World War II toy soldiers, miniatures, and military figurines (collectibles).
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Hundreds of Nazi toy figurines expected to raise thousands at Thornaby auction
As hundreds of Nazi figures go up for sale, an auctioneer tackles the moral dilemma of selling such controversial play pieces. They look much like any other military toys - camouflaged tanks, soldiers in fighting stances and armoured bunker play sets. But these were the toys given to children of the Third Reich - miniatures of Adolf Hitler and his henchmen, armies and vehicles bedecked in swastikas. They have all come from the collection of the late Richard Wilkinson, an American who spent his life buying German toys after his father first got him some on a business trip in the 1930s.
Despite Backlash, Polish Company Will Continue to Make Nazi Toys Because They're 'Fun'
Amid a backlash from angry parents and customers, a Swedish toy store that was selling a line of Nazi toy soldiers complete with uniform brandishing a swastika and eagle confirmed that they'd be removing all these toys from their shelves. The toys were manufactured by a Polish company, Cobi Toys, which also became under fire for promoting Nazism for kids. CEO of Cobi Toys, Robert Podles, said despite the offensive nature of these toys, that `We believe that through good fun we can teach history and we will continue this line in the future. We cannot separate this from history. Our history, our whole European history, unfortunately has imbibed this Nazism from the Second World War and we cannot escape from that."
Nazi-era toy figure of Hitler and a German HQ playset sold for £7000
A toy figure of Adolf Hitler and a Nazi HQ playset produced between 1935 and 1944 have sold for £7000 at two auctions in the West Midlands. The Hitler set sold for £5,801 at Aston's in Dudley whilst the HQ set went for £1,202 at Vectis Auctions in Stockton-on-Tees. The figure of the German dictator can heil thanks to an adjustable right arm and comes with a Nazi podium and figure of Eva Braun. A second set is a wooden model of a Nazi headquarters building featuring a figure of Rudolf Hess and a range of paramilitaries. The toys were used as Nazi propaganda to get youngsters into the Hitler Youth and were made by toy company Elastolin.
The toy Fuhrer model that was made for German children to play with emerges on Antiques Roadshow
A rare toy figure of Hitler made for German children to play with has been revealed by the son of a WW2 soldier for the first time. The figure of the Nazi dictator was part of a collection of toys U.S Private Jerome Beaulier bought at a toy shop in Germany at the end of the war. He posted them back to his 5-year-old son Jerry, who received them in 1945 and has kept hold of them ever since. The 4-inch tall Hitler figure is seated in the front passenger seat of a German army jeep alongside three soldiers. Other toys included in the set are an anti-aircraft gun, several field guns, another truck with a huge search light attached and a First World War German biplane.
Czech scale model shop causes controversy with Nazi figures - Hitler, Himmler and Heydrich
Some Czech scale model shops selling figures of Nazi leaders, like Adolf Hitler, Heinrich Himmler and Reinhard Heydrich, a radio station of public Czech Radio (CRo) reported. The shop owners explained they sell the figures as part of a collection of WWII leaders and that this is not meant as promotion of Nazism. The co-owner of one of the scale model shops, Matej Pecka, has removed the figure of WWII Bohemia and Moravia Reichsprotektor Heydrich because of the buzz. Heydrich is the most unsuitable figure for the Czech Republic, because hundreds of Czech citizens were executed during his rule in the Czech Lands in 1941-1942.
Adolf Hitler and Joseph Mengele action figures spark controversy
American doll-maker Mike Fosella has sparked controversy by revealing a line of Nazi Action figurines. So far Adolf Hitler and Joseph Mengele (the infamous concentration camp doctor) figurines have been produced. Fosella plans figures of SS and Gestapo chief Heinrich Himmler and propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. The Hitler figurine was modeled on a picture of the Nazi leader leaving Landsburg prison in Munich - holding a copy of Mein Kampf.
Second World War miniatures and scale models fill attic in South Salem
Visitors to the Schramm family's home never would guess there are WW2 battles being waged above them. The 20-foot by 90-foot attic is filled with miniature tanks and hundreds of tiny soldiers. Steve Schramm, 53, is a war-history buff who has been committed to the hobby for 15 years. The attic scene includes railways, harbors, bunkers, airplanes, flags, bridges and buildings. Signs announce Moscow, Leningrad, Stalingrad, Normandy and Berlin - as well as specific battles. Schramm bought supplies and scale models at craft stores and toy stores - and painted them so that they have appropriately coloured uniforms.
Historically accurate figurines - For military figurine collectors authenticity is important
At d'Artagnan's Collectibles the collectors can find accurately detailed World War II figurines from graphic wounded British infantry to Adolf Hitler. "These figurines are for serious collectors, they usually buy them and form marching battalions,” explained president Richard Repper. Collectors won't limit themselves with just controversial figurines, they will probably get aircrafts and tanks as well. At Ted's Hobby Shop, owner Peter Grant also carried Nazi crafts for collectibles without offending anyone. "I've been at the store for 22 years, and I've never had a complaint. Even if I did it wouldn't stop me from carrying Nazi collectibles."
Toy soldiers are big sellers for Eyota woman - Military miniatures
Eager to stay home with her son, Shannon Reuss launched home business 8 years ago selling collectibles. But there was one type she had never considered: toy soldiers. Then she got a catalogue with discounts on toy soldiers and decided to sell some. And that changed everything: She is now one of the largest toy soldier retailers in the US. Toy soldiers have come a long way from the days of green plastic Army men. The latest collecting craze revolves around "military miniatures" - realistic, historically-accurate metal models. Collectors can not only buy infantry soldiers or generals, they can also collect replicas of tanks, jeeps and military tents.
Passion for toy soldiers built repository of military history
By the time Anne Seddon Kinsolving Brown died in 1985 at age 79, she had amassed 5,000 miniature lead soldiers with the colorful uniforms and bequeathed to Brown University one of the largest military collections in the country. She also collected 14,000 books, 16,000 prints, drawings, paintings and watercolors and thousands of scrapbooks, sketchbooks, albums, and other documents.