The Latest News!! 03-21-2020 * Toy Soldier Review ~ Warhansa 100 Years War English Knights. Midwest Toy Soldier Show postponed.

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I hope everyone is doing well in these troubled times. If you have not heard yet the Midwest Toy Soldier Show is postponed. You can read more on their website, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/.

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In my last post I reviewed a few sets from Warhansa. Today I will review the last set I received. I think it is the best one that they sent me. Maybe their best set to date. It depicts English Knights from the 100 Years War. Five figures in all. The scale is 1/32. They are made out of a rubbery resin. They look like Men at Arms for the most part. Maybe one knight. The Archer is my favorite of the set. The detail is really nice. You can see more from Warhansa over here, https://warhansa.com/.

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Warhansa figures sets are really improving. The main issue I had with some of their past sets was the over sized weapons. This set does not have that issue. Here are some comparisons with figures from Conte and Dulcop. 

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That concludes the review. I might have another post up tomorrow. If not then sometime next week. Take Care & be safe. Thank you for reading.

 

 

The Latest News!! 03-16-2020 * Warhansa Toy Soldier Review, Star Wars Command & Corona Virus.

In the last week things have started to get crazy with the Corona Virus. As of right now the Midwest Toy Soldier Show is still on. But I don’t think I will be able to make it. I live over 12 hours away. They are starting to advise the closing of public stores and restaurants now. Plus the CDC is advising to keep gatherings of less than 50 people. So things don’t look to good.

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I found these a few months ago for about $15. I used to see these in Target years ago, but never purchased any. At this price I had to pick them up. They look pretty cool to me. 

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I received a few Warhansa sets from Yury to do a review. I found some time today to take some pictures of 3 different sets. You can check out more sets at the their website over here, https://warhansa.com/.

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Here is a set of WWII Russian Infantry. They are made of plastic in 1/32 scale. They are flats. I like the details. They look pretty cool. The plastic feels like the Barzso resin.

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Here are a set of Skeletons. When I first saw these online I was not really interested in them. But seeing them first hand I really like them. The weapon scale on the Warhansa figures have really improved lately. The scale is the bigger 1/32. Probably about 56mm to 57mm. They are made out of a rubbery resin.

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Here is the last set of figures that I am going to show today. This is a set of Gladiators. It includes three gladiators and one lion. This set is really nice. The details are good. The scale of the weapons good. I also like the color. It reminds me of the Atlantic Gladiators. They are made of a rubbery resin.

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I took some pictures of the Warhansa Gladiator figures next to some Atlantic Gladiator figures. They look good when mixed together.

 

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This virus is very frustrating to everyone. I hope it will be over in a few weeks. But it is what it is. In my next post I have another Warhansa set to review. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!! 03-01-2020 * Toy Soldier Review Prikaz, Vintage Playmobil Gauls, Midwest Toy Soldier Show & Hobby News.

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Sunday, March 29, 2020 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m..
ROOM TRADING: Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28.

http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/

You can read about last year’s show here The Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2019 Review Part 1 ~ Room Trading and here The Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2019 Review Part 2 ~ The Show.

It has been about a month since my last post. I have been real busy with work and getting ready for the Midwest Toy Soldier Show. I wanted to make a quick post about some new figures and also an update on my figures.

 

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Alexey has been busy revamping his company. I received a bunch of figures from him this week. He started working with some new sculptors and here is some of the results.

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1 BEP (1 parachute battalion Foreign legion, the Battle of Dien Bien Phu) 5 figures: gunner, sniper, legionnaire grenade, two Legionnaire with sub-machine gun. Scale: 1/32

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Here is a Mercenary figure that can be purchased by itself. He reminds me of an IRA Freedom Fighter. The figure does fit really very with the Indo-China set. You can see more of Prikaz over here Prikaz Toy Soldiers.

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Publius is working on a Iroquois Indian set. The prototypes look great. I just got a bunch of Publius figures that I will review in a couple of weeks.

 

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In my last post we talked about the limited set of Anglo Saxons miniatures that I am having produced. I received some of the sets this week. Here are some pictures of the final figure cast. Hopefully I will be able to put some sets together for the show. I need more of the 8th figure to complete more sets. Some of these figures are cast without a shield or hand with a spear. This was done for two reasons. The first was to get a nicer cast figure. The second reason was to avoid a spaghetti type spear being cast. After some tests the spearmen will be cast in two different resins. The figure will be cast in a rubbery type resin and the hand with the spear will be cast in a harder resin to avoid the bending of the spear. My vision of this set was to have a Saxon Spear Wall. To avoid any of the spears getting broken during shipping, I am thinking of leaving them unattached from the figure. The collector can use crazy glue to attach the shield and hand with the spear.

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Today I was going through the figures and trimming any flash that I found. I set some of them up to fight a small battle with some Prikaz Danes. I mixed in a few Publius Saxons (blue guys) too.

 

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The other day I stumbled across these vintage Playmobil Gauls. They are sets 7923 & 7924. They are hard to find and usually are expensive if you do find them. I got lucky to get both of these sets for $20.00. 

 

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I wish Playmobil had expanded on this theme. Most Playmobil collectors had to make their own Gauls to fight against the Romans. These figures will be joining Hannibal’s Army…

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Don’t forget about the Midwest Toy Soldier Show. It will start in about 25 days. It is one of the best shows around. Plenty of plastic and metal figures. I will be there selling my new miniatures, toys from my own collection, and LOD & Barzso products.

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That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

 

The Latest News!! Anglo-Saxons by Warhorse Miniatures!! Updates on Prikaz, LOD~Barzso, Petite Guerre & Midwest Toy Soldier Show.

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While most of you were getting ready to watch the Super Bowl, I was putting together this post. Today we have some updates. The first update will be about Prikaz Toy Soldiers. 

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Prikaz Toy Soldiers, “ПРИКАЗ” in Russian means “Order” in English. They make resin based miniatures. The owner is Alex Pisarev. I started collecting his medieval sets from the beginning. I have been working with Alex on some projects after we first met. I have been updating the picture catalog of his sets on my website. You can check out that page over here Prikaz Toy Soldiers. Alex is in the process of expanding his business. I should have more information about this in the coming months.

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Last month I received most of the Prikaz Streltsy sets. Today I want to take a closer look at the first and last set that was made from that theme of the Russian riflemen.

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St-1) Moscow Streltsy #1 – A set of five figures firing standing Streltsy with muskets and swords – $30.

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This one figure started it all for Alexey. So when you look at his company this is a key figure to have. The figure is nicely detailed and depicts a Russian rifleman from the 16th to 18th century.

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St-8) Streltsy regiment of artillery (1 cannon, 8 artillerists) – $100.

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Here is the latest set from the Streltsy theme. This Artillery set is really nice. It comes with a huge crew to show off different scenarios of moving, loading and firing. There are also some accessories too.

 

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“We are able to start taking pre-orders on four Barzso resin figure sets. The figures have been arriving at LOD headquarters and we will be packaging them up over the next two weeks. The initial four figure sets are all in blue.

They have been loaded into the web store so feel free to take a look. We will be adding more photos of each figure as well. The pirate sets and the Lewis & Clark character figure set are priced at $25 per bag. The Last of the Mohicans character set is limited and available for $75 per set.” ~ Ken Ciak of LOD Enterprises Toy Soldiers.

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Here are some pictures of some Barzso figures that I purchased last year. I was told by Ken that the new sets are cast in the same blue color. You can visit the LOD website over here https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.

 

 

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Nino is busy again working on some new figures. He is working on a set of Cimarrons. Head over to Petite Guerre website to read up on what he is doing, https://petiteguerretoysoldiers.com/cimarrons-runaway-slaves-west-indies-southern-colonies/.

 

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Midwest Toy Soldier Show. Featuring the best toy soldier dealers of the Midwest and from around the country, covering metal and plastic, dime stores, playsets, individual figures, and more!

New production and Old!

 

When:
Sunday, March 29, 2020 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m..
ROOM TRADING: Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28.

 

Where:
Courtyard by Marriott
Conference Center
150 Fairington Ave.
Lafayette, IN 47905

http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/

Next month I will be attending the Midwest Toy Soldier Show. This is one of my favorite shows to attend now. The dealers usually have a great selection of plastic figures from many different companies from all over the world. Besides the plastic figures there are many painted metal miniatures too. This year a new company will be premiering at the show. Which leads me to the next article in this post… 

 

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For about the last five years I started thinking about having my own line of Toy Soldiers made. With the help of Alexey Pisarev my dream has come true. Here are some test shots of the miniatures below.

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Saxon Fryd with hand axe, Huscarl with Dane axe, Noble with Sword & Fryd with hand axe.

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The last Saxon fyrd sculpt with a spear was just finished.

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Next month at the Midwest Toy Soldier Show I will be starting to sell my own line of Toy Soldiers. I am offering a limited run of 50 sets. Each set will have 8 different resin figures. The set depicts Anglo-Saxon warriors. They can be used to fight your battles that took place during the Dark Ages. They were made to be lined together to fight in a shield wall formation.

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Most of these warriors are from the Saxon militia or Fyrd. The Fyrd were freemen that would be raised to defend their homes when they were threatened. Most of these men would fight with spears or hand axes. They were usually lightly armored. If they had a helmet they were lucky. Later on the Fyrd would be better organized and better armored.

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Here is a Saxon Noble and Saxon Huscarl.

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Here are two Saxon Fyrd with hand axes.

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Here are three of the Fyrd with spears. The fourth figure was just finished. I will have more pictures in the future.

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On some of the figures the shields are attached. If you have two sets you can have the same figure look a little different by using a different shield. The color will be a burnt Orange.

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They are a little bigger that the Conte Medieval figures. The set will cost around $60.00. That is it with the Saxons for now. I will have more information in the near future.

 

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 The Vintage Collection Boba Fett figure with be available in the coming months in case you missed it last time.

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That is it for now. Enjoy the game. Thank you for reading. 

Vintage Plastic ~ Airfix Nato Infantry

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As a young boy I remember traveling to Ireland to visit my Grandmother and other relatives. I think it was in 1986 that I became a collector of Airfix figures. While we traveled through the small towns of Ireland I searched any hobby or toy store to be found. I picked up about a dozen boxes of the World War II sets.

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Each boxed set had 14 figures. Some times they had a extra figure or two. Each box cost about $4.00 at the time. I was able to find most the World War II sets in Ireland. This started me down a path to try to get a box of each set. Over the years I did get a box of each Airfix World II set in 1/32 scale. It was not until a few years ago that I started looking for the Modern or Nato figures. A few weeks ago I finally found a set of the Nato Infantry in really good condition.

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This set has 7 different figures. The scale of these figures are smaller than the World War II figures. Here are some pictures below of the box and then some pictures of the toy soldiers.

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This boxed set was produced in either 1983 or 1984. As usually the box art was really nice.

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Here are all the figures. This set is filled with action poses. I like the soldier using the rifle like a club. I was surprised about the scale of these figures. This set and the Modern Russians are the same size. I will set up something in the future with both sets. I am still looking for a boxed set of the Russians. One day… If you are interested in learning more about Airfix figures check out this German link, http://airfix132.de/index.html.

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Well that concludes another blog post. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!! 01-05-2020 * Vintage Russian Toys Soldiers, Reisler, Atlantic & Warhansa Previews & more.

Today’s post is about vintage toys. I have a few items that I have picked up recently that I want to show. I hope that some of the collectors can solve some mysteries that I have.

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I found this vintage Reisler Royal Danish Guard set at a flea market yesterday for about $5.00. It was mixed in with some vintage Christmas decorations. I think this is the first time I found a Reisler set with the original packaging out in the wild. 

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I found these toy soldiers on eBay the other day. They are about 45mm. They appear to be Russian Infantry. I don’t know who made them. Maybe they are from Hong Kong. Blue Box?? Anyone have a clue???

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I found these on eBay a few months ago. Captain Harlock figures by Atlantic. I paid about $20.00 for the lot of figures. No box. They are about 28mm or so. It is just a novelty that caught my eye. The set is not complete though. 

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A fellow collector named Carlos sent me these pictures about space fantasy themed figures. He is looking for any other information that anybody might have about them. Thank you for in advance.

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Landsknechte and Swiss Warrior sets from Chintoys are now available at MicShaun’s. You can head over to their website to check out all the ChinToy sets plus some much more at, https://micshaunscloset.com/collections/all/brand_chintoys?fbclid=IwAR1ZEVfR3AflDoXvKnRe7KLxfE8fkaJEYN81hmVprenmGiGyIvXkXjJIuak

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Here are some new sets from Warhansa. There are some English 100 Year War figures, Skeletons, Neanderthals, Gladiators and more. They are taking pre-orders if you are interested. They appear to be 1/32 in scale. You can see more at their Russian website, http://www.hobbybunker.ru/.

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That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!! 01-01-2020 ~ Happy New Year ~ Urfin Jus Modern Russian Infantry & some Hobby News.

Happy New Year 2020!!!

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I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year. I have a few new previews and some other hobby related things to share.

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Here are some pictures of the Urfin Jus Modern Russian Infantry set. It should be released this month. 1st Chechen War of 1994-1995. There are 6 different poses and is 1/32 in scale. 

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Here is a prototype of a future Publius figure. Maybe Misses Claus??

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The Viking Shield Breaker Berserker figure by Prikaz is ready now too. I will have some new pictures up in the coming months.

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The first season of the Disney Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian is over now. The last episode was great. The one thing missing are the toys!! Don’t fear. The toys will be all over the place beginning some time this spring. Here are 4 new figures from the next wave of The Vintage Collection. These 3 & 3/4 inch scale Star Wars action figures feature classic characters and retro packaging! Longtime fans of Star Wars will love this Kenner-style packaging, right down to the old fashioned Kenner logo. ROS Action Figures Wave 3 Set is made up of a Remnant Stormtrooper, Cara Dune, The Mandalorian and a Clone Trooper.

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I started collecting Star Wars figures again. The new figures look really great. Right now I will just focus on the Mandalorian TV series. I think by the end of 2020 we will see a bunch of Star Wars toys to make some great mini displays.

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That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

 

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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Santa Workshop

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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. 

Warhorse Miniatures

This concludes another blog post. Thank you for reading.