BRAZILIAN FORTS – 1980 THROUGH 1985



Between 1964 and 1979 the forts made in Brazil had been accompanied by figures copied either from Spanish or German originals, and always hand painted. Those are the figures we call “classic”, and they can be seen in previous texts. 1980 was the year of the big change (for worse, in my opinion) since starting in that year the figures:

- Were no longer the classic ones, but new copies of Italian figures, originally created by Atlantic; and

 

- Were no longer hand painted, but sold in the color of the plastic.

The figures from the following sets (originally created by Atlantic) were copied in Brazil:

7th Cavalry;

 

Sitting Bull;

 

Apache’s Camp;

 

Gold Rush.

 

Since cowboy figures were replaced by the figures from the Gold Rush set, there would be no more cowboys made in Brazil.

 

Indians were made of red plastic, soldiers were made of blue plastic and miners were made of plastic that resembled white.

 

When I first saw these new figures in the stores I thought that they were interesting, something new, new positions, but I never imagined that they had come to replace the classic figures.

 

The release of the new figures came with a big television campaign, showing the figures in battle scenes. This was unusual for Gulliver (the toy maker), and shows how excited they were about the new products.

 

Two forts were made for the new figures, and the same models of forts were produced until 1985. The two models were the big and the small.

 

Between 1970 and 1977 the forts’ boxes had been illustrated by the Brazilian artist Nelson Reis. For the 1978 and 1979 series Nelson Reis’ drawings were replaced by pictures of kids playing with the forts. In 1980 Nelson Reis was called back into action. If from 1970 through 1977 all forts had the same illustration, for the 1980 series Reis created two different illustrations, one for the small model and one for the big one. The beautiful illustrations can be seen below.

 

This was the illustration for the small model:

And this was the illustration for the big one:

The forts, as usual named “Fort Apache”, were made of wood. They had towers, copied from the Spanish Fort Federal (Comansi). The big model had two towers and the small had one tower. The towers had a pole for the American flag. It is possible to find these forts with towers in two colors: brown and yellow plastic.

 

The forts also had headquarters made of orange plastic. They came accompanied with figures from the 7th Cavalry, Sitting Bull and Gold Rush sets.

This is the small fort:

 

And this is the big fort:

Well, that is it for now.

 

See you in four months.

 

Marcos Guazzelli

 

January, 2013





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