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.

New from Expeditionary Force: Ancient Persian ‘Immortals’ in Robes – first of their Persians with interchangeable weapons

Expeditionary Force of Singapore has released a new set of Ancient Persian Immortals, their first Persians with interchangeable weapons. These figures arrive with weapons cast separately. They can be easily changed between figures, allowing for greater flexibility, and minimizing the bending that can occur when weapons and arms are cast in one piece.  Expeditionary Force has already produced ten Persian sets, including a first version Immortals set. Including color variations, we now have 90 sets of Expeditionary Force listed on our website – an incredible number from this young company.

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Expeditionary Force’s Ancient Persian ‘Immortals’ in Robes – view/order on our website

Greek and Trojan Chariot – New 54mm Plastic from LOD Enterprises

LOD entered the toy soldier market last year with a first rate set
of Trojan War-era Greek and Trojan infantry. Now they are introducing
a supplementary chariot set which captures the mobile
warfare tactics of age of heroes. The set includes 2 fully assembled chariots, a Greek driver and 2 warriors plus a Trojan driver and 2 warriors. All are armed and armored in era-appropriate weapons and accoutrements.

 

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LDE02 Greek and Trojan Chariot Set – link to view/order

Expeditionary Force Expands their Zulu War Range – Again

Expeditionary Force of Singapore continues to expand their impressive range of 54mm plastic figures with three new sets for the Zulu War series. There are due in our warehouse any day.

EXPZBR05  Natal-Boer Volunteers – Zulu War British Auxiliaries
These Zulu War allied mounted and dismounted cavalry can serve as
Boers throughout the Anglo-Boer Wars. They wear cartridge bandoliers, and sport “burgher dress” and “big game hunter dress.” They come with a variety of plain and feathered top hats, turned up and flat-brimmed slouch hats. Armed with Martini-Henry rifles and, shotguns. Each set includes 8 figures in 4 poses plus 2 horses, with numerous options for conversion. Assembly required…………………………….$ 38.00   view on our website

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EXPZBR05 Natal Boer Volunteers Zulu War British Auxilliaries

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Here’s an alternate view of the components of the Natal-Boer Volunteers set. With the variety of weapons and body parts, there are numerous options for conversions. Assemble using cyanoacrylic glue

EXPZUL03 Frontier Light Horse Zulu War British Auxiliaries
These British Zulu War allied troops include the famed “Natal Native
Horse.” The set is comprised of 2 mounted and 6 foot models divided into 4 components:
(1) Natal Native Horse – missionary-educated mounted locals in western dress, armed with Martini-Henry rifles and with saddle scabbards filled with assegais; (2) African servant in western dress (but barefoot); (3) Natal Native Contingent with cloth caps and rolled blanket; (4) Barely-trained African with only a cloth headband as field mark, but stripped of some tribal trappings. Each set includes 8 figures in 4 poses plus 2 horses, with options for conversion. Assembly required……………..$ 38.00  view on our website

expzul03 Natal Native Contingent Zulu War British Auxilliaries

EXPZUL03 Natal Native Contingent Zulu War British Auxiliaries

EXPZUL04 Zulu Command and Warriors with Rifles – Late 19th Century
3 officers wear tall crane feather caps and cowtail kilts. They can be
assembled as commanders of the rifle contingent, of a war impi in battle dress, or of a regiment in regalia. The 6 rifle-armed warriors wear bandoliers. Each set includes 9 figures in 3 poses with options for conversion.
Assembly required. …………..$ 34.00    view on our website

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EXPZUL04 Zulu Command and Warriors with Rifles

View all of our Expeditionary Force toy soldiers on our website here.

2016 Playset Spotlight: New Warsaw Pact vs NATO Playsets

playset-130g-detailNewly revised for 2016,we’ve reintroduced two of our popular “Red Storm Rising” Playsets. Inspired by the 1980s Tom Clancy book, these playsets employ period-specific figures and accessories including New Ray Russian and American tanks, a wide array of Cold War Era figures, and much more.

Supreme Red Storm Rising – NATO vs Soviet Playset

Throughout the 1970s and 80s the expectation of a Soviet-led invasion of Germany was one of the greatest fears in many military minds. This set recreates a grand-scale battle in that what-if scenario, involving 224 Soviet Troops and N.A.T.O. infantry, all in authentic modern uniforms (most of which are RARE, long-discontinued models from the 1970s and 1980s). The set comes with a huge array of accurate military hardware, including 4  Soviet T-80 and 2 American Abrams tanks, guided missile launchers, a helicopter. 3 armored personnel carriers, a U.S. truck and much more.  Read more…

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Supreme Red Storm Rising – NATO vs Soviets Playset (497 pieces) $949.00

Super Deluxe Red Storm Rising – NATO vs Soviets Playset

A smaller version of the set, packed with the same quality figures and accessories.  Read more…

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Super Deluxe Red Storm Rising – NATO vs Soviets (252 pieces) $439.00

 

2016 Playset Spotlight: Our New Vietnam War Playsets

playset-140b-detailEach spring, we review all of our playsets – currently there are 121 – and consider whether we should update their contents to reflect the appearance of new goods in their historical period, and also determine whether everything in them is still available. Many playsets are changed little or not at all, some are re-written, some are cast aside entirely and some are replaced with new sets which contain different assortments of goods from our huge inventory. The most exciting part of our annual playset review is the opportunity to create entirely new playsets which utilize items which have just come on the market. For 2016, some of the most exciting new sets have been a late-year rush of releases devoted to 20th century conflicts, including Vietnam, The Cold War and the Korean Conflict.

Vietnam War Playsets

2016 saw the release of Vietnam War 54mm plastic toy soldiers from Toy Soldiers of San Diego and Mars of Ukraine. These emboldened us to create our very first range of Vietnam War playsets. To these new figures we have added additional figures and accessories from New Ray, Marx Recast, BMC and even a beautifully sculpted fish tank aquarium decorative sculpture to create three Vietnam War Playsets.

Supreme Vietnam War Plantation Battle Playset

Although most of the French planters who once tilled the soil of their Southeast Asian colony departed when France lost its battle against the Viet Minh, a family stayed behind. Now, they are being rooted out by local Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Regular troops. The planters resist, aided by a handful of French veterans who chose to stay behind when their army returned to France. Read more…

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Supreme Vietnam War Plantation Battle Playset (369 pieces) $689.00

Deluxe Vietnam War Jungle Battle

Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Regular troops face off against U.S. Marines and Infantry in a jungle battle featuring 54 authentically modelled figures. The set comes with a magnificent Southeast Asian ruined temple sculpture, an armed water craft reminiscent of a “swift boat,” an American helicopter, a surface-to-air missile launcher, a metal bridge and a jungle comprised of 45 palm trees plus much more! Read more…

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Deluxe Vietnam War Jungle Battle (181 pieces) $279

Vietnam War Jungle Encounter

Viet Cong and North Vietnamese Regular troops face off against U.S. Marines and Infantry in a jungle battle featuring 32 authentically modelled figures, 18 palm trees plus much more. Read more…

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Vietnam War Jungle Encounter (95 pieces) $139

 

You can view our entire range of Toy Soldier Company playsets here.