No toy soldiers in the pound store today. However I found these rough looking characters in a local covered market stall for baking and cake decorations.
I enjoy finding unusual sources of figures like this, adding some variety to the usual figures.
Hex marks the spot?
Figures are about 50 to 54 mm base to head, marked on the back ‘China’.
They are made in flesh tint hard plastic, crudely but colourfully painted to adorn a pirate cake.
Six colourful pirates for a pound! Proper piratey poses amongst the figures including a pegleg and crutch, parrot on shoulder carrying a treasure chest and another with shovel to bury it.
One has a knife carried in the teeth, keeping hands free for climbing the rigging and there are plenty of cutlasses amongst them. Good Treasure Island material here.
One of them with an oar looks like a girl pirate. They were all mixed in with the usual Cake Dec box full of sports people, so ‘she’ might really be a sporty female rower.
Figures like these can of course be repainted to make bandits, navy crews or other irregular troops.
The blue coated captain looks like he has a broken sword or pistol.
He was the only of this pose available. Should be an easy repair.
Huzzah for cakes of piratey death! Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest, yohoho and a bottle of rum … and all that.
Figures repainted this winter ready for more desert island duelling? Sadly the age old family sand pit is no more.
Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 7 September 2018