Although Toy Soldier Day may not be as famous of an occasion as Christmas or Halloween, countless fans of stage persona Dr. Steel celebrate the event each and every year. However, its name is a bit deceiving. As opposed to collecting or displaying plastic toys or replicas, Toy Soldier Day is actually intended to unite fans of various role-playing activities. Ranging from nurses to scouts (and yes, soldiers), one of the primary goals is to collaborate, compare and share costume ideas. Never heard of it? No problem! This is the perfect day to broaden your entertainment horizons a bit and find out new ways to have some fun with life!
History of Toy Soldier Day
The Army of Toy Soldiers originally started as the fan club of a talented street performer, musician and internet personality known as Dr. Steel. Dr. Steel started his career in 1999 in Los Angeles, where he put on shows combining puppetry and video projections to help his audience better understnd the meanings of his steampunk songs.
Later on, Dr. Steel moved on to performing in clubs and also released several CDs. Dr. Steel’s stage persona was very original—he portrayed himself as a mad scientist determined to take over the world and become its Emperor, which was also the reason why he needed The Army of Toy Soldiers.
The Toy Soldier Army is made up of four regiments: toy soldiers, nurses, toy scouts and engineers, and is currently led by the 2 admins of the website, who reside in the United States and the United Kingdom.
The Army’s mission is to promote Dr. Steel’s philosophy of transhumanism, freedom of thought, and subjective reality, which can be done by the so-called “invasions” it sometimes makes—it is not uncommon for groups of these toy soldiers to “invade” theme parks around the world dressed in their full regalia. Toy Soldiers are also famous for doing charity work in uniform, such as clothing and toy drives for the less fortunate.
How to celebrate To Soldier Day
Ultimately, this day is meant to be both fun and educational for all of those who are involved. With this in mind, there are a number of things you could do, should you decide to celebrate it.
If you’re not feeling quite ready to do anything too extreme, like take your pet robot out for a walk, you could spend part of this day watching some of the more famous performances given by Dr. Steel or listening to some of his music.
Not everyone is up for dressing up, but the messages flowing from Dr. Steel’s works are ones that most people can relate to, regardless of age and preferences.
Also, the entertainment factor is undeniable, so lay back and let yourself be entertained by one of the most interesting and original performers of our times. If you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, you could take celebrating this day a step (or ten) further and take part in one of the “invasions” the Toy Soldier Army will definitely be making on Disney Worlds in California, Florida or Paris.
Attending one of these events is guaranteed to be a great time, and one of the more unforgettable things you’ll ever do in your life.