These two sets (issued together Set II follows this post) are among yet more of my favourites, I don't know why, I was an 'Army Brat' and should have had an early interest in military toys, but we had Britains farm and zoo in the larger scale from before I can remember, and when I got old enough (about 1970/71?) to choose my Birthday present, Mum took me to Webb's Newsagent in Hartley Wintney (long gone now) and asked me to take my pick - within a budget!
I chose the Zoo play-set? Big pile of Pontoon Bridge Assault Sets, Gun Emplacements and a Robin Hood fort..."are you sure" says mum, knowing what we had at home (Action Man and bags of 54mm stuff, along with Airfix HO-OO Napoleonics - from Gran - and Japanese Infantry bought in a hurry at Kings Cross station and split - helmets and caps - between my brother and I), "Yes, I'm sure"..."OK then" said mum and the Zoo was mine, although I had to wait a few more days to unwrap it!
I loved these painted sets in the catalogues, although this one is getting a bit tatty, with obvious paint-loss on the alligators and the baby elephant, the tiger and the kangaroos feet. I also like the way the baby deer are both looking over at their parents while a lion strolls nonchalantly by.
Note that the Marx figures on the left are stolen from Britains, the fact that Marx had their figures made in Hong Kong meant that these figures lead to a 100 clones, some of which we will look at on the main blog one day, others will probably appear here sometime.
...obviously they were designed together, they are issued adjunct to each other, but what I mean is they were designed as a 'whole' probably with the play-set in mind, and then lined-up on the mould runners in the best way possible for convenience, the science of plastic shots and such like, so sometimes the parents and children are in the same box, sometimes not.
Another shot with an added crock' that came in!