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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.

Thursday, April 5, 2018

News, Views Etc...Plastic Warrior No.170

The first true day of Spring! I saw several Brimstones, but there's a chilly evening breeze getting up now; it's almost like living on an islan . . . oh! Well - big one!


Technically a month behind this time; another bumper issue brings us . . .


Articles
* An editorial delivers the potted history of Atlantic's UK-arm and a number of the adverts from the press of the day
* A double-helping of Cherilea begins with Barney Brown's third visit to the early farm animals as he studies the Feeding Horse
* Which is followed promptly by a boxed Cherilea Farm Set from Chris Goodard
* The third part of Adrian Norman's - Scalextric series finds him looking at the TV crew, camera tower and race-starter
* George Nixon digs out old Cereal Offer Ad's from equally-old Eagle comics for Britians Lifeguards (Lifeguard cosmetics?) and Airfix's diminutive 'Combat Group' (Sugar Puffs)
* A Lone Star boxed set of divers is shown from C&T Auction's last auction catalogue
* An old Black and white article on Spanish Conquistador types from Paul Stadinger is resurrected in colour with additional information from Juan Hermida

'What The !&*$?' this quarter is an extended question-fest as;
  •  Joe Bellis asks after a Cowboy and Indians (Segal?) and shows a Riding set he thinks may be Malleable Moulding    
  • There's a Diver and Indians from Daniel Lepers
  • David Pye seeks more info on the Pepsi athletes
  • Brain Petrin asks about his mini caricature bandsmen
  • Brian Carrick has a Quaker Oat's Quaker, a deer and a Grenadier
  • A gondolier in search of a brand is presented by Barney Brown
  • Gian Piero Larizza asks after a paratrooper
  • And Andre Schell is seeking more on his unmarked, fully-boxed fort

* Peter Evans muses on Cherilea/Hugonnet Elizabethans and Francis Drake's additional pose
* There's a feature on the late John Clarke's Diorama's
* This quarter's three-pager is an insightful piece from Colin Penn on Lone Star's production; specifically in white plastic

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Regular Features
* 'NEWS and VIEWS and other stuff ' covers
  • The forthcoming Plastic Warrior show
  • GeModels' museum being up for sale
  • More on the Toys R Us saga of woe
  • Plea-for/details on contributions
  • Belgian readers willing to cover Solido
  • Cover beg for info.?
* 'We Know Wot' has Daniel Lepers ID'ing Nardi as being responsible for the previous issue's knight's horse
* 'Book Review' is actually Book Reviews with two tomes covered
  • A precis of Jürgen R. Schüler's Militärisches Spielzeug aus der DDR by Andreas Dittmann make the book look very interesting
  • Alain Thomas's latest work Soldats Plastique, Tome 3 Acedo & JSF is reviewed by the editorial team
* 'Readers Letters' include
  • Bob Legget on Daz/Crescent packaging
  • A. Pedant waxing lyrical on Elastolin's equine maths
  • Owen Hoye with a request for 1:35th Russians to man some kits
  • James Peter Young follows up on the Sally Army band sets . . . with a sorry tale of hungry ants
  • David Pye gives an Antipodean angle on the same Salvation Army sets
  • Andreas Dittman and Daniel Lepers both write in on Koho Knights
  • Another letter seemed both political and at odds with the facts!
* 'What's New' covers recent releases from Expeditionary Force
  • Napoleonic French Lancers
  • Napoleonic French Dragoons
  • Napoleonic French Chasseurs
  • War of 1812 American Militia (in civil dress)
  • War of 1812 Royal Marines
  • War of 1812 Highlanders
Plus all the usual readers small-ads and a commercial supplement

Front Cover - shows a couple of unknown - probably French - conquistador figures
Back Cover - Another Atlantic scan

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And - of course - it's just over a month to the best Plastic Toy Soldier Show in the world!


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