Monday, August 8, 2016

Fantasy Army Men Time Line

For me, "army men" is a subcategory of toy soldiers, the subcategory that I actually grew up playing with.  What makes a toy solider an "army man" to me is that it be sold very cheap, be unpainted or just slightly painted, be plastic or rubber, and generally be the kind of toy your parents tell to take outside and play with in the dirt.  Almost all "army men" have flat stands. These guys are the core of my collection.

Below is my time line for the introduction of the various fantasy "army men."  To make this list, the figures must have been designed and sold as fantasy army men. Monsters and other things that might fit in well do not make this list unless they were actually sold as fantasy figures.  Wargamming figures like Tehnolog's Fantasy Battles line don't make the list either.  I am also not including rereleases like the 1990's rerelease of Dragons n' Monsters by Toys n' Things. Only the frist release makes this list. Naturally, the list starts with DFC in 1981.


DFC: Dragonriders of the Styx - 1981
ARCO: Dragons n' Monsters - 1982

H.G. Toys: Sword & Sorcery - 1982

TIMMEE: Fantasy Figures - 1982ish

ARCO/FLEETWOOD: Sword & Sorcerer - 1983

Durham Industries: Fantasy Fortress - 1983

Helm Toy: Fortress of the Wizard King - 1983

Marty Toy: Warriors of the Galaxy - 1983

Toyco: Dragonriders & Demons - 1983

LarGo Toys: Stingers & Wings - 1985


Imperial: Knights Dragons & Horses - 1992

?: Galaxy Warriors - late 1990s

?: Skull Knights/Skeleton Soldiers - late 1990s

Polotoy: Battle of the Ancients - 1999


Toymajor: Tomb Warrior - 2003

Toymajor: True Legends - 2013

Amscan: Skeleton Figures - 2015

No name Russian Orcs - 2016

Saturday, July 16, 2016


Sky Monkey Creations has just released these three-inch fantasy action figures. Each figure has the same body and weapons, but comes with a selection of six different heads. The figures have several points of articulation including separate articulation for the upper and lower half of the feet. I was a little disappointed with the size because Sky Monkey Creations advertised them as two and a half inch figures, which would have made them a perfect fit with toy soldiers. They are actually three-inch figures and fit better with other mini faction figures like the Darkness Warriors.   

These are nice figures, but too expensive for army building.  The painted figures are $15 each and the unpainted $10.

DFC Ogre for scale.

Very close fit to Darkness Warriors.


This bad ass veriation looks like Darkwolf from the 1983 animated movie Fire and Ice. 

Wednesday, June 29, 2016


Giochi Preziosi's Equipo Actimel is another European mini figure line that never made it to the USA.  These figures have a cartoon of some kind, but are actually part of an advertising campaign for Danone yogurt.  I have no idea what the cartoon is about or what these figures are actually intended to represent.  I probably don't even want to know. 

As far as I can tell, there are four groups of monster bad guys.  Each group has a leader figure in the 54-60mm range, and four 45mm minions.  The good guy figures are downright silly looking.  For me, this line is just about the monsters.  They came in blind bags and were released in 2010.

The two on the left are 54mm and the guy on the right is about 60mm.

54mm Timmee figure for scale.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

No Name 50mm Orcs from Russia

This set of 4 orcs has just been released in Russia.  My sources assure me that like Clint Eastwood in a spaghetti western, this company has no name.  The figures are 50mm and made from a decent quality soft plastic.  Not bad figures, but I wish they were a little bigger.  The guy with the quiver of arrows comes in an alternate version with a crossbow.