I apologize that I didn't take many pictures. I was too busy shopping and conversing, but hopefully Playset Magazine will post some pictures like they always do.
There was a good variety of metal and plastic all over the place, and dealers seemed quite willing to wheel and deal. I scored a never-opened Barzso Battle of New Orleans way below the normal asking price. Barzso was of course there with all of his new Revolutionary War figures and scenics, as well as a lot of other bagged figures. Other favorite dealers included Rick Eber and his awesome vintage playsets, The Marx-Man with all sorts of originals and recasts, the War Store, whose shelves were overflowing with plastic goodness, Jim Clouse with his amazing battleboards, and of course Mike and Ed who were there on assignment from TSSD with a load of their products. I didn't catch everyone's names, but there were a ton of really friendly dealers and collectors who just liked to stand and talk about toy soldiers, which I can think of no better way to spend a Sunday afternoon.
|Barzso Battle of New Orleans Americans|
|Barzso Battle of New Orleans British|
A nice surprise was seeing all of the new Austin Miniatures Cowboys. I talked to a fellow (I'm so sorry that I forget his name!) that knew the sculptor and was there showing off the new sculpts. He said that they were scheduled to be released by OTSN. I wish them the VERY best of luck. The sculpts look great, and I'll be sure to buy a bag or two. I forgot to ask what colors they would be cast in.
|All of the Austin Miniatures|
|Close-up of Cowboys|
Overall, the crowds were down and sales were light. Could be because the weather was so horrible, or could be because there was nothing "Brand New" at the show, or could actually be because the hobby is experiencing a bit of a downturn right now. I don't know, but regardless, I had a great time and came home with more than I started with! (and now that I think about it, that's probably not the actual goal of a salesman....)
Stay tuned for news on our upcoming Yanks!
|Possible pose #5|
|Exclusive Union Infantry|