive – however in Poundland this grey square cost only a pound, much less than Lego would charge.
However these generic, unnnamed, slightly derivative super heroes have what my parents called “play value”.
Hopefully the imagination of a child will make them priceless and valuable, as set out in this lovely paragraph in the Little Wars chapter from John G. Garrett ‘s Model Soldiers – A Collector’s Guide, late 1950s:
These ones will sit happily on my desk alongside the first set as inspiration. Repeat after me – Never forget, tiny plastic Super Heroes “I am Joan of Arc; I am Napoleon; I am Ivanhoe” …
Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN blog on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 10 February 2019.
I spent far too much time (and sometimes money) happily looking through the cheap job lots of plastic and lead toy soldiers on EBay. Looking at toy soldiers makes me happy. Discovering new and interesting ones also makes me happy.
It’s not a very useful social skill but childhood years of intense looking at Airfix figures and many others has helped me build up a rough working knowledge of many different makes of plastic soldiers makers, much in the same way birders and twitchers can pick out the “jizz” of different and often similar looking birds by their shape and movements.
So among the flock of ordinary everyday ‘birds’ you might spot the odd rarity or some new or unusual figures.
Spotted on an Air Ambulance EBay shop, I saw a useful tin of the usual dull coloured green and tan army soldiers but mixed in were a few colourful flashes. Based on aglimpses in the photos, I took a punt or gamble on bidding, as nobody had yet bid on this job lot tin.
In return for what is effectively a small donation of under a tenner to the Air Ambulance that might fund a few vital seconds of lifesaving flight, a tin arrived by post a few days later.
A good deal – I get all the interest of my hobby, whilst a worthwhile charity gets a small donation without me having to climb mountains, run marathons or walk the Great Wall of China. Happy result!
I couldn’t wait to open it and see if what I had glimpsed was worth the money. I shall share the joy with you now, share my virtual jumble sale rummage joy.
The first odd ones I spotted amongst the green and tan army figures were these peculiar pirates with very oddly moulded pistols.
A host of useful bicorne era figures emerged, mostly around 45mm. I often spot figures like these on US EBay, Etsy or Amazon but they are not usually available in the UK. Regional plastic ‘tat’ envy.
These seventeen American War of Independence era figures are in patriotic red white and blue (Union Jack or Stars And Stripes?), roughly 42 to 45mm.
I had not seen these tricorne figures before, they alone were worth the price of the whole tin. Maybe one of my blog readers recognises the make?
Over the last few weeks I have been spending a bit of Christmas money on eBay, picking up the kind of cheap plastic figures you don’t normally see in UK toy stores. A few pounds here and there.
Being either new-ish secondhand or sometimes a whole chocolate tin of mixed figures, the scrapings of someone else’s toy box with some tantalising glimpses of unusual figures, they all need a good wash before painting. It should remove any grime and mould release chemicals.
With so many figures, the sink wasn’t an option so the bath tub stood in this time.
Here was the washing up bowl ‘spa treatment’ I did last time, back in June 2016: