Long time toy soldier collector and maker Richard Walker acquired the Del Prado line of figures and will be marketing it under his History Works product line. Del Prado is known for producing a prolific amount of value priced figures, vehicles, and aircraft in a wide variety of time periods and scales.
“What attracted me about Del Prado was twofold: its breadth, and its appeal as an entry price point metal toy soldier. Obvious ranges slated for growth are World Wars I and II as well as American Civil War and a surprise or two to keep things interesting,” noted Walker
The modern toy soldier world has grown considerably since Walker initially entered the hobby in 1972 and then founded the first of many toy soldier ventures in 1978 – Ricky’s Toy Soldiers, becoming Prescott’s Military Miniatures and then Forward March. “The second great growth of toy soldiers (the first being the inter-war years) occurred in the 1990’s with the advent of matte finish figures that were priced at about $15.00 each. I think the key to their success was how realistic they looked, but also the attractive price,” Walker commented. Having worked for Frontline Figures, W. Britain, Corgi and even some master painting and retailing for King & Country in the “old days”, he has had the pleasure of witnessing many of the changes in the hobby from a front row seat.
Treefrog Treasures, the existing fulfillment house for Del Prado, will remain on board, packing and shipping orders for the new ownership. Pete Reuss of Treefrog is enthusiastic about the opportunities ahead stating, “We have enjoyed our relationship with Luca and Del Prado, filling orders for both retailers and collectors, and look forward to helping old friend and colleague Richard Walker grow his business.”
History Works/Del Prado will be exhibiting at the upcoming OTSN Chicago Toy Soldier show and well as the East Coast Toy Soldier show in Hackensack, New Jersey and also at Jim Hillestad’s The Toy Soldier open house the day before the East Coast Show.