Friday, 20 October 2017

101st Birthday!

Sylvia Howells 101st Birthday Party
Jane Saunders (Manager), Cllr Phyllis Roberts (Mayor of Blaenavon), Sylvia Howells (Birthday Girl!), Me.

On October 19th I attended a really special occasion - the 101st birthday of Blaenavon born and bred Sylvia Howells. Mrs Howells is a resident at Arthur Jenkins Care Home which hosted a lovely birthday party, complete with singer to serenade her!

The South Wales Argus covered the story on October 24th:

A special party was held at a Blaenavon residential home to celebrate the birthday of one of its oldest residents. Sylvia Howells turned 101 on Thursday, October 19 and was joined by her family and friends as well as two mayors and staff from the Arthur Jenkins Care Home for her party. Blaenavon-born and bred, Mrs Howells has lived at the home since 2009 and she shared her secret of longevity. 

“I think it’s keeping busy and doing plenty of exercise,” said Mrs Howells. The 101-year-old was delighted that the Hafod Care staff threw her a party, which included a special cake baked by the centre cook and entertainment from singer Dean Sharpe. “I have always been happy here and nothing is too much trouble for the staff,” said Mrs Howells. 

Her guests included daughter Veronica Grey and son-in-law Alan, as well as Cllr Jessica Powell and Cllr Phyllis Roberts, the 93-year-old Blaenavon mayor. 

Born at the Waun Tavern public house, Mrs Howells was one of six siblings - four girls and two boys. She grew up in the area and at the age of 16 started working as a housekeeper in Harley Street in London. She returned home when the war broke out and held various jobs in north Wales, Bristol and Weston-super-Mare until she married at the age of 26. 

Mrs Howells met her husband Glyn through a mutual friend at her church in Blaenavon. The couple were married for 60 years prior to Mr Howells’s death 15 years ago. The Howells had one daughter, one granddaughter and two great-granddaughters. 

Jane Saunders, the care home manager for more than 14 years, said: “Sylvia is an amazing lady. She was registered blind a few years ago, but she has not let this affect her and she is still able to carry out most of her daily tasks independently. It’s always lovely to celebrate a special birthday and we are delighted that Sylvia’s family and friends were able to join us and enjoy the party. We pride ourselves on providing the best levels of care and encouraging our residents to remain active members of our local community. There’s always lots going on and we have a very happy home.” 

Arthur Jenkins Care Home provides residential accommodation for 29 people including a specialist unit caring for those living with dementia. To find out more call 01495 790319 or visit

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Thursday, 19 October 2017

S H Figuarts

SH Figuarts 12th scale bodies

S.H. Figuarts make a huge range of highly articulated 1/12 scale action figures. Aside from the base bodies, the figures have sculpted plastic clothing and hair. Most of them are based on anime or cartoon properties - Dragonball Z, Naruto, Sailor Moon, etc, etc - but there are also lots of celebrity likeness sculpts from characters in films and TV shows. The figures are generally true to scale, hovering about the 6" mark.

DC Universe

Alongside various permanently cowled Batmen and other masked characters, Figuarts offer Suicide Squad Harley Quinn and Joker, The Dark Knight Joker, Deadshot, Wonder Woman, and Superman.

Figuarts Suicide Squad Harley QuinnSH Figuarts Suicide Squad Joker
Figuarts Heath Ledger Joker in 12th ScaleFiguarts 12th scale Deadshot
Figuarts 12th scale Wonder WomanFiguarts Superman


A lot of their Marvel characters are permanently masked, but there are still plenty with heads ripe for the picking... Thor, Dr. Strange, Tony Stark 'Iron Man', Hawkeye, Star-Lord,

Figuarts 12th scale ThorFiguarts 12th scale Dr Strange
Figuarts Tony Stark in 12th ScaleFiguarts 12th scale Hawkeye
Figuarts Guaridan of the GalaxyFiguarts

Star Wars

☆ Prequel Movies: Qui Gon Jinn, Padawan Obi Wan Kenobi, Padawan Anakin Skywalker, Jedi Obi Wan Kenobi, Mace Windu, Darth Maul, Queen Amidala, Jedi Anakin Skywalker, Count Dooku, Pilot Droid, Security Droid, C-3PO, Clone Trooper Phase 1 Lieutenant, Clone Trooper Phase 1 Sergeant, Clone Trooper Phase 1 Commander, Clone Trooper Phase 1 Captain, etc.

☆ Original Movies: Luke Skywalker, Obi Wan Kenobi, Princess Leia, Jabba the Hutt, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Chewbacca, etc.

☆ Sequel Movies: Han Solo, Finn, TLJ Rey, BB-4, Praetorian Guard, Droid C2-B5, Droid R4-P17, Droid R2-B1, Droid R2-A6, Droid R2-C4, and Droid R2-M5, etc.

Figuarts Qui Gon JinnFiguarts Young Obi Wan Kenobi
Figuarts Anakin SkywalkerFiguarts Obi Wan Kenobi
Figuarts Mace WinduFiguarts Queen Amidala
Figuarts Luke Skywalker from A New HopeFiguarts New Hope Obi Wan Kenobi


Bruce Lee (and a yellow tracksuit version), Michael Jackson, Freddie Mercury, and Captain Jack Sparrow.

Figuarts Bruce LeeFiguarts Michael Jackson
Figuarts 12th scale Freddie MercuryFiguarts Captain Jack Sparrow

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Saturday, 14 October 2017

Storm Collectibles

Storm Collectibles produce a range of sports and video game action figures in roughly 1/12 scale - they're actually about 7" tall so a little oversized, but not outrageously so. They're typical action figures in that all the clothing is sculpted plastic

So far they've done the Mortal Kombat figures Scorpion, Sub Zero, Reptile, and Shao Khan, as well as Heihachi Mishima from Tekken 7. Their biggest line is Street Fighter V with M. Bison, Ryu, Zangief, Alex, Ken, Chun-Li, and Gouki.

My favourite is the upcoming Mike Tyson figure. He even has fabric shorts!

Storm Collectibles 12th Scale Mike Tyson

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Thursday, 12 October 2017

Heidi Ott 12th Scale Dolls

Heidi Ott Young Woman

When I started getting into the hobby Heidi Ott was pretty much it as far as more affordable articulated 1/12 scale dolls went. They came in 4 basic designs: young and older woman, and young and older man (the Caucasian types came with blue or brown painted eyes, and there was a Black version of the younger models). Sometimes the male dolls have flocked hair and / or facial hair, while the women come bald or with tiny little wigs.

As the dolls become harder to find the prices only increase - you'll be lucky to find a basic undressed figure for less than £30, and the dressed ones will set you back at least £50+. In an age when you can get a Figma type doll for £4, as cute and well designed as these are, you'll probably only want to pick them up if you happen across them going cheaply.

Heidi Ott Undressed Dolls

Heidi Ott also made smaller dolls in 1/12 scale meant to be teenagers, kids and babies - they have cloth bodies and plastic limbs:

Heidi Ott Children Dolls

There were lots of dressed dolls released, primarily Victorian era but also a fair range of more modern looks. Check out the catalogue pages for dressed babies (one, two), toddlers, children, teenagers, and adults:

Heidi Ott Dressed DollsHeidi Ott Miniature Dolls
Heidi Ott Modern DollsHeidi Ott 12th Scale Dolls
Heidi Ott Scale DollsHeidi Ott Doll Shoes

In addition to the shoes and sundries shown above - and cute little necklaces - you could also buy clothing separately:

Heidi Ott Doll Clothes

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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

DAM Toys Pocket Elite

DAM Toys Drawman

DAM Toys are best known for their 1/6 scale military figures, but for 2018 they announced a new 1/12 scale line called Pocket Elite. The Drawman base bodies are available to buy separately for around £25.


Dam Toys 12th scale SAS Assaulter

★ SAS CRW Assaulter - box.

Dam Toys SAS CRW Breacher


DAM Toys: Pocket Elite WW2 1/12 German SS Panzer Division


Vietnam War - Staff Sergeant

Vietnam War - Private

Vietnam War - Infantry Division

Vietnam War - Marine Force Recon


Special Duties Unit Sam Sir

Special Duties Unit Fai Sir


Dam Toys TestmanDam Toys Jadetman

Dam Toys 1/12 Bodies 

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