Pound shop transport for pound store figures

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Some  battered transport to transform into ‘a set of wheels’ for my pound store platoons.

Lovely charity  shop find, this one was  found on its own amongst lots of other no doubt highly desirable collectibles (to someone else). One slightly battered, slightly wonky of wheel Matchbox Ford Model T 1912 lorry, only 99p and some careless previous owners.

The price label below the 99p  reveals it has sat there for a while at £2.99 attracting no interest. I checked it out later on EBay, they are common enough and battered ones are worth about £1 to £2.

Sold to the gentle-Man of TIN for transporting tiny footsore Pound Land pound store plastic warriors of just the right size (£1 for 100 figures).

Unfortunately the back doors don’t open, but there is space to put some suitably converted or Fimo-made figures in the driving compartment.

These Pound Land 100 figures for £1 are about 32-34 mm high, and I’m sure this Ford Model T would stretch or shrink to working with 30mm or 28mm figures. A little too big for HO/OO First World War Airfix figures.

Alongside the Poundland figures is one of my c. 28 to 30mm  silicone toy soldier mould  creations, described below:

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/back-to-basics-toy-soldiers/

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/05/27/more-diy-gaming-figure-making/

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‘Make your own enemies’ with Fimo / polymer clay using a silicone toy soldier cake craft moulds alongside a WW2 American from a pound store / party bag filler.

 

Maybe a paint scheme for early 20th century “Imagi – nations” would turn this into an Army supply lorry? Ambulance?

I might change its paint work to something more ‘War Department’ requisitioned, reflecting the fact that the British Army had on Available to requisition a number of subsidised motor lorries of civilian origin at the start of WW1, glimpsed in a recent book gift 0f C.F. Klapper’s British Lorries 1900 to 1945 (published by Ian Allen, 1977).

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A great source of inspiration for what to do with my Matchbox charity shop find.

I was given this book as I am finding out a little more about  steam wagons and steam lorries; one of my great uncles was a ‘steam waggon stoker’ in civilian life before his conscription and death in WW1.

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Hundreds of Chain  Drive lorries like this restored Albion 3 tonner were bought pre 1914 / WW1 by companies with War Office subsidy to be requisitioned for use in event of war. Photo courtesy of S.W. Stevens-Stratton from C.F. Klapper’s British Lorries 1900 – 1945.

I  am also considering the  Matchbox ford Model T lorry’s  possibilities for Home Guard WW2.

Remember the fabulous Corporal Jones Ford type lorry from Dad’s Army?https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jones’_van_(Dad’s_Army) 

The Poundland £1 for 100 plastic figures look at first a little too modern / American for this WW1/2  role. I thought I had  no suitable WW1 / WW2 figures around the 30mm size, until I remembered some curious pound store partybag figures that might just do the job.

To match a Matchbox lorry for £1, what could be better or more fitting than a very cheap pound store type 30mm-ish set of Matchbox WW2 copies?

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4 British poses and 2 American poses, all miniature Matchbox copies –  imported mini party bags of about 6 figures for about 16p. Penny /Euro cent / Canadian and US coins included to give rough scale. As far as I can tell Henbrandt Toys do not currently import these.

The first set of these c. 30mm  figures came as free bonus pack of soldiers with a cheap set of 8 mini friction bizarre tank plastic kits bought for a few pounds at a garage / convenience store. These strange snap together tanks deserve a separate blogpost in themselves at a later date.

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Searching the Internet, I found a supplier of these 30mm-ish WW2 figures via a party bag supplier for about 16p a pack of 6 soldiers. I bought all the last 16 packs they had and haven’t seen them around much since.

Some of the figures  suffer heavily from plastic flash so you will need to spend time with your scalpel.

An unfortunate lack of enemy troops means the ‘British’ might have to fight ‘American’ troops unless you have some suitable enemies from other 28/ 30 / 34mm figures like the Poundland £1 for 100 figure buckets / bags.

…maybe these ones could look like suitable  enemy infantry or paratroops with a suitable paint scheme.

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Painted grey, could these pass muster as a suitable invading Imagi- Euro-Nation’s troops or paratroopers for the WW2 British Pound store troopers?

Some of the Pound Land figures which have modern / American helmets might make passable  German or Euro Imagi- Nation troops for the WW2 British / Americans to fight against with suitable paint conversion.

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Suitable troops for each transport including a US flatbed lorry and US jeep from a pound store bag. The jeep is almost a small lorry!

The American figures  have their own pound store transport cribbed from past packs of mixed scale pound figures (you know the type,  range of scales, 54mm figures, smaller vehicles and aircraft, strange accessories).

Lots of pound store warrior possibilities.

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The Home Guard on exercise … where’s Private Godfrey gone?

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN blog, March 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wilko Heroes

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Delightful 40mm-ish charging toy soldier style plastic pound store figure from Wilko Heroes range.  

A welcome Christmas gift, two bags of Wilko Heroes, which are currently not available in (my local) store and were found recently on an online auction site.

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Amongst the often strangely elongated plastic figures was an interesting charging figure which has a real old fashioned toy soldier feel to the pose.

Only about five of these charging soldiers are included per bag of fifty.

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This Wilko Heroes charging figure has echoes of earlier 54mm lead toy soldiers such as this repainted Britains Japanese Infantry on the left and Johillco figure on the right. 

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The strangely elongated and tall Wilko Heroes – some familiar pound store poses. All around about 35 to 40 / 45 mm. 

These are well worth picking up for the charging figures alone if you ever see them, even if you don’t keep all of the other figures.

Being ‘Made in China’ pound store figures, their supply is usually very erratic but they might return again to the shelves of a pound store somewhere.

Posted by Mark, Man of TIN on the Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, December 2016.

Funtastic Caballeros or Knights

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24 Knights.
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Or 24 Caballeros

They came with a strange two horse waggon not shown here.

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Not quite 54mm … Not quite Roman … But Almost.
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Some almost Romans …
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Some more almost Romans …
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Some almost Gladiators …

These figures would do very well in Ancients games or Fantasy and Science Fiction scenarios. Flash Gordon palace guards or Gladiators ?

These were a gift from a pound store a year or two ago c. 2014. I haven’t seen them since.

Blogposted by Mr MIN, Man of TIN, 31 October 2016.

Hastings 950 Pound Store Plastics

1066 and all that with Hastings 950, commemorated on 14 October 1066 / 2016 … Very cheaply here!

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That Cartoon Bayeux Tapestry Look in Plastic …

What I like about these very cheap Chinese made Knights and Warriors is the almost Bayeux Tapestry stitched or outlined cartoon style of them.

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The Bayeux Tapestry, arguably one of the world’s first strip cartoons or graphic novels since the days of the Egyptians.

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Bayeux images: Wikipedia sources.

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Unusual crossbow figure, again in cartoon Bayuex Tapestry or medieval illustration style

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Double standards (in Pound Store Plastics)

All sold as Jumbo Knights and Warriors, mixed in with some Generic Knights …

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and a weird Greek heroic figure for good measure. Good for fantasy games.

That’s the simple strange joy of pound store plastic warriors! Just add imagination …

Posted by Mr MIN, Man of TIN, 14 October 2016.

 

 

Green Toy Army Men

imageThese are not quite pound store figures, as they  cost £5 at a Hawkins’s Bazaar shop on my travels.

Manufactured for Tobar, they are of course China copies of the very familiar but now unobtainable Matchbox US Infantry figures. Still 32 figures for £5 is reasonable.

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Dull packaging but good little drawstring kit bag for storage.

Good to see the old Matchbox figures available again from time to time.

Blogposted by Mr MIN, Man of TIN.

 

Pound store space marines?

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2nd in line with grenade is a clone of the old Matchbox US infantry.

O I do like a gift shop by the seaside … Outside this gift shop were the usual wire baskets full of plastic tat and seaside flim-flam.

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Unusual choice of flags, Barbados with the trident, Brazil, North Korea? Plus free undersized castle tower in two halves.

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£1 per pack of average 19 soldiers, a free plastic castle tower and bizarre flag choice. What more could you want?

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The figures are manufactured in China, imported or packed by PMS.

Although these are supposed to be modern American infantry, their slightly distorted moulding gives them a space marine 1930s/1950s look, suitable for paint conversion.

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Distorted copies of Modern US infantry or Suitable space marine troopers?

They are remarkably spindly, very thin pressings or mouldings, a bit of flash to clean up, almost semi-round or semi flat but fun all the same. The usual minimal basing to save plastic …

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What attracted my eye amongst the seaside plastic gifts were the echoes of my other favourite pound store figures of different scales seen here, 54mm ish versus these smaller 30 to 40mm-ish  figures, currently available in Poundland bags or buckets (£1 per 100!)

Blogposted by Man of TIN.

 

Pound Store US Marines

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A seaside gift shop was the source of 6 boxes of these figures at 50p a box. The flimsy boxes have a curious ‘military’ land mine or Lewis Gun magazine look to them.

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50p well spent? 

They are China copies of BMC US Marines from WW2 with a few of their Japanese lying down figures thrown in.

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Well animated officer and radioman figures.
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I like the animation on these as well as all the backpack and equipment. 
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Slightly distorted moulding in the face but a nicely animated figure with grenade.
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A slightly wobbly Marine 
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Flamethrower man or candidate for the space marines? 
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An almost statuesque figure lying down to reload. 
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The left and right figures I think are originally Japanese troops. 

These figures will probably not end up khaki or green; I shall see what they look like in more colourful Imagi-nations garb. Redcoats? Blue coats? Army Red, Army Blue. With all the haversack, entrenching tools and ammunition pouches they could make interesting steampunked 19th century figures.

At the time of buying I had no idea whose figures they were or how old they were.

Like many pound store figures, they are of Chinese manufacture.

Subsequent web research shows these Dan Hai Military Assault figures are China copies of US Marines made by the US firm of BMC for their Iwo Jima set, a playset not available in the shops in the UK.

https://victorybuy.com/collections/bmc-toys/era_world-war-2

The original figures were produced for BMC Toys, founded by Bill McMaster in 1991. Bill passed away in 2014 but the line is to be produced again in the USA by Victorybuy.com

I sometimes wonder whether ‘pirate’ or pound store copy figures do the original manufacturers out of sales or a living?

To be fair, many of them are fairly distorted compared to the originals and some of these originals are no longer available such as the Matchbox figures (and for many years Airfix). It’s almost like buying a jumble of second hand figures.

I think pound store figures are pitched at a different ‘pocket money’ market from those who will spend the amount that the venerable  Airfix  figures now cost for example, new or vintage.

A useful set of figures and overall £3 well spent for 6 boxes at 50p each. This amounted to 144 figures for £3, on average 24 figures a box and each costing around tuppence (2p).  A high street coffee is sometimes more expensive than this whole haul!

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Posted by Man of TIN.