Toy Soldier Review ~ Gudred Vikings. The Midwest Toy Soldier Show & Hobby News.

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Last month I received two resin sets of Viking figures made by Gudred. These resin sets are made in limited numbers and cost around the same as the Publius sets. I would say these figures fall into the category of military miniatures as opposed to toy soldiers. The first two sets by Gudred are dark age Swedes. He made these historical accurate figures for medieval enthusiasts. 

The figures are in 1/32 scale. They were sculpted to be realistic. Some of the figures are bigger than others. The scale of the weapons & items are the same but the height of the figures vary. Some of the figures blend very well with Conte Vikings. Some look better with 54mm Marx Vikings. 

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Here is the first set of Swedes. There are no horned helmets here, lol. As you can see in the pictures the details are amazing. Plus the variety of different faces is really nice. Sometimes with a set of figures you will get different poses with the same face. I think the first set Swedes are of levy type warriors. Most are dressed in a fabric with no armor & helmets. Most are armed with spears or axes. Check out the pictures below. You can click on them to get a closer look.

 

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Here is the second set of Swedes. This set looks more like professional warriors. They are mostly equipped in chain mail & helmets. Also three of the figures are armed with a sword which was not a common weapon in the early dark ages. Here are some more pictures below of the second set.

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All in all I am pleased with these figures. They are made of a liquid plastic resin. It feels like a hard model type plastic. The pros are that they historical accurate and the sculpting is really sharp. The cons are the high cost. Also to be considered was the fact that these figures had to be assembled. For me it was not a problem. But it might be for some collectors. The other issues might be the scale of some of the figures. I am going to paint these figures to further bring out the details. 

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If you are interested in purchasing these figures you can contact Gudred by sending him an message at gudred.sw@gmail.com. He accepts payment through pay-pal. 

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Over at Stad’s Stuff page you can see some previews of Mars WWII German Luftwaffe Army and Expeditionary Force American Frontiersmen sets. You can check out Paul’s previews with the links above. 

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The Midwest Toy Soldier Show is almost here. It is just a few weeks away. I will be attending again. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

 

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Latest News! ~ 01/26/2019. News & Reviews. Plastic Platoon German Paratroops Set 1 & 2. Plus some Updates on Mars & Warhansa.

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Here is another update on what is going on in the hobby of Toy Soldiers with some news & reviews.

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Earlier in the week I received the set 1 of WWII German Paratroopers from Plastic Platoon. I took a few pictures to show off the details and then compared them to some Conte WWII Germans. I had purchased these figures from Alex Alexeev. You can go to his eBay site with this link NEW!! PLASTIC PLATOON,GERMAN Fallschirmjägers set1,rubber plastic soldiers 1:32.

The detail in these figures is stunning. I got so excited that I was almost speaking in German, lol. 

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I also took some pictures of the Conte & Plastic Platoon figures with a TSSD Russian house TSSD FARM HOUSE/SODBUSTER HOUSE TS-115 $25.99 .

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The material is almost like the Conte figures. They are about the same scale as the Conte figures too. As I took some pictures of the figures I was glad to see all the different scenarios that could be told with the facial expressions or poses of the figures. 

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Today Mikhaul of Plastic Platoon sent me a message about Set 2 of the German Paratroopers. He said they should be available in March. Here are some pictures that he sent me of the sculpts.

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These figures are really nice too. The details are amazing.

Here are some more pictures of the Plastic Platoon British Infantry that should be out next month.

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Here are some more pictures of the Russian Infantry prototype figures by Warhansa. The proportions look a lot better with this latest set. 

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The last set of news that I have is this preview of the box for WW II German Elite Infantry in winter dress. They look better than their earlier Germans. Hopefully they can fill a hole for your collection if the figure are the same scale as Airfix or Marx. We should see this set some time this year.

That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News ~ 01/21/2019. News & Reviews. Prikaz, Atherton Scenics, Barzso Metal Woodland Indians, X-Force & More.

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Greetings my fellow collectors. Today I have some hobby related news to share with you. I have some information from Alex Pisarev who is the owner of Prikav. He shared with me two sets that I didn’t know anything about.

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The first and newest set is of the Indochina war of 1947-54, and represents the parachutists of the French Foreign Legion. The “Dien Bien Phu” series: “2 BELs” (“2 battalion of paratroopers of the Foreign Legion”).  The scale 1/32 (54 mm). 

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The set consists of five figures: 1) a sergeant-chef in a parade cap and a parade shirt with a sash, 2) a legionary-parachutist in a hat, full display and with an amphibious version of a MAS-38 rifle, 3) a legionary-parachutist in a beret, with a dagger, attacking hand-to-hand, 4) legionary-parachutist in a helmet, full display, with an amphibious version of the MAS-38 rifle, shooting from the knee, 5) girl (nurse) with a MAS-38 rifle (collective image based on the movie “Charlie Bravo”) .

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I don’t know if this subject was ever covered in Plastic. This war led to the USA getting into the Vietnam war.

It is an interesting subject to cover. I guess you could combine some Vietnam based figures with these. The next set is Medieval based.

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The second set is based on the early Russian Viking history. Alex told me that “Last fall I released a set of “Squad”, which consists of four figures: a noble horse warrior, two noble foot soldiers and a girl warrior. All four figures are dressed in ancient Russian armor. The rider from the southern part of Ancient Russia, the bearded warrior, too. But the young warrior and the girl are conceived and made so that they can be Russians, Scandinavians, Saxons, and even Czechs or other Western Slavs. I wanted to combine the history of Europe and the history of Russia in this set.”

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I like this set of Noble Warriors. The details are nice. I can see the horse rider smashing through a shield wall or chasing down some people. The female warrior will be a great addition to any battlefield.

I am talking to Alex about putting together an interview. I will have more information about him and his figures in the near future. 

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About two weeks ago Paul over at Stad’s Stuff had a Preview of some new Expeditionary Force English French Hussars. Today one of the new sets was released 54 FRN 11 French Hussars.

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Here are some pictures of prototypes of Soviet WWII Soldiers by Warhansa. These are part of new sets coming out at the around February. The scale is 1/32,  approximately 54mm like classic toy soldiers.

 

Here are some pictures of the first run World War II British Infantry from Plastic Platoon from the “Battle of Crete” series above.

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I ordered this Wigwam Terrain piece on eBay a couple of weeks ago. It reminded me of some of Barzso Playset’s Woodland Indian village pieces. It fits in perfect with the Barzso figures. Here is the link if you are interested WOODLAND INDIANS WIGWAM DIORAMA 54mm CAST FOAM ATHERTON SCENICS (#9902).

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Besides the Wigwam village piece that I got on eBay I also got these Barzso Villagers from Ed Borris. He purchased a bunch of sets that Ron Barzso had left. At one point Ron fooled around with the idea of having his figures cast in metal. They look to be the same size and have the same amount of detail as the resin cast figures. You can go to Ed’s eBay page over here Never released! Barzso brushed metal pewter “Indians in Camp Set:, Brand New!. Here are some more pictures below. A few at the end show the metal figures compared to the resin copies.

Well folks that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

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Toy Soldier Review Prikaz Rus Vikings Set #3. Gudredsw Swedish Vikings Preview. Plus some Hobby News 1-11-2019

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Hello everyone. I have a lot of Medieval news today. First is review of a set of Rus Vikings from Prikaz that I purchased recently. Under the title Prikaz. Prince court #3. Russian Prince Rurik. on eBay I found this set. The set includes 5 figures for about $65.00. Prikaz is a company from Russia. They cast sets in a very limited amount. I think only die hard collectors of Medieval figures will purchase this set. I picked up the other 2 sets last year.

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Prince Rurik. He is the founder of the Rurik Dynasty, which ruled the Kievan Rus.

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His brother Truvor

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His brother Sineus

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Battle priest with Perun (slavic god of thunder and lightning) banner

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Princess Rogneda (Ragnhild)

I will use these figures in a display that I have been planning to put together. I probably will use these figures as either Vikings or Saxons. I like all of these figures. Especially the figure of the Prince in his throne. 

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These figures look nice when mixed with the ones made by Conte. Some are bigger than others.

 

 

 

 

Here are more pictures above. If you click on the pictures they will expand. These figures are made out of a soft rubbery material like the Conte figures. Some of these figures had a few marks of a different color on them. I am planning to paint these so the marks are not a problem for me.

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In my last blog post I had mentioned these Viking figures above. Afterward I had gotten some more information. They are made by Gudred, he is a specialist on the Viking Age. He is making sets of Vikings that are authentic. Right now there are some hard resin sets that are made in Russia. They might be made in plastic one day. If I hear any other news I will keep you updated. I have some more pictures below.

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This is Set #1. They are Swedish Vikings.

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Set #2. This one is also of Swedish Vikings. I think this set of Vikings are Professional Warriors. There are plans to make more sets of Danes and Norwegians too. These figures are about the same size of Conte figures. 

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We have some more news from Conte this week too. No plans on recasting their old plastic sets. They have plans for making new plastic sets. Right now they thinking about making Romans and/or Vikings first. Maybe we will see something like the figures above? They are still looking for feedback of the plastic sets. You can read more at Conte Collectibles Plastic Update.

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Also they mention plans about terrain pieces in the future. I hope to see some new Medieval buildings. The Medieval Church would be a welcome addition.

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What era of plastic 1/32 figures would you like to see in 2019?

Also I did a straw poll last week and after 163 Votes this is the results. I will be doing some more polls in the future and keep collecting the data to share with others.

 

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Tomorrow I will post another Interview so come back to check that out. Thank you for reading and Take Care.

 

Latest News!!! December 23rd, 2018. Weston Trail Drive Set & Gunfighters Review. Hobby News, Austin Miniatures WWII Japanese, LOD Amazons, Plastic Platoon German Partatroops & Vintage Finds. Playmobil 1804.

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I ordered the “Trail Drive” set last month from the Weston Toy Co. website which is here Steve Westons Toy Soldiers. I had purchased the Weston Gunfighter set a few months ago on eBay. Both sets are really nice.

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The Trail Drive set came in a white box and the figures were protected in plastic padded envelopes. The are 6 Longhorn Cattle in 3 different poses and 4 mounted Cowboys in 4 different poses. The cattle have detached horns and 2 have detached tails. The figures are made out of Poly-resin. They are in 1/32 scale. We will first take a look at the Cowboys. 

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Ever since I started collecting some of the vintage western figures this year I wanted to pick up this Trail Drive set. It fits very well with the vintage 54mm figures. I like the fact that the saddles are attached to the Cowboy and they fit perfect on the horses.

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These figures will look great displayed or in a diorama. The poses tell a good story when setup right. Each Cowboy has a role to play in this cattle drive. The first figure is the Trail Boss shouting out orders. The second figure has the point or acts as a Scout. The third Cowboy is pushing the cattle along with his leather strap. As the last figure with the neckerchief comes in at the rear.

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Now we will take a look at the Longhorn cattle. Their poses show that they are on the move. One has his head looking towards the right. The other has his head looking towards left and the last pose has his head up looking forward.

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Here are the Weston Toy Co. set of Gunfighters. They are also 1/32 or 54mm. These figures are made out of plastic. There are 14 figures in the set with 7 different poses.

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I think these cowboys are supposed to be the “Magnificent Seven” or maybe the just appear that way.

 

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They are the same scale as the Trail Drive Cowboys.

The poses are nice. Some are classic poses and some are unique. I like the one that appears to have a knife in his hand ready to throw. Plus the one with his hand out forward like he is telling someone to stay calm or to wait.

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Now we move to some hobby news. As I was putting this post together Ken Ciak of LOD Enterprises was posting a video on Facebook.

Here is a preview of the Amazons that are supposed to come out next year. They look nice from what I can see. I think there will also be two mounted figures too.

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Other news about LOD comes from Steve Weston. He says that his Weston Mexicans will now be distributed by LOD in the USA after the TSSD was sold off.

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Plastic Platoon German Paratroopers will be ready sometime in January. These figures should be the same scale as Conte figures I hear. Here are some pictures of production cast figures. I like the details they have and the color too.

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I think Hobby Bunker should have these sometime in January. 

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Plastic Platoon also posted this picture of an old pistol. I think it is a colt. I guess we might see a western themed set or two in the future.

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Austin Miniatures announced last week that they will have 2 new sets to preview at the next Chicago show in 2019. The last Chicago show they had the prototypes of the WWII Japanese Infantry. As I was putting this together Allen Beidelschies of Austin Miniatures shared these pictures of some of them painted.

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I am planning on putting an online reference guide for a few brands that I collect starting sometime next year. It will include mainly Airfix, Barzso and Conte. Plus some others. About 6 months ago I picked up a few British Infantry sets and noticed that they were bigger than the vintage cast figures. It must be because of the plastic used. The latest figures cast years ago are of a hard model type plastic and probably didn’t shrink like the softer plastic used on the old sets. After a few months searching for a German Paratroops set I finally found one at a fair price. They are a little bigger. The newer sets do lose some of the detail of the vintage sets too. I will keep up the research and post more on this in the future.

The Finds

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I found this Playmobil set for $10.00 while I went to a vintage toy show in Allentown earlier this month. It is set number 1804 the Doctor & Nurse Super Deluxe Playset. It is almost complete. The box is roached and I replaced the windshield. But besides that it is in pretty good shape. This a Schaper edition playset. This was probably sold at Sears or Sterns in the late 1970’s or early 1980’s.

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I got these figures for a steal at $1.00. They are Greek Infantry by Atlantic. I got about 25 of these figures from Europe. Half had missing weapons. They are 60mm. I stumbled across them while searching for something else. I had not been collecting ancient figures but I had to get these at that price. 

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I should have some other posts up soon. Thanks for reading. Take Care.

A Tribute To Bill Lango. The East Coast Toy Soldier Show, Sunday November 4th 2018. & Weston D-Day British Infantry Toy Soldier Review.

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It is less than a week for one of the largest Toy Soldier shows. On Sunday November 4th in Hackensack, NJ starting 9am over hundred dealers will be met by hundreds of collectors looking for treasures. Here are few pictures below from last year. If you want you can read my review of last years show here East Coast Toy Soldier Show 2017 Review.

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This show has alot of plastic figures, metal painted figures and all kinds of other toys too. There is something for everyone. Last year I was there for about 4 hours.

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This will be the 36th year for the show and maybe the last one. As many of you know Bill Lango passed away this year. There has been talk that the Lango family will not continue running the show after this year. So attend if you have not been to the show in a while or never went to it. 

You can read more about the show at their website East Coast Toy Soldier Show.

 

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I remember Bill used to publish the Toy Soldier Review. Here is a Toy Soldier Review of my own. I picked up a set of the Weston D-Day British Troops earlier this year. This set came out about 5 years ago. I have been looking for some British Infantry that would fit with my Conte figures. These guys fit the bill. They blend with the Conte British Paratroopers very well. The set has 12 figures in 6 different poses.

It looks like there are 6 poses of Infantry men with no officer. I like that there are different styles of the helmets. Some are plain, others with a cover on it and then some with camouflage. I will try to customize a few by just swapping helmets.  

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These figures have a resin type feel to them, like the LOD Revolutionary figures. I am going to paint half them and hope they will look like something in the picture below.

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My last picture shows a comparison of the Weston and Conte figures. 

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If your not tied up this weekend, head over to the show. That is it for now. Thank You for reading.

Wild West

Latest News! August 26th, 2018. New Sets, Barzso/LOD Enterprise, Paragon, X-Force, BMC Toys. Vintage Toy Soldiers.

It has been almost a month since my last post. I was planning on doing a post in the beginning of the month about some vintage toys soldiers that I had picked up from Europe. The main focus was going to be of this huge box of figures that I had purchased off of eBay.

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Unfortunately my Father passed away. He was 81 and had been ill the last few years. He joined the Navy when he was 16 and served 4 years from 1955 to 1959. He later joined the NYPD in 1961 and retired in 1989 as a Lieutenant. He shared with me his love of history and we traveled to many different Civil War Battlefields over the years. He wasn’t a toy collector, but he purchased many historical related toys over the years for me and my brother when we were kids. That got me started as a collector years later.

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I am going to keep the post short. There are a few new sets that were released or will be released soon. 

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LOD released their new Revolutionary figures this month. I had pre-ordered 15 sets. I received them about 10 days ago. The figures are are the 1/32 in scale. Here are pictures of them below.

The sculpting is really nice and blend very well with the other Barzso colonial figures. The weapons were bent on a lot of these figures but straightened out by using the hot & cold water treatment. The British regulars are my favorite set out of the 4 new sets released.

Besides all the great action poses these sets have, one of my favorite poses is the British soldier that is marching with his rifle held to his chest and resting on his shoulder.

These figures will fill in a gap of much need poses for any collector of early American history figures.

The Chicago Toy Soldier Show is less than a month away. Barzso Playset will release the Yorktown playset. This will Barzso’s last playset. I was lucky enough to pre-order the set at the Indiana Toy Soldier show. From what I hear, it will be great. After setting up some of these figures for a small display I have no doubt it should be nice.

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We also got some to see the new Christmas figures too. They should be available in the cream color next year. They remind me of the vintage Christmas figures from my childhood. Head over to the LOD Enterprises Toy Soldiers now!

X-Force has some new sets coming out soon. The first of the Celtic Barbarian sets is out now. These figures are 60mm. 60 CBT 01 Warband (Infantry)

Here are the latest pictures blown up of the future Celtic figures that should be released later this year.

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These figures look really nice. I will have to add these to my collection.

Here is the latest from Paragon. They should be released in the near future. 

Our final set in the Alamo series will be a combination of infantry and cavalry. There will be 12 figures in each bag and 4 horses.

There will be additional bare heads and heads wearing Presidio (Zorro type) hats. The two cavalry figures will each have an additional right arm so you can have lots of figure combinations.

Look for them soon!

This will be their last figures in the Alamo range. I think they will have some more Wild West sets coming next year.

 

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Here is the redone BMC Iwo Jima playset. They added a couple of things. The main difference is the color to the figures with is a great improvement. This is my favorite playset they have made so far. You can see more over here BMC Toys

That is it on the latest hobby news. I have a few preview pictures on the box that I got earlier this month. I will go into detail about that next time. Thank you for reading, take care.

 

Latest News! July 1st, 2018. Toy Soldier News, Yard Sale Finds, and Paragon Sioux Indians Review.

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Greetings everyone, here is another blog article on the hobby. In this post we will cover some news about Toy Soldiers, yard sale finds and some products that I purchased off the internet. 

Before I start I am sorry to say that William Lango has passed away at the age of 74. He was the promoter of the East Coast Toy Soldier Show for about 35 years. He also published the magazine Toy Soldier review for many years. I met him a few times over the years at the shows. He was a really nice guy. He will surely be missed. Gentlemen like Bill are the reason I started a blog page in the first place. He inspired me to continue promoting the hobby of Toy Soldiers.

 

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I went out hunting again the past few weeks and here are a few things that I found. First I stopped at a few yard sales. I got these 4 trees about a minute away from my house for a twenty five cents each.

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I got this Star Wars figure for $1.00, a nice find.

While at an antique store I found a bag of toys. Here are some of my favorite figures that I found inside. 

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Some Vintage 54mm Marx Indians and some green Hong Kong Indians that were a little smaller.

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Some Vintage Marx Union Civil War Soldiers in powder blue and some other vintage western figures. They look like they are 54mm or 1/32 in scale. 

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 Here is another picture of the cowboy, I never seen this one before. 

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Here are some 54mm Marx World War II Americans and Germans. 

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Here is a vintage Marx Robin Hood figure. This figure is 1/32 in scale.

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Some more vintage World War II American toy soldiers. These figures are about 45mm.

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This figure looks like Batman. This is 1/32 in scale.

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This MPC Soldier looks like he is being attacked by some type of alien. I guess quality control was not that good back then. This figure is 1/32 in scale.

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Those trees already came in handy for this picture. I think these deer are made by Marx. These figures are 1/32 in scale.

 

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I found these on eBay the other day. They are a mixture of farm animals in 1/32 scale by Reisler of Denmark. I am always looking for things to add to make my displays come to life. These farm animals are great for that. I got these for about $13.00.

 

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You don’t see to many cats in this scale. These are really nice.

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These piglets are excellent too.

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Some Rooster and Chickens.

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You don’t see to many ducks either.

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A few young horses.

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Here are some lamb and rams.

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Some young calves.

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And lastly a Billy goat and a jumping kid.