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Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Oct 2021 1:29 p.m. PST

Today, I spoke with Anthony Ciccarello, owner, manager, sales contact, and capitol fellow today concerning an order I planned to make, and during that pleasant experience, he shared some information of interest to all who do business with AIP (armiesinplastic.com).

First, they are in the middle of a sale which has their overall prices at the lowest I've ever seen--Bags of 16 (some 18) Infantry and 5 Cavalry are all now $9.95 USD. That in itself has set off my buying surge to complete my Army Dark Green (think "Imperial Russian") for "Funny Little Wars," and more Northwest Frontier troops for my colleague in Colorado.

As we collect with 20/12 for foot/horse units, 16 figures per bag leaves us a bit short, but AIP willingly agreed to sell us 4 singles (any poses) separately, which is a great convenience. This may be taken as "unofficial company policy," available by specific request.

Meanwhile, the news: AIP will have completed a move of the entire business to new digs in Ohio by about the middle of November. New phone number and address will be posted on their updated Website. Prices will remain the same for the foreseeable future, but the plan is for the owner's Son to take full control.

Curious, I asked about AIP's decision to cease production of their figures in China some four years ago. Many companies fell for the great prices offered for producing injection plastic figures, but soon AIP realized how false this was. Not only could the quality of the plastic used vary, but after long delays, orders could arrive at US Ports for unloading, but suddenly require multi-thousand dollar "unexpected expense" fees for off-loading or delivery. Previously paid for stocks were now either to be lost altogether, or the extortionate new fees paid.

AIP was able to recover 90-some steel molds and returned full production Stateside. Of even greater interest, the plan is to buy their own plastic injection machines in the near future in order to allow them to control the entire process. This will enable keeping their prices down in the years to come, while other companies may be priced out altogether.

Mr. Ciccorello proudly said that AIP's are now entirely US made, with American materials. Of course, many of his products are marked on their bases "Made in China," and as it's impractical to change the steel molds to eliminate the claim, the updated site will set the matter straight!

The quality of service (one week for my last order of a dozen bags) even in the midst of their move is top notch. Indeed, domestic orders in excess of $100 USD are post free.

I simply wanted to share the news with the growing number of gamers now collecting and playing in 54mm who appreciate a good product and excellent service.

TVAG


No, I'm not associated with the company, nor receive any compensation for sharing this information.

Dave Jackson Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2021 2:16 p.m. PST

Thanks Patrick. While I have none…I am always tempted…probably now even more so…

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP15 Oct 2021 2:32 p.m. PST

That's great news and I applaud the company's decision to bring production home.

Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2021 3:23 p.m. PST

I am very much behind this move. Many of my F&I War minis are AIP.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP15 Oct 2021 4:40 p.m. PST

Ohio? I'm in Ohio. Do you know where they are moving to?

Vallerotonda15 Oct 2021 5:23 p.m. PST

I see they are soft plastic , 54mm , wide range but where are the photos ?
The style and detail of the figures is more important than the printed material for the bag or box

smithsco15 Oct 2021 6:42 p.m. PST

We use their moderns for some modern roleplaying of small firefights. Love the miniatures.

cloudcaptain15 Oct 2021 6:43 p.m. PST

I know that their figs are not everyone's cup of tea but I certainly dig them. Will happily continue to give them my business. Especially if they branch out subjects/periods in the future. I'd love to see some retro scifi that would match with the Galaxy Laser Team figs. More moderns too please!

cloudcaptain15 Oct 2021 6:45 p.m. PST

@Vallertonda they are not big on pics on their site but if you google the set you are interested in you should find plenty of pics. They cast the same figs in different colors and call them by different names (Brits in Africa vs Brits in Sudan are only a color variation)…so keep that in mind if you are seeing repeats.

snurl115 Oct 2021 10:21 p.m. PST

This is good news.

carthagenj Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2021 4:29 a.m. PST

Great to see wargaming miniature production returning to the US!

Personal logo Dye4minis Supporting Member of TMP16 Oct 2021 12:51 p.m. PST

Thanks for sharing, Patrick. Maybe now I can start to add to my WWI figures. Started with their German 77mm Arty box set and have been happy ever since.

Vallerotonda16 Oct 2021 5:50 p.m. PST

thanks Cloudcaptain
i see also that there are UK distributors which should also make things easier

Personal logo The Virtual Armchair General Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Oct 2021 2:02 p.m. PST

Hey, 79th PA!

Just learned that their warehouse/factory is being set up in South Canton, OH, home of the Football Hall of Fame.

And while Tony's not opening a brick-and-mortar store, he did confirm that if someone stopped by willing to buy anything in stock, he'd be glad to make the sale!

Also, since it's a dream project of mine, he confirmed that he already has the master figures for Northwest Frontier style Ghurkas, and it's only a matter of overall sales being strong enough to pay for the steel mold required.

When I asked if 100 bags of pre-sold Ghurkas would go far towards paying for such a mold, he said sadly not. But still, whenever anyone buys from AIP, and shares an interest in seeing them produced (or anything else, of course), it wouldn't hurt to say so and to promise to buy a few bags!

Simply my pleasure to share some news with fellow fans of these remarkably affordable figures for gaming.

TVAG

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2021 11:51 a.m. PST

Oh well, that is over 3 hrs away. It sounds cheaper just to make a $100 USD order and have them sent for free.

greenknight4 Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Nov 2021 8:57 p.m. PST

Egads no pictures of the minis on the site, did I miss something?

gregmita2 Supporting Member of TMP05 Nov 2021 11:51 a.m. PST

You have to go to each item in the store to see photos.

e.g.

link

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