Friday, February 23, 2018

Forces of Valor (FOV) / Unimax FOV #99002 SSgt Rizzo 2005

For some reason, in my mind, I always referred to this series of five figures from Forces of Valor as their 'Band of Brothers' set. Band of Brothers was the immensely popular HBO series based on the book of the same name by Steven Ambrose. I only saw the series once and did enjoy it but just kinda never got around to watching it again - I'm just not that much into TV (I mean like right now I can tell you about P.J. Masks, Paw Patrol, Vampirina, Caillou, Doc McStuffins, Woolly and Tig, Topsy and Tim but don't ask me anything about the adult stuff - couldn't tell ya LOL). Anywho, none of the character names on this set match any of the character names in Band of Brothers so this set of figures is totally independent of the book/TV series. That being said, I don't know if these were based on real people who actually served in the 101st Airborne Division or if they were fictional. Well, on to the photos which I hope you - Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Forces of Valor (FOV) / Unimax FOV #99001 54mm 1st Lt Johnson 2005

Ya know, sometimes collector's (aka 'me')  do bonehead things. Back in 2005 I was kind of on the downhill slide of buying 54mm armor, planes, and figures. After buying this five figure Forces of Valor series representative of the U.S. 101st Airborne Division, I put them aside where they lay for the next 10 or so years. Thinking I wouldn't have any interest in them they got sold off in 2016-2017. They didn't cost a whole lot to begin with - perhaps $6-$8 retail (I don't remember now) - and I din't get a whole lot for them so when I found myself re-energized with interest for these figures, buying them back fortunately didn't set me back a whole lot.

We've covered other Forces of Valor 54mm figures before on the blog and these are probably the crème de la crème of the lot. The figures are cast metal while their bases are plastic. Detailing is spot-on and everything - including their faces - are weathered realistically. After photographing these beauties I now have to figure out a way to display them. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Marx Miniature Knights and Castle Playset - Pt 3

This final post for the Marx Miniature Knights and Castle playset includes the figures and accessories which came with the set.

My normal modus operandi is to take a series of photos for each individual pose, but quite frankly I jus didn't have time to do that. Perhaps I'll be able to do it sometime in the future. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

 I'm not sure how many of the little balls came with the set originally: 6? 8? I only have one. The Marx catapult was produced in a couple of different sizes for other castle playsets

I believe the original set came with six pine trees. In my box there was a broken stump and one lone piece to a sixth tree. I remember when I first broke into HO scale model railroading and ended up with a bunch these soft plastic modular trees. At the time they just looked too funky for scale model work and I quickly discarded them for more 'realistic' looking trees.