It is almost fifty years since Peter Laing started producing and advertising possibly the first 15mm figure range.
Here from eBay a few weeks back was an unusual Peter Laing box from his early Tunbridge Wells days around fifty years ago with some painted Marlburian figures glued down and bolted inside …
which led to a clever connection or bit of detective work by Philip Catton, member of our friendly Peter Laing Collectors’ Circle on MeWe.
For future reference – the original A3 Auctions Of Surrey EBay listing text : “Over the next few weeks we shall be listing items from an extensive hoard collated by someone that worked for multiple toy manufacturers between roughly 1965 and 2005 – an incredible 40 years in the toy trade.
He was, we understand, principally a designer and model maker and worked on Triang, Airfix, Lone Star, Waddingtons, Britains Hasbro and Mattel products to name but a few.
Therefore, among the standard issue items offered for sale there will be resin prototypes, test shots, colour trials and samples. resin prototypes, test shots, colour trials and samples. Some early samples are quite crude and often incomplete or unfinished, whilst others, nearer to the production stage, will bear close resemblance to the finished product. We strongly recommend you examine the pictures as there may well be unusual items throughout the hoard that we have not identified correctly.
Sadly, most of the paper provenance was lost due to poor storage and some of the items have been exposed to damp and may need careful cleaning. We did however manage to retrieve a selection of toy fair trade badges that he would have worn whilst exhibiting and attending toy trade shows starting in the late 1970’s and a Waddingtons business card holder that we are offering for auction”.
Blog posted by Mark Man Of TIN, 1 September 2022.