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.

 

 

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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/.

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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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The Latest News!! 11-28-2019 ~ Happy Thanksgiving & Black Friday Sales!!!

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I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. I hope everyone is doing well. The holiday season is upon us again. Eat well and then you can start the search for some deals…..

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For many of us in the United States the Thanksgiving weekend starts off the Christmas shopping season. Stores and online businesses will start having sales.

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I have compiled a list again this year of some places having Black Friday sale events. So before you run out to to fight the crowds at the stores look below first….

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Armies in Plastic are having some sales. Go check out there website here, https://www.armiesinplastic.com/.

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BMC is running a sale of 15% off on any purchase until December 5th. Besides the sale they have a lot of news about new sets and future releases. Go check out there site to read more about everything happening over here, https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/bmc-toys-turkey-day-drop.

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Also some other information about BMC. The fundraiser is still going on. They have added some more goals because of the significant interest. If you have not pledged your support, now is time. Check that out over here, https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/bmctoys/plastic-army-women.

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Classic Toy Soldiers is having some sales too. You can check them out at, https://www.classictoysoldiers.com/.

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Hobby Bunker is having an in Store only sale. Check their website over here, https://www.hobbybunker.com/.

BLACK FRIDAY Starts Wednesday! 11/27 to 12/1
Shop local! All games and gaming items 20% Off!
All Plastic Models 20% Off!
In store only, Closed Thanksgiving. Open at 10AM – our regular hours.
Board Games, Miniatures, RPG’s, GAMES WORKSHOP, etc.
*Other items not on sale, or at regular discounted price.

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Black Friday Sale Starts Today and Barzso Foam Buildings Available for Pre-Order!!

All figure sets are 15% off from now through Monday (12/2). A good time to build up your armies or start a collection with a new era. Amazons, British Light Infantry, Trojans, and the Sheriff’s Men are just four of many on sale this week.

Please use coupon code “Blackfriday2019” to access the discount and shop away!

In addition to the figure set sale, we also have a number of Barzso Rev War buildings available for pre-order. There are five building available with the clapboard house available in four colors (blue, green, red, and white). We are offering a bundle of six pieces (clapboard house * 2, Buckman’s Tavern, Concord Bridge, Belfry, and Saltbox) for $270 plus shipping.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving holiday and weekend. Please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns.

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Head over to the LOD page to check things out, https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.

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Michigan Toy Soldiers is have a 20% off sale. Go over to their website to check that out, https://www.michtoy.com/.

 

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Over at MicShaun’s they are having a select sale of buy 3 sets and then get the 4th set FREE!!! Check out this link to see what figure sets are part of the sale, https://micshaunscloset.com/ Black Friday Sale!!.

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Scale75 is having a sale on their paints. You can check them out of here, https://scale75usa.com.

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Entertainment Earth is having a huge sale on some action figure toys. You can check them out over here, https://www.entertainmentearth.com/s/black-friday-sale/s.

 

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That concludes my list of places to visit. I bet there are some other sales out there to be found too. That is it for now, Happy Thanksgiving again.

 

Latest News!! 11-23-2019. LOD Lexington Green Playset Foam Pieces back in Stock!

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Today we got an announcement from LOD!!! They are getting some of Barzso Playset foam pieces.

Back in stock soon – foam pieces from the Lexington Green Playset! We will be re-releasing a number of foam pieces next month. They will be on the website this weekend and available for pre-order.

*Lexington Two-Story Clapboard House (in blue or white) ~ $54.00
*Buckman’s Tavern (yellow) ~ $66.00
*Concord Bridge with two bridge approach ~ $54.00
* Lexington Belfry ~ $36.00
* Lexington Saltbox ~ $42.00

* Bundle of all six pieces ~ $270 (savings of $36.00)

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Clapboard house in blue ($54.00)

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Clapboard house – white ($54.00)

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Saltbox ($42.00) and Belfry ($36.00)

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Buckman’s Tavern – yellow ($66.00)

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Santa’s Workshop ($115.00)

You can go over to https://lodtoysoldiers.com/ to see more. This information should be on their site by the end of this weekend. I should have the Santa’s Workshop soon to do a review. 

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Thank you for reading. That is it for now.

 

The Latest News!! 11-18-2019 ~ BMC Toys Plastic Army Women Kickstarter Update & Hobby News.

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For the last few years Jeff Imel of VictoryBuy, & BMC Toys has been asked about any plastic female soldiers. Women have served in the Armed Forces of a lot of countries for many years now. Jeff started to look into making an Army Woman set. After receiving a letter from a 6 year old girl the project really picked up. You can read about this over here, Her Own Toy Story: How A 6-Year-Old Girl’s Letter Launched ‘Plastic Army Women’.

Recently Jeff started a campaign to raise money to fund the project on Kickstarter. You can fund it over here, Plastic Army Women Kickstarter. They met their goal in the first day. A couple of days later that had reached Stretch Goal #3 and probably by the time this post is finished it will reach Stretch Goal #4. They have collected over $26,000 so far. I have pledged $25.00 and will do a review of the figures once I have them next year. The sculpting looks really nice.

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When they started the project they had 6 poses planned. Now that they have met the goals it has increased to 12 poses. 

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I recently talked to Jeff about the Army Women. He said “I had read your post about the Cunningham Collectibles Confederate set that mentioned James Van Schaik as the sculptor. I made a note at the time so he was on my list of potential sculptors when looking for someone to make the Plastic Army Women prototype in a hurry this summer.” I am glad that my site helped in some way.

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I asked him a few questions. Are you surprised that the goal was met so quickly? Do you have any plans to expand on the set to included anymore poses?

He answered. “Yes, I was shocked goal was met in 12 hours. I have ideas for expansion, but not sure I can work those into the Kickstarter. I designed the Kickstarter to primarily fund production and fulfillment there’s not a lot left over in the budget for Sculpts and tooling. Currently, it could still be a couple of years before I break even on the development side of things. I am thinking about it though. Another idea I’m kicking around is adding a couple of playsets as rewards in the campaign. I have 2 ideas, one is a WAC Training Camp, the other is a Tan vs. Green Plastic Army People Playset. I’m not certain I’ll have time to pull any of this together though.”

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We talked about some other things like where are these Army Women going to be made? He said “I haven’t finalized the factory yet. I currently with 2 factories in the US and one in China. I am leaning strongly towards having them produced in the US.”

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He also stated, “The key to the Kickstarter success was having a good base of supporters at the start. I have an email list for the Plastic Army Women Project Newsletter. Those supporters are the reason funding happened so quickly.”

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Here is a good link to read about Women serving in the armed forces, Women in the United States Army.

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Jeff also mentioned that “they are scheduled for molding this week and should be available early to mid-December. I had the holes in the bases closed up so they match other figures better. There’s a ton of these out there in lighter gray, so these will be charcoal gray.”

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There are a bunch of new BMC Toys products on the way. The latest BMC Toys American Hero Collector Series production is on the way and scheduled to arrive by early December. The shipment includes 6 new items:

  • WW2 D-Day Tank Battle Playset 36pc

  • San Juan Hill Buffalo Soldiers vs Spain 32pc

  • Border Wars US Army vs. Mexican Villistas 34pc

  • Civil War Battlefield Accessories 18pc

  • United States Presidents Series #1 Figure Set

  • Blockhouse Walls Accessory (off-white)

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Jeff also said that, “Also, I’ve purchased the Sell Toy Co. inventory and mold of the Jagdpanzer IV Tank Destroyer.”

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Jeff keeps bringing sets back that have been out of production for a very long time. He was happy to find or acquire other molds to bring these vintage figures to a new generation.  

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As I predicted as I started writing this article they reached the next Stretch Goal #4. Now we will see the figures in both Green & Tan.

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When I was on vacation last month in Georgia & Virginia I found a few vintage Tim Mee Army Men. I will take more pictures of all of that in the future. Here are some of the hidden gems that I found in bags of figures I got.

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The small change of the hand with these figures makes a big difference. One is encouraging his fellow Soldiers to come forward. The other is attacking by throwing a grenade.

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The Tim Mee Army Man with the grenade in his hand was the original pose included when the set first came out.

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At some point the mold had problems or got damaged. The new figure had his hand changed to be open. 

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Here is the missing marching Tim Mee Army Man. At some point the mold was damaged and this figure was taken away from the set.

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There is a mystery about what had happened to the mold or molds. Either it was damaged some how or just worn out. Some of the figures I have look like bad casts, showing wear. Maybe some of the last marching Men to be cast?

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Here are some older Tim Mee Army Men & one Army Woman. I think this set was from the late 1950’s or early 1960’s. There are two stretcher bearers, one wounded Soldier, a Nurse and rescue dog. The Red Cross flag was in the bag, I do not know it if is original. 

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I think Jeff will meet all his goals with the Army Woman set and will continue to bring us more vintage sets back from the grave. 

That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

 

 

Latest News!! Loot from E.C.T.S.S. News from Engineer Basevich & Plastic Platoon.

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I have seen on a few different places Engineer Basevich is releasing two more sets to go along with the Revolution series. They will be in different colors again. So far I have seen blue and brown. They are cast in plastic in 1/32 scale. I found some of these pictures and information on the Engineer Basevich website.

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“So, “Engineer Basevich” with special pride presents a set # 30 “Commanders of the White Guard”. The set includes Kappel, Skuro, Drozdovsky and Ataman Semenov. Why are they, you ask, and begin to shower with no less worthy names? I agree! But such is the author’s decision, and although Kappel and Drozdovsky were already represented in my earlier sets on foot, I felt that they were no less worthy to lead your armies and on horses.”

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There is a timeline for a new one for the 31st set of soldiers of the ENGINEER BASEVICH – “Leaders of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921 R.” , and on behalf of the Director, Simon Petliuri, the hetman of the Ukrainian State in 1918, Rotsі Pavel Skoropadsky and Old Man -otaman Nestor Makhn. The fourth iguroyu set є petlyurіvsky colonel Petro Bolbochan. Hai live in Ukraine!

 

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Also around the net for a few weeks now are these new prototypes from Plastic Platoon. These are part of the Defense of Leningrad series. 

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“Plastic Platoon. Master model. Joint attack of 115 rifle division of the Red Army and 4 brigade of the Marine Corps of the KBF. Autumn 1941 Scale 1/32. The figures will be made in rubber-like material.”

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When I was on vacation I got a message about Plastic Platoon’s latest releases. Here is the breakdown with that.

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1. Plastic Platoon. German Paratroopers set 3. Battle of Crete 1941. Soft / rubber material. 1/32 scale

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2. Plastic Platoon. Battle of Crete 1941. Greek Infantry and militia. Soft / rubber material. 1/32 scale

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3. Plastic Platoon. Terrain set – Battle of Crete 1941. Fallschirmjäger drop containers. Broken, radio, supply containers

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Last weekend I attended the East Coast Toy Soldier Show. You can read about that over here, East Coast Toy Soldier 2019 Review.

While I was at the show I picked up a few things. I found some time to take some pictures of them.

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 I found this boxed set of Atlantic Apaches in 1/32 scale for $45.00. Some of these figures were still attached to the sprue.

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I found these Atlantic Roman figures for $60.00. Most are Roman Legionaries. Some were Gladiators or Citizens.

Here are the Roman soldiers. These figures are about 60mm.

Here are the figures for Coliseum. Looks like a Roman Emperor and some Senators too. Also some Gladiators and some poor Christians dealing with a couple of lions. 

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I picked up a few Barzso figures for $3.00 each. Some are characters from the Davy Crockett set.

 

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I picked up about 20 of the Marx 60mm Robin Hood figures for $2.00 a piece in these poses. 

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I picked up 5 of the John Jenkins Anglo Saxons/Danes for $40 a piece from Minutemen Toy Soldiers.

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The John Jenkins figures are really nice and blend very well with other companies like W. Britain, Conte & First Legion.

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I picked up this Schleich Mopane Tree for $10.

Lastly I found this Barzso rock piece from the Roger Rangers playset for $20.

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That is the last show I am going to this year. I might go to a vintage toy show in Allentown if I get a chance. I have updated the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show which you can see over here, The Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show 2020

That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

East Coast Toy Soldier 2019 Review

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Yesterday I attended the 37th Annual East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale. After a 2 hour drive I arrived about 10 minutes before the show started. I went to the back of the line of about 100 people waiting to get in. I waited about 5 minutes before the doors opened and there was another 100 waiting behind me. So around 200 people entered as the show began. I heard from vendors that the show was well attended and they did good in sales. After 3 years of declining crowds it had bounced back.

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So after about a two hours I went out to get my camera and took a tour around the show which we shall see soon. I found a few more things for my collection. I was not really searching for anything in particular but I did find a few things for my collection. I will do a separate post about the items that I did find. I was not able to get every vendor in the post. For the article I used about half of them present.

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I was greeted by Julie the owner of Treefrog Treasures. They are usually the first table in the first row. She is very helpful with the painted metal seta that they sell. You can visit their website at https://www.treefrogtreasures.com.

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The next vendor that I came across was “Fast Eddie”. They had a bunch of vintage figures to choose from. Plus other vintage items. There were many box lots. He is usually at the New Jersey Toy Soldier Show and the Heart of the South Toy Soldier Show.

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One of the tables that I usually want to see is Scott Schleh one. He has amazing custom built dioramas and items for sale. Send him a message if you are interested in his work. His email is mrclaycars@aol.com.

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Gary Green of Army Group Center Wargaming was there too with his usual selection of boxed sets. Both 1/72 & 1/32 in scale. He also has boxes of loose figures for sale at the shows. You can go to his website over here, https://army-group-center-wargaming.myshopify.com/.

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Check out the art by Doug Dearth at his website, http://dearthco.net/. He is usually at some of the Toy Shows across the nation.

 Usually at every show that I go to there is a new vendor or collector at the show. Phil Coffey was selling some off his collection this year. If you see anything that you might be interested in send him a email at hnc27@aol.com.

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George’s Toy Chest is usually at the show too. Check out all the antique & vintage toys at https://georgestoychest.com/.

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Here are some random pictures from the show.

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One of the new vendors this year was Janice. She was selling some vintage collectibles and toys. I think that the show is evolving a little to include more vintage toys and military or historical items. I picked up some elves for my girlfriend from Janice.

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William J Sullivan had a nice selection of hand painted miniatures and models for sale. Plus some books. Send him a message if you are interested in his work.

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Francis Turner was at the show again selling mainly Marx toys. He had playsets, figure sets, boxes of loose figures or bagged figures for sale. I picked up some 60mm Marx Robin Hood figures and a boxed set of Atlantic Apaches in 1/32 scale.

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Most of the shows that I attend I will see Rick Eber set up selling his vintage toys. Time after time he has some of the best and rare Marx Playsets & figures. If you are a die-hard Marx collector you should check him out. His website is at, http://www.marxplaysets.com/

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Here are some more random pictures from the show.

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A rare photo of Stengel Jr. Worth the price of admission, lol.

John Stengel Jr was at the show selling some of his vintage toy soldiers. He had a nice selection of Barzso Playset figures and display pieces. I picked up a bunch of Atlantic Roman figures from him and a few Barzso figures. We should see a set of the German Paratroopers next year. Hopefully in the spring.

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Steve Connell was selling some items for the first time at this show. He had a nice selection of metal painted figures.

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Arley L Pett had a huge selection of antique & vintage toys for sale. He is also looking to purchase antique toys. He is up in Maine if you are interested in buying or selling.

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Smiley’s Toys was a vendor selling mostly Hess Trucks. But the had some of collectibles for sale.

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Robert Hornung of Hornung Art had a nice selection of his products. He has a lot of unique painted metal sets. He is currently working on a website. He does a lot of the sculpting and painting of his sets. I will have more information about his products in the future.

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The Patriot is a store in Lake George, NY. They had a nice selection of historical military items and vintage toys at the show.

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One of the vendors that you have to see at this show is Gerry Watts. He always has a huge selection of vintage toy soldiers to pick through. They are separated by price either loose or figure sets bagged. I picked up some Marx vikings from him.

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Here are some more random pictures from the show.

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The amazing painted metal miniatures from the St. Petersburg Collection by AeroArt International had a nice selection at the show too. You can see more at their website, https://www.aeroartinc.com/.

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Collector Robert Cuddy is selling off his collection. Send him a message if you are interested.

 The Metal Shed was there with their custom made planes and vehicles.