Wednesday, 5 January 2011

One of the Scenic Highlights of 2010

I read with interest an article in the latest edition of 'Toy Soldier Collector' about this very piece. Clearly, it won't be to everyone's taste, nevertheless, The Collectors Showcase have done a marvellous job with their representation of Hitler's office

As a collector, one of the things I really look forward to are scenic items I can use in the creation of dioramas. In my opinion, there aren't enough of them. This piece is made from a combination of resin and plastic and includes maps to be strewn across the impressively recreated marble-effect table, wall and table lights to position, a rather grand looking national eagle towering above the heads of anyone you might care to place around the table, and a rippling swastika banner, which is removable

It's an impressive piece, and I wish I had one. Sadly, according to their website, they are sold out. There may be one or two lying around on the shelves, or in the store rooms, of one or two dealers here and there but I reckon you'd be very lucky to get hold of one

The Fuhrer's Reichkanzlei office
Equally impressive are the seven character figures produced to occupy it. They could just as easily be displayed in a different setting, likewise, other figures could just as easily be displayed standing and deliberating around the table. Each figure has been produced with separate caps and Heydrich, Dietrich and Himmler have also been given a steel helmet, allowing for a good deal of flexibility in terms of how they are displayed. You could have some of the hats, for example, casually laid on the table alongside the maps as the discussion gets a little heated!

The full 'rogues gallery', in addition to the three already mentioned, includes Erich von Manstein, Goering, Adolf Galland, who flew in Spain in 1937 and later became a WW2 fighter ace, and Hitler himself, all instantly recognisable and excellently sculpted, and very reasonably priced at £25 each

Adolf Hitler

Reinhard Heydrich

Josef 'Sepp' Dietrich

Erich von Manstein
If you aren't able to get hold of one of the office pieces, perhaps you would consider splashing out on The Collectors Showcase rendering of the Lichterfelde Barracks, once the HQ of Hitler's bodyguard regiment, the LAH

The central building with flags, national eagle and stone statue guards

The side building, or annex, complete with railings

Each building piece is sold separately and can be used singly or as part of a whole building facade. The flags are removable and the central building is a great size, 15" x 11.5" x 14" (with top flags attached ). The side piece building measures 15" x 7 1/2" x 9 1/4". The main building also comes with a centre eagle and a great set of LAH statues, based on the originals! Set up an entire parade with officers and as many enlisted marchers as you like, or perhaps the fabulous LAH band produced by King and Country. The options are limited only by your imagination!

The whole facade made up of a central building and two side pieces. Imagine that, centre stage on one of your bookshelves or display spaces. Yes please!
Below are some photographs of the actual building, courtesy of Third Reich in Ruins, so you can judge for yourself how good a job The Collectors Showcase have done with this project. I think they've done jolly well. What about you?

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