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PostSubject: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyWed Jul 31, 2019 11:39 am

Hi everyone,

I'm on a mission to collect as many Britains zoo animals as possible, I used to have them as a kid and regret selling them. To make my task a little easier, does anyone know if there exists a list of all models I can use as a guide? I'm had a trawl through this forum and the internet with no luck so far. My ultimate goal is to build a model zoo for my daughter, and the Britains range were of the best scale for accomplishing this.
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyWed Jul 31, 2019 12:04 pm

Actually, the best and most complete sources we used to find online are already gone.Sad
It reenforces the importance of a site as Toy Animal Wiki is, although the Britains section is sadly quite far from being complete.
You can find it here.
There are also some catalogue scans on forum that may be very useful to you and you can find it in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyThu Aug 01, 2019 11:05 am

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Actually, the best and most complete sources we used to find online are already gone.Sad
It reenforces the importance of a site as Toy Animal Wiki is, although the Britains section is sadly quite far from being complete.
You can find it here.
There are also some catalogue scans on forum that may be very useful to you and you can find it in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Hi Roger, thank you very much for your kind information, these links are a very useful starting point!

I actually just found a vintage junk shop in Brighton with a few of the lead zoo figures but I'll probably focus on the later plastic ones.
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyThu Aug 01, 2019 11:17 am

Welcome here :)

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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyThu Aug 01, 2019 11:55 pm

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Actually, the best and most complete sources we used to find online are already gone.Sad
It reenforces the importance of a site as Toy Animal Wiki is, although the Britains section is sadly quite far from being complete.
You can find it here.
There are also some catalogue scans on forum that may be very useful to you and you can find it in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Hi Roger, thank you very much for your kind information, these links are a very useful starting point!

I actually just found a vintage junk shop in Brighton with a few of the lead zoo figures but I'll probably focus on the later plastic ones.

You're welcome! If you can get these lead figures for an affordable price, I believe you won't be able of resist. I have a single lead Britains, it is a camel and I love it. Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyFri Aug 02, 2019 2:59 pm

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Actually, the best and most complete sources we used to find online are already gone.Sad
It reenforces the importance of a site as Toy Animal Wiki is, although the Britains section is sadly quite far from being complete.
You can find it here.
There are also some catalogue scans on forum that may be very useful to you and you can find it in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Hi Roger, thank you very much for your kind information, these links are a very useful starting point!

I actually just found a vintage junk shop in Brighton with a few of the lead zoo figures but I'll probably focus on the later plastic ones.

You're welcome! If you can get these lead figures for an affordable price, I believe you won't be able of resist. I have a single lead Britains, it is a camel and I love it. Very Happy

You're right, I couldn't resist, I bought the following lead ones today:

Lion
Tiger
Sea lion
Penguin
Panda

There are also some flimsier plastic ones that seem like knock-off Britains that I bought - a panda, crocodile, x2 pelicans and x3 ostriches. I plan to buy some craft paints and restore them all.

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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyThu Aug 15, 2019 12:15 am

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Actually, the best and most complete sources we used to find online are already gone.Sad
It reenforces the importance of a site as Toy Animal Wiki is, although the Britains section is sadly quite far from being complete.
You can find it here.
There are also some catalogue scans on forum that may be very useful to you and you can find it in [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]

Hi Roger, thank you very much for your kind information, these links are a very useful starting point!

I actually just found a vintage junk shop in Brighton with a few of the lead zoo figures but I'll probably focus on the later plastic ones.

You're welcome! If you can get these lead figures for an affordable price, I believe you won't be able of resist. I have a single lead Britains, it is a camel and I love it. Very Happy

You're right, I couldn't resist, I bought the following lead ones today:

Lion
Tiger
Sea lion
Penguin
Panda

There are also some flimsier plastic ones that seem like knock-off Britains that I bought - a panda, crocodile, x2 pelicans and x3 ostriches. I plan to buy some craft paints and restore them all.


I did kknow you couldn't resit. Wink
Yes, there are some famous knockoffs of Britains figures. They are usually made in Hong Kong and they were sold in boxed sets much cheaper than the original Britains figures. They are part of the Britains collecting hobby and there are a few from these sets that were not based in Britains figures. Wink

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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyTue Aug 20, 2019 7:20 pm

Hi,
All Britains animals, lead and plastic are listed in books like James Opie "The the great book of Britains".
(Very heavy and i guess really expensive now)
The plastic Zoo animals are listed in Britains Herald plastic models 1960-1971 with I think still is possible to buy on e-bay from seller Herald-toys-and-models.
After 1971 they released few (but very good) models.
In UK it would be really easy to find to whole range, otherwise they are all on e-bay.
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyMon Aug 26, 2019 12:39 pm

Hi

There is a complete list of Britains Zoo/Wildlife animals in Peter Cole's book this includes post 1971 production:

'Suspended Animation - An Unauthorised History of Herald and Britains Figures'

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Not sure it is still available but worth looking out for.

The Zoo book mentioned by Lennart which details production 1960 to 1971 written by Barney Brown is not presently available from his shop:

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BTW I have a complete list based on the above / Britains catalogues I have in my collection / Richard Lewis' website when it was available / my personal collection which is in an Apple Numbers format. Not sure if this can be linked here due to formatting issues.

A complete list is one thing but detailing all the variations during Britains Zoo/ wildlife production from 1960 to 1998 is another.

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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyMon Oct 14, 2019 11:10 am

Thanks very much for the information everyone! My collection is almost at an end. I've been favouring the newer versions over the vintage ones, except in cases where the sculpts are significantly different and/or they have a separate ref number. There are just a few gaps but they're unlikely to be filled for various reasons:

1323 - platypus. I'm not paying £36 for this tiny figure which has a high likelihood of being lost.
1347 - black panther. I do however have a leopard with an inferior paint job so I'll coat it in black.
1369 - wolf. hard to find, expensive, out of scale & bad sculpt/quality. I can see why they were discontinued.
1394 - assorted keepers. Not really sure what model this refers to, I have the broom, meat, and walker.

I think I'm ready to start building the zoo now! Still on the look out for more king penguins (mine are bad quality), guenon monkeys (I only have 2), more keepers, a better black rhino (one of mine has balance issues, the other has a broken ear), more tortoises, and I'd love a second gaur.

I'd like to give the okapi a mention. Did they always have such awful leg positioning? I have 3 of them now and none can stand properly.
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyThu Oct 15, 2020 2:11 am

Well the Platypus is so very rare that you have to pay the price what they ask i guess...(i still have it btw)
I bought my black panther for about € 60,00 years ago(it is same rare as the Platypus), and it even went for more when i sold it...
The wolf is not so hard to find, maybe i even have 1 or 2 available for a decent price, i just have to dig into my Britains box...
From the okapi are even different painting-variations, the older one was more pale, and is very hard to find undamaged, mine was played with to...

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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyFri Oct 30, 2020 9:00 pm

I am new to collecting zoo animals (mainly Britains but also some Starlux) after firstly rediscovering the floral gardens, and recovering my children's mini collections from the loft. It's slightly worrying how compulsive it has all become! This forum has been a revelation. I do have a question which, despite googling, I haven't been able to find an answer. When the zoo animals started to be produced in plastic, were they hand painted (as I understand from an old article that the lead ones were outsourced to homeworkers)? I have noticed a wide range of differences in the ones I have collected so far eg the panthers, that I'm intrigued to know the answer.
Hope someone can help
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyFri Oct 30, 2020 11:08 pm

That's right, until fairly recently, Britains were hand painted. Starlux too.
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyFri Oct 30, 2020 11:26 pm

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I am new to collecting zoo animals (mainly Britains but also some Starlux) after firstly rediscovering the floral gardens, and recovering my children's mini collections from the loft. It's slightly worrying how compulsive it has all become! This forum has been a revelation. I do have a question which, despite googling, I haven't been able to find an answer. When the zoo animals started to be produced in plastic, were they hand painted (as I understand from an old article that the lead ones were outsourced to homeworkers)? I have noticed a wide range of differences in the ones I have collected so far eg the panthers, that I'm intrigued to know the answer.
Hope someone can help

Hi Ros

Britains Zoo animals in plastic were introduced in 1960. Whether these were outsourced to home workers to paint I don't know. Herald certainly were until 1959 when they officially became part of the Britains empire. In the mid 1960's Britains introduced PVC plastic to a number of ranges and by 1968 the first farm and zoo figures were released in this material. PVC paint works by reaction and I am sure this would have been carried out in a factory. You mention the panther and this has a number of different paint finishes. The first issues would have the spots spray painted using a metal, usually copper, stencil. Throughout the 1960s health and safety legislation with paints and painting would suggest that these processes would also be carried out in factory conditions. Finally, by the mid 1980s tampo printing of paint details was a viable option and the panther's spots would have been done with this method. This is a machine process completed on highly sophisticated and expensive devices so would have been done in a factory.

Hope this addresses some of your questions.

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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptySat Oct 31, 2020 11:08 am

It answers some of my questions Very Happy. I always wondered how the panthers and tigers were painted.
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptySun Nov 01, 2020 12:50 am

Hi all
Thank you very much! Really interesting how much variation exists.
Cheers
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptySun Nov 01, 2020 3:16 pm

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Hi all
Thank you very much! Really interesting how much variation exists.
Cheers

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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptySun Nov 01, 2020 5:46 pm

Welcome,

I use this link :

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It is all you ever need for plastic Britains zoo animals.

I have spares if you want them too.
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptySun Nov 01, 2020 5:59 pm

Thanks a lot, that's an amazing site!
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptySun Nov 01, 2020 11:21 pm

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Oh, what a great site!


What have I found there ? Also catalogues by Hausser, Reisler, Merten, Steha.
We should perhaps add these links from Britains, Hausser, Reisler and Merten to our STS catalogue section. Perhaps the owner of this site allows us to add the catalogues to our catalogue section.

arrow Dear STS Admins, can you move it to the catalog sektion please ?


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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyMon Nov 02, 2020 12:30 am


Great information , goatherder and Yvette:study: study

The box 1004 0f Walter Merten H0 1959 with deers is marvellous.

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This is what i have left for sale for who is interested...

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Oh and this...
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptySun Nov 08, 2020 10:10 pm

Hi
The site for the catalogues is excellent, thank you for sharing! [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.], I would be interested in a price list of the zoo animals you have available in your previous post please, if you could pm me??
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PostSubject: Re: Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List   Britains Zoo Animals - Complete List EmptyFri Nov 13, 2020 1:41 am

Just ask me for the particular models, i don't have a pricelist... Laughing

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