This book is undoubtedly a labour of love and written by an expert, a weighty book, with over 600 pages, is quite excellent. We usually think of the ‘toy soldier’ as a toy for children, with glossy paint and looking very colourful. This takes the story much further back, as model soldiers were found in some form as far back as the Egyptians and the Romans. We see how they have evolved over the years, and been made from clay, wood, metal and even paper, before getting to the plastic offerings of more recent years. A very useful reference and an interesting read as well.

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