Monday, January 31, 2011

Scandal in Toy Soldier Land


Director Peter Jackson (LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy) is a toy soldier collector. He even had figures created just for him. Jackson also shopped at the Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Rick Berry, owner of MTSC, is now accused of using Jackson's credit card to steal $189,000. A sad moment for the hobby. Berry's excuse is that the economy has made it difficult to keep his business going, and that he intended to repay the money.

7 comments:

Joseph A. West said...

I've bought troops from the Michigan Toy Soldier Company in the past, and this is sad news indeed. I've ordered all my regiments to lower their colors, and even my Zulu impis seem distressed.
Joe West

Cap'n Bob said...

What do you collect, Joseph? I have a little bit of everything, mostly plastic from the fifties and sixties--Marx, MPC, Tim-Mee, Lido, Superior, Andygard, Ideal, Archer, Ajax, Rel, and so on.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Hey, I've been in there if it's the store in Berkley, Michigan.

Evan Lewis said...

Does Jackson collect the plastics, or just the traditional stuff? And what sorts did he have made for him?

Cap'n Bob said...

I don't know what Jackson collects as far as plastic or metal goes, Evan. The pieces he commissioned were WWI ANZACS and Turks from what I read.

I think that's the store, Patti.

Joseph A. West said...

Howdy Cap'n. I'm more wargamer than collector - though my wife might disagree. Most of my stuff is 28mm British colonial and Dark Ages. I do have a lot of Britain's soldiers, again British colonial and Medieval, most of it still in original boxes.
Joe West

George said...

I don't have a $200,000 limit on my credit card like Peter Jackson does. These harsh economic times have produced desperate behaviors in a lot of people