About Toy Soldiers Museum

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I started bulding and collecting toy soldiers and dioramas shortly after I retired in 2000. Each soldier ranges in size from 60MM 2 1/4" round to 30MM 1 1/4" flat. There are over 93 dioramas and growing in the collection. Each diorama is anywhere between 9 inches deep to 14 inches wide by 9 inches high, to 18 inches deep by 90 inches wide by 15 inches high. The toy soldiers are mostly die cast metal and hand painted but there are some plastics. They are called toy soldiers, but many of them are not soldiers, for example The Streets of Hong Kong and Gun Fight at the O.K. Corral.

Most toy soldiers are made in either Hong Kong or China, but some are manufactured in Spain, England, Argentina, and various other countries. I mostly buy from a company called Sierra Toy Soldier in California. Their owner, Mike, is very helpful and their website is user friendly.

 

Many of my dioramas were built by the old gentleman, Jerry Brooks, who has since passed on, and now done by Michael Steinrok. Most of my time is spent doing research for backgrounds and ground covers. The concept of this museum website is only to share my collection and hobby and maybe find a substantial place that I can will my collection to some day in the long future.

Please enjoy,
Allen Friedman


P.S. - These are for your viewing pleasure, and are not for sale.

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