March 14, 2017

FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #145: Lamenting Conte Collectibles

Going through a recently purchased collection of soldiers I came across a large number of both plastic and metal Conte Collectibles figures. Upon looking everything over it reminded me of just how great Conte was in it's heyday. I don't think collectors appreciate how much Richard Conte did for the hobby. When they first hit the market they were better then anything that came before. In the evolution of toy soldiers into the "historical" miniatures of today Conte was the catalyst that took things to the next level. Producing both plastic and metal figures and a under appreciated number of scenics Contco released a staggering amount of figures in the course of the company's existence. Working with figure sculptor and pattern maker Ken Osen who now is the owner and managing director of W. Britains the company's output forced all it's competitors to the next level or risk being left in the dust. Featured here is "Knights Cross" a Ken Osen figure that was produced way back in 2001 and was issued in both plastic and metal. 15+ years later and it is still one of my all time favorite figures and all to deserving of the FOTW designation!

WWII-005 Knights Cross with it's plastic counterpart 

Richard Conte circa 2009

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