August 31, 2014

Figure(s) of the Week #62: Atlantic Sioux Camp in 1/72nd Scale

Atlantic Sioux Camp
1/72nd scale plastic, 1st issued in 1976
Atlantic was an Italian toy manufacturing company based in Treviglio, Italy from 1966 to 1984. In the 1970s it became widely popular both in Italy, the USA and in Europe as a producer of both 1/72 "HO" and 1/32 54-60mm plastic polyethylene figures. The company issued a large number of popular sets based on the American Old West including cowboys, trappers, miners and indians.

Having produced a camp set for the Apaches in 1975, Atlantic followed it up in 1976 with one for the Sioux. The four figures featured here are from the 1/72nd scale version of this set which contained a total of 9 figures in 9 poses and a teepee. The overall standard of sculpting is noticeably better than the earlier sets, including the Apache Camp, and there is little problem with flash and mould marks. The detail is nicely done and clear, and these are certainly some of the better Native Americans produced by Atlantic. However the historical accuracy leaves much to be desired but like most Atlantic figures there is a curtain indescribable charm to them if looked as a toy than a serious reflection of native life. 

Atlantic ceased creating new lines in 1978; for a few years, it marketed reprints of its classical lines (mostly in 1/32 scale) made with plastic leftovers and sold in cheaper packages. By 1984 all production had ceased. Reportedly, most Atlantic toy molds were sold to an Iraqi toy company and later got lost or destroyed during the First Gulf War. A few of the molds were acquired by boardgame and toy manufacturer Nexus Editrice, that began issuing quality recasts of the 1/72nd scale figures mostly for the collectors' market in 1998 and published the miniature wargame "Atlantic Wars" based on Atlantic toy soldiers. Nexus currently owns the Atlantic brand and log 

Carlo Mastrantonio hosts a nice collectors site for Atlantic toy soldiers HERE

August 28, 2014

The MichToy Caption Contest #52 Winners + Image for #53

Caption Contest #52
The votes are in and we have a rare tie in this weeks contest. Jim Price submitted 'Ok who Peed in the Pool'. And Tony Harcourt dreamed up 'Binge Modeling...It Can Be Hazardous To Your Health!' So both Jim and Tony are this weeks winners of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. 


Here is this weeks image for Caption Contest 53 which was submitted via Facebook by Jonathan Steplyk. Have a great image for our contest? Send it along we would love to have some more customer participation! Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from MTSC. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. Post here or email you entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com




August 26, 2014

Links, Web Gems & Other Digital Delights: Digital Public Library of America

A fantastic website with Digital Wealth of Knowledge where you can explore 7,675,354 items from libraries, archives, and museums across the United States.

The Digital Public Library of America
Modeled on the greatness that is the Europeana library, the DPLA collects more than seven million objects from museums, historical archives, universities and libraries across the country. The focus is American cultural history as reflected in photographs, manuscripts, letters, maps, artifacts, books, audio, films and more, all drawn from contributing institutions like the Smithsonian, the National Archives, the New York Public Library, Harvard University, the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection and the University of Virginia. The DPLA conveniently collates material already online — things you could find if you searched the websites of those institutions individually — but it also includes items that have been digitized but were isolated on local computer systems.

The library’s goal is to be a history-targeted Google, a vast repository of historical information that is open to the public and fully searchable. It has none the barriers that keep certain institutional sites from being included in Google search results, and unlike Wikipedia, its contents are mainly primary sources. The hope is that it will prove itself to be an invaluable tool for research, where students, teachers, scholars, journalists and happy nerds in general can get information from the horse’s mouth instead of via layers of edited composition. You can search by keyword, or browse by subject, and if you register for an account, you can save your searches, individual items and exhibitions and make shareable playlists out of them.

The contents are not exclusively American since many of the contributing institutions have artifacts from other countries that have been uploaded to the digital library, plus there are collaborations with international counterparts planned. DPLA has already partnered with Europeana on an app which allows users to search both databases at once.

The best part, other than having everything in one place, is how easy it is to stumble on collections you didn’t know existed. Did you know that Harvard University Library has a collection of 3,000 daguerreotypes which have been digitized and are available to view over the Internet?

So off you go, then. Cancel all your plans for the weekend and have yourself a voyage through time, space and culture instead.

DPLA Description & Mission Statement
The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is an all-digital library that aggregates metadata — or information describing an item — and thumbnails for millions of photographs, manuscripts, books, sounds, moving images, and more from libraries, archives, and museums around the United States. DPLA brings together the riches of America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world.

The DPLA strives to contain the full breadth of human expression, from the written word, to works of art and culture, to records of America’s heritage, to the efforts and data of science. The DPLA aims to expand this crucial realm of openly available materials, and make those riches more easily discovered and more widely usable and used, through its portal and platform, and as an advocate for a strong public option in the twenty-first century.

Links, Web Gems & Other Digital Delights: Europeana & Europeana 1914-1918

Europeana is an Internet portal that acts as an interface to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitised throughout Europe. Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer, the works of Charles Darwin and Isaac Newton and the music of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Spanish Civil War photographs, Ottoman manuscripts are just some of the highlights on Europeana. Explore millions of items from a range of Europe's leading galleries, libraries, archives and museums. Books and manuscripts, photos and paintings, television and film, sculpture and crafts, diaries and maps, sheet music and recordings, they’re all here. No need to travel the continent, either physically or virtually! Europeana is the trusted source of cultural heritage brought to you by the Europeana Foundation and a large number of European cultural institutions, projects and partners.

Found something you like? Download it, print it, use it, save it, share it, play with it, love it! Ideas and inspiration can be found within the millions of items on Europeana.

These objects include:
Images - paintings, drawings, maps, photos and pictures of museum objects
Texts - books, newspapers, letters, diaries and archival papers
Sounds - music and spoken word from cylinders, tapes, discs and radio broadcasts
Videos - films, newsreels and TV broadcasts
Some items and topics are world famous, like Isaac Newton's book about the Laws of Motion, the drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, Johannes Vermeer's painting of the Girl With A Pearl Earring or objects about the Berlin Wall. Others are hidden treasures, waiting for you to discover them.

Renowned names such as the British Library in London, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the Louvre in Paris are featured alongside smaller organisations across Europe. Together, their assembled collections allow you to explore Europe's history from ancient times to the modern day.

>>>Now on-line is Europeana 1914-1918 the most important pan-European collection of original First World War source material. It is the result of three years of work by 20 European countries and will include:
  • 400,000 rare documents digitised by 10 state libraries and two other partners in Europe
  • 660 hours of unique film material digitised by audiovisual archives
  • 90,000 personal papers and memorabilia of some 7,000 people involved in the war, held by their families and digitized at special events in 12 countries.


August 24, 2014

Figure(s) of the Week #61: Of Federal & Confederate

Our latest Figure(s) of the Week come from the St. Petersburg Collection by Aeroart. These figures go back to the early 2000s and have been retired for many years now. The union soldier going over a fence is one of my all time favorite figures because its brilliantly sculpted with simple motion and movement and shows just how beautiful a production historical miniature can be in the right hands. I added two beautiful confederates also by St. Petersburg to make a nice little three figures vignette on my bookshelf. Sometimes a simple grouping of two or three figures can tell a story just as week as a large sweeping diorama.

The St. Petersburg Collection, a division of AeroArt International Inc, produces what many consider the world’s finest production model figures. Not to be confused with ‘toy soldiers’ which encompass simple sculpting, basic paint most often with gloss finish, and low cost,  these model figures are made of ‘white metal’ (tin, lead and alloys) in 54mm (1/32), and rendered by esteemed master miniature craftsmen in Russia exclusively for The St. Petersburg Collection. After considerable research, these model figures are sculpted and then painted in matte finish by master painters to realistically portray historical military subjects. They are made in limited quantity and become highly-prized collectibles for discerning collectors.


August 21, 2014

The MichToy Caption Contest #51 Winner + Image for #52


Caption Contest #51
It's Thursday so...We have a winner for this weeks Caption Contest. R.G. Grant correctly identified the image as being Steve Carell in the '40 Year Old Virgin' and coped a line from the movie. So R.G. is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to R.G. and everyone who entered.


Caption Contest #52
Here is this weeks image for Caption Contest 52. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from MTSC. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. Post here or email you entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com


August 19, 2014

Toy Soldiers & Campaigns of the Imagination

The October 2014 issue of Civil War Times features a fantastic article on toy soldiers and how they can provide a pathway to history for a new generation.
The article Campaigns of the Imagination is written by Mannie Gentile a NPS Ranger and plastic soldier fanatic who also maintains a great blog Mannie Gentile:Toy Soldiers Forever which we have previously featured here in our Links & Web Gems section. Mannie clearly delineates the difference between 'toy soldiers' and the current high-end pewter miniatures with a great comparison..."If you're comfortable throwing dirt clods at it, then it's a toy soldier."
Highly recommended and a great plug for the hobby. Take a day trip over to Mannie's blog at Mannie Gentile:Toy Soldiers Forever 

August 18, 2014

Product News: W Britains Releases for August 2014


Word has come down from Britains that next container is in-transit and expected before the end of August (Pre-Order Now & SaveThis will include the following items:



Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection
13000 – British Marine Officer, 1780
13001 – U.S. Marine in Dress Blues
13003 – U.S. Marine in Green Winter Service Dress, WWII
13006 – U.S. Navy Sailor in Blue Winter Service Dress No.1
13007 – U.S. Navy Sailor in Blue Winter Service Dress No.2

Clash of Empires
16010 – Eastern Woodland Indian Squatting, Waiting with Musket
16011 – Eastern Woodland Indian Kneeling with Hand on Hip
16012 – Eastern Woodland Indian Crouching, Advancing
16013 – “No One Left Behind” – Eastern Woodland Indian Dragging Wounded Comrade Hand-to-Hand Set
16014 – Eastern Woodland Indian Kneeling Priming Musket

American Civil War 
31079 – Union General U.S. Grant
31083 – Confederate General A.P. Hill No.2
31133 – Union Infantry Iron Brigade NCO Cradling Musket 
31146 – Federal Captain of Infantry Wearing Sack Coat with Cigar
31153 – Union Colonel Joshua Chamberlain No.2
31189 – Federal Artilleryman Standing with Arms Crossed 
31212 – Senior Federal Staff Officer with Portfolio
31220 – Laborer with Shovel
31226 – Federal Infantryman in Shirtsleeves with Shouldered Musket

Tactical Scenes- American Civil War
51039 – American Civil War Winter Hut No.1
51040 – American Civil War Winter Hunt No.2

Not Pictured:
Super Deetail Re-Stock
52000 – American Civil War Confederate Infantry Set No.1
52002 – American Civil War Union Infantry Set No.1

World War I 
23059 – “The Veteran’s Farewell” – 19th Century Veteran Sending Young Lad to War in the 20th Century

August 14, 2014

The MichToy Caption Contest #50 Winner + Image for #51!

Here is this weeks image for Caption Contest 51. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from MTSC. Just think... you get free stuff and you get show off your comedic charms that will fly around the world via our Newsletter, Blog, Google+ & Facebook pages. We will post the winning entry right here every Thursday. 
Post here or email you entries to:
michtoystaff@michtoy.com

We have a winner for Caption Contest #51. Ed Rock who entered via our newsletter is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Ed and everyone who entered. View all the past winners here: http://bitly.com/1zWZFiJ

August 12, 2014

Toys in the Attic - Civil War News Trading Cards

1962 Topps Civil War (aka Civil War News)

It's time for another self indulgent 'Toys in the Attic' trip down memory lane. Like many boomers, as I was growing up I collected trading cards. The Beatles, Baseball and TV shows cards were a passion. But I’d have to say my true favorite was the 1962 Civil War News series. Gore & blood-soaked images of soldiers shooting, stabbing, and blowing each other up! I was in heaven. The card's various titles are often self-explanatory. There's "Bloody Combat," "Direct Hit," "Death To The Enemy," "Pushed To His Doom," "Dynamite Victim," "Hanging The Spy," "Massacre," "The Cannon Roars," "Wall Of Corpses," "Crushed By The Wheels" and many other similar titles, all of which feature gruesome combat scenes. The words "death," "deadly," "dying" and "dies" encompass the titles of 18 cards, ensuring The Civil War News its own bloody place in trading card history. Some people feel the Topps cards were a historic embarrassment because the pictures are so bloody and the stories on the backs are mostly fictional. I feel quite the opposite. I think they capture the real pain and suffering of the war. In fact, the best way to describe the feeling one gets from reviewing Civil War News is the age-old adage, "War is All Hell."

The History-
A century after the Civil War took place, Topps issued their Civil War bubblegum cards (that's what the set was actually called) but has became known by collectors as The Civil War News. . Released in 1962, the 88 card set consisted of 87 cards depicting the most well-known battles that took place during the Civil War. The fronts contain color drawing depicting graphic, bloody and extremely realistic images painted by famous pulp artists Norm Saunders, Maurice Blumenfeld and Bob Powell along with the name and date of that battle. The card backs, which chronicled each civil war event via a newspaper journal format, using a generic banner called CIVIL WAR NEWS  When put in order, the cards show an accurate sequence of events as to what took place during the Civil War. The last card in the deck (Card #88) is a checklist card. While kids, specifically little boys, were infatuated with the Civil War trading cards, the cards were met with a great deal of opposition from parents who did not want their children viewing such graphic and violent scenes. Inside 5¢ each wax pack was a replica piece of Confederate money. There are 17 different bills with denominations ranging from $1 to $1,000. These bills were folded in half to fit inside packs.

The Civil War News has retained its popularity among card collectors today. Along with another graphic 1962 card entry, the equally gruesome Mars Attacks, released by Topps under the dummy corporation of Bubbles Inc., The Civil War News commands top value among non-sports card aficionados.
Heck there is even a Civil War News Facebook page and it’s an excellent one and well worth a visit just for the original artwork featured. 

Here are some recent auction results, courtesy Heritage Auction Galleries, Dallas, Texas: 
Complete set of 88 Topps The Civil War News cards in excellent to excellent/mint condition $448.13
Complete set of 17 Topps The Civil War News Confederate currency inserts in excellent to excellent/mint condition $262.90


Topps 1962 The Civil War News Card & Currency Insert Checklist

Cards:
1. The Angry Man, John Brown's Raid – October 16, 1859
2. President Jeff Davis, Montgomery, Ala – Feb. 18, 1861
3. The War Starts, Ft. Sumter, S.C. – Apr. 12, 1861
4. Rebel Power, Bull Run, Va. – July 21, 1861
5. Exploding Fury,  Fort Henry, Tenn. – Feb. 6, 1862
6. Pulled To Safety, Ft. Donelson, Tenn. – Feb. 16, 1862
7. Death At Sea, Norfolk, Va. – March 8, 1862
8. Destructive Blow, Norfolk, Va. – March 8, 1862
9. Savages Attack, Pea Ridge, Ark. – March 8, 1862
10. Destruction At Sea, Monitor vs. Merrimac – March 9, 1862
11. Attack, Front Royal, Va. – Mar. 26, 1862
12. Bloody Combat, Kernstown, Va. – Mar. 23, 1862
13. Dying Effort, Cross Keys, Va. – Mar. 27, 1862
14. Fight to the Finish, Shiloh, Tenn. – Apr. 7, 1862
15. Nature's Fury, Island #10 – Miss. River – Apr. 7, 1862
16. Direct Hit, New Orleans, La. – Apr. 24, 1862
17. The Flaming Raft, New Orleans, La. - Apr. 26, 1862
18. Death To The Enemy, Williamsburg, Va. – May 5, 1862
19. Pushed To His Doom, Winchester, Va. – May 24, 1862
20. Death Fall, Fair Oaks, Va. – May 30, 1862
21. Painful Death, Port Republic, Va. – June 7, 1862
22. Wave Of Death, The Seven Day Battle – June 26, 1862
23. Crushed By The Wheels, Mechanicsville, Va. – June 26, 1862
24. After The Battle, Gaines' Mill, Va. – June 27, 1862
25. Hanging The Spy, Eden, Pa. - June 29, 1862
26. Messenger of Death, Frayser's Farm, Va. – June 30, 1862
27. Massacre, White Oak, Va. – June 30, 1862
28. The Cannon Roars, Malvern Hill, Va. – July 1, 1862
29. Bridge of Doom, Rustburg, Va. – Aug. 15, 1862
30. Charging The Bullets, Manassas, Va. – Aug. 30, 1862
31. Terror Of The Sea, New Orleans, La. – Sept. 15, 1862
32. Death Struggle, Antietam Creek, Md. – Sept. 15, 1862
33. Fight For Survival, Fredericksburg, Va. – Dec. 13, 1862
34. Wall Of Corpses, Fredericksburg, Va. – Dec. 16, 1862
35. Gasping For Air, Stones River – Jan. 3, 1863
36. Midnight Raid, Hartsdale, Va. – Mar. 30, 1863
37. Death Barges In, Twin Forks, Ga. – Mar. 30, 1863
38. General Grant, Northern Headquarters – Apr. 1, 1863
39. General Lee, Southern Headquarters – Apr. 1, 1863
40. Bullets Of Death, Port Gibson, Miss. – May 1, 1863
41. Protecting His Family, Westford, Va. – May 2, 1863
42. The Battle Continues, Chancellorsville, Va. – May 10, 1863
43. Costly Mistake, Chancellorsville, Va. – May 10, 1863
44. Shot To Death, Jackson, Miss. – May 15, 1863
45. The Riverboat Explodes, Memphis, Tenn. – June 5, 1863
46. Vicious Attack, Gettysburg, Pa. – July 2, 1863
47. Death Battle, Seminary Ridge, Pa. – July 3, 1863
48. Smashing The Enemy, Champions Hill, Miss. – July 4, 1863
49. The Explosion, Port Hudson, La. – July 8, 1863
50. Stolen Secrets, Pauline Cushman – July 25, 1863
51. Horse Thieves, Simstown, Ky. – Aug. 10, 1863
52. Friendly Enemies, Chattanooga, Tenn. – Sept. 10, 1863
53. Train Of Doom, Chattanooga, Tenn. – Sept. 15, 1863
54. A Horseman Falls, Chickamauga, Ga. – Sept. 20, 1863
55. The Silent Drum, New Lisbon, Ohio – Nov. 15, 1863
56. Burst Of Fire, Lookout Mountain, Tenn. – Nov. 24, 1863
57. Hand To Hand Combat, Missionary Ridge, Tenn. – Nov. 25, 1863
58. Angel Of Mercy, Clara Barton – Dec. 25, 1863
59. Submarine Attack, Charleston, Va. – Feb. 17, 1864
60. Suicide Charge, Fort Pillow, Tenn. – Apr. 12, 1864
61. The Flaming Forest, The Wilderness, Va. – May 5, 1864
62. The General Dies, The Wilderness, Va. – May 5, 1864
63. Ambushed, Yellow Tavern, Va. – May 11, 1864
64. Jaws Of Death, Bloody Angle, Va. – May 12, 1864
65. Flaming Death, Spotsylvania, Va. – May 12, 1864
66. Victim Of The War, Resaca, Ga. – May 15, 1864
67. Deadly Duel, New Hope Church, Ga. – May 25, 1864
68. The Will To Win, Cold Harbor, Va. - June 3, 1864
69. Death In The Water, Cherbourg, France – June 19, 1864
70. The Sniper, Haven Falls, Ga. – July 15, 1864
71. No Escape, Whistle Falls, Ga. – July 16, 1864
72. The Cannon's Victim, Peachtree, Ga. – July 17, 1864
73. Through The Swamp, Grey Embers, Ga. – July 21, 1864
74. Fighting For Victory, Atlanta, Ga. – July 22, 1864
75. The Family Flees, Atlanta, Ga. – July 22, 1864
76. Blazing Cannon, Mobile Bay, Ala. – Aug. 5, 1864
77. Trapped, Fisher's Hill, Va. – Sept. 22, 1864
78. Sudden Attack, Cedar Creek, Va. – Oct. 19, 1864
79. Council Of War, Lincoln & Grant – Nov. 1, 1864
80. City In Flames, Atlanta, Ga. – Nov. 15, 1864
81. Deadly Defense, Nashville, Tenn. – Dec. 16, 1864
82. Destroying The Rails, Savannah, Ga. – Dec. 21, 1864
83. The Looters, Savannah, Ga. – Dec. 23, 1864
84. Deadly Arrows, Columbia, S.C. – Feb. 16, 1865
85. Attacked From Behind, Waynesboro, Va. – Mar. 2, 1865
86. Dynamite Victim, Petersburg, Va. – Apr. 2, 1865
87. The War Ends, Appomattox, Va. – Apr. 9, 1865
88. Checklist

Confederate Currency Inserts:
1. $1 Bill - Type One
2. $1 Bill - Type Two
3. $2 Bill - Type One
4. $2 Bill - Type Two
5. $5 Bill - Type One
6. $5 Bill - Type Two
7. $5 Bill - Type Three
8. $10 Bill - Type One
9. $10 Bill - Type Two
10. $20 Bill - Type One
11. $20 Bill - Type Two
12. $20 Bill - Type Three
13. $50 Bill - Type One
14. $50 Bill - Type Two
15. $100 Bill - Type One
16. $500 Bill - Type One
17. $1000 Bill - Type On

Title: Civil War
Type: Cards sold via 5¢ wax packs
Design: Color hand-painted images
Verso: Gray with a red-brown border
Genre: Historical
Producer: Topps
Year released: 1962
Cards in set: 88
Wrapper produced: Yes
Chase Items: 17 Confederate banknotes

Websites & Sources
Civil War News Facebook page
Bob Heffner's Civil War News Cards
Civil War Gum Cards

Links, Web Gems & Other Digital Delights: Military Factory

Military Factory is a reference site detailing specifications on Military Weapons, Aircraft, Tanks, Vehicles, Artillery, Navy Ships and Guns. Broken down by time period (WWI, WWII, etc.) or type (tank, aircraft, small arms, etc.) each listing contains brief history, profile artwork and specifications and in many cases, period images or images from museums. Once you get past the annoying ads which are the price you pay for all this information the site is a handy quick reference for any one interested in the weapons of war.




August 09, 2014

Tips & Tricks: Simple Spray Booth

Check out this handy little spray-painting “tent.” Don’t have a garage, spray painting outside problematic?  Grab a plastic clothes/garment bag from the dollar store.  Simply turn it upside down and lay down a sheet of cardboard to create a spray-painting tent. Works like a charm. The tent blocks the wind while spraying and keeps what’s inside dust free while it dries. Plus it keeps the overspray from floating everywhere. The trick: Zip the flaps closed after each coat and wait about 30 minutes while the paint dries and the dust settles. No more paint lines on the garage floor!

Links, Web Gems & Other Digital Delights: WWI Aviation.Com

WWI Aviation.Com is a web site offering an Illustrated History of World War 1 Aviation told with specifications, pictures, photos, biographies of the aces, and aircraft designers. The amount of information gathered here is staggering and this is a must stop for anyone with even a remote interest in Great War aircraft and aviation. While you are there leave a donation to keep the site ad free.

Here is just a small sampling of the content:
Overview Of the War
Prelude to War
Declaration of War
Timeline - Great War
The Fokker Scourge 1915
"Bloody April" 1917
WWI The Early Years
Early developments
Opening Shots In The War
The Middle Years - 1916
The Rise of Advanced Aircraft - 1917
Closing Days Of The War - 1918
Lafayette Escadrille
The Belgian Air Force
America Enters the Fight
The Eastern Front
Pilots And Designers

The Aces of the Great War
The Aircraft Designers
The Balloon Busters
The Machines Of War

Aircraft Development 1914 - 1918
American Aviation Design
Austrian Aviation Design
British Aviation Design
French Aviation Design
German Aviation Design
Italian Aviation Design
Russian Aviation Design
Turkish Aviation Design
Bomber Aircraft
Seaplanes & Naval Aviation
Birth Of The Airships
Observation Balloons
Back To The Drawing board
WWI Machineguns
Aircraft Engines
World War One Camouflage
World War 1 Aircraft Profile Gallery By Nation

August 08, 2014

Product Spotlight: Morgan Miniatures Tuaregs

Morgan Miniatures Tuaregs 
Thjs new range of figures from Morgan Miniatures represent the Tuareg people, the nomadic tribes who have wandered — and ruled — the vast expanses of the Sahara Desert and the sub-Saharan Sahel in northwestern Africa for centuries and have been fighting for their independence — first to maintain it, later to regain it — for most of the past 150 years. 


The Tuareg engaged in the occasional uprising against the Colonial French and fought the French Foreign Legion in the 1890s up through the start of WWI. These hand cast and painted 60mm figures by Morgan Miniatures represent the Tuareg struggles during these turbulent years that have been popularized by the novel Beau Geste and its film adaptations. Along with the previously released Morgan Foreign Legion relive this exciting period in Colonial Africa with these hand crafted figures from the UK. 


MRN-TUA-001 Tuareg Standing Firing 
MRN-TUA-002 Tuareg Loading Rifle 
MRN-TUA-003 Tuareg Attacking with Sword 
MRN-TUA-004 Tuareg Attacking with Knife
MRN-TUA-005 Tuareg Lunging with Knife 
MRN-TUA-006 Tuareg Running with Rifle 
View & Order
French Foreign Legion 
MRN-TMA001 FFL Officer 
MRN-TMA002 FFL Charging (Wounded) 
MRN-TMA003 FFL Advancing in Sombrero 
MRN-TMA004 FFL Advancing in Kepi with Havelock 
MRN-TMA005 FFL Charging in Kepi with Havelock
MRN-TMA006 FFL Attacking in Kepi with Havelock 
MRN-TMA013 FFL at the Ready 
MRN-TMA014 FFL Casualty 
MRN-TMA015 FFL Loading 
MRN-TMA016 FFL Standing Firing 
MRN-TMA017 FFL Directing Fire 
MRN-TMA018 FFL 
MRN-TMA019 FFL Kneeling Firing 
MRN-TMA020 FFL Kneeling Firing #2 
MRN-TMA001 FFL Officer 
MRN-TMA002 FFL Charging (Wounded) 
MRN-TMA003 FFL Advancing in Sombrero 
MRN-TMA004 FFL Advancing in Kepi with Havelock 
MRN-TMA005 FFL Charging in Kepi with Havelock
MRN-TMA006 FFL Attacking in Kepi with Havelock 

If you are looking for exceptional, truly handmade figures then Morgans are for you. Morgan Miniatures are unique 60mm scale, matt painted, white metal figures from the U.K. No more than 400 painted figures will be available annually. Each figure is individually hand-painted in the connoisseur style and usually no two figures will be painted exactly the same. Currently there are four series. The Conquest of Mexico with Aztecs and Conquistadors, The Mexican Adventure 1861-67, Pirates and the Old West.

August 07, 2014

The MichToy Caption Contest #49 Winner + Image for The BIG Caption 5-0!

It's the big 5-0! That's right this is our 50th Caption Contest. Over the past year 50 witty people have submitted 50 great Captions and won MTSC money in the process. To celebrate we are using our all time most popular photo again. This one generated over 150 captions so let's give it another go at it! To top off this 50th Caption Contest we are giving a $100.00 MTSC Gift Card to the winner. Email you entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

We have a winner for Caption Contest #49. Mark Foure who entered via our newsletter is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Mark and everyone who entered. View all the past winners here: http://bitly.com/1zWZFiJ

August 01, 2014

Figure of the Week #60: Dimestore Cowboys

Manoil Cowboys Circa 1930s
For our latest Figure of the Week we offer up several classic Manoil Cowboys. Sold in dime stores across the land these 70mm lead figures could be found in virtually every soldier collection of youngsters growing up in the pre-plastic days.
Dimestore soldiers are a name first given by collector and author Don Pielin to American made toy soldiers sold individually in five and dime stores from the 1930s to the 1950s before being replaced by plastic toy soldiers called army men. Though most figures were hollowcast metal, composition and plastic dimestore figures were also made. The popularity of the toy soldier reflected public interest in wars around the world and America's own military preparedness of the era.

Manoil Manufacturing Company was an American metal and plastic toy company that began production in 1935 or 1936, and left the business in 1959. From June 1940 they were located on Providence Street, in Waverly, NY. Its prominence was from 1937-1941 when it produced hollow cast toysoldiers (sometimes called dimestore soldiers) along with toy airplanes and cars.

Reference: 
Toy Soldiers & Figures American Dimestore 
by Don Pielin