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A Somewhat Daily Dose for 23may2017
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FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #153: What the Heck Was He Thinking? #1
Back in the late the '00s Conte Collectibles released an American Civil War series known as "The Carter." Conte sets had been slowly getting a little more animated and shall we say...realistic in the later years of the company. While it's true that War is Hell many collectors didn't see a need for such graphic representations in miniatures.

A recent collection we purchased happened to have one of these sets (ACW57173 "The Crater" Signature Series - Hand to Hand Vignette #1) in it but had been "enhanced" by the collector who got a little heavy handed with the Testors red paint, turning the set into something out of the Walking Dead. To each his own I suppose but what the heck was he thinking??
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FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #152: Fröha Indian Fishing
This figure comes to us from our good friend and fellow dealer Thomas Finck* of Germany. And in his words, “this is a 1st Series Fröha composition figure. Made in Germany in the 1960s. By the way...he’s supposed to be cooking a fish.” Yeah. Sure he is!

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Art of the Toy Soldier
1950s Archer Plastic Baseball Players

... And they'll watch the game and it'll be as if they dipped themselves in magic waters. The memories will be so thick they'll have to brush them away from their faces. The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds us of all that once was good and that could be again. ― James Earl Jones in Field of Dreams

A Daily Dose for 09may2017
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FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #149: The Crucifiction & The Passion.

With this being the week of Easter, which celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead, we choose as our FOTW this beautiful hand painted zinnfiguren vignette titled "The Crucifiction". This 54mm set issued in Belgium by the company Glorious Empires. Zinnfiguren is a German term meaning "Tin Figure". In the US collectors often refer to them as "Flats*"

Another interpretation of the Crucifictionis is featured and is titled "The Passion" (ref.SG-S14). This 54mm vignette is based on the kit from Andrea Miniatures.

In Christianity, the Passion (from Late Latin: passionem "suffering, enduring") is the short final period in the life of Jesus covering his entrance visit to Jerusalem and leading to his crucifixion on Mount Calvary, defining the climactic event central to Christian doctrine of Salvation History.

The commemoration begins with the portent grievance of the Blessed Virgin Mary, followed by his triumphal entry into Jerusalem and includes his institution of the Eucharist at Last Supper, his bleeding and Agony in the Garden followed by his arrest by the Sanhedrin priests and ultimate trial before Pontius Pilate.

*Flats are two-dimensional miniatures, which were cast from slate moulds.Though they exist in different scale, most (95%) of them are 30mm high (eye-level of man on foot) and about 2mm thick. Flats of 19.Century have been smaller (28mm), modern intend to exeed even 31-32 mm size. Other ranges of "scales" are 20 mm, 40mm and there are some larger 54mm to 80mm flats most of them depicting personalities.
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It's Opening Day!
"Play Ball!" Yup…those magical words of many a spring day bring back memories of youth, opening day with dad, kicking around the neighborhood sandlot all day with friends, baseball cards into the spokes of the Stingray. What could be a better notice that Spring is here and that summer is not far behind.
In the immortal words of Ernie Banks...‘Let’s Play Two’... Go Tigers!

FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #148:
What better way to start the new season with this extremely rare set of Cherilea Baseball Players as our Figure of The Week. Although The Game of baseball has often been referred to as America’s Pastime, it received scant attention from traditional toy soldier manufacturers. An exception was an English firm called Cherilea, which in the late 1940s began producing 54mm hollowcast figures of mainly British and American military types. However, the company also issued novelty figures, including spacemen and ballet dancers. Among the novelties was an 11-piece set of American baseball players intended for the U.S. market. Included in the set were seven infielders and outfielders, a pitcher in full throwing motion, a catcher, a batter and an umpire giving the safe sign. The set was packaged in a display box marked Cherilea Products, with a full color lid showing knights and Crusaders, Indians, British Guardsmen and other colorful units, as well as troops in modern battledress and farm figures-but, alas, no baseball figures. This extremely rare set sold at auction for $2000.00 about 10 years ago.
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A Daily Dose for 04april2017
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FARLEY'S FIGURE OF THE WEEK #147: Grant & Lee from the Franklin Mint...
Our latest Figure(s) of the Week come from the Franklin Mint circa 1983. Released under the banner American Military Historical Society - Toy Soldier Set 1775-1965. While I wouldn't normally equate 1/32 scale painted pewter figures with The Franklin Mint these two figures warrant attention. Depicting Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant & Robert E. Lee these are beautifully sculpted and painted and among the nicest figures of these two ever released. These turn up on eBay from time to time and can purchased relatively cheap.

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A Daily Dose for 28march2017
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A Somewhat Daily Dose for 28march2017
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"You say you want a Revolution?"
Britains Rev War Swoppets circa 1960s
A Somewhat Daily Dose for 27march2017
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