How we named our 1/72 figures?

Posted by Wiking on 29 Jan 2019, 17:23

The youth get its own (local) language for several things.

In my youth and as an earwitness several years later on I hear the same simple main description for our 1/72, 1/76 soft plastic figures.

"kleine Amis"
"little American soldier"

And this description is NOT for the railway figures in 1/87.

And today ?
I ask my nephews. They saw some of my figures several years ago. If you are young and see something of interest you immediately can`t live without it. So they get some of my Revell and Airfix figures. And they are the only one who get such figures ! Non of her friends owns such figures they told me. :shock:
They called it: "Plastcfiguren (Plasticfigures) or Männicans (I don`t know how to translate that, sorry. The closest translation I know of would be something like, little man`s ).
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Posted by Susofrick on 29 Jan 2019, 17:36

I have always called them "smågubbar" which translates very well to "little men".
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Posted by Paul on 29 Jan 2019, 17:52

Well, I started the naming with Aaran and after roughly 2000 english names, finished with Zachery. Very difficult to write them on the bases, especially with a normal ink pen. Some female names but there weren´t that many female bods back then. Then I went onto other languages as the Collection grew and...
Oh I see!!...a generic term for the entire lot. :oops: :mrgreen:
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Posted by Emperor on 29 Jan 2019, 20:59

When we were young we called them figurice(little figures) or vojnicici(little soldiers)...
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Posted by Redmao on 30 Jan 2019, 22:11

As kids we called them "bonhommes de guerre" which means men of war.
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Posted by Peter on 24 Jan 2020, 16:23

We just called them "soldaatjes " (Little soldiers). ;-)

Männicans is Mannekes in Flemish! :-D
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Posted by Mr. Andrea on 24 Jan 2020, 17:17

In Italy, they are generally called "soldatini" (little soldiers). Among my wargame-mates, we call them "pupazzi" (puppets).
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Posted by Egbert on 25 Jan 2020, 11:50

When I got the first Airfix figures as a child, I called them "Männlein" (little men).
In the future my parents only spoke of "Männeschen" ( don't know how to translate it) on this topic.
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Posted by Dad's Army on 25 Jan 2020, 12:03

I keep it simple: Figures > FIGZ
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Posted by Kekso on 25 Jan 2020, 13:07

Susofrick wrote:I have always called them "smågubbar" which translates very well to "little men".

Same here, except we didn't used Swedish word for little men :xd:

EDIT: I just saw that I'm almost 1 year too late with the answer :oops:
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Posted by Brok_Santatusca on 26 Jan 2020, 01:07

"kleine Ritter" (small knights in german) :wink:
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Posted by T. Dürrschmidt on 14 Feb 2020, 21:33

In my childhood (80s) we called the plastic soldiers (in every scale) "Manntschgerl" (singular) or "Manntschgerler" (plural)...

This is northern Bavarian dialect for "little men" could use the same term for a small grown man...

Some boys in my village had old Hausser Elastolin figures from their grandpa. We played with them in the sand pit…...and destroyed them sometimes….nowadays you would get much money for those figs….
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