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I’m a 51-year-old Aspergic CAD-Monkey. Sardonic, cynical and with the political leanings of a social reformer, I’m also a toy and model figure collector, particularly interested in the history of plastics and plastic toys. Other interests are history, current affairs, modern art, and architecture, gardening and natural history. I love plain chocolate, fireworks and trees but I don’t hug them, I do hug kittens. I hate ignorance, when it can be avoided, so I hate the 'educational' establishment and pity the millions they’ve failed with teaching-to-test and rote 'learning' and I hate the short-sighted stupidity of the entire ruling/industrial elite, with their planet destroying fascism and added “buy-one-get-one-free”. I also have no time for fools and little time for the false crap we're all supposed to pretend we haven't noticed, or the games we're supposed to play.

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Hong Kong Merchandise Corporation - HKMC

Hong Kong and latterly US

804 Hing Wai Building
Hong Kong

US Office registered as C0538685, current status is 'suspended'.

Flourished 1966-68

Very Little is known about this company at this time, from the extant sample (jobbed in 1966) in the authors collection and the title, it seems clear enough that HKMC were a marketing co-operative for several smaller, probably nameless or Chinese-named Hong Kong toy makers. They registered a US office/partner in 1968 under California's due restriction, whether this means they concentrated on selling to Western US sales territories or not is too-much speculation!

The address of the company has also been demolished and replaced with a taller building also called Hing Wai.

Known Product
NH 706/211 - Soldier Tank and Jeep (four Lido 54mm copies and crude sub-scale wheeled tank, salesman's sample, may never have been retailed)

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Gala Goldentone - Gala Nursery Records - Gala Records - Goldentone Records - Selcol Nursery Record Series

Brands of and see: Selmer-Selcol for history/background, see also: Fairchild /Selcol-Fairchild.

The listing is confusing (mostly to me - as a non-record collector), and is only presented here for completion, the records were issued by both Selcol and Selcol Fairchild and because they are not within the scope of the other entries, but are part of the historical 'whole', re-childhood/playthings. For more information follow the links to the Discogs web-pages.

Listings (Alphabetically by label title)
Gala Goldentone (6-inch, 78rpm, orange vinyl unless otherwise stated, Selcol Products Ltd.)
GG 1 - Mitch Miller and Orchestra - We're Off to See the Wizard / Over the Rainbow
GG 2 - Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - The Little Shoemaker
GG 3 - Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - Happy Trails to You
GG 4 - Paul Tripp, the Sandpiper Chorus with Mitch Miller and his Orchestra - Tubby the Tuba
GG 5 - Bing Crosby - Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves
GG 6 - The Sandpipers with Mitch Miller and His Orchestra - Nursery Songs
GG 7 - Anne Lloyd, the Sandpipers with Mitchell Miller and Orchestra - Brahms' Lullaby
GG 8 - Anne Lloyd, Gilbert Mack and the Sandpipers with Mitch Miller and his Orchestra - Three Little Kittens
GG 9 - The Sandpipers and Mitch Miller and his Orchestra - Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star
GG 10 - The Sandpipers, Anne Lloyd and Mitch Miller and his Orchestra - Humpty Dumpty
GG 11 - Anne Lloyd and the Sandpipers with Mitch Miller and Orchestra - Three Blind Mice / Little Bo Peep / Little Jack Horner
GG 12 -
GG 13 - Michael Stewart, the Sandpipers, Mitchell Miller and Orchestra - Oh, Susanna
GG 14 -
GG 15 - Dick Byron, Michael Stewart, the Sandpipers, Mitchell Miller and Orchestra - Blue Tail Fly‎ (1961)
GG 16 - Roy Rogers and Dale Evans - The Old Chisholm Trail (1961)
GG 17 - ? - The Woody Woodpecker Song / Woody Woodpecker Dance
GG 18 - The Sandpiper Children's Chorus and Jimmy Carroll's Fife and Drum Corps - The Children's Marching Song (1961)
GG 19 -
GG 20 - Anne Lloyd and the Sandpipers with Mitch Miller and his Orchestra - Train Songs (2 versions, 1961)
GG 21 - Anne Lloyd, Ralph Nyland and the Sandpipers with Mitch Miller and his Orchestra - Little Sir Echo (2 versions, 1961)
GG 22 - Anne Lloyd, The Sandpipers, Mitch Miller and Orchestra - The Little White Duck ‎(7", red vinyl, 1961)
GG 23 - Kurt Knudsen - Little Red Riding Hood (1961)
GG 24 -
GG 25 - Various - Songs of the Flintstones‎ (1962)
GG 26 - Golden Chorus and Orchestra - Yogi Bear TV Theme Song‎ (1962)
GG 27 - Gilbert Mack, Jimmy Carrol and Orchestra - Huckleberry Hound Presents Pixie and Dixie‎ (1962)
GG 28 - Mitch Miller & His Orchestra - Popeye the Sailor Man‎ (1962)
GG 29 - Various - Old Macdonald Had a Farm / the Owl and the Pussycat (1962, Selcol Fairchild)
GG 30 - London Rhymers and Players - Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater‎ (1962)
GG 31 - Anne Lloyd, The Sandpipers, Mitch Miller And His Orchestra - The Framer In The Dell‎ (1962)
GG 32 - Various - Sing-Along Songs‎ (1962)
GG 33 - The Golden Children's Chorus, the Sandpiper Singers, Mitch Miller, Jimmy Carroll and Orchestra - Polly Wolly Doodle / The Happy Wanderer‎ (1962)
GG 34 -
GG 35 - Mike Stewart, Anne Lloyd, Mitch Miller & his Orchestra - The Three Bears‎ (1962)
GG 36 - Anne Lloyd and the Sandpipers, Mitch Miller & his Orchestra - The Muffin Man‎ (1962)
GG 37 -
GG 38 - Alan Reed, Jim Timmens and Orchestra - Pebbles' Lullaby‎ (red vinyl, 1963)
GG 39 - Betty Clooney, Mitch Miller And Orchestra, The Sandpipers - Fuzzy Wuzzy (Wuz A Bear), (red vinyl, 1963)
GG 40 - Mike Stewart, Anne Lloyd, Bob Miller, Ralph Nyland, Dick Byron, Mitch Miller & His Orchestra - Hansel & Gretel‎ (1963)
GG 41 - The Sandpipers and the Golden Orchestra - The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire), (1963)
GG 42 - ? Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush / Here we go Loop-de-Loop
GG 43 - Golden Orchestra - Instruments of the Orchestra‎ (1963)
GG 44 - ? - The Ugly Duckling
GG 45 - The London Rhymers and Players - Simple Simon‎ (1963)
GG 46 - Danny Kaye - The Big Oven‎ (1963)
GG 47 - The London Rhymers And Players - 5 Songs of Mother Goose‎ (1963)
GG 48 - Larry Harmon - Laurel & Hardy: Theme Song (One Together Is Two), (1963)
Nursery Beat Series
GG 49 - ? - Old King Cole / There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe
GG 50 - Wynken, Blinken & Nod and the Golden Rock-A-Twisters - London Bridge / Hickory Dickery Rock with a Beatle Beat (1964)
GG 51 - Wynken, Blinken & Nod and the Golden Rock-A-Twisters - Dance and Sing Mother Goose with a Beatle Beat‎ (1964)
GG 52 -


Gala Nursery Records (7-inch, 78rpm 'single' discs, seemingly issued as a set in 1968 and all performed by the Selmer Players & Singers, Selcol Products Limited)
LYN1690 -
LYN1691 - Bobby Shaftoe
LYN1692 -
LYN1693 -
LYN1694 - Lavenders Blue
LYN1695 - Sing a Song of Sixpence
LYN1696 -
LYN1697 - Frere Jacques
LYN1698 -
LYN1699 -
LYN1700 -
LYN1701 -
LYN1702 -
LYN1703 - Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son
LYN1704 -
LYN1705 -
LYN1706 -
LYN1707 -
LYN1708 -
LYN1709 - Red Riding Hood / Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
LYN1710 - Humpty Dumpty / Here we go Round the Mulberry Bush
LYN1711 -
LYN1712 -
LYN1713 -
LYN1714 -
LYN1715 -
LYN1716 - Happy Birthday Song
LYN1717 -
LYN1718 -
LYN1719 - Three Little Pigs
LYN1720 - Cinderella
LYN1721 -
LYN1722 -
LYN1723 -
LYN1724 - Sur le Pont D'Avignon
LYN1725 -
LYN1726 - Christmas Songs
LYN1727 -
LYN1728 -
LYN1729 -
LYN1730 -
LYN1731 -
LYN1732 -
LYN1733 -
LYN1734 - Wee Willie Winkie / Little Nut Tree / I Saw Three Ships
LYN1735 -
LYN1736 - Have a Little Pussy Cat
LYN1737 -
LYN1738 -
LYN1739 -
LYN1740 -
 
Gala Nursery Records

Gala Records (6/7" 45rpm 'pop' singles, film and show tunes with a few children's favorites)
45XP1000 - Lerner, Loewe - Al Goodman and his Orchestra - My Fair Lady
45XP1001 - Al Goodman and his Orchestra Present Rodgers and Hammerstein - South Pacific (4 versions)
45XP1002 - Al Goodman and his Orchestra - The King and I
45XP1003 - Richard Torigi & Gretchen Rhoads with Al Goodman And his Orchestra - Oklahoma (2 versions)
45XP1004 - Rodgers & Hart, Bill St. Clair with Eddie Maynard and his Orchestra - Pal Joey
45XP1005 - Pete 'Natural' Jones - Plays 'Fats' Waller Favourites
45XP1006 - Unknown Artist - Arena! Music for the Bullfight
45XP1007 - John Elliott and his Diatonic Four - Adventure in Sound
45XP1008 - Esy Grieco And His Orchestra - Cha Cha Cha (2 versions)
45XP1009 - Norman Brooks with the Al Goodman Orchestra - Give you Jolson‎ (1956)
45XP1010 -
45XP1011 - Johnny Kay - Johnny Kay Arrives
45XP1012 - Bill St. Clair - Let's be Frank
45XP1013 -
45XP1014 - Edna Mcgriff - Edna McGriffs 'the Name
45XP1015 - Helen Forrest - Deep Purple‎ (1957)
45XP1016 - Cab Calloway - I'll Get By
45XP1017 -
45XP1018 - Bob Haymes - Bob Haymes
45XP1019 - Various Artists - POP‎ (1958)
45XP1020 - Various Artists - Untitled‎ (1958)
45XP1021 -
45XP1022 -
45XP1023 - Various Artists - America's Top Pops‎ (1958)
45XP1024 -
45XP1025 - Various Artists - Untitled‎ (1958)
45XP1026 -
45XP1027 - Various Artists - America's Top Pops‎ (1958)
45XP1028 -
45XP1029 - Various Artists - Tom Dooley / Guaglione / Lonesome Town / Tears on my Pillow‎ (1958)
45XP1030 - Various Artists - America's Top Pops‎ (1958)
45XP1031 -
45XP1032 - Lerner, Loewe, Al Goodman and His Orchestra - Gigi‎ (1958)
45XP1033 - Mark Andrews & His Orchestra - Music for Lonely Lovers‎ (1958)
45XP1034 - Fred Burton - Honky Tonk‎ (1958)
45XP1035 - Barry Frank and Janet Eden - Hit Songs From Mardi Gras‎ (1958)
45XP1036 - Perez Prado and His Orchestra - Cha Cha Cha‎ (1958)
45XP1037 - Various Artists - America's Top Pops‎ (1959)
45XP1038 -
45XP1039 -
45XP1040 - The Pierre Bardot Combo - Holiday In Paris‎ (1958)
45XP1041 -
45XP1042 - Eddie Maynard and his Orchestra - A Tribute To Glenn Miller‎ (1958)
45XP1043 - Lou Preager and his Orchestra Presenting Mink-Tone Music - Lou Preager Plays For Dancing ‎(1959)
45XP1044 -
45XP1045 -
45XP1046 - Annette and the Afterbeats - Tall Paul‎ (1959)
45XP1047 -
45XP1048 - Various Artists - America's Top Pops‎ (1959)
45XP1049 -
45XP1050 - Johann Strauss Jnr. - Strauss Waltzes‎ (1959)
45XP1051 - Al Goodman and his Orchestra - Porgy and Bess‎ (1958)
45XP1052 -
45XP1053 - Michel D'Angelo and his Orchestra - Light Concert Favourites‎ (1958)
45XP1054 -
45XP1055 -
45XP1056 - The Kirby Stone Four - Hold Tight! (1958)
45XP1057 - The Royal Farnsworth Symphony 'Pops' Orchestra - Music of Leroy Anderson‎ (1958)
45XP1058 -
45XP1059 -
45XP1060 -
45XP1061 - Red Nichols and his Five Pennies - Red Nichols and his Five Pennies (1958)
45XP1062 -
45XP1063 - Lew Raymond and his Orchestra - Broadway Memories Volume 1 (1958)
45XP1064 - The Lew Raymond Orchestra - Themes from the Movies
45XP1065 -

810 - The Glitters and The Promineers - Poison Ivy‎ (1959)

Gala Records
Long Playing Albums
SS 22 - Nino De Alicante and his Troupe - Flamenco Festival in Hi-Fi‎ (1958)

GLP 301 - Mel Torme - Prelude to a Kiss‎ (1958)
GLP 302 - Lena Horne‎ (1958)
GLP 303 - Billy Daniels with the Rhythm Rockers - The Magic of Billy Daniels ‎(Monophonic, 1958)
GLP 304 - Sammy Davis Jr. and Joya Sherrill - Jumps with Joya‎ (Monophonic, 1957)
GLP 305 - The Ink Spots - The Ink Spots in Hi Fi‎ (1969)
GLP 306 - Connee Boswell - Connee Boswell Sings Irving Berlin, a Golden Anniversary Tribute‎ (1958)
GLP 307 -
GLP 308 - Al Goodman and his Orchestra, Lerner and Loewe - Lerner and Loewe's My Fair Lady
GLP 309 -
GLP 310 - Al Goodman and his Orchestra, Rodgers & Hammerstein - The King and I‎ (1951)
GLP 311 - Al Goodman - South Pacific‎ (Monophonic)
GLP 312 -
GLP 313 - Isabel Bigley and Stephen Douglass - Sing Rodgers and Hammerstein‎ (1958)
GLP 314 - Ray Eberle - Ray Eberle Plays Glenn Miller Favorites‎ (Monophonic)
GLP 315 - Andy 'Plymouth' Rocke - Honky Tonk Classics‎ (1958)
GLP 316 - Earl 'Fatha' Hines - The Incomparable Earl 'Fatha' Hines‎ (1963)
GLP 317 -
GLP 318 -
GLP 319 -
GLP 320 -
GLP 321 -
GLP 322 -
GLP 323 - Eddie Maynard and his Orchestra - Pal Joey
GLP 324 -
GLP 325 -
GLP 326 - Lew Raymond and his Orchestra - Music from Michael Todd's Around the World in 80 Days‎ (1958)
GLP 327 -
GLP 328 - Various Artists - Modern Jazz Hall of Fame Volume 1‎ (Compilation, Monophonic, 1957)
GLP 329 - Symphony of the Air - Pop Concert in Carnegie Hall‎ (1957)
GLP 330 - Various Artists - All Star Blues‎ (1958)
GLP 331 -
GLP 332 -
GLP 333 - Noro Morales and his Orchestra - Holiday in Havana‎ (1958)
GLP 334 - Hans Ledermann, Russian State Symphony Orchestra - Peer Gynt Suites 1&2 ‎(1958)
GLP 335 -
GLP 336 - Fran Warren - Hey There! Here's Fran Warren‎ (1958)
GLP 337 - The Sonor Symphony Orchestra, Hans Ledermann, Antonín Dvořák - New World Symphony / Symphony No.5 in E Minor
GLP 338 -
GLP 339 -
GLP 340 - Freddie Sateriale And His Orchestra - Cha, Cha, Chas, Merengues And Mambos‎ (1958)
GLP 341 -
GLP 342 - Eddie Condon - Confidentially, It's Condon‎ (1958)
GLP 343 -
GLP 344 - Charlie Ventura - Plays Hi-Fi Jazz (2 versions, 1958)
GLP 345 -
GLP 346 -
GLP 347 - Various Artists - The Golden Era of Dixieland Jazz: 1887-1937‎ (Monophonic, 1958)
GLP 348 - Pupi Lopez and his Orchestra - Cha Cha Cha Merengues and Mambos‎ (1957)
GLP 349 -
GLP 350 -
GLP 351 - Bing Crosby - Sings and Tells the Story of Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves‎ (1958)
GLP 352 -
GLP 353 -
GLP 354 -
GLP 355 - Judy Lynn Sings with Larry Douglas, Warren Vincent and his Orchestra - Annie Get Your Gun and Call me Madam‎ (1959)
GLP 356 - Various - The Greatest Voices of a Golden Era‎ (Compilation)
GLP 357 - Jazz Hall of Fame Volume II‎ (Compilation, 1959)
GLP 358 -
GLP 359 - Arnell Shaw, Pee Wee Russell, Buck Clayton, Vic Dickenson, Bud Freeman, Jo Jones, Lou Carter - Dixieland USA
GLP 360 - Danny Welton - Harmonica Harmonies‎ (1958)
GLP 361 - Stradivari Strings - Showboat‎ (1959)
GLP 362 -
GLP 363 -
GLP 364 -
GLP 365 -
GLP 366 - The Hampshire Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Cyril Holloway - Bizet's Carmen Suite / Ravel's Bolero‎ (1959)
GLP 367 -
GLP 368 -
GLP 369 -
GLP 370 -
GLP 371 - Lionel Hampton - Lionel at Malibu Beach‎ (1960)
GLP 372 - David Oistrakh - Mendelssohn, Alexander Glazunov - Violin Concertos‎ (1961)
GLP 373 - Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Spirituals in Rhythm‎ (1960)
GLP 374 - Ennio Morricone - Once Upon a Time in the West, Original Soundtrack Orchestra
GLP 375 -
GLP 376 -
GLP 377 -
GLP 378 - André Previn - The Music of 'Fats'
GLP 379 -
GLP 380 -

CGP 374 - Ennio Morricone - Il Etait Une Fois Dans L'Ouest (Bande Originale Du Film), ‎(Once Upon a Time in the West, Original Soundtrack Orchestra, issued in Canada by Pickwick)

Gala Records
Short Players (7-inch EP's)
GSP 801 - Bing Crosby 'Never be Afraid' (1959)
GSP 802 - Steve Race - Ring Ding
GSP 803 - Helen Thomson with Eric Jupp and His Orchestra - Tender And True‎ (1959)
GSP 804 - The Dawns, Wayne Hansen - The Three Bells / Lavender Blue‎ (1959)
GSP 805 -

GWD 701 - Various Artists - Walt Disney's Shaggy Dog‎ (1959)
GWD 702 -
GWD 703 -
GWD 704 - Various Artists - Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty‎ (1959)
GWD 705 - Ludwig Mousensky and the All-mouse Symphony Orchestra & Chorus - Walt Disney's Christmas Concert‎ (1957)

Gala Recordings 2

Selcol Nursery Record Series (narrative musicals, floppy discs laminated or glued to a cut-out card back and performed by Alan & Janice Kane)
- Cinderella (red vinyl)
- Dick Whittington (black vinyl)
- The Magic Pipe (yellow vinyl)
- The Three Bears (blue vinyl)


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Wednesday, 24 February 2016

Highlander Toy And Miniature Military Hobbies Incorporated

4766 North West 2nd Court, Boca Raton, Florida 33431, USA

Agent
Reynolds & Marchbanks, 301 West Canino Gardens Boulevard, Boca Raton, Florida 33432, USA

Company Identification Number: 404322
FEI/EIN Number: 501510721

W. A. Cook - President/Director, Harry A. Sorenson - Vice President/Director, William J. Little - Vice President/Director, Meier William - Director/Secretary, Anthony Nordone - Director
Little and Sorenson were also involved in another company with a similar name; Highlander Enterprises of Broward, Incorporated, which is probably connected, there is nothing else on this company or its products at present.

Timeline1972 - Domestic 'for profit business' incorporated on Wednesday, 5th July
1976 - Name change amendment filed 23rd August
1978 - Re-incorporated
1979 - Last report filed: 27th September
1980 - Involuntarily dissolved 8th December

1" to 50" scale (approximately 1:48th scale) polystyrene kits, assembled vehicles and figures, set in/based on Vietnam and the green berets, probably launched at completely the wrong time, anti-Vietnam sentiment and the Star Wars phenomenon killing the range/idea at birth.

The agents appear to have become the Highlander company with the name change in '76 but this is not clear, they (the agents) are still - apparently - extant, as a law firm; eMail's from the author generated no replies.

The range seems to have remained a small 'market-entry' line, with up to six items available as finished ready-to-play toys and as undecorated kits (for a catalogue listing of 12), but as one of them was a combination of two others, and excluding the individual figures there may only have been four items: a US tank and SPG, a WWII German A/T gun and the .50Cal machine-gun vignette.

A forum comment somewhere else on the blog talks of sets of 10 unpainted British soldiers of WWII being cleared with the painted Pak-40 cards at a flea-market somewhere in Florida, I suspect this is just mistaking the green berets for something more British-looking, the beret being a new style of headgear for the Americans when the Special Forces started using it in South-East Asia?

Listing
Known
(painted)
HT-104 - US M110 8" Self Propelled Howitzer
HT-105 - German Pak-40 Anti-tank Gun
HT-106 - US 50 Calibre Heavy Machine Gun & Crew
HT-107A - ?
HT-107B - Advancing-Machinegunners (1 ethnically black soldier, 3 white)
HT-107C - Standing Firing M16(1 ethnically black soldier, 3 white)
HT-107D - ?
HT-107E - Prone-Machinegunners (1 ethnically black soldier, 3 white)
HT-107F - ?
HT-? - Pak-40 and 50-cal. + figure
Known (unpainted)
HT-206 - US 50 Calibre Heavy Machine Gun & Crew (as a kit)
Other
? - Commercial Catalog (3 pages, 1978)
Assumed / Suspected
HT-204 - US M110 8" Self Propelled Howitzer (unpainted kit?)
HT-205 - German Pak-40 Anti-tank Gun (unpainted kit?)
HT-? - US Figures (10 per pack? Painted?)
HT-? - US Figures (10 per pack? Unpainted?)
HT-? - Patton Tank (painted?)
HT-? - Patton Tank (unpainted kit?)
HT-? - Pak-40 and 50-cal. + figure (unpainted kit?)
Unlikely to Have Existed
HT-? - WWII British Figures (? 10 per pack, painted? probably the US figures, definitely 10 per pack)
HT-? - WWII British Figures (? 10 per pack, unpainted? probably the US figures, definitely 10 per pack)

They Say
"Build Profits While Your Customers "build Battlefields" with Highlander" - The tag-line on the trade catalogue.

Other People Say
Quite nice, if a slightly quirky group of very playable toys, suffering only from uncommon scale and subject matter - This author.

Thanks To / Contributors:
Anthony C Dollard (additions to figure list)