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All Good things must come to an end!

October 3, 2019
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It’s the last chance folks to see one of the world’s largest model battle scenes “The Battle of Waterloo” before it goes back to its home in Germany where it will go on public display.

The Toy Soldier Factory (Prince August) has hosted the jaw-dropping exhibition for the past 5 years, where visitors have increased dramatically due to its existence.

This huge diorama measures 26×13 feet or 8×4 meters in dimensions and contains 15,000 hand-cast and painted 25mm scale metal figures were created by Andre Rudolph, one of our mail order customers. Andre used moulds manufactured by Prince August to create this huge Diorama.

But all good things must come to an end.  Visitors will only have until the end of November to see this once in a lifetime opportunity before it is dismantled and shipped back to its creator.

Admission is €3 ( children under 10 years old are free) to see one of the worlds largest model battle scene of the famous Battle of Waterloo  

A visit is a Must!

Toy Soldier Factory giving parents and children a “digital detox” this Mid-Term

October 3, 2019
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If you are looking for something unusual to occupy your children this Mid-Term, you will find it just outside Macroom off the N22. The Toy Soldier Factory is only 35min drive from either Cork or Killarney, so it is not as far as you think.  They run 60 – 90 min workshops in how to cast metal figures followed by an introduction into painting the figure.   The workshops are suitable for children 7 + years to adult, but if you come with younger kids, the factory offers a Paint Only workshop too.

The Toy Soldier Factory has seen a huge increase in families visiting the visitor center and participating in their Make and Paint workshops.  “A lot of parents want to keep their children occupied during the weekends and school holidays.  They are increasingly interested and concerned with their children’s holistic health. Currently, one of the most concerning aspects of raising children is the amount of time they spend in front of screens, whether it is TV, DVD, mobile phones, computer, PlayStation, etc.  Parents would prefer to see their children using their hands and their imagination just like they did, when they were small.   Our Make and Paint workshops do exactly that,” says Mary Moynihan, manager of the visitor center.  “From only €10 you can cast (make) a metal figurine with the help of our friendly staff then visit the creative corner, choose your colours and just start painting. This price includes all materials from casting, priming, painting and studio time. Once you are finished painting, you get to take your masterpiece home.”

“Parents are constantly praising us for setting up the Make and Paint workshops and it must be working”; says Mary , “as we get a lot of repeat visits.”  It’s an enjoyable and relaxing way to spend some time with your children and at the same time giving the whole family a “digital detox”.

And don’t let the ‘toy soldier” name fool you; you can make all manner of tiny models. From soldier and castle door, fairy and fairy doors and their New fantasy “Winged WereBat” to witches and monsters.

The Make and Paint workshops run 7 days a week from 10am – 4pm daily. Special themed workshops are run during Mid-Term, Easter and summer holidays.

For further info visit their website or contact  026 40342.

Chirstmas Trading hours

December 3, 2018
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The Toy Soldier Factory will be closed for their annual Christmas holidays on Thursday 20th December at 3 pm and will reopen again on Tuesday 2nd January 2019 at 9 am.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Nollaig Shona agus Bliain Nua faoi Mhaise Thank you for your support over the past year.

Christmas at the Toy Soldier Factory

November 27, 2018
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Family gift ideas that appeal to all ages and enhance family quality time.

Starting to think about your Christmas shopping? Here at Toy Soldier Factory we have decided to make it that bit easier for you. We have a wide selection of creative and imaginative gifts for all the family.


Christmas gifts

Soldier with Door option


January 9, 2018
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The Toy Soldier Factory is OPEN for the midterm from February 10-18 2018! Come & visit us to create special memories for early Spring 2018!

Cast & Paint your own metal miniature figure to take home after your visit. Choose from our vast range of themed moulds, create your figure, bring it to life with your own imagination & take it home to show to all your friends & family. Who knows? You may even try our New 2018 Soldier & Castle Door Workshop to cast and paint your very own SOLDIER along with the CASTLE DOOR where s/he stands ON GUARD! Create your own personally crafted officer to watch over you & protect you from bad dreams. Choose from 4 different military figures & Paint to your own tastes using our array of colors.

Book online to get an attractive 10% discount & to avoid disappointment!

Suitable for 7+ years; Paint Only workshops available for under 7 years. 

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Standard 40 & 60 minute workshops still running 10 am – 4 pm daily!


Easter Workshops

Fabulous Easter Decorations You Can Make Yourself

March 13, 2017
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Easter is coming and with it comes warmer weather, spring colours and loads of decorations. If you are someone who enjoys making your own Easter decorations, we have a great collection of DIY decorations for you.

Running from Saturday 8th April – Sunday 23rd April 10am to 5pm 7 days a week.

We love these Easter Decorations they are so easy to Cast & Paint, really pretty and festive!

They can make beautiful Easter gifts!

You can hang them up with a ribbon or they can stand on their own!!!!

Half price workshops before 12 noon


Elf Rewards are coming soon.

My Elf Reward friend workshop

January 26, 2017
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Release date 23rd Feb 2017

Make & Paint your very own reward girl/boy Elf with our Elf reward workshops.

Directly from Elfland, our award winning Boy/Girl Reward Elf will bring fun & magic to homes & classrooms.

A reward Elf’s job is to watch, listen and more importantly reward.

The Reward Elf is a fun take on the traditional Reward Sticker Wall Chart. Children can be encouraged to collect the coins which can then be exchanged for special rewards or treats.
As children develop good behavioural habits, they earn reward coins. These reward coins can be traded in for little treats which the child writes down on the reward card, (it’s up to the parent to decide on the reward, ie It could be a trip to the playground, Sticker book etc.) The more reward coins earned the bigger the reward. Beware the elves only gives small treats.

Parent Reward pack sold separately.

Toy Soldier Factory visitor center

Lovely review of the Toy Soldier Factory

November 8, 2016
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I just wanted to thank everyone at the Toy Soldier Factory from beginning to end for the magnificent golfing chess set that is now resting resplendent in our lounge in pride of place.

The attention to detail is quite extraordinary and not a moment goes by when I don’t admire it. I am amazed and very grateful for the way each piece has been completed to the highest quality. The fact that you were able to complete this for me before we left to come home made it even more special and personal.

I can only thank you all once again and wish you well for the coming weeks leading up to the New Year. We look forward to hopefully visiting again in 2017.

Finally it was a privilege to see the Battle of Waterloo exhibit – an extraordinary piece of work and laid out so well for everyone to enjoy with information sheets to explain it all.

Children’s Halloween Workshops

October 6, 2016
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Booking fee: from €5 per workshop Ages: 6 and under
Booking fee: from €10 per workshop Ages: 7+

All Things Ghoulish….!
Saturday 29th October to Sunday 6th November / 10.00am-4.00pm
To celebrate Halloween, younger artists will get to Make & Paint a Petrifying Pumpkin, a Cackling Witch, a Erie Cat and a Spooky Ghost. We will supply all the magical supplies, and the children will learn to make these spooky Halloween decorations which are sure to scare the bravest of trick or treaters!
Tripadvisor Excellence Award 2016


May 30, 2016
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Check out the Toy Soldier Factory, they were awarded the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence!
We are thrilled to receive the 2016 TripAdvisor ‪Certificate of Excellence‬ Award says Lars Edman owner of the Toy Soldier Factory
We want to give a big Thank You to all of our wonderful customers who have taken the time to leave us a review!
We are humbled by your feedback, which helps us continue to improve our services immensely.
We appreciate every single one of you!.

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