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Personal logo MondayKnight Sponsoring Member of TMP30 Aug 2020 4:10 p.m. PST

I received a phone call recently and discussing gaming with one of my customers. As we continued to talk, he asked me if I had ever heard of Bussing Miniatures and their 54mm lines of figures. I had to admit, I had not, but I told him I would look into it with some "experts" I knew…….

So, "Experts" What can you tell me about them?
Their Availability?
Who might hold the rights/masters/molds for them?

Thanks!

bargainbindm30 Aug 2020 4:14 p.m. PST

Could he possibly have meant "Bussler" Miniatures?

link

William Warner30 Aug 2020 5:49 p.m. PST

Bussler has an amazing number of poses, and they have been offering them since 1956. I still have my much-soiled Bussler catalog which I ordered from an ad in the back pages of Popular Mechanics magazine. Their catalog even contained photographs of every pose they offered! I'm glad to see that they are still in production.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2020 6:22 p.m. PST

Wow, have not heard of Bussler mini's for years. Ive
a *very* few in my collection, from about the late 1950's.

The cruciform bases for cavalry and the very stylized
tails on the cavalry mounts are Bussler hallmarks.

phssthpok30 Aug 2020 6:49 p.m. PST

Yes, I have the masters and rights to Bussler Figures.

Personal logo Wolfshanza Supporting Member of TMP30 Aug 2020 10:24 p.m. PST

Yep, remember them from days of yore. Great figures and reasonably priced.

bargainbindm31 Aug 2020 5:23 a.m. PST

….I dreamed about the Bussler figures as a young child, not knowing who made them, or even how to get them. They were used for dioramas in one of Bruce Catton's books I used to check out from the library in the late 60s. The caisson model in particular seemed to be most dream worthy. As I got older the Bussler, and Imrie RIsley catalogs were well leafed through, and prized possessions! I would still love to make a vignette of those figures for my office!

Personal logo MondayKnight Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Aug 2020 6:50 a.m. PST

Thanks! I will pass along the information! I was curious, glad to see the range still in production.

-W

Personal logo MondayKnight Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Aug 2020 6:53 a.m. PST

phssthpok,

Are you the person controlling the website linked above? Can I pass along your information?

-W

Rdfraf Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2020 8:12 a.m. PST

I remember Bussler from my youth! I couldn't afford them then but always dreamed about them. The large variety of poses differed from the limited poses offered by lot of other 54mm companies.

I stopped buying 54mm ACW after All the Kings Men went out of business and didn't see any other unpainted ranges I liked so knowing that Bussler is back at very affordable prices is welcome news!

phssthpok31 Aug 2020 2:35 p.m. PST

No, that is not my site. I was using up old inventory selling them on Ebay but have started to run low on castings.

Personal logo MondayKnight Sponsoring Member of TMP31 Aug 2020 4:50 p.m. PST

phssthpok,

Do you have contact information? I would like to talk to you about casting and potential carrying them. I found I really like the line.

Will

custosarmorum Supporting Member of TMP31 Aug 2020 5:26 p.m. PST

Wow, I have not thought about Bussler miniatures since the mid-1970s! Good to learn that someone still has the molds and the rights.

phssthpok31 Aug 2020 6:20 p.m. PST

Sure Monday Knight: phssthpok@midco.net

avery060201 Oct 2020 9:12 a.m. PST

There was another company – Black Cat Miniatures, located on the west coast (US) somewhere. He had beautiful line of 54mm ACW figures, among other things, and reasonably priced. Don't know what happened to him. I have a small collection to skirmish game with, wish I could get more. Anybody heard from him lately?

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2020 8:54 a.m. PST

I have some Bussler Zouaves, Civil War artillery and infantry and found five of the figures from the War of the Revolution. Four of the figures were artillerymen from the battle of Trenton and one a Continental Marine officer.

They are excellent figures, but the best 54mm of the Revolution are Imrie/Risley's.

Brechtel198 Supporting Member of TMP10 Nov 2020 8:55 a.m. PST

You can still get Bussler figures from London Bridge Toys, as well as spare parts for Britains lead figures-highly recommended.

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