I originally got the Conte Spartan figures in red because that was the only color you could get at the time, and I sure wasn't going to wait for the other colors.
Then I got some of the gold ones, and was a little disappointed, the colors were off some of the figures. Third time's a charm I guess, I got some of the silver colored figures, and they are definitely the best. It's just a nice looking color I haven't seen since the old Marx Knights, and it seems to photograph well too.
Here's a couple of Marx Civil War soldiers posing on Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga, Tennessee. I know they could be almost anywhere, you just have to take my word for it that they are on Lookout Mountain.
I was visiting a friend and he showed me these neat but odd-looking pirate figures. I took a few quick snapshots on his front porch and posted a pic to the Yahoo Marx Playsets group. A member identified them as "copies of the original Fontanini pirates made by GPS Gavichi of Italy. GPS Gavichi were notorious for copying other companies products, apart from Fontanini they copied Marx and Elastolin." They are about 70mm in size.
The above guy with his pet monkey seems to be everybody's favorite. It's a pain trying to get the detail with the cheesy translucent plastic.
Some time ago, I got the Custer's Last Stand playset produced by Toy Soldiers of San Diego. TSSD is quickly becoming one of my favorite producers of toy soldiers. The quality of sculpting, poses and level of detail on the figures are fantastic. Very high quality, but at the same time, they retain an element of "toyness" where I'm not afraid to get them outside in the dirt, and wouldn't haven't a problem with a young child playing with them.
Another great thing about this playset, is you get so damn much stuff with it. The wonderfully sculpted foam hill, lots of cavalry figures and horses, and of course tons of Indians. When putting together a playset, Indians at Custer's Last Stand are like Mexicans at the Alamo: you can never have too many.
When I first got it I set it up on my dining room table. Not enough room for everything:
Last weekend I got these guys outside and got a few more shots:
Here's a couple shots of the Confederate infantry set released by Cunnyngham Collectibles. I really like everything about these figures, detail, facial expressions, and poses are all great. Good color and plastic too.