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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Le Toy Van Space Rocket

 

 

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Le Toy Van’s lovely wooden space rocket and blue pound store Space Marines …

On my travels I spotted a seaside toy shop which had this lovely  wooden space rocket from Le Toy Van for only £5.

I thought it would fit perfectly for my 1930s space troops from  Poundland / pound store 32mm plastic toy soldier conversions from 2017:

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

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Choose your colour of space forces – little green men …

https://poundstoreplasticwarriors.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/little-green-men-pound-store-plastic-space-warriors/

I also tried it out with one of my 50mm Tim Mee Galaxy Laser Team Space Men. At this size, this would be more of  a personal space craft than a space troop or squad transport.

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Le Toy Van do the three styles of rocket seen on the label. You can also see the  porthole astronaut sticker that I removed to make it more versatile. 

Le Toy Van, a UK firm, have a shopping website https://letoyvan.com/products/space-rockets-1

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Three colours of rocket …

I would be very tempted to respray another one of these rockets a more 1930s gold or silver.

Flash, aaa – aaagh!

Blog posted by Mark Man of TIN, 16 April 2019.

 

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