Man of TIN Advent Calendar Day 24 – Plastic Nativity Figures


Christmas is almost here!

Here is a white plastic Nativity set of 54mm figures and animals (by a German maker?) that I was given by a relative. Some of the white plastic is brittle and the halos on Mary and Joseph had broken.

These did not take paint well. I used Acrylic and these are almost finished. A little work on faces is still required.

It looks like the Shepherd crook has broken? Worth repairing.

Three Wise Men and their gifts
The Holy Family – Mary is unfortunately missing a hand, due no doubt to brittle ageing plastic.

Made in Germany? Hugh at Small Scale World has a post about these figures
A charming repaired plastic camel, much like some of the older hollow cast camels.

Blogposted by Mark Man of TIN as Advent Calendar Day 24, Christmas Eve, 24th December 2018.

8 thoughts on “Man of TIN Advent Calendar Day 24 – Plastic Nativity Figures”

  1. Hi Mark, they are Marx figures made under licence in Germany by a firm called Heimo, personally I wouldn’t worry about repairing the small amount of damage, it doesn’t detract from the overall look of the whole thing and they make a nice diorama to bring out each year. Merry Christmas to you and yours.


    1. Many thanks Brian for the Heimo information. A few missing halos are no bother and a shepherd staff should be easy to fashion or repair. Not yet painted the toy soldier faces – maybe next year! Best wishes for Christmas to you and yours. Mark


  2. It always amuses me, when seeing nativity sets for sale, that although you get the requisite three kings there is usually only one shepherd.


    1. You’re right, Ian, it is strange and very few sheep too. Although in Britain we think of shepherding as being a solitary thing, it does mention shepherds plural in many of the Nativity carols.
      I looked this up and shepherds plural definitely in Luke’s gospel. One Christmas website says “At that time, sheep farmers were generally seen as having low or little value by other people. The type of sheep the shepherds would have been raising were ‘fat tailed’ (or broad tailed) sheep. They often had lambs in the autumn and winter, rather than in the spring which most sheep in western countries these days ” which explains the carried lamb.
      Happy toy-filled Christmas!


    1. A few little things on the paint finish required (eyes, toy soldier pink / red cheek dots). The manger needs a little work to dual purpose (or take away) the chunky gun emplacement feel. Dual purpose – Could save on storage!
      Made from scrap chunky wood from an IT colleague who used the blocks for keeping air gaps between server type IT stuff.


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