I came across this the other day while browsing on eBay. It is the WWII U.S. Infantry Medical Team set by Starlux. Starlux was a company from France that made toy soldiers I think from the 1940’s or 1950’s to the 1980’s. This set is 60mm in size and made out of hard plastic. I took one of my Airfix American soldiers to see how they would look together. Not bad.
Hi everyone, this month I am starting something new and hope to do this every month. It’s my WTF, lol. This new feature will focus on any news, new things I found or updates on projects that I am working on.
Here are some of the things I found on eBay and a few different places that I went to like garage sales, flea markets, thrift stores, and some antique stores.
I also collect old sheet music, mainly the military themed sheet music. Here is an old E.T. Paull piece that I got for $5.
Here is some metal painted medieval figures that I got on ebay for about $50. I think they are from Russia. They are painted really nice and go well with my Conte and W. Britain medieval figures.
Here are some Britain Robin Hood figures that I picked up for about $15.
Here is a lot of old toy soldiers that I got for about $10, most of it broken parts or figures that are missing something.
From The Workshop, here are some things that I am working on. I had some time off and started painting again, some Conte and Pvblivs figures. I am going to send most of the summer painting figures and not picking up too many things. Also I am going to start crafting some new items, I just got to think of what I want to make for both the miniatures and Playmobil. I still have a cottage to finish, some vikings ships that need to be customized for the miniatures and Playmobil. Ugh……..
I trying a new way to paint my figures, so far so good. I primed the figures black, and then started the flesh areas. Next the uniforms or clothing. I always try something different to see if I can do better with my painting. I hope to have this guys finish by the end of June. I am working with 4 base colors for the clothing with this batch. I am trying new ways to speed up the process, so far I spent a couple hours painting these over different days.
Here is some news this month about the hobby. What is going on with Barzso?? I noticed this other day on the Barzso website.
There have been rumors about Barzso Playsets shutting down the past couple of years. I still hope they stay around, in some form. It’s a sad day, we shall see….
Here are some new figures from Pvblivs, they go for around $99 for 12 figures. “The Battle of Kulikovo 1380 ” (Russian Knights vs. Golden Horde) 1\32 scale. They are really nice, but I will skip this batch. It is just to much money, and it is not a die hard piece that I need.
Here are some of the latest figures from the Wrath of the Northmen series from W. Britain. I will be getting these figures for my collection. I have most of the Saxons and some of the Vikings from this series. I will stick to this line of paint metal figures. For the price and the way they look, they are my favorite. One day I will do a post on this series.
Well that is it for now, I wrap it up with this picture of a shieldwall. One day I will make a custom figure or more likely some type of Franken-figure of different parts of figures to make a new one.
In other news, I will have a few pictures of Replicants Saxons and there new Comanches. Plus some pictures of some old Atlantic figures that I had picked up lately.
And whatever I find in my basement, lol. The other day I started re-organizing my “stuff”, I am going through things and trying to make some room for new shelves so I have everything organized. I started finding things that I forgot I had or every purchased, lol. Some things I will get rid of, since I had to start downsizing a little. Anyway, I am starting to babble. Be well, and thanks for reading.
LOD is now producing American Revolutionary figures using molds that where originally used by Barzso Playsets. There are 2 different sets, British Grenadiers and Colonial Minutemen. As mentioned in a early article, LOD has gained the rights to some of Barzso Playsets molds. So here is your chance to stock up on these sets, these are great for customizing too. You get 16 figures for $22.50. You can order with the following link and check out their other great products LOD Toys Soldiers
Ok, so some of these new items are not really Vikings. But they are close enough to use some of these parts to customize for Viking or Saxons figures. So here are some of the new products this year. Most of the sets are about the Animated Movie series, “How to Train your Dragon” I am going to use some of new hair pieces, helmets, and beards to customize some figures. I am glad to see some of the things that I have been working on, being used now by Playmobil.
Easter Egg 9209
I had a great time at the East Coast Toy Soldier Show today in Hackensack, NJ. It had been over 10 years since the last time I had gone, something always came up. It had a nice balance of vintage & new plastic and painted metal figures. There were also playsets, Hess trucks and some other vintage toys. Plus some historical weapons and reenactors. It looked busy with people coming and going, plenty of vendors too. I spent almost 4 hours looking around and talking to dealers and collectors. I saw Mr. Stad from Stad’s Stuff, a really nice guy, also from Pennsylvania. Some of dealers I talked to were from Minutemen Toys Soldiers, Treefrog Treasures, Hobby Bunker, W. Britain and a bunch of other dealers. Plus Mike Russo was there, I got most of my Conte figures from him. I also talked to Patrick Falci, the actor who played A.P. Hill in “Gettysburg”film. I found some more Conte Vikings and Normans, most from sets number 1 and 2. I glad to find the Viking swinging the axe over his head and the little kid with the dagger. I was missing those figures from my collection. I spent about $1.00 for each Conte figure, not bad these days. I also picked up my W Britain Saxon figures from George at Minutemen Toy Soldiers. He spends a lot of time displaying the toy soldiers at the shows and does a great job. A great guy to deal with too, keeps you up to date with items that you are interested in and contacts you when he has them or finds something that you have been looking for. I even found some Playmobil at the toy soldier show!!!! A few old medieval figures and incomplete green medieval cottage, paid $21 for that.
Me and Patrick Falci
Some pictures of the layout of the show.
Here are the Playmobil items that I picked up.
Some BMC cannons and mortars for a $1.50.
I joined the W. Britain Collectors Club and this was my first figure.
50068C – WWII / German Fallschirmjager with G-43, Winter 1944-45
Finally got the Conte Viking swinging the axe over his head and the little boy with the dagger.
Here is the hoard of Conte Vikings and Normans that I got, most of these are the poses from sets #1.
Here is the displays by Minutemen Toy Soldiers
Some more pictures from the show.
Another group of pictures.
If you want to read more about the show you can read this article from the NorthJersey.com
The East Coast Toy Soldier Show is almost here, next Sunday October 30th 2016. It is a great show with plenty of vendors for anybody near the NJ-NY area. Check out the link below for more information. I will update this page with some pictures after the show.
East Coast Toy Soldier Show