The Latest News! 2-07-2021. Toy Soldier Previews & News!!! Lost Barzso Sculpts. Conte Romans. Warhammer III.

It has been a while since my last post. I have been busy working extra and dealing with the weather for the most part in January. I have gathered some things that have occurred over the last month into one post. So let us begin with some news from Airfix.

Airfix is releasing 6 of there classic World War II sets this summer. British Paratroops, German Infantry, US Infantry, US Paratroops, German Paratroops and British Infantry. I think these are now being produced in India. I wonder if they will be in a soft plastic again?

Conte’s plastic Romans are in production and should be available before the end of this year. Hopefully by the summer if we are lucky we shall see Roman Legion Set #1. They will come in bagged sets of Gold, Silver & Red.

Some of the figures require assembly. You will have a some choices with the poses. This is a nice feature when building armies. Also the hot & cold water solution to straighten the spear might be needed. Head over to the Conte website over here, https://contecostore.myshopify.com/.

Next we visit CHELOVECHEK / LITTLE MAN. Set №8, which is called “The Missing Expedition of Franklin – EREBUS (1845-1847).” In the set are 6 men in 1/32 scale made in rubber plastic. Here is a short description: – Captain John Franklin with Capuchin the monkey, Private of the Marine Corps armed with a capsule shotgun, Ice Master with hook and pistol, Diver with bogor, Cook with a heavy look, and an old sailor with a ice ax.

Plastic Platoon is very busy these days. They have a new set coming out soon. It is Indian Warriors of the Battle of Little Bighorn #3.

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Here are some 3D rendered Indian figures for the new American Revolution theme sets being developed.

Here are more renders of the figures of the series American Revolution. This time, the figures are from the Artillery Revolution set. The girl is Molly Pitcher.

Next we see what Publius is up too. Here are a few of the new sets being released. There is a crusader set, Greeks and Knights.

Plus some of the older WWII Russian Soldier sets cast in the rubbery resin. These WWII Russian Sets can be found at https://micshaunscloset.com/collections/publius.

The last thing I have to report about Publius is the prototype of an Amazon.

Mars has two new sets coming out later this year. They are World War II German Paratroop Artillery and Mortar sets.

David and Kim at MicShaun’s Closet have some new foam pieces in development. Here are the photos of their new North Africa Building in three paint schemes.

Plus Palisade Walls for the Alamo and other dioramas.  Three different pieces – plain wall, angled section (more for Alamo) and and artillery section. Check out more of their products at https://micshaunscloset.com/.

Last time I previewed the English Archer set by Warhansa. They have continued with some new medieval themed sets. They are English medieval themed sets. I really like these sets.

They also have a new Viking themed set. You can see more at their website over here, https://www.warhansa.com/.

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One of my favorite projects was the Robin Hood Set. After the set came out in 2007 I had 5 more Merry Men sculpted by the brilliant Jay Richardson of Ft. Worth , Texas. They were to be the basis for a small add on set called the Men of Sherwood Forest. The figures were in various camp poses , seated , standing around, etc. One guy was designed to carry a variety of items , like firewood , a cask, etc. I got involved with other projects and put the originals away for safe keeping. I put them away in such a safe place that I forgot where they were! From time to time I would mount a determined search , but always without success. Years went by, with no Merry Men in sight.

Fast forward to last Saturday night. I was moving some boxes around and found one labeled ” Original Sculpts .” even though I had looked in the box before , I thought I would check each small box inside. Each box contained a set of original figures that I sent to the mold makers and which they had returned, Aztecs, 1805 Marines, Hurons …and then I opened a box labeled British Grenadiers figures #1-#4. But within the box was the set of long lost, misplaced , missing in action Merry Men in Camp ! I immediately called my old buddy Jim Clouse and told him the happy news . We met the next day at a McDonalds parking lot so I could hand them over for some professional photographs. (In addition to his sculpting skills Jim is also an accomplished photographer.

Finally, I communicated with the new owner of Barzso Playsets, Ken Ciak. Ken was excited too and plans to finally produce these figures along with maybe a surprise or two. ( I had planned to include a Maid Marion and Ken makes great female figures and , well, you get the idea.

So there is the story of the missing Merry Men. I can hardly wait until they come out. Can you ?

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Photos were taken by Jim Clouse. These figures will probably be out sometime in the summer or early fall. You can see more of the LOD products over here, https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.

Total War announced that they will be releasing Warhammer III late this year. It is a PC video game. Game Workshop is also developing new miniatures bring back the Warhammer Fantasy tabletop game.

Now for some news. I will not be attending the Midwest Toy Soldier Show this year. I will be at the Gettysburg and Columbus Toy Soldier Shows. Maybe some other shows too. But we shall see. I will have some of the Russian based figure sets at these shows. Companies like Prikaz, Warhansa and Publius. Plus the LOD resin sets and some foam products. I should also have my figures ready sometime late spring. That is all for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!!! 06-28-2020 ~ New Show this September in Indiana. “Tippecanoe & Toy Soldiers 2 Show”. Plus some hobby news.

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The MIDWEST TOY SOLDIER GROUP is hosting a toy soldier show this September in Lafayette, Indiana. There was a demand for this since the Chicago Toy Soldier Show had been cancelled. They are calling the new show “Tippecanoe & Toy Soldiers 2 Show”. Titled after the Battle of Tippecanoe which took place near the location of the show.

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The show takes place on Labor Day weekend Sunday, September 6th from the hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Plus ROOM TRADING on Friday, September 4th & Saturday, September 5th through out the days. Located at the Courtyard by Marriott’s Conference Center, 150 Fairington Ave in Lafayette, IN 47905. You can read more about the show at http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/. I will have a table at the show and will be doing a report on the room trading and show. You should make a mini vacation around this show because who knows what is going to happen later on in the Fall.

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I have a few updates on some products that are now released or will be released in the near future.

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Here are two pictures of painted Mars sets. The first picture is of WWII German Night Hunters. The second picture is of WWII German Paratroopers. These sets should be available in August. Sergey said that the WWII Finns and Russian Assault Troops are available now.

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The Plastic Platoon WWII Russian Assault Troops are in production now. They really look nice. Some of their best work.

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Small Medieval House ~ $45.00

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Large Medieval Tavern ~ $75.00

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Medieval Stone Cottage (small) ~ $42.00

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Medieval Stone Cottage (large) ~ $54.00

LOD is really busy remaking the Barzso Playset products. Besides the new figure sets they have been re-issuing. They’re releasing the old Medieval houses & cottages. They’re also working on other products. You can visit their page by clicking on this link https://lodtoysoldiers.com

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Well that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!!! 05-17-2020 ~ Toy Soldier Previews Petite Guerre, Bullet Proof Miniatures, Engineer Basevich, Publius and Little Men. Plus some Vintage Finds!!

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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…..

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Nino has been busy at Petite Guerre. He is working on some French & Indian War French Regular Infantry. They should be the same scale as the Barzso Figures. Go to his page to check out more, https://petiteguerretoysoldiers.com/french-regular-infantry-masters/.

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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/.

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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.

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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/.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The Finds

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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.

 

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Well that is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!!! 04-12-2020 ~ Toy Soldier Previews ~ ЧЕЛОВЕЧЕК or “Little Men” and Plastic Platoon.

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Another week of working through the Pandemic is over. I hope every one is doing well. Easter is here but it does not feel like it this year.

In this post we will have more previews coming from Russia again. Plastic Platoon has been very busy. Little Men has a new set too.

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Plastic Platoon has two new World War II German sets. These sets are part of the Battle of Leningrad series. These go with the two Russia Battle of Leningrad sets. 

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Here is the 7th division of the Luftwaffe. The set includes six figures. They should be like the other Plastic Platoon figures in 1/32 scale.

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The second set is of the 1st Infantry Wehrmacht. This set also includes six figures in 1/32 scale. If you never had any of these figures they are about the same size as the 1/32 Conte Germans. The Machine Gun team is really nice. I am going to try to get a set of these when they are available. You can get Plastic Platoon figures soon from, https://micshaunscloset.com/.

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The last set the Plastic Platoon is making at the moment is the second set of Sioux Plains Indians. 

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Here is the a prototype of a 7th Cavalry Soldier and his dying horse. This sculpt looks really nice. This will be part of the growing “Battle of Little Big Horn” series.

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Ivan Kostenko from ЧЕЛОВЕЧЕК or “Little Men” has been working on a new set. The set is called “Victorian London Rag-Tag”. Ivan told me that he got the ideas for this set from Gangs of New York, Sherlock Holmes and Jack The Ripper.

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Here is the “Gangster” figure.

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“Butcher”

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“Boxer”

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Ivan is working on a second set. I think we shall see maybe Sherlock Holmes type figures next. Maybe some more gang members like the Dead Rabbits in the future too???

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Well that is it for the previews. I will try to have another update in a few days. Thank you for reading.

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Latest News!! Loot from E.C.T.S.S. News from Engineer Basevich & Plastic Platoon.

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I have seen on a few different places Engineer Basevich is releasing two more sets to go along with the Revolution series. They will be in different colors again. So far I have seen blue and brown. They are cast in plastic in 1/32 scale. I found some of these pictures and information on the Engineer Basevich website.

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“So, “Engineer Basevich” with special pride presents a set # 30 “Commanders of the White Guard”. The set includes Kappel, Skuro, Drozdovsky and Ataman Semenov. Why are they, you ask, and begin to shower with no less worthy names? I agree! But such is the author’s decision, and although Kappel and Drozdovsky were already represented in my earlier sets on foot, I felt that they were no less worthy to lead your armies and on horses.”

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There is a timeline for a new one for the 31st set of soldiers of the ENGINEER BASEVICH – “Leaders of the Ukrainian Revolution of 1917-1921 R.” , and on behalf of the Director, Simon Petliuri, the hetman of the Ukrainian State in 1918, Rotsі Pavel Skoropadsky and Old Man -otaman Nestor Makhn. The fourth iguroyu set є petlyurіvsky colonel Petro Bolbochan. Hai live in Ukraine!

 

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Also around the net for a few weeks now are these new prototypes from Plastic Platoon. These are part of the Defense of Leningrad series. 

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“Plastic Platoon. Master model. Joint attack of 115 rifle division of the Red Army and 4 brigade of the Marine Corps of the KBF. Autumn 1941 Scale 1/32. The figures will be made in rubber-like material.”

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When I was on vacation I got a message about Plastic Platoon’s latest releases. Here is the breakdown with that.

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1. Plastic Platoon. German Paratroopers set 3. Battle of Crete 1941. Soft / rubber material. 1/32 scale

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2. Plastic Platoon. Battle of Crete 1941. Greek Infantry and militia. Soft / rubber material. 1/32 scale

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3. Plastic Platoon. Terrain set – Battle of Crete 1941. Fallschirmjäger drop containers. Broken, radio, supply containers

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Last weekend I attended the East Coast Toy Soldier Show. You can read about that over here, East Coast Toy Soldier 2019 Review.

While I was at the show I picked up a few things. I found some time to take some pictures of them.

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 I found this boxed set of Atlantic Apaches in 1/32 scale for $45.00. Some of these figures were still attached to the sprue.

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I found these Atlantic Roman figures for $60.00. Most are Roman Legionaries. Some were Gladiators or Citizens.

Here are the Roman soldiers. These figures are about 60mm.

Here are the figures for Coliseum. Looks like a Roman Emperor and some Senators too. Also some Gladiators and some poor Christians dealing with a couple of lions. 

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I picked up a few Barzso figures for $3.00 each. Some are characters from the Davy Crockett set.

 

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I picked up about 20 of the Marx 60mm Robin Hood figures for $2.00 a piece in these poses. 

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I picked up 5 of the John Jenkins Anglo Saxons/Danes for $40 a piece from Minutemen Toy Soldiers.

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The John Jenkins figures are really nice and blend very well with other companies like W. Britain, Conte & First Legion.

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I picked up this Schleich Mopane Tree for $10.

Lastly I found this Barzso rock piece from the Roger Rangers playset for $20.

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That is the last show I am going to this year. I might go to a vintage toy show in Allentown if I get a chance. I have updated the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show which you can see over here, The Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show 2020

That is it for now. Thank you for reading.

The Latest News!! 07-19-2019 ~ News & Reviews. Plastic Platoon, Chintoys, Prikaz, Conte & Mars.

Here is a quick recap of what has been happening this week. Plus a review of Chintoys sets 017 & 018.  

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Here are some pictures of sculpts that were sent to me by Plastic Platoon. They are Plains Indians from the Tribes of the Sioux & Cheyenne. I guess these will be available sometime before the end of the summer or early fall. The details are excellent. These figures are more like a set of Character figures than a regular set. I wish that some of the poses were crouching or running as they would have been at the Little Big Horn. Maybe we will see some figure sets of hand to hand fighting. Or even some mounted figures would be even better.

 

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Here is another figure that is being made for the Conte Romans sets. The details are also excellent. I can’t until these available.

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Lion King with alternate arms. Here we have freed him from his ‘flag’ and are turning him loose for hand to hand combat. ; (also have a 3rd left arm holding round shield)

 

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Mars sent me some pictures of the way the box will look for their upcoming set of WWII German Panzergrenadiers.

 

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Here are some pictures of the new sets that have just been released or will be released this month by Prikaz. They are about 56mm or the big 1/32 scale. I will update the catalog page with prices and more pictures soon Prikaz Toy Soldiers

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Here are the 6 figures in the Viking Shieldwall set. Three figures with shields standing and three figures with shields kneeling. This set sells for $37.00.

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Here are some pictures of the figures from the new “Hunters” set. This set goes for $37.00

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Some more pictures of the new Artillery Set. This set has 8 figures and a cannon. This set goes for $100.00.

 

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I ordered the two new sets from Chintoys last week. These sets come in various colors from blue, blue-gray, red and brown. Maybe even more colors? I ordered the the sets in blue. You can find these sets on eBay right now.

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Here are the Chintoys Knights Templar CHT017 & Knights Hospitaller CHT018. Here are some more pictures below of the Knights with figures from other brands of Prikaz, Conte & Engineer Basevich to compare them too.

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These plastic figures are really nice. I like the choice of poses and use of other medieval weapons the we usually never see. The figures say 1/32 but they are closer to 1/30. They are a little bigger than the Conte medieval figures. But still look really nice with them. They fit very well with the Prikaz & Engineer Basevich figures. If I see the blueish gray color figures I will pick them up one day. I think I will paint a set of these one day if I get another set of the brown ones. I think we will see some Arab warriors one day to fight our Crusaders. I would like to see them do a Teutonic set and some Baltic Pagans to fight. That would some great sets to see.

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That is is for now. Thanks again for reading.

The Latest News!!! July 5th 2019 ~ MicShaun’s Closet Re-Stock, LOD Sale, Plastic Platoon German Paratroopers!!! & More…

 

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Well I hope everyone enjoyed themselves on the 4th of July. Happy & Healthy. It is the day we Americans celebrate our triumph over Tyranny.  We think of July 4, 1776, as a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation.

 

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Well I thought this would be a short post a few days ago. But it looks like it will not, lol. I have a few updates to share with everyone today.

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Yes I know this is not about toy soldiers. But the Walking Dead it is an iconic part of pop culture. In an unexpected move on July 3rd. Robert Kirkman decide to end the main Walking Dead comic book series. The issue before Rick Grimes died. He was the lead character of the story. Everyone thought the story would continue and that it would focus more on his son. Anyway, being the collector that I am. I ran out to look for the last comic, but didn’t have any luck…..

 

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I was informed by the fine people at MicShaun’s Closet. David & Kim Cook are pleased to bring back some out of stock sets.

“Here’s what is being delivered tomorrow.  These items we have been out of pretty much since we purchased the business:”

TSSD Set 3 – WWII US Infantry

TSSD Set 5 – WWII Russian Infantry

TSSD Set 6 – Union Great Coats – Blue

TSSD Set 9 – WWII US Fire Support

TSSD Set 11 – German Elite Troops

TSSD Set 13 – Plain Indians

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You can find these sets and their many others at https://micshaunscloset.com/.

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It is great to see some of these sets back in stock again. The WWII German Elite troops are nice, especially the Mounted ones. But my favorite has the be the Plains Indians from the set above and the other Plains Indians sets. They are some of the best Plains Indians figures ever made. If you like these figures head over to https://micshaunscloset.com/.

 

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Over at LOD Ken is having a 4th of July Sale. You can buy his figures at https://lodtoysoldiers.com/.

 

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LOD Enterprises is having a holiday sale in conjunction with the 4th of July. All of our unpainted Rev War sets (6 total) are 20% off for the next week. There is no coupon code necessary as the LOD website has the sale prices listed in the store.

This is a perfect time to build out your armies whether you need light infantry, Grenadiers, or additional Regular Army figures.

Have a great holiday and weekend!!

 

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Mikhail has sent me a sneak peak at some of his new WWII German Paratroopers. Here are some figures that will be part of the third set of Germans for the Battle for Crete series.

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These new figures should be out sometime in September. Here are some pictures of the second set of German Paratroopers below. I think I will have to get both sets this September.

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That is it for now. I will have more this Sunday. Thank you for reading. 

Latest News ~ 3/04/2019. Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show 5/05/2019 & Hobby News Plastic Platoon & Warhansa.

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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. 

Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show 2019