Archive 2206, “Armando Garcia, Texican Space Ranger”

I acquired another group of Archive figures from their long-defunct “Star Rovers” line.  One of them was 2206, “Armando Garcia, Texican Space Ranger”.  Armando had a jet pack and a blaster or laser rifle (and a huge sombrero).  He also had a partner, Travis B. Crokit, another Texican Space Ranger.  On page 5.03 of the Star Rovers Module 1 game rules, there is a nice drawing of both of them and some other characters.

1a Armando Garcia in game
Texican Space Rangers Travis B. Crokit (back turned) and Armando Garcia from the Star Rovers Rules


At the time of the mold making for Armando, I did not yet have Travis, but I do now.  He is quite cool as well, and wears goggles – looking like Doc Brown from Back to the Future!  He will eventually be the subject of one of my molding projects as well.

1 Armando Garcia master front
Original Armando Garcia Figure, front


2 Armando Garcia master back
Original Armando Garcia figure, back.  Note the jet pack!
3 Archive 2225 Travis B. Crokit front standing
Travis B. Crokit, front

As for Armando, I made a two-piece mold from Castaldo Quick Sil.   I continued to experiment with different configurations for my pouring aperture – this time with pencils and golf tees.  I also tried to see if I could add something to the mold that would help me identify it better as after graphite powder is applied its pretty hard to tell sometimes.  In this case – I added “MEX”.

3 first half Armando Garcia mold
Armando Garcia first mold half

The mold design worked well enough.   I was able to cast without hardly any failures, which made me happy.  I again used 67% tin and 33% lead at 565° F.

I cast 24, and again sent 12 off to Buck Surdu for his future sci-fi gaming projects.  Once I get Travis done, I may add some other retro-looking sci-fi weapons to the Rangers.  Buck just sent me a nice sprue of some that I will look to mold for that purpose (thanks Buck).  After seeing what he did with the Star Ducks (adding sci-fi weapons), I am intrigued to try this as well.

4 first half Armando Garcia regiment
24 Armando Garcia’s led by the master figure
5 first half Armando Garcia regiment
Side view of the group

Author: Mark A. Morin

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