LOD Enterprises Toy Soldiers
LOD Enterprises with the great tag line "Plastic toy soldiers – created today with a nod to the past" is the new kid on the block for large scale plastic figures. LOD Enterprises is the premier manufacturer of high end collectible plastic toy soldiers. The American firm, based in Green Bay, WI, has deep respect for the rich history Toy Soldier tradition and draws on past to deliver the toy soldiers of the future. LOD Enterprises was founded by collectors for collectors. Therefore, LOD Enterprises maintains the highest standards for their products. By using high quality materials and dedication of historical accuracy is their designs, LOD toy soldiers has quickly developed a dedicated following. Never satisfied with past success, LOD Enterprises is expanding their selection and has recently started a producing plastic toy soldiers that original produced by Barzo Playsets. Ken Ciak started the company in 2014 and daily maintains the high standards which is the company's credo. With this laser focus and close supervision of every part of toy soldier manufacturing process, Ken Ciak and LOD Enterprises has blend the past of past with today's latest technology. Trains and Toy Soldiers is looking forward to long and fruitful relationship with this fine company.
LOD Enterprises came to be as a way to distribute the figure sets. I initially looked to partner with an existing manufacturer possibly trading my investment and creative energy for their existing platform to bring the product to market. When that did not come to be, I formed LOD Enterprises. The name is a play off of the old Superfriends enemies, The Legion of Doom, from the early 70’s cartoons. My buddies and I used the “Legion of Doom” name for our various traveling flag football teams from the 90’s. I felt it was a good homage to my closest friends.
Ken tells us about the reseach behind the figures he manufactures. The War at Troy and the heroes from Homer’s Iliad have been a passion project to study and read about since the 6th grade. I have no less than 50 books on Homer, the time period, and ancient warfare in my bookcase right now. Most of the information I have found online or at a library already exists in my collection. There are a number of Osprey books on Mycenaean warriors, the Bronze Age, and plenty of source material from Homer’s classic as well. I am a stickler for detail so the sculptor and I discussed many of the nuances I hope collectors will appreciate in the set. There will not be any Corinthian helmets as an example as they did not become relevant until Homer actually is credited with writing the Iliad (700 BCE) as opposed to when the conflict occurred (1250 BCE).