CTSS 2019 Pre-Show Events

These events are for all collectors, fans, and friends of the Chicago Toy Show. Attendance by the general public is welcome!

Friday, September 20

THE ANTIQUE TOY DOCTOR, 9-10 am, 4th Floor Elevator Lobby: by Benjamin Zerbib, Les Drapeaux de France (Paris). Watch expert repairs to toy soldiers and to other toys.

DIORAMA 101, 10-11 am, 4th Floor Elevator Lobby: by Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Learn the basics of displaying your figures in a diorama setting.

KATHI’S MINIATURE WORKSHOP: A CTSS HALLOWEEN… THE WIZARD’S TABLE!, 10 am-noon, Cyan Room: by Kathi Bird. Take home your own spooky, handmade, Halloween miniature. Pre-registration and pre-paid $20.00 fee required. Limited seats. Contact: roger@chicagotoysoldiershow.com

BRING YOUR PLASTIC FIGURES FOR CONVERSION, 11 am-12:30 pm, 4th Floor Elevator Lobby: by Ed Borris. You supply the soldiers and master-converter Ed Borris will get you started or advise you on technique and options.

THE ANTIQUE TOY DOCTOR, 1-2 pm, 4th Floor Elevator Lobby: by Benjamin Zerbib, Les Drapeaux de France (Paris). Watch expert repairs to toy soldiers and to other toys.Paragraph

KATHI’S MINIATURE WORKSHOP: A CTSS HALLOWEEN… THE WIZARD’S TABLE!, 1-3 pm, Cyan Room: by Kathi Bird. Take home your own spooky, handmade, Halloween miniature. Pre-registration and pre-paid $20.00 fee required. Limited seats. Contact: roger@chicagotoysoldiershow.com

DIORAMA ROAD SHOW, 2-3 pm, 4th Floor Elevator Lobby: by Michigan Toy Soldier Company. Bring us your figure(s) and have our diorama expert suggest specific options and techniques customized just for you!

Saturday, September 21 

BREAKFAST WITH THE EXPERTS: CHICAGO’S FORT DEARBORN IN HISTORY AND IN TOYS, 8-9 am, Cyan Room: by Marc Gaynes and Will Beierwaltes. Learn about the iconic Fort that began Chicago and how it translated into toys. Pre-registration and pre-paid $20.00 fee required. Continental breakfast included. Limited seats. Contact: roger@chicagotoysoldiershow.com

CTSS HAPPY HOUR(S), 4-6 pm, Bar in Hyatt Lobby: sponsored by TRAINS AND TOY SOLDIERS (Lincoln, NE) and LOD ENTERPRISES (Green Bay, WI). Public invited! Join our vendors and attendees for conversation, refreshments, and good times.

View photos from last year’s workshops and demonstrations:

Diorama 101

How to Convert Your Plastic Soldiers

Kathi Bird’s Miniature Workshop