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Plastic figure Showcase

CTS North Korean Soldiers Prototype Part Two

Marx Prototype Captain Kidd and the Pirates

We now have photos up of the Andygard Figure Bag

I have just put up the report of the East Coast Toy Soldier Show

Figures from Junk Box

Skeleton Warriors

EMCE Aliens vs. Colonial marines

Hong Kong Romans

Odds and ends

East Coast Toy Soldier Show

Brian McIver’s Civil War Conversions

Engineer Bassevitch Dealers



We have a number of posts and comments on OTSN check them out

Expeditionary Force Macedonians

OTSN Management Changes 

Andygard Civil War Test Shots

Paladin Italeri Knight Copies

Cracker Barrel Pirates

Black Baseball Players

Civil War Figure Conversions

Games of Thrones Construction Set

Greg Liska’s Civil War Display

Expeditionary Force WWII Debate

Odds and Ends

Lone Star Highlander playing the Trombone

Hong Kong Romans

Nevins Strikes Gold Again

Plastic Warrior Roman Special

Gene Scala

Blue Box an Introduction

Blue Box Japanese

More Ed Borris Alamo Conversions

Blue Box An Introduction

Update on Lodi Greeks and Trojans


Lots of Plastic Warrior Show 2015 Photos


I have done a review on the CTS Chinese Communist Soldiers 

We have posted an article on the toy shows I did this month

New York Toy Fair 2015 

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We are getting in reports on New York Toy Fair from various internet sources plus we have a reporter at the show. (No not me, I had planned to attend but the weather stopped me from going). One of the items our reporter saw was a  pirate ship from Blue Box with new pirates. The photo above is of one of the Blue Box pirates and part of the ship. We will be posting and will have pictures of some of these new items later today.

Expeditionary Force update

A collector over on the French site contacted Expeditionary Force to ask when would the Thracian figures would be out  and got this response

“The next range to be release is 60mm WW2 German, American and Free French (American-supplied battalions but with Kepi or Adrienne helmets).”

 The big surprise is that EF is also doing WWII French. This will not be hard as all they have to do is make separate heads with either the kepi or Adrienne helmet. It will be interesting  to see the response to the French figures.   

The link in the A Playset we Should have as Children is not working you will have to copy and paste.


Bill McMaster  of BMC Toys has passed away.

I have posted our remembrance of this fine man.

Check out the Paragon Indian

Plastic Warrior 2015  show Date.

The date for the Plastic Warrior show is May 23 and will be back at the Winning Post

Sell Toys Update

Erwin Sell has told us that his first tank is being shipped and he hopes to have it in late January. We will keep you posted.

We posted on the new Pvblivs figure set and Brian Johnson’s find in Canada.

32nd Annual East Coast Toy Soldier Show

Part two of my report is up. I have also updated it with some more pictures and information that was missing from the earlier posting.

Part one of my report on the show is up

I will have more up later today or tomorrow



Check out the information on the new tank coming from Sell toys




September is my Birthday Month

This month is Sparky will be eight years old. We adopted him seven years ago.  From the information we got from the shelter, Sparky had been living with older couple, who had to give him up because they were moving to assisted living. Sparky at the shelter for  five months, until we adopted him. Now he has two brothers and a happy home.


Here is one of the three inch figures from Peter Evans out of the box

 We have posted information from the TSSD’s web site on new items including Expeditionary Forces planned for this year and 2015.  We have an update from France on the medieval poses being done by Expeditionary Force

We also have a new article on Jordan for you to enjoy.


Mike Kutnick posted in the comment section more information on the new Barzso Playsets’ new Roman Coliseum.  Here is just a part of his comment

“Trust me, this Coliseium puts Marx’s Ben Hur one to shame, no comparison. It is bigger, wider and taller  than  Marx with loads of detail work done by Jim Clouse.”

You read the rest in our Comment Section

Baggage Battles

The episode that I was in the audience for, will be on the Travel Channel  June 4 at 10:00PM. I was sitting near Mark Meyer from the show  so depending how it is edited you might see me and you might not.

We have information on the new Replicant knights and have photos of the Plastic Warrior show We have a link now to photos of the new Replicant knights

We have added more pictures of the Ural Truck from Erwin Sell

It has been reported on Hobby’s Bunker forum that the new Armies in Plastic Sets will be French and Indian War British and Highlanders plus a new set of  Zulus. The sets will be out in early August if there are no delays  You can check the break down at the link below.


As mention by Don Perkins  photos of the Indy show are now up The link below will take you to them.

We have an update of the new Call to Arms Figures They are Norman Infantry not Vikings  as previously listed, Go to new figures for a link to pictures of the new figures from Call to Arms.

New Post on Timmee Germany

We have additional information on the Marx Superman Radio premium

Austin Miniatures has put up a photo of their WWII U.S. Marines

Here is the link

The Boys

One of Laurie’s girlfriends complained that I did not have any pictures of the boys in awhile so here is one for now of Quinn and Sparky up on the top of the sofa.  I have posted pictures up.


More on Star Wars Command Set

CS Ako has sent us a link to a video from Pixel Dan who was at the International Toy Fair and got further information from Hasbro on their Star Wars Command figures.

I have update the Star Wars Army men post with new information.

A Good Reason to  Enjoy Your Figures


We have more than 6 inches of snow and  we could get up to 18″


AS you know I have been quiet the last few days, there is a good reason for this silence, I have been in the hospital. I have been dealing with a serious health issue the last few months, that reached a point  that required me to go into the hospital on Wednesday. The treatment has successful that I was able to come home and be an outpatient.

Greg Liska has painted the Hing Fat French

The comment section has some information on the Own Figures

Happy New Year

Merry Christmas_Blue Boare Inn

We thank  Floyd  for his permission to share his Christmas Card

King and Country Alamo Plastic Mexicans
As reported by John Cross, King and Country had on display at the London Toy Solder their new plastic Alamo Figures. The figures that are available included Mounted Santa Anna ($25.00) Cannon with three man crew ($59.00) and infantry (two figures for $29.00) The figures are hard plastic and painted. They are not available unpainted.
We have a link to pictures of the figures listed below. The figures are supposed to be available next week.

Happy Thanksgiving
Laurie, the boys (Sparky, Percy and Quinn) and I wish you all a safe Thanksgiving. Laurie and I will go out for our dinner as it just the two of us. I will watch the parades in the morning and relax as I get ready with many more new items for EBay.


We had a great time at 31st Annual Toy soldier Show in Hackensack, New Jersey. We saw old friends and met William “Billy” Leroy of “Baggage Battles”. I am working on the photos and the article on the show and I hope to have it up soon.

We are back from a short vacation to Las Vegas, where Laurie went to see the World Championship of the PBR Bull Riding. While Laurie was at the PBR, I did other things including see an old collector friend, I have not seen in 20 years. I will be telling you about various things from our trip including stopping at Pawn Stars (no we did not see anyone from the show.)

This is a great show with lots of Plastic and metal figures.  We will be there walking around  so we hope to see you there.

Possible answer to a rumor check our postings



Check out the finds from our friend Peter Evans

Plastic Warrior Show Date for 2014

check the postings for information

 Barzso Union Siege Artillery

We have updated our posting on the new Barzso Union Siege Artillery with more information and prices


T Barnecut Cheval de Frise “Spike Fence” Is back into production.

We have been informed by T Barnecut that he has placed his spike fence back into production. The new spike fence is different from the old spike fence as he has added two more spikes, it is now with 13 spikes.  Each spike fence is in gray color (other colors will be done if demand warrants it.).  Each spike fence  is  $3.00 each plus shipping. These spike fence are a great piece for your displays.  If you are interested contact us and we will give you his email address.


Toy Hunter Renewed for a Third Season

Jordan Hembrough of Toy Hunter has tweeted that the show has been renewed for a third season..  I have already replied that I will be reviewing the show and showing the truth behind the curtain.

Marx Canadian Flag

The Marx Canadian Flag Brian Johnson made us aware of sold for $86.00.

Flea Market Season

Despite  the rains we have had, I have been finding a number of good items for the collection and resale. I enjoy going out to the flea markets and not only finding items but also listen to the people. I have gotten some very interesting material.

Plastic Warrior Show Report is Up

The Plastic warrior show is up. sorry there are not more pictures , I decided not to carry the heavy camera.  I did some pictures with the phone some turn out good others did not which were the show pictures. The video camera I am trying to find a cord to transfer the pictures and my small camera would not take the chip. 

I have a report on Convent Garden, some other things we did plus the Birmingham Toy Show.  One interesting thing we did was eat with our very good friend Peter Evans at a Turkish restaurant called Gallipoli. The food was very good.  

Kearton’s Guide Back in Print
Details inside.
Paragon Army Scouts
If you have not seen the Paragon Army Scout figures you can see them on their web site. I have posted the link below.
We wil be doing a review of these figures.

220 Responses to Stad’s Stuff

  1. Don Perkins says:

    Hi Paul: I’m glad to see you’re back up. I usually check out Comment Time a couple of times a week, and couldn’t figure out what was happening when I kept getting the Joomla face page. My wife and I are going to the Indiana Toy Soldier Show in Indianapolis this coming weekend. It is a Sunday show so we’re staying at the show site hotel on Saturday. Supposedly, the Indiana show has room dealers the couple of days before the show, like OTSN. So we’ll see. Barzso always shows up at this show, and will have his new Fort Apache — just the fort, not a whole playset. You can see it on the Barzso website if you haven’t seen it yet. It seems somewhat expensive, like all his stuff these days. But it looks pretty nice, and I’ll probably end up getting one.
    Then, as I mentioned, I’m planning on going to OTSN this year. I’ve already got my room reservations on either 4th or 5th floor. Since my wife doesn’t want to go to Chicago with me, I’m spreading the word around the hobby that I’m open to sharing the room with any other hobbyist or dealer who wishes to split the cost of the room. If I don’t get any volunteers, I’m going anyway, just like I did on the show before last. I’ve got reservations for Friday night and Saturday night, but I always check in on Friday morning.
    As you probably have heard, Rick Berry has cancelled his April and November Michgian Toy Soldier Show, but Joseph Saine from Toledo is trying to put together a Michigan Toy Soldier Show in July. He says he hopes to distribute a flyer at the Indianapolis Show. We always had a pretty good attendance at the Michigan Show, with Marxman, Hobby Bunker, Alan Ford, Michigan Toy Soldier Co., Joseph Saine, and others. We never had Conte or Barzso.
    Well, anyway, hope your wife and dogs are all doing well. Look forward to you getting Comment Time up and running again. Don Perkins

    • admin says:

      Hi Don
      Laurie and I had thought of doing the Indy show, we decided against doing the show as it is the same time as another show we love to do. Also we found a Mexican restaurant that is authenic Mexican. Since making that decision we have found two more flea markets and indoor garage sale.
      Please give us a report of the show as I am sure your fellow collectors will to love to hear about the show.
      Sorry to hear that the Michigan shows have been cancelled. Hopefully Joe will get a new one together.

  2. chris says:

    paul-neat figures on ebay- #250793992795

    • admin says:

      Hi Chris.
      It is always interesting about figures like the ones you pointed out. These are two figures done by Mattell. The seller knows that the figures are uncommon and the buyers know they are hard to find and willing to pay the price. It will be interesting thing as most people do not know these figures you could find them in a junk box for less than a $1.00.

  3. Wayne says:

    Paul, great to see you up and at ’em again. Got a bit worried when I got the Joomla page, was wondering if you and Laurie were all right. Glad to see it was just tech problems; understand completely – just had to buy a new desktop and now my laptop’s gone kaput! Doncha love life in the 21st Century?

    Regards, Wayne, the Old All American

    • admin says:

      Hi Wayne
      Sorry with the scare on the Joomla page, I was not prepared for the change either. Using WordPress I was able to get the front page change in a hour. Now I have to figure the blog aspect. Joys of technology.
      I have lost count on the number of computers I have gone through since my first one which was an Apple II Plus. I now have a lap top which Laurie will use soon for her items that we are putting up on Ebay. We have to get a second computer for the video side.

  4. Arthur Belshaw says:

    Hi Paul. I,m checking your website, as I am trying, without success, to Email Mike Russo, at Stockade, about the Handcart poineers, that you reviewed for PW Mag.. Could use these & any other 54mm US 1860 ish civvies to expand my Union Army, any clues how I find these little guys& ship them to my side of the pond????? I,m stuck at home , convalecsing after surgery, & NEED more figures to work on ANY contact info would be much appreciated
    Best regards Arthur Belshaw…

    • admin says:

      Hello Arthur
      I call Mike Russo and he got your email but is busy. He does have the Handcart pioneers but does not do foreign mailing. Many people have had bad experience with sending aboard from the states. I do foreign mailing and I plan to get up to his store in the next few weeks and can pick up a set or two. As to civilan figures it gets tough. Replicants has done some civilan figures. Don Ducotte is suppose to be at Plastic Warrior show with his swapables which have some 54mm people that you can use as townspeople. Plasty of Germany did some Western civilan figures in 54mm. Once again some of the German dealers may have them at the Plastic Warrior show. Also Look at the Starlux line as they have Western women and some of their farm people can be adapted. Likewise Elastolin did some soft plastic 54mm farm people who can be used in Civil War. Hope you recover from your surgery to get to the Plastic Warrior show on May 7 in Richmond.


      • Arthur Belshaw says:

        Hi Stad.
        The surgery was for Cancer, & now I,m on Chemo!!! so I ain,t going anyplace very soon!!! They tell me that iWILL be OK., long term, so I,m stuck at home , reveiwing my troops, & converting them into ACW, Just done HAT, Wurtemberg Grenadiers, now starting on the Musketeers( anither 24 troops!!. If YOU get hold of a set of Pioneers, I,LL TAKE THEM!!! Do you have a site that I can send pictures to????
        Very best regards Arthur Belshaw.

        • admin says:

          Sorry to hear that that the treatment will not klet you out of the house. I do not get much time to review my figures due to my other work. I hope to get up to Mike in the next two weeks. I am still working on the web site and how to do things I will let you know when to send pictures.

          • Arthur Belshaw says:

            Thanks pal!! Nice to talk to pllastic figure people, even if I can,t get out & about amongst you
            Cheers Arthur Belshaw…

          • admin says:

            It looks like it will be next week before I can go and pick up your item from Mike. I am always happy to talk about plastic figures. I remember how it was in the dark ages when you could not mention you collected plasttic figures in fear of people thinking you strange.Tthat has change. I have fun with the people I used to have that junk then I tell them what it is worth they shake their heads. When I collect I do not look at an item is worth, I go for the pose. It goes back to my childhood when I would do stories with them. Laurie like the figures that way as well. Some of my favorite figures are worth only a few dollars. So enjoy the figures they are alot of fun.

          • Brian McIver says:

            Arthur & I are friends & only live about 12 miles apart

  5. Bill Nevins says:

    Bill Hamilton was one of the nicest guys I have ever met in this hobby. He was honest, cheerful and always fun to chat with. His passing is a loss to all of us who remember when. Our ranks are thinning as the years roll by. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends. God bless you, Bill…..Bill Nevins

  6. admin says:

    We always like the kind words from our readers. I glad to hear people enjoy my comments.

  7. Arthur Belshaw says:

    Hi Paul
    thanks for the kind sentiments, It does get lonely without fellow collectors/convertors to chat to. Could you drop me an Email, when you get those bits, & we,ll work out the “how & whys!”
    best regards Arthur Belshaw..

    • admin says:

      I will let you know when I get the items. I hope tp get up to Mike next week. This week I have theMFCA Show on FridayI know how you feel it does get lonely at times. The nice thing with email you can drop a person a line. I will email you tomorrow.

  8. Lynn Graves says:

    Paul, I have a photo of a space figure that may be a companion to the one you have posted. But I don’t know how to email it to you now.

  9. Bill nevins says:

    I just picked up a group of off white hard plastic knights that are marked :SEVEN ARTS INC. WARNER BROS in a circle underneath the bases. Thre is a mounted figure along with a Queen and a few men at arms. There is also a guy shooting a bow and arrow (maybe Robin Hood?).
    Anyone have info on these?

    • admin says:

      sorry I was not able to reply sooner to your question but I was in West Virginia and could not response to yopu question. The hotel had a computer but it very untrust worthy. As you found out from the Marx Group, the figures were done by Aurora for Camelot. They were on a blister card which is hard to find. The figures are a hard plastic and are one of three groups they did. The other two are Tarzan and Wizard of OZ.

  10. Whit Knight says:

    Paul, please let your viewer/readers know that I have a number of toy soldier (and Marx dinosaur) photo albums posted on my profile page on Facebook. Thanks!

  11. BILL NEVINS says:

    Paul can I mention my plastics conversions group here? Here is the link

    If anyone here is interested in 54 mm plastic toy soldiers
    and enjoys making conversions, feel free to join the group on Yahoo. We discuss reworking plastic figures and making unique poses to go along with our stock figures. All manner of collecting plastic toy soldier (and metal, too) are discussed and plenty of photo’s and “how to’s” are in the files.

    Everyone is welcome and encouraged to share their creations. It OK to just lurk and learn, too.

    Anything to do with 54 mm toy soldiers is open to discussion. Come by and join us.

    • admin says:

      I have posted your request. I enjoy conversion figures. One of the conversion figures in the collection is a Marx 60mm Pirate changed to Turkey with a spear. The best conversion I have seen was a soccer player that my very good friend Peter Evans converted into a Reinassace figure with a sword. It sit in a honor spot in the collection

    • TD Barnecut says:

      I would like to check out your conversions group. I clicked on the link and created a Yahoo email address, but can’t seem to access or join the group. Can you walk me through the process? Thanks

      • admin says:

        I am a member of the Conversion group, but not the owner. I have enough work this group and other projects on the line. Bill Nevins is the head of that group
        He should respond as he reads this site

  12. admin says:

    Hi Carolyn
    I do not know of a store jn New York. Perhaps one of our readers can give a suggestion. I would suggest you check your local hobby store as they should have figure sets. In November if you can get to Hackensack New Jersey the first Sunday in November there is toy soldier show with a great selection of figures at various prices.

  13. wm mcdonnell says:

    i have bought the four mounted knights they are realy nice and go well with many of the other knights in my collection inoticed pictures of foot knights on the blister card also does anyone know where i can find the foot knights

  14. Greg Anglin says:

    Paul-I was unaware that Bill Hamilton passed away! When did this happen. DO you know why? I know I had visted him last about 1 1/2 yrs ago, & he had been suffering from Lyme disease. It was pretty serious & he was getting better but had a relapse. Is this what killed him?? I’m really shocked over this as he & I were friends. Greg

    • admin says:

      Hi Greg
      It was a great loss when Bill Hamilton pass away. He was a great guy and I enjoy talking to him when I saw him at a show. He passed away in the last few months. One of the other reader can give more details.

  15. Ed Borris says:

    Not sure if you guys happened to see these on e-bay, but the Plastic Underground has come out with some new Robin Hood figures, so far there is just the four, Robin, Will Scarlet, Friar Tuck and Little John. ( you can view by searching on seller vikingpope) They are really nice looking figures with excellent pain jobs, really worth a look if you are into Robin Hood. I spoke with him and he intends to go further with that line with additional figures including the Sheriff’s Men. Some may consider them a bit pricey, but they are nice and worth the trouble to take a peek.

  16. Ed Borris says:

    White Castle highly over rated, I have had White Castle available to me my whole life. At one time I lived two blocks from one and in the 10 years I lived there I never went once. They were more desirable in my youth because they used to costs 12 cents for a hamburger.

    • admin says:

      I am not going to disagree with you on White Castle. It is something I want to try at least once. We never had one around here and I want to see what it is all about. I have been amaze the number of cars that have been going there and it nearly three months. They have not opened the normal way in yet due the lines.
      Laurie and I have only a few places we like to eat. Of those places two stand out Olive Branch and Chipolte. Olive Branch is a family run Mid Eastern restaurant that food is home made and great. Chipolte is another great place and what I like about it the food is healthy. The beef, pork and chiken is free range and does not have the chemicals in it. It is the “fast food” restaurant I would be on the look out for on a trip.
      I hope to get into White Castle soon so I can give you my feelings.

  17. Ed Borris says:

    Well, usually you either love them or hate them, they are unique, quite small by the way. In fact, many restaurants and bars sell small burgers of their own and call them sliders which is a popular name for the White Castle burgers

    • admin says:

      I agree with you Ed. We will love them or hate them. We had the sliders at a place in Hackensack New Jersey White Manna and like them. I read a blog where you had people like them or hating them. There are people that rave about Five Guys. They think it is best thing in the world. Laurie and I are unimpressed with Five Guys. We have tried it several times. If we were hungry and no where else was convient we would eat there. Other people would go out of their way to Five Guys.

  18. George Albany says:

    Question for everyone. My wife and I are taking a short trip up the coast to Boothbay Harbor in early June. Are there any unique toy soldier retailers or manufacturers along the New England Coast? I’ve done a couple quick searches and can’t find anything. Don’t care if it’s metal or plastic, just would like to see something different for a change.

    • admin says:

      Sadly I do not know of any toy soldier shops as it is getting harder to find them. Close toy shop I would know is Hobby Bunker and I am not sure if you will be any way near close.

  19. Mike Carlson says:

    CTS has two new WW2 German Infantry sets available. Both are worth a look….

    • admin says:

      Hi Mike
      Thanks on the heads up, I had talked to Jim McGough on Saturday and he had mention them. There two sets the first is German artillery 8 in four poses and German assualt 16 figures in 8 poses. You can see them at Cts web site.

  20. Bill Lango says:

    Paul: I want to thank you for identifying some plastic figures for me. Your help is always greatly appreciated.

  21. Ed Borris says:

    You know I was thinking that if rare or hard to find figures drove price, these are some of the hardest figures to find intact and therefore should cost a bundle:
    1- the black Knight , almost always hasa broken or missing plume
    2-The rifleman – hard to find without a broken lever on his rifle
    3-60mm Indian kneeling firing bow, now split or missing feather
    4- 60mm Indian with arrow in side, arrow always broken off
    5- 60mm cavalry kneeling fiing rifle , tip of rifle often broken
    6-60mm cavalry metallic blue with sword and pistol, sword usually short
    7- 54mm Indian riding pose, feather often missing from lance
    8-54 Robin Hood character figure, bow split
    9-Rusty, broken or mold defect on rifle

    I couldn’t come up with 10.

  22. Ed Borris says:

    There is a rumor going around that a certain famous living actor has signed a playset box and it will be raffled off at OTSN.

    • admin says:

      My bet it is Hugh Obrian as the next issue Playset Magazine is on the Marx Wyatt Earp playset and Rusty got to talk to him. I hope people do not bid crazy on it.

  23. Ed Borris says:

    Close but no cigar, Clint Eastwood, Josie Wales is my bet, of course I actually know so that’s cheating. This is an a raffle, you buy tickets and they pick it out of a hat. I think it should draw considerable interest. Clint Eastwood is a class act.

    A buddy of mine son was getting married in Hawaii, there was a restaurant in the place where the wedding recption and someone happened to notice that Clint was there having dinner with his mother. One of them approached Clint and asked him if he would take a picture with the bride and groom. He said sure, but first he had to walk his mother to the car. He walked his mother to the car came back and took pictures with the bride and groom and the parents. How cool is that?

    Reminds me of another story, when I was a kid even though I grew up 3 miles from Wrigley Field I was always a Milwaukee Braves fan, my two favorites were Eddie Mathews and Hank Aaron. Being a kid I always tried to go to a Braves game or two and one game I waited outside the locker room trying to get their autographs. First Hank came out and he faltely stated that he wasn’t signing anything, so leave him alone. The Eddie came out, he said he’s sign after he got on the bus. He sat at a window seat and then pretended he could not get the window open. That was the end of my hero worship, what a pair of jerks. Now my only hero is Yosemite Sam, I admire his intensity.

    • admin says:

      Some people are nice while others are jerks. We have met a few jerks and that turn us off to them. Others have been nice and they stay good people in our book.

  24. Ed Borris says:

    Just back from OTSN. Overall, I had a good show as far as sales go, I thought traffic during room trading was a little light, there were periods when traffic was heavy, but it was sporadic. The attendance at the show itself seemed lighter then last year, most dealers I talked to said they did pretty good though despite what I thought was lower attendance.

    Ron Barzso had his Lexington set dispalyed in the lobby of the 5th floor it’s a really nice set, the figures and buildings are nicely done. At some point I plan on buying a set of both figure sets which come in a box and are done in plastic. The tavern which I belive is an add on was really nicely done and at least the second floor was hollow whihc allows you to place figures inside. I’m not into the AWI at all, so I didn’t pat attention to it real close, but the display in the lobby was impressive and it comes with a host of accessories including a nicely done boy hiding inside a barrel and peeking out.

    TSSD had a number of new items Including Haddrians Walls forts I guess you’d call them, they looked impressive set up his room. He also had a new set of cavalry with interchangebale arms one figure carries a double barreled shotgun that he appears to be firing from his horse, this is another set I have on my buy list, somehow I got sidetracked and never got around to making the purchase. He also had his cowboy set from the OK Corrall and they too were nicely sculpted. He also had some ancients from the new company , the name escapes me at the moment, but they were 40mm war gamming type figures, the ones I saw were painted.

    A number of dealers had the Russian Revolution figures, all four sets, It seems the sculptor was at the show nad he was making the rounds selling them to the dealers. There were three boxed sets and one set set that came bagged, the bagged set comes in 54mm while the boxed sets seem to be 60mm.

    Mike Kutnick had a Ron Lizzorty Josie Wales custom playset box autographed by Clint Eastwood , this was raffled off on Saturday night with the proceeds going to charity. After the winner Steve Connel was announced he then auctioned it off and was won by Craig Remmington for a bid of $500.00, Steve then handed over the proceeds to the same charity. There were three other boxes raffled off and all the original winners followed suit and auctioned off their boxes too and all the proceeds were given to the same charity. These boxes weren’t in the same vein as the Josie Wales of course, I believe they were a reproduction of the Construction Playset box and two custom monster boxes one for the Mummy and I think Dracula.

    There seemed to be a lot of new metal figures at the show Andrea miniatures had a number of new sets display , one of which is a Tombstone set, very impressive. I didn’t even ask the price because I was afraid I’d buy it. Figarti had a Vietnam set displayed in the lobby of the room with helicopters, the one helicopted was just coming in for a landing complete with door gunners and they had fixed at the show where the blades were revolving with helicopted and battle sounds, while the off loaded GI’S wer charging the Viet Cong positions, just an amazing display.

    I had a good show, my sales were up from last year despite a slow Thursday and Friday. I tried something different this year I had made about 150 conversions of Alamo defenders and Mexicans painted in playset colors, tan for the defenders and light blue for the Mexicans. A number of people bought a handful each on Thursday and Friday, but on Saturday night one customer came in looked them over a little and said he wanted them all, at that point there were 125 left, so this made my show. I’m going to busy the rest of this year replenishing my supply of figures and making new oconversions to see how they sell at Indy.

    Anyway, I had a good time at the show and making a lot of sales certainly made it a little more fun. It’s always good to mix with the boys that I only see two or three times a year.

  25. PJR says:

    Try TSSD Brian

  26. Brian Johnson says:

    Thanx for info.

  27. George Albany says:

    Scary stuff, tumors in your lungs. Glad to hear you are okay.

  28. Don Perkins says:

    I bought mine from John Stangel (MarxMan) — all 4 of the Russian Revolution sets.

    • admin says:

      What did you pay? I am sure you will enjoy them.
      Did anyone have the Pvblvs Romans? If not Pvbluvs now has Paypal so you can order direct from Russia. I ordered four of the Roman Sets (two each of set one and two. Each set has four figures) with postage and 5% paypal fees for under $46.00. If You have any questions you can email them at

  29. Ed Borris says:

    Attended my first Cantigny show as a dealer. The grounds are beautiful and the museums are nice, got to see my first Abrams tank up close, massive turret , really track base, much shorter then many of the Patton tanks they have on display, but noticeably wider, very intimidating looking.

    The show itself is relatively small in number of dealers, perhaps 30 tables worth, the traffic was brisk, but many of the walk throughs were mother and fathers with their children. Most of my sales and they weren’t all that many were to other dealers. I guess I’m just spoiled by shows like OTSN where my sales were $1,400.00, so walking away with $100.00 isn’t all that exciting.

    • admin says:

      These smaller shows can be hit or miss. Allentown Toy show which used to be great some dealers did not pay for their tables while others did great. The recent storm had an affect on it.

  30. Ed Borris says:

    It’s funny about shows and selling, you never know when that one guy that needs what you’re selling will show up. Sometimes you can bring the best stuff and nothing will sell all day, other times you bring lesser items and they sell like hot cakes. It’s a crap shoot.

    • admin says:

      All shows are crap shoot . you think you brought the right stuff and someone asks you for an item you left at home. If it is not that then it is the situation where as you say the cheap stuff sells while the good stuff sits. I gave up figuring a show when I did it I slap some stuff into the tubs and crss my fingers.

  31. Whit Knight says:

    I didn’t know the 22nd was your birthday, Paul. Happy Birthday, my friend.

  32. Don Perkins says:

    Yes, happy birthday, Paul. Incidently, I see Ed Borris from Chicago is up at 7:00 AM checking toy soldier websites (like this one) on Christmas Eve. I thought I was the only one who did such crazy things. Here it is — Christmas Eve — and I find myself looking at my calender to recheck whether the Michigan Toy Soldier Show next month starts at 9:00 AM or at 10:00 AM. Basically, I think all this goes back to my deprived childhood where I just wasn’t getting all the Marx playsets I wanted.

    • Ed Borris says:

      I was up at ten to four, I had to go to work.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for the birthday greetings, my birthday this year was nice. We visited a friend and went out for my birthday. This year we went to one of those places where the staff sings you Happy Birthday. In years past I would avoid these places on my birthday and go to somewhere quiet. this year I wanted the noise.
      I am usually up around 6:30 AM because Percy is an early bird. The other two dogs would stay in bed longer, but not Percy so we go for walk number one. Depending if Laurie has to work or we are going somewhere, we will go back for a nap or I will get dress and check the computer. I am checking certain web sites both toy and non-toy several times a day.

  33. Whit Knight says:

    Just to let you know, I found a “new” website: They have 30mm figures available.

  34. chris says:

    Paul – Please send Theodore B.s email address if you would , like to find out if any spike fences are available . thanks chris

    • T.D. Barnecut says:

      Hi – You can contact me at tdbarnecut at live .com I have the cheval de frise available again, right now in dark grey only but will have a couple other colors available soon. Please drop me a note. Thanks.

  35. Tom says:

    Hello Stad,
    Pertaining to your 3/5/13 Comment Time, What is the link for Prince Valiant and is there some new figure news for Prince Valiant?

  36. john willis says:

    Stumbled on to this site somehow but anyway I’m 59yrs Old now and have been a lover of toy soldiers all my life I enjoy looking at dioramas and have also built some in the past I’m retired now and plan to start building again but my question is I have a box of org. Marks 54mm soldiers that I played with as a child they are stashed away in my outside building of course they have been played with some are in good condition some are not but they are all org. WWII, Civil War, Rev. War. My question to you is what is your advise to me what to do with them I know my children will probably put them in a yard sell for a buck or 2 when im gone so would just like maybe your suggestion! Thanks: John PS: My soldiers are not in their org. Box

    • admin says:

      Welcome, if you are not going to keep the figures, the best thing is to sell them now. You can do it on EBay or other sources. The figures do not have to be in original boxes.
      If you are going to keep and enjoy then you need to set up instructions to advise your children that these items are worth money.
      Hope this helps

  37. Austin Beidelschies says:

    As soon as the final plastic figures arrive I will be posting pictures of them on my twitter account. @boomcheese6969.

    • admin says:

      that is great to hear as many people are waiting for your new figures and they should be one of the highlights of OTS show.

  38. I have been trying to research cereal premium figures and it struck me that I have never seen four of the “Marx” poses that were used with Lido soldiers as Kellogg’s cereal premiums in any Lido marked packaging. Four Marx poses became staples in the Lido army; Officer with pistol and waving, advancing with bayoneted rifle, standing shooting rifle (these 3 by Marx have smooth helmets, Lido variations have webbed netting on their helmets) & prone shooting rifle. The four poses used by Kelloggs I have not seen in Lido packaging are; sitting shooting rifle and kneeling shooting bazooka from the early Marx combat GI series and crouching throwing grenade and sitting shooting scoped rifle from the later Marx GI series. Maybe the cereal premium figures were made by a mold maker using the previously made master sculpts that had been made for Marx & Lido figures. Obviously they did not mind reusing sculpts as they made Lido poses that had already been made for Marx. Rather than copying other companies figures I think a lot of the similarity was the mold makers cutting corners using existing sculpts. Another example could be the Payton 45mm GIs that are the same poses as the Marx 45mm GIs. Does anyone have the four “Lido/Marx” GIs used by Kelloggs in Lido packaging??

  39. Georoge Albany says:

    I’ve got a question, maybe someone can point me in the right direction. Since most of the folks who post on this site are into plastic, it may be a shot in the dark, but I’ll ask anyway. Some time ago, I picked up a box of various damaged figures (survivors of the BB gun wars I like to call them) that I’ve been repairing or converting. One is a very nice Elastolin composite mounted WW II German soldier. His body is in good shape and the horse can be salvaged. The problem is, he’s got no head. He looks to be 65/70 mm. I’ve looked around, hoping to find a damaged German at the shows whose head could be transplanted or looked for a head the proper size, but no luck. Any suggestions where I might look to find this fellow a new head so that he stops chasing Ichabod Crane around the house?

  40. I spoke with Mike Handley who is at OTSN. He said room trading was the best he had experienced in years. Lots of floor traffic.

  41. Len says:

    Hi Stad. It’s Len “The Pop Culture Fanatic” from the Season one West Coast Wonders epsisode of Toy Hunter and the guy Jordan called to get the Mummy figure for Kirk Hammett on “The Toy Haunter” Halloween Special. I noticed that you skipped me in your review. I’m a “contract” (I assume you meant contact) whom Jordan calls according to your article. I would greatly appreciate it if you would refer to me as Len, whom Jordan referred to as a Pop Culture Fanatic in the season one West Coast Wonders ep of Toy Hunter and as a master collector with deep shelves on this Halloween ep. You could say something nice or strange (or nice AND strange) about my appearance and my collection if you like (again greatly appreciated). As this ep is up for anyone to see on the Toy Hunter site, you’re giving away any spoilers. So please do refer to me as above, as I’ve been on the show twice now. Thanks so Much! Love your site. Best, Len

    • admin says:

      Welcome Len
      Sorry I missed your name when reviewing the show but I can only watch the show once. I will update the review. I missed the word (contract should have been contact.)in my checking of my article. From what I can see you have a nice collection.

  42. Lynn Graves says:

    Paul, need your email address again. Thanks.

  43. Ron Angleton says:

    Paul: would you have the atlantic cowboy hanging from the tree in gray?….Ron Angleton

    • admin says:

      Sorry I do not have that figure for sale. The hanging man is one of the hardest figures to find from the Atlantic western series. First it was not in all the boxes. second the hanging man breaks from the tree. Third the molds are lost or destroyed as they were shipped to Iraq.
      The figure comes in light gray or brown. The figure can go for $45.00 and up.

  44. john cross says:

    I spoke to the guy on the King and Country stand today at the London toy show. He had examples of the new painted plastic Alamo Mexicans. There was a gun and crew, 1 mounted figure (may have been Santa Anna), and several infantry. He said they would be launched next week. The infantry will be sold in packs of 2 for $29. There will be a command set comprising of an officer, a standard bearer and a drummer. (sorry can’t remember the price). I think the gun and 3 crew will be about $60. The figures were hard plastic and quite well painted. He suggested that it was an economic way to build up an army, although at nearly $15 a figure I think an army will be out of my price range. I hope they have a rethink and issue them unpainted, as I am sure there will be a market for them as they are very nice figures. Hope this is useful. JX.

    • admin says:

      Thank you for letting us know about this information. I am sure the readers will appreciated your information on these plastic figures from King and Country. I agree the price of the figures will put out of the range of most people, who are into plastic.
      How was the rest of the show?

  45. Arlin Tawzer says:

    Hello Stad,
    I was looking at one of your old 1994 “Worlds of Plastic Figures”, issue 10, vol 2, no. 4. On page 6 you had a story on Spanish Figures dealing with the exploration of the new world. I was always fascinated with those figures and the subject in particular. Do you still have those figures? Now that we have the internet, would it be possible for you to put up scans of these? The magazine pictures were small grainy black and white pictures of about one inch by two. I always wanted to see these in all their glory. Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Hello Arlin
      Welcome and to answer your question, yes I still have the figures. I got those figures from the late Tom Rash at a toy show at what was the time Holiday Inn, it is now a Econo Lodge. When I saw the figures I liked them as they were so different. I later found out from Juan Hermida, the author of Plastic Toy Figures Made in Spain, that they were for the Spanish Exploration and were only sold at a museum in Spain. I have not seen any other examples of these figures since. I will get them out of the boxes and photographed in the next few days.

      • Arlin Tawzer says:

        You know, After reading your article again, you surmised since the figures read “made in Spain” in English, even though they were made in Spain, that they must be made for an American market. I think you may be right. Maybe they were made for Puerto Rico. Obispo Manso, on e of the figures, was the Bishop of Puerto Rico. He started the Cathedral of San Juan and died in Puerto Rico in 1539. The native girl called “Guanina” is also a Puerto Rican legen. Guanina was a Taino Indian princess in love with Don Cristobal de Sotomayor, a Spanish officer. She tried to warn him her brother was going to kille him, which happened in an ambush. They were going to sacrifice her as a traitor but she was found dead with her head lying on Sotomayor’s chest. They were buried together. Of course Ponce de Leon was a conquistador who founded the oldest settlement in Puerto Rico. Juan Ponce de León and one of his top commanders, Diego de Salazar (probably the Salazar figure) led the Spaniards in a series of offensives which included a massacre of the Taino forces in the domain of Agüeybaná II. And the slaves speak to the Puerto Rican natives being a mixture of Taino, Africans and Spaniards. Slaves were imported to work the fields alongside the remaining Tainos. No idea who Donna Lenor is. But these may have been made for Puerto Rican gift shops for tourists?

        • admin says:

          Great information on these figures, which I will take pictures today. I will look at my Spanish book and see if I can contact Juan to get more information.

          • erwin sell says:

            I have a huge vintage Spanish figures collection in cases(from reamsa,jecsan,olive/puchol; many are nativity/Arab and peasant figures very good for any period, let me know what figures are you looking in to..I will start to sale many on eBay..To be honest I may have over 2000 of them, collected from the early 90’s in my trips to Spain and other ways..Let me know what I can help in..Glad you are back in better shape!!.Best regards. Erwin

          • admin says:

            Thank you for your offer to help on this question. I have to do a photo of the figures, but I am jammed with other work right now so the picture will not be done until tomorrow.
            I am a big collector of Spanish figures myself. I bought a load in an auction many years ago and I have been adding on when I can. I find the figures they very interesting.

          • Arlin Tawzer says:

            Did you scan these yet and I just don’t know where to look?

          • admin says:

            I don’t think I did the photo yet. If not it will be up in a day or two. Sorry for the delay, just too much is pushing for my tiem.

        • erwin says:

          DONNA LEONOR could be(Doña Leonor de Figueroa,)!?Ponce de Leon mother. These figures were made in Spain with many others from all the Conquest period ,more character like Pizarro and Cortez-with india Maria too were done .No for the market of Puerto Rico.Mexico,Panama ,Peru ,Argentina carry/import them .Some were copied and redone on those countries.

  46. Arlin Tawzer says:

    Has it been a few days yet? 😉

    • admin says:

      We did not broadcast about me into the hospital for various reasons. One reason I did not realize that I would be in the hospital for a week. At the moment I am surprised the amount of water I carried and got off. I feel so much better. Thank you for your concern.

  47. Mike Goins says:

    I had noticed your stuff wasn’t on Ebay and the silence on this site. I was worried something health wise had occurred but am glad you’re back in the saddle again. My interests lie with vintage Marx and some Conte rather than most of the new figures everyone seems to be into now but I don’t miss a day checking out your site. You definitely were missed. Take care of yourself!

    • admin says:

      I wanted to keep the situation under wraps so there would not be any silly speculation from certain parties. Also the decision to go to the hospital was made in a day. In the future I will have a device that I can do the web site when I am away from home health or otherwise.
      What is nice is that our hobby can have so many interests. You can just collect the old figures or you can get the new figures to enhance your stories.
      Glad you enjoy the site, I try to share my passion for this hobby.
      As to taking care of myself, it has already started. Laurie has had us on a low sodium diet for years. I have to adjust it for example no more ham or processed meats such as deli meats. I have a number of pills to take every day. finally I will get on to a exercise program to help get my weight down further.

  48. Al says:

    Hi Paul

    Get well – the hobby needs people with your genuine enthusiasm and appreciation
    of Plastic Toy Soldiers.

    I always look forward to your Comments and Observations on the hobby.


    • admin says:

      Thanks for the kind words, next to my wife and three dogs, I so love the hobby. I have seen so many interesting figures and sure I will see many more.

  49. Tom Black says:

    Hello Stad,
    Will there be any news coming from the NY Toy Fair this Sunday or Monday?

    • admin says:

      Hello Tom
      I do not know if any information will be out by Sunday or Monday from the New York Toy Fair. I use to go, but like so many others we gave up on the show to find anything that we were aware of. Last great item I found was Marx Reissue playsets and that was over 30 years ago. Much of the news will surface on various sites. One report has Revell releasing again their 54mm sets including the Accurate figures. As we get news we will pass it on.
      If you are into action figures go to Action Figure Insider as they getting a look at the new figures.

      • Tom Black says:

        I checked some websites for NY Toy fair News. Hasbro is coming out with a Star Wars line called Star Wars Command which is 2.5 inch Army Men/Toy Soldier multi-colored figures. Also a 2.5 action Figure line for Guardians of the Universe. That is all I have seen so far.

  50. Tom Black says:

    Woodbury prison survivor playset coming 4th qrt from Gentle Giant. Includes a Rick Grimes figure and 3 new Zombie sculpts. This Play Set will go along with the set including the Daryl figure coming 2nd qrt from Gentle Giant.

    • admin says:

      I had seen that Gentle Giant was doing Walking Dead playsets. These figures along with Hasbro Star Command could to start rebirth of figures we liked.

  51. John Pezzola says:

    Any word if Armies in Plastic plans to release WWI artillery and machine gun units? Also, it would be nice to see more Russo – Japanese stuff from them.

  52. Don Perkins says:

    I periodically mention the need for WWI artillery and machine gun units to Tony at Armies in Plastic, but he’s noncommital. I recommend that you call the AIP phone number (listed on the AIP website), and add your voice to this subject. Tony’s always accessible — always willing to discuss and consider things. We’ve now got affordable WWI tanks (from Weston), and have AIP infantry and cavalry for all the major WWI powers, but still lack WWI artillery, plus the all important German machine gun units. We’ve also got the excellent Formtec WWI trench system. After making a yeoman contribution to WWI plastic figures, AIP needs to finish the job.

    • Brian Johnson says:

      Need AIP WW1 Turks,Serbs, Austro-Hungarians,Belgians,Italians,Slouch hat Australians.Need Pre Helmet troops of all nations.French tanks and other series of British tanks.And lets go crazy gas mask wearing troops of all nations.

  53. hello everyone, Dan Beidelschies from Austin Miniatures here. I just got a few cases of my new WW2 Marines air mailed. the color is od green. they come in a plastic bag with header card. 12 figures in 6 poses. $25 a bag plus shipping. I will try and get a picture up on my website soon. these figures will only be available thru Austin Miniatures. give me a call at 419 616 3697. I will have prototypes of 6 Japanese soldiers at the Chicago toy soldier show. also the first two figures in a new metal series of 1930’s gangsters and cops. thank you for all your continued support.

  54. Brian Johnson says:

    The picture on the Austin website shows 8 different figures(poses).Your post says 12 figs in 6 poses so were 2 poses not made and which ones or do you have different poses in the bags?

    • Hello Brian, 2 poses of the 8 figures I have on my website will be in my next set of Marines along with 4 more new poses. I will post on my website next week the 6 figures in set 1. My photo guy is outta town this week.

  55. Mark says:

    Just fantasizing publicly here ,wanna get some others thoughts on this idea !
    Marx Captain Gallant Arabs and Legionnaires enlarged to 6 inch size, anybody know anything about copyrights on these figures ?


    • admin says:

      In answer to your question about copyrights. You could not use the words Marx or Captain Gallant as they are trademarked and copyrighted. Also you could not do a figure of Buster Crabbe or his son unless you have permission due to a California law. As to doing the Arabs and Legionnaires you may be able to them as there have been copies of Marx figures. You may have to do changes to the figure to avoid problems. A copyright lawyer might be needed. Doing one for yourself no problem, if thinking do them for resale you have to think other factors such as demand etc.

  56. Mark says:

    Thanks for the info ! ,

  57. George Albany says:

    I’m wondering if anyone has any advice on Irish toy soldier manufacturers or retailers. My daughter is spending a semester at the University of Limerick and we are going to visit her for ten days at the end of this month. As she will have to attend her classes, we will have some free time to do some touring, so I’m hoping that I might be able to find something interesting, metal or plastic. I asked Ron Ruddell at London Bridge and he was not aware of any manufacturers or retailers. He said to keep my eye out for flea markets and the like. Anyone have any thoughts?

  58. Ed Connell says:

    Hi George, I don’t know about the retailers there, but it seems to me that with Britain not that far away, you may be able to find some interesting items. Good luck, and let us know what you find out.

  59. George Albany says:

    Thanks guys. Won’t be able to go to the show, will be winging over the Atlantic on the 23rd. If I find anything interesting someplace else, I’ll let you know.

  60. George Albany says:

    Welp, got back from Ireland last evening. Nice place, pretty countryside, friendly folks, and very clean, at least what we saw. Even the cities Dublin and Cork (which they pronounce kaarrrch) were much cleaner than the cities here in the U.S.

    Bad news is that Primce August appears to be the only game in town. Since they have pretty much worldwide distribution, I didn’t bother going to their location.

    I was surprised, we visited two castles, Blarney (and I didn’t kiss the stone) and Bunratty, and expected to at least find some plastic knights in a header card bag as souveniers, but nope, nada, zilch.

    In speaking with the proprietor of a public house one evening, I asked about toy soldiers. He merely shrugged and said little Irish boys don’t play with soldiers.

    We did see the real thing on the way to the airport; passed an armored personnel carrier on the highway.

  61. Does anybody know of or seen any ads for any product tie ins for the upcoming movie FURY?Would be nice to see some Tanks depicted in the flic show up on toy shelves in the 54MM range in a BMC/CTS style even though they would probably be just Shermans and Tigers like there’s not enough of them available.Any figures being released?Has any one seen a trailer showing any other AFVs beside a Sherman/Tiger?

  62. Sakiya Bisher-Nea says:

    Hello! Wondering if any of you could help me. As a kid I had the most awesome female figurine I’d ever seen. I picked her up in about 2000 from Kansas City’s Crown Center Mall’s Toy Time.The toy was very detailed and probably about 3″ tall. She wasn’t in any packaging just loose in a bin with a tag on her. She had a very wide stance (possibly meant for horse back riding but she stood just fine) and very baggy red pants that were positioned in a way that looked like they were blowing back in the wind. She had on a white headdress that also blew back in the wind, fixed on her head by a (gold?) circlet. At her belt she had a small black pouch with a gold key printed on the outside. I believe she had a knife both in her hand and on her belt but I can’t remember. I have no idea as to the brand. I lost her long ago but I would love to find her again. Does she ring a bell to anyone? If I even knew the brand that would be a start.

    • Mark says:

      Have you tried google images or ebay with any key words that might help,was it an American Indian female, were the cloths molded plastic or actual cloth,was the headdress an American Indian feather headdress ? anymore info could help such as do you remember any date on it ? I can try to help but it sounds pretty tough one to find ! Good Luck ! Mark

  63. Kevin Han says:

    Hello, I wondering if anyone knew if there are any 54mm plastic Vietnam War toy soldiers on the market. I have been looking for sometime and all I have found are some figures made by an Australian company called “Gun Ho”. But I can’t seem to find any of them online. So does anyone know of any other companies that could carry these figures.

    Thanks Kevin

  64. Ed Borris says:

    I believe Gun Ho went under years ago or at least stopped production. The Marxman is supposed to come out with a line of Viet Nam figures in early 2015 I think. TSSD will carry them whent hey are available. Not sure if there will be other dealers. TSSD is Toy Soldiers of San Diego, they have a web site.

    • admin says:

      Ed B
      You are right Gung Ho went out of business years ago. TSSD is only one of three dealers who will have the figures from Stengel Jr. The other dealer besides Marxman will be Steve Weston.

  65. Ed Borris says:

    So, if you are in the US and you don’t attend shows your best bet is TSSD.

  66. Kevin says:

    Thank you all for the information regarding the Vietnam War Figures. I do have some another questions for you all though…
    I was wondering if any of you know if airfix will ever re release any of their cold war/1970s modern soldiers in 54mm. I believe they were released in the 70s and 80s and I managed to get a box of the modern german infantry but they are very hard to come by now and very expensive. I do know that airfix did recently come back out their SAS figures so maybe they are testing the market for their other modern figures.

    Another question I have was about BMC. Do they have their own website, or a number to contact them with?


    • admin says:

      We will have to wait until the toy fairs in February when the companies will announce their plans for 2015.
      BMC has a web site BMC Toys

  67. Sophie says:

    Hi there,
    Somewhere I saw a postcard you posted, of ‘shooting the rapids’ – the image has a tipi and canoes on a river. Any chance you still have that card, or a pic of it you could share with me? Or information about the provenance of the card so I could find one?

    • admin says:

      Hello Sophie
      I do not have the card any more. I do not remember when I posted the article.
      Kevin Sprecher of Toy Soldier Headquarters may have some of the canoes for sale. Because they are hard plastic they tend to come up damaged.

  68. Jack Gibbons says:

    I picked up a Safari Ltd US GIs Toob at Michael’s the other day. Six nice figures, that remind you of Airfix and Dulcop GI poses. They are are closer in size to the Ideal GIs. The figures are solid, painted, but do not have set bases. For purists you may want to add to the paint jobs.
    If you use a Michael’s coupon these end up being a little over a dollar each. My camera is charging – pictures are up on San Diego Toy Soldiers’ site.

    And, several of the Safari Roman figures are also at Michael’s. Painted and 70mm, they may not blend well with other figures, but are still nice additions to the collection.

  69. Jim Mc Gough says:

    Hi Paul
    It’s been a while since I’ve seen you and Laurie, hope you are both well. Just wanted to let you know that we (CTS) have sets of North Koreans, South Korean, U.S. Marines and assorted heavy weapons with crews planed in various stages of development.GI’s,other U.N. participants and Vehicles are also in discussion.
    We appreciate being able to see the collectors feedback on your open blog.
    Jim Mc Gough, Dave Payne and Tim Mc Gough

  70. Andy Dubill says:

    Paul–sorry to hear you have not been well-hopefully you have beat whatever it is!! Now a figure question. I recently saw a plastic 60mm Marx-like figure of Howdy Doody (my hero from my youth) made by Kagran. I would like to acquire one to put on display with all the 60mm Marx figures I purchased from you so long ago. Just wondered if you happen to have one for sale or can suggest any leads to me. I have a picture of the figure but am not sure how to send it to you. Thanks. Andy Dubill

    • admin says:

      Hi Andy
      I has been awhile. First as to my health I am doing very well. My exercise program has increased my strength and my doctors are pleased with my progress.
      On the Marx Howdy Doody Figure I do not have one for sale or know of one for sale. The four figures were Howdy Doody, Mr. Bluster, Dilly Dally and Princess Summerfall Winterspring. The four figures were shown in a Marx figure catalog, but it is not know if they were sold in stores. Figures did emerged from the Marx warehouse sale. The figure was done in soft and hard plastic. A reissue was seen from Hong Kong on a parachute.

  71. Steven McPherson says:

    Hello out there I am in need of the Barzo Buckman Tavern building. It is sold out now. HELP ME LOCATE. THANK YOU

    • admin says:

      I have place your request up on the site to see if anyone can help. I f I get any responses I will pass it along but I can not make any guarantee. I would advise to keep watching EBay.

  72. Mark says:

    Some interesting new converted Captain Gallant figures on ebay,here is one
    eBay item number:

  73. Mark says:

    Right Paul, very nice stuff !

  74. ed borris says:

    I’m cheaper, but so far I have only done Alamo. I got 100 of them, many one timers.

  75. Mark says:

    Any photos to share Ed ?

  76. ed borris says:

    I’ll see what I can do. I did post some pictures here of past ones. Not sure when that was though. Oh, now I have 102, not counting the ones I have put aside for a friend.

  77. ed borris says:


    There’s a heading at the top of the page that will give you a direct link to some of my conversions. I need a better photographer.

    • admin says:

      Ed B
      Sorry about that I have set up a new post with your conversions. I must click on pages instead of posts. It was early in the morning, the boys had me up at 5;30 to go out.

  78. ed borris says:

    Hey, when you got to go, you got to go, bladders wait for no man.

  79. Mike says:

    Just wondering if anyone could help- I remember when I was in the first grade, in 1962. It was Christmas, and I had a new friend who lived across the street. We couldn’t remember each other’s name, so we both called each other “buddy.” My new friend got a construction play-set for Christmas. As I remember (I could be wrong), it was a boxed set, with trucks, etc., and blue MPC ring-hand or slot-hand figures. Can anyone tell me where I might find pics of this set? I’ve been collecting for about 18 years. During this time, I don’t remember seeing any Ebay offerings or info on any site about a MPC construction set. I’d love to see pics if anyone can help. Just for nostalgia reasons. Thanks! Mike

  80. Tnes says:

    Hey Stad,

    I came across an interesting new bucket of soldiers at Wal-Mart the other day. I took a couple of pictures of the soldiers when I got home and wanted to share them with everyone here since I have not seen them pop up anyplace yet.

    Do you have a good way for me to e-mail them to you?


  81. Bobby G. Moore says:

    I hope these really are something new, and not the Sad looking Airfix, Matchbox, PP/Timmee copies they have had for the last year. If they are something new then I look forward to seeing them.
    Bobby Moore

  82. Mike Mullins says:

    I just bought a small bag of figures at a local toy store. Inside was a blue rubber skin-diver figure in wet-suit, holding a knife. Figure is about 54mm. Logo on bottom says Marx Hong Kong. Anyone have info as to rarity or value? Mike

  83. Bill Nevins says:

    Mike that’s probably from the underwater set of figures done by Quaker Oates right at the very end of Marx. They came in a bag set with a aquatic vehicle.. Some sort of water rescue set.
    I have a couple of the poses and I don’t think that they are particularly desireable.

    More a curiosity type item as the last of the great figure lines.

    • Mike Mullins says:

      Thanks for the comments and info on the Marx diving figure (walking, holding knife.) After searching a little harder. I found the figure on the TSHQ site. The figure is, indeed, part of a small “Rescue” playset. While I really like the figure I have, I somewhat agree with the comment about the other figures in this series not being very attractive. Thanks to all again. Mike

  84. I think I remember seeing them in Payton packaging

  85. Mark says:

    They kind of remind me of plaster figures , made in France or by Miller with the peculiar style of bases with ferns in them to give added strength, copies of some plaster figures ? ( at least none I know of )

    • admin says:

      The figure is a Marx figure. It is a reissue

      • The policeman with handcuffed criminal was only sold with the Marxville Police Station in cream. When K-Line bought most of the Marx railroad related molds at the mold dispersement sale in the 1980s they got the mold. I think it made two sets of five figures. Each set would have two of the policeman and criminal + a newsboy carrying a folded newspaper. K-Line made the mold in the blue color.

        • Mark says:

          Thanks for the info Kent, were they just sold with Marx trains ?

          • Although many of the 30/35mm Marx figures were sold in the Airport and Sear Store playsets a number of them only came with the Marxville buildings used with their electric trains. In addition to the policeman with criminal there were; 3 firemen and a dog with the fire station, bicyclist, girl with book bag and teacher with the school, milkman, girl jumping rope, and boy roller skating with some of the houses, butcher with the grocery, minister, bride & groom with the church and farm couple with the barn. Some of these sets also had a few of the figures also in the Airport and Sear Store molds.

        • Brian Johnson says:

          What scale??

  86. Gerry McCabe says:

    Paul – love your website, both photos and commentary. I used to enjoy buying the odd loose figure from you – is there a link to your sales items from the website?

  87. Mark says:

    Wasn’t able to make the East Coaster today, feeling under the weather and spent the day in bed, was looking forward to it I’ll have try for the next show !

    • admin says:

      Sorry to hear you did not make it. It was a great show with lots of great buys. I will be working on the report and be showing a rare Marx prototype Captain Kidd and the Pirates that Francis Turner was gracious to allow us to photograph.

    • admin says:

      Interesting I find the women but the men.

      • erwin says:

        Great find and match admin. I always like eBay specially when finding full sets that tell you how they come pack, it sever as a catalog information. It is good source of information even thought many think is not. I use to research prices and how toys were pack and sold.
        Probably in this case if was not by this listing would take you years to find out one full set like this.

  88. Erwin says:

    I think that is the small scale version apostle figures box set.
    Never seen the large in that format.

    • admin says:

      It is the smaller set, which I have had. It is not marked with any Marx logo.

      • erwin says:

        I once saw it in a show, never liked. I got the large nice full set of 12 plus 2 and with two Jesus(wonder why the two Jesus with differed hand raised were done),also when I got the unpainted set they all come in different shades of cream and light caramel /tan color hard plastic but from a boxed collection from old lady that say were from her niece.

        • admin says:

          The reason that Marx made two Jesus figures is they goofed. The first Jesus figure was done with his left hand up. People got upset as it was thought left hand was evil. The reason for this negativity was in ancient times the left hand was used to clean bodily bowel functions, so the left hand was considered unclean. Marx was forced to redo the Jesus figure with its right hand up.

  89. I think the small set is a knockoff and not made by Marx. I have had a small scale boxed “Marx” Nativity set which was not marked Marx either. The presidents on pedestals were copied in Hong Kong as well.

    • admin says:

      On the smaller saints set it has been a debate if it is Marx or a copy. Until I see paper documentation I will leave it under Marx.

  90. Mark says:

    Definitely !

  91. erwin says:

    More incredible is in some cases I had seen crazy buyers paid a silly overpriced item either by ignorance or else!!
    Now this case is a very common figure seen and sold many times before, wonder if this seller had actually realize it?

  92. Jack Gibbons says:

    I had several of these figures courtesy of my mom’s willingness to bring home big bags of soldiers from the rummage sales for $.50. I lost them somewhere along the way.

    As to the pose why is the “stabbing down” so rare? I know the original six poses are recast. But what happened to this pose? With all the knowledge on this site I am sure there is an answer.

    • erwin says:

      Jack.Base in what I heard from comments, listing description is that the figures was released in 1963 for short time and retired after some complain because considered “too violent” !!!?. So was terminated out of the set and never released with other poses again. Because limited produced is considered hard to get ,still x some reason and to my eyes I had seen it often.
      So far I had seen it 3-4 times at show and more than 3 times on eBay, price never near this screaming number.
      Here is a link of last seen on ebay sold out.

      • erwin says:

        I like to add that interesting the one small set has a close pose that apparently was corrected !? to avoid this or else!?.
        Stabbing down mean in my opinion is rare in this specific case ,the victim=receiver is in very bad luck, looking with anti war eyes I will think it resemble a typical execution of wounded, persecuted, prisoner or else specially because it is WW2 German soldier. My thoughts!!
        No will be seen same way in Japanese as typical attacking with bayonets.
        Sample Japanese jecsan set has an officer executing=cutting low -the head of victim!? with katana. It would be very offensive back them x child I will think, for US-British else toy collectors is just a historical action figure now.
        The particulars pose was copied and cast in metal with a second kneeling Chinese poses in pair set on wood base with Chinese historical words and sold at Chinese museum as reminder of Japanese atrocities against Chinese. So here is a sample how a pose some times could be interpreted.
        Once again my opinion. Don’t call me on this please

  93. Mark says:

    Marx Nutty Generals and Marx Nutty General prototypes

    • admin says:

      A very interesting set of photos. Nutty generals are hard to find. I have been only lucky to find a few in the UK. There are reissues of German figure which were done in the UK.

      • Mark says:

        I have a Manuel Maracca in poor condition very very fragile, I had two reissues Field Marshall Von Strudel and Most Hon Saki, excellent casting quality, sorry I sold them ,I’m always looking for Nutty General reissues and 6 inch Goldmarx ( certain ones )

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