First to catch my eye is the preview sets of vikings available from Wargames Factory:
A set of eight figures for $4.95 (about £3.20, not including postage though). As you can see from the sprue image above, the quality of WF's computer generated masters has come on a long way since the Romans they first released only a year or so ago.
Painted up they look even better:
Elsewhere, another British company is quietly developing a new range of Plastic Ancients :
Immortal Miniatures is to bring out a range of plastic hoplites some time next year, the sooner the better I say!
And lastly, these chaps are already widely available but pretty new and in the interests of balance, I present one of the first independent ranges of plastic fantasy figures to appear on the market.
From around 60p a figure ~(depending on the bundle you buy) these represent a huge saving on GW products. So far Elven infantry and artillery are available, with metal character figures; and plastic cavalry on the way. Personally I'm not a fan of the styling, but next up as apparently the Undead; which could be a more exciting proposition.