February, 2014
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Missed the January 2014 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the February edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, started on a wet day here in the Bay Area. Yes, it is actually raining, and we have our first reasonable size storm in ages. Not enough to end our drought, but every little bit helps. We could actually do with some of the rain currently falling in the UK.

We have some super pieces for you to enjoy this month, plus some wonderful new releases coming up.

One of our customers Bill Cleary recently made and donated the following diorama “Price of Freedom” to the Pennsylvania Hall at Gettysburg College. It is currently on display. I hope that those of you lucky enough to be close to the college, and have an opportunity to visit it. Bill sent us some pictures for you to enjoy.

Price of Freedom Diorama.

Another of our customers Allen Friedman has been collecting Toy Soldiers since he retired in 2000. One of his major enjoyments is building dioramas for his personal enjoyment. He recently teamed up with Mike Steinrok at our store, and together they have been busy constructing custom dioramas. One of his goals was to share his collection with as many as possible, so to do this he built a web site. We hope you enjoy.

Toy Soldier Museum

Another of our very good customers is Koen Bert who has been collecting toy soldiers for nearly 50 years and his collection is now over 5000 figures. He has also launched a web site to share his collection with you. This is still a work in progress, and as you will see he also has a great passion for movies. We hope you enjoy his collection.

Koenbertbattlefields

For those of you living in California, there is a unique opportunity to visit an exhibition of Metal Trench Art from World War I at Saint Mary's Museum of Art.

During the Great War, soldiers crafted pieces of art from artillery shells, bullets, aircraft parts, shrapnel, and other salvaged military detritus. Most of the objects are brass, made between battles in France and Belgium during the Great War. The works tell tales of bravery, grief, loneliness, boredom, fear, faith, hope, despair, and patriotism in a time of destruction. The elaborate polishing and engraving and repoussé work of some of the objects indicate some of the makers had been metalworkers or artists in civilian life. Yet some of the most powerful and poignant pieces were undoubtedly made by untrained hands. The artists represent all of the countries engaged in the Great War. Also on view: A miniature diorama of the Battle of the Somme by Les Krames. At he study table: bibliography, books, and WW1 documentary videos. Open until April 13.

Saint Mary's Museum of Art.

One of the greatest things about this hobby we share is that you meet such really nice people that are proud to share and are so creative.

Please also visit our Facebook page, which has great pictures of our Streets of Old Hong Kong Diorama, amongst other projects.

Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

For this month we have lots of new announcements from Britains, King & Country, Collectors Showcase, John Jenkins, Thomas Gunn and Hobby Master, to name a few.

Hope you enjoy.

Events

Learn To Paint A Toy Soldier - Saturday March 8, 2014 - 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.

Sponsored by Britain's.

West Coaster Toy Soldier Show March 7 - 9, 2014.

We will at the show on Friday the 7th and we will be room trading that day. The room trading which is a ton of fun lasts until the Saturday night. Then we all move down to the main ballroom for the main event on Sunday.

The event is held at the
Irvine Marriot Hotel
Near Orange County Airport
18000 Von Karman Avenue
Irvine, California 92612
Phone: 1-949-553-0100

If you would like details, please contact us at sales@sierratoysoldier.com - subject West Coaster Show.

King & Country event @ The West Coaster toy soldier show - Saturday March 8, @ 6.30pm.

Sierra Toy Soldier Company has hosted a King & Country event for the past nine years. We typically do this twice a year, one at the West Coaster and Chicago. The West Coaster event which we sponsor has grown and includes appetizers, a talk by King & Country co-founder and creative director Andy Neilson, and a special figure exclusive to the event. The event starts at 6.30pm on Saturday 8th.

Collectors will need to reserve their place in advance by purchasing an admission ticket so that we can plan for the proper number of people, and no one is left out. Please note space is limited so please reserve early. This year the admission price is $20.00, payable in advance.

To order just contact us at sales@sierratoysoldier.com - subject ticket.

To order On-Line click here for Sierra / King & Country Event Ticket

Texas Toy Soldier Show - May 24 - 25, 2014.

The show opens on Saturday May 24 at 9.00 - 4.00pm and Sunday 10 - 3.

The event is held at the
Historic Menger Hotel
204 Alamo Plaza, San Antonio, Texas 78205
Phone: 210-223-4361

If you would like details, please contact us at sales@sierratoysoldier.com - subject Texas Show.

Sierra Blog
Events
Britain's
King & Country
John Jenkins
Collectors Showcase
Thomas Gunn
Hobby Master Legends
Hobby Master

Retail Store

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 www.sierratoysoldier.com

 

Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

Check out our latest arrivals, new dioramas and events at our store!

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Britain's

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive - Zulu Storehouse Attack - Expected Spring 2014!

We have partnered with our friends at Britain's to produce the first in a range of exclusive sets available from us.  The first set is a limited production run of 300.  We hope to have this available for release in March.  It is available for pre-order now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

New Releases Expected February 2014!
Civil War Artillery

Civil War Artillery

American Civil War

American Civil War

Zulu Wars

Zulu Wars

Royal Airforce

Royal Airforce

United States Marine Corps

United States Marine Corps

King & Country

King & Country February 2014 Releases!

By The Shores Of Galilee…

The latest installment of “The Life Of Jesus.”

  • LoJ030 -- The Galilean Fishing Boat - These small wooden fishing craft were a familiar sight throughout the Middle East, around the shores of the Mediterranean and on the banks, lakes and rivers of the Holy Land. Up until the mid-19th Century they were still to be seen. Here we have one of the most famous…
  • LoJ031 -- Jesus - This, the first of our adult Jesus figures. It portrays him at the beginning of his ministry…calling to some of his earliest disciples – simple fishermen by the shores of Galilee.
  • LoJ032 -- The Fishermen Set - These three men, surrounded by their nets and baskets of fish are just going about their everyday lives when they hear the call, “Follow Me!”

Life of Jesus

“CRUSADER & SARACENS”

Medieval Collection

NAPOLEON IN EGYPT

Napoleon In Egypt

Triumph Of The Will

Or to give it the German title “Triumph Des Willens.” This was the 1935 film by Leni Riefenstahl depicting the 1934 Nazi Party Congress held in Nuremberg. In the film Hitler and over 700,000 of his supporters parade through its streets and sports grounds in a spectacular if frightening display of power and propaganda.

Because of its pioneering use of many original filming techniques blended with powerful music and speeches the film won many international awards.

It’s also extremely useful to anyone researching the many different uniforms worn by the leading Nazis and their followers during this period.

These latest LAH figures were adapted from figures and scenes in the film.

Triumph Of The Will - 1934

German Field Hospital - UNSERE MÜTTER UNSERE VÄTER

Last year in 2013, Andy discovered a unique German television drama series about 5 young Germans during WW2. “Unsere Mütter Unsere Väter”

(“Our Mothers Our Fathers”) told the stories of what befell these young people during the years 1941-45. Most of the story takes place on the Eastern Front where one of the characters is a Red Cross nurse in a German Field Hospital. Several viewings convinced me and our creative team that it was about time to tell a different kind of war story in miniature…

  • WS258 -- Opel Blitz Field Ambulance - One of the iconic German wartime vehicles was the “Opel Blitz.” It performed a multitude of different tasks but perhaps none so important as a “Field Ambulance.”
    This new K&C vehicle, is I believe, one of the finest the company has ever produced and one of the most important for any WW2 collector.
    Skillfully hand-painted in dust-encrusted field grey and white this vehicle can be easily imagined on the roads of France in 1940…the Steppes of Russia in 1941…even among the ruins of the Third Reich in 1945. Its versatility and usefulness is virtually second-to-none.
  • WS261 -- Wehramcht Doctor - Although wearing his white doctor’s coat this figure is still a military officer. Here, he consults a patient’s chart.
  • WS262 -- Red Cross Nurse - As any nurse will tell you – “it’s not all about wiping the patient’s fevered brow”…This young nurse has rolled up her sleeves – the better to clear away the blood-stained bandages and used-wound dressings!
  • WS263 -- Writing Home - A sitting nurse, pad and pen in hand, patiently writes a letter home on behalf of a young wounded, blind soldier.
  • WS264 -- "Now This Might Hurt A Little…" - A sitting wounded soldier has his wound rebandaged by a standing Red Cross nurse.
  • WS265 -- "We'll Soon Have You Back At The Front!" - Another nurse bids farewell to a wounded soldier as he prepares to return to his unit. Actually, he might not be as keen as her to get back into the action!
  • WS266 -- The Chest Wound - A seriously wounded soldier lies peacefully on his hospital cot – only too happy to have clean sheets, a little peace and quiet and three hot meals a day.
  • WS269 -- The Empty Bed - Perhaps the patient has returned to his unit…been transferred elsewhere…or succumbed to his wounds. Whatever the reason…the bed will not be empty for long!

German Field Hospital

ARMOUR ADD-ON

A very useful little addition for all kinds of armoured vehicles…

D-Day '44

Soviet Armoured Car Changes Sides

  • WS245 -- BA-64B Armoured Car (Captured German Version) - As K&C collectors know the Wehrmacht made much use of captured enemy vehicles whenever and wherever they were suitable…and available.
    This little Soviet-built armoured car was captured in quantity by the Germans and easily converted for their own use…particularly on Anti-Partisan Duties in the occupied territories of the East. A coat of “feldgrau” and some large German crosses and…and you have another excellent addition to the war in the East.

Normandy '44 - Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht

King & Country Retired

BEING RETIRED THIS MONTH

A small batch this month with many more to follow… Please note we only Hyperlink the categories in case an individual piece has already sold out!

Ancient Egypt

  • AE037 Standing Pharaoh

Ancient Egypt

Afrika Korps

  • AK076 Afrika Korps Feldgendarme

Afrika Korps

D-Day

  • DD209 The Rescue
  • DD210 Blood Transfusion

D-Day '44

Streets of Old Hong Kong

Both Matte and Gloss Versions are retired

  • HK101 The New Fortune Teller Set
  • HK102 The Opium Smokers Set
  • HK167 Lantern Set

Orient

Life at the Berghof

  • LAH106 Eva Braun
  • LAH107 Heydrich Standing with Hat
  • LAH109 Baldur Von Schirach
  • LAH110 Dr. Robert Ley

Life at the Berghof

Luftwaffe

  • LW040 Hauptmann Anton “Toni" Hackl

Luftwaffe

Medieval

  • MK077 "Spoils of War"

Medieval Collection

Napoleon In Egypt

  • NE004 Soldier Pointing
  • NE005 Soldier w/ Sun Canopy

Napoleon In Egypt

Desert Village

  • SP033 The Stables

Desert Village

Retirements

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected Late February!
THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918

It was the admiralty who were to pioneer the use of the armoured car. The officers enjoyed driving fast cars so they took their cars with them when they became stationed at Dunkirk at the start of the war.

Having also mounted some weapons in their cars, the naval officers would drive around northern France and Belgium looking to find sites for airfields, and to recover pilots, even those that had crashed behind enemy lines.

In 1917 an order of Austin Armoured cars originally destined for the Russian army, became the 17th (Armoured car) Battalion.

Recognising after the battle of Cambrai that the slow MARK V tanks could break through the fortified German lines, but could not exploit the break-out, the new Whippet Tanks, and the 17th (armoured car) Battalion underwent training to establish how to take advantage of this situation.

During the fighting at Amiens as part of the 5th Australian Division,16 cars were towed in pairs across the trenches and battlefield by tanks, and were then let loose behind the german lines creating havoc around Proyart and Framerville.

A German Corps Headquarters which was located 10 miles behind the front lines was captured, and in honour of the Australian Division an Australian flag was nailed to the German generals’ front door. Detailed plans of the Hindenburg line were captured and german reserves, artillery and supply lines were shot up, including a train.

The greatest value of these cars was in the spreading of fear and rumour. German troops were reporting a new British tank which could travel 30mph and spout fire in all directions.

It was said that the 16 cars were “worth more than a whole cavalry division.”

At the time of the Battle of Amiens the armoured cars were painted sky blue and khaki, in the hope that they would not show up against the horizon.

The 17th Battalion were to be the first British unit to cross the Rhine in 1918.

Great War 1918

THE SECOND WORLD WAR

The Polikarpov I-16 was a Soviet fighter aircraft of revolutionary design. It was the world’s first low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear to have attained operational status and as such introduced a new vogue in fighter design.

Introduced in the 1930’s it formed the backbone of the Soviet Air Force at the beginning of World War 2.

It was nicknamed “Ishak” (“Donkey”) by Soviet pilots.

JJ WWII Collection

THE BATTLE OF THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM 1759

The 35th Regiment of Foot was active in North America during the French and Indian Wars, from 1756 until 1763.

The unit was probably best known for having served at Fort William Henry, during the siege, when the fort was overwhelmed by French forces commanded by General Montcalm.

They were also to see action at the Battles of Louisbourg and Quebec at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham.

Battle of the Plains of Abraham

RAID ON ST. FRANCIS

PLEASE NOTE RSF-21 comes in 2 colour schemes

Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

PENINSULAR WAR 1807-1814

Peninsular War 1807-1814

Collectors Showcase

New Releases Expected March 2014!
Roman Collection

Roman Collection

American Civil War - 11th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment

The 11th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment was raised in Virginia. It fought mostly with the Army of Northern Virginia.

The unit fought at First Manassas in a brigade under James Longstreet and at Dranesville under J.E.B. Stuart. Later it was assigned to General A.P. Hill's, Kemper's, and W.R. Terry's Brigade, Army of Northern Virginia. It served with the army from Williamsburg to Gettysburg except when it was at Suffolk with Longstreet. The 11th was engaged at Plymouth in North Carolina and after returning to Virginia saw action at Drewry's Bluff and Cold Harbor. It went on to fight in the Petersburg trenches south and north of the James River and ended the war at Appomattox.

11th Virginia Volunteer Infantry Regiment

Napoleonic - French Artillery

Napoleonic - French Artillery

World War II

World War II Collection

Thomas Gunn

New Releases Expected Late February!
French Foreign Legion - Mexico

Mexico was Emperor Napoleons attempt to establish an empire for France in Mexico whilst the United States were busy with their own Civil War. One of the most famous of all battles was fought at Camerone where a few legionnaires fought off several thousand Mexicans before being overwhelmed and almost wiped out to the last man. We plan to expand this range significantly over the next few months and it is all set to be one of flagship ranges with lots more additions!

French Foreign Legion - Mexico

French Foreign Legion

All figures except FFL024 are a limited run of 125.

French Foreign Legion

French & Indian Wars

Originally produced for a museum in the UK.

The Royal Americans were formed in 1756 after Braddocks defeat and were specifically formed with a view to fighting in the Americas and Canada.

Officer recruitment was mainly from Switzerland and Germany, it was the first time foreigners had been allowed an officers commission in the British army. The 60th were trained to fight as a conventional infantry unit but also as a more irregular force that could fight in the heavily wooded areas of North America against the French and the Native Indians. The Regiment fought at Louisbourg, Quebec and Bushy run plus it maintained garrisons throughout the continent during the FIW. Our first figure from this series is dressed as he would have been for the FIW and is stood to attention, useful for either on parade, guard or waiting to go into battle.

All the figures in this series are slightly smaller than our normal 60mm range and will fit in nicely with Britain’s, JJD or Frontline figures from this period.

French & Indian Wars

African Wars

Please note these figures are the same size as Britains and Conte to enable the collector to mix and match their collection.

African Wars

World War One

LOA009 and LOA010 are the B version of our FFL Arabs that recently sold out at quite an unbelievable rate of knots. This version as such will be very useful for helping the Allied side in their fight against the Turks.

  • GW018 -- French WW1 (Gas Masks) - is something not seen from Thomas Gunn before and this is French WW1 infantry wearing gas masks dressed in Horizon Blue! Both soldiers are wearing the ARS gas mask which was very similar in appearance to the German army issue gas mask of the time. One soldier reloads whilst kneeling and our second figure fires from the prone position.  Please note more Frenchies wearing gas masks will be coming later on in the year to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of WW1.
  • LOA009 -- Firing & Wounded - comprise a standing firing figure and a wounded brother in arms.
  • LOA010 -- Standing & All Fours - features a standing sneaking forward and a cautiously advancing Arab on all fours.

World War One

Hobby Master Legend Series

Hobby Master Legend Series

New from Hobby Master, the Legends Series of 1/6 figures are modeled after heroic individuals who risked all during times of war. The first release in that collection, an incredibly realistic model of Col. C.E. “Bud” Anderson, the pilot of “Old Crow” and a World War II triple ace, is available in signed and unsigned editions. He arrives with a USAAF officer’s uniform; metal badges; flight gear, including a fighter jacket, a helmet, an oxygen mask, and a parachute; and much more! 12” tall.

Hobby Master Legend Series

Hobby Master

New Releases Expected In May 2014!
Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:72 & 1:32 Scale.

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:72 & 1:32 Scale.

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:48 Scale.

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:48 Scale.

Modern Air Power Collection

Modern Air Power Collection

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:144 Scale.

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:144 Scale.

Ground Power Collection

Ground Power Collection

Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team - Andrew, Ann, Barbara, Dave, Evan, Gary, Matt, Michael (the Kilted Vampire), and  Stephanie.

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