Yesterday I attended the 37th Annual East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale. After a 2 hour drive I arrived about 10 minutes before the show started. I went to the back of the line of about 100 people waiting to get in. I waited about 5 minutes before the doors opened and there was another 100 waiting behind me. So around 200 people entered as the show began. I heard from vendors that the show was well attended and they did good in sales. After 3 years of declining crowds it had bounced back.
So after about a two hours I went out to get my camera and took a tour around the show which we shall see soon. I found a few more things for my collection. I was not really searching for anything in particular but I did find a few things for my collection. I will do a separate post about the items that I did find. I was not able to get every vendor in the post. For the article I used about half of them present.
I was greeted by Julie the owner of Treefrog Treasures. They are usually the first table in the first row. She is very helpful with the painted metal seta that they sell. You can visit their website at https://www.treefrogtreasures.com.
The next vendor that I came across was “Fast Eddie”. They had a bunch of vintage figures to choose from. Plus other vintage items. There were many box lots. He is usually at the New Jersey Toy Soldier Show and the Heart of the South Toy Soldier Show.
One of the tables that I usually want to see is Scott Schleh one. He has amazing custom built dioramas and items for sale. Send him a message if you are interested in his work. His email is email@example.com.
Gary Green of Army Group Center Wargaming was there too with his usual selection of boxed sets. Both 1/72 & 1/32 in scale. He also has boxes of loose figures for sale at the shows. You can go to his website over here, https://army-group-center-wargaming.myshopify.com/.
Check out the art by Doug Dearth at his website, http://dearthco.net/. He is usually at some of the Toy Shows across the nation.
Usually at every show that I go to there is a new vendor or collector at the show. Phil Coffey was selling some off his collection this year. If you see anything that you might be interested in send him a email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the new vendors this year was Janice. She was selling some vintage collectibles and toys. I think that the show is evolving a little to include more vintage toys and military or historical items. I picked up some elves for my girlfriend from Janice.
William J Sullivan had a nice selection of hand painted miniatures and models for sale. Plus some books. Send him a message if you are interested in his work.
Francis Turner was at the show again selling mainly Marx toys. He had playsets, figure sets, boxes of loose figures or bagged figures for sale. I picked up some 60mm Marx Robin Hood figures and a boxed set of Atlantic Apaches in 1/32 scale.
Most of the shows that I attend I will see Rick Eber set up selling his vintage toys. Time after time he has some of the best and rare Marx Playsets & figures. If you are a die-hard Marx collector you should check him out. His website is at, http://www.marxplaysets.com/.
Here are some more random pictures from the show.
A rare photo of Stengel Jr. Worth the price of admission, lol.
John Stengel Jr was at the show selling some of his vintage toy soldiers. He had a nice selection of Barzso Playset figures and display pieces. I picked up a bunch of Atlantic Roman figures from him and a few Barzso figures. We should see a set of the German Paratroopers next year. Hopefully in the spring.
Steve Connell was selling some items for the first time at this show. He had a nice selection of metal painted figures.
Arley L Pett had a huge selection of antique & vintage toys for sale. He is also looking to purchase antique toys. He is up in Maine if you are interested in buying or selling.
Smiley’s Toys was a vendor selling mostly Hess Trucks. But the had some of collectibles for sale.
Robert Hornung of Hornung Art had a nice selection of his products. He has a lot of unique painted metal sets. He is currently working on a website. He does a lot of the sculpting and painting of his sets. I will have more information about his products in the future.
The Patriot is a store in Lake George, NY. They had a nice selection of historical military items and vintage toys at the show.
One of the vendors that you have to see at this show is Gerry Watts. He always has a huge selection of vintage toy soldiers to pick through. They are separated by price either loose or figure sets bagged. I picked up some Marx vikings from him.
Here are some more random pictures from the show.
The amazing painted metal miniatures from the St. Petersburg Collection by AeroArt International had a nice selection at the show too. You can see more at their website, https://www.aeroartinc.com/.
Collector Robert Cuddy is selling off his collection. Send him a message if you are interested.
The Metal Shed was there with their custom made planes and vehicles.
Here are some more pictures from different vendors that were at the show. They have no websites and were just selling things at the show.
Paul and Donna Amody were at the show again with their beautiful painted metal figures.
George Guerriero of Minutemen Toy Soldiers was at the show too with his great displays of hand painted metal miniatures. He also has some plastic figures and magazines. I picked up 5 of the John Jenkins Age of Arthur Saxons from him. Plus the latest issue of the Plastic Playset Magazine. Check out George’s website, http://www.mmtoysoldiers.com/. I get most of my metal figures from George. He offers great customer service and is very knowledgeable about all the different paitned metal companies.
ScottyZ Toyz was a new vendor selling some vintage toys. Mostly action figures. But this was just a sample of what toys he has to offer. He is usually at the other vintage toy shows in NJ.
Josh is another vendor that just sell his vintage toys at some of the shows. He usually is at the East Coast Show.
William Britain was also selling their products at the show. This is one of my favorite companies. I also am one of their Collector Club members. W Britain CC offers so much than the exclusive figures. The Standard magazine is really nice. It is filled with pictures and interesting historical based articles. They offer exclusive discounts too!
Hobby Bunker was at the show again. They offer a huge selection of both plastic and painted metal miniatures. They are now the proud owner of Paragon Scenics & Miniatures. You can check out their website here, https://www.hobbybunker.com/.
It was another successful show. I had a good time talking to the vendors and other collectors. The time flew by quickly. I noticed more younger people at the show. There were more couples and families too. I think the show will keep growing with the basis being toy soldiers. But will have more vintage toys as time goes on.
That concludes the review of the show. In my next post of will have pictures of the items that I purchased. There was not enough time for me to take more pictures and then edit them. This probably is my last show for the year. I hope to have some more posts on different subjects and any news when it comes. Thank you for reading.
Earlier this year I read on Stad’s Stuff about the Russian company called ЧЕЛОВЕЧЕК or “Little Man”. They released a limited edition set of Tlingit Natives. In September they released two more sets of figures. This time the subject of the miniatures was Ancient Aryans. The figures are historical based. They are 1/32 in scale and cast in a hard type of rubbery resin.
I had ordered the two sets of the Ancient Aryans. I have been communicating with the owner of “Little Man” recently about his products and then setup an interview with him.
Warhorse Miniatures:Hi Ivan. Thank you for taking your time to answer some questions. Here is my first question. Can you tell the readers something about yourself and your Company Little Man?
Ivan:My name is Ivan. I am 30 years old. Since childhood I really love soldiers and enjoy history and ethnography. I really like to study the life of various tribes of the planet. A year ago, I took the first step towards creating a workshop “Little Man”. The goal of my project is through the contemplation of “Little Men”, through the game, to convey as much as possible the originality and colorfulness of historical cultures and ethnic groups born in the process of forming a single human race. In my project, I acted as the creator of the idea, historian and sculptor. It is very important for me to create exotic tribes that are little known to the world, in order to encourage people to study the history of the planet and take a wider look at humanity. I also focus on creating figures of ordinary residents, artisans.
Warhorse Miniatures: The first set that Man released was Tlingit Natives. Why did you start here?
Ivan: The Tlingits were my first set because their culture shocked me when I visited the Museum of Ethnography in St. Petersburg. It houses the richest collection of their artifacts. These are the most dissimilar Indians to those that we are used to seeing in pop culture. In addition, the history of the Tlingit people is closely related to the history of the colonization of the Russian Empire by Alaska.
Warhorse Miniatures: I recently received the Ancient Aryans sets that I purchased. I am really impressed with the amount of details, subject matter and the choice of poses. Can you tell us about these sets?
Ivan: The second set I dedicated to the tribes of central Eurasia – the ancient Aryans. In Russia there is an unusual archaeological monument called Arkaim. It is also called “Russian Stonehenge”. This is a fortified settlement which was built by the Aryans 4 thousand years ago. I was very inspired by this layer of history and for six months I studied all the possible information in order to maximally convey the real face of this people. I was a pioneer in the reconstruction of men’s suits and I had to consult and approve sketches from leading archaeologists in this area. In my sets I depicted the first chariot in the history of mankind, the first wild horses (tarpans) used for riding, the ancient breed of shepherd dogs (tobet), the early cults of fire worshipers. The ancient Aryans made a great contribution to the history of ancient Persia, India and the Scythian world.
Warhorse Miniatures: What are you plans for the future?
Ivan: In the future, I will pay attention to each continent in turn and not focus on one topic. The tribes will be different, ranging from the Stone Age to the century of great geographical discoveries. The next set will be dedicated to the people of Asia, but more specific information will remain secret until the release of the set.
Warhorse Miniatures: I have some collectors message me about how they can purchase your sets. What is the best way?
Warhorse Miniatures: The sculpting is really nice. Besides the sculpting do you also do the casting?
Ivan: Thanks for the rating. With the second set of Aryans, I personally began to master the art of casting.
Warhorse Miniatures: I think you told me that you will have more of the Ancient Aryans sets available soon. Is that correct and when?
Ivan: I pour on pre-order. From the moment of ordering, the kit is sent in about two weeks to its customer. First I accept the pre-order, after about two weeks I inform you about the readiness of the set and we agree on the purchase.
Warhorse Miniatures: Also are there plans to recast the Tlingit Natives again?
Ivan: The Tlingit – War set will be reissued, but so far I can’t say when. A set of Tlingit-Potlach will also be created, in which all the figures will be dedicated to the peaceful life of the tribe (fishermen, woodcarvers, dancers, etc.).
Warhorse Miniatures: Is there anything else you would like to say to the readers?
Ivan: I recommend that all readers study the history of our humanity, because by studying history we become more tolerant of each other. After all, we all have one roots and one future in the universe.
That concludes the interview. Now we will start my review of the Ancient Aryans by ЧЕЛОВЕЧЕК or “Little Man”. There are two boxed sets that complete this collection. Ivan was kind enough to give us a description of the figures in these sets.