Helen of Toy Comic Book Toys

I have had a fascination for the Helen of Toys line since I was very young.  My first recollection was getting the American Revolutionary  War set when I was in 1st or second grade.  They were of course the flat version with the canons molded together in two or three deep pieces.  I have a set of these today.

I recently found a website that listed all of the games.  I will place the link here but I wanted to recreate it so it would live on.

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A celebration of the long running ads for various plastic soldiers

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

Many of these toy soldiers ads were games, and came with rules and maps by the Helen of Toy company

That’s Helen of Toy…Toy!


World War II Fighting GIs and Commandos

Order your 126 World War II Fighting GIs and Commandos today!

Plan and fight the famous battles of World War II according to your own strategy – Play alone, or with friends.

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


Convoy of Terror!

Send your $1.50 today and we’ll rush you your 132 piece Convoy of Terror!

Two complete modern navies compete in a nuclear naval battle game.

Sonar!
Mine layers!
Torpedo runs!
Nuclear Missiles!

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

This is what your modern navy looks like in Convoy of Terror!

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

Here is the same Convoy of Terror ad reproduced in more vivid colors.

The ‘gyroscopic indicators’ were likely little dreidel like spinners instead of dice because….it could easily be made with the same plastic?

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


Blue and Grey

Refight the American Civil War battle of Chickamauga!

(between two split log forts?)

Check out the Exploding Bridges!

Send your $1.89 for authentic Blue vs Grey action with Cannonball

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


Send ye olde $1.50 for Gold Crown!

A fascinating game of medieval warfare

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


The Kings Knights

If you’d like to be one of King Arthur’s knights, or play Ivanhoe, send your $1

Form your battles lines!
Storm the castle walls!
Live in those glorious days of history
when men were men!

Helen of Toy

Here is another ad for The Kings Knights

A glorious set of plastic toys

The white knights versus the black knights!
(Then why does the ad show red versus green?)

Comes in a treasure chest case

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


132 Roman Soldiers

Perhaps the most famous Toy Soldier ad in all of Comicdom Assembled

Russ Heath’s art for 132 Roman Soldiers!

This ad is so awesome it has to have a disclaimer
An imaginary battle scene is shown above

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

132 Roman Soldiers ad in black and white

2 complete Roman armies

Contains 4 working catapults with ammunition (harmless)

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


Woods Edge

Rush your $1.69 (plus postage and handling) for Woods Edge

You’re poised on a wooded slope overlooking a strange deserted town
It was as peaceful as a postcard until you spotted enemy troops moving in
Now this town will be torn apart as it becomes an arena

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

An alternative ad for Woods Edge

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

A look at the directions for Commanders age 8 to 80 from the Helen of Toy plastic soldier games advertised in comic books

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


Tank Trap

Check out Tank Trap – Astoundingly Real

A tank is a crawling, armor skinned,
fire spitting, man-eating monster
that preys on any helpless enemy

But it can be stopped with courage
and daring

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

Here are some more images from Board Game Geek showing the Exploding Tanks of Tank Trap

The secret to Exploding Tanks?

Rubber bands and a two-piece tank


132 Fighting Ships!

Take your strategic brilliance back to the sea
with 3D plastic *classified* pieces

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


Task Force

America’s Most Exciting War Game – Task Force

Tensions run high as a big full scale battle looms
Locate
Occupy
and Destroy the Enemy

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


Flying Coffins

Send $1.50 now for WWI aerial action with Flying Coffins!

A salute to the heroes of a bygone era
when the average lifespan of an active pilot
was 19 days and his choice was
burning or leaping to his death

Which would you prefer

Helen of Toy


150 Civil War soldiers!

There are variants of this ad too but I love the Monitor vs Merrimac battle!

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


204 Revolutionary War Soldiers

204 Revolutionary War Soldiers

Every piece of pure molded plastic

(My very first set purchased in the early 60’s)

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

Here is another version of 204 Revolutionary War Soldiers

Instead of an imaginary scene, we get an actual play scene

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


Dan’l Boones Trek to Ol’ Kentucky

Here’s is one I’ve never actually seen in a physical comic book

Dan’l Boones Trek to Ol’ Kentucky

Cowboys and Indians were once staples of the plastic toy racks

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


Viking Attack!

From the same company as Dan’l Boone comes Viking Attack!

162 pieces ready to recreate the invasion of the British Isles

And the Viking longboats really float

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


196 piece Blast Off

I have no idea what’s going on but here’s my $1.98

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

Here is the map for Blast Off

Adventure through our entire solar system
Thrill as you try to conquer each strange planet
Raise your flag
Blast off for your next conquest

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


Astroforce – Space Soldiers of the Future

164 piece Astroforce – Space Soldiers of the Future

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy


Missile Attack!

Here is another rubber band powered wargame in

Missile Attack!

Never Before
Never Again value at $1.25

Helen of Toy

Helen of Toy

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