DID YOU KNOW?
- Over 100 firms have produced plastic figures
in the UK since 1945.
- Polythene was invented by accident.
- There were only about a dozen designers
and sculptors creating the figures for these firms.
- Of these sculptors, one also designed coins,
another designed cars, and one also sculpted erotic statues.
- The major names of the British toy industry
were political refugees from mainland Europe.
- Several of the 'companies' were merely
sidelines or hobbies for the owners.
- Airfix were the first to make plastic soldiers
in the UK.
- Lone Star never made plastic soldiers:
they were produced for them by the Harvey Toy Company.
- One major plastic toy soldier maker had
a sales manager who was a hit-man in his spare time.
- The rarest figure in the world; no-one
has ever reported seeing an example.
- The oldest figures shown in PW were probably
made around 1900.
- Many moulds passed from firm to firm.
- Spanish plastic figures developed along
very similar lines to British plastic figures.
- Some French figures can be found in lead,
aluminium hard plastic and soft plastic - all made from the