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/.