The Latest News!!! 12-26-2019 * Runecraft Vikings & Publius Scandinavians. Plus Prikav Mercenary.

Well I hope everyone is enjoying themselves in the festive time of the year. January 7th is the Eastern Orthodox Christmas and I just got a glimpse of some things to come from Russia. A friend of mine sent me a few pictures to share with everyone.

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Here are some new Vikings from Runecraft. They are part of Publius company. Most of these figures look like they are waving the warriors to come forward or encouraging them during a battle. One has a war trophy. Remember to also look well kept. You never know when someone might take your head….

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The past few years Publius has released a set of figures early in the year. This year they have a new set of Scandinavians. As usual they are really nicely detailed. I like the poses this year. One figure looks like Santa Claus. The female warrior could be one of his elves.. I hope to have some of these figures when they become available. These figures should be on eBay in the near future. 

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Here is a prototype of a Stalin figure.

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Here are some pictures of the Publius & Runecraft figures mixed together. Both new and old.

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Here is a Mercenary figure by Prikaz Toy Soldiers. Alex is using a new sculptor and here is one of the first new figures he has done. I can’t wait to see what else is designed this year by Prikaz. You can see more of their figures on the Prikaz catalog page that I put up for Alex, Prikaz Toy Soldiers. I will be updating the page again over the next few months.

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That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

 

The Latest News!!! 12-24-2019 * Merry Christmas, LOD-Barzso Lexington Green Foam Buildings & Mars WWII German Elite Winter Infantry review.

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I wish everyone a Merry Christmas & would like thank everyone who visits my page.  

In this post we have two reviews. The first will be of a new toy soldier set from Mars. The second is a of the re-released Barzso Lexington Green foam buildings by LOD.

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Last week I purchased the new Mars German Elite Infantry (Winter Dress) WWII set. I got them from Kent of http://toysoldierhq.com/. The set came with 15 plastic soldiers in 8 different poses. The scale of the soldiers is 1/32. The color is a light gray.

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I like this figure set. The quality is not the best. But it’s not that bad. The quality of Mars is getting better. I like the poses and the captured Russian weapons that some of the soldiers have. Also the sniper and mortar guy are great. Mars reminds me of the vintage Airfix or Matchbox toy soldiers that you would get from the local hobby store. These are the type of toy soldiers that I had as a kid. I will show a few comparisons below with other companies.

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Finally my Airfix German Mountain troops can have some fighting poses in winter gear to help them.. The Mars figures blend well with them. At least the last set of hard plastic Airfix figures that I got.

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They are too small to go with Marx Germans.

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They are a little smaller than the Conte Germans. But you mix some of them together. They don’t look that bad.

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The same can be said when compared to TSSD Winter Germans. The Mars figures are smaller but you can still use them. I bet when they are painted they will blend better.

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You can have them fight against the Biplant Russian Soldiers too.

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Here are some 21st Century items that I used in this display.

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I liked the way this mortar guy looks when I used him with this German Artillery piece.

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Here is a display with a W. Britain German Panzer. They look nice when used as Panzer Grenadiers. The flash problems are not as bad with this set. Some of the molding errors actually help these figures if you are going to paint them. The marks on some of the helmets give you the worn look. Plus on some of the figures you will see the same effect with the uniforms. I am glad that the scale has improved to let us use some other brands that we already own. Most toy soldier collectors that purchased these sets want to add some reinforcements to their existing collection of other brands.

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I pre-ordered a couple of the newly re-released Barzso Lexington Green foam buildings now made by LOD.

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I ordered the Clapboard House in green. I have the Barzso Lexington Green playset with two Clapboard houses in red & white. So I wanted a different color that came from the factory. These are great to increase the size of your Lexington Green playset or just by themselves in a display. You can also use these house for different time periods besides the Colonial era.

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I also got the Buckman’s Tavern. It was sold as a add-on to the playset, plus the Concord Bridge. I missed my chance with the tavern. I am glad that it was re-released. Just like most of the Barzso items that had been artificially increased on eBay over the years the building are being offered at ridiculous prices too.  Now is your chance to purchase these buildings at an affordable price. If you had missed them the first time, get it now before the are out of stock again. You can check what Ken is selling at his https://lodtoysoldiers.com/ page. Check out his blog section for the latest news or send him a message to see what is available. Don’t get ripped off on eBay.

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I hope a Chaos Champion hunts down the eBay price gougers, lol.

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Over the past few years I have been looking into ways to create my own figures & items that you can use in displays with toy soldiers like the rigid foam buildings and terrain pieces. Hopefully next year I will have some announcements. Stay tuned…..

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Here is a Viking prototype. He is fighting a Conte Saxon in front of a Barzso cottage.

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I need to make a few changes.

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Here is a sketch for a set of Anglo Saxons that I am planning to make. I will have more information about this next year.

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That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

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The Latest News!!! 12-08-2019 ~ News & Reviews ~ Mars French Old Guard, Conte Romans & LOD Santa’s Workshop.

In this blog post I have a couple of updates and a review. The first update I got today about Mars from Sergey. 

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Here are some photos of the Mars French Old Guard set. These are 1/32 in scale. The should be available soon in the USA. They are on eBay from an Ukraine Seller. I wonder how they will compare to the Airfix Napoleonic Figures?

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“Somewhat better photos of the first test shots. A couple figures standing closer to how they were designed.”

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Conte Romans are getting closer to production. Here are some test shots from the molds. Richard said that they are close to being finished. They need a little more work.

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I purchased the LOD Santa’s Workshop a few weeks ago. It is a Christmas novelty. The year before I had purchased some of the Santa sets that had the sled and elves. 

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The Santa Workshop is a big house. It comes in two parts. It also makes a good place to store the Christmas toys 😉 These Christmas sets are really nice. I use them around the house for displays. The have that vintage look to them. I will be using these for many years to come. You can go over the LOD website to see all North Pole sets, https://lodtoysoldiers.com/product-category/north-pole-sets/.

 

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Hasbro officially revealed two more of the 6″ Black Series figures yesterday at Comic-Con Dortmond: Clone Commander Bly and the Sith Jet Trooper. 

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This concludes another blog post. Thank you for reading.

 

The Latest News!!! 12-01-2019 ~ It’s Back! ~ Warhammer, Marvel X-Men, Star Wars The Mandalorian. Plus some Vintage Toys.

When I was growing up I used to read the X-Men, watch Star Wars movies and play Warhammer Fantasy Battle game. Over the years I have gotten away from all of these for various reasons. 

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As a kid growing up Star Wars was huge. Between the movies and toys it kept me entertained for years. I remember the long years in between each movie. My favorite movie was the “Empire Strikes Back” of the first three original movies. Then “The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith” movies came out years later. They were not that bad. But they were not the same. The last few movies I watched years after they came out. I did like the “Rogue One” film. But the others didn’t gain my interest at all. They were meh. That has changed with the new TV series “The Mandalorian”. 

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The magic is back. It reminds me of the original movies. The story draws you in is as it goes on. They brought back the space western feel. I like the “Man with no name” approach. The action scenes are great too. You also learn different things about what had happened between the other movies. Things about the Empire and Republic. The Child or Baby Yoda brings a kid friendly feel without adding those goofy characters which get old real quick. And then they have the new toys…..

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Here are some of the latest action figures that came out the past few months and some previews. They are from the new TV series, the upcoming movie and collector’s editions from the video games. I started collecting some of these figures again.

 

 

Warhammer The Old World

Last month Games Workshop made a big announcement. It is the return of “Warhammer Fantasy Battle”. In 2015 Games Workshop shocked the gaming community by ending the setting in which the game took place. What form of return to the old world has yet to be determined. It is years away from be released.

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I can not wait to see Armies of High Elves, Orcs, The Empire, Forces of Chaos, Dwarfs and the others return to the Battle Field once again. You can read more about the announcement over here, https://www.warhammer-community.com/2019/11/15/old-world-new-warhammer/.

X-Men

I had gotten away from collecting comics for a long time now. But recently the X-Men started a new story line through 6 different comic book titles. So far it is really interesting. You can read more about this over here, https://www.marvel.com/articles/comics/sdcc-2019-beginning-this-october-the-dawn-of-x.

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During the past few months I have been picking up some vintage plastic figures here and there.

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Here is a Atlantic mounted Apache in 1/32 scale.

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Here is an Atlantic Native Indian Woman from a camp setting. Plus a animal skin being stretched out. Also in 1/32 scale. Both Atlantic figures are more likely 60mm.

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Here are some Crescent British Paratroopers that I got a few months ago. They are about the same size as Conte figures.

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I found this Donkey in a mixed bag of plastic figures. I don’t know what brand it is. I think it is cool looking.

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When I was in Georgia found these two Auburn trucks in different shops. I still like them even though they are not the same scale as the figures they originally came with.

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Thank you for reading. That is it for now. This is the Way 😉

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