The Latest News!! 05/29/2023 ~ Virginia Toy Soldier Show, Vintage Toy Soldiers and some Hobby News.

I hope everyone is having a good Memorial Day weekend. It is a time in America that we show our gratitude to the men & women that sacrificed their lives for their country.

This Saturday June 3rd is the Virginia Toy Soldier show. Eddy Gries has been promoting this show for a while now. This year I will be setting up as a vendor. This is the first time we will attend this show. If it is like the show in New Jersey there will be a little of everything. Painted metal toy soldiers, plastic toy soldiers and military related items, books & toys. I think there are about 75 tables for this show. Hobby Bunker will be present. I will be bringing my resin Warhorse Miniatures, LOD/Barzso plastic & resin toy soldiers, a few Russian resin toy soldiers, some foam products and some vintage plastic toy soldiers. I will have a review about the show in a week or so. If you are not too far from Annandale, VA stop by and say hello.

Carolyn found this Hardy horse drawn fire engine from a friend on FB a few weeks ago for $10. I think it is missing a couple firemen that would be placed on the back. It will go with my Hardy Wagon that she found a few years ago.

I found this Bum Pirate set for $20 on eBay. It was something that I was hoping to find one day. I will paint the black set of figures in the future.

Jeff Imel of BMC has plans to remake some of the Classic Toy Soldiers figures sets. Jeff says, “I’m pleased to announce that Jim & Dave over at ‘Classic Toy Soldiers‘ have agreed to pass along stewardship of their plastic injection molds to VictoryBuy. In the coming year I’ll be introducing the BMC Toys ‘Classic Toy Soldier Collector Series’ that will bring the impressive CTS catalog of Louis Marx & Co. style figures and accessories to the toy market. CTS will continue to offer their amazing playsets to the Hobby market for the foreseeable future. A huge thanks to Jim McGough and Dave Payne for all their help with this massive project.You can read the latest update over here,

I finally added the Saxon Potter shop to my store page. I changed the shop a little. This set has changed a lot since it was first designed. The Potter and helper have been changed. Also, I added the boy to this set. It is $85. For more information you can head over here, Saxon Potter Shop – 1/32 Resin.

After the show in Virginia, we will be heading back to Gettysburg on August 27th. I am still working on the British sets, hopefully by the end of June. More testing with different resin mixtures and always something is being designed or planned. I hope to have some more updates on my next post. That is it for now, Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!! 05/14/2023 ~ MFCA 2023 Show Review Part 2, and some Hobby News.

Happy Mother’s Day to every Mom out there. Today will finish the second part of the review for the MFCA 2023 Show. If you missed the first part you can read it over here, The Latest News!! 05/08/2023 ~ MFCA 2023 Show Review Part 1, and some Hobby News.

There were miniatures of all different scales. Some were 90mm in height and others were around 28mm. There was a vendor that had a bunch of tabletop gaming miniatures. The name of the store was Champion Gaming. You can check them out over here,

Not every vendor was selling hobby related items. There were a few selling historical related books. One was Aaron Elson. His Father served in World War II. While doing some research about his Father, he decided to write a book about him and other Veterans too. You can check out his website over here,

Next up is Hobby Bunker. They usually setup a mini store. From plastic toy soldiers, painted metal miniatures, hobby paints, models, 3d printed buildings, foam buildings, and hobby related magazines. They have it all.

Here are some more pictures from what Paul Amory was selling.

“SABOT Miniatures LLC specializes in miniatures, figures, paints accessories and books for the discerning scale modeler and figure painter. We carry a growing assortment of miniature, paint and accessory lines, many of which are not carried by anyone else in the United States. We were formerly SABOT Publications LLC, and produced 22 reference books on mostly modern United States military tanks and vehicles.” I grabbed that from their website. You check them out over here,

Here are some random pictures of different vendors, plus one of Scale 75 USA. I was trying to get back to take more pictures of the show and the competition. But I was too busy with the table. Scale 75 USA makes some nice paint and sets that I have gotten over the years. You can read more about them over here,

Here are some more pictures of from different artists of the competition area that I found on the internet.

We end the review at my table again. Saturday was slower for us most of the day. People would trickle in from the competition all day. Most of the collectors wandered to other vendors. Throughout the day a few people would take a look to check out what we were selling. I had a bunch of good talks throughout the day again. A Man named Allen stopped by a few times and told us he would stop by before he left. About a half hour before the show ended, he purchased the Blacksmith shop, the Potter shop, Viking Raider camp and a bunch of the bagged figure sets. It was a fun show. We will be back next year.

While at the show we picked up a few things. One of the nice things with the show besides looking for certain items, is talking to fellow collectors and vendors. One gentleman that was with his son, gave his raffle tickets to Carolyn. She was lucky enough to win an item through the raffle. She sent me to pick out an item that was on the table. This is what I chose for her.

I picked out a Conte Civil War set. The metal miniatures were hand painted. They represent the Texas Brigade flagbearers & a drummer from the Confederate Army. When we see him again, we have a gift for him.

Another gentleman that we meet was Arthur Etechells. He gave a set of plastic toy soldiers made by a company called BUM. The set is hard to find. It will be in my collection for a while. The funny thing is on the box it says “Tarzan, King of Apples…”. I was looking for a Pirate set that BUM had made for a while now. After the show I found one on eBay for $20. I will do a review of that in a future post.

Here are some of the things that I purchased from the show. I am always looking for books to help me with my research when designing the miniatures and accessories. I purchased two books about the French Armies of King Louis XV for $60 and two Osprey books for less than $25. The rest of the books I spent around $20. There was a couple to the left of us selling books. I had noticed a bunch of people throughout the two days taking a look at what they had. I wished I had taken a look the first day. The books were really cheap. Most of them were $2.00 to $5.00 a piece.

Here are some more pictures of the items that I got at Gettysburg. I had picked up some Barzso French Artillery figures the year before at the Midwest Show without the cannon. I figured I would use them with the metal cannons that I have. The cannon above is a Barzso 32 Pounder Cannon.

Here are 5 Barzso Naval Cannons. They are welcome addition to my forts.

Some Barzso Cannonade.

Barzso Major Pitcairn Character figure. He was missing the horse, so I am using one of my Warhorse horses for now. I will test out one of my other horses in the future for him. He looks good with the Warhorse British Grenadiers.

Here the Barzso Col. John Parker character figure.

Here are some mixed figures that I got in a bag. There are some American Civil War & Pirate theme miniatures. Most are Barzso. The figure with the top hat is by Replicants.

We will be in Virginia in about 3 weeks from now, Saturday June 3rd. I have never been to the Show in Annandale, titled as “Heart of the South” Show. Will will have our Warhorse resin miniatures, Barzso/LOD toy soldiers, some foam products and some things from my collections. Send me a message if you are going to the show and are looking for something in particular. On August 27th, we will return to Gettysburg for the second show they are doing this year. That is it for now. Thanks for reading.

The Latest News!! 02/12/2023 ~ Toy Soldier Shows, Warhorse Miniatures French & Indian War updates.

Hi everyone. It is already February and soon it will be spring. Which means Toy Soldier Shows. In my last post we learned that the Chicago Toy Solider show is cancelled this year, and maybe forever. So, if you like the show, then try to make it to ones that are still around. In about two weeks from now is the West Coast Toy Soldier show. If you are near California, then this is the show for you. There will be room trading on February 24th & 25th. The show is one the 26th.

The past few months I have been working on some new sets. All of them are based on the French & Indian War. They should be in production in a week or so. The miniatures are 1/32 in scale or around 54mm. The were made to be the around the same size as the Barzso playset toy soldiers. All these sets were made to be used in the Battle of Monongahela.