John Carter of Mars – Hinchliffe style
There were perhaps two other companies and maybe more that briefly delved
into this market of fantasy gaming, one was Hinchliffe and the other
an unknown company of which I have no information whatsoever. A website
I came across: www.greatwesternmedicineshow.com/Toy%20Soldier/mars.htm
shows photographs of several painted figures and refers to them as being
made by Hinchliffe but gives no model reference numbers. On the hand,
an article that appeared in issue 4 of the British ERB Society fanzine,
Fantastic Worlds of Edgar Rice Burroughs written by Mark Negus,
listed 15 out of the 16 characters supposedly available with references
(listed below) but there were no pictures to accompany the article.
The only suggestion that these figures written about by Mark Negus and
those shown on the website may be one and the same is that Mark mentions
how the warriors have either helmets or headdress which nicely ties in
with the pictures, but I accept this is only an assumption on my part and
may be erroneous.
SF 1 Red Martian Chief
SF 2 Red Martian warrior with Radium rifle
SF 3 Red Martian warrior with sword and dagger
SF 4 Red Martian maiden with pistol
SF 5 Black Martian with Radium rifle
SF 6 White Martian Chief
SF 7 White Martian warrior with sword
SF 8 Green Martian Chief
SF 9 Green Martian warrior
SF10 John Carter – Martian Warlord
SF11 Red Martian Princess
SF12 White Ape
SF13 Plant Man
SF14 Banth, the Martian Lion
SF15 no information
SF16 Red Martian mounted on thoat
SF17 Green Martian mounted on large thoat
I do not have all of these figures, but of those that are in my possession
show that there are variations in the above with two types of SF5 – the
black Martian, one having a rifle, the other having a sword and three type
SF-9 – the green Martian warrior having a variety of weapons.
Hinchliffe, like Heritage Models Inc. inscribed their
model reference numbers to the base of each figure but one has to have
some knowledge what reference belongs to which company.
Also, take a close look at figure SF7, the white Martian (Thern).
They may have listed him as a warrior but on his chest is the Holy Diadem
that portrays him as a Holy Thern of the Tenth Cycle.