Timpo figures in Toy Soldiers short 1999 film

Toy Soldiers is an intriguing and funny little film, only six minutes long, made in Canada in 1999 (based around a toy soldier poem or anecdote by Al Rae), all about a young Al’s desire to own a certain rare cereal box toy soldier Teutonic Knight to complete his collection.

Young Al Rae played by child actor Matthew Mahaffy

Synopsis – “A young boy, desperate to complete his set of toy soldiers, betrays a friend to get what he wants.” Creative team – Writer/producer: Catherine May Director: Jackie May

You can watch the film free here: https://nsifilms.ca/toy-soldiers/

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0253831/

The figures are familiar Timpo figures, displayed on egg box plinths

Union American Civil War, Waterloo British, Indian Chief, Arab Warrior, Confederate Civil War, American War of Independnce British, Eighth Army, Waterloo Scots Piper, Waterloo Prussian …

and to complete the set the long sought Teutonic Knight who lived at the top of a Lego stand at the house of Brian, young Al’s rival collector who has a complete set.

These Timpo figures were familiar figures from my 1970s childhood, bought in Action Packs and recently reissued by Toyway (now shut).

Glasgow born poet writer and film actor Al Rae (who narrates the film and plays himself as an adult) now lives in Canada and is now known as Lara Rae, https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lara_Rae “Lara Rae (born 1963 in Glasgow, Scotlan), formerly known as Al Rae, is a Canadian comedian, best known as the longtime artistic director of the Winnipeg Comedy Festival and as a performer on the CBC Radio One comedy series The Debaters…”

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 19 September 2021

Pound Store Plastic Warriors 5th Blogaversary

Another year of Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog posts have come and gone …

Nothing much new in the pound stores this year. Good to see these still around. Poundland – my Shelfie 2020/21

Thanks to my loyal regular blog readers and new followers who have found my blog over the last year. Your likes and comments are always welcome.

This marks the fifth Blogaversary or anniversary of the first post on my Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog, dedicated to affordable gaming or “Little Wars on a Budget”.

What’s happened since last September and our 4th Blogaversary in 2020?

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2020/09/13/pound-store-plastic-warriors-4th-blogaversary/

Nothing much new in the online Pound stores this year? 2020/21

What with ongoing Covid restrictions I have only been into pound stores a couple of times on the high street only for ‘target: toy section’ for a minute or two.

And visits to charity shops, jumble, steam fairs, junk markets? None.

This paucity and Covid drought of penny dreadfuls and plastic tat has been relieved partly by some kind donations from blog readers of old unwanted Airfix figures, some great samples of Hing Fat 54mm figures from Peter Evans and also from strategic reserves laid down in the past.

These strategic reserves are laid down according to my Pound Store Plastic Warrior wise hoarding maxims –

1. “Buy them when you see them, they’re sometimes only around for a short while”

2. “They’re only a pound”.

3. “You may not need them now, but in the future …”

2020/21 saw a couple of games using Pound Store plastics ranging from snowballing fights of Yukigassen in August …

To an RLS “Land of Counterpane” game in April on an old squared blanket …

Some mistakes – octagonal ‘hexes’ in this budget reconstruction of Games Workshop Lost Patrol for Pound Store space marines … the well known eight sided hexagon, that one …

Some curious Pound Store conversions, padding out the more expensive Chintoys plastics or old lead …

October 2020 onwards: My Arma-Dad’s Army Elizabethan muster or militia Home Guard 1588 1595 slowly builds using Pound Store knights

This of course having Spanish Fury Conquistadors and Armada troops means Aztec types are a natural match or extension (Peter Laing style ‘dual use figures’ )

With found cheap scenery from scrap … inscribed stones, temple steps, obelisks …

The Super Cheap Wargaming group on Facebook has been good for such affordable scrap terrain ideas as well.

Sometimes my Pound Store Plastic Warriors posts crossposted material or projects from my Man of TIN blog (main blog) or linked to these including:

Fembraury – The new BMC Plastic Army Women becoming Women’s Revolutionary Army of Parazuellia, part of the 1960s Morecambe and Wise comedy film The Magnificent Two whose other government and rebel troops will be padded out with Pound Store GI copies …

January 2021 – Scrap modelling Edwardian style with E Nesbit’s Wings and the Child on the building of Magic Cities

and January also involved archive history research to identify more about H.G. Wells’ connections, family and friends involved in playing his Floor Games and Little Wars c. 1911-13. Well our Pound Store Plastic Warriors strapline is “Little Wars on A Budget”.

Who knows where 2021 and 2022 will lead us?

Thanks for reading and following.

Blog posted on my Fifth Blogaversary 13 September 2021

Poundland Shelfie 100 soldiers packs May 2021

**** Delayed post from late May / early June 2021 ***** shelfie photo *****

I had to go into town for a medical appointment on a quiet day at the end of May 2021. With a few minutes to spare, feeling more Covid secure after two jabs, and masked up, I checked out my local poundstores for the first time in over a year.

In Wilko there were no Lego compatible blocks, block ‘pick and mix’ and no toys to be seen. Maybe nothing until Christmas …

However Poundland, wonderful Poundland, had these “penny dreadfuls” (as some unkindly call them) back on sale at a penny each in bags but tubs as before.

Check the shop label: 100PCS – £1 – 1.00p each

That is affordable gaming – and two colours / forces per bag!

I had a closer look at the packaging during March this year (Lockdown 3 Non essential retail closed) https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2021/03/22/new-battle-squadron-packaging-for-the-penny-tuppenny-dreadfuls-100-toy-soldiers/

Only two colours available in each pack (ready made opponents) green and silver grey, Union Jack versus German flag and flag mound. This, I suppose, is what makes it a ‘Soldiers playset‘?

The packaging had the same type of green and white star generic flag, which I rather like.

Unlike the packaging suggestions, there are no free helicopters, greenery or walls inside, just two colours of troops and two flags and two flag mounds.

Poundland, still the home of affordable budget wargaming!

Blog drafted by Mark, Man of TIN 30 May 2021, finally posted 2nd September 2021.

Found Object Mixtec Temple

An Instant Mixtec Jungle temple with that interesting brown cardboard packaging.

Just needs a slightly larger square box or two underneath and some steps for that ziggurat / jungle temple / pyramid effect.

It also needs an altar, better than my biscuit one. Somewhere I still have the Atlantic 1:32 altar and Greek civilians and temple figure with animal sacrifice set, which I painted in the 1980s.

Figures from Chintoys 54mm Mixtec and Zapotec set

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2020/11/28/manotincas-or-manotintacs-54mm-south-american-tribal-warriors/

and Priest(ess) or Prince(ss) conversions

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2020/11/29/im-going-to-make-you-into-a-princess-cosmetic-surgery-and-facelifts-for-toy-soldiers/

Alternative Atlantic Wall

This brown papier-mâché mache packaging is very versatile – a few days earlier it was part of the Atlantic Wall for a D Day type landing scenario.

Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 7 August 2021.

Pound Store Snowball Fight Squads

It’s now August, thankfully a bit cooler again in the Southwest UK as it has been unusually energy-sapping hot in the last few weeks.

So in the summer sunshine, my thoughts naturally turn to snow and snowball fights, continuing the work on simple snowball fight rules with Alan (Duchy of Tradgardland) Gruber.

Toys For A Pound Online – Soldier offerings 2021

https://toysforapound.com/search?type=product&q=Soldiers*

These figures have a useful snowballer figures (below left) in the form of these 45 mm-ish plastic copy of the Matchbox 1:76 / 1:32 US WW2 Infantry grenade thrower.

There is another figure throwing a grenade (centre right) who could have his rifle /SMG cut away as needed to make another snowballing figure.

The second toy soldier offering from Toys For A Pound Online 2020/21

Specia Forces! Still attractive pricing, cheap plastic Soldiers for a Pound 2020/21

Amongst these 42/43mm-ish plastic figures (top left) is again a useful copy of the Matchbox 1:76 / 1:32 US WW2 Infantry grenade thrower.

Very useful to convert into a military snowballer, as he is also quite well wrapped for winter.

The officer with binoculars (bottom left) can be an umpire of the Snowball fights.

These should be in action fairly quickly in a snowball fight scenario.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 2 August 2021

Odd Plastic Hong Kong Copies from Ian Dury

I recognised the Atlantic Roman figure No. 5 but the others?

Fellow Peter Laing collector Ian Dury recently sent me some 15mm Peter Laing Victorian Parade range figures (that had come originally from Tony Adams) and added some spare Airfix AWI figures to add troop strength to my ImagiNations armies. Thanks Ian.

Ian also included a couple of Hong Kong figures “that I might find interesting.”

Clearly marked Hong Kong on the base, so pre-1997 handover?

One (no. 4) looks like a scaled down OOHO version of the Greek Trojan Herald figures of the 1960s? They should be able to join my Airfix Roman figures.

The encyclopaedic site of Small Scale World by Hugh Walter mentions and shows these figures 2 to 5 as Giant related Hong Kong figures. Thanks Hugh!

Part of Small Scale World HK Romans long blog entry

http://smallscaleworld.blogspot.com/p/blog-page_10.html

Peter Laing 15mm Victorian Parade series figures alongside the plastic Indian on a pony

I noticed that the Native American Indian warrior on horseback is a close match for Peter Laing’s slender 15mm figures, so he shall no doubt join them in action one day. He should fit in well once the tail is fixed with some simple drilling and a pin link for the tail.

Peter Laing’s horses are quite distinctive or as Phil Barker described them in his 1970s KTG: Know The Game series Wargaming booklet  “Horses sometimes a little strange”. This often helps you pick out Laing figures amongst job lots of old 15mm figures.

The plastic Ancients will join the Airfix and Atlantic figures that have survived from childhood for future repair, painting and gaming.

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 25 July 2021

Airfix OOHO British Paras painted at last

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog (sister blog to this Pound Store Plastic Warriors blog) –

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/18/airfix-ooho-british-paratroops-chubsters/

I have finally painted my OOHO Airfix British Paras after forty odd years, these tiny cousins of the much pirated pound store copies of the familiar 1:32 version 2 British Paratroops.

X Files image of those familiar 1:32 Airfix Para clones from my post
https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/25/its-behind-you-mulder-and-scully/

Trivia fact – The scarce Version 1 of the familiar 1:32 Paras from 1969 were large copies of some of these OOHO figures. Now scarce and mostly crumbling, I have about three bashed ones of them left.

More Airfix OOHO images on the original blog post … enjoy!

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/18/airfix-ooho-british-paratroops-chubsters

Toys for a Pound online pound store Build and Play series WW2 and modern 1:72 tank kits

£1 each – “Assorted – One supplied” – so you don’t get to choose which aircraft or which tank.

These snap together kits sell individually (so you can choose your model) for £5 on the Tank Museum website with some favourable reviews. Webpage for these toys on Toys for A Pound

You can see more of the range of these kits on the Tank Museum web site or this eBay site.

Random assorted modern aircraft kits also available in 1:65 scale. Again you can see the range at tonycottrell2010 eBay site As with most pound store products, once they have sold out …

I haven’t bought or tried these Build and Play kits, they may be good for gaming, steampunking or kit bashing.

However I have bought from Toys for A Pound online store , buying their very cheap modern Plastic Soldiers and Military block figures.

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2021/03/20/online-pound-store-plastic-warriors-affordable-joy/

https://toysforapound.com/products/military-characters-4pc-block-figure-set?_pos=2&_sid=bebdad370&_ss=r

And their Special Forces

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2020/12/29/specia-force-more-christmas-toy-soldiers-from-the-online-pound-store/

https://toysforapound.com/products/special-forces-soldiers-mini-army-figures?_pos=1&_sid=9b09b6b90&_ss=r

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN 14 July 2021

Popsicle Landing Craft?

Storm those Normandy beaches!

Vintage version 1 1960s OOHO Airfix US Marines recently rebased and painted https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/06/07/from-the-halls-of-montezuma-airfix-version-1-us-marines-1963/

Invade that Pacific Atoll with your new Popsicle landing craft!

One of the happy curses of gaming and scrap modelling is the inability to look at what something is supposed to be used for, without rapidly working out how it could be recycled or repurposed for the gaming table.

It’s summer and the DIY lollies or popsicle makers have arrived.

What else could these be?

A shame that Lakeland or Lekue or whoever don’t manufacture more of these popsicle moulds in blue or grey or camouflage. That light green is a little too light and one tone.

A pleasant diversion here in Pound Store Plastic Warriors land from making landing craft out of milk cartons?

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2019/07/21/milk-carton-creation-no-1-cheap-landing-craft/

Enough Vintage Airfix?

To make it properly a Pound Store Plastic Warriors post, I have reshot the landing with Pound Store type play mat backdrop and figures and found cardboard scenery, Atlantic Wall style.

Blue clad marine infantry (Airfix US Infantry copies) and light tank support versus green infantry (ditto) with bizarre rocket and searchlight battery.

Blogposted by Trash Puppy Mark Man of TIN on 11 July 2021

Vintage Airfix AWI British Grenadiers paint conversions to King’s Guard ImagiNations

Crossposted from my Man of TIN blog on 4th / 5th July 2021:

Vintage Airfix AWI British Grenadiers paint conversions to King’s Guard #ImagiNations

https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2021/07/04/wip-kings-guard-paint-conversions-of-vintage-airfix-awi-british-grenadiersvv/