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 you 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

Wallgreens version of Amscan skeletons. - 2017

SCS Direct Fantasy Creatures - 2017

Dollar General Mummy Army - 2018


  1. I have about half of the figures from the DFC: Dragonriders of the Styx set. I'd wondered where I'd gotten them. They clearly came in different mixes - I'd never have given away those dragons or demons, nor do I have all of the different soldier poses. I've actually painted these guys up for my fantasy gaming.

  2. With all the clones and unpainted late production out there it's only when you see the Toymajor originals that you remember what a nice set they were, or can be!


  3. interesting post and cool collection.. ew