February 26, 2015

MichToy's Caption This Image #74 + This week's Image for Caption This Image #75

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #74

It's Thursday and...We have a winner for this weeks image. Chairle Bass  who entered via News from the Front is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Chairle and everyone who entered. View all the past winners here: http://bitly.com/1gthVu3.


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #75
Here is this weeks image. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. 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. Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com

February 25, 2015

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #75: Krolyn Cowboys from Denmark

Krolyn Cowboys c.1958
Krolyn was a Danish firm that produced 7.5 cm figures in aluminium from 1946 until 1962. It is said the material the figures were cast in came from downed and captured WWII German aircraft. That early Danish toy producers copied foreign toys is a well known and Krolyn was the leader in this as they copied Lineol and Elastolin knights and western figures. They also produced original Vikings and a Robin Hood series. When Krolyn figures were painted no primer was used and today most figures found on the market have some degree of paint loss. Pictured here are two on my favorite Krolyn's which are copies of my favorite Lineol cowboys.
The Lineol Orginals Krolyn Copied

February 24, 2015

Links & Web Jems & Other Digital Delights: LEGO World War I

Stumbled across this cool group of Lego World War I enthusiasts on Flicker. Some really neat stuff here. The amount of creative history buffs out there amazes me more everyday. 



Which led me to this cool You Tube video:
WW1 1918 Storm Trooper offensive Lego stop motion

     

February 22, 2015

February 21, 2015

Links & Web Jems & Other Digital Delights: Ultimate Anatomy Kits by Michael Kontraros IndieGoG Campaign

"Lately interest in figure sculpting has increased substantially and continues to be on the rise within the figure modeling community. Many figure modelers want to go to the next level, to create their own scratch built miniatures, so Michael Kontraros decided to release a series of ultimate anatomy kits that will assist them to reach their goals."








The “Michael Kontraros – Ultimate Anatomy Kit” has been created to provide significant advantages from the other anatomy kits available on the market. 
Each box will include:
1. One complete miniature figure, which the modeler can dress and convert as he wants.
2. One unassembled (in parts) fully poseable miniature with 3 different interchangeable set of hands on which the muscle structure has been already sculpted.
3. Wire to create the posture/stance of the fully possible miniature.
4. Instructions for the correct assembly of the fully possible miniature / anatomical correct and scaled guidelines – in order to avoid anatomical mistakes.

The “Michael Kontraros – Ultimate Anatomy Kit” will be available in the accurate scales of 75 mm, 54 mm and for the first time 40mm and in male and female sets.


This project is currently on indieGoGo and for more details of the campaign, click HERE.


February 20, 2015

Post update>>> Links & Web Jems & Other Digital Delights: The AK Interactive APP

A quick post update...This App has just been released for Android phones and continues to add great content. A must have app!

AK Interactive has released a new APP for the iPhone. This is a free resource full of tutorials, videos and the tech sheets for AK products and short guides with step by step on how to use the products. It's pretty cool and best of all it's free!



Screen shot from my iPhone
from AK...With this app our goal is to give the modeler the perfect tools to make the most tedious tasks more bearable and to reach all those who try hard every day to become better and better. OUR GOAL IS YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Screen shot from my iPhone

A Dose of Useless Tidbits for 20feb2015


TGIF! ... This weekend get into that kit stash and mentor a kid in the fine arts and fun hobbies of model building, figure painting or even playing wargames. You can even start a toy soldier collection and travel through history in miniature. What ever your pleasure, we have everything you need to to make your hobby FUN and AMAZING! And..our crack staff is ready to help! The Michigan Toy Soldier Company is open Weekdays 11AM-6PM EST and Weekends 11AM-5PM EST. Call us at 1-888-642-4869. Too far away? Our website is 24/7. It's the next best thing to being here
1/72nd scale diorama using Germania figures and wagons. More Views

WWI Holt Gun Tractor and Howitzer by David Parker More Views


Is Now Available for Download

from the publisher...
In this issue we have great reviews from Black Crow, Mindwork Games, N-S Prod, Carmine Giugliano, and Scale75. We also take a good look at Firestorm Games’ great new gaming venue based in South Wales, plus our regular Putty&Paint Showcase, Exposé, and Headlines features.

What’s on the Market looks at masking materials. Best of British features Leicester based artist Carlos FigureArt and we kick off with a great Insight interview with Mathieu Fontaine who also supplies us with a tutorial on how he recently painted his Inuit bust. We also have the first part of a sculpting and painting tutorial from Ian Succamore and Marko Paunovic continues his epic Malifaux table build and shows us a quick way to duplicate gaming terrain pieces.

STILL THE BEST DEAL ON THE WEB! FPM is available as a Download PDF for less then $2.00 a copy.  FPM is a independent magazine dedicated to sculpting, painting, displaying, collecting and gaming with miniature figures from all genre's. The magazine has details on new releases, reviews, interviews with the industries top painters and sculptors, show reports, tutorials and a user gallery

Die Winter Die!

February 19, 2015

MichToy's Caption This Image #73 + Image for Caption This Image #74

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #74
Here is this weeks image. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. 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. Email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #73

It's Thursday and...We have awinner for this weeks image. Arly Mitchell who entered via News from the Front is this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks to Arly and everyone who entered. View all the past winners here: http://bitly.com/1gthVu3.

February 16, 2015

A Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for 16feb2015

Quick Tip - How to paint marble by Zoo
Fingertip Art
Not always just toys...
'The Human Chain' Roger's Rangers cross the St. Francis River 1759
54mm scratch built diorama by Maurizio Berselli
Random Funny Stuff 

February 12, 2015

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #74: American Metal (Jones) WWI German

Featured here is a WWI German "Dimestore" figure produced by American Metal** in the late 1930s. Millions toy soldiers in countless poses were made before World War II and were meant to represent soldiers of World War I. One surprising element was the lack of any enemy to fight the doughboys. Germans were virtually ignored by most manufactures with the exception of American Metal. This company issued many of their figures in two paint schemes with khaki representing the Americans while gray was used for the Germans.  But American Metal or Jones also produced a number of original poses the actually looked like Germans unlike the doughboys painted german gray. There were only a hand full of these poses and they are among the most valuable and sought after by collectors. The kneeling firing figure pictured here was a recent flea market find that I snatched up for less the $20.00. A great find of a rare figure makes this worthy of being a FOTW pick.  


American Metal Germans

"Dimestores" A Brief History:
The mid-20th century the Five and Ten or Nickel and Dime store was a treasure trove for children. Stores from companies such as S. S. Kresge Co., S. H. Kress & Co., J. J. Newberry's, and F. W. Woolworth, featured aisles of wooden bins filled with toys costing ten cents or less.

Three-dimensional lead, iron, and iron civilian and soldier figures were produced in the United States by the millions before and after World War II. Costing either a nickel or dime, they were a mainstay in the toy aisles of the Five and Ten stores. Although American toy soldiers date back to the early 20th century, the golden age of the dimestore figures was the 1930s through the early 1940s.

Auburn, Barclay, Grey Iron, and Manoil mass-produced three-inch figures. Barclay and Manoil figures dominated the market because of their realistic appearance. All-Nu, American Alloy, American Solider Co., Beton, Ideal, Jones, Lincoln Log, Miller Playwood Plastics, Soljertoys, TommyToy, Tootsietoy, and Warren also produced dimestore figures.

Large quantities of early dimestore figures were destroyed during the World War II scrap drives held between 1942 and 1945. The manufacturers also contributed their molds to the war effort.

While Barclay and Manoil continued to produce soldiers in the post-war era, they never regained their pre-war popularity. Inexpensive, imported plastic figures and escalating labor costs marked the end of the lead dimestore figures. Manoil ceased operations in 1959. Barclay converted to die cast in the 1950s. The fix was only temporary. Barclay ceased operations in 1971.

**American Metal Toys
Chicago, Illinois
Circa: 1937 to 1941
American Metal began producing it's hollowcast lead figures in 1937 and produced them until wartime restrictions on lead forced them to close their doors in 1941. The American Metal molds were then sold to Lincoln Logs, which curiously never used the molds. The most distinguishing characteristic of all American Metal figures is their clunkiness, which in my opinion, is their main attraction. A defining characteristic is the manner in which the eyes are painted with straight brows. Finally one of the most overlooked characteristics is the choked pourholes on the base, making them appear flat or smooth in some instances. American Metal Toys set it's figures apart by the high quality lacquer it used to paint it's figures with.


Doughboys painted to represent WWI Germans

MichToy's Caption This Image #72 Loser + Image for Caption This Image #73

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #73 
With no winner for last weeks caption we are rolling over the jackpot... meaning this week's contest is up to a whopping $50.00. That's right...Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $50.00 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 your entries here or email you entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com



CAPTION THIS IMAGE #72 
It's Thursday...and for the first time ever we have no winner for Caption This Image #72. Yup last weeks winner was a dud, receiving only a handful of entries! Grandpa MichToy has been reprimanded for such a humorless choice of subjects. But you can still view all the past winners here: http://bitly.com/1gthVu3.

February 09, 2015

A Daily Dose of Useless Tidbits for 09feb2015

The Art of the Toy Soldier
Elastolin 7cm composition Indians c.1930-50s
Mk IV Male Tadpole with mortar. 1/35th scale by Marcos Serra
More views in our Gallery

AK Interactive Upcoming Releases. View & Pre-order & SAVE 15% off SRP here: http://www.michtoy.com/Clearance-Upcoming%20release.html
Random Funny Stuff for 09feb2015

February 07, 2015

A Daily Dose for 07feb2015

Military dog protecting his solider in the airport
while he sleeps at the Indy airport.
The 1st Semi-Annual MTSC Model Contest Gallery is Now Open...
We have begun posting entries for the contest in our Collectors Area and We've extended the contest deadline to February 28th! So send in your entries and become rich & famous! 
Contest Gallery >> http://bitly.com/1AG7aOr
Random Funny Stuff for 07feb2015
Snow Day!


February 06, 2015

A Daily Dose for 06feb2015

Wardaddy from Fury... custom 12" (1/6th scale) action figure
 


Sweet!
Operation Market Garden in September 1944 by Michdioramas

February 05, 2015

MichToy's Caption This Image #71 Winner + Image for #72

CAPTION THIS IMAGE #71 WINNER
The votes are in and after a record number of entries we have...a Tie!. Mary Toleson's 'Rear Echelon' and Atticus Mitchell with his '1918' are this weeks winner of a $25.00 Gift Card from Michigan Toy Soldier. Thanks everyone who entered.


CAPTION THIS IMAGE #72
Here is this weeks image. Come up with the wittiest caption for this image you will win a $25.00 gift card from Michigan Toy Soldier Company. 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 your entry here or email your entries to: michtoystaff@michtoy.com



February 04, 2015

FIGURE OF THE WEEK #73: Elastolin Composition Indian Conversion

This week's figure is a incredible conversion of an Elastolin composition Indian.  The original figure is 7cm and was the Indian standing firing the bow c.1950s. Using damaged figures and combining this figure with parts from the kneeling firing Indian a all new and unique pose was created.
It goes to show that historical figure painters are not the only talented figure modelers out there. Toy soldier collectors also produce some beautiful, imaginative and unique miniatures too. 



Original figures used in this conversion