21st Annual East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale
A most popular question of the day is "Does Size
Matter?" Well, in respect to Toy Soldier Shows, size
certainly does matter and that is why almost 2,000
collectors attend our show every year. Many save their
money and even plan their vacations around our Annual
East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale held every
November. This only proves that our hobby is
flourishing. Our shows are among the biggest and best attended toy
soldier shows anywhere. With almost all of our recent shows
consisting of over 300 vendor tables, collectors are
sure to find a vast array of interesting items, which
almost never turn up at small regional shows.
Plan now to attend, and bring a friend...
long time collectors, we became actively involved in
the toy soldier hobby in a commercial way, when in the
late 1970s we purchased a large number of old original
Barclay & Metal Cast factory production molds. Our
hobby grew into a business, and in 1981 we began doing
business under the fitting name: Vintage Castings.
Today Vintage Castings, Inc., produces a very limited number of Dimestore Soldiers, Christmas Figures, Civilian
Figures, Animals, and Vehicles from these old original
molds. We are also the proud sponsor of the
Annual East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale. Vintage
Castings, Inc., is also the publisher of Toy Soldier
Review magazine, and now have taken the magazine from
print form to an on-line version.
As our website grows
we will be adding product pages where you will be able
to see our nostalgic products and order on-line. We
will also be adding links to others in the toy soldier
hobby, so please come back and visit often as we
continue to upgrade our site.
HACKENSACK- the world's largest toy
soldier event, "the largest show of its kind"
as it has been called by the press, returns on
Sunday, November 2, 2003, to Fairleigh
Dickinson University's Rothman Center. The
show has grown each year since its inception,
and shows no indication of slowing down. The
40,000 (plus) square-foot Rothman Center
allows for this year's show to grow to well
over 300 eight-foot vendor tables, making it
truly the largest show of its kind and with
plenty of room to grow. The no smoking
facility has amenities like bright lighting,
climate control, clean modern rest rooms, all
on ground level with no steps to climb, and is
wheel chair accessible. As a result, seniors
as well as parents with young children in
strollers and baby carriages will especially
like the comfortably wide, roomy aisles.
This spacious facility allows the greatest
range of toy soldier vendors under one roof,
enabling collectors the greatest possible
choice of best buys because the show attracts
a record number of vendors from all states,
England and Germany. Many of which make it to
the East Coast just once a year, bringing
items unique to their areas. But all vendors
mindful of East Coast collectors'
collecting habits save their best items for
this event. While the show is billed as a toy
soldier show, miniature figures of every
description are to be found. Offerings run the
gamut from military miniatures, military
models, military books and prints, militaria,
model kits to unpainted castings and even
hobby paints and supplies for collectors who
like to paint their own.
There is plenty for everyone. Reports from
last year's show told of collectors getting
good buys at just about every table. Many
claimed the best bargains came from vendors at
the extreme far end of the hall well after the
show's opening. Many collectors shared similar
accounts. Show management credits this to the
fact that many vendors are average collectors
who use the show as an opportunity to sell off
their duplicates and excess pieces from their
own collections. This proves one thing
certain, not everyone (including the so-called
'professional' dealers) knows everything about
what they are selling.
Everyone has an equal chance to find treasures
at the East Coast Toy Soldier Show.
There is no early admission, and a short
dealer set-up time in such a large hall means
that dealers as well as collectors compete for
the good buys, prompting the great majority of
collectors to be there when the doors open.
eliminate the time waiting in line to enter,
and to speed collectors through the doors,
show management offers a prepaid admission
ticket option at no extra cost. For the same
price as general admission ($6), collectors
can purchase their tickets in advance by mail
up to 14 days before the show by including a
self-addressed stamped envelope with payment to
Vintage Castings, Inc., P.O. Box 4809, Wayne,
NJ 07474-4809. Please include a self addressed
stamped envelope with your ticket request. On
Sunday, November 2,
they hand their tickets to a ticket taker and
enter promptly at 9:00 a.m. For the
convenience of out of town visitors a block of
rooms has been reserved for those requiring
lodging, at a special reduced room rate, at
the nearby Best Western Hotel, just blocks
away. Telephone the hotel directly at (201)
488-8900 and mention TOY SOLDIER SHOW
to qualify for the special rate. From New
N.J. Transit bus #168 departs from the N.Y.
Port Authority Bus Terminal every hour on the
half hour and stops at Main & Anderson
Streets, Hackensack, five blocks south of the
show site. For additional up-to-the-minute
transit information, phone the Port Authority Bus
Terminal at (212) 564-8484.
Rothman Center is located on Temple Avenue,
just a few blocks south of Route 4 and the
River Side Square Mall, only six miles from
the G.W. Bridge, and only minutes from the
N.J. Turnpike, Garden State Parkway, Routes
17, 46, and 80. Send a self-addressed stamped
envelope or fax for complete directions.
General admission is $6, with children under
twelve, $1. Doors open at 9:00
a.m., and parking for 3,000 cars is free.
Our 22nd Annual East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale will be held at on Sunday, November 7, 2004, at the Rothman Center. Please make plans now to attend or participate.
Plans are under way for us to sponsor a Special Spring Version of the Annual East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale, at a new venue. Please check back often for updates!
Note: This is a random sampling of show exhibitors, and is not an all inclusive listing.
While we try to be as accurate as possible we are not responsible for misspellings, typos, inaccurate or dead links.
A.J. Grecco, www.tonygrecco.com
Alsand Merchandise Co., www.alsandmdseco.com
Battle of Little Big Horn, Bob Bentivegna
Belle & Blade, www.warshows.com
Bob Emmons, Big Top
Brady, James, Dimestores
Breslow, Charles, Dimestores
Bloomster, Roy, email@example.com
Case, George, Britains
Coakley, William, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deddens, Ted, www.tedtoy.com
Dutko, Garry, email@example.com
Dutkins` Collectibles, www.dutkins.com
Excutive Display Models
Finke, Glenn, firstname.lastname@example.org
Green, Al, www.walshes.net/green/htm Green, Al
Green, Gary, www.warstorecoll.com
Greenwood, Brian, email@example.com
Gries, Edward, 201-342-0475
Gwin, Alan, firstname.lastname@example.org
Hobby Bunker, www.hobbybunker.com
Holland, Jim, www.soldiersoffortune.com
Hoegermeyer, Carl, 54mm Figures
Hornung Art, www.hornungart.com
House of Orsini
Lysahenko, Sergi, www.leadarmy.com
London Bridge www.londonbridgetoys.com
March of Time, www.marchoftime.com
Mattimore, Michael, email@example.com
Michel, Ben, firstname.lastname@example.org
Michigan Toy Soldier Company, www.michtoy.com
Miller, Ed, email@example.com
Miller, Daniel, firstname.lastname@example.org
Military Miniature Warehouse,
Morris, Mike, email@example.com
Old Toy Soldier, www.raytoys.com
Ohlinger, Jerry, www.moviematerials.com
On Military Matters,
Pett, Arley, firstname.lastname@example.org
Passiglia & Russo, Britains, and Durso Composition
Pride & Glory
Rollins, John & Mary
Pugliese, Vinny, email@example.com
Real Minatures, www.realminiatures.com
Reily, Marion, firstname.lastname@example.org
Remm, Michael, email@example.com
Soldier Boy Miniatures
Shapiro, Judy, www.medallionminiatures.com
Schwartz, Ken, firstname.lastname@example.org
Spillway Toy Soldiers, www.spillwaytoysoldiers.homestead.com
Stockade Miniatures, www.stockade-miniatures.com
Svendsen, Po Chu
The Motor Pool, www.themotorpool.bigstep.com
The Marx Man
The Saint Petersburg Collection, www.aeroart.com
The Toy Cellar, www.thetoycellar.com
The Toy Soldier, www.the-toy-soldier.com
The Toy Soldier Gallery
The Motor Pool, www.themotorpool.bigstep.com
Think of England
Troini, David, www.historicalartprints.com
Ward, Art, email@example.com
Watts, Gerry, firstname.lastname@example.org
Weisser, Carl, email@example.com
Directions To The George and Phyllis Rothman Center
For custom directions to our show, go to Mapquest.com. The Rothman Center's street address is 100 University Drive, Hackensack, New Jersey.
1. From Route 4, Traveling East (from Garden State Parkway)
Exit at Hackensack Avenue, (immediately following the Main Street Exit), heading south. Proceed to traffic light at Temple Avenue, turning left. FDU's Rothman's Center is located at the end of Temple Avenue.
2. From Route 4, Traveling West (from George Washington Bridge)
Exit at the second Hackensack Avenue Exit (the Business District). Proceed to the traffic light at Temple Avenue. FDU's Rothman Center is located at the end of Temple Avenue.
3. From the Garden State Parkway (North)
Take the Garden State Parkway North to Exit 161 (Route 4 East). Travel on Route 4 until reaching Hackensack Avenue. Follow DIRECTIONS # 1.
4. From Garden State Parkway (South)
Exit on left onto Rt. 17 South. Proceed to Rt.4 East. Travel on Route 4 until reaching Hackensack Avenue. Follow DIRECTIONS #1.
5. From New Jersey Turnpike (From South)
Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 11 to the Garden State Parkway North. Take Garden State to Route 4 East. Follow DIRECTIONS #1.
6. From Route 80, Traveling East (NOTE: From LOCAL 80 ONLY. You can not exit from Express 80)
Exit at Hudson Street-Hackensack-Little Ferry Exit. At end of ramp, turn left toward Hackensack an Hudson Street. Continue until road ends, turning left toward Hackensack. At first traffic light, turn right and proceed until road ends. Turn left onto River Street (which becomes Hackensack Avenue). Drive straight through to Hackensack (Approx. 5 minutes). After passing light at Sears Roebuck, continue to second traffic light, turning right onto Temple Avenue. FDU's Rothman Center is located at the end of Temple Avenue.
7. From Route 80, Traveling West. (NOTE: From LOCAL 80 ONLY. You can not exit from Express 80)
Exit at the Hudson Street-Hackensack-Little Ferry Exit. Proceed through traffic light (Hudson Street) to next light. Turn left on River Street and follow DIRECTIONS #6.
Here's What The Press Said About Us
The East Coast Toy Soldier Show & Sale
more like an antique show than a toy fare, and
the discriminating collectors could find every
kind of (miniature) fighting man...
- THE NEW YORK TIMES
buyers met head-on not to do battle but to
negotiate a price for...toy soldiers. - ANTIQUE WEEK
find hundreds of thousands of ...toy
soldiers... You could find... boyish looking
collectors of all ages... happily buying and
trading the miniatures like so many baseball
- THE RECORD
The largest show of its kind... - THE BERGEN
Collectors... are waiting to see if anyone
tops the $600.00 price paid for one soldier.
Don't worry; most of the soldiers range in
cost between $6.00 and $20.00, and some even
cost as little as $1.00
- NEW JERSEY
People... enjoy the hobby because it
represents a real getaway to those in the fast
paced business world. - THE JERSEY
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