Toy Soldier Review ~ Warhansa Vikings

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Every once in a while I order something online and then I’m pleasantly  surprised when I get them. This is the case with the Warhansa Vikings. About a month ago I went to the Warhansa website and ordered these Vikings. From what I saw on the internet I expected some decent sculpted figures. But they looked a little crude from some of the pictures that I saw. But was surprised with the amount of detail done to these figures. They are not perfect, but they make a fine addition to my collection. 

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This set came with 5 figures. One of the first things that I noticed was the color of these figures. They are an orange/beige color and look different from the pictures on the Warhansa website. Also these figures feel like the American Revolution Barzso figures. They are a stiff, but flexible too. Harder than the old Conte figures. I thought they would be a hard resin type plastic. They are listed 1/32 in scale. They would be better listed as 1/30 in scale as they are big. They mix well with Conte, Barzso, Publius and Engineer Basevich figures. I really like 4 out of 5 of the poses. The least favorite figure is the berserker figure. 

The first two figures that I really like form a shield wall when placed next to each other. This is a big plus for me when I am looking for new figures to add to my Vikings and Saxons. The “Shield Wall” was a main tactic that the Vikings and Saxons would use in battle.

The next figure is a Viking with a Dane Axe. Usually the Dane Axe was used by a very skilled warrior. The Dane Axe was used by both the Vikings and Saxons. This figure could also be used as a Saxon Huscarl too. One of the reasons that I like this pose so much is that it makes you wonder the next action the figure will take. It looks like he is ready to smash a shield to pieces or split someones skull in half.

Another figure that I really like it the one of the Viking Leader. He has a sword raised and is blowing a horn. He is giving the signal to ATTACK!!!! I like everything about this guy. He has the look of grizzled veteran. He has lead many raiding parties over the years.

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The last figure is the berserker. It is a mixed bag here. I like the sculpted body, but I think the pose could have been better. I would have liked to see more emotion with this figure. Like if he was going to explode. It looks like he is doing a rain dance. I think two axes would have been better too. 

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All in all I like these figures and they shall make nice additions to my warbands. Some of these figures can be used as Saxons too. I am going to order some more in the future. If these figures were scaled down a little the would be great. The weapons are over sized, but not overly distracting. I like the small details and facial expressions. Plus the action poses of most of them.

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I will use these figures as character figures for my medieval armies. The are bigger than most of my other figures. But they are not giants, but are big men. 

I will paint the first batch of figures that I have and mix them with my metal figures. When compared to my Conte metal figures they seam to be the same size and should mix well when they are painted.

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Let’s hope that Warhansa does some Saxons in the future to go with these Vikings. Take a look at there figures over here at Warhansa.

Take a closer look at the details of these figures. I hope this helps out with making a decision in spending your money on these figures. They are not cheap, but to me are worth the price of $32. Thanks for reading and looking at my blog page. Take care for now.

Latest News! Toy Soldier News, Shows & More

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I have a report here of some new and old news on the hobby of Toys Soldiers. If you have been following my blog you know that I have been pushing for the Hat crowdfunding effort of the Seven Years Wars Austrians in 1/32 for a while now. Yesterday they announced that the project has been approved! This is great news for us plastic collectors. Not only for us collectors to this time period, but in general for us collectors of plastic in the 1/32 scale. The last few projects that Hat was trying to produce were canceled. 

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There will be 3 different sets #9329 7YW Austrian Fusiliers, 
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and #9331 7YW Austrian Command. The is no release date as of yet. I will give a review when I finally get the sets, hopefully sometime by the end of the year. 

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In other news, TSSD or Toy Soldiers of San Diego is offering their business for sale. Nick Versteeg is going to retire because of health issues. It’s a sad day for us. I hope his health returns and he can enjoy his retirement. Hobby Bunker is interested in taken over. We shall see what happens.

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We have two shows coming up this month. The Ohio Toy Soldier Show is on May 20th. The Texas Toy Soldier show is May 26th & 27th.

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“The 12th annual Texas Toy Soldier Show is being held in downtown San Antonio, TX inside The Menger Hotel ballroom.
Dates are Saturday May 26, 2018 and Sunday May 27, 2018
Tickets are $10 and good for both days. Call Kings X Toy Soldiers at (210) 226-7000 or email sales@kingsx.com for more information.”

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The LOD Enterprise Toy Soldiers American Revolution Americans and British figures are getting closer to being released. Here are some test shots of the figures. They look great, I can’t wait to set something up later this year with these guys. 

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I should be getting these Warhansa Vikings any day now. They are in 1/32 scale. I will do a review later this month.

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Here are some pictures of Engineer Basevich set #23 “Nomads” or “Polovtsy, Pechenegs and Khazars”. These figures look really nice, they are the opposing set against the “Slavic Warriors” that they had done.

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Chintoys has two news sets that should be released later this year. They are set CHT009 Conquistadors and CHT015 Mixtecs & Zapotecs Warriors. They look nice too. Looks like it is a busy year again for plastic. Lest see what else comes out later this year. Thanks for reading.

 

I hope to continue this summer with some interviews, previews & reviews and projects that I am working on. Thanks again for your interest in this page. 

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Toy Soldier Review ~ Atherton Scenics Small Longhouse

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One of the other items that I got from Atherton Scenics was the Small Longhouse. It is just like the Longhouse from the Barzso Ranger’s Playset but smaller. The Longhouse about measures 12 inches Long, 3 & ½ inches Wide, 3 & 1/8 inches Tall. I am surprised of the amount of detail, it is really nice. This is a great way to expand your village at great price of under $18.00.

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Check out more of their products on eBay at Atherton Scenics

 

The other review was Toy Soldier Review ~ Atherton Scenics Small Teepee

 

Also don’t forget about the little guys, they might have something that you looking for Toy Soldier Show Vendors

Toy Soldier Review ~ Atherton Scenics Small Teepee

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The other day I finally purchased some foam pieces from Atherton Scenics to help me with some of my displays for my toy soldier collection. One of the things I purchased were a few Small Teepees. These teepees measure about 4 & 1/2 inches in diameter and 4 & 1/4 inches in height. The cost was under $8.00 with free shipping. They mix well with my other teepees. 

They come unpainted painted with a white coat, I started painting a couple and they look nice.  

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I took a few pictures with my other teepees and some 1/32 in scale figures. I think the teepees mix well with the others.

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These should go well with the new figures coming out from Paragon Scenics and X-Force.

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I purchased a few other items from Atherton Scenics and will do some more reviews in the future on those. Go to the to Atherton Scenics to see more products.

 

 

MFCA 77th Annual Show 2018 Featuring John Jenkins

Here is another show coming to the Philadelphia area later this week. This is the Miniature Figure Collectors of America Show and Mart. Collector’s sculptures and painted Figures, Ordnance, Vignettes and Dioramas are judged. There is some truly amazing figures and dioramas to be seen. I went there last year as a last minute thing and was glad I did. It is has a lot of metal figures but some quality plastic dealers. I might not be able to attend, but will try. If you stop by tell George from Minutemen Toy Soldiers I said hello.

The Show and Mart will be open to collectors on Friday from noon till 5:00 PM and Saturday from 9:00 AM, until 4:00 PM.

We will be holding our 77th Annual Show and Mart on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, 2018 and will be returning to the Radisson Hotel Philadelphia Northeast at 2400 Old Lincoln Highway in Trevose, PA. 

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“Year after year MFCA offers everyone the opportunity to shop in the largest vendor area in the country. If you need figures, models, toy soldiers, books, paints, brushes or bases, you can be sure you’ll find them here. Come see why we are the show of choice for one-stop shopping.”

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“We are pleased and honored to announce that John Jenkins, owner of John Jenkins Designs, will be attending our show and premiering his new line of American Revolutionary War subjects. John is renowned for his skill as a sculptor and painter, and his figures are prized by collectors for their quality. John has also generously donated several of his sets, to be raffled off through the course of the show. We’d like to express our thanks to John for the donation and extend him a warm welcome!”

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Besides George from Minutemen Toy Soldiers there are some other quality dealers coming. Hobby Bunker, Treefrog Treasures and Rick Eber’s with all his quality vintage plastic playsets of mainly Marx. Besides these dealers that are a bunch more listed below.

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Memphis Toy Soldiers LLC
Military History Shop
Birch Tree Enterprise
Studio Miniatures
Last Cavalry
Sentinel Miniatures
Michael Jones
Christopher Durham
Relic Golden Amusement, Inc.
The Little Tin Soldier
The Model Cellar
Molenaro
B & M Miniatures LLC
Luis Vasquez
Dearth Company
Frank Leo
Picacho Peak Collectibles
Carthage Miniatures
Kenneth R. Mick
Treefrog Treasures
Rick Eber’s Quality Play sets
Carl L. Hoegermeyer
Dan Jones
Counterpane
Paul Boyd Trains & Toy Soldiers
A Toy in Time
Minutemen Toy Soldiers
Keller Enterprises
Armand P. Bayardi-Model Maker
Charles O’Brien
Hobby Bunker, Inc.
Red Lancers
Hand Held Warriors
Richard DiBenedetto
Bill Neustadt
William Davis & Son, Booksellers

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You can read more about the show at the MFCA site.

 

Gettysburg Toy Soldier 2018 Review

The show started out great but then the power went out. Because of some accident, the power in the surrounding area of the Eisenhower Hotel was shut down. After the lights went out it was like a rummage sale. Collector’s using the light on their cell phones or small flashlights start searching the different vendors wares.

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I usually take a lot of pictures and then add links to their websites or give out information to contact them with supporting pictures. But I was unable to get that many pictures. So I will just write up a some summery about the show and include some pictures that I did take. 

 

I did say it start out good, at least for me. I went to the show looking for some World War II plastic figures. I was looking for mainly Conte American figures. I didn’t find those but I did pickup Conte WWII British Paratroopers and German Infantry. I also found some Conte Saxons, Vikings and Normans. I then got some Austin & TSSD Marines and TSSD GIs. Lastly I found some Barzso Indians and British Grenadiers.

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The thing I like about the shows is that sometimes there are boxes of figures to go through. I wanted a bunch of marching poses of the American Revolution Grenadiers without buying a bunch of sets to just get those poses.

I have an update from Michael Tiemann. He had some pictures to share before the lights went out. He found a Marx firehouse from Rick Eber. 

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Even though the lights went out I had a great time. That is because I don’t go to the shows to look for rare items or bargains. But to also talk to fellow collectors, vendors and the owners. In that regard it was great. I also continued to search with out the lights and found some deals. 

 

I talked to John Stengel Jr about what he was working on. He said that he should have the World War II German Paratroopers for the Chicago Show. And maybe the Civil War Marchers too. The medieval sets should be available next year. Those sets are of Vikings, Saxons, Normans and a catapult set. I am looking forward to seeing those sets.

 

It was a good mixture of vintage & new plastic and painted metal sets. Plus at this show, there are some vendors & collectors from the local area that don’t have websites to sell there items. 

Some of the vendors/collectors that I talked to were John from John’s Collectibles, Steve Connell, Doug Whalen, Calvin Plowman, and Larry Ciccorolli. These are the guys that have the sets that nobody else has.

I am going to setup a new page, just for the little guys that do so much for the hobby of toy soldiers. This page will give some information about contacting them or the shows that they might be attending. Also a little information on what they might have or type of products they have. 

Moe & Bill Customized Playmobil Vikings

 

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The other day while I was searching on eBay I came across these custom Playmobil Vikings by Moe & Bill. I don’t usually buy custom figures because I make them myself but was interested in the shields that they had. I contacted them and Julian got back to me about the shields. I purchased one of their figures to do a review. They are looking into selling just their custom shields. I will do a future review on those in the near future.

I ordered this figure above. I liked the color scheme. Plus the red beard & hair pieces. The figure was professionally packaged which was a nice touch. The cost of the figure was under $10.00 which is good for a custom figure. I will put him in the front ranks of my Shieldwall…. 

Based in Germany, moe-and-bill_spielwaren has been an eBay member since Apr 10, 2015.

On eBay you can see more at moe-and-bill_spielwaren.

On Instagram, moe.and.bill_spielwaren.

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Sorry the figures above are from my collection and are not for sale.

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Neulich während ich auf eBay suchte, stieß ich auf diese kundenspezifischen Playmobil Wikinger von Moe & Bill. Normalerweise kaufe ich keine benutzerdefinierten Figuren, weil ich sie selbst mache, aber an den Schilden interessiert war, die sie hatten. Ich setzte mich mit ihnen in Verbindung und Julian erzählte mir von den Schilden. Ich kaufte eine ihrer Figuren, um eine Rezension zu machen. Sie versuchen, nur ihre eigenen Schilde zu verkaufen. Ich werde in naher Zukunft eine zukünftige Überprüfung vornehmen.

Ich habe diese Figur oben bestellt. Ich mochte das Farbschema. Plus der rote Bart & Haarteile. Die Figur war professionell verpackt, was eine nette Geste war. Die Kosten für die Figur lagen unter 10,00 $, was für eine benutzerdefinierte Figur gut ist. Ich werde ihn in die vorderen Reihen meines Schildwalls stellen.

Moe-and-bill_spielwaren ist seit dem 10. April 2015 eBay-Mitglied.

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L’autre jour, alors que je cherchais sur eBay, je suis tombé sur ces Vikings Playmobil personnalisés par Moe & Bill. Je n’achète généralement pas de figurines personnalisées parce que je les fabrique moi-même, mais je m’intéresse aux boucliers qu’elles ont. Je les ai contactés et Julian m’a parlé des boucliers. J’ai acheté un de leurs chiffres pour faire une critique. Ils cherchent à vendre seulement leurs boucliers personnalisés. Je ferai un prochain examen sur ceux dans un proche avenir.

J’ai commandé cette figure ci-dessus. J’ai aimé le schéma de couleurs. Plus la barbe rouge et les cheveux. Le chiffre était professionnel emballé qui était une bonne idée. Le coût de la figure était inférieur à 10,00 $, ce qui est bon pour un chiffre personnalisé. Je vais le mettre dans les premiers rangs de mon Shieldwall ….

Basé en Allemagne, moe-and-bill_spielwaren est membre d’eBay depuis le 10 avril 2015.

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El otro día, mientras buscaba en eBay, encontré estos Playmobil Vikings personalizados de Moe & Bill. Normalmente no compro figuras personalizadas porque las hago yo mismo, pero estaba interesado en los escudos que tenían. Los contacté y Julian volvió a hablarme sobre los escudos. Compré una de sus figuras para hacer una revisión. Están buscando vender solo sus escudos personalizados. Haré una revisión futura de esos en el futuro cercano.

Pedí esta figura de arriba. Me gustó el esquema de colores. Además de las barbas rojas y las piezas de cabello. La figura fue empaquetada profesionalmente, lo cual fue un buen toque. El costo de la figura era menos de $ 10.00, lo que es bueno para una figura personalizada. Lo pondré en las primeras filas de mi Shieldwall …

Con sede en Alemania, moe-and-bill_spielwaren es miembro de eBay desde el 10 de abril de 2015.

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Την άλλη μέρα, ενώ έψαχνα στο eBay, συναντήθηκα σε αυτά τα έθιμα Playmobil Vikings από τη Moe & Bill. Συνήθως δεν αγοράζω προσαρμοσμένες φιγούρες, επειδή τους έκανα μόνοι τους, αλλά ενδιαφέρομαι για τις ασπίδες που είχαν. Τους επικοινώνησα και ο Τζούλιαν επέστρεψε σε μένα για τις ασπίδες. Αγόρασα ένα από τα αριθμητικά στοιχεία τους για να κάνω μια κριτική. Ψάχνουν να πουλούν μόνο τις προσαρμοσμένες ασπίδες τους. Θα προβώ σε μια μελλοντική επανεξέταση σχετικά με αυτούς στο εγγύς μέλλον.

Το διέταξα παραπάνω. Μου άρεσε το σχέδιο χρώματος. Επιπλέον τα κόκκινα κομμάτια γενειάδας και μαλλιών. Το σχήμα ήταν επαγγελματικό πακέτο που ήταν μια ωραία πινελιά. Το κόστος του αριθμού ήταν κάτω από 10,00 δολάρια που είναι καλό για ένα έθιμο σχήμα. Θα τον βάλω στις πρώτες θέσεις του Shieldwall μου …

Με έδρα τη Γερμανία, το moe-and-bill_spielwaren είναι μέλος του eBay από τις 10 Απριλίου 2015.

An Interview with Richard Conte of Conte Collectibles.

In 1999 Conte Collectibles began operation. They raised the bar in both plastics, painted metal sets and playsets. Recently Conte announced they were planning to release new sets to the existing ranges and then expand to new ones. I got to ask Richard some questions. 

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Hi, Richard. I have been a big fan of your work for a while. You produced some amazing figures and sets over the years. It is good to see that you have returned with a new website. I know that you have been planning on releasing new sets for a while.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I would like to ask you to tell us a little about yourself and how did Conte Collectibles start? 

Richard Conte: I think I am a typical collector and history buff (with the exception that I’ve tried to produce my own sets). Like many, I had Marx play sets, Lido, MPC and Ideal figures as a kid.  Later I had a few plastic Britains, Herald and Timpo figures. My favorites were the Marx Boonsboro & Vikings figures and Timpo Romans & Vikings. I still have some of my childhood toys. 

I also love old movies , especially those with historical themes. Some of my favorites are Kirk Douglas’ The Vikings and Spartacus, Zulu, Beau Geste, The War Lord , The Longest  Day , Gunga Din, Captain Blood, El CID , 300 Spartans , etc., Plus all the Alamo and Robin Hood movies. Long time Conte Collectors know that we’ve been privileged to obtain the licenses to most of these films and have made products based upon most of them. 

I’ve got a wonderful wife who is very tolerant of my “ toy soldier hobby” and is well known as the model for our pirate woman with two pistols. ( I think she’s gotten over being angry about her toy soldier debut!!). Also am the old boy to a bunch of adult kids and an ever growing troop of grandchildren. 

My career was in the health care field. It involved designing, building and operating hospitals and other medical facilities.  For 20 years I worked part time in the United Kingdom. I visited just about every castle, museum and battlefield I could find time to see. One of the many special memories or highlights from my time in Britain was being invited to dinner with the Governor General of The Tower of London. One of the hospitals I designed and opened is Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Centre in Antigua. My work in the USA is far more boring …

While working in England I became friends with John Jeffries, the wonderfully creative man who owned Accurate Figures and created all of their standout soldiers . John’s excitement and enthusiasm for the hobby was infectious and sparked my interest in producing a few of my own soldiers. Years later, when I was put out to pasture I decided to see what I might be able to create…

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Warhorse Miniatures: What are some of your favorite sets or themes that your have produced?

Richard Conte: This is a tough one. Certain sets are special to me for different reasons.  I love all of the periods or themes we’ve attempted over the years. I’ve put something of me into almost all of our figures, sets, buildings and playsets.

I’m proud of the Roman War Galley because of the degree of difficulties in sculpting, producing and even figuring out the packaging for a beast that large. When we started making figures, I never could have imagined making a warship like that in 1/32 scale…and with 48 rowers below decks. I have similar feelings for our Viking Ships.

Our LCVP and LCM3  landing craft are really special because the majority of the these went to the National WW2 museum where they were sold and made $$ to help support the wonderful work they do commemorating America’s role in saving the world. The same with our ACW plastic sales; some $$$ from those was donated to the Museum of the Confederacy and other Civil War sites.

The Vikings is my favorite movie and Spartacus is the film that means the most to me. Getting to produce sets based on these with the permission and enthusiasm of my number 1 childhood hero, Mr. Kirk Douglas,  has been a real honor and privilege. Our corporate logo is based upon ‘The Great Snake’ design used in The Vikings. The first piece of our stationery (with the logo) was sent to Mr. D as a thank you. I’m hoping to get some additional poses done.

Sets based upon The Vikings, Zulu, The War Lord, Beau Geste and the Alamo are special because of private memories involving my grandfather. With regard to Zulu, Sir Stanley Baker was very kind to me starting when I was about 10 years old and cemented my love for Zulu & Colonial Wars in general. In adult life I had the privilege of being able to discuss The War Lord with Mr. Charlton Heston and really enjoyed his stories about the film.

All of our character figures (both historical and film)have been attempts to pay tribute to the actual historical person and/or actor who made an impression upon me. I’m glad we had the opportunity and I think we’ve generally succeeded.

Casualty sets, sets with a lot of action or emotion , hand to hand sets are ALL amongst the favorites because they were our attempt to pay tribute to the common soldiers, the enlisted men , the patriots and the conscripts of history. Showing or depicting the horror and misery of war was important to me.  The sacrifices of Those  who’ve come before us needs to be remembered.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Why after all these years of being absent have you returned? 

Richard Conte: Hi Michael, it is nice to hear from you.  Thank you for the kind words. Yes, we are back and doing our best to ‘gear up again’. By the way, the new website you mentioned is a work in progress and is by no means complete. Lots of sets are not posted yet; we hope to add a little each day as time permits.

 I’ve ‘returned’  for a number of reasons : (a) because I love the toy soldier hobby and want to continue trying to contribute to it; (b) there are several ranges or series that I was in the ‘middle of’ when the various distractions sidetracked me..unfinished business if you like; (c) there are several projects which I am very fond of which were in their infancy or had not even been announced which I’d like to attempt. A couple of these are special to me personally (and I hope they will be to other collectors).; (d) I feel as though I let down many collectors of the Conte product who were awaiting the arrival of sets which we had shown photos of; and (e) because I enjoy bringing to life figures and sets for fellow collectors who have been so supportive of our Labor of Love all these years….

Many people don’t realize that sculpting continued , unabated, during my hiatus and that we have around 300 sculpts complete which have not yet been produced.  Even when things looked darkest, I wanted to believe that I’d one day be making soldiers again. Besides, I felt obligated to keep my best sculptor working.

 

Warhorse Miniatures: It looks like your restocking old sets and have previews of new sets to come. Any timeline on when the new products will arrive?

 

 Richard Conte: Production of new sets is my #1 priority.  I’d also like to do new production runs of some of our older, sold out sets which collectors continually ask for.  Since I’ve been sidelined from production, we have quite a backlog of new product and we have a lot of decisions to make regarding what sets we work on first.  Just a day or so ago, I posted on Facebook the names and numbers of 11 new sets which were sent to the factory for production. These were Zulu War and North West Frontier.  The second wave heading to the factory are primarily Vikings, Normans and some Civil War. And I’m at last sending the Robin Hood ‘duel’ in.

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As to timing, I’m reluctant to post dates because there are so many factors that can affect when new sets can actually be in the hands of collectors. It usually takes 4 months or longer from the moment a factory receives our paint and mold masters. Sometimes painting errors happen and delays result. Decades ago I sent a Kirk Douglas as Spartacus figure for production. It took almost 7 months to be able to sell him because the factory kept filling in his trademark chin cleft!!!!!!!!

The other factor which will affect delivery schedule is that of collector response to and interest in our offerings.  I know that the ‘market’ has declined in the past 5 years as collectors have aged and prices of figures have gone up. One needs only to look at the many companies who have either ceased to exist or have otherwise slowed release of new product.

 The initial response to our new website and to the announcement that we are back in action has been very positive with a few exceptions. I very much appreciate the response and the kind words received from many and we will try to not disappoint them.  Time will tell how collectors react to our new offerings.  The better the response, the more quickly we can make other sets…. 

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Warhorse Miniatures: The new sculpts are impressive, can you tell us more about them?

 

Richard Conte: Thank you . I actually think (immodestly) that our new & as of yet unproduced figures are probably the best we’ve attempted thus far.  I’ve been blessed to have some of the most gifted sculptors working with me. I am very proud of all sorts of the hand to hand sets. These are especially complex to sculpt and produce.

We also have quite a few multiple figure sets where the figures are part of a diorama terrain base like our upcoming Roman catapult which is something like 9 figures on 2 separate bases plus catapult, tree, accessories, etc….. As simple as it seems, getting the figure bases to exactly match the spaces for them on the terrain base is an ongoing quality control issue.

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Warhorse Miniatures: So I noticed that most of your items for sale are painted metal sets, plans for plastics sets?

 

Richard Conte: I have posted an update about plastic figures on our web page in the blog section which I think gives the most honest assessment of where my thinking is at as of today.  Summarized, we are looking into costs of new molds and new production & also researching what new production runs of already existing plastic sets might cost.  I’ve also started considering different types of materials for the actual soldiers themselves.  It’s too early to be able to give any firm  answers on whether the plastic will be like that we used on our American Airborne or more like what was used on our GI’s.. 

Prices and methods have changed dramatically since I made my Spartans and I need to reeducate myself before coming to any conclusions. I’m also evaluating what sorts of ‘dumbing down’ of our sculpts will be necessary in order to realize a mold making cost which we can afford. Said another way, I don’t see us making any 12-14 separate part figures like our poseable Spartans because the market just won’t support the costs. I hate sacrificing any of the detail or implied motion/action of our sculpts but realize that trade offs will need to be made.

I love plastic figures(as well as painted metal) like many others do. There is something visually or artistically beautiful about a single colored toy soldier where the detail can really be seen as it is.  The best I can say is that I’d like and hope to make new plastic.  I encourage all plastics guys to support the folks who are making plastic like LOD, TSSD, Paragon, Plastic Platoon, etc……Most collectors have no idea what goes into producing a completed set of plastic figures.  It’s an expensive, time consuming and sometimes worrying  & thankless project.

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Warhorse Miniatures: If you have plans for the plastic sets.  Are you going to use the same material or something new?

 

Richard Conte: The jury is out on this one.  I don’t know. Some collectors love the ‘rubbery’ plastic we used on the Zulu War, Alamo defenders, Foreign Legion, Germans, Brit Paras, Us Airborne and Medieval. Others who paint the figs, don’t like and complain of bendable bayonets and swords being a problem with paint flaking…

The harder plastic we used on the Mexican Army, Civil War, WW2 GI/s and the Spartans has it’s fans and detractors. It seems there are two schools of thought on which type of plastic we should use. Can’t please everyone…

New materials (new to our product) will be considered and only time will tell .

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Warhorse Miniatures: I see some new product themes in the pipeline. Do you have any information on these?

 

Richard Conte: Several new ranges or series are in the pipeline.  The Tombstone figures , the French Foreign Legion, medieval Scots, Woodland Indians , etc.  are all in varying stages.  As excited as I am by some of the new ranges, first efforts are being directed towards major additions to our Zulu War, NWF, ACW, Roman and Viking ranges.  I was mid stream on a number of these themes when things got interrupted.   I also have some Revolutionary War, WW2 and Spartan sets which I’d like to add to those ranges in due course.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Thanks Richard, this is going to be my last question. What are your future plans and would you like to share anything else with us? 

Richard Conte: Thank you for the interest and in spreading the word that we are back in action. Jokingly, I’d like to share the expense of the sculpting, the mold making, the product itself with you!

Future plans are to gradually gear back up and to release some toy soldiers which hopefully do us proud and more importantly, please our fellow collectors.  Most people seem to think we are some large toy soldier company with endless resources and loads of employees and they don’t understand the delays or why a phone call is not answered immediately .  We are trying to keep costs down so that we can keep prices as low as we can to collectors. People often don’t know that I started Conteco as a frustrated collector who could not find what he wanted from the big corporate soldier makers; namely, hand to hand action, casualties,  poses that showed raw emotion and tremendous implied motion/action, and character likenesses which actually looked like the characters they were supposed to portray. 

Lastly, I’d ask people to take the  vile & specious negative attacks directed against me personally or the company with a grain of salt. Sadly, there are a number of disgruntled collectors, dealers we’ve parted with, competing companies (who would rather see us out of the market and not pulling collector money away from them) and a few others who for whatever reason have an ‘axe to grind’ who perpetually criticize anything we ever announce or post. A number of the usual ‘naysayers’ and Conte bashers have gone extremely far ‘out on a limb’  and are telling people that I am a liar, a huckster and that no new product will ever be released …..

Toy soldiers should be a positive thing. A source of enjoyment.  I’m doing my best to return and to unleash some exciting new designs.   Thanks to all the collectors for their past and current support. 

Hail Einar !

RC

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Here is the new page here,  Conte Collectibles.

Vintage Plastic ~ Atlantic 2160 German A.A. Gun-Flakvierling 38 1/32 Scale

Here is Atlantic set 2160. The German A.A. Gun-Flakvierling 38 in 1/32 Scale. I picked this up the other day for about $5.00. There are a few missing pieces, but most of it is here. It is an interesting set. The plastic from this set has become fragile over the years. One part broke off when I touched it. I never had this problem with any other Atlantic sets. It might just be the way it was stored.

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Last year I found some Atlantic Bison figures at the Gettysburg Show, which in on April 29th Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show 2018