I hope all you Fathers enjoyed Father’s Day today.
This is the first year that my Father is not here to share with us. He passed away last year. He was a US Navy Veteran and served 28 years in the New York City Police department. He liked discussing historical topics of World War I & II, Medieval history and the American Civil War. Most of the things that I collect are based on history. I would say I got that from my Father. So today I reflect and Honor his memory.
– (FoV-801013B) T-34-85 Moderate weathering effects with different marking
– (FoV-801007A) Jagdpanther early production with big size display base **88mm display base is considered as medium size, new camouflage patterns. Have you guys discover many of the old 1/32 scale FoV camouflage patterns had not fully covered the vehicles, that probably had to do with extra costing in paint templates, again another issue with outsourcing:( This new one should be much improved)
– (FoV-861010A) Chinese Liaoning 16 aircraft carrier, the story background is based on its visit to Hong Kong during 2017 July
– (FoV-861010B) Chinese Liaoning 16 aircraft carrier, the story background is base on a military exercise in South China sea during 2016 December, we added moderate weathering effect to the deck to show aircrafts take-off and landing traces
– (FoV-801024A) JagdTiger Henschel road wheels, we are working on the camouflage paint scheme at the moment, it is very challenging because it is two tones colour but we are quite confident that it will set new benchmark in our industry
– (FoV-801008A) 88mm Flak gun with Flak 36 gun barrel and 36 cruciform, story background is Stalingrad.
After all the above would be new Tiger I family and the new member, SturmTiger, a model that worth waiting because we eventually did about 70% of full interior, many open parts and full die-cast hull top.
We will begin developing die-cast tracks from Tiger I family because technically it is not difficult and we would be acquiring a new zinc alloy casting machine in early July.
Chintoys released pictures of the latest sets coming out soon. It is two sets of religious orders of Medieval Knights. The Knights Templar and Knights Hospitaller.
The first set is CHT017 Knights Templar. There are 8 figures in 8 different poses in 1/32 scale.
The second set is CHT018 Knights Hospitaller. There are 8 figures in 8 different poses in 1/32 scale.
Both sets look very nice. I like the different types of medieval weapons displayed with these figures. I guess we shall see some Arabic Warriors coming next…
I was told and it was announced last week that Steve Connell and the Midwest Toy Soldier Group will now be promoting the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show besides the 3 others shows that they promote. Midwest Toy Soldier Show
John Stengel Jr. had told me that he was slowly getting away from promoting the shows because of all his other responsibilities. He still will be selling at the shows and has plans of releasing new products for years to come.
The 12th Annual Gettysburg ended this year with the lights on. There was a good crowd at the show. They came in at a steady rate throughout the show. This year was the first year that I attended as a vendor. It was a fun experience.
I got up at 5:00am. Me and my girlfriend had arrived the day before and stayed at the Eisenhower Hotel. That was where the show was being held. I unpacked and put the bagged figures that I had in different boxes on the table. After that I took out the Prikaz & Austin figures to display.
It was interesting to watch the other vendors set up their tables. They put together shelves and huge displays. Gary of the Army Group Center even wheeled his shelves in already filled with boxed sets of toy soldiers.
The first vendor I saw was me…. I had a mixture of mainly vintage figures and some recasts. I really didn’t sell too much.
The main reason I went was to promote the Moscow based company Prikaz. I had 4 of the medieval based sets displayed. I had some of the sets in plastic display cases and others displayed with some Conte figures. The collectors that stopped to check them out where impressed with the amount of detail. They liked the unique poses.
They also liked the Austin WW II Japanese prototypes that I had on display. A lot of collectors can’t wait until September to buy some bagged sets of Japanese Infantry. Me too.
One of the promoters of the show is John Stengel Jr. He came through the back door to avoid the press. He had most of the tables towards the back of the show. I was right next to him. His tables had bins filled with plastic figures. They were either in plastic bags or loose. Most were vintage, but some where new bagged sets. He also had some playsets. Every show he digs out boxes of old vintage plastic figures. You never know what he will have. He hopes to have 100 to 150 sets of the his new World War II German Paratroopers ready to sell at the Chicago Toy Soldier Show later this year. After some setbacks he hopes to have a few sets produced next year.
George Guerriero of Minutemen Toy Soldiers always has the best displays of painted toy soldiers for sale. He brings a huge selection from different companies. I collect mainly plastic or resin figures. Most of the metal figures that I have I purchased from George.
Hand Held Warriors was at the show with their beautifully painted metal miniatures.
Army Group Center Wargaming was at the show again with hordes of plastic figures in boxed sets, plastic bags filled with figures and loose figures in plastic bins to search through.
Calvin is one of the Toy Soldier Show vendors that I have mentioned in the past. He always has a nice selection of vintage and hard to find toys.
Stephen Connell was present at this show again too. He had a nice selection of painted metal figures at very good prices.
Rick Eber of http://www.marxplaysets.com/ always has a great selection of vintage Marx playsets and figures. Plus vintage figures from other brands.
Frank Wakely had a nice selection of vintage toys for sale. He is one of these collectors selling off his collection.
Another dealer of painted metal figures was Al Green of Green’s Collectibles. He also had a nice selection of metal figures.
Michael Jones had a nice selection of painted metal figures too.
Memphis Toy Soldier is another dealer of painted metal figures. They had a nice selection too.
Some more old toy soldiers that Mr. Keller was selling.
One of the nice things about the Gettysburg show is the great selection of both plastic & metal figures. Both new and old. Vendor after vendor had quality products. Each one had something different to offer. Each year is always different when you come. This year was great if you were looking for tanks. There were two vendors that had huge selection of tanks at very good prices.
There was one collector that was selling off a huge selection of tanks and Conte sets. He was selling loose tanks starting at $25.00. Boxed tanks starting at $45.00. He was asking $600 the Conte sets. He said he will go to a few more shows and then eventually sell whatever is left on eBay from his daughter’s account. I think he will be at the East Coast Toy Soldier show if he still has a lot of things to sell.
Tom Dubel was selling some painted metal figures too. He also had a nice selection to choose from.
Joe Wallis knows a lot about lead toy soldiers, hey he wrote the book… He is very knowledgeable about old toy soldiers and had a nice selection of them for sale.
Fred Sassin had a nice selection of vintage toys for sale too. Both metal and plastic.
Gerardo of Toy Soldier Depot had a nice selection of tanks and other military vehicles. He also had some playsets and some bins with loose Conte figures for sale.
That is all I have to show about the show itself. I had a good time talking to fellow collectors about the Prikaz Toy Soldiers, the Austin prototypes and some future projects that I am working on. I am slowing down on with collecting things for now and want to focus on customizing, painting and creating original things. Here are some of the items that I did pick up at the show.
I got these W. Britain and Conte figures from Stephen Connell. He was asking $20.00 a piece for them.
Here are some Replicant Saxons that I picked up from John Stengel Jr. I like how the base of the figures match up so you can “lock” them in place to form a shield wall. I got these for S4.00 a piece. I got a few more Saxons too.
I got these Conte Spartans from the Toy Soldier Depot for $2.50 a piece.
Here are some other items that I picked up at the show for good prices. I got some Barzso foam pieces, an Engineer Basevich Nomads set, a few loose Conte GI’s, an Auburn Horse and an Imex American Revolution Artillery set.
We are about one week away from the 12th Annual Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show. I am not just attending the show, but this year I will also be selling off some of my collection.
Besides selling toys I will have a display of the Prikaz Toy Soldiers for you to see first hand. Alexey’s figures are full of character and are a great addition to any collection. My favorite Prikaz miniatures are the Medieval ones.
I have been coming to the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show for years now. The show has mixture of both plastic and painted metal miniatures for sale. Both new and old. You will find quality dealers and local collectors (like me) selling off some of their collections of toys, books and other historical items. You can read about some of the reviews I did the past couple of years in the links below.
I will get to Gettysburg on Saturday and stay at the Eisenhower Hotel. I am going to visit the different shops that are around Lincoln Square, then down Baltimore Street. My favorite street to shop is on Steinwehr Ave. They have a few shops that sell toy soldiers and one that only sells toy soldiers. After shopping I will visit the Historic 1776 Dobbin House Tavern to get something to eat. There are a bunch of other places to visit through the town and surrounding area. To enjoy the battlefield you should spend a few days to study it. If you only have a day or two then visit the park center. You can read more in the links below about the town and battlefield.
I received some Information about Publius’s two new sets from a fellow collector Антон Гориченко. He told me that the new sets are based on the movie “Fire and Sword”.
The first set in blue is of Cossacks.
The second set in red is of Poles. This an interesting period when gun powder came to be more commonly used and battlefield tactics changed.
Here are some pictures that another collector Petya Ivanov had shared. They are Publius Roman figures and Vikings from Runecraft. Some are made of a hard resin and the others are made of a soft rubber type plastic or resin.
Here are some more pictures of the Runecraft & Publius figures.
Here are some more pictures of the LOD Amazon plastic figures. They should be available in the fall.
Hi folks. This is just a quick update. The first thing is the announcement of the 12th Annual Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show. This year of 2019 the show is on May 5th. I usually do a post just for the show with a few pictures of the year before as John has no web presence to spread the word about the show. I will do that this weekend.
The other news that I have today is a preview of prototypes that might appear in the future for Plastic Platoon. Here are two figures of some German Paratroopers. These two figures look awesome. Especially the first picture.
Here are some more preview pictures of future sets from Warhansa. The Viking figure looks nice. It looks like the scale on this figure is closer to the size of Conte figures. In one of the pictures you can see that it is a little smaller than one of the previous Vikings that Warhansa did.
The show started out great but then the power went out. Because of some accident, the power in the surrounding area of the Eisenhower Hotel was shut down. After the lights went out it was like a rummage sale. Collector’s using the light on their cell phones or small flashlights start searching the different vendors wares.
I usually take a lot of pictures and then add links to their websites or give out information to contact them with supporting pictures. But I was unable to get that many pictures. So I will just write up a some summery about the show and include some pictures that I did take.
I did say it start out good, at least for me. I went to the show looking for some World War II plastic figures. I was looking for mainly Conte American figures. I didn’t find those but I did pickup Conte WWII British Paratroopers and German Infantry. I also found some Conte Saxons, Vikings and Normans. I then got some Austin & TSSD Marines and TSSD GIs. Lastly I found some Barzso Indians and British Grenadiers.
The thing I like about the shows is that sometimes there are boxes of figures to go through. I wanted a bunch of marching poses of the American Revolution Grenadiers without buying a bunch of sets to just get those poses.
I have an update from Michael Tiemann. He had some pictures to share before the lights went out. He found a Marx firehouse from Rick Eber.
Even though the lights went out I had a great time. That is because I don’t go to the shows to look for rare items or bargains. But to also talk to fellow collectors, vendors and the owners. In that regard it was great. I also continued to search with out the lights and found some deals.
I talked to John Stengel Jr about what he was working on. He said that he should have the World War II German Paratroopers for the Chicago Show. And maybe the Civil War Marchers too. The medieval sets should be available next year. Those sets are of Vikings, Saxons, Normans and a catapult set. I am looking forward to seeing those sets.
It was a good mixture of vintage & new plastic and painted metal sets. Plus at this show, there are some vendors & collectors from the local area that don’t have websites to sell there items.
Some of the vendors/collectors that I talked to were John from John’s Collectibles, Steve Connell, Doug Whalen, Calvin Plowman, and Larry Ciccorolli. These are the guys that have the sets that nobody else has.
I am going to setup a new page, just for the little guys that do so much for the hobby of toy soldiers. This page will give some information about contacting them or the shows that they might be attending. Also a little information on what they might have or type of products they have.
Spring is around the corner and so is the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show. I try to go to the show each year. This has to be the best place for a Toy Soldier show with all the history your’e surrounded by. Besides the show and Battlefield, the town of Gettysburg is a really nice place to visit too. This would be a nice weekend to come and stay at Gettysburg. Take a walk around the town, Steinwehr avenue is a good place to start. Plenty of antiques stores and historical related shops to visit. Destination map of Gettysburg. Some of the shops sell Toy Soldiers too.