Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Pressman Toys 54mm Ballista

Yesterday I posted the hand-painted Viking from Russia so for the next few days I thought we'd look at some siege equipment before moving back to The Flintstones. Pressman Toys produces a 54mm Ballista, Catapult, and Trebuchet all of which hurl shot or arrows. Unfortunately none of the ammo is included with the toys so you're on your own when coming up with something to shoot. I haven't started lookig for arrows for this but am thing about just taking some kabob skewers and cutting them down to size. we'll see. I believe these were all part of an earlier game called "Castle Attack" which included some castle walls, figures, and the siege equipment we'll show. I don't have that set but rememebr seeing photos of it, unfortunately I never saved copies of those pics for reference - my bad. All of the equipment is very well detailed and thought out, striking a nice balance between a toy that's meant to be played with and an accurate representation of a historical piece. The Ballista measures 4" (10.16cm) L x 3 1/2" (8.89cm) W x 1 1/4" (3.17cm) H. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Monday, March 19, 2018

Russian Handpainted 54mm 9th-10th Century Viking Blowing Horn

Okay, I'm gonna take a break from The Flintstone's for a tad while I do some other things. Over the past years I have s-l-o-w-l-y but surely gathering up my hordes to lay siege to the castles infiltrating their way into the collection. One of the iconic warrior poses - in my mind at least - is that of a Viking warrior blowing a horn to either assemble the troops or as the call to charge!  However, one of the problems with toy soldiers is the proclivity of toy manufacturers to make their Viking figures with horns on the helmet! That is the Wagnerian Opera view of Viking warriors we've become used to but is inaccurate. Actually I don't really mind the 'horns-on-helmet' look when playing with toys but it seemed like the scuplts of horn blowing Vikings just looked clumsy. I don't know, maybe it's just me. Okay that being said, when I came across the listing for this custom hand-painted figure from Russia I was hooked (eBay seller is: nataliart2015) and I had to give it a shot. The total with shipping was only $22! It takes a couple of months for the item to arrive but I am totally pleased with the work done - certainly far superior to anything I could attempt to do :-) Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Sunday, March 18, 2018

1971-72 Fruity Cocoa Pebbles Fred on Dino Derrick

Here's a clever little cereal premium that, if I were a kid (well, alright I am still a kid, albeit a very old one LOL) I would have gotten a kick out of. It came in a nice small cello bag that would have been fun to fish out of the cereal box right after opening it. It was something that had to be assembled - I always did like those kind of toys - and you could pretend to be Fred working at his quarry. The jaw is operated by means of a wrap-around plastic harness attached by a peg sticking out of the lower jaw. It really isn't that good of a picker-upper but is still fun. The 4-piece toy is 3 1/2" (8.89cm) L x 3/4" (1.90cm) W x 1 3/4" (4.44cm) H. Thes, like the other premiums we've featured this week, were available in a variety of bright colors. I ended up with red and blue examples but decided not to rip apart the red bagged one cuz I'm gonna sell it! Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina