After spending two days going to the different hotel rooms for the room trading I was exhausted. If you didn’t read about that you can read it now with the first part of the review over here The Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2019 Review Part 1 ~ Room Trading.
I went to sleep around 11pm. I got up early around 6am. At 7am I went to the showroom and helped John Stengel Jr carry all his boxes in to setup for the show. It was an interesting event in itself. Seeing all the vendors setup their tables and put together their displays. The vendor list is over at the Midwest Toy Soldier website http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/.
With my camera in hand and a bunch of Prikaz Medieval sets in an old Army gasbag that I had at my side I then walked around the showroom talking to the vendors. I passed out business card for my website and show off the Prikaz figures. I also took a few pictures.
Stephen Connell is one of the promoters of the show. He had a bunch of vintage painted metal sets and some 6 inch Marx figures. He also had a nice Conte Battering Ram set. I forgot to go back to look at that. Later on after the show I asked Stephen how the attendee was this year. He said “Hello Mike….record crowd…the most people we have had in the four years we have had the show…and more than the previous five shows held at Indianapolis…great turnout!!! Thanks.” That is really good news for the hobby.
Talking about Conte, there was a Conte Roman Galley for sale at the show. I heard they were asking $1,500!!! It was nice. But out of my price range.
Here are some pictures from the show.
Even though most of the show was plastic toy soldiers there were some painted metal sets too. W. Britain was represented by Ted Deddens. Besides the W. Britain figures Ted also had some other older painted ones.
As a proud W. Britain Collector Club Member. I re-joined again. They had a nice special for this show. Join or re-join and you get two collector club figures as part of the membership. Their are a lot of benefits for joining. Besides the exclusive CC figures, you get all the latest updates and interesting articles in the “The Standard”. It is in full color, triannual magazine, packed full of fascinating facts, hints and tips, with exclusive articles. You can read about more of the other benifets at https://www.wbritain.com/collectors-club/.
As usual Rick Eber had a bunch of vintage Marx figures and playsets again.
Ed Borris was at the show too. He and Mike sell new and old plastic figures. Ed had a couple of exclusive sets. One that he’s still selling are the Barzso Indians in camp set that is cast in metal. This is one of the few figure sets that Ron Barzso had done in metal. Ed also has some Alamo Mexicans cast from original Barzso sculpts. You should try to pick up these sets before they are sold out. You can also get one of the Ron Barzso or Ed Borris figures too.
Rich Egan had a bunch of vintage plastic figures for sale. He also had some Barzso and Conte figures. Plus some playsets.
Gary Green was at the show also. He always has tons of plastic. Both 1/32 & 1/72 scale boxed figure sets. He has bagged sets of figures and flat boxes of new & old plastic figures for sale. Check out his website https://army-group-center-wargaming.myshopify.com/.
Cal Luckett had a bunch of vintage plastic too.
Rick Berry was at the show also. He had a mixture of vintage plastic figures, playsets, new boxed & bagged plastic sets. He had a lot of the foreign plastic figure sets like Plastic Platoon and X-Force. Plus magazines and other hobby related items. Check out his website at https://www.michtoy.com/.
Paul & Donna Amody had the beautifully painted St. Petersburg miniatures as usual.
Rod and his son Tera Roberts had a bunch of Ultimate Soldier and other toy soldiers for sale.
I heard that Joe Saine had sold most of his toy soldiers before the show even started. I think that the room trading was up this year too. The only thing he had left for the show was these Elastolin figures. You can check out his auction page at https://www.josephsaine.com/index.html.
Here are some more pictures from the show.
Dan McLean had a bunch of vintage plastic figures too.
Volk Designs had their one of a kind hand made Medieval and French & Indian War related buildings and other accessories displayed. You can only find him at the shows.
Gary Wendeln had a bunch of Airfix boxed and bagged figure sets. He also had some display pieces and playsets.
John Stengel Jr surfaced again with a bunch of vintage plastic & new plastic sets available. He had a bunch of tables full of plastic boxes full of plastic figures. There were some playsets, tin buildings also. He usually has some rare Marx sets, Barzso figures and Conte figures too. John only sells at the toy soldier shows. You never know what he will have. Sometimes he has some limited run figure sets that he produces. He has had a few setbacks but should have WWII German Paratroops this September at the Chicago show. Towards the end of the show a black suburban with tinted windows scooped him away not to be seen again….
Ron Barzso had some exclusive “Last of the Mohicans” character figures for sale at the show. I think that he had about 10 of these sets with him. Maybe less. I did purchase one set at the end of the show.
Ron brought with him a bunch of loose figures that he was selling for $3.00 a piece. He also had some bagged figure sets. I think most were for sale at $25.00 a bag. There were also a lot of character figures. I had 4 sets of the Prikaz Medieval sets with me. I showed them to Ron and he liked them very much.
Towards the end of the show Ed Borris got upset and flipped over his table and attacked some of the vendors. I was able to take a picture…..
It is nice to meet fellow collectors and owner of toy companies.
Things that I got at the show.
Here are some close up pictures of the figures that I got from Ron Barzso.
Ron had some loose mold test shot figures for sale. They feel like plastic.
Here are some of the Barzso Pirates in blue.
Here are some of the bagged sets that I got.
Some more Barzso character figures and accessories.
I was able to finally find this castle wall connector piece. It connects the Barzso Duke’s Tower to the Nottingham Castle.
I also was lucky enough to pick up Ron’s last Fort Apache at the original price.
Here are some of the Ed Borris figures that I got from Ed.
If I see these old metal cannons for $5.00 or less I will pick one up. They are really nice. I got this one from John Stengel Jr.
I got these Barzso pack wagons from John Stengel. He had a nice selection of Barzso figures too.
I picked this X-Force Woodland Indians set from the Michigan Toy Soldier Company.
Here are some the houses and carts that I got from Volk Designs.
After the show me and my girlfriend went to an antique mall in Lafayette, Indiana. I found this Re-Marx Fort Apache Playset in mint condition for S20.00. I also got some Star Wars figures for $4.00 each.
Well that is it for the review. I had a blast and found a few things that I wanted. I pretty much have everything I need now for my Barzso collection. Just a few pieces more now, like some more French figures. Next year I will take part with the room trading. I am starting to down size my collection. I also might have a table for the show too. I plan to get there a little earlier and stay in the same hotel as the show. Plus leave a day after the show so I can get more rest spend more time there. There were plenty of other quality vendors. I am sorry if I missed you in the review.
Also don’t forget about the other upcoming toy shows!!!
MFCA figure Show this weekend
Radisson Northest Philadelphia near intersection of PA and NJ turnpikes
90 dealer tables amongst 37 dealers
See Mfcashow.com or MFCA Facebook