The Latest News!!! 09-04-2020 ~ Tippecanoe Toy Soldier 2 Show!!! Day 1 Room Trading

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.

The Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2019 Review Part 2 ~ The Show

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After spending two days going to the different hotel rooms for the room trading I was exhausted. If you didn’t read about that you can read it now with the first part of the review over here The Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2019 Review Part 1 ~ Room Trading.

I went to sleep around 11pm. I got up early around 6am. At 7am I went to the showroom and helped John Stengel Jr carry all his boxes in to setup for the show. It was an interesting event in itself. Seeing all the vendors setup their tables and put together their displays. The vendor list is over at the Midwest Toy Soldier website http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/.

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With my camera in hand and a bunch of Prikaz Medieval sets in an old Army gasbag that I had at my side I then walked around the showroom talking to the vendors. I passed out business card for my website and show off the Prikaz figures. I also took a few pictures.

Stephen Connell is one of the promoters of the show. He had a bunch of vintage painted metal sets and some 6 inch Marx figures. He also had a nice Conte Battering Ram set. I forgot to go back to look at that. Later on after the show I asked Stephen how the attendee was this year. He said “Hello Mike….record crowd…the most people we have had in the four years we have had the show…and more than the previous five shows held at Indianapolis…great turnout!!! Thanks.” That is really good news for the hobby.

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 Talking about Conte, there was a Conte Roman Galley for sale at the show. I heard they were asking $1,500!!! It was nice. But out of my price range.

Here are some pictures from the show.

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Even though most of the show was plastic toy soldiers there were some painted metal sets too. W. Britain was represented by Ted Deddens. Besides the W. Britain figures Ted also had some other older painted ones.

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Check out W Britain website to join the Collectors Club. https://www.wbritain.com/collectors-club/

As a proud W. Britain Collector Club Member. I re-joined again. They had a nice special for this show. Join or re-join and you get two collector club figures as part of the membership. Their are a lot of benefits for joining. Besides the exclusive CC figures, you get all the latest updates and interesting articles in the “The Standard”. It is in full color, triannual magazine, packed full of fascinating facts, hints and tips, with exclusive articles. You can read about more of the other benifets at https://www.wbritain.com/collectors-club/.

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As usual Rick Eber had a bunch of vintage Marx figures and playsets again.

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Ed Borris was at the show too. He and Mike sell new and old plastic figures. Ed had a couple of exclusive sets. One that he’s still selling are the Barzso Indians in camp set that is cast in metal. This is one of the few figure sets that Ron Barzso had done in metal. Ed also has some Alamo Mexicans cast from original Barzso sculpts. You should try to pick up these sets before they are sold out. You can also get one of the Ron Barzso or Ed Borris figures too.

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Rich Egan had a bunch of vintage plastic figures for sale. He also had some Barzso and Conte figures. Plus some playsets. 

Gary Green was at the show also. He always has tons of plastic. Both 1/32 & 1/72 scale boxed figure sets. He has bagged sets of figures and flat boxes of new & old plastic figures for sale. Check out his website https://army-group-center-wargaming.myshopify.com/.

Cal Luckett had a bunch of vintage plastic too.

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Rick Berry was at the show also. He had a mixture of vintage plastic figures, playsets, new boxed & bagged plastic sets. He had a lot of the foreign plastic figure sets like Plastic Platoon and X-Force. Plus magazines and other hobby related items. Check out his website at https://www.michtoy.com/

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Paul & Donna Amody had the beautifully painted St. Petersburg miniatures as usual.

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Rod and his son Tera Roberts had a bunch of Ultimate Soldier and other toy soldiers for sale. 

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I heard that Joe Saine had sold most of his toy soldiers before the show even started. I think that the room trading was up this year too. The only thing he had left for the show was these Elastolin figures. You can check out his auction page at https://www.josephsaine.com/index.html.

Here are some more pictures from the show.

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Dan McLean had a bunch of vintage plastic figures too.

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Volk Designs had their one of a kind hand made Medieval and French & Indian War related buildings and other accessories displayed. You can only find him at the shows.

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Gary Wendeln had a bunch of Airfix boxed and bagged figure sets. He also had some display pieces and playsets.

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John Stengel Jr surfaced again with a bunch of vintage plastic & new plastic sets available. He had a bunch of tables full of plastic boxes full of plastic figures. There were some playsets, tin buildings also. He usually has some rare Marx sets, Barzso figures and Conte figures too. John only sells at the toy soldier shows. You never know what he will have. Sometimes he has some limited run figure sets that he produces. He has had a few setbacks but should have WWII German Paratroops this September at the Chicago show. Towards the end of the show a black suburban with tinted windows scooped him away not to be seen again…. 

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Ron Barzso had some exclusive “Last of the Mohicans” character figures for sale at the show. I think that he had about 10 of these sets with him. Maybe less. I did purchase one set at the end of the show.

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Ron brought with him a bunch of loose figures that he was selling for $3.00 a piece. He also had some bagged figure sets. I think most were for sale at $25.00 a bag. There were also a lot of character figures. I had 4 sets of the Prikaz Medieval sets with me. I showed them to Ron and he liked them very much.

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Ed Borris flipping over a table.

Towards the end of the show Ed Borris got upset and flipped over his table and attacked some of the vendors. I was able to take a picture…..

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Collector Thomas Kontos and the owner of Warring Warbirds Michael Sreckov.

It is nice to meet fellow collectors and owner of toy companies.

Things that I got at the show.

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 Here are some close up pictures of the figures that I got from Ron Barzso.

Ron had some loose mold test shot figures for sale. They feel like plastic.

Here are some of the Barzso Pirates in blue.

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Here are some of the bagged sets that I got.

Some more Barzso character figures and accessories.

 I was able to finally find this castle wall connector piece. It connects the Barzso Duke’s Tower to the Nottingham Castle.

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I also was lucky enough to pick up Ron’s last Fort Apache at the original price.

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Here are some of the Ed Borris figures that I got from Ed.

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If I see these old metal cannons for $5.00 or less I will pick one up. They are really nice. I got this one from John Stengel Jr.

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I got these Barzso pack wagons from John Stengel. He had a nice selection of Barzso figures too.

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I picked this X-Force Woodland Indians set from the Michigan Toy Soldier Company. 

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Here are some the houses and carts that I got from Volk Designs.

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After the show me and my girlfriend went to an antique mall in Lafayette, Indiana. I found this Re-Marx Fort Apache Playset in mint condition for S20.00. I also got some Star Wars figures for $4.00 each.

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Well that is it for the review. I had a blast and found a few things that I wanted. I pretty much have everything I need now for my Barzso collection. Just a few pieces more now, like some more French figures. Next year I will take part with the room trading. I am starting to down size my collection. I also might have a table for the show too. I plan to get there a little earlier and stay in the same hotel as the show. Plus leave a day after the show so I can get more rest spend more time there. There were plenty of other quality vendors. I am sorry if I missed you in the review.

Also don’t forget about the other upcoming toy shows!!!

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MFCA figure Show this weekend
Radisson Northest Philadelphia near intersection of PA and NJ turnpikes
90 dealer tables amongst 37 dealers
See Mfcashow.com or MFCA Facebook

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The Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show

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The Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2019 Review Part 1 ~ Room Trading

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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Barzso Bradddock’s Defeat that I puchased from Rich Egan.

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Atlantic Gladiators that I purchased from Gary Wendeln.

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Irish Brigade figures that I purchased from MicShaun’s Closet.

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World War II Chinese figures that I got from the Roberts.

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Barzso Sitting Bull figure that I got from Rich Egan.

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Ed Borris figure that I got from Ed Borris.

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Here are the new Ed Borris Alamo Mexicans. They are really nice. I will take some more pictures in the next article.

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Barzso Redcoats that I got from Rich Egan.

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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.

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Don’t forget about these fine shows coming up. MFCA is this weekend outside of Philadelphia, PA. The Gettysburg show is May 5th.

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Toy Soldier Review ~ Gudred Vikings. The Midwest Toy Soldier Show & Hobby News.

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Last month I received two resin sets of Viking figures made by Gudred. These resin sets are made in limited numbers and cost around the same as the Publius sets. I would say these figures fall into the category of military miniatures as opposed to toy soldiers. The first two sets by Gudred are dark age Swedes. He made these historical accurate figures for medieval enthusiasts. 

The figures are in 1/32 scale. They were sculpted to be realistic. Some of the figures are bigger than others. The scale of the weapons & items are the same but the height of the figures vary. Some of the figures blend very well with Conte Vikings. Some look better with 54mm Marx Vikings. 

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Here is the first set of Swedes. There are no horned helmets here, lol. As you can see in the pictures the details are amazing. Plus the variety of different faces is really nice. Sometimes with a set of figures you will get different poses with the same face. I think the first set Swedes are of levy type warriors. Most are dressed in a fabric with no armor & helmets. Most are armed with spears or axes. Check out the pictures below. You can click on them to get a closer look.

 

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Here is the second set of Swedes. This set looks more like professional warriors. They are mostly equipped in chain mail & helmets. Also three of the figures are armed with a sword which was not a common weapon in the early dark ages. Here are some more pictures below of the second set.

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All in all I am pleased with these figures. They are made of a liquid plastic resin. It feels like a hard model type plastic. The pros are that they historical accurate and the sculpting is really sharp. The cons are the high cost. Also to be considered was the fact that these figures had to be assembled. For me it was not a problem. But it might be for some collectors. The other issues might be the scale of some of the figures. I am going to paint these figures to further bring out the details. 

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If you are interested in purchasing these figures you can contact Gudred by sending him an message at gudred.sw@gmail.com. He accepts payment through pay-pal. 

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Over at Stad’s Stuff page you can see some previews of Mars WWII German Luftwaffe Army and Expeditionary Force American Frontiersmen sets. You can check out Paul’s previews with the links above. 

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The Midwest Toy Soldier Show is almost here. It is just a few weeks away. I will be attending again. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

 

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Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2018 Review

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About a month ago, I decided that I was going to the Midwest Toy Soldier Show. I am glad I did. The show was in Lafayette, Indiana. It is about 11 hours away from my house. Me and my girlfriend made this a weekend get a way. Besides going to the show, we visited some antique shows in Indiana and along the way.

The main reason I went was because I wanted to meet Ron Barzso and get some of his sets. I was looking for the new old stock figures that are cast in a new material. I am a big collector of Barzso Playsets and I have  purchased 6 of his playsets & 100’s of figures over the years. The good news is that I found the sets I was looking for. The bad news is Ron will soon retire.

He and Ken from LOD are releasing “Yorktown Playset”. “Battle of Yorktown, Attack on the Redoubt # 10”. This will be Ron’s last playset and it is limited to 100 sets being made. I am glad that I went to the show, I was the first to pre-order a set. They will be taking 50 pre-orders of the set and then selling the rest at the show. Also Ken is having a Great Promotion with a chance to win a “Yorktown Playset”. If you pre-order 4 of the new Revolutionary sets, you get a 5th set free and an entry into a drawing for a free Barzso Yorktown Playset to be released this fall. Sounds like a Great deal to me!!! You can read more about the promotion over here at LOD Revolutionary War Pre-Sale (Buy 4 Sets Get 1 Free)

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I purchased a bunch of the new old Barzso sets, some old Airfix bagged sets and boxed sets, bagged Conte sets, Marx German Motorcycle figures and a mix of different loose figures.

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The show was smaller than most of the other shows that I have been too, but it was a quality show. It was a plastic toy soldiers dream come true. There were a few small children that were amazed by all the marvels to be found. I had a great time. I spent about an hour shopping and another 3 hours talking to different people. There were a bunch of dealers that just sell at the shows. There were plenty of boxes to rumble through to search for that missing figure that you have been looking for. Loads of vintage plastic figures, plus new plastic sets being sold. 

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The first dealer I saw was Rick Eber with his Vintage Marx figures and playsets. He always has plenty of vintage toys. Visit Rick’s website for more information Rick Eber’s Marx Playsets.

Todd Nace had a nice setup of vintage plastic figures, vintage painted metal figures and some playsets.

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Me and my girlfriend(Carolyn) spent some time talking to Gary & Susan Wendeln. Very nice people and helpful. They had a lot of vintage plastic figures and playset too. I purchased some bagged sets of Airfix from them.

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Another vendor that was there was Doug Whelen. I spent some time talking to him, he is a really nice guy. Doug is a Veteran and a retired Police Officer. Right now he is unemployed and was selling off some of his collection. Some of his offerings were Marx Ben Hur Playset, Marx Ben Hur figures, 6 inch Marx figures, CTS Alamo set, Heritage Alamo set and a Marx Zorro set. Plus some other toys. You can reach him at 276-920-2899. 

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Kole Sterling was another nice guy that had vintage plastic playsets and figures for sale. 

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If you are looking for Barzso figures you have to come to one of the shows that Ron attends. At the show he was selling some of the older sets for $25.00 and the new old sets for $22.00. He also had some of his foam pieces too. Loose figures were $2.00 a piece. Plus some character figures at different prices. I got Long John Silver for $10.00. I revisited his table a few times, adding  a few  more sets each time I stopped by to talk. Me and my girlfriend had a good time talking to Ron and his wife Mary Ann. 

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Jim Clouse of BattleBoards USA was another person that I had looked forward to meeting and talking too. He creates the foam pieces for Barzso playsets and now LOD. Besides that, his custom made terrain pieces are great. I will have to get some for a few of the playsets that I have. His work is a piece of art to me, it’s really amazing to see.

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While I am talking about amazing work, Ed Borris custom figures are Great. He takes existing figures and then through different techniques he changes the poses. Sometimes by he heats up the arms and legs to change the pose. Other times he cuts figures up and then attaches them to new bodies, heads, arms, legs or different weapons to create a new custom figure. He uses metal pins to ensure that you figure is solid. Fantastic quality in each figure. Mike Kutnick was with Ed and they had some vintage sets and figures for sale too.

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Paul & Donna Amody had some highly detailed painted metal figures for sale. Truly their figures are a piece of art. You can email them at handheldwarriors@gmail.com. 

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I was glad to meet and talk to the new owners of the New Hope Design metal casted 54mm metal kits toy soldiers. Frank & Ellen Nefzger of Battleguard Ready! had sale on the sets at the show for $15.00. These castings are really nice. I am glad that they are making the figures here in the USA now. 

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Bill Richardson had a nice display of vintage toys.

 

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Besides the toys, there was some nice artwork by Doug Dearth. 

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Joe Hail had some nicely painted figures for sale. He also has a painting service. If you can’t or don’t have the time to paint you own figures.

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Rick Berry of Michigan Toy Soldier was there too. I didn’t get a good picture of his table. I am using one of his pictures from the show. He was selling a lot of new plastic figures like Plastic Platoon Vietnam figures and X-Force toy soldiers.

 

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John Stengel Jr also known as the Marx-Man and owner of Action Castings had plenty of vintage plastic figures too. I picked up some loose Conte, Barzso and TSSD figures from him. I talked to him for a while about what is going on with his figures. He said that there are some delays and he should have American Civil War marching figures and WWII German paratroopers for September at the Chicago show.

 

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Daniel McLean of Toymiester had some nice vintage plastic figures and Tin buildings. 

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Robert Way of Trains and Toy Soldiers had plenty of Conte figures at great prices. He also had some exclusive display items too. I purchased 2 Conte German sets and 1 Viking Set from them. He was very helpful.  Check out their website they have plenty of items for sale.

“Trains and Toys Soldiers is a family owned and operated business in the heart of the USA.  What started as a model railroading hobby has turned into a fast growing online business specializing in model trains, toy soldiers, and die-cast collectibles.  We have also added a line of children’s wooden railway toys, model kits and tools.  Our mission is to provide our customers with quality items at a reasonable price and great customer service.”

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Francis Turner of Marx Toy Connection had his vintage Marx figures and toys at the show. I got two of the German Motorcycle figures from him. He is offering a chance to “Pick” his Marx Museum.

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William Britain was one of the only vendors selling painted metal figures at the show. I joined the Collectors Club again, they are the only company of painted metal figures that I do collect at the moment. I wonder who won the prize?

Well that’s it folks. It was a wonderful show and at the end of the day I left happy. It was nice to talk to fellow collectors. I also visited some antique stores and found a few things. My girlfriend was happy to find some nice Pyrex bowls to add to her collection. I crossed one thing off my bucket list by meeting Ron Barzso. Next will be going to the Chicago Toy Soldier Show.

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The next show that I am planning to go to is the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show. You can read more on that in a blog article that I did a few weeks ago, Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show 2018.

 

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