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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:02 pm

Hi ther,
These come in kit model kit form of usually about 8-10 pieces per figure.
They're a nice inexpensive (about £12) little starter set in which you get enough parts to assemble six figures glue, paint & 2 brushes.

This video provides a good introduction:


Of course there's no hard & fast rules on building.. I personally use only what's included in the box & follow the instructions regarding the poses, trying to reproduce a good quality toy soldier like finish, but I've seen people at model shows really go to town with parts conversion, super detailing & painting to produce some very lifelike results.

The models themselves originally date from the 70's and were something of a revelation at the time. The concept is, that, by buying multiple sets you can create a near endless combination of poses.. there's a selection of different headgear & weapons included that aren't even shown in the instructions.




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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sun Sep 03, 2017 11:13 am

Some recent additions:

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PostSubject: Deetails   Sun Jan 28, 2018 11:53 am

@ArtooDetour wrote:
Post up any toy soldiers you may have! Stuff like Britains, Airfix, Atlantic, Timpo, etc.



I had lots of toy soldiers as a kid which all got traded away or lost as I became older.
I recently picked up these three Britains Deetails, stamped 1974.








The soldiers below are really tiny, about 10cm, and have been hand painted.




The following are also around 10cm and are from late 70s / early 80s and more than likely Airfix as I remember the same moulds used for the bigger soldiers.





Here are a few toy soldier ads from my site too:




















Those Deetails were -still are- some of my favourites of all time. Never understood why there were so few of them...
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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Thu Feb 15, 2018 11:06 am

Britains "Space" figures from the mid 80's:


Stargard:


Aliens:




"Terror Raiders"


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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Fri Feb 16, 2018 11:53 pm

It's neat how one of the black suit and one of the yellow suit are kind of falling as if they have been hit or are moving out of the way.

Are the little weapons removable? I also notice a hole in the belly of the aliens, is that to plug one end of a weapon into? It kind of looks like one has a blue lightning bolt type thing plugged into it, but I can't tell for sure. These toys with removable weapons are great pieces.

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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:10 pm

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That's correct Very Happy
The Terror Raiders can hold there weapons in either hand or plug them into the hole in their body. You can also remove them from their stands to become more like true action figures with limb articulation & ball jointed necks.




The weapons are can also be swapped around between the yellow & black figure. They're basically the same 6 sculpts which makes it possible to swap the heads around too. You can unplug the figures from their stands to stand them onto the vehicles:



One of the humans is clearly a woman so one of the aliens must be female too Very Happy
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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sat Feb 17, 2018 1:14 pm

On a side note, the alien helmet design must of been inspired the Cylons (from Battlestar Galactica)
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PostSubject: Soldiers   Sat Feb 17, 2018 7:09 pm

Lol I still have those Matchbox Battle King tanks. My father used to tell me the man on top of the Panzer wasn´t a german. In fact, he is the same from other US tanks! Talking about Matchbox, these were a present from my dear aunt a year I had quite an accident during holidays. Not very common to see I guess...



And some other all time favourites from my personal collection:



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PostSubject: More soldiers!   Sat Feb 17, 2018 11:23 pm

Elastolin collection. Made in Germany



Elastolin diligence. Never seen anything THAT good...



Small scale figures from unknown origin - Gladiators

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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:42 am

Those Elastolin knights & Stagecoach are beautiful Cool

I've always had a soft spot for Matchbox soldiers.. the individual sculpts have much more personality than their Air-fix counterparts.
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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:34 am

@Thundershot wrote:
Those Elastolin knights & Stagecoach are beautiful Cool

I've always had a soft spot for Matchbox soldiers.. the individual sculpts have much more personality than their Air-fix counterparts.

Should have cleaned them before taking photos... lol
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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:31 pm

Cool additions T'Shot and Fito. Love the Britains space figures verymuch, and agree those Elastolin knights and the stagecoach are superb.

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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sun Feb 18, 2018 3:45 pm

Those little soldiers are matchbox? I had no idea they made little figures. Think my favorite thing here though is that stage coach. Are those terribly expensive? Easy to find? I want one, going to have a look around eBay to see if I can find one. Is it die cast or plastic? I am thinking it must be die cast as it is so detailed. Thanks for showing these.

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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sun Feb 18, 2018 9:15 pm

@trappedtexan wrote:
Those little soldiers are matchbox? I had no idea they made little figures. Think my favorite thing here though is that stage coach. Are those terribly expensive? Easy to find? I want one, going to have a look around eBay to see if I can find one. Is it die cast or plastic? I am thinking it must be die cast as it is so detailed. Thanks for showing these.



Plastic. Most of it. Except for the horses bases. I ´ve seen some on ebay. Not exactly the same, not cheap either. Yes, Matchbox also made little soldiers. In my humble opinion the best HO scale by far. Tiny, but full of details.
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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:09 am

Assault craft, produced by a toy firm called Herald Toys
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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Thu Apr 05, 2018 10:23 pm

You always have some of the nearest stuff, and i swear you are incapable of taking a bad pic of your toys. The way the blue even has a reflection and the appearance of a sky line, it's another great photo of another neat toy.

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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sun Apr 08, 2018 4:44 am

Many thanks Very Happy

I've a small selection of toy soldiers on display, most of my collection's in storage so photography's the only way I get to see & enjoy playing with them..




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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sat Apr 28, 2018 11:41 am

Hi folks.

Britains Toys: Daimler Scout Car Mk.II



I've just spent a few minutes cleaning this all up.. the paint work's seen better days, & the stickers are missing, but what's left has polished up rather nicely.

Here's a video about the genuine vehicle..


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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sat Apr 28, 2018 12:46 pm

I remember that vehicle back in the day. You did a great job of cleaning it up. Paintwork and decals-wise these die cast are sometimes hard to find minty but that's a nice example there.

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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sat Apr 28, 2018 7:09 pm

That's a neat little vehicle. Gonna have to give the video a watch later to see what the history of it is.

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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Wed May 23, 2018 4:11 pm

Hi folks,
New additions to my collection...




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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Fri May 25, 2018 10:43 am

Ah... those deetail are some of the best soldiers ever made, in my opinion. So bad there were just a few models available. Am I wrong or the officer in the center used to have a flag on the other hand? Nice addition!
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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Fri May 25, 2018 2:04 pm

Hi & thanks Fito,
yes he should.. sadly missing, these were a lucky find in a local charity/thrift shop so I ain't complaining Wink

More fire power added to the collection with this delightfully playworn 105mm Pack Howitzer found at a flea market:

 

(figure for scale)




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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Thu Jun 14, 2018 2:26 pm

T'shot, congrats, you've struck lucky lately at the flea markets and charity shops. Absolutely brilliant additions there cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Toy soldiers, cowboys, indians, space men etc   Sat Jun 30, 2018 11:59 am

I found this Brown Bear, part Britains range of Zoo animals, at a charity shop yesterday..

..he makes the perfect mascot for my 2 Mounties Very Happy


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