Greetings everyone. In this post we will be looking at two different toy shows. Plus, some hobby news. So let us begin…
Bucyrus Toy Soldier Show
We packed the car Friday night and started our trek to Bucyrus, Ohio early Saturday morning. The trip was about a 7-hour drive. We stopped at a few antique stores once we got to Ohio. After we checked in, we drove around the area of Marion and discovered a few places to check out. We made it a little adventure. We like to see different parts of the country. As collectors we are always on the hunt to find something in the wild.
We got up early the next morning and drove about 25 minutes to the Bucyrus Fairgrounds. We started setting up in a building that held about 60 tables. There was a small kitchen that was serving breakfast and lunch. The room was clean and well lit. The first vendor across from us was setup already as we walked in. He had all kinds of vintage toys.
All the vendors at this show were collectors, except for me. Either they were professional dealers that buy collections to resale or collectors downsizing.You can find some good deals from collectors looking to let go of things.
Besides the toy soldiers & related items there was also vintage toys, action figures, comics and some trains.
There was a lot of plastic toy soldiers at this show. A lot of vintage Marx sets to search through too.
There was some Barzso toy soldiers too. Plus, a lot of loose figures to go through from all different brands.
There were some old metal toy soldiers too.
They were different kinds of collectibles like comics and sports cards. Not much though. It was mostly plastic toy soldiers.
There were some nice playsets too.
Larry Lovely was the promoter of this show, and he did a good job. For being the first year the crowd was not that bad. It was small but it was not the worse show that I have done. The show should be better next year. They will change it to be on Saturday. It will be the same day as a fair that takes place there.
We end the review of the show with my tables. I had a mixture of my Warhorse Miniatures, LOD/Barzso toy soldiers and foam terrain pieces. We now will see some of the things that I picked up for myself below.
This time I found some vintage Airfix British 8th Army toy soldiers. These are some of the most iconic toy soldiers in my own opinion. I had a bunch of these guys growing up, both originals and knockoffs. The Officer figure was missing.
Here are some Barzso Daniel Boone figures. Daniel Boone, Mingo and I think Daniel Boone’s dog with a baby. The other items are part of the Blacksmith shop.
Here are some Barzso Davy Crockett character figures. First is Davy fighting a bear. The other figures are George Russell and Polly Crockett. The last picture has one of my latest protypes in blue next to Polly.
Here are the Barzso Gladiators. I have a bunch of Gladiators from different brands. This was the only ones that I needed to finish that mini collection for now. I was lucky enough to get them for $10. One day I will make some new figures for the Coliseum.
Here are some more Barzso fence sections. I actually got these at Gettysburg. All of the Barzso items I had purchased from Steve Connell.
I found this at a garage sale. I think it is part of a G.I. Joe set. It was marked Milton Bradley.
I found this tree in an antique store for $2.50. I think it was made to go with trains.
I found a bunch of plastic Star Wars toy soldiers in an antique store in Ohio for $20. They are 1/32 in scale. The Snowtroopers are some of my favorite Star War figures.
Last week was the Chicago Toy Soldier Show or as it was relabeled the Chicagoland Toy Soldier Show.In February the Garfield family announced that due to problems with the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg they were cancelling the show. It shocked the toy soldier community.Some were hoping that the Garfield family would continue the show somewhere else. But it did not happen. Matt Murphy came to the rescue with setting up a new show in a new place not that far from the original spot. Some people where concerned on how the new location would be.
The Chicago Toy Soldier Show was on Sunday, September 24th. But before the show they had started room trading on Wednesday September 20th. Most of the pictures I have were either taken by Jason Evans, Hobby Bunker or fellow collectors. I was not present at the show. I hope to be there 2025.
Here are some signs in the lobby of the hotel. Now let’s see some pictures of the room trading.
AeroArt and Hobby Bunker had their own “store” set up on the 2nd floor. They were open from Wednesday through Sunday.
The first room we have pictures is of David Cook. MicShaun’s Closet own’s the TSSD line of Plastic Toy Soldiers. They sell most other brands of Plastic figures from around the world. Plus, a bunch of foam products.
Here are some random pictures of different rooms.
Ron Barzso was back to do some room trading. He had some old stock and a few playsets to sell. Plus, as always he made a lot of memories. He signed the Barzso Playset book for Jason Evans. I have to get Ron to sign the copy of the book I have.
Here are some pictures of the rooms belonging to Steve Connell, Kirk Larson and Agan Jack.
Here are some more random pictures of the room trading.
Here are some pictures of Robert Hornung’s room.He creates everything by hand and paints them too.
Rob’s son had created a 1930’s radio show. A radio serial that was called Zip Carson and The Death Ray of Mars. Zip Carson and Margaret Allen were the main characters.
Here are some pictures of Mike Kutnick’s room. He always has some great stuff. A really nice guy.
Here is another guy that creates and paints everything. Nate’s Garage makes some awesome toys.
Here is another good guy, Scott Canady. He brings a bunch of vintage toy soldiers and playsets to the shows.
Here are some pictures of Treefrog Treasures’ room.
Rusty Kern of Playset Magazine had his room set up for everyone to visit and to pick up some magazines.That is it for the pictures of the room trading. This is just a fraction of what was going on. I heard that there was around 100 rooms setup.
In between the days of room trading there were other events going on. One of those events was the raffle of 3 Playset boxes for charity. Two were empty custom boxes. Scotty Canady, Mark Murphy& Rick Egan won a custom playset boxes.The artwork was done by Ron Lizorty. The box that Rich won was signed by Clint Eastwood. It was a custom made playset with toy soldiers inside.
There was a collector that had a Mint Marx Playset from 1957 that was opened and displayed for all to see.
There was a social media campaign to make collectors aware of the change with the show and what companies would be there.