This year at the annual East Coast Toy Soldier Show it was it’s 34th year. As usual I had a good time. I stormed in like Queek Headtaker, lol.
After I did a quick recon of the place. I quickly found some vintage Marx German toy soldiers that Mike Russo was selling. He had 45 dark grey Marx German soldiers for $30.00. Then I later got 40 light grey Marx German soldiers for $20.00 from Francis Turner of the Marx Toy Connection. Last year I was looking for Conte figures and this year I was looking for the new recast Barzso figures. I didn’t find any of the Barzso figures. Maybe next time……
A few years ago I purchased a boxed “Guns of Navarone” playset for $50, but it didn’t have the German soldiers. So now that problem is solved. I also found a few other plastic figures, recast Marx Japanese figures, a metal cannon, 2 W. Britain “Wrath of the Northmen” figures and I re-joined the W. Britain fan club. Here are some pictures of the items that I got.
This year I noticed a few more vendors with vintage toys besides toy soldiers. There were some Warhammer miniatures, action figures, dolls, Playmobil, Fisher Price, Hess trucks. other vintage toys and some Military related items too.
After I finished searching the show, I got my camera and started taking pictures. One of the things I like about going to the shows is not all the vendors are toy dealers. Some of them are collectors or don’t sell over the internet. You never know what you might find at these shows. Then there are some unique vendors that either paint or create their own products. One of the first vendors that I started talking too after I finished searching was Mark Bell. He creates historical dioramas, check out his site Bell’s Dioramas in History.
Another vendor that I came across was Josh. He is a big collector that comes to the show every year and sometimes to other toy shows in Pennsylvania. He had a lot of vintage Marx figures and some other brands too.
Besides seeing some the vendors I know, I get a chance to see some of the other collectors. Paul Stadinger of Stad’s Stuff is one of them. Paul was there as a collector and a blogger like me. He should have a blog post about the show too. I spent a few minutes talking to him and his wife Laurie. Here is a picture of Laurie, Paul and me.
Another vendor was Mike Russo. He used to have a store in East Stroudsburg, PA. I used to go there a few times a year and now I see him once a year at the show.
W. Britain was also was there. I took the time to sign up for the collectors club again.
Here are a few more pictures from different vendors.
One of my favorite vintage toy dealers to see Rick Eber of Rick Eber’s Marx Playsets. He always has something interesting to see. If your looking for that hard to find item, Rick might have it.
Another of my favorite vendors is John Stengel Jr of Marx-Man. He has a lot of vintage figures. Either loose figures or in bags, plus sets and playsets. They usually have something that I am looking for. Also John does produce limited run figures. He might have some new sets next year. Hopefully will see some Normans, Saxons and maybe some WWII Germans.
Here are some more pictures from different dealers.
Doug Dearth does some really nice art work. You should check out his historical based art at Dearthco.net.
Here are a few of the main vendors that come to most of the shows on the east coast. George Guerriero of Minutemen Toy Soldiers always has the some of the nicest displays of painted metal toy soldiers. He also has some vintage or hard to find plastic figures too. I picked up some W. Britain figures from him and recast Marx Japanese figures at the show.
Crown Military Miniatures is another dealer of painted metal figures. They usually have a lot of John Jenkins figures available.
One of my other favorite dealers is Hobby Bunker. They usually have plenty of both plastic and painted metal figures.
There were plenty of other dealers at the show worth coming to see. Bill Longo did a good job again. After I spent the first hour and a half searching for items, I came back to gather information on the show. Some dealers I missed just because of time. The ones that I did do my review on are ones that I have dealt with in the past or have had positive interactions with.
I am going to try to put together another post in a few weeks about WWII Japanese plastic toy soldiers. That is it for now. Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed.