Welcome to my site. My name is Richard Carson, but on eBay I go by Kit Carson. The latter comes from the fact I am a descendant of his. I collect toy soldiers and correspond with like-minded souls. My collection focuses on colonial America. More specifically the American War for Independence (AWI) and the French and Indian War (F&I). There were also some earlier colonial wars and the later Northwest Indian War. So the period stretches from about 1607 to 1815. In order not to go overboard, I have not gotten into the War of 1812 (yet) or jumped across the pond to the main event of the Seven Years War. Most of the participants in these battles were colonial Americans, as well as the British, French, German and Spanish.
I tend to collect figures from King and Country, William Britain, Frontline Figures and John Jenkins Designs. They are the most detailed and well-crafted. However, I also have some figures from Collectors Showcase, Thomas Gunn and Manes Marzano that are nice. And every once in awhile a piece from Imrie/Risley, Verlinden, Del Prado or First Legion may find its way into the collection. I like putting together historically correct dioramas of the period and combine figures from different manufacturers.
Militiludibriology (mil·i·til·u·di-bri·ol·o·gy) = the study of toy soldiers*
I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country
The Death of General Wolfe occurred in 1759 at the Battle of Quebec.
Painting by Edward Penny (1714–1791)
Hanging Of Nathan Hale by Granger
* The Latin translation of militiludibriology (mil·i·til·u·di·bri·ol·o·gy) or the study of toy soldiers is the creation of Richard H. Carson, a doctoral student of organizational psychology at Washington State University and webmaster of this site. The Latin for toy soldiers is militi ludibrio. The pronounciation of the study is militi - di-bri-ology or /miləˌteˌdeˌbiˌäləjē/.
Attribution in the form of a link to this website is appreciated.
1. I have added a new Glossary section. One of the things you have to learn with any hobby is the idiosyncrasies such activities have such as its unique lexicon. 2. I also have added a mouseover effect. Put your cursor over an image and details about the history, manufacturer or technique pops up.
Step by step,
Heart to heart
Left, right, left
We all fall down
Like toy soldiers
Bit by bit
We never win
But the battle wages on
For toy soldiers
- Martika (1988)
Cannon to right of them,
Cannon to left of them,
Cannon in front of them
Volleyed and thundered;
Stormed at with shot and shell,
Boldly they rode and well,
Into the jaws of Death,
Into the mouth of hell
Rode the six hundred.
“Charge of the Light Brigade”
-Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1854)
The weaving of mankind into one community does not imply the creation of a homogeneous community, but rather the reverse; the welcome and adequate utilization of distinctive quality in an atmosphere of understanding.... Communities all to one pattern, like boxes of toy soldiers, are things of the past, rather than of the future.
- H,G. Wells (1913)
Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing,
Come the judgment day,
On the bloody morning after
One tin soldier rides away.
“One Tin Soldier”
- The Original Caste (1970)
There were once five-and-twenty tin soldiers. They were all brothers, born of the same old tin spoon. They shouldered their muskets and looked straight ahead of them, splendid in their uniforms, all red and blue.
The very first thing in the world that they heard was, "Tin soldiers!" A small boy shouted it and clapped his hands as the lid was lifted off their box on his birthday. He immediately set them up on the table.
The Steadfast Tin Soldier
- Hans Christian Andersen (1894)
Just look for the 13 colonies flag symbol shown here. 3. I have also added a backgrounds section in Work Bench #3. Having a dramatic background adds a lot to your photos. My Washington Crossing the Delaware looks great with the back drop. 4. I am also being featured in the September 2017 issue of Toy Soldier & Figure Model magazine. If you want to review the article, then click here
The little toy dog is covered with dust,
But sturdy and stanch he stands;
And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
And his musket moulds in his hands.
Time was when the little toy dog was new,
And the soldier was passing fair;
And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue
Kissed them and put them there.
Little Boy Blue
- Eugene Field (1895)