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Thanks again for posting my comments. I read through all of them, and I'd like to offer additional thoughts.
First, I'd like to echo the many who asked about Vietnam era figures.
I would wholeheartedly agree to that, I just did not think there were that many others out there who wanted them !
I'd still say WW1 is a good bet, there is no one really making good plastics of those,
and, given the centennial, especially for the US in a couple of years, I think they'd do well.
How about US airborne? I'm partial to Fallschirmjagers, but Conte's paras always seemed to sell well,
and now there is a complete vacuum for those.
I would like to thank you for the opportunity to make suggestions.
I have read all the input on your website so far and it all looks great.
One of the suggestions made really hit home with me.
I'm building a "Gettysburg" diorama and I would love to have many more marching/advancing poses.
I have always felt that having figure sets with just marching poses as well as action poses in separate bags was a fantastic idea.
I believe HAT Ind. has done this with their figure sets for years.
When building large scale battle scenes you really need more marching/advancing figures as well as standing/firing and loading figures.
Too many times you end up with poses that are not needed.
Don't get me wrong, you need officers, buglers, flag bearers, drummers and so on,
but you don't want to purchase a bag of 16 to 18 figures and have 6 of them for every 8 figures marching or firing.
I think the separate marching sets is a wonderful idea.
As for something new and different, well, there are so many time eras which haven't been done,
yet in the 1/32 54mm scale I don't know where to begin.
But since you asked here it goes.
I would like to see mounted Cossacks vs. Mounted Polish Cavalry ( from the Taras Bulba movie), Scottish Clansmen( from the Braveheart movie),
Byzantines in their armor, Winter dressed Romans vs. early Britons, Saxons vs. Vikings
( the gentleman who talked about the new TV series is absolutely correct on that one), Ancient female warriors( the Amazons of Greek legend).
And if you really want to make something new how about America Civil War townspeople (civilians),
packing up and evacuating their cities. This would most likely be a set of women and children.
I realize some of these ideas might not be big sellers on the market.
I don't know the market like you do nor do I know the dynamics of toy soldier making.
But those are my suggestions anyway. Again, thank you for this opportunity, it's a great idea. Good luck with whatever you make and keep them coming please.
1. It would be really creative and interesting to focus on Bronze Age Greece and/or the Near East.
It is a fun era with Egyptians, Hittites, Mitanni, Babylonians, Assyrians, and Mycenaeans (if you go the Greek direction)
that contains the interesting production challenge of creating functional chariots.
Osprey's collection of books, like Trevor Bryce's Hittite publications, are useful sources.
2. For the medieval world, it is a proven fact that I will buy anything Viking related.
But instead of doing the typical Viking/Saxon England conflict,
I think it would be more enjoyable to focus on different aspects of the era,
such as the Vikings vs. the Frankish Kingdoms, Slavic cultures, or something similar.
3. Finally for the modern world, my World War II suggestion would be the Finnish army for the Winter War 1939-40,
and Continuation War 1941-44, along with some corresponding USSR sets.
The Winter War was one of the most remarkable theatres of the war that has as of yet never really been explored in 1/32 plastic.
The closest equivalent is Strelets Finnish Army in the 1/72, but I think your sculpting can beat their standard
As for French partisans, as a WW2 guy I like the idea, but I don,t think they would be good for mass sales.
I actually have plastic French partisans, you don't need many if you get what I'm saying.
I think in regards to WW2 some German Falschmjagers would be the way to go. As you know anything German sells.
Mounted Romans a must.
My third choice would be VietNam. I think they would sell, something completely new.
Thanks for asking my input.
In any event, I liked a number of the other suggestions that were submitted to you as well, especially Roman and Gaulic cavalry.
And French Foreign Legion (traditional Captain Gallant style) are always favorites, as well as Normans and Saxons at Battle of Hastings. And some day, someone is going to give us good Mexican War U.S. Infantry. The ones we got from Ron Barzsos were too small and not in a good injection molded plastic. The only other things that approached were Conte's New Orleans Grays from his Alamo sets, which actually weren't bad at all. And the sculptor of the TSSD "Barbarians" certainly seems capable of coming up with Vikings. And whoever did TSSD's outstanding WWII lines is certainly capable of doing French Foreign Legion.
Thanks for soliciting customer opinions. It's always fun.
Also, it just occurred to me, how about WW1? Especially now with the centennial?
No one is really making good plastics of WW1 soldiers, unless, maybe the reason is no one buys them.
OK: my suggestion is WAAAAAAY out in left field:
How about some monster figures
for the soldiers to fight? Zombies, vampires, revenants, mummies maybe
character figures of the Creature from the Black Lagoon, Dracula,
Frankenstein's monster maybe the whole vampire-hunting clan of Jonathan
Harker, Dr. Seward, Van Helsing, Quincey and, of course Mina Harker and the
three Vampire brides. You could have coffins, crypts, crumbling castles,
cemeteries - these pieces could be used in other sets as well.
Or, how about a Johnny Quest figure set?
I just remember the Marx 6" monster figures and they were a lot of fun, but they didn't have any other pieces to play with. MPC had some figures that were pretty pedestrian. No one has done a good 54MM plastic monster set. Now I've seen several zombie figures out there because of the success of the Walking Dead. World War Z had an army of Zombies, we just need some zombie figures - we already have soldiers to fight 'em!
Just a thought.
My suggestions for this year's lines, are Celts in Blue, Numibian horsemen in black on the existing Indian ponies,
both for use against existing Romans.
Also, a German Recon squad with m/cycles with sidecars and German paras.
I love that some manufacturer ask what they want their future clients.
First say that there are few manufacturers of plastic figures with imagination.
Should "Copy" to any manufacturer of metal figures (eg King and Country), who not only made many topics but also poses not only are action figures ... In this I agree with some other clieentes already you have answered this survey.
FUTURE topics to manufacture and which do not exist in the market:
WWII: German Infantry 1939-1940 summer uniform; Cavalry, Sappers, mountain troops, paratroopers, Military Police, Transmissions, Staff in campaign, Africa Corps, Crew Boat, Flyers and ground crew ...
WWII: Other armies: British Army, 1939-1940 in Europe, Command, 8th Army, Infantry British in Burma, Australian, Indian Army ...
WWII: Other Armies: French, Poles, Belgians, etc.
Other Wars of the twentieth century: Spanish Civil War, Korea, Vietnam ... etc
Mi have always been favorite toy toy soldiers, I have collecting them since I was 8/10 years now I have 58 years and I still enomarado of my soldiers as the first day. I have a large collection of mostly Spanish manufacturers 60/70 and someday I will send photos of the same
I thank you for this opportunity
and animio them to continue making these wonderful figures.
Greetings from Spain
First off, let me say, a huge fan of your figures! I love the eras and scale you portray.
TSSD soldiers stand apart because they seem more filled out, like real people. Not too thin or malnourished looking.
And always great poses.
That being said, I would love to see that talent applied to your WWII German Fallschirmjagers.
Right now, all I can get are Airfix which are great toys, but lack a lot of detail or Pegasus which have some good poses and detail,
but are very much on the small side.
Also, your Roman soldiers are fantastic, I've been buying them since they came out
(I first saw them at a show in Williamsburg, VA)
but they need more enemies to fight, maybe some Gauls or Carthiginians, figures who would look realistic set up in formations.
The Barbarians are great, but the Romans had so many opponents,
I think you could greatly expand that era without getting obscure.
My other wish, as long as I'm wishing, is for Napoleonics.
Of course, you've tantalized me with your website in that they are coming,
so this may be a redundant request, but I'll still lay it out there.
I think TSSD Napoleonic era soldiers would stand out and sell really well for those of us who want to lay out large scenes.
Those would be my dreams come true!
1) I would love to see some
marching and non combatant figures with interchangeable
parts for your Civil War series
2.) I think a set of Mexican command figures (officers, flag bearers, buglers, etc.)
would really add to a diorama. Also some marching poses for this series as well.
3.) Alamo casualties for both Texans and Mexicans would be nice
4.) A set of Mexican ladder bearers and climbers would be cool to have also
How about a Mounted Color Guard.
(She Wore a Yellow Ribbon, Fort
Apache, Rio Grande)
Here are my suggestions. Some may be simple like the Peloponnesian War Greeks.
Others would be more
elaborate like the Late Middle Ages Knights. However, its fun to dream about!
Early 1900’s US Army vs Pancho Villa Rebels vs Mexican Federales (ref movies: They Came to Cordura and The Wild Bunch).
And your Tombstone guys vs the Federales are good stand-ins for Butch and Sundance.
The 1900’s US Army would be
great for late Apache Wars also.
Late Plains Indian Wars US Cavalry in Winter Gear – (Fur Hats and Greatcoats)
Philip II and Alexander-the-Great Macedonians (I think these may be in the planning stages at Ex Force)
Late Peloponnesian War era Spartans vs Athenians vs Syracusans
Late Middle Ages/Renaissance Knights and Infantry that cover the Wars of the Condottieri and the Wars of the Roses
WWI Gallipoli Forces – Turks, Brits and ANZACS (AIP has this on their docket but not in their immediate plans)
1914 British and French (AIP also has this on their docket but not in their immediate plans)
The above would be nice......
but eventually someone is going to break the Vietnam War barrier.
It has been waiting for someone to do it and I think it should be you.
So my priority pick is:
Vietnam War US Army, USMC, NVA, Viet Cong and a special figure of my favorite Army Aviator
1.) Good medieval knights, maybe 100 Years War vintage --
be sure to include some English long bowmen giving the middle finger salute at Agincourt,
to show the French they could still draw their bows.
2.) any period conflicts between the Brits and the Scots or the Irish. They've been fighting one another since probably before Roman times.
3.) How 'bout conquistadors v Incas or Aztecs?
5.) Mexican War?
6.) Cossacks v Poles (Taras Bulba -- great flick)
I have some suggestions on new figures:
Suffering Civilians such as those that you would see running away or injured in battle for 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries. Most people forget that wars are not fought in a vacuum. If you look at most dioramas online, they are crying out for needed civilians. Also, they would make great resistance members for Europe during World War II. Also they could be used as Gestapo and OSS agents. Or they could be used around the Alamo for the Great Skedaddle. Or in Spain against Napoleon.
Weapon/Artillery/Medical crews are in great demand for figures from 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries.
WWII Italians, French, Polish and Belgian armies would make great toy soldiers.
Viet Cong and NVA are needed for Vietnam war.
Revolutionary War Dragoons (think Jason Isaacs in the Patriot) and Light Infantry are needed also.
These are just some of the figure genres that I would like to see filled by TSSD.
Second Seminole War 1835
War of 1812
Battle of Fallen Timbers 1794
Hope all is well with both of you.
Over the years I have bought several sets of longcoat Germans and winter Russians and the German add-on sets and the elite forces set as well.
No one is making cool sets like these..no one. I have waited years for sets like these!
Lately I have discovered Russian World War Two sets by Engineer Bassevich and Publius and have purchased many sets from them.
I hope you will continue to make new WW2 sets and like some of your suggestions..German police,
Gestapo, security forces, Hiwis, etc.
I think German winter padded uniform sets would go well with your existing range..think white helmets Eastern Front style.
Or Russian white smock/coverall Siberian winter troops....some on skis.
WW2 Cossacks would be great..field versus dress uniforms.
New Russian sets with prisoners and other weapons would be great..ptrd anti-tank rifles
and the equally ubiquitous Maxim mg would be awesome...or with more Russian female figures..submachine gunners and medics.
A line of summer Russians would be great too. Just a few thoughts and thanks for listening.
Well, I think you should make sets that haven't been made yet.
Because I have a lot of the sets most manufacturers out there have made, and I want something DIFFERENT to buy, not more of the same!
I'm actually tired of the same old toy soldiers, I want something new.
For instance: Samurais are cool, Bronze Age warriors are cool, Amazonian indians are cool, Bananas Wars Marines are cool,
A Conan themed set would be cool, etc. All these have never been made before in plastic, and that's a shame.
Now, I know most folks want more of the same, but I hope there are enough guys with different expectations out there,
to make you try
something audacious for a change.
My first pick is Africa Korps and 8th Army sets.
And of course more Germans in snowsuits to go with the longboat figures.
I would like to see more WWII soldiers;
Russians including women poses.
American & Germans in seated poses with plug-in arms or heads
some eating or drinking from canteens or bottles - others reading a map or newspaper.
Also, running poses to join the battle as we all have numerous fighting poses.
Keep the soldiers coming!
I think Vikings vs Saxons would be a good way to go in 2016.
You have a popular series entitled the Vikings on the History Chanel to provide interest.
BBC TV is filming Bernard Cornwell's Saxon Chronicles book one entitled "The Last Kingdom".
I assume this will broadcast in 2016. If you are not familiar with this series of books I reccomend that you check them out.
My second choice would be a series of figures based on "The Last of the Mohicans".
Some marching civil war troops, maybe
4 basic poses (none of the newer manufacturers have done any. Conte, Cunnyngham,
CTS etc) To go with the 4 basic poses you could have 8 head options (slouch hats, Kepi's. Hardee & maybe a bare head) that would
give you 32 pose variations for from 4 figures. Add to this maybe 2 arm options for each figure & the pose variations are endless
from just 4 poses. I would also make all plug in parts round so you can alter the angle of the way the rifle is slung over the shoulder
heads could be turned to either side or straight ahead.
As for the 4 main bodies you could have shell jackets, sack coats, Frock coats, shirt sleeves. legs could be leading with left or right foot
& maybe a set of bare foot legs that would fit more than one body & a pair of very worn patched trousers also. To lead these men
you could have a mounted officer on a WALKING HORSE with maybe 2 head & arm options.
Someone could build a whole marching army & not duplicate a pose. This type of figure would be popular with people who
war game with larger scale figures. & if you watch the movie "GETTYSBURG" (which I'm sure you have many times like myself)
you will see "Pickets charge" where they are all marching over the fields. Nothing looks better on the gaming table or
shelf than a large body of marching troops. I think these could be very popular & so many figures from 4 basic poses. There could also
be playsets involving your proposed new civil war farm house etc. If you look at all the 28mm plastic wargame figures from the likes
of "Perry Miniatures" there are marching poses with different heads & they look like different figures. I will attach a photo of the
Cunnyngham figure of the soldier reloading I have added the same head at 2 different angle's & because they are painted different colours
they look like different figures. For inspiration look at the marching figures from "Collectors showcase", Frontline figures, & William Britains etc.
I have looked at the comments of some of the people on what they would like & some wanted Alamo Presidio lancers. Well I am doing one right now
& will post photo tomorrow. Once again I hope this message finds you well.
1. WWII-the Desert War participants, British, German, Italian,
Indian or Commonwealth, you get the idea.
2. Vietnam-Americans, VC/NVA, ARVN.
3. War of 1812-Brits, Canadian militia, Americans, Indians (such as
Creeks), American militia.
4. WWI-late war Americans, Germans, British, French (additional
poses/units to AIP) offerings
You asked your customers what
historical period they would like to see next. Well,
I grew up in the 60s and 70s watching the nightly news on the war in Vietnam.
I spent my childhood using my WWII
soldiers fighting the battles in the 'Nam. Marx
and MPC Japanese standing in for the Viet Cong, while I used Marx GIs and later
Timmee GIs for the American side.
All of that being said...I would love to see M-16 wielding GIs and Marines fighting
North Vietnamese regulars and Viet Cong troops.
This era is practically non-existent
in plastic and I believe it would appeal to many of your regular
customers, especially me!
As always, thanks for all of the great items you've already brought to the
hobby...and I look forward to whatever era you decide to tackle next.
There is no one I have more faith in!
Figures suggestion, World War II Early Marines half in defense and the other moving or advancing,
with a Japanese heavy machine gun and gunners (2) either sitting or prone.
I would suggest the WWII battle of El Alamein between the British 8th Army and the German Afrika Korps.
I'd say that in general some British corps are a big miss in your fantastic range of WWII armies...
they can be used in the D-Day, North Africa, Italy and far east operations...
I've been collecting plastic toy soldier for over 20 years here in the UK and
although we were not involved in that conflict, ( VIET NAM ) I think there would be significant
interest if you did decide to go down this line.
Alamo Ladder crews, they could also double as French at Hougemont storming the farm house,
and the walls, not they that used ladders, but they may have.
( I’m talking about Mexicans on the ladders, not carrying them,
which also leads to a set of Texans knocking them off the ladders with rifles and such.)
Mexican and Texans dead and wounded.
Japanese machine guns crews, firing of course and artillery crews.
( not into WWII, but I think they would sell ).
Same could be done with Russians.
Thanks for the invitation to voice our opinions.
What I would enjoy would be a set of Woodland Indians equal to the caliber of your Plains Indians,
which are really the best on the market, either new or vintage.
Mounted Romans and other enemies of Rome,
always more WW2.
I know it's dear to your heart, but please no more Alamo or Civil War !!
American soldiers from the Mexican War period.
The American regular troops could
double for possibly ACW militia and Texas Rangers could work for the Old West
Alamo Mexican troops would work for
Based on what I have seen my recommendations would be this:
I think world war 2 and the civil war have been well covered, particularly by you.
Same with Waterloo, Rev War and the British colonial wars (Zulu, Sudan, etc.) by AIP.
As you know CTS has put out Korean War figures. They did Chinese,
and are planning US, South Korean and North Korean figures, plus artillery guns and crews.
It might make sense for you to do some Chinese and N. Korean figures as they were so numerous.
Your current world war 2 GI's could be used for this conflict so the expense of new figure costs would be less.
Your figures go very will with CTS so that might be a good venture for you.
The other conflict you may want to consider:
French and Indian war
AIP has done 4 sets that covered Indians, French regulars and Rangers.
But to date no British (although their rev war British are used for the FIW).
But I would think French militia with coonskin caps and stocking caps would be a good seller,
as would British Grenadiers and Scottish Highlanders.
1. Of course my vote is Alamo guys.
New Orleans Grays
More Mexican inf.
2. American Revolution
British Light Inf.
British Light Dragoons
Bunker Hill Redoubt
3. Zulu War
Rourke's Drift buildings
We could always use two or three more sets of WW2 late war G.I.'s. (Not enough of them.)
How about some sets of late war German Paras with a heavy mg team.
You could do your own sets of Korean War figures.
Pork Chop Hill G.I.'s, Chosin Marines, Chinese, ect.
The more the merrier.
I’d love to see some well-turned out Continentals and British Line,
not to mention historically accurate Dragoons.
Vietnam Marines are my first choice.
The Figarti Khe Sanh Marines are really excellent.
1965, 50 years ago, the buildup began.
1st Bn 9th Marine Regiment landed at DaNang
How about the American Revolution
Hello Nick , hope you and yours are well---my "suggestion" would be Spanish American War figs,
Marines--Infantry and of course 'Rough" Riders
I would like to have a set with WW2 US Airborne paratroopers
additional arms similar to your last Cavalry
maybe even an additional head or two
My thoughts on what is NOT OUT THERE yet:
Great Escape/OSS/French Resistance set
Commandos & resistance fighters
Gestapo & German Police (black uniforms, trench coat guys, and shako polizei)
Winter WWII Russians
Turn of the century (19th/20th
Marines and U.S. NAVY Bluejackets (Landing party from "The Wind and the Lion").
Could make them with 2 heads for Boxer Rebellion campaign hats.
How about some khaki, gray, and white figures with European weapons and,
removable heads for different nationalities?
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