Today we remember the Brave American, British, Canadian & other allied Soldiers that gave their lives when they stormed the beaches of Normandy to fight the forces of Germany.
The Battle of Normandy, which lasted from June 1944 to August 1944, resulted in the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s control. Codenamed Operation Overlord, the battle began on June 6, 1944, also known as D-Day, when some 156,000 American, British and Canadian forces landed on five beaches along a 50-mile stretch of the heavily fortified coast of France’s Normandy region. The invasion was one of the largest amphibious military assaults in history and required extensive planning. Prior to D-Day, the Allies conducted a large-scale deception campaign designed to mislead the Germans about the intended invasion target. By late August 1944, all of northern France had been liberated, and by the following spring the Allies had defeated the Germans. The Normandy landings have been called the beginning of the end of war in Europe.
Today I am doing a quick post about some new products from Warhansa and then a figure from Publius. The first Warhansa set is called “Friends of Robin Hood”. There are 6 figures included. It looks like we get Little John, Friar Tuck, a Merry man with a pitchfork, Will Scarlet, a Jester and Maid Mirian.
The figures look really sharp. List as 1/32 in scale. They are nice size and will blend very well with Conte & Barzso medieval figures. The poses are good too. Weapons are to scale. I give them an A. The only figure I don’t need is the Jester. But he has his use in a court some where…
The other set is called “Forest Camp”. It has a camp fire and an animal spit roasting above it. Plus some barrels and chest. Some much needed accessories that we need a ton more for displays.
Here is a new figure by Publius. He is a mounted Native American or a Plains Indian on a horse. This figure is very nice. Again 1/32 in scale. He is a little bigger than the TSSD figures. But will make a nice leader for you figures.
I found these trees in a train hobby shop last month. I purchase about all that they had. Not bad for about $3.00 a piece.
I am still working on some new figures. We are testing different designs and resins. I hope to be able to share something new in a few weeks. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
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.
Plastic platoon. Soviet scouts 1943. 1/32 + Master model. Planned for release in Spring 2021.
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.
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.
PlusPalisade 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.
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 ?
~ Ron Barzso
Photos were taken byJim 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.
I hope everyone is doing well in these troubled times. If you have not heard yet the Midwest Toy Soldier Show is postponed. You can read more on their website, http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/.
In my last post I reviewed a few sets from Warhansa. Today I will review the last set I received. I think it is the best one that they sent me. Maybe their best set to date. It depicts English Knights from the 100 Years War. Five figures in all. The scale is 1/32. They are made out of a rubbery resin. They look like Men at Arms for the most part. Maybe one knight. The Archer is my favorite of the set. The detail is really nice. You can see more from Warhansa over here, https://warhansa.com/.
Warhansa figures sets are really improving. The main issue I had with some of their past sets was the over sized weapons. This set does not have that issue. Here are some comparisons with figures from Conte and Dulcop.
That concludes the review. I might have another post up tomorrow. If not then sometime next week. Take Care & be safe. Thank you for reading.
In the last week things have started to get crazy with the Corona Virus. As of right now the Midwest Toy Soldier Show is still on. But I don’t think I will be able to make it. I live over 12 hours away. They are starting to advise the closing of public stores and restaurants now. Plus the CDC is advising to keep gatherings of less than 50 people. So things don’t look to good.
I found these a few months ago for about $15. I used to see these in Target years ago, but never purchased any. At this price I had to pick them up. They look pretty cool to me.
I received a few Warhansa sets from Yury to do a review. I found some time today to take some pictures of 3 different sets. You can check out more sets at the their website over here, https://warhansa.com/.
Here is a set of WWII Russian Infantry. They are made of plastic in 1/32 scale. They are flats. I like the details. They look pretty cool. The plastic feels like the Barzso resin.
Here are a set of Skeletons. When I first saw these online I was not really interested in them. But seeing them first hand I really like them. The weapon scale on the Warhansa figures have really improved lately. The scale is the bigger 1/32. Probably about 56mm to 57mm. They are made out of a rubbery resin.
Here is the last set of figures that I am going to show today. This is a set of Gladiators. It includes three gladiators and one lion. This set is really nice. The details are good. The scale of the weapons good. I also like the color. It reminds me of the Atlantic Gladiators. They are made of a rubbery resin.
I took some pictures of the Warhansa Gladiator figures next to some Atlantic Gladiator figures. They look good when mixed together.
This virus is very frustrating to everyone. I hope it will be over in a few weeks. But it is what it is. In my next post I have another Warhansa set to review. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
Today’s post is about vintage toys. I have a few items that I have picked up recently that I want to show. I hope that some of the collectors can solve some mysteries that I have.
I found this vintage Reisler Royal Danish Guard set at a flea market yesterday for about $5.00. It was mixed in with some vintage Christmas decorations. I think this is the first time I found a Reisler set with the original packaging out in the wild.
Vintage Russian plastic figure next to a Airfix Modern Russian soldier. The Airfix figure is about 1/32 in scale.
I found these toy soldiers on eBay the other day. They are about 45mm. They appear to be Russian Infantry. I don’t know who made them. Maybe they are from Hong Kong. Blue Box?? Anyone have a clue???
I found these on eBay a few months ago. Captain Harlock figures by Atlantic. I paid about $20.00 for the lot of figures. No box. They are about 28mm or so. It is just a novelty that caught my eye. The set is not complete though.
A fellow collector named Carlos sent me these pictures about space fantasy themed figures. He is looking for any other information that anybody might have about them. Thank you for in advance.
Here are some new sets from Warhansa. There are some English 100 Year War figures, Skeletons, Neanderthals, Gladiators and more. They are taking pre-orders if you are interested. They appear to be 1/32 in scale. You can see more at their Russian website, http://www.hobbybunker.ru/.
The other day we saw a preview of a few of the new sets by Warhansa. I was informed that they will be available to order soon. I have some pictures of the test shots. If you are interest in these sets you can go to their site over here, http://www.warhansa.com/.
The have two sets of Huron Indians and a Trapper with a bear.
Here are some more close up pictures of some of these Huron Indians.
Huron Indians Set # 1.
Huron Indians Set # 2.
The “Reverant” Trapper.
They should be available any day now. They should be 1/32. That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
Today I have a few quick things to share with everyone. First we have some new updates on some figure sets coming out in the near future. Then I am going to talk about two shows that will take place next weekend.
Here are some more pictures of Prikaz’s latest set. I will do a review on this set probably next month or so. It is an Artillery set from the “Streltsy” theme. I will have more details about this set in the near future. You can see more of their sets here at Prikaz Toy Soldiers
Warhansa has announced master models of 3 new sets: Hurons 1 & 2 and The Reverant trapper. Here are some of them cast in resin in the fourth picture. Roman Gurochkin was kind enough to share these pictures with us. You will see these for sale in the near future at http://www.warhansa.com/.
Next Sunday is the Ohio Toy Soldier Show. It should be another quality show. Take a look at the Midwest Toy Soldier Group site over here http://www.mwtoysoldier.com/.
Also in another part of Ohio is the W. Britain Good Toy Soldier Show. This takes place next Saturday and Sunday. Check out the site here https://www.wbritain.com/.
I will be busy next weekend and will not be able to attend either of those shows. Sounds like a nice road trip to visit both shows . That is it for now. Thank you for reading.
Hi folks. This is just a quick update. The first thing is the announcement of the 12th Annual Gettysburg Toy Soldier Show. This year of 2019 the show is on May 5th. I usually do a post just for the show with a few pictures of the year before as John has no web presence to spread the word about the show. I will do that this weekend.
The other news that I have today is a preview of prototypes that might appear in the future for Plastic Platoon. Here are two figures of some German Paratroopers. These two figures look awesome. Especially the first picture.
Here are some more preview pictures of future sets from Warhansa. The Viking figure looks nice. It looks like the scale on this figure is closer to the size of Conte figures. In one of the pictures you can see that it is a little smaller than one of the previous Vikings that Warhansa did.
The material is almost like the Conte figures. They are about the same scale as the Conte figures too. As I took some pictures of the figures I was glad to see all the different scenarios that could be told with the facial expressions or poses of the figures.
Today Mikhaul of Plastic Platoon sent me a message about Set 2 of the German Paratroopers. He said they should be available in March. Here are some pictures that he sent me of the sculpts.
These figures are really nice too. The details are amazing.
Here are some more pictures of the Plastic Platoon British Infantry that should be out next month.
Here are some more pictures of the Russian Infantry prototype figures by Warhansa. The proportions look a lot better with this latest set.
The last set of news that I have is this preview of the box for WW II German Elite Infantry in winter dress. They look better than their earlier Germans. Hopefully they can fill a hole for your collection if the figure are the same scale as Airfix or Marx. We should see this set some time this year.
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.
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.
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.
Some Vintage 54mm Marx Indians and some green Hong Kong Indians that were a little smaller.
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.
Here is another picture of the cowboy, I never seen this one before.
Here are some 54mm Marx World War II Americans and Germans.
Here is a vintage Marx Robin Hood figure. This figure is 1/32 in scale.
Some more vintage World War II American toy soldiers. These figures are about 45mm.
This figure looks like Batman. This is 1/32 in scale.
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.
Those trees already came in handy for this picture. I think these deer are made by Marx. These figures are 1/32 in scale.
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.
You don’t see to many cats in this scale. These are really nice.
These piglets are excellent too.
Some Rooster and Chickens.
You don’t see to many ducks either.
A few young horses.
Here are some lamb and rams.
Some young calves.
And lastly a Billy goat and a jumping kid.
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.
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.
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.
Now for some Toy Soldier news.
“The New Figures are coming!!!!”
“The New Figures are coming!!!!”
“There Is still time to Pre-Order!!!!!”
The figures are finally done. The color selection is really nice.
“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.“
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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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
I can’t wait to get the sets that I pre-ordered. These figures should be really nice and cost efficient.
“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.
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.
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
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.
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…
Here is another nice pose. This warrior has a carbine.
Here are the two mounted poses. They are both very nice. The are mounted on TSSD horses.
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.
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.
Here are the Paragon Sioux Indians raiding a TSSD Plains Indian camp.
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.
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.
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.