Airfix´s little soldiers

Posted: September 6, 2012 in Books

It took me a while to get around to it but I recently ordered Jean-Christophe Carbonel´s book “Airifix´s Little Soldiers” (Histoire & Collections) and could finally read it yesterday. It sports information on the history of small plastic soldiers from 1959 to 2009, starting with Airfix and taking a peak at the competition as well. I love the images on the boxes (of the classic 70´s Airfix sets) since I had many of these as a child, and can now see that the artist in question was a man called Brian Knight (who had joined the team in 1968). It really feels good to see these boxes again after all these years. I wish I had kept them back in the day.

Playing with these toy soldiers was very common when we were kids in my neck of the woods. We occupied ourselves for hours (which, thinking about it now, must have been a blessing for our parents!). I had one of those old forts as well, the Sherwood Castle one. When I see all these boxes now I wish I could buy some of it again and just stash it away. Fantastic art, good memories.

Good book. Some of the images could have been a little bigger, but it´s all there if you want to revisit your youth.

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Comments
  1. Kevin says:

    Being a child I too was very fascinated about toy soldiers.We (me and my friends) used to make troops and we portray fights…Those moments are unforgettable.

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