Well, as the title suggests... I think it's from 1980 but could be wrong. Quite a growth from when he started in 1972. I do remember sending off for a sample figure back in the early to mid 70's (self stamped addressed envelope and a postal order etc)... the mini I received was 'interesting' to my young eyes... indeed I had no idea what had been sent and it put me off metals for a while. Shame as now I would love to have some examples. Lots of excellent blogs out there for collectors of his pieces. They do come up on eBay etc regularly but are soon snapped up.
Edit... found the little nugget... can't remember what year/month/mag it was from but does anyone else know what happened after this?