Sunday, March 18, 2018
I took some of my old Lido figures and added them to the new ones.
A few of them I purchased new, as many as 45 years ago.
Others, I purchased used, at toy shows, eBay, and other places.
The new ones are a consistent dark olive green and a little glossy.
The old ones come in a variety of colors, you can see some bright green ones way in the back of this photo.
Saturday, March 17, 2018
I like these figures because they come in good action poses.
Similar poses were made by Marx, but the Marx guys had a smooth helmet.
The BMC / Lido figures have a series of cross hatches on the helmet to simulate netting, very common for US Army troops to use in combat to cut down on reflection off the helmet and to hold camouflage onto the helmet.
The two figures in the lower left corner are about 30 years older then brand new ones in the rest of the photo. Apart from being slightly lighter in color, they are identical.
Two old figures from my collection, they came in ever imaginable shade of green over the years and someone has painted the one in the back. A quick paint job of just boots, hands, face and wooded weapons parts. This figure is the same color as the new ones, but at least 20 years old! The bright green figure is also very old, but his helmet was "painted" using a felt tip marker, probably a Marks-a-Lot marker. This was a common way to "paint" figures when I was a kid, using permanent markers. Mom would not let us have actual paints.
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Friday, March 16, 2018
For two years now, MRS Bunkermeister and I have realized that when we retire we would not have a large enough income to live in Southern California. So we have been looking all over the country for a place to retire.
Last year, MRS Bunkermeister and I retired from our jobs, sold our house and moved into an apartment in Kentucky.
Now we have signed a contract to spend our whole life savings on a new, custom built home.
They broke ground just this week on a 1.1 acre lot that has never been built upon.
We will have a gravel driveway and a walk out basement for the World Headquarters of Bunker Talk.
The basement will be 1,800 square feet of concrete. My intention is to be able to store the whole Bunkermeister Collection in one place for the first time in over a decade.
The area is very rural and our nearest neighbors are cows!
Not unlike the MPC ring hand figures, these baseless troops elicit a love them or hate them response.
And like MPC ring hand figures, I love them!
The usual complaint is that they don't have a base so they don't stand up.
These photos were taken outside on a ratty old park bench table and there was a light breeze. They seem to be doing okay, I did not have any fall over. Still, I recognize these are not as stable as regular Army Men. But they are not bad. These are part of a long history of pod foot figures, started back in the 1930's when Army Men bases were trimmed down to the absolute minimum to save metal and therefore, save money.
These are Army Men. They are not intended to be played with on the carpet, they are intended to be played with outside. In the grass, in the dirt, in the sand, where the lack of a base is irrelevant. Just press them down a bit and they stand up just fine. Of course, if you really can't stand them being without a base, then simple glue them onto a wooden biscuit. They are sold everywhere hardware is sold. Just take them out of the box and use a little rubber cement and you are done!