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ISSUE 103: MARX MINIATURE WESTERN PLAINS WARFARE SETS!
ISSUE 103 RINGS IN THE NEW YEAR
It’s a new Year in the Old Days of the Wild West -- Venture with us once again into the rugged world of the Frontier as news of the plains wars is burning up the press – and a world yet unexplored at that. This time we are treated to Marx’ Western Warfare series of miniature sets. These include the cavalry-based gems in small boxes including a complete report (for the first time ever!) on Miniature Fort Apache (I feel an update to the book coming up); the rare Covered Wagon Attack; and the huge mountains and cavalry filling the landscape of Marx’ hotly sought-after Custer’s Last Stand. But that’s not all. What do you do if there’s an incredible set that you never heard of?

AND IT ISNT THE CAVALRY ATTACKING – MORE INDIAN WARFARE
This issue, through the delightful authorship of PMer and HO aficionado Greg Urbach, it’s all here. You’ll gaze in delight at how these miniature “hand-painted by artists” sets dazzle the eye and entertain the senses with their fierce angry warriors. Store displays are rare, and because each piece is glued on it is “fixed in time” exactly the way Marx wanted to present its product. We’re always pleased as punch when we can show one, and this issue we do!

NEW SET DISCOVERED
It’s big news and it’s only in this issue --Rare as miniature store displays are, We witness the rarest of all the Wild West miniatures, and a brand new, never before published set – Attack on Fort Apache. Just wait till you see this tremendous piece count – and Greg has found not one but two of these boxed sets with the help of his collecting cohorts Larry Patterson and an undercover, un-named Canadian collector. Both sets are a dead-match contents-wise proving this rare new discovery is not a fluke. Witness a huge piece count with swirling warriors, cavalry and rare accessories drenched in true West flavor! See it this issue of PM – Boom!!

FAMOUS CANADIANS
Speaking of Canadians, Kent Sprecher brings us a report on those colorful ”Famous Canadians” figures. Long credited to Louis Marx & Co, we’ll have Kent’s complete collection on view plus a much-needed reassessment: Are these Marx or Not?

MARX MILITARY CONSTRUCTION SET
Adding color and drama to our already jam packed kick-off to the New Year is a dandy miniature set presented here as a warm-up to the big feature stories. Rich Fisher’s Marx dramatic and unusual Military Construction Set will make you want to watch the Fighting Seabees or Wake Island again!

AN ASIDE
Thank you, thank you for your many positive comments on the Christmas issue’s cover and stories on “Bobby gets his playset”. Bob Jones says he and the family were as thrilled to provide those awesome photos of the 6019 Army Combat set being opened, as we were to present them. Thanks again, Bob!

COLLECTING IN THE AGE OF RELEASE
We have a special editorial for you – “Collecting in the Age of Release” and how that will impact you. Also on this New Year’s tray of delectibles are our usual post-holiday helping of news, updates, information and reports, and more. For example, there’s big inside news on the toy production firm of Toy Soldiers of San Diego, reports on finds and toy shows, and it’s all done the Playset Magazine way, with fun and information bolstering our usual array of bonus articles. There’s no wasted space in PM, folks!

So Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and welcome to us all as we step into 2019 together, a fully functioning happy family of collectors – Playset Magazine!
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