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Poplar Plastics Spacemen

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Poplar Plastics was a Welsh company producing a variety of plastic items including toys. The boxes and header cards carry their PP logo. They appear to have borrowed molds from other companies. Their spaceman series, called "Space Commandos" is a straight copy of the American Thomas Toys originals. The figures usually appear appear in silver and bronze and are made of a distinctive rubbery plastic. The ones shown here include ones with painted details, probably home grown. The figures were sold attached to a simple backing card with an attractive space scene. I have one somewhere and will add a scan as soon as I find it!


The set comprises:
1 Alien holding a club-like weapon over his left shoulder
2 Spaceman holding pistol in his right hand, left hand on box at waist
3 Spaceman with axe in right hand, pistol in left hand
4 Spaceman with spiked helmet holding pistol in right hand, left hand empty
5 Alien with breathing apparatus, frilled legs, hand on gun in holster


Thomas Toys have a sixth figure holding a rifle in their set; this figure was not included in the Poplar set.

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Have three of the poplar Plastic figures. They smell in a similar way like the Matt Mason Mason figures. So I think they were also made in soft PVC, which is similar to rubber. As far as I understood, the Thomas space men were made in a soft plastic, similar to the Airfix soldiers of the seventies & eighties. Bill it´s your turn ;) .

Also I own colourful orange or blue space men, made in an Airfix like soft plastic, which are copies of the Thomas figures.

Copy means new forms with some small differences to the originals. And last I have two another copies in "Airfix plastic" which do have a base.

Therefore in the moment I think there a four different producers of these figures:

1. Thomas Toys(the original)

2. Poplar Plastics

3. Colourful soft plastic figures. Perhaps both your green figures belong to that, Brian.

4. Figures with a base in soft plastic, I know of colours in white or silver.

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Space Hawk spacemen. Another outing of the set on a neat backing card. The plastic used for these figures looks appreciably different from the usual rubberized plastic of the first batch.

CORRECTION: this is an incorrect combination of card and spacemen. See below.

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Brian, the card is for the "Space Hawk|" space ship pictured on the card,(I've had two carded versions, both with silver "Space Hawks") to the best of my knowledge it wasn't issued with Spacemen attached...

Noel

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Thanks Noel.

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US $256.99 :o

...oh dear!

This seller usually has some good items for sale, but if you look closely ( well actually, not THAT closely) you'll see the tabs that the elastic band goes around to hold the craft in place, Brian, if you remember Dave Jones, it was him that I bought them off...part of the famous/infamous Tenerife haul from years back!

Noel

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The Space Hawk card was made by Poplar Playthings. It was distributed

with 1 Space Hawk ship and 2 bronze-coloured space man. However all the

colourful space men in yellow, red, blue and green were made by Alden Toys.

See also "Blast Off!" page 116 below.

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Ah, the Tenerife haul. I remember it well. A toyshop untouched for years. The stuff of dreams. Our mutual friend Phil made a fortune out of it.

Thanks Blech for the added details.

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Brian, good that you remember, I managed to get to see Mr Vasi's warehouse around 1995,his daughter drove me there. There was an incredible mix of stuff, 70's furniture, gifts for the tourists etc, but the toys had been whittled down to late model Corgi toys, what was left was expensive although I bought as many tin toys as I could carry, they were all about 50 pounds...BUT, all the robots and space toys were also 50 pounds...which would explain why they had all gone! :(

At least we bought well off Phil when he turned up at the fairs, I remember buying (nearly) all of the Merit "Saint" target games, plus all of the Space Patrol walkie talkies...good times!

Noel

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