Toy Soldiers Interview

All sorts of people attend the MCM Expo in London, from cosplayers and gamers to manga fans and comic artists. Sometimes though, you see people who come to Expo for entirely different reasons, ones you might not expect. For a few years now a group known as the Toy Soldiers have attended the MCM Expo in London to spread their ideals of making life as fun as possible. You may have seen their stall their or seen them walking around with a “Brain Washing Helmet” over the years. I was lucky enough to interview Sgt. Dutch from the Toy Soldiers, who was able to shed some light on this fascinating group.

Laura: For those who don’t know you, could you tell us a little about yourself? Who or what are the Toy Soldiers?

Sgt. Dutch: The Army of Toy Soldiers was initially a fan group for the artist known as Dr. Steel. Over the six or seven years it’s been around, it has grown into a movement to help people from all walks of life become more creative, use their imagination, and to rediscover the fun they once had as a child. Toy Soldiers are the very essence of this, going out to events that they love, doing what they enjoy most. Toy Soldiers lead by example, because if you see someone having a ton of fun, you often can’t resist the urge to join in.

Laura: Who is Dr. Steel?

Sgt. Dutch: Dr. Phineas Waldolf Steel was a mad scientist, musician, inventor, entertainer, visionary and aimed to be World Emperor after taking over the world. He saw how things were going horribly wrong with mankind, with people stuck in 9 to 5 jobs, being lulled into buying things no one wanted, and being lied to by the mass media. Dr. Steel envisioned a world where the top priority of its people was to have fun and where every man, woman and child could be sincerely happy.

Sadly, due to circumstances beyond his control, he retired in 2011, unable to fulfill his dreams of world domination. But that is exactly where the Army of Toy Soldiers, the movement he inspired, takes over. Rather than relying on one mad scientist, musician, artist, inventor, we have an army of them, eager to follow in Dr. Steel‘s footsteps to make the world a better place, and inspire others to do the same.

Laura: What can people expect if they meet you at an MCM event in the UK?

Sgt. Dutch: More enthusiasm than one might think possible in a person, usually. What that enthusiasm is for, depends entirely on the person. More often than not, it comes down to NERF guns, cosplaying, making music, creating art, and an insatiable urge to build robots.

Laura: Why do you choose to attend the MCM Expo the way you do? What do you feel you have to offer there?

Sgt. Dutch: MCM Expo, and comic cons around the world, are something that many Toy Soldiers love already. We come to them because with all the amazing artists, cosplayers, actors, writers, and creators of awesome props, we want to encourage more and more people to do the same, to discover their own talents, no matter how small they might think they are, to embrace them and fly with them.

Laura: What are the best and worst parts of being a Toy Soldier?

Sgt. Dutch: The best part is probably what we call the Invasion of an event, when a group of us descend on something like the Expo, and enjoy three days of absolutely amazing sights and memorable encounters. The worst part is usually directly afterwards, having to depart back to your own little corner of the world. More often than not, Toy Soldiers have mentioned post-invasion highs that last for days or weeks, where they’re brimming with ideas.

Laura: What would you say to the people that say this sounds like a cult or religion?

Sgt. Dutch: We’ve often been misconstrued as a cult, but that’s certainly not the case. We make no judgement on beliefs or creeds, or where someone comes from or is going to. Dr. Steel wasn’t, nor is, our God or ruler. He was a man with some good ideas that we agree with, and anyone is free to take it or leave it. The army motif is a parody of those groups past and present that use their authority to create fear and keep control. We favour fun and creativity.

Laura: Where would you suggest people interested go to find out more?

Sgt. Dutch: To find out more about the Army of Toy Soldiers, they can visit http://www.toysoldiersunite.com

Laura: Lastly, do you have any final words?

Sgt. Dutch: In the words of the man who started it all, “Now go out there, spread some propaganda, have fun and let’s all work towards a Utopian Playland!”

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