Nice sets, Starrunn2. Thanks for posting 'em up. That 'nut and bolt' goblin with the distended eyes in the first set is crazy! Perfect call out on the Happy Shield Barbarian & Shoulder Pad Warriors too. Guess that Barbarian can entertain at children's parties and crush his enemies in the same afternoon.
Here are a dozen sets of firemen and cops that I have in my collection.
Regent Products Corp. distributed a couple of sets of firefighters in the early 2000s. I found this particular set of 8 different poses at a bargain store in March 2003. Cost was 99¢ for a bag of 50! “MADE IN CHINA” is molded on the bottom of the bases.
Size: 1 13/16”, 1/43 scale.
These larger firemen showed up in May 2002. A bag of 5 sold for $1.00. Although there were only 4 different, I had to buy 2 bags to get all the poses. “MADE IN CHINA” is molded on the EDGE of the thick bases. A very unusual feature is that the right arm of the fireman holding the hose is a separate piece pinned to the rest of the figure!
Size: 4”, 1/16 scale.
I only have 7 different of these Tim Mee / Processed Plastic firefighters. That’s an odd number for any set of figures, so it’s likely that there are others.
This next batch has to have the most realistically proportioned and detailed firemen I’ve ever seen. This was another bargain store find, with a bag of 3 figures and a car going for 99¢ back in early 2002. Fortunately, the grouping of the 3 figures was consistent, so 2 bags yielded the 6 figures shown. Unfortunately, I think that other figures were made. Each figure has a number on the shield on the front of its helmet. The ones I have are 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 and 9, which leads me to believe there must be 5, 7 and 8 out there somewhere. If anyone has these, PLEASE, let me know! “CHINA 299” is molded on the undersides of the bases. Note that figure 4 is a female!
Size: 2”, approximately 1/36 scale.
There were just 6 different figures in this “Big Bag” set from Ja-Ru, which consisted of 36 figures, a fire truck and a bunch of signs. This was found at Toys R Us for $2.99 back in 2002. “MADE IN CHINA” appears on the bases.
Size: 2”, approximately 1/36 scale.
Ja-Ru produced this set of fire and rescue figures in 2000. A 99¢ bag of 50 figures was made up of 6 different cops, 3 firemen and 3 EMS workers. “CHINA” is molded on the bases, along with an individual number for each figure. The police are numbered 1 through 6, as are the firemen and EMS.
Size: 1 ⅞“, 1/40 scale.
The oldest police figures that I have are this S.W.A.T. team made by Tootsietoy. These 4 figures came with 2 simple die cast vehicles (not in scale with the figures) in an opened faced, tray-like box which carried a 1976 copyright. Although not indicated on the toys, the figures were made in the U.S.A.!
Size: 2 ⅛“, 1/35 scale.
Here are more figures from 2002. This 99¢ bag of 60 pieces only yielded 6 different cops, but there were other poses. Besides “CHINA”, the bases carry individual figure numbers, on these examples 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 and 8. There must be a 4, 5 and probably a 9.
Size: 1 ⅞”, 1/40 scale.
I found a large bag of loose figures at a church street fair back in 2002. There were as many as 26 of one pose, but only 5 different poses altogether. I have no idea who made these, where they were made or how many were in the set, as there are no markings molded on the figures.
Size: approximately 1 ⅞”, 1/36 scale.
We’re back with Regent and their police equivalents of the firemen described above.
Here are 9 different cops from a bag of 50 that cost 99¢ back in 2003. “CHINA” appears on the bases.
Size: 1 ¾“, 1/43 scale.
I found these large S.W.A.T. figures at the same time I found the large firemen. The deal was the same – 4 different figures, a bag of 5 for $1.00 – but this time I only had to buy one bag! “MADE IN CHINA” on the edge of the thick bases.
Size: 4”, 1/16 scale.
Here are yet more S.W.A.T. figures. These were another ‘3 figures and a car’ deal for 99¢. “MADE IN CHINA” appears on the bases along with “555-1” through “555-6” on specific figures. Purchase date was March 2003.
Size: 2 ¼“, approximately 1/30 scale.
It’s easy to see that the four of the figures in the above two groups share the same basic sculpting. It’s possible that both were made by the same manufacturer who simply reused the same basic patterns to get two different sizes. Or, more likely, one set might be a bootleg copy of the other. Considering that the smaller figures are better detailed and that there are more of them than the larger versions, I’d say that the big guys are the copies.
Heres my recent army men finds Vintage Marx P-51 Mustang
Vintage Marx from Ebay (been wanting the guy with the pistol and ammo box for awhile now)
The most aweseme recent find at the thrift store. A large 70mm Processed Plastics AA jeep from 1964. This is awesome. Metal Axles, and good old vintage style. I love it. A keeper for sure. Sorry my tablet takes crappy pics
Check out the Original price tag!
Last Edit: Mar 7, 2014 18:04:35 GMT -6 by defzombie
Here’s a different set of plastic soldiers – Beetle Bailey and company from the long running newspaper comic strip! Multiple Products produced this set of five figures back in 1963. The set consisted of Beetle Bailey, Killer Diller, Zero, Sarge Snorkel, General Halftrack and a large Jeep. I had no interest in the Jeep and immediately trashed it; I have no recollection of what it looked like or how it was made. What’s really curious is that big old Sarge is the smallest of the five figures!
Sizes: 2 ½“ to 2 ¾“
Last Edit: Mar 10, 2014 7:37:47 GMT -6 by StarRunn
ABSOLUTELY AMAZING Thrift store find today. Plenty of vintage army men/cowboys..a whole bunch of it is vintage Marx stuff. Paid $12 for all of it, and all of it isnt pictured here. Some extra stuff is going on eBay.
Galaxy Laser Team!!
Last Edit: Mar 27, 2014 16:04:55 GMT -6 by defzombie
The first Star Wars movie generated a flood of toys around the world. Kenner lead the wave with the officially licensed line, while every other manufacturer looked for ways to cash in on the new craze. Just about every company that had old space themed toys dusted off their molds and reissued the items redressed to resemble the look of the George Lucas blockbuster. Other firms created new product that blatantly ripped off the dark knight, droids, strange aliens and idealistic young hero that had captivated the children of the nation.
The Processed Plastic Co. wasted no time in getting their Star Wars want-a-bes on the toy store shelves in 1978. First up was a Star Patrol bag of 2 ¼” tall (1/32 scale) figures and an X-Wing Rocket. There were eight different figures molded in white, black, bright green and hot pink polyethylene. Six of these figures were obviously patterned on the SF movie, while the other two were realistic U.S. astronauts. The thematically out of place astronauts were slightly smaller than the other figures, reinforcing the notion that they were old items added to the mix to up the count of figures in the new set. The X-Wing Rocket was an F-16 jet fighter with an extra pair of wings needed to form an X.
PP quickly followed up by doubling the size of the Star Patrol figures to 4 ½” (1/16 scale). These giant sized figures were labeled Star Battle and were sold in random assortments of five figures per bag. Six different figures were all that I found. I must have checked every Woolworth’s in New York City looking for the female and the second astronaut. Eventually I reasoned that, because of the larger size, those two figures were never made.
Now, 36 years later, defzombie has proven me wrong by posting this photo showing the two missing figures!
Wow, what a revelation! What a great benefit of this forum as a source of information. Now I really have something to look for.
I’ve seen the other Processed Plastic figures in this group in various threads, inevitably called Galaxy Laser Team. I have never seen them sold under this name. I’m assuming that this was a later reissue. Can anyone confirm a date?
I’ve been it love with these figures for 36 years. How much? Enough to rework, paint and mount the five large fictional characters that I found. Here’s a group shot. I hope to have more photos and a detailed building report in my Customs thread soon.
IMPORTANT UPDATE --- I misinterpreted defzombie's photo. Those are the smaller 2 1/4" figures in his photo, not the large 4 1/2" ones. What threw me off was the smaller astronauts in front, a THIRD, still smaller size that I was completely unaware of. The large figures are once again available and include the same six characters that I mentioned above. So, the female and second astronaut were not made in the large size.
Sorry for the confusion.
Last Edit: Feb 11, 2015 17:45:43 GMT -6 by StarRunn
Galaxy laser team was the 90s I'm sure. I remember getting them as a kid in the larger size including the woman at the computer. Funny thing is I've never seen the smaller size before! These are the first I've ever seen.
Last Edit: Mar 28, 2014 22:59:18 GMT -6 by defzombie
Post by figurecollector on Apr 12, 2014 7:03:53 GMT -6
I know a friend of mine had those stretcher bearers when I was a kid. I thought they were pretty cool since no other line I remembered had them. If you somehow lost the stretcher they were pretty worthless, but they were a nice addition when you set them up. I have not seen them since then and that was a long time ago. Made for a nice memory jog.
Exactly, they are useless without the stretchers, so I bought a few online, and I still have one useless stretcher bearer lol...the medical team fetches decent prices on eBay, but I completed it for way cheaper somewhere else.
Lol exactly...I don't want to so hell be a lonely medic lol I love these vintage army men though, made almost two decades before I was born, and are so much better than much of the toys put out right now