Friday, October 03, 2008

Walkerloo Toy Soldiers

Hi John,

Don't know whether you've yet heard or seen anything of my new 'Walkerloo' die cut card toy soldiers. I'd been developing them for several years and finally launched them at the re-enactment of Waterloo last June and then a week later at the London toy soldier show and I've just returned from Chicago where I spent a rather hectic weekend showing and promoting my collection to American enthusiasts.

I've only recently got my web site going showing pictures of the full collection here ... 2D paper based soldiers are some what of an oddity these days although I decided with the right production quality and expressive illustrations I could pull it off. So far so good. My soldiers are going on sale in all the related military museums in France and England and I'm now beginning to have success with some of the more exclusive toy shops, I hope others will follow these trend setters. Unlike most toys today my soldiers are made in France (the printing, gluing and die cutting) and England (the plastic stands) they also boast a composition which is 80% re-cycled. Toy soldiers have practically vanished from main stream toy stores yet I think they remain a great way to foster children's interest in history... especially if they're colourful and exciting as I hope mine are.

Thus far I've produced 10 different regiments, 5 French, 5 British all present at Waterloo, two each cavalry and infantry and one each artillery with generals and their staff. You'll see my illustrations do mess with figure proportion a little which is often not to the taste of older enthusiasts but they're not my primary market... I've made my soldiers for children to play with and the proportions I've used mirror those of children and of course the history of popular narrative art often uses this caricature device examples range from Gothic cathedral carvings to Walt Disney.

Kind regards,


Christopher Walker