Davy Crockett, The Duke and a Love of the ALAMO
As a small boy my Dad used to take me on the train to London and Leicester Square to see the blockbusters films as they were released. This would have been around 1969 and I was just 7 then . Films like the Battle of Britain, Krakatoa East of Java and True Grit remain in my memory from this period and these awesome trips on the train resulted in a love of Films, John Wayne and of London. A few years later and a colour TV the centerpiece of early 70’s home life I saw a movie which still remains one of my all time favorites and led me to a weekend trip to the local toy shop to get the Timpo trapper figure . Yes…. John Wayne in the Alamo.
A bit later its was Fess Parker as Davy Crockett in the reruns of the TV series that continued my love of coonskin hats and frontiersman garb . As an 18 year old I even had a frayed jacket myself and the king of the wild frontier was Adam and the Antz. Music had taken over completely with the beloved Timpo and Airfix boxed up and taken to the local landfill as Mum and Dad had regular clear-outs of the Loft/shed. If only we knew then what we know now.
Many many years later I re acquired that Timpo Trapper. Frontiersman always pop up in plastic figure production and over the next few weeks I’ll post up some pics of figures I have including that Timpo guy. For now here are a few others
Starlux – France
Cherilea backwoodsman England
Charbens- England- DAVY CROCKETT
Hong Kong Figure
Another Starlux – France