I hope everyone enjoyed the summer. We ended it by being in Gettysburg last weekend.
One of Steve Pyle’s displays for the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show.
We attended the second show in Gettysburg last Sunday. The crowd was lighter than the first one this year. But it was nice to see everyone. There were more collector’s selling things from their collections. Good deals were to be found. I was not really looking to make any major purchases, but I did…
Besides Steve Pyle’s creations, there were other collectors with their own painted figures.
There were different types of old painted metal toy soldiers. I have a few of the old painted metal Indians in my collection.But I really do not know too much the old metal miniatures.
There were some modern painted toy soldiers for sale also. One collector had a bunch of the John Jenkins figures for sale. With and without boxes.
There was a lot of boxes of loose toy soldiers available to pick through. Mainly plastic toy soldiers, but there were metal ones too.
One of the great things about the shows is seeing things that you rarely see or items on your wish list. You can also find them at good or fair price.
Joseph Saine had a bunch of the Barzso Playsets with him. I purchased one from him towards the end of the show. Besides that he had a lot of antique toys. You can check out his website over here, https://www.josephsaine.com/.
Here are a couple of pictures before the show started.
Collector Steve Pyle likes to paint and modify toy soldiers for the displays he creates. He makes a lot of the terrain pieces too.Steve was telling me that he is related to artist & author Howard Pyle.
There were bags of vintage Marx & original Barzso figures at good prices. Plus, some loose figures to pick through.
Here are some more of the old painted metal soldiers.
And more pictures of vintage plastic.
We end with my table, here are some pictures of my Warhorse Miniatures and some of the Russian made toy soldiers. We will now talk about some of the things I got at the show.
Here are some plastic Airfix WWII American and British toy soldiers that I picked up. I have a bunch of these that I have picked up over the years. There was one French Marx soldier painted in grey.They are 1/32 in scale. I purchased this lot for $10. The plastic WWII Airfix figures are some of my favorite toy soldiers in my collection.
I got some more Barzso Redcoats. Here is one compared to one of my Colonial Longhunters.
I picked up these two Marx Teepee. Here is one of the new Native figures I am working on.
I scratched another item off my wish list to join my collection. I purchased this Ron Barzso Daniel Boone Playset for $450. I will take some pictures of everything one day.
Next weekend We will be setting up as a vendor at the 1st New Bucyrus Toy Soldier Show. It takes place on Sunday September 10th, 2023.Show is 10am to 3pm. Crawford County Fairgrounds, 610 Whetstone St, Bucyrus, Ohio 44820. Inside the Fairgrounds Youth Building. Early Admission at 9AM $5, KIDS FREE w/ adult. There will be dealers from over 5 different states with a variety of toy soldiers, vintage toys and collectibles.
September 24th is the biggest toy soldier show in the world! Over 100 dealers from the USA, Canada, Belgium, France and the UK.
The show is at the Schaumburg Marriott, 50 N Martingale Rd Schaumburg, IL 60173. September 24, 2023 10AM-3PM. Admission $10.00, Kids 12 and under Free. Plus 3 days of room trading leading up to the show. Just walk right in the hotel and browse through peoples sleeping rooms and buy, trade and socialize. Free. Contact: Matt Murphy – Hobby Bunker, Inc. www.chicagotoysoldiershow.com firstname.lastname@example.org Ph. 781 321-8855.
I hope everyone has been enjoying the summer so far. I have been busy working, creating sets for orders and testing things out. I had some problems with a couple of my machines which has caused some delays with things. But I hope to straighten those things out shortly.I have been testing new designs and resin mixtures. I will touch on that later in the post.
Later this month we will be returning to Gettysburg for the 2nd Toy Soldier Show this year hosted by the Midwest Toy Soldier Group. I will be selling my resin Warhorse Miniatures, LOD/Barzso Toy Soldiers and have some storage containers of loose plastic toy soldiers. I am starting to clear out my collections of stuff that I have gathered over the years. For more information about the show, click here https://warhorseminiatures.com/gettysburg-toy-soldier-show/.
A few weeks later we will be setting up as a vendor at the 1st New Bucyrus Toy Soldier Show. It takes place on September 10th, 2023.
Show is 10am to 3pm. Crawford County Fairgrounds, 610 Whetstone St, Bucyrus, Ohio 44820. Inside the Fairgrounds Youth Building. Early Admission at 9AM $5, KIDS FREE w/ adult. There will be dealers from over 5 different states with a variety of toy soldiers, vintage toys and collectibles.
If you are interested in setting up for this show, some tables might still be available. RESERVE TABLES: $40. Call LARRY LOVELY (419) 468-7719for more information.
I have been testing out different resins on some new designs of the British Redcoats that I have been working on. I have been getting different shades of red. It still is a work in progress.
Besides the Red color, I have been testing a Biege color too. This is also a work in progress. These resin mixtures can change quickly because the colors are sometimes different with each batch that I get. Also, there are times where some of the resins that I use are unavailable. The most important part of the resin mixture is the durability for me. I try my best to get close to colors that some collectors want. But at the end of the day, I will use a quality resin over a lesser quality resin because of the color.
I am working on some Firing Line Sets and Marching Sets for both the Regiments of Foot & Grenadiers. The designs for the Officers can be a little different. I am still testing out a few different versions.
Last but not least, the designing of other figures & props continues at different stages. Things have slowed down the past couple of months because of resin shortages and maintenace of the machines. I was testing the British the past month and the Canadians. But not the other things pictured above. So, if you are interested in what I am working on, then stop by one of the shows. I usually have prototypes for sale there.I should have some sets of the British Firing Line figures, Canadians and Wigwams with me at the Gettysburg Show and New Bucyrus Show too. The Officer figure will be sold separately for now.
Last weekend we were in Virginia for the “Heart of the South” Toy Soldier & Military Miniature show. We drove down to Virginia on Friday and checked out a few antique stores. On Saturday we setup as a vendor for the toy show and then went back to Pennsylvania on Sunday. It was an extended weekend getaway. We stopped at a few different antique stores on the way back too.
The show started at 9am. A collector named Todd stopped by to chat and purchase some products. I had just finished making another Blacksmith shop a couple days before the show and it lasted about 10 minutes. I will bring a few to the next show.There was a good crowd at the show up until a little past noon. Then it got really quiet. But it was worth it for me to attend. It was nice to talk to collectors like Todd & Carl. Also, to have new collectors discover our resin miniatures.
I like the room that the show was in. It was clean, air conditioned and well lit. There were about 75 tables, so it was a medium sized show. There was a nice selection of painted metal miniatures and some plastic toy soldiers. Gerry Watts was behind us. He had some storage containers filled with loose plastic toy soldiers.
I took some pictures of various vendors around the room. We will begin with AeroArt International. They had an impressive collection of finely painted historical miniatures. You can check out their website over here, https://www.aeroartinc.com/.
There was a vendor that had a bunch of plastic model sets and some plastic toy soldiers. He had a Conte Zulu collection for $225. Not my period to collect, but I did think about purchasing it…
Another vendor had a huge selection of 21st century tanks, figure sets & planes. He said he was going to try to make it to the next Gettysburg Show that takes place on August 27th.
Mike Jones was set up with a bunch of painted metal toy soldiers.
Here was a vendor with old metal painted toy soldiers. I have seen him before at different shows. I will try to get his name next time.
Another vendor had a bunch of vintage toy soldiers and toys. I purchased a metal cannon from him. I was tempted to get the Pork Chop Hill. That was one of the sets I had as a kid. I think it had Airfix WWII British clones, if I remember.He also mentioned about trying to setup at Gettysburg.
“Fast” Eddie Gries had a lot of old toy soldiers sold separately for different prices. He also had a lot of books and different toy soldier collections available.
One of the toy soldier collections of Eddie had all these painted metal figures representing the French Foreign Legion and Arabs from the Beau Geste movie.
Matt Murphy from Hobby Bunker was present too. He had a bunch of tables with just about everything the hobby represents, plastic toys soldiers, magazines, paints, old metal painted toy soldiers, 3d printed walls & house and new painted metal toy soldiers.
Eric Kohl was present too. He usually has some new & old painted metal toy soldiers. He also brings military related books and artwork.
Here are some random pictures of mainly old painted toy soldiers.
More random pictures from the show.
Here are some random pictures of Plastic toy soldiers and playsets. The first picture has some of what Gerry Watts was selling.
Here are some pictures of the show itself.
Some more random pictures from the show.
Lastly, we take a look at my tables for the show. I brought mainly the Warhorse resin miniatures & the LOD/Barzso toy soldiers. Also, some foam houses and Russian made toy soldiers.
I enjoyed the show and will return most likely in December and next in June. They usually have this show 4 times a year. There was a little of everything to see.
We stopped at a few different antique stores in Virginia and Maryland. Here are a few things I saw. I rarely see any Conte or Barzso toy soldiers in the wild. The figure sets were overpriced.