Breslin got it's start as United Industries by brothers Sam & Ed Breslin in 1938. In 1939 United Industries started producing Barclay and Manoil-like toy soldiers. Around mid-1942 , United Industries moved to a larger production site and became Breslin Industries. Soldiers were produced until early 1942 when lead was no longer available. After the war Breslin continued to produce lamps, desk accessories, ash trays and other cast items. These cast items often incorporated cowboy and indian figures in their design and manufacture. Soldiers were never produced again after the war, thus the reason for their rareness. Most of the Breslin soldiers were rather crude, with corners cut during painting. Breslin often painted their soldiers a solid red or blue to have opposing forces. Though most Breslins are marked "Made in Canada", allot are not, sometimes due to crude craftsmanship. Nearly all Breslins have a distinguishing coarse grinder marks on the base.
Motorcyclist with machine gun, marked "CANADA" on rear fender - $75.00