I hope everyone is doing well today. Here is a quick post to show a few things I saw today with the room trading at the Tippecanoe Toy Soldier Show. You still have time to come if you were undecided. There is one more day of room trading and then the show.
Tippecanoe & Toy Soldiers 2 Show Featuring the best toy soldier dealers of the Midwest and from around the country, covering metal and plastic, dimestores, playsets, individual figures, and more!
New production and Old!
When: Sunday, September 6th, 2020 – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. ROOM TRADING: Friday, September 4th and Saturday, September 5th.
Where: Courtyard by Marriott Conference Center 150 Fairington Ave. Lafayette, IN 47905
I will have full report on the room trading and show next week. But I will add some more pictures here in the coming days. Thank you for reading.
Today was the Midwest Toy Soldier Show. They also had room trading on Friday & Saturday. I was unable to make it. I will return next year again. From what I have heard it was still a great show but attendance was less as expected.
I hope to attend the Columbus Toy Soldier Show as a vendor in October.
Last week it was announced that the Chicago Toy Soldier Show is cancelled.
“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the 𝗿𝗲𝘀𝗰𝗵𝗲𝗱𝘂𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 of the 40th anniversary Chicago Toy Soldier Show to 𝗦𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗦𝗲𝗽𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗯𝗲𝗿 𝟮𝟲, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟭. Thank you to everyone for your continued support of the Chicago Toy Soldier Show. If you would like to purchase a limited-edition version of this poster, with artwork by Doug Dearth, please visit us at www.chicagotoysoldiershow.com/store“
Here is a new figure from Plastic Platoon. I think it is a limited edition figure.
Both resin sets have their roots in classic Barzso Playsets. Set 31 with figures from the Last of the Mohicans and Set 32 with a nod to Braddock’s Defeat.
LOD031 is $25.00 for 8 figures and LOD032 is $35.00 for 10 figures. Those prices do not include shipping.
Here is LOD029 Barzso Aztec Sacrifice figure set. The figures are sculpted really nice. The details are amazing. Ken is coming out with a bunch of newly remade Barzso sets. Some will be out next week and more by the end of the month.
These vintage Tim Mee Army Men were some of my favorite toys growing up. The figure running with the ammo cans is cool. I also found another Soldier with a motorcycle. They are 60mm.
Here are some bulls and another fence that I found.
Here is Marx Tree that my girlfriend found for a few dollars.
Here is another figure that my girlfriend Carolyn found. This Marx British Red Coat cost me $1.00. I never had any. It is really well detailed and fits well with the Barzso figures. I am not a big Marx collector. I only have a few of the World War II figure sets. Plus some western figures that I have picked up here and there. The Marx Toy company was almost gone when I was was growing up. I was lucky enough to have the Navarone Playset as a kid. I will try to get a few more of these British if I come across them at the shows.
I hope every one is doing well. I have been working off and on. I was able to get out this week to visit some antique stores and a couple of comic shops. I found a few things while I was out searching. We will get to that later. I thought this post was going to be quick post about some vintage toys that I found. But in the last couple of days I became aware of a few things. So let us begin…..
Bullet Proof Miniatures is a new company that makes miniatures by 3D printing them. You can chose the scale of your figure. I am going to get a few figures to do a review in the future. I hope that some of these new figures will fit in with my Barzso figures. You can read more about them at their Facebook page over here, https://www.facebook.com/BulletproofSmallScaleMiniatures/.
Publius is going to release a new WWII Russian Infantry set. This set is titled “Winter 44th” They look great. The scale is 1/32.
Engineer Basevich also has a new WWII Russian Infantry set. This set is titled “Battle of Berlin”. Here are some pictures of the test figures. I hope that they are either green or rusty brown. From what I have read they are based on real people. You can read more at their Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/Toy-soldiers-Engineer-Basevich-322160358341602/.
In 2018 AMC had a new TV show called the “Terror”. The first season was about a British Naval polar explorers. The ships get stuck in the ice. They try to survive the harsh weather conditions and each other, while being stalked by some thing… It is a good show. You can read more about it at, https://www.amc.com/shows/the-terror/season-1.
When I first watched the show I thought that it would be a cool playset. Well Ivan at “Little Men” must have been reading my mind. Here is a new set that they are working on. It looks great. I can’t wait to get a set of these. They will be plastic and 1/32 in scale.
Here are the new Plastic Platoon WWII Germans in production. These two sets are part of the Battle for Leningrad series. They look awesome. I will have to get all of these sets.
I found a few things this week at an antique mall. I have been a fan of Auburn rubber toys for a while. The past year I found a few different trucks and jeeps. This week I added a medical truck. The guy on the Motorcycle was made by Tim Mee.
A few weeks ago I purchased a vintage comic book. It was Moon Knight #8. On the back cover was an ad for Lucky Products Toy Soldiers. I found a bag of these this week for $5.00!!
During the time that I have been stuck in my house I have been productive. I have been going through my collection. I have been storing things in my basement the past 10 years. They have been stored in different boxes. I have been adding shelves and storage containers the past few years. Here are a two Sherman Tanks that I found while I was sorting through things. The tank that is all green was made by New Ray. I paid around $10 for it. The other tank is by Forces of Valor. I think I paid around $40 for that one. I don’t really like spending too much for the die cast vehicles. I am not a WW II historical collector. More of an Army Man toy soldier collector. So the detail with the uniforms or tanks is not a big deal to me. Both tanks are nice. The FOV tank is highly detailed.
I still have Toy Soldiers and Star Wars toys for sale. If you are interested you can check out what I have over here, Toys for Sale.
Greetings everyone. May is almost here already. I was busy with work last week and now I am back in the bunker this week. The new norm is traveling to work, home and the supermarket. Hopefully things will start to return back to normal in a few weeks.
Last week they announced in state of Pennsylvania that you had to wear a mask in public places. I am not getting used to wearing one.
I have been adding more toy soldier sets to the new page that I am selling toys from. You can see what I have for sale over at this page, Toys for Sale. I now have the LOD/Barzso Woodland Indians in stock!!!
Back are some of the Woodland Indian sets. The Barzso Woodland Indians sets are some of the best sculpted Indian figures every made. The new sets are cast in new colors and in the better resin. Here is the LOD/Barszo Cherokee Indian set.
Here are the LOD/Barzso Shawnee Indian Set. These figures first appeared in the Bradock’s Defeat Playset.
Here is the Barzso Magua character figure leading some Huron Indians.
Here is a Barzso Shawnee Indian fighting an P&P Products Plains Indian.
Here are the LOD/Barzso Huron Indian set. These figures are some of the earliest Barzso figures ever made. I think these figures first appeared with the Last of the Mohicans Playset.
Fighting over the last roll…..
Last week I found these Atlantic Western figures on eBay. They are part of the Atlantic Set 1214 “Outlaws & Sheriffs Far West Story”.
“Your toilet paper or your life”
Here is a Atlantic Cowboy and a Cherilea Mounted Indian.
I have been looking off and on for these Atlantic Western figures. There are still a few figures that I still need to complete this set. I found some pictures on the internet that shows the complete set with box. Take a look below.
Hopefully one day I will find the complete set or at least the missing figures that I need. The box says 1/32 in scale. They are about 60mm in size.
Here is a Bandit that was shot and now is dragged away by his horse.
The Midwest Toy Soldier Show was rescheduled for June 7th. They are keeping their fingers crossed that they don’t have to cancel the show. I can’t make it this year. I will not be able to take any time off from my job. I hope to attend the show next year.
That is it for now. Don’t forget to check out the new page for toy soldiers for sale, Toys for Sale. Thank you for reading.
As a young boy I remember traveling to Ireland to visit my Grandmother and other relatives. I think it was in 1986 that I became a collector of Airfix figures. While we traveled through the small towns of Ireland I searched any hobby or toy store to be found. I picked up about a dozen boxes of the World War II sets.
Each boxed set had 14 figures. Some times they had a extra figure or two. Each box cost about $4.00 at the time. I was able to find most the World War II sets in Ireland. This started me down a path to try to get a box of each set. Over the years I did get a box of each Airfix World II set in 1/32 scale. It was not until a few years ago that I started looking for the Modern or Nato figures. A few weeks ago I finally found a set of the Nato Infantry in really good condition.
Airfix Nato figure next to a 54mm Marx Japanese soldier.
This set has 7 different figures. The scale of these figures are smaller than the World War II figures. Here are some pictures below of the box and then some pictures of the toy soldiers.
This boxed set was produced in either 1983 or 1984. As usually the box art was really nice.
Here are all the figures. This set is filled with action poses. I like the soldier using the rifle like a club. I was surprised about the scale of these figures. This set and the Modern Russians are the same size. I will set up something in the future with both sets. I am still looking for a boxed set of the Russians. One day… If you are interested in learning more about Airfix figures check out this German link, http://airfix132.de/index.html.
Well that concludes another blog post. Thank you for reading.
Today’s post is about vintage toys. I have a few items that I have picked up recently that I want to show. I hope that some of the collectors can solve some mysteries that I have.
I found this vintage Reisler Royal Danish Guard set at a flea market yesterday for about $5.00. It was mixed in with some vintage Christmas decorations. I think this is the first time I found a Reisler set with the original packaging out in the wild.
Vintage Russian plastic figure next to a Airfix Modern Russian soldier. The Airfix figure is about 1/32 in scale.
I found these toy soldiers on eBay the other day. They are about 45mm. They appear to be Russian Infantry. I don’t know who made them. Maybe they are from Hong Kong. Blue Box?? Anyone have a clue???
I found these on eBay a few months ago. Captain Harlock figures by Atlantic. I paid about $20.00 for the lot of figures. No box. They are about 28mm or so. It is just a novelty that caught my eye. The set is not complete though.
A fellow collector named Carlos sent me these pictures about space fantasy themed figures. He is looking for any other information that anybody might have about them. Thank you for in advance.
Here are some new sets from Warhansa. There are some English 100 Year War figures, Skeletons, Neanderthals, Gladiators and more. They are taking pre-orders if you are interested. They appear to be 1/32 in scale. You can see more at their Russian website, http://www.hobbybunker.ru/.
I found these on eBay the other day for $20.00. They are re-issued Atlantic Indians. They are 60mm in scale. One was broken or dropped his axe 😉 Here are the rest of the pictures below. They are a little bigger than the TSSD Plains Indians.
I just got back home yesterday from the Midwest Toy Solider Show. If you are serous plastic collector this was the show not to miss. There were tons of plastic there. I had a blast. This was the first time I did any room trading and it was a great experience.
Me and my girlfriend left our house in Pennsylvania early Friday. About 12 hours later we got to Lafayette, Indiana. The first night we stayed in a different hotel than the one that the show was at. After we ate, I ran over to the Courtyard by Marriott to do some room trading. It was around 8pm.
They had a room list display with the different vendors. I looked around to see who was still up. The first room I went to was of Ed Borris. We had a good talk and exchanged gifts.
I didn’t bring my camera the first day. I just wanted to talk and see what toys I could find. I visited a few rooms and talked to some of the different vendors. I bumped in Stephen Connell, Rick Keller, Cal Luckett, David & Kim Cook and others.
The next day I got up early and headed to the hotel around 9am. I saw Ed again and then went to Todd Nace’s room. I met Todd last year and we talked a bit. I picked up a few vintage Marx figures from him.
Todd was selling manly vintage items. He had some sets and loose figures available. I am not a big Marx collector but I like to pick up some of the loose figures here and there.
The next place I went to was of Volk’s Designs. Mike Luteran makes some excellent products. They are fantastic. One of a kind. These items look great with 1/32 & 1/30 scaled figures.
Eddie White and Rich Egan.
The next room I went to was of Rich Egan. After we had talked for a little bit I purchased a couple of things. I also bumped into a fellow collector Eddie White. It was nice to meet some of my fellow collectors.
I picked up a Barzso’s “Braddock’s Defeat” playset and about 45 Barzso Redcoats. I paid a fair price for the playset. It had a few figures missing. But Rich added another wagon and cannon. He gave me a good deal on the Redcoats. The playset was on my wishlist and it made the trip worth it for me. Besides the Barzso items, Rich had plenty of Conte figures and some sets. He also had a nice selection of vintage Marx figures and other toys. He is a wonderful person to deal with. Send him a message, he might have what you are looking for.
David & Kim Cook of MicShaun’s Closet.
After I got the items from Rich Egan, I left the hotel to check out of the other one and then took my girlfriend shopping a little bit. We were able to check in the Courtyard by Marriott. I then started the room trading again. It was around 1pm. I met up with Don Perkins and gave him gift that I had for him. We talked a bit about how he was doing. Then he filled me in about room trading and on the show.
After I left Don. I went to see David & Kim Cook of MicShaun’s closet. They are the new owners of Toy Soldiers of San Diego. In case you did not know they have a new website, you can click on this highlight link to visit, https://micshaunscloset.com/. It was finally nice to be able to meet them in person. I had a great time talking to them and so did my girlfriend. We busted each others chops and had a bunch of laughs. They came to the show to mainly introduced themselves to the collectors.
They also did some room trading. They had a bunch of foam pieces and bagged sets.
Here are some of the items that Gerry Wendeln available. I picked up a Airfix set and some Atlantic Gladiators.
The next room I visited was of Rick Eber. As usual had a horde of vintage plastic figures and playsets. The pictures about speak volumes.
Rod & Tera Roberts
I think the last place I went before we headed out to eat was the room of Rod Roberts and his son Tera Roberts. We talked for a bit and I picked up a Ultimate Soldier set from them. They only sell at the shows.
The Roberts had some good deals with painted plastic figures and some old new stock sets of Ultimate Soldier.
Business cards that I had handed out.
By the end of the day I was exhausted. I ran around to different places and rooms. I did make some rookie mistakes. I missed a bunch of rooms because I didn’t realize that there was another section to the hotel. What I should have done was written down all the room numbers from the list and then crossed them out after I had visited that room. Also I could have written some foot notes of items that I was interested in. I do apologize to all the people that I did miss.
I also bumped into John Stengel Jr a few times through out the day. After busting his chops we talked a bit about how things were going and some hobby related issues. After a few setbacks with the production of his sets he says that he should have his World War II German Paratroopers available ready for the Chicago Toy Soldier Show in September.
I can’t wait until next year for the room trading and the show. I will be better prepared.
Barzso Bradddock’s Defeat that I puchased from Rich Egan.
Atlantic Gladiators that I purchased from Gary Wendeln.
Irish Brigade figures that I purchased from MicShaun’s Closet.
World War II Chinese figures that I got from the Roberts.
Barzso Sitting Bull figure that I got from Rich Egan.
Ed Borris figure that I got from Ed Borris.
Here are the new Ed Borris Alamo Mexicans. They are really nice. I will take some more pictures in the next article.
Barzso Redcoats that I got from Rich Egan.
Airfix Horses that I got from Rich Egan.
I found some nice things the first two days of room trading. But this was only part of the fun. The next day was even more amazing. Come back tomorrow for the rest of the story. Thank you for reading.
Don’t forget about these fine shows coming up. MFCA is this weekend outside of Philadelphia, PA. The Gettysburg show is May 5th.
Greetings everyone. A few weeks ago I received in the mail a package of mainly Airfix figures. I paid $20 for the lot. They had advertised Vintage plastic toy soldiers, Germans, British and others on eBay. They are mostly World War II plastic figures. When I looked at the pictures I noticed that the Germans where mostly Airfix Italian Infantry. These figures are 1/32 in scale.
I went through the box and divided the figures into about 10 different groups.
Most of the figures were Airfix but some where from other brands.
Timpo & Airfix 8th Army figures.
One of the bigger groups was of Airfix British 8th Army.
The next group was of Airfix Afrika Korp figures.
The next group was Airfix British Commandos.
The next group was Airifx British Infanty.
The next group of figures was Airfix German Infantry.
The next group was of some Airfix Gurkhas.
The next group was Japanese Infantry. It looks like all the poses are here.
Besides the World War II Airfix figures there was some Modern Germans and some British.
There was 24 Italian Infantry inside the box.
There are 7 poses in the Airfix Italian set.
I have been looking for some more Airfix Italians for a while. I think this set was one of the last World War II 1/32 scaled figure sets that Airfix made.
Here are some Vintage Western figures that I picked up. I think they are a mixture of Crescent and Cherilea figures.
I purchased this used Ultimate Soldier 1/32 Japanese Zero for $25.00. It is missing a couple of pieces I think. I want to add this to a diorama that I plan on making later this year.
I received this W. Britain Collector’s Club Viking figure about 2 months ago. The last picture has a Conte Viking figure that I painted.
Rodion Makheav sent me some preview pictures of Warhansa sets. I also found a few more. Most of these sets should be available in by the end of March.
I think these figures are about Conan the Barbarian. Conan was one of my favorite comics to read growing up.
These looks like another Conan inspired set.
This figure appears to be of Lenin.
This figure is of Harald Hardrada the King of Norway form 1046 to 1066. He is part of the 1066 Saga for the Throne of Britain. Harald lived a very interesting and adventurous life. He met his end at the Battle of Stamford Bridge in 1066.
Here are the World War II Russian Infantry again.
Here are some figures from Runecraft Miniatures. I think they are part of Publius. They make some interesting figures in 1/32 scale. I don’t know when these will be available to USA customers.
You can find the Publius Saxons again on eBay. This time they are in blue.
The picture above is a preview of post that I will be doing in the near future. That is it for now.
If you’re a fan of Barzso Playset you will also like Petite Guerre. His resin figures mix very well with Barzso figures. Nino sent me a message about some of the latest figures that he is working on. He is working on some Scottish Highlanders and Canadian Militia at this time. I like the prototypes. I will order some when they become available.
Here are some of the new Canadian Militia.
Here is the preview of the Scottish Highlander.
Over at Stad’s Stuff Paul did has a preview of a set of Pirates from Mars. They look very nice. I would say probably their best work to date.
I did a post a few months ago and had a few pictures of vintage western plastic Cowboys & Indians. I have purchased some more vintage plastic figures over the months since my other post.
The figure on the right is a Timpo Solid plastic figure.
I don’t know who made most of these figures. I stumble across figures from time to time that I have never seen before from Europe. Most of the time they are very expense or the shipping is way too much for me. So I wait for a good deal to come. These figures are 1/32 in scale. The Indian Chief with the rifle across his chest is made by Timpo.
I was told by Erwin Sell that “They were made by Dom and also Linde from Germany and Austria who often base poses in Elastolin but not direct copies.”
Here are some U.S. Cavalry figures by Cherilea.
Here are some Plains Indians in 1/32 scale that were made by Cherilea. I found a complete mounted Chief with the spear. The other figure I had was missing the spear.
Here is a Indian figure on an Airfix horse. Do you know who made this figure?
Here are some pictures where I try to catch the details of the faces. I have some more figures coming in the next few weeks and will talk about them in another post.
I stumbled across these Indians too. The are labeled Blue-Box. They look nice and are about the same size of the Airfix Plains Indians. They used some wild colors to paint them though.
Here are the pictures of the Blue-Box and Airfix Indians comparison.