Toy Soldiers

#1
Sorry for the subject matter, but I presume that some of you have kids too.

I just bought my son a packet of toy soldiers and I was surprised to see the poor detail on them especially after paying nearly 5 quid for them.

Back when I was a lad (and all this was fields) I used to have loads of the things, and as far as I can remember (well it is 30 years ago) even the small ones were very detailed.

The ones he got were Hellier, are they generally crap? Are there other easily available brands which are better?

Cheers
T_T
 
#3
Heller ones were always cr*p - you had to get Airfix for general purpose 'bendy' plastic ones - the 1/72 scale for massed carpet armies, but the 1/32 ones for the garden (easier to find and less intimidated by grass).

You need to go to the Airfix Website (now they have been rescued by Humbrol):
Airfix Figures

There is a stockist search link on the site as well.

Alternatively, although eBay will cost you a fortune for an authentic 1974 pack of soldiers in a mint box, that doesn't sound like what you need - you can get a box of mixed soldier for peanuts!
 
#4
Fifth_Columnist said:
Heller ones were always cr*p - you had to get Airfix for general purpose 'bendy' plastic ones - the 1/72 scale for massed carpet armies, but the 1/32 ones for the garden (easier to find and less intimidated by grass).

You need to go to the Airfix Website (now they have been rescued by Humbrol):
Airfix Figures

There is a stockist search link on the site as well.

Alternatively, although eBay will cost you a fortune for an authentic 1974 pack of soldiers in a mint box, that doesn't sound like what you need - you can get a box of mixed soldier for peanuts!
Stupendous! Thanks for the link. I think it was Airfix and Matchbox I used to have. Now he'll be able to see which kind of weapons his soldiers are carrying. At present it's "What's this soldier got Dad?" "Erm.........I think it's supposed to be a rifle of some sort"

Cheers
T_T
 
#5
I used to have hundreds of the green plastic soldiers when I was younger with their battles with the grey soldiers over the living room territories.

Ever since Toy Story though they would hide in the plant pots, behind book shelves etc...

If I look carefully there still a few dotted around the house that I forgot about...I am 21 now!
 
#6
Tartan_Terrier said:
Fifth_Columnist said:
Heller ones were always cr*p - you had to get Airfix for general purpose 'bendy' plastic ones - the 1/72 scale for massed carpet armies, but the 1/32 ones for the garden (easier to find and less intimidated by grass).

You need to go to the Airfix Website (now they have been rescued by Humbrol):
Airfix Figures

There is a stockist search link on the site as well.

Alternatively, although eBay will cost you a fortune for an authentic 1974 pack of soldiers in a mint box, that doesn't sound like what you need - you can get a box of mixed soldier for peanuts!
Stupendous! Thanks for the link. I think it was Airfix and Matchbox I used to have. Now he'll be able to see which kind of weapons his soldiers are carrying. At present it's "What's this soldier got Dad?" "Erm.........I think it's supposed to be a rifle of some sort"

Cheers
T_T
TT,

Try here as well http://www.plasticsoldierreview.com/ :oops:
 
#9
As a kid, I had my fair share of toy soldiers. Recently I came across a tub full of Britain Ltd metal soldiers amongest my junk, all British dressed in WW2 attaire and holding various poses with Brens and .303s. Very good quailty and made in England. Anybody know or had these?
 
#11
Revell Germany do a set of modern British soldiers in 1/72 scale LSW gunner etc detail not too bad and about 3-4 quid a box ideal for orders/model kits etc
 
#12
spike7451 said:
Look here;

Modellers Loft

But these ones are the dogs danglies.The was a Falklands Para released a couple of years ago.Cant find it anywhere tho.

This is the Bootie one.(You can get Coldstream Guardsman,Micks ect..)

Dragon Military Figures
got a mate who made one of these up to have the same kit as he has .And yes he does have girl friend :!: :eek:
 
#13
McVitie said:
As a kid, I had my fair share of toy soldiers. Recently I came across a tub full of Britain Ltd metal soldiers amongest my junk, all British dressed in WW2 attaire and holding various poses with Brens and .303s. Very good quailty and made in England. Anybody know or had these?
I had a fair few of these. Well painted and good quality. I used to buy one each week, once I'd got my pocket money. There still knocking about the house somewhere.
 
#14
You definitely have to go for Airfix.

I saw the D Day action set in a shop the other day and wished I was 11 again! It has a gun emplacement and all sorts of different groups. There was also an airfield set with jeeps, aircraft and hangars.

I had loads and my parents dug them out recently for my 4 year old. The Commando set had a dinghy and rowers as well as kayaks; the 8th Army set had 3 in mortar kits and Vickers crews. The Fallschirmjaeger were the mutts nuts and the Gurkhas all had shorts.

There were some matchbox ones in the box too, more detailed and more robust but there was something about them I just didn't like as much as the Airfix ones.
 
#15
Having managed to get a set of Airfix Commandos, I was disappointed to discover that they didn't come with the dinghy (that I remembered from my childhood), only the kayak. On searching the far reaches of my memory, I came to the conclusion that the dinghy came with the Matchbox commandos.

Edited to add: Yep, just checked Daz's Plastic Soldier Review link and the dinghy was indeed part of the Matchbox set.
 
#16
Bit of a porky from North of the Border
""I just bought my son a packet of toy soldiers ""

I too, have bought toy military vehicles for my son, but I wont give them to him untill I think he is old enough, (he's a REME VM)
 
#17
Just checked out this thread as at first I thought it was a reference to wooden tops...

I had thousands (and I mean thousands) of the 1/72 until I joined up in the 80's - bloody mother gave them away didn't she!!??

"You're too old for them anyway"
"But they were fecking MINE!!!"

Wish I still had them (and I'm over 40!!!!) :( I had Highland regiments, Afrika Korps, Japanese (officer with katana) and even a set of "wounded" on stretchers and arms in slings etc, 8th Army, Commandos with kayaks - the lot.

I can smell them now... :crying: :crying: :x
 
#18
Fifth_Columnist said:
Having managed to get a set of Airfix Commandos, I was disappointed to discover that they didn't come with the dinghy (that I remembered from my childhood), only the kayak. On searching the far reaches of my memory, I came to the conclusion that the dinghy came with the Matchbox commandos.

Edited to add: Yep, just checked Daz's Plastic Soldier Review link and the dinghy was indeed part of the Matchbox set.
The two blokes paddling the rubber dinghy were from the early 1960's US Marines set. They had bazookas too! The Russians had a cracking Maxim machine gun on a wheeled carriage.

As for the Heller soldiers, are you sure they're rifles and not baguettes? After all, chees-eating etc... :wink:
 
#19
Just checked out Modellers' Loft - Luftwaffe personnel - had them too :(

What is meant by the term "sprue"? :?
 
#20
Petriburg said:
The two blokes paddling the rubber dinghy were from the early 1960's US Marines set. They had bazookas too! The Russians had a cracking Maxim machine gun on a wheeled carriage.
They may well have been, but this is the one I had:
 

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