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Toy Soldiers for Kids

Toy soldiers are fun, historical figurines. Metal and plastic toy soldiers connect kids to history by familiarizing them with important wars and giving them the tools to bring those events to life. Kids learn while they play with Patriots and British from the American Revolution. Union and Confederate soldiers from The Civil War give kids a prop for imaginative and historical play.
 
These kids’ collectibles are fun figurines. They are good for play and great for starting your little one’s toy soldier collection. Metal Toy Soldiers for Kids are excellent starter toy soldiers for your young collector. Kids can recreate history by setting up battle scenes with starter toy soldiers and displaying or playing with their figures. All of our metal toy soldiers for kids are inexpensive military miniatures. They are a great choice for parents who want to gauge a child’s interest in collecting and create an inexpensive toy soldier collection for their kids before investing in our more expensive collectible figurines. Metal toy soldiers for kids are made for ages 8 years and older.
 
Start your kids’ toy soldier collection today! See all of our metal and plastic toy soldiers for kids on our official site now.

 

Revolutionary War Toy Soldiers for Kids

American Revolution British Toy Soldiers

British Flagbearer

British Flagbearer

British Drummer

British Drummer

British General

British General


 
American Revolution American Toy Soldiers

Colonial Drummer

Colonial Drummer

Colonial General

Colonial General

Small Revolutionary War Cannon

Small Revolutionary War Cannon


American Civil War Toy Soldiers for Kids

Confederate Toy Soldiers

Confederate General

Confederate General

Confederate Flagbearer

Confederate Flagbearer

Confederate Drummer

Confederate Drummer

 
Union Toy Soldiers

Union Flagbearer

Union Flagbearer

Union General

Union General

Union Infantryman

Union Infantryman


 
Plastic Toy Soldier Sets

Plastic Action Figures

Plastic Action Figures

Revolutionary Soldier Set

Revolutionary Soldier Set

Gettysburg Box Set

Gettysburg Box Set

Toymaker of Williamsburg Exclusive Fifer SOLD OUT!

The Toymaker of Williamsburg just sold our last exclusive Virginia State Garrison Fifer! Don’t worry, The Fifer is one of our favorite toy soldiers too and will be available again at a later date.

Virginia State Garrison Fifer 1770s is a Toymaker of Williamsburg Exclusive created by W Britain. There is no better introduction to the era of the American Revolution than the sound of fifes and drums. The fife and drum were the essential musical instruments of the 18th Century military and were used by American, British, French and Hessian troops during the Revolutionary War.

Among the American military units that had a fife and drum corps during the Revolution was The Virginia State Garrison Regiment. The Virginia State Garrison Regiment was established in 1778 for the purpose of defending the capital of the colony from British attack. The State Garrison regiment was an infantry unit that wore blue uniforms with red facings (collars and cuffs), typical of other military formations in Virginia. The fifers and drummers, however, wore the characteristic musicians’ reverse colors. Therefore, the musicians’ coats were red with blue facings. This was done so that the musicians would stand out during battle and be easily spotted by commanders for signaling or as rallying points for the troops. The uniform was completed by a buff-colored waistcoat and breeches, white stockings, black leather shoes and a cocked hat. Fifers carried a tubular black leather instrument case hung over the hip by a shoulder strap.

The Virginia State Garrison Fifer 1770s will be re-run at a date to be determined. Watch our blog for updates about our exclusive W. Britain toy soldiers or sign up for our periodic newsletter to get updates about Toymaker of Williamsburg Exclusives emailed directly to you.


Make sure to pick up our other Toymaker of Williamsburg Exclusive toy soldiers: The Virginia State Garrison Ensign and Drummer before they sell out too!
 

Virginia State Garrison Fifer 1770s - Toymaker of Williamsburg Exclusive - W Britain

Virginia State Garrison Fifer 1770s - Toymaker of Williamsburg Exclusive - W Britain

Virginia State Garrison Bass Drummer 1770s

Virginia State Garrison Bass Drummer

Virginia State Garrison Bass Drummer

We are pleased to announce the newest Toymaker of Williamsburg Exclusive W. Britain toy soldier. The Virginia State Garrison Bass Drummer will soon be joining the Toymaker’s Fife and Drum Corps.
 
There is no better introduction to the era of the American Revolution than the sound of fifes and drums. The fife and drum were the essential musical instruments of the 18th Century military and were used by American, British, French and Hessian troops during the Revolutionary War.
 
In general practice, each company of 100 soldiers was assigned two fifers and two drummers. When the companies were formed into a regiment, the combined musicians became a band or corps performing field music under the direction of a drum major. Fifers and drummers were selected from youths between the ages of ten and eighteen.
 
The fife and drum had specific functions within the military. They were used to provide the proper cadence for marching, to announce the daily military ceremonies and hours such as assembly, and to provide battlefield communication between a commander and his troops over the noise of battle. On the parade ground, the regimental fifes and drums were usually augmented by the bass drum, which sounded the proper beat for marching. During off duty hours, the fifes and drums could be used for entertainment and dances.
 
Among the American military units that had a fife and drum corps during the Revolution was The Virginia State Garrison Regiment. The Virginia State Garrison Regiment was established in 1778 for the purpose of defending the capital of the colony from British attack. The State Garrison regiment was an infantry unit that wore blue uniforms with red facings (collars and cuffs), typical of other military formations in Virginia. The fifers and drummers, however, wore the characteristic musicians’ reverse colors. Therefore, the musicians’ coats were red with blue facings. This was done so that the musicians would stand out during battle and be easily spotted by commanders for signaling or as rallying points for the troops. The uniform was completed by a buff-colored waistcoat and breeches, white stockings, black leather shoes and a cocked hat. Fifers carried a tubular black leather instrument case hung over the hip by a shoulder strap.
 
So whether you fancy the tunes of “Yankee Doodle” or “The British Grenadier”, William Britain and The Toymaker of Williamsburg have now made available to collectors the key players of a typical fife and drum corps of the American Revolution.
 

Unpainted Bass Drummer Back

Unpainted Master

Unpainted Master

Unpainted Master

Virginia State Garrison Bass Drummer

Virginia State Garrison Bass Drummer

 

The bass drum is a large, low toned drum. Bass drums were used by the European military late in the 1700s. The music of opposing troops impacted American musical style and Americans eventually integrated bass drums into their military music. The Virginia State Garrison Bass Drummer is an exciting addition to the Toymaker of Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps.
 
*Note: Unpainted figure is an unpainted master. The Toymaker of Williamsburg will only be selling fully painted Virginia State Garrison Bass Drummers

Brand New W. Britains

BRAND NEW W. Britain toy soldiers have arrived at The Toymaker of Williamsburg. See new toy soldiers from the American Revolution and Redcoats collections below. Browse all of our W. Britain toy soldiers on our official website now.

 

American Revolution Toy Soldiers

“Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!” Colonel William Prescott, Commander of the colonial militia on Bunker (Breed’s) Hill. His command proved effective, driving back two British assault waves, though the third wave was successful when the colonists ran low on ammunition.
 

British Royal Irish Grenadier Kneeling Firing 1 - W Britain British Royal Irish Grenadier Kneeling Firing 1 – W. Britain
British Royal Irish Grenadier Recover 1 - W. Britain British Royal Irish Grenadier Recover 1 – W. Britain
British Royal Irish Grenadier Officer 1 - W. Britain British Royal Irish Grenadier Officer 1 – W. Britain
British Royal Irish Grenadier Falling Back Wounded 1 - W. Britain British Royal Irish Grenadier Falling Back Wounded 1 – W. Britain
British Royal Irish Grenadier Standing Loading 1 - W. Britain British Royal Irish Grenadier Standing Loading 1 – W. Britain

 
Redcoats Collection
History of the British Army
The 35th Foot was massacred at Fort William Henry in August 1757 after it surrendered to French forces under General Montcalm. The Native American (Indian) Allies of the French fell upon the retreating British and killed a number of troops and civilians. An interesting side note to this series was the research involved in determining the regimental facing (cuffs, collars and turnbacks) colors. For years books, toy soldier makers and others have depicted the Regiment in orange facings, since regimental returns for the period referred to them in orange facings. Ian Castle, author and French & Indian War living historian, was working on an article about the unit for us and when he saw the first paint sample in orange he was troubled. Their research had determined that 18th century “orange” was really a deep yellow with just a hint of orange. Subsequent digging turned up cloth fragments of the period also showing a deep yellow color and not orange at all. W. Britain then duly changed all of the facing colors on our paint masters and went with what was historically accurate.

Meanwhile, the 60th Regiment of Foot, or Royal Americans, served throughout the colonies and as such makes a perfect group of figures to fill out any number of French & Indian battles and fortifications.
 

British 35th Regiment Grenadier At-The-Ready 1754-1763 British 35th Regiment Grenadier At-The-Ready 1754-1763 – W. Britain
British 35th Regiment Grenadier At Attention 1754-1763 British 35th Regiment Grenadier At Attention 1754-1763 – W. Britain
British 35th Regiment of Foot Fifer 1754-1763 - W. Britain British 35th Regiment of Foot Fifer 1754-1763 – W. Britain
British 35th Regiment of Foot Drummer 1754-1763 - W. Britain British 35th Regiment of Foot Drummer 1754-1763 – W. Britain
British 35th Regiment of Foot Officer Mounted 1754-1763 British 35th Regiment of Foot Officer Mounted 1754-1763 – W. Britain
British 60th Regiment of Foot Marching 1754-1763 British 60th Regiment of Foot Marching 1754-1763 – W. Britain
British 60th Regiment of Foot Officer Marching 1754-1763 British 60th Regiment of Foot Officer Marching 1754-1763 – W. Britain