When the doors were opened for the show, it looked like Pickett’s Charge… Well at least it felt that way. The show started a half hour earlier than it was supposed to because I think a crowd had started to build up. There was a group of collectors that went straight to my table. The next few hours were spent talking to fellow collectors and selling toy soldiers. Me and Carolyn had a lot of fun. It was my most successful show so far.
I was told that it was a record crowd, the biggest ever. I have to apologize because I was so busy, I was not able to take as many pictures that I usually do and didn’t talk to everyone that I wanted to. I usually am able to walk around before the show starts and/or a few hours after into the show. Around 2pm I found some time to take some more pictures. Every time I did walk around, I came back to help someone with my products.
We will start the review with Paul Amody. He had his very detailed Russian painted figures. As usual they were outstanding.
Gary from Army Group Center Wargaming had a bunch of plastic as usual. You can check out his website over here, https://army-group-center-wargaming.myshopify.com/.
John Atherton had a ton of his foam products with him. He makes some of the best terrain pieces on the market. I was also selling a few products that he had made for LOD.
If you are a Barzso Playset collector, you missed another chance to get some good or fair deals. I would have scored if I needed any of the playsets for sale there. Most of them I already own.
I don’t collect these old type of toy soldiers. But I do appreciate their charm. These are like antiques.
Rick Eber as usual had a bunch of vintage toy soldiers and playsets. I wasn’t able to take as many pictures of his stuff that I would have liked to. You can check out his website over here, http://www.marxplaysets.com/index.html.
This was the first time Hobby Bunker attended the Gettysburg Show. They have everything you need. Plastic and painted metal toy soldiers, wargaming, terrain pieces, magazines and other hobby related items. Here is their website, https://www.hobbybunker.com/.
Rob Hornung had his painted metal figures. To me they are like folk art. He puts a lot of hard work into his creations. Over 30 years ago I was casting toy soldiers. I would melt the hobby metal and then pour it into a mold. Then paint them. It takes skill and some time. But Rob does more than that. He sculpts them. Makes the molds. Then he will cast them and finally paint them. His work is amazing.
Next to Rob in the picture above was another vendor named Frank. I am sorry I didn’t get your last name of was able to talk more to him. This is some of his work he had for sale.
I have not seen George Guerriero of Minutemen Toy Soldiers in a couple of years now. But as usual he has some nice displays of the painted metal toy soldiers. He usually brings John Jenkins, First Legion, W. Britain and King & Country. Plus some other brands and plastic toy soldiers. You can check out his website over here, http://www.mmtoysoldiers.com/index.html.
Mike had a lot of Britain Deetail figures.
About two years ago Matt Murphy from Hobby Bunker purchased Paragon. He just got all the sets restocked and in new colors. Check them out over here, https://www.hobbybunker.com/products/plastic-soldiers-4/category?mfg=209&scale=Show+All&term=&order=newold.
It was nice to see Paul Stadinger at the show. He is an icon of our hobby. He was one the dealers that got me into collecting. His wife Laurie had passed away in early March. I was glad to be able to spend some time with him. He sat behind my table for a bit and talked with me & Carolyn. He has a lot of knowledge about vintage plastic toy soldiers. Check out his blog page over here, https://www.stadsstuff.com/.
Here are some random pictures that I took.
Here was a vendor that had a nice selection of vintage toys. I am sorry, I forgot his name.
John had a lot of vintage toys.
Here are some more pictures of vendors with vintage toys. You never know what some of these collectors will have with them.
This was the second show where I had my resin miniatures for sale. I am producing these from my house. Made in the U.S.A. I had with me about 10 different sets. Most of them where the 11th century Saxons. I had both of the Saxon Shield Wall sets. Plus, both of the F&I War French Marine sets. And even a show special set of Viking Raiders that were just finished a few days before the show. The raiders were from the first group of Viking figures I am designing. I am working on another two groups of Vikings. They will be finished in a couple of months. Once that is done, I will then divide them into 3 or 4 sets. I should have all of these sets ready for production by the end of the summer.
That is it for the review of the show. I hope you enjoyed it. Before we end this post, I became aware of an Historic Toy Soldier Auction that takes place on May 14th in Parkersburg, WV.
Two generation Collection of toy soldiers! No absentee or online bidding!
There will be around 600 lots sold in one day, many lots consist of multiple sets! Brands include W. Britian, John Jenkins, Traditions, Star, Ducal, Marlborough, Hocker, Hariart, Steadfast, Queen & Country and many more!
Check out the auction over here at this website, https://www.auctionzip.com/Listings/3681979.html?kwd=&zip=26104&category=0&fbclid=IwAR2kYvvnsmn6xATAjb53EJIb-aykkdQizN3w5rJvbZF8B6PcLRRew2Y3yGo.
That is it for now. Thank you for reading.