Latest News!! First Look at Barzso Re-issued Woodland Indians

Well it has been a busy week so far and the Big Show has not even started. Here is the first look at Barzso Playsets re-issued Woodland Indians. I have to say they look amazing, it seems like more of the details are brought out with the new process of casting. I heard that the material is more like plastic and not like resin. I can’t wait to get my hands on some of these. Here are some of the pictures that Jim Clouse had posted. These figures should be available at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show and soon after on his website.

 

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I cropped the pictures and then enlarged them to get a better look. These new figures look some much better, maybe it’s the gray? I need a few dozen of these to add to my collection. I can’t wait to see the other figures that he is going to re-issued too. Now I wish I was going to Chicago 😦

If you have not seen my other two most recent articles that are part of these blog, check them out too. Latest News! ~ Barzso Playsets ~ and Interview with Ken Ciak and the Future of LOD Enterprises.

Latest News! ~ Barzso Playsets ~

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Hi guys, I just got some information about Barzso Playsets. According to Jim Clouse, Ron plans to produce some of his old sets. If they sell well, Ron plans to produce some new sets next year. 

Hi All,

Some big news coming from Barzso Playsets. While Ron has been quiet the past year or two, he’s still been busy. 

Ron has been looking for a better formulation of plastic resin to run figures in – – and has found it! The company that runs the figures are on board and have produced a selection of Ron’s previous figures.

The new material is more durable than the original resin, figures come out of the mold with straight weapons, etc. I have some of the early mold shots, and I even went to the length of dropping a firing guy on my concrete basement floor – no damage! Paint also adheres very well to the figures. 

Here is a list of the figures that are available in the new material:

Pirates – Powder Blue

Confederate Casualties – Gray

Woodland Indians – Gray

Union Casualties – Powder Blue

Civil War Camp Poses – Powder Blue

Barbary Coast Pirates – Gray

1805 US Marines – Powder Blue

Lewis and Clark Character Figures – Powder Blue

 

Due to the higher cost of the material being used, prices will be $20 for eight figures (single poses, no duplicates). Ron said depending on collectors’ reception of these figures, he plans on making new figures for 2018.

 

Figures will be available at the Chicago Show this week, and will be added to the website soon after.

 

Best regards,

 

Jim

Looks like some more Great News before the big show starts. I hope to hear more 🙂

For more Barzso news check out my other post, Interview with Ken Ciak and the Future of LOD Enterprises.

Interview with Ken Ciak and the Future of LOD Enterprises.

Hi guys, It is a week away from the biggest Toy Soldier show of the year. But if you are like me, you can’t make the trip to Chicago. Usually I search the internet before and right after the show to see if I can pick up some new information on the hobby. Usually for the most part, the new releases or previews are done at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show. So besides searching the internet, I am doing some of my our research.

The past week I had asked Ken Ciak a few questions and then followed up on some others to create this blog article. It was a thrill to chat with Ken and learn more about him and his company LOD ENTERPRISES. So let us begin.

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“LOD Enterprises is a manufacturer and distributor of plastic collectible toy soldiers. The firm, based in Green Bay, WI, draws on the rich history of plastic soldiers and playsets to create new figure sets for the collector’s market. The company started in 2014 with Ken Ciak as its managing member.”

This year LOD will have Set # 3 of the War with Troy, and previews and some pieces of the Ancient Warship & Trojan Horse available.

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Warhorse Miniatures:  Hi Ken, I would like to thank you for taking some time to answer a few questions. I would like to say that I like your figures and what you have done for the hobby. 

 

Ken Ciak:  Thank you for the opportunity to discuss for a few minutes about the figures and accessories from LOD Enterprises. I appreciate the compliment about the War at Troy figures. It has been very rewarding working with a lot of talented people who more than help to make my vision and ideas a reality. The response from collectors has been great and motivates me to keep working hard to create more figure sets.

 

Warhorse Miniatures:  Tell us a little about yourself and how you got started in all of this?

Ken Ciak:  My background would not directly lead anyone to think of me to enter into the toy soldier hobby. I am part of the three & three-quarters inch Star Wars generation so while toy soldiers were still readily available, my focus with toys and collecting changed mightily in 1977. That being said, I always enjoyed toy soldiers and playsets. I like the ability to have a full complement of figures and diorama pieces all in one box. I purchased a couple of American Revolution sets from Classic Toy Soldiers in 2010 and 2011 before grabbing the TSSD Romans and Barbarians set when Nick and DeAnna released it.

 

 

Warhorse Miniatures:  What was the hardest part about getting started?

 

Ken Ciak:  The hardest part of getting started actually turned out to be relatively easy as soon as I started reaching out to people in the hobby and toy soldier community. I had zero idea of how to go about it but found that people at the Toy Soldier Show in Chicago were always approachable and willing to help. My initial thought was to get either Nick or Ron Barzso to create a set where I would be willing to invest to have my Trojan War playset made by one of them. I certainly over simplified the process, but found both of them (along with many others including Bill McMaster) able to guide me through the process. Three years later, I am no expert and still learning with each day but the journey has been fun and introducing a new set is gratifying as the previous one.

 

 

Warhorse Miniatures:  I like the adventure that you have taking us with the War with Troy series. First the Walls of Troy and some figures, then you expanded with Chariots and additional figures. Lastly character figures, the Trojan horse and now a galley. Has our journey finished or has it just begun?

 

Ken Ciak:  Thank you for sharing that you are enjoying the War at Troy adventure. The Iliad is one of my favorite books and I remember reading a version of the Trojan War in the 6th grade and being hooked. The story is rich with characters, both mortal and immortal, and filled with action. The journey is not over as there are additional figures and accessories in the pipeline for development.

 

 

Warhorse Miniatures:  So what new line of figures would you start or what do you think you might do in the future?

 

Ken Ciak: As for future releases, there are a few ideas that the sculptor and I are working on. There will be another War at Troy figure set that will combine characters and possibly allies of the Trojans (Amazons). I would like to release a WWII figure set in the next couple of years. We have also kicked some ideas around for a Christmas set that is not a toy soldier set, but would include Santa, elves, and reindeer and aimed more towards kids.

 

Warhorse Miniatures:  I am happy to see that you are now producing some figures that were originally produced by Barzso Playsets. Any other Barzso sets that you might produce in the future?

 

Ken Ciak:  The Barzso figure sets are wonderful and I am honored/humbled to be able to continue to market them. Ron has done a tremendous job in the hobby and been a great guy to visit with and discuss opportunities. We had talked last fall about the Revolutionary War and Robin Hood figure sets and re-releasing them. Ron had them made at the same factory in Hong Kong (Eastcorp Toys) that the War at Troy sets are produced. I liked the opportunity to expand into two other eras, especially two eras that I enjoy. Also to do so with a popular and well-done brand of Barzso Playsets. It has worked out well for me and the market has been very responsive to having all four of the figure sets available again. Ron and I have spoken about some other sets and there is a possibility of producing another one or two in the future.

 

 

Warhorse Miniatures:  What other Barzso sets do you think you might produce in the future?

 

Ken Ciak:  Regarding Ron Barzso, I had an opportunity to visit with him yesterday and we are going to discuss some figure sets at the Chicago Show. I am excited about the opportunity and they will be new figure sets. We will announce the subject and details next weekend. As for his older sets, they will not be recast by LOD Enterprises at this time.

 

 

Warhorse Miniatures:  Great News!!! Will the figures from you and Barzso be a new subject or an existing theme from Barzso? Also do you think it will be one or two different sets?

 

Ken Ciak:  The figures with Barzso will be an existing theme and there will be multiple sets. Ron and I are going to hash out the details on Thursday when I arrive and I think he/we will announce it right away after that. Our trading rooms are close so I am hoping it creates some buzz with the weekend traffic.

 

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Warhorse Miniatures:  Thanks Ken, is there anything else you would like to talk about regarding LOD Enterprises.

 

Ken Ciak:  I appreciate the opportunity to talk about LOD Enterprises and our time in the toy soldier arena. It has been a quick three years. We are continually working to improve our product and introduce plastic soldiers to fans of all ages. We are working on a set of rules for war gamers (hoping for an early 2018 release) and will continue to expand on the successful figure sets we offer.

 

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Ok guys, I am going to wrap this up. This article took me longer to prepare than I thought it would. I am still learning about the blogging and try out new features. I hope everyone enjoyed the article. Here are a few tip bits and some new things that I decided to add at the end.

I am excited to hear about the news with LOD and Barzso. Plus to see what other future items the LOD comes out with. Right now LOD is one the most interesting companies, I feel good with them continuing on making quality products for years to come. The wargaming rules for his figures sounds promising, and maybe it gets some new collectors into our market. Me and Ken talked about a few other things, he likes read about history. When we talked about the WWII figures, I mentioned on how collectors are with uniforms and weapons. They expect more when it comes to recently eras. I am glad to hear from him that he will take his time to get the details right with these future figures.

Warhorse Miniatures: I think making toy soldiers is hard. I mean that sometimes it is hard to make collectors happy. If you do make a WWII figures, collectors want to see both sides made together. I have been waiting for some new Japanese soldiers for years now.

Ken Ciak:  That is one of the most appealing aspects of the hobby is working hard to achieve a set with appropriate details even for the most discerning customer. I will be taking my time to make sure I have all of the details down for the WWII set. The Bronze Age and the Iliad have a been a passion for a long time so many of the aspects are “easy” for me to gather from a research and knowledge standpoint.

 

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So if your going to the Chicago Toy Soldier Show, don’t forget to see LOD Enterprise and say hello. For further information you can click on the links below.

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And on Facebook, LOD Enterprises Toy Soldiers FB

W. Britain ~ Wrath of the Northmen ~ Fall 2017

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With the Chicago Toy Soldier Show coming soon, I have been thinking what new things I will try to pick up later this year. At the Chicago show most of the Toy Soldier companies preview or release their new items. One thing that I know for sure is that I will get some of W. Britain “Wrath of the Northmen” figures. The figures in this line seem to get better with each new one released. I was able to get the limited edition figures, they are awesome to say the least. Here are a few pictures of them, 62126 – “Brimir” Viking Attacker – Academy Games Exclusive and 62127 – “Werian” Saxon Defender – Academy Games Exclusive. I took them with a Barzso Cottage.

 

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Here is Saxon leader that is one of their Collector Club figures.

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Here are some figures that are out now or will be out soon.

Saxon Archer #1 Arrow Nocked (Recene) 62123 W. Britain

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Saxon Archer #2 Arrow Loosed (Osfirth) 62128 W. Britain

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Saxon Archer #3 Arrow Loosed (Scotend) 62129 W. Britain

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Saxon Advancing with Sword (Kenway) 62130 W. Britain

 

Here are some new figures that I hope will be out by the end of the year or early next year.

 

Saxon Shield Wall Defender (Seaver) 62124 W. Britain

Viking with Raven Banner (Arnlaug) 62131 W. Britain

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Viking Advancing Blowing Horn (Arnljot) 62132 W. Britain

Viking Attacking with Sword and Axe (Brandr) 62133 W. Britain

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That is it for now, the next few weeks should be exciting. I will be at the East Coast Toy Soldier Show in October and will do an article on that.

An Interview with Jeff Imel and the Return of BMC Toys

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I have been following the blogs on BMC Toys for most of this year, reading about the development of their toy soldier playsets. Some of the past World War II playsets are coming back this month. The boxes have been updated and so have a few other details too. BMC Toys made a lot of different toy soldier playsets, plus bagged sets of soldiers and other accessorizes for plastic toy soldiers. 

The other day I was able to ask Jeff Imel of BMC Toys & VictoryBuy Inc. a few questions. I am glad he had some time to answer them. Thanks again Jeff.

 

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Warhorse Miniatures: Hi Jeff, I just wanted to thank you for taking some time to answer some questions. I see that you are President of BMC Toys and VictoryBuy Inc., can you give us a brief history of yourself, VictoryBuy Inc and BMC Toys?

 

Jeff: Yes, I’m President (and Chief Bottle Washer) of VictoryBuy Inc., and BMC Toys® is now a brand that is part of my company. I started dabbling in online retail in the late 90’s on a variety of platforms and products. Early 2002 I went full time with the business (then Ferretbee Enterprises) and in 2015 incorporated the company as VictoryBuy Inc. BMC Toys was founded by Bill McMaster in 1991 and began producing original historically themed plastic soldier playsets shortly thereafter. He used his experience as a Toys-R-Us purchasing agent to start BMC Toys Inc. and brought the classic army men playset to a whole new generation. Bill operated BMC Toys until he unexpectedly passed away in 2014. I worked with Bill’s family and together we found all the people and parts needed to continue production of the BMC Toys product line. New production was made in the same factory that has been producing the line for over 20 years and will be in stock around September 8th.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I see that the old World War II BMC playsets are coming back in late August, can you add anything about the process and changes to any of these sets?

 

Jeff Imel: My original intention when I began the process of continuing BMC Toys production was to just send an order to Bill’s manufacturing agent (Thomas Leung in Hong Kong), and get the products back in stock as quickly as possible. I soon found that some of the products had licensing agreements that were no longer in place without Bill around. The artist of the fine art used on several of BMC products was very helpful and we reached an agreement that allowed me to sell what was already on hand, but he had a new licensing agent that I couldn’t reach an agreement with for new production. The licensing issue, along with the fact that most of the package art was so old it was on film and not in a digital format, led me to redesign the packaging from the ground up. I decided to reduce the size of the large playset boxes to help cut down on freight costs which have increased tremendously since the sets were first introduced, and also upgraded those boxes to a sturdier and more reusable tray style that was often used for vintage playsets. Once that was decided, I figured since we’re redesigning the packaging, now would be the time to make any other changes or upgrades. We (myself and Thomas) reviewed of all the contents, colors and tooling (molds). Thomas suggested sticker sheets might be a good idea for the vehicles, and I already had this in mind since it worked out well on the Tim Mee reissues I offer. I wound up designing the sticker sheets and most of the package design work myself, which turned out to be a much bigger project than I anticipated, and delayed the new production by nearly a year. I decided to have the Bombed Farm House mold improved a bit, and had a new mold of a flag and rock formation made as upgrades to the D-Day Normandy and Iwo Jima boxed playsets. The flag and rock pieces are copies of pieces from the original BMC Alamo set, although the new flagpole is thicker since the original had a tendency to sag. I made minor color changes on some of the accessories, and also increased the piece count of the Appomattox bagged set.

 

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Warhorse Miniatures: BMC made some interesting playsets, like “Battle of the Little Big Horn”, “Battle of Yorktown”, “Gettysburg”, “Alamo” and some others. Do you have any plans of re-releasing these?

Jeff Imel: The early BMC Toys molds (pre-1998) were owned by the factory in China that produced the sets. The owner of the factory passed away unexpectedly, and the molds were sold to another factory. The products were then sold under the Americana Souvenirs brand. Since I don’t have access to the original molds, there are no current plans to reissue the early sets.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Are there any plans for any new playsets? What are your plans for BMC?

Jeff Imel: No new playsets are in development yet. I have some ideas, as well as some projects that I found in Bill’s files. So far, my focus has just been on relaunching the existing BMC Toys product line ‘American Heroes Collector Series’. There are a couple of smaller projects I’d like to develop soon. One is a set of Coast Guardsmen that would plug into the D-Day Higgins Boat. There is also a tank project that Bill developed that is ready for the mold phase. In the short term, I’m adding a new product line to BMC Toys, the ‘Classic Army Men Collector Series’. This line will feature recasts of vintage figures and accessories made in the US. The first product in this line is a recast of the Lido WW2 GI’s. The next product is a 1950’s mold from DK Toys and Novelty. It’s a set of WW2 Soldiers that are copies of the early Tim Mee figures. My plan for BMC is to relaunch the products, and maintain it as a retail toy line sold in hobby shops gift shops and eCommerce. I see the product line as a bridge between the inexpensive toys sold in the mass market and the more expensive hobby shop plastic figures.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Thanks again Jeff, is there anything else you would like to add about VictoryBuy Inc., or BMC Toys?

Jeff Imel: When I work with venerable brands like Tim Mee and BMC Toys, I generally see my role as that of caretaker. This was driven home even more when I met Bill’s son James to complete the sale of BMC. As we shook hands he said “Take good care of my Dad’s company.”. I take that to heart, and it reminds me that these aren’t just pieces of plastic, but are encapsulations of people’s memories. They’re a small physical representation of the soldiers they’re based upon, the artists that designed and sculpted them, the business people that brought them to market, the mold makers, factory workers, and the now several generations of folks that play with, collect, and in turn share them along with the memories with the next batch of youngsters. A bag of plastic army men seems like such a simple thing, but it actually takes a lot of people and a lot of work to produce. I have too many people to thank for their help in relaunching BMC, so for today, I’d just like to thank and remember Bill McMaster and his family.

I was glad to learn more about Jeff and BMC & VictoryBuy. It should be interesting to see what they produce in the future. I will run out and grab a few playsets soon, they make great gifts for the young & old a like. So don’t miss out on these sets this time.

I like the “AMERICAN HERO COLLECTOR SERIES”, especially now when it seems that History is being erased. Here is a list that I grabbed from the BMC blog page, that you can go to through the link above.

Here’s a rundown on the changes to the BMC Toys product line in 2017:

  • 40028    ACW Appomattox Figures 26pc: Piece count increased to 26.
  • 40022    Alamo Figures 37pc: No changes.
  • 40023    ARW Yorktown Figures 34pc: No changes.
  • 49991    WW2 Amtrac Vehicle: Sticker sheet added.
  • 99999    WW2 Atlantic Wall Fortifications 21pc: New item.
  • 49996    WW2 Bombed Farm HouseWalls changed to tan ABS plastic,  reinforcing lines added to interior and roof pins are thicker.
  • 40024    WW2 D-Day Figures 34pc: No changes.
  • 40009    WW2 D-Day Normandy Playset: Smaller tray style box. Sticker sheets, 3 flags and rocks added. Barbed wire, sandbags, and improved Farm House.
  • 40027    WW2 D-Day Utah Beach Playset 40pc: Sticker sheets added.
  • 49997    WW2 German Bunker with Cannon: Sticker sheet added.
  • 49999    WW2 German Tiger Tank (Gray): Sticker sheet added.
  • 49998    WW2 Higgins Boat Landing Craft: Sticker sheet added.
  • 40032    WW2 Iwo Jima Figures 32pc Olive and Tan: New item.
  • 40026    WW2 Iwo Jima Figures 32pc Sage and Butternut: No changes.
  • 40013    WW2 Iwo Jima Playset: Smaller tray style box, sticker sheets, 2 flags and rocks added.
  • 49990    WW2 Sherman Tank: Sticker sheet added.

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Roll Call ~ July 2017

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Hi Guys, here is my latest report on the what I am doing and some hobby news. For the most part in July, I have been working a lot. And in between that I put a softball team together for my union softball tournament. But I have a few previews on some new products that will be available in the near future. 

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Here are some of the pictures of Expeditionary Force new Napoleonic figures. I think we will see these by the end of the year. The details look great, they are coming out with Infantry and Cavalry so far. Artillery should be next. So far I notice French, English, Prussian and maybe Austrian. There are more pictures on their website. 

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Next is some news from LOD Enterprises  and their “War at Troy” line. They will have some new character figures and a Trojan horse! Here are a few pictures, for more information check out the link above. I like Ken Clark’s company, he is going in the right direction. The War at Troy series makes a nice playset when you add all the different figures sets, the Walls of Troy and other accessories. Get it now, before it is gone.  

The Trojan horse was sculpted by Jim Clouse, “Here’s the original sculpt I did for LOD Enterprises. The horse is 15″ long X 15″ tall. It’s at the mold maker now. Wooden Horse of Troy will be available at the Chicago Show.”

Jim has helped Ron Barzso with his playsets over the years, it is nice to see him working with Ken now too. 

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BMC Toys is producing some of their old playsets, with some updated things like stickers, new box art.  These new sets should be available in September.

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Besides the toy soldiers, I do collect different things like books and other toys. Most of the things that I collect is about history. But I do like Fantasy things too, like “Warhammer”, “Lord of the Rings”, “Game of Thrones” and other things. I have been playing  Total War Warhammer and the second part of there series should be coming out September 28th. I like the historical titles from Total War, and waited about a year later after Warhammer came out to play. It is one of their best games so far, and it keeps getting better. The Norsca DLC just came out a few days ago, and it it great. If you like strategy games, check them out.

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Well that’s it for now, I hope to have some more things posted soon about what I am doing. I have been gathering some vintage & new plastic World War II Japanese figures lately, from different companies. I will try to get those up in my next update.

Oh, I forgot to say. We won the Softball tournament 🙂

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Roll Call ~ June 2017

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Thanks for visiting again. This is my blog post for the month of June and I know it is July, lol. I am going to call the month report “Roll Call’. It has been busy for me this month, not really that much with the hobby but with life and work. Anyway lets begin. I did find a few interesting items and the first I found yesterday. 

 

The Find

 

 

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Yesterday, my girlfriend and I went to Leesport, PA to shop at a flea market. I didn’t get anything there. I saw a few bags of toy soldiers and other toys, but nothing I wanted or no good deals that I couldn’t pass up. I have become more select in things I buy. I have enough “stuff” around the house. Anyway, on the way home we saw a garage sale. There I picked up this guy. I think it is a Elastolin American War of Independence officer or maybe George Washington figure or it could be Frederick The Great? I could not pass up this figure for a dollar 🙂

 

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I came across these figures on the internet the last month and liked the way the looked. They are Atlantic Alpini Toy Soldiers, or Alpine Troops. They are about 60mm and came in different shades of green. They also came in white. I think they were made in the 1970’s and represent modern Italian soldiers, since I don’t think they had snowmobiles during WWII. There are some pieces missing or parts that came from another set. There is a cannon that I got with these figures that is for the Americans. I will write something about that one day when I find a few more things to add to it.

They remind my of the old James Bond movies, where he would be skiing down the slopes avoiding soldiers or bad guys trying to kill him. I spent around $40.00 on these. I will look for set with the box one day.

 

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I found this set a few months for under $4.00. It is made by Schylling and is about 1/30 in scale. I never saw this set before and have not found to much information about them. I will use the two robin hood figures for my medieval collection, which is now in 2 parts. One is 1/35 in scale or the “small” 1/32 figures. Like Airfix, Marx, Italeri, Accurate and some other brands. The other part is mainly Conte and some other brands that have figures in 1/30 scale.

 

Old Print

And lastly for this report is an old Currier & Ives print that I found. I will put this in a frame. It’s an original and in a rough shape. But I like it this way. For a dollar you can’t go wrong either.

 

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Here are some things that have come out since my last report. You might have seen some of these around the net.

Here are some figures made by “No Name”. They are copies or clones of metal figures. I think they are made in the Russian Federation and can be found on eBay. They say they are 60mm in size. I am going to get a couple sets and I hope they go well with Conte. I think they will, they might be little taller. I will use some as Saxons and most as Vikings. I will cut off any horns and make the double axe look more as a Dane axe. For under $20, I really can’t complain. 

 

Talking about Russia, here are some new sets being made by Chintoys and they look Great. You can find these on the internet between $20 and $30. They are really nice and great for anybody that loves history. Some of these can be used for some Mexican officers for the Alamo. One day, I hope they make a set for the American Civil War or the American Revolution. Any period really would be nice if the keep to these standards.

 

 

The Workshop

I really have not done too much the last couple of weekends, life gets in the way at times. And for me that is much of the time, always something to do. But the figures that have been working on are coming along. Here are some figures that I am painting as Saxons and Vikings. The first is by Conte, the other 3 are by Pvblivs.

 

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Well that’s all for this month, I will continue working on a few things and take some pictures of those no name Vikings when I get them by the end of this month or so. That’s one of the problems from ordering from overseas, the wait. Thanks for reading ( :

WTF? New finds, The Workshop, News on Barzso, Pvblivs, and W. Britain for May 2017

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. 

The Find

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.

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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. 

 

The Workshop

 

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……..

Painting

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.

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Here is some news this month about the hobby. What is going on with Barzso?? I noticed this other day on the Barzso website.

Barzso

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.

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ShieldWall

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.

Toy Soldier Review ~ Engineer Basevich Early Slavs

Here is an update to this post as of 05/13/2017, I took a few pictures with the Barzso Duke’s Stronghold.

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Hello again, a couple of weeks ago I got my Early Slav warriors made by Engineer Basevich. The detail in these figures is really nice and they go well with other brands that I collect. 

 

The box art is great and there are plenty of different poses. I am going to use these figures as Vikings or Saxons.

Almost half of the figures can be used as villagers, which are hard to come by for a medieval collector. Plus with this set you have a woman in full armor, ready to kick arse. 

Here are a few pictures of the Slavic warriors with a Conte Saxon and some Pvblivs Saxons figures. They are the right scale and mix well with both brands.

Here are some more pictures of mainly Conte Viking figures and the E B Slavs. The last picture is with a Barzso cottage.

All in all, I am very happy with the figures. I wish they were cheaper, as of now they are at collector prices. But if your a die hard collector like me, you need at least on set of these figures for your medieval collection. 

I will have another post up this weekend, I am going to start a new monthly blog post on things that I have collected or what I am working on. I am going to slow down on collecting for a while and focus on creating, painting and reorganizing my collections of Toy Soldiers and Playmobil(yes I have not forgotten those guys). I just started painting a bunch of Vikings, I am going to have a tutorial on that down the line too. Thanks for reading, take care for now.