King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table in miniature

I started my toy knight collection and my love of the legend from a holiday present and visit.

King Arthur's Hall in Tintagel to a boy of 11 way back in the fifties was the most wonderful place you could imagine. Home of the Ancient Order of the Fellowship of the Knights of the Round Table of King Arthur an organization founded in 1927 it was full of Arthurian stuff.

Leaving the building clutching my model knight and postcards of Arthurian shields little realizing that the visit would seed a life long passion for toy knights and a thirst for the real and fictional Arthur.

Probably we shall never be totally sure if King Arthur ever existed, personally I believe a person or persons did exist. The oral stories of his exploits provided writers throughout the centuries with the basics to creative the romantic legends we still read today. This King Arthur of literature has been transformed in to many toy knights from the worlds lead and plastic manufacturers to keep any collector happy.        

Many Toy figure manufacturers have produced models of the knights around the King Arthur Legend. 

Timpo in the early 1950's combined with MGM to produce a range of lead  models as portrayed in the film The Knights of the Round Table

Matching the films heraldry they were were an early example of film merchandising

Toy Knights with Arthurian Theme 

Timpo  Hollow-cast.  King Arthur  and 10 other named Knights 

Timpo My conversions of original Timpo Round Table Knights
Timpo  Plastic. King Arthur plus 5 standing unnamed knights.

Lone Star   Metal and plastic King Arthur figures

Mulberry Miniatures 54 mm metal  knights of the round table  
Starlux  Plastic.   Knights of Camelot series 

Sacul  Hollow-cast. Unnamed knights produced as Knights of the Round Table.

Les Etains Du Graal Arthurian round table knights
Elastolin  Plastic. Prince Valiant and knights from the1937  Newspaper comic strip
Imrie/ Risley. 54 mm metal kits of knights and woman of Arthur's court.
Thunderbolt Mountain  25 mm Arthurian pewter range 
Michael Ricker   Round Table limited edition set 1998 - 2001
El Viejo Dragon Miniatures  A good metal kit of a battle scene
Soldiers di Marco Lucchetti Metal kits Arthur as 5th century warrior
Noble Miniatures  90mm Arthurian kits 
Tudor Miniatures. Myth and Magic series Round Table
Collectors Models   collectors repaints and special commissions. 
Little Lead Soldiers Round table set has a total of 18 figures. Including Queen Guenevere  and the Lady of the Lake, nice to see the ladies present for once. Again round table, the knights are mostly seated. It is supplied painted. I have only see a very poor photograph so I can't comment on quality of either the casting or painting. ( if I can get pictures I'll give them a page)
Rosedale Figures example is sold painted or as castings, consists of 7  Knights, King Arthur Guenevere, Merlin, Morgan-le-Fey, Mordred, and a table. again I have only see a very poor photograph so I can't comment on  of either the casting or painting. quality ( if I can get pictures I'll give them a page)

Britains Arthurian knights,  New figures of Arthur and Lancelot and others.

( if I can get pictures I'll give them a page)

.Round Table complete with Knights

The Knights of Round Table in model form is a wonderful scene. I believe a model was made by Fredrick Ping, if so it would be marvellous to know if it exists.

The best of the modern examples is produced by  Les Etains Du Graal .12 figures standing around the round table with right arms and swords pointing to the center. The modeling of the figures is excellent, the skill of the painting is in your hands. My only reservation is the 100mm scale, how I wish it was a usual 54mm. But as a painted set for an Arthurian fan its unbeatable.

Sets of a more manageable size are produced by 

Little Lead Soldiers who's round table set has a total of 18 figures. Including Queen Guenevere  and the Lady of the Lake, nice to see the ladies present for once. Again round table, the knights are mostly seated. It is supplied painted. I have only see a very poor photograph so I can't comment on quality of either the casting or painting.

Rosedale Figures example is sold painted or as castings, consists of 7  Knights, King Arthur Guenevere, Merlin, Morgan-le-Fey, Mordred, and a table. again I have only see a very poor photograph so I can't comment on quality of either the casting or painting.

Britains Arthurian knights, personally I think they missed a great opportunity to give us some great figures. Sorry Britains they are very disappointing, they are stiff, why no action figures.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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