Toy Soldiers (or Army Men) typically measured around 5 cm (2 inches) in height and were usually moulded in green, brown or grey solid plastic. Popular figure sets were based on modern military soldiers and came in various combat and strategy poses along with vehicles and accessories (often of a smaller scale to the soldiers) which were sometimes bundled into sets. As well as the modern military sets, other sets available on the market were cowboys and Indians, medieval knights and space figures.
The footlocker versions as seen above were probably only available via mail order. At the cheap end of the spectrum these soldiers were often sold in stores in clear bags with an illustrated cardboard header. Companies such as Louis Marx, MPC and Airfix offered a more expensive range that covered many more armies from around the world.
Below are more ads from the same Lucky Products stable, plus some from other companies offering similar toy soldier sets.
Here’s my Halloween picture and one of the reasons I like this post.
That’s a pretty cool costume. Bet you scared a few kids! Thanks for the link 🙂
It was Halloween. your point is…? 😁💂
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I loved these ads when I was a child. Although I never actually received any of these sets, I did love the idea of so many pieces in each set. My Father told me that he once saved up and ordered some of the same set when he was a boy and they were all just thin pieces of stamped plastic that came in a small box. He said I would have just been disappointed… he was right. Coming from an age of three dimensional plastic army men, tanks and jeeps, I would have been very disappointed.
These never failed to capture my imagination 🙂
Plastic soldiers were among my fave toys as a kid. I remember I had German, British and US infantry by Airfix.