Monday, 28 September 2015

BB`s Toy Figures 9 A New Start by Beano Boy.

This is a beginning of a new page in what some are now referring to as a Museum of old style toy figures. Certainly to some it contents is seen as a guide to what figures make up the set they are interested in. My e- mails confirm that to be the case. I look on it myself as a Journal,because nearly every day fresh toy figures arrive on a regular bases. I never know what next week will bring to my Collection,until i see it and shell out good Sterling Coin for it. I certainly am no expert on the matter of toys,and indeed being Colour-blind not even a good painter of them.  



1/32 Scale Armies in Plastic ZULU

Above and below pictures taken from E bay. O`Yes I bought both in bulk. I`ve never attempted to paint native African figures before so when i do it will be a complete change in my painting habits. A Diorama of the fighting at  Rorke`s Drift, is made possible because there were not to many British soldiers there. So a one to one representation is possible to achieve,and without to much cost. As for the Zulu a few boxes painted up now and again in order to increase the odds against the stubborn  defenders would be good. Painting 8.000 odd Zulu would take a while to do though,and i have no intention to do so. I`m not into cutting corners by way of speed painting. This is my hobby for a relaxed chilling out time painting calmly,not running or in this case painting a 4 minute mile.No,taking it easy is my style. I guess those into war gaming have that over eagerness to contend with,because they want to place troops on the tabletop as quick as can be. Whereas some like myself, do not have that rush to play. We just have to paint,and they have to paint ,and find time to fight wars. That`s A OK ,in my Book,because it is all part and parcel of this great painting hobby we all share.

AIRFIX Random Mix of Figures. There are only two Poses in these bags,and what you get is three figures to each pose. It`s Pot-Luck what figures you will get inside these bag`s because you cannot see into them until you open them up. They look like bags of Sweets,but with a big difference. You know whats inside the bag of sweets!

The Zulu Arrived Today

             Two boxes. Six poses in each,and three figures per pose. 18 Figures in the Box.

All are great looking toy figures. Made of soft plastic,and hopefully these will mix in well with other makes of 1/32 Scale Zulu.
The AIRFIX Bag Arrived
Space Warriors

                                                                Only two Poses

three figures to each pose. So I have made my Point,you pay your money,and It`s Pot- Luck, A Lucky Dip on what one gets. 

The last bag I opened had these 7 figures in it. Lucky draw indeed. I now have over three complete sets and a few doubles.A friend who i let have a few figures mentioned it to be the Flash Gordon Set of figures,which i must confess i did not know.  Just goes to show ,"We Live and Learn."  

A Call To Arms Zulu

Four Poses in The Box

I have the other box coming soon with the rest of the Zulu Poses. 
There are also two boxes of British Infantry that belong to this set. However I have had trouble getting them. 

                               These are the other four poses available. There is another set released in 1/32                                         scale,but I have had little success in finding it.
                               I have my doubts that it  actually exists for sale anyway.

Having 25% figures holding rifles is a great loss for this set. A Large ZULU Army would have a problem with those poses,but the animated style on the others works really well with them all. I would therefore except the 25% loss on these sets and not use that rifle pose at all.

The swords on these toy figures could have been much longer than they are.  The total absence of Battle axe and Spear makes them a bit odd looking in my opinion,but with a four figure set like this I guess it was decided upon just to have them welding swords.

Inspite of stuff already mentioned I do rather like them,and as you can see,
They are well fit for a Rumble!                                                                     


Buying a Heap from the 1970`s

                                                            Medieval toy Archers.

Cruising the Internet waves on E bay I came across a heap,yes a heap of broken toy figures. In fact there were lots of them,and i bought the whole Lot for the princely sum of £1.99.

I had bought some re-released Canoes last year with the hope of eventually filling them up,so i was most happy indeed to fetch out of this pile of massacred toys ,the fine looking Indian figures above,and the Cowboy below. They all had such a soapy wash.

I guess this guy will have such a big headache! 

I already had the Indian with the bow,but thought to add him to help set the scene. I paid £2.99 Postage on the Lot,and so obtained Six decent looking BRITAINS  toy figures for just under £5.00. They will go into The BRITAINS TOY COLLECTION,and imagine if they could talk what an adventure they would have to relate to the others there in a this nice comfy collection. As for the broken beyond redemption toy figures they went sailing into the bin.  The Local Norwich Council will not recycle that kind of plastic waste. So Landfill it is.

A Call to Arms 1/32 Scale Zulus Warriors at Ulundi .


I found this set of A Call To Arms  Zulus very difficult to photograph due to the fact they are made of very dark brown plastic. I`ve therefore added highlights to improve the look of them and try and bring out the detail on them out. Again another four poses.This is a very rare box of figures to find in the UK. I was lucky to find them,and they are most welcome in my Toy Figure Collection.

For the shot above I removed six figures from the back because
            i found these poses on a 4 Pose Set just did not work out pleasing         
to my eye.                                                                                    
Below a couple of test shots 

Thanks for stopping by. BB


  1. Love the Zulus Paul, beautiful poses!

  2. Hi Phil, thank you for your visit.Yes I agree they are beautiful poses indeed.
    A real Joy to be able to show them here too.
    All in all,a very Collectable Item! BB

  3. I second Phil on the Zulus, look forward to seeing the British.

  4. Hi Silver Whistle,thank you for your interest and comment. BB