The Latest News!! 09/03/2023 ~ Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show Review, The New Bucyrus Toy Soldier Show September 10th. Plus, the Chicagoland Toy Soldier and some updates.

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. Ph. 781 321-8855.

The Latest News!! 08/06/2023 ~ Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show August 27th and The New Bucyrus Toy Soldier Show September 10th. Plus, some updates.

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) 468-7719 for more information.

The Latest News!! 06/11/2023 ~ Virginia Toy Soldier Show Review and some Hobby News.

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,

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.