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PostSubject: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:11 am

Britains plastic Giant Tortoises

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On the left the original issue introduced in 1961 and replaced in 1972 with the version on the right which was deleted in 1998.
Both models were given the same number 1317.
The 1961 model was moulded in brown plastic which had a swirly type finish and grey paint was applied to the underside, legs, neck and face.
Black paint was also applied to the nails and to highlight the eyes.
In around 1968 a PVC version was issued and this was in brown without the swirl finish.
The new version was moulded in a bluely-grey PVC and brown paint was applied to the shell area.
As can be seen from the shell outline the old and new versions appear to be different species or at least different sub-species.
The old version has a distinct ‘saddle back’ shell whereas the new version is a dome shaped shell.
The Giant Tortoise was first released in 1931 as part of Britains lead range of Zoo animals and the first plastic model is derived from this mould.

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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Mon Oct 19, 2015 3:01 am

Thank you for the introduction, these models are for me the apex of the 60's and 70's turtles. Cool

I hope you will share more pics of these beauties, they deserve it Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Mon Oct 19, 2015 8:44 am

They are beautyful !!! Applause Applause

It is very interesting to see and read these topics about Britains, - thankyou very much Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Mon Oct 19, 2015 1:03 pm

These topics comparing both versions of figures with the same product number are very interesting for me. Normally, I miss one of them once I'm not always aware of it. So now I know that there is a wonderful tortoise missing here. Very Happy
I have the old one here pictured with the Dinamização shy tortoise. Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Mon Oct 19, 2015 2:53 pm

Those two fit well together Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Mon Oct 19, 2015 11:50 pm

Thanks for posting this, Chris! I really enjoy seeing these posts on the different variations and histories of vintage models.
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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Tue Oct 20, 2015 12:14 am

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Thank you for the introduction, these models are for me the apex of the 60's and 70's turtles. Cool

I hope you will share more pics of these beauties, they deserve it Very Happy

You are welcome Christophe and these two tortoises are indeed fine replicas.

This image is the first of a few I plan to post.  Very Happy  

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They are beautyful !!!  Applause Applause

It is very interesting to see and read these topics about Britains, - thankyou very much Very Happy

Thank you Susanne always glad to supply information about Britains animal figures. I had the old version when I was young so having this example relives some wonderful memories.

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These topics comparing both versions of figures with the same product number are very interesting for me. Normally, I miss one of them once I'm not always aware of it. So now I know that there is a wonderful tortoise missing here. Very Happy
I have the old one here pictured with the Dinamização shy tortoise. Laughing
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Roger what a nice tortoise model from Dinamização and a great companion to the Britains model. I have only heard of this brand from your postings here on STS. The newer Britains model shouldn’t be to hard to find and will certainly add nicely to the two you have pictured here.

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Those two fit well together Very Happy

Fully agree Christophe and hopefully one day I will find an example of the Dinamização brand.

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Thanks for posting this, Chris!  I really enjoy seeing these posts on the different variations and histories of vintage models.  

Many thanks bjarki12 glad you find these posts informative. I always wanted to know what the difference was between these two Britains models too. It was only last Sunday at the Donington Toy fair that I was able to obtain the new tortoise model and therefore able to show a comparison between the two.

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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Tue Oct 20, 2015 9:28 am

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This image is the first of a few I plan to post.  Very Happy  

Yesssss cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Tue Oct 20, 2015 2:45 pm

A nice tortoise :)

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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Tue Oct 20, 2015 11:38 pm

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Roger what a nice tortoise model from Dinamização and a great companion to the Britains model. I have only heard of this brand from your postings here on STS. The newer Britains model shouldn’t be to hard to find and will certainly add nicely to the two you have pictured here.

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Those two fit well together Very Happy

Fully agree Christophe and hopefully one day I will find an example of the Dinamização brand.


Hello Chris, it is true, I think only Andreas posted a Dinamização figure that I was not the source of it. scratch These figures were only sold in Portugal as far as I know and it seems I acquired the few ones that were available in Portuguese websites.
There's still a uncomplete lot available and I am contacting a previous seller to see if I can get an extra tortoise to join the sea lion that I have here for you. Sleep Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:22 am

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This image is the first of a few I plan to post.  Very Happy  

Yesssss cheers

Hoping to include an image of the undersides of both models. The new model’s underside is well detailed and worth seeing.

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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:23 am

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A nice tortoise :)

Thank you Andreas. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:29 am

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Roger what a nice tortoise model from Dinamização and a great companion to the Britains model. I have only heard of this brand from your postings here on STS. The newer Britains model shouldn’t be to hard to find and will certainly add nicely to the two you have pictured here.

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Those two fit well together Very Happy

Fully agree Christophe and hopefully one day I will find an example of the Dinamização brand.


Hello Chris, it is true, I think only Andreas posted a Dinamização figure that I was not the source of it. scratch These figures were only sold in Portugal as far as I know and it seems I acquired the few ones that were available in Portuguese websites.
There's still a uncomplete lot available and I am contacting a previous seller to see if I can get an extra tortoise to join the sea lion that I have here for you. Sleep Very Happy

Roger, this is very kind of you to locate this fascinating Dinamização tortoise for me. I didn’t know you had that sea lion especially for me too. The friendship I have found on STS is truly amazing. Once again many thanks for your time searching for these models and for your kindness.

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PostSubject: Re: Britains plastic Giant Tortoises   Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:55 pm

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Roger what a nice tortoise model from Dinamização and a great companion to the Britains model. I have only heard of this brand from your postings here on STS. The newer Britains model shouldn’t be to hard to find and will certainly add nicely to the two you have pictured here.

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Those two fit well together Very Happy

Fully agree Christophe and hopefully one day I will find an example of the Dinamização brand.


Hello Chris, it is true, I think only Andreas posted a Dinamização figure that I was not the source of it. scratch These figures were only sold in Portugal as far as I know and it seems I acquired the few ones that were available in Portuguese websites.
There's still a uncomplete lot available and I am contacting a previous seller to see if I can get an extra tortoise to join the sea lion that I have here for you. Sleep Very Happy

Roger, this is very kind of you to locate this fascinating Dinamização tortoise for me. I didn’t know you had that sea lion especially for me too. The friendship I have found on STS is truly amazing. Once again many thanks for your time searching for these models and for your kindness.

You're welcome and thanks for your words. It seems we are lucky and it won't be hard to locate a tortoise, if you want more Dinamização, please send to me a rpivate message or just post here, I can't find all at this moment but surely I can find a good part of them. You can see the whole collection [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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