Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Sunjade Viking Set No. 31 - Swordsman w-Skullcap - Silver SP

It's fitting that we feature a Viking on the same day as our memorial to Thor Sheil, a leader in the hobby of Little Green Army Men (aka toy soldiers of all eras). At least today our Viking has a more historically accurate helmet. Enjoy Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

In Memorium - Thor Sheil

The hobby lost one of its good guys this week. Thor Sheil died of complications from heart surgery this past Monday. For those of you who are into toy trains and Little Green Army Men - as seen mostly here on Toys and Stuff - Thor was one of the inspirational people one comes across far too little nowadays. His 'All Gauge Page and Army Men Homepage' blog is one of those sites featured in the right pane of this blog. In addition, his website, the "All Gauge Page" has been providing inspiration to train modelers of all gauges for many years. He ran the 'Army Man Homepage', and 'All Gauge Railroading' groups on facebook and was an admin for other groups. His personal style was to uplift and inspire, not downplay or denigrate. We all have our own way of enjoying our hobbies and his philosophy was basically, if you're having fun, you're doing it right. No brand name snobbery, no scale-vs. toy put downs. You play your way, I play my way and if we're having fun then that's all that counts. He designed probably hundreds of toy and model train track plans for use in all scales although HO and O-gauge were his favorites. On another note, being of Viking descent he was dedicated to the myth and wonder of the Old Norse Gods and was a student of the Age of Vikings. Opa  Fritz and Oma Bettina

R.I.P Thor Sheil, Valhalla Awaits

Monday, November 19, 2018

Sunjade Viking Set No. 31 - Swordsman w/Horned Helm #2 - Black SP

Similar to yesterday's Sunjade Swordsman, this pose has the sword in an upright position vs. behind him as if he were ready to strike. Today's warrior is wearing his scabbard on the right side vs, yesterday's figure who was wearing it on his left side Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sunjade Viking Set No. 31 - Swordsman w/Horned Helm #1 - Black SP

Here's what we've come to think of as a 'traditional' Viking toy with that Wagnerian Opera horned helmet. For the money these aren't bad poses overall. The horns irk a lot of people who strive for accuracy, while others think they lend an old fashioned toy look to the figures. I was going to get rid of my Sunjade figures but had a change of heart when noticing that they'll work just fine alongside Play Along Toys AOME LOTR figures. I may even keep the horns on because after all, like those horns, LOTR was total fantasy not historical fact. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Sunjade Set No 31. - Swordsman w-Skullcap - Blk SP

From here on in, the contents of this set are fairly straight forward sculpts like this swordsman in black SP standing at ready. Enjoy! Opa Fritz and Oma Bettina