Saturday, October 16, 2021

Miner Industries Playset No. 1750 Westward Ho! Wild West Playset

I haven't done much out in The Cave this past couple of weeks so thought it would be nice to post this Miner Industries Westward Ho! playset. My set was missing a few pieces but was still in decent enough shape to warrant inclusion into the collection. Most of the fence pieces, the flag, and the printed inserts for the streetfront were missing as was the wagon hitch which I had an extra of (found after taking these pics). The figures are 45mm, the teepee is 5 1/2" (13.97cm) H, and the streetfront is 10" (25.4cm) W when folded to represent a street 'block'. Enjoy! Opa Fritz

The three landforms are different than what's pictured on the box cover - a usual practice for MPC/Multiple/Miner

The set included two identical sheets of cardboard cut-outs

Sunday, October 10, 2021

Department 56 #6007411 1/43 Scale Cast Resin "The Munsters Koach"

There's an old saying: "Beggar's can't be choosers" and for years now I've pitched a fit over how the toy industry had totally ignored making any 1/43 scale The Munsters Koach or Dragula in 1/43 scale diecast versions. I mean, Johnny Lightning has a nice little 1/64th scale Koach...

...and Ertl has a beautiful 1/18 scale Koach

and there are a plethora of other television and movie diecast vehicle's available in 1/43 scale EXCEPT The Munsters Koach. Why have they been excluded?

To the rescue - more or less - is this year's offering from Department 56, the company well known for its beautiful holiday buildings and accessories. Cast resin is a different animal than diecast metal. It simply doesn't allow for the same amount or fideltiy to detail as diecast and this version of the Koach reflects that. Detailing is a bit crude and much of it is molded on vs. separately applied as one would see on a diecast model. Details are painted, not plated, thereby giving a dullish overall appearance to the thing, and the wheels are glued on - not free rolling. As I said, resin is a different animal than diecast and while this is about as good as one can expect from resin - understand that if you choose to buy one of these it's for the nostalgia and for having a Munsters Koach in 1/43 scale - not becaase it's a highly-detailed scale model. The Koach measures 5" (12.7cm) L x 2 1/4" (5.71cm) W x 2" (5.08cm) H, and really is a nice addition to any Halloween display as long as as you accept it for what it is. Enjoy! Opa Fritz

While the figures are a bit large, they look much better alongside this Koach than the more diminutive Johnny Lightning version

Dept 56 (L) & Johnny Lightning (R)

Thursday, October 7, 2021

The Phoenix Mint No. 18370 1/43 Scale '37 Studebaker Hearse (2020)

New for this year's Halloween display is this cool '37 Studebaker hearse from The Phoenix Mint given to me by Billy Hill, one of my fb buddies! Thanx Billy!!!  Issued last year this 1/43 scale bone wagon (or cadaver coach, or...) makes a wonderful addition to either the cemetery scene, chapel scene, or just about anywhere on the display. The front and back doors all open allowing views of the interior or placement of a coffin. Enjoy! Opa Fritz

I have no clue what those clear plastic inserts are meant to represent - perhaps flower holders for the dearly departed??

The Lemax coffin's are a tad big but they'll do in a pinch