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 2023

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Sunday, October 29, 2023

Visiting Castelvecchio castle in Verona 🇮🇹🏰⚔️

Castelvecchio is a castle in Verona, northern Italy. It is the most important military construction of the Scaliger dynasty that ruled the city in the Middle Ages. Construction was carried out between 1354 and 1376. The fortified bridge was intended to allow the seigniors to escape safely northwards to the Tyrol in the event of a rebellion or a coup d'état.

Friday, October 27, 2023

Stalin and Red Army (GJ, Belgium) 🚩🚩🚩

GJ (Belgium, Brussels) produced 7cm composition soldiers from 1935 to 1950. GJ would be the initials of the Belarusian sculptor who made these figurines. GJ figurines produced after the WW2 by the founder of GJ no longer bear the GJ mark under the base. GJ produced some interesting Red Army figures, including Stalin, Cossacks and Red Marines.

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Elastolin DLV composition figures

The German Air Sports Association (Deutscher Luftsportverband or DLV) was an organisation set up by the Nazi Party in March 1933 for training of military pilots. Its chairman was Hermann Göring and its vice-chairman Ernst Röhm. Since the Treaty of Versailles officially forbade Germany from building fighter planes of any sort, the German Air Sports Association used gliders to train men still officially civilians for the future Luftwaffe. The DLV was dissolved in 1937 and replaced with the NSFK - National Socialist Flyers Corps, a corporation under public law and subordinate to Reichsluftfahrtminister Göring. Elastolin produced DLV figures from 1934 to 1939. The Elastolin catalog numbers of the presented solders (from left to right) are 30/658/12, 30/658/52, 30/658/3 and 30/658/14.

Monday, October 23, 2023

Lineol MG-Schutze fur amorces

This Lineol German machine-gunner (5/152) was produced in 30s. The machine-gunner is equipped by a tinplate machine gun shooting by amorces.

Saturday, October 21, 2023

Gonio/Kaden VW Type 82 Kubelwagen

Gonio was a Czech manufacturer of tinplate models. The company was based in the small town of Trhove Sviny in the South of the country and is best known for a series of 1/24th scale military vehicles from World War II issued in the early 1990s. These 1/24 models are made of tin with plastic parts and are very detailed with opening parts, accurate decorations and realistic proportions. The range included the German VW Kübelwagen and Schwimmwagen, but also vehicles from the Allied Forces such as Dodge WC51 and WC52 and Willys Jeep MB. In 1991, shortly after the fall of communism, but before the split between the Czech Republic and Slovakia,Kaden company took over Gonio, the Gonio models remained in production, and several civilian versions of the Dodge and the Jeep were added to the range.Apparently, however, Kaden has ceased producing the Gonio range.

Friday, October 20, 2023

Schwerer Panzerspähwagen Sd.Kfz. 232

The Sd. Kfz. 232 (8-Rad), which was produced from 1938 to 1943, was a 231 with additional medium range radio sets and a large frame aerial. The official name was Schwerer Panzerspähwagen (Fu) Sd. Kfz. 232 (8-rad) Tippco (Nuremberg, Germany) 1/24 tinplate windup model WH-196 of Sd. Kfz. 232 (30s).

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Starlux WW2 German Army soldiers

Plastics soldiers representing the German army during the Second World War (1939 - 1945) produced by Starlux (France).

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

Elastolin HJ Deutsches Jungvolk composition figures

HJ Deutsches Jungvolk recruits were called Pimpfen.Groups of 10 boys were called a Jungenschaft, with leaders chosen from the older boys; four of these formed a unit called a Jungzug. These units were further grouped into companies and battalions, each with their own leaders, who were usually young adults. Der Pimpf, the Nazi magazine for boys, was particularly aimed at those in the Deutsches Jungvolk, with adventure and propaganda.Elastolin and Lineol 1/24 figures from 30s.


Sunday, October 8, 2023

Frankenschau Video: Elastolin figures from Neustadt near Coburg 🏰🏰🏰

Peter Müller has been collecting plastic figures from the former toy company Hausser from Neustadt near Coburg for around 50 years. The expressiveness of Elastolin figures has fascinated him since his childhood. 25.06.2023 ∙ Frankenschau ∙ BR Fernsehen
Frankenschau video link is available here:

Thursday, October 5, 2023

Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Tuesday, October 3, 2023

The colours of Fall and Tippco WH-196

Sd. Kfz. 231 was the standard reconnaissance variant built from 1937 to 1941. From July 1941, any need for a 231 was fulfilled by producing a 232 without the additional radio equipment. The official name was Schwerer Panzerspähwagen Sd. Kfz. 231 (8-rad). Tippco (Nuremberg, Germany) produced its 1/24 tinplate windup model WH-196 of Sd. Kfz. 231 in 30s.