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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

C is for Cut n' Shut!

Having looked at the other 'halves' the other day, we'd better look at the remnants and what was done to them, but first; the Britains original.

With one of the kneeling chaps from the other day to remind, here's the Herald standing firing Indian, two originals to the left both with six colours, and to the right; a simplified paint scheme from later-on - four colours). Above is a vinyl Hong Kong produced one next to the kneeling pose.

But the two missing halves from the other day weren't married by Benbros, or Trojan, or any of the other 'suspects', it was Cherilea who did the dirty on Britains!

The left-hand figure in both shots is Cherilea's cut-and-shut job on Britains firing figures while the right-hand one IS the Trojan bandwagon figure, copied from Cherilea . . . or was it? Lone Star made the same figure and Plastic Warrior believe the same sculptor (surgeon!) may have been working with/for a number of these companies?

Hong Kong was cleared to replace the standing pose, but the replacement with his dandily dyed suede pyjamas is a lot easier on the eye than that awful squatting cowboy we saw the other day.

There was a darker maroon-red one (with blue feathering) I remember from my childhood which I'm still looking out for, and it will turn-up, these aren't uncommon, and I need two anyway - to steal a base for my mustard yellow chap!

Above him is a comparison between early (UK) and late (HK) vinyl figure, the PVC chap is a little smaller, this could be down to a new mould being smaller, or the shrinkage of the softer material?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

T is for Tin Men

But not THE Tin Man (Aurora did one!), nor actually tin at all, they're plastic and armour was thin wrought iron I think, not tin or even steel? Yeah - I'm waffling again for an opening paragraph aren’t I, shocking! Never mind - it's only a box ticker for the insectophobes!

Timpo, more from that folder I found on the dongle, paint colour variations of the early versions of Timpo's 'solid' knights.

Plastic colour variations of the later Action-packs.

That's it - they're common as muck in a mess-tin!

R is for the Real Small Scale World!

I'm well behind with these, I've taken lots interesting stuff in June and July, but these are actually from May! I'll post soldiers (or cowboys!) later.

Sheild Bug - I love shield bugs, they're the best, like little alien knights in camouflaged armour! This is a Forest Shield I think?

Chafer - one of the lesser chaffers, common Garden Chaffer or something. And Insect porn! Oh baby, is that your wing-case or are you pleased to see me!

Caterpillar - There are so many caterpillars in green with a pale stripe down them I daren't try to ID it as a rank amateur, but it'll be one of the Whites . . . probably!

Weevil - or not? My absolute all time favourite insect might not be the weevil it appears to be at all, but rather a faux-weevil called the Aspen Beetle or Byctisus Populi, although given the size of most of these (common on our hazelnut) I think they may actually a weevil, the weevil the Aspen pretender is pretending to be - if you have an aspen rather than a hazel?

Bees - A selection of bees!

Mixed - an Ichueumon Fly (kind of parasitic wasp) or other wasp, possibly a Field Digger top left, a Hover-Fly below it; possibly one of the Sun Flies and two shots of a Cockchaffer or 'May Bug', they never come out - the flying shots - camera doesn't know what it's looking at, or where!

Lilly Beetles - invasive species, damaging, they both died, but they're pretty.

Friday, July 21, 2017

R is for Rootin' Tootin' Six-gun Shootin'

Like the figure we looked at the day before yesterday, this started life in Herald's stable, got taken-in by Britains, simplified and sent to Hong Kong for its sins. It also got copied by nearly every Tom, Dick, and early British plastic producer, along with several in the colonies!

This image has been on the blog before, so we'll get it out of the way before we look at the original, most of these are now in storage, but more have joined the staff here until they can all be reunited! And the trio of 'early British' were photographed again before incarceration, while the Britains are here.

The top row - Britains, Britains - Hong Kong, Paramount, Hong Kong
Middle - Hong Kong, Speedwell, Speedwell, Trojan
Bottom - all Hong Kong

So, the original Britains chap was a bad-guy (all in black - probably smoked, almost certainly liked Country & Western music and definitely cheated on his women!), greyed-out in PVC after the move to Hong Kong production, he was finally brightened-up with a bit of a denim two-piece! He also got the separate base. I don't think I have all the versions, but the blue one has extended the sample slightly!

 
I don't know if my 'bad guy' is a shrinkage variation, or that the moulding was simplified in HK, but he looks cooler spitting death with his face hidden, even if you couldn't hit a barn-door at twenty paces with the brim of your Stetson over your eyes! But really - he's slotting some dude sneaking out of a side-alley, two cool for gun-play school!

The guys have swapped places from the first image, so we have Trojan dropping the hat to effect 'originality' on the left, while Speedwell - middle and right - didn't bother and just went with a straight copy, However with hat, shirt and sometimes 'kerchief' painted different colours, they make for more interesting figures than the Britains herald original.

Two recent additions, all the Speedwell figures are two-part moulds with a split-line across the base, and I'm always hoping to find a hatted figure with a smooth base, as neither UNA nor VP seem to have been associated with this pose yet, and a three-part version might be from one of them, but no luck so far!

Another Paramount has also come in; theirs is quite a different pose, although influenced by the Britians figure; he's an older, sheriff type, with a ten-and-a-bit-gallon hat, swanky boots with a cavalry turn-down type thing going on there, more balanced stance, he's begging you to think he fired six - feeling lucky? Punk!

Painting on this one's fuller than my storage copy with the hat, boots and fringe painted black, and further red-highlights on the fringe.

This chap has also been seen here before, but for completion - here he is again! The base marked MADE IN HONG KONG and 634. Following-on from Wednesday's post - I don't know if Benbros had a version of this figure? I certainly don't have one/haven't found one, although both Lone Star and Benbros have a whip-handed chap with similar posing.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

News, Views Etc . . .Regular Round-up

Usual, general collation of bits and pieces from the inbox, the national press and further afield, with a few links of things you may find interesting, or consider worth visiting.

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New Model Navy
In the 'i' on Monday the 22nd of May, there was an interesting editorial article/'infomercial' about how in 1667 our then Master Shipwright, one Peter Pett, in the panic of a Dutch attack up the River Medway decided that as he couldn't save the real vessels (all tied-up and crewless under the orders of Charles II while he negotiated the end of the second Anglo-Dutch war), he ought to save the exquisite models, which showed how to construct the 'new' Navy's vessels.

One of the saved models

Those who have visited the Maritime Museum in Greenwich (pronounced 'grenn-itch' - for my foreign visitors!) in the past will know just how exquisite they are. Anyway; long-story, short - the saved models and the tale behind them is being told in an exhibition 'Breaking the Chain' at the Royal Chatham ('chat-um') Dockyards until the 3rd September if you're looking for something to do with the kids over the holidays.

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General News
On the 25th June a stationary chain called Smiggle has announced plans to increase its workforce as sales increase, but not to open new stores - yet. I mention it therefore only because I don't know the chain (big cities?), but it may well prove to be a source of new or different erasers, pencil-tops and novelties, and we like that sort of stuff here!

Our glorious err . . . not quite leader (yet?) 'gettin' down wi' da' kids' during the recent election campaign, I was struck by the toy which seems remarkably un-different (is that a word?) from stuff companies like Tudor Rose were chucking-out 40 years ago! ♪♫"We'll-keep the yell-ow truckroll'ing"♫♪! That's it . . . you can read the rest later, off you go to work now - humming the anthem of revolution, my work here is done for the day!

The Hornby story rumbles-on with further press releases on the 23rd and 27th of June and the 5th of July, all concerning the management's urging of shareholders to reject the mandatory takeover-bid by Phoenix Asset Management - itself a major shareholder and the group who's management coup failed a few weeks ago.

The Stanly Gibbons story also continues to make the money-pages, with an approach by private equity firm Disruptive Capital, following the failures of Gibbons' own efforts in the last couple years, and of the plans of recent months.

Further news also on the Go story with the computer AlphaGo beating the current reigning world champion (Ke Jie) for a second time, the human claimed the computer was playing "Like the God of Go"! Once they are truly smarter than us, they will identify us as THE major threat to the planet's future.

Rod Stewart, yes the crooning popster; collects Scottish toy soldiers (and model trains!), so if you're a dealer with a particularly fine sample of Scots, or 'Highlanders', might be worth a try getting in touch with his PR people, you may be sitting on a Christmas bonus - if you know what I mean!

Poundstrecher (an occasional source of useful clearance toys) is in sales talks as it struggles with the slowly gathering Brexit recession - as we haven't recovered from the last [Banking] recession, that'll be fun!

Mattel have announced a whole bunch of Ken Dolls, including one with a 'man-bun' and another with corn-rows, I'm not exaggerating when I say we are in the end of days; Barbie's going to an gang-bang! Although the six CGI'd models in the 'i' newspaper on the 21st of May all looked mildly demented and incapable of satisfying Barbie without bursting into tears and needing therapy.

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Toys in the media

This has been used to advertise the Guardian's jobs edition in recent weeks, a CGI of a table football team which manages to cover every base as far as political correctness is concerned, well; it's the Guardian, you'd expect nothing less!

Tim'Maaaay!

Paul Morehead - editor of Plastic Warrior magazine -sent us this from PW Towers the other day, it's a whole battle! You can't beat 'Army Men' in articles, proper reading!

The downside of polymers in the environment was highlighted in this article in the 'i' a week ago - more here: Seafieldview Blog

Lego seems to be a main offender, but you can see here that Airfix and Hong Kong are not far behind, with Matchbox and Kinder both contributing - you may love this stuff, I may love this stuff, but this stuff will have to end. We must either find the strength ('good sense'!) to make these toys out of short-life, bio-degradable, vegetable-based, pseudo-polymers, or go back to wood and metals.

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Pepper Pig
Two Pepper Pig stories were left off the last 'News, Views' (buried under other stuff!), one being good news (if you're a Pepper Pig fan or a corporate bastard) in that Entertainment One (owners of PP rights) announced it was to produce 117 new episodes and had signed new licensing deals.

The other was also good news (if you're a hater of Pepper Pig or an anarchist) as share-values dropped 22% in Entertainment One after the Canadian-owned, British registered firm took a £47-million spending-hit on global restructuring and the investment announced in the other story - easy come, easy go, it's only money!

Lego's Bid for World Domination
Lego have announced that Merlin Entertainment will be opening another Legoland Discovery Centre, this time in Birmingham's Barclaycard Arena building next year, construction has started.

In a separate story, Lego are to work with Mencap the disability charity to find employment for learning-disabled people.

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Publishing

In mid-June Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl overtook Harry potter to regain number-one spot in the top 10 books for children list, suggesting the decline of pottermania is acelerating apace.

Under the headline 'Tolkien's Lord of the Wins' daily free-sheet The Metro reported the other day that his family have settled a law suit with Warner Brothers.

Obituaries
Still on publishing - obituaries this time sadly include Michael Bond, the creator (finder surely?) of Paddington Bear, while Grotbags actress Carol Lee Scott, Geoffrey Bayldon: Catweazle and Andy Cunningham of Bodger the Badger fame have all sadly passed.

The news yesterday that George A. Romero has gone too means that it's not just our childhood which is being buried but - increasingly - our teenage-years too.

Health and Safety
Not something I normally consider or think about, but a little girl died in April after swallowing one of those tiny little coin-like batteries, not some tragic suffocation as you might think, but because the stomach-acids break into the batteries, the acid's of which are far more powerful, and can do fatal damage, worth a thought if you have younger children. The lithium-cell was from an electronic car key-fob, but similar batteries are in a lot of toys these days, Lego mini-fig LED torches spring to mind.

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A Few Links

This is one of the more amusing things I've seen recently related to toy soldiers

Looks like fun if you can get there

This is a salutary lesson for arrogant people like you-know-who, more comments in three days than any five Toy Soldier blogs get - together - in a week!

Best pictures ever of one of my favourite toys

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Finally - Best Bath Bomb ever!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

K is for Ker'neeling Firing

Mentioning the piracy which was rife in the early toy industry yesterday, I thought it would be timely to have a look at what the Brits were up to, and mostly they were up to taking the piss out of Britians!

So, this is the chap we're looking at today, the Britains 'Herald' kneeling firing cowboy figure. Here are six, at the top the Multi-colour originals in brown, chalky ethylene plastic, the yellow-shirted chap having six paint-colours, the red shirted chap seven.

Below them is a pair of the later 'simplified' paint scheme figures, with four colours each on a more stable grey plastic and at the bottom a final pair of Hong Kong manufactured rigid PVC vinyl cowboys.

They too are four-colour, but changing the colour of the plastic makes them 'go further', while re-sculpting or a new tool has led to them shooting upwards more markedly, not quite the skywards of Airfix's paratrooper, but at the sneaky guy who was always in the upper-floor of the saloon!

UNA actually improved the figure slightly with a decent foresight on the rifle, they are also easy to spot with their television-screen shaped depression in the base underside of a three part mould. Speedwell are marked round the edge of a two part mould with the split-line running straight across the base. They are also slightly smaller figures.

The last figure in this line-up is unmarked and unattributed, but the suspicion is that he's a Hong Kong copy, both from the glossy paint and the glossy plastic. He has also had his head tilted over slightly and along with a general loss of detail over the previous figures is slightly thinner, a pointer to pantographing.

On the left is a definite HK version, courtesy of Darius who sent him from Italy, he is joined by another two Speedwell figures. The grey one looks different but only because some vandal has clipped his rifle tip, only for his pistol grip to be lost later to brittleness!

Markings on the HK copy include a very feint HONGKONG on one side of the base and either 03001 or 100ED on the other - I favour the former but it's not clear.

Benbros made some effort to pretend they hadn't bought a handful of Britains Herald originals before starting their own set, and Trojan - seeing an opportunity for 'originality' (bloody-hell Hugh - you've used single-quotes correctly!) among pirates - stole the Benbros cut-n-shut rather than the Britains rifleman!

For which you have to admire their chutzpah and logic; you can't be sued for pirating a pirate (by the pirate) nor are you as likely to be sued by the originator for a while, who will be after the first pirate, first - if at all?

Lone Star (above) also spotted the guy in the saloon bedroom, but clearly with help from Britains, although I think a previous owner may have spotted the shirts? While the chap from Cherilea (lower four) is a new moulding, only similar by dint of doing the same thing; not because he's a copy.

Helping the different look; he's wearing gloves and his holster is further round, and we see three base versions here with the small oblong depression in the base underside to the left, two with the shallow penny-depression and one (darker plastic) smooth.

For completion I include - here - the two kneeling figure poses from Hilco, these are pirated from earlier French hard plastic (or even metal?) figures and can't be mistaken for anything else with their wide-brimmed sombreros and dinky-little, chorus-line, cowgirl-booties!

The ultimate ignominy; Britains Hong Kong contractor is allowed to retire the kneeling guy and replace him with this piece of bent-rifled shite, a squatting, one-shot-and-he's-on-his-arse pose, apparently painted by trolls with broken-fingers! Four colours, separate base.

But it's not the end of our journey; as the cut-n-shut merchant at Benbros was so pleased with his six-gun conversion of the cowboy, he decided to use the cast-off to create an Indian kneeling rifleman; taking the head and legs of Britains archer to marry to the rifleman's torso.

Really - it's probably the topless torso from the standing Indian firing pose, but it's a nice idea! Trojan copied this pose from Benbros too, but I don't have one to show you, sorry!

Which gives us an excuse to visit these again (we've looked at them before here), just for the comparison. Two six-colour early figures to the left (the first is damaged, or maybe it's the the rare firing-last-arrow variant!), two four-colour intermediate, simplified-production in the middle, then from Hong Kong - a PVC integral based figure (five colour) and a late separate base on the far-right; four-colour paint-job.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Erwinwatch - he's back!

Or - O is for only....

One Response to Let It Go Hugh You Are Not Going to Win This One

...after four days!

erwin says:

July 14, 2017 at 3:30 PM

Sooner or later he will been as along as a shadow ghost .. Poetry? Idiocy.
His site is use as more politic constant attack than elseSurrealism? Muppetry.
He copywriting few quotes ,edit ,re-edit from others blogs to make looks accord to his post ,then twist and misinterpret always assuming as typical. Just a '?' here! Fucktard
A typical master spam twister of comments,very common seen around back desk hiding in shadows that when confronted in person runs away to avoid … err...let me know when I've run away won't you! Too funny - Cock.

Master spam twisters are very common round the backs of desks! H'h'h'h'h'h I can't breathe for fucking laughing . . . See! See them run from the shadows to avoid - now they've been confronted [in person]! HAAAAAAAhaaaaahahahahah! They're gonna kill'me these two, they make the Marx Brothers look like straight-men.

He is now coping (phew!) and pasting from other post any blogger who post something to then make an entire insane attack base in his opinion .That is plagiarism …. No it isn't, what you practice is plagiarism, I always attribute, link, acknowledge or name-check - Piss-ant.

He does not have idea who are our friends (Oooooo! Now I'm brickin'it!) and contact and assume our info is taken or plagiarised when we had receive personal permission to use it …
So i may have to get those links,author post their responses and info here (don't talk about it, do it - you should have done it when you quoted them, numb-nuts) plus the title of every book he does not have (how do you know! Split-pig) to see if he can buy then first and find out where is from.May be that will help him to educate (HAAAAAAA-haa-haa-haa!) himself more if he can afford get those other books that he had missed i have mention with title and author here before,even posting likins (is that what kittens do to ears? Fuckwit) for others to buy or get then as available if not sold out yet …Ha ha ha ha! Oh-god . . . does he believe this shit? Brain-dead fool.

He think he is rightful judge mighty master of opinion and self expert of assumption.
I had ignore every single comments of him and inform others admin blogger/forum of his activities against it .? ENGLISH - PLEASE! And you don't appear to be ignoring anything - Liar.

Every one who made a comment here or in other blogs has been mention by name or ID blog name and coping their post on his blog as to be use for a nasty derogatory offensive response towards all those he think are wrong… Heeheeheeheeheehee, People - Every one, make sure you only view me in a mirror-polished shield or you might turn to stone! Numpty.

It is very sad that unfortunately this great small friendly hobby has to deal with this unhealthy stain ('stains' plural, there's two; you and Stadinger) and those few admitting such person post in other places should think twice of it before as will also stain their site/magazine (Yeah, don't let me say nice, neutral things on your blogs, wait for an Erwin-to-Stadinger back-link or three!) .By now most are aware of this person and take action or else (are you're threatening 'the hobby' if they don't do your bidding?).Hope rest realize in time as well.
I’m glad x that results so far … (so am I - thanks to you my traffic's doubled in less than a year! And unlike your mentor I don't pay click-farms!)
best…

He's not just stupid and dishonest; he's on his own planet; Sell-five, planet of cockwombles.

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The above is the raving of a madman, and this most recent attack by Stadinger and Sell, is not only illiterate, inarticulate, miss-spelt, grammatically-unfocused, confused, factually inaccurate, petty, vacuous, inane-scribbling of little merit which fails to answer any of the questions I've raised about their shenanigans; it's actually starting to suggest mental instability from the pair of them.

They are so desperate to 'get it off their chests' they pay little or no heed to the presentation of the message, it's the hysterical ranting of little kids who haven't done their letters yet. But - they want to be taken seriously; they want to be taken more seriously than me? They want you to think of them as 'professional' - it's too funny.

Me? I'm an impatient, disorganised, ranting Blogger! And I'm very intolerant of idiot-thieves and liars - too many of them in government to put-up with them here too!

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And then I had a comment notification in Hotmail yesterday (Monday), which upon following the link to the post was not visible, neither was there a 'removed by author' message.

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "MTC is for Rack Toys!":

Thanks , I have recently been searching for information approximately this subject (?) for a
while and yours is the best I have discovered so far.
However, what
(what indeed?) concerning the conclusion? [There is no conclusion to the post, it's illustrative only!] Are you certain about the source? The packaging (in every image) had MTC on it - so; yes; I'm certain!

And - let's face it - this war has been going on long enough for you all to be able to recognise the only person in the hobby who's English is quite this bad (excepting his mentor's own efforts!).

Now - in nine years I have only banned four people from commenting; I think, the painted figure bloke - years ago, the suicidal Zionist - a couple of three years ago or so, the right-Johnson with his machine-guns and Mr. Erwin-too-fuckwitted Sell - a rate of censure of just over one-idiot per three years, or 0.4r of a person per year!

So the only conclusion (or assumption!) I can draw (as I don't pay for some fancy spam-software like the idiot Stadinger, finding Blogger's own firewall effective enough) is that the idiot Sell tried an anonymous post from his own [the banned] IP Address?

Dealing with those two Muppets is like dealing with a pair of post-lobotomised Forest Gumps.

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Stadswatch - just some more fuckwitted 'whatever'!

So that perennial comedy show Fuckwit's R Us hove back into town on Friday (as I'm sure you're all aware) with Boss Hog in the driving seat (Roscoe 'P' has been quiet for a day or two), having undertaken several times now not to have anything else to do with me, like all liars he's proved himself false as like all masochists his addiction got the better of him and he's back for more!

Green again; I toyed with blue but it has fascist connotations through both the Tories and Spode's Short Trousers!

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Let It Go Hugh You Are Not Going to Win This One Err . . . I've been 'winning' since you started this exercise in self-ridicule on the 17th December last!

Posted on July 14, 2017 by admin Well done! But why do you keep calling yourself 'admin' with a lower-case 'a', it's as if you want to big-yourself up but can't spell-big?

Let It Go Hugh You Are Not Going to Win This One. Well then who is? By the end of this 'article' you will have A) admitted to shadowing me (something you've denied several times) and B) admitted to intending to follow me some more, something else you've denied more than once, that makes you a loser, sorry; 'liar' . . . liar? Loser? Oh - Both! If you've lost it lying and I'm not going to win it - we're in a pretty pickle nes't pas?

It seems Hugh Walter can not accept that the Marx six inch cowboys were designed by Bob Lemmon. On the contrary, I accept he is responsible for Marx's figures and thought I had made that clear, I'm just saying they were copied from Simonetti's in the style of Simonetti, years after Simonetti had established himself as a figure sculptor, with that sculpting-style. He clings to the false statement that the Marx six inch cowboy figures were designed by Elio Simonetti. No, you're putting words into my mouth which just aren't in the origianl posts, in order to then 'score' a 'victory'? I've said - and am saying it here again - Marx's Cowboys & Indians are copies. This despite the fact that I have shown data and information that showed it was Lemon (no you haven't shown 'data', you've just stated it as fact), who did the figures. Not able to accept this he has come up with a new statement.

What I actually said

Let It Go Hugh You Are Not Going to Win This One The New Statement Hee-hee, you've gotta laugh!

Hugh’s new statement is “Marx was known in Hong Kong as the ‘supreme knock-off artist’ ” My reply is “So”  The Marx figures made in the United States are original designs (no they're not, they are copies of Fonplast-Fontanini, in the style of Simonetti's work). The Marx six inch cowboys were first made in America so they are not copies. No they aren't, they are 'after', the poses differ (are you getting all 'mix and confuse' with the Cane/DS/Mehanotechnica ones?) they are later, and even if they came out three minutes apart, they follow the sculpting style of the older, established, Italian sculptor; as all of Lemmon's work does, it's about influence, I never said what you want people to think I did and the posts are all there for them to check-back on.

Let It Go Hugh You Are Not Going to Win This One Marx Hong Kong A whole Marx Hong Kong? Does it include a little Port Tain Sang and three Blue Box factories to visit?

As to line on Marx being a “supreme knock-off artist” what is your source? I thought your reply was "so"? Now you want to get all irate after all - make your mind up! Marx from its Hong Kong Period did figures several ways.  They had new figures made such as the Marx Redcoats from the Warrior of the World series. Marx reused old molds from the United States such as the Marx 60mm cavalry once again for the Marx Warriors of the World serries. They did copies of other company’s figures some of the knights in the Marx miniature set are copied from the Britains knights.  Finally they used figures from other Chinese companies that had copied other companies. Thanks, but this has all been said on the Marx websites, it's been on TSHQ for 15, 20 (?) years and most of it has been in PW if not; certainly PFPC and its successor, it's pretty basic stuff, so; your point?

[He shows a Marx polystyrene AWI British soldier from the WOTW range]

That line  has no bearing on the subject.  The fact remains it is Bill Lemmon not Simonetti who did the figures. You have shown no solid proof. Neither have you! It all happened a long time ago, I have presented logical argument - you've just presented argument!

The line has every bearing on the subject, namely: that Marx was a terrible old pirate, and the statement was made in the chapter 'The 'Toy King' Discovered Hong Kong' in the book Toy Town by Sarah Monks, in the section dealing with the piracy of the Bild Lilly doll by  'LT' Lam Leung-tim of Forward Products later Forward Winsome, (Gina for Sam Seltzer's Allison Corp.) who worked closely with err . . . Louis Marx, Mattel (Barbie) and Marx's own Miss Seventeen (made by err . . . Lam Leung-tim) a scale-up of Bild Lilly err . . . like the 6" Indians are a scale up of Fonplast's!

Let It Go Hugh You Are Not Going to Win This One Stadsstuff The thought of wining 'One Stadsstuff' fills me with horror, so the fact that I will not, brings with it some considerable relief! Too funny, it's all too funny.

Next Hugh attacks  my using a .com for my blog (no I don't!). You do not need to have .com to have Word Press. Many people do. My .com is left over from my days of selling. I pointed out that having a dot-com allows you to falsify old comments by editing them after the event, that's all. "...Hugh attacks..." Ooowwwwh - you poor little kitten; don't let the horrid man drown you in a bucket of facts!

More so; he gets upset that he cannot change things while I can (No I don't - I was suggesting that comments on my blog can be trusted, but they can't on yours!). Boo Hoo (throwing my vocabulary back at me - again! Lack of originality!) then get a better program.  I use Word Press, one of the most popular blogging programs in the world (? I use the most popular; do I get extra points towards a free figure?).  It allows me to edit both posts and comments.  On posts I do corrections on grammar (Do you!? Hahahahah, really? I'd hate to see what they looked like before they were corrected!), spelling (Hahahahaha! Comedy gold!) or add new information (pity it doesn't have a punctuation tool). Comments are only touch [?] on grammar or if they fall into one of my restrictions, or if me or Erwin want to correct our idiocy. My only restrictions are no degoratory [spell] coments [spell] based on race, creed, religion, gender or sexual preference.  No curse words; I see and hear enough of that.  Do not post your email  as I do not want spammers to get it. ???? Baffle them with illiterate, miss-spelt, un-punctuated, illogical-grammar . . . and bullshit?! You change your and Erwin's errors, that what you do! And invent the odd commenter!

These preceding two whole paragraphs are based on his having misread or miss-understood what I was saying, because he's a fuckwit. He really is tilting at windmills here! And Blogger - as I use it - is a platform not a program!

I was making a point about veracity, that's all, I'm not upset - it's almost a pleasure to prove his dishonesty with nothing more complicated than 'before & after' screen-capchas!

Stad's . . . err . . . 'correcting grammer'!

Let It Go Hugh You Are Not Going to Win This One Airfix I have all the 'One Airfix' I need!

[He shows an early Airfix commando - again]

As to his Airfix comment (what Airfix comment? Stadinger now goes off on a flight of pure fantasy!) at the moment the only thing I can say he is grumbling about his  comment that did not get posted.  I put this figure up on site to see if anyone could identify it.  Peter Evans told us it was Airfix.  Hugh did likewise except he added one word (Fuckwit, I said fuckwit! Because he's clearly fuckwitted, or was it fucktard? He's a fucktard too). Akismet got the comment and treated it as spam. (Akismet is the spam blocker for my site.)  I happened to look at the spam to see any good message might be routed wrong. ( I will not go through 301 spam pieces as I recently got in one sitting.) Hugh’s was there and I would have posted the comment except the word he use was very derogatory.  The clean version is stupid people. (? No, me neither, what the fuck does that actually mean (remember it's been corrected for grammar!) he's losing the plot! Or talking to the KGB - "the bats fly south for thanksgiving", "The kettle is in the tea-pot", "The Stadinger is a fuckwit") So it got sent to the trash as it was unprofessional. Ah yes, 'cos Stad's is a 'professional' with his articulate erudition and command of the Internet! Too funny!

I would not have said anything but Hugh brought it up. No - I didn't.

The only mention of Airfix recently was in connection with the wanker 'Grand Turd Ordure' at Forum Gratuit 1:32 stealing 54mm HK swoppet pictures from my Airfix Blog pages and had nothing to do with the big 'I Am' at Stad's Stuff, at all, whatsoever, in any way, shape or form, but his self-absorbed arrogance and blind-stupidity know no bounds.

Let It Go Hugh You Are Not Going to Win This One [plus one] Final Thought

Finally [one] Hugh is upset that I am shadowing him. It is true I said I was not going to bother with him. That was a mistake which I have corrected.  You have been watched by me and will be watched by me. When you make stupid statements like one above on the Marx Cowboys. I will disagree. I have been doing it (what? Talking shit?) for 40 years and will keep on doing. Yeah? Try learning English while you're at it, it will give your wittering more gravitas!

One [other one - two too funny!] final item please when you reply to this use qoutes or paraphrase. Do not copy the whole thing as that is a copyright infringement which have done twice already. English please? It's not a copyright infringement if it credits the origin, this is a line-by-line rebuttle a legally recognised form of dealing with general fuckwittery! A link to the original will be provided, that is all that is required - acknowledgement of the original author; one: Paul Stadinger, fuckwit of this parish.

Well enough on this. I can’t waiting (priceless!) to see how many pages Hugh spews on this.

Comparing green to grey; a little more than you! But I'll add some below just for your amusement Paul.

Link to original - cut and paste into your browser - it's so much more scintillating in the original (I can lie too)! http://www.stadsstuff.com/?p=9745

Joking aside; where's the humour? I'm taking this crap less and less seriously yet I'm still wiping the floor with the pair of them, reading Stadinger is like listening to Andy Murray read the shipping-forecast. I appreciate that's a UK-centric point lost on most of you, but there you go, something for the domestic readers!

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So, to a few points raised by the above

  • ·         Having denied shadowing me several times since December last, he now seems to be happily admitting so. In the light of my previously stating I'll do a separate post on the subject; the order of utterance would therefore appear to be; Lie, lie, lie, cowardly admittance!

  • ·         Having stated he will have nothing to do with me and/or not bother with me, he has done so twice in recent weeks and again here, and now seems happily intent on continuing to do so. The order of utterance would therefore appear to be; Lie, lie, lie, backtracking-U-turn!

  • ·         As with his little fuck-monkey apprentice - you don't seem to be able to trust anything Stadinger says, or does.

This stuff is amusing, and it entertains me to continue. I did say in January that they had started it and they'd need to finish it, something they show no signs of doing, so we go on.

He keeps labouring the point of my excessive verbiage, while publishing half-intelligible stuff that is too long - only for being such a hard-read! People in glass-houses shouldn't throw stones and trying to rebut illiterate-garbage requires some explanation.

He doesn't defend any of his previous bullshit, he doesn't explain the comments he made - which he claimed he hadn't, he seems to have given-up trying to explain which of the three figure types Basa may or may not have carried or made and/or how or when? We're still waiting for January's 'Part Three', I'm definitely waiting for him to provide proof of where I called myself "...a master expert of plastic small “and all else of a course toys.”..." and I'd love him to find Port Tain Sang on a map for us - but he won't; because it's all bullshit and lies!

Telling me not to copy his post - again! I'll do what I fucking like to defend myself from his asinine, rancid, semi-literate, bollocky-drivel; the fuckwit! Especially when it's perfectly legal - it's too fucking stupid! And he does this whining about copyright while he still carries that piece of slander 'and all else of a course bullshit'!

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No, what he's done is switch away to another realm altogether, one which frankly bores me; Simonetti was active from the 1940's, joining Fontanini in 1945 and by the 1950's had established a style which is quite distinct. Lemmon seems to have flourished in the 1960's and '70's, the 6" Cowboys & Indians were all the rage at Birthday parties around 1970/72 as take-homes for the guests - if it was a nice day, there would be a hunt for them in the garden like Easter-eggs and if you found more than one you had to give the other to your brother - fussa-russa!

Now, Stadinger is right - I have no 'empirical' evidence, but I can put 2 and 2 together and stop myself making a Sell-five! Nor did Stadinger provide any, he stated Bill Lemon was the chap at Marx ('accepted knowledge' within the collection community) and I've not disagreed with him, just pointed out that that doesn’t mean they were first, or that Simonetti wasn't involved - if only by being copied. AND; all this was dealt with mid-June in two posts on his blog and two quick rebuttals on mine.

Stadinger is coming from a blinkered, puritanical 'toy soldier' or figure-only view, with a pro national-maker bias (he won't have anything said against Marx - or about Marx!), but it's about toys - in general, and Marx were terrible plagiarists, of tin-plate from Japan and plastics from Hong Kong . . . Swoppet guards, Monogram GI's, Merit accessories, indeed; some of the first Marx figures (as far as toy soldier collectors go) were wooden 'knock-down' flat figures 'after' McLoughin Bros - they were copyists from the off.

He [Louis] was also a womanising, self-publicist, who failed to see the future coming and it bit him on the arse! The 17" Bild Lilly clone being a flop, and one of the things that began the end of Marx - the first American volume-producer to move on Hong Kong, and one-time maker of 10% of all toys sold in the US in a given year . . . but everything dies.

And please understand that that's not a dig at Marx, or Americans or American toy makers; that WAS the Toy Industry THEN. The Germans all copied Elastolin, the Spanish all copied each other, the Italians and Greeks followed Marx to Hong Kong and bough other peoples copies of mostly British stuff, the British meanwhile were all copying Britains 'Khaki Infantry' and Wild West like it was going out of fashion and the French and Argentineans copied everyone! A simplistic thumbnail sketch, granted; but essentially true! Airfix were plagiarists in the beginning . . . Bergan/Beton from the 'States, Australian Pierwood figures, margarine-flats from Europe, the Aurora Spitfire . . .

Reading how LT took Louis Marx to the London registry office to prove he [Marx] didn't have the Bild Lilly patent he was claiming [to Lam] that he did have, only for the pair of them to then discover that Mattel hadn't registered Barbie either, and what that meant - for both of them, makes for fascinating reading, sadly it's clearly not reading that Stadinger has bothered to trouble himself with!

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Where he got the Airfix bollocks from I just don't know and he provides no clue, but it is interesting for two reasons; firstly, if it's the FG1:32 comment, he didn't read it properly and just assumed it was about him? Because he's an arrogant, pig-headed, big-head; it must be about him!

Secondly, now we all know he's glued to my blog like a limpet, he can't pretend he missed this link a few weeks earlier, or similar posts in the past. Those same figures have also been in at least two PW's and two or three versions of the Airfix special - most of which he has, or has had in his possesion!

They've also been plagiarised by FG1:32 where Stadinger is active. So he was only pretending not to know what it was. Why? Why would he pretend not to know something he's known for years?

More pretence - can't you trust anything as 'straight' on Stad's Stuff? He does it all the time; did the same thing with an 'unknown' [Starlux] stretcher bearer back in the Spring, then a few weeks later told everyone how he'd learnt about Starlux years earlier! It's all false; why?

Actually - I think I know why and it's really too funny, but that's for a future-post, now the war's back on full-throttle!

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The language Stadinger uses; '...channel it into other pursuits', '...adversarial site', 'Let it go...', '...not going to win' all point to where his mind is at - and it's a dark place, full of his own self importance and a delusional view of where he is in the hobby, what he thinks he represents, or indeed what the hobby is to him.

He sees other collectors not as fellows, but as adversaries, rivals, people to be beaten down or lectured to, people to 'win' against or have sent packing - a dark, dirty mind, full of shit!


And what was all that guff about Blogger or WordPress? Some sort of childish playground 'point-scoring' shit? In his dark head only! Grow-up, Stadinger. Funny; he claims to have done WordPress courses (plural), yet keeps writing WordPress as 'Word Press' - wrong!

If I were to give-up on the rebuttals (and the attacks), if I were to go off and do "...other pursuits" and if you're an English Language toy figure blogger (only a few worth worrying about) . . . he'd be coming after you next. It would take a year or so, he'd start to publish what you'd just published, but with 'new' contrary facts, he'd match your output, covering things he didn't previously cover, if you were covering them, taking a break if you did, he'd accidentally 'find' stuff which was found by you first . . .

. . . and then he'd find a reason to fall out with you, start a fight with you and the PSTSM would pile-in behind . . . ask Tom Terry of PFPC, ask 'Don', ask anyone who's fallen-out with Stadinger, I'm told there's quite a list! Or just keep watching these posts!

The real 'winners' here are the rest of you - whether you're 700 or a thousand is irrelevant and the rest of the world, all 7+billion of them think we're all a bit odd!

With things like the recent Speedwell armoured cars post, Stadinger momentarily raises his quality of output, while; with the steady ramping-up of day-to-day output (mostly contributions) as far as more posts go (he's probably doubled output over the last 18 months); he (or mostly his supporters) has [/have] given you more to read, look at or download - just don't trust anything Erwin says.

Although - increasingly - don't trust anything Stad's says either, his contributors are mostly straight guys, misguided, but straight, Stadinger however; is always after an angle, he's a little bit 'woo', a little bit 'wee', he'll nick your suitcase if you let him, he's bent.

The recent wholesale plagiarising of Italian published works - for instance - is a worrying trend on Stad's Stuff, as are the number of Internet images (Blue Box, Cane, Dulcop) passed-off as theirs, but coming on the back of the misrepresented Vectis shot back in December; one feels the two idiots are feeding off each-other's excesses and losing their grip on what's right and proper. Actually - I don't think they ever cared.

Therefore, the [relatively] small number of these antagonistic posts here (and there) should be regarded as a mildly entertaining, mildly amusing, yet mildly annoying 'price you have to pay' for getting more out of the old dog that is Paul Stadinger - for free!

And as to Stadinger's lattest spittle-flecked post? It's a question of fundamentalism; Paul has gone over to Marx'ist-Lemmon'ism!

Onwards and upwards! Evilentity Man out . . .