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Started by thewhovian228, Feb 26, 2020, 08:50 am

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Andrew Harvey

Dear Jam jar Lurker, I have some of those old citadel miniatures sets of Daleks and cybermen. The Doctor's were good likenesses and Leela is very well rendered. They were great, a small army for about a fiver if I recall. Mind you, that took a bit of saving up for in the eighties! The box art for the plastic Daleks & cybermen was good. A dalek giving the cyberman a good zap! One of the pictures I put on this site a while back had some of the daleks in it. They have come in handy over the years....

  I'll have a crack at putting the pictures on here in a while.

Volpone

A quick note on Jelly Babies in the USA:  Someone here pointed out that a candy store called "Lolly & Pops" (or somesuch) carries them.  I have confirmed this and bought some from them, but they were darned expensive.  And I'm not that big a fan of the authentic English Jelly Babies, so I'll usually do either Sour Patch Kids, which are about the right size, kid-shaped, and covered with a white substance (granulated sugar, not starch) or store-brand gummy bears, which are a bit small and more bear shaped and not at all covered with a white substance.  But sometimes our supermarkets will have a little ethnic foods section.  Hispanic is most common and sometimes Kosher, but once in awhile they'll have an English section.  And last week I picked up something called "Wine Gums."  Not at all animal shaped--baby, kid, or bear--and not coated in starch, but relatively tasty and allegedly from England (but at a more reasonable price than candy store Jelly Babies.

So, English people:  Are Wine Gums really a thing?  Are they remotely popular?  I don't think they're too bad.  Certainly not Jelly Babies, but then again, neither are licorice all-sorts and that never stopped Tom Baker's Doctor. 
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.

redfern

Quote from: Volpone on Jun 17, 2022, 05:15 pmSo, English people:  Are Wine Gums really a thing?  Are they remotely popular?  I don't think they're too bad.  Certainly not Jelly Babies, but then again, neither are licorice all-sorts and that never stopped Tom Baker's Doctor. 

I have not tried them, but the local Publix from where I have purchased jelly babies off the shelf also sells wine gummies in the immediate shelf space.  Like the JBs and the All Sorts, they are the Taveners brand.

Sincerely,

Bill

Volpone

If I could get Jelly Babies without going to a boutique candy store, that would be great (apart from me not actually liking Jelly Babies, but that's another story).  Around 1986 I went to a Dr. Who convention in Minneapolis and you could buy Jelly Babies there.  First time I "got" that they weren't jelly beans (I guess when the Beatles came to America and George(?) said he liked Jelly Babies, they suffered being pelted with jelly beans by well-meaning but confused American fans while performing.  Anyway, I want to say drug store chain Walgreen's also carried them briefly in the late '80s.  But they must've been some kind of alternative American version because they had the Bassett's box graphic but they weren't coated with cornstarch; they were basically larger, baby-shaped Gummi Bears.  (A big part of my brain thinks I'm imagining all this, but a bigger part insists it really happened.) 
"My dear Litefoot, I've got a lantern and a pair of waders, and possibly the most fearsome piece of hand artillery in all England. What could possibly go wrong?"
-The Doctor.

fivefingeredstyre

Quote from: Volpone on Jun 17, 2022, 05:15 pmSo, English people:  Are Wine Gums really a thing?  Are they remotely popular?  I don't think they're too bad.  Certainly not Jelly Babies, but then again, neither are licorice all-sorts and that never stopped Tom Baker's Doctor. 
Wine Gums are definitely a thing. I'm a bit of a connoisseur, myself  8)  ;D

the market leaders are Maynard's, you can get them everywhere over here, but the best ones are made for Marks and Spencers. Maynard's are too soft, but with the M&S ones the texture is just right, and they've thrown in some unusual flavours as well.

Actually I'm a little addicted to M&S Wine Gums  :-[

I like Jelly Babies, but they get sickly quite quickly...