Category Archives: Christmas Gift Ideas

Christmas Gift Ideas: History Works Metal Toy Soldiers – great value!

Priced at just $13 for foot figures and $20 for mounted, these beautifully sculpted and superbly painted 54mm metal figures represent a real value in today’s market.

View all our current offerings from History Works on our website here

Here are some examples:

12-Pounder Field Piece...$13

12-Pounder Field Piece…$13 view/order

WWII German Sniper, 1944 - Scharfschutzen...$13.00

WWII German Sniper, 1944 – Scharfschutzen…$13.00  view/order

 

Japanese Daimyo Motonari, Battle of Miyajima 1551...$19.50

Japanese Daimyo Motonari, Battle of Miyajima 1551…$19.50  view/order

Viking Warrior...$13.00

Viking Warrior…$13.00  view/order

Napoleonic Polish Lancer, 1813...$20.00

Napoleonic Polish Lancer, 1813…$20.00  view/order

Napoleonic Officer, The Empress Dragoons, 1812...$20.00

Napoleonic Officer, The Empress Dragoons, 1812…$20.00  view/order

Owned and operated by Richard Walker, the former general manager of Britains, History Works is new to the market for 2016. Formerly known as Del Prado, which pioneered budget-conscious soldiers for novice as well as experienced collectors. Because History Works’ many ranges cover a wide variety of historical periods, most collectors will be able to find something to suit their taste.

View all our current offerings of History Works figures on our website here.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Our 2016 Top Five Playsets

Every year, we field calls and emails from customers eager to know the best value gift for toy soldiers. Our answer is: playsets! Purchase a plastic toy soldier playset and you provide a chance for a kid or adult enthusiast to set up and/or play a battle. Both sides in an engagement are represented, often with accessories like buildings or artillery to anchor the fun. The playsets are discounted heavily, and we ship them for free! View all our 131 playset on our website.

Back in the 1950-70s, the Sears Wish Book sears-wish-book-vintage-ad-with-fort-apache-and-the-alamocontained a range of playsets from Marx Toys. Many remember those pages fondly – and remember the excitement of finding a playset under the Christmas tree. Marx is no longer in business, but we carry recasts of their figures as well as models from many other manufacturers. Inspired by Marx, we’ve produced a huge variety of our own playsets for over thirty years. We offer painted versions of playsets in addition to unpainted ones. They don’t cost $7.95 as they did in the 1950’s, but our playsets offer great value.

Here’s a selection of our most popular playsets for 2016:

Deluxe Painted American Revolution Playset (45 pieces)...$279

Deluxe Painted American Revolution Playset (45 pieces)…$279 view/purchase

Battle Ready WW II D-Day Playset (109 pieces)...$119

Battle Ready WW II D-Day Playset (109 pieces)…$119 view/purchase

Deluxe Marx Recast Alamo Playset (222 pieces)...$169

Deluxe Marx Recast Alamo Playset (222 pieces)…$169  view/purchase

Deluxe Pickett's Charge Playset (392 pieces)...$299

Deluxe Pickett’s Charge Playset (392 pieces)…$299  view/purchase

Deluxe Vietnam War Jungle Battle

Deluxe Vietnam War Jungle Battle (191 pieces)…$279 view/purchase

View all our 131 playset on our website.

Christmas Gift Ideas: Ceremonial Metal Toy Soldiers

To many people, the phrase ‘toy soldiers’ conjures up an image of the Changing of the Guard at London’s Buckingham Palace. Clad in dress uniforms, these soldiers are viewed by millions of tourists every year. Our ceremonial toy soldiers are cast in metal and painted in authentic uniforms. In scale they are 54mm, or about 2 1/4 inches tall. W. Britains has produced these figures since their earliest days, and we offer a huge variety of their ceremonial figures.

In the spirit of the current Netflix series The Crown, we’ve created several new sets this year including the W. Britains Queen Elizabeth II figure. They are priced at $60 each:

H.M. Queen Elizabeth with Beefeaters of the Tower

H.M. Queen Elizabeth with Beefeaters of the Tower – view/order on website

H.M. Queen Elizabeth with Her Life Guards

H.M. Queen Elizabeth with Her Life Guards – view/order on website

Queen Elizabeth and Her Scots Guards

Queen Elizabeth and Her Scots Guards – view/order on website

View all these sets as well as our entire range of W. Britains toy soldiers on our website here.