Why not re-post this? Fifth time of retyping so if text is still mucked up it's Bloggers fault! It has been a while and since the How Toy Soldiers Are Made post sent stats flying off into space why not?
And my apologies if the fonts go weird. This is a Blogger problem and after correcting it six times I give up. You get this free so you get what you don't pay for!! (make that now 8 times corrected. Screw Blogger)
If anyone from my Yahoo groups reads this could they please comment on this blog because I often miss messages -and that way people will know what I'm writing about.
For instance, someone was "positive you were involved with making toy soldiers or painting them?" Well, the confusion was probably caused by two little fun posts I did. So this ought to clear the confusion up (I've really nothing better to do).
It's Monday! Time To Paint The Cowboys And Cavemen!
You see, I do love art and items sent to me by friends may well attract offers of money that I really could do with BUT this is art from friends. I have a few pieces by Bristol's Paul Ashley Brown, recently returned from a fact-finding tour of Berlin...or to lounge about with Herr Peter Lally. One of those two.
I've mentioned my little cowboy collection before -remember It's Monday -Time To Paint The Cowboys?
If not how about the much longer Straight Outta Ashton Vale? Jean Hofler and Crescent cowboys as well as hollow lead ones were dealt with in that:
This, I believe, represents the Hopi or Zuni Eagle Kachina Dancer -not a fighting figure but remember these figures had everything from woman nursing babies, blanket wearing chieftains and Totem posts.
oh. They are bank robbers. Fifty years it took me to realise that!
Jarman's Newsagents and Tobacconist in Mina Road, St. Werburgh's -the memories from that place both comics and toys!
Straight Outta Ashton Vale
Only problem cosplaying Tarzan when you walk to the shops or sit on a bus is the willy tends to pop out a lot.Ahhhh. Yes, scarily, not in a great deal of pain at the moment but I'm sure that will change when I wake up properly.
ah. There we go.
So, before anyone calls the police and tells them I'm sitting naked on the roof singing let's get to the point. Hang on.....YES! Yes got the postman with a piece of the chimney.
Anyway, it has been pretty grim on the comics front for a while and so I've been relaxing by painting up some old toy soldiers and finding out what makes they were -I've had some of these things 40 years and last night I spent three hours trying to identify cowboys. My old hollow lead ones are, of course, Britain's. I also have a couple of the 1960s plastic Crescent cowboys.
There was, however, a distinctive look. With most cowboy figures the neckerchief has the main part usually at the front or to the side (figures 4 and 6 above). However, with the tie-knot and 'tails' at the front is a mainly European look such as from Elastolin (and, no, I do not have these!):
So, the blue plastic cowboy (the paint hardly existent on it now) base had "W. Germany" stamped on it. d'uh! The others, in a cream plastic, had numbers -1, 3 and 5 (I know there are others here "somewhere"!). And "Made in Hong Kong" which confused me. However, with "made in W. Germany" stamped on them I had a clue -I've written books on things that started out with less!
Jean Höfler. A German manufacturer of Burghaslach in "Middle Franconia". Renamed BIG in 1962. 1960s and it seems some production may -well, obviously!- have gone to Hong Kong though I am not sure if this was legit the figures WERE sold in Germany in the 1960s and that would not have been allowed (legally) without BIG permission.
Miniatures.de has some info on these: http://www.miniatures.de/jean-hoefler-421-cowboys.html
But you sit there asking what this has to do with comics?
Well, in the photo I uploaded to Army Men Home Page, I have my (re-issued) Timpo Cowboys on a shelf next to my Charbens 60mm "Ancient Romans" and next to those are 1990s 50mm astronauts and behind them is the Deluxe Edition of Winnetou starring Pierre Brice and Stewart Granger and that was sent to me by German blogging supremoSubzero!
You see? Synchronicity, man. Synchronicity (and I don't mean that 1980s album by The Police).
Off for a coffee....then finish off the zombies...toy zombies obviously.
The Cavemen Went A-Walking!
An average day in Ashton Vale....
Actually, some American Tim Mee cavemen I painted up "toy soldier" style. I'm sure a few of these are based on relatives.