I hope every one is doing well. I have been working off and on. I was able to get out this week to visit some antique stores and a couple of comic shops. I found a few things while I was out searching. We will get to that later. I thought this post was going to be quick post about some vintage toys that I found. But in the last couple of days I became aware of a few things. So let us begin…..
Nino has been busy at Petite Guerre. He is working on some French & Indian War French Regular Infantry. They should be the same scale as the Barzso Figures. Go to his page to check out more, https://petiteguerretoysoldiers.com/french-regular-infantry-masters/.
Bullet Proof Miniatures is a new company that makes miniatures by 3D printing them. You can chose the scale of your figure. I am going to get a few figures to do a review in the future. I hope that some of these new figures will fit in with my Barzso figures. You can read more about them at their Facebook page over here, https://www.facebook.com/BulletproofSmallScaleMiniatures/.
Publius is going to release a new WWII Russian Infantry set. This set is titled “Winter 44th” They look great. The scale is 1/32.
Engineer Basevich also has a new WWII Russian Infantry set. This set is titled “Battle of Berlin”. Here are some pictures of the test figures. I hope that they are either green or rusty brown. From what I have read they are based on real people. You can read more at their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Toy-soldiers-Engineer-Basevich-322160358341602/.
In 2018 AMC had a new TV show called the “Terror”. The first season was about a British Naval polar explorers. The ships get stuck in the ice. They try to survive the harsh weather conditions and each other, while being stalked by some thing… It is a good show. You can read more about it at, https://www.amc.com/shows/the-terror/season-1.
When I first watched the show I thought that it would be a cool playset. Well Ivan at “Little Men” must have been reading my mind. Here is a new set that they are working on. It looks great. I can’t wait to get a set of these. They will be plastic and 1/32 in scale.
Here are the new Plastic Platoon WWII Germans in production. These two sets are part of the Battle for Leningrad series. They look awesome. I will have to get all of these sets.
I found a few things this week at an antique mall. I have been a fan of Auburn rubber toys for a while. The past year I found a few different trucks and jeeps. This week I added a medical truck. The guy on the Motorcycle was made by Tim Mee.
A few weeks ago I purchased a vintage comic book. It was Moon Knight #8. On the back cover was an ad for Lucky Products Toy Soldiers. I found a bag of these this week for $5.00!!
During the time that I have been stuck in my house I have been productive. I have been going through my collection. I have been storing things in my basement the past 10 years. They have been stored in different boxes. I have been adding shelves and storage containers the past few years. Here are a two Sherman Tanks that I found while I was sorting through things. The tank that is all green was made by New Ray. I paid around $10 for it. The other tank is by Forces of Valor. I think I paid around $40 for that one. I don’t really like spending too much for the die cast vehicles. I am not a WW II historical collector. More of an Army Man toy soldier collector. So the detail with the uniforms or tanks is not a big deal to me. Both tanks are nice. The FOV tank is highly detailed.
I still have Toy Soldiers and Star Wars toys for sale. If you are interested you can check out what I have over here, Toys for Sale.
Well that is it for now. Thank you for reading.
Sunday, March 29, 2020 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m..
ROOM TRADING: Friday, March 27 – Saturday, March 28.
It has been about a month since my last post. I have been real busy with work and getting ready for the Midwest Toy Soldier Show. I wanted to make a quick post about some new figures and also an update on my figures.
Alexey has been busy revamping his company. I received a bunch of figures from him this week. He started working with some new sculptors and here is some of the results.
1 BEP (1 parachute battalion Foreign legion, the Battle of Dien Bien Phu) 5 figures: gunner, sniper, legionnaire grenade, two Legionnaire with sub-machine gun. Scale: 1/32
Legionnaire with a grenade.
Legionnaire with sub-machine gun wearing a helmet.
Legionnaire with two sub-machine gun wearing a beret.
Here is a Mercenary figure that can be purchased by itself. He reminds me of an IRA Freedom Fighter. The figure does fit really very with the Indo-China set. You can see more of Prikaz over here Prikaz Toy Soldiers.
Publius is working on a Iroquois Indian set. The prototypes look great. I just got a bunch of Publius figures that I will review in a couple of weeks.
In my last post we talked about the limited set of Anglo Saxons miniatures that I am having produced. I received some of the sets this week. Here are some pictures of the final figure cast. Hopefully I will be able to put some sets together for the show. I need more of the 8th figure to complete more sets. Some of these figures are cast without a shield or hand with a spear. This was done for two reasons. The first was to get a nicer cast figure. The second reason was to avoid a spaghetti type spear being cast. After some tests the spearmen will be cast in two different resins. The figure will be cast in a rubbery type resin and the hand with the spear will be cast in a harder resin to avoid the bending of the spear. My vision of this set was to have a Saxon Spear Wall. To avoid any of the spears getting broken during shipping, I am thinking of leaving them unattached from the figure. The collector can use crazy glue to attach the shield and hand with the spear.
Today I was going through the figures and trimming any flash that I found. I set some of them up to fight a small battle with some Prikaz Danes. I mixed in a few Publius Saxons (blue guys) too.
The other day I stumbled across these vintage Playmobil Gauls. They are sets 7923 & 7924. They are hard to find and usually are expensive if you do find them. I got lucky to get both of these sets for $20.00.
The Gaul Leader 7923
The Gaul Warriors 7924
I wish Playmobil had expanded on this theme. Most Playmobil collectors had to make their own Gauls to fight against the Romans. These figures will be joining Hannibal’s Army…
Don’t forget about the Midwest Toy Soldier Show. It will start in about 25 days. It is one of the best shows around. Plenty of plastic and metal figures. I will be there selling my new miniatures, toys from my own collection, and LOD & Barzso products.
That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
Happy New Year 2020!!!
I just wanted to wish everyone a Happy & Healthy New Year. I have a few new previews and some other hobby related things to share.
Here are some pictures of the Urfin Jus Modern Russian Infantry set. It should be released this month. 1st Chechen War of 1994-1995. There are 6 different poses and is 1/32 in scale.
Here is a prototype of a future Publius figure. Maybe Misses Claus??
The Viking Shield Breaker Berserker figure by Prikaz is ready now too. I will have some new pictures up in the coming months.
The first season of the Disney Star Wars TV show The Mandalorian is over now. The last episode was great. The one thing missing are the toys!! Don’t fear. The toys will be all over the place beginning some time this spring. Here are 4 new figures from the next wave of The Vintage Collection. These 3 & 3/4 inch scale Star Wars action figures feature classic characters and retro packaging! Longtime fans of Star Wars will love this Kenner-style packaging, right down to the old fashioned Kenner logo. ROS Action Figures Wave 3 Set is made up of a Remnant Stormtrooper, Cara Dune, The Mandalorian and a Clone Trooper.
I started collecting Star Wars figures again. The new figures look really great. Right now I will just focus on the Mandalorian TV series. I think by the end of 2020 we will see a bunch of Star Wars toys to make some great mini displays.
That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
It is less than a week now until the Chicago Toy Show begins. Next Sunday is the official show. But collectors will be arriving on Wednesday. Room trading starts on Thursday and goes on until Saturday. I will not be attending. But I am thinking about going next year. Check out the Chicago Toy Soldier Show Website for more information.
Some of the Vendors have sent me some information about new products, what they are bringing and the room they will be at.
Kirk Larson: I’ll be in Room 4105 selling: Britain’s Deetail, Marx toy guns, Die cast vehicles, Playmobil, Misc plastic Wild West stuff & more!
Stephen Connell: I will be in Room 5412, with my general mix of Plastic and Metal….larger mix this year than most.
Here are some of the things that Todd Nace is bringing. Looks like a lot of vintage plastic. He will be in Room # 5428.
Ed Borris will be in room # 5203. He and Mike Kutnick will have vintage plastic sets & toy soldiers. Plus some Barzso Playsets & figures too. He also has his own line of toy soldiers, Beast Productions. They are limited run figures. I will get one of the John Stengel Sr. figures which is in the last picture above.
Ed sent this while I was writing up the article.
We will good stuff we will also have the large Davy Crockett Alamo with 5 firing cannons and cream Mexicans.
a Fort Apache stockade with unfolded tin
plus the two Barzso sets. Treasure Island and New Orleans.
2 sets of matched tan Marx 60mm Rin tin tin cavalry
1 matched set of Marx 60mm powder blue Rin tin tin cavalry
plus hundreds of 60mm Marx Indians
Mint in Box Andy Gard cowboys and Indians never been opened
plus surprises, meaning i don’t know what (Mike) he is packing
not to mention the Beast production figures and John Stengel memorial figure
I will also be giving a demo on how to convert
Friday or Saturday I don’t know
There will be tons of stuff can you dig thru.
Hobby Bunker: I’ll be in the Sage room all week, lobby level. They should have a little of everything. Both plastic and metal.
Austin Miniatures is getting their new WWII figures ready for the show. I hoping to hear about the details about the playset before the show.
Reno’s Last Chance and the Montana Bluffs
Gene of Paragon will be in room 5110. Here has a bunch of new foam terrain products. They look really nice.
Here are some photos of a diorama I will be displaying during the show.
I call it “Reno’s Last Chance.”
The base is a new piece that I am bringing to the show. We call it Montana Bluffs. I have also done a covered wagon with accessories.
It is not a playset. The scenic piece comes in two pieces that form a 36 x 24 x 4.5 diorama piece. It comes completely painted and flocked and sells for $235.00.
The Wagon sells for $42.00 and comes with the cover and a removable insert (crates and sacks)
The barriers sell for $12.00 a piece.
You can inquire with Gene about the Custer’s Battlefield, Bloody Lane and Burnside’s Bridge pieces.
We are excited to be a part of the 2019 Chicago Toy Solider Show. Room trading will begin on Thursday, September 19th through Saturday, September 21st. We are looking forward to meeting more of our amazing customers.
We are in Room 5201 and our tables are in the Lower Level Main Room South. Tables 301A, 302-305.
We will accept cash, credit cards and checks!
At the show, we will have two (2) new prototype Alamo buildings – the Kitchen and the Lunette! We will have the painted/finished buildings available for purchase. Below are the photos of the prototypes:
The Kitchen. The right side of the kitchen designed to be placed next to the Main Entry Gate Building #TS222. The kitchen will be painted to match the current Alamo buildings.
The Lunette. The Lunette goes in front of the Main Entry Gate Building #TS222. It will be painted in earth tones similar to what you find in Mark’s Lemon’s Book – The Illustrated Alamo 1836.
We will also be carrying many more Expeditionary Force figure sets, Chin Toys/Engineer Basevich. We will definitely have the Ex Force sets in Chicago and hope to have the Chin Toys/Engineer Basevich as well.
We have received a large restock of the Atherton Scenics diorama pieces.
New stock of our TSSD Foam pieces and have arrived and we expect more over the next week.
We will be bringing many of these pieces with us to Chicago.
Ken of LOD: I will be in Room 5101 this year. Ron and I swapped rooms and he is in 5104.
Short post today but excited for the events over the next couple of weeks.
Amazons are in the Midwest and arriving at LOD headquarters tomorrow. Figure sets will be on the website on Thursday (9/19) and available at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show the same day.
New foam Santa’s Workshop will also be available at the Show and online now.
We look forward to seeing friends and collectors next week in Schaumburg.
Here are the New Amazons.
Santa’s Workshop can be the centerpiece of your Christmas display. This finely crafted foam piece is the hub where the elves are hard at work building the toys that Santa delivers every year to good boys and girls.
The Workshop will be available on its own ($125 plus shipping) or as part of an LOD display set ($160 plus shipping).
The display set includes the following – Santa’s Workshop, Santa’s Christmas Delivery figure set, a bag of decorative snow, five assorted sisal trees, and eight LOD gifts in four colors (blue and pink shown).
This set will be on the website this weekend and available for pre-order. I will also have them at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show.
Merry (early) Christmas from LOD 😊
Ron Barzso will be at the show too. He will be in Room # 5104 this year. Even though he is retired he still has some products to sell. He even has a couple things to surprise us sometimes too!!
That concludes any information that I have about the show from the vendors. I should have another post up next weekend about the show itself. I will update this article if I have anything new to add. I hope to attend next year.
I was just going to do this post about the show. But I was informed about some more new sets coming from Russia.
Here is Publius latest set, Ancient Scythians. They are 1/32 in scale. Another 8 figure set. Well sculpted as usual. They are up for sale on eBay now.
MAN is the company that came out with the set of Tlingit Natives earlier this year.
Man-made monument to HUMANITY
Workshop on the creation of plastic men.
Project goals: through contemplation of the “little men” through the game, to convey as much as possible the originality and colorfulness of historical cultures and ethnic groups born in the process of forming a single human race.
They now are releasing two new sets about the natives of Aria or Ancient Aryans. You can read more about Aria here, https://www.ancient.eu/aria/. Also you can read about the Ancient Aryans here, https://www.ancient.eu/Aryan/. Check out the video below to see all the figures.
These sets are 1/32 in scale. I will try to find out more information on when they will be available and what the cost of these sets will be.
That is it for now. Thank you for reading.