Welcome to the Easter Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a beautiful spring day here in the Bay Area. The storms have finally stopped, at least for now. In a normal winter we may receive one or two atmospheric rivers if we are lucky. This winter we received over 36. No one seems to know what caused this increase. We have had the highest snow levels on record, and the
ski resorts plan to be open until July. Now we wait for the snow to melt and flooding that will result. Still a wonderful time to visit your favorite Toy Soldier Shop and the Bay Area.
In other exciting toy soldier news, we have added to our online catalog two new brands: Last Post and War Park. If you click on their tabs on our website, you’ll have full access to all the items available which feature many interesting figures and scenic display pieces, like Vietnam building facades. These new items blend seamlessly into most displays, as both of them are made for the industry standard 1/30th scale. War Park exceeds expectations, especially in the realm of World War Two, where their German figures add fire power to both your western and eastern front displays. Last Post, however, adds intrigue and depth to your dioramas, with exceptional terrain mats, building facades, trees/shrubs, and much more.
Our next show will be Memorial Day weekend, in San Antonio Texas. The show starts on Saturday 27th May and finishes Sunday 28th , at the historic Menger hotel. Do not miss out as it is a ton of fun. Both Cody and Alex will be there. If making a reservation mention the Texas Toy Soldier for a special room rate. As always let us know if you would like to see anything and we will try to bring it.
We have some great new announcements from Britain's, King & Country, John Jenkins, Collectors Showcase, First Legion and Thomas Gunn. We have also received our shipments from Last Post and War Park.
Alex has been busy updating our Facebook page with pictures of our latest dioramas. Please check them out.
For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.
John Jenkins Future Releases.
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Do you enjoy repairing or modifying toy soldiers and vehicles. Every now and again we receive figures and vehicles in need of a new home and some special care. If yes, this may be the section just for you.
Scratch & Dent
Occasionally we get a rare opportunity to acquire individual items and complete collections for collectors that are thinning out their collection or from other dealers. These pieces are items that we do not normally stock. All are in mint condition or and in their original boxes, unless specified in the description. Please note these may have been on display.
So these are ideal pages to view if you are looking for that missing piece in your collection or just looking to find some very unique pieces that are not normally available.
This month we have
added a very large collection of Aeroart, St Petersburg figures and also a very large collection of Plastic figures and Play
Sets. We have also added Frontline French and Indian War sets in perfect condition.
This month we feature sets from Thomas Gunn, First Legion, Britain's, Jenkins, King & Country, Frontine, St Petersburg and Plastics.
Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive
New releases expected in August 2023!
Civil War Artillery
Rorke's Drift - Matte Version
Collection - Mounties
We have also partnered with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to celebrate their 150th anniversary and have the first 2 figures of our RCMP and North-West Mounted Police range. We have licensed the rights to use the uniforms, names, and logos from the RCMP Foundation, the guardians of RCMP brand integrity and the face of RCMP Charitable activities
In The Land of The Nile
AE099 Pharaoh’s New Sedan Chair Set - A brand-new sculpt of a seated Pharaoh sits atop his Sedan Chair which is being carried by a team of 4 Nubian slaves.
Nubians were highly-prized by their Egyptian masters and were noted for their strength and endurance. Thousands of them were in Royal service and although still slaves were provided with extra rations and fairly good, for the period, living conditions.
AE100 Pharaoh's Fan Bearer - To go with the Sedan Chair sets you obviously need a Fan Bearer to keep the ruler cool and keep those pesky flies away.
Once more, the Royal Court has chosen a Nubian to perform the task.
AE101 Queen Cleopatra's Sedan Chair Set - While working on the first set it seemed logical to offer another set complete with a different ruler in this case the original ‘Temptress of The Nile’, Cleopatra.
This is the third rendition of this Egyptian Queen by King & Country and portrays the lady in a typically regal pose perched on her Sedan Chair which is again being carried by 4 Nubian slaves.
Both sets provide colourful centerpieces for any Ancient Egyptian display.
God Bless The Queen… God Save The King
6 May 2023 has been declared to be a Public Holiday and the Coronation Day of Britain’s newest monarch and head-of-state, King CharlesⅢ.
On that day Charles will officially become King of the United Kingdom and no less than 14 other Commonwealth countries.
As the eldest son of Her Late Majesty, Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ he became the longest serving heir apparent and Prince of Wales in the history of the Monarchy.
At the age of 73 he also became the oldest person to ever accede to the British throne. The tasks and duties before him are going to be many, wide ranging and increasingly complex.
In addition, he is also following in the footsteps of a beloved mother who, as Britain’s monarch and head-of-state rarely if ever put a foot wrong throughout her long and memorable reign.
To celebrate our new King and to remember the long and valued legacy of his mother K&C has designed and produced a small number of individual figures to represent King CharlesⅢ and Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ.
CE094 King Charles III - The new King enjoys, just as his mother did, a very special relationship with all of Britain’s Armed Forces. As King he holds honorary rank in all three branches however it is the Royal Navy that he is probably closest to.
In 1971 he enrolled at the Royal Naval College Dartmouth to learn to become an officer. After completing his training Charles went onto serve on the guided-missile destroyer HMS Norfolk before moving to additional sea service on the frigates HMS Minerva and Jupiter. During this time he also qualified as a helicopter pilot operating from the carrier HMS Hermes.
By 1976 he was given command of the coastal minehunter HMS Bronington which as he has often recounted was one of the happiest times in his life.
This new K&C figure of King CharlesⅢ shows him in the full dress uniform of an ‘Admiral of The Fleet’… the highest rank in the Royal Navy.
SP126 “A Trio of Royal Corgis” (Set of 3)" - The Pembroke Welsh Corgi was originally a cattle herding dog that hailed from Pembrokeshire in Wales.
Their fame comes from being the preferred breed of Queen Elizabeth Ⅱ who kept more than 30 different Royal Corgis during her long reign.
The Pembroke Welsh Corgi has been ranked 11th in Stanley Coren’s ‘The Intelligence of Dogs’ book which states that the breed is an excellent working dog.
In a family environment they tend to follow wherever their owners go and behave well around children. Besides herding, they also function as watchdogs due to their alertness and tendency to bark at strangers.
Because of their herding instincts they also love to chase anything that moves and occasionally nip at their owners ankles as this is what they were originally bred to do with cattle.
Among some of the names of the Queen’s Royal Corgis were Sugar, Honey, Sherry, Whiskey, Cindy, Rufus, Brush and Pickles… Take your pick.
TR014 "The Queen & Her Corgis" (Royal Purple) - Most ‘Royal Observers’ have noticed that Her Late Majesty enjoyed wearing bright colours, especially in her later years, with some wondering what colours were her particular favourite.
According to Ms. Angela Kelly, the Queen’s long-serving personal attendant, among her favourites were these three selections featured here.
TR014 portrays Queen Elizabeth in a shade of Royal Purple with of course, matching coat and hat together with simple classic black bag and shoes.
Around her feet are a trio of Royal Corgis. Since she was a small child the
Queen had loved and appreciated these small Pembroke Welsh Corgi dogs beginning with her first called ‘Dookie’ in 1933.
TR015 "The Queen & Her Corgis" (Emerald Green) - Another favourite Royal colour was ‘Emerald Green’. Once again, the Queen in a standard pose with her Corgi posse at her feet.
TR016 "The Queen & Her Corgis" (Tangerine Orange) - The final colour combination here shows the late monarch in a saturated, bold orange ensemble.
The Queen herself selected her favourite colours because in her own words “You have to be seen to be believed”.
She was a ‘people person’ and enjoyed meeting millions of her subjects in all kinds of gatherings large and small.
Being petite herself she also understood that it would be helpful if she wore brightly coloured clothes so that even among huge crowds the people would still spot her easily.
A section of 6 young Waffen SS infantryment from the 12th SS ‘Hitlerjugend’ Division fighting in Normandy in the summer of 1944. Out of the bocage and hedgerows come these figures.
WS374 The Panzerfaust Team - The ‘Panzerfaust’ (translated as ‘tank fist’) was a family of single-shot, man-portable, anti-tank rockets that came into German service in 1943.
It consisted of a light, recoilless launcher tube with a pre-loaded, high-explosive, anti-tank warhead protruding from the muzzle, much like a ‘fist’ hence the name.
It was a cheap to manufacture and easy-to-use anti-tank weapon for the ordinary infantryman being issued to single soldiers in addition to their personal weapons.
Firing was done from under the arm at an upward angle as its effective range was just 30-60 metres (about 35-65 yards).
Development began in 1942 and continued until the final days of WW2.
Our K&C 3-man section is each armed with their own Panzerfaust. As one kneels down and takes aim another moves forward and the third watches to see the success or failure of the first ‘shot’.
All three are dressed in the ‘mixed rig’ combination of camouflage jackets, trousers and feldgrau uniforms of 12th SS at that time.
WS375 Marching Soldaten - A pair of 12th SS troopers on patrol with rifles shouldered. It must be assumed that they are behind the frontlines and not in direct action.
WS376 Standing Soldaten - This young SS man could be on guard duty or just observing the enemy from a secure position.
Again, wearing the uniform combination common to many of his division.
Normandy '44 - Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht
New releases expected late April!
When Magnus the Good (1047) put his ships to sea, it was as if a swarm of angels from the King of heaven – soared over the waves. (The skald Arnorr)
PLEASE NOTE LONGSHIP2 IS THE SAME AS THE FIRST LONGSHIP EXCEPT THE SAIL IS BLACK AND WHITE INSTEAD OF RED AND WHITE.
For a complete description please click on the Longgship link
Age of Arthur - Vikings
Age of Arthur - Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall
Cid and the Reconquista
Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts
Aeneas is a character in the Iliad, where he is twice saved from death by the gods for an as yet unknown destiny, but is an honorable warrior in his own right.
He is the leader of the Trojan’s Dardanian allies, as well as a second cousin and principal lieutenant of Hector, son and heir of the Trojan King Priam.
Having held back from the fighting, aggrieved with Priam because in spite of his brave deeds he was not given his due share of honour, he leads an attack against Idomeneus to recover the body of his brother-in-law Alcathous at the urging of Deiphobus.
The Aeneid explains that Aeneas is one of the few Trojans who were not killed or enslaved when Troy fell. Aeneas, after being commanded by the gods to flee, gathered a group, collectively known as the Aeneads, who then travelled to Italy, and became progenitors of the Romans.
The Aeneads included Aeneas’s trumpeter Misenus, his father Anchises, his friends Achates, Sergestus and Acmon, the healer Lapyx, the helmsman Palinurus and his son Ascanius.
They carried with them the Lares and Penates , the statues of the household gods of Troy, and transplanted them to Italy.
Troy and her allies
Trojan War -
Gempei War 1180 - 1185
Black Hills War
Black Hill Wars 1876-1877
Republican Roman Cavalry
ACW - Emerald
Army of the Shenandoah, 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment, Company E, Emerald
ACW - 5th U.S. Artillery
Charles Griffin (December 18th, 1825 -Septemeber 15th 1867) was a career officer in the United States Army and became an Union general during the American Civil War. He rose to command a corps in the Army of The Potomac and fought in many of the key campaigns in the Eastern Theatre.
In 1849 as a first Lieutenant, he was to serve in the New Mexico Territory against Navajo Indians until 1854. He then left the southwest frontier and taught artillery tactics at West Point.
He was to form an artillery battery from the academy’s enlisted men shortly after the southern states began seceding from the Union.
Captain Griffin led the “West Point Battery”, (officially designated as Battery D, 5th US Artillery) at the First Battle of Bull Run in July 1861.
The southern cause was helped by a case of mistaken identity. Colonel Arthur C. Cummings’s 33rd Virginia Regiment wore blue uniforms. The Colonel afraid his men would break and run if they were held in their position any longer, ordered them to advance towards the guns of Ricketts and Griffin.
Griffin saw them coming and swung two of his guns round and had them loaded with cannister.
Just as he was about to fire, his superior officer, Major William F. Barry, shouted , “Captain, don’t fire there; those are your battery support.”
“They are Confederates” Griffin shouted back, as certain as the world, they are Confederates.”
But Barry insisted, and the guns were swung back to their original line of fire.
The Virginians, meanwhile marched ever closer, halted and fired a volley.
Griffin told a subsequent Board of Inquiry, “was the last of us, We were all cut down.”
Most of the horses and many of the gunners were killed.
Ricketts was severely wounded. Griffin struggled to save what he could, but Cummings and his Virginians were among them quickly to capture the guns and much ammunition.
5th U.S. Artillery
Battle of Assaye, 1803 - Maratha Cavalry
Battle of Assaye, 1803 - 74th Highland Regiment of Foot
74th Highland Regiment of Foot
Battle of Cowpens - 71st Regiment of Foot
71st Regiment of Foot
Battle of Cowpens - Third Continental Dragoons
One of Brigadier General Daniel Morgan’s greatest concerns was his lack of adequate numbers of dragoons. Dragoons served both sides as scouts, mounted pickets, mobile reserves, and shock troops. One of their primary functions was to exploit a victory by riding down the remnants of broken enemy infantry. Weapons included a carbine and a brace of heavy pistols, Although according to Colonel William Washington the "only necessary weapon a dragoon carries” was the sabre.
Several small volunteer militia contingents were hastily equipped as dragoons to reinforce the cavalry, as it was well known the strength of Tarleton’s mounted legion.
Third Continental Dragoons
Knights Of The Skies
PLEASE NOTE THIS MODEL, ACE-29 IS A SMALL PRODUCTION RUN MADE AT THE SAME TIME AS THE ACE-27.
THEREFORE IT HAS THE SAME MATERIALS SUCH AS THE CLEAR RIGGING WIRE WHICH WAS ORIGINALLY USED ON THE ACE-27.
Knights Of The Skies - WWI
War of the
Roses - Booster Set
Wars of the Roses 1455-1487
Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team -
Alex, Cody and Sean.
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