Comics used to run full page ads for inexpensive military playsets that promised an incredible list of soldiers and armamments. The hook of these ads was the incredibly action-packed tableau illustrated by a competent comic book artist. They were usually World War II themed, but I remember ancient knights, Civil War, maybe a Revolutionary War Set around the time of the Bicentennial and the Roman Soldier set pictured below. I always wanted one. My mind was blown by the enormity of it all represented in those drawings! Look at everything you get, and it’s only two bucks! Couldn’t my parents see what a tremendous bargain it was? My pleas for the greatest toy sets in the world were always denied. As it turns out, my parents were right to turn me down. What I imagined would be a collection of plastic soldiers turned out to be images printed on pressboard. My guess was that they were a far cry from the illustration, but that never stopped them. These ads ran for years, and I guess it was worth their while. There was always a fresh batch of kids reading comics back then .
This company could have altered this playset slightly, added a few characters, and they could have cashed in on The Passion of the Christ. If the movie was released in the 1970s, they probably would have.
Old buddy and friend to the site, James, wrote this response to this post on Facebook:
I got the Revolutionary War soldier set ..They were tiny plastic toy soldiers, half of em red , the other half blue.
So there is somebody who bought one of these sets, and his soldiers were plastic! I have heard tales of them being printed on a heavy cardstock. Maybe somebody else will chime in with a further description.