GAmerica, America … no this is not a post about the Women’s World Cup.
To celebrate the 4th of July, here is a short blog post on the Marx Boy Scouts Of America figures. Of which I have exactly – one. No idea why I have it, it’s just part of the family collection.
Researching early Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts for my Wide Games on the tabletop, I frequently come across references to the American branch of the scouting family. They developed in different ways in a different culture than how scouting and guiding happened in Britain.
After 40+ years I have finally painted a fragile survivor in my family / childhood collection, what I discovered to be a Marx 54mm to 60mm Plastic Scout. He used to hang out with the Cowboys in my childhood games, his fragile scout hatchet long gone.
The whole range of these American figures, the Boy Scouts Of America, can be seen individually here on this great Marx Collectors site including a superb tin litho club house: https://www.marxwildwest.com/boy%20scouts.html
This fragile old figure needs a final coat of gloss acrylic, to get that toy soldier look, then final varnishing. There are some good details to pick out such as a torch or rope loop on the belt.
I could drill through the hand and insert a Boy Scout staff or stave but I think he is probably too fragile for this. Part of one foot and the base have already gone.
I often wonder how we acquired just a single American plastic scout figure. I never remember any others as a child.
Coming from a scouting family, he might have been bought by or given to my cub master Dad. He might also have come from a 1960s / 1970s job lot of odd plastic figures that my late Dad bought for us all (c. Very Early 1970s) from a neighbouring family when their boys were grown up and beyond such childish things. (This stage thankfully hasn’t happened to me or many of my blog readers yet).
Here is a glimpse of the gorgeous tin club house, a tiny part of a large and interesting Marx website. Looking through this website, I realised that I have or had no other Marx figures in my childhood toy collection. This makes the single Marx Boy Scout more of a mystery!
Repeat to myself: “I don’t need one of these”
I don’t need one of these.
I don’t need one of these – as I have some lovely genuine American log cabins from Christmas 2018.
Look out for my July 4th part two blogpost. https://manoftinblog.wordpress.com/2019/07/04/july-4th-part-2-vintage-airfix-acw-battle-of-pine-ridge-revisited/
Posted by Mark Man of TIN, 1970s Cub Scout (Bronze Arrow, Retired) June 2019.