Saturday, November 5, 2016

DARK ALLIANCE: War Trolls.

Dark Alliance has an extensive series of 1:72 scale plastic fantasy figures.  They have just released a new set of War Trolls that are about 54mm.  They are intended to be gigantic in 1:72 scale, but make fantastic orcs or ogres in regular toy soldier scale. There are 4 poses and they come 8 to a box.  Made in Ukraine.










Saturday, October 15, 2016

ORITET: Russian fantasy & post-apocalyptic figures

Oritet of St. Petersburg Russia made these super cool figure sets in the early 2000s.  Most are fantasy figures, but they also made a set of post apocalyptic amazons and some cavemen and ninjas.  The figures range from around 50mm (some only because of hats and weapons) to 65mm.  They are a unique thick style that separates them from Tehnolog the other Russian fantasy toy soldier maker.

I have learned recently that some of the Oritet molds were acquired by a company called Biplant, which is producing some of the figures (the Dwarves at least) in soft rubber.  All of my information comes from a Russian dealer I have bought from on ebay. Here is what he was able to share with me: 

"After the death of the Oritet owner, his wife took over the business, but she did not have a lot of ideas and the production has slipped to release kid shovels and boats, and then gradually closed. Unfortunately it is not known, but there are rumors that Biplant either bought, or stole unneeded Oritet molds.  Somehow, it remained incomplete from, and only 4 of 8 soldiers.  May be forms were sawed, partially destroyed or corroded. The quality of the case certainly is worse and the material is very soft - best for child's play."



UPDATE 10/15/2016: I found a set of Oritet Pegasus and Unicorn Pegasus that I did not know existed.  They are about the same size as the Griffins, but these figures do not seem to have riders.  These must be very rare. I hope there are more obscure sets from Oritet that I might find someday.

















































































































































Biplant Dwarves.


























































































































Biplant header card.