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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, November 19, 2017

W is for Well, Well, Well . . .

I've had a lazy few days this week - as far as the Blogging goes, I've been busy doing other things, but it means the post pencilled-in for today probably won't happen 'till Monday (it's Friday in real time!), but I have got a new queue formed, just not finished sorting out the images or texting them up with blurb!

So this is a quickie that was ready to go, and Monday's will post later in the day than usual, if at all!

You see an awful lot of this stuff, there was David Winter (was it? John Winter?) the local lot over Alton way with their Cotswold bollocks, while these Lilliput Lane things turn up all the time, this was £1.45p in a charity shop, a bit pricey really; for a charity shop (as far as my purchasing habits go!) but with no chips (common with this stuff) I picked it up; the size helped.

It's funny, I'd been looking in a modern 'chain' jeweller's window, a few minutes earlier, at a bunch of glittery, enamelled animals and thinking "All these will be in charity shops in a year or two for two-quid-ninety-nine!" They were so heavily decorated it was hard to tell if the base medium was metal, ceramic, poured resin like this well, or an injected polymer.

As a species we have become conditioned to take our pick from a monumental pile of shite, and there's no stopping us. We toy collectors justify our activities with the thoughts that A) we are saving 'old' things, B) it feeds our need to hunt, C) presses a nostalgia button and that D) any shite we pick-up along the way is for completion - to tell the whole story, or for a 'project'; but I can see no similar excuses justifying the collecting of resin blobs made yesterday . . . unless they are pirates in plaster-blocks - of course!

But who wants to cover a mantle-piece or the glass shelves of a flat-packed 'shrank' in resin blobs of fictional architecture, or simplified, cleaned-up, examples of real, old buildings? Which - resultant collection - represents no real place or community known to man. This lump was probably fifteen or twenty-quid when new, priced as an 'entry-level' piece to draw in new collectors, the big pieces can be hundreds of pounds!

Don't get me wrong, I can see the justification for a touristy Shakespeare's cottage or White Tower model, but a collection of buildings you've never been to and mostly can't ever visit?

Poured resin is the simplest and cheapest of technologies, and these buildings are modelled not with skill, but practised technique; brick-work and tile work is hinted at with no attendance to scale, and the decoration is likewise technique-driven (washes and dry-brushing) rather than artistic; bright, blemish-free colours leaving the subjects looking like illustrations from a kid's storybook, brought to life! Rose bushes don’t look like that, a stand of lupins is half dead-petal brown!

And of-course the resultant villagey-townscapey thing you end up with on your shelf of treasures has no constant scale, and few small details! However, for war-gamers the larger (in 'scale') buildings can be ideal for 10mm gaming, the smaller for 15mm gaming, while the few pieces of street furniture - the 'small pieces' mentioned just now - can be suitable for 20/25mm gaming.

This is such a piece - with the bucket being a large water bucket in 20mm or smaller horse-feed/watering-bucket in 25 or 28mm?

Die you Britisher devils!
Donner und blitzen!
Achtung; Spitfire!
Gott in Himmel -Teufuell!
Englander Schwinehund!
Mine Beutelmaus hat verstopfung!

Crappy resin well -
WELL-BRILLIANT!

Saturday, November 18, 2017

C is for Coming Soon . . . or Came and Went!

The 'came & went' is because you will recognise various bits as having been Blogged in the last few weeks, but these plunder posts seem to generate quite a bit of interest if the stats are to be believed, so; this is some of the stuff which has come in over the later summer and autumn.

August and September's bits and bobs sorted and waiting for the attic door to open, there's a Sandown Show's worth here (September's) along with several bags of moshlingkinderpops from a charity shop! Looking at it; we've had about 40% on the Blog already, the rest will be filtered-in over the next X-years!

On the left are my show purchases at Sandown Park last weekend, less the stuff I purchased from Mercator which are on the right, there's a scale distortion, with the right image having been collaged bigger than the left image. We looked at the Lucky dude the other say, the rest are very-much on the back-burner, but we may look at the two Cherilea animals as the paint is so good!

This lot came from 'Jim' who was supposed to send me his eMail or feeBay ID so I could credit him properly, but he forgot! Anyway he's a fan, or at least visits the blog and let me have these for very little money and there's all sorts of interesting stuff to be filtered into future posts.

I feel a little guilty about the Charbens Guards, as I had them, thinking - in poor light - they were the rubber HK-manufactured ones and because they were in a large bag which was useful for putting the rest of the sortings in and it wasn't until I got them home I realised they were what they were, and I already have them - in similar condition, so I'll take them back to him at the show in March!

A certain S.P. tried to liberate the Marx Wild West lady within seconds of my paying for her, but I will do a comparison with all the other versions next time I get the Marx box out, so she stayed!

This was the floor findings at the end of the show! The suitcase opens (dolls?) and the astronaut is from Dinky's moon-buggy I think?

Jim has been trying to bring a load of bits and bobs to the show for me for a while, but with table moves and such-like it didn't happen for a couple of shows, and he had it ready for last Saturday but forgot to put it in the car. Kindly he posted it to me, and on Wednesday this-lot turned-up mid-morning!

All sorts of interesting bits and pieces, but mostly one's or two's, so things which will filter-in to future posts; gap-fillers rather than 'box-tickers'!

Does anyone recognise or know the origin of the 6" GI? He looks to be from a larger toy, with base-plugs on his feet, possibly a heavy-weapons crew-member or AFV mechanic? I'm guessing 1970's or early '80's, Hasbro, Kenner or Mattel type 'Big Box' toy of some kind?

Other highlights are some nice flats, two funnimals, a Blue Box knight with original kerthunker (I believe students of such things refer to them as maces!), a lovely stacking policeman in an early styrol; I've only previously seen clowns like that, various bits of Cherilea and a Hong Kong cave man, he's often found with his fig-leaf missing so nice to get him fully-wardrobed.

We will look at the Gem (here carded as 'Ge-Models') bagged set in close-up soon, do a comparison of those paratroopers with some we've seen here, some of the Khaki types can go to that page and the Bergan/Beton-horsed figures will go on the Airfix page dealing with them, so all useful grist to the mill and thank you Jim.

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In addition to the above; Small Scale World has received two parcels from Peter Evans, some of which have been blogged, some still to come, various other Charity shop bargains (some still in edit), again some in the queue of articles, some sorted into the pile, one headed for the still-in-edit composition page (don't ask!), and there have been some stand alone things like the boardgames.

Brian Berke has sent lots of shelfies in the last three months, and I've been taking a few, I also weakened and bought something - previously seen as a shelfie - today (a few days ago in Blog-time), which will post tomorrow and there was Ed Berg's package of 1950's Khaki polymer. It's been a good autumn - thanks all!

Friday, November 17, 2017

T is for Two - Bear News!

It's far too early for the Christmas decorations to come out, we are quite traditional and while we rarely leave it 'till Christmas-eve anymore, mostly because it takes several days to dress the tree now and we have friends who often work Christmas and they like to see it before they decamp to Warwickshire for three weeks, but we can still get in the mood here at Small Scale World . . .

. . . by looking at the bears; not THE bears, they are still in the attic, but the new recruits! Four this year, and there's still over five weeks to go, I'll bet at least one more signs-up for tree service!

Meanwhile, Christmas isn't Christmas without a big, feel-good, family, comedy-movie, and this year it's Paddington does Porridge in Pentonville Prison. . . apparently! Brian Berke sent this shot of his wife's medium-sized Paddintons and it looks like three of them have done tree-service at some point . . . it's what well-mannered bears do!

T is for Two - Shelfies

Just in time for Christmas, you may want one or the other or both of these!

Currently being cleared through TK Maxx here in the UK, Schleich blind-bags . . . err . . . blind-packs! You get two figures for 4.99 (I gave them a miss!), which as I've seen these for seven-odd-quid each seems a bargain, but then a few years ago you had £7.99 Revell Epixx reappearing as Blue Box for 4.99, only for most of them to pop-up in Poundland for a quid! So you pays your money and takes your choice with this 60mm+ PVC stuff.

Safer ground with these up-scaled, sub-piracies of the old Galoob sculpts of Starship Troopers, this time from Lanard, but across the pound; "only at Walmart", you lucky buggers, but I'll be checking Asda, just in case! Thanks to Brian Berke for sending these shelfies.

I just love that a sniper is crawling around on the lid, shooting-up the store!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

F is for Follow-ups - Combat Soldiers

Technically I'm a 'toy soldier collector', but it's a long time since the collection was more than 50% military, if it ever was, and even if you include all the cowboys & Indians, armed spacemen, the sailors and airmen, it probably won't get far over the halfway point! But I try to deliver a decent number of green 'army men' here, and these are follow-ups to they!

I've known for some time that my Taffy Toys stretcher has damaged carrying-handles, so I was very pleased to pick this up at Sandown the other day. We've seen them before more than once and with Brian Carrick's also on the Khaki Infantry page, they've had a lot of column inches here for 8 or so poses of odd-scale, odd era figures, with non-service weapons!

Also of interest with the new acquisition - he has clear signs of paint? The fleck of green on the pillow came off the base of one of the Timpo Brit's he was bagged with for a few days - I suspect, but the flesh seems to be all his, what's left of it! Given the number of other companies [possibly] in the frame with Taffy, could one of them have had a painted issue? For instance those TN Thomas space figures have a painted PVC version; alongside unpainted PVC and polyethylene issues and it's not 'firm' that they all came from Thomas?

We've seen the Chap Mai Land-Rover quite recently, with the figure frame Blogger a while ago, but I picked-up a few spare figures so shot them with the 'rover, and then looking for something else found this . . .

  . . . which is the whole set, beautifully shown-off in a box-opening type video, but she can't resist playing with them, para-drop AFV's! And THAT's obviously what the funny thing under the Lanny is - that fouls the carpet - it's for attaching the para-drop frame and parachute! I've got to find the whole set haven't I? . . . God knows where I'll stash a two-foot-by-three-foot polypropylene Hercules!

I believe it was sold here as an unbranded generic through both Argos and Index (before the latter folded), but may have been branded to either of the stores or Chap Mai (but not in the catalogues) and will have had different packaging and/or branding in different markets.


I had one of those anonymous eMails from an anonymous fuckwit with the misfortune to be born fuckwitted who suggested I had used the same few figures to pretend I had all three sets of the DFC-MTC  Mini Military Playpack's I posted on the Hong Kong small scale, Giant or Not Blog back in Rack Toy Month, he said "I guess you think your [sic] clever and you tricked folks", so - fuckwitted one - actually I think I'm clever 'cos I can guess which 'folksy' side of the pond you reside! 

Dude - if I've got all three boxes and all three playmats, I don't think it actually matters how many of the figures I might have in your addled brainbox. Wotafuckwit.

To add weight to his conspiracy theorising; there may well be a difference in the figure count of one set (or two sets) compared to the three published posts as I found a crawling figure on the floor a few weeks later and added it to the Battle for Berlin set, as A) it only had one prone figure, B) it only has one vehicle and might have an extra figure and C) I didn't want to upset the count of the other two, when B has some validity!

And I can't be arsed to check my own posts to further 'trick' folks! Sometimes you do have to wonder why you bother . . .

 . . . anyway; while I was at it - I did a better colour comparison!

Also now on the Gaint... Blog, but shown here in last year's RTM was the Wing Lung post , and here's the missing larger scale base mark, it's not quite as neat as my 'from memory' graphics, but it's not too far removed!

F is for Follow-ups - Lucky / LP

I've been photographing all sorts of odd-and-sods in the last few months, had bits sent in by readers/followers, had three hardly-used photo-sessions at Sandown and several decent purchases in Charity shops, and I'm starting to sort some of it out into some sort of order, and we'll be dipping into it all between now and Christmas, starting with a few follow-up's to previous posts here at Small Scale World.

This is one of several additions to the Luck Toys box in the past few months, the others being either duplicates or below! He's missing his arm, but he came in a mixed lot from a charity shop, so A) I was stuck with him and B) it turned-out he was a new variation of base mark, but only for this figure, the base actually tying-him in to the firemen, some of whom have the 1112 coding, along with the race mechanics.

This was 50p at Sandown Park toy fair last weekend, he seems to be another of the Lucky, Clifford, OK [et al] figures, but not one I'm familiar with and the first in the larger 54/60mm range with the smooth base in a flesh-coloured styrene plastic of the generic 40mm figures we looked at here.

He's a paint conversion of a Minimodels racing-car driver, having a cigarette before the race, from the Scalextric series, but he's also lost his fag in the Hong Kong pantograph!

Ages ago we looked at the LP divers from the cake-decoration range (they were also sold from racks - witness the Lifeguard carded set in Plastic Warrior issue 166), with an addition from a reader a few days later; here are two more which came-in back in the summer some time.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

P is for Paint Your Own! These Are Mine!

The reason I was light on critique, running through the earlier posts today, was that I wanted to bring them all together as it'll be god knows when we look at them again, and because I'd not shot the rears or obverse sides in the earlier photo-shoot! Call it loose-ends!

So . . . are they worth getting? Yes.

Firstly - if you do what I did and buy the deal-pairs they work out at £1.25p each; per figure. Now the average price - of all the figures in a sizable collection - is around £1, once you add up all the single figures, bags of shite, expensive lots, five of these for a tenner, 8 of those for a fiver, "Give us a couple of quid" (15 figs when you get them home and count them), charity-shop bags, it's about a pound a figure on the year, say. . . and let's be honest here: A) that's the intrinsic value at most, and B) that should be what you're always aiming for, this isn't Mesopotamian antiquities we're collecting here!

That's for the 54-60-mil bracket of course; it's about 50p per figure if you're a small scale collector, it used to be about 10p averaged over the year, but the big bags of HK shite don't happen anymore and I regularly watch mixed, loose, lots of HK/Airfix/Revell/Esci getting bid-up to silly-money on evilBay, so it's about 50p now.

Therefore one-twenty-five for brand-new, larger scale figures is a bargain.

Secondly, they are worth having, they are mostly decent sculpts, original designs (question mark over the Dinosaurs) and of a reasonable size for one task or another whether adorning a self, joining war-games armies, or getting a starring role in role-play!

Thirdly, they might very-well help bring youngsters into the collecting fold.

These are a tad on the small side for 54mm, at around 50mm dead, but they are delicate little princesses, so having a slighter countenance whilst standing next to your Starlux Napoleonic officer types won't be that incongruous?

They are single mouldings (only the Magical Beasts are multi-part), quite well-done, not very cartoony and 'different', these are nice figures, will paint-up well and are definitely worth a punt.

The real disappointment is this set. Don’t get me wrong, it's savable, they will make worthy role-play or D&D type character figures, the Centaur is a bit too-chunky to join the Merten versions, even though the scale's about right.

But overall, this set is cartoony in execution, it's not severe and can be hidden with paint, but it's also flashy (the only flashy set) and will need a lot of 'cleaning-up' and then there's this problem with the separate components not fitting and while I've had half a go at two of them, they'll all need work.

It's a shame because they are relatively unique in this vague scale range of 28-40mm (ignoring the [baby] Dragon!), it's like they came from another factory . . .well they probably did, no; that's not strictly true; I think the Princesses and the Magical Beasts share an origin, but the Princesses - being stand-alone sculpts - are more easily, better finished.

I'm glad I've got a set, but it's definitely caveat emptor if you go and buy them, I'm not recommending this set - sadly. The Griffon and the Werewolf/Ogre will probably swing-it if you do decide to buy!

Which is a point worth making actually; the book-box covers do lift; in-store, so you can check the contents of all the sets before you purchase.

Happy to recommend this set though, if Dinosaurs are your thing, these are lovely, the plates of the Stegosaur - for instance - are very fine, rigid enough to hold their shape, yet soft enough to escape rough-handling damage, surface detail is fine and they remind me of the WHSmith ones a couple of years ago, or those nicely painted ones which keep turning up in different pound-shop brands, TK Maxx et al.

While these are almost the cream of the crop, I'll try and track down an answer to the 3/4 sculpts question mark (Google says: x2 duplicate pose . . . fussa-russa!), but they are lovely sculpts, the horns are a bit disappointing, but if you remove them, you instantly have some really nice-looking horse-flesh, or if you texture them (the horns) and paint them up they'll look equally good as larger unicorns in 28/40mm scenarios or small unicorns in 54-60mm settings.

They are 35mm to the shoulder and about 50 to the crown, and may be copies of the Breyer 'Horse Crazy Surprise Horse Painting Kits' range of blind-bag craft collectables, with an added horn?

For the hell of it! Nine colours to work with if you purchase all four sets, but there are other sets as I said earlier today and maybe the owls or one of the plaster-casting sets have a grey, light-brown or some other colours?

All four sets are piled-high in The Works; Fleet, Basingrad and Farnborough in the last few weeks and still there last time I looked, go; check 'em out for yourselves, don't take my word for it - it's only an opinion! And if you wouldn't be seen dead buying stuff like this in the high-street . . . they'll start turning-up, badly painted, in mixed lots at car-boot sales or in charity shops in about 18-months time!

P is for Paint Your Own Unicorns

From the cover you'd be forgiven for thinking this was going to be wetter that the Princesses, someone in the marketing office came to the same conclusion, with the result the models have been put on the cover, which is useful!

Of the four sets today though; this is both the best of sets and the worst of sets, but it's all marginal!

Same as the others - only different!

Same as the others etc...

So, to 'the best of sets'; these are some of the nicest Unicorns out there, dense PVC with all the properties of polyethylene, they are anatomically horse-like, with fine detail well moulded. However; there appears to be only three poses with the first and third being the same.

It's hard to tell from the cover, but I think the one at the back left is a Photoshoped version of the one in front of it? I will check the remaining sets in the shop however just in case it's a mistake (as if they are different, or supposed to be; they are similar in every way; other than those two rear legs, and fit the shaped blister tray), yet, the box does state 4 unique models?

But also to 'the worst of sets'; the booklet has a collection of very simple games and puzzles, while the paints have two reds and two blues leaving little for wider artistic scope, but the 'projects' are all in the pallet of the cartoon artwork, so it's of no consequence if that's what you've bought them for!

Even the backdrop is the poorest of the four . . . won't stop me reusing it at some point!

As last! I would also point out that all the booklets have a separate RRP on the back cover, stating £4.99, so may be (or may have been) available separately somewhere at some point? With the whole set also RRP'd - to 12.99; two-for-ten-pounds are a bargain.

P is for Paint Your Own Dinosaurs

There are various other sets within the Activity Station range, there's even another set in the Paint Your Own theme - Owls (! Should I?), but with at least two peg-doll sets, various cheapie-Playdoh-substitute related sets, plaster-casting, beads and the like they are well worth a look if you are shopping for younger relatives in the next week or two.

Third Time Today!

Third Time Today!

Scenic backdrop - Check! Four PVC Models - Check! Camera - Check! Batteries - Check! Photograph - Check! Stegosaurus - Check! Brachiosaurus - Check! Triceratops - Check! Tyrannosaurus - Check!

The models are denser PVC and differ from the others we've looked at today (which are all unmarked) in another way, they are clearly marked down the belly "MADE IN CHINA", they also look similar to other dinosaur models, but without comparing all the boxes of them it's not an easy call - there are thousands of toy & model dinosaurs out there, yet the bulk of them only cover about 15-20 'headline' species and three poses; standing, walking and running, so they do all look similar!

The booklet this time covers various dinosaurs (in addition to the four 'project' breeds) with thumbnail sketch-biographies and there's a simplified timeline of the eras. The graphics of the booklet are firmly geared toward a Jurassic Park meme, while the box is attempting a more 1950's pulp-look I think, but not that successfully.

With black, white, the three primaries and green; I think the Dinosaurs get the best six-pot, paint-selection of the sets we've looked at.

Third Time Today!

P is for Paint Your Own Magical Beasts

No - Once you've painted them they won't help you win the lottery or stop that bloody Walters' [with a s!] blogging, they're not that kind of Magical Beasts, the word they needed was 'mythological', but it's too long and complicated for the target age-group of The Works 'Paint You Own' Activity Station sets from Top That Publishing/Tide Mill Media. But mythological they are.

Did I say earlier that they are seven-quid each or two-for-ten-pounds, in The Works now; this one is aimed as squarely at boys as the previous one (posted below) is at girls, and it's no good quoting some califon-eye-ay PC bollocks at me, some things are as old as the hills and gender-preference is one of them, sure tomboy girls will love this set and glass-haired Quentin's will want a set of Princesses . . . well; I've got one and I 'aint no nancy-boy! What-choo sayin'? Ooo's the daddy round 'ear!

Same format, same pack-drill; artwork is Hobbit'esque, the mighty Smaug, a bit of a disappointment when you see the model!

Four models, 6 paints, brush, booklet, card backdrop . . . tray . . . book-like box.

The figures; this time we have (from the left again) a Dragon, Centaur, Werewolf and Griffon, so two from heraldry and two more fairy-tail/fantasy types.

You may have spotted in the previous shot that these are more complicated models, with the problem of undercuts solved with multi-part construction; these have been fettled badly (if at-all?) and then seemingly glued in a hurry with no effort, as a result they are relatively easy to pry apart and trim to fit, before being glued together again.

I glued them with my go-to for PVC; plumbers sealant. The brand I'm using at the moment is Polypipe SC125 Solvent Cement (active ingredient: bisphenol A-epichlorohydrin epoxy resin [AV MW<700]) which wealds PVC instantly. However it's an old tub and has started to dry-out, so it needs to be blobbed-on with a toothpick, which fills the joins nicely as it shrinks tight on fully drying (overnight).

You can also see the 'Werewolf' looks more like one of those alligator troopers from 2000AD (was it the Judge Cal storyline?) and will make a better troll or ogre or even 'The Beast' for a Paint Your Own Princesses' 'Beauty'.

The Centaur got the same treatment and the other two need work, but I did these two for the photo-shoot!

Confirming the brush quality compared to the quality of the usual 'craft brush' efforts, it's a synthetic squirrel or sable, and won't last long, especially if you use it with old school spirit enamels, but for the purpose at hand, not too shabby at all!

This time we get a green, but at a cost to the blue, which one needs for all the other blues, and purples, so a bigger remiss?

This booklet gives potted histories of other mythical (Unicorn), fantasy (Ents), folklore (Black Shuck) and even horror (Dracula) beasts between the painting 'projects'. The fold/crease-distressing on the booklet and box is deliberate graphics, not my having sat on them for years!

Another useful scenic backdrop we will see again occasionally.

Again; the Consumer Info. panel for those who want it, and you may have worked out by now that there's more to come . . . Dinosaurs in a while!

P is for Paint Your Own Princess

Currently in The Works for seven-quid, or two-for-£10, but going fast in the consumer-fest which precedes the celebration of the non-birthday of the Little Baby Jesus, are these 'Paint Your Own' sets with four figures to paint, contents are 100% China, but the whole thing [idea/concept?] is licensed to Top That Publishing and copyrighted to Tide Mill Media at the same address.

We're talking princesses, and if you think there's more than a passing resemblance between these 'generic' princesses (hey; you get four of 'em in one place - and they become pretty generic!) and the princesses of a certain Florida-based culture entertainment house, you'll be on the nail!

Attractively packaged for the coming season, the cover lifts to check the contents which pull from under the window in a tray. The brush is a good one, not the usual stiff 'craft' effort with the same bristles as a tooth-brush; always the biggest disappointment with this type of thing when I was a kid - even 'household name' model manufactures used to put shit brushes in their 'starter kits', jeeze!

Here are their Royal Highnesses; they are in a medium-soft PVC vinyl resin, about the same consistency as bendy-toys, but without the bend! What I consider 'standard' PVC! And they each have a name . . . auuwh . . . bless!

From the left and moving to the right we have; Princess Olivia of Aqualand (it's very wet), Princess Sophie of Varovia (Russkie = fake-news central), Princess Georgina of Ratania (it's a rodent's nest) and Princess Alice of Galantine (artist running out of ideas!) and I'm not making this up - somebody else got paid to do that! Where do they advertise these jobs? "Wanted, copy-writer - must be capable of mawkish nonsense" . . . I could do that!

As you can see there is also a cardboard backdrop, which I have to confess will feature here again from time to time, like the little flower-meadow thing which came in one of the Insect sets (I think?) about a year ago, and which has reappeared from time to time; so this will prove useful with other cartoony, fantasy or girly subjects I'm sure!

The booklet that accompanies them has each princess given a painting 'project', between which are relatively brief versions of old fairy tales involving princesses! This illustration reminded me of the old Ladybird Book on the Princess and the Pea, but I think it's all new artwork.

Six water-based PVC paints are included - mercifully full, unlike that magazine premium Tardis we looked at ages ago, along with the useful brush, no green - you have to mix that yourself - although, despite mixing instructions in each project for all the pinks, mauves and purples [deemed necessary] there is no instruction for green, but let's face it -  it IS about the first thing we ever learn . . . along with playing the triangle and spelling 'Granny'!

The Consumer Information Panel. If you're wondering why I've said so little about the figures, it's because that's coming later.