The YouTube and internet phenomenon that is the unboxing video is still a bit of a puzzle to me.
Different from a finished, made-up kit review or playset review, this is watching someone unpack their latest present or purchase. Unless you want to see what is in a particular box set, it could be pretty dull.
However unpacking a bits box or job lot of Broken Britain’s figures (not just Britain’s but of all makers and scales) is a genuine rummage into the unknown. In the words of Forrest Gump about Life as a box of chocolates, “you never know what you gonna get.”
I received as presents from the family four shoeboxes of toy soldier odds and ends that I had stowed away for Christmas, some old, some new, some red, white and blue (two packs of the BMC Yorktown 54mm figures).
Box number 4? I took a bit of a gamble bidding £30 or so on this small child’s suitcase of mixed toy figures, having glimpsed one or two interesting figures.
What treasures can you see?
I spotted a Wendal aluminium Toytown soldier figure or two – including the hobbyhorse for the Toytown Officer but was the Officer included and unbroken?
This could have been a box of brittle decaying plastic tat.
I was pleasantly surprised – this box of surprises formed box number 4 of my Christmas toy soldier presents.
Share with me this owl pellet of figures and toy bits, as I unpack this scrappy bits and bobs and scrapings of someone else’s toy box.
I was a bit worried that I had bought an expensive box of broken and brittle plastic tat but this unbroken little red phone box seems to be worth more (based on other ebay listings) than the suitcase worth.
I still find it exciting and interesting to find new figures that I don’t have or have never seen for real.
Before job lots or individual figure sales online, it was difficult to affordably find such figures, locked up in a slightly older generation’s toy boxes and biscuit tins in the loft.
This fascination probably dates back to the mid 1960s when my late Dad bought a box of odds and ends random plastic figures from the family next door for our family toy box, their boys having outgrown them. Some of these were always at odds with our staple Airfix 54mm figures. Many were mysterious because they were no longer in the toy shops. Some of the larger 60mm cowboys and Beton WW2 were an oversized oddity, less used. However the different handfuls of a few 54mm figures by Crescent and a handful (literally) by other manufacturers such as Lone Star Harvey became some of my elite troops and command figures.
The two Toytown figures again, if bought separately online, are worth more than I bid for the suitcase of figures. The child’s small suitcase that it all came in is useful for storage.
I hope you enjoyed sharing with me the joy of discovery. There are some useful figures and bits and bobs for the gaming table along with some more interesting figures for rotating into my few wall mounted display cabinets. Figures off such ‘parade’ duty go back into those stout plastic Really Useful boxes for a rest.
Hope you enjoyed this Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog unboxing blogpost.
Posted by Mark Man of TIN blog on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, March 2019.