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Toy Loader from Tescos by Lena Truckies

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I was in Tescos last night and I always stop by their small crafts and toys section, but they never have anything of interest to me.  This week I saw this Loader by Lena Truckies.  It’s cheap fragile rubbish that’ll last being played with by a toddler for about five minutes.  I don’t want it to be handled.  I want it to sit still on the table and perhaps get thrown by The Hulk.  It should be more than durable enough for that.  I wasn’t sure on the scale, but for £4.75 I thought it was worth a punt.  I took some pics in situ.  it seems a bit large, what do you think?

Toy Loader from Tescos by Lena Truckies
Toy Loader from Tescos by Lena Truckies

The thing about this type of vehicle is that they come in a variety of sizes (See below), so the only thing that really scales this vehicle is the contents of the cab, particularly the chair.  There’s a slot in the chair for a little man to click in to so I’ll need to cover that anyway.  I figure if I raise the seat part of the chair it’ll make it look like it’s for a seat for a smaller person, and change the apparent scale of the whole thing.  I’ll have to repaint it anyway to make it look less like cheap plastic and that should also help set the scale and tie it in to the figures.

It’s not held together by screws, but plastic pegs.  I could drill them out and then re-glue it back together when I’m done, but I fear I’ll just break it.  With an airbrush it shouldn’t be too hard to repaint it as it is anyway.  Prime white/light grey.  All over spray a yellow shade.  Zenithal/lateral spray a brighter yellow.  Maybe add a little off white to the yellow and do a pure zenithal spray.  Then just brush on some near black wherever I fell, and drybrush those edges with a dark grey and call it done.  The cab opens up so I could even paint the chair a leathery tone to make it more apparent.  Given it’s just terrain I can do a quick and lazy job.

I think if this was John, he’d just “prime” it with matt varnish and then weather it, as we’ve seen before.  perhaps I should hunt down his R2D2 video and AT-AT videos (Were those the things he did?)

Toy Loader from Tescos by Lena Truckies
Toy Loader from Tescos by Lena Truckies

There’s five vehicles in this range.  My Tescos also had the tractor in stock last night.  I was tempted to grab them both, but decided it was smarter to only gamble £5 instead of £10 when I can always try again later.  I suspected the tractor was more obviously out of scale though.  If this works I’ll be keeping an eye out for the digger, and curious about how the two trucks look in person.

Has anyone worked with these?  Any opinions on them, or on dismantling and reassembling after painting?  Would you glue the wheels in place, or leave them free spinning?  Would you risk your terrain rolling away?

Toy Loader from Tescos by Lena Truckies

It’s taken me forever to find the links due to the wonders of the OTT search functionality, but here’s the links to Johns videos on weathering Star Wars toys without doing a full repaint:

BB8 Pics only

BB8 Video

R2D2 Twitch Stream

AT-AT Table build series

I’m not sure if there was more videos of this sort of thing.  I can’t find anything on this site.

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