Saturday, August 11, 2018

The Figures - Thrift Store Haul, Exposed!

Okay, so as referenced yesterday, I opened these up, rinsed them off with water and detergent, then after drying, JuniorFett and I went through to sort, catalog, and photograph them. As I mentioned, I believe the bulk of these are from one of those "4 Armies - 200 Pieces!" type buckets from Amazon. I've been tempted to get them, but it seems Super Thrift has saved me the bother. A lot of these are copies of recasts of clones from someone who once saw an Airfix or Matchbox figure. But there are some I've never seen before, at least, like this. This one is going to be a bit pic heavy, so apologies in advance if that gives you problems!

Standing Guard Guy. I hated this figure as a kid. He's just...standing there. But now that I have a bunch of them that I can put in serried ranks, it looks, well, fairly impressive. It makes me a little sad how much less detailed this copy is than the ones I had as a kid though.

Now, this is a sort of modified version of a german throwing the stick grenade. I had the original as a kid, and they had definite stahlhelms back then. This version seems to be a sort of hybrid between that figure and a matchbox US GI. It's...weird.

This one's a bit weird also. It's supposed to be a prone German maching gunner, but his helmet is modified. Then gun seems to be shifted as well, as instead of being attached to the stock against his shoulder, the barrel seems to protrude directly from his face.

Jogging German. This is one of the better clones, as it is pretty clear what he is, and what he was. The Stahlhelm is more recognizable, and he even has the gas mask canister on his back (if that's what that tube even is). My brother and I always can those their 'lunch boxes' when we were kids.

This is a figure I'm not actually familiar with first hand, though I think it's a light machine gunner from Airfix's 8th Army set. Could be wrong on this one, as I've never encountered whatever this guy was originally. One of the better figs from the set, though. Shame there was only three.

Again, this guy is pretty clearly an 8th army recast. He must be hydro-cephalic, though, just look how small his helmet is!

This is the loader for the above German MG. I don't think I ever had this fellow as a kid. Most of my Germans came from prize tickets at Chuck E. Cheese or some such, so maybe I just never picked it up as he wasn't 'action pose' enough for my under 10 mindset.

Crawling Tommy with Tommy Gun. This is an interesting figure, as I don't recall running into its original before. It's fairly detailed for this batch, particularly the SMG. I had a crawler similar to this as a kid, but I think the gun was different.

A trio of what I believe to be copies of the Matchbox GI Bazooka man. Fairly decent example of it, in fact. One of the more accurate examples from this lot. Weird they're in silver, though.

The obligatory casualty figure. I know a lot of people who make vignettes or dioramas like the casualty figures, but I never did. When a figure was killed or hurt, I just tipped them over. Problem solved. The thing with this figure is...what is he dropping from his right hand? It looks rather like salad tongs. Was this the galley midshipman tragically slain when sent ashore for the Captains favorite salad dressing? Seriously, this one is a mystery to me.

This guy is neat. It's a British soldier in a beret, throwing a grenade. I don't know what the original figure had in his left hand, but this guy has what looks like a pump shotgun. That's pretty dope, if you ask me.

Another charging 8th army bloke. This one made JuniorFett mad, as he said, "It's just like the other running guy, just his leg is farther forward!" It is, indeed, son.

I also got one example of your basic, awful, Imperial clone of a Timmee M-16 infantry. These guys are everywhere these days.

This one's fairly interesting. I feel like I should know who this is, but I've never encountered the figure before. All the 8th army blokes make me wonder if this is supposed to be Monty or something. But he wore a beret, right?

I call this figure "When Hans Finally Brings the Flammenwerfer." It looks like a flamethrower Matchbox GI, but I don't remember there being a flamethrower. Or maybe there's just some differences, like with some of the above figures. In any event, this might be my favorite figure from this grab bag, just because it gives me an excuse to reference one of my favorite memes.

What I think is another Airfix 8th army clone. This time the LMG. JuniorFett was confused why he didn't come with a loader, so I got to explain to my son the finer points of light machine gun designs. Thanks for that 8th army.

A Bagpiper. Now, this is a pretty cool fig, though I never had one as a youngster, so as such, no clue where he came from. 8th army again? That would be my guess by the general design aesthetic, but like I said, this is a new one on me. I have a staggering amount of army men bagpipers these days, which is ironic, because I am probably the only male of Scottish decent on the planet who finds bagpipe music utterly annoying.

At least this one is easy. I'm pretty sure this is a matchbox GI with grease gun. I pretty faithful one at that. It's too bad that the copies/clones/recasts in this bag were such a...mixed...bag, because some of them were pretty interesting in their own right, while others were just awful. Like the running Brit with the helmet/watch cap. Maybe the Matchbox figures lend themselves to cloning better than the Airfix? Since there seems to be a pretty even quality split right there.

Imperial Japanese Officer with Sword. Again, I had a bunch of these, so I know what it is, but this is a pretty bad recast of the old chap. And in pink, no less!

What looks like another Matchbox GI, though I'm less sure on this one, since I don't remember the fig itself. It's also weird in that he's very...unevenly posed. Like he's crawling across speed bumps or something.

A random, basic, run of the mill Union Jack.

Last but not least, this happy little fellow. I don't know what it is, but it looks very familiar. It's made of a rubbery plastic, and looks for all the world like it flew off the box art of an Atari or NES era game like Defender or Galaga. Cute.

That's it for now folks. I better quit before I get the carpal tunnel. Have a nice weekend, and happy hunting!


James James said...

The 8th Army guys are mainly copies of Matchbox and the one with unspecified item was originally dropping his weapon - may have been a submachine gun but i'd have to check; only the stock remains here.

Here's an idea for cavalry. Take the German hand grenade thrower, cut off the head and pin and glue facing forward and leave a couple as is. Cut off the grenades and drill out the hand so you can give him a DSG sword or flattened and shaped (onlathes or with a file) piece of wire.

Cut the body in half and glue the torsos to bottom halves of riding figures, preferably with jackboots.

CounterFett said...

Oooooh! It's the stock on an SMG! That make more sense than salad tongs. Though less funny.

On the subject of the Cavalry conversions, that's definitely the more professional option. I'm not sure my skill is equal to the task, nor that my motivation is up to that much effort. Such an endeavor will look undoubtedly better than what I have planned, though whether my idea will even be workable is intriguing enough to keep me somewhat motivated.

James James said...

Good luck with it. It is more time consuming than difficult so long as you have a drill, a sharp knife, some Araldite and patience. I could send you a pick of my 'Bordurian cavalry'. My Bordurins are actually more Germanic looking than Serge's that are more Soviet looking.