Theme chess sets are interesting, fun, and colorful and offer an excellent way to fight it out on the chess board. Theme chess pieces are primarily made from two types of material; crushed stone or polystone, and cast metal which is usually zinc but sometimes tin. Polystone theme pieces are generally much less expensive than metal theme pieces but usually have more intricate detail that is hand painted in realistic colors. Our metal theme chess sets come from the two most prestigious chess companies in Europe, Italfama in Italy and Manopoulos in Greece. All polystone chess sets come from companies in China that specialize in intricate sculpture and finely detailed painting. Battles and wars have always been the most popular themes but you will find a wide range of themes depicting kingdoms, civilizations, and notable periods during world history. Other fun themes include fictional stories and characters from the past such as Robin Hood and King Arthur. If you are looking for the uncommon, a theme chess set is an excellent way to combine chess and that special interest.