The Latest News!! 01/30/2023 ~ Chicago Toy Soldier Show Cancelled, Chintoys & Marx Recast Review, Plus some news and updates.

Last night I saw a few post on Facebook and then later on at Stads about the Chicago Toy Soldier Show being cancelled. They were having to many problems with the hotel that is takes place. Hopefully another location can be found in the future, or a new show can take its place. You can read more at https://www.stadsstuff.com/?p=23181.

In my last post I mentioned about the new sets from Chintoys. Here is my review below.

The first set is # 31, the Gangsters. There are 8 miniatures in 8 different poses. The color is nice and so is the detail. I like the poses too. Most are based off movie characters from a few different Mafia movies.

This set #32, The Police. At first, I was disappointed that they were not blue. But after a while I started to like the color. And again, these miniatures are based off of Mafia related movies. There are 8 figures in 8 different poses. One day I will paint these.

Both sets are really nice. They have a charm to them. The size of these miniatures is around 60mm. I purchased my sets from https://www.hobbybunker.com/products/plastic-soldiers-4/category?mfg=316&scale=Show+All&term=&order=newold. They are out of stock at the moment but are restocking these again.

The other day I stumbled across these Marx Recast WWII Sailors. I am not a big Marx collector, but I know that some sets are hard to find like these Sailors. The cost was around $30. The set has 7 miniatures in 7 different poses. The size is 54mm. You can get them in white or blue. The material is an ABS type resin. It has plastic type feel to it. It is a little pliable, but not like soft plastic. There are other Marx recast sets available too. Tim Geppert formerly of Classic Toy Soldier is selling these on ebay, https://www.ebay.com/itm/165888587499.

The other day I found these for a couple of dollars. They are made out of hard plastic. They might belong to some model train set. They are about 4 inches tall. I will use them with my Indians.

As some of you know, I have been working on some new French & Indian War sets. These are about the same scale as the Barzso Playset miniatures. I should have a few new sets released by the end of February. I have been testing and making adjustments to the miniatures. There will be a French Canadian & Native War Party set and a couple of Ottawa\Huron Indian sets. The pictured set above will be titled “On the Warpath”. There will also be some new trees and rock terrain pieces soon after. It is going to be Epic!!

I saw this post on FB by Wim Grundy.

Always plastic figures for sale at this show!

Announcement!

SOUTH FLORIDA TOY SOLDIER CLUB

28th Anniversary Show

February 4, 2023

Vendor tables offering thousands of military miniatures new and old, action figures, collectible toys and related hobby items.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 4, 2023 – 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Location: Yup! Same great show at the same great location

Finland House –

301 West Central Blvd.,

Lantana, FL 33463

Venue Telephone: 561-582-6794

Admission: Adults $7.00 Children under 12 are free.

Table rental: Our 6 foot table rental cost is $55.00 per table. Regarding table rentals and space assignments it is suggested you contact the club President Mike Skurda via e – mail at mskurda@inbox.com. Remember the early bird gets the worm!

Beside the Toy Soldier Show in Florida, the Westcoaster, New Jersey Toy Soldier Show and Midwest Toy Soldier Show are almost here too. I will not be attending any of those shows. I will be at the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show.

MIDWEST TOY SOLDIER SHOW

When:
Sunday, March 26, 2023 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m..
ROOM TRADING: Friday, March 24 – Saturday, March 25.

Where:
Courtyard by Marriott
Conference Center
150 Fairington Ave.
Lafayette, IN 47905

In my next post I should have more updates. Thank you for reading.

Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2022 Review ~ Part one Room Trading

The Midwest Toy Soldier show was on Sunday. The show took place in Lafayette, Indiana. The two days before that there was room trading at the hotel where the show took place. There were plenty of vendors that took part. Room trading was a little slow, but the crowds showed up for the show. In today’s post I will discuss the first two days of the room trading.

Me & Carolyn arrived at hotel on Thursday. We were located on the second floor of the hotel. Once we settled in I then setup my products throughout the room for Friday. The next day we got up early and went to a few antique stores before returning to the hotel around noon. Then I started the event called room trading. Room trading is when you make your hotel room a little shop. Collectors will walk throughout he the hotel and shop at your “store”. I had a nice time talking to other collectors and answering any questions they had about my products. This was the 1st time that I was selling my line of Warhorse Miniatures figures. Most were the early Medieval sets. But I also had the new French Marines from the French & Indian War era. Beside that I had some of the LOD/Barzso figure sets & foam products and some Russian figure sets. Mostly Warhansa and some Publius. I was hoping to have some Prikaz products. But I don’t know when that will happen.

I took a break a few times to check out some of the other rooms. The first room I went to belonged to Todd Nace. He had a lot of vintage Marx figures and playsets.

The next room belonged to Eric Koopmeiner. He had vintage toy soldiers, playsets, action figures and some diecast vehicles.

Next, I visited the room of Rick Eber. Each year Rick brings some rare & new mint playsets. Every time I see him, he has something that I have never seen before. This year was the same.

It was now the evening when I closed up my room for trading. I went downstairs to see what was going on. By the time I got to John Anderson’s room he had almost sold everything he had. He usually brings a bunch of playsets and figure sets with him. Plus, vintage toys. Whatever he gets his hands on.

The last room I checked on Friday belonged to David Cook of MicShaun’s Closet. He had his TSSD bagged toy soldiers, foam products, LOD/Barzso products and some Russian figure sets. We had a lot of fun talking.

Late Friday in the lobby of the hotel there was a small gathering of collectors. There were about 20 collectors looking at some old Marx playsets. I think most were from the 1960’s. They belonged to John Anderson. They were still sealed. The boxes were in bad condition. But when they started to open them up, everything inside was mint. Except for some paper guides. The sets were sold to some of the collectors there. At this point it was almost 11pm. I then retired for the night.

Day Two

I got up early on Saturday and took a stroll around the 1st floor before I opened my room. I went to visit Mike Kitnuck. Ron Barzso gave Mike a horde of original Barzso products that he had found to sell for him. There was over a 100 figure & accessories sets. I don’t know what else he had the day before. I found a few rare things to add to my collection. It was a Barzso collector’s dream. If this was a few years ago, I would have spent over a $1,000. Instead, I spent around $100. I could have horded a bunch of stuff. But I am in the process now of trimming my collections. So, I took only what I needed. I was tempted, but I left everything to some other lucky collectors.

Next up was the room of John Atherton. He was busy preparing his beautiful foam pieces for sale. His products are a must for anyone creating a diorama or even a small display. We had a good time talking about the hobby.

The next room I entered belonged to Scott Canady. He also had a lot of vintage playsets and toy soldiers. After I kept knocking down one of his displays of toy soldiers, I looked through some comics and around his room…

Francis Turners room had a huge amount of vintage Marx figures. Plus, some recast figures that were old too.

Gary Wendeln also had some Barzso figure sets and playsets with him. Plus, some other vintage toy soldiers.

The last room I checked out on Saturday belonged to fellow collector Willy Pickett. He had his custom playmats to enhance your vintage figures. Plus, some custom terrain pieces that he had painted.

Treefrog Treasures was room trading late afternoon on Saturday. They were the only major metal dealer at the show.

That is all on the room trading. I think next year I will only trade on Saturday. On Friday I will stroll around instead. I had a great time trading and talking to collectors. There were plenty of deals at this show. My next post will be on the show itself. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!!! 02/21/2022 ~ Warhorse Miniatures Compagnies Franches de la Marine set, Vintage Britain Task Force Set, and more updates.

In today’s post we will talk about some new sets that I am releasing soon. One is not a Medieval set, but it is based on the French & Indian War. I have a few more updates and some hobby news. Before that I found a vintage playset yesterday. So, this is where we will begin.

I stumbled across this Britain Task Force Playset yesterday. I don’t have to many Britain Deetail figures in my collection. Just a few WWII figures. But for less than $30 I couldn’t pass on this. I never saw this playset before. The terrain base is awesome. There are 6 figures and some accessories. The spring-loaded mines are a nice touch. The set has a Nato type theme to it. I will add some modern Britain figures over time to my collection now.

Toy Soldier Collector & Historical Figures Magazine #103

There is an article about Warhorse Miniatures in the Toy Soldier Collector & Historical Figures magazine #103. In the article Jim Clouse discusses my 1st set and my company. Steve Pyle & Scott Walter helped with taking some pictures.

Talking about Steve Pyle, he sent me some pictures of my figures that he had painted. The first set of pictures is one of the Armed Saxon Peasants. The second set is a prototype of some Vikings with a deer.

Two of the latest sets I am working on.

In the coming weeks I will have some new set ready for production. The Saxon Hare Hunter set is $25, and the Saxon Wood Cutter set is $17. There are 4 different Wattle Fence sets. A round fence section with the gate open or closed. Then a straight fence section with the gate open or closed. I will have prices for the fence sets once the pre-orders start.

Viking Raiders Prototypes.

Here are some pictures of Prototypes. I hope to have the Viking Raider camp finished sometime next month. It will be sold in a few different sets. There will be a Raider figure set, a tent set, the Deer set with campfire and then the supply tent with some supplies. Some things can change.

Another Viking prototype with some Conte Saxons.

Here are some pictures of LOD/Barzso Merrymen figures in green with my Vikings & Saxons. They look good with the figures and accessories.

Me busy researching my next move.
The Compagnies Franches de la Marine was the main organization for the defense of New France from 1683 to 1755. In 1683, the Naval Department of France began using the Compagnies to defend the fur trade and the local civilians.

The Compagnies Franches de la Marine will start production in March. The scale of the figures with be the same as Barzso figures or 54mm. The color will be in grey. The 1st set will be of 7 figures in 7 different poses. A second set will be released soon after the 1st set. It will be a firing line of 7 figures in 3 different poses.

That is it for now. More updates to come next month. Thank you for reading.

Columbus Ohio Toy Soldier Show 2021 Review Part 1

Sunday was the 2021 Columbus Toy Soldier Show. The vendors at the show were shouting “Covid, Give me back my Collectors….” Besides the low crowd it was actually not a bad show. There were plenty of vintage playsets, Barzso Playsets, painted metal toy soldiers and plastic figures galore. Plus my new resin miniatures.

I found a few vintage Airfix Toy Soldiers, Original Barzso bagged figure sets at original prices!!, W. Britain Saxons, Painted Russian metal Viking figures and an Atherton Medieval Church. The second part of the review will be on what I found over the weekend & some of the places where we went. Plus some updates about Warhorse Miniatures.

Paul Amody had a bunch of his Russian made metal miniatures with him. The painting is outstanding.

John Atherton & Shane Leonard brought plenty of their foam products. They are great to add to playsets or for display pieces.

Some various pictures from an unknown vendor.

Ted Deddens of W. Britain had bunch of painted metal figures. I re-joined the Collectors Club again. It is worth the price. You can take a look over here, https://www.wbritain.com/collectors-club.