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Monday, December 30, 2013

How It All Started

I have been asked quite often, how I got started collecting miniatures.  As far back as I can remember, I loved to play with miniatures, and design scenes.  I spent countless hours as a boy building elaborate houses with Legos, Lincoln Logs, Tinkertoys, 
and my erector set.  I used to draw all kinds of houses and floor plans too.  My wife and I had a chuckle a while back when we discovered a few of my old floor plan drawings - each one had a large "play room" designed into it.

The first few images are snapshots of some of the first miniature furniture I was exposed to.  It is all by Kage.  These particular pieces were stored in a shoe box at my Great Grandmothers house in Parowan Utah.  I used to love to get that box out and play with them as a child.  She gave them to me as a child and my collection has grown.  To see my Kage collection, click here.

When I was around 5 or 6, I inherited a slightly used, Fisher Price Little People house and a few pieces of furniture that came with it.  I have written about it before here.

Soon after that, I also got the Fisher Price Little People houseboat.  

Early in my childhood, Star Wars hit the big screen.  I loved it, and collected the action figures.  I soon was building housed for the Star Wars figures with my Legos, Lincoln Logs, and the erector set.  I had built a working elevator with the erector set that I used over and over.  I discovered some furniture that was the same scale as my Star Wars Action Figure and began collecting it.  It was by Fisher Price also.

I removed the chalk boards from my toy box, and used them as floors, while creating walls with my Lincoln Logs and Legos.  I found a toy box just like my childhood one for sale online! 
Mine still had the hutch/shelves attached on top.  At any rate - the chalk boards pop right out and make great floors for Lego Houses and Star Wars People.

I still have the Fisher Price furniture that I used to play with.  More to follow.


  1. Thank you for sharing your story of how you got into miniatures. You certainly started young. I have never heard of the Kage furniture before but it is really lovely.

  2. it was fun going down memory lane with you, I remember my brother had the star wars playsets and we used to spend hours playing with them (I dont think Star Wars was gender specific)

  3. What lovely memories, Troy, thanks for sharing how you got into miniatures.
    I wish you and yours all the best for 2014!

  4. With your childhood interests, it was a given that you would become a professional architect! How neat! thanks for sharing...and looking forward to more of the story! Best wishes for 2014!