Category Archives: Dioramas and Displays

W Britains Limited Edition Series: The Battle of Bushy Run – now in stock

W. Britain Toy Soldiers and Model Figures has released a new Limited Edition series of three sets based on the painting of ‘The Battle of Bushy Run’ by the historical painter Don Troiani.

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The 1763 Battle of Bushy Run was the climax of Pontiac’s
Rebellion. In this engagement, troops of the 42nd (Royal Highland))
Regiment defeated a coalition of Native American Warriors
from the Delaware, Shawnee, Mingo and Huron tribes. These
limited edition sets, used along with other figures from the Clash
of Empires collection, can create a stunning display. Each box is
adorned with a representation of the original Troiani art work and
is accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. These sets are
strictly limited to a run of 350 and will not be reproduced.

The figures are also suitable for action from the French and Indian War through the American Revolution.

troiani-bushy-run-painting

The three Limited Edition sets retail for $125 each and are now in stock. Click on any image to view/order on our website:

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Battle of Bushy Run No. 1

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BRC16039 Battle of Bushy Run No. 2 – Figure 1 of 3

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BRC16040 Battle of Bushy Run No. 2 – Figure 2 of 3

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BRC16040 Battle of Bushy Run No. 2 – Figure 3 of 3

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BRC16041 Battle of Bushy Run No. 3 – Figure 1 of 2

Battle of Bushy Run No. 3 - Figure 2 of 2

BRC16041 Battle of Bushy Run No. 3 – Figure 2 of 2

These figures from the Clash of Empires series  complement the Limited Edition sets:

16042 Prone Native Warriors

BRC16042 Prone Native Warriors

BRC16047 British 42nd Highlander Standing Firing #1

BRC16047 British 42nd Highlander Standing Firing #1

BRC16048 British 42nd Highlander Standing Ramming

BRC16048 British 42nd Highlander Standing Ramming

BRC16049 British 42nd Highlander Kneeling Firing #1

BRC16049 British 42nd Highlander Kneeling Firing #1

BRC16050 British 42nd Highlander Grenadier Stand/Firing #1

BRC16050 British 42nd Highlander Grenadier Stand/Firing #1

 

 

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.

Toysoldierco Spotlight: World War II Bundles pair the cream of the our WWII figures with the best accessories

We have had enormous success with our painted and unpainted World War II playsets over the years. These collections of figures and accessories, which recreate a battle (such as Bastogne), a campaign (like the Pacific Theater) or even just a moment in time (such as the taking of a bridge behind the lines on D-Day), have been popular ever since we reintroduced the concept of playsets back in the 1980s. But while our playsets are evergreens, selling through the year, they can be expensive. So as a way of giving the customer a taste of what a playset might contain, or even better, giving a moment in time from the bigger themed sets, I created our range of World War II Bundles. Each of these sets generally includes a set of painted figures plus a first-rate accessory, heavily discounted to make them all the more attractive to those on a budget. Like our playsets, the bundles recreate a moment, a snapshot of soldiers in action.

BRP000913 US Infantry and Form Tech Ruin

Deetail WWII American Bundle #4 – Building Defense
This is a combination of a classic Form Tech multi-room ruined building (made of expanded foam resin) with a set of discontinued, fully-painted Britains Deetail U.S. Infantrymen, released for just one year back in 2003.
(Click on the picture to view on our website)

BRP000914 Japanese and CTS Chi Ha resized

Deetail WWII Japanese Bundle #1 – Chi-Ha Attack
This grouping includes a fully painted CTS Japanese Chi-Ha tank in authentic camouflage, plus 12 currently-produced Britains Deetail fully-painted Japanese Infantry.
Click on the picture to view on our website.

BRP000912 German Bundle 7 with CTS PZ IV side armor resized

Deetail WWII German Bundle #6 – Up-Armored PZ IV
We haven’t offered these discontinued, fully-painted Britains Deetail Germans, produced for just one year in 2003, in over a decade. But here we pair them with the CTS Panzer IV tank with side armor plates, painted in authentic camouflage as it would have been fielded in the Russian Campaign.
Click on the picture to view on our website.

If you’d like to look through all our World War II Bundles (currently numbering 31), just click here to see them all on our website: World War II Bundles.

Massive toy soldier display by director Peter Jackson commemorates WWI Battle at Gallipoli

Peter Jackson with soldiers

Read the news article about director Peter Jackson and his massive toy soldier display in this news article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm…

For incredible detail on the toy soldier project, check out their blog:

http://www.anzacdiorama.blogspot.co.nz/

 

French TV News Piece on Incredible Starlux Collection

Following through on New Year’s Resolution # 1 (expand our website listings for our extensive collection of Starlux Napoleonic figures), we bumped into this 2010 French news piece about a passionate Starlux collector. Warning: it’s in French, and you have to view one minute of French commericals to get to the video. Enjoy!

TF1 Starlux Toy Soldier Collector Extraordinaire

Playmobil stop motion battle scenes

I have been using Playmobil castles, buildings, ships and other accessories for wargaming props since the 1970s. But as much as I love their highly realistic inanimate items, their figures are just too ‘toy-ish’ for gaming alongside traditional toy soldiers. You’ll find other posts on this blog featuring Playmobil castles and buildings with toy soldiers (like this one), but I stumbled on these amazing links to some videos featuring full battle scenes using the Playmobil figures – some of them hand-painted! Stop-motion is a painstaking and time-sucking process. Hats off to these dedicated Playmobil fans.