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Mars Expands 54mm Plastic Vietnam Era Range with NVA Regulars

Long-awaited N.V.A. Regulars!

Mars of Ukraine has just released a set of N.V.A. Regulars, expanding their range of Vietnam Era 54mm plastic toy soldiers. The set includes 15 figures in 8 poses, armed with AK47 pattern rifles, WWII Era Mosin-Nagant Soviet surplus rifles, RPG7 rocket-propelled grenade launchers and an officer with a pistol and binoculars.

The Vietnam range now numbers four sets: Vietcong, U.S. Marines, U.S. Infantry, and now N.V.A. Regulars.

View all of Mars of Ukraine 54mm figures on our website here.

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.

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.

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

expzbr05 Natal-Boer Voluneers Zulu War British Auxilliaries

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

expzul04 Zulu Command and Warriors with Rifles

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