|Replaced by Toy Soldier and Model Figure magazine|
| ||Glossy, professional magazine dedicated to large-scale "toy soldier" miniatures and plastic model kits. Also includes some coverage of historical uniforms.|
|Size||40-page glossy magazine. Roughly one-third of the pages are in color, the rest in black-and-white.|
|Frequency||6 times per year|
If you thought that toy soldiers were only found in musty chests and attics, then a glance through one issue of this magazine would set you straight -- there is an abundance of new figures being produced by a score of companies. One recent issue devoted more than a third of its pages just to coverage of new releases, almost always with a photo of the products (and, often, color photographs!). Many issues also contain a brief profile of a manufacturer or sculptor.
There are no Orders of Battle or ready-to-play scenarios in this magazine, as most purchasers of toy soldiers would rather collect their figures than play with them. Instead, the editors concentrate on making their readers aware of the selection of figures available.
The magazine also includes reviews of selected 1/48-scale plastic military kits (usually about 10% of the magazine's content), as well as occasional items of news concerning toy-soldier-scale plastic soldiers. A one-page book-review column discusses books of interest to the toy soldier collector.
I've found the magazine to be a fun read, and heartily recommend Military Hobbies to anyone interested in collecting (or who want to learn more about collecting) toy soldiers. The breadth and depth of the coverage is amazing, from Carabiniers at Waterloo to commemorative D-day figures, from a German WWI field gun to a British soldier comforting a grieving Bosnian widow.
|16 June 1997||reorganized|
|25 April 1996||reformatted|
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