Whilst picking up The Unincredibles ‘bootlego’ superheroes in Poundland this weekend, I spotted a sight for sore eyes.
A lone tub of the 32mm-ish PennyDreadful figures (as I call them after Ross Macfarlane said about them).
Ross MacFarlane of Battle Game of The Month blog described these cheerfully as “some of the crudest cheap plastic toy soldiers that I’ve ever seen but you have managed to rescue them and transform them into brave warriors!”
I had not seen these tubs in the pound store for months.
Forlornly, it was one stray tub of these Soldiers that must have been lurking at the back of a shelf, and sadly with a quarter less contents. When I first bought these it was 100 soldiers for £1. Now it is 70 soldiers for £1.
As somebody wisely commented on my blog, these are now not quite so Epic Battles. 30% less Epic.
I bought the tub anyway, for old times sake, as they will always come in useful.
The proportions of figures in each tub seems to vary quite widely too – this one seemed to have a high proportion of bazookas and machine gunners.
They could become great little figures with a bit of work.
Blogposted by Mark, easily pleased Man of TIN, on Pound Store Plastic Warriors, 12 February 2019.
Mid February 2018 – the same UK pound bought you only 70 troops.
The Epic Battles are now slightly smaller. Watch this space for Further Defence Cuts. (February 2018)
Poundland Defence Forces Update late 2018
Mid to late 2018 – The Epic Battles tubs of 100, sorry 80, sorry 70 figures are now none! Now is the time to invade Poundland … other than a few jointed 6 inch action figures, which don’t really count.
Pound Land is now defenceless. They have no troops left.
Do not be alarmed – these penny dreadful figures can be found in various packs online if you search.
The only Pound Store figures in Pound Land (UK) were these chunky blind bag / box Awesome Little Green Men – I bought three £1 boxes ‘on spec’ (December 2018) to see what these were. Going going gone January 2019 … now series 1 is ‘unavailable’ these collectibles are worth £5 to £6.
The same scene cartooned in Clip2Comic app as a tribute to comic artist Stan Lee 2018 RIP.
As my belated tribute to the late cartoon superhero creator and artist Stan Lee, I’m pleased to have finally tracked down a couple of sets of Poundland’s finest Superheroes.
I missed buying these figures a year or so back and have kept an eye out in Poundland ever since. Today they were back in store at £1 a box so I bought a couple of packs as an investment.
To escape paying franchise fees to DC Marvel and Avengers, Poundland have invented some new cut-price super hero figures of their own.
They come in four different main colours – red, blue, yellow and green.
Red Rage – all Red muscly bodysuit and face mask
Arrowhead – in Blue and red with and an arrow design on his face mask
Centrum – in Yellow bodysuit with worrying target on his front for villains to aim at.
Green Force – Green and red body suit and green face mask.
Thankfully although the Poundland Superheroes (designed by the Anker Group KFIG-PL) are nominally named, they leave their individual superpowers to your imagination.
Centrum sounds like he should be part of some disappointing and dull global or privatised utility company who fails to turn up on time and doesn’t complete the job to your satisfaction. His secret base has no answerphone service or point of contact.
Maybe Green Force is a gardening or lawn repair service superhero, able to restore your patchy lawn in return for cash?
I quite like the range of expression from smiley face to angry or aghast. You can of course swop heads, legs and bodies around.
Good to see some multiracial block figures as well. A couple of female figures might have been good – unless Red Arrowhead with the painted cinched in narrow waist Is supposed to be female?
Some female block hair might do a conversion job but they do have very odd block heads, unlike the Lego stud attached hair.
Lego heads swap onto the Poundland neck stud quite well and the hands carry Lego style accessories, tools or weapons well. They also stand up on Lego studs well enough.
Other cut price Superheroes are available …
Worth pointing out for pound store balance that UK high street budget retailer Wilko or Wilkinsoalso does their own “bootleggo” range called Blox with some attractive bulk packs of civilian and military figures, compatible with but a fraction of the price of Lego figures. There is a fun superhero girl or superhero fan with a Boom! t-shirt in the Wilko Blox set.
Compatible with other leading brick brands, these Poundland figures are four superheroes for a £1, compared to £2 to £3 for the average Lego superhero mini figure blind bag.
At 25p each, there are no accessories, but you can easily make your own superhero capes out of paper from a Lego template using fabric or paper and a hole punch for the head hole.
25p Man anyone?
Blogposted by Mark, Man of TIN (no comment on his cut-price super powers either a softer metal version of the Man of Steel) on 17 November 2018.
And finally here is an interesting YouTube compilation of the many graphic novel picture tributes drawn as farewells to the much missed Stan Lee (1922-2018)
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
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.
The original pound store plastic 36mm figures are shown alongside the conversions. These kilted colonial figures have been made and painted from modern figures using kilts from PVA glue and tissue paper.
These are inspired by rewatching Carry on Up The Khyber and represent the 3rd (Foot and Mouth) Highland Infantry, those ‘Devils in Skirts’. This isolated guard patrol of three Highlanders form part of the focus or rescue part of my latest Colonial skirmish game.
You can see more of these pound store conversions and of Carry on Up The Khyber film stills that inspired the painting scheme: