First and foremost, I'm a collector of toy soldiers. Like you, I get excited every time I hear about new releases. Civil War history and lore is my main passion, which works really well in this business, because it's probably ranked #1 or #2 in popularity with other collectors. But I'm also rather lacking in the attention span department, and always looking for a new subject to spark my interest... and chances are, whatever that new interest is when I begin sculpting set #3, will also be the subject of set #3. Here's a rundown of what we're thinking of doing, and WHY we are thinking of doing it or NOT doing it. Like I've said before, I can't keep secrets, so why even try.
1. Civil War - I'm not going to lie, it's a possibility. It's a big seller, and we're still a new company that is a ways away from breaking even on our investment. It wouldn't hurt to stay with something solid.... BUT, most guys who collect Civil War already have a huge army built up, and may not feel the need to buy multiple bags, the one thing that keeps us plastic manufacturers in business. So, it ends up a real catch-22.
2. WWII - Very popular with collectors, but again, suffers from the same problem as the Civil War does. Most guys who would buy them already have an awesome collection of 1/32 WWII troops done with amazing quality by other companies, thus, not a whole lot of reason to buy several bags. I know there are some subjects that haven't been done, or done enough (British Infantry, Garman Paras, Afrika Korps, etc.), but would they be popular enough to sell in the quantity that we would need them to?
3. American Revolution - A lot of people have been asking for this one, which surprises me to no end. Lots of fertile ground for this topic, and really hasn't been explored much by modern makers. A nice side effect of that is that guys might need to buy multiple bags to make a full army.... but another thought is that other companies haven't done it because IT WON'T SELL.
4. WWI - Machine guns, frontal assaults over open ground, bi-planes and tri-planes, and tanks. You'd think it would be a top seller... but for some reason, it's mostly given a big "Meh" by collectors.
5. Vietnam - An explanation probably isn't needed here. Several collectors have first hand experience with this era, and it's not something that I would feel comfortable trying to recreate in plastic. Maybe someday, but not today.
Sooo.... we've got some ideas, one probably edging the others out a bit, but we're still open to your thoughts.... and bribes. :)