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PostSubject: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:30 pm

Yesterday I received one more "Wooly hippo ", which is also made in Italy   Laughing  Laughing

He is from a brand which the seller called "Figir", and I could not find almost nothing about it on the net.
But at last I found this page : [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] , and the brand is F.I.G.I.R. (Fabbrica Italiana Giocattoli Infrangibili Roma), which made composition models up till 1950 .
I google-translated some of it, and it turns out that F.I.G.I.R. mainly made toy soldiers, but also made a series of zoo animals in composition material  cheers

What a happy looking guy  Very Happy
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Even if "Infrangibili" means unbreakable, he is a little damaged, - but then, he is probably a lot older than I am  farao  Wink
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The Chialu wooly joined the chorous  Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 1:34 pm

Laughing Someday wooly hippos will take over the world Shocked Congrats on the new member of the club! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:34 pm

Very nice catch of an interesting brand :))
Congrats Susanne. Thank you for shareing :)

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 4:36 pm

A interesting hippo!!  Big congratulations,  a great catch!!

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 5:22 pm

congrats on both the hippo and gaining info :)

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 6:41 pm

Thankyou Kosta, Andreas and Laura Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:30 pm

Discovering new brands! Very Happy FIGIR, never heard of it before you telling me. It seems there is an interesting Italian tradition of vintage toys that we don't know yet very well. British, German and French toys seems more popular around. It is not easy to find more information than what you have found.
We can read in that website that composition was replaced by plastic in 1968 for soldiers, so much probably the same happened with animals. Your hippo have for sure not less than 50 years. I believe we can find more information about the Zoo collection if we contact Mr. Antonini, not the original founder but a 3rd generation person of the family that is keeping the business. Anyone with good Italian? Laughing

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:38 pm

Nice whippo and interresting informations. Italian member help is needed bounce

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 7:41 pm

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:52 pm

There have been two books on Italian figures covering composition, but both were a while ago now and limited/private publications. The first had very good potted-histories of the main companies, most of whom started with composition....or 'pasta'.

One had a website/webpage but I've lost it, maybe someone has it bookmarked? scratch

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 8:55 pm

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Added - The book page [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] lists three, the bottom one is the one I was thinking of, the middle one is more general and covers other countries products, the top one is the newer one I havn't seen yet, but it sounds good!

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 9:19 pm

Thank you for the link Smallscaleworld Very Happy

Susanne, the more I look at this Happypotamus, the more I love it drunken

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:00 pm

Yes, many thanks Hugh! Very Happy I e-mailed Lorenzo Antonini, the current owner of a shop of soldier toys called La Bottega del Soltadino. I did it in English but if I have the luck of having a reply, I'll share with all of you. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Fri Mar 20, 2015 10:12 pm

Thankyou very much Smallscaleworld flower

Christophe, - Fippopotamus sends you a serenade Laughing

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Yes, many thanks Hugh! Very Happy I e-mailed Lorenzo Antonini, the current owner of a shop of soldier toys called La Bottega del Soltadino. I did it in English but if I have the luck of having a reply, I'll share with all of you. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: F.I.G.I.R. - one more "wooly hippo".   Sat Mar 21, 2015 3:09 pm

Thank you for this information :)

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