At the time of the May 2009 auction, Ray Haradin (auction owner) said it is heartening to see the number of new collectors coming into the toy soldier and figure hobby, and said much of it is due to the crossover factor. "The collectors fall into several groups – military buffs, the war gamers who like to re-enact history, model figure makers who make and paint figures, and people who might have a small collection behind their desk at the office. It’s a global hobby, and there’s a lot of overlap."
The November auction brought even more crossover collectors into the mix because Dr. Wengert's collection of toys related to military medicine. "Many new people with a connection to medicine heard about this unique collection and decided to bid in the sale."