A good toy slogan to have “More Fun for Less.” These funexpress.com 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 funexpress.com 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.
I look forward at some point to painting these in Gloss toy soldier style.
The usual mix of scales of figures and vehicles can be annoying to some but is full of potential across a range of scales.
These were a useful set of civilian or military safari or zoo figures that I got at a discount, not Pound store materials but certainly useful plastic figures and lorries to accompany some of my Pound Store Plastic conversions.
Blog posted by Mark, Man of TIN , Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog 29 May 2018.
Some of my blog readers were pretty accurate in their view of what was in this earthy pile of broken lead. They variously identified: a bronco cowboy, an old toy racing car, a weird gnome, highlanders in kilts and guardsman. Well spotted!
The strangest of the lot was a metal dwarf or garden gnome figure. It might even be Father Christmas with the red paint?
As I cleaned the dry earth from inside and out, I recognised some broken bits as fragments of old lead toy soldier figures that I have in my collection by Britain’s and other makers.
Where I could, I checked them against my originals.
I use Gloss Acrylic paints and will eventually varnish the figures to get that old toy soldier look.
As I began to clean ready for undercoat and painting, I started on some simple traditional repairs using glue, wire and matchsticks.
Repairs may not be pretty but they are designed to be robust, using what materials I have to hand, and aiming to get these lovely figures fighting on the tabletop or in the garden again soon.
Another order of recast heads from Dorset Soldiers will be required soon to finish these figures.
I shall post pictures of the completed figures, like RLS’ poem The Dumb Soldier, back from the earth when suitable new recast heads arrive.
A very satisfying few days of tinkering and mancrafting.
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN, Bank Holiday weekend May 5 / 6 2018.