by TGE x SHEEPPOO Artist
You have been to a beach cleanup,
you know how tedious it is to be greeted by the most common marine waste-disposable plastics. You are lucky if you stumbled upon a pleasant surprise such as a plastic toy.
If you are looking for little plastic green soldiers, you need to be sharp-eyed besides luck. The finger-sized green soldiers formed many boys’ battle arrays and became the new generation’s favourites after the release of ‘Toy Story’, a classic of animation. But the carnage that met our eyes was this: little green soldiers were strewn on the dirty beach in various forms each holding a piece of weapon, some disfigured and some whole. It was like witnessing the landing of a heavily-wounded army over the rough sea after a tough battle.
In the 70s, Hong Kong was the largest export centre of toys in the world.
This was because the entrepreneurs made their money in plastics industry. Plastic is more malleable than wood and iron sheets, and enabled manufacture of more intricate toys.
Plastic toys such as little green soldiers and 'watermelon balls' did not cost much to be mass produced.