1953 back garden wargames, rudimentary squares, charges
of light brigades, cotton wool explosions, all in 54mm Britains, Hanks,
Renvoise, Charbens and others. Many of my early soldiers I still have, and many
more I sold through my Soldier Shop in Lambeth, London, near the Imperial War
Photo, hundreds of figures, many home-cast WWII, in the
grass. With a few Timpo cowboys.
My first blog entry is about Stadden figures.
The photo is of a British Infantryman, 1880-1914, wearing a Home Service Helmet, one of the regiments with white facings.
Made in the 1950's, and up until the 1980's. Charlie Stadden was in early partnership with Roy Maitland, of Norman Newyon Limited, and together they made and sold figures via a gentleman's outfitter in the Burlington Arcade in London's West End.
Later Maitland opened a shop in London's Shepherd Market, where I joined him as a general manager prior to the opening of the shop Tradition in Piccadilly, London. Eventually a military model hobby magazine was produced, with some guidance from me, also called Tradition.
Corporal and detail, same regiment, 54mm lead-alloy
When I opened my own soldier shop in Lambeth, London, near the Imperial War Museum I produced a cheaper range of Stadden figures marketed under the name Just Soldiers. Stadden figures were always fixed to a flat tin base, Just Soldiers had a round "pebbled" base. Several dozen figures were produced in the Just Soldier range, Napoleonic to WWII. Many figures are still available from [email protected]-
Matchbox Stingray and Terrorfish now listed!
Carded, in very good condition. Some minor creases to card.
Matchbox Stingray and Terrofish. Stingray with rotating propulsion unit. Terrorfish with movable jaw.
STAND BY FOR ACTION!
Admittedly it's sometimes hard to get us too fired up about Batman.
Batman is already a comic book legend, and that has been certified for
decades and decades. He's been crushing it in the box office pretty much
since the beginning and that doesn't look to be ending anytime soon.
His action figures generally look great on the shelves, and when they go
our of print, a new line arrives as reinforcements. His storyline has
survived years and years, and is very well known in the mainstream. So
why such Batman apathy sometimes over here at Radar Toys?
When it comes to Batman, you know what you're getting. You know the
story, you expect the results, you still grin from ear to ear the entire
time in the theater, but generally there is no surprise. Batman has a
franchise storyline that is fairly intact, having been drummed out over
years and years. There are very few options when it comes to changing or
tinkering with the story that wouldn't weaken or be a disservice to
what we all love as Batman. That means that the Batman franchise can
seem stagnant to us here at Radar Toys sometimes. We keep thinking,
"Wouldn't it be awesome to see another part of the Batman story that was
completely fresh? Completely original?" And then....this:
NIGHT OF NIGHT is the name of Episode 2/10 and it's on You Tube now.
Click on photo to see Episode 2/10. Thank you very much for your time and patience.