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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Miniature Figurines

Miniature Figurines

About

Minifigs™ was founded by Neville Dickinson back in 1964. Neville, one of the founder fathers of the Wessex Wargames Club, (Telephone: Ian Gould 02380 730912) started from the basement of No. 5 Northam Road, Southampton. With a casting machine and vulcanizer he set about making his own figures. Not long afterwards, Dick Higgs, fresh from Art College in Portsmouth, started to design the figure that he required for his army and asked Neville if he would cast them for him with the statement "As long as I get what I want you can do what you like with the rest". Well it didn't take long for the word to get about that Dick's designs were worth having and the pair of them were in business.

Minifigs™ moved to 100A St. Mary Street in 1967 and I remember Dick sat in the shop window designing and dealing with customers and Neville looked after the production side of things. The business was finally incorporated in 1968 and is generally regarded as the oldest established war games manufacturer still in existence. The company grew and moved to larger premises in 1972. This was 28/32 Northam Road, Still in Southampton, and it's fair to say this is where Minifigs™ really took off. In 1973 Minifigs™ America was set up in Pine Plains, New York 12567. The company led the world in design, quality and sheer quantity of figures available in any range.

Dave Higgs, current owner and principal designer, joined the design team in 1974. At this stage the company was just thinking about 15mm figures but Dave's job was to redesign 25mm English civil war, Seven years war, Hundred years war and finish off the additions to the Napoleonics. It was during this period that Dick created the "Valley of the Four Winds" and various other fantasy ranges such as "Mythical Earth". In 1986 Minifigs™ secured the licence to manufacture and distribute the Ral Partha range of Fantasy which took the world by storm. So here you had the firm that did everything that was worth having. Minifigs™ ruled the world, it was a nice feeling.

The Eighties and Nineties however were decades of mixed fortunes for the hobby. Many of our competitors did not survive but despite computer games and magic cards we are proud to still be serving the war gamer. Neville Dickinson retired in October 97 and Dave Higgs took over.

On the home front, (i.e. Historical figures), Minifigs™ launched it's 12mm (N gauge model railway scale) World War Two range in 1998. As of 2007, this consists of American, British, French, German, Japanese, Russian and Italian forces sufficient to cater for Europe, North Africa and the Far East. These are accompanied by a very user friendly set of rules.

The 12mm Moderns range was launched at the beginning of 2004 and currently covers the armed forces of America, Australia, Britain, Israel, Russia, Vietnam and West Germany. This allows the gamer to play conflicts such as the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Arab-Israeli Wars and the Gulf Wars. Again, these are accompanied by a very user friendly set of rules.

In September 2009, Miniature Figurines was sold to Caliver Books.

Products
Modern, American, Arab, Australian, British, Chinese, Civilian, Equipment, French, Insurgent, Israeli, Naval Vessels, Russian, South African, Swedish, Taiwan, Vietnamese, West German
Renaissance, English Civil War
World War I, British, French, German, Russian
Spanish Civil War
World War II, American, British, Decals French, German, Italian, Japanese, Naval Vessels, Russian
19th Century, American Civil War

Miniature Figurines Pictures
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Miniature Figurines Website
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Owner



Address

Miniature Figurines
40A Percy Street
Eastwood
NG16 3EP
United Kingdom

Phone

01159 382 111

Email

minifigs@caliverbooks.com

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