Pop-up and Flop Figures
Small,plastic spring-loaded figures made by "OK Toys" of Hong Kong in 1966.

"Pop-up and flop" is simply what I call them,in the absence of any alternative supplied
by the manufacturer.

And at least it's descriptive.Because they're small plastic toys approximately 4.5" tall,
which sit on an inner base (visible in pic below).And this contains a spring that's
attached to the head,arms and torso by a series of strings.So that when you press
down on it,the spring is compressed,the strings slacken and the whole thing flops
down above the knees.

Hardly "hours of fun" and most were probably broken or dismantled in double quick time
But kids might have found them strangely mesmerising while they lasted.
And I know I do (er,"did" !)

Here's the list of characters,with their manufacturer reference numbers :-
  • Windy -             No.3112
  • Dr.Mopp -          No.3113
  • Captain Snort - No.3116
  • P.C.McGarry -    No.3117

It seems almost certain now that there aren't any others.So if numbers 3114 & 3115 actually exist then they're not Camberwick-related.And the same goes for 3118 and beyond. But "never say never".

The pics ,below,also reveal that there were at least 3 different versions of Windy.
All originally sold like that and not simply the result of a paint job by a creative owner.And one of those many odd occasions when manufacturers threw in random colour variations without actually flagging them up to the buyer.

Dr.Mopp also gets exactly the same treatment.And,like Windy,the same 3 colours are used for each one,but just swapped around in different combinations between the hat,torso and legs/base.

McGarry and Snort were always going to be less susceptible because you can't take many liberties with the uniforms. And I don't believe I've ever seen any variations for those 2.Although I might be wrong.

One other little twist is that McGarry carries a later,1967,copyright mark.And whilst that might initially raise hopes of some Trumpton versions,I can definitely confirm that none were ever made.
In case you skipped the text above and are wondering what's going on here,please read the last 4 short paragraphs beginning "The pics,below,also reveal ............."
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