Today we remember the Brave American, British, Canadian & other allied Soldiers that gave their lives when they stormed the beaches of Normandy to fight the forces of Germany.
The Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.
Today I am doing a quick post about some new products from Warhansa and then a figure from Publius. The first Warhansa set is called “Friends of Robin Hood”. There are 6 figures included. It looks like we get Little John, Friar Tuck, a Merry man with a pitchfork, Will Scarlet, a Jester and Maid Mirian.
The figures look really sharp. List as 1/32 in scale. They are nice size and will blend very well with Conte & Barzso medieval figures. The poses are good too. Weapons are to scale. I give them an A. The only figure I don’t need is the Jester. But he has his use in a court some where…
The other set is called “Forest Camp”. It has a camp fire and an animal spit roasting above it. Plus some barrels and chest. Some much needed accessories that we need a ton more for displays.
Here is a new figure by Publius. He is a mounted Native American or a Plains Indian on a horse. This figure is very nice. Again 1/32 in scale. He is a little bigger than the TSSD figures. But will make a nice leader for you figures.
I found these trees in a train hobby shop last month. I purchase about all that they had. Not bad for about $3.00 a piece.
I am still working on some new figures. We are testing different designs and resins. I hope to be able to share something new in a few weeks. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
To my fellow Countrymen. When your sitting around drinking a beer, grilling some food on the BBQ, going to the beach or doing nothing at all, it’s because of American blood that was spent protecting your rights and freedom. Remember all the fallen Heroes this holiday weekend and every day also. Because Freedom, isn’t Free.
The Conte Collectibles plastic Roman sets are now available. The come in 3 different colors of Red, Silver and Gold. They look really nice. I will have some in the near future to do a review. Right now they are $35 a for a bag of 16 figures or you can get 3 bags for $99 and free shipping. Head over to the Conte website to order some here, https://contecostore.myshopify.com/collections/all.
Plastic Platoon is starting to show some previews of their American Revolution figures and they just released an Artillery set. Now they are doing some figures based on the Battle of Bushy Run which took place during the Pontiac War period. I am looking forward to this. I hope to learn more about what they have planned for a future post.
The guys at Warhansa were kind enough to send me some pictures of the latest sets. The first one are English Knights based off of an old movie. They have that Robin Hood/Ivanhoefeel to them. I like them and will do a review in the future. The second set is of movie characters from the 1990’s. Can you guess what movies they are based from?
Here is the Viking Drakkar set. The set is made up of 5 figures, 4 Male warriors and 1 Female. They make great character figures for your Dark Age figures. I like the female warrior the best. The removable base is a nice idea too.You can check out their page over here, http://warhansa.com/.
I am working on a few things and hopefully they work out the way I want them. I will keep you updated. That is about it for now.Thank you for reading.
Robert Westrick is looking for some vendors for a toy soldier show that he is putting together. Robert is a long time collector that has amassed a ton of toys and is starting to let go of some of his collection. The location is at his Wife’s Book store. They held a Baseball card and comic show a few months ago and now are doing the toy show.The location is a little over an hour away from Baton Rogue.
Maddie’s Books & Treasures.
111 E Saint Peter Street
New Iberia, LA 70560
Used books (Buy, Sell & Trade), Collectibles & More
“Maddie’s Books & Treasures Presents the 1st Annual Toy Soldier – Playset – Military Model and Military Toy Show. This event will take place Saturday May 29, 2021. We are looking for venders wishing to set up and sell their collectibles and patrons wishing to attend. If we get indication of a strong turnout, we will consider making this a two-day event. Maddie’s Books & Treasures is located in New Iberia, Louisiana about 20 minutes from Lafayette, an hour and a half drive from Baton Rouge and 2 & 1/4 hours from New Orleans. Please contact Maddie’s Books & Treasures if you are interested in attending.“
I just got a few boxes over the last few days from Russia. I am doing a quick review on the Archer set from Warhansa today. Then over the next few weeks I will do some reviews on others sets or figures that I received.There are five figures in the set. Three are with bows and two are fighting with weapons. There also two sets of stakes and a three loose arrows. This is a very well detailed set and the figure blend nicely with other brands that fit into the “Big” 1/32 scale.I took some pictures of different brands(Barzso, Conte and Publius) to show you how they look.Check out their website to see more over here, https://www.warhansa.com/.
Here is a preview of the next review below. That is it for now.Thank you for reading.
TodayI have a quick update about a few things that were announced this week from around the globe.We start with some news from Conte Collectibles Toy Soldiers.
“Roman Set #1 now expected to reach us by mid May. Poses/mold masters for Roman Set #2 have been sent to the factory. Barbarian Set #1 poses/mold masters being finalized. Likely to send them to factory next week. We will most likely start accepting pre-orders for Roman set 1 around May 5th.“
Chintoys has a new set coming out in May. Set 025 Teutonic Knights. The look nice and come in different colors. There are 8 poses and the set is in 1/32 in scale.
Hanomak has added another pose to the set their creating. This figure appears to be a sniper.
Next we have some news from Plastic Platoon. They are releasing a Gatling Gun settheir Plains Indian War theme.
Also Plastic Platoon is ready to release a British Royal artillery set from American Revolutionera.
“Dear friends! We are ready to announce the pre-order of set No.1 Division SS “Das Reich”. Scale 1:32. The set includes 6 figures – separate bags for the machine gunner. The color is gray. The set will be cast in two materials: 1.Soft plastic, cost 2450 rubles 2. Polyuret (rubber plastic) cost 2950 rubles.”
Now we will move to Warhansa. Radion sent me a messageabout some updates. First is new color for the English Knights.
Warhansa also is working on another fantasy set. This time the figures look like Predator, Rambo and Schwarzenegger. The figures are 1/32 in scale.
It was almost two years since the last Gettysburg Toy Soldier show. The 2020 show was cancelled because of the pandemic. The show had a great attendance. There was 45 dealers, 95 tables and over 200 attendees came the through the door.About every hour there was a prize of a $25 show gift certificate for a lucky collector. Which was a welcomed surprise to the winners.
Before I start. I apologize if I missed anyone or forgot your name with this post. It was a lot easier doing a review when you were just there as a collector instead as both a collector and seller.
Rick Eber said “It was a great show and they broke records for attendance (well over 200). I didn’t sit down until 2:00pm. Sold 12 playsets and tons of loose items. John Anderson (Onice Anderson) was up to his usual antics…buying and selling in rapid fashion. Met a bunch of new collectors to the hobby and several old time collectors/friends for the first time as well. Allan Ford sold at least 5 playsets and Mark Hegeman was super busy at his booth all day. Todd Nace bought several playsets to add to his depleted stock as he sold almost everything at the Lafayette show. Stephen Connell fell asleep at his table as he was exhausted from his hollering at us dealers all day…”Put Your Damn Masks On !!” Rick Keller and Ricky Lipps were selling out almost from what I could see…lots of great deals at their table. Great show for sure….that’s all I got.”
Mark Hegeman said “It was definitely busy. I barely had time to wander. I love meeting and talking with people and “sharing” my collection. Everything on my tables is something I originally bought for my collection. Most items are now doubles/extras and some are things I lost interest in or decided I will never have room to display.“
We will now start the tour of the show. I was not able to talk to each vendor or take pictures of each of them. I did take some random pictures of things that caught my eye. We will start with MicShaun’s Closet. David & Kim Cook came up from Tennessee with a bunch of plastic bagged sets of toy soldiers and foam buildings.
Next wehaveRick Eber’s tables of vintage playsets and mainly Marx plastic figures.Rick as usually is a “Gold mine” for rare or hard to find vintage toys.
Now we visit Gary Green. Gary brings his mobile shop with him. His pre loaded shelves are set up like hobby store. He mainly sells boxed sets of 1/32 & 1/72 plastic toy soldiers.Also at the shows he usually has bins full of loose toys soldiers so you pick what you want. They are listed at different prices depending on the bin you are digging through.
Nextcheck out the vendor that was promoting the “Heart of the South Toy Soldier & Miniature Figure Show and Sale”. The next show is Saturday, June 5th, 2021 at 9am to 3pm at The Annandale VFD Community Center, 7128 Columbia Pike, Annandale, Virginia 22003. He had a mixture of different plastic and painted metal soldiers loose in bins.
We will now visit Joe Baker of playsetaddict.com fame. Joe was promoting the 3D printed figures made by Speira Miniatures. They look nice.Joe also had some Conte toy soldiers for sale too.
Next we visit Larry Lovely. He had plastic soldiers in bins to dig through.
The place we go are the tables that belonged to Mark Hegeman. He had a nice selection of vintage plastic toys soldiers, playsets and vintage toys.
Mark said “Next show for me is the Marx Convention in Wheeling, WV in mid June. Visit the web site of the Kruger Street Toy and Train Museum for details.“
Next we go visit the vendor that was next to Mark. I forgot his name, sorry. He also had a bunch of vintage playsets and toy soldiers.
Here are somepictures of the painted metal toy soldiers that Memphis Toy Soldiers was selling.
Nextwe have some pictures from different vendors.
Now wehead over to Todd Nace’s table. He was one of my neighbors at the show. A great guy to deal with when it comes to vintage toys. He had some nice stuff at the show.
Next wewill see what the vendor that was next to the Cooks at the show. He had old painted metal toy soldiers for sale.
Now for some pictures of some vintage and modern playsets.
Now we have some more pictures from random vendors.
The next vendor we look at is Robert Hornung.As usual he had his hand crafted and painted miniatures. He is at most of the shows that I attend.
Nextwe see Paul Amody’s Russian made metal figures.
We now have some pictures of what John Stengel had. When I got to his tables he had sold most of the things that he had brought with him. This is what he had left.
Here is a picture of Steve Connell. He had some painted metal toy soldiers for sale.
The next vendor was Tom Dubel. He had a bunch of painted metal figures.
Nextwe have Trains and Toy Soldiers. They had some painted metal toys soldiers for sale.
Now we will take a look at some random pictures from the show.
The next vendor travelled from Arizona for the show.It was a mini vacation also. Ron & Ron Jr Mayer are a Father & Son team that run “Where Eagles Dare, Toys & Hobbies”.They had a lot of model kits, bagged plastic toy soldiers, metal figures and other toys.They were my neighbors too. They were right next to Calvin Plowman.
And last but not least was the Infamous Mike Prendergast and his Warhorse Miniatures….
I had with me a bunch of LOD Barzso figures and plastic bagged sets of War of Troy figures. Plus the Medieval figures. Also some foam buildings and Mars plastic sets. I also had vintage figures for sale. I was supposed to have some Russian made sets but because of shipping delays the have not arrived yet. The same goes for my own Anglo Saxons. I am waiting for some weapons to complete 25 sets. If all goes well I should hopefully have these for the next show I will attend as a vendor in October at the Columbus Toy Soldier Show.
I also had on display some 3D printed items. I will be selling some 3D printed accessories in the near future. The first thing that I have is a Viking Raider camp. It will have a few different tents and supplies. These accessories will allow your Vikings to have a camp set up right after they departed their Longship. I will more information on this and other projects in a future blog post.
It was nice to see the crowds & vendors back for the show. The only thing missing was big painted metal dealer. I didn’t even purchase anything at the show. I would have spent $300 to $500 for some more W. Britain & John Jenkins Vikings and Saxons. Other collectors were disappointed too.Hopefully that will change for the next show. I would like to thank the two people that gave me a gift. They will join my collection. Thank you for reading and that is it for now.
Sunday April 18th is almost here. The Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show is about a week away. This will be the 1st major toy soldier show in over a year on the East coast. Gettysburg is a perfect place for a show. It has history and charm.There are plenty of same shops in the town also. A great place to get away for a weekend or a week. For more information about the show look at these two links. The first is from my page, The Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show 2021.The second link is from the promoters, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/.
I was surprised on the size of the box and playset. The set includes 24 figures, 3 horses, 3 teepees, 2 trees, 1 wagon, and some camp accessories.Here are some pictures of the accessories for the set.Most of the accessories are original products that were made by Gulliver.
There are 12 Cowboys & Miner figures and 2 horses.
You can switch the mounted figures from the horses to the wagon.
One the bottom of the figures they are labeled Gulliver. This is good. Collectors will know the difference in the future if they find these figures loose in the wild.
There are 12 Native American Indian figures and 1 horse. Most of these figures depict life at the in a camp setting.
The last figure below was a lot smaller than most of the other figures. I don’t know if these was an original Atlantic figure.
Most of the figures are about 56mm or so. They are smaller than the original Atlantic figures. Most of the Atlantic figures were 60mm. I have a few pictures below for comparison to see how the match up with either Atlantic or some other brands.
Here are 5 figures below show the scale comparison. In order starting from the left is a Conte Alamo figure, Gulliver Cowboy, Barzso Merryman, Gulliver Native Indian and 54mm Marx Viking.You can see the different sizes with the Gulliver figures. I will try to find some Atlantic Indians in the future for comparison.
Some original Atlantic Outlaws in brown compared to the Gulliver figures below.
Here is 1/32 Barzso Merry Man figure below with the Gulliver tree. They look really nice together.
All in all I am very happy to add these figures to my collection. The details of the figures are nice. The plastic feels like the Atlantic plastic. The green color was the only color that I didn’t like. Some are 54mm in size like Airfix or Marx. Then some are like the new big 1/32 scale figures that are about 55mm or 56mmsize. The TSSD and Paragonfigures are about that size too.
LOD Toy Soldiers has some new colors for their Medieval Sheriff’s Men & Robin Hood Merry Men sets. The Merry Men are in a new tan color and the Sheriff’s Men are in a new Gold color now. They look really nice. I will have some of these sets for sale at the Gettysburg Toy Show next Sunday.
As I was writing this post up Ken messaged me about an update on the American Revolution Cavalry set that he is working on.They look great. Here is what Ken said, “Here are three of the prototypes for the new Calvary sets. I received them this week from the factory. If you would like to include them in your post, feel free to do so. There will be six poses in each set plus we will offer a bonus pose with a flintlock on its own.” You can check the LOD page over here, https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.
Here are a few things that I have found out in the wild at some local flea markets. I found 4 more metal cannons for $10. Three of them I can use for the French & Indian War era. These cannons are about 1/32 in scale.
I found this Motorworks U.S. Sherman Tank for $27. It is about 1/32 in scale.
Who knows what I will find next week at the Gettysburg show? I think it will be a great show as usual. My next post will be about the show. Until then, that is it for now.
Last weekend was the Midwest Toy Soldier Show. It takes place over three days. Two days of room trading and one day for a conventional toy show. I was not able to take part in this year’s show. Like many others I was able to see some things from pictures posted on FB. I also was sent some pictures and information about the show. Collector Jason Evans provided me most of the photos and information about the show.
From what I heard the vendors and crowds were back. Almost back to normal. Here are some pictures from a couple of rooms. I will start with Atherton Scenics’s room. John had a bunch of foam products with him.Jason Evans provided me with these pictures.
Here are a couple of pictures below of what Robert Hornung had with him. He hand makes and paints his miniatures.Jason told me that Robert had some nice stuff.
Jason did some room trading also. Here are a few pictures that he took. The last two pictures are some of the things that he got while there. He found some nice King & Country products.
Next we have some pictures of Scott Canady’s room. He had a lot of vintage plastic toy soldier playsets and figure sets.
Willy Pickett had some hand painted mats to display vintage plastic toy soldiers. They looked awesome.
Collector Joe Baker had posted some pictures of the 3D printed Speira figures that he was selling at the show.
I heard that the show was good. The vendors and collectors returned to buy & sell. Here are a some pictures of the show thanks to Jason Evans & Michele Keller. Looks like there was plenty of vintage plastic, some rare Barzso playsets, highly detailed painted metal figures, plus imported plastic toy soldiers and other vintage metal figures.
I saw on Stad’s Stuff page and from some collectors in Russia about two new companies. The first one is called Солдатики ХАНОМАКАor translated Soldiers of Hanomaca or Hanomak. Right now they are making World War II Germans & Russian soldiers for Battle of Elbrus. They look nice. I will find out more information and pricing when it becomes available.
The second company is called “Vympel”. Here is a message that they have issued to collectors below and a few pictures of their products. I will have some more information about them in the future too.
“Dear friends, colleagues, collectors !!! Plastic miniature project “Vympel” is a hobby workshop that will delight you with interesting sets of game soldiers on a scale of 1:32 or 54mm. Our goal is to make historically accurate game figures that convey pain and despair, bravery and cowardice, experience and joy with weapons in hand. We plan to touch on many interesting historical topics and events, introduce the personalities and heroes of different armies and directions. The first set is preparing for release April – May. Let’s go!”
The first set is of the German Division SS “Das Reich”. The set consists of 6 shapes, the material of making polyurethane.In early July 1942 they were transferred to NorthwestFrance. In November, the division participated in the occupation of southern France, then carried out garrison service. It was re-formed in November 1942 in Normandy (Northern France) into the 2nd Motorized Division of the SS Reich (2. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich).
Important!!!! Important!!!! Important!!!! Dear friends, colleagues, collectors! We do not collect pre-orders and do not take money for our yet unreleased set. If someone offers you someone on our behalf to make a pre-order and pay him money, do not believe it scammers.
With Respect, Denis Barannik.
The last thing I am going to talk about in this post is about some plastic recast Atlantic Toy Soldiers that I found for sale on eBay. I am trying to find out the scale but they do look like the are 1/32 or close to it. The ones I saw were about $50 a set and around $100 for the Fort sets. The Brazilian company called Gulliver is producing these. I don’t know if this is the same company that made the Atlantic western figures in the 1980’s.
Update. The figures are about 2 & 1/2 inches tall.
Don’t forget about the Gettysburg Show which takes place on April 18th. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
Spring is around the corner and so are a couple of toy soldier shows for 2021. Both shows should be great for collector’s of plastic & painted metal toy soldiers. Starting on Friday March 19th room trading will begin for the Midwest Toy Soldier show. The room trading will continueon Saturday March 20th. Finally on Sunday March 21st the toy show will be held at the conference center of the Courtyard by Marriott. You can get more information by going to the Midwest Group page over here, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/.
It has been a while since my last post. I have been busy working extra and dealing with the weather for the most part in January. I have gathered some things that have occurred over the last month into one post.So let us begin with some news from Airfix.
Airfix is releasing 6 of there classic World War II sets this summer. British Paratroops, German Infantry, US Infantry, US Paratroops, German Paratroops and British Infantry. I think these are now being produced in India. I wonder if they will be in a soft plastic again?
Conte’s plastic Romans are in production and should be available before the end of this year. Hopefully by the summer if we are lucky we shall see Roman Legion Set #1. They will come in bagged sets of Gold, Silver & Red.
Some of the figures require assembly. You will have a some choices with the poses. This is a nice feature when building armies. Also the hot & cold water solution to straighten the spear might be needed. Head over to the Conte website over here, https://contecostore.myshopify.com/.
Next we visit CHELOVECHEK / LITTLE MAN.Set №8, which is called “The Missing Expedition of Franklin – EREBUS (1845-1847).” In the set are 6 men in 1/32 scale made in rubber plastic. Here is a short description: – Captain John Franklin with Capuchin the monkey, Private of the Marine Corps armed with a capsule shotgun, Ice Master with hook and pistol, Diver with bogor, Cook with a heavy look, and an old sailor with a ice ax.
Plastic Platoon is very busy these days. They have a new set coming out soon. It is Indian Warriors of the Battle of Little Bighorn #3.
Plastic platoon. Soviet scouts 1943. 1/32 + Master model. Planned for release in Spring 2021.
Here are some 3D rendered Indian figures for the new American Revolution theme sets being developed.
Here are more renders of the figures of the series American Revolution. This time, the figures are from the Artillery Revolution set. The girl is Molly Pitcher.
Next we see what Publius is up too. Here are a few of the new sets being released.There is a crusader set, Greeks and Knights.
The last thing I have to report about Publius is the prototype of an Amazon.
Mars has two new sets coming out later this year. They are World War II German Paratroop Artillery and Mortar sets.
David and Kim at MicShaun’s Closet have some new foam pieces in development.Here are the photos of their new North Africa Building in three paint schemes.
PlusPalisade Walls for the Alamo and other dioramas. Three different pieces – plain wall, angled section (more for Alamo) and and artillery section.Check out more of their products at https://micshaunscloset.com/.
Last time I previewed the English Archer set by Warhansa. They have continued with some new medieval themed sets. They are English medieval themed sets. I really like these sets.
One of my favorite projects was the Robin Hood Set. After the set came out in 2007 I had 5 more Merry Men sculpted by the brilliant Jay Richardson of Ft. Worth , Texas. They were to be the basis for a small add on set called the Men of Sherwood Forest. The figures were in various camp poses , seated , standing around, etc. One guy was designed to carry a variety of items , like firewood , a cask, etc. I got involved with other projects and put the originals away for safe keeping. I put them away in such a safe place that I forgot where they were! From time to time I would mount a determined search , but always without success. Years went by, with no Merry Men in sight.
Fast forward to last Saturday night. I was moving some boxes around and found one labeled ” Original Sculpts .” even though I had looked in the box before , I thought I would check each small box inside. Each box contained a set of original figures that I sent to the mold makers and which they had returned, Aztecs, 1805 Marines, Hurons …and then I opened a box labeled British Grenadiers figures #1-#4. But within the box was the set of long lost, misplaced , missing in action Merry Men in Camp ! I immediately called my old buddy Jim Clouse and told him the happy news . We met the next day at a McDonalds parking lot so I could hand them over for some professional photographs. (In addition to his sculpting skills Jim is also an accomplished photographer.
Finally, I communicated with the new owner of Barzso Playsets, Ken Ciak. Ken was excited too and plans to finally produce these figures along with maybe a surprise or two. ( I had planned to include a Maid Marion and Ken makes great female figures and , well, you get the idea.
So there is the story of the missing Merry Men. I can hardly wait until they come out. Can you ?
~ Ron Barzso
Photos were taken byJim Clouse.These figures will probably be out sometime in the summer or early fall.You can see more of the LOD products over here, https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.
Total War announced that they will be releasing Warhammer III late this year. It is a PC video game. Game Workshop is also developing new miniatures bring back the Warhammer Fantasy tabletop game.
Now for some news. I will not be attending the Midwest Toy Soldier Show this year. I will be at the Gettysburg and Columbus Toy Soldier Shows. Maybe some other shows too. But we shall see. I will have some of the Russian based figure sets at these shows. Companies like Prikaz, Warhansa and Publius. Plus the LOD resin sets and some foam products. I should also have my figures ready sometime late spring. That is all for now. Thank you for reading.
I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. It has been a difficult year for everyone. Let’s hope that next year is better. Here are some of my Custom made Playmobil figures that I had made over the years.
Here are a few things that I got this year for Christmas pictured below.
I found these two Britain Detail mounted figures for $4.50. I remember when I was a kid looking at the Britain boxed sets at Sterns department store. Me and my brother would be amazed by these figures. But they were too expensive at the time.