The Latest News ~ 01/21/2019. News & Reviews. Prikaz, Atherton Scenics, Barzso Metal Woodland Indians, X-Force & More.

Warhorse Miniatures

Greetings my fellow collectors. Today I have some hobby related news to share with you. I have some information from Alex Pisarev who is the owner of Prikav. He shared with me two sets that I didn’t know anything about.

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The first and newest set is of the Indochina war of 1947-54, and represents the parachutists of the French Foreign Legion. The “Dien Bien Phu” series: “2 BELs” (“2 battalion of paratroopers of the Foreign Legion”).  The scale 1/32 (54 mm). 

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The set consists of five figures: 1) a sergeant-chef in a parade cap and a parade shirt with a sash, 2) a legionary-parachutist in a hat, full display and with an amphibious version of a MAS-38 rifle, 3) a legionary-parachutist in a beret, with a dagger, attacking hand-to-hand, 4) legionary-parachutist in a helmet, full display, with an amphibious version of the MAS-38 rifle, shooting from the knee, 5) girl (nurse) with a MAS-38 rifle (collective image based on the movie “Charlie Bravo”) .

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I don’t know if this subject was ever covered in Plastic. This war led to the USA getting into the Vietnam war.

It is an interesting subject to cover. I guess you could combine some Vietnam based figures with these. The next set is Medieval based.

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The second set is based on the early Russian Viking history. Alex told me that “Last fall I released a set of “Squad”, which consists of four figures: a noble horse warrior, two noble foot soldiers and a girl warrior. All four figures are dressed in ancient Russian armor. The rider from the southern part of Ancient Russia, the bearded warrior, too. But the young warrior and the girl are conceived and made so that they can be Russians, Scandinavians, Saxons, and even Czechs or other Western Slavs. I wanted to combine the history of Europe and the history of Russia in this set.”

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I like this set of Noble Warriors. The details are nice. I can see the horse rider smashing through a shield wall or chasing down some people. The female warrior will be a great addition to any battlefield.

I am talking to Alex about putting together an interview. I will have more information about him and his figures in the near future. 

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About two weeks ago Paul over at Stad’s Stuff had a Preview of some new Expeditionary Force English French Hussars. Today one of the new sets was released 54 FRN 11 French Hussars.

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Here are some pictures of prototypes of Soviet WWII Soldiers by Warhansa. These are part of new sets coming out at the around February. The scale is 1/32,  approximately 54mm like classic toy soldiers.

 

Here are some pictures of the first run World War II British Infantry from Plastic Platoon from the “Battle of Crete” series above.

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I ordered this Wigwam Terrain piece on eBay a couple of weeks ago. It reminded me of some of Barzso Playset’s Woodland Indian village pieces. It fits in perfect with the Barzso figures. Here is the link if you are interested WOODLAND INDIANS WIGWAM DIORAMA 54mm CAST FOAM ATHERTON SCENICS (#9902).

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Besides the Wigwam village piece that I got on eBay I also got these Barzso Villagers from Ed Borris. He purchased a bunch of sets that Ron Barzso had left. At one point Ron fooled around with the idea of having his figures cast in metal. They look to be the same size and have the same amount of detail as the resin cast figures. You can go to Ed’s eBay page over here Never released! Barzso brushed metal pewter “Indians in Camp Set:, Brand New!. Here are some more pictures below. A few at the end show the metal figures compared to the resin copies.

Well folks that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

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Interview with Mikhail Glikin of Plastic Platoon. Интервью с Mikhail Glikin из “Пластического взвода”.

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Mikhail Glikin started producing highly detailed toy soldiers a few years ago under the name “Plastic Platoon”. They entered the market selling figures based on the Vietnam War. In a short time they have set the bar in quality. Recently they started creating figures based on World War II. The figures are more like “Military Miniatures” than toy soldiers.

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Михаил Гликин начал производство высокодетализированных игрушечных солдат несколько лет назад под названием «Пластиковый взвод». Они вышли на рынок, продавая цифры, основанные на войне во Вьетнаме. За короткое время они установили планку качества. Недавно они начали создавать фигуры на основе Вторая мировая война. Фигуры – это больше “военные миниатюры”, чем игрушечные солдаты.

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Recently Mikhail found some time to answer some questions. This interview will be in English and then followed in Russian. If your using a translator the English might be corrupted. 

Недавно Михаил нашел время ответить на несколько вопросов. Это интервью будет на английском, а затем на русском.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Hi, Mikhail. I have been a fan of your work since the first time I saw them. The detail in your sculpting is amazing. Can you give us some history about yourself and Plastic Platoon?

Привет, Михаил. Я был поклонником вашей работы с тех пор, как впервые увидел их. Детали в вашей скульптуре удивительны. Можете ли вы рассказать нам немного о себе и о Пластиковом Взводе?

 

Mikhail Glikin: Hi Mike, I have been collecting plastic Soldiers for over 30 years. My collection consists of more than 10,000 plastic figures in 1/32 scale. The idea to make toy soldiers began about 10 years ago. I wanted plastic miniatures that were highly detailed. The fine details of small parts with the flexibility & strength of plastic. Finally the technology  was available to achieve this and I was financially able to start their own business.

Привет, Майк, я собираю пластиковых солдат уже более 30 лет. Моя коллекция состоит из более чем 10 000 пластиковых фигур в масштабе 1/32. Идея сделать игрушечных солдат возникла около 10 лет назад. Я хотел пластиковые миниатюры, которые были очень подробными. Мелкие детали мелких деталей с гибкостью и прочностью пластика. Наконец-то появилась технология, позволяющая добиться этого, и я смог в финансовом отношении начать собственный бизнес.

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Warhorse Miniatures: You started with the Vietnam War. Why did you start here?

Вы начали с войны во Вьетнаме. Почему ты начал здесь?

 

Mikhail Glikin: Everything is very simple. Six years ago I flew to Vietnam. I have been fond of military history since childhood. I traveled across Vietnam and visited many military sites. For over a month I traveled through the military bases, battle sites and tunnels. Until I just got sick of the country of Vietnam! I decided that the Vietnam War would be the background for my first toy soldiers made.

Все очень просто. Шесть лет назад я летел во Вьетнам. Я с детства увлекаюсь военной историей. Я путешествовал по Вьетнаму и посетил много военных объектов. Больше месяца я путешествовал по военным базам, местам сражений и туннелям. Пока я просто не заболел страной Вьетнама! Я решил, что война во Вьетнаме станет фоном для моих первых игрушечных солдатиков.

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Warhorse Miniatures: It states that your figures are in 1/32 in scale. Are the size of your figures the same as Conte or Airfix?

В нем говорится, что ваши цифры в масштабе 1/32. Размер ваших фигур такой же, как у Conte или Airfix?

 

Mikhail Glikin: I suggest right now to compare. What is a collector with experience. All the figures at hand! (Mikhail supplied us with these pictures  of his figures compared to some Conte, Airfix, Matchbox and TSSD figures)

Предлагаю щас сравнить. Что такое коллекционер со стажем. Все цифры под рукой! (Михаил предоставил нам эти фотографии своих фигур по сравнению с некоторыми фигурами Конте, Аирфикса, Спичечной коробки и TSSD)

Warhorse Miniatures: Now that you have started with your first WWII German Paratroopers from Operation Mercury. I assume your building some sets around the Battle of Crete?

There are a lot of collectors that have been waiting for some one to make WWII German Paratroopers in this scale.

Теперь, когда вы начали с ваших первых немецких десантников Второй мировой войны из операции “Меркурий”. Я полагаю, что у вас есть здание вокруг битвы на Крите?

Есть много коллекционеров, которые ждали, чтобы кто-нибудь сделал немецких десантников Второй мировой войны в этом масштабе.

 

Mikhail Glikin: Of course, in Crete, we have planned 4 sets. The first is parachutists jumping with parachutes. They are with knee pads and parachute strapping. They will have an additional set of containers.

Yes. There are a lot of collectors that have been waiting for some one to make WWII German Paratroopers in this scale.

Конечно, на Крите у нас запланировано 4 комплекта. Первый – это прыжки с парашютистами с парашютами. Они с наколенниками и парашютом. У них будет дополнительный набор контейнеров.

Да. Есть много коллекционеров, которые ждали, чтобы кто-нибудь сделал немецких десантников Второй мировой войны в этом масштабе.

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Mikhail Glikin: We are also preparing 2 sets – Defenders of Crete. British infantry (you saw the master model). Maori will be with them. And the fourth set – the Greek infantry and the militia (it will be a truly incredible set, because in the militia there will be a girl)

Мы также готовим 2 комплекта – Защитники Крита. Британская пехота (вы видели мастер модель). Маори будет с ними. И четвертый сет – греческая пехота и ополчение (это будет действительно невероятный сет, потому что в ополчении будет девушка)

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Warhorse Miniatures: What other themes do you think Plastic Platoon will do in the future?

Как ты думаешь, какие еще темы сделает Platon в будущем?

Mikhail Glikin: The next topic after Crete will be very logical. Paratroopers after the battle of Crete in 1941 sent near Leningrad. Therefore, we will do the battle for Leningrad. There will be units of the Red Army and the Soviet Marines. Plus Wehrmacht infantry units and our old acquaintances, paratroopers.

Следующая тема после Крита будет очень логичной. Десантников после битвы на Крите в 1941 году отправили под Ленинград. Поэтому мы будем сражаться за Ленинград. Там будут подразделения Красной Армии и Советских Морских пехотинцев. Плюс пехотные части вермахта и наши старые знакомые, десантники.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Your figures are really detailed and from my knowledge your sets are made in a limited amount. What is the process that you use to produce your figures?

Ваши цифры очень подробны, и, насколько мне известно, ваши наборы сделаны в ограниченном количестве Какой процесс вы используете для производства ваших фигур?

 

Mikhail Glikin: Yes, this is absolutely true. We cast our kits in limited quantities. Approximately 300 sets. Cast from a special polymer. By properties, it is like rubber / plastic. Flexible but durable. Figures can be thrown from the Table and squeezed in a fist; nothing will happen to them. For casting, we use silicone molds. Unfortunately, they withstand only 30 castings, so we make 10 sets of molds. We also work with beautiful sculptors for figures. For weapons, flasks, helmets and other trivia we use 3D Technologies and a 3d printer.

Да, это абсолютно верно. Мы отливаем наши комплекты в ограниченном количестве. Примерно 300 комплектов. Отлито из специального полимера. По своим свойствам это как резина / пластик. Гибкий, но прочный. Рисунки можно выкинуть из таблицы и сжать в кулак; с ними ничего не случится. Для литья мы используем силиконовые формы. К сожалению, они выдерживают только 30 отливок, поэтому мы изготавливаем 10 комплектов пресс-форм. Мы также работаем с красивыми скульпторами для фигур. Для оружия, фляг, шлемов и прочих мелочей мы используем 3D-технологии и 3d-принтер.

Warhorse Miniatures: You said you have over 10,000 figures. What are some of your favorite brands to collect? What are some of your favorite items in your collection? 

Вы сказали, что у вас есть более 10000 цифр. Какие ваши любимые бренды собирать? Какие из ваших любимых предметов в вашей коллекции?

Mikhail Glikin: I love my collection very much. And of course for me the inspiration of most favorite sets are Conte World War II figures.

Я очень люблю свою коллекцию. И, конечно, для меня источником вдохновения для большинства любимых наборов являются фигуры Conte World Второй мировой войны.

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Warhorse Miniatures: That sounds very interesting about the Battle for Leningrad. I guess maybe one day we will see a Battle for Stalingrad?

Это звучит очень интересно о битве за Ленинград. Наверное, однажды мы увидим битву за Сталинград?

 

Mikhail Glikin: If everything is as I had planned, we will see Stalingrad and Tobruk, Ardennes and Berlin, Monte Cassino and the Philippines.

Если все будет так, как я планировал, мы увидим Сталинград и Тобрук, Арденны и Берлин, Монте-Кассино и Филиппины.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Thanks for the information about the process of making your figures. There are a lot of collectors out there that like your products but because of the cost they will not purchase your sets. Will you ever make any mass produced figures one day?

Спасибо за информацию о процессе изготовления ваших фигур. Есть много коллекционеров, которым нравятся ваши продукты, но из-за стоимости они не будут покупать ваши наборы. Будете ли вы когда-нибудь делать какие-либо массовые фигурки в один прекрасный день?

Mikhail Glikin: Yes, I know the high price. But I decided to follow this path. My figures will be like a Mercedes in the world of plastic Toy Soldiers.

Да, я знаю высокую цену. Но я решил пойти по этому пути. Мои фигуры будут похожи на Мерседес в мире пластиковых игрушечных солдат.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Thank You Mikhail for taking your time to answer the questions. Is there any thing else that you would like to say to the readers?

Спасибо, Михаил, что нашли время ответить на вопросы. Есть ли что-то еще, что вы хотели бы сказать читателям?

 

Mikhail Glikin: First of all, I want to thank you Mike. For the very interesting questions and for your interest in our project. I would like to say to all collectors of Toy Soldiers that we will try to do even better with more interesting poses and more detailed figures. We will try to cover a lot of different topics and eras. Parallel to the WWII project, we are starting a project on Wars in the Americas. I am happy that I part of such a wonderful hobby of Toy Soldiers. I made a lot of friends from different countries. I can say for sure in our troubled world, our hobby unites people from different countries and nationalities.

Прежде всего, я хочу поблагодарить вас, Майк. За очень интересные вопросы и за ваш интерес к нашему проекту. Я хотел бы сказать всем коллекционерам Toy Soldiers, что мы постараемся сделать еще лучше с более интересными позами и более подробными рисунками. Мы постараемся охватить много разных тем и эпох. Параллельно с проектом Второй мировой войны мы начинаем проект по войнам в Северной и Южной Америке. Я счастлив, что являюсь частью такого замечательного хобби Toy Soldiers. Я завел много друзей из разных стран. Я могу с уверенностью сказать, что в нашем беспокойном мире наше хобби объединяет людей из разных стран и национальностей.

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Спасибо за чтение!!

Toy Soldier Review ~ Publius Vikings Set #4

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The Publius Vikings Set #4 that I ordered from Russia about 3 weeks ago arrived yesterday. These are premium figures at a premium price. The figures are made out a hard rubbery material. The color is dark brown. The size is 60mm. I purchased them through eBay, NEW!!! “PUBLIUS” VIKING WARRIORS, 8 rubber plastic soldiers 1:32 60mm

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Eight figures are included in this set. Most will be used as Vikings but I might use one or two as Saxons. We need more Saxons and Normans if anyone who owns a company is reading this, lol. Also included in this set for the first time was a female figure. All the figures are highly detailed. All the poses are of action. They are about the same size as the Conte Viking figures. Some are a little bigger like the male Archer. I will paint these figures like the other Publius figures that I own. Here are some more pictures below that compare them to Conte Vikings.

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There should be more new sets this year of Medieval figures. Take Care for now. Thank you for reading.

Warhorse Miniatures

 

Interview with David & Kim Cook of MicShaun’s Closet, The new owners of TSSD.

 

Last year Nick & DeAnna VerSteeg of TSSD announced that they were looking to sell their business. I remember communicating with Nick when he first started selling toy soldiers. TSSD was one of the first companies on the internet that I dealt with. The news that they were no longer going to continue was sad.

tssd endingThe VerSteeg’s had built one the of the most iconic plastic toy soldier companies in recent history. They started off selling toys soldiers over 20 years ago. Then they started producing there own products which included plastic toy soldiers and foam buildings and terrain pieces. 

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Finally they expanded into developing there own playsets. In 2006 with Barzso Playsets they produced one of TSSD most iconic playsets “Road to Stalingrad”.

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There was a couple of months of speculation about who the new owners would be. Then in the beginning of December it was announced that TSSD was sold to David & Kim Cook. They have been selling plastic figures from different companies and other products on eBay under the name of “micshaunscloset2013.”

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The news that MicShaun’s Closet were the new owners was good news to me. I had purchased toy soldier sets from them over the past few years with no problems. Most of my online purchases take place on eBay.

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I started communicating with the Cooks a few days after the announcement of the sale. After things had settled down they were able to take some time to answer a few questions.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Hi David & Kim. Congratulations with purchasing Toy Soldiers of San Diego. I have purchased figure sets from you the past couple of years on eBay. Besides your eBay business, what else can you tell us about yourselves and how did the deal with TSSD get made? I am assuming that you have the rights to the molds too.

MicShaun’s Closet: Currently my wife and I have full time jobs and our Ebay business has been a “side hustle” for many years. I have always dreamed of owning a toy/hobby store and grew up playing with plastic soldiers which were always my favorite toys. When I first heard that TSSD was for sale, I didn’t know if it was a realistic possibility. Not long after, I mentioned the potential sale to Kim. We talked about it and decided, why not us. TSSD figures have been high on my favorites list for a long time. The attraction of TSSD was the amazing 30 plus sets, the colors and the quality of the figures.

We reached out to Nick and DeAnna because we have a long standing business relationship with them. After many phone calls & email conversations, we reached an agreement and made this dream a reality. We would not have been able to accomplish this without the openness and candor of Nick and DeAnna. They shared all the information that we needed to make this decision.

The deal included all TSSD inventory including figure molds and foam molds, and all intellectual property associated with TSSD.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I have purchased figure sets from you the past couple of years on eBay. It was always a pleasant experience. Besides eBay are you going to sell your items on a website, Amazon and maybe some other venues?

MicShaun’s Closet: We are continuing to sell on Ebay, and we have opened a Shopify site that will serve as our website, blog and store. We are selling through Facebook and plan to add Amazon to our sales channels in the near future. We will also add Instagram as a sales channel in the coming months.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I guess that you are going to spend some time selling off the sets that you acquired with the deal. TSSD made some nice sets over the years. My favorite where the Plains Indians. Most collectors I think would like to know if you planning to recast any of the past sets?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: We are selling off the inventory that we received and we believe the Plains Indians are a great set. Coincidentally, the Plains Indians Set #13 are completely out of stock and are part of a large re-order that we are about to make to our manufacturer. This re-order will include the sets we currently don’t have in most of the colors that Nick and DeAnna have been selling in the last few years. We recently made a large re-order of the foam pieces and should have most if not all pieces back in stock in the next 4 to 6 weeks. We can’t keep the foam pieces – as fast as we put them on, they sell.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Do you have any plans to expand any of the existing themes or start a new theme of figures.

MicShaun’s Closet: We definitely plan on producing new figures. It is our understanding that producing a new set is a lengthy process. Our best guess is that we would come out with a new set or sets in late 2019 or sometime in 2020. We are also considering new foam pieces as well. Theme and category is still to be determined.

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Warhorse Miniatures: You said that maybe at the end of the year or next year that you will produce some new figure sets and maybe foam pieces. Do you think that you will expand on one of the current themes that is in your inventory or maybe start a new theme?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: We are thinking about expanding the themes that have been created by TSSD and we are also considering creating new themes.  It all comes down to how well our business succeeds.  Mold creation is an expensive endeavor.

We are keeping our options open with regard the to foam pieces.

We have lots of ideas but need to recoup some of the costs from the purchase before we move forward with new figures and foam.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Do you plan on still using the TSSD brand in the future on recast and new products or will it be MicShaun’s Cluset?

MicShaun’s Closet: On the recasts we keep TSSD on the header card. On the new products we are going to have our name on the header card.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I would like you thank you for taking your time with answering the questions. Is there anything that you would like to tell us?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: Thanks so much Mike for giving us the opportunity. You have been supportive since day one when we announced that had purchased TSSD. Sales have been fantastic. The toy soldier community has made us feel welcome with kind words and support. To the toy soldier/hobby community, we want you to know that we are a husband/wife, small owner business. We plan on attending toy soldier shows and continuing to expand this amazing business that Nick and DeAnna started. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and love hearing from each of you. I am in the process of winding down my current business and will be in a position in a few months to make this my full-time career!

Here are the places you can find us:

www.micshaunscloset.com

https://www.ebaystores.com/micshaunscloset

https://www.facebook.com/MicShaunsCloset/

https://www.instagram.com/micshaunscloset/

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I have a feeling that David & Kim will continue the success of TSSD for many years to come. Check out their new website. You can look at different themes or brands of plastic figures. From Ancient Armies of Rome to the Modern Armies of Vietnam. It is very easy to navigate around to find what your looking for. Besides TSSD products they sell Marx, MPC, Matchbox, CTS, Weston, Ex Force, Americana/BMC, Supreme, AIP, Ideal, Airfix, Mars, Chintoys etc…

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My next post will be a review of Publius Vikings Set #3. Thank you for reading.

Warhorse Miniatures

 

Toy Soldier Review Prikaz Rus Vikings Set #3. Gudredsw Swedish Vikings Preview. Plus some Hobby News 1-11-2019

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Hello everyone. I have a lot of Medieval news today. First is review of a set of Rus Vikings from Prikaz that I purchased recently. Under the title Prikaz. Prince court #3. Russian Prince Rurik. on eBay I found this set. The set includes 5 figures for about $65.00. Prikaz is a company from Russia. They cast sets in a very limited amount. I think only die hard collectors of Medieval figures will purchase this set. I picked up the other 2 sets last year.

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Prince Rurik. He is the founder of the Rurik Dynasty, which ruled the Kievan Rus.

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His brother Truvor

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His brother Sineus

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Battle priest with Perun (slavic god of thunder and lightning) banner

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Princess Rogneda (Ragnhild)

I will use these figures in a display that I have been planning to put together. I probably will use these figures as either Vikings or Saxons. I like all of these figures. Especially the figure of the Prince in his throne. 

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These figures look nice when mixed with the ones made by Conte. Some are bigger than others.

 

 

 

 

Here are more pictures above. If you click on the pictures they will expand. These figures are made out of a soft rubbery material like the Conte figures. Some of these figures had a few marks of a different color on them. I am planning to paint these so the marks are not a problem for me.

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In my last blog post I had mentioned these Viking figures above. Afterward I had gotten some more information. They are made by Gudred, he is a specialist on the Viking Age. He is making sets of Vikings that are authentic. Right now there are some hard resin sets that are made in Russia. They might be made in plastic one day. If I hear any other news I will keep you updated. I have some more pictures below.

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This is Set #1. They are Swedish Vikings.

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Set #2. This one is also of Swedish Vikings. I think this set of Vikings are Professional Warriors. There are plans to make more sets of Danes and Norwegians too. These figures are about the same size of Conte figures. 

Latest News

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We have some more news from Conte this week too. No plans on recasting their old plastic sets. They have plans for making new plastic sets. Right now they thinking about making Romans and/or Vikings first. Maybe we will see something like the figures above? They are still looking for feedback of the plastic sets. You can read more at Conte Collectibles Plastic Update.

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Also they mention plans about terrain pieces in the future. I hope to see some new Medieval buildings. The Medieval Church would be a welcome addition.

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What era of plastic 1/32 figures would you like to see in 2019?

Also I did a straw poll last week and after 163 Votes this is the results. I will be doing some more polls in the future and keep collecting the data to share with others.

 

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Tomorrow I will post another Interview so come back to check that out. Thank you for reading and Take Care.

 

A Review of 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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The year of 2018 has been Warhorse Miniatures best year so far. There was over 80,000 hits and almost 18,000 unique visitors from around the world. I would like to thank everyone who spent their time to visit this website. I also would like to thank everyone you was kind enough to leave a comment. We had a lot of highlights and some losses this year.

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This page is a collectors page. You might notice that there are no ads popping up to annoy you. I spend my time trying to gather information as a source for collectors to get news or decide through reviews if the products or shows are worth the money & time to invest in. The products that I review have been purchased by me. That way I can give a fair review. 

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About half of the readers are from the USA and the rest are spread around the globe. Thank You, Danke, Спасибо, Grazie, Gracias.

Special thanks to Jose from Mad on Playmobil for time he takes to support me. Also Ken Ciak from LOD Enterprises Toy Soldiers for the support too. Finally thanks to a fellow blogger Paul Stadinger of Stad’s Stuff. Paul has been always helpful and a Great source of knowledge of the hobby.

 

Last year we had some great interviews. I would like to thank everyone who spent their time for the interviews.

We began with Nino from Petite Guerre. Toy Soldier Review & Interview ~ Petite Guerre Toy Soldiers & Nino Serra

Then Richard Conte shared his plans with us. An Interview with Richard Conte of Conte Collectibles.

Later I was able to talk to Ron Barzso. An Interview with Ron Barzso of Barzso Playsets.

We end the year with Andrew Stevenson of Replica Metal Soldiers & Models. Interview with Andrew Stevenson of Replica Metal Soldiers & Models. Plus some hobby news.

 

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Personally it was a rough year with the death of my Father at the age of 81. He was a Navy Veteran and also a Veteran of the NYPD. We also lost some collector friends like Bill Lango and Thor Sheil. 

 

Last year was the first time that I went to the Midwest show. I had a great time. Me and my girlfriend made it a mini vacation. We plan on returning this year. Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2018 Review

I also went to the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show to see the lights go out, lol. Gettysburg Toy Soldier 2018 Review

Then I went to the East Coast Toy Soldier Show. I hope that it wasn’t the last one. East Coast Toy Soldier Show 2018 Review

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We saw some changes in the hobby last year too. We have Conte Collectibles returning and Barzso Playsets & TSSD retiring. LOD joined Barzso Playsets in a joint venture with the “Battle of Yorktown” playset. MicShaun’s Closet bought TSSD. Hopefully we will hear some news about their plans this year. Nino of Petite Guerre was a welcome surprise to me with their French & Indian War era figures.

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WWII Japanese Warrior Soldiers and Rising Sun Flag

There were a lot of nice sets that came out last year. A bunch came form outside the USA. 

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This year I want to expand into custom work of some of my figures by painting and using epoxy. I keep learning and try to improve the way I do my blog posts. I want to try to do some more interactive blog posts to maybe improve or expand our hobby. One of the ways is to get feedback from you the collector. Maybe some the companies can use this data to actually make some sets that you the collector are looking for. 

Here is a Straw Poll that I have up now.

What era of plastic 1/32 figures would you like to see in 2019?

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I will follow up with more polls as I see the direction they go. 

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I think this is going to be an interesting year. I already have ordered a few sets to review in the coming weeks. I also can’t to see what new will come up this year. Conte has plans to release a new Viking ship this year. It will be smaller than the original ships that he produced. These new ships will be around 16 inches. This is a nice size and should be affordable too.

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We might see these figures next year in soft plastic. Right now they are looking sources to produce them. From what I hear they were figure made in a limit number and was surprised by the interest of collectors wanting them. Keep you fingers crossed.

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Thanks again for everyone that made last year a success for this page. It is a combination of the collectors and toy producers that make this page fun. If you want to share any news or want to set up an interview send me a message. Let’s make 2019 even better!! Take Care for now.

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Banzai!!! World War II Japanese Plastic Toy Soldiers Project.

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WWII Japanese Toy Soldiers

When I was in my early teens I picked up some Airfix  World War II sets. I got a few of the WWII Japanese Infantry and it is still one of my favorite sets that I have. I put two videos above mainly just for the sounds of the Banzai shouts.

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Ever since I picked up those Airfix WWII Japanese I have been looking for more plastic Japanese figures to go with them. The first set few sets that I got were the dark green figures. Later on I started finding the beige colored Airfix figures.

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This is a project that I started many years ago. I am putting together different groups of figures to be used for a Japanese Army. I have found other brands over the years that are nice too. The Japanese figures by TSSD blend very well with the Airfix figures. I like the TSSD WWII Japanese figures too. They capture the “Banzai” attack with their set. There are action poses of running, shooting and charging with bayonets fixed on the rifles. The bayonets look really nice too. Plus the different pieces of head gear. Right now TSSD & Airfix are my favorite combinations to use.

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This year BMC released recast figures using original Marx molds. These figures are really nice and seem to have not lost much accept some extra flash. I like the Marx figures too. They are a little taller and thinner than the Airfix Japanese for the most part.

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Mars released a set of WWII Japanese figures this year. They match well with the Marx in scale. They are crudely made. I only like 4 of their poses. They are the running and shooting figures. I am going to try to customize a few of the figures to make them look better.

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Next year Austin Miniatures is going to release a set of Japanese Infantry. From the prototypes they look really good. The Austin US Marines are really nice too. I will get a few sets when they are released. These figures should mix well with the TSSD & Airfix figures.

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I will get some foam bunkers in the future to set up a nice display one day. Right now I have the BMC Iwo Jima playset and an old Playmobil piece to use. The BMC terran piece is really nice and so is the whole set. This is probably the best priced playset being produced today. You get a quality set at a great price.

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The BMC Iwo Jima Japanese figures are nice too. They are a little bigger than the TSSD and Marx figures. 

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Most of the poses that I look for are the ones that will join my “Banzai” attack. This was the Japanese tactic they used to try to overrun their opponents. They would rush against an enemy as a suicide attack. It was used mainly as a last resort.

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Tenno Heika Banzai!!!

Thank you for reading. Take Care for now.

Merry Christmas 2018

 

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I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas this year and got something the wanted. I got a Barzso Playset “The Battle of Bushy Run” for Christmas this year. I almost have all the Barzso playsets that I am looking for. I am planning on reviewing some of the playsets that I have next year. I am working on another blog post and it will be up in a couple of hours. I would like to thank everyone who comes to read my blog. Plus those who take their time to leave a comment. Take Care for now. 

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Toy Soldier Preview ~ Publius Viking Warriors

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I was looking around on eBay and I stumbled across this new set from Publius. eBay NEW!!! “PUBLIUS” VIKING WARRIORS, 8 rubber plastic soldiers 1:32 60mm.

This is a limited edition set. It was labeled Viking Warriors. It is a set of 8 Vikings. The size is 60mm, about the size of Conte Vikings. The figures are very detailed. I had to order a set. The cost was about $100. It seems like most of the sets are almost sold. I will have a review once I receive them. There was another seller selling the same set for about $120.

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Latest News!!! December 23rd, 2018. Weston Trail Drive Set & Gunfighters Review. Hobby News, Austin Miniatures WWII Japanese, LOD Amazons, Plastic Platoon German Partatroops & Vintage Finds. Playmobil 1804.

Weston Cowboys

I ordered the “Trail Drive” set last month from the Weston Toy Co. website which is here Steve Westons Toy Soldiers. I had purchased the Weston Gunfighter set a few months ago on eBay. Both sets are really nice.

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The Trail Drive set came in a white box and the figures were protected in plastic padded envelopes. The are 6 Longhorn Cattle in 3 different poses and 4 mounted Cowboys in 4 different poses. The cattle have detached horns and 2 have detached tails. The figures are made out of Poly-resin. They are in 1/32 scale. We will first take a look at the Cowboys. 

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Ever since I started collecting some of the vintage western figures this year I wanted to pick up this Trail Drive set. It fits very well with the vintage 54mm figures. I like the fact that the saddles are attached to the Cowboy and they fit perfect on the horses.

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These figures will look great displayed or in a diorama. The poses tell a good story when setup right. Each Cowboy has a role to play in this cattle drive. The first figure is the Trail Boss shouting out orders. The second figure has the point or acts as a Scout. The third Cowboy is pushing the cattle along with his leather strap. As the last figure with the neckerchief comes in at the rear.

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Now we will take a look at the Longhorn cattle. Their poses show that they are on the move. One has his head looking towards the right. The other has his head looking towards left and the last pose has his head up looking forward.

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Weston Gunfigters

Here are the Weston Toy Co. set of Gunfighters. They are also 1/32 or 54mm. These figures are made out of plastic. There are 14 figures in the set with 7 different poses.

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I think these cowboys are supposed to be the “Magnificent Seven” or maybe the just appear that way.

 

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They are the same scale as the Trail Drive Cowboys.