The West Coaster Toy Soldier Show has been around for 28 years, but I've never had the chance to attend until this past weekend.
I've been aware of the show for a few years, but traditionally it has been held in March, and always conflicted with my schedule.
This year, the show took place in the ballroom of the Wyndham Hotel in Anaheim, and it looks lilke it had a decent turnout.
The primary focus of the show is definitely for large scale figures in metal.
|Working toy cannon|
There were vendors with vintage plastic figures as well, but very few had anything in 1/72 or "HO" scale.
|Bins of plastics|
I ended up buying one bag of random plastic animals just so that my trip would not be a complete wash. The figure that really caught my attention was the gray sabertooth cat in the upper right-hand corner.
|I have no idea of who manufactured any of these miniatures.|
The body is modeled after the much larger Marx figure, but the sculptor got lazy with the head which looks almost like something from a lion dance costume. I'd really be interested in knowing who the manufacturer was, and if they made any other similarly scaled creatures.
Some of the figures are also useful as references for sculpting as well. I don't know what this animal is supposed to be, but the sculptor really managed to convey the poofiness of the fur.
Here are the remaining figures from the bag. I think there are some old Marx and Timmee items in there, but I have no idea of who the other manufacturers may be.
I think that the models that impressed me the most in the show were 54mm metal models made by Bruce Hebron of The Metal Shed.
The models are all hand crafted from sheet metal, and come with many moving parts. I'm not sure how long it took to construct the railway gun, but Bruce estimated that something like a Rolls Royce armored car would take him about 20 hours to put together.
|12 inch railway gun|
How I wish someone would make a Big Bertha in 1/72.
|Peoria scout car|
I probably won't attend this show on any sort of regular basis, but I enjoyed my time there. There were a lot of friendly people who like to talk about old toys (and new) as both vendors and attendees. It was also nostalgic to see many of the toys I had as a child, and to see that the mistreated ones were damaged in the same way my own old toys were!