Welcome to the Easter Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News written on a typical spring day here in the bay area. April showers and sun, and we even have snow falling in the Sierra's.
If you are looking forward to Easter presents, can we suggest some really cool toy soldiers, much more healthy for you than all that chocolate and chasing bunnies around? A gift certificate also makes a great gift.
Super Sale: We are holding a April Super Sale on some brand new items that we have too many of. There are some terrific savings to be had. To check out our Super Sale visit our Monthly Specials Page.
We have posted on our Sierra Blog page some great articles on John Jenkins's Fokker DVII and the wonderful paintings by Bob Horvath
John Jenkins's Fokker DVII
Also we posted, of the many future releases from John Jenkins announced at the recent London Show.
John Jenkins's Future
Hope you enjoy them.
We have a super set of releases including Britain’s New Spring Catalogue, King & Country, John Jenkins, First Legion, Thomas Gunn, JG Miniatures and Century Wings.
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Learn To Paint A Toy Soldier - Saturday
May 13, 2017 - Los Gatos, CA - 10.00 – 4.00pm
Come and have some fun learning how to paint a Toy Soldier. Designed for Little and Big Kids, Mums most welcome.
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Texas Toy Soldier Show - May 27 - 28, 2017.
The show opens on Saturday May 27 at 9.00 - 4.00pm and Sunday 10 - 3.
The event is held at the
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April Super Sale
This month we are
having a very limited sale on a few overstock items from Thomas Gunn, Frontline and a few others. We have reduced the price on these items but only until the end of April, so do not miss out.
We are open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00pm. Sundays 12.00 - 5.00pm
Just a reminder for those of you living in Northern California, or perhaps just
visiting, that our retail store dedicated to toy soldiers is now open 7 days a
week. The store is located at 29 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, California
95030. (408) 395 3000
Check out all the latest announcements. This is updated as soon as there is a new announcement.
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ROM002 The Tribune - Every Roman Legion was commanded by a “Legate”, he in turn was assisted by no less than six “Tribunes”. These were men usually drawn from the Rome’s upper social class. In camp and on the battlefield they were easily recognized by their more decorative and expensive armour.
Among their many duties were general administration and management of all military camps, forts and other establishments. That also included food supply, overall security and enforcing discipline as well as ordering punishments when required.
Each Tribune in turn had a number of clerical assistants to prepare reports, records and rosters.
Our K&C Mounted Tribune is the perfect companion to ROM001 “The Legate”.
- ROM005 The Optio - This ‘non-commissioned officer’ was the centurion’s right-hand man appointed personally by him.
The Optio was in charge of the instruction and training of all new recruits as well as assisting his Centurion in whatever requirements were necessary in the running of the Century.
Optios often wore ‘crested’ helmets and carried long canes to enforce good order and discipline.
- ROM006 Aquilifer - One of the most important men in the Legion because he carries the ‘Eagle Standard’ of that particular Legion.
He wears a Lion’s pelt and head over his ‘scale’ armour. On his back is the small round shield carried by Aquilifers, Signifiers and some other senior Legion NCO’s.
- ROM010 Legionary on Guard - For any Roman collector this particular soldier is a ‘must-have’. Standing on guard duty, either at a gate or on a wall, he carrier his ‘Pilum’ in his right hand while his left holds onto his large Legion-issue shield.
- ROM011 Standing Legionary w/Marius Mule - This Legionary is preparing to leave his fort or encampment and move to a new location. He carries all of his personal belongings, necessary kit and other items on this baggage pole along with his large and small swords and the Pilum. His shield might be carried with the baggage train.
Riflemen to the front!
It’s been a long time since K&C produced any riflemen to face up to Bonaparte’s men. Our last ‘British’ riflemen were actually King’s German Legion and date back to 2005! Over the years there have been more than a few requests by dealers and collectors to produce more and so we have... and here they are ... This time the men of the 95th Rifles.
In 1800, an “Experimental Corps of Riflemen” was raised from officers and men drawn from the regular line regiments of the British Army.
The ‘recruits’ selected for this new military experiment were chosen from the fittest and smartest young soldiers of their ‘parent regiments’ ... They also had to be the best marksmen!
This new formation was to act as scouts and skirmishers in advance of the main army as well as covering the flanks of any larger advancing force.
They had to blend into the countryside as well as move swiftly through it. Not for them the traditional scarlet coat and white crossbelts of the regular British infantry even their military appearance was different ... These new riflemen wore dark green uniforms together with all-black belts, pouches and backpacks.
Importantly, they carried the much more accurate shorter Baker Rifle in place of the more cumbersome ‘Brown Bess’ musket of the remainder of the army.
After two years of tests, trials and tribulations they were formally brought into the British Army as “The 95th Rifles” in April 1802.
We are releasing our first 11 officers and men of the 95th in two small batches, this first comprises 6 individual figures which will be sold separately and in a “Special 8-Figure Value Added Bonus set”
NA376 95th Rifles Officer w / Telescope - Observing the enemy as his men move forward to take up firing positions.
- NA377 Lying Sniper - This lying prone 95th Rifleman rests his Baker Rifle on his shako as he takes careful aim. His bandaged head is perhaps the result of a previous violent encounter with the French.
- NA378 95th Bugler - Unlike other regular British line regiments the 95th did not employ drummers but instead used bugle calls to transmit instructions across the battlefield. This man maybe a bugler but he still carries his Baker Rifle.
- NA379 Lying Prone Rifleman - A companion piece to NA377, this rifleman adopts the prone position in order to use the countryside as convenient cover and take a better aim on the enemy.
- NA380 Advance To Your Front - Rifle held at the ‘high port’ position this rifleman dashes forward.
- NA381 Kneeling Firing - Another favourite firing position while presenting a smaller ‘target’ to your enemy.
- NA-S03 The Rifle Section - A special ‘Value Added Bonus Package’ of 8 figures which combines all 6 of the above releases together with 2 additional riflemen NA379 + NA381 ... And all at a very special price!
Special Note: FIVE additional 95th Rifles soldiers are being released this coming June ... Among them will be one more officer (advancing with sword) ... a 95th Rifles Sergeant ... A ‘Chosen Man’ and two more riflemen in action.
On The Streets of Olde London
The Hansom Cab was a single horse-drawn carriage first patented in Britain by Joseph Hansom in 1834.
For many years during the Victorian era they were a familiar sight on the streets of London and other large British cities.
Soon their fame and use travelled far and wide ... First to Europe and finally on to New York. They continued to be widely used until the advent of the motor car when they were superseded. By the early 1920’s they had all but disappeared from London’s streets.
Their popularity and appeal today however has been mainly through films and television ... No self respecting Victorian street scene is rarely complete without the familiar clip-clop sound of at least one or two ‘Hansom Cabs’.
WoD058-1 Hansom Cab (Yellow) - The first of our two “Standing Horse” cabs is decorated in a golden yellow and black paint scheme and comes with the seated driver.
- WoD058-2 Hansom Cab (Red) - The second version sports a “Wine Red” finish and again has a driver on the back seat.
World of Dickens
Once more we return to Palestine and the exploits of the Australian Light Horse in their campaign against “Johnny Turk” during the First World War. However, on this occasion we are ‘in camp’... either before or just after the battle .
AL076 Preparing Some Grub - A crouching Light Horse trooper uses his bayonet to hold a ‘billy can’ full of tea over a little camp fire.
- AL077 Enjoying a Brew-Up - Even in the desert heat of Palestine a mug of tea can actually be quite refreshing as these two “Diggers” know.
- AL078 A Drink of Water - This kneeling trooper pours water out of his canteen into his upturned slouch hat for his four-legged ‘mate’ to enjoy.
- AL079 Preparing to Saddle-Up - About to head out on picket duty or a patrol this trooper carries his saddle over to his waiting horse.
AIR RAID ON PEARL HARBOR X THIS IS NO DRILL
On Sunday morning 7 December 1941, an “urgent” radiogram went out to all U.S. Navy ships in Hawaiian waters.
The message was sent minutes after Japanese aircraft first started dropping bombs and launching torpedoes on the US Pacific Fleet based at Pearl Harbor.
Caught completely by surprise on that fateful Sunday morning the military response was, at first, slow and painful ... Just a handful of US fighter aircraft managed to get into the air to combat the marauding Japanese “Zeroes”, “Vals” and “Kates”.
Among the pilots who took to the skies over Hawaii were Lieutenants Ken Taylor and George Welch flying their P40 “Tomahawks”.
Both pilots’ exploits on 7 December have been portrayed in movies such as “TORA! TORA! TORA!” (1970) and “PEARL HARBOR” (2001)
This is the third version of the CURTISS P-40 “Tomahawk” that K&C has made. Previous models have included an RAF “Desert Air Force” one and the classic “Flying Tigers” version.
The new model is in the standard olive drab and light grey colour scheme typical of US Army Air Corps aircraft at this time. Our model bears the code number “160” of the aircraft 2nd Lieut . George Welch flew on 7 December and belongs to the 15th Pursuit Squadron.
The Air Corps officially credited Lieut. Welch with 4 “kills” and several others damaged.
This “Pearl Harbor P40” comes complete with a standing figure of a US Army Air Corps pilot wearing a non standard “Hawaiian” shirt over his khakis and carrying a.45 Colt Automatic.
Note: Just 150 of this aircraft are being released.
EA120 LRDG 30cwt. Chevrolet Truck - An additional vehicle to a very popular range of LRDG / SAS trucks and jeeps issued by K&C over the years.
This 3rd “Chevy” is painted in a very attractive sand / faded green finish and comes with an Arab head-dressed driver, and armed with the Boyes Anti Tank Rifle on a pindle mount on the rear of the vehicle.
These LRDG vehicles have always been very popular with “Desert War” collectors and occasionally appear on ebay ... So it’s good to add an all-new one.
- EA121 Sandy - This bearded LRDG ‘desperado’ is about to either a) help dig the truck out or b) go for a little walk behind the nearest sand dune to perform a necessary human function ... You decide.
- EA122 Dusty Miller - ‘Dusty’, map in hand, has acquired, after a few raids and missions, some authentic Afrika Korps souvenirs including the cap, a map case and an MP40 ‘Schmeisser’ Machine Pistol.
- EA123 Jock - A Scottish member of the patrol, wearing an old “Solar Topee” sun helmet and carefully scrutinizes the surrounding landscape for any signs of life as well as any approaching Germans or Italians. Can also fit easily onto the rear of the Chevy!
Montgomery's 8th Army
When the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941 there were many Russians who welcomed the Germans as ‘liberators’ from the Godless Communists ... Here are the first three Russian Civilians (more to come) giving a guarded welcome to the German invaders ...
FoB139 The Little Apple Seller - A young girl, gaily dressed in traditional peasant costume stands by the roadside with a basket of apples from the local orchard.
- FoB140 A Serf with a Scythe - An older peasant stands with his scythe watching a column of Germans pass by.
- FoB143 A Russian Orthodox Priest - Offering a ‘blessing’, this elderly priest hopes these invaders from the West might get rid of the hated Communists once and for all!
Fields of Battle
Beginner Gift Sets
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KNIGHTS OF THE SKIES
The Albatros D.III was a biplane fighter aircraft used by the Imperial German Army Air Service (Luftstreitkräfte) during World War I. It was the pre-eminent fighter during the period of German aerial dominance known as "Bloody April" 1917.
Early D.IIIs featured a radiator in the center of the upper wing, where it tended to scald the pilot if punctured. From the 290th D.III onward, the radiator was offset to the right, on production machines while others were soon moved to the right as a field modification. Aircraft deployed in Palestine used two wing radiators, to cope with the warmer climate.
Von Richthofen and most other German aces won the majority of their victories on the D.III, and it even turned out to be more successful than its alleged successor, and continued in production for several months after the introduction of the D.V.
Peak service was in November 1917, with 446 aircraft on the Western Front. 1,866 Albatros D.III planes were produced.
The D.III did not disappear with the end of production, however. It remained in frontline service well into 1918.
As late as March 1918, there were still nearly 200 D.IIIs in service on the Western Front, eight months even after the introduction of its successor.
The WW1 German lozenge patterns are some of the most interesting and distinctive camouflage schemes ever devised.
During the early stages of the Great War, the Germans were looking for a way to effectively camouflage the aircraft of the Luftstreitkräfte to inhibit enemy observation of the aircraft while it was in the air as well as when at rest on the ground. Large, irregular blotches with two or three colors were used on the upper surfaces of the wing which led to the development of the Buntfarbenanstrich, the lozenge camouflage made up of repeating patterns of irregularly shaped four-, five- or six-sided polygons. Because painting such a pattern was very time consuming, and the paint added considerably to the weight of the aircraft, the patterns were printed on fabric, and the fabric was then used to cover the aircraft. This printed fabric was used in various forms and colors from late 1916 until the end of the war.
Lozenge camouflage was a German military camouflage scheme in the form of patterned cloth or painted designs, used by some aircraft in the last two years of World War I.
It takes its name from the repeated polygon shapes incorporated in the designs, many of which resembled lozenges.
In Germany it was called Buntfarbenaufdruck (multi-colored print) but this designation includes other camouflage designs such as Splittermuster and Leibermuster, and does not include hand-painted camouflage.
Some modern German sources refer to lozenge camouflage as Lozenge-Tarnung, as tarnung means concealment, cloaking or camouflage.
GEORGES GUYNEMAR ,24 December 1894 – 11 September 1917 missing) was a top fighter ace for France with 54 victories during World War I, and a French national hero.
Guynemer was lionized by the French press and became a national hero. The French government encouraged the publicity to boost morale and take the people's minds off the terrible losses in the trenches. Guynemer was embarrassed by the attention, but his shyness only increased the public's appetite to know everything about him.
Guynemer's death was a profound shock to France; nevertheless, he remained an icon for the duration of the war. Only 22 at his death, he continued to inspire the nation with his advice, "Until one has given all, one has given nothing."
Guynemer started flying this machine in late July, and went on to score his 53rd victory on 20th August 1917. Unfortunately this was the plane in which Guynemer was to mysteriously go missing in, on 11th September 1917.
Guynemer failed to return from the combat mission on 11 September 1917. At 08:30, with rookie pilot Jean Bozon-Verduraz, Guynemer took off in his Spad XIII S.504 n°2. His mission was to patrol the Langemark area. At 09:25, near Poelkapelle, Guynemer sighted a lone Rumpler, a German observation plane, and dove toward it. Bozon-Verduraz saw several Fokkers above him, and by the time he had shaken them off, his leader was nowhere in sight, so he returned alone. Guynemer never came back.
It was a French journalist who explained to schoolchildren, "Captain Guynemer flew so high he could not come down again."
Knights Of The Skies - WWI
THE PENINSULAR WAR 1807-1814
Peninsular War 1807-1814
Jacobite Rebellion 1745
Raid on St Francis
Birch Bark Canoes were the main type and mode of transportation used by the Native American tribes who inhabited the Northeast woodlands, and eastern Canada. The design and style of the birch bark canoes were based on the natural resources that were available to the tribes, in this instance the people made use of the numerous birch trees found in the forests and woodlands of their tribal lands. The tribes built canoes made from the bark of the birch trees over a wooden frame. These canoes were broad enough to float in shallow streams, strong enough to shoot dangerous rapids, and light enough for one man to easily carry a canoe on his back.
The birch bark canoes were built in many different sizes. They could be used by a single person but were usually built for 4 - 6 people. Some of the war canoes could take up to 12 Native Indians
The Huron canoes measured about 21 feet long (7 metres) and 3 feet wide (1 metre) and could carry four or five men and about 200 pounds of cargo (91 kilograms). Their ability to travel long distances was seen as great assets by the French who quickly allied with the Huron to gain an advantage in the lucrative beaver fur trade.
PLEASE NOTE IT IS POSSIBLE TO ADD EXTRA FIGURES TO THE LARGE CANOE. THESE ARE AVAILABLE BY USING FIGURES FROM SETS CAN-04A and CAN-04B, OR THE NEW CAN-07.
UP TO FIVE FIGURES CAN FIT INTO THE LARGE CANOE.
PLEASE NOTE IF EXTRA FIGURES ARE ADDED, THE ACCESSORY PIECES WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FIT.
ALSO PLEASE NOTE THAT CANOE SETS WITHOUT FIGURES WILL BE AVAILABLE NEXT MONTH. **PLEASE NOTE THAT IT IS POSSIBLE TO ADD CAN-04 TO THE CAN-06 SET
Raid on Saint Francis, 1759
French Militia 1759
THE WARS OF THE ROSES 1455-1487
HLANC-008 -- The Battle of Bosworth
Field 1485, The Retinue of Henry Tudor, Billman
- HLANC-014 -- The Battle of Bosworth
Field 1485, The Retinue of Henry Tudor, Lancastrian Archer
- OXLANC-002 -- The Battle of Bosworth
Field 1485, The Retinue of John De Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, Men at Arms with
- OXLANC-008 -- The Battle of Bosworth
Field 1485, The Retinue of John De Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, Billman
- OXLANC-014 -- The Battle of Bosworth
Field 1485, The Retinue of John De Vere, 13th Earl of Oxford, Lancastrian Archer
Wars of the Roses 1455-1487
jjDESIGNS 10th ANNIVERSARY
Therefore for FEBRUARY we continue the 10th Anniversary celebrations, with THREE more “BOOSTER/STARTER” Sets!
These sets will only be offered for sale until the end of MARCH or until stock runs out.
Australian Imperial Force
New April Releases!
Glory of Rome
World War One - German
World War One
WWII Pacific - Aussie
In 1940, the U S Army asked 135 tractor and auto manufacturers to design a four-wheel drive, 40 horsepower, 1,300 pound reconnaissance car that could haul soldiers as well as heavy artillery. The designer was expected to have a working prototype available for a test run within 49 days. Only two companies responded to the request, The American Bantam Car Company of Butler, Pa. and Willys-Overland Motors of Toledo, Ohio. Because Bantam promised to deliver the prototype in 45 days they won the contract. Bantam’s Factory Manager Frank Fenn, former General Motors Executive Arthur Brandt and a skeleton work crew were feverishly working on the project when Fenn called freelance designer Karl Probst in Detroit and offered him the design job. Probst agreed to design the car in five days and forgo payment for his services if Bantam did not win the Army contract. The Bantam prototype was called the Bantam Reconnaissance Car, or BRC. After maintaining a frantic schedule for nearly seven weeks, the Bantam group managed to bring the layouts and spec sheets to life. Ralph Turner of Butler drove the vehicle to Camp Holabird, Maryland on September 23. The Army tested it for 30 days.
Unfortunately, the Army gave Ford and Willys the Bantam’s blueprints and they produced the vehicles the Army required. Ford and Willys fulfilled the Army’s contracts for 600,000 Jeeps for World War II. The Bantam Jeep eventually evolved into the Willys MB and the Ford GPW, it is known as the father of all Jeeps. Bantam produced a total of 2,675 Jeeps most of which were supplied to the British/Commonwealth Allies as well as some making their way to Russia.
The Bantam comes on its own as a standalone set with Jerry Can and Sten Gun in an olive drab scheme and generic Allied markings, an artillery piece and crew will follow shortly to accompany it or you can incorporate it into any
WW2 diorama only limited by your own imagination! Limited to 100 in number.
Century Wings - New Releases for May, 2017!
We have CW-001620 in stock now with 2 new Tomcat's expected to land in May!
CW-001620 F-14A Tomcat Diecast Model, USN VF-41 Black Aces, AJ100, USS Nimitz, 1978, Landing Configuration - In Stock Now!
- CW-001621 Grumman F-14A Tomcat USN VF-84 Jolly Rogers, AJ202, USS Nimitz, 1978
- CW-001622 Grumman F-14A Tomcat USN VF-84 Jolly Rogers, AJ203, USS Nimitz, 1979
Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team -
Aidan, Ann, Barbara, Evan, Gary, Fay, Michael (the Kilted Vampire) and Suzi.
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