Today was the Midwest Toy Soldier Show. They also had room trading on Friday & Saturday. I was unable to make it. I will return next year again. From what I have heard it was still a great show but attendance was less as expected.
I hope to attend the Columbus Toy Soldier Show as a vendor in October.
Last week it was announced that the Chicago Toy Soldier Show is cancelled.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 of the 40th anniversary Chicago Toy Soldier Show to 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟲, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭. Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Chicago Toy Soldier Show. If you would like to purchase a limited-edition version of this poster, with artwork by Doug Dearth, please visit us at www.chicagotoysoldiershow.com/store“
Here is a new figure from Plastic Platoon. I think it is a limited edition figure.
LOD031 and LOD032 are available on the website and will be shipping to dealers on Monday (6/8), https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.
Both resin sets have their roots in classic Barzso Playsets. Set 31 with figures from the Last of the Mohicans and Set 32 with a nod to Braddock’s Defeat.
LOD031 is $25.00 for 8 figures and LOD032 is $35.00 for 10 figures. Those prices do not include shipping.
Here is LOD029 Barzso Aztec Sacrifice figure set. The figures are sculpted really nice. The details are amazing. Ken is coming out with a bunch of newly remade Barzso sets. Some will be out next week and more by the end of the month.
BMC is getting closer to finishing the Plastic Army Woman set. They have finished all the prototypes for the set. You can read more at their latest update over here, https://bmctoys.com/blogs/news/bmc-toys-plastic-army-women-project-update-9.
I had hoped to be at the Midwest Toy Soldier Show but due to all the madness I was unable to attend. Last week I was able to get out and found a few vintage toy soldiers and other toys.
Here is a simple plastic ranch fence that I found for a dollar. The scale is really nice. It is made out of hard plastic. Magua approves….
I found these two Tim Mee Army trucks at different places. The “Battle” damaged truck was $5.00 and the other one in better condition was $7.00. I remember having some of these as a kid.
I also found a few bags of mixed figures and vehicles. This Tim Mee Howitzer was in one bag. I like the fact that it can be hitched to the truck and other vehicles too.
These vintage Tim Mee Army Men were some of my favorite toys growing up. The figure running with the ammo cans is cool. I also found another Soldier with a motorcycle. They are 60mm.
Here are some bulls and another fence that I found.
Here is Marx Tree that my girlfriend found for a few dollars.
Here is another figure that my girlfriend Carolyn found. This Marx British Red Coat cost me $1.00. I never had any. It is really well detailed and fits well with the Barzso figures. I am not a big Marx collector. I only have a few of the World War II figure sets. Plus some western figures that I have picked up here and there. The Marx Toy company was almost gone when I was was growing up. I was lucky enough to have the Navarone Playset as a kid. I will try to get a few more of these British if I come across them at the shows.
That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
I hope every one is doing well. I have been working off and on. I was able to get out this week to visit some antique stores and a couple of comic shops. I found a few things while I was out searching. We will get to that later. I thought this post was going to be quick post about some vintage toys that I found. But in the last couple of days I became aware of a few things. So let us begin…..
Nino has been busy at Petite Guerre. He is working on some French & Indian War French Regular Infantry. They should be the same scale as the Barzso Figures. Go to his page to check out more, https://petiteguerretoysoldiers.com/french-regular-infantry-masters/.
Bullet Proof Miniatures is a new company that makes miniatures by 3D printing them. You can chose the scale of your figure. I am going to get a few figures to do a review in the future. I hope that some of these new figures will fit in with my Barzso figures. You can read more about them at their Facebook page over here, https://www.facebook.com/BulletproofSmallScaleMiniatures/.
Publius is going to release a new WWII Russian Infantry set. This set is titled “Winter 44th” They look great. The scale is 1/32.
Engineer Basevich also has a new WWII Russian Infantry set. This set is titled “Battle of Berlin”. Here are some pictures of the test figures. I hope that they are either green or rusty brown. From what I have read they are based on real people. You can read more at their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Toy-soldiers-Engineer-Basevich-322160358341602/.
In 2018 AMC had a new TV show called the “Terror”. The first season was about a British Naval polar explorers. The ships get stuck in the ice. They try to survive the harsh weather conditions and each other, while being stalked by some thing… It is a good show. You can read more about it at, https://www.amc.com/shows/the-terror/season-1.
When I first watched the show I thought that it would be a cool playset. Well Ivan at “Little Men” must have been reading my mind. Here is a new set that they are working on. It looks great. I can’t wait to get a set of these. They will be plastic and 1/32 in scale.
Here are the new Plastic Platoon WWII Germans in production. These two sets are part of the Battle for Leningrad series. They look awesome. I will have to get all of these sets.
I found a few things this week at an antique mall. I have been a fan of Auburn rubber toys for a while. The past year I found a few different trucks and jeeps. This week I added a medical truck. The guy on the Motorcycle was made by Tim Mee.
A few weeks ago I purchased a vintage comic book. It was Moon Knight #8. On the back cover was an ad for Lucky Products Toy Soldiers. I found a bag of these this week for $5.00!!
During the time that I have been stuck in my house I have been productive. I have been going through my collection. I have been storing things in my basement the past 10 years. They have been stored in different boxes. I have been adding shelves and storage containers the past few years. Here are a two Sherman Tanks that I found while I was sorting through things. The tank that is all green was made by New Ray. I paid around $10 for it. The other tank is by Forces of Valor. I think I paid around $40 for that one. I don’t really like spending too much for the die cast vehicles. I am not a WW II historical collector. More of an Army Man toy soldier collector. So the detail with the uniforms or tanks is not a big deal to me. Both tanks are nice. The FOV tank is highly detailed.
I still have Toy Soldiers and Star Wars toys for sale. If you are interested you can check out what I have over here, Toys for Sale.
Well that is it for now. Thank you for reading.
Greetings everyone. May is almost here already. I was busy with work last week and now I am back in the bunker this week. The new norm is traveling to work, home and the supermarket. Hopefully things will start to return back to normal in a few weeks.
Last week they announced in state of Pennsylvania that you had to wear a mask in public places. I am not getting used to wearing one.
I have been adding more toy soldier sets to the new page that I am selling toys from. You can see what I have for sale over at this page, Toys for Sale. I now have the LOD/Barzso Woodland Indians in stock!!!
Back are some of the Woodland Indian sets. The Barzso Woodland Indians sets are some of the best sculpted Indian figures every made. The new sets are cast in new colors and in the better resin. Here is the LOD/Barszo Cherokee Indian set.
Here are the LOD/Barzso Shawnee Indian Set. These figures first appeared in the Bradock’s Defeat Playset.
Here is the Barzso Magua character figure leading some Huron Indians.
Here is a Barzso Shawnee Indian fighting an P&P Products Plains Indian.
Here are the LOD/Barzso Huron Indian set. These figures are some of the earliest Barzso figures ever made. I think these figures first appeared with the Last of the Mohicans Playset.
Fighting over the last roll…..
Last week I found these Atlantic Western figures on eBay. They are part of the Atlantic Set 1214 “Outlaws & Sheriffs Far West Story”.
“Your toilet paper or your life”
Here is a Atlantic Cowboy and a Cherilea Mounted Indian.
I have been looking off and on for these Atlantic Western figures. There are still a few figures that I still need to complete this set. I found some pictures on the internet that shows the complete set with box. Take a look below.
Hopefully one day I will find the complete set or at least the missing figures that I need. The box says 1/32 in scale. They are about 60mm in size.
Here is a Bandit that was shot and now is dragged away by his horse.
The Midwest Toy Soldier Show was rescheduled for June 7th. They are keeping their fingers crossed that they don’t have to cancel the show. I can’t make it this year. I will not be able to take any time off from my job. I hope to attend the show next year.
That is it for now. Don’t forget to check out the new page for toy soldiers for sale, Toys for Sale. Thank you for reading.
I hope everyone is doing well. I bet a lot of you are getting stir crazy in your home or stressed out if you are working. Today I have another short post. The first part is a review of a old plastic set from Italeri.
I picked this set up a few months ago. I am planning on using these figures with my Playmobil Coliseum set in a display one day. The scale says 1/32 but they are more like 1/35 in scale. There are sixteen figures in this set. Eight different poses of two each. There are six Gladiators and two animals. Made out of tan plastic. Like a model they had to be broken off the spruce.
The first group of Gladiators appear to be posing ready to set some type of contest.
Here we have a Lion & a Bear.
The next group of Gladiators are of action poses.
The set is sculpted well. Nicely detailed. The poses are good too. I do have a few complaints. It feels like the set is incomplete. Even the box art is different from the figures included. Most of the poses don’t connect with each other. They should have made the poses interact with each other better. There should be two standing poses instead of three. If there was another action pose it would have felt more complete.
Here is the hobby clipper that I used to remove the figures from the spruce. It makes so much easier to remove the plastic parts.
Here is a preview the new Mars WWII Russian Infantry set. They look nice. The grey set will be sold in limited numbers. I hope to get a set of each once the virus clears up.
Here another Mars set. Viet Cong Heavy Weapons team. The gray figures are prototypes. All the sets are 1/32 in scale.
I should have some more time off after next week. Hopefully I don’t get sick while I am at work. I will be updating my site when I have more free time.
Don’t forget to keep checking out my new page I added, Toys for Sale. Each month I will be adding more items. I hope to sell mainly at the toy shows in the future.
Also you should check out some the Toy Soldier website. Most are still out during the Virus shut down. Armies in Plastic is one of them. Check them out at https://www.armiesinplastic.com/.
Classic Toy Soldiers is another Toy Soldier company having some specials. You can see more at their page over here https://www.classictoysoldiers.com/.
Check out My Favorite Links page and visit all the other links. Take Care for now. Be Safe. Thank you for reading.
Sunday, March 29, 2020 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m..
ROOM TRADING: Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28.
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.
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.
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
Legionnaire with a grenade.
Legionnaire with sub-machine gun wearing a helmet.
Legionnaire with two sub-machine gun wearing a beret.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Gaul Leader 7923
The Gaul Warriors 7924
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…
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.
That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
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.
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.
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.
St-1) Moscow Streltsy #1 – A set of five figures firing standing Streltsy with muskets and swords – $30.
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.
St-8) Streltsy regiment of artillery (1 cannon, 8 artillerists) – $100.
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.
“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.
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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Sunday, March 29, 2020 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m..
ROOM TRADING: Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28.
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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…
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.
Saxon Fryd with hand axe, Huscarl with Dane axe, Noble with Sword & Fryd with hand axe.
The last Saxon fyrd sculpt with a spear was just finished.
3 Saxon Fyrd with Spears.
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.
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.
Here is a Saxon Noble and Saxon Huscarl.
Here are two Saxon Fyrd with hand axes.
Here are three of the Fyrd with spears. The fourth figure was just finished. I will have more pictures in the future.
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.
Warhorse Miniatures Saxon vs Prikaz Viking.
Warhorse Miniatures Saxon vs Prikaz Viking.
Brother vs Brother.
Warhorse Miniatures Saxon vs Prikaz Slav.
Warhorse Miniatures Saxon with John Jenkins Saxon.
Warhorse Miniatures Saxons with Conte Saxons.
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.
The Vintage Collection Boba Fett figure with be available in the coming months in case you missed it last time.
That is it for now. Enjoy the game. Thank you for reading.