I thought I would enter this one in Azazel’s Jewel of July as well. Why? Well it might be a small piece but I think it is cool. How can a 1960’s Mod, a Lambretta and the Who not be? Feel free to argue.
So what do we have here? Well first and foremost this is a TIM conversion! OK so it’s only a hand that has been changed but it is still the only figure in the world like it.
The figure itself is from Crooked Dice and one I bought a while ago. It is one of three scooter figures, this one being the gang leader. I knew what I wanted to do with it immediately I saw it but there was a problem to be overcome. The figure, a picture of the original little chap appears below, was holding a gun. Not in keeping with 1960’s Britain so it had to go. The trouble was I didn’t have an alternative hand. Move forward a few months and a new supply of figures in the post and as luck would have it one of the figures I had bought came with an arm alternative and voila, up and running. Eat your hearts out Wudugast and IRO!
Thereafter the figure became a paint job and an opportunity for a little freehand. Do I paint the classic who logo on the back of the parka like the Crooked Dice images or a Union Jack? I decided on the latter, I couldn’t do the same and besides I had settled on the Quadrophenia album cover for the base. Slightly thicker black around the eyes for eye shadow and a registration of WHO1 plus my initials painted to either side of the front of the scooter and there you have it. If I could only have added some mirrors it would have been perfect but hey ho!
I then decided the front of the wooden base could do with a lift and I managed to find a little print which made reference to the Brighton Beach clashes between the Mods and the Rockers in 1964 which was also the central theme of the movie.
For me this is a little nostalgia piece and as cool as it comes. I was only seven in 1964 but I remember my dad talking to my mum in the kitchen and showing her the front page of the Daily Mirror and saying “Whatever next!”.
Images of the model below.
The Crooked Dice images of the original figure