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New Metal Figures from History Works/Del Prado

We continue to expand our range of Del Prado models, supplied by History Works, which bought the company last year. Here is a group of  figures that span the history of warfare from the Ancient World through World War II.

HWICBH023 Ancient Assyrian Horse Archer - 850 BCE

HWICBH023 Ancient Assyrian Horse Archer – 850 BCE

Ancient Assyrian Horse Archer – 850 BCE (HWICBH023) Although their heavy chariot arm was a devastating assault force, the Assyrians also fielded mounted horse archers. This light missile contingent was emulated for the next 2,000 years as one of the major arms of such conquering armies as the Mongols, the Huns and other steppe peoples, as well as the mobile forces of many near-eastern and middle-eastern hosts. View/purchase on our website.

HWISRM014 Ancient Samnite Infantryman - 1st Century BCE

HWISRM014 Ancient Samnite Infantryman – 1st Century BCE

Ancient Samnite Infantryman – 1st Century BCE (HWISRM014) The Samnites were an ancient Italic people who lived in south-central Italy. They became involved in several losing wars against the still-fledgling Roman Republic until the 1st century BC. Although beaten by the Romans, they rose up to ally themselves with Hannibal when he invaded Italy. Eventually, they were all-but annihilated by Rome after choosing the wrong side in the civil war of 82BC. View/purchase on our website.

HWICBH018 Armored Chinese Cavalryman - AD 300

HWICBH018 Armored Chinese Cavalryman – AD 300

Armored Chinese Cavalryman – AD 300 (HWICBH018) Although heavily armored, and carrying the full-contact weapon of a spear, this unit is also equipped with a recurved bow. Another descendant unit of the Assyrian shown above. View/purchase on our website.

HWISRM020 Ancient Sassanid Nobleman - 3rd-7th Centuries AD

HWISRM020 Ancient Sassanid Nobleman – 3rd-7th Centuries AD

Ancient Sassanid Nobleman – 3rd-7th Centuries AD (HWISRM020) The Sasanian Empire was the last imperial dynasty in Persia (Iran) before the rise of Islam, from 224 to 651 AD.  It was recognized as one of the leading world powers alongside its neighboring arch-rival the Roman (later Byzantine) Empire for a period of more than 400 years. View/purchase on our website.

HWISME035 Roland at The Battle of Roncevaux - 77D AD

HWISME035 Roland at The Battle of Roncevaux – 77D AD

Roland at The Battle of Roncevaux – 778 AD (HWISME035) Roland was a Frankish military leader under Charlemagne, responsible for defending Francia’s frontier against the Bretons. The story of Roland’s death at Roncevaux Pass (fighting this time against the Spanish Muslims) was embellished in later medieval and Renaissance literature, in which he became the chief paladin of the emperor Charlemagne and a central figure in the legendary material surrounding him, collectively known as the ‘Matter of France.” The first and most famous of these epic treatments was the Old French “Chanson de Roland” of the eleventh century, which makes great reading if you are into legendary battles! View/purchase on our website.

HWISME044 Charles Martel - Battle of Tours AD 732

HWISME044 Charles Martel – Battle of Tours AD 732

Charles Martel – Battle of Tours AD 732 (HWISME044) Charles Martel (c. 686 – 22 October 741) was a Frankish statesman and military leader who was de facto ruler of Francia from 718 until his death. His greatest achievement was winning the great battle of Tours in 732 against the Muslim army. This victory ended the last of the great Arab invasions of France. View/purchase on our website.

HWISME003 Wiliam the Conqueror - Hastings 1066

HWISME003 Wiliam the Conqueror – Hastings 1066

William the Conqueror – Hastings 1066 (HWISME003) During the Battle of Hastings rumors swept through the Norman forces that the duke had been killed, but William succeeded in rallying his troops by lifting the visor of his helmet to show he was still alive. This is the moment captured in this toy soldier’s pose. View/purchase on our website.

HWISME020 Timurid Empire - Tarkhan Warrior 1400 AD

HWISME020 Timurid Empire – Tarkhan Warrior 1400 AD

Timurid Empire – Tarkhan Warrior 1400 AD ((HWISME020) This Tarkhan warrior is armed and armored as a super-heavy cataphract cavalryman. Both the rider and the horse wear heavy armor and this type of cavalry dominated Asian and European battlefields for centuries.  View/purchase on our website.

HWISAM031 Japanese Samurai Kanabou Musya

HWISAM031 Japanese Samurai Kanabou Musya

Japanese Samurai Kanabou Musya ((HWISAM031) This legendary Samurai warrior is fighting with a war club. View/purchase on our website.

HWISNC029 Napoleonic Marshal Kutusov - Borodino 1812

HWISNC029 Napoleonic Marshal Kutusov – Borodino 1812

Napoleonic Marshal Kutusov – Borodino 1812 ((HWISNC029) Kutusov’s  military career was closely associated with the rising period of Russia from the end of the 18th century to the beginning of the 19th century. Kutuzov is considered to have been one of the best Russian generals for his defensive battle fought at Borodino, outside Moscow, in 1812. He fought Napoleon’s Grand Armee for a day, and saved the bulk of his army, which pursued and annihilated the French and their allies during their retreat from Russia that winter. View/purchase on our website.

HWISNC036 Napoleonic British King's Light Dragoon 1812

HWISNC036 Napoleonic British King’s Light Dragoon 1812

Napoleonic British King’s Light Dragoon 1812 (HWISNC036) The regiment fought under Wellington throughout the Peninsula Campaign, and was later transferred to America where they took part in the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, fighting dismounted! View/purchase on our website.

HWICBH029 Foreign Legion Mounted Co. Sergeant 1930s

HWICBH029 Foreign Legion Mounted Co. Sergeant 1930s

Foreign Legion Mounted Co. Sergeant 1930s (HWICBH029) In authentic desert issue tan uniform, with white kepi hat, flag. View/purchase on our website.

HWINWW014 WWII German Afrika Korps Officer 1941

HWINWW014 WWII German Afrika Korps Officer 1941

WWII German Afrika Korps Officer 1941 (HWINWW014) In authentic desert issue uniform, with MP40 Schmeisser submachine gun. View/purchase on our website.

Including these new additions, our History Works online listings now number 36. View them all on our website here.

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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

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

expzbr05a Natal-Boer Voluneers Zulu War British Auxilliaries

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

 

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…

playset-140b Supreme Vietnam War Plantation Battle Playset

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…

playset-140a Deluxe Vietnam War Jungle Battle

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…

playset-140 Vietnam War Jungle Encounter Playset

Vietnam War Jungle Encounter (95 pieces) $139

 

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