The Latest News!!! July 5th 2019 ~ MicShaun’s Closet Re-Stock, LOD Sale, Plastic Platoon German Paratroopers!!! & More…

 

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Well I hope everyone enjoyed themselves on the 4th of July. Happy & Healthy. It is the day we Americans celebrate our triumph over Tyranny.  We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

 

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Well I thought this would be a short post a few days ago. But it looks like it will not, lol. I have a few updates to share with everyone today.

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Yes I know this is not about toy soldiers. But the Walking Dead it is an iconic part of pop culture. In an unexpected move on July 3rd. Robert Kirkman decide to end the main Walking Dead comic book series. The issue before Rick Grimes died. He was the lead character of the story. Everyone thought the story would continue and that it would focus more on his son. Anyway, being the collector that I am. I ran out to look for the last comic, but didn’t have any luck…..

 

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I was informed by the fine people at MicShaun’s Closet. David & Kim Cook are pleased to bring back some out of stock sets.

“Here’s what is being delivered tomorrow.  These items we have been out of pretty much since we purchased the business:”

TSSD Set 3 – WWII US Infantry

TSSD Set 5 – WWII Russian Infantry

TSSD Set 6 – Union Great Coats – Blue

TSSD Set 9 – WWII US Fire Support

TSSD Set 11 – German Elite Troops

TSSD Set 13 – Plain Indians

TSSD Set 17C – Dismounted Calvary with Casualties Gray

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Set of 2 Riders from German Elite Set 11

You can find these sets and their many others at https://micshaunscloset.com/.

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TSSD Set 3 – WWII US Infantry

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TSSD Set 3 – WWII US Infantry

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TSSD Set 3 – WWII US Infantr

 

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TSSD Set 5 – WWII Russian Infantry

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TSSD Set 5 – WWII Russian Infantry

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TSSD Set 5 – WWII Russian Infantry

 

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TSSD Set 6 – Union Great Coats – Blue

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TSSD Set 6 – Union Great Coats – Blue

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TSSD Set 6 – Union Great Coats – Blue

 

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TSSD Set 9 – WWII US Fire Support

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TSSD Set 9 – WWII US Fire Support

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TSSD Set 9 – WWII US Fire Support

 

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TSSD Set 11 – German Elite Troops

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TSSD Set 11 – German Elite Troops

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TSSD Set 11 – German Elite Troops

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TSSD Set 11 – German Elite Troops

 

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TSSD Set 13 – Plain Indians

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TSSD Set 13 – Plain Indians

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TSSD Set 13 – Plain Indians

 

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TSSD Set 17C – Dismounted Calvary with Casualties Gray

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TSSD Set 17C – Dismounted Calvary with Casualties Gray

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TSSD Set 17C – Dismounted Calvary with Casualties Gray

It is great to see some of these sets back in stock again. The WWII German Elite troops are nice, especially the Mounted ones. But my favorite has the be the Plains Indians from the set above and the other Plains Indians sets. They are some of the best Plains Indians figures ever made. If you like these figures head over to https://micshaunscloset.com/.

 

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Over at LOD Ken is having a 4th of July Sale. You can buy his figures at https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.

 

**** Fourth of July Sale! ****

LOD Enterprises is having a holiday sale in conjunction with the 4th of July. All of our unpainted Rev War sets (6 total) are 20% off for the next week. There is no coupon code necessary as the LOD website has the sale prices listed in the store.

This is a perfect time to build out your armies whether you need light infantry, Grenadiers, or additional Regular Army figures.

Have a great holiday and weekend!!

 

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Mikhail has sent me a sneak peak at some of his new WWII German Paratroopers. Here are some figures that will be part of the third set of Germans for the Battle for Crete series.

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These new figures should be out sometime in September. Here are some pictures of the second set of German Paratroopers below. I think I will have to get both sets this September.

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That is it for now. I will have more this Sunday. Thank you for reading. 

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.

Interview with David & Kim Cook of MicShaun’s Closet, The new owners of TSSD.

 

Last year Nick & DeAnna VerSteeg of TSSD announced that they were looking to sell their business. I remember communicating with Nick when he first started selling toy soldiers. TSSD was one of the first companies on the internet that I dealt with. The news that they were no longer going to continue was sad.

tssd endingThe VerSteeg’s had built one the of the most iconic plastic toy soldier companies in recent history. They started off selling toys soldiers over 20 years ago. Then they started producing there own products which included plastic toy soldiers and foam buildings and terrain pieces. 

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Finally they expanded into developing there own playsets. In 2006 with Barzso Playsets they produced one of TSSD most iconic playsets “Road to Stalingrad”.

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There was a couple of months of speculation about who the new owners would be. Then in the beginning of December it was announced that TSSD was sold to David & Kim Cook. They have been selling plastic figures from different companies and other products on eBay under the name of “micshaunscloset2013.”

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The news that MicShaun’s Closet were the new owners was good news to me. I had purchased toy soldier sets from them over the past few years with no problems. Most of my online purchases take place on eBay.

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I started communicating with the Cooks a few days after the announcement of the sale. After things had settled down they were able to take some time to answer a few questions.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Hi David & Kim. Congratulations with purchasing Toy Soldiers of San Diego. I have purchased figure sets from you the past couple of years on eBay. Besides your eBay business, what else can you tell us about yourselves and how did the deal with TSSD get made? I am assuming that you have the rights to the molds too.

MicShaun’s Closet: Currently my wife and I have full time jobs and our Ebay business has been a “side hustle” for many years. I have always dreamed of owning a toy/hobby store and grew up playing with plastic soldiers which were always my favorite toys. When I first heard that TSSD was for sale, I didn’t know if it was a realistic possibility. Not long after, I mentioned the potential sale to Kim. We talked about it and decided, why not us. TSSD figures have been high on my favorites list for a long time. The attraction of TSSD was the amazing 30 plus sets, the colors and the quality of the figures.

We reached out to Nick and DeAnna because we have a long standing business relationship with them. After many phone calls & email conversations, we reached an agreement and made this dream a reality. We would not have been able to accomplish this without the openness and candor of Nick and DeAnna. They shared all the information that we needed to make this decision.

The deal included all TSSD inventory including figure molds and foam molds, and all intellectual property associated with TSSD.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I have purchased figure sets from you the past couple of years on eBay. It was always a pleasant experience. Besides eBay are you going to sell your items on a website, Amazon and maybe some other venues?

MicShaun’s Closet: We are continuing to sell on Ebay, and we have opened a Shopify site that will serve as our website, blog and store. We are selling through Facebook and plan to add Amazon to our sales channels in the near future. We will also add Instagram as a sales channel in the coming months.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I guess that you are going to spend some time selling off the sets that you acquired with the deal. TSSD made some nice sets over the years. My favorite where the Plains Indians. Most collectors I think would like to know if you planning to recast any of the past sets?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: We are selling off the inventory that we received and we believe the Plains Indians are a great set. Coincidentally, the Plains Indians Set #13 are completely out of stock and are part of a large re-order that we are about to make to our manufacturer. This re-order will include the sets we currently don’t have in most of the colors that Nick and DeAnna have been selling in the last few years. We recently made a large re-order of the foam pieces and should have most if not all pieces back in stock in the next 4 to 6 weeks. We can’t keep the foam pieces – as fast as we put them on, they sell.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Do you have any plans to expand any of the existing themes or start a new theme of figures.

MicShaun’s Closet: We definitely plan on producing new figures. It is our understanding that producing a new set is a lengthy process. Our best guess is that we would come out with a new set or sets in late 2019 or sometime in 2020. We are also considering new foam pieces as well. Theme and category is still to be determined.

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Warhorse Miniatures: You said that maybe at the end of the year or next year that you will produce some new figure sets and maybe foam pieces. Do you think that you will expand on one of the current themes that is in your inventory or maybe start a new theme?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: We are thinking about expanding the themes that have been created by TSSD and we are also considering creating new themes.  It all comes down to how well our business succeeds.  Mold creation is an expensive endeavor.

We are keeping our options open with regard the to foam pieces.

We have lots of ideas but need to recoup some of the costs from the purchase before we move forward with new figures and foam.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Do you plan on still using the TSSD brand in the future on recast and new products or will it be MicShaun’s Cluset?

MicShaun’s Closet: On the recasts we keep TSSD on the header card. On the new products we are going to have our name on the header card.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I would like you thank you for taking your time with answering the questions. Is there anything that you would like to tell us?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: Thanks so much Mike for giving us the opportunity. You have been supportive since day one when we announced that had purchased TSSD. Sales have been fantastic. The toy soldier community has made us feel welcome with kind words and support. To the toy soldier/hobby community, we want you to know that we are a husband/wife, small owner business. We plan on attending toy soldier shows and continuing to expand this amazing business that Nick and DeAnna started. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and love hearing from each of you. I am in the process of winding down my current business and will be in a position in a few months to make this my full-time career!

Here are the places you can find us:

www.micshaunscloset.com

https://www.ebaystores.com/micshaunscloset

https://www.facebook.com/MicShaunsCloset/

https://www.instagram.com/micshaunscloset/

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I have a feeling that David & Kim will continue the success of TSSD for many years to come. Check out their new website. You can look at different themes or brands of plastic figures. From Ancient Armies of Rome to the Modern Armies of Vietnam. It is very easy to navigate around to find what your looking for. Besides TSSD products they sell Marx, MPC, Matchbox, CTS, Weston, Ex Force, Americana/BMC, Supreme, AIP, Ideal, Airfix, Mars, Chintoys etc…

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My next post will be a review of Publius Vikings Set #3. Thank you for reading.

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