New 15mm Figures from Blue Moon (aka Old Glory)

Big advertisement on TMP this week from Blue Moon Manufacturing announcing the start of a 15mm Historicals line.    OK… this wasn’t a huge announcement on TMP, but it’s interesting to me for the following reasons:

  • While I’m unsure about the actual ownership it appears that Blue Moon is owned & operated by the same folks that do Old Glory25′s out of  Central Minnesota.
  • There was the big split a few years ago where Merrimack/Old Glory 25′s received the 25mm and 10mm Old Glory lines while the 15mm Old Glory lines were sold to 19th Century Miniatures, who continue to sell both Old Glory and Battle Honors figures among others.
  • It appears that Old Glory 25′s is making some moves to get back into the 15mm game.  They can’t use the name ‘Old Glory’ for their 15mm figures due to 19th Century Miniatures’ still using that name for their 15mm figure ranges.  I’m sure there’s some contractual deal with that but I have no knowledge of anything.   It appears to me that Old Glory 25′s is using the Blue Moon name to launch their new 15mm lines instead.
  • The new figures appear to represent a new pricing point.  Before Old Glory traded on the value play of getting big bags of figures on the cheap.  When their 15mm Napoleonics first came out they were $10 for a bag of 100.  Now they’re up to $17 for a bag of 50 (though you can find them cheaper than that online) or around 34 cents per figure.   The new Blue Moon figures look to be nicer sculpts than a lot of the Old Glory 15mm lines and are priced accordingly at around 50 cents per figure.  This is still cheaper than AB at 65 cents per, but they appear to be moving more towards quality sales pitch versus mass quantities.
  • The TMP announcement includes a teaser at the end indicating that they’re going to expand this range to a number of other periods including Marlburians and Great Northern War (yay!) along with plains wars and the French & Indian War some time this summer.  They also mention long-range plans for new ACW & Napoleonics ranges.  This is good news to me.  The Old Glory 15mm ACW range is getting long in the tooth and a number of their figures have molding issues that ruin otherwise decent figures.   Some new competition is always a good thing.

Overall I’m excited by this announcement.  New figures is always a good thing and I’ll be curious to see how Joel & Teresa manage this line going forward.

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7 Responses to “New 15mm Figures from Blue Moon (aka Old Glory)”


  1. 1 Jeff March 5, 2010 at 9:53 pm

    A couple of corrections:

    Old Glory is owned by Russ Dunaway and his wife whose name currently eludes me out of Calumet PA. Russ’s business partner is Joel Gregory and his wife Teresa (who live in Pequot Lakes MN).

    Old Glory sold the 15mm line of figures to 19th Century Miniatures about 10 years ago. As part of the sales agreement a non-competion clause was involved for 15mm figures.

    For a number of reasons Old Glory is deeping back into the 15mm Line and presto Blue Moon was born (cause OG15s is owned by 19th Century).

    There is other stuff going on behind the scenes since the non-competion clause is still in place which is allowing Blue Moon to take on some of the lines of OG15s.

  2. 2 Bart March 5, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Thanks Jeff. I wasn’t sure how that all broke down and whether Russ was involved anymore or not. Many non-compete clauses have time limits on them and I’m guessing that either it’s ending soon or else they’ve found a technicality of some sort. It’ll be interesting to see how it unfolds regardless.

  3. 3 Joel March 17, 2010 at 7:17 am

    Guys;

    It would have been easier to have asked me about the Blue Moon 15s and the competive clause. I did mention at the last game in Hastings, when I showed samples of the new Blue Moon 15s, that the non-competive clause had come to an end.

    I will be back home around the end of March. Will look forward to doing some gaming with the Centurions again, and you can ask me more questions then.

    Joel

  4. 4 Bart March 17, 2010 at 7:36 am

    Thanks for your comments, Joel. I figure something like that had happened and didn’t figure the nitty-gritty details were that important. I’m interested to see your new figures as they come out, especially for the horse & musket eras.

    I’ll send you a note separately if you’re willing to chat about upcoming releases a bit.

  5. 5 richard garretson August 4, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    I love the Blue Moon French and Indian War line of figures. They provide a great selection and an interesting variety of poses ranging from the different types of fighting men to packs of colonial and Indian civilians. I love it when a company thinks beyond the immediate battlefield figures and offers some real period depth. I am especially impressed by the Indian structure they are offering; 4 different structures that do a great job reflecting the buildings used by the Indians of the American northeast in the 1700s. I’m going to buy this stuff; my money and my mouth are together on this!
    Hope you’ll take a look at my figure galleries (purely vanity not sales) at http://www.warin15mm.com. You may have seen them in the July 2009 edition of Wargames, Soldiers and Strategy.
    Richard

  6. 6 Dave November 5, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    The name of Russ’s lovely wife is Connie.

  7. 7 Bob Koffman September 14, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    So how soon will the Blue Moon Napoleonic 15s come out? I saw samples in July at Historicon and they looked really good and very compatable with other 15mm ranges.


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