Happy International Star Wars Day

May the 4th be with you! Cross posted from my Man of TIN blog

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Some of my surviving vintage childhood Star Wars figures, each a month’s pocket money …

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/05/04/farewell-chewbacca-may-the-4th-be-with-you/

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Tim Mee Galaxy Laser Team figures

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An X Wing of sorts – cleverly converted jet model on an old fire station toy turnstile.

I wish Tim Mee toys (“Made in the USA”) were more widely and cheaply available in the UK. Whilst they can be tracked down online, the extra shipping to the UK makes them pricey.

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Captain Zap: Hands Up! The Turpentile:  Don’t Shoot, I’m an unarmed Armoured Space Turtle

Very kindly the Grand Duke of  Tradgardland, the Tradgardmastre himself sent  (via the D of T  P.O.)  these spare Tim Mee space figure poses for my collection and for Close Little Star Wars 54mm future adventures on the Back Yarden Planet.

Well it is the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landings …

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Definitely not Chewbacca or the Dredd Darth, sorry, Dark Lord.
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In space there are checkout jobs – or is this now  a self scan universe? Complete with unexpected RU1-2 droid in the bagging area. 
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Nicely detailed front and  back – I think Captain Zap with his laser pistol is channeling Flash Gordon and Dan Dare as much as Star Wars.
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Clever 2017 Tim Mee stickers for different teams or  space jets? Star Patrol vs Galaxy Laser Team.
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More Mercury 7 / Cosmonaut type suits. Very 60s …

These last figures look very Mercury 7 (think Sleeper 1990s Britpop album cover) https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mercury_Seven

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One of each pose  is enough for me as they should provide some good character figures to be supported and bulked out by Pound Store ‘space marine’ conversions and the lovely Airfix Star Warriors, Star Wars 54mm plastics and old Britain’s StarGards in my collection https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/in-a-garden-far-far-away/

Here is the Tim Mee website (search online for UK / USA suppliers but beware shipping!) https://timmeeusa.com/products/jl-timmee-galaxy-red-orange

Thanks to the Duke and Duchy of Tradgardland for this kind gift – a suitably magical  response is on its way. https://tradgardland.blogspot.com

These attractive figures wait on the painting table for suitable  colour scheme inspiration to strike. Hopefully sometime by International Star Wars Day on May 4th? Or the July moon landing anniversary?

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors 23 March 2019

Little Green Men Pound Store Plastic Space Warriors

I wanted to create a race of opponents for the Space Marines that I had previously made. I also wanted to capture that highly colourful 1950s Space look of Dan Dare or the 1930s Flash Gordon serials that survived into the 1980 Flash Gordon movie. To make these figures different from my blue and silver Space Marines I have painted them orange and gold, the joy of gloss Revell acrylics.

I also added a golden mantle or shoulder armour section using simple card label or hole reinforcers glued on and held in place with clothes pegs whilst they dried. When these ran out, I cut out the patterns in stiff drawing paper.

You can see their opponents the blue Space Marines here

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2017/11/05/poundland-space-marines-platoon-on-parade/

This is an attractive original figure, one of the ones that first attracted me to these penny figures in their £1 Poundland tubs.

The Space Commander figure is one of the most badly moulded and distorted of all the 12 pound store plastic warriors in the Poundland tubs. They make a possible space officer figure with a machine or Space pistol, along with a possible Desert Warrior with robes, shield and sword scabbard.

I look forward to getting these into action soon, using scaled down hex gameboard versions of my Close Little Star Wars rules.

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2016/09/25/close-little-space-wars/

Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN on his Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, 28/29 January 2018.