Ive looked at the work of the Britains company before on the blog, but never examined one of their more relevant products until now. Back in 1981, with Star Wars fever riding high, sci-fi and space toys were having a quiet renaissance. Transformer toys and a lot of japanese import toys were on the shelves and tv series such as Battle of the Planets and Ulysses 31 were prime time for kids.
Naturally toy companies wanted a piece of the action and lots of products were introduced with a space theme. Britains had been making toy soldiers and die cast vehicles for decades and were prominantly placed to establish a great new toy into the market. So began a subtle invasion of new, good quality space toys. Something which had been sadly lacking in the waves of Palitoy and Kenner Star Wars toys which tended to be big, flimsy and oddly disfigured in order to accomodate the 3 " action figures. Britains capitalised on their quality of construction and experience, sticking to a tried and tested formula, they brought in a range of spacemen at the standard 1/72 scale that had been used for soldiers, cowboys, knights and farm labourers for years.
Star system in all its various colours is always available on ebay and is worth investing in as the build quality of the toys and the basic design is very impressive. Plus the fact that the small soldier like figures are always great for a quick session of carpet wars with a handy Dinky Ufo Interceptor!