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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.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Thought for the Day 19

For the complacently over-optimistic . . . .

I know not with what weapons
World War III will be fought,
but World War IV will be fought
with sticks and stones.

- Albert Einstein

S is for Shelfies 2 - Imperial (Walmart)

Brian B was also busy after Christmas with the shelfie-habit and managed to shoot these, and I'm very pleased to see stocks of them are still out there, as I tried to buy two of the three sets earlier in the year and found myself dealing with an idiot! Surface to say by the time I didn't get them, the seller had reimbursed me three times and invoiced me twice more!

Imperial, the US jobber is currently (was  recently?) shipping these in from China, and while the 'army men' are the same ones we looked at twice back in August and have also looked at on other occasions here at SCW - being the Tim Mee cold-war warrior, GI-clones, the other figures are less common takes on cavemen, ninjas, pirates and zombies.

While the 'Zombie Responders' are another source for other-colour copies of Tim Mee's. And it would seem that while we know the GI's come in a bunch of poses, the other four appear to have more limited sculpt-counts?

Ninja's versus pirates, what can go wrong?!! Quite a lot actually, the ninjas would presumably win, but they need to melt-away into the night and it's not easy to melt-away into the night on 70-tons of oak waiting for a breeze, so that leaves . . . the Marie Celeste!

I think I'm right in saying I've seen these for sale in bulk on Amazon or Alibaba as capsule toys and they also came in long 'toobs' 45 vs 45 figures.

Imperial cave-men versus army men, 15 figures each, one lot armed with semi-automatic assault weapons, the other with rudimentary rock-wheels and err . . . .rocks! Even less even-handed than the last lot, but we know that in the B-movie it would seem altogether more balanced with a cliff-hanger every 15-minutes just before the 'message from our sponsors' which is where the kids heads are supposed to be at!

Hay, call it cynicism but people get whole repeat series' commissioned out of M16-owner's failures to deal with the slow, shambling, bits-falling-of, undead!

S is for Shelfies 1 - Bullyland (TK Maxx)

Been busy with shelfies, I notice TJF Stadinger has posted some shelfies too, well, if Small Scale World's on to an apparent winner; you'd better copy me for a bit of reflected glory or get left behind, huh? But they're old hat here, we're on to 'Thought for the Day' for this year's meme and the incredibly-dim-one's already a month behind if he want's a slice of that! Too funny! And chess-set shelfies at that, but then I've mentioned chess sets several times in the last few months, so they need to get aboard that bandwagon too. . . funny!
As it happens; these are not brilliant shots, but they give you an idea what's out there - post the holiday season - and while I don't collect this stiff myself I know some people are failing to resist the upward trend in 'scale-creep'.
The post Christmas sale-off at TK Maxx included a few Bullyland PVC's** and I shot some the other week, these two are both from the 'Princess' (Disney) range, even though one is clearly not a princess! They're also on the big side at 70+mm.
** Actually they are 'PVC Free' so one of the new synthetic rubbers such as ethylene vinyl acetate: (EVA), styrene-butadiene-rubber (SBR), ethylene-propylene-diene-monomer (EPDM) from the new class of thermoplastic elastomers (TPE's), hybrid silicon, nitrile, or Nora Rubber, all sort of synthetic-PVC's! The trouble is none of them state their polymer, so will continue to be tagged 'PVC' or 'Silicon', depending on their properties as defined by visual/manual inspection! . . .WAKE UP!
A pair from a movie or TV show (haven't heard of it) also Disney, one character looks a bit US 'Preppy', the other more Hispanic, Mediterranean or Arabian. If I can find a link it'll be here [Disney TV], but I don't lose sleep over this stuff!
Making a return to SCW, we've looked as Frozen stuff in several sizes and from several makers over the last four or five years and every time I get the that effing 'Let it go' earworm from the Crimbo-day singing doll round my bothers about four years ago stuck in my head! An incident which has clearly scared me for life! And if you tried to switch it off - it just stated again . . . in Spanish!
Dejarlo ir . . . Dejarlo ir . . . Dejarlo ir !

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Thought for the Day 18

Politics is the gentle art of getting 
votes from the poor and 
campaign-funds from the rich 
by promising to protect each from the other.

- Oscar Ameringer 

F is for Follow-up - Large Scale Figures

Back to 1:1 (from the other day's 2:1!) and both Brian Berke and myself managed to encounter plastic figures (albeit glass-reinforced plastic (GRP)) of conversational size, conversational that is; if you happen to stand next to them with Mr Magoo  levels of myopia! How rude! I only said good-day?!

This has replaced the knight we looked at a year or two ago, outside the local toy shop - yes; the same toy shop who hid their nutcracker at the back of the store! I'm guessing these come from some Playmobile (or PR agency) people-store! I wonder what will turn-up next? I'll keep an eye-out!

A  cartoon-related figure from Brian came as a result of the Giant lady the other day, it's from something called Rick and Morty (by/on Adult Swim) which seems to have totally escaped me! More can be ascertained here! 'The poop in my pants' . . . have they found our level?!

P is for Picasa-Clearer . . . Taylor and Barrett Rickshaw with Chinese 'Coolie'

I use the inverted commas as I believe the term is now considered derogatory, at least by some, but that was its title/description back in the day, it was also sold with a Zulu 'cab-driver'!

Another bit of hollow-cast metal, again from Adrian (thank you Mr. Little), and an unusual piece; not re-issued in plastic, either, I believe, so you either have a lead one or no-one, or look at the pretty pictures above! Actually they're not the best images I've done, but they give a flavour of the thing!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Thought For The Day 17

For those still looking for a new year's resolution . . .

The best time to plant an oak tree
was twenty-five years ago.
The second best time is today.

-          James Carville

News, Views etc . . . still a bit groggy!

Hope to be back up and running 'proper' in a day or two, but still feeling a bit blurh! Loaded some bits for tomorrow and Thursday.

Here's another three stretchy, smiley, silicon-rubber aliens from Tobar/Hawkin's Bazaar by way of Picasa clearance!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Thought for the Day 16

For cynics everywhere!

The word 'politics' is derived from the word 'poly' meaning 'many' and the word 'ticks' meaning blood-sucking parasites.

                                                 - Larry Hardiman

Monday, January 15, 2018

Thought for the Day 15

For those who don't look in a mirror often enough . . .

Everyone is as God has made him,
and often-times a great deal worse.

- Miguel Cervantes

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Thought for the Day 14

For those who don't fucking swear . . .

Under certain circumstances,
profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer

- Mark Twain

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Thought for the Day 13

For the thoughtful . . .

God loved the birds and invented trees
Man loved the birds and invented cages

-          Jaques Deval

News, Views etc . . . dying!

If you're reading this I haven't posted anything new until at least next Tuesday, due to my imminent death from man-flu! I posted Fridays stuff on Thursday while half-asleep and then [probably] went back to bed, where I had been for the preceding 24hrs, and yes; I know there are worse things happen as sea, but I'm not at sea, I'm at sixes and nines!

Still, yesterday was the 12th, and today is a Saturday, which can only mean . . .

. . . it's exactly four months to the best show of the year! Which is just the news you need in on a grey January day, full of flu!

Come back on Tuesday, there'll be something here!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Thought for the Day 12

For anyone who thinks to decive . . .

A half-truth is a whole lie

-          Russian Proverb

P is for Picasa Clearance - Matchbox WWII British Commandos

Took these in 2013, so well over-due for their Blog appearance! Bit of a box-ticker, but it'll all be here one day!

A couple of colour variations; with a washy, apple-green paddler and a pale, greyish, olive-drab boat.

Note the 'Spruletts' on the right-hand figure, in a mint set they all should have one or two of them.

Baseless and prone figures, I'm missing the ladder (and possibly a couple of figures?) but I only started collecting the large scale nine-years ago! And I think you'll find the small-scale set in/from the tag-list to which these have now been added - box ticked!

D is for Dunderheads (Sterwin Watch)

Well, it's like shooting fish in a barrel isn't it? They wanted to open a new front on the day-to-day ID'ing of figures, spent last week not knowing their own space figures or failing to comprehend the term Amerindian and then this priceless piece of fuckwittery from TJF turned-up;

It's Selcol you dimwitted dunderhead, you think to correct me on a foreign figure I said I didn't know, yet appear incapable of copying a name from the magazine - presumably - open in front of you! Still - it's nice to see I'm not the only one driving your output in 2017, you have no original ideas in you, do you; no imagination?

I'm so surprised he thought it was the non-existent 'Secol', in fact I'm so surprised . . . went to floor . . . and x else . . . Yadayada!

After Mr. Churchill - the dog!
Sacul - Oooh yes! Oooh yes! (British, Mr Lucas)
Salco - Oooh yes! Oooh yes! (British, Salco-Toytown)
Secal - Oooh-nononononononoo! (See Sacul or Segal?)
Secol - Oooh-nononononononoo! (Invented by Paul 'The Jabbering Fuck' Staddinger)
Secor - Oooh yes! Oooh yes! (US, Jerome Secor Manufacturing)
Selco - Oooh yes! Oooh yes! (Portuguese, Leeway Selco)
Selcol - Oooh yes! Oooh yes! (British, Selmer-Selcol (MPI), Selcol Products Ltd)
Segal - Oooh yes! Oooh yes! (British, Phillip Segal)
Segom . . . (that's enough sec's and sell's! Ed.)

Of course - it's only a typo (albeit repeated!) but if he's going to pick me up on minor points I'm going to remind everyone he gets it wrong several time s a week! Pot and kettle, goose and gander . . .

From the 'here's how it works' Department.

First the cock-wakin' monkey-lizard is sent to Vichy France to demand answers;

Who made it !??? Not even a 'please'; now he may be intending to be polite, but because he clearly gets an illiterate 5-year old to do all his typing it's hard to tell!

A couple of hours Googling later (allowing for the differences between British and European Summer Time and Eastern Standard Time) and he's waxing lyrical, well maybe not 'lyrical' chapter-&-verse as if he's the 'Walking encyclopedia of toy solders' one of his more sycophantic supporters put it a while ago.

No he isn't; as I've said before and will say again, he makes it up as he goes along when he's not stealing other peoples efforts without credit, he didn't even thank the chap who told him where to look - for reasonably common 1970/80's Polish figures?

I'm so surprised he thought it was French, in fact I'm so surprised . . . went to floor . . . and x else, etc...etc...! Too bloody funny; these Muppets are too bloody funny.

". . . more Central and or South American . . ." try 'Amerindian'! You're both Too Funny!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Thought for the Day 11

For the junior members of Vichy and the PSTSM . . .

Men, it has been said, think in herds,
it will be seen they go mad in herds.
While they recover their senses slowly,
and only one-by-one

-          Charles McKay

P is for Picasa-Clearer . . . Rubber Cat-Girl-Lady-Woman

Peter Evans sent me this just before Christmas, and apart from 'Thank you Peter' I really don't know what to say about it, or what to make of it, so I offer it up for your delectation . . .

. . . it's a silicone-rubber, Cat-woman - super deform, full of water! I dare-say there is some alcohol in the mix to prevent greening, although you have to really squeeze her to make her transparent (as the pastor said about the actress!) and she is marked with the usual DC Comics licensing panel and on the base a 'KXAA'. The disc-marking is a production-date code thing.

The nature and properties of her material have left her a bit hirsute! Meiow! Google reveals they are called 'Mashems' and they cover Marvel as well . . . 

Kev's Toy Fun

The KXAA turns out to be a radio-station in New York, and the Mashems are actually made by Tech 4 Kids - New tag!

S is for Sterwin Watch . . .

Did you see what I did there, sort of like 'Amerind', except it's Stads and Erwin!

Being the latest nonsense from Paul 'The Jabbering Fuck' Stadinger (TJF) and his cock-wackin' money lizard; Erwin 'Makin' it up as I go Along, Again' Sell. Crappy Post but I can't have the two idiots thinking they're getting away with it!

How fucktarded is he? . . .

. . . This fucktarded apparently! And what the hell is an 'A. American - brackets - Peruvian' when it's at home, some unleavened bread, an Arizonan wall-builder? Still it’s nice to know he has a hand - for all that cock-wackin'! Too funny, just too funny!

I could have used the word 'Mesoamerican' but I would have been on shakier ground, so I used the cover-all (for a figure I'd admitted I didn't know 100%) . . . 'Amerindian' . . .

. . .  which was the correct word to use, this is the Oxford University page, but there are others - all saying the same thing! In point of fact had a tossed the coin for and got Mesoamerican I would have been spot-on, but I'm careful, so lost a Brownie-point!

This guy is so stupid, so ignorant, so utterly fucktarded he sought to correct me on a word which has totally escaped him, a word which it didn't even strike him as maybe being worth Googling before his pontification! Trying to be clever when you're not very clever is not very clever. Too funny, just too funny!

Meanwhile his sponsor [TJF] has decided to spend January (or maybe the whole year?) playing I've got those too! This means I'm now literally driving the output on Stad's stuff - pretty poor output - it has to be said! Unfortunately it seems he didn't have the Lido 'Captain Video' figures necessary 'cos he showed some Lido knights he's shown before, instead - not a full set or anything useful like that-  and then threw-up some other space figures which he stated he didn't know!

Can he (or his supporters) not see the blatant hypocrisy in pulling me up for not knowing a Spanish figure, then he, himself; not knowing his own US-made Ajax and Archer, like his apprentice, he's too fucking funny! And - as I've said before - as thick as pig-shit; if not thicker, he started this war a year ago and so far has done a very bad job of prosecuting it.

If I wanted to play along!

While he has - for a while now - shown a tendency to play I've got those (or something similar!) too, I try not to post stuff they've recently shown (because I don't need to follow, too busy leading!) unless it's a major correction, so this lot (above) which has been in the queue for a while can stay in Picasa for a while-longer and we'll look at other stuff!

To find a level of stupid to match that coming from the PSTSM's headquarters these days, you have to go to Kim Jong-un's palace . . . or the White House! Hard to tell; both buildings are inhabited by child-like ranters with weird hair!

The children are making a concerted-effort to take over the nursery! Something more toy-like this afternoon!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Thought for the Day 10

For people who keep secrets . . .

In time all things are revealed. 
Dragged, kicking and screaming 
into the light 

- Unknown