The Latest News ~ 01/21/2019. News & Reviews. Prikaz, Atherton Scenics, Barzso Metal Woodland Indians, X-Force & More.

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Greetings my fellow collectors. Today I have some hobby related news to share with you. I have some information from Alex Pisarev who is the owner of Prikav. He shared with me two sets that I didn’t know anything about.

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The first and newest set is of the Indochina war of 1947-54, and represents the parachutists of the French Foreign Legion. The “Dien Bien Phu” series: “2 BELs” (“2 battalion of paratroopers of the Foreign Legion”).  The scale 1/32 (54 mm). 

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The set consists of five figures: 1) a sergeant-chef in a parade cap and a parade shirt with a sash, 2) a legionary-parachutist in a hat, full display and with an amphibious version of a MAS-38 rifle, 3) a legionary-parachutist in a beret, with a dagger, attacking hand-to-hand, 4) legionary-parachutist in a helmet, full display, with an amphibious version of the MAS-38 rifle, shooting from the knee, 5) girl (nurse) with a MAS-38 rifle (collective image based on the movie “Charlie Bravo”) .

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I don’t know if this subject was ever covered in Plastic. This war led to the USA getting into the Vietnam war.

It is an interesting subject to cover. I guess you could combine some Vietnam based figures with these. The next set is Medieval based.

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The second set is based on the early Russian Viking history. Alex told me that “Last fall I released a set of “Squad”, which consists of four figures: a noble horse warrior, two noble foot soldiers and a girl warrior. All four figures are dressed in ancient Russian armor. The rider from the southern part of Ancient Russia, the bearded warrior, too. But the young warrior and the girl are conceived and made so that they can be Russians, Scandinavians, Saxons, and even Czechs or other Western Slavs. I wanted to combine the history of Europe and the history of Russia in this set.”

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I like this set of Noble Warriors. The details are nice. I can see the horse rider smashing through a shield wall or chasing down some people. The female warrior will be a great addition to any battlefield.

I am talking to Alex about putting together an interview. I will have more information about him and his figures in the near future. 

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About two weeks ago Paul over at Stad’s Stuff had a Preview of some new Expeditionary Force English French Hussars. Today one of the new sets was released 54 FRN 11 French Hussars.

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Here are some pictures of prototypes of Soviet WWII Soldiers by Warhansa. These are part of new sets coming out at the around February. The scale is 1/32,  approximately 54mm like classic toy soldiers.

 

Here are some pictures of the first run World War II British Infantry from Plastic Platoon from the “Battle of Crete” series above.

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I ordered this Wigwam Terrain piece on eBay a couple of weeks ago. It reminded me of some of Barzso Playset’s Woodland Indian village pieces. It fits in perfect with the Barzso figures. Here is the link if you are interested WOODLAND INDIANS WIGWAM DIORAMA 54mm CAST FOAM ATHERTON SCENICS (#9902).

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Besides the Wigwam village piece that I got on eBay I also got these Barzso Villagers from Ed Borris. He purchased a bunch of sets that Ron Barzso had left. At one point Ron fooled around with the idea of having his figures cast in metal. They look to be the same size and have the same amount of detail as the resin cast figures. You can go to Ed’s eBay page over here Never released! Barzso brushed metal pewter “Indians in Camp Set:, Brand New!. Here are some more pictures below. A few at the end show the metal figures compared to the resin copies.

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

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Merry Christmas 2018

 

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I hope everyone is having a Merry Christmas this year and got something the wanted. I got a Barzso Playset “The Battle of Bushy Run” for Christmas this year. I almost have all the Barzso playsets that I am looking for. I am planning on reviewing some of the playsets that I have next year. I am working on another blog post and it will be up in a couple of hours. I would like to thank everyone who comes to read my blog. Plus those who take their time to leave a comment. Take Care for now. 

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Chicago Toy Soldier Show 2018 ~ Barzso Playsets LOD Battle of Yorktown

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Greetings fellow collectors. Just in case you do not know tomorrow is the 38th annual Chicago Toy Soldier Show. This show is on my bucket list. It’s the biggest and best Toy Soldier show in the world. Most of the companies and major dealers attend the show. At the show new products are released or previews of future products are showed. Collectors from around the world will spend days trading, selling and buying.

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Ken Ciak of LOD Enterprises had shared some pictures on FB and some others with me for the Battle of Yorktown Playset. I will break down the playset when I get mine in the mail in a couple of weeks.

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For the latest news about the show you can head over to Stad’s Stuff. One of Paul’s latest updates tells us about Ed Borris’s latest custom figure. This year it is of Ron Barzso. He is depicted as Robin Hood. The figure looks very nice. 

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One other thing that I saw about LOD was the new Christmas sets.

 

Also from LOD was a preview of some Amazon prototypes. 

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Thanks it for now. Enjoy.

An Interview with Ron Barzso of Barzso Playsets.

“Remember the feeling you had as a kid when you received a playset for a present?”

“Looking at the box, opening those little bags that contained treasures never before seen, setting up for the first time… Well, now you can recapture those feelings with a brand new playset from BARZSO PLAYSETS!”

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These are the words you will see when you visit the Barzso Playset website. In 1993 Ron brought back the second Golden Age of Toy Soldier Playsets. Barzso Playsets released their first playset “Roger’s Rangers, In the Attack on St. Francis”.

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It was the first new American produced playset in about 25 years. Barzso Playsets would release a new playset almost every year after for the next 25 years. Most of his products were focused on early American history. From early colonial history to the American Civil War. The French & Indian War was a major theme of his. The Native American Indian figures are some of the best figures every produced. He also brought to life some of our childhood classic stories like John Stevenson’s “Treasure Island” and the medieval tale of “Robin Hood”.

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Most of there early figures were casted in resin and so were the playset accessories. Their products were made in the USA. Later on they used plastic injected molds to make the figures and they were made in China. They still continued to use resin casted character figures and accessories that are made here in the USA.

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Besides producing some great playsets Barzso sold figure packs, different kinds of small accessories and foam buildings. But some of his best products had to be the forts and castles they made.

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Barzso brought collectors dreams come to life. Today his products are very desirable and can command a premium price.

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This year at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show Barzso Playsets in a joint venture with LOD Enterprises will release a playset together.

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The other day I got a chance to talk to Ron Barzso and ask him a few questions. He and his family were busy packaging their final playset the “Battle of Yorktown: Attack on Redoubt #10”.

 

 

We talked over the phone. This was the first time I did an interview over the phone. I had some questions written out to ask. The conversion was almost a half hour. As we talked I took notes to use later on for this article. The conversation moved into different directions as you will see as you read further. 

 

 

 

Warhorse Miniatures: Hi Ron, thank you for taking the time to answer a few questions. I would like to say I am a big fan of your work and have followed your company for a while now. It started with the first playset, Roger’s Rangers.

My first questions is; Who is Ron Barzso and how did all of this start?

 

Ron Barzso: (Ron laughed at who is Ron Barzso) Ron told me he was a 5th grade teacher(his wife Mary is also a teacher) and a collector of toy soldiers. He would go to the shows in the 1980’s with like sixty dollars in his pocket and be amazed at the prices that some of the playsets were going for. After a while Ron got tired of seeing nothing new being produced or nothing that he was interested in. He started doing some research on making his own playsets. After seeing collectors spending a lot on old toys he realized that there would be a market for his products. So he started reaching out to different companies. He started working with some small local companies to start the business.

 

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Warhorse Miniatures: One of the main themes of your sets is early American Colonial history. Your first set was Roger’s Rangers playset. What was the main reason that you started here.

 

Ron Barzso: Ron told me he loved history. One of his favorite movies is “Northwest Passage” He said “that would be a cool playset”. He saw an ad about Hudon Allen Studio. He contacted them and met Ken Olsen. Ken was the sculptor of the Roger’s Rangers figures. Ron used a few different companies to put together the playset. One did the figures and accessories. Another produced the buildings.

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Warhorse Miniatures: One of the things that I remember about your sets is the amount of detail given. Of all your playsets, do you have a favorite? Or which one was the most fun to produce.

Ron Barzso: After about 15 seconds of thought Ron said he had two that came to mind. “The Last of the Mohicans and Treasure Island”.

Treasure Island is one of Ron’s favorite books. Ron reread Treasure Island and used details from the book to design some of accessories. The late Steve Lortz sculpted the figures. Ron had a lot fun bringing this playset to life.

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The second set was “Last of the Mohicans”. While at the West Coast Show in the mid 1990’s Ron was approached by some executives from 21st Century. They wanted Ron to develop a playset for them. These executives were also collectors of toys soldiers. After some talks they agreed to use “Last of the Mohicans” for the playset. Ron like the characters and story. Plus the historical background. Wes Studi even autographed a picture of himself for each playset. Ron said about 550 playsets were made. He was able to visit the studio set of the movie. They gave Ron some movie stills and few blue print designs they used in the movie. One of the blue prints was of Fort William Henry which Ron said is about twelve feet by 3 feet. It is a everlasting reminder of the playset and movie for him.

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Both of these sets were followed up with expansion sets. A few ships where made and a Pirates cove set were made to go with the Treasure Island set. For the Last of the Mohicans set they made Fort William Henry.

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Warhorse Miniatures: In 2017 you allowed Ken Ciak of LOD Enterprises to produce your Medieval and Revolutionary War figures. Now that your going to retire soon, do you have any plans for Ken to produce some of your other sets? And if yes, which other sets?

 

Ron Barzso: Ron said that he sold the rights to the Robin Hood medieval molds, Lexington Green molds and the Yorktown figure molds to Ken. They came to an agreement to work on the Yorktown Playset together. Ken providing the figures and Ron gathering the other parts for the playset.

Ron never did answer the second part of the question. But I asked Ken about it and he said “Ron and I have discussed his molds and the opportunity to purchase them. We have not delved too deep into the details but will look to do so in Schaumburg” at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show.

(As we talked about this Ron jumped back to question about favorite playsets)

Ron Barzso: Ron said he enjoyed meeting Fess Parker while they developed the Fess Parker Daniel Boone Playset. This was another licensed playset. He spent over 3 hours talking to Fess. Fess was surprised about that there was any interest about him acting as Daniel Boone after all the years. This playset was almost produced as much as the Last of the Mohicans playset.

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(from here we jumped into the prices of Barzso)

Ron Barzso: Ron said he was a little surprised about prices of what some of his products are going for now. But he said collectors will spend whatever their willing to get what they want. He said he gets requests for some of his items that are over 17 year old sometimes. And that collectors from around the globe send such requests.

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Warhorse Miniatures: You told me that you plan to retire after the Yorktown playset. If you could design another playset what would it be?

 

Ron Barzso: After some thought, Ron says that he would have liked to do a science fiction based playset. Maybe either the movies “Forbidden Planet” or “The Time Machine”. He said that he didn’t know what he would have used as the main display for Forbidden Planet. He said the idea of the Morlocks with the Time Machine would have been fun.

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I later found some pictures of toys and images of what could have been?? The Barzso “Forbidden Planet” playset.

or The Barzso “The Time Machine” playset.

If Ron ever makes another playset I bet it will be really cool. I brought up the idea of zombies or the Walking Dead. He liked the Walking Dead zombie figures that where made at one point. He is surprised that they were not produced into a bigger production.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Any new details about the Yorktown set you would like to share with us?

 

Ron Barzso: Ron talked a little about he history of the battle. He mentioned about the Redoubt #10 being a surprise attack and the American soldiers were ordered not to load their muskets. They would use their bayonets to charge the British to take the redoubt.

He said the redoubt would have 3 sides. Six different sets of figures included. A few character figures like Alexander Hamilton and George Washington. The figures were sculpted by Jim Holloway. These were some of the things he divulged.

We then talked about how much he liked the action poses that these figures had. He also mentioned that he had planned to originally release this playset the year after the Lexington Green set. But he ran out of gas and put it to the side until now. He is excited now to finally release the Yorktown set.

Warhorse Miniatures: This is my last question. I would like to thank you for the time you took to answer the questions. It saddens me that your retiring. At the same time I am happy to see that you will be enjoying yourself in retirement. Is there anything else that you would like to say about Barzso Playsets?

Ron Barzso: One of the things that we discussed was some of Ron’s plans when he retires. He talked about traveling and his interest in preserving wild flowers. He also mentioned that it was mainly he and his wife that would handle the daily tasks of the business. From taking the orders, to packaging item to be shipped. It was overwhelming at times. He is ready to retire. He is glad to have met all the collectors over the years. He has many fond memories of the toy soldiers and toy shows.

Ron will now be retired but he still will be at some of the shows for the near future.

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This is the conclusion to the interview. As I was looking for some figures to take a few pictures of, I found some old flyers that Barzso Playsets would mail out to customers. I thought it would be interesting to take a few pictures of those. It was nice that Ron would send a personalized note at times to thank you or answer a question that you might have sent with an order.

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I also came across some old order forms. I wish these items were still in stock );

I have been collecting Barzso playset products off and on since almost the beginning. Their playsets of early American History and Native Americans are my favorite sets from Barzso. 

 

I hope that LOD Enterprises will continue the legacy of Barzso Playset. I have a feeling they will.

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Latest News! August 26th, 2018. New Sets, Barzso/LOD Enterprise, Paragon, X-Force, BMC Toys. Vintage Toy Soldiers.

It has been almost a month since my last post. I was planning on doing a post in the beginning of the month about some vintage toys soldiers that I had picked up from Europe. The main focus was going to be of this huge box of figures that I had purchased off of eBay.

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Unfortunately my Father passed away. He was 81 and had been ill the last few years. He joined the Navy when he was 16 and served 4 years from 1955 to 1959. He later joined the NYPD in 1961 and retired in 1989 as a Lieutenant. He shared with me his love of history and we traveled to many different Civil War Battlefields over the years. He wasn’t a toy collector, but he purchased many historical related toys over the years for me and my brother when we were kids. That got me started as a collector years later.

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I am going to keep the post short. There are a few new sets that were released or will be released soon. 

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LOD released their new Revolutionary figures this month. I had pre-ordered 15 sets. I received them about 10 days ago. The figures are are the 1/32 in scale. Here are pictures of them below.

The sculpting is really nice and blend very well with the other Barzso colonial figures. The weapons were bent on a lot of these figures but straightened out by using the hot & cold water treatment. The British regulars are my favorite set out of the 4 new sets released.

Besides all the great action poses these sets have, one of my favorite poses is the British soldier that is marching with his rifle held to his chest and resting on his shoulder.

These figures will fill in a gap of much need poses for any collector of early American history figures.

The Chicago Toy Soldier Show is less than a month away. Barzso Playset will release the Yorktown playset. This will Barzso’s last playset. I was lucky enough to pre-order the set at the Indiana Toy Soldier show. From what I hear, it will be great. After setting up some of these figures for a small display I have no doubt it should be nice.

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We also got some to see the new Christmas figures too. They should be available in the cream color next year. They remind me of the vintage Christmas figures from my childhood. Head over to the LOD Enterprises Toy Soldiers now!

X-Force has some new sets coming out soon. The first of the Celtic Barbarian sets is out now. These figures are 60mm. 60 CBT 01 Warband (Infantry)

Here are the latest pictures blown up of the future Celtic figures that should be released later this year.

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These figures look really nice. I will have to add these to my collection.

Here is the latest from Paragon. They should be released in the near future. 

Our final set in the Alamo series will be a combination of infantry and cavalry. There will be 12 figures in each bag and 4 horses.

There will be additional bare heads and heads wearing Presidio (Zorro type) hats. The two cavalry figures will each have an additional right arm so you can have lots of figure combinations.

Look for them soon!

This will be their last figures in the Alamo range. I think they will have some more Wild West sets coming next year.

 

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Here is the redone BMC Iwo Jima playset. They added a couple of things. The main difference is the color to the figures with is a great improvement. This is my favorite playset they have made so far. You can see more over here BMC Toys

That is it on the latest hobby news. I have a few preview pictures on the box that I got earlier this month. I will go into detail about that next time. Thank you for reading, take care.

 

Latest News! July 1st, 2018. Toy Soldier News, Yard Sale Finds, and Paragon Sioux Indians Review.

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Greetings everyone, here is another blog article on the hobby. In this post we will cover some news about Toy Soldiers, yard sale finds and some products that I purchased off the internet. 

Before I start I am sorry to say that William Lango has passed away at the age of 74. He was the promoter of the East Coast Toy Soldier Show for about 35 years. He also published the magazine Toy Soldier review for many years. I met him a few times over the years at the shows. He was a really nice guy. He will surely be missed. Gentlemen like Bill are the reason I started a blog page in the first place. He inspired me to continue promoting the hobby of Toy Soldiers.

 

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I went out hunting again the past few weeks and here are a few things that I found. First I stopped at a few yard sales. I got these 4 trees about a minute away from my house for a twenty five cents each.

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I got this Star Wars figure for $1.00, a nice find.

While at an antique store I found a bag of toys. Here are some of my favorite figures that I found inside. 

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Some Vintage 54mm Marx Indians and some green Hong Kong Indians that were a little smaller.

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Some Vintage Marx Union Civil War Soldiers in powder blue and some other vintage western figures. They look like they are 54mm or 1/32 in scale. 

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 Here is another picture of the cowboy, I never seen this one before. 

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Here are some 54mm Marx World War II Americans and Germans. 

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Here is a vintage Marx Robin Hood figure. This figure is 1/32 in scale.

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Some more vintage World War II American toy soldiers. These figures are about 45mm.

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This figure looks like Batman. This is 1/32 in scale.

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This MPC Soldier looks like he is being attacked by some type of alien. I guess quality control was not that good back then. This figure is 1/32 in scale.

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Those trees already came in handy for this picture. I think these deer are made by Marx. These figures are 1/32 in scale.

 

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I found these on eBay the other day. They are a mixture of farm animals in 1/32 scale by Reisler of Denmark. I am always looking for things to add to make my displays come to life. These farm animals are great for that. I got these for about $13.00.

 

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You don’t see to many cats in this scale. These are really nice.

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These piglets are excellent too.

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Some Rooster and Chickens.

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You don’t see to many ducks either.

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A few young horses.

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Here are some lamb and rams.

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Some young calves.

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And lastly a Billy goat and a jumping kid.

 

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Here are some 54mm Cowboys that were also made by Reisler. I also got these on eBay for $9.99. They look like ranch hands. The guy with the throwing knife is an unusual pose for a Cowboy. 

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After I got those Marx Indians last month I started searching on eBay to get a few more. I got lucky with this auction. 68 Vintage Indians for $9.99. Most of these figures are in very good condition. I bid on this auction for the brown 54mm Marx Indians. The other Indians were a pleasant surprise once I looked at them first hand.

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I am planning on using some of these Indians with the Barzso Great Buffalo Hunt playset. They should mix well.

Here are some pictures of the other Indians that were in that lot. Some are also from Marx. Most of these have broken weapons. Some have some really nice details.

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Now for some Toy Soldier news. 

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“The New Figures are coming!!!!” 

“The New Figures are coming!!!!”

“There Is still time to Pre-Order!!!!!”

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The figures are finally done. The color selection is really nice.

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“The new Rev War sets are shipping next week from the factory and should be at LOD headquarters in early August. Pre-sale orders will be shipped shortly after they arrive.

There is still time to pre-order the sets to receive one free as well as earn an entry into the drawing for a Barzso Yorktown Playset.

The pre-sale will conclude at the end of the weekend after July 4th (official end time on 7/8). If you have not ordered your sets yet or want to increase your odds in the Playset drawing, visit us at www.lodtoysoldiers.com.

 

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These are still pictures of the prototypes, but test shots should be arriving next month that depict the characters in their production colors. They should be ready for the holidays. The size of these figures is 60mm. 

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“The full set with Santa, the elves, sleigh with reindeer, and gifts will retail for $22.50 and be packaged in a decorative box. The figure set is named Santa’s Christmas Delivery.”

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“The smaller starter set includes Santa, the three elves, and two gifts. It will be packaged in a header bag and retail for $12.50. It is appropriately named Santa and his Elves.”

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“The prototypes for the 6” figures have arrived and the details look great. Each figure will retail for $17.50 or you can purchase both for $30.00.”LOD Troy1LOD Troy2LOD Troy3

“The original War at Troy set gets a small makeover as there will be limited bags available with grey Trojans. The Greeks remain in the beige hue they have been over the three sets. These figure sets will be available late summer for $27.00 per bag or included in the combo or super sets.”

 

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As it was stated before the Hat 1/32 Seven Years War Austrian figures have been approved. You still can pre-order the sets at a discount. Hat 1/32 7YW Austrians

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I can’t wait to get the sets that I pre-ordered. These figures should be really nice and cost efficient.

 

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“New set on the Vietnamese war – Marines set 2. Battle of Hue of 1968. 
6 figures in 6 poses. 1/32. Material of rezino-plasticity. Flexible and strong, real game miniature.”

You can now find these figures on eBay.

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Engineer Basevich. New set 23 NOMADS. Polovtsy, Pechenegs and Khazars. plastic, 1:32.

 

 

 

You should be able to find this new set in the near future. The price is most likely around $60.

 

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Here are some future pirate figures that Warhansa is working on. They said these figures are 1/32 in scale. The weapons seem to still be over sized. They should be available in a few months. 

Toy Soldier Review ~ Paragon Sioux Indians

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I finally got a few sets of the new Paragon Sioux Indians. For the price of around $30.00 you get 4 mounted Sioux Indians in 2 different poses. Plus another 8 figures on foot that you can get 5 different poses. Two of the figures have plug in hands. You can create 4 different combinations  of weapons that these warrior could use. They are 1/32 in scale are about the same size as the TSSD Plains Indians.

Here was the first pose I made. I gave him a Tomahawk and knife to weld into battle.

Here is the next pose that I made. I gave this warrior a spear and shield to protect himself. The other poses would be a Tomahawk & Shield or Spear & knife.

Here is one of my favorite poses in this set. This warrior is running and shooting the bow. His face reminds me of Wes Studi a little.

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This pose is unique and my least favorite pose. Only because I can not re-use this pose easily. I will try to convert these figures first one day…

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Here is another nice pose. This warrior has a carbine.

 

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Here are the two mounted poses. They are both very nice. The are mounted on TSSD horses. 

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I like this pose. It can be used in many different scenarios. A classic pose. I like the touch of having a quiver and bow on his back too. The figure can also be pushed so he is resting on the mane of the horse. These figures rest nicely on the horse’s back and you don’t have to be worried about them failing off easily. 

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I like this pose too. This is a realistic pose of getting close and have better odds of hitting someone after you shot the rifle. Plus doing more damage. 

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Here are the Paragon Sioux Indians raiding a TSSD Plains Indian camp. 

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The Paragon and TSSD Indians are a perfect match. I am glad that they use the same brand horses. I like the Paragon plastic better than the TSSD. They are less rubbery than the TSSD and it is easier to straightening the bent weapons using he hot/cold water treatment. 

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This blue Indian was made by Jason Pope of Plastic Underground.

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Here are some groupings of the different brands. The wait was worth it. Thanks again Paragon for making these figures. I can’t wait to see what they will look like painted.

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Before I wrap up this latest installment I have one more item to show. This is a vintage staple box that my girlfriend got me. I love the art work. It will look nice in a display with some figures one day. Thanks for reading and enjoy the 4th of July holiday. 

 

Barzso Playsets “Battle of Yorktown: Attack on Redoubt #10” Playset LOD Revolutionary War Pre-Sale

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In my last post I had mentioned about Barzso Playsets and LOD Enterprises announcement of the “Battle of Yorktown: Attack on Redoubt #10″ Playset.” I have some more information on the joint venture. The playset estimated to cost $279 to $299.

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 “Barzso Playsets is teaming up with LOD Enterprises to produce this new playset. While contents are not completely finalized, here is what you can expect.”

  • 48 British Soldiers – Regulars and Light Infantry

  • 48 Continental Soldiers – Regular and Light Infantry

  • 2 Character figures: George Washington touching off the first shot to open the siege of Yorktown and Alexander Hamilton, leading the charge on Redoubt #10

  • Redoubt #10

  • Cannon, mortars

  • Many other accessories

100 SETS WILL BE PRODUCED. Pre-orders are NOW being taken! We are limiting the number of pre-orders to 50, (one per customer). If you want to pre-order a set please contact Ron Barzso.

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Jim Clouse had shared this picture and comment “Ron Barzso previewed the new character figures (original sculpts) for the Battle of Yorktown playset. George Washington is firing the first cannon shot to open the siege. At right, is Alexander Hamilton, who commanded the assault on Redoubt #10.”

Also LOD is having a pre-sale on the new unreleased Revolutionary sets that go with the Yorktown set. 

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“In anticipation of the new LOD Enterprises Rev War figure sets and the release of the Barzso Yorktown Playset, we are having a pre-order sale on the figure sets while also giving collectors an opportunity to win a free Yorktown Playset.

The pre-sale includes one figure set of each of the four (4) new figure sets. The figure sets have 16 toy soldiers in eight (8) unique poses.

LOD FIgure Set 10 – British Regular Army
LOD Figure Set 11 – British Light Infantry
LOD Figure Set 12 – American Regular Army
LOD Figure Set 13 – American Light Infantry

Each set will retail for $25.00. With the order of four (4) sets, you will be able to select one free set from the choices above. So, you wil get five (5) sets for the price of four (4) plus shipping. Shipping in the United States is $18.75 so for $118.75, you will receive five (5) figure sets along with an entry into the drawing for a free Yorktown Playset from Barzso Playsets.”

This is going to be Ron Barzso last playset. He is going to retire after this set is produced. Pre-order now before it is too late or you will have to travel to the Chicago show to pick one of the last 50 sets.

You can read more on the LOD sale here LOD Revolutionary War Pre-Sale (Buy 4 Sets Get 1 Free) and contact Ron Barzso at BARZSO PLAYSETS.

 

P.S. Don’t forget about the Hat Crowdfunding 1/32 7 Years War Austrians

Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2018 Review

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About a month ago, I decided that I was going to the Midwest Toy Soldier Show. I am glad I did. The show was in Lafayette, Indiana. It is about 11 hours away from my house. Me and my girlfriend made this a weekend get a way. Besides going to the show, we visited some antique shows in Indiana and along the way.

The main reason I went was because I wanted to meet Ron Barzso and get some of his sets. I was looking for the new old stock figures that are cast in a new material. I am a big collector of Barzso Playsets and I have  purchased 6 of his playsets & 100’s of figures over the years. The good news is that I found the sets I was looking for. The bad news is Ron will soon retire.

He and Ken from LOD are releasing “Yorktown Playset”. “Battle of Yorktown, Attack on the Redoubt # 10”. This will be Ron’s last playset and it is limited to 100 sets being made. I am glad that I went to the show, I was the first to pre-order a set. They will be taking 50 pre-orders of the set and then selling the rest at the show. Also Ken is having a Great Promotion with a chance to win a “Yorktown Playset”. If you pre-order 4 of the new Revolutionary sets, you get a 5th set free and an entry into a drawing for a free Barzso Yorktown Playset to be released this fall. Sounds like a Great deal to me!!! You can read more about the promotion over here at LOD Revolutionary War Pre-Sale (Buy 4 Sets Get 1 Free)

Toys

 

I purchased a bunch of the new old Barzso sets, some old Airfix bagged sets and boxed sets, bagged Conte sets, Marx German Motorcycle figures and a mix of different loose figures.

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The show was smaller than most of the other shows that I have been too, but it was a quality show. It was a plastic toy soldiers dream come true. There were a few small children that were amazed by all the marvels to be found. I had a great time. I spent about an hour shopping and another 3 hours talking to different people. There were a bunch of dealers that just sell at the shows. There were plenty of boxes to rumble through to search for that missing figure that you have been looking for. Loads of vintage plastic figures, plus new plastic sets being sold. 

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The first dealer I saw was Rick Eber with his Vintage Marx figures and playsets. He always has plenty of vintage toys. Visit Rick’s website for more information Rick Eber’s Marx Playsets.

Todd Nace had a nice setup of vintage plastic figures, vintage painted metal figures and some playsets.

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Me and my girlfriend(Carolyn) spent some time talking to Gary & Susan Wendeln. Very nice people and helpful. They had a lot of vintage plastic figures and playset too. I purchased some bagged sets of Airfix from them.

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Another vendor that was there was Doug Whelen. I spent some time talking to him, he is a really nice guy. Doug is a Veteran and a retired Police Officer. Right now he is unemployed and was selling off some of his collection. Some of his offerings were Marx Ben Hur Playset, Marx Ben Hur figures, 6 inch Marx figures, CTS Alamo set, Heritage Alamo set and a Marx Zorro set. Plus some other toys. You can reach him at 276-920-2899. 

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Kole Sterling was another nice guy that had vintage plastic playsets and figures for sale. 

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If you are looking for Barzso figures you have to come to one of the shows that Ron attends. At the show he was selling some of the older sets for $25.00 and the new old sets for $22.00. He also had some of his foam pieces too. Loose figures were $2.00 a piece. Plus some character figures at different prices. I got Long John Silver for $10.00. I revisited his table a few times, adding  a few  more sets each time I stopped by to talk. Me and my girlfriend had a good time talking to Ron and his wife Mary Ann. 

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Jim Clouse of BattleBoards USA was another person that I had looked forward to meeting and talking too. He creates the foam pieces for Barzso playsets and now LOD. Besides that, his custom made terrain pieces are great. I will have to get some for a few of the playsets that I have. His work is a piece of art to me, it’s really amazing to see.

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While I am talking about amazing work, Ed Borris custom figures are Great. He takes existing figures and then through different techniques he changes the poses. Sometimes by he heats up the arms and legs to change the pose. Other times he cuts figures up and then attaches them to new bodies, heads, arms, legs or different weapons to create a new custom figure. He uses metal pins to ensure that you figure is solid. Fantastic quality in each figure. Mike Kutnick was with Ed and they had some vintage sets and figures for sale too.

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Paul & Donna Amody had some highly detailed painted metal figures for sale. Truly their figures are a piece of art. You can email them at handheldwarriors@gmail.com. 

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I was glad to meet and talk to the new owners of the New Hope Design metal casted 54mm metal kits toy soldiers. Frank & Ellen Nefzger of Battleguard Ready! had sale on the sets at the show for $15.00. These castings are really nice. I am glad that they are making the figures here in the USA now. 

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Bill Richardson had a nice display of vintage toys.

 

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Besides the toys, there was some nice artwork by Doug Dearth. 

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