I spent most of the day pricing and packing toys for the show. Carolyn helped me ship out the first batch of orders of our 1st set.Most of the items I am bringing to the show are new production.Besides the Warhorse Miniatures we also have a bunch of the LOD/Barzso resin figures and Foam houses. Plus some of the Russian resin toy soldiers. Plenty of Warhansa and some Publius Medieval figures.For more information on the show click over here, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/Shows.html.
We will have the Saxon Family Set #1 with us for purchase at that show this Sunday.Plus some of the prototypes of other sets we are working on.
Here are some of the Russian figures and sets that I will have with me.
Here are some of the LOD/Barzso products that I will have will me. I am even bringing one Duke’s Tower. I am asking $275 for it.
If you can, stop by the show this Sunday. It will be fun. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
Last weekend was the Midwest Toy Soldier Show. It takes place over three days. Two days of room trading and one day for a conventional toy show. I was not able to take part in this year’s show. Like many others I was able to see some things from pictures posted on FB. I also was sent some pictures and information about the show. Collector Jason Evans provided me most of the photos and information about the show.
From what I heard the vendors and crowds were back. Almost back to normal. Here are some pictures from a couple of rooms. I will start with Atherton Scenics’s room. John had a bunch of foam products with him.Jason Evans provided me with these pictures.
Here are a couple of pictures below of what Robert Hornung had with him. He hand makes and paints his miniatures.Jason told me that Robert had some nice stuff.
Jason did some room trading also. Here are a few pictures that he took. The last two pictures are some of the things that he got while there. He found some nice King & Country products.
Next we have some pictures of Scott Canady’s room. He had a lot of vintage plastic toy soldier playsets and figure sets.
Willy Pickett had some hand painted mats to display vintage plastic toy soldiers. They looked awesome.
Collector Joe Baker had posted some pictures of the 3D printed Speira figures that he was selling at the show.
I heard that the show was good. The vendors and collectors returned to buy & sell. Here are a some pictures of the show thanks to Jason Evans & Michele Keller. Looks like there was plenty of vintage plastic, some rare Barzso playsets, highly detailed painted metal figures, plus imported plastic toy soldiers and other vintage metal figures.
I saw on Stad’s Stuff page and from some collectors in Russia about two new companies. The first one is called Солдатики ХАНОМАКАor translated Soldiers of Hanomaca or Hanomak. Right now they are making World War II Germans & Russian soldiers for Battle of Elbrus. They look nice. I will find out more information and pricing when it becomes available.
The second company is called “Vympel”. Here is a message that they have issued to collectors below and a few pictures of their products. I will have some more information about them in the future too.
“Dear friends, colleagues, collectors !!! Plastic miniature project “Vympel” is a hobby workshop that will delight you with interesting sets of game soldiers on a scale of 1:32 or 54mm. Our goal is to make historically accurate game figures that convey pain and despair, bravery and cowardice, experience and joy with weapons in hand. We plan to touch on many interesting historical topics and events, introduce the personalities and heroes of different armies and directions. The first set is preparing for release April – May. Let’s go!”
The first set is of the German Division SS “Das Reich”. The set consists of 6 shapes, the material of making polyurethane.In early July 1942 they were transferred to NorthwestFrance. In November, the division participated in the occupation of southern France, then carried out garrison service. It was re-formed in November 1942 in Normandy (Northern France) into the 2nd Motorized Division of the SS Reich (2. SS-Panzergrenadier-Division Das Reich).
Important!!!! Important!!!! Important!!!! Dear friends, colleagues, collectors! We do not collect pre-orders and do not take money for our yet unreleased set. If someone offers you someone on our behalf to make a pre-order and pay him money, do not believe it scammers.
With Respect, Denis Barannik.
The last thing I am going to talk about in this post is about some plastic recast Atlantic Toy Soldiers that I found for sale on eBay. I am trying to find out the scale but they do look like the are 1/32 or close to it. The ones I saw were about $50 a set and around $100 for the Fort sets. The Brazilian company called Gulliver is producing these. I don’t know if this is the same company that made the Atlantic western figures in the 1980’s.
Update. The figures are about 2 & 1/2 inches tall.
Don’t forget about the Gettysburg Show which takes place on April 18th. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
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.
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.
PlusPalisade 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.
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 ?
~ Ron Barzso
Photos were taken byJim 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.
Today I finally found some time to get this post up. I have been working more than usually lately and my time is limited these days. I really didn’t pick up to much this time. Just a few figure sets. I will let the pictures tell the story.
I picked up a bag of vintage Marx Japanese figures for $10. These are some of my favorite WWII Marx figures. I am going to wash these figures.
I picked these figures from one of Larry Lovely boxes. He gave these to me.
Here is a Marx Viking figure that I also got from Larry.
Here are a some Conte Alamo figures that I got from John Stengel Jr.
Here are some 60mm Barzso Playsets Merrymen. I also got these from John Stengel Jr. I wanted to use these in the display of the Medieval buildings I had on my table. I paid $15 for the Conte & Barzso figures.
I got these vintage Marx Colonial figures for about $2 a piece from Rick Keller. You can right click on the picture and open it in a new tab to get a closer look at the figures.
Besides the Marx Colonial figures I also got these Marx British Red Coats for about $2 a piece. A few months ago I had picked up a single Marx Red Coat. On my wish list was these figures to look for at the next show I would attend. They are a excellent match for Barzso figures.
This is the first time I saw these Aurora Camelot Medieval figures in the wild. They are about 54mm. Beautifully sculpted. Rick Eber was asking for $150 for this carded set. I purchased a loose figure set for $80.
There are 10 figures in this set. You get five men-at-arms, two, two Knights, two maidens and one bandit. These figures are made out of a hard model type plastic.
I got two of these Volk Designs Medieval cottages. I traded some die cast vehicles for them. These are made out a rubbery type foam. I love the way they look. They will look great with any 54mm to 60mm figures. You can check out more of their products at, https://www.crowntoysoldiers.com/volk-designs.
Don’t forget about the Columbus Ohio Toy Solider Show, October 18th. It’s going to be a great show. For more information check out the Midwest website, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/Shows.html.
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 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 LODBarzsofigure setsand 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 🙂
I hope everyone is doing well today. Here is a quick post to show a few things I saw today with the room trading at the Tippecanoe Toy Soldier Show. You still have time to come if you were undecided. There is one more day of room trading and then the show.
Tippecanoe & Toy Soldiers 2 Show Featuring the best toy soldier dealers of the Midwest and from around the country, covering metal and plastic, dimestores, playsets, individual figures, and more!
New production and Old!
When: Sunday, September 6th, 2020 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. ROOM TRADING: Friday, September 4th and Saturday, September 5th.
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Conference Center 150 Fairington Ave. Lafayette, IN 47905
I will have full report on the room trading and show next week. But I will add some more pictures here in the coming days. Thank you for reading.
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.
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.
I have a few updates on some products that are now released or will be released in the near future.
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.
The Plastic Platoon WWII Russian Assault Troops are in production now. They really look nice. Some of their best work.
Small Medieval House ~ $45.00
Large Medieval Tavern ~ $75.00
Medieval Stone Cottage (small) ~ $42.00
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
I went to sleep around 11pm. I got up early around 6am. At 7am I went to the showroom and helped John Stengel Jr carry all his boxes in to setup for the show. It was an interesting event in itself. Seeing all the vendors setup their tables and put together their displays. The vendor list is over at the Midwest Toy Soldier website http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/.
With my camera in hand and a bunch of Prikaz Medieval sets in an old Army gasbag that I had at my side I then walked around the showroom talking to the vendors. I passed out business card for my website and show off the Prikaz figures. I also took a few pictures.
Stephen Connell is one of the promoters of the show. He had a bunch of vintage painted metal sets and some 6 inch Marx figures. He also had a nice Conte Battering Ram set. I forgot to go back to look at that. Later on after the show I asked Stephen how the attendee was this year. He said “Hello Mike….record crowd…the most people we have had in the four years we have had the show…and more than the previous five shows held at Indianapolis…great turnout!!! Thanks.” That is really good news for the hobby.
Talking about Conte, there was a Conte Roman Galley for sale at the show. I heard they were asking $1,500!!! It was nice. But out of my price range.