Latest News!!! 09-19-19 ~ Ken Ciak of LOD Announces the purchase of Barzso Playsets!!

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The news just came in. Ken Ciak of LOD announced that they have purchased Barzso Playsets. So what does that mean? Well I was lucky enough to talk with Ken this week and ask him a few questions. Here are some highlights about the transaction. 

~ LOD owns all the rights to the figures & foam buildings & terrain pieces and other items.

~ They will keep the Barzso name on the products like the earlier molds they had purchased.

~ Ron is going to stay on and consult for at least a year.

~ Production of the Barzso figures will done in Indiana. 

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Last week Ken posted this picture on Facebook. He left an “easter egg” of things to come by adding some of the classic Barzso figures. I had a feeling that something was in the works. I have been wishing this would happen since I found out that Ken started recasting some of the plastic Barzso sets and when they had both worked together on the last Barzso playset. Barzso playsets is a major part of my collection. So the news that LOD will continue with the Barzso products is an early Christmas gift.

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Earlier in the week I was talking to Ken about a post I was working on and some other things. He mentioned to me about his plans. I was sworn to secretly and I am proud to say I didn’t break, lol. I put some questions together and Ken found some time in his busy schedule to answer them.  

Warhorse Miniatures: I know that you have been working with Ron for a while, so this is really not a surprise to me. Can you tell us how all of this went down?

Ken Ciak: Thanks for the questions and opportunity to share a few details with you and your readers. Ron and I struck up a friendship back in 2015 as I released the initial War at Troy figure set. With us both being from the Midwest and three hours apart, we have ample opportunity to get together and visit on the hobby. I purchased four of his figure molds that are at the same factory in 2016 and we collaborated on the Yorktown Playset in 2018. He wore me down 😊. No, just kidding. We discussed the future of the company and agreed on the value in keeping these popular products in the marketplace. While I am still relatively new to the hobby (and production), Ron and I both agreed that it was a good fit to keep the Barzso products available while also finding new markets and outlets for them.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I bet collectors would like to know your plans. You said you have all the rights to the figure molds and foam piece molds. Do you have plans on recasting all of these or just some?

Ken Ciak: Enterprises did purchase the company so we do have rights to all figure and foam molds. We will be assessing the market and bringing our products little by little. While these dates are not finalized, I would anticipate that we have figure sets available after January 1st. Ron has offered to work with me on a consulting basis so we will develop a plan with specific sets to re-introduce first. I will also be soliciting feedback from collectors and commit to do our best to make as many fans as happy as we can.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Will the figures be recast in resin or plastic. Maybe both?

Ken Ciak: The figure sets will be recast in resin. To have them done in plastic would necessitate making new molds and would be cost prohibitive.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Now that you own Barzso Playsets. Do you have any plans to continue producing playsets like the way Ron did?

Ken Ciak: That is a good question and intriguing possibility, but probably not. I know we will not be re-releasing Playsets that Barzso Playsets did in the past. Those were created at a specific time and many (most) are collector’s items. We will release components of them in figure or accessory sets for sure.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Most of Barzso Playsets was Resin based. But LOD is mainly plastic injection. How is this going to effect the way LOD develops?

Ken Ciak: This is going to provide LOD with the ability to use both processes. We will continue to create figure sets with Eastcorp Toys with new lines and growth within the existing War at Troy series. The resin based molds held here in the Midwest will be accessible for recasting many of the existing sets, but also to create character figures that we do not realistically need 2,000 shots of. We are considering doing the Greek Gods and Goddesses in resin, as an example.

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Original Barzso Sculpts that Ed Borris owns.

Warhorse Miniatures: Here is another question. I know that Ron had some finished sculpts that he never had produced. Do you plan on releasing any of those figures?

Ken Ciak: To be honest, I have not given this one any thought as of yet. I am not against doing that at all.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Thanks a lot Ken. I just wanted to clarify one thing about the playsets. You said that you weren’t going to re-release any of the older sets. But how about anything new?

Ken Ciak: I am not sure on the Playsets at this point. They do create a buzz and are worth looking into, but figure sets and allowing the customer to create their own diorama/scene appeals to me more right now. It is a little different, but I am interested in how Austin Miniatures Playset does this weekend.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Have you thought about creating any new resin figures that would support existing sets or themes. For example F&I War British Artillery set?

Ken Ciak: Yes, I certainly want to add on to the existing sets with new figures and sets. I am excited to introduce my sculptor to the production team in Indiana. A lot of creative genius between them and we will be putting out some fun items over the next few years.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Would you like to tell the collectors anything else?

Ken Ciak: We are excited about the acquisition of Barzso Playsets and keeping the legacy of Ron’s creativity and imagination available for new and experienced collectors. He and Mary Ann have become good friends and I can think of nothing better than taking their products out to more and more people.

That being said, we verbally closed the deal a few weeks ago and just announced it at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show. There is a lot of research and work to do on my part (Ron will help). I will keep you and our enthusiasts updated frequently on social media and my website, but we are in the earliest stages when looking at upcoming releases.

Thanks for all of the support and we are excited to take collectors along on this expansion with us.

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That concludes the question that I have for now with Ken. I hope to continue helping him in any way to continue the fine traditions of Barzso Playsets. I will be doing another post in the near future about the Barzso products. Any feedback from the collectors is most welcome. 

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Most collectors will be happy about the recent news of Barzso Playsets. But some of those greedy eBay sellers will not. I will try to keep spreading the word about new old stock being made as they come out.

I will have some more posts this weekend about the show and LOD. Take Care for now & Thank you for reading.

Latest News!! 09/15/2019 ~ Chicago Toy Solider Show, Pre-Show Information & New Publius & MAN sets!!!

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It is less than a week now until the Chicago Toy Show begins. Next Sunday is the official show. But collectors will be arriving on Wednesday. Room trading starts on Thursday and goes on until Saturday. I will not be attending. But I am thinking about going next year. Check out the Chicago Toy Soldier Show Website for more information.

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Some of the Vendors have sent me some information about new products, what they are bringing and the room they will be at.

 

 

Kirk Larson: I’ll be in Room 4105 selling: Britain’s Deetail, Marx toy guns, Die cast vehicles, Playmobil, Misc plastic Wild West stuff & more!

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Stephen Connell: I will be in Room 5412, with my general mix of Plastic and Metal….larger mix this year than most.

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Here are some of the things that Todd Nace is bringing. Looks like a lot of vintage plastic. He will be in Room # 5428.

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Ed Borris will be in room # 5203. He and Mike Kutnick will have vintage plastic sets & toy soldiers. Plus some Barzso Playsets & figures too. He also has his own line of toy soldiers, Beast Productions. They are limited run figures. I will get one of the John Stengel Sr. figures which is in the last picture above.

Ed sent this while I was writing up the article.

We will good stuff we will also have the large Davy Crockett Alamo with 5 firing cannons and cream Mexicans.

a Fort Apache stockade with unfolded tin
plus the two Barzso sets. Treasure Island and New Orleans.
2 sets of matched tan Marx 60mm Rin  tin tin cavalry

1 matched set of Marx 60mm powder blue Rin tin tin cavalry

plus hundreds of 60mm Marx Indians

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good quality stuff
plus surprises, meaning i don’t know what (Mike) he is packing
not to mention the Beast production figures and John Stengel memorial figure
plus my conversions
I will also be giving a demo on how to convert
Friday or Saturday I don’t know

There will be tons of stuff can you dig thru.

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Hobby Bunker: I’ll be in the Sage room all week, lobby level. They should have a little of everything. Both plastic and metal.

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Austin Miniatures is getting their new WWII figures ready for the show. I hoping to hear about the details about the playset before the show.

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Gene of Paragon will be in room 5110. Here has a bunch of new foam terrain products. They look really nice. 

Here are some photos of a diorama I will be displaying during the show.

I call it “Reno’s Last Chance.”

The base is a new piece that I am bringing to the show. We call it Montana Bluffs. I have also done a covered wagon with accessories.

It is not a playset. The scenic piece comes in two pieces that form a 36 x 24 x 4.5 diorama piece. It comes completely painted and flocked and sells for $235.00.

The Wagon sells for $42.00 and comes with the cover and a removable insert (crates and sacks)

The barriers sell for $12.00 a piece.

You can inquire with Gene about the Custer’s Battlefield, Bloody Lane and Burnside’s Bridge pieces.

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We are excited to be a part of the 2019 Chicago Toy Solider Show. Room trading will begin on Thursday, September 19th through Saturday, September 21st. We are looking forward to meeting more of our amazing customers.

We are in Room 5201 and our tables are in the Lower Level Main Room South. Tables 301A, 302-305.

We will accept cash, credit cards and checks!

At the show, we will have two (2) new prototype Alamo buildings – the Kitchen and the Lunette! We will have the painted/finished buildings available for purchase. Below are the photos of the prototypes:

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The Kitchen. The right side of the kitchen designed to be placed next to the Main Entry Gate Building #TS222. The kitchen will be painted to match the current Alamo buildings.

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The Lunette. The Lunette goes in front of the Main Entry Gate Building #TS222. It will be painted in earth tones similar to what you find in Mark’s Lemon’s Book – The Illustrated Alamo 1836.

We will also be carrying many more Expeditionary Force figure sets, Chin Toys/Engineer Basevich. We will definitely have the Ex Force sets in Chicago and hope to have the Chin Toys/Engineer Basevich as well.

We have received a large restock of the Atherton Scenics diorama pieces.

New stock of our TSSD Foam pieces and have arrived and we expect more over the next week.

We will be bringing many of these pieces with us to Chicago.

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Ken of LOD: I will be in Room 5101 this year. Ron and I swapped rooms and he is in 5104.

Short post today but excited for the events over the next couple of weeks.

Amazons are in the Midwest and arriving at LOD headquarters tomorrow. Figure sets will be on the website on Thursday (9/19) and available at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show the same day.

New foam Santa’s Workshop will also be available at the Show and online now.

We look forward to seeing friends and collectors next week in Schaumburg.

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Here are the New Amazons.

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Santa’s Workshop can be the centerpiece of your Christmas display. This finely crafted foam piece is the hub where the elves are hard at work building the toys that Santa delivers every year to good boys and girls.

The Workshop will be available on its own ($125 plus shipping) or as part of an LOD display set ($160 plus shipping).

The display set includes the following – Santa’s Workshop, Santa’s Christmas Delivery figure set, a bag of decorative snow, five assorted sisal trees, and eight LOD gifts in four colors (blue and pink shown).

This set will be on the website this weekend and available for pre-order. I will also have them at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show.

Merry (early) Christmas from LOD 😊

 

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Ron Barzso will be at the show too. He will be in Room # 5104 this year. Even though he is retired he still has some products to sell. He even has a couple things to surprise us sometimes too!!

 

That concludes any information that I have about the show from the vendors. I should have another post up next weekend about the show itself. I will update this article if I have anything new to add. I hope to attend next year. 

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I was just going to do this post about the show. But I was informed about some more new sets coming from Russia. 

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Here is Publius latest set, Ancient Scythians. They are 1/32 in scale. Another 8 figure set. Well sculpted as usual. They are up for sale on eBay now. 

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MAN is the company that came out with the set of Tlingit Natives earlier this year. 

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Man-made monument to HUMANITY

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Project goals: through contemplation of the “little men” through the game, to convey as much as possible the originality and colorfulness of historical cultures and ethnic groups born in the process of forming a single human race.

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They now are releasing two new sets about the natives of Aria or Ancient Aryans. You can read more about Aria here, https://www.ancient.eu/aria/. Also you can read about the Ancient Aryans here, https://www.ancient.eu/Aryan/. Check out the video below to see all the figures.

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These sets are 1/32 in scale. I will try to find out more information on when they will be available and what the cost of these sets will be.

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That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

 

 

 

 

Latest News!! 09-13-2019 ~ Previews of some new releases from Engineer Basevich & Biplant.

 

The toy soldier show in Chicago is around the corner now. I bet there will some new products & news. Plus some surprises!! We will have to wait for now. But until then I have some news to share from Russia. The first is from Engineer Basevich. They have two news sets in 1/32 scale that they are releasing.

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The first one is Set #28 “First cavalry army. Civil War in Russia 1918-21”

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The second is Set # 29 “Red commanders. Civil war in Russia 1918-21″

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These sets will be cast in different colors. The details are really nice. Here are some more pictures below.

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Next we have some preview of 5 different sets that are from another Russian company called Biplant. The new historical based figure sets appear to be new and not copies of other brands. The historical figure sets are about 60mm to 65mm in size. The Fantasy set are recasts from a company called Oritet. I am not too sure about the scale of the fantasy figures.

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Here are the two fantasy Amazon based figure sets. The first is a set of dragon figures. They are fantasy female warriors. The second is of a dragon and another female warrior.

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Here are the Gauls. They look good. Some could be used as Saxons or Vikings by trimming the helmets and hand axe.

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Here are the Romans. I think a few look more like Greeks. 

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The last set is of Dark Age Rus warriors. They are really nice. I think the price tag on all of these sets is around $10. Not bad at all. I will get a couple sets of the Rus & Gauls for a review in the near future. They should be found on eBay somewhere soon.

 

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That is it for now. I should have another post up this Sunday. Thank you for reading.

 

 

Latest News!! 09-02-2019 ~ Austin Miniatures, Conte, FOV updates. Chicago Toy Soldier Show. Plus some vintage TSSD items.

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I hope everyone is enjoying the Labor Day weekend. Now that the summer is over I am returning to my normal work schedule and will have more time to do some things. In this post I have a few updates and some pictures of some items that I have picked up over the summer. We shall start with some news first.

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THE CHICAGO TOY SOLDIER SHOW IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER! Join us at the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg Chicago, Sunday, September 22nd, 10 am – 3:30 pm. This show is the biggest show in the world. All the newest products, prototypes and news can be found here. Plus hard to find vintage toys, custom one of a kind and limited edition sets. You can read more about the show at their website over here, https://chicagotoysoldiershow.com/.

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Here is what Conte had post on his FB site in his words below.

Thought you’d like to see 6 ( of 8) poses from Roman Set 1 ‘in action’ .
Please note that the ‘gobs’ supporting shields and such are only ‘there’ to temporarily hold up separately molded parts. They will NOT (obviously) be part of the finished product.

Also, the pila/spears have been artificially made a tad thicker than we’d wanted and designed( so that they inject properly and do not bend or twist) We are hopeful that their thickness will be reduced a bit for the final production while still avoiding any bending…it’s all about compromise when the functioning of the molds vs. playability & original design come into debate….

Lastly, the spearchucker is not holding his pilum at the proper angle as it came loose for the photo-shoot

Can’t wait to show you photos of these fellows mixed with additional poses from sets 2 and 3…

 

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A different view which gives some idea of the full-round nature of these figures. The photos were sent to us this morning BY THE FACTORY. These are actual photos of prototypes for RC’s approval/comment sent to us from THE FACTORY.

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Centurion almost complete; might make some adjustments to the cape ; also working on alternate head and alternate arms. Hope you’ve enjoyed seeing this fellow progress…the problem always is that the large shield hides so much detail.

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Austin Miniatures will have the new Japanese Infantry & US Marine figures and playset available at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show. I will have more information soon about the details of these sets. 

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Forces of Valor is starting to release more new products in 1/32 scale now. The new Russian tanks will available this month. The German tank above should be released next year in March. We should see new items come out on a regular basis now. Next year will see a lot of German, American and some more Russian armored vehicles. There will be more items released other than the ones shown below. 

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Soviet T-34/85 Model 1944 Medium Tank – 55th Guards Tank Brigade, 7th Guards Tank Corps, Berlin, 1945 [Bonus Model V-2 Diesel-Fueled 12-Cylinder Engine] (1:32 Scale)

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Soviet T-34/85 Model 1944 Medium Tank – 95th Guards Tank Brigade, 9th Tank Corps, Berlin, 1945 [Bonus Model V-2 Diesel-Fueled 12-Cylinder Engine] (1:32 Scale)

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Here is the famous “Whittmann” Panzer. German Late Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank – Michael Wittmann, “007”, schwere SS Panzer Abteilung 101, Cintheaux, France, 1944 [Bonus Maybach HL 230 TRM P45 Engine] (1:32 Scale)

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German Sd. Kfz. 173 Jagdpanther Tank Destroyer – “332”, schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 654, Normandy, 1944 [Bonus Maybach HL230 P30 Engine] (1:32 Scale)

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German 88mm Flak 36 Anti-Aircraft Gun with FLaK Rohr 36 Gun Barrel and Sd. 202 Towing Vehicle – Unidentified Unit, Stalingrad, 1942 (1:32 Scale)

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German Sd. Kfz. 186 Jagdpanzer VI Jagdtiger Heavy Tank Destroyer with Henschel Suspension – schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653, Germany, 1945 [Bonus Maybach V-12 HL 230 P30 Engine] (1:32 Scale)

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German Sd. Kfz. 184 Elefant Heavy Tank Destroyer with Zimmerit – schwere Panzerjager Abteilung 653, Italy, 1944 [Bonus Two 300 PS Maybach HL 120 TRM Engines] (1:32 Scale)

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German Mid Production Sd. Kfz. 181 PzKpfw VI Tiger I Ausf. E Heavy Tank with Zimmerit – 3/schwere Panzer Abteilung 501, Orsha, Russia, June 1944 [Bonus Maybach HL 230 TRM P45 Engine] (1:32 Scale)

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You can find these new Tanks at https://www.themotorpool.net/Forces-of-Valor-Tanks-and-Diecast-Military-Vehicles-s/50.htmhttps://www.hobbybunker.com/products/forces-of-valor-16/mfg or eBay, Amazon and other places. Also https://www.michtoy.com/vendors-Forces%20of%20Valor.html sells them too.

 

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Here are some items that I picked up over the summer. In my last post I mentioned that I picked up a Barzso/TSSD “Road To Stalingrad” playset. After I picked up that set I found a few die cast tanks to add to it. Most of them were made by Ultimate Soldier, 21st Century, Unimax or Forces of Valor.

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Here are two WWII Russian tanks by Unimax and Forces of Valor. Plus WWII Russian Infantry by TSSD. All of them are nicely detailed. They are all in 1/32 scale.

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Here are the TSSD Russians in olive green. The T34 tank is made by Unimax.

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Here are the TSSD Russians in Maroon. The KV-1 tank is made by Forces of Valor. 

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Here are some of the TSSD WWII Germans in long coats for the Russian Invasion. 

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These are early set cast in white gray color.

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The first Tank is made by W. Britain. I found it for $34. It was damaged, but I was able to fix some of it. The barrel on the gun turret was warped. Probably from some accident when it fell and hit the ground. There was a small crack on the bottom of the track. I was able to heat up the gun barrel and straighten it out.

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Here is another German tank. I think this one is a Panther. It was made by 21st Century toys.

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The half-track is made by Forces of Valor. The figures that came with this set are really nice. They make an epic piece in any collection. The look nice with other brands of toy soldiers in 1/32 scale.

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I ordered some trees about a month ago from Micshaun’s Closet. Each tree was $12.99. The details are great. It is a nice size. The tree measures about 9 & 1/2 inches tall.

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So if you need any Germans, Russians or trees head over to https://micshaunscloset.com/they carry plenty of different sets from multiple companies.

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These die cast tanks are great. But they can also cost a lot of money. But if you are patient you find these die cast vehicles at good to fair prices. The Forces of Valor are the best in my opinion.

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Over the summer I have purchased a few figure lots. In these lots there was either different sets from the same brand or different brands mixed together. I picked up a few vintage WWII Russian Infantry figures in different colors.

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Here are some of the orange Airfix Russians that I think were made in the late 1980’s. 

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These Marx recast Russian figures I think were cast in the 1990’s??

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I have never seen these in yellow before until I got them in a figure lot. They are nicely cast. They are marked Marx on the bottom. They are 1/32 in scale.

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It is a few weeks away from the big show. I can’t wait to hear about and see the newest products that are going to be released. I should have a post before or maybe two post before the show. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!! 07-27-2019 ~ Mars 1/32 WWII Japanese Paratroopers Update

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I just got these new pictures that includes all the poses for the 1/32 scaled set of WWII Japanese Paratroopers by Mars. About a month ago I did a post showing the first 4 poses. You can read that post if you missed it here, The Latest News!! 06/30/2019 ~ Mars 1/32 World War II Japanese Paratroopers, MicShaun’s Closet & John Jenkins Anglo-Saxons Shield Wall.

 

 

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There are 3 new poses in the picture above. The figure Standing firing the rifle, the figure about to throw a grenade and the Officer kneeling shooting a hand gun.

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The newest pose in the above picture is the figure with the anti tank weapon. I was wrong about the figure having an anti tank weapon. He is carrying a flamethrower!!! That’s really cool.

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Here are some close up pictures of the other poses. You can see more in the earlier post. I will add more pictures as I get them here and do a review when this set is released sometime in a few months from now.

Kent Sprecher of Toy Soldier HQ just informed me that he will have this set in a few weeks. So take a look at his website soon. He also has the Mars Zombie Pirates & Mars Pirates of the Caribbean in stock now. So check out his site with the link above and see all the vintage items he has in stock. You can also go to his eBay page to purchase toys he has listed here, Kent Sprecher on eBay

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Just a quick update. I’ll have more in a week or two. Thanks for reading, until next time….

The Latest News!! 07-19-2019 ~ News & Reviews. Plastic Platoon, Chintoys, Prikaz, Conte & Mars.

Here is a quick recap of what has been happening this week. Plus a review of Chintoys sets 017 & 018.  

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Here are some pictures of sculpts that were sent to me by Plastic Platoon. They are Plains Indians from the Tribes of the Sioux & Cheyenne. I guess these will be available sometime before the end of the summer or early fall. The details are excellent. These figures are more like a set of Character figures than a regular set. I wish that some of the poses were crouching or running as they would have been at the Little Big Horn. Maybe we will see some figure sets of hand to hand fighting. Or even some mounted figures would be even better.

 

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Here is another figure that is being made for the Conte Romans sets. The details are also excellent. I can’t until these available.

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Lion King with alternate arms. Here we have freed him from his ‘flag’ and are turning him loose for hand to hand combat. ; (also have a 3rd left arm holding round shield)

 

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Mars sent me some pictures of the way the box will look for their upcoming set of WWII German Panzergrenadiers.

 

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Here are some pictures of the new sets that have just been released or will be released this month by Prikaz. They are about 56mm or the big 1/32 scale. I will update the catalog page with prices and more pictures soon Prikaz Toy Soldiers

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Here are the 6 figures in the Viking Shieldwall set. Three figures with shields standing and three figures with shields kneeling. This set sells for $37.00.

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Here are some pictures of the figures from the new “Hunters” set. This set goes for $37.00

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Some more pictures of the new Artillery Set. This set has 8 figures and a cannon. This set goes for $100.00.

 

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I ordered the two new sets from Chintoys last week. These sets come in various colors from blue, blue-gray, red and brown. Maybe even more colors? I ordered the the sets in blue. You can find these sets on eBay right now.

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Here are the Chintoys Knights Templar CHT017 & Knights Hospitaller CHT018. Here are some more pictures below of the Knights with figures from other brands of Prikaz, Conte & Engineer Basevich to compare them too.

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These plastic figures are really nice. I like the choice of poses and use of other medieval weapons the we usually never see. The figures say 1/32 but they are closer to 1/30. They are a little bigger than the Conte medieval figures. But still look really nice with them. They fit very well with the Prikaz & Engineer Basevich figures. If I see the blueish gray color figures I will pick them up one day. I think I will paint a set of these one day if I get another set of the brown ones. I think we will see some Arab warriors one day to fight our Crusaders. I would like to see them do a Teutonic set and some Baltic Pagans to fight. That would some great sets to see.

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That is is for now. Thanks again for reading.

The Latest News! July 6th 2019 ~ Prikaz Toy Soldiers update, Hudson & Allen Studio Scenic Bases, TSSD Plains Indians & more.

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Here is the next update a day earlier than planned. I wanted to put everything in one blog post for Sunday. But due to a my new work schedule for the summer I will be unable to. So I posted yesterday and today. I will be posting less for the summer as I will be too busy with my job and some projects that I am working on. In today’s post I have some hobby news & updates.

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The Prikaz Toy Soldier catalog page has been updated. It now shows all the sets that Alexey has for sale. I will keep updating this page as more sets and information become available. You can check out the page through this link Prikaz Toy Soldiers.

 

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Next we have some news about Hudson & Allen Studio. They are owned by W. Britain.

“We are now offering a selection of different scenic bases for toy soldier displays. These are 12” X 12” squares of grass and soil on 1/4” thick MDF panels. All five types are designed to be used together in various combinations and are durable and realistic. These easy to use scenic bases are compatible with all major manufacturers figures and vehicles. The overhead pictures shows the basic types now available with a slight space shown between as an illustration, country road, field, edge of meadow, meadow and field with short bushes. The second photo shows two bases in front of our WWII backdrop along with a couple of W. Britain German Fallschirmjagers (paratroopers) for scale reference. These bases are available direct only and will be listed on our website today.” W. Britain Toy Soldier & Model Figure Company ~

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These new square scenic bases will bring your displays come to life. The cost is $42.00. I will get a few in the near future.

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They also are selling these nice Bushes. You can see more of their products at https://www.wbritain.com/product-store/hudson–allen-studio.

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Yesterday we took a look at the TSSD Plains Indian set that is now restocked by MicShaun’s Closet. I want to share a few more pictures of some of my figures that I have. Here are some unfinished TSSD Plain Indians that I was painting. I hope to finish these later this year.

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TSSD Plains Indians hunting a Barzso Bison.

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MicShaun’s is now selling four TSSD sets of Plains Indians and one special character figure set. You can order from their website over here at https://micshaunscloset.com/.

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Here are a couple of paintings by James Ayers. I think they look great. They also make a great reference when painting. You can check out more his works of art at http://www.jamesayers.com/.

Here is a stop motion video down by Conrod Jowett using toy soldiers.

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That is it about the hobby news and updates. Last week we were looking at the Mars Japanese figures. The new Paratroopers are based on the 1/72 plastic figures they make. It made me think about the Matchbox WWII Japanese Infantry set that I picked up in a hobby store sometime in the 1990’s. The set is 1/76 in scale. The set had 49 figures in 19 poses. I wished they would have also made this set in 1/32 scale. It would have been a nice set. Here are some pictures of the 19 poses in this set below.

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Thank you for reading. I hope to make another post in a couple of weeks.

 

The Latest News!!! July 5th 2019 ~ MicShaun’s Closet Re-Stock, LOD Sale, Plastic Platoon German Paratroopers!!! & More…

 

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Well I hope everyone enjoyed themselves on the 4th of July. Happy & Healthy. It is the day we Americans celebrate our triumph over Tyranny.  We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

 

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Well I thought this would be a short post a few days ago. But it looks like it will not, lol. I have a few updates to share with everyone today.

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Yes I know this is not about toy soldiers. But the Walking Dead it is an iconic part of pop culture. In an unexpected move on July 3rd. Robert Kirkman decide to end the main Walking Dead comic book series. The issue before Rick Grimes died. He was the lead character of the story. Everyone thought the story would continue and that it would focus more on his son. Anyway, being the collector that I am. I ran out to look for the last comic, but didn’t have any luck…..

 

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I was informed by the fine people at MicShaun’s Closet. David & Kim Cook are pleased to bring back some out of stock sets.

“Here’s what is being delivered tomorrow.  These items we have been out of pretty much since we purchased the business:”

TSSD Set 3 – WWII US Infantry

TSSD Set 5 – WWII Russian Infantry

TSSD Set 6 – Union Great Coats – Blue

TSSD Set 9 – WWII US Fire Support

TSSD Set 11 – German Elite Troops

TSSD Set 13 – Plain Indians

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You can find these sets and their many others at https://micshaunscloset.com/.

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TSSD Set 11 – German Elite Troops

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TSSD Set 13 – Plain Indians

 

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It is great to see some of these sets back in stock again. The WWII German Elite troops are nice, especially the Mounted ones. But my favorite has the be the Plains Indians from the set above and the other Plains Indians sets. They are some of the best Plains Indians figures ever made. If you like these figures head over to https://micshaunscloset.com/.

 

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Over at LOD Ken is having a 4th of July Sale. You can buy his figures at https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.

 

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LOD Enterprises is having a holiday sale in conjunction with the 4th of July. All of our unpainted Rev War sets (6 total) are 20% off for the next week. There is no coupon code necessary as the LOD website has the sale prices listed in the store.

This is a perfect time to build out your armies whether you need light infantry, Grenadiers, or additional Regular Army figures.

Have a great holiday and weekend!!

 

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Mikhail has sent me a sneak peak at some of his new WWII German Paratroopers. Here are some figures that will be part of the third set of Germans for the Battle for Crete series.

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These new figures should be out sometime in September. Here are some pictures of the second set of German Paratroopers below. I think I will have to get both sets this September.

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That is it for now. I will have more this Sunday. Thank you for reading. 

The Latest News!! 06/30/2019 ~ Mars 1/32 World War II Japanese Paratroopers, MicShaun’s Closet & John Jenkins Anglo-Saxons Shield Wall.

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Here is another update about the hobby. We have some news from Mars, MicShaun’s Closet and John Jenkins.

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Sergey shared a sneak peak of the World War II Japanese in 1/32 scale. Here are four of the figures that will be included in this set. The Zombie Pirates, German Panzergrenadiers and Japanese Paratroopers should be released by the end of the summer. An eBay dealer from the Ukraine made a mistake by listing some sets this week that are still unavailable.

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The poses are based on the same poses from the 1/72 set. But they look a little different. I am excited to see this set released now after see this first four figures.

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MicShaun’s should have their big shipment of re-stock figure sets by the end of the week. I will have more information on that when it happens.

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Right now they have this NEWRAY BIG COUNTRY WESTERN TOWN in stock. Check it out at https://micshaunscloset.com/products/new-ray-big-country-western-town

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George of Minutemen Toy Soldiers shared some pictures of John Jenkins latest theme today. These are unpainted prototypes. These range should be released sometime next year. Check out George’s site at http://www.mmtoysoldiers.com/

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“John Jenkins Designs previewed a new range yesterday at the June London Toy Soldier Show; figures from the battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings………………they will begin to appear in September, hopefully in time for the Chicago Show……..”

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I can’t wait to see these.

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That is it for now. Thank you for reading.