Sunday, 31 July 2011

Multiple Personalities

 Well the latest revelation about the Multiple Toymakers release of reworked spacex sets, reminded me that I had another old toy lying about in the archives. The Plaidstallions catalogue site showed several photos of old toys from the seventies including an odd 2005 & Beyond box set which had a strange rocket launcher in it. Looking again at the catalogues, I spotted the Armoured Strike Force sets and the Planet of the Apes sets which had old sixties remoulds of tanks and armoured vehicles.
 Back in the late sixties, I recall going to a local jumble sale with my dad and being bought the green tractor with the red gantry on (1st photo) along with a battered friction Thunderbird one, sans nose. Some years later, I got a large boxed set featuring the same vehicle with its red rocket, a jeep and the tank from the apes set along with about 20 plastic soldiers.
 I always liked the tank as it had a good 21 century feel to it! The red cruise missile on the carrier could be fired with a small elastic band and the barrel on the tank was made of wood! While I was at the jumble sale, my dad also picked up the amphibious jeep below, its unmarked, about the same scale as the other toys (1/72 ?) and again made of soft flexible plastic.

3 comments:

  1. The tank is really cool.

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  2. I have a suspicion the rocket launcher is based on a modern Soviet one, although the rocket is rather undersize!

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  3. deffo a bit of scud or sandal launcher in there!

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