Why all TIMPO figures are in danger
the prospect of 1955 the plastic material is called „polythene“,
in Mr. Plath's book you can read the exact composition of this
so called „bay blend“. In 1955 the figures were described to be
handpainted and unbreakable. The Material, then invented for
the short life of childrens' toys, is in our times a pity for
collectors, as Richard O’Brian complains about in his book.
Some collectors recognize Timpo-plastics by its smell. Now it
is acclaimed to be harmfull. The gradual turning to gas of the
softener makes the figures extremely brittle contrary to
claims of the producer. Collectors of metal figures,
which actually have a long life time, turn up their noses about
plastics. The using of dreaded chalk is made responsible for
the brittleness. The second complaint of solids collectors is the
flaking off of the original colour. The material contains grease,
which is a fact that also makes it very difficult to glue broken
figures. The fat rubs off the colour when it comes up to the
surface of the material. Collectors of course only accept
original painted items to be collectible.
the colour flakes off, the figure brittles ...