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I love the umbrella sword and its lady's whole ensemble!

The best 1/6 flowers I've found are Mulberry Paper Flowers from wildorchidcrafts.com. Some varieties only come in too large sizes, but the open roses, rosebuds, sweetheart blossoms in 8-10mm sizes, and the 15mm aster daisy work in scale.

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Very nice flowers and vases, Kukolka. In fact, the whole scene, figure included.


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Series of posts on sixth- or near-sixth-scale musical items transferred from different thread:

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Moonbase Alpha Male wrote:Yeah, sorry. Yes it is. Because Reverend Spooky is totally The Man on 1/6 music subjects, and the Radio Kings rock, I wanted to give him a complete answer with a better pic of the Running Press compared side by side to a couple of other 1/6 turntables I have, that I'm trying to find in my stuff. Reverend, if that delay made it seem I was ignoring your straight-forward question, I apologize.


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#1 Reverend Spooky was inquiring about the Running Press Table, though he may have already got one by now. Anyway for general interest here’s a better pic. $12.95 US. It comes with 3 LPs and each one plays a different 30 seconds of music, which doesn’t mean much to me for picture-taking purposes. I erroneously assumed they would actually spin (which would show as a nice blur in a pic) but they don’t. I think the turntable itself works in scale but the actual records look too big in the figure’s hand.

#2 From the World’s Smallest” Series, @$8 US. Unquestionably it is too small. Otherwise it would be just perfect. Nicely detailed. The record spins, a “strobelight” lights up. I am trying to remember if anybody ever made a record player, for kids maybe, that was smaller and played 45 rpms only. If so this could be a 1/6 version of that. It spins fast enough for 45 rpm.

#3 Rolling Stones Portable Record Player ornament. I have this but I can’t find it. Fun! It spins, plays Gimme Shelter. I was torn about converting it from a Rolling Stones promo item to a more generic portable record player. SO I made a plain cardboard insert for the lid, and put white tape on the front. Now I can have it both ways – or I could, if I could just find it. I believe they made similar ornaments for Elvis Presley, maybe others.



#4 This is one that I don’t have, I wish I did. It was a Hallmark Christmas Ornament in 2016 but it was sold out everywhere before Christmas, so I couldn’t find one when I got my general run of Ornaments for 1/6 on Boxing Day that year. Like the Running Press it detects different “records,” these being Christmas-sy. Scale seems good but I haven't had one in hand.

GubernatorFan wrote:Nice alternatives. Thanks for showing them off, MBAM.

ReverendSpooky wrote:Damn MBAM, thanks for posting these! I did order the running press one, and it came in yesterday. And I completely agree with your assessment, that it's perfect looking in scale, even if the records look oversized. I tried it with one of my records, and it looks so good. I'm definitely going to do a dark brown wash on the base to get the wood grain to pop. The center spindle is a little big to fit my records, so I may either drill my records out a touch, or replace it with a thinner metal rod. The platter is bigger than the record, but that's not really uncommon. I may replace it with something smaller, but I really could leave as is. Over all, it's EXACTLY what I wanted when I made my own, and I'm so happy with it. Really appreciate the heads up on it.

The world's smallest really does look great, and I do remember there being those kids players for 45s back in the day. That Rolling Stones one is super cool too! Give Me Shelter may be my favorite Stones song , so bonus! I know you can't find it now, but do you remember, size wise, how it scaled against the rest? It is quite cool.

The Christmas one is delightfully retro, although the reindeer on the front does kinda detract from it's uses. I remember someone on OSW mentioning a few years ago Hallmark doing an ornament (I think for Downtown Abbey) of a phonograph, but I never found in store. If it's the one I found googling just now, it might not have been to scale anyway.

Stryker2011 wrote:Cool record players. Thanks for sharing.

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ReverendSpooky wrote:Damn MBAM, thanks for posting these! I did order the running press one, and it came in yesterday. And I completely agree with your assessment, that it's perfect looking in scale, even if the records look oversized. I tried it with one of my records, and it looks so good. I'm definitely going to do a dark brown wash on the base to get the wood grain to pop. The center spindle is a little big to fit my records, so I may either drill my records out a touch, or replace it with a thinner metal rod. The platter is bigger than the record, but that's not really uncommon. I may replace it with something smaller, but I really could leave as is. Over all, it's EXACTLY what I wanted when I made my own, and I'm so happy with it. Really appreciate the heads up on it.

The world's smallest really does look great, and I do remember there being those kids players for 45s back in the day. That Rolling Stones one is super cool too! Give Me Shelter may be my favorite Stones song , so bonus! I know you can't find it now, but do you remember, size wise, how it scaled against the rest? It is quite cool.

The Christmas one is delightfully retro, although the reindeer on the front does kinda detract from it's uses. I remember someone on OSW mentioning a few years ago Hallmark doing an ornament (I think for Downtown Abbey) of a phonograph, but I never found in store. If it's the one I found googling just now, it might not have been to scale anyway.

Oh man, don't get me started on phonographs now. The Downton Abbey ornament one works well. It may be very marginally underscale but phonographs weren't all a standard size, and it probably helps that phonographs are more remote to us than record players, historical, never a part of our day to day experience. Oh gosh, depressing thought, that's probably how "kids nowadays" relate to the record players. The most common phonograph for 1/6 would be from the "brass pencil sharpeners" series, and isn't bad. The horn looks credible so that phonograph only looks small if you look closely at the record area. There is also a phonograph made by ReMent or one of those "gashapon foods" companies, but that one is definitely too small.

I remember the Stones portable record player being perfect -- slightly less wide than the Running Press but a bit taller, and of course the lid is permanently up. I always take a "scale demo pic" of incoming items so I don't know why I didn't. It will turn up for sure -- one of these days I'll be in my basement and move Jimmy Hoffa's body and there it will be.

Moonbase Alpha Male wrote:John Constantine shows you the Pencil Sharpener Phonograph; and here's a pic of the Downton Abbey Christmas Ornament (though I screwed up to the extent there should always be a figure for purposes of logging in a scale pic."

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Moonbase Alpha Male wrote:.
While we're on the subject, you'll probably appreciate this ornament. I also have a whole series of mini juke boxes, but they're too small to use (I have a couple of full size 1/6 ones too). This Hallmark ornament works perfectly because it's just the right size to be on a Diner tabletop.


GubernatorFan wrote:Very nice items, Moonbase Alpha Male. They certainly add detail and depth to any sixth-scale environment. But it occurs to me that this is the Barbie thread... and we turned away poor BAD WOLF from posting non-Barbie stuff here as opposed to the Useful Items thread. But you were answering questions and one thing led to another, I know... Wink

Moonbase Alpha Male wrote:I'll stop now. OK, just one more music related pic for you - here's a sample of my 1/6 musical instruments.

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GubernatorFan wrote:Wow... well, double wow -- I didn't expect to be taken that seriously. But I meant this is a whole concert team you have assembled here, MBAM! What are these figures anyway?

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GubernatorFan wrote:Very nice items, Moonbase Alpha Male. They certainly add detail and depth to any sixth-scale environment. But it occurs to me that this is the Barbie thread... and we turned away poor BAD WOLF from posting non-Barbie stuff here as opposed to the Useful Items thread. But you were answering questions and one thing led to another, I know... Wink

Sorry, you're right of course. Should I delete anything? Technically some of the instruments, mike stands etc shown in the last pic are Barbie items. The pianos were made for doll use, and part of the drums was (ugh) from a Justin Bieber doll set.

ReverendSpooky wrote:Both of those phonographs are a lot of fun. But that tabletop Jukebox!!!! Holy crap, I need to start hunting for one immediately. Those have always had a big place in my heart. I'm from New Jersey, pretty much the mecca of 24 hour diners, and spent a lot of late nights flipping through these little table top jukeboxes. And the scale looks spot on. Damn, so excited just seeing that's out there!

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Moonbase Alpha Male wrote:Sorry, you're right of course. Should I delete anything? Technically some of the instruments, mike stands etc shown in the last pic are Barbie items. The pianos were made for doll use, and part of the drums was (ugh) from a Justin Bieber doll set.

No, no, it's fine. I would never ask anyone to delete something (or delete it myself) unless it is truly inappropriate -- I do make suggestions sometimes but even that seems to hurt people's feelings (different instance, not this). It's just we have to be fair overall. But also in fairness, you were following up on ReverendSpooky's question. Besides, this includes Barbie items as you pointed out (I thought I recognized one or two). If it wasn't for the context, this could have been moved into the appropriate thread, but it's fine as it is.

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GubernatorFan wrote:Wow... well, double wow -- I didn't expect to be taken that seriously. But I meant this is a whole concert team you have assembled here, MBAM! What are these figures anyway?

The figures are all versions of Captain Action, Doctor Evil. One is my actual childhood one from 1967. A couple of the others are from the 1998 Playing Mantis version and the rest are from the 2011 version. Obviously it's a Collage so I don't have that crazy many.

Call this a Teaser from my eventual music-themed Post. I've actually done a little booklet about the 50 year career that these guys have had in the music industry, as the Evil Band. They're a little like KISS, a little like the Dead, and little bit like Forrest Gump because they've been everywhere and met everybody.

Moonbase Alpha Male wrote:OK, here's a full on Teaser for this project -- Front Cover, Back Cover and some concert photos. Fully belonging in this thread because the set up is the Hannah Montana doll's Concert Stage (actually two of them combined). There's quite a lot of Barbie stuff in the overall project.



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ReverendSpooky wrote:What an awesome project!!! That band just kills me, and of course, I love the nod to The Clash cover.

Also, just ordered that Hallmark tabletop Jukebox on EBay. 100% needed one for St Crow's Loft, although the prospect of doing a Fallout style 50's diner is quite appealing...

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ReverendSpooky wrote:What an awesome project!!! That band just kills me, and of course, I love the nod to The Clash cover.

Also, just ordered that Hallmark tabletop Jukebox on EBay. 100% needed one for St Crow's Loft, although the prospect of doing a Fallout style 50's diner is quite appealing...

You will love it. It lights up, it plays music (which doesn't matter for photo purposes I guess) and it has movement in that the "pages" actually flip. In fact you can actually select different music by pressing the letter codes at the front. Awesomeness squared. I hope I didn't lead you to spend too much but I think you will find it worthwhile. Look forward to seeing it turn up in something.

Thanks for the comments on the Teaser for the Dr Evil Band. I'm most grateful you mentioned the Clash reference because the project contains dozens of music and pop culture references, some obvious and some very well hidden, so I hope people will find that amusing. There's a lot of narrative hidden or implied in the pics. You may tell from the back cover that I started this concept back in 2014 (at Christmas) so it's been a long time coming. The problem for me is that I still haven't done a couple of fairly complex photoshoots for it (like "the Evil play the Egyptian Pyramids '78" and "the Evil go to Sturgis") and unfortunately because the whole thing is laid out like a booklet, the incomplete gaps will be obvious. I have decided now however to just put it out there even with a few gaps -- partly because I figure here in OSF, "we're among friends," and people should be ok with that as a work in progress. May I say, I am nowhere comparing myself to your excellence but it was your Radio Kings repost that made me want to get this out there (along with the fact I showed off my pic with all the instruments, and the ball rolled from there).

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ReverendSpooky wrote:What an awesome project!!! That band just kills me, and of course, I love the nod to The Clash cover.

Also, just ordered that Hallmark tabletop Jukebox on EBay. 100% needed one for St Crow's Loft, although the prospect of doing a Fallout style 50's diner is quite appealing...

You will love it. It lights up, it plays music (which doesn't matter for photo purposes I guess) and it has movement in that the "pages" actually flip. In fact you can actually select different music by pressing the letter codes at the front. Awesomeness squared. I hope I didn't lead you to spend too much but I think you will find it worthwhile. Look forward to seeing it turn up in something.

Thanks for the comments on the Teaser for the Dr Evil Band. I'm most grateful you mentioned the Clash reference because the project contains dozens of music and pop culture references, some obvious and some very well hidden, so I hope people will find that amusing. There's a lot of narrative hidden or implied in the pics. You may tell from the back cover that I started this concept back in 2014 (at Christmas) so it's been a long time coming. The problem for me is that I still haven't done a couple of fairly complex photoshoots for it (like "the Evil play the Egyptian Pyramids '78" and "the Evil go to Sturgis") and unfortunately because the whole thing is laid out like a booklet, the incomplete gaps will be obvious. I have decided now however to just put it out there even with a few gaps -- partly because I figure here in OSF, "we're among friends," and people should be ok with that as a work in progress. May I say, I am nowhere comparing myself to your excellence but it was your Radio Kings repost that made me want to get this out there (along with the fact I showed off my pic with all the instruments, and the ball rolled from there).

$17 with shipping, which is a straight up steal. It was a drop everything and go buy it now kinda purchase when you showed it. Man, your collection of 1/6 pieces that weren't intended for 1/6 is awe inspiring. Be careful, I may start asking you weird "was something like this ever made in 1/6" kinda questions.

I'm so glad you did end up posting the work in progress shots! The whole project is so fun. The alien looking band is such a trip, and the fact that they have this really retro look already lends itself so well to the classic rock feel. And I'm not sure if the white flowing shirt was from the original Doctor Evil, but its somehow a perfect fit for both 60's rock guitarist or 60's super villian, which kinda cracks me up for a lot of reasons. I'm really looking forward to seeing it as a whole, when it is finished, because it's a really cool project.

What is the 1st photo in reference to (I bet Dadrab would have seen it immediately)? I feel like with the pose, and that specific photo effect, it's on the tip of my tongue.

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ReverendSpooky wrote:

I'm so glad you did end up posting the work in progress shots! The whole project is so fun. The alien looking band is such a trip, and the fact that they have this really retro look already lends itself so well to the classic rock feel. And I'm not sure if the white flowing shirt was from the original Doctor Evil, but its somehow a perfect fit for both 60's rock guitarist or 60's super villian, which kinda cracks me up for a lot of reasons. I'm really looking forward to seeing it as a whole, when it is finished, because it's a really cool project.

What is the 1st photo in reference to (I bet Dadrab would have seen it immediately)? I feel like with the pose, and that specific photo effect, it's on the tip of my tongue.

Chapter One is up now, I'm dying for your comments. You are never going to believe what that white flowing shirt is. That's an actual Seinfeld "Puffy Shirt"! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qWFSBqAxR4 It originally came with the DVD set of that particular season of Seinfeld. It fits 1/6 OK, though it doesn't close at the back. Pic #1 isn't specifically anyone (unless unconsciously) but it's meant to be in the spirit of "Crawdaddy" magazine, which was Rolling Stone's poorer freakier cousin in the day.

Any questions you may have about out-of-left-field potential 1/6 items, I'll be glad to answer if I know. In case it should be something you don't want to reveal in advance to readers of Radio Kings or whatever, feel free to PM me, or I can give you my real world email.

Stryker2011 wrote:Lot of cool music stuff. Very nice,


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Nice floral arrangements, Kukolka. I was just at Hobby Lobby today before another dreaded doctor visit, and found a couple items of interest, but only one for 1/6 scale use. I picked up the only lifeguard chair, the one pictured earlier in this thread, that they had on hand. It’s a little short, but still really nice; they had a lifeguard chair lamp that would be much more suitable size-wise, but I didn’t really want to spend $70 just to use the chair tower part. $7.00 on sale for the version shown here earlier.


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This trestle tower is another Hobby Lobby find I liked.  Got this about a year ago.  It's metal decor, like those motorcycles, but easier to use "realistically" because it is a simpler structure.  Cost was $13.50 with a coupon.


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Nice tower, Moonbase Alpha Male! I really should pay more attention to these sections of Hobby Lobby. And since we've been talking about Hobby Lobby and flowers, they do sell these real (I think) dried flowers which also have some potential. It's an old photo, but Thor 2.0 offered some to Sif for the International Day of the Woman last year:


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Nice photo. I like his short robe and belt. And... Aww, how sweet.


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Stryker2011 wrote:Nice photo. I like his short robe and belt. And... Aww, how sweet.

Why, thank you kind sir. Looks like I should bring these photos over too some day. Or reshoot. I put those together. And much of what went into them was also from Hobby Lobby: the red robe has pieces of gold duct tape and gold fabric marker design (based on actual Viking or Anglo-Saxon art), while the belt is a bunch of different brass or copper beads on a wire.

Here's another: them having drinks...


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GubernatorFan wrote:Nice tower, Moonbase Alpha Male! I really should pay more attention to these sections of Hobby Lobby. And since we've been talking about Hobby Lobby and flowers, they do sell these real (I think) dried flowers which also have some potential. It's an old photo, but Thor 2.0 offered some to Sif for the International Day of the Woman last year:


It is indeed a nice picture, very good in its mood and detail and using the flowers.  Well done.  I didn't look at the flowers at Hobby Lobby maybe because I know Michaels never has anything small enough.  Dried flowers really are very good when they are in scale like yours.

Here's some flowers in cloth and plastic.  Small ones at the left came with a 1/12 Swamp Thing.  All the central ones (cloth) came from a Canadian Dollar Store (not Dollarama) including the baskets sold separately.  The ones at the right on the Barbie stand were mostly ripped out of groupings of larger scale flowers, that are often interwoven with these smaller flowers for variety.

Note: cloth flowers made by these guys: https://www.ugarit.com/img.php?imageFile=ZN3560N-02.jpg


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Thank you, Moonbase Alpha Male! And I like your tiny flowers too. I have picked up one little set (maybe from Michaels), but haven't really run into too many options small enough for sixth scale. As usual, your Canadian stores seem to lend themselves very well to the needs of our hobby. If you like them, the little dried Hobby Lobby flowers are in the jewelry/beads/charms area, among a line that has some cork and metal and glass items (some of them plain and intended for customization). I can't remember the name, and although I have an unopened little container of the flowers, now that I need it I can't seem to find it. In the Hobby Lobbies I've been to, they are displayed next to the Vintaj chains and things.


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This trestle tower is another Hobby Lobby find I liked.  Got this about a year ago.  It's metal decor, like those motorcycles, but easier to use "realistically" because it is a simpler structure.  Cost was $13.50 with a coupon.


Whoah! I can see some uses for one of those. I better go today, since tomorrow they will be closed.

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Pontiacivan wrote:Whoah! I can see some uses for one of those. I better go today, since tomorrow they will be closed.

Glad you like it.  I'm not sure if this is currently available,  I didn't see one last time I was at HL.  My pic has a decent image of the barcode so if you have a phone or tablet, they may be able to scan it and check inventory.  It could otherwise be kind of a hard item to describe to them.  Good luck.


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Incense burner surfboard, miniature book off eBay, & that lifeguard chair (Hobby Lobby) posted in here earlier.


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A easy & quick way to make a cool looking table.

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They can make cool display tables for your figures weapons. The bottom part is Dragon Oil Warmer from Walmart for $5.00 & the top part is a piece of glass from a 3x5 photo frame.

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Or use two 2 Dragon Oil Warmers and a 5x7 piece of glass from a picture frame for the top.

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Or maybe a custom glass desk for your figures useing two 2 Dragon Oil Warmers and a 5x7 piece of glass from a picture frame for the top.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Elegant-Expressions-by-Hosley-Dragon-Fragrance-Oil-Warmer/21806662







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Thank you for posting, Stryker and BAD WOLF. These are some really nice finds.


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Ah man, so much 1/6 goodness! Kukolka, those flowers look great.  And I think I may have a pair or 2 of those boots!  Is that a Volks or Obitsu body?

Moonbase Alpha Male, that trestle tower is really cool, and you've got me wanting one too.  And your Cthulhu flower shrine just wrecked me.  

Stryker, I need a lifeguard chair too!  You seemed skeptical on the size, but I think it looks perfect.  Not only is it really making me long for some warm weather, but I'm getting tempted to put together some sort of atomic beach photo shoot.  

GubernatorFan, good to see your classic Norse Thor over here on the new board, showing some respect on International Women's Day.  And him kicking back with his drinking horn makes me glad I have a cocktail in my hand right now.  

And BadWolf, that's a great use for those dragons!

Damn, Hobby lobby was not on my list of errands today, but now I wish I'd have stopped in.  Although I probably spent plenty today on a tabletop saw and a whole ton of wood.  Tomorrow's all about jumping into a big new 1/6 project.

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Ooohh. Sounds like this could be another good one, Reverend. Looking forward to the next awesome Radio Kings dios.


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No Hobby Lobby in Australia Sad


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shazzdan wrote:No Hobby Lobby in Australia Sad

Sorry, mate. They do have an online store, as well. But I'm sure shipping would be a killer (if they even ship overseas), assuming you could even find something you'd like that way.


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Shazzdan, while it is possible that some of the products carried by Hobby Lobby were specifically created for them by whatever company, I would imagine that finding the name and make of an item would be sufficient to do (if nothing else) an eBay search and order it from somewhere else. So you can at least browse the Hobby Lobby store and note items you want to pick up and haven't seen before.


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The problem is that you need to see and handle the items. There is no way to tell whether an item is suitable for 1:6 from a photo. Most online shops list the dimensions of the packaging, not the item itself.


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shazzdan wrote:The problem is that you need to see and handle the items. There is no way to tell whether an item is suitable for 1:6 from a photo. Most online shops list the dimensions of the packaging, not the item itself.

That is very true. Well, that's why we post these images here; and if you need to know about specific dimensions, I am sure that everyone would be as happy to give them to you as I would. Though there's nothing like checking an item out for yourself.


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shazzdan wrote:The problem is that you need to see and handle the items. There is no way to tell whether an item is suitable for 1:6 from a photo. Most online shops list the dimensions of the packaging, not the item itself.

Yeah, that is definitely an issue. At least with threads like this, though, you can see some of the stuff that might interest you.

Maybe when we purchase these things, folks could post clear images of the packaging and bar codes before making any changes. That way, people could possibly find online sources for that item...?


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MBAM, thanks for sharing your flower source, those look nice too. And that's a cute Cthulu. Very Happy

Bad Wolf, thanks for the table idea, one of my chars will likely use it!

ReverendSpooky, you got it, it's an Obitsu head on a Volks body. Volks New-EB were my preferred body for the height, graceful hand position, and collarbone sculpting. I'm lucky to have bought the 3 for main chars before they discontinued their 1/6 line in favour of MSD and SD sizes.

The white boots were from ebay listed as Blythe Pullip Momoko. I'd like to buy more in this size; too many Blythe boots are comically large.


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GubernatorFan wrote:Shazzdan, while it is possible that some of the products carried by Hobby Lobby were specifically created for them by whatever company, I would imagine that finding the name and make of an item would be sufficient to do (if nothing else) an eBay search and order it from somewhere else. So you can at least browse the Hobby Lobby store and note items you want to pick up and haven't seen before.

The majority of the stuff we talk about at Hobby Lobby is Hobby-Lobby-Exclusive.  EBay resellers may have it of course, but the price will reflect that it was bought from Hobby Lobby and is being resold, so E-Bay is a last resort for those with no HL access. It doesn't resolve any moral qualms since you're re-buying a purchase originally made from HL anyway.

It's different for maybe tools or paint, but the knick-knack, costume jewelry and pendants are exclusive.  For example if you look at the cards for "Explorer" by Traditions, you will see on the back "Traditions www.hobbylobby.com Oklahoma City OK 73719" which is Hobby Lobby.  Same info on the tag for the trestle shown above.  No doubt somebody else makes and sells this stuff to Hobby Lobby, but like "Kirkland" for Costco, Hobby Lobby packages and sells everything under its house brands.  The same is true for Michaels (that we don't talk about as much) but actually Michaels sells a bit more non-exclusive stuff (for example we tracked down that the Tim Holtz craft stuff is also sold in the UK).


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so many nice items and no store far and wide here in germany. considering 1:6 items it´s quite a desert here and shipping costs for small stuff render any purchase online nonsensical.

found the chair and trash can in my fallout diorama in what you´d call a dollar store, but such finds are quite rare.

what i´d give for a real shopping spree in a store rather than buying stuff online.

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Tjolnir wrote:so many nice items and no store far and wide here in germany. considering 1:6 items it´s quite a desert here and shipping costs for small stuff render any purchase online nonsensical.
what i´d give for a real shopping spree in a store rather than buying stuff online.

Maybe take a couple of days off and go visit Machinegun.fr in Paris. Just find out what days they are actually open, especially in summer...

https://www.militar-figuren.de/contact.php


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thanks for the idea,

actually machinegun.fr is my go to store when it comes to buying 1/6 stuff online, apart from actionfigurenshop.com. usually i buy some gadgets from them together with major stuff or figures i need for my builds anyways.

funny it never occured to me to check if they got a regular store as well, mainly because i was so used to getting my toys online since the days of bbi and dragon.
this and driving all the way with the gasoline costs would only be worthwile for a major haul.

though i´d still like the opportunity to walk a few shelves further in a store near me and stumble over 1/6 accessories, apart from barbie stuff, which i put to use in my fallout diorama as well.

guess i won´t have a problem convincing my wife of a trip to paris Very Happy , especially since she´s cool with my hobbies anyways.

kinda miss the days of shopping masters of the universe figures with my grandma as a kid on a trip to the city, those were the days  Cool

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Enjoy Paris! And you guys with the cool wives should tell me where you found those. I want one too. Wink


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GubernatorFan wrote:Enjoy Paris! And you guys with the cool wives should tell me where you found those. I want one too. Wink

Costco.

Just kidding. You have to go through a gaggle of psychopaths to find the good ones. Trial and error, my friend. Trial & Error


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[quote="ReverendSpooky"]And BadWolf, that's a great use for those dragons!

Thank you my friend, that old saying "necessity is the mother of invention" is true, a few years ago when I needed
a table for a photo shoot I went to Hobby Lobby and looked everywhere but I couldn't find anything so I thought let's Walmart and almost
gave up there too until I finally spotted those Dragon Oil Warmers on a bottom shelf and thought Hey those kinda look look a table? LOL

[quote="Kukolka"]Bad Wolf, thanks for the table idea, one of my chars will likely use it!

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Fox915 wrote:Thank you MBAM, I really appreciate your pictures for comparison.

This was the actual one I ordered. Fingers crossed it's different to the one in the example (from WikiHow). On a side note, after looking at the size provided by the seller, I drew and cut out a paper mock up to get a feel for the size, it seems passable, or might just be 10-20% smaller than scale. Well, I hope it'll work, the new look I have for Cara is something of a skater girl, this skateboard would really be a cool accessory for her.


I hit a local (canadian) Walmart today.  They had lots of the too-small Fingerboards in blisterpacks, and a pricier but same-size version blindpacked in a box series "Mystery Board."    They also had this interesting series at $6.98 CAN (US$5.50) though:  http://wackystacker.com/Skateboards9.html.  Shorter than the 5" pointy one, but distinctively shaped and wider than all the other ones; and it has extra detail like patterns on the wheels.  I think these things totally "sell it" at least when she's holding it in hand.  For adequacy in actually riding it, you be the judge.  I can live with it, esp. given a girl's skateboard would be on the smaller side; but Your Mileage May Differ.



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The other thing to think about with FingerBoards is that you could simply buy a $2 Tech Board, cut your own piece of balsa wood, and just reuse all the wheels, axle, posts, screws etc and maybe even the stickers. You can even bend up the ends of the balsa wood board, though I've never tried it.


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Interesting find, Moonbase Alpha Male. Perhaps it is the right size for a girl's skateboard. It certainly looks just fine in her hands.


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Looking at my post above reminds me that people may find it interesting to see the available range of fire hydrants from the Pet sections.  It's become a thing for doggie-doo-bags to come inside hydrant dispensers, and they end up being around 1/6 scale.  All of these have a hole on one side.  You can see the scale in my Lady Death pic above.

Best one, on the right, was (Canadian Dollar Store) Dollarama last year.  The two on the left are what Dollarama carries now -- a bit "Super Deformed".  The one with the silver tip was purchased at a thrift store so I don't know what Pet Store  it originally came from.




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I agree, making the skateboard deck yourself out of a bit of wood, and grabbing the trucks and wheels off the tech deck seems like the best option. Although, you're right, the board looks better being held than being ridden. And that newspaper dispenser is the excellent! Where was that find from?

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ReverendSpooky wrote:I agree, making the skateboard deck yourself out of a bit of wood, and grabbing the trucks and wheels off the tech deck seems like the best option.  Although, you're right, the board looks better being held than being ridden.  And that newspaper dispenser is the excellent!  Where was that find from?

That one would really break my rule that anything posted to Useful Items should be somewhat available. It was actually a promotional item made for the Metro newspaper itself, and I think only newspaper employees, or maybe big advertisers, ever got one, but you never know what can turn up afterwards in a thrift store. There's a bit more to the story but I'll expand by PM.


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I had been meaning to ask about the fire hydrants, and thank you for the information and the photo. Also, for anticipating the questions. Is this just a Canadian thing? Do we have it here in the States?


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GubernatorFan wrote:I had been meaning to ask about the fire hydrants, and thank you for the information and the photo. Also, for anticipating the questions. Is this just a Canadian thing? Do we have it here in the States?

Sometimes Dollarama gets someone to make for them cheaper clones of things that are generally available in the states but not in Canada. Googling "fire hydrant doggie bag" images turns up a lot of these (disregard the full-size ones). So I would say Yes.


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Good tips, Moonbase. The hydrant dispensers are something I'd have never thought of, but I don't frequent Petsmart as often as I'd like.

It seems I always come home with a critter of some sort...

Regardless, great eyes for spotting the sixth scale goodness.

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dadrab wrote:Good tips, Moonbase. The hydrant dispensers are something I'd have never thought of, but I don't frequent Petsmart as often as I'd like.

It seems I always come home with a critter of some sort...

Regardless, great eyes for spotting the sixth scale goodness.

Thanks. I used one of the hydrants here: http://onesixthfigures.forumotion.com/t47-osf-funnies-continuously-updated#2400 (Post #29).


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So I made another trip to Hobby Lobby today, in part looking for something (you can guess what) that has been advertised here, in part just looking around. Here's today's haul -- at least in terms of sixth-scale related items.



First up, that vintage gas pump, one of two styles available (the other has been showcased by ReverendSpooky, if memory serves). I think it is scaled pretty well, although to be honest I am not sure I've ever encountered a real one.



Second up, the fake tree stump. Well, it works. It is made of some sort of hollow plastic or polyresin, and I later noticed a little hole near the bottom on one side. Now if only I had a sixth-scale squirrel or woodchuck... Also visible in this photo is the tiny ornate axe, one of various decorative weapons available as charms from Fairy Tale. I picked this one up on a previous occasion, and some of the other weapons are better scaled. In case you are wondering, Thor told Varna "thank you, but I think I'll keep using my own axe." She tried to explain "but mine is magic..." but he cut her off.



Third up, that cool weathered beach lifeguard chair. Perhaps just a little bit undersized, but works great overall. It seemed to be missing either an extra rung or a "footstool" to help the lifeguard get to the seat, so I put in a makeshift one for now.



And yes, he should be facing the sea, but who can blame him?



That is, in fact, how Chris and Michelle met. They hit it off right away.



One thing led to another, and Chris produced a bunch of wildflowers. Available from Blank Slate by Traditions (the different packages sometimes exhibit some minor variation in some of the selection).



Michelle was so touched by Chris' attention, she promptly gave him the keys to her bungalow. Available from Fairy Tale. I know they are not quite in focus, but it should be obvious that the scale is pretty good. I haven't used the little daggers yet; they might be a tad too small for most purposes, but perhaps usable anyway.



Now I could have included photos of what happened next, but then I would have had to go back and censor them. Being lazy, I decided that there was no point doing twice the work for nothing. Sorry DFC! Wink

So, good haul?


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Now I could have included photos of what happened next, but then I would have had to go back and censor them. Being lazy, I decided that there was no point doing twice the work for nothing. Sorry DFC! Wink

So, good haul?

Well found, very well used, all shots look terrific.


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Alright...you talked me into one of those pumps. I remember using one when I was a little kid (more like watching my dad use one).

In any case, I need to something to fuel my RC Jeeps with, so...there you have it.

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dadrab wrote:Alright...you talked me into one of those pumps. I remember using one when I was a little kid (more like watching my dad use one).

In any case, I need to something to fuel my RC Jeeps with, so...there you have it.

They also exist in actual diecast reproductions (ie wherever you find diecast cars), but they tend to be expensive, and 1/6 ones are fairly uncommon as opposed to 1:18 or 1:32. Gubernator's metal decor pump seems just as good, accurately scaled for our purposes, and probably has more of a nostalgic feel than the more plain car-model-world diecast versions.


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Man GubernatorFan, what a haul! I have both of those gas pumps too, and I really love hell out of them. Moonbase Alpha Male is right in that they have a nostalgic quality, but still come across as realistic. They just feel a bit more like something you'd find at some rural gas station that still has them. I may need to get over there soon for 1 of those life guard chairs and a set of those keys, which really do look perfect.

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The small daggers will work perfectly for a kind of Ninja / Assassin's Creed setup: the multiple small throwing knives clipped around the vest, kind of thing.

And the keys - thanks for that, I've never seen those particular keys before.  They work excellently as the suggestive centrepiece of your last pic.  You have perfect timing for alerting me to them, as I'm due to be in the US on Saturday.  And believe me, I like 1/6 keys.


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Moonbase Alpha Male wrote:Well found, very well used, all shots look terrific.

Thank you very much! I may have discovered Hobby Lobby on my own, but your posts have been a source of encouragement and inspiration, and continue to be so. Therefore, coming from you, this is a huge compliment for me.

dadrab wrote:Alright...you talked me into one of those pumps.

Didn't mean to twist your arm. But I do hope you enjoy it. Smile

ReverendSpooky wrote:Man GubernatorFan, what a haul! I may need to get over there soon for 1 of those life guard chairs and a set of those keys, which really do look perfect.

Thanks buddy! My Hobby Lobby had 2 of the lifeguard chairs and a couple of wooden deck/beach chairs (basically the same thing, but not elevated). Remember that if you don't find them (in my Hobby Lobby they were in one of those free-standing display areas labeled "beach"), you can probably get to them through their online store. About keys, see below.

Moonbase Alpha Male wrote: The small daggers will work perfectly for a kind of Ninja / Assassin's Creed setup: the multiple small throwing knives clipped around the vest, kind of thing.

Thanks for the assurance. I will explore them eventually. Smile

Moonbase Alpha Male wrote:And the keys - thanks for that, I've never seen those particular keys before.  They work excellently as the suggestive centrepiece of your last pic. You have perfect timing for alerting me to them, as I'm due to be in the US on Saturday. And believe me, I like 1/6 keys.

Wow, you are showing quite a collection of keys. And I assume they, too are 1/6 scale, although many of them look very detailed and ornate. The keys I've been getting are simpler, old-style keys like the ones I showed. Now these come three on a key ring, as I am sure you noticed. I suppose you could emancipate them with some fine cutting pliers, if you wanted to use the keys individually. There are such small simple old-style keys in more than one of the charm lines in Hobby Lobby, alongside the more ornate versions. I don't remember the particulars, but I used one of the loose types (do I remember them coming with tiny locks or is that my imagination?) in recreating Arnold from Red Heat for my M34 review here:


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GubernatorFan wrote:Wow, you are showing quite a collection of keys. And I assume they, too are 1/6 scale, although many of them look very detailed and ornate. The keys I've been getting are simpler, old-style keys like the ones I showed. Now these come three on a key ring, as I am sure you noticed. I suppose you could emancipate them with some fine cutting pliers, if you wanted to use the keys individually. There are such small simple old-style keys in more than one of the charm lines in Hobby Lobby, alongside the more ornate versions. I don't remember the particulars, but I used one of the loose types (do I remember them coming with tiny locks or is that my imagination?) in recreating Arnold from Red Heat for my M34 review here:


Arnold looks good with your very natural key.  That's what I like about the ones you found so I'll chase down a set for sure.  Most of mine look more like they belong to Gandalf than to Arnold -- they come mostly from Michaels or Hobby Lobby as costume jewelry pendants, like the "Fairytale" stuff, or a few were bought actually as earrings.  To get some more contemporary keys into the mix, I had to accept some slightly oversized including (1) a tiepin, (2) some Monopoly game movers, and (3) actual keys from a small real lock (the ones with the Waynetech keychain).


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