About Cotswold Collectibles
Cotswold got started in the mid 1980's as an antique auction in Seattle, importing fine British antiques. We picked our name based on The Cotswolds, that lovely region in the southwest of England known for its many antiques (http://www.the-cotswolds.org/).
As you might guess, it wasn't a straight path from armoirs and dining tables to specializing in 12 inch action figures. But by 1989 we had branched out into lots of English collectibles including Action Man (the brand name for GI Joe in England), and we sent out a sales list of vintage Joe parts we'd found in a warehouse in Uruguay (true story). Our GI Joe/Action Figure mail order service for collectors was born!
Fast forward to the mid-nineties. We were knee-deep in the US Vintage Joe as well as Action Man and began manufacturing replacement parts and figures to complete and use all of the vintage gear that was around. We named our line The Elite Brigade. Before long we started to expand on Joe's legacy, adding additional uniforms and periods of history and moving the hobby past vintage Joe. By the late nineties several other large manufacturers joined us and together the 12" figure hobby that spans interests from the earlier 60's figures right up to the most incredibly detailed figures now in the marketplace, evolved.
Today there's not a stick of antique furniture to be seen anywhere in our business and we've dedicated ourselves entirely to the creative fun of the action figure hobby. Military figures are still an important part of what we do, but following our customers' broad interests, we now offer all kinds of 12" (1:6) figures and accessories as well as figures of other scales.
Since 1992 our headquarters has been located in Washington State on beautiful Whidbey Island, one of the larger islands in the Puget Sound, north of Seattle. We have a friendly, helpful staff and enjoy being a person-to-person business, so please call when you have questions or need help.
What We Sell
We are all about having fun with action figures, so we carry all the leading brands as well as products from the smallest companies . . . and including our own Elite Brigade figures and accessories. You'll find military, civilian and pop culture products....and fancy complete sets as well as bits and pieces to put together in unique ways. Our philosophy: Have it Your Way!
Our site allows you to shop by your area of interests, or by brand, using the menu choices in the red bar near the top of the home page. There is also a quick-look sidebar of shopping choices on many of the display pages.
While the majority of our products are 1:6 scale (12 inch), we also offer a large selection of related products in other scales (1:18 to 1:4) and designate the items that are not 1:6 scale so you can tell the difference. Scale designations are based on 72 inches as full (1:1) scale. To know the size of a figure all you have to do is divide 72 by the number after the colon. For example: 1:8 scale would be 9 inches tall. Most items that are not 1:6 scale will tell you both the scale and the the height of items in the product descriptions.
Cotswold's Elite Brigade & Vintage Joe Replacement Parts
That's our own brand that we design and have manufactured since the mid-1990’s. Our first manufacturing projects were all about fixing up old GI Joes. We started with German helmets, and soon added replacement hands, and before you know it we had a complete figure.
Our offerings have grown to include lots of replacement parts for vintage figures plus sets and unique items that 1:6 scale collectors can use with any figure.
Our products are not affiliated with Hasbro, but we are proud to support and to help continue the huge 1:6 scale hobby that Hasbro inadvertently launched with their hugely successful GI Joe toy line.