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The pictures above are of moody the mule.  It was given to me about 50 years ago.  No one in the family seems to know much about it.  Until last year, I thought it was [muffin] but, it now seems that it is a case of mistaken identity.  It is ‘Moody’ not Muffin.

It seems the most common case of mistaken identity, in the toy world, is that of ‘Moody’ the Mule.  ‘Moody’ is definitely Moody and not Muffin.  But, trying to convince people, is a difficult task!  He has had a hard life.  Lost his ears long time back!!  He still has the turnip to play with, and he still gives much fun to anyone, who has never seen him before.  If you have any information, as to age, price, or maker, I will pleased to hear from you at

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Minibrix were construction kits manufactured from 1935 to 1976 in the U.K. Developed in 1935,they enabled children to build their own miniature houses. Like the later and more famous construction toy, Lego, Minibrix consisted primarily of interlocking bricks with moulded studs on the surface, but being invented before the availability of modern plastics they were made of hard rubber which had the necessary ability to deform under pressure to allow firm interlocking of studs and holes.

Minibrix were made by the Premo Rubber Company which traditionally made rubber shoe heels. Premo was a subsidiary of the I.T.S. Rubber Company, which had been founded in 1919 by Arnold Levy, and was located at Sandringham Road, Petersfield, Hampshire, England

The origin of the Minibrix idea is unclear but Arnold may have seen the fibre-interlocking toy bricks of the early 1930's introduced by the Erector Company in America and the rubber interlocking bricks, called 'Bild-O-Brik made in Pennsylvania, in 1934.  However, the actual design of the British bricks and the other elements of the Minibrix system is thought to have been the work of a Mr Gilbert, an ITS engineer, and patents for the product were applied for on July 5th 1935 in the names of the Premo Rubber Company and Arnold Levy.

Two series of kits were available in different styles for making Tudor and Modern buildings, and the bases, roofs and lintels were all, like the bricks, made of rubber.

Britain’s swoppet cowboys from the 1960's/1970's.


Do you remember SWOPPET cowboy and Indian plastic figures, they were made by BRITAIN'S sometimes on foot or horse back  if they were riding a horse they  must have been about 2 inches from hoof to hat  ,the thing with them was the fact that the legs ,head ,body and gun belts were all interchangeable, I had hours of fun playing out my fantasy of riding the range chasing the outlaws