October 2009
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King & Country - Tradiional Christmas Set (XM002-09)

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Missed the September 2009 Newsletter, view it here!

To all subscribers welcome to the post Chicago Toy Soldier Show, Sierra Toy Soldier News, written a very warm and pleasant October day, here in Northern California. September was a busy month for us. Apart from the normal day to day events surrounding the store, we had the King and Country Open House, Chicago Toy Soldier Show, and the King and Country Event at the show, which we co-hosted for the 5th year. We also had a TV Crew from Channel 4 for an afternoon. We will try to cover the events in order.

Best of the Bay, shot a TV Spot on us, which was great fun. It should appear on Channel in the Bay Area in November. We will post it on our web site so you can see it.

King and Country Open House.

What a blast this was! Andy, Helen and Patrick from K&C coming for this event. We had over 100 people visit the store this day, not all to see Andy, but they soon got in to the sprit of the event. The most encouraging thing from both K&C and our viewpoint, was the number of young K& C collectors that stopped in. Andy was tremendous; he was on his feet from 10.00am until we closed at 6.00pm without a break. He talked with everyone, shared new releases, ideas and discussed the finer points of toy soldiers. To say it was a huge success is a big understatement. Andy has committed to do another open houses in September 2010. We have posted pictures of the event, hope you enjoy and join us next year. King and Country Open House.

Chicago Toy Soldier Show.

This was our best show ever. Other dealers had a similar reaction, which bodes well for the Hobby even though the economy is still struggling to recover. We would like to thank our volunteers for all there help, in setting up, dismantling, setting up and the final dismantle they made this show the easiest yet. Huge thanks to Doug and Rob Humphrey, and Michael Steinrok. We do not know the final attendance numbers, but for us it was a huge success and looks like we may have actually made a small profit after covering our expenses. The big announcements were from Britains, King and Country, Figarti and Frontline. More on these later.

King and Country Event @ OTSN.

This is our 5th year of Co-Hosting this event, with over 95 people attending This was a massive success and one we look forward to repeating next year. One of the highlights was one of our Customers, Paul Fornek and his wife Rita, who set up a wonderful display of mementos brought back and collected by their 85-year old uncle from his service in Bastogne during WWII. Adolph Jastrzemski fought in the 705th Tank Destroyer Battalion as a gunner. For pictures of the event including some of Paul’s mementos. Please visit King & Country event.

This month we have lots of exciting news from Britain’s, King and Country, John Jenkins, Figarti, Frontline and a few more.

We hope you enjoy the new releases, and hope you will visit soon.

Events

Events

Tank Tour

We are trying to arrange a Tank Tour, hopefully on a Saturday before Thanksgiving. As yet we do not have a final date. The new curators of the Tank Tour have changed the arrangements and there is now an admission fee of $20.00 per person, to help towards the up keep. We are now taking pre-reservations for the Tank Tour, and will notify you as soon as the date is set. To get on the advance list please email us with the number in your party sales@sierratoysoldier.com - subject Potential Tank Tour.

West Coaster Toy Soldier Show February 26 - 28.

We will at the show on Friday the 26th 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. 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.

Sierra Toy Soldier Company has hosted a King & Country event for the past five 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 27th.

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 $15.00, payable in advance. To order just contact us at sales@sierratoysoldier.com - subject ticket.

Each collector who attends will receive admission to this event, a special exclusive King & Country Chicago Dinner, and a great chance to mingle with fellow collectors and meet and Chat with the K & C team. This is a terrific event for those of you planning to attend the show.

Sierra Toy Soldier Club
Events
Britain's
Britain's Fall Supplement
King and Country
New Announcement!
King and Country
John Jenkins
John Jenkins November Releases
Collectors Showcase
Frontline Figures
Honour Bound
Figarti
Action Figures
Britain Retirements
King and Country
Retirements

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 Club

What is the Sierra Nugget 2009 Program? It is simply a thank you program, where each year your purchases from January to December will qualify you for automatic membership, when you exceed $500 excluding shipping and taxes. There are no fees or sign up required, and all our customers qualify. When you reach this first milestone we email you a certificate (Nugget) which you can use. Then as you continue to buy more, when additional milestones are met during the year, we will send you additional nuggets.

Britain's

William Britain's

News from Britain’s.

Britain’s had a big presence at the show with Richard Walker, and Angela Warthen in attendance. They used the event to announce their new Fall Supplement. Looks like they will continue to produce an annual catalogue and then 2 or 3 supplements, during the course of the year. As always there was keen interest in the new offerings.

In stock now!

American Revolution

  • BR18013 -- British Royal Irish Grenadier Marching #1
  • BR18015 -- American Continental Line Flagbearer (was 17844)

American Revolution

Napoleonic

  • BR36017 -- British 42nd (Black Watch) Highlander Standing Firing #1
  • BR36018 -- British 42nd (Black Watch) Highlander Standing Loading #1
  • BR36019 -- British 42nd (Black Watch) highlander At Port Arms #1
  • BR36021 -- British 42nd (Black Watch) Highlander Kneeling Firing #1

Napoleonic

American Civil War

  • BR31041 -- Confederate Infantry Marching Set #3 - "Crossing the Potomac #2"
  • BR31040 -- Union Infantry Flagbearer #1

American Civil War

Deli Durbar

Deli Durbar

Jane Austin Collection

Jane Austin

Classic - Bluecoats

  • BR46002 -- Officer - U.S. Infantry 1812-1815

Bluecoats

Heritage Collection

  • BR49500 -- Huntsman Mounted with Hound
  • BR49501 -- Huntswoman Mounted with Hound

Heritage Collection

Just Announced New Fall Supplement Catalogue

Napoleonic

  • BR36035 -- "French 4th Lancers Bugler Charging #1 (Limited to 550 Sets)"
  • BR36038 -- British 95th Rifleman Standing Firing #1
  • BR36039 -- British 95th Rifleman Kneeling Firing #1

Napoleonic

American Civil Wars

  • BR31051 -- Chosen Ground Set #1 - Command Set #1 (Limited to 500 Sets)
  • BR31055 -- Union Infantry Iron Brigade Charging #1
  • BR-DISP10 -- "Chosen Ground" Display Base by Hudson & Allen Studio exclusively for W. Britain

American Civil War

Museum Collection - USMC

  • BR10017 -- Continental Marine - 1779-1783
  • BR10018 -- U.S. Marine - War of 1812/Barbary Pirates - 1811-1818

Museum Collection - United States Marine Corps.

Classic Redcoats

  • BR44024 -- NCO - 29th Regiment of Foot - 1768
  • BR44025 -- Drummer - 29th Regiment of Foot - 1768
  • BR44026 -- Guardsman - 2nd (Coldstream) Guards in Full Dress - 1815
  • BR44027-- Highlander - 42nd (Black Watch) Highlanders - 1882
  • BR44029 -- Private - 24th Foot Marching - 1879
  • BR44030 -- Grenadier Officer - 1st Foot Guards - 1685
  • BR44037 -- Guardsman - Grenadier Guards - With SA-80 - Present Day
  • BR44038 -- Fifer - 24th Foot - 1879
  • BR44032 -- Highlander - 84th Foot Royal Highland Emigrants - 1779-1784 (Walt Keener Memorial Figure)

Redcoats

Classic French & Indian Wars

  • BR47010 -- British Grenadier - 15th Regiment of Foot - 1754-1763
  • BR47011 -- British Grenadier Officer - 15th Regiment of Foot - 1754-1763
  • BR47012 -- British Drummer - 15th Regiment of Foot - 1754-1763
  • BR47013 -- Provincial Officer - 60th (Royal American) Regiment of Foot - 1754-1763

French & Indian Wars

Military Bands

  • BR48008 -- The Corps of Drums - 2nd Battalion - 24th Foot - 1879 (Limited to 500 Sets)
  • BR48009 -- Colour Party - 2nd Battalion - 24th Foot - 1879(Limited to 500 Sets)

Military Bands

Zulu Wars - Rorke's Drift

  • BR20042 -- British Surgeon Reynolds Operating on Corporal Allen (Limited to 1,000 Sets)
  • BR20043 -- Natal Native Contingent Lt. Adendorff Standing Firing
  • BR20044 -- British 24th Foot Charging #1
  • BR20045 -- British 24th Foot Butting with Rifle #1
  • BR20046 -- British 24th Foot Casualty #1
  • BR20047 -- Rorke's Drift Storehouse (Limited to 500 Sets)
  • BR20048 -- Zulu Induna - Prince Dabulamanzi Mounted (Zulu Commander at Rorke's Drift)
  • BR20049 -- Rorke's Drift Bake house and Ovens
  • BR20050 -- Biscuit Box Wall Sections

Zulu Wars

WWI - Somme 1918

  • BR23011 -- 1916 British Infantry Standing Firing #1
  • BR23012 -- 1918 U.S. Infantry "Doughboy" Marching
  • BR23013 -- 1916 British Infantry Throwing Grenade #1
  • BR23014 -- 1916 British Infantry Advancing #1

WWI - 1918

WWII - Osprey Collection

  • BR25004 -- Canadian Forces - Regt. De Maisonneuve - 2nd Infantry Division
  • BR25005 -- German Oberjager - Fallschirm-Jager-Regiment 9

WWII - Osprey

Elite Forces

  • BR24003 -- British Gurkha - Falklands - 1982

Elite Forces

You can also visit our Britain’s What’s New sections at your leisure, by visiting Britain’s What’s New.

Retirements

Britain's have announced a huge bunch of retirements. We have updated our retirement pages, so hopefully we have not missed any.  Please check out our Britain's Retirement pages for updates.

Britain's Retirements

King & Country

King and Country October Releases

Royal Air Force - Starts To Arrive Later This Week.

A brand-new series honoring the men of Britain’s Royal Air Force during the Second World War.

This first release primarily focuses on “The Battle of Britain” which was fought in the skies over southern Britain throughout the Summer and into the Autumn of 1940. France had fallen, most of Western Europe was in German hands and the might of Hitler’s Luftwaffe was to descend on a lonely, beleaguered Britain fighting for its life. Hitler knew that if he was to successfully invade the little island Kingdom he had to smash the Hurricanes and Spitfires of the Royal Air Force first. The fate of democracy and what was left of the Free World hung, for those few short months, in the balance. All that stood between the Nazis and their all-too-real threat of world domination was a relative handful of young fighter pilots and just over 50 squadrons of Hawker Hurricanes and Supermarine Spitfires.

Next year, 2010, marks the 70th.Anniversary of one of the major turning points of the Second World War. Journey back with K&C to the dark days of 1940 and this epic aerial battle that defeated Hitler for the very first time.

  • RAF001-- “Air Chief Marshall Sir Hugh Dowding” -- The head of Fighter Command and the leading architect of the RAF’s victory over the Luftewaffe. K&C’s figure shows him in a typical pose paying a visit to one of his front line squadrons during the Battle.
  • RAF002 -- “Squadron Leader Douglas Bader” -- A flying legend in the RAF. Bader lost both legs in a pre war flying accident but fought to return to operational flying at the outbreak of the war.
    During the Battle he commanded 242 Squadron made up of mostly Canadian pilots. Bader had that fiercely competitive spirit that fills all fighter pilots. He shot down 22 enemy aircraft before being shot down himself in 1941. He spent the rest of the war as a prisoner of war in the infamous Colditz Castle in eastern Germany.
  • RAF003 -- “Flying Officer “Moggy” Cattermole & Reilly” -- One of the leading characters in author Derek Robinson’s “Piece of Cake” novel about the Fall of France and the Battle of Britain. “Moggy” is a “nasty piece of work” but a great fighter pilot! “Reilly” is the squadron mascot.
  • RAF004 --  “Sgt. Pilot Ginger Lacey” -- James “Ginger” Lacey was one of the NCO pilots who made up a quarter of Fighter Command’s strength during the Battle. Just 23 years old he destroyed at least 15 German aircraft (probably more) in the summer of 1940 and survived the War.
  • RAF005 -- “Flight Lieutenant Sandy Johnstone” -- Originally a civilian navigation instructor and part-time pilot with 602 (City of Glasgow) Auxiliary Squadron, Johnson flew Spitfires during the Battle first as a flight Lieutenant before becoming Squadron Leader in July 1940.
  • RAF006 -- “Waiting and Ready!” -- Two RAF pilots on readiness await that jangling phone call that will send them running for their aircraft. A very typical “1940” scene.
  • RAF007 -- “Hawker HURRICANE MK.1” -- One of the two most famous British aircraft that won the Battle of Britain. Less famous than the more graceful Spitfire, the Hurricane carried eight .303 machine guns and could absorb an amazing amount of punishment.
    Twice as many Hurricanes fought in the Battle than Spits and although slower than the enemy 109 it was still very popular with its pilots.
    K&C’s model is in the markings of 501 (County of London) Squadron, Royal Auxiliary Air Force and has 3 “kills” to its credit. Each aircraft has fixed undercarriage, a detachable, sliding canopy and a seated pilot at the controls.
    Special Note: Only 400 models of this particular Hurricane are planned for production.
  • RAF008 -- “RAF Ground Crew Set” -- Without the invaluable help, effort and support of the RAF’s ground crew the Battle of Britain would easily have been lost! Here, 3 Aircraftmen make ready to get another Hurricane or Spitfire back into the air. Set includes a Corporal Armourer and 2 x Leading aircraftmen.
  • RAF009 -- “Flying Officer & Trophy” -- “Keith Sutton”, a New Zealander, with a “souvenir” tail piece from a Me. 110 he shot down.
  • RAF010 -- “MG Sports Car Set” -- Fighter pilots and fast sports cars seem to go well together. Here, a young, rakish Flight Lieutenant sits in his nifty little British racing-green MG Sports Car enjoying a well-earned break from shooting down all those “nasty huns!”

In addition we have three of Bomber command’s best known pilot. All of whom flew with 617 Squadron and took part in the famous “DAMBUSTERS” raid on the great dams of Western Germany in May 1943.

  • RAF011 -- “Wing Commander Guy Gibson V.C.” -- Accompanied by his faithful Black Labrador “Nigger”, Gibson led the raid and was one of Bomber Command’s most experienced pilots at just 24 years old! He was awarded the Victoria Cross for the exploit. Sadly, he was killed on operations over Holland later in the war flying a Mosquito.
  • RAF012 -- “Flight Lieutenant Les Munro” -- One of Gibson’s best Flight Leaders and a New Zealander who volunteered to fly with the RAF. He is one of a handful of survivors still living who took part in the epic raid.
  • RAF013 -- “Flight Lieutenant Harold “Mickey” Martin” -- A great Australian bomber pilot and another of Gibson’s key flight leaders. He survived the war and went on to a long and very successful career in the peacetime RAF eventually becoming an Air Vice Marshal.

SPECIAL NOTE: These are just a few of the great RAF figures, aircraft and diorama accessories K&C has planned, look out for more in the coming months!

Royal Air Force

Battle of the Bulge

From the skies of war torn Europe in 1940 and 1943 to the winter landscape of the Ardennes Forest in December 1944… Every Autumn and Fall you can find K&C preparing to launch their own mini offensive with our latest offerings of German and American troops and fighting vehicles. First here are the enemy.

  • BBG021 -- “Jagdpanzer IV” -- The Jagdpanzer IV was the final development of the tank destroyer on the chassis of a standard tank. Development of this vehicle was championed by General Heinz Guderian when he was Inspector General of Panzer Forces in 1942/43. It was intended to replace STUG III’s and IV’s and first appeared in late 1944. It was used extensively during “The Battle of The Bulge”. This model is typical of one of those attached to the 116th. Panzer Division. A winter-clad tank commander is included.
  • BBG023 -- “Steyr 1500 FunkKraftwagen” -- Radio communications were and are vital to any modern army and in 1944 the German Army was no exception. This great looking little truck was built on the well-proved Steyr 1500 chassis. Here in its original Wehrmacht/factory finish gray it’s got a light frosting of snow as well as a battle-worn dust and mud layer too. Seen inside the cab is a very, very cold driver!
  • BBG024 -- “Attack” -- And doing just that are these 3 “Volksgrenadiers” making an attack on an American position. All are in heavy winter greatcoats with, in two cases, camouflage smocks on top.
  • BBG025 -- “Rifle Support” -- An advancing “Volksgrenadier” shouts a warning as his mate fires a well-aimed round at some retreating GI’s.
  • BBG026 -- “Winter Rifleman” -- A great little single figure character study of a “Volksgrenadier”. Rifle on one shoulder and Panzerfaust on the other, this soldier has seen his fill of war.
  • BBG027 -- “Advancing Rifleman” -- War has to go on however and this other single rifleman is moving stealthily forward on an enemy location.
  • BBG028 -- “Covering Fire” -- Lying on the frozen hard ground of the Ardennes this MG42 gunner provides back up fire support to some of his comrades moving ahead.

Battle of the Bulge

Christmas Releases.

Some of our favorite releases of the year. With last year’s Christmas set of GI’s feeding two little Belgian orphans we neglected to add a Santa Claus. Well now here he is or at least a GI who’s made an effort to dress up as Santa using an old, discarded and beat up greatcoat and a pot of red paint.

  • XM009-01 -- G.I. Santa illustrates just how far some U.S. servicemen would go to bring a smile to some little kid’s face. Our “Christmas Hero” has managed to scrounge, beg, borrow (or steal) a few goodies for the kids and his buddies. He’s even stuck some holly and berries onto his helmet! Even in wartime Christmas is always Christmas!

Traditional Christmas Fun”

From Christmas in 1944 to a little celebration up at the North Pole.

  • XM009-02 -- “Mr. & Mrs. Claus having fun!” All the toys are made, the presents are packed, the elves have gone to bed and Santa’s sled is loaded. He’s about to head off on Christmas Eve and, to celebrate, Mr. & Mrs. Claus enjoy a little jig around the workshop floor.
    There’s a long night ahead but for a brief moment Santa and his Missus can enjoy each other’s happiness. The two-figure set also includes the tall candle stand.

Christmas

Imperial China

  • IC035 -- “The Hunting Set” Here two members of the Emperor’s Bodyguard Regiment are out hunting in the Palace’s own Royal Hunting Grounds. As one guardsman holds aloft his rabbit victim the mounted guardsman is after bigger game, a local deer. All these pieces make a colorful addition to this popular collection.

Imperial China

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King and Country November Releases

Napoleonic - British Coldstream Guards

“NULLI SECUNDUS or SECOND TO NONE”

The motto of The Coldstream Guards and one of K&C’s most popular Napoleonic series. 12 brand-new Coldstreamers provide reinforcements for our earlier British Guards Regiments. These new soldiers (all except one small 2-figures set) are sold individually and, for the most part, illustrate troops either a) moving into the line or b) back at barracks on parade or even c) on the march. The choice is yours!

  • NA184 -- “Mounted Officer”
  • NA185 -- “Walking Flagbearer”
  • NA186 -- “Marching Officer w/ Sword”
  • NA187 -- “Marching Sergeant”
  • NA188  -- “Marching Pioneer”
  • NA189 -- “Marching Guardsman”
  • NA190 -- “Guardsman At Attention”
  • NA191 -- “Saving The Boy” Here, a veteran Guardsman steps out of the battle to carry his young wounded ensign back to the Surgeon’s tent.
  • NA192 -- “Camp Follower”
  • NA193 -- “Advancing Guardsman”
  • NA194 -- “Marching Flagbearer”

Napoleonic

Battle of the Bulge and Bastogne

  • BBA030 -- “M3A2 Half-Track” K&C’s first all-new U.S. Half-Track for a few years and one of the most often requested. This classic armoured troop transport served U.S. Forces and their Allies loyally throughout the War and even into the late 1970’s (with the Israeli Army). Our GI version comes complete with a driver and a standing .50 calibre machine gunner and his crew-served weapon. This winter-version also has a detachable canvass cover for the troop compartment. A towing hook at the rear of his vehicle is also suitable for pulling.
  • BBA031 -- “The 105mm Field Gun Set” A superb model of the most famous field piece of the U.S. Army in WW2. Our “105” has rolling wheels, moveable trail arms plus 3 gunners to fire the artillery piece. The barrel is in a fixed position for firing and transporting.
  • BBA032 -- “Artillery Add-On Set” 2 additional Artillerymen are also available to crew-serve this great field piece. In addition we also supply extra ammo boxes and a pile of shell tubes (used for carrying the rounds).
  • BBA033 -- “U.S. Artilleryman” A lone “Gunner”, rifle slung “humps” three more tubes of rounds forward to the guns.
  • BBA034 -- “Kneeling with Field Telephone” A kneeling corporal listens for a “fire order” and grid coordinates for his buddies about to shell an enemy location.
  • BBA035 -- “Winter Motorcycle MP” A long overdue addition to our U.S. Forces and our first new MP on a motorcycle for many years. This MP is on the road, somewhere in Belgium or Luxembourg giving out directions (as MP’s like to do). He’s well-wrapped against the winter weather as well!
  • BBA036 -- “Half-Track Passengers” A really great little 3-man grouping… Two sitting GI’s and their Nazi Prisoner. These guys can be seated in a variety of ways inside our new Half-Track or posed outside in a display or diorama, very useful!

Battle of the Bulge

“DESERT VILLAGE”

  • SP033 -- “The Stables” A very versatile (like all the other DV structures) that can be utilized in a wide variety of settings and historical periods.
  • SP034 -- “The Watch Tower” A key feature of any small village or town in the Middle and Near East was the Watchtower. From this high vantage point any strangers could be seen as they approached the village and if necessary alarms could be sounded. Watchtowers were often used a temporary store houses for grain or occasionally as the local jail for wrong-doers and trouble makers! The K&C tower comes in two separate pieces which easily combine to make a tall and imposing structure.

Desert Village

Life of Christ

This new series really caught us by surprise. The intention is to tell it in all-metal, hand-painted 1:30 scale. We begin the story with “the Nativity” but that is only the beginning. We will continue the story of Jesus through his childhood into his manhood and the journey from Bethlehem to Nazareth and to Jerusalem. From a carpenter’s workshop to the cross on Calvary Hill.

K&C will introduce many of the characters in Jesus’ life, his parents, his followers, his persecutors and even some of the bystanders who saw him pass on his journey. K&C will also provide some of the principal settings where many of the most dramatic events in the life of Jesus took place… And we will try to portray the man himself at various key points during his thirty-three years on earth.

  • LoJ001 -- “The Holy Family” A standing Joseph holds a lantern as his wife Mary nurses her new-born son.
  • LoJ002 -- “The Shepherds” -- In the field around Bethlehem a group of shepherds were tending their flock when an angel of the Lord told them of the birth of Jesus. These three have journey eyed to the Manger to see the child and to spread the joyful news.
  • LoJ003 -- “The Three Wise Man” In the Gospel of Mathew he says these men came from the East to worship the Christ, born King of the Jews. With them they bring gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh for the infant Jesus.
  • LoJ004 -- “The Animals” Because there was no room at the Inn in Bethlehem the Holy Family only had a humble stable to rest in. It was here, that Mary gave birth surrounded by simple farm animals… the oxen… the ass they brought with them… and some sheep.
  • LoJ005A -- “Standing Camel” One of the dromedaries which accompanied the “Magi”
  • LoJ005B -- “Grazing Camel
  • LOJ005C -- “Sitting Camel”

These figures along with K&C typical Middle Eastern buildings and (soon to be released) palm trees form a realistic and historically accurate scene that, has never been reproduced in 1:30 scale before.

SPECIAL NOTE: A substantial part of the income from “The LIFE OF JESUS” will be donated to a range of charities both in the United States and Hong Kong.

Life of Christ

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King and Country - Retirement News

Just announced the following retirements.

Remember the Alamo

  • RTA017 “Robert Allen, VA – Loading”
  • RTA018 “William Johnson, PA - Kneeling Firing”
  • RTA020 “Dolphin Ward Floyd, NC – Ready”
  • RTA025 “John W. Thomson, NC - w/Rifle & Axe”
  • RTA026 “Issac Ryan, LA - Sitting Wounded”

Battle of the Bulge

  • BBA011 “M10 Tank Destroyer”
  • BBA020 “Winter Command Group”
  • BBG008 “Sd. kfz.184 "Elefant"

World War One

  • FW005 “Mounted Officer”
  • FW006 “Marching Officer”
  • FW021 “Dead German”

View the King & Country Retired page.

John Jenkins

John Jenkins

Collectors Club

The Collectors' club is an opportunity for the collectors of John Jenkins Figures, to purchase special sets which will be only available to members.

The first piece JJD MEMBERSHIP FIGURE 2009, quickly sold out when it arrived in September, but  do not worry as more will be arriving in early November. JJD MEMBERSHIP FIGURE 2009  will be an interesting personality piece for collectors of "The Raid On St. Francis" series. The figure could also be used as an officer in the Virginia Provincial Regiment, and added to Monongahela displays.

JJCLUB-2009 -- LT. JENKINS of The Provincials

To be a member all one has to do is purchase the Collectors club figure. Your membership will be managed by the Sierra Toy Soldier Company, so you do not miss out.

John has also announced the first of his special club sets, these are only going to be available to members only. These will be available on a pre-order basis, and will only be supplied to members that have pre-ordered them. We will not be stocking this item. The pre-order period for this set ends on October 31, 2009!

JJ DESIGNS COLLECTORS' CLUB SET #1 -- Colonel Sir Peter Halkett and Son

Please note this set is only available for Pre-Order until October 31st, 2009. The plan is that only the exact numbers of pre-order sets will be made. This set is only available to members and will only be available to those that have pre-ordered it.

For full details of the new Collectors Club, please visit our Collectors Club Page.

You are welcome to order online, or if it is easier just let us know and we will reserve a membership figure and / or a special set if you are interested. If you have already joined, thank you.

Collectors Club

In Stock Now
Christmas Set from the Raid on St Francis

Meanwhile back at the British Camp, celebrations have started early for Christmas!

For soldiers cooped up in the isolated garrison forts in the wilderness there was little to do in the off-duty hours but eat, sleep, gamble and drink! New England Rum, popularly known as “Killdevil”, was issued daily to the men. A gill or quarter pint was the authorized ration, but men could earn an extra gill in lieu of money for extra duties such as road building or fort construction. Also in some cases after returning from strenuous patrols or successful expeditions. Enterprising soldiers could always find extra drink somewhere.

At Quebec in the winter months it was a serious problem. “Liquors were extremely scarce, and when men could procure them, they generally drank to excess, it was no uncommon thing in the morning, to find several men frozen to death, from the above cause.”

  • RRB-001X -- Merry Grenadiers! - Limited Edition 500

Raid on St Francis

Battle on Snowshoes, 1758

The casualty numbers for the French and Indian losses during the battle on Snowshoes have been somewhat elusive.

The numbers entered by Captain D’Hebecourt in his post battle report state that there were 8 indians killed, 17 wounded, and only 3 Canadians wounded. (Information gathered a few months later from French prisoners revealed that the Indians alone had lost 27 killed and wounded).

  • SF-006 -- French Militia Wounded - 2 figures - Limited Edition 350

Battle on Snowshoes

Jacobite Rebellion 1745

More charging Highlanders are available this month, which will add to the swirling mass of colour and action.

  • JR-003 -- Charging Highlanders Set #2 - Limited Edition 500

Jacobite Rebellion

Battle of Chippawa, 5th July 1814

A Stand of Colours is used to describe the 2 regimental infantry flags in the British Army. In 1747 the new regulations standardized these colours “The King’s or first colours, of every regiment to be the Great Union. The second colours to be the colour of the facings of the Regiment with the Union in the upper canton”

  • BCH-008 -- 1st Regiment of Foot (Royal Scots) Officer with Kings Colours - Limited Edition 500

Battle of Chippawa

Battle of the Plains of Abraham 13th September 1759

This set has already been shipped as the September release, as a mistake instead of QB-24 The Wounded Line Infantry

  • QB-023 -- 28th Regiment of Foot, Sergeant and Corporal - Limited Edition 750

Battle of the Plains of Abraham

Raid on St Francis

The first and largest of two Longhouses for the Woodland Indian Village. Longhouses were homes used by the Iroquois tribes. The Iroquois were farming people who lived in permanent villages. They were built in a similar way to wigwams, with pole frames and elm bark covering. The main difference is that the longhouses were much larger, but the size did vary, and could be good homes for as many as twenty families.

  • LONGHOUSE (Large) -- Longhouse Dimensions 11 1/8”x 5” x 5 ¼”
    Please note this is the first and largest of two longhouses that will be available. The second and smaller Longhouse will be released in December 2009

Raid on St Francis

John Jenkins November Releases

Battle on Snowshoes 1758

As darkness began to fall, the French forces knew they had to make a final assault if they were to completely overthrow the Rangers. The 2 forces were not more than twenty yards apart, and with a final push the French and Indians were soon on top of the remaining Rangers.

Rogers gave the order for a general retreat, “I now thought it most prudent to retreat, and bring off with me as many of my party as I possibly could, which I immediately did; the Indians closely pursuing us at the same time, took several prisoners.”

During this retreat the legend of Roger’ Slide was born, of his escaping the pursuing Indians by sliding down the steep precipice on the east face of Bald Mountain.

Battle on Snowshoes

  • SRR-010 -- “FIGHT & FLIGHT” - Major Robert Rodgers and Woodland Indian - Limited Edition 350

Battle of Snowshoes

Jacobite Rebellion 1745

  • BJ-004 -- British 4th Regiment of Foot, (BARRELL’S) - Line Infantry at Ready - Limited Edition 500

Jacobite Rebellion

Battle of Chippawa

  • BCH-005 -- 1st Regiment of Foot (Royal Scots) - Wounded Grenadiers - Limited Edition 500

Battle of Chippawa

Battle of the Plains of Abraham

  • QB-025 -- 28th Regiment of Foot, Grenadiers Firing - Limited Edition 750

Battle of the Plains of Abraham

Raid on St. Francis

For soldiers cooped up in the isolated garrison forts in the wilderness there was little to do in the off-duty hours but eat, sleep, gamble and drink!

Certainly, playing cards and dicing for money topped the list of favorite off-duty pastimes for soldiers shut up in frontier garrisons, especially on the rare occasions they were actually paid!

At Fort Stanwix during the winter of 1758/59, The local Major was disturbed to learn “that their’s a great deal of gaming among the men both in the barracks and the Guard room by which there is a good deal of money loss’d and gaind”

The Major had to strictly forbade such gambling practices and told sergeants and corporals to clamp down or be “Sivirly Punished”, and put under arrest themselves.

  • RRB-002 -- The Card Players - Limited Edition 500

According to orderly books, companies were organized “into Messes allowing six men to a tent” and “the camp necessaries …..given out accordingly.”

Orders also revealed that new tents were “first to be dipped in salt water, to prevent their being mildewed.”

Old worn out tents were recycled, “cut down, washed and made into short drawers.”

  • TENTS A&B -- Not Limited
    Tent Size 2 3/4”x 3 3/4” x 2 1/2”
  • TENT C -- Not Limited
    Tent Size 2 3/4”x 3 3/4” x 2 1/2”

TENTS A&B are generic tents suitable for AWI, Napoleonic and ACW

Raid on St. Francis

Figarti

Figarti had a really busy show, with enough Shock and Awe to keep the most avid collector happy. They had a whole series of announcements for WWII, with most of the finished models on display. Their feature piece was undoubtedly the LVT - American Transport Landing Craft in 1:30 scale. Impressive it was. This is a special order item

We have listed the sets that are scheduled to arrive we hope in early November, with many more to follow.

Figarti

Collectors Showcase

Collectors Showcase had a large and visible presence at the show. On hand Brian was displaying all his releases that have arrived in our warehouse today. He was also previewing his latest offerings diue out sometime in November. Here are his new announcements.

Napoleonic - French Voltiguers

French Voltiguers

American Civil War - 146th New York Volunteer Infantry Regiment, Garrard's Tigers

American Civil War

Natal Carbineer - Battle of Isandlwana - Zulu Wars

Battle of Isandlwana - Zulu Wars

German Panther - WWII

Collectors Showcase have been very clever with this release. Each Panther contains one spare track, which is a "Thrown Left Track". This way you have the option of creating a running tank or a damaged and disabled tank. There is a optional set of German Casualties.

German WWII

Collectors Showcase

Frontline

Frontline had on show most of their new releases for the French and Indian Wars. This should be available late October. They looked really splendid and will match in well. We often get asked if Frontline Figures will work with John Jenkins and vice versa, the answer is yes. In our opinion they work very well together.

French and Indian Wars

British 35th Regiment of Foot - Plains of Abraham

  • HMA.1. -- French Officer with Color fighting British Officer
  • HMA.2 -- Wounded British officer and dead French man
  • HMA.3. -- Grenadier and French man fighting, set 1.

Fusiliers.

  • IHMA.1 -- 2 Standing firing, 2 loading.
  • IHMA.2 -- 2 Marching 2 advancing.
  • IHMA.3 -- Officer with Kings Colour and N.C.O.
  • IHMA.4 -- Officer with Regimental colour and N.C.O.
  • IHMA.5 -- Officer and Drummer.
  • IHMA.6 -- 2 Kneeling firing, 1 loading.

Grenadiers.

  • IBG.1 -- 2 Standing firing, 2 loading.
  • IBG.2 -- 2 Marching 2 advancing.
  • IBG.3 -- Officer and Drummer.
  • IBG.4 -- 2 Kneeling firing, 1 loading.
  • IBG.5 -- 1 Throwing and 1 priming grenades

British Artillery.

  • BGG.2 -- 6 lb Cannon, with 3 crew moving cannon.

French Artillery.

  • FGG.2 -- 4 lb Cannon, with 3 crew moving cannon.

Frontline

Honour Bound

In Stock Now.

  • HB043 -- Italian Folgore Parachute Brigade
  • HB044 -- Hermann Goering Division, Tunisia, 1942

Honour Bound

Action Figure

Soldier Story

New Releases.

Soldier Story is in our opinion making some of the best and most detailed Action Figures available at the moment. Production is very limited, so they do not tend to hang around to long. Each figure is packed with additional pieces and extras.

  • SS-027 -- US Army FCS w/Multicam
  • SS-031 -- Afrika Korp DAK Cyrenaica 1941 - Arriving in October

Soldier Story

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

This newsletter is the copyright of Sierra Toy Soldier Company 2009.