Del Prado was never intended to be sold in the United States. Instead, they were sold in Europe on a subscription basis and not offered for sale on the retail market. Even though Del Prado military miniatures now has a dedicated following in the toy soldier community, Del Prado Toy Soldiers were originally offered as bonus gifts offered by “Ediciones del Prado” with the purchase of a book. This type of occurrence is not uncommon in the history of collectibles; the first baseball cards were sold as free gifts with cigarettes packs. Beyond military miniatures, Del Prado Publishing has offered other collectibles such as die cast vehicles. Del Prado toy soldiers have attracted the attention of serious toy soldier collectors because even though they are available at a lower cost than some of the premiere brands, they still have many of the features of the modern toy soldier. All metal, beautifully painted, and well-constructed, Del Prado toy soldiers are an excellent value for the money. Trains and Toy Soldiers is committed to bringing you the best products at reasonable prices.