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I’m a 56-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. I will 'bite the hand that feeds' to remind it why it feeds.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

1964; [WWII] Japanese Infantry, S18 / 01718 / 01718-7 - HO/OO

One of the very first sets we had as kids, Dad grabbed them in a newsagents at Kings Cross to keep us quiet on the - what used to be - four hour-odd journey from London to Retford, sometime around 1969 (I would have been 6-ish my brother a little younger), and we played with them on the little shelf that used to run under the windows between two sets of double seats. We took turns having either the guys with helmets or the guys with caps! And they were early;...no machine-gunners!

First version box in various guises, the middle one is the earliest of the three here, being the 50¢ overprint of the very first version, the upper one is the next, keeping the yellow/green graphics but a bit of a design-mess with the additional black lettering and the lower one is a later variant with cleaner tided graphics.

Jungle Outpost
1975 - Thanks Kostas




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