This site is created for collectors of mainly composition vintage toy soldiers produced by great toy makers of the past: Elastolin, Hausser, Lineol, Durso, Kienel, Starlux, Leyla, Schusso, Armee, Trico, Duro, Durolin, NB, Triumph, GJ and many others.

Toy soldiers and real battles: February 2019

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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Elastolin figure catalog from Preiser (pdf)

Elastolin figure (1:25) catalog from Preiser provided by

In the 1950’s O. & M. Hausser started to develop the modern Elastolin figure as we know it. By using the most modern materials available, their outstanding sculptors and tool makers were able to create the finest impressions and detailing to produce the modern Elastolin figure. An excellent but costly range was developed which has, since 1983, been integrated within the Preiser range and brought back to the market with exquisitely hand painted figures of Romans and Normans; Knights on horseback or on foot; Castle maiden; Pages and Mercenaries; Indians and trappers; Prussians 1756; US Civil War; German Reich Wehrmacht.

Elastolin figure catalog from Preiser (pdf)

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The Battle of Bataan (7 January – 9 April 1942)

The Battle of Bataan (7 January – 9 April 1942) represented the most intense phase of Imperial Japan's invasion of the Philippines during World War II. In January 1942, forces of the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy invaded Luzon along with several islands in the Philippine Archipelago after the bombing of the American naval base at Pearl Harbor.
The Japanese army soldiers are from BMC and Marx. The tank is produced by Gescha (Germany 30s).

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

UN peacekeeping troops

Peacekeeping by the United Nations is a role held by the Department of Peacekeeping Operations as "a unique and dynamic instrument developed by the organization as a way to help countries torn by conflict to create the conditions for lasting peace".It is distinguished from peacebuilding, peacemaking, and peace enforcement although the United Nations does acknowledge that all activities are "mutually reinforcing" and that overlap between them is frequent in practice.
These UN peacekeepers are made by Britains. The Panhard AML (1/50) is made by Solido.

Siege of Breslau (13 February 1945 - 6 May 1945) (Part 2)

These plastic soldiers and T-34 tank are produced by BMC, TSSD and Marx.
The street terrain is made by TTCombat.

Monday, February 25, 2019

German Artillery Tractor from Tipp&Co (20s)

The first artillery tractors were designed prior to the outbreak of World War I, often based on agricultural machines such as the Holt tractor. Such vehicles allowed the tactical use of heavier guns to supplement the light horse drawn field guns. "Horseless artillery" available prior to World War I weighed 8 tons, had 70 horsepower and could go 8 mph.For example, in the British Army it allowed the heavy guns of the Royal Garrison Artillery to be used flexibly on the battlefield. This German Artillery Tractor (20s) was probably produced by Tipp&Co.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Siege of Breslau (13 February 1945 - 6 May 1945)

The Siege of Breslau, also known as the Battle of Breslau, was a three-month-long siege of the city of Breslau in Lower Silesia, Germany (now Wrocław, Poland), lasting to the end of World War II in Europe. From 13 February 1945 to 6 May 1945, German troops in Breslau were besieged by the Soviet forces which encircled the city as part of the Lower Silesian Offensive Operation. The German garrison's surrender on 6 May was followed by the surrender of all German forces two days after the battle.
These Wehrmacht soldiers were made by Elastolin in 70s and the 7.5 cm leichtes Infanteriegeschütz 18 cannon was produced by Elastolin/Hausser in 30s. The street terrain is made by TTCombat.

Erich Raeder - Großadmiral (Elastolin 30s)

Erich Johann Albert Raeder (24 April 1876 – 6 November 1960) was a German admiral who played a major role in the naval history of World War II. Raeder attained the highest possible naval rank—that of Grand Admiral — in 1939, becoming the first person to hold that rank since Henning von Holtzendorff. Raeder led the Kriegsmarine for the first half of the war; he resigned in 1943 and was replaced by Karl Dönitz. At the Nuremberg Trials he was sentenced to life in prison but was released early due to failing health.

Adolf Hitler in 1933 with Admiral Raeder.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Plastic soldiers and movies : Trial on the Road (1971)

Trial on the Road is a 1971 black-and-white Soviet film set in World War II, directed by Aleksey German. Trial on the Road was censored and taken out of circulation in the Soviet Union for 15 years after its release due to its controversial depiction of Soviet soldiers, where the Russian POW joins the partisan guerrillas and proves his loyalty fighting the Nazis.

The photographed soldiers are produced by TSSD.

Friday, February 22, 2019

23rd of February - Red Army Day

First celebrated in 1919, the holiday marks the date in 1918 during the Russian Civil War when the first mass draft into the Red Army occurred in Petrograd and Moscow (on 17 February).In January 1919, it was decided to combine the celebration of that day with the anniversary of the publication of the decree on the establishment of the Red Army (of 18 February 1918).In 1919, 17 February fell on a Monday, so it was decided to move the holiday to the nearest Sunday – 23 February. The photographed Red Army soldiers are produced by Engineer Basevich.

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima

Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima is an iconic photograph taken by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945, which depicts six United States Marines raising a U.S. flag atop Mount Suribachi, during the Battle of Iwo Jima, in World War II. (BMC soldiers)

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Tiger I from New Ray

The Tiger I  is a German heavy tank of World War II deployed from 1942 in Africa and Europe, usually in independent heavy tank battalions. Its final designation was Panzerkampfwagen VI Tiger Ausf. E often shortened to Tiger. The Tiger I gave the Wehrmacht its first armoured fighting vehicle that mounted the 8.8 cm KwK 36 gun 1,347 were built between August 1942 and August 1944.
This Tiger I is produced by New Ray. The tank officer is made by Elastolin in 30s.

The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945) - Part 2

These Japanese soldiers are from BMC and Marx.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

BMW R75 World War 2 (Museu Militar do Porto)

The BMW R75 is a World War II-era motorcycle and sidecar combination produced by the German company BMW. In the 1930s BMW were producing a number of popular and highly effective motorcycles. In 1938 development of the R75 started in response to a request from the German Army.

The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945)

The Battle of Iwo Jima (19 February – 26 March 1945) was a major battle in which the United States Marine Corps landed on and eventually captured the island of Iwo Jima from the Imperial Japanese Army (IJA) during World War II. The American invasion, designated Operation Detachment, had the goal of capturing the entire island, including the three Japanese-controlled airfields (including the South Field and the Central Field), to provide a staging area for attacks on the Japanese main islands.This five-week battle comprised some of the fiercest and bloodiest fighting of the Pacific War of World War II. (BMC and Safari US soldiers, Willys Jeep and M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage from New Ray).