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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...

     As 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' sophisticatedshow.jpg 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.

     To 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 York City, 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.

Future Shows
     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.
Andrzejewski, George
A.J. Grecco,
Alsand Merchandise Co.,
Battalion Miniatures
Battle of Little Big Horn, Bob Bentivegna
Belle & Blade,
Bob Emmons, Big Top
Brady, James, Dimestores
Breslow, Charles, Dimestores
Bloomster, Roy,
Case, George, Britains
Coakley, William,
DaSilva, Ron
Deddens, Ted,
Dutko, Garry,
Dutkins` Collectibles,
Excutive Display Models
Fields, Greg
Finke, Glenn, Franco, Joseph
Green, Al, Green, Al
Green, Gary,
Greenwood, Brian,
Gries, Edward, 201-342-0475
Gwin, Alan,
Headly, Richard
Heritage Collectibles
Hobby Bunker,
Holland, Jim,
Hoegermeyer, Carl, 54mm Figures
Hornung Art,
House of Orsini
Lysahenko, Sergi,
ISA Warenhandels
Jackson, Richard
Jeroba-Redcap Books
Johnson, Roger
Jones, Robert,
London Bridge
March of Time,
Mattimore, Michael,
Michel, Ben,
Michigan Toy Soldier Company,
Miller, Ed,
Miller, Daniel,
Military Miniature Warehouse,
Model Dioramas
Montgomery, Neil
Molenaro, Jim
Morris, Mike, ?????
O'Brien, Charles
O'Brien, Joe
O'Conner, Neil
Old Toy Soldier,
Only Mint
Ohlinger, Jerry,
On Military Matters,
Pett, Arley,
Passiglia & Russo, Britains, and Durso Composition
Pride & Glory
Reichel, John
Rollins, John & Mary
Pugliese, Vinny,
Real Minatures,
Reily, Marion,
Remm, Michael,
Romal Hobbies
Rush, Pat
Soldier Boy Miniatures
Saine, Joe
Shapiro, Judy,
Schwartz, Ken,
Spillway Toy Soldiers,
Stockade Miniatures,
Svendsen, Po Chu
The Motor Pool,
The Marx Man
The Saint Petersburg Collection,
The Toy Cellar,
The Toy Soldier,
The Toy Soldier Gallery
The Motor Pool,
Think of England
Troini, David,
Ward, Art,
Watts, Gerry,
Weisser, Carl,

Directions To The George and Phyllis Rothman Center
     For custom directions to our show, go to 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 It was 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

      Sellers and buyers met head-on not to do battle but to negotiate a price for...toy soldiers.  - ANTIQUE WEEK

     You could 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 cards.  - THE RECORD

      The largest show of its kind... - THE BERGEN NEWS

      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 MONTHLY

      People... enjoy the hobby because it represents a real getaway to those in the fast paced business world.   - THE JERSEY JOURNAL


G.I. Joe Prototype Sells For $200,000!
A new high in the price paid for a toy soldier was realized when the original G.I. Joe Prototype was sold privately to Baltimore business executive Stephen A. Geppi for $200,000.
The G.I. Joe prototype was in the hands of its creator, and the man who is credited with launching G.I. Joes, Don Levine of Providence, R.I.
Levine designed and made the first 12-inch Joe figure 40 years ago while employed at Hassenfeld Bros, Inc., (later to become Hasbro Toys) as vice-president of research and development
A daunting task, Levine’s concept was to develop an action figure with moveable body parts. He succeeded in producing an action figure that had the ability to flex and bend its joints.
Over the years, G.I. Joes endured several metamorphosis. And over 40 years later, confusion concerning their description still abounds. As they are often referred to by non-collectors as Dolls, Toy Soldiers or Action Figures.
However, one thing is certain: Levine’s design of this prototype had a profound effect on children’s playthings that changed the history of toys forever.
While the original Joe certainly won’t be at our show, hundreds, and even thousands of Joes and 12" action figures will be offered by some of the Country’s leading exhibitors. Exhibitors such as The Toy Cellar, will be exhibiting, so make plans now to visit our show on Sunday, November 2, 2003.

Standing on each castle wall, Beaten, battered, Britains all, Faces chipped but standing tall, Wait to hear their ancient call, “Come again with us to play. Together we will win the day.” A proud confession by Art Ward, venerable Britains' collector since 1935!


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