What are TIMPO solids?
or: 8 years of change from metal-figure to swoppet
TIMPO solids can be devided from other fields of collecting regarding three reviews:
year of production, paint and technique of production.
The start of merchandising was 1955, when TIMPO introduced several series
of plastic figures: the farm series took part, wild west, police and guards,
foreign legion and arabs, knights and romains, modern army and the cadets.
colours. Some figures only had accents in one single painted colour,
the napoleonics were painted in seven operations.
The jousting knights made of metal had already plastic lances, because
they seemed to be less breakable. This was one of the reasons for the turn
to plastic production. Plastic went better off the casting moulds,
a fact which was the reason for the sharp shapes of the next generation of
The third reason were the lower costs in material and transport. Having
rivalry with other companies an important reason for TIMPO!
But the colour wasn't fixed enough to the plastic surface and went off.
Moreover painting was a craftsmanship and therefore expensive. Stirred up
by Britains-swoppets TIMPO looked for remaining colours and went away
from painting completely. They used plastics-granulate in different
colours and casted only single parts of the figures.
The single parts in different colours were then plugged to another.
In the early times painting of small parts was still needed.
Then the pure swoppet was born, solids were out of time.
For these reasons I'ld like to suggest only to speak of TIMPO plastic solids
in regards of painted non-swoppet figures from the mid fifties to the birth
of the swoppets between 1958 and 1963.
Many times a figure by TIMPO, which is no swoppet and has no overmoulding
is degraded to be an „action figure“! But those are much younger and were
sold scince 1972, round about 10 years after. "Action packs" of the
seventies contained single coloured castings made by taking old solid moulds.
They were "ready to paint", which means not painted. Sometimes it is difficult to
to tell a solid from an action figur painted by a child in the early seventies.
Action packs also contained figure shapes never sold as TIMPO solids.
The moulds were bought from other companies such as lone-star.
In the early action packs original TIMPO-plastics was used. The temporary
production by Toyway uses transparent material in a different mixture.
comparision of a TMPO solid figure and a casting from the same mould as an action pack figure