Friday, March 20, 2009

Tin Toys

Updated Post on 6 April 2009, 9 December 2009

The variety of tin toys, the deisgn, the colours, the way they walk when wind up never fails to attract me.
My humble little collections in my blog are all reproductions.
Vintage tin toys are simply out of my budget.
* means the robot names were given by me because it does not have a name.
All sizes given are only based on the height of the tin toy, unless otherwise stated.
My tin toys Robots and Spaceships is at another different post, for viewing, please click here!
If anyone own or have any sites / blogs about tin toys, please do not hesitate to leave me a comments here, so I can visit them too! Thanks!

Tin Toy Solider Drummer *
Model : MS 250
Size : 13cm (H)

270 Broadway Tram *
Model : MS 268
Size : 8 x 6cm (LXH)

Training Plane
Model : MS 011
Size : 8 x 6cm (LXH)

Parco Train *
Model : -
Size : 18 x 9.5cm (H)
Not able to wind up / move.

Train 1950 *
Model : MS 432
Size : 11.5 x 7.5cm (LxH)
This is a special tin toy.
Because it was given to me from a very good friend and this is also my first tin toy.
A great kickstart in my Tin Toy collection.
L, if you are reading this, I'll like to say thank you once again!
Also for your friendship and care all these years!

Penguin *
Model : MS 295
Size : 8cm (H)

Jumping Bambi
Model : MS 107
Size : 14 x 15cm (H)

Rabbit with trolley *
Model : MS 254
Size : 12 x 11cm (LxH)

Post Additions on 6 April 2009:

Meiji Tin Cars & Motorcycle * (Not movable)
Model : -
Size : 5 x 2 cm

Rabbit w/ Humpity Dumpity Trolley *
Model : MS 254
Size : 10 x 11 cm

Post additions on 9 December 2009 :

Model : MS 253
Size : 8cm (h)

Duck laying eggs (can lay three eggs)
Model : MS 455
Size : 14 x 12 cm

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Snow White and Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Make : Disney / Simba
Year : Not stated on box (purchased in 2008)

The Snow White doll is 25cm in height and the dwarfs are each 12cm in height.
I find this a very nice collection set with small animals included too.
My favorurites are these seven dwarfs, each with a different charmed!
Snow White was the first disney cartoon I watched in the cinema during the 1980s.
Exact date... I wouldn't know now, I was probably 7, 8 or 9 years old.
It's still among my top favourites disney cartoon.
This classic movie was released in 1937, re-released in theaters again in 1944, 1952, 1958, 1967, 1975, 1983, 1987 and 1993.

Walt Disney Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs movie :
Released Date : 21 December 1937
Run Time : 83 minutes
Director : David Hand
Story Origins written by : Brothers Grimm (German Fairy Tale)
Voice Cast :
Snow White - Adriana Caselotti
The Prince - Harry Stockwell
The Queen - Lucille La Verne
Grumpy - Pinto Colvig
Happy - Otis Harlan
Doc - Roy Atwell
Sleepy - Pinto Colvig
Bashful - Scotty Mattraw
Sneezy - Billy Gilbert
Dopey - Eddie Collins

Snow White








This is one part of the movie which I remembered quite clearly. "Heigh Ho, heigh ho..." must be the song!hehe... I like it, do you?

YouTube Video Credits : dOOpy

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Incredible Hulk

Incredible Hulk action figures
Mega Kick Hulk vs Hulkbuster
Bruce Banner fits into Incredible Hulk
Make : Hasbro
Year : 2008
This is my favourite Incredible Hulk figure and the 1st figure of the Hulk I brought.

Zoom N' Go Hulk
Make : Hasbro
Year : 2008

Steel Beam Weapon Incredible Hulk
Make : Hasbro
Year : 2008

Mega Clap Incredible Hulk
Make : Hasbro
Year : 2008

Power Smash attack Incredible Hulk
w/ broken police car
Make : Hasbro
Year : 2008

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
Singapore first protected wetland.
In 1986 : A group of birdwatchers from Malayan Nature Society from Singapore branch wrote a proposal to the government for it's conservation.
1989 : Area of 87 hectares of wetland
(Designated as a nature park)
2002 : Area of 130 hectares of Sungei Buloh
(Officially gazetted as nature reserve and renamed as "Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve)
2003 : Sungei Buloh became Singapore's first ASEAN Heritage Park.

I was at Sungei Buloh on the 30th January 2009.
The weather was good and I had a very enjoyable walk that day.
Upon arrival, I took the free map at the visitor counter and there are 3 different routes.
Route 1 which is approxmately 3km is about 1-2 hours walk.
Route 2 : Approximately 5km, 2-3 hours walk.
Route 3 : Approximately 7km, 4.5 hours walk.
I knew I would take much longer time as I was taking photographs, so I selected Route 1.
The next time, if I'm there early, I would like to try out the route 2 or 3.
I've been to Sungei Buloh a few times and I never forget the first time I was there, many years ago.
I brought my rabbit along for a stroll, not knowing that no pets are allowed, we both were not able to be admitted! LOL!

A unique letterbox outside the visitor centre.

Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve Visitor Centre
Location : 301, Neo Tiew Crescent Singapore 718925
Opening Hours : 7.30am - 7.00pm (Mon - Sat)
7.00am - 7.00pm (Sunday and Public Holidays)
Admission : Free Entry except on Saturday, Sundays, PH and School Holidays (8.30am - 6pm).
S$1.00 per adult / S$0.50 per child or senior citizen
(Remember to get a free map here!)

A metal pledge on a big stone reads :
Sungei Buloh Nature Park
Officially opened by
Mr. Goh Chok Tong
Prime Minister
6 December 1993

This is the biggest Kingfisher I've seen so far.
He was perching on the fence just outside the vistor centre.
Some vistors got very excited and you see huge cameras started to setup to capture this cute bird.
There was a couple and the lady asked "Is that real? It's not moving..."
I turned over and told her "It's is a real bird, I saw it move a little earlier!"
They both seemed happy!
Then the guy said he used to live in kampong area when he was a kid but have never seen a kingfisher so big!

Walkway in the park

Signboard : Care for nature - No catching of birds and No Fishing!
Looking at this sign, I can't help thinking of Elmo! (My pet cockatiel)
Reminds me of Elmo having his wings trimmed at the pet shop.
The guy at the pet shop grab him so tight and it looks just like this picture!

The first squirrel I saw.
Snap, snap, snap... the squirrel must have find me a nuisance.

Can you spot the bird?

Razor/Pencil Fish
There are lots of fishes like this in the water.

A Bird Observation Hide

This squirrel is very cute.
He was so busy eating, he didn't know I was slowly getting nearer and nearer to him.
When I was only just 3 feet away, he decided to discard his lunch and ran off!

A simple screen for viewing.

Monitor Lizard
I used to see a few of them but my this trip, I only spotted this one.
This one is not very big.
Actually seem tame and friendly.
I took a few photographs and left quietly.
Then, I remembered my previous trip, I saw a very big one.
I was scared and luckily the Monitor Lizard also seemed scared by my present and ran off fast...

I wonder what is these wooden poles for?

Snails crawling up the tree


Flora Mangrove
Name : Rhizophora apiculata
Family : Rhizophoraceae
Common Name : Bakau Minyak

Description : A medium sized tree reaching 30 meters
tal with smooth to slightly cracked grey bark. The thick
leaf has a sharp pointed tip. The leaf stalk and stipule
(leaflike appendage to a leaf) are often tinged red in
colour. The cream coloured flower comes in paris and
without stalks. The brown fruit looks like an inverted pear
with persistent calyx (modified leaf forming a proctective
layer that would remain without falling off). The green
with purple hypocotyl is measured up to 33 cm long and
cylindrical in shape with a blunt knob at the end.

Uses : The wood is a source of timber, firewood,
charcoal, piles and fishing stakes. The branched stilt
roots are used for anchors weigh down by a stone.
Medicinally, the bark may be used
as an antidysenteric.

Aerie at Sungei Buloh (Route 1)
This aerie can be seen in many different parts in the park.
Height of tower is 18m
Width of deck is 9m
Number of steps to deck is 72 steps.

View from the main hide

Mudskipper / Goby

It took me about 3 hours plus to complete Route 1 and it was then 5 plus when I left Sungei Buloh. It was a nice visit this time except that I was feeling quite hungry.
The next time, I'll remember to bring something to eat, more water and a pair for binoculars.
Please click here to view the Kranji Dam and parks! It's a place very near to Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve.