The Latest News!! 04/24/2023 ~ 2023 Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show Review, MFCA 2023 Show, and some Hobby News.

Yesterday was the 15th Annual Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show. It was a really good show for us, sales were up. It was fun to talk to the fellow collectors and other vendors. The weather was nice, and a good crowd attended. Paul Stadinger was happy with his finds. There was a nice selection of different things. Something for everyone. I also found a few things; one was a holy grail item for me. We will start the review now. You can click on most pictures to enlarge them.

There was a nice selection of vintage Airfix and other brands with the dealer to the left of me. His prices were good.

Paul Amory was at the show with his beautiful paint metal miniatures. He will be at the MFCA Show on May 4th & 5th. I will be at this show too.

If you like Britain Detail figures or Swoppets, there was a collector that had a bunch of those.

Scott Canady had some nice Vintage Marx and foam pieces.

Steve Connell had a nice selection of many different things. From vintage Marx to modern painted metal. I crumbled under pressure when I saw his selection of vintage Barzso.

Fast Eddie had a bunch of tables setup with all kinds of different types of toy soldiers. His next show is on Saturday June 3rd in Annadale, Virginia. I will be setup at that show too.

The reasons we go to the shows is find rare items or some deals. Every show is different. You never know what you will find.

Some of the vendors are very talented. This one had some nicely painted figurines.

Matt from Hobby Bunker had a lot of new painted metal figure sets and some plastic for the show. He will be at the MFCA 2023 Show too.

Bob Hornung is also very talented with his handmade and painted creations.

There was plenty of antique & vintage painted metal figures.

This year there was a vendor with a lot of models.

Nathan Fogt is another very talented creation of custom toys.

There were a number of different vendors with different brands of new or recently made painted metal toy soldiers.

Here are some random pictures that I took.

Rick Eber had a ton of nice vintage plastic figures and playsets. Mainly Marx. He had some Conte Vikings and the Character figures from the Battle of Stamford Bridge set.

Some pictures of the show itself.

Thomas Hiller brought a lot of his collection to sell. He did a lot of toy soldier converting and then painting them. I was lucky enough to purchase his Conte Medieval Cog. I should have purchased some of his miniatures now that I took a closer look at them while editing these pictures.

If you like to go through plastic tubs of plastic toy soldiers, there was plenty of them.

There was a lot of vintage playset and bags of toy soldiers.

And lastly, we come to my table. As usual I had my resin Warhorse Miniatures, LOD/Barzso resin toy soldiers, some foam items and a few Russian brands of toy soldiers. I set up a little display to show off the British Grenadiers that I am working on. I had some sample figures for sale. I should have them finalized sometime next month. I also had my new Confederate Marching Infantry. I will be at the MFCA 2023 Show on May 4th & 5th.

Here are a few of the toy soldiers and accessories that I purchased. I wasn’t expecting to be getting that much. I have not been really looking of anything lately. But once in a while it finds me, lol. Steve Conell had a bunch of vintage Barszo products with him.

Up until yesterday this was what I had seen in regard to the Conte Medieval Cog. It was almost like a myth. About 7 or 8 years ago I saw the box at a show. It was really expensive, but I was still tempted. So, when I saw it yesterday, I was hesitant in checking it out. I really have not purchased that much the past few years. I have been more focused in making things. But I am still a collector. I had expected that someone would have picked it up before I got a chance to get over there. I think it was within the first hour of the show that talked to Thomas Hiller about the ship. He had a price that I was comfortable with, and we made the deal.

After I had purchased the ship Thomas packed it up. I did not expect that the box would be that big. Thomas still had the original box. Unless I sold all the foam products, I had with me I would not have any room in my car. Luckily for me Paul Stadinger was at the show. He lives about a half hour away from me. So, he took the ship and I picked it up today.

That is it for the review of the show. Usually, I would say until next year I be back for the Gettysburg Show. But this year there is another. Steve Connell is having a second show on Sunday, August 27th. The same place, 10am to 3pm. Admission is $7.00 for adults. There will be more information coming out,

We are pleased and excited to announce that our 80th Annual Show and Mart, an event dedicated to the hobby of collecting miniature figures, returns this year on Friday and Saturday, May 5th and 6th, 2023, at the Radisson Hotel-Philadelphia Northeast, 2400 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose, Pennsylvania. This is our sixth year at the Radisson-Philadelphia Northeast, and we look forward to returning to this great venue. Manufacturers, designers, artists, dealers of connoisseur figures, old and new toy soldiers, model vehicles, and other related items are invited to exhibit. We also invite dealers of uniforms and costume prints, books, post cards, military histories, and modeling supplies that enhance collecting or displaying miniatures.” ~ MFCA

On May 5th & 6th, respectfully Friday & Saturday I will be setup selling my resin Warhorse Miniatures at the 80th MFCA Show & Mart.

May 5th and 6th
Friday – 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday – 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Radisson Hotel Philadelphia East
2400 Old Lincoln Highway, Trevose, PA 19053

Here is a list of the other vendors:

Artist Preservation Group Inc
Armand Bayardi
Birch Tree Enterprises
Black Cat Models
Champion Gaming
Dan Jones
DVH Designs
Arthur Etchells
Hobby Bunker
Bob Huryk
James Molenaro
Keller Enterprises
Last Cavalry
Little Tin Soldier
Michael Jones
Minutemen Toy Soldiers
Model Cellar
Old Toy Soldier
Oral History Audio Books
Paul Amody
Relic Rack
Richard DiBenedetto
Sabot miniatures
Scale 75
The History Shop
Fred Unger
Warhorse Miniatures
Winged Hussar Publishing

The next show I will be attending after the MFCA show is on June 3rd. The “Heart of the South” show in Annandale, Virginia.

That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!! 07/07/2021. Conte Romans & LOD Barzso American Rangers Review. Plus Some Publius Vikings.

Welcome back for another post about toys soldiers. I hope all is well with everyone. As usual I have been real busy with work, eBay and all of my hobbies. No rest for the wicked… Today we will take a look at Conte’s new Romans, LOD Barzso American Rangers, some Publius Vikings.

I recently purchased some of Conte’s new Romans. They come in 3 different colors of Red, Silver & Gold. The are 1/32 in scale or about 57mm if they were standing tall. Each bag has 16 figures. They are packed nicely. Inside the plastic bag the figures are broken down in separate bags. Plus some have plastic supports.

Some of the figures can be customized with different arms. This way you can have some extra poses. Most of the Romans are armed with a Pilum or a Gladius. I am glad that Richard was able to produce these plastic toy soldiers. Because of the cost we see less plastic injected figures being made. I don’t have too many Ancient themed toy soldiers. The ones that I do have are Barbarians or Celtic Warriors. Now I have some Romans to fight them. We should see some future Roman sets down the line.

Right now you can order from the Conte website, 3 sets for $99 with free shipping. Here is the website,

When I was collecting Barzso Playset products one of the sets that I wish I had purchased was the American Rangers. It is a hard set to find at a reasonable price in the secondary market. Now I don’t have to worry about that because Ken at LOD Toys Soldiers has reissued them again. They are cast from the original molds and in the original lime green color or close to it. This is a great set. They are a little bigger than the earlier Colonial sets but blend well with them.

Renamed “Roger’s Rangers 3” this set was originally released in 2010 for the Bushy Run playset. Seven figures in seven poses.

I just checked the link for these figures and noticed that they are now sold out!!! I guess you will have to keep an eye out to see if the get restocked again. Here is the link for the Rangers,