The Joy of Pound Store Block Figures

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49p to £1 each set  – that’s what I call pocket money toys. Shame about the builder’s missing arm …

I liked the look of these blister pack figures with equipment, they have good pocket money  “play value”. I picked these packs up for half the usual £1 price at UK high street store Wilko.

Oddly I didn’t  notice at the time of  rapid buying that one of the builder’s arms was missing. If you look carefully in the photo of the blister pack, you can see his arm is clearly missing. Each pair has an obviously male and less obviously female figure.

Not a promising advert for this builder and his safe use of the sprue of power tools enclosed!

For the sheer love of toys, I thought I would photograph these figures before I  passed them on to younger members of the family.

Obviously these cheaper “bootleg-o” figures which are compatible or fits with other construction kits. The missing arm shows that maybe the production values are not quite the same as the more expensive Lego  but they are highly affordable for children and parents on limited pocket money and imaginative to boot. You aren’t paying any film franchise costs as you do with Lego.

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The figures out on a baseplate … with a spare builder’s arm found from the toy box.

Previously I have mentioned the Wilco Blox figures alongside the Poundland underwhelming non-brand unofficial but charming superheroes.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/11/17/rip-stan-lee-and-farewell-from-the-pound-store-superheroes/

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/02/11/the-unincredibles-more-pound-store-superheroes/

The Wilkoblox.com shows the current range. All the screenshots below are from the April 2019 Wilko Wilkoblox website.

https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/toys/construction-toys/c/858

https://www.wilko.com/en-uk/en-uk/toys/construction-toys/all-wilko-blox/c/1246

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I love these  space / superheroes figures …

I think the 50 figure wilkoblox set is highly attractive and would frame nicely on the wall – tempting.

Wilkoblox – Multiracial, cross generational, lots of female role models such as police officers, builders and  other emergency services. Overall a pretty imaginative set but sadly without personal tools or equipment …

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Great superheroes, green aliens, space type knights …

The  military selection is limited but there is an attractive 10 in 1 tank set, that you could build in 10 different ways.

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You would obviously have to buy 10 sets if you didn’t want to break each model up every time.

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Nicely photographed on model landscapes though …

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Attractively landscaped photos

The surprise odd one out is one of the photos for the  5 in 1 military helicopter set, showing a young girl playing with the helicopter.

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Inspiring a whole new generation of pilots or helicopter engineers? Some good STEM / STEMettes role model inspiration.  Screenshot from April 2019 website of Wilko / Wilkoblox

There seems to be a general lack of small arms and personal equipment. The Internet, Etsy and Ebay has plenty of Lego compatible military figures and equipment.

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Cropped or not cropped? When product photography goes slightly awry in the distance …

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on 12 April 2019.

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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 ...

2 thoughts on “The Joy of Pound Store Block Figures”

    1. The Wilkoblox are recommended for 6+ as they have small parts (!) like the flexible arms which can easily detach. But to be fair Lego has small parts, hats and heads and pull apart bodies. The swoppets of the brick world.

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