Welcome to the February edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a very pleasant day here in the Bay Area. Temperatures are very pleasant during the day, but the nights are very cold with temperatures near freezing and sadly no rain for us which is not good news.
If you’ve been trying to contact us by phone over the last couple of weeks, we’re sorry for the difficulties. Seven months after our move the phone company decided we no longer needed to have our phones forwarded. It took 6 hours of phone calls and a couple of additional weeks to have the phones reinstalled. The good news if that the lines are now up and running again. Thank you for your patience.
This month we are starting to pack for the West Coaster Show, details on the show below. We are very excited that this show is starting again. It is held in a very nice hotel, close to Disneyland. Great for a visit after the show. We hope lots of you will come and make this a really great event. If you are coming to the show and would like to see anything or have anything reserved, please let us know, it really helps with the packing. We have plenty of space but it’s always the thing people want to see that we don’t bring, so please help.
We have some great releases from Britain's, King and County, John Jenkins and Corgi.
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Coaster Toy Soldier Show.
March 1, 2020 Anaheim California.
Great news, the West Coaster Toy Soldier is being
revived and is planned to take place the weekend of March 1, 2010. Room trading will occur on the Friday and Saturday. The event will be held at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim Garden Grove.
Please put this date on the Calendar and help support this great event and keep it alive.
There is a special group room rate of $129.00.
Book your group rate for West Coast Toy Soldier Show
We will publish details as they come available
We hope you can join us.
Cyber February Sale
Looking for a deal this February, look no further.. Even more Sales items are available in our showroom. For the first time ever we have authorized King & Country items on sale!
We will have lots of items on sale at up to 25% off throughout the month, please look at the special pricing being offered. We will be adding daily to our list of items on sale. So please check back often and you may find a pleasant surprise.
We are open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00pm.
Just a reminder for those of you living in Northern California, or perhaps just
visiting, that our Showroom dedicated to toy soldiers is now open 6 days a
week. 1350 Dell Avenue, Ste #5, Campbell, California 95008. (408) 395 3000
Check out all the latest announcements. This is updated as soon as there is a new announcement.
Sierra Toy Soldier Blog
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 lots of
Britain's sets. Upcoming we are looking at bringing in a Collection of
Britain's Circus sets in mint condition. If this is of interest to any of
you, please let us know.
Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive
Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive
Battle of Bannockburn, 1314
The Scottish Wars of Independence were an ongoing series of military campaigns fought between the Kingdoms of Scotland and England in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.
The wars were part of a great crisis for the Scots and the period when Scotland as a country defined its unique place in the history of the British Isles.
Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) became its most famous warrior king by successfully defeating the English Army under the command of Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 thereby helping to create the establishment of an independent Scottish kingdom.
Thirteen years later, in 1327, Edward’s son, Edward III renounced all claims to the Scottish kingdom and Scotland finally stood alone and proud... at least for a few hundred years.
MK200 Robert the Bruce - This mounted figure of “The Bruce” is closely modeled on the actual monument designed by Charles Pilkington Jackson which overlooks the battlefield of Bannockburn near Stirling in Scotland.
Unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen in 1964 it shows Bruce mounted on his mighty warhorse and holding a battleaxe in his right hand.
Battle of Bannockburn, 1314
NA441 Galloping Aide de Camp
- Resplendent in his dark blue uniform and sporting the distinctive red and gold
armband of one of the Emperor’s own select band of ADC’s this officer must stay
close to the great man himself in order to be on hand to deliver any and all
kinds of important messages and instructions.
- NA443 General Jean-Pierre Doumerc
- Jean-Pierre Doumerc (1767-1847) joined a French cavalry unit at the beginning
of the French revolution and rapidly rose to command an entire ‘Cuirassier’
regiment by the time Napoleon came to power. During the wars and campaigns of
the Emperor, Documerc first led cavalry brigades and later divisions in many of
the most important battles of that era. Our K&C representation shows him wearing
the extravagant general’s bicorn atop his senior Cuirassier officer’s uniform
and metal breastplate.
- NA445 General Jean-Baptiste Bessieres
- Bessieres (1768-1813) was a Marshal of the Empire during the Napoleonic era. A
great personal friend of the Emperor he campaigned with him in Italy and Egypt
before becoming a senior cavalry commander of Napoleon’s own Guard Cavalry. He
subsequently went on to take part in many other notable battles and campaigns in
Europe before being killed in action in 1813. Bessieres was not of high birth
but adopted the manners and style of a gentleman. He typically wore the
distinctive green uniform of his original regiment ‘Guides of the Army of Italy’
and wore his hair long and ‘powdered’ in the style of the ‘Ancien Regime’... And
that’s how we have portrayed him.
- NA453 Apple Seller - Armies
of Napoleon’s time relied on most of their food being supplied, bought or stolen
from whichever country or community they were marching through. This young woman
has a basketful of fresh apples to sell to the soldiers as they pass through or
near her family orchard.
French Artillery, Infantry, and Dragoons.
Battle of Little Big Horn
TRW165 Last Aimed Shot - A
dismounted 7th Cavalry trooper uses his horse as cover as he takes careful aim
with his carbine at one of his Indian opponents.
- TRW166 Die Longknife! - Two
Cheyenne ‘Dog Soldiers’ hack mercilessly at another unfortunate U.S. Cavalry
- TRW167 Fighting To The End -
Back-to-back, these two wounded troopers must know their end is near but still
they are determined to put up a fight to the last...
Battle of Little Big Horn June 25/26, 1876.
World of Dickens
WoD067 Green Hansom Cab Set
- A third version of our very popular horse transport from the time of Sherlock
Holmes... or Charles Dickens.
World of Dickens
In the days and weeks following the invasion of June 6, 1944, Allied troops quickly came to appreciate just how deadly and fiercely their German opponents defended their positions and almost brought the American, British and Canadian advance to a grinding halt.
Although vastly outnumbered in the air and even on the ground the German army fought with a grim determination borne of their experience on the battlefields of the Soviet Union and the Italian Front.
Here are two small reinforcements for K&C’s German troops fighting in Normandy.
WH096 Normandy Dispatch Rider - A Wehrmacht Dispatch Rider on his Italian-made motor bike halts temporarily to avoid the patrolling Allied fighter bombers that made movement between different German units almost impossible during daylight hours in the Normandy campaign.
The rider himself is a veteran of the fighting in Italy as he wears Italian-pattern camouflage trousers.
- WH098 Panzer Lehr Command Vehicle - One of the most famous German Panzer divisions taking part in the Battle of Normandy was the “Panzer Lehr”... Originally formed in Germany from training and demonstration troops (‘Lehr’ means ‘teach’) to provide additional armoured support for the anticipated Allied invasion of Europe. The division was in France when the invasion finally happened.
Here, you see the ‘Normandy’ version of our SdKfz 250/3 ‘Command Vehicle’ in typical 3-colour camouflage of the period. Inside the vehicle are 2 x full-body figures – a driver and a radio operator.
Vietnam - Tet'68
Guns and gunners of the Royal Australian and Royal New Zealand Artillery were an important component of the ANZAC military commitment to South Vietnam from 1965 to the early 1970’s.
At first they employed the air mobile, Italian designed 105mm Pack Howitzer before converting over to the tried and tested American ‘105’ M2 Field Gun. By changing over to the US Army model spare parts and plenty of ammunition were readily available whenever and wherever required from US Supply Depots in South Vietnam.
Australian “Diggers” and New Zealand “Kiwis” have fought side-by-side as ANZACS since they were first militarily combined as the ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’ in the early days of WW1.
During both World Wars they wore virtually the same uniforms with only their own unique military head gear to identify them as either ‘Aussie’ or ‘Kiwi’.
By the time of Vietnam their basic combat uniforms were broadly based on British Army tropical climate ‘OD’ (olive drab) of that period. Both armies wore the British-style bush hat.
This brand-new Gun Set shows 3 x gunners stripped to the waist manning their 105mm field piece... A kneeling, fully-clothed NCO watches over the men as they get to work firing and reloading their gun. This little set is a tribute to all ANZAC artillerymen who served in Vietnam.
Special Note: A later release will include a sand-bagged gun emplacement as well as extra shells and empty shell-cases.
Vietnam - Tet'68
The Big Bamboo
Bamboo can be found all over Asia and is frequently used for buildings as well as a food source and for raw materials. Bamboo has a higher specific comprehensive strength than wood, brick or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals even steel.
It’s also an essential part of any diorama that features K&C’s WW2 Japanese and US Marines as well as our Vietnam War ranges... Now you can purchase bags of various length, 1:30 scale bamboo stalks to give your jungle displays that extra touch of authenticity...
SP110 Bamboo Pack - 9 x lengths
of Bamboo in three approx. different sizes(16.5cm, 13cm, 12cm or 6.5”,
Diorama from King & Country
New Releases Expected
Ancient Carthage was a Phoenician state founded in 814BC. The Carthaginian Empire was to extend over much of the coast of Northwest Africa as well as substantial parts of coastal Iberia and the islands of the western Mediterranean sea.
At its height, the city state served as a major hub of trade, which brought it into conflict with the Greeks in Sicily, and with the Roman Republic, which led to a series of conflicts known as the Punic Wars.
The most famous Carthaginian was Hannibal Barca (247-183/181BC) who is widely considered as one of the greatest military commanders in history.
His father Hamilcar Barca was a leading Carthaginian commander during the first Punic War (264-241BC). He had two younger brothers Mago and Hasdrubal who both also commanded Carthaginian armies.
Hannibal is often regarded as one of the greatest military strategists in ancient history, together with Philip of Macedon, Alexander the Great, Julius Caesar, and Scipio Africanus.
He has been cited by various subsequent military leaders , such as Napoleon Bonaparte , as an inspiration and the greatest strategist of all, and with the double envelopment at the battle of Cannae an enduring legacy of his tactical brilliance.
King Harold Godwinson’s personal standard remains a mystery. There is no actual evidence from the usually helpful Bayeux Tapestry, which shows the red dragon standard of the house of Wessex, but not “The Fighting man” banner around which Harold and his bodyguards made their last stand against the Normans.
It is said the banner was made by Harold’s mother, Gytha, and others that it was woven by Harold’s common law wife, Edith swan-neck.
It is believed that William the Conqueror sent it as a tribute to pope Alexander II, where it seems to have vanished.
This banner is based on the one designed for the 2010 re-enactment.
Age of Arthur
Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall
Age of Arthur
Drums Along The Mohawk
Drums Along The Mohawk
George Washington (February 22, 1732 – December 14, 1799) commanded the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783).
In the early years of the war Washington was often in the middle of the action, first directing the Siege of Boston to its successful conclusion, but then losing New York City and almost losing New Jersey before winning surprising and decisive victories at Trenton and Princeton at the end of the 1776 campaign season. At the end of the year in both 1775 and 1776, he had to deal with expiring enlistments, since the Congress had only authorized the army's existence for single years. With the 1777 establishment of a more permanent army structure and the introduction of three-year enlistments, Washington built a reliable stable of experienced troops, although hard currency and supplies of all types were difficult to come by. In 1777 Washington was again defeated in the defense of Philadelphia, but sent critical support to Horatio Gates that made the defeat of Burgoyne at Saratoga possible. Following a difficult winter at Valley Forge and the entry of France into the war in 1778, Washington followed the British army as it withdrew from Philadelphia back to New York, and fought an ultimately inconclusive battle at Monmouth Court House in New Jersey.
Washington's activities from late 1778 to 1780 were more diplomatic and organizational, as his army remained outside New York, watching Sir Henry Clinton's army that occupied the city. Washington strategized with the French on how best to cooperate in actions against the British, leading to ultimately unsuccessful attempts to dislodge the British from Newport, Rhode Island and Savannah, Georgia. His attention was also drawn to the frontier war, which prompted the 1779 Continental Army expedition of John Sullivan into upstate New York. When General Clinton sent the turncoat General Benedict Arnold to raid in Virginia, Washington began to detach elements of his army to face the growing threat there. The arrival of Lord Cornwallis in Virginia after campaigning in the south presented Washington with an opportunity to strike a decisive blow. Washington's army and the French army moved south to face Cornwallis, and a cooperative French navy under Admiral de Grasse successfully disrupted British attempts to control of the Chesapeake Bay, completing the entrapment of Cornwallis, who surrendered after the Siege of Yorktown in October 1781. Although Yorktown marked the end of significant hostilities in North America, the British still occupied New York and other cities, so Washington had to maintain the army in the face of a bankrupt Congress and troops that were at times mutinous over conditions and pay. The army was formally disbanded after peace in 1783, and Washington resigned his commission as commander-in-chief on December 23, 1783.
SGEN-GW002 General George Washington
- SGEN-GW003 William Billy Lee - William “Billy” Lee (1750-1828) was George Washington’s personal assistant and the only one of Washington’s slaves freed immediately by Washington in his will.
Born c.1750, Lee was purchased on May 27th 1768, from the estate of the late Colonel John Lee of Westmoreland County, Virginia for sixty one pounds and fifteen shillings.
William “Billy” Lee served in a variety of roles, including Washington’s valet, where he performed chores such as brushing Washington’s long hair and tying it behind his head. He served at Washington’s side throughout the eight years of the Revolutionary War, including the winter at Valley forge and at the Siege of Yorktown.
According to historian Fritz Hirschfeld, Lee “rode alongside Washington in the thick of battle, ready to hand over to the general a spare horse or his telescope or whatever else might be needed”.
Inter-War Aviation Collection
PLEASE NOTE THE IWA-15, IWA-18B, IWA-19B , AND IWA-20B SETS HAVE NOW BEEN REPAINTED, WITH THEIR NUMBERS CHANGED FROM 8 TO 9.
Inter-War Aviation Collection
Yellow shirts are worn by plane handlers and plane directors that shuttle aircraft around the carrier’s tight and chaotic deck.
Brown shirts are worn most notably by Plane Captains. Plane Captains are responsible for overseeing the maintenance, launch and recovery and general well-being of their aircraft as well as the others in their squadron. The old adage is the plane captain is the one who truly “owns the jet,” and the pilot just borrows it for a couple hours at a time.
PLEASE NOTE THE BH-15, BH-18B, BH-19B , AND BH-20B SETS HAVE NOW BEEN REPAINTED, WITH THEIR NUMBERS CHANGED FROM 8 TO 9.
JJD Aircraft Collection
Hampton's Legion South Carolina Zouave Volunteers
Palmetto Riflemen South Carolina Infantry
War I Aircraft
Corgi 2020 Releases expected to arrive during 2020. Check individual
release for estimated dates.
AA28701 Fokker E.II Eindecker - 69/15, flown by
Kurt von Crailsheim, FFA 53, Monthois, France, October 1915
- AA28702 Fokker E.III, Manfred von
Richthofen, Kasta 8, June 1916
- AA28801 Bristol F2B Fighter D-8063, RAF
No.139 Squadron, Villaverla, Italy, Sept 1918
- AA37709 SE5a D3511, Major R. S Dallas,
CO RAF No.40 Squadron, Bruay Aerodrome, France, May 1918, Top Australian air ace
- AA37810 Albatros D.V 2111/17 'M',
Martin Mallmann, Jasta 19 'Les Tangos', Western Front, Jan 1918, Shot down by
'The Grim Reapers'
- AA37909 Spad XIII 'White 3', Pierre
Marinovitch, Escadrille Spa 94 'The Reapers', Youngest French Air Ace of WWI
- AA38109 Sopwith F.1 Camel B6401 No.3
Squadron RNAS, Northern France, 1918
- AA38110 Sopwith Camel F.1. Wilfred May,
21st April 1918, Death of the Red Baron
- AA38306 Fokker DR.1 Triplane 213/17
‘K’, Lt. Friedrich ‘Fritz’ Kempf, Jasta 2
- AA38310 Fokker DR.1 Triplane, Wolfram
Freiherr von Richthofen, 21st April 1918, Death of the Red Baron
War I Aircraft
British and USA Fighter Aircraft
British and USA Fighter Aircraft
AA32626 Avro Lancaster B.1 PA474,
operated by The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the only airworthy Lancaster
- AA33319 Boeing B-17G 42-31322 'Mi
Amigo', 364th BS, 305th BG, Chelveston, 22nd February 1944
- AA35314 North American B-25J Mitchell
'Betty's Dream', 499th BS, 345th BG, Le Shima, Okinawa, 1945
War in the Pacific
War in the Pacific
AA27204 Avro Vulcan B.2 XM575, RAF
No.101 Sqn, Waddington Wing, 1975
- AA33621 Panavia Tornado GR.4 ZA548, RAF
No.31 Squadron 'Goldstars' Retirement Scheme, RAF Marham, March 2019
- AA35416 BAC SEPECAT Jaguar GR.1 XX109,
M55 Motorway Trials, Lancashire, 1975
- AA36410 Eurofighter Typhoon FGR.4
ZJ924, RAF No. IX (B) Squadron, Lossiemouth, Scotland, May 2019
Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team -
Aidan, Alex, Cody, Fay, Sean and Michael (the Kilted Vampire).
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