Later this week starting this Friday the Midwest Toy Soldier Show begins. It is not the biggest show around but it is quality show. Last year was the first time that I attended. I didn’t plan on going but decided to go at the last minute. I made the trip into a extended weekend get away. I had a really good time and can’t wait to go again. This time I will take part in the room trading that takes place the two days before the actual toy show. I will have a report about the show next week. If you have the time or are a few hours away you should make the drive. You can read more at the over at the Midwest Toy Soldier Show website.
Here are some prototypes of the LOD Amazons that will be out sometime in the fall. They are unique and filled with action. Two poses are mounted and another 4 poses on foot.
Also at the LOD website you can check out this Sale on the American Revolution figures by clicking here Rev War Bundle.
To celebrate the anniversary of the photo release of the LOD figure sets that populated the Barzso Yorktown Playset, we are reviving our “buy 4 get 1 free” special from last year. Just under 3,000 figure sets have found their way into collector’s hands, but we feel confident that there many armies out there still ready for growth!
If you purchase one of each set ($100 for the bundle), you can select one free figure set to be included in the shipment. Shipping and handling in the United States is $18.75 so the total price is $118.75 USD (please contact us for international shipping prices).
When placing an order on the website, please state which bag of figures you would like for your complimentary set. Or feel free to call us at (920) 471-7349 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to place an order.
Over at BMC we received news on their production schedule for this year. It is a mix of new and re-stocked items coming in soon or later this year. You can read more at their page, BMC TOYS: SPRING 2019 PRODUCTION ROUNDUP.
Our last bit of news is about another preview of a Austin Miniatures Prototype. This one is of a U.S. Marine with an Trench Gun. This figure will make a very welcome addition to any WWII collection.
Today we head back to Russia for a review of the newest set by Prikav. Most of the sets he sells are between $30 to $38 dollars. There is a conversion fee also. If you are interested in this set or any of the other Prikav sets you can contact Alex Pisarev of Prikav at his email address which is email@example.com. I have ordered a bunch of sets from him the past month. Send him a message and he will get back to you.
Now back to the review. The name of this set is “Squad”or Slavic Noble Warriors. These are professional veteran warriors. This set includes 4 figures. One is mounted. One of the warriors is female. I am very pleased to own this set. I purchased two of them. One of the sets I will paint. The size of these figures are about 1/32 in scale.
Here is the first warrior. It looks like he is wearing Lamellar armour of leather over some chain mail. He swinging a sword and holds a Kite shield.
The second figure is wearing chain mail. He holding a round shield and is about to thrust a sword forward. Both the first and second figure can be used in a shield wall formation.
The third figure is the Female warrior. She is rushing forward banishing a sword and axe. She is protected by chain mail.
The last figure is of a Mounted Warrior. I would say he is the leader of this small warband. He is wearing an ornate helmet and protected Lamellar leather armor over chain mail. He has a sword and a Kite shield. He looks like he is charging forward into battle.
Here are some pictures of the rider by himself. These figure is nicely sculpted.
The horse is beautifully detailed. I like the pose. The action of the horse pulling his head and the direction of his tail. The figure fits really nicely on top of the horse. No tilting over.
Here are some pictures of the figures compared to some Conte Vikings.
Here are some more pictures of the Prikav warriors with Conte vikings.
Here are some more pictures of the prototypes of an Artillery set the Prikaz is working on.
Now we head over to some news. If for some reason you have not heard about the Midwest Toy Soldier show it is about 2 weeks away.
Last year was the first time that I went. I made the trip into a mini vacation. It was a great show. I am glad that I made the trip. They had a ton of Barzso figures. They also had a ton of BARZSO figures. Did I say that Ron Barzso was attending this show, lol.
This show has a lot of quality dealers. From Ron Barzso to John Stengel Jr. There is a lot of plastic and there is also metal figures. The show is a nice size. You are able to take your time and browse the tables with out the feeling that you have to rush because there is a crowd pushing you through. I had a lot of fun just talking to collectors and dealers.
The show is on Sunday April 7th. On Friday April 5th & Saturday April 6th they have room trading in the hotel that the show is at. I never did any room trading. But this year I will. If you want to read more about last years show check out the review I did over here Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2018 Review. Check out the Midwest Toy Soldier Show website for dealer information and other show information.
Here is some news from Conte. I got an email the other day about some of his plans for some plastic figures. Here is what he said below. I hope to see these by the end of the year. Conte Collectibles
ATTENTION PLASTIC COLLECTORS
At long last, some plastic news. Plastic Romans are becoming a reality. These are photos (received today) of the first Roman figure prototype rendered at the factory. We are very pleased that minimal changes of our original sculpt have been made—meaning that our vision of how we want our Romans to look can be realized in plastic. We had worried that the ‘cheek guards’ on the helmet might have been compromised/changed due to molding issues or that the weight of the shield might be a problem but things are looking good. Work at the factory is proceeding on a marching figure, an archer, a massed formation figure and 8 attacking poses. (that’s 12 if you are counting ). The factory has in their hands an additional 4 poses which have not entered the mold making process yet. 4 Casualty poses & 4 additional fighting sculpts are being finalized here in the USA. We plan to send these to the factory as soon as they are finished. The Barbarian Horde is also being readied; as soon as we know ‘things are good’ with the first 8 or so Romans, we will be sending Barbarians….
If you guys support the range, we also have catapults, ballista, siege tower and battering ram sculpted and ready ….Thanks as always for your patience and support for our Labor of Love.
David Cook tells me that they keep re-stocking items.
Yes our restock is ordered on all of our missing figure sets and should be here sometime in late June. We still have a large foam order in production and it should be here in the next 2 weeks. Lastly we are placing our 4th large foam order this week. Thanks for this Mike your post reaches a lot of people!!!
Go over and check out all the new products that MicShaun’s Closet is selling. I just noticed today all the new foam products they now have. Besides the TSSD products they also sell LOD, BMC, Paragon, Austin Miniatures, Atherton Scenics & more.
Last month I received two resin sets of Viking figures made by Gudred. These resin sets are made in limited numbers and cost around the same as the Publius sets. I would say these figures fall into the category of military miniatures as opposed to toy soldiers. The first two sets by Gudred are dark age Swedes. He made these historical accurate figures for medieval enthusiasts.
The figures are in 1/32 scale. They were sculpted to be realistic. Some of the figures are bigger than others. The scale of the weapons & items are the same but the height of the figures vary. Some of the figures blend very well with Conte Vikings. Some look better with 54mm Marx Vikings.
Here is the first set of Swedes. There are no horned helmets here, lol. As you can see in the pictures the details are amazing. Plus the variety of different faces is really nice. Sometimes with a set of figures you will get different poses with the same face. I think the first set Swedes are of levy type warriors. Most are dressed in a fabric with no armor & helmets. Most are armed with spears or axes. Check out the pictures below. You can click on them to get a closer look.
Here is the second set of Swedes. This set looks more like professional warriors. They are mostly equipped in chain mail & helmets. Also three of the figures are armed with a sword which was not a common weapon in the early dark ages. Here are some more pictures below of the second set.
All in all I am pleased with these figures. They are made of a liquid plastic resin. It feels like a hard model type plastic. The pros are that they historical accurate and the sculpting is really sharp. The cons are the high cost. Also to be considered was the fact that these figures had to be assembled. For me it was not a problem. But it might be for some collectors. The other issues might be the scale of some of the figures. I am going to paint these figures to further bring out the details.
If you are interested in purchasing these figures you can contact Gudred by sending him an message at firstname.lastname@example.org. He accepts payment through pay-pal.
Hi folks. This is just a quick update. The first thing is the announcement of the 12th Annual Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show. This year of 2019 the show is on May 5th. I usually do a post just for the show with a few pictures of the year before as John has no web presence to spread the word about the show. I will do that this weekend.
The other news that I have today is a preview of prototypes that might appear in the future for Plastic Platoon. Here are two figures of some German Paratroopers. These two figures look awesome. Especially the first picture.
Here are some more preview pictures of future sets from Warhansa. The Viking figure looks nice. It looks like the scale on this figure is closer to the size of Conte figures. In one of the pictures you can see that it is a little smaller than one of the previous Vikings that Warhansa did.