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nevinsrip Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 7:32 a.m. PST

If you grew up in the '60's then you probably had a Marx playset or two. The best was always the Blue and Gray sets that were released for the Centennial.
This book is packed with color pix of all the various Marx (and other)
toy soldiers that were available back then.

If you remember those great toys like I do, then get this book.

There is a similar volume about the Fort Apache sets written by the same people. I look through it all the time.
Well worth it!

link

WarWizard31 Aug 2017 8:52 a.m. PST

That looks great.

RudyNelson31 Aug 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

Yep I got a set in 1964. I played with the soldiers for many years. The guide book was placed in my comic bppk collection. A prize possession.
The Generals and Presidents were in yellow. The others in gray and blue.

Rallynow Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 10:48 a.m. PST

I had the Fort Apache set. I would shoot darts using a dart gun. I played solo so I shot for each side. I bought some plastic cowboys to fight with the Army. Great fun.

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2017 12:59 p.m. PST

I had the first Marx WW2 set, pitting dun vs green US Army men against each other. Only later did Marx continue with the dedicated subject sets. A kid in my neighborhood seemed to get all of them. I especially envied his ACW set. Fort Apache, not so much. Later, my little brother got the successor WW2 set in Europe with gray Germans vs a better color of green US Army side. Many of the US sculpts were the same as my much earlier set, but a lot of new ones too. I had more fun with his set than he ever did.

traveller03 Sep 2017 5:07 a.m. PST

https://www.toysoldierco.com
This site sells Marx and other makes of 54mm plastic figures.

Bumbydad06 Nov 2017 10:38 a.m. PST

My parents totally surprised me with "The Battle of the Blue and Grey" set--best present I ever got. (I frequently kick myself for throwing them away when I left for college in 1969!) A few years after I got the TBOTBAG set, I asked for the Marx Battleground WWII set. My father disdainfully advised me I was WAY too old to play with toy soldiers, and bought me a BB gun instead. Yuck.

And here I am, 67 and still playing with toy soldiers. Dad, wherever you are (probably not Heaven, for other reasons), eat me.

Tom D115 Nov 2017 11:40 a.m. PST

Ah,the Marx sets.The Blue and Gray, Ft.Apache, the Alamo,Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, Custers Last Stand,Ben-Hur, Zorro,Warriors of the World, the smaller figures.I can't believe I gave them all away, primarily to make room for wargaming figures. I could kick myself.

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