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Ranger322 Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Dec 2012 8:27 a.m. PST

Hey guys…I'm trying to identify and locate some toy soldiers like some I had when I was a kid. If you can help me figure out what exactly they are and where I might could find some for my boys, I'd greatly appreciate it!

Here is the information I can remember:

These were all WWII themed soldiers
They were about 3/4" or 1" tall
they came in carded packs with 4 countries each
countries made were US, Great Britain, Germany, Russia, Italy, and Japan…Each pack was a separated mix of 4 of those.
For the most part, each country was made in a different color…
Each country always came with a red plastic flag with a red plastic rock base.
I think I remember finding these at Target and other similar stores back in the late 80's early 90's…

Any ideas guys? I'd really like some of these again to play with my boys!

DS615114 Dec 2012 10:17 a.m. PST

If they are the same as I'm thinking of, then they were just cheap knock offs of the more mainstream 1/72 scale figures like Arfix.

scomac14 Dec 2012 1:29 p.m. PST

Airfix, all of them. Here are the sets they used for their crude copies:

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number4 Inactive Member14 Dec 2012 3:51 p.m. PST

Search ebay for 1/72 army men and you get these: auction

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Some of them make great 'fillers' for landing craft

Ranger322 Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Dec 2012 8:08 a.m. PST

Scomac, I definitely remember a lot of those poses! Those would be the figures I'm talking about…they were just a whole lot cheaper!

Personal logo The Tin Dictator Supporting Member of TMP15 Dec 2012 8:54 a.m. PST

I regularly see the cheap Chinese knock-offs being sold in the toy aisle at the drug store.

Try CVS, Walgreens, or Osco.

donlowry15 Dec 2012 11:14 a.m. PST

Speaking of which, I remember giving my nephews some very nice painted plastic WW2 figures, c. 20mm, in the mid- to late-60s. Got them at a Toys R Us, I believe. Sizable sets. That was before I knew anything about such figures myself (I was collecting 54mm in those days). Anyone any ideas of what they were?

Ranger322 Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Dec 2012 3:09 p.m. PST

@ The Tin Dictator…you see the little 3/4-1" ones at the drugstore? I'll have to check that out. Thanks!

Patrice17 Dec 2012 3:13 p.m. PST

I've seen them, some years after I've been playing with original Airfix myself. I think they were cheap re-makes of the old Airfix ranges.

number4 Inactive Member17 Dec 2012 9:23 p.m. PST

They were available in "Dollar Tree" stores a couple of years ago in packs of 150 green and tan. Not seen them for a while though.

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