The 40th Chicago Toy Soldier Show was last week. It had mixed reviews. I heard that sales were up and down for different vendors. Some had their best sales ever or close to it. Others did good but had better years. Then their were some dealers that had their worst sales ever. I also heard that the number of dealers was down. Most of this was because of the pandemic. They said the crowds were good and there was a new crop of young collectors present too. The younger collectors were looking for recent products. They were not too interested in the vintage playsets.
In a few weeks the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show will be held. It is on Sunday October 17th. The show is from 10am to 3pm.It was a great show last year. It should be the same this year. There was plenty of plastic figures and playsets too. This year you can see the latest sets that Warhorse Miniatures is selling. Plus the prototypes. I will also have some of the LOD Barzso sets and foam houses. Plus some of the Russian made resin figure sets too. Many of the dealers will be bringing things they picked up at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show. Don’t miss this one!! You can read about last years show by clicking over here, The 2020 Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Review.
Rodion over at Warhansa sent me a message about their latest Medieval based sets. Their figures are really nice. I really like how they have improved the quality of their miniatures over the years. The figures have great detail. They are 1/32 in scale. Close to the Conte Medieval figures. Plus they look great with the Warhorse Miniatures too!! Which is a plus 😉You can read more about Warhansa at their website, https://warhansa.com/.
Over at Warhorse Miniatures we continue to test things to insure that we produce products of high quality. We released our first set a few weeks ago for pre-order. In a few weeks we will announce our next release. We will focus on the figure sets for now andproduce the houses and shops towards the end of the years.
See you at the Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
We are proud to announce that the 1st set is now ready for pre-order. There are 5 figures for the Saxon Family set. The price for the set in Burnt Orange color is $40 plus shipping. The price for the bluish-grey color set for painting is $30 plus shipping. Sets will be released in the middle of October. If you are interested in purchasing a set you can send me a message at firstname.lastname@example.org.I will then send you a invoice through PayPal.
In the coming months we will be releasing more sets and information on our progress in building an early Medieval age world.The latest sets available will be listed over here, Warhorse Miniatures for Sale.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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/.
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.
If you are like me you are probably sick of wearing a mask and politics. So what better way to avoid all of that by reading about toy soldiers 🙂
We will begin with Mars plastic toy soldiers. They have been releasing new sets like every 3 to 4 months.Here are some of their latest World War II sets.These figures are about 54mm in size.
Next we will take a look at some of the latest Publius sets. The set of Trappersreally nice and so is the Woodland Indian set.They are cast in a rubbery resin and are 1/32 in scale.
Here are some of the Runecraft figures that Publius makes too. Right now the best place to find these would be on eBay. They are 1/32 in scale and made in the rubbery resin or tin alloy.
Here are two new sets from our friends at CHELOVECHEK. Both are based on the Tlinkits. Set No.6 “Tlinkits – Paddle” and No.7 “Tlinkits – Peace”!They are 1/32 in scale and are cast in the rubbery resin.If you are interest in these sets you can contact Ivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.