Barclay’s Mystery No. 50 Ambulance

Mystery Unnumbered (unmarked) Ambulance A collector friend of mine, Steve Sauchelli,, turned up what appears to be an unnumbered (unmarked) version of the Barclay large ambulance #50. Both ambulances are exactly the same size and share the same front grill, window, and side curtain details. However, crosses on the unmarked version are inverted instead […]

Toy Soldiers and More at the East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale, Sunday November 1st.

Here’s a snapshot taken at one of our recent past shows. Although it shows a very small portion of the show,  we hope it will help coax those who’ve never attended the East Coast Toy Soldier Show to visit the show this coming November 1st.

No Comments »Filed under: Announcements, Blog, Toy Soldier Shows & EventsPosted on September 27th, 2009

The Toy Soldier Museum’s Fall Open House

Every spring and fall, Jim Hillestad’s Toy Soldier Museum hosts an Open House with good food, entertainment, and great sales on toy soldiers.  You’re invited! Next Open House & Cellar Sale, Saturday, October 31.  The day before the East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale — make a weekend of it!  Special guests for the […]

Barclay’s F.T.-17 Renault Tank

Many American Dimestore companies produced toy versions of tanks, but none compared to the variety produced by Barclay. Barclay manufactured six versions of tanks. All of their designs generally resemble real-life tanks, but only their pre-WWII version of the Renault F.T.-17  tank comes close to being an accurate model of a real tank. The Renault […]

Great Tips to use When Visiting a Toy Soldier Show

I’m always looking for new useful tips and suggestions I can use when visiting toy soldier shows. Suggestions I can use to make my visits more enjoyable. But most of the information I read about toy soldier shows, that is posted on forums, chat rooms and blogs, are previews and reviews about the merchandise and […]

Welcome To The World Of Comic Book Toy Soldiers

If you are like me and remember the colorful comic book advertisements for Toy Soldier Sets that ran on the back pages of most typical comic books back in the 1950s through the 1980s then you’ll enjoy visiting WELCOME TO THE WORLD Of COMIC BOOK TOY SOLDIERS. It’s a great site with cool links and […]

No Comments »Filed under: Blog, New Plastic Toy SoldiersPosted on September 4th, 2008

Share-A-Ride or Carpool a Ride to Our Show on 11/1/09

Has the high cost of gas got you down? Well if it does, consider either Sharing-A-Ride, or being a part of a Carpool to our Show. You’ll save some money and share some good conversations with like minded collectors and even make some new toy soldier friends. Send me an email, type “Carpool” in the […]

No Comments »Filed under: BlogPosted on July 26th, 2008

American Dimestore Basics, Manoil Hollow-Base Figures

No other American Dimestore figures have raised as much speculation over their evolution as a small group of early production Manoils known to collectors as “Hollow-Base.” Figure in the center of my photo is a regular two hole base Manoil. It’s flanked by two hollow-base figures. I theorize that since hollow-base castings were, and still […]

No Comments »Filed under: American Dimestore Soldiers, BlogPosted on July 26th, 2008

Four New Toy Soldier Sets from Beau-Geste

It should come as no surprise to any toy soldier collector that a traditional style toy soldier maker with the name Beau-Geste would introduce yet another set of French Foreign Legionnaires. Beau-Geste has also released three additional sets. A nice touch is that Beau-Geste has also posted the image sources they used as the inspiration […]

No Comments »Filed under: Blog, New Metal Toy SoldiersPosted on June 26th, 2008