Hollowcast Toy Soldiers
Commercially produced metal toy soldiers started to appear in the mid 18th century. These pricey figures were mostly available to wealthy customers. Metal toy soldiers became more attainable when manufacturers started making affordable hollow metal toy soldiers for kids.
In 1893, William Britain introduced hollow figures that were created using the hollowcast method. This method used less metal to make the same three dimensional toy soldiers. Less metal meant lower production costs and William Britain passed these savings on to the consumer. Their inexpensive metal toy soldiers were available to a wider group of children which bolstered the popularity of metal military miniatures.
Metal toy soldiers took a big hit with the introduction of new safety laws in countries around the world. In the United States, The Child Safety Act of 1966 took a toll on the toy industry. Among other regulations, it prohibited the use of potentially dangerous materials like lead from being included in toys. Lead was the main metal used to make toy soldiers at the time and manufacturers suffered. Metal toy soldier producers had to stop making their lead toy soldiers and focus on other products or go out of business entirely.
New Metal Toy Soldiers
Early toy soldiers were made to be toys for kids. With the introduction of new metal toy soldiers, adults started to purchase and collect military miniatures as well. Toy soldiers for kids were still available but some new toy soldiers were made specifically for the purpose of collecting rather than play. Lines of toy soldiers were more artfully crafted and historically accurate to target adult customers rather than children.
Modernization of Metal Toy Soldiers
Variety was another improvement on the old metal toy soldiers. New soldiers were offered in a huge variety of collections. They were shown in different battles, geographical locations and cultures. This offered collectors a range of toy soldiers from which to choose. They could tailor their collections around a specific battle and location or collect figures that span a range of collections.
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