Figure of the week - Zvezda Knights

by MichToy



This Figure of the Week comes to us from Chris "Raven" Coyne of the Black Games Company and he writes:
"The figures are clean and well defined. The spure are easily cut and the postings allow the figures to be cut free without damage to them. The horses are wonderful, several poses and tack arrangements! Zvezda does a good job of filling the pack with an interesting mix of armor and weapon types. This grouping allows for interesting units and also allows for not much 'mix' (i.e., too many figures of different types grouped together). This last is important to gamers.
...The helmets are more from the 11th century and the armor is a mix of 12th and 13th century styles. The prince is wearing a common Russian design with Hungarian overtones. Pennants were rarely seen on Russian lances until the later part of the 13th century and these pennants are the right shape and size for the period 1290-1320 CE.
...All in all this set works well for medieval or fantasy knights the arc-type is well represented and still the Oriental overtones add a different 'feel' to the whole.
...As always a superb effort by Zvezda.
...Now if they could only do a set of Templar knights!"

Since June 2006, the MSTC staff has been choosing a favourite figure to showcase each week on the site. This one is from‚  September 22-29 2008. We'll be covering the past two years' worth of these by featuring one a day here on Toy Collector until we've caught up when we'll move to one a week.

This Figure of the Week comes to us from long-time customer and dino enthusiast, Mike Lask:
"After years of greatly favoring the Cretaceous, Papo has finally released a second figure form the Jurassic (Stegosaurus being the only other). Seriously, this may be the best mass produced dinosaur figure ever released. Allosaurus was a serious eating machine, reaching lengths up to 40 feet and likely working in packs, they preyed upon anything they could catch. They were the wolves of the Jurassic. Papo's dino figures have been first rate ever since the series was introduced a few years back. In addition to serious attention to detail and first rate paint jobs, they added the innovation of movable jaws to their carnivores. All the previous releases were reproductions of the models used in the Jurassic Park Movies. Their Allosaurus represents a departure in that this creature was not even in any of the movies. Thus, the sculpt is unique to the Papo series. Hopefully they keep this sculptor working on anything new they produce. Bottom line: Papo's Allosaurus is very cool and you must have at least one."


Since June 2006, the MSTC staff has been choosing a favourite figure to showcase each week on the site. This one is from September 15-22 2008. We'll be covering the past two years' worth of these by featuring one a day here on Toy Collector until we've caught up when we'll move to one a week.



Back again from our European-style-month-long-August vacation with a new figure from our friends at Hydra Miniatures. It's Comet the Space Chimp from their ever popular Retro Raygun line. As a member of good-guy heros, the Galacteers, Comet stands around 15mm tall in the 28mm line of spacemen. He was introduced at Gen-Con selling out in a matter of hours. His official release will be last September, early October. The sidekick of earth doctor Dieter Zahn, you would be well advised not to touch this monkey; Comet comes wielding a spanner which is pretty funny in its own right. Get it? He's carrying a tool used to provide a mechanical advantage in applying torque to turn bolts, nuts or other hard-to-turn items. Monkey. Wrench. Monkey-wrench. HA! That's a knee slapper. O.K. Maybe not.

Since June 2006, the MSTC staff has been choosing a favourite figure to showcase each week on the site. This one is from September 08-15 2008. We'll be covering the past two years' worth of these by featuring one a day here on Toy Collector until we've caught up when we'll move to one a week.


No stranger to our Figure of the Week, here is Olaf Wunder of Hamburg, Germany again with some fantastic Elastolin conversions:
"...I made by myself out of old damaged Elastolin figures. I am little bit proud of it.
....First one: General Custer on horseback with rapier. I used a damaged figure "cowboy with lasso" [pictured below] and I have changed hat and arms, put him a rapier in his right hand. Finally I painted him as a US-General of 19th century. He is riding a Lineol horse which is original.
....Second: his "enemy". For this indian I used two damaged Elastolin indian figures. In his hand a booty-US-flag (29 stars). Notice the horse: It is an old Elastolin horse, but I have changed the posture and it has got a new saddle. I think it looks very dynamic. Off course the painting is handmade by me.


These are great figures, and we even have one more but that will have to wait for another time. Thanks again Olaf!



Since June 2006, the MSTC staff has been choosing a favourite figure to showcase each week on the site. This one is from July 14 - 21 2008. We'll be covering the past two years' worth of these by featuring one a day here on Toy Collector until we've caught up when we'll move to one a week.

Figure of the week - Top Cat Sets

by MichToy


This week's figure(s) comes to us once again from the Louis Marx & Co and it's Top Cat from their "TV Tinykins" line (a sequel to their popular Disneykins line). All of the TV Tinykins sets were released in late 1961 or early 1962 (they carry a 1961 copyright date). There were five sets - Huckleberry Hound Show, Quick Draw McGraw Show, Yogi Bear Show, The Flintstones and, of course, Top Cat.
A word about Top Cat. The Hanna-Barbera Studio followed up its success with The Flintstones by launching its second prime-time animated sitcom: Top Cat, which debuted on ABC on Sept. 27, 1961. Like its predecessor, the show was based on an earlier, live-action sitcom - in this case, You'll Never Get Rich, in which Sgt. Ernie Bilko (Phil Silvers) operated various scams on a military base, maintaining a love/hate relationship with the local authority figure, Col. Hall. Top Cat operated various scams in a New York alley, maintaining a love/hate relationship with the local authority figure, Officer Dibble. To drive the point home, Top Cat's Benny the Ball, the character that corresponded to Bilko's Pvt. Doberman, was voiced by Maurice Gosfield - the actor who played Doberman.
TV Tinykins pieces were packaged individually, in show sets with added scenery and prop pieces, or in one huge "gift box." They were made out of hard plastic and hand painted "by artists" (or so the box claimed)... but sometimes not so carefully. For the record, here is who was in each set:
Huckleberry Hound: Huck, Hokey Wolf, Ding-A-Ling, Pixie, Dixie and Mr. Jinks.
Quick Draw: Quick Draw, Baba Looey, Snuffles, Snooper and Blabber, Augie Doggie and Doggie Daddy.
Yogi Bear: Yogi, Boo Boo, Ranger Smith, Cindy Bear, Snagglepuss, Yakky Doodle, Fibber Fox and Alfy Gator.
The Flintstones: Fred, Barney, Wilma, Betty, Dino, Baby Puss, Fireman and Policeman.
Top Cat: T.C., Choo-Choo, Spook, Brain, Fancy-Fancy, Benny the Ball and Officer Dibble.


Since June 2006, the MSTC staff has been choosing a favourite figure to showcase each week on the site. This one is from July 01-07 2008. We'll be covering the past two years' worth of these by featuring one a day here on Toy Collector until we've caught up when we'll move to one a week.

 

Figure of the week - Jetfire

by MichToy



Transformers, Nazis in disguise! What the?!?... Apparently, some evil Transformers are more evil than others, case in point this little beauty. It's an early '80s Transformer named Jetfire and he's been "transformed" yet again by some unnamed by hobbyist. Using a Bandi-Gundam model kits, herr Jetfire has been given a new head with a single spike on top representing a pickelhaub helmet and articulated hands (in place of this old immobile fists) allowing him to snap to attention and to throw a "sieg-heil." In his jet fighter form he is an equally Nazified F-14.



Since June 2006, the MSTC staff has been choosing a favourite figure to showcase each week on the site. This one is from June 23-30 2008. We'll be covering the past two years' worth of these by featuring one a day here on Toy Collector until we've caught up when we'll move to one a week.