MARX BATTLEGROUND & COMBAT PLAYSETS (1958-1963) Soft Cover by Russell S. Kern

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As exciting as an exploding beachhead, Marx' Battlegrounds NEW BATTLEGROUND AND COMBAT SETS BOOK!
Atomic’s newest book, Marx Battlegrounds and Combat Sets (1958-1963) explodes on the scene with one of the most requested books of all time in the hobby, documenting the complete history of one of the most exciting and beloved sets of all time. In over 180 jammed packed pages of colorful information and entertaining stories, you’ll enjoy complete mint-in-box listings for every Battleground and Combat set of the crucial period of 1958 through 1963.
Witness the development of the sets, see the Combat Training Centers as they accept the first of the new figures and accessories; then the explosive debut of the firstBattleground sets in Sears and Retail Stores, and the magnificent Marine Beachhead playsets, “The Marines’ Own!” all the way until the last of the sets featuring first series US forces. 
BONUS! See the Marx Combat Line with its shoebox sets and the awesome cap guns
Army accessories that left us breathless: the German helmets, the infantry rifle sets, the grenades and more.
Relive the incredible debut of the giant sets as Giant Army Battleground and Gallant Men reach explosive new heights; turn the pages of history as suddenly Hitler’s ground troops appear:
Witness D-Day and Army Combat as never before with the enemy figures that changed everything; no more would the US GI’s fight one another in khaki and green; and we end with the expectation of the following year as Marx changes up everything again with all new troops and accessories. 
An enormously colorful and complete undertaking, an explosive book filled to the brim with research, details and commentary, the first of its kind to tell the complete story.
AVAILABLE NOW! 100’s of full color photos, two-page spreads, plus factory images, factory records, many vintage ads and full text explaining the full story of the Marx Battlegrounds.
Complete contents listings for every set
Lots of close-up details
Instruction sheets, boxes, bags
Full chapter on accessories
Full Chapter on Marine Beachhead
Full Chapter on Combat Training Centers
Full Chapters on Battleground
Full Chapter on Combat Line sets
All the Giant Sets up to 1963
More! More! More!
Full color & B&W
Book matches with all other books in the Atomic line (6 books available!)
It is over 180 pages with contributions by some of the best known names in the hobby: Rick Eber, Jim McGough, David Schafer, Kent Sprecher, Paul Gruendler and Ron Angleton, Glenn Ridenour, and many more.
You may also  enjoy: Marx Fort Apache Playsets, Marx Alamo Playsets; Marx Civil War Playsets and the two volume set Toy Kings Volume I and Toy Kings Volume II. All are available in deluxe velvety hard cover ($59.95) or glossy soft cover ($39.95). These books are collector vetted for accuracy and gone over and over again as an act of pride. 
Let us guide you to a look at one of Marx' greatest additions, the Battlegrounds and Combat sets of the late 1950's and early 60's, culminating with D-Day and the introduction of a new enemy - the Marx German Infantry. These are all of the WWII 
Check this out!  Dates and types of bags, cartons, instructions more! More than entertainment, which is here in spades -- Use this book to:
Discern what sets you'd like to add, What should be in partial sets, Check if a set you are selling or considering is complete or has that "rare accessory" it's famous for
Know exactly how to fill out a set with the exact part you need
Gaze with affection at the wonderful cartons, vintage advertisements, and images 
Every vintage set is chronicled and shown along with boxes, instruction, figures, and accessories.  
Highly detailed contents lists have been achieved and vetted by the most prominent collectors in the world; 
Gorgeous two page photo spreads and all new photos detail these colorful depictions of a crucial history in America. 
This book is loaded with fully vetted collector information, 100's of photos from some of the finest toy photographers in the world so you can submerge yourself in the engrossing fun that is Marx and a world of vintage toys. Illustrations of boxes, vintage ads, instruction sheet(s), graphics & more. 
You’ll find yourself going through this treasure again and again!
All our books available here on eBay along with a 16 volume set of DVDs on Marx Playsets
See "Marine Beachhead" our new DVD  Over 1 hr + Bonus chapters, $19.95 + shipping.  Just click "Sellers Other Items" at right. 
Here is an listing of just some of the contributors whom we thank, along with you our treasured readers and collectors:
Ron Angleton, Rick Eber, George Kroll, Jim McGough, Frank Rice, Jim Clouse, Glenn Ridenour plus Paul Gruendler and Biff Smith, Craig Remington, Roger Ross, David Schafer, Kent Sprecher, and many others who made this happen, all listed within the book. 
Jan 2 2020
The new book is over the top packed with so much information that it is still unbelievable, You have truly out done yourselves. 
Nov. 25:  You've outdone yourself- the book is spectacular! Also please let Rick know that I was very impressed with all his contributions- truly a labor of love.
D Dec 3 2019  "This is my inadequate effort to express my gratitude and admiration for your new  book and for Playset Magazine.  Both are absolutely superb and both exceeded the impossibly high expectations your previous books, DVDs, and magazine issues created.
Like a child, I first went through your new Alamo book admiring your outstanding photographs--they blew me away.  Then I savored the text--very clear, engaging, and movingly written; a true tribute to the Alamo heroes and to the folks who brought us the related movies and playsets.  I was grateful for your description of the multiple Alamo movies; I was unaware of several of them.  Similarly, your in-depth coverage of the many Marx Alamo playsets is a real boon to the collecting community.
Nov 25th : I have all of your books, but this one (Battlegrounds) is by far the BEST ONE you have done.  The information and the photo are great, and the subject has now been covered perfectly.  This is my main interest in Marx collecting, so I must say, that this book is a must have for anyone interested in the WWII era of Marx playsets. Congratulations on a supreme effort on your part for finally putting all this in a well documented and highly informative book. Ron Angleton 
Your thorough coverage of the various Marx Alamo playsets, I especially appreciated and was intrigued by the related topics you provided: your Fess Parker interview; the Davy Crockett merchandise (I did have, and wear, a non-licensed  Davy Crockett coonskin cap in childhood); the Alamo sets and figures made by makers in addition to Marx; and the Alamo dioramas produced by hobbyists.  The pictures and descriptive information you provided on the impressive displays our fellow collectors have crafted was impressive, inspiring, and intimidating (but in the best of ways).Similarly, your 100th issue of Playset Magazine was inspired and inspiring.  Like other collectors and readers, I was wondering how you would cap off 100 issues of fun and education.  Your choice to go with multiple lists from leading collectors and dealers was perfect.  I also really appreciated your article on "The Age Thing" which addressed a topic many of us silently wonder about, while the photo essay on "The Louis Marx of Mexico" answered a lot of questions, and created a few new ones (like where can I find the plastic Ft. Apache cabin?). Anyway, highest kudos to you for continuing to amaze your followers and subscribers.Hal Hughes Sept 13 2018
Alpine, UT
Just finished reading the Alamo book cover to cover…another outstanding accomplishment. - Michael T.
The book is awesome..." I read your book Rommel !! " Thanks Rusty, will spread the word.- Rick Eber 8/31/18

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