• Battle of Guy Fawkes 1989 – 1991

    Oh how I loved fireworks! November 5th was celebrated as Guy Fawkes in NZ. An evening of explosive action. But it was the build up, days prior, that was most exciting! Taking a walk with some Double Happies and going for it. This was until, we came up with the Battle of Guy Fawkes! As mentioned, the Double Happies were it! The thunderbolts, that could blow up letterboxes tied together, were only legend by my time, long banned. The Po Ha’s (as we called them) would follow suit in 1990 but I did make sure I had some for the following battle in 1991. In 1989, my influential friend of…

  • Annual Christmas Tree Climb

    Touch the star at the summit and free your people! Yes, the annual Christmas tree ascent was my favorite game to play in the 80s. The once a year nature of the event definitely made me look forward to it and I considered the concept an exhilarating stroke of genius! Every year the massive Christmas tree would land on the figures planet. A six foot tree inhabited with booby traps and creatures. The tree held the figures planet hostage and the only way to redeem freedom was to scale the enormous tree to the summit. There, a powerful star was glowing and if touched, the figures would be saved! So…

  • Kilbirnie School

    Where the most legendary of games were played out…. This was the place! 5 years here wasn’t long enough! My last day at Kilbirnie School was full of sadness. WHY I asked! Why take me away from what felt like home? Quite the contrast from my first day there in 1981.. Standing alone at lunchtime in my trademark Jean Jacket observing all the kids playing. The School was the backdrop but it was the friends I made here. Most notably, my fellow figure connoisseurs who understood what motion pictures 4 figures was all about…. We had others in our games, regulars and those who checked in then out, but the…