Midwest & Gettysburg Toy Soldier Shows 2021

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 continue on 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/.

Then on April 18th the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show will take place. I will be attending this show as a vendor. You can also get more information at http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/ and https://warhorseminiatures.com/gettysburg-toy-soldier-show/.

That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News! 2-07-2021. Toy Soldier Previews & News!!! Lost Barzso Sculpts. Conte Romans. Warhammer III.

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.

Plus some of the older WWII Russian Soldier sets cast in the rubbery resin. These WWII Russian Sets can be found at https://micshaunscloset.com/collections/publius.

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.

Plus Palisade 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.

They also have a new Viking themed set. You can see more at their website over here, https://www.warhansa.com/.

FOUND AFTER 14 YEARS

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 by Jim 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.

Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year.

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.

Britain 7th Cavalry
Britain Knight

My girlfriend found some of these LOTR figure sets at an antique mall.

Fellowship of the Ring

Here is a glass Ball jar that had some vintage toy soldiers inside. Most of them were rusty brown Andy Gard ringhand figures. Plus a few MPC ringhand Pirates.

Andy Gard Ringhand Figures
MPC Ringhand Pirates

Here is another custom made Playmobil figure that I made yesterday. He is a Viking raider. Like Santa he has a sack. But this guy is going to fill his sack up….

Now some hobby news from around the world. We start with some news from Prikaz. Here is a message from Alexy.

New shooters from “The Order.” I decided to stop producing Streltsy 1 and 2 sets. Now instead of them will be a set “Moscow Shooters 2″, in red , blue and green.”

You can see more of Prikaz toy soldiers on the catalog page over here, Prikaz Toy Soldiers.

The set “White Eagle” will now be produced in this format: selected, Cossack, hajduk, panzer, hussar.

Here is a nice display by Ken from https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.

Merry Christmas from Ken at LOD

Here are some of the latest Plastic Platoon sets. You can see more at their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/soldiers.plastic.platoon.

“Wild Division” was one of the most successful in the history of the First World War. They were able to beat the superior forces of the enemy with amazing regularity. They actively participated in the famous Brusilov breakthrough. And in one of the battles in 1916, the “Wild Division” set a record – four times more prisoners were captured than it was in the personal composition of the division itself. From the Russo-Turkish and Caucasian wars, the Russo-Japanese, the First World War and the Civil War in Russia… The colors of the figures will be like that of Dontsov – gray, dark brown, blue, light brown (toffee) and ruby. Horses grey and brown. In the USA you get get these at, https://micshaunscloset.com/collections/engineer-basevich. Plus Plastic Platoon figures.

Here is an little update about my Anglo Saxons. They will be available next year some time late spring/early summer. I am getting the figures in and sorting them out into full sets. I should have the last batch of figures sometime next year. The virus has caused a lot of problems. Besides my figures I will have a few Russian brands of soldiers for sale at the shows. I am hoping next year is a lot better than this year!!!

This is for now. Thank you for reading 🙂

The Latest News!! 12-06-2020. Toy Soldier Preview, Warhansa Russian revolution 1917.

I hope everyone is well. Today is going to be a real quick post. Here is the latest set that Warhansa is working on. Russian Revolutionary’s of 1917. The set should be out in the near future. I like this set. It can be used in different settings also.

Besides the Russian Revolution set we have a new hero coming too. I hope to have some more pictures and information soon. You can check out more over here, https://warhansa.com/.

We still are dealing with this virus. It looks like they want to start another lock down. Besides that I have been busy working and selling on eBay.

That is it for now. Thanks for reading.

The Latest News!! Happy Thanksgiving 2020, Black Friday Sales. Plus Reviews, Previews & News!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I hope every one is doing well. Hopefully we are able to spend some time with our Friends & Family and to be grateful for what we have.

Tomorrow starts the Black Friday sales. I have gathered what I could find about them. So let us begin….

Check out the sale that Armies in Plastic is having over here, https://www.armiesinplastic.com/.

Classic Toy Soldiers is also having a sale for Black Friday. You can see what they have over here, https://www.classictoysoldiers.com/.

Ken over at LOD is having a sale and pre-orders for his new figure sets. You can head over to his page here, https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.

Head over to MicShaun’s Closet to check out the sales. Here is their website here, https://micshaunscloset.com/.

That is it for the sales and time for some reviews, previews & news.

I received this set about two months ago. Today I found some time to take some pictures of the Tlingit War Set from Chelovechek or Little Man.

The set includes 12 native Tlingit warriors in 12 poses. The are about 1/30 in scale. They are made out of a hard resin. If you are interested in this set you can contact Ivan at evanspud@mail.ru.

This week I received the latest set from Prikaz Toys Soldiers.

“There are six figures in a set: a Russian warrior with an ax, a Russian warrior with a two-handed ax, a fallen Saxon, a seriously wounded warrior, a Slav and a Dane (or a Saxon, whichever is more interesting).
Shapes are combined into vignettes and can also be used individually.” ~ Alexey Pisarev

The new Medieval set includes 6 figures. Called the “Clash”, Danes versus Rus. They were made to interact with each other. They are paired into 3 groups. The scale of these figures is 1/32. The are about the same size as the Conte Medieval figures. Made out of a rubbery resin. You can see more Prikaz Toy Soldiers over here, https://warhorseminiatures.com/prikaz-toy-soldiers/.

Over at Warhansa they have finished working on a few projects. They have some new terrain accessories sets and new figures. You can see their products over here, http://warhansa.com/.

HIGHLAND COMMAND FIGURES
FRENCH LINE INFANTRY FUSILIERS

Nino has been busy over at Petite Guerre Toy Soldiers. He recently released some new figures. You can read all about it at, https://petiteguerretoysoldiers.com/.

It has been a few years since this project was started to create Seven Years War Austrians in 1/32 scale by Hat. They are getting closer now to finish this. Here are some test shots of the Command set. Next will be the Marching & Action sets. Maybe it will be finished next year????

Well folks that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

I just saw this after I finished the post. I need to get a couple few of these. It looks really nice.

The Latest News!!!! 11-03-2020. Toy Soldier Previews & News.

If you are like me you are probably sick of wearing a mask and politics. So what better way to avoid all of that by reading about toy soldiers 🙂

We will begin with Mars plastic toy soldiers. They have been releasing new sets like every 3 to 4 months. Here are some of their latest World War II sets. These figures are about 54mm in size.

World War II American Paratroopers
World War II German Paratroopers
World War II German Paratroopers in Winter Uniforms
World War II German Volksstrum Infantry 

Next we will take a look at some of the latest Publius sets. The set of Trappers really nice and so is the Woodland Indian set. They are cast in a rubbery resin and are 1/32 in scale.

Trappers
Woodland Indians

Here are some of the Runecraft figures that Publius makes too. Right now the best place to find these would be on eBay. They are 1/32 in scale and made in the rubbery resin or tin alloy.

Here are two new sets from our friends at CHELOVECHEK. Both are based on the Tlinkits. Set No.6 “Tlinkits – Paddle” and No.7 “Tlinkits – Peace”! They are 1/32 in scale and are cast in the rubbery resin. If you are interest in these sets you can contact Ivan at evanspud@mail.ru

No.6 “Tlinkits – Paddle”

The Canoe set is really nice and the so is the Peace set.

No.7 “Tlinkits – Peace”

Next we will see what Plastic Platoon is up too. They are working on a World War II Japanese Infantry set. This set looks really nice. I can’t wait to get this set.

Plastic Platoon World War II Japanese

Here is the latest news from Warhansa. The Medieval English Archers look excellent. Very detailed. They are about the same size as the Conte 1/32 Medieval figures. They are should be cast in the rubbery resin.

Besides the Medieval figures Warhansa is working on some terrain add on sets. The figures shown are just for scale comparison. If you are interested in any of the Warhansa sets you can go over to there website, https://www.warhansa.com/.

Here are what the Skeletons look like. Also made by Warhansa.

Over at Facebook Evan Oelrichs posted these pictures of a future set by Expeditionary Force. Exclusive sneak peak of the upcoming Medieval longbowmen set to be released in December. You can see more over here, http://www.expeditionaryforce.com.sg/catalogue-c-9.html.

Our last information is news from MicShaun’s Closet. David is working on a a new foam building. Here is the Porotype.

Besides that here is what I was told. “We have received the latest Mars sets. Viet Cong with heavy weapons set in gray and green and The German Volksstrum set. Plastic Platoon we have received the Indians set 2, the 7th cav figure w/horse and German Wehrmacht w/ mortar. Basevich latest Russian Red Army set. The Mars and Plastic Platoon have been flying off the shelves!

You can see more at their website over here, https://micshaunscloset.com/.

Well that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The 2020 Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Review

Yesterday was the last toy soldier show of the year for me. The Columbus show survived the cancelations that many other shows had fell victim to this year. There was plenty of room for social distancing. Vendors and collectors had masks on. The crowds were bigger than the last show in Indiana. But they still were smaller than usual. The collectors that came found some rare items and some deals.

The event was held at The Point at Otterbein University. This was a new location for the show. The first thing you saw when you entered the building was Rick Eber’s tables.

They were loaded with mostly vintage Marx toys. You can take a look at Rick’s website over here, http://www.marxplaysets.com/. Send him a message if you see something that you like.

Across from me was Scott Canady, a fellow collector. He was selling of some things from his collection.

On the left of Scott was a vendor named Curtis.

Next to Curtis was another collector/vendor. I didn’t get his name.

On the other side of Scott Canady was Rick Keller. He had a lot of vintage plastic and playsets.

Not everything was plastic toy soldiers. Robert Hornung was selling his hand cast metal figures. He also hand paints each figure. Art in miniature.

Another vendor was selling antique toys & dime store metal figures.

Larry Lovely had plenty of plastic toy soldiers. He was selling them loose in plastic bins.

Todd Nace brought with him a piece of Marx Toy history. The board was hung on the wall at Marx Toys. I think these were test shots.

Here are some the things that Todd Nace & his Father were selling.

Here are some random pictures of the show.

Here are some pictures of what Steve Connell was selling.

Here are some more random pictures of items from unknown vendors.

John Stengel Jr. had a bunch of plastic figures loose in plastic storage containers, vintage games, foam pieces and some playsets as usual. He had really good prices and sold most of the things that he had.

I had setup a display of my Anglo Saxons fighting the Prikaz Scandinavians Shield Wall figures. The grass mat is from Killing Fields. I used the LOD/Barzso foam buildings & river terrain pieces which I was selling. I also had LOD plastic toys soldiers and the LOD/Barzso resin figures. Plus some other items that I have picked up over the years.

Here are some pictures of LOD/Barzso re-issue figures that were painted by a collector. He had purchased these from me last month. They came out really nice. He had some problems getting the paint to stick. I am going to test out a few things to see if I come across the same problem in the near future. I usually will soak the figures in Dawn dish wash soap over night in hot water.

The Point at Otterbein University was a really nice place. It was a open place that had a food court and rest area. This is perfect for any collector that might have driven a few hours to take a break after searching at the show. The show will be held here again next year.

The only bad thing about selling things at the show is I have less time looking around the show. But I was able to find a few things.

Here is a Star Wars figure that I found before the show at an antique mall for a few dollars.

I had this set a while ago and had sold it. So when I saw it again I had to get this set. These Airfix Russians are cast in hard to find orange color. I think I paid $15 for these.

Here is the Barzso Playset Robin Hood’s Men plastic figure set in brown. 16 figures in 8 different poses. I picked this set up for $15.

Here are the four Robin Hood character figures. Friar Tuck, Little John, The Sheriff of Nottingham and Robin Hood. I picked these four figures up $15.

Well that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!!! 10-11-2020 ~ New Updates From LOD Enterprises Toy Soldiers & The Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show.

Test Shots of the New Revolutionary Cavalry figures by LOD Enterprises.

It is a week away from the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show and I can’t wait. This might be the last show of the year. It should be a nice show. There will be some dealers from the last show in Indiana and some other dealers from the East coast. You should attend if you are a few hours away or want to make a weekend get away for the show. You can read more about the show at their website over here, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/. I will have the LOD Barzso sets, LOD Toys Soldiers, LOD Barzso foam buildings and some previews of things to come!!!!.

Let’s jump right into the news coming from LOD Enterprises. The first thing is Ken has a new setup with his website. You can take a look at that later by clicking here, https://lodtoysoldiers.com/. We will now take a look at the two new resin Barzso figure sets. They are 1/32 in scale. These are original sculpts that Ron Barzso didn’t put into producton. Lets take a look at both sets now.

Here is the first Vault set. This set includes a new Native American pose. This pose is paired with injured General Braddock and his trusted steed.

The other set includes three new poses never before released. A Huron warrior has captured two women. He is leading them back to camp. Each set sells for $15.00. I will have both these sets at the Columbus Ohio Toy Show.

As you can tell these figures will be an excellent addition to you collection. The can be used with other eras and different companies.

Here is a preview of the new Science Fiction sets of the movie “Another Plan from Outer Space”. They are plastic injection figures. The size is 60mm. These sets should be available towards the middle of November. Sets sell for $25.

These figures are nicely sculpted and you should have countless hours of fun to play with.

“We are excited to add The Duke’s Stronghold to our foam product offerings!  This piece includes a base that measures 20” by 15” by 7” and is over 30” in height from base to top of the tower. Extremely detailed and exquisitely designed by Jim Clouse, Duke’s Stronghold is a welcome addition to a medieval collector’s display or diorama. The Stronghold is available for $275 USD plus $66 USD for domestic shipping.  International shipping rates apply, please reach out to lodtoysoldiers@gmail.com for details.

Thanks! Ken Ciak”

2021 Sneak Peek: Rev War Calvary. These are initial models in gray. They will be offered in multiple colors with various arm angles: Here are some figures that plastic color have been waiting for a long time. You better get your pre-orders in for this one.

Ken is thinking of using four different colors. Blue – Continental, Red – British, Green – Loyalists, and Cream – French. He will use a couple of colors for the horses as well.

Update!! The dozen tricorn hats in the diorama help to fill out the scene and that is why they are in it. We can let them relax by sharing that the figures with the tricorn hats were the first run by the sculptor. We corrected the headgear and will be issuing figures with the Tarleton helmets. ~ Ken Ciak

Here are some more things that Ken has planned.

Hello Mike – thanks for the note. A couple of updates, though somewhat generic as the actual delivery dates have been pushed back a little here and there.

1) Duke’s Stronghold is available now – $275 plus shipping ($66 domestically).

2) New Santa set is in the Port of Chicago clearing customs. Should have mid-week.

3) Multiple Barzso sets being worked on, both new re-releases and re-orders of already run sets (character figures, Pirates). We have orders in blue, red, and tan being currently being worked on .

4) The new War at Troy set and alien set should both ship from the factory this week. I am expecting them to arrive mid-November.

5) More foam …. updated molds have been finished for the Barzso Medieval Era trees. There are two variations and we expect to have them ready for sale by the end of the week.

I will have a post about the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show early next week. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!!! 10-04-2020 ~ Toy Soldier Preview ~ Prikaz Toy Soldiers “The Clash”.

I hope every one is doing well. I have been working a lot again. Today I am posting a preview of Prikaz’s newest set. It is called “The Clash”.

“There are six figures in a set: a Russian warrior with an ax, a Russian warrior with a two-handed ax, a fallen Saxon, a seriously wounded warrior, a Slav and a Dane (or a Saxon, whichever is more interesting).
Shapes are combined into vignettes and can also be used individually.” ~ Alexey Pisarev

This will be an excellent addition to any dark age setting. You can make a scene of a Danish or Saxon raid of a Rus Slavic village. These figures are made out of the rubbery type of resin and are 1/32 in scale or a little bigger. They are about 57mm. I will do a review of this set in a few months. You can visit the online catalog page I have set up for Prikaz Toy Sodiers over here, https://warhorseminiatures.com/prikaz-toy-soldiers/. The set is now available to order. Contact information can be found through the link above.

Well that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

LOD Enterprizes Barzso Vault Figures & The Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show.

This will be the first time I attend the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show. I will be selling LOD Barzso products again. I understand a lot of the same dealers from the Indiana Toy Soldier shows will be present and some different ones too. This should be a nice show. There was some nice deals and rare items last time. This show should not be different. The dealers will be here, so get your Arse there too!!!!.