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: October 2021

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Sunday, October 31, 2021

Tipp & Co anti tank gun (Model #174)

TippCo (Germany) produced several models of tinplate artillery guns in 30s. The anti tank gun (Model #174) was one the most popular TippCo's cannons.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Hausser/Elastolin Kubelwagen Nr.733

This tinplate Kubelwagen Nr.733 painted in Feldgrau was produced by Hausser in 30s. The Kubelwagen crew is represented by Elastolin and Lineol soldiers.

Monday, October 25, 2021

German wooden toy soldiers (c. 1840) from Basel Historical Museum

The poor but wood-rich region of the Saxon Ore Mountains (Erzgebirge) had concentrated on the production of wooden toys since the early 19th century. During the long, harsh winters, large quantities of small-format play figures were made in home-based work with the help of the entire family: farms, arks with countless animals, market stalls and sounding movement games. The figures were packed in chipboard boxes, a sure sign that there was no need to save on wood in this region. These toys were brought to Nuremberg via publishers in Sonneberg, Thuringia, and from there to large parts of Europe via retailers. These Erzgebrige wooden toy soldiers (c. 1840) are presented at Basel Historical Museum.

Sunday, October 24, 2021

Squid Game plastic brick sets 🦑

AliExpress offers a lot of plastic brick sets featuring the Squid Game - a South Korean survival drama television series created by Hwang Dong-hyuk for Netflix.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Elastolin Flak electric searchlight

In 30s Elastolin produced this electric searchlight (728N Elastolin elektr. Scheinwerfer mit Blinkvorrichtung) for its Flak-Arttillerie series. I have photographed Lineol Flak-Artellierie soldiers that are similar to the Elastolin ones.

Thursday, October 21, 2021

Hausser Flugzeugabwehrkanone (0/718) and Solido French Navy sailors

This Flugzeugabwehrkanone (0/718) tinplate cannon was produced by Hausser/Elastolin (Germany) in the mid 30s. The French Navy composition sailors were produced by Solido (Belgium) in 50s.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Elastolin quick-marching figures of German soldiers

In 1939, Elastolin introduced the quick-marching figures 33/6 as 'Inf. im neuen Schritt' - 'ín the new step'. They were also offered as Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler, in black SS uniform. These composition soldiers are the first Elastolin figures to be made successfully with moulded composition rifles at the slope, and they were re-issued after the war, eventually becoming Bundesheer (Austrian Armed Forces) for a while.

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Renault FT17 tank from CBG Mignot 🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

This tin WW1 Renault FT17 was produced by CBG Mignot (France). The tank is presented with a diorama box.

Friday, October 15, 2021

Germany's dark past : Elastolin Wehrmacht composition soldiers

The Elastolin composition toy soldiers, the best-known to collectors, are probably the military figures and a series of 'personality figures' from the Third Reich era (1933-1945) are very popular with contemporary collectors.
*The images of Elastolin vintage toy soldiers presented as a historical curiosity without endorsement of any political ideology and propaganda of war.

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Elastolin HJ Jungvolk figures

In 30s, Elastolin produced various composition figures of the Deutsches Jungvolk members. The Deutsches Jungvolk was the separate section for boys aged 10 to 14 of the Hitlerjugend organisation in Nazi Germany. Through a programme of outdoor activities, parades and sports, it aimed to indoctrinate its young members in the tenets of Nazi ideology. Membership became fully compulsory for eligible boys in 1939. By the end of World War II, some had become child soldiers. After the end of the war in 1945, both the Deutsches Jungvolk and its parent organization, the Hitlerjugend, ceased to exist.
*The images of Elastolin vintage toy soldiers presented as a historical curiosity without endorsement of any political ideology and propaganda of war.

Monday, October 11, 2021

CBG Mignot French field artillery crew🇫🇷🇫🇷🇫🇷

CBG MIGNOT Napoleonic Wars set - French field artillery crew with a diorama box..

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Elastolin Reichswehr soldiers marching in goose step

These Elastolin Reichswehr goose stepping soldiers were made between 1933 and 1935, if the red, white and black flag is taken as the evidence.The colours of the Weimar republic were black, red and gold. In 1933, Hitler ordered a return to the old Imperial colours.