The Latest News! 2-07-2021. Toy Soldier Previews & News!!! Lost Barzso Sculpts. Conte Romans. Warhammer III.

It has been a while since my last post. I have been busy working extra and dealing with the weather for the most part in January. I have gathered some things that have occurred over the last month into one post. So let us begin with some news from Airfix.

Airfix is releasing 6 of there classic World War II sets this summer. British Paratroops, German Infantry, US Infantry, US Paratroops, German Paratroops and British Infantry. I think these are now being produced in India. I wonder if they will be in a soft plastic again?

Conte’s plastic Romans are in production and should be available before the end of this year. Hopefully by the summer if we are lucky we shall see Roman Legion Set #1. They will come in bagged sets of Gold, Silver & Red.

Some of the figures require assembly. You will have a some choices with the poses. This is a nice feature when building armies. Also the hot & cold water solution to straighten the spear might be needed. Head over to the Conte website over here, https://contecostore.myshopify.com/.

Next we visit CHELOVECHEK / LITTLE MAN. Set №8, which is called “The Missing Expedition of Franklin – EREBUS (1845-1847).” In the set are 6 men in 1/32 scale made in rubber plastic. Here is a short description: – Captain John Franklin with Capuchin the monkey, Private of the Marine Corps armed with a capsule shotgun, Ice Master with hook and pistol, Diver with bogor, Cook with a heavy look, and an old sailor with a ice ax.

Plastic Platoon is very busy these days. They have a new set coming out soon. It is Indian Warriors of the Battle of Little Bighorn #3.

Plastic platoon. Soviet scouts 1943. 1/32 + Master model. Planned for release in Spring 2021.

Here are some 3D rendered Indian figures for the new American Revolution theme sets being developed.

Here are more renders of the figures of the series American Revolution. This time, the figures are from the Artillery Revolution set. The girl is Molly Pitcher.

Next we see what Publius is up too. Here are a few of the new sets being released. There is a crusader set, Greeks and Knights.

Plus some of the older WWII Russian Soldier sets cast in the rubbery resin. These WWII Russian Sets can be found at https://micshaunscloset.com/collections/publius.

The last thing I have to report about Publius is the prototype of an Amazon.

Mars has two new sets coming out later this year. They are World War II German Paratroop Artillery and Mortar sets.

David and Kim at MicShaun’s Closet have some new foam pieces in development. Here are the photos of their new North Africa Building in three paint schemes.

Plus Palisade Walls for the Alamo and other dioramas.  Three different pieces – plain wall, angled section (more for Alamo) and and artillery section. Check out more of their products at https://micshaunscloset.com/.

Last time I previewed the English Archer set by Warhansa. They have continued with some new medieval themed sets. They are English medieval themed sets. I really like these sets.

They also have a new Viking themed set. You can see more at their website over here, https://www.warhansa.com/.

FOUND AFTER 14 YEARS

One of my favorite projects was the Robin Hood Set. After the set came out in 2007 I had 5 more Merry Men sculpted by the brilliant Jay Richardson of Ft. Worth , Texas. They were to be the basis for a small add on set called the Men of Sherwood Forest. The figures were in various camp poses , seated , standing around, etc. One guy was designed to carry a variety of items , like firewood , a cask, etc. I got involved with other projects and put the originals away for safe keeping. I put them away in such a safe place that I forgot where they were! From time to time I would mount a determined search , but always without success. Years went by, with no Merry Men in sight.

Fast forward to last Saturday night. I was moving some boxes around and found one labeled ” Original Sculpts .” even though I had looked in the box before , I thought I would check each small box inside. Each box contained a set of original figures that I sent to the mold makers and which they had returned, Aztecs, 1805 Marines, Hurons …and then I opened a box labeled British Grenadiers figures #1-#4. But within the box was the set of long lost, misplaced , missing in action Merry Men in Camp ! I immediately called my old buddy Jim Clouse and told him the happy news . We met the next day at a McDonalds parking lot so I could hand them over for some professional photographs. (In addition to his sculpting skills Jim is also an accomplished photographer.

Finally, I communicated with the new owner of Barzso Playsets, Ken Ciak. Ken was excited too and plans to finally produce these figures along with maybe a surprise or two. ( I had planned to include a Maid Marion and Ken makes great female figures and , well, you get the idea.

So there is the story of the missing Merry Men. I can hardly wait until they come out. Can you ?

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Photos were taken by Jim Clouse. These figures will probably be out sometime in the summer or early fall. You can see more of the LOD products over here, https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.

Total War announced that they will be releasing Warhammer III late this year. It is a PC video game. Game Workshop is also developing new miniatures bring back the Warhammer Fantasy tabletop game.

Now for some news. I will not be attending the Midwest Toy Soldier Show this year. I will be at the Gettysburg and Columbus Toy Soldier Shows. Maybe some other shows too. But we shall see. I will have some of the Russian based figure sets at these shows. Companies like Prikaz, Warhansa and Publius. Plus the LOD resin sets and some foam products. I should also have my figures ready sometime late spring. That is all for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!! Happy Thanksgiving 2020, Black Friday Sales. Plus Reviews, Previews & News!

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. I hope every one is doing well. Hopefully we are able to spend some time with our Friends & Family and to be grateful for what we have.

Tomorrow starts the Black Friday sales. I have gathered what I could find about them. So let us begin….

Check out the sale that Armies in Plastic is having over here, https://www.armiesinplastic.com/.

Classic Toy Soldiers is also having a sale for Black Friday. You can see what they have over here, https://www.classictoysoldiers.com/.

Ken over at LOD is having a sale and pre-orders for his new figure sets. You can head over to his page here, https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.

Head over to MicShaun’s Closet to check out the sales. Here is their website here, https://micshaunscloset.com/.

That is it for the sales and time for some reviews, previews & news.

I received this set about two months ago. Today I found some time to take some pictures of the Tlingit War Set from Chelovechek or Little Man.

The set includes 12 native Tlingit warriors in 12 poses. The are about 1/30 in scale. They are made out of a hard resin. If you are interested in this set you can contact Ivan at evanspud@mail.ru.

This week I received the latest set from Prikaz Toys Soldiers.

“There are six figures in a set: a Russian warrior with an ax, a Russian warrior with a two-handed ax, a fallen Saxon, a seriously wounded warrior, a Slav and a Dane (or a Saxon, whichever is more interesting).
Shapes are combined into vignettes and can also be used individually.” ~ Alexey Pisarev

The new Medieval set includes 6 figures. Called the “Clash”, Danes versus Rus. They were made to interact with each other. They are paired into 3 groups. The scale of these figures is 1/32. The are about the same size as the Conte Medieval figures. Made out of a rubbery resin. You can see more Prikaz Toy Soldiers over here, https://warhorseminiatures.com/prikaz-toy-soldiers/.

Over at Warhansa they have finished working on a few projects. They have some new terrain accessories sets and new figures. You can see their products over here, http://warhansa.com/.

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Nino has been busy over at Petite Guerre Toy Soldiers. He recently released some new figures. You can read all about it at, https://petiteguerretoysoldiers.com/.

It has been a few years since this project was started to create Seven Years War Austrians in 1/32 scale by Hat. They are getting closer now to finish this. Here are some test shots of the Command set. Next will be the Marching & Action sets. Maybe it will be finished next year????

Well folks that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

I just saw this after I finished the post. I need to get a couple few of these. It looks really nice.

The Latest News!!! 10-11-2020 ~ New Updates From LOD Enterprises Toy Soldiers & The Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show.

Test Shots of the New Revolutionary Cavalry figures by LOD Enterprises.

It is a week away from the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show and I can’t wait. This might be the last show of the year. It should be a nice show. There will be some dealers from the last show in Indiana and some other dealers from the East coast. You should attend if you are a few hours away or want to make a weekend get away for the show. You can read more about the show at their website over here, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/. I will have the LOD Barzso sets, LOD Toys Soldiers, LOD Barzso foam buildings and some previews of things to come!!!!.

Let’s jump right into the news coming from LOD Enterprises. The first thing is Ken has a new setup with his website. You can take a look at that later by clicking here, https://lodtoysoldiers.com/. We will now take a look at the two new resin Barzso figure sets. They are 1/32 in scale. These are original sculpts that Ron Barzso didn’t put into producton. Lets take a look at both sets now.

Here is the first Vault set. This set includes a new Native American pose. This pose is paired with injured General Braddock and his trusted steed.

The other set includes three new poses never before released. A Huron warrior has captured two women. He is leading them back to camp. Each set sells for $15.00. I will have both these sets at the Columbus Ohio Toy Show.

As you can tell these figures will be an excellent addition to you collection. The can be used with other eras and different companies.

Here is a preview of the new Science Fiction sets of the movie “Another Plan from Outer Space”. They are plastic injection figures. The size is 60mm. These sets should be available towards the middle of November. Sets sell for $25.

These figures are nicely sculpted and you should have countless hours of fun to play with.

“We are excited to add The Duke’s Stronghold to our foam product offerings!  This piece includes a base that measures 20” by 15” by 7” and is over 30” in height from base to top of the tower. Extremely detailed and exquisitely designed by Jim Clouse, Duke’s Stronghold is a welcome addition to a medieval collector’s display or diorama. The Stronghold is available for $275 USD plus $66 USD for domestic shipping.  International shipping rates apply, please reach out to lodtoysoldiers@gmail.com for details.

Thanks! Ken Ciak”

2021 Sneak Peek: Rev War Calvary. These are initial models in gray. They will be offered in multiple colors with various arm angles: Here are some figures that plastic color have been waiting for a long time. You better get your pre-orders in for this one.

Ken is thinking of using four different colors. Blue – Continental, Red – British, Green – Loyalists, and Cream – French. He will use a couple of colors for the horses as well.

Update!! The dozen tricorn hats in the diorama help to fill out the scene and that is why they are in it. We can let them relax by sharing that the figures with the tricorn hats were the first run by the sculptor. We corrected the headgear and will be issuing figures with the Tarleton helmets. ~ Ken Ciak

Here are some more things that Ken has planned.

Hello Mike – thanks for the note. A couple of updates, though somewhat generic as the actual delivery dates have been pushed back a little here and there.

1) Duke’s Stronghold is available now – $275 plus shipping ($66 domestically).

2) New Santa set is in the Port of Chicago clearing customs. Should have mid-week.

3) Multiple Barzso sets being worked on, both new re-releases and re-orders of already run sets (character figures, Pirates). We have orders in blue, red, and tan being currently being worked on .

4) The new War at Troy set and alien set should both ship from the factory this week. I am expecting them to arrive mid-November.

5) More foam …. updated molds have been finished for the Barzso Medieval Era trees. There are two variations and we expect to have them ready for sale by the end of the week.

I will have a post about the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show early next week. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

LOD Enterprizes Barzso Vault Figures & The Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show.

This will be the first time I attend the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show. I will be selling LOD Barzso products again. I understand a lot of the same dealers from the Indiana Toy Soldier shows will be present and some different ones too. This should be a nice show. There was some nice deals and rare items last time. This show should not be different. The dealers will be here, so get your Arse there too!!!!.

This year the show will be in a new location. About 20 minutes north of Columbus it will be held at Otterbein University.

Presented by the Midwest Toy Soldier Group. If you have any questions head over to their website over here, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/.

Two new resin vignettes are on the LOD website. Both sets are $15.00 plus shipping. Both are packaged with our Barzso Figure Set header bag notated with a nod to the Barzso Vault. I will be selling these new sets at the Columbus Toy Soldier Show.

One set includes three new poses never before released. A Huron warrior has captured two women. He is leading them back to camp.

The other set includes a new Native American pose. This pose is paired with injured General Braddock and his trusted steed. This set also includes three pieces.

That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

Tippecanoe Toy Soldier 2 Show 2020 ~ Review Part 2 ~ The Show

Before we begin I would like to take a minute to reflect on the loss many of us experienced that day on September 11th, 2001.

Also before I start the review of the Tippecanoe Show, don’t forget about the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show next month. You can read more about the show at their website, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/Shows.html.

This was the only picture that I did take of the show. It was taken before the show started. It was a little busier than this, lol.

This year was the first year that I actually prepared to sell as a vendor at a toy soldier show. It was fun. I have been going to the Midwest shows the past few years as just a collector. Now it is both. In this post I will talk about the selling part and my next post I will show the toys I had found. So let us begin…

We loaded up the vehicle with mainly new products from LOD Enterprises. I had a lot of the LOD Barzso figure sets and foam buildings. Plus Marx recast Japanese figure sets, die cast tanks and bagged plastic figure sets that I had picked up over the years. I even had a few Star Wars toys. Plus I was previewing my set of Anglo Saxons that I will have available next year.

I did pretty well selling the LOD figure sets and foam buildings. The grass mat by Killing Fields was great with the displays. You can see more of their products by click here, Killing Fields Terrain co.

Collectors were able to take a look at my future set of Anglo Saxons. I will have more information about them by the end of the year.

I also had some of the Russian made figures from Prikaz for display. I had a small battle of my Saxons and the Prikaz Vikings. They are perfectly matched. You can view more of the Prikaz figures on this page, Prikaz Toy Soldiers. It is an online catalog I set up for Alexy Pisarev on my website. You can order directly from him by using the email provided on that page.

I also had on display the New LOD Enterprises Science Fiction figures from “Another Plan from Outer Space”. I will have most of these products again at the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show next month.

Here is what Rick Eber had at the show. He is usually the first person you will see at this show.

Also outside the main room was tables that belonged to Rod Chapman, Rick Lipp, Kole Sterling and collector named Curtis.

Here are some pictures of various tables. The show was mainly plastic this year. The big painted metal dealers didn’t make it to the show. There were a few tables that had some antique dime store painted metal figures.

Rob & Tera Roberts had some die cast vehicles and 21st Century WWII figures. Plus some hand painted figures for sale.

Bob Hornung was at the show with his miniature works of art for sale.

Here are some more tables from various dealers that had various types of toys.

It was nice to meet & talk to some of the fellow collectors that I see of Facebook. Jason Evans was one of them. He bought some action figures, toys soldiers and other collectibles to sell.

Trains and Toy Soldiers was here selling some toys soldiers too.

John Stengel Jr. sold most of his toy soldiers before the show even started. He had some playsets, foam terrain pieces and storage bins of loose figures. Because of the virus he has pushed back any plans for new figures for at least a year. Maybe more.

Volk Designs was at the show again with the custom made buildings and siege machines. They always have some really nice stuff. I picked up a few things from them as the show ended.

Even though the crowds were smaller than expected the collectors that did come spent their money. Because of the Virus, Holiday Weekend and probably collectors being unsure if the dealers would come was the result of the smaller crowds. Those that did come found some rare items and great deals. Next month you can come out to the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show. This will be the last major show of the year. Looks like the East Coast Toy Soldier Show will not happen this year.

I will have another post about the toys that I did buy at the show. It should be either tomorrow or next weekend. That is it for now. Thank you for reading 🙂

Tippecanoe Toy Soldier 2 Show 2020 ~ Review Part 1 ~ Room Trading

The Room trading unofficially started on Thursday night September 3rd. Some of the dealers and collectors that had checked in on Thursday started buying and selling. I got to the hotel Thursday night and unpacked. Then went to get something to eat. After that I headed to bed. Friday morning I got up and checked the board in the lobby that had a list of the rooms that were taking part in the room trading.

After writing down the room numbers & names I got started. The first room I went belonged to Rick Eder. He had plenty of vintage toy soldiers. Mostly Marx. Here is what I saw.

The next room I went to was room #133. Inside was Eric Koopmeiners. He had some Marx figures and playsets.

The next room I went into was #134. Inside was Rick Keller and Rick Lipp. There also was a look of Marx figures and playsets. One bed was covered with Marx vehicles.

Larry Lovely had a ton of plastic figures. He had plastic storage bins filled with figures at really cheap prices. Some bins where filled with Marx figures and others with all kinds of brands.

The next room belonged to Steve Connell. He had some vintage toys, bags of plastic figures and painted metal sets.

Inside Rod Chapman’s room was some Britain figures and vintage toys.

The last room I went to before I took a break was the room that Bill Richardson was in. He also had a bunch of mainly Marx figures and vehicles. He had a lot of good deals.

After I took a break I went to Joe Baker’s room. He had a lot of custom made figures that were made by Speira Miniatures on display. Plus some toy soldiers and other toys for sale.

That was it for the first day for me. I went out to get something to eat and then got my room ready for the room trading for Saturday.

Inside my room was mostly LOD Barzso products. I also had some plastic figures in bags that I have picked up over the years.

John Stengel Jr came to visit.

Day two was more of the same. There were a few more dealers. I spent most of the day inside my room and went around to visit some of the rooms. Next to me was Bob Hornung. Inside his room he had his custom made metal miniatures. He sculpts, casts and paints each figure. It is Art in Miniature.

Here are some more pictures of the other rooms that I went into on Saturday. Most I went into the first day.

One of the last rooms I visited was Mike Volk’s room. He was setting up and I took a few pictures. I took a bunch of pictures of his custom pieces at the show the next day.

That is it for the room trading. The crowds were smaller as expected. But the collectors that did come spent their money. I did nicely on with the room trading. I will have the second part of the the review posted in a couple of days. Most likely tomorrow night.

If you missed the Tippecanoe Show you can go to the Columbus Toy Soldier Show next month. This should be the last major Toy Show of the year. The last show had plenty of dealers. It will be the same here too. I will be bringing LOD Barzso figures and foam buildings. This year the show is in a new location. You can read the information below.

Thank you for reading. That is it for now.

The Latest News!!! 06-28-2020 ~ New Show this September in Indiana. “Tippecanoe & Toy Soldiers 2 Show”. Plus some hobby news.

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The MIDWEST TOY SOLDIER GROUP is hosting a toy soldier show this September in Lafayette, Indiana. There was a demand for this since the Chicago Toy Soldier Show had been cancelled. They are calling the new show “Tippecanoe & Toy Soldiers 2 Show”. Titled after the Battle of Tippecanoe which took place near the location of the show.

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The show takes place on Labor Day weekend Sunday, September 6th from the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plus ROOM TRADING on Friday, September 4th & Saturday, September 5th through out the days. Located at the Courtyard by Marriott’s Conference Center, 150 Fairington Ave in Lafayette, IN 47905. You can read more about the show at http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/. I will have a table at the show and will be doing a report on the room trading and show. You should make a mini vacation around this show because who knows what is going to happen later on in the Fall.

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I have a few updates on some products that are now released or will be released in the near future.

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Here are two pictures of painted Mars sets. The first picture is of WWII German Night Hunters. The second picture is of WWII German Paratroopers. These sets should be available in August. Sergey said that the WWII Finns and Russian Assault Troops are available now.

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The Plastic Platoon WWII Russian Assault Troops are in production now. They really look nice. Some of their best work.

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Small Medieval House ~ $45.00

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Large Medieval Tavern ~ $75.00

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Medieval Stone Cottage (small) ~ $42.00

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Medieval Stone Cottage (large) ~ $54.00

LOD is really busy remaking the Barzso Playset products. Besides the new figure sets they have been re-issuing. They’re releasing the old Medieval houses & cottages. They’re also working on other products. You can visit their page by clicking on this link https://lodtoysoldiers.com

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Well that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!!! 06-07-2020 ~ LOD Barzso Playset figures, Chicago Toy Soldier Show & Midwest Toy Soldier Show. Plus some Vintage Finds!!

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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.

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I hope to attend the Columbus Toy Soldier Show as a vendor in October. 

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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

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Here is a new figure from Plastic Platoon. I think it is a limited edition figure.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Finds

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.

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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….

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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.

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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.

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Here is the Tim Mee Jeep. They are still making some of these Tim Mee army toys. You can visit the BMC website to see more, https://bmctoys.com/collections/world-war-2/products/jl-timmee-patrol-olive-upc.