Monday, 10 March 2014

Plastic Warrior Magazine hits 30 and I have a late life crisis.

At the weekend the latest issue of Plastic Warrior Magazine hit my doormat, I opened the cover and browsed the contents which are headed by a statement "The original plastic figure magazine first published in 1985" and then it hit me this means PW has now been in continuous uninterrupted publication for 30 years.  That has to be some kind of a milestone, there aught to be a party at the very least.  I remember the excitement of receiving the very first issue and the magazine has been a constant element for more than half of my lifetime.  But where have all those years gone?  I don't feel any different now from then but I see myself in a recent photo and I could be looking at a picture of my Dad and it all happened in the blink of an eye!
It's okay just a momentary wobble, here's the latest issue:

Inside you'll find: News, Views and Other Stuff, an in-depth research of Britains Eyes Right U.S. Sets, a look at the collection of one of the readers, an interview with new manufacturer Austin Miniatures, Readers Letters, Book Review - Spot On models, Elastolin 40mm siege engines and artillery etc. New Products - from Pvblis, A Call to Arms, Armies in Plastic, Pegasus and Expeditionary Force.  Converters Corner: the Brooklyn Red Legs from the ACW.  A review of plastic models of Napoleon.  Minor Makers - VP Boxed Set. Wot The !&*$? identification of readers unknown figures.  Media Models - featuring the work of Joe Black. and last but not least Readers Small Ads.

Posts have been sparse this past nine months as I have been back at work, a simple, undemanding 9 to 5 job which I assured myself would not affect my work/life balance.
Alas this is not working out as planned........... ho-hum.


  1. You are so right Brian! PW is the top of the mark for toy soldier periodicals and we are lucky to have it! In four months I will be done with the 9-5 interruptions as I retire to my toy soldier pursuits. I can't wait to dedicate myself to truly enjoying them and all they have to offer! Converting, painting, wargaming, and always hunting for new and different figures should keep me busy! Take care and hang in there, your time will come! Thanks for another wonderful post, I always enjoy them!
    Brad DeSantis

  2. Best of luck Brad, I suspect you'll be busier than ever!

  3. Dear Mr Carrick,

    We are a group of postgraduate students from the University of Bath and we are doing a project on miniature collectible toy soldiers.

    We believe that you can provide us with valuable insight into the mind of the collectors and the industry. We would be very grateful for your assistance.

    If you would like to help us please get in touch with me by e-mail:

    Sincerely yours,
    Alina Udavikhina

  4. Hi Alina, I'm happy to help and have contacted you offline.