View Full Version : Help Needed Identifying Really Old Model

03-02-2009, 22:54
Wasn't sure where to put this, and I've probably chosen the wrong place, sorry...

I've had three miniatures kicking around for a while that I have no idea where they're from. I got them from a guy in a modelling shop about eight years ago when I asked if he sold Warhammer models; he didn't, but he gave me the three aforementioned minis because he didn't know what they were and thought I might be able to use them.

I'm no miner, but I'd guess they were lead; they're a lot heavier than comparably sized modern GW metal minis. However, I have some really old Dwarf models that I've painted up for my cannon crew, and they have a similar base (just an oval disc of lead, comes attached to the model). So there's a remote possibility that they might be really old models for Chaos Marauders, or something. I doubt it's a GW model though.

My photography skills are absolutely shocking, so this is the best photo I could manage:


There are no manufacturers markings on the base at all. Anyone got any ideas? I have no intention of ever using the models, or even painting them, because they look crap (for some reason they're all arching backwards and gazing up at the sky, too)

03-02-2009, 23:55
I have some very similar miniatures and my best guess is they are chess pieces or used for a strategy board game, hence why they are bent backwards looking up. You can still pick up similar collectors items in places like Warwick castle. I'f i'm on the right track they are lead/tin mix and are collectors items, souvineers (can't spell) or game pieces of some type for something more like risk or chess than warhammer. i could be way off

04-02-2009, 00:08
They are figures from Kinder eggs. I remember these from my childhood in the 80s.

here's a link to an auction on ebay where the right one is being sold.

http://cgi.ebay.de/Nordische-Seefahrer-Wikinger-40mm-Kupfer-Nr-5_W0QQitemZ170299169886QQihZ007QQcategoryZ8924QQss PageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

guy on the left:

http://cgi.ebay.de/Figur-Wikinger-KUPFER-40-mm_W0QQitemZ180324252883QQihZ008QQcategoryZ8945QQs sPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

and the other one

http://cgi.ebay.de/Figur-Wikinger-ALTMESSING-40-mm_W0QQitemZ180324253085QQihZ008QQcategoryZ8945QQs sPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

They used to have some kind of collector's value, I guess that has waned.

04-02-2009, 00:17
They put lead models in Kinder Eggs? Hah.

Kinder Eggs, huh. Cool, thanks. I'll admit, I was kinda hoping they'd be uber-rare collectors items, but oh well, maybe one day. :D

04-02-2009, 00:20
There's probably no lead in them, they're pretty hard, harder than white metal, IIRC. I guess they are made from the same stuff as die-cast cars.

And even as a kid I would not have tried to suck on them ^^.

04-02-2009, 00:27
Would have helped if you had informed us that these miniatures are 40mm, not 28mm. And they are definitely some kind of die-cast iron.

04-02-2009, 00:33
Yeah, they did. It was basically a canard, though, and didn't pan out.

You cannot buy them in the US for that reason though, if I remember correctly.

edit: the post I answered to vanished. It's about the question if Kinder eggs were to be banned in Germany because of health issues due to the small parts. It was a stupid idea and didn't make it into law.