Interview with David & Kim Cook of MicShaun’s Closet, The new owners of TSSD.

 

Last year Nick & DeAnna VerSteeg of TSSD announced that they were looking to sell their business. I remember communicating with Nick when he first started selling toy soldiers. TSSD was one of the first companies on the internet that I dealt with. The news that they were no longer going to continue was sad.

tssd endingThe VerSteeg’s had built one the of the most iconic plastic toy soldier companies in recent history. They started off selling toys soldiers over 20 years ago. Then they started producing there own products which included plastic toy soldiers and foam buildings and terrain pieces. 

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Finally they expanded into developing there own playsets. In 2006 with Barzso Playsets they produced one of TSSD most iconic playsets “Road to Stalingrad”.

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There was a couple of months of speculation about who the new owners would be. Then in the beginning of December it was announced that TSSD was sold to David & Kim Cook. They have been selling plastic figures from different companies and other products on eBay under the name of “micshaunscloset2013.”

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The news that MicShaun’s Closet were the new owners was good news to me. I had purchased toy soldier sets from them over the past few years with no problems. Most of my online purchases take place on eBay.

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I started communicating with the Cooks a few days after the announcement of the sale. After things had settled down they were able to take some time to answer a few questions.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Hi David & Kim. Congratulations with purchasing Toy Soldiers of San Diego. I have purchased figure sets from you the past couple of years on eBay. Besides your eBay business, what else can you tell us about yourselves and how did the deal with TSSD get made? I am assuming that you have the rights to the molds too.

MicShaun’s Closet: Currently my wife and I have full time jobs and our Ebay business has been a “side hustle” for many years. I have always dreamed of owning a toy/hobby store and grew up playing with plastic soldiers which were always my favorite toys. When I first heard that TSSD was for sale, I didn’t know if it was a realistic possibility. Not long after, I mentioned the potential sale to Kim. We talked about it and decided, why not us. TSSD figures have been high on my favorites list for a long time. The attraction of TSSD was the amazing 30 plus sets, the colors and the quality of the figures.

We reached out to Nick and DeAnna because we have a long standing business relationship with them. After many phone calls & email conversations, we reached an agreement and made this dream a reality. We would not have been able to accomplish this without the openness and candor of Nick and DeAnna. They shared all the information that we needed to make this decision.

The deal included all TSSD inventory including figure molds and foam molds, and all intellectual property associated with TSSD.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I have purchased figure sets from you the past couple of years on eBay. It was always a pleasant experience. Besides eBay are you going to sell your items on a website, Amazon and maybe some other venues?

MicShaun’s Closet: We are continuing to sell on Ebay, and we have opened a Shopify site that will serve as our website, blog and store. We are selling through Facebook and plan to add Amazon to our sales channels in the near future. We will also add Instagram as a sales channel in the coming months.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I guess that you are going to spend some time selling off the sets that you acquired with the deal. TSSD made some nice sets over the years. My favorite where the Plains Indians. Most collectors I think would like to know if you planning to recast any of the past sets?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: We are selling off the inventory that we received and we believe the Plains Indians are a great set. Coincidentally, the Plains Indians Set #13 are completely out of stock and are part of a large re-order that we are about to make to our manufacturer. This re-order will include the sets we currently don’t have in most of the colors that Nick and DeAnna have been selling in the last few years. We recently made a large re-order of the foam pieces and should have most if not all pieces back in stock in the next 4 to 6 weeks. We can’t keep the foam pieces – as fast as we put them on, they sell.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Do you have any plans to expand any of the existing themes or start a new theme of figures.

MicShaun’s Closet: We definitely plan on producing new figures. It is our understanding that producing a new set is a lengthy process. Our best guess is that we would come out with a new set or sets in late 2019 or sometime in 2020. We are also considering new foam pieces as well. Theme and category is still to be determined.

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Warhorse Miniatures: You said that maybe at the end of the year or next year that you will produce some new figure sets and maybe foam pieces. Do you think that you will expand on one of the current themes that is in your inventory or maybe start a new theme?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: We are thinking about expanding the themes that have been created by TSSD and we are also considering creating new themes.  It all comes down to how well our business succeeds.  Mold creation is an expensive endeavor.

We are keeping our options open with regard the to foam pieces.

We have lots of ideas but need to recoup some of the costs from the purchase before we move forward with new figures and foam.

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Warhorse Miniatures: Do you plan on still using the TSSD brand in the future on recast and new products or will it be MicShaun’s Cluset?

MicShaun’s Closet: On the recasts we keep TSSD on the header card. On the new products we are going to have our name on the header card.

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Warhorse Miniatures: I would like you thank you for taking your time with answering the questions. Is there anything that you would like to tell us?

 

MicShaun’s Closet: Thanks so much Mike for giving us the opportunity. You have been supportive since day one when we announced that had purchased TSSD. Sales have been fantastic. The toy soldier community has made us feel welcome with kind words and support. To the toy soldier/hobby community, we want you to know that we are a husband/wife, small owner business. We plan on attending toy soldier shows and continuing to expand this amazing business that Nick and DeAnna started. We pride ourselves on excellent customer service and love hearing from each of you. I am in the process of winding down my current business and will be in a position in a few months to make this my full-time career!

Here are the places you can find us:

www.micshaunscloset.com

https://www.ebaystores.com/micshaunscloset

https://www.facebook.com/MicShaunsCloset/

https://www.instagram.com/micshaunscloset/

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I have a feeling that David & Kim will continue the success of TSSD for many years to come. Check out their new website. You can look at different themes or brands of plastic figures. From Ancient Armies of Rome to the Modern Armies of Vietnam. It is very easy to navigate around to find what your looking for. Besides TSSD products they sell Marx, MPC, Matchbox, CTS, Weston, Ex Force, Americana/BMC, Supreme, AIP, Ideal, Airfix, Mars, Chintoys etc…

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My next post will be a review of Publius Vikings Set #3. Thank you for reading.

Warhorse Miniatures

 

A Review of 2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR

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The year of 2018 has been Warhorse Miniatures best year so far. There was over 80,000 hits and almost 18,000 unique visitors from around the world. I would like to thank everyone who spent their time to visit this website. I also would like to thank everyone you was kind enough to leave a comment. We had a lot of highlights and some losses this year.

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This page is a collectors page. You might notice that there are no ads popping up to annoy you. I spend my time trying to gather information as a source for collectors to get news or decide through reviews if the products or shows are worth the money & time to invest in. The products that I review have been purchased by me. That way I can give a fair review. 

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About half of the readers are from the USA and the rest are spread around the globe. Thank You, Danke, Спасибо, Grazie, Gracias.

Special thanks to Jose from Mad on Playmobil for time he takes to support me. Also Ken Ciak from LOD Enterprises Toy Soldiers for the support too. Finally thanks to a fellow blogger Paul Stadinger of Stad’s Stuff. Paul has been always helpful and a Great source of knowledge of the hobby.

 

Last year we had some great interviews. I would like to thank everyone who spent their time for the interviews.

We began with Nino from Petite Guerre. Toy Soldier Review & Interview ~ Petite Guerre Toy Soldiers & Nino Serra

Then Richard Conte shared his plans with us. An Interview with Richard Conte of Conte Collectibles.

Later I was able to talk to Ron Barzso. An Interview with Ron Barzso of Barzso Playsets.

We end the year with Andrew Stevenson of Replica Metal Soldiers & Models. Interview with Andrew Stevenson of Replica Metal Soldiers & Models. Plus some hobby news.

 

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Personally it was a rough year with the death of my Father at the age of 81. He was a Navy Veteran and also a Veteran of the NYPD. We also lost some collector friends like Bill Lango and Thor Sheil. 

 

Last year was the first time that I went to the Midwest show. I had a great time. Me and my girlfriend made it a mini vacation. We plan on returning this year. Midwest Toy Soldier Show 2018 Review

I also went to the Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show to see the lights go out, lol. Gettysburg Toy Soldier 2018 Review

Then I went to the East Coast Toy Soldier Show. I hope that it wasn’t the last one. East Coast Toy Soldier Show 2018 Review

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We saw some changes in the hobby last year too. We have Conte Collectibles returning and Barzso Playsets & TSSD retiring. LOD joined Barzso Playsets in a joint venture with the “Battle of Yorktown” playset. MicShaun’s Closet bought TSSD. Hopefully we will hear some news about their plans this year. Nino of Petite Guerre was a welcome surprise to me with their French & Indian War era figures.

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There were a lot of nice sets that came out last year. A bunch came form outside the USA. 

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This year I want to expand into custom work of some of my figures by painting and using epoxy. I keep learning and try to improve the way I do my blog posts. I want to try to do some more interactive blog posts to maybe improve or expand our hobby. One of the ways is to get feedback from you the collector. Maybe some the companies can use this data to actually make some sets that you the collector are looking for. 

Here is a Straw Poll that I have up now.

What era of plastic 1/32 figures would you like to see in 2019?

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I will follow up with more polls as I see the direction they go. 

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I think this is going to be an interesting year. I already have ordered a few sets to review in the coming weeks. I also can’t to see what new will come up this year. Conte has plans to release a new Viking ship this year. It will be smaller than the original ships that he produced. These new ships will be around 16 inches. This is a nice size and should be affordable too.

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We might see these figures next year in soft plastic. Right now they are looking sources to produce them. From what I hear they were figure made in a limit number and was surprised by the interest of collectors wanting them. Keep you fingers crossed.

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Thanks again for everyone that made last year a success for this page. It is a combination of the collectors and toy producers that make this page fun. If you want to share any news or want to set up an interview send me a message. Let’s make 2019 even better!! Take Care for now.

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Greater York Toy Show Review 2018

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Today I went to the Greater York Toy Show for the first time. Located in York, Pennsylvania. I heard about the show before but have never been able to attend because it takes place the weekend after Thanksgiving. I am usually busy or too tired to make the trip there. I heard that there were a lot of vintage toys and there were deals to be found. The show boasted of over 850 tables. I some found deals and it appeared to be 850 tables, but I didn’t count.

I got up at 6:30am and left my house about 7:00am. It took me around 2 hours to get there. As I was parking my car, the doors had just opened. I could have spent $20.00 to get the early bird access, but chose not to. I spent $5.00 for the regular time admission. They also had early bird admission the day before the show as the dealers were setting up. 

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When I got out of my car I saw the line. There were at least 300 people in line and it had started moving already. There must have been easily over 600 people within the first hour. Maybe more. At times it felt like stampeding cattle, lol. The aisles were small and sometimes they got smaller. It was times like this I wish I had spent the extra money and came early or the day before. For most of the show I was on the move. I only stopped if I saw anything of interest to me. I wanted to be in front of the herd of people. 

The show was in two different sections. In the second section the aisles were larger. It was really hot also. Even though it was uncomfortable at times the show was worth the trip. I did find some good deals and fair prices on other things.

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I found this playset within the first 15 minutes. At first the set was being pieced out. The dealer was selling mainly new toys. I noticed the Marx figures at first for $10.00. The the man told me that the other items belonged together. A bag of rockets and space items. Then the metal Cape Canaveral building. All for $25.00. I got him down to $20.00. Then he said he had the box which he had under the table. He threw that in 🙂

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Next I came across a table that had boxes of toy soldiers. I spent about a half hour picking through boxes. I liked the way these vintage Marx Japanese figures looked. I got these for $20.00.

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Most of these are Auburn Armymen. The first figure marching in the second picture is by Bergen. They appear to be 60mm.

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Here are two Marx western figures. I think the first one is a farmer. They also appear to be 60mm.

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These two Indians are 45mm. I think they are by Marx.

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These Cattle are 54mm and I think they were made by Marx.

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Two more animals that also are 54mm and made by Marx.

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Here is one of those Hong Kong Elastolin clones made in plastic. The Viking figure appears to be about 60mm.

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I got this Marx Robin Hood figure for free because he is missing a hand.

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Here are two sailors that appear to be 60mm. I don’t know who made these. I got all the figures above for under a $1.00 each from the same seller of the Marx Japanese.

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I also got these Marx figures of General Grant and Jefferson Davis for under a dollar each.

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I got the Britain World War II American Infantry and Playmobil figures from the same seller. The Britain set was $9.00. The Playmobil sets were $2.00 each. 

While fast walking through the show I bumped into Paul Stadinger of Stad’s Stuff. We would continue to bump into each other through out the show. He helped me find a few of the figures that I got. 

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I got this Herald Set for $30.00. These are the best kept Herald figures that I have found so far.

 

I picked up this Britains Cannon for $10.00. I had the figures already.

 

Here are some western or Civil War related figures in different scales that I also picked up for less than a dollar each. I usually bundle things together and then haggle on the price. 

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I got this Fisher Price Fireman for 75 cents. I had this when I was a kid.

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This Britain World War II German Motorcycle is one of the toys that I wanted when I was a kid. It was something that was out of my reach when I was young. When I saw it today for $20.00 I had to get it. The missing rifle I will get from seller in the future.

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One of the favorite things that I got today was this Bulldog. For less than a dollar this dog is great. It looks like it is 1/32 in scale. I think it was made by Marx.

All in all the show was good. I liked the fact of finding some good deals because you had some sellers that were not toy soldier sellers. There was a greater chance of finding some steals. But for me it was too crowded. I might have to either go the early bird way next time or get there a few hours before the show ends. That is it for now. Thank You for reading. 

 

 

Latest News! July 29th, 2018. Vintage Toy Soldiers, Flea Market Finds, and Hobby News.

Here is another blog post on the hobby of toy soldiers. Here are a few pictures of some of the figures that I am going to talk about.

I usually try to visit flea markets, yard sales and antique stores in the late spring, summer and fall seasons. Most of the time I don’t find too many toy soldiers of interest to me. But the last couple of years I have been lucky to find some nice items. A couple of years ago I started searching for new places to visit that were about 2 to 3 hours away from the house. I find a store or town that I want to visit and then take the local roads until I get to that place. Usually we find stores or discover some yard sales along the way. The other day me and my girlfriend took a random drive and discovered the small town of Honesdale, PA. There were a few nice shops there. One of the stores that we visited was Ambeez Toy Box. This toy store was selling a combination of vintage and new toys. I saw a lot of vintage action figures there. Plus some Warhammer figures. The store is family owned. The owner Paul Bas was very friendly and helpful. I picked up a 21st Century Airplane. An WWII Italian Macchi C.202 Folgore in 1/32 scale  for $30. If you are ever around Honesdale stop by.

 

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I stopped at a local Dollar Tree and found this Western bagged set. It had a few figures, a wagon and a camp fire. For a dollar you can’t go wrong. The Wagon is not bad, the figure is about 54mm. The other figures are about 60mm.

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The last couple of months I have been picking up vintage western theme figures either from the flea markets or the internet. Mainly groups of figures from different companies and not sets. At the same time I have been going through my collection and re-discovering figures or sets that I forgot I had. One example is the Airfix Plains Indians  in 1/32 scale. I was looking for a few weeks for some on eBay. The prices are crazy these days. I was watching a set and then discovered a bunch of figures that I already had, lol. I also found some Timpo Solid cast figures and Reisler Indians that I had stored away. I am going to do a future post on them and some other sets that I have. One of my favorite was the 1/32 scaled Timpo Native American in the picture above and the others pictures below. This is from the 1960’s I think. He is holding a rifle with a blanket covering him. I had to repair him and the horse above too. His rifle was broken and the horse’s leg had broken off. I am planning on painting these one day. I think the horse is by Marx?

Most of the items that I picked up this month were from the internet. We will continue with some of the Western themed items that I found. I have been looking for some vintage Marx or European brands lately. I am gathering both painted and unpainted figures. A lot of the older European plastic figures were painted. I first found a few Marx figures. One is Roy Rogers. I put him on a Airfix horse. I got these guys and about 15 other figures for $9.00.

We continue with a lot of figures that I got from Europe. Most of my collection of toys are items from about 20 years old to the present. I am not that knowledgeable on vintage figures. Here are some pictures of the lot that I got for about $13.00. I think some are by Crescent, Lone Star, Cherilea, Hilco and Timpo. Most are about 1/32 to 1/35 scale. Some are smaller. A few have broken weapons and a few scuffs. I will try to fix them and them repaint most of them.

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I found this Airfix Mulipose German set for $5.00. Another box to the pile of projects….

Here is an old Britain Herald set of Highlanders. I found this in an antique store for around $7.00. I have about 30 of these or these type of band figures. Most of the ones that I find have broken instruments or weapons. Plus the others have the paint flaking off. This one was no different. One of the figures had two broken legs. I glued the legs together with the Brush on Krazy glue. It works nicely and I have used it on a few of figures. Ed Borris gave me that tip. I am going to keep these guys in the package and display them.

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Next are some figures that I picked up a long time ago. I got these Merten Indians for $3.00 at an auction. At the time I never heard of this brand. They are very colorful. These are 54mm. Made in Germany. They are painted hard plastic. The more common size is 40mm for these figures. These are some of my favorite figures in my collection.

The other day I came across these Walking Dead Zombie figures. Being a fan of the Walking Dead series I decided to get a few different figures. One was the zombies and then some character figures. I will make a mini playset one day. I am thinking of painting zombies one day. Maybe make a display box for a one of a kind playset. Plus I think that we shall see more Soldiers in the future episodes. I can add some of them for the future too. These figures are 1/32 in scale. 

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Besides the solid unpainted figures they have character figures that you put together. I had to connect the arms, legs, head and a few other parts together. These are 1/32 in scale too. There are some solid cast characters too. These are based on the comic and are different from the tv show.

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Here are two 54mm Elastolin swoppet type figures. I don’t to many swoppet figures. When I was a kid I had the Timpo fort with the Cavalry & Indians. These two are nice. Made in Germany.

Here is another lot that I got from eBay a few days ago for around $20.00. I decided to add these figures to the post at the last minute. It is another grouping of European western figures. The main reason I bid on this lot was because of the mounted Indian. I later found out it was made by Cherilea by Paul Robinson who runs the facebook page Marxplaysets (Yahoo Group). This was seconded by Kent Sprecher of Toy Soldier HQ

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I have been coming across some of these older figures here and there. Some of them are expensive. So when I find them they are usually in group lot that I find. This mounted Native American Indian is 1/32 and this figure is casted with the horse.

Besides this figure above there were some other interesting figures. The first batch of Indians were about the same size as Airfix Plains Indians. The three cowboys are about 60mm. The other groupings of Native Indians are about 45mm. The dark blue U.S. Cavalry figures are also 60mm. The other groupings of cowboys are about 50mm. I am planning on painting most of these figures. I will give them a wash and scrub off the old paint with a toothbrush. 

That is it for the new additions to my collection. Now here is some news on the hobby.

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Just a few things to mention this time. The first is a preview of Evan Oelrich’s World War One figures. You can check that out at Stad’s Stuff. I think the details look good, but the arms and weapons look a little small. 

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Also mention on Stad’s page and other hobby forums was that Armies in Plastic has a new promotion and some new recasted figures in different colors to be used as Napoleonic Lancers.

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You can head over to Classic Toy Soldiers if you interested in World War II. They have some limited sets available at the moment. The first is the Iwo Jima Playset. It includes the following items.

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  1 CTS Bamboo Machine Gun Nest
  1 CTS Concrete Pill Box
  1 CTS Chi Ha Position
  2 CTS Fox Holes
  1 CTS Artillery Position
  1 CTS Cave

25  MARX Marines 

32 CTS GI’s
25 MARX Japanese
24 CTS Japanese
  3 CTS Sherman Tanks
  1 CTS Half Track
  3 CTS Japanese Chi Ha Tanks
  2 CTS US Howitzers
  2 JAPANESE Field Guns
  6 CTS Tree Stands
  1 MARX Palm Tree Set
  2 CTS US Weapons Sets
  8 Barbed Wire Sections
  4 Concertina Wire Sections

  2 CTS Flag Poles w/bases
  1 Japanese Rising Sun Flag
  1 American flag

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Here is the second set, the Iwo Jima Defensive Positions Set.

WWII CTS7444A Pacific Theater Iwo Jima Defensive Positions Set #2  — 7 different pieces (painted)  for 1/32 scale plastic toy soldiers

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Palm Log Machine Gun Nest (12”L x 7.5” W)
Dug-In Chi Ha Position (11”L x 9.5W”)
Artillery/Machine Gun Position (9”L x 6”W)
2 Fox Holes in 2 types (4”L x 3”W)
Cave #2 (large) (6”L x 4.5”)
Concrete Pill Box (7”L x 5”W)

I hope to see the Hat Seven Years War Austrians by the end of the year. Last I heard they are still in development. They are working the 1/32 Austrians and 3 other projects. 

Well at least we shall see the new figures from the LOD in September. Here are some of the older sets above. 

Here are more previews of the new Revolutionary War figures. Well the hype train is all most pulling in for the Yorktown Playset. It will be here at the end of September. I can’t wait to see it. 

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My Union Softball tournament came again at the our annual picnic. This year we came as the defending champs. My team made it to the championship game again, but we lost…. We will be avenged!! I don’t know where these Viking shields came from be we had some fun with them, lol. Nobody had to the courage to take up the challenge to “Pick up the Shield!!!”

That is it for this post. Thanks for reading, Take Care.

Latest News! July 1st, 2018. Toy Soldier News, Yard Sale Finds, and Paragon Sioux Indians Review.

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Greetings everyone, here is another blog article on the hobby. In this post we will cover some news about Toy Soldiers, yard sale finds and some products that I purchased off the internet. 

Before I start I am sorry to say that William Lango has passed away at the age of 74. He was the promoter of the East Coast Toy Soldier Show for about 35 years. He also published the magazine Toy Soldier review for many years. I met him a few times over the years at the shows. He was a really nice guy. He will surely be missed. Gentlemen like Bill are the reason I started a blog page in the first place. He inspired me to continue promoting the hobby of Toy Soldiers.

 

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I went out hunting again the past few weeks and here are a few things that I found. First I stopped at a few yard sales. I got these 4 trees about a minute away from my house for a twenty five cents each.

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I got this Star Wars figure for $1.00, a nice find.

While at an antique store I found a bag of toys. Here are some of my favorite figures that I found inside. 

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Some Vintage 54mm Marx Indians and some green Hong Kong Indians that were a little smaller.

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Some Vintage Marx Union Civil War Soldiers in powder blue and some other vintage western figures. They look like they are 54mm or 1/32 in scale. 

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 Here is another picture of the cowboy, I never seen this one before. 

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Here are some 54mm Marx World War II Americans and Germans. 

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Here is a vintage Marx Robin Hood figure. This figure is 1/32 in scale.

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Some more vintage World War II American toy soldiers. These figures are about 45mm.

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This figure looks like Batman. This is 1/32 in scale.

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This MPC Soldier looks like he is being attacked by some type of alien. I guess quality control was not that good back then. This figure is 1/32 in scale.

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Those trees already came in handy for this picture. I think these deer are made by Marx. These figures are 1/32 in scale.

 

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I found these on eBay the other day. They are a mixture of farm animals in 1/32 scale by Reisler of Denmark. I am always looking for things to add to make my displays come to life. These farm animals are great for that. I got these for about $13.00.

 

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You don’t see to many cats in this scale. These are really nice.

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These piglets are excellent too.

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Some Rooster and Chickens.

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You don’t see to many ducks either.

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A few young horses.

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Here are some lamb and rams.

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Some young calves.

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And lastly a Billy goat and a jumping kid.

 

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Here are some 54mm Cowboys that were also made by Reisler. I also got these on eBay for $9.99. They look like ranch hands. The guy with the throwing knife is an unusual pose for a Cowboy. 

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After I got those Marx Indians last month I started searching on eBay to get a few more. I got lucky with this auction. 68 Vintage Indians for $9.99. Most of these figures are in very good condition. I bid on this auction for the brown 54mm Marx Indians. The other Indians were a pleasant surprise once I looked at them first hand.

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I am planning on using some of these Indians with the Barzso Great Buffalo Hunt playset. They should mix well.

Here are some pictures of the other Indians that were in that lot. Some are also from Marx. Most of these have broken weapons. Some have some really nice details.

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Now for some Toy Soldier news. 

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“The New Figures are coming!!!!” 

“The New Figures are coming!!!!”

“There Is still time to Pre-Order!!!!!”

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The figures are finally done. The color selection is really nice.

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“The new Rev War sets are shipping next week from the factory and should be at LOD headquarters in early August. Pre-sale orders will be shipped shortly after they arrive.

There is still time to pre-order the sets to receive one free as well as earn an entry into the drawing for a Barzso Yorktown Playset.

The pre-sale will conclude at the end of the weekend after July 4th (official end time on 7/8). If you have not ordered your sets yet or want to increase your odds in the Playset drawing, visit us at www.lodtoysoldiers.com.

 

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These are still pictures of the prototypes, but test shots should be arriving next month that depict the characters in their production colors. They should be ready for the holidays. The size of these figures is 60mm. 

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“The full set with Santa, the elves, sleigh with reindeer, and gifts will retail for $22.50 and be packaged in a decorative box. The figure set is named Santa’s Christmas Delivery.”

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“The smaller starter set includes Santa, the three elves, and two gifts. It will be packaged in a header bag and retail for $12.50. It is appropriately named Santa and his Elves.”

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“The prototypes for the 6” figures have arrived and the details look great. Each figure will retail for $17.50 or you can purchase both for $30.00.”LOD Troy1LOD Troy2LOD Troy3

“The original War at Troy set gets a small makeover as there will be limited bags available with grey Trojans. The Greeks remain in the beige hue they have been over the three sets. These figure sets will be available late summer for $27.00 per bag or included in the combo or super sets.”

 

Hat

As it was stated before the Hat 1/32 Seven Years War Austrian figures have been approved. You still can pre-order the sets at a discount. Hat 1/32 7YW Austrians

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I can’t wait to get the sets that I pre-ordered. These figures should be really nice and cost efficient.

 

Plastic Platoon Marines Set 2a

“New set on the Vietnamese war – Marines set 2. Battle of Hue of 1968. 
6 figures in 6 poses. 1/32. Material of rezino-plasticity. Flexible and strong, real game miniature.”

You can now find these figures on eBay.

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Engineer Basevich. New set 23 NOMADS. Polovtsy, Pechenegs and Khazars. plastic, 1:32.

 

 

 

You should be able to find this new set in the near future. The price is most likely around $60.

 

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Here are some future pirate figures that Warhansa is working on. They said these figures are 1/32 in scale. The weapons seem to still be over sized. They should be available in a few months. 

Toy Soldier Review ~ Paragon Sioux Indians

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I finally got a few sets of the new Paragon Sioux Indians. For the price of around $30.00 you get 4 mounted Sioux Indians in 2 different poses. Plus another 8 figures on foot that you can get 5 different poses. Two of the figures have plug in hands. You can create 4 different combinations  of weapons that these warrior could use. They are 1/32 in scale are about the same size as the TSSD Plains Indians.

Here was the first pose I made. I gave him a Tomahawk and knife to weld into battle.

Here is the next pose that I made. I gave this warrior a spear and shield to protect himself. The other poses would be a Tomahawk & Shield or Spear & knife.

Here is one of my favorite poses in this set. This warrior is running and shooting the bow. His face reminds me of Wes Studi a little.

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This pose is unique and my least favorite pose. Only because I can not re-use this pose easily. I will try to convert these figures first one day…

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Here is another nice pose. This warrior has a carbine.

 

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Here are the two mounted poses. They are both very nice. The are mounted on TSSD horses. 

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I like this pose. It can be used in many different scenarios. A classic pose. I like the touch of having a quiver and bow on his back too. The figure can also be pushed so he is resting on the mane of the horse. These figures rest nicely on the horse’s back and you don’t have to be worried about them failing off easily. 

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I like this pose too. This is a realistic pose of getting close and have better odds of hitting someone after you shot the rifle. Plus doing more damage. 

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Here are the Paragon Sioux Indians raiding a TSSD Plains Indian camp. 

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The Paragon and TSSD Indians are a perfect match. I am glad that they use the same brand horses. I like the Paragon plastic better than the TSSD. They are less rubbery than the TSSD and it is easier to straightening the bent weapons using he hot/cold water treatment. 

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This blue Indian was made by Jason Pope of Plastic Underground.

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Here are some groupings of the different brands. The wait was worth it. Thanks again Paragon for making these figures. I can’t wait to see what they will look like painted.

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Before I wrap up this latest installment I have one more item to show. This is a vintage staple box that my girlfriend got me. I love the art work. It will look nice in a display with some figures one day. Thanks for reading and enjoy the 4th of July holiday. 

 

Toy Soldier Review ~ Prikaz 9th Century Viking Life & Russian Prince Medieval Court figures

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The other day I saw a blog article on Stad’s Stuff, Prikaz Medieval Sets Russian Prince Court Viking Life. It was preview of some Danish Vikings and Rus Slavic figures from a Russian company called Prikaz. The preview showed two different sets in 1/32 scale.  The Viking figures depicted everyday life events. Either raiding, fighting or just waiting for a drink. The other set was of a Russian Prince’s Court. There is a Warlord, some merchants and a Sentry. Both of these sets caught my eye and I decided to purchase them. 

I liked the fact that the figures showed everyday life poses from that era. Here are some pictures below of the Vikings sets.

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Here are the first two figures. The Viking sitting down is Ragnar Lodbrok aka “Ragnar shaggy breeches”. Then there is a Danish Woman serving a horn of Mead.

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The next two figures shows a Saxon woman being carried away by a Viking Raider.

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The last figure shows a Viking Earl in a fighting pose. He can be added to a Shieldwall.

 

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Now back to the Russian Medieval Court. Most of these figures depict everyday life too. There are three merchant type figures. It looks like some are haggling about the price of something.

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The first figure is a Fur Merchant. The Second one is a called the “Money Changer.” The third figure is a old woman called the Klyuchnica (Old Slavic, literally “woman-intendant.”)

The next figure is the Rus Slavic Warlord. He is standing strong with his sword stabbing the ground. I think he is trying to make a point.

Here is the last figure. It is a Sentry leaning on an Axe. He looks like he is keeping an eye on everyone.

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I have to say that these figures are not for everyone. Mainly because of the cost. Each set was about $55.00. I think only the die hard medieval fans like me are going to purchase a set like this. It fills a void for my collection. It brings a bunch of characters that I can use in a village setting. 

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Here are some of the Safari figures that I got the other day at Hobby Lobby. They look really good with these new Prikaz figures.

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The sculpting is very good, a little crude at times. When I add a few of these figures to a diorama they add so much to the story being told. 

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The Prikaz figures are 1/32 in scale about the same size as Conte Medieval figures. Also like Conte that are casted in a hard rubber type plastic. These figures blend in very well with other companies like Conte Medieval figures, Barzso Medieval figures, Engineer Basevich and any figures that are around 56mm to 60mm.

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I purchased these figures on eBay at Toy Soldiers for all Ages. I received the figures about 10 days after I purchased them. 

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I have a some more pictures below that show a few different angles and close ups. Thanks for reading. I hope you enjoyed the review.

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Toy Soldier Review ~ Warhansa Vikings

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Every once in a while I order something online and then I’m pleasantly  surprised when I get them. This is the case with the Warhansa Vikings. About a month ago I went to the Warhansa website and ordered these Vikings. From what I saw on the internet I expected some decent sculpted figures. But they looked a little crude from some of the pictures that I saw. But was surprised with the amount of detail done to these figures. They are not perfect, but they make a fine addition to my collection. 

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This set came with 5 figures. One of the first things that I noticed was the color of these figures. They are an orange/beige color and look different from the pictures on the Warhansa website. Also these figures feel like the American Revolution Barzso figures. They are a stiff, but flexible too. Harder than the old Conte figures. I thought they would be a hard resin type plastic. They are listed 1/32 in scale. They would be better listed as 1/30 in scale as they are big. They mix well with Conte, Barzso, Publius and Engineer Basevich figures. I really like 4 out of 5 of the poses. The least favorite figure is the berserker figure. 

The first two figures that I really like form a shield wall when placed next to each other. This is a big plus for me when I am looking for new figures to add to my Vikings and Saxons. The “Shield Wall” was a main tactic that the Vikings and Saxons would use in battle.

The next figure is a Viking with a Dane Axe. Usually the Dane Axe was used by a very skilled warrior. The Dane Axe was used by both the Vikings and Saxons. This figure could also be used as a Saxon Huscarl too. One of the reasons that I like this pose so much is that it makes you wonder the next action the figure will take. It looks like he is ready to smash a shield to pieces or split someones skull in half.

Another figure that I really like it the one of the Viking Leader. He has a sword raised and is blowing a horn. He is giving the signal to ATTACK!!!! I like everything about this guy. He has the look of grizzled veteran. He has lead many raiding parties over the years.

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The last figure is the berserker. It is a mixed bag here. I like the sculpted body, but I think the pose could have been better. I would have liked to see more emotion with this figure. Like if he was going to explode. It looks like he is doing a rain dance. I think two axes would have been better too. 

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All in all I like these figures and they shall make nice additions to my warbands. Some of these figures can be used as Saxons too. I am going to order some more in the future. If these figures were scaled down a little the would be great. The weapons are over sized, but not overly distracting. I like the small details and facial expressions. Plus the action poses of most of them.

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I will use these figures as character figures for my medieval armies. The are bigger than most of my other figures. But they are not giants, but are big men. 

I will paint the first batch of figures that I have and mix them with my metal figures. When compared to my Conte metal figures they seam to be the same size and should mix well when they are painted.

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Let’s hope that Warhansa does some Saxons in the future to go with these Vikings. Take a look at there figures over here at Warhansa.

Take a closer look at the details of these figures. I hope this helps out with making a decision in spending your money on these figures. They are not cheap, but to me are worth the price of $32. Thanks for reading and looking at my blog page. Take care for now.

Latest News! Toy Soldier News, Shows & More

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I have a report here of some new and old news on the hobby of Toys Soldiers. If you have been following my blog you know that I have been pushing for the Hat crowdfunding effort of the Seven Years Wars Austrians in 1/32 for a while now. Yesterday they announced that the project has been approved! This is great news for us plastic collectors. Not only for us collectors to this time period, but in general for us collectors of plastic in the 1/32 scale. The last few projects that Hat was trying to produce were canceled. 

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There will be 3 different sets #9329 7YW Austrian Fusiliers, 
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and #9331 7YW Austrian Command. The is no release date as of yet. I will give a review when I finally get the sets, hopefully sometime by the end of the year. 

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In other news, TSSD or Toy Soldiers of San Diego is offering their business for sale. Nick Versteeg is going to retire because of health issues. It’s a sad day for us. I hope his health returns and he can enjoy his retirement. Hobby Bunker is interested in taken over. We shall see what happens.

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We have two shows coming up this month. The Ohio Toy Soldier Show is on May 20th. The Texas Toy Soldier show is May 26th & 27th.

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“The 12th annual Texas Toy Soldier Show is being held in downtown San Antonio, TX inside The Menger Hotel ballroom.
Dates are Saturday May 26, 2018 and Sunday May 27, 2018
Tickets are $10 and good for both days. Call Kings X Toy Soldiers at (210) 226-7000 or email sales@kingsx.com for more information.”

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The LOD Enterprise Toy Soldiers American Revolution Americans and British figures are getting closer to being released. Here are some test shots of the figures. They look great, I can’t wait to set something up later this year with these guys. 

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I should be getting these Warhansa Vikings any day now. They are in 1/32 scale. I will do a review later this month.

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Here are some pictures of Engineer Basevich set #23 “Nomads” or “Polovtsy, Pechenegs and Khazars”. These figures look really nice, they are the opposing set against the “Slavic Warriors” that they had done.

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Chintoys has two news sets that should be released later this year. They are set CHT009 Conquistadors and CHT015 Mixtecs & Zapotecs Warriors. They look nice too. Looks like it is a busy year again for plastic. Lest see what else comes out later this year. Thanks for reading.

 

I hope to continue this summer with some interviews, previews & reviews and projects that I am working on. Thanks again for your interest in this page. 

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Time is almost up for Crowdfunding * Hat 1/32 Seven Years War Austrians

The Crowdfunding for this project started in the beginning of February. They said that they would keep this open for 3 months to fund this project. I hope that they got enough support to produce these figures even if they didn’t make it to stage 10. These figures have the potential to fill a lot of gaps with my collection. Besides being used as Austrians for the SYW, that could also be used as Hessian mercenaries too for the American Revolution. If you have not pledged yet, click on this link Hat 1/32 Seven Years War Austrians.

A good sign is that they have made the prototypes to create the molds. 

 The design of these figures are really good. It will be a bargain to get 18 figures for the cost of around $15.00. Even if you are not the biggest fan of this subject it will help support the future production of 1/32 figures from Hat.

Barzso & LOD are producing 4 more American Revolutionary sets later this year. The Yorktown set is based on Redoubt #10. The British defended this Redoubt against the Americans. Redoubt #9 was defended by a mix of Hessian & British troops that was attacked by French forces. The Hat Austrians could help fill in as Hessian mercenaries. 

Here are some pictures showing the Hat Prussians they did years ago. They blend in very well with the Barzso figures. I think the new Austrians should be the same. So if you want to see these figures made, pledge here Hat 1/32 Seven Years’ War Austrians

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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