New from Expeditionary Force: Persian Army Range Expanded

Expeditionary Force has started off the new year with three one-of-a-kind sets for their Persian Army range. These supplementary units expand the Persian host’s defensive capabilities in ways that never been explored in either plastic or metal figures.

EXPPSN09 Ancient Persian Pavisiers and Archers - Sparabara

EXPPSN09 Ancient Persian Pavisiers and Archers – Sparabara

First is their “Sparabara” Unit (EXPPSN09). This set includes an officer, four Persian archers and four infantrymen who hold up huge wicker shields to protect the bowmen from counter-fire. Like many history buffs, I was aware of the Medieval Pavissiers, crossbowmen who sheltered behind large shields in order to afford themselves some protection from counter-fire while they reloaded, but this ancient version of the unit was new to me.  View/purchase set on our website here.

EXPPSN10 Ancient Persian Royal Guards

EXPPSN10 Ancient Persian Royal Guards

Next comes the Persian Royal Guard (EXPPSN10). The Great King’s personal protection set includes 8 spearmen, and a standard bearer who can also be equipped as an officer. This set features separate weapons, and includes “Hoplon” shields, the huge bronze discs originally carried by heavy Greek hoplite infantry. View/purchase set on our website here.

EXPPSN11 Ancient Persian Artillery with Bolt Shooters

EXPPSN11 Ancient Persian Artillery with Bolt Shooters

Finally – and the best one saved for last – is a set of ancient-era torsion-powered light artillery (EXPPSN11). To my knowledge, this is the first set of its kind ever offered in plastic! It includes an officer, four Persian artillerymen and four infantrymen who hold up huge wicker shields to protect the crewmen from counter-fire. The centerpiece of the set is a group of two torsion-powered bolt-throwers, whose missiles could reach out and decimate oncoming enemies at a great distance. A third bolt thrower is included as a spare.  I knew the Romans used this type of weapon to reinforce their defensive lines, but had never heard of such weapons being employed by the Persians. What a great addition to the Expeditionary Force range, which now numbers over 90 sets! View/purchase set on our website here.

All sets are cast in tan-colored plastic and are in perfect scale to Expeditionary Force’s Greeks, as well as Toy Soldiers of San Diego’s and Fencibles’ ancient-era figures. Each set comes with separate interchangeable weapons. All must be assembled, but because they all come with extra parts, the possibilities for customization are enormous.

View the entire range of Expeditionary Force of Singapore on our website here.

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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.

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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: 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.

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