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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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:
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.
Jamie shot a video after photographing the 2013 Super-Deluxe D-Day Playset. You can view the full gallery of images from the playset shoot on our website here.
We’ve just added to the website an expanded range of World War II Painted Pacific Playsets, including this Grand Super Deluxe version, which now features a new product for us: explosions! (You can view this playset on our website here). Here’s a photo gallery of the playset:
Fall is upon us, and with it, the final phase of our annual playset preparation marathon. We begin in April and May, when new playsets are imagined and created in a spreadsheet program. June, July and August are traditionally the months when we set up and photograph the new sets. September, October and Early November are the launch dates of our new sets, and the months when the photos taken over the summer are processed in Photoshop. The production of our wide range of these all-in-one collections is the defining activity of every year, and has been so since we began making our own range of playsets in 1986.
One of the most exciting improvements we are introducing in our new web site is the ability to display more than one photo of a given product. And, since many of our playsets are quite large, the opportunity to show closeups of specific elements of a given set is very. very exciting to me.
Take, for example, our large painted playsets, which took months to develop, gathering figures and accessories from different international manufacturers which were then packaged into a range of integrated collections.
In this blog post you can see the photos from one of my favorites subjects: the Untouchables. I had great fun last summer spending a day setting up these mini-dioramas to photograph. If you’d like you can view the Super Deluxe Untouchables Playset on the website by clicking here. Or check out the gallery of pictures below. Click on any photo to expand it to full-page size.