(Good) Plastic tat is sometimes hard to find, unless you order it. I noticed that with crackers this Christmas, they’ve all gone metal, or paper or eco. All well and good but …
In a world or oceans drowning in single use plastic waste (SUP), it seems worth giving some of this plastic an ongoing use or even a new use.
Some children’s magazines still offer the occasional useful bit of plastic tat, always worth keeping an eye on these in WH Smith or your local newsagents.
One random blind bag possibility are Kinder Eggs which with their Disney / Pixar overlap offer certain ranges and the chance of useful figures. Kinder Eggs are found in many outlets from about 80p to £1 each, the range (Frozen, Princesses, general) is often indicated on the foil wrapping.
At first I thought this was Pocahontas as a child, but I believe this is Moana the title child / teenage princess figure from Disney’s recent Moana cartoon movie set in Polynesia (a Disney movie which I have not yet seen). She is about 40mm in height, but scaled down as more of a child.
Another useful Kinder Egg Figure is (Princess) Anna out of Disney’s Frozen / Frozen II Nordic fairy / folk tale cartoon movie.
She is more approaching 54 mm in height, as an adult figure.
According to Wikipedia Frozen II entry: “Anna’s outfit was inspired by the Norwegian folk bunad, worn during the 1840s and 1850s. Typically made of wool, it had decorative embroidery. Anna lost the pigtail braid she had in Frozen because she is three years older in Frozen II …”
There are some simple folk motifs painted onto the figure. I didn’t know that a bunad is a generic term for a type of Nordic folk dress, many examples are pictured here: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bunad
You learn something new everyday.
Previously on Pound Store Plastic Warriors Kinder Egg Surprise section …
Olaf the Snowman and the Stone Trolls appear in both films
My Frozen collection is now enriched with:
a rather small but see-through plastic ice horse called The Nokk
“Pulling from Nordic folklore, the Frozen 2 filmmakers were able to create this beautiful character, a mythical water spirit that takes the form of a stallion. While gorgeous, this water spirit is a warrior set to guard the secrets of the forest and is dangerous to those not careful.” https://d23.com/meet-the-enchanting-new-characters-of-frozen-2/
a characterful Reindeer called Sven (again in both films)
and a curious fire lizard salamander character (who eats snowflakes) called Bruni from Frozen 2.
Anyway a cheapish way to acquire useful civilian figures and weird creatures, depending on what you find inside that chocolate egg!
Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 5 February 2023