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Updated September 3, 2014
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THIS SITE IS UNDER MAJOR RECONSTRUCTION.
OUR APOLOGIES FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE
THANK YOU.








Action Intensifies Along The Empire's Northern Frontier








Zulu War Action Continues



Sets Zulu 028, 029 & 030








PLASTIC FIGURE PRICE CHANGES

Effective 9/1/2014 ALL Plastic figure set prices are being raised:
-- Civil War carded are now $14.00/card
--Alamo carded Mexican Army now $14.00/card
--Spartan carded sets now $28.00now $28/card
--WW2 GI's TBD

-ALL bagged sets of Vikings, Normans, Alamo Defenders, Zulus, 24th Foot, Arabs, Foreign Legion, WW2
are now $25.00/ set of 14 to 18 figures(most sets are 16 figures) This is our first price increase on plastic figures
since our start in 1998. Despite our best efforts we can no longer continue to 'absorb' continuing increases in costs
and expenses. After 15+ years, we know you will understand that we've done our best to hold prices down.
These newly announced prices will override any lower prices which may still be showing up on the site.








Attention Alamo Buffs
Fiddle Playing Heard Coming From The Alamo.
Could Davy Be Returning?











You Didn't Think We Were Forgetting Our
Winter Games Roman vs Barbarian Series Did You?


While Numerous New Sets Are Being Produced To Expand This
Exciting Range, We Felt This Amazing Sculpt Needed To Be Shown All By Itself
From A Number Of Different Viewpoints. This Set Is Called "Effect" .
There Is A Coordinating Roman JavelinThrower/Ballista Set Named "Cause". Enjoy.

We Are Happy To Be Back...








Happy 4th Of July
To All Of Our Collectors
& Their Families









CAN YOU BELIEVE IT?
THEY'RE BACK.....
I KNOW- I THOUGHT THEY
HAD GONE TO VALHALLA
NORMAN-001 VA-030 NORMAN-002 NonVIKINGS-001
VA-031 INTHEHOOD-001 SCOTS-001
VA-033 VALKYRIE NORMAN-0012 (The Return of Bors) VA-032 (Yes, we know the wings are fantasy...)

WE ARE RETURNING TO THAT PERIOD OF HISTORY VEILED IN MIST AND MYSTERY...WITH NORMANS, VIKINGS,"NON VIKINGS" *,
SCOTS, SAXONS AND EVEN SOME FANTASY FIGURES WITH WINGED HELMETS AND SUCH BECAUSE AFTER ALL...
WE MUST HAIL RAGNAR'S BEARD
HAIL EINAR










New Zulu War


Zulu-027 Zulu-022 Zulu-024
Zulu-025 Zulu-022 Zulu-026
Original 21 sets being
restocked

We Will Soon Be Taking Preorders For the 6 new Zulu War Sets Pictured Above










Someday I think you and I are going to have a serious disagreement.










Eli Wallach
Dec. 7, 1915- June 24, 2014
Greatest Bandit Ever





"Vaya Con Dios"










Just As Chuck Appeared After A Lengthy Absence, Conteco Is About To
Commence Our Return From Death Tour...






"Can You See It? I Can't believe it. Look at all those new toy soldier sculpts!"
(pictures coming very soon)











Terrific Zulu War Diorama From One Of Our Fellow Collectors

We thought you might like to see an amazing recent set up done
by Conte collector Joe Quintini which really shows off our Zulu range.
(I see a few figures in there from other mfrs. but the main action is all Conte--just the way we like it !!!
Thanks for sharing Joe.
We wish we were there playing with these with you rather than packing boxes !!




















CONTE IS PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A NEW RANGE
KHARTOUM 1884-1898
Oh My Beloveds

You Collectors of The Desert
May Conteco's Blessings & Peace
Be Upon You

RC Commands Me To Speak
For I Am The Mahdi--The Expected One


Did I Not Promise That A Miracle Would Fall
From The Forehead of RC & Conteco?
And Was This Not So?


We Fight A Holy War in Toy Soldier Scale
To Restore Happiness In A Collectors World


Let Mountains & Desert Tremble
Let Cities & Other Manufacturers Shudder
Let The Fat, Rich & Corrupt Mark This Moment
& Turn In Fear Of


Those CONTE Toy Soldier Miracles To Come
Conte Collectibles Has Heard The Sad Cry From Collectors That Other Manufacturers Have Failed To Meet Their Khartoum Needs --After All How Can One Tell of Khartoum Without The Mahdi & Gordon Pasha????

To Restore Order/Happiness We Are Releasing A Limited Number Of Sets Including Character Figures of The Mahdi & General Gordon (shown here) As Well As Camel Corps Hand To Hand Done Conte Style..

FYI, The Most Believable Eyewitness Accounts State That Gordon Went Down Fighting --- We Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way....
Hail Einar






North-West Sneak Peek 


 

Afghan Tribesmen 
Being Readied For Production 




Only a few of the more than 18 poses pictured here. 



Bengal Lancers & Additional Afghans will follow 


 Along With More Gordon Highlanders 

 

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WE ARE ABOUT TO OPEN......




THE VAULT

We've finally managed to begin the ongoing process of sorting extremely rare quality control sets and
factory prototype sets. In most cases the sets we shall be offering are sold out and /or discontinued
sets from years ago......many of these go as far back as 1998.

Before a product is 'run' at a factory, we usually receive a handful of 'master' sample sets which are
reviewed by me personally for correctness in painting and perfection in molding. Then, after a production
run is started another small handful of quality control sets are sent to me for examination/approval.

These rare sets are usually NOT boxed in the official set boxes and do NOT contain any set specific
paperwork. Many have the set /figure numbers taped to the underside of stands rather than having these
identifying details stamped into the metal itself.

While the 'paint jobs' of these sets is supposed to be representative of the entire production run,
these sample or QC sets are oftentimes the best painted of all of the sets as we suspect several of
our former factories sent us sets which they had cherry-picked as the best. These are effectively the
siblings of the sets which are in my personal Conte collection.

In summary, these are rare, rare & rare. All have been inspected by me. In general the paint jobs are
some of the best. Most of the sets we are about to offer for sale have been sold out and highly sought
after for years. In most cases these are the very last of their kind and once gone we are unlikely to
ever find any more copies.

If you've been searching for these sold out beauties , now is your last chance to obtain them directly
from us. Each set will come with a letter of authenticity signed by me attesting to their unique history.

Depending upon the set we have as few as 1 copy and as many as 5 copies being made available.

We will be making these sets available in manageable groups or waves. The first wave will have perhaps
30 different sets listed. We will follow in due course with several more 'waves' of 20 or so different sets.




Hail Einar











ZULU WAR UPDATE

Recruits for the 24th Foot continue to flood in...
A few more for you Zulu collectors




This week we are showing a wounded officer flag bearer with the Queen's Colors
who is a variation on our Gordon Highlander Colour Bearer (yes the British
spelling eh what !). He might become a Conte Collector Club pose; and yes
we have a different color bearer coming with the Regimental Colours His hair-do
still needs a bit of work so expect a minor change.




Also a mortally wounded pose; his helmet and rifle are loose so you can place as
you see fit....A couple more dead/wounded will be shown shortly.




And a very new & we think exciting 24th Foot Lt. leading a charge with pistol and
saber He should look very nice in front of our bayonet charge--which reminds me we
need to finish Sgt. Bourne thrusting with bayonet.......






ZULU FANS UPDATE



Obviously we are getting a bit carried away as we strive to meet your requests
MORE TO COME.....a bunch more







In that famous charge it was a most beautiful sight
To see the regimental pipers playing with all their might;
But, alas! one of them was shot through both ankles, and fell to the ground,
But still he played away while bullets fell on every side around...




Reinforcements Being Announced soon for our North West Frontier Gordon Highlander
range. 2 poses from 'wave 2" featured above along with a wonderful antique card
which shows the action on Dargai Heights on the front and a description of the
action on the reverse.

(The gallant thoughts excerpted from the famous poem by William Topaz McGonagal )

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ZULU WAR UPDATE
BRITISH REINFORCEMENTS ON THE HORIZON


This is one of my favorite sculpts -EVER-- The Officer is removable from the larger bottom terrain base. I'm considering making an alternate base with mealie bags in lieu of rocks. I like the image of this stalwart fellow at the center of a last stand up in the rocks at Isandhlwhana. (I also see a modified version painted up in khaki for use with our 66th Foot at Maiwand on the NWF !!! )








Collectors Have Demanded Additions To Our Wonderful Range of British 24th Foot & Zulu
Warriors & We are Heeding The Call. Fifteen new sets are being readied for production.
The next 'wave' will have loads of 24th Foot in action as well as wounded and dead and
a couple of super hand to hand vignettes. I don't want to ruin the fun by saying too much
about the other sets--I think it best for them to be unveiled here on the site little by little.




Pics are of rough sculpts and minor changes may be made before the factory starts producing
these. The different colors evidence different colors of wax and or resin used in the sculpting
process.Please don't write and ask why the colors are different on certain parts....

The finished versions of these are intended for our painted metal collectors but we are
considering making a small run of these in 'single color' red for the Brits and brown for
the Zulus so that plastic collectors can add these poses to their extensive Conte Zulu collection.
(please let us know if you would like to see these in 'single color' as we will only do them if
plastic collectors show enough support to justify the expense of the run))
This fellow is part of a 2 figure set of casualties.




Many of the sculpts were designed to fit in with any number of close hand-to-hand combat scenarios.
The Colour Sarge here is a good example as the Zulu knobkerrie in his hand would seem to indicate
that he's under intense attack and that he has just removed the club from an attacking Zulu.
We might add another cartridge box to help support the lanyard to the pistol. I like this fellow
a bunch and think he'll reappear attacking with a bayonet quite soon. Also look for a 'flying squad"
of men who are good with a bayonet being led by a 24th Ft Lieutenant.




As usual, ALL figures which are shown on larger terrain bases are removable so you can use
them as you see fit in commanding your troops. Another set with interlocking terrain base
is on the way to expand the action seen here.








TOMBSTONE UPDATE SNEAK PREVIEW

IN ADDITION TO THE TOMBSTONE CHARACTERS WE HAVE A PASSEL OF
COWPOKES, BANDIDOS, PISTOLEROS & DANCEHALL QUEENS ON THE WAY.






Unlike toy soldier versions of Billy produced by other manufacturers over the years,
we have elected to show him firing his pistol with his left hand as his wounded right
arm hangs at his side. Contemporary accounts (backed up by reports of the wounds he suffered)
describe him being shot in the right wrist at the opening of the gunfight & then switching
his gun to his left hand so he could keep the fight going. While it is always difficult to
decide 'what moment' should be depicted in sculptures of a gunfight, this seems to be
the right moment to us...

Frank McLaury will be appearing next...and i haven't decided whether he should have a
bullet hole in his head or not....decisions, decisions....






Conte Collectibles SHOWS webpage has been updated.


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NEW RANGE UNVEILED





TOMBSTONE

Click here for additional information on Tombstone






The NON Vikings





The rumors are true. We will at long last be releasing a few figures from a new range
which I am calling "the NON Vikings".
Crazy you say? I agree....but read on.


Our corporate logo is directly based upon the design of the sail on Ernie Borgnine's
flagship known as The Great Snake. Since the beginning , we have routinely ended
collector correspondence with the salutations "Hail Einar", "Hail Ragnar" or "Hail
Ragnar's Beard". Longterm Conte collectors know what I'm talking about.
The Vikings remains my all-time favorite movie and Spartacus remains the most
important 'message' film in my book.

Years ago, we had the licenses to make product based upon both " The Vikings"
and "Spartacus". My childhood hero , Mr. Kirk Douglas had produced and starred
in both epics and to this day still owns both movies. He had approved the projects
and with the help of his people we acquired the rights to make figures and play
sets based upon these labors of love. Licensing for Spartacus was via Universal
Studios and went along swimmingly and we ultimately released some memorable toy
soldiers. Licensing for The Vikings was with MGM and turned out to be one of
the most frustrating and disappointing experiences in my life. That is an understatement...

Watch for more details of the NON-Vikings....


Hail Ragnar's Beard














MERRY CHRISTMAS & SEASON'S GREETING TO ALL
WE HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL HOLIDAY SEASON
WITH FAMILY & FRIENDS


Jesus



This beautiful figure of Christ is the first figure from our new range of religious sculptures.
We thought this was the perfect time for his debut.

Thank you all for your kind support for another year!






HAIL ROMAN & BARBARIAN BUFFS




A Few More Peeks At This Amazing Range












MANY OF YOU HAVE BEEN WONDERING WHAT IT
TAKES TO JOIN CONTE'S FRENCH FOREIGN LEGION,
HAVEN'T YOU?

French Foreign Legion 2

The rest of the bullets you stop won't hurt as much as that first one.

French Foreign Legion 2

Keep shooting, you scum! You'll get a chance yet to die with your boots on!

French Foreign Legion 3

Everybody does his duty at Zinderneuf, dead or alive! We'll make those Arabs think we've got a thousand men.

French Foreign Legion 4

I am Sergeant Markoff. I make soldiers out of scum like you, and I don't do it gently.
You're the sloppiest looking lot I've ever seen. It's up to me to prevent you from becoming a disgrace to the Regiment.
And I will prevent that if I have to kill half of you with work.
But the half that lives will be soldiers. I promise you!

(Pictured --the great Mr. Brian Donlevy--one of our favorite actors.
Doing our best to keep his memory alive . Check him out in Beau Geste,
Wake Island, Jesse James, Union Pacific and countless other films!!)


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THE GORDON HIGHLANDERS ARRIVE!!!!!!



Our North-West Frontier Afghan War series is in stock.


Note: In these photos some of the bases/stands are partially impaired and "cut-off" by folds of black velvet cloth.



NWF-003
Gordon Firing Set #1
Price: $74.95


Special Price: $66.00





NWF-010
Gordons Officer Leading Charge
With Regimental Colour
Price: $79.95


Special Price: $72.00






NWF-007
Gordons Piper
Price: $36.95

Special Price: $33.00







NWF-023
Regimental Water Bearer
aka Gunga Din
Price: $35.95

Special Price: $32.00






NWF-008
Gordons Rescue Under Fire #1
Price: $79.95

Special Price: $72.00







NWF-018
Gordons Advancing Set
Price: $72.95

Special Price: $64.00









NWF-006
Gordons Casualties Set #1
Price: $69.95

Special Price: $62.00






NWF-002
Gordon Sergeant Advancing
Firing Pistol
Price: $37.95


Special Price: $34.00






NWF-004
Gordon Firing Set #2
Price: $74.95


Special Price: $66.00






NWF-026
Gordon Carrying Wounded
Price: $72.95


Special Price: $64.00






    PRE-ORDER SPECIALS
EXPIRED


We've tried as usual to keep prices as low as possible despite greatly increasing costs
and the intricate painting required by the kilts and the highly detailed faces.





Attention Collectors:
Our phone lines are now open daily from 9:30 AM until 5 PM Carolina Time Monday thru Friday.
Please call us at:
919-957-3700
or Email us at:
ConteCollectibles@gmail.com
to inquire or place an order.




This range will continue
with more Gordons plus the first sets of Afghans in
early 2012 including NWF-001 (to the right)












BIG THINGS ARE HAPPENING
A LONG LOST FRIEND RETURNS IN
LARGE SCALE



"YOU'LL NEVER KILL HIM BOY----
KILLING'S HIS TRADE
HE WAS BORN TO IT"

AS SOME OF YOU MAY RECALL, WE HAD THIS BEAUTIFUL LARGE SCALE (APPROX. 12" TALL INCLUDING BASE)
NORMAN KNIGHT SCULPTED SEVERAL YEARS BACK.

I'VE DECIDED --AT LAST-- TO MAKE A SMALL RUN OF THESE FOR MYSELF AND THOSE OF YOU WHO KEEP ASKING FOR HIM.

CLEARLY, THIS IS A WORLD CLASS SCULPT--ONE OF THE BEST WE HAVE EVER
DONE AND THE FIRST TIME WE'VE OFFERED SOMETHING
OUT OF OUR NORMAL 1/32 RANGE.

I'M HOPING FOR A STRONG FOLLOWING FOR THE OCCASIONAL FIGURE IN THIS SIZE.
IF ALL GOES WELL, WE WILL HAVE A VIKING IN THE SAME SIZE NEXT FOLLOWED BY AN ANCIENT FIGURE.

DETAILS WILL BE FORTHCOMING AFTER THE FACTORY QUOTES US PRICES & OPTIONS.

CLICK HERE IF YOU'D LIKE TO PRE-RESERVE ONE OR TO BE SENT UPDATES.








CIVIL WAR REINFORCEMENTS ON THE WAY
PRE-ORDERS NOW BEING TAKEN

THREE ADDITIONAL 'HAND TO HAND' SETS OF UNION ZOUAVES FIGHTING
CONFEDERATES ARE IN PROCESS.
THESE ARE :


CivilWar-004

Check to Reserve:




CivilWar-005

Check to Reserve:




CivilWar-006

Check to Reserve:





CLICK TO PRE-RESERVE. AS USUAL YOU ARE UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO PURCHASE BUT BY PRE-RESERVING YOU WILL RECEIVE A PRE-ORDER SPECIAL.

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OK OK OK.......

YOU GUYS HAVE TALKED ME INTO IT....



THE ROMAN WAR FLEET RETURNS !!!

BACK IN 07 WE RELEASED OUR FIRST ROMAN WAR GALLEY (LET'S CALL IT GALLEY #1) RETAIL PRICED AT $750.00 EACH. WE MADE 500 OF THESE BEAUTIES WITH OVER 50 FIGURES INCLUDED IN EACH & SOLD OUT QUICKER THAN CAESAR COULD SUBDUE GAUL. BY 09 THEY HAD ALL SET SAIL FROM THE WAREHOUSE....

WE GET REQUESTS SEVERAL TIMES PER WEEK FOR A RE-RELEASE OF THIS BEAUTY, WHICH WAS SIMPLY ONE OF THE BEST THANGS WE EVER DESIGNED OR PRODUCED.





"Been (Bin) Had"

3 Figure Lancer 1 Bin 3 Figure Lancer 2




VIVE LA FRANCE !!!!
ATTENTION FRENCH COLLECTORS...FREE SHIPPING

French Castle
We are seeking a new Conte dealer in France; please contact us if you are interested or know of a high quality and professional dealer.

Until a new dealer is found, we are offering free shipping on figure set orders of $150 or greater going to France







This Amazing Masterpiece Battle Diorama Set Up & Photographed by Joseph
Quintini and then enhanced by Alan Critchley. Thanks to both gentlemen
for such awe inspiring use of our figures!!!

Click Here To Shop Our Zulu Range



Wee Willie Winkie

Private Winkie would like to announce that a bunch of additional never before seen Highlander poses will be posted very soon on the NW Frontier Page--including Gunga Din , mounted officer, regimental colour bearer, an all new wounded set, charging highlanders and more.... (in case you are wondering, The Wee Willie Winkie figure is an old one by Danbury Mint)



Dillinger

COLLECTOR CLUB PRE-ORDER
CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS

Dance Hall Girl



We've added music to our site--please adjust your volume up or down depending upon your feelings regarding the skirl of the pipes. The pipe major is playing "Cock O' The North" today". This amazing sculpt will be available in our Collector Club later in 2010.The piper sculpt & photo pictured here is of Piper Findlater who won the V.C. for continuing to play & remaining unprotected and 'in the open' despite having been shot in both legs.





EMAIL BLASTS/ Are You On The Email List?

We have now sent out our first full email blast to all on our mailing list detailing information/prices /specials regarding the 9 new sets which are arriving here this week. Unfortunately, several hundred addresses on our list did NOT receive the blast because (a) your address had errrors or needs updating, (b)your system rejected us as a sender or (c) your computer or server treated our email as 'spam"!!! We apologize if you didn't receive the 'blast' but there's nothing we can do--YOU need to clear us and/or supply a new email address.
Our blasts will come from either viceroyz@aol.com or einar1eye@aol.com so please approve/clear both of these addresses so we can communicate with you!!

We Are Under Construction

We are making some major changes to the Conteco web site and ask for your patience and understanding whilst we make a few(actually, a bunch of) improvements.


Warning
ALL photos, images & text featuring toy soldiers are the copyrighted property of Conte Collectibles and/or Legends of the Silver Screen Ltd., and may NOT be used in any form without our express approval.

Use of our photos and/or images and logos on ebay or other internet sites for the purpose of internet sales is expressly prohibited.

Requests for usage of photos will be considered on a case by case basis.


About Our Site

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We are deleting all sorts of items which have made the site cumbersome & at the same time adding a number of features which hopefully will make your visit more enjoyable.
New "tabs' are being added for such things as (a) toy soldier shows, (b) News (c) specials, (d)the Collector's Club, (e) Links we like and so forth. We also will be gradually updating & editing all existing sections to eliminate old news & make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. We also are looking into the addition of sound & video.

We've already updated the Q & A section and are working on several others as you will see.
This revamping will be a gradual process which will take months.

Presently, the site has this informational section and a second site which is the Conte 'online shopping" site. We will probably combine everything into one site rather than the 2 which currently exist as I've never understood why we have both.

At the top of this page we've added a 'last updated' heading which will show you when we've made any changes. Thanks for your understanding & patience.
Hail Einar



Thanks to these gentlemen for getting this started for us. Be on the lookout for some terrific Zulu metal set-ups by Joe Quintini of Maine....really awesome stuff!



Diorama, photo and sentiment courtesy Mr. Quintini--we couldn't agree more!!


Reaction to these two sets has been so overwhelming.

Click on the Arab Chief  to see RC's 2010 forecast

Oh My Beloved
You  Men of the Desert
You Brave Collectors of Toy Soldiers
You Leaders of Miniature Warriors
It Is Time To Arise From Your Couch or Lazy Boy
And To Prove Your Worth &  Devotion To Our Hobby

Join With Me At The Conte Collectibles Tables
At The Hackensack , New Jersey Toy Soldier Show
THIS SUNDAY, November 1st !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 

 

Mon Petite Legionnaires... You Sweet Hommes sans nom

We know you are working so hard on the dig to locate Iskander
such hard work--tres difficile, n'est ce pas? Nine years the search has gone on  but you have found nothing.....nothing

You must be tres fatigue?  All the digging...the sand..always more sand...and all of this especially after your disappointment in being unable to find w