Hello and welcome to the first edition of 2024’s monthly newsletter, written here on a cold, but dry day here in the San Francisco Bay Area! The winter weather here has not been as extreme as other parts of the country, but we must admit that it has been chilly as of late, with temperatures dipping below freezing on a few early mornings! Our thoughts do go out to those of you reading this who have been affected by the severe winter storms that have been occurring recently. Stay warm and stay well!
We have been very busy here at Sierra Toy Soldier Company this month, thanks to the New Year promotion we have been running. Many of you have taken advantage of this, which is excellent. We do, however, have to remind you that the promotion ends at 11:59 PST on January 24th. That means you have just about six days from when we send out this newsletter for you to put in an order (or five) that hits $240 before tax, so act quickly!
In other news, we wanted to write a special note about some new figures we recently got in from Team Miniatures. These figures, VEA6001-VEA6003, depict the Polish Winged Hussars charge at the Siege of Vienna, led by King Sobieski III. As many of you may know, we here at Sierra have a special fondness for the Winged Hussars. We believe that these figures fit in well with the others that manufacturers have produced in the past, so if you are looking to add more figures to your Siege of Vienna dioramas, we highly recommend you consider purchasing these offerings!
We would also like to mention that we will officially be attending this year’s West Coast Toy Soldier show down in Pasadena, California. Cody and Alex will be making the long journey down the coast where they will be doing a little bit of room trading before the official show on Sunday, March 4th. If you are interested in attending the show, please see the details listed below! For any other questions, you’re welcome to contact us by phone 1(408)-395-3000 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, March 3rd, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM to 3:00 PM. Admission: $8.00
Early Admission at 8AM $20.00
Location: Pasadena Elks Lodge
400 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105
We have some great new additions from King and Country, John Jenkins, First Legion and War Park to name a few. Our consignment area continues to expand and is consistently being added to.
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From all of us to all of you we wish you a very happy Christmas and Holiday period, a safe and peaceful New Year and a successful 2024! Stay safe and look forward to chatting with you soon.
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
To set up a Virtual Video Call to see any of our latest releases or displays. Contact us via Email or Phone.
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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
The Battle of Goose Green
A week after the successful British landings on East Falkland it was decided that ‘2 PARA’ should attack the Argentine position nearest to the British beachhead: Goose Green and the civilian settlement at nearby Darwin.
Originally it was thought that the number of enemy was about 500 strong including infantry and some artillery (both ground and anti aircraft).
This original assessment of enemy troop strength was a gross underestimate.
At dusk on May 26th, ‘2 PARA’ began their move forward and by the morning of the following day their commander, Lt. Col ‘H’ Jones had planned his attack on the enemy positions while his men remained undetected for most of that day.
In the early hours of May 28th ‘A’ Company of 2 PARA advanced on the left flank and soon made contact with the first Argentinean troops in that sector driving them backwards.
Soon afterwards ‘B’ Company moved forward on the right flank encountering strong opposition but swiftly overcoming it.
‘D’ Company held the centre between ‘A’ and ‘B’ Companies. All of this took several hours however and by first light all three assaulting companies were encountering heavy resistance from machine gun and mortar fire and the advance ground to a halt.
At this point, the Battalion Commander, Lt. Col. ‘H’ Jones and his Tactical HQ moved up to determine the cause of the delay and, frustrated by the slow progress, ran forward and attacked an enemy machine gun position. Alas he was fatally wounded but his attack inspired ‘A’ Company to follow his assault and take the opposite enemy trenches and bunkers.
2 PARA’s second-in-command, Major Chris Keeble now took over as ‘B’ and ‘D’ Companies continued to press their attacks while ‘C’ Company took over ‘A’ Company’s position in the centre as fighting continued.
By sunset on May 28th the Paras had taken Darwin and surrounded ‘Goose Green’ but remained exposed to freezing conditions throughout the night. Fortunately British helicopters continued to evacuate the wounded from the battlefield and by dawn of the 29th, Major Keeble sent two Argentine prisoners into Goose Green with an ultimatum and terms for the garrison’s surrender.
At 1450 hours the Argentinean commander decided to capitulate. It was a remarkable achievement with ‘2 PARA’ triumphant against odds of over two-to-one!
Not one of the 112 civilian prisoners had been harmed, though 2 PARA lost 16 men killed and 36 severely wounded plus another 30 suffering minor injuries. A Royal Engineer and a Royal Marine pilot were also killed in the action.
Argentina lost 45 killed, 90 wounded and almost 1,000 captured.
A hard-won victory but a great example of British military professionalism and determination against a much more numerous opposition.
TF007 Lieut. Colonel ‘H’ Jones - Lieutenant Colonel Herbert Jones, V.C., O.B.E. (1940-1982) known as ‘H’ Jones, was the commanding officer of 2nd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment and the posthumous recipient of the Victoria Cross, Britain’s highest military award for his leadership and gallantry during the Battle of Goose Green.
Our K&C tribute to this brave soldier shows him leading the assault on an enemy machine gun position still wearing his ‘Para’ red beret and firing his Sterling submachine gun from the hip as he advances.
His and ‘2 PARA’s’ achievement at Goose Green set the tone for the subsequent land victory of the British forces in the Falklands campaign.
The British achieved such a moral superiority over the much-larger enemy in this first battle that despite the overall advantages of greater numbers and strong defensive positions the Argentinean troops never threatened the far superior fighting qualities of the British.
TF008 Lying Prone Para Sniper Team - A sniper and his ‘number2’ lay down accurate, well-aimed rifle fire on the enemy… A 2-man set.
TF009 Charging Para - Following his C.O. in the assault on the enemy machine gun position this ‘2 Para’ soldier rapidly moves forward with his L1A1 rifle.
TF010 Kneeling Firing Para - Taking the knee and taking careful aim on one of the enemy with his L1A1, at the time, the standard rifle of the British Armed Forces and… a great infantry rifle.
TF011 Standing Firing Para - Another obvious firing position with the L1A1. At that time, all British rifles were semi automatic because British military doctrine was… ‘every round is an aimed-round’. No spraying the enemy with fully automatic… you are only wasting ammunition!’
TF012 Para Firing Bren Gun - Although technically retired from active service (by 1982) many British units kept large numbers of these venerable and much respected Bren Guns in their Regimental and Battalion armouries.
As units deployed down south and required additional firepower substantial numbers of L4A1 Bren Guns were taken down to the Falklands and were used by both Parachute Battalions as well as all Royal Marine Commando units and Royal Navy ships.
TF013 Kneeling Para w/M16A2 and M203 - This kneeling Para is armed with the American-made M16A2 assault rifle combined with the M203 Grenade Launcher… a very useful weapon in any battlefield situation.
More than a few of K&C’s ‘VIETNAM’ series have been based on actual photographs taken during or just after the bloody firefights that erupted all over South Vietnam in the aftermath of that 1968 TET Offensive of January and February 1968.
The photo in this case was taken by a young draftee photographer John Olson who at the time was working for ‘Stars and Stripes’ the Army’s own publication.
Olson carried five cameras shooting ‘black and white‘ film for Stars and Stripes and colour film for images he might sell elsewhere. Soon the full colour versions appeared in LIFE magazine and that’s where I first remember seeing it.
In all of the photos John Olson took of these figures they were all placed on top of an M48 tank however both figures can just as easily be put on the ground or even on some of K&C’s other ‘VIETNAM’ vehicles.
KC-VN179 Talking Care of a Buddy
KC-VN180 Kneeling Grunts - These two Marines were actually designed to fit into K&C’s upcoming Special Edition UH-1D ‘Huey’ Helicopter however as they are ready now, why not, we surmised, just release them. As you can see they can, like the above pair, fit into and onto all kinds display settings… The choice is yours.
KC-VN181 What Me Worry? - The basis for this final pair of ‘Vietnam’ figures was another black and white image taken by the great British photographer, Don McCullin (now Sir Don McCullin) during the TET battles of 1968 in the old Imperial City of Hue.
Don McCullin was ‘embedded’ with one of the USMC units fighting to recapture the NVA / VC controlled city and caught many of the most iconic photos of that terrible battle.
In this one a ‘Grunt’ brings in a captured, wounded enemy soldier. The young Vietnamese is blindfolded and has his hands firmly tied behind him as he is pushed forward.
Over the Marine’s shoulder are his own M16 as well as the prisoner’s AK47.
On the back of the Marine’s flak vest is the iconic image of American Youth culture of the 1960’s… Alfred E. Newman the hero of MAD magazine alongwith his personal motto of… ‘What Me Worry’.
Vietnam - Tet'68
US Marines - Tarawa
USMC061 Standing Marine - This Marine has ‘shouldered’ his ‘M1 Garand’ and stands at attention awaiting the order to ‘move out’.
USMC062 Marching Marine - This trio of ‘Leathernecks’ are in various marching poses as they set off on a long, long march.
USMC063 Walking Marine - Although looking relaxed this Marine has unslung his M1 and holds it read for action at a moment’s notice.
USMC064 Standing Reading Marine - This Marine looks as if he is ready to present his rifle for inspection to one of the company NCOs.
USMC065 Standing-At-Ease Marine - Also awaiting inspection or perhaps ready to move out this Marine stands at ease waiting for the command
USMC066 Watching Marine - Another standing Marine, rifle at the ‘ready’.
USMC067 Walking Marine Sniper - Armed with the M1903A4 ‘Springfield’ Rifle with the long sniper scope this walking Marine Sniper carefully scans the countryside as he moves through it.
USMC068 Walking Marine Officer - All U.S. Military officers were issued with the standard sidearm, the Colt M1911 semi-automatic Pistol. In addition many WW2 infantry officers also carried the M1 Carbine, a lightweight, semi-automatic carbine that saw extensive use in the Korean and South Vietnam conflicts.
Like all his men this officer also carries the full back pack same as his men.
USMC069 Walking Marine Sergeant - This NCO (Non Commissioned Officer) like his officer also carries the Colt M1911 Side Arm in addition to a M1928 ‘Thompson’ Submachine Gun.
Battle of TARAWA
New releases expected
New Kingdom Egyptians
The New Kingdom, is the period in ancient Egyptian history between the sixteenth century BC and the eleventh century BC. It was Egypt’s most prosperous time and marked the peak of its power.
It is also known as the “Ramesside period”, named after the eleven pharaohs who took the name Ramesses, after Ramesses I, the founder of the nineteenth Dynasty.
Ancient Egyptian chariots, emblematic of the power and prestige of the New Kingdom period (c. 1550-1070 BCE), were an integral part of the military and cultural fabric of the time.
New Kingdom Egyptians, Battle of Kadesh 1274BC
PYRAECHMES OF AMYDON.
Pyraechmes was along with Asteropaeus, a leader of the Paeonians in the Trojan War.
Pyraechmes came from the city of Amydin. Although Homer mentions Pyraechmes as the leader of the Paeonians early in the Iliad, in the Trojan ccatalogue he plays a minor role compared to the more illustrious Asteropaeus, a later arrival to the conflict.
Pyraechmes was killed in battle by Patroclus, who was dressed in Achilles’ armour. Patroclus routed the panicked Trojans, and the first person he killed was Pyraechmes.
Troy and her allies
Age of Arthur - Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall
Great Siege of Malta
Great Siege of Malta
Gempei War 1180 - 1185
WSP-036 Shield Painter - The War shield was one of the most important pieces of the warrior’s paraphernalia.
Although it could be punctured by a direct blow, a shield struck at an angle was tough enough to deflect lances, arrows or even a smoothbore ball at mid-range. It was considered a most sacred and potent possession. Its painted symbols and the items appended to it had resulted from a vision, and in its manufacture and care the warrior bestowed intense selectivity, craftsmanship and thought.
The decoration and painting of the shield was always accompanied by special ceremonies conducted by medicine men and proven warriors.
A common Sioux practice was for the warrior to sit before the holy man and recount his coups with small sticks, dropping one for each coup, while the holy man painted on designs, prayed over them and sang war songs to affix their power permanently. These services were considered to be worth as many as two fine horses.
WSP-040 Major Andrew HenryMajor Andrew Henry (c. 1775-January 10th, 1832) was an American miner, army officer, frontiersman, trapper and entrepreneur.
Alongside William H. Ashley, Henry was the co-owner of the successful Rocky Mountain Fur Company, otherwise known as “Ashley’s Hundred”, for the famous mountain men working for their firm from 1822 to 1832.
He is depicted by John Huston in the 1971 film “Man in The Wilderness”, and by Domhnall Gleeson in the 2015 film “The Revenant”, both of which depict Hugh Glass’s bear attack and journey.
Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts
James Morrow Walsh (22 May 1840 – 25 July 1905)
Born in Prescott, Ontario, James Walsh was one of the original officers of the NWMP. Superintendent Walsh was assigned in 1875 to establish a post in the Cypress Hills in what is now Saskatchewan. The post was located here because of the 1873 massacre, an atrocity stemming from the illegal American whisky trade.
Walsh’s original role was to shut down this trade, but in June 1876 his position grew in importance when several thousand Sioux crossed the border into Canada, taking refuge there after the Battle of Little Big Horn.
Walsh developed a strong friendship with the famous Sioux leader Sitting Bull, and successfully kept peace in the region. Walsh became famous in the American press as “Sitting Bull’s Boss”.
In reality Walsh’s orders were to convince Sitting Bull and the Sioux to return to the United States, but the Canadian government decided that Walsh’s friendship with Sitting Bull was an obstacle to the Sioux’s return across the border.
In 1880 Walsh was transferred to Fort Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan, and soon after he reluctantly resigned his commission.
In August 1897 during the height of the Klondike Gold Rush, Walsh was appointed Commissioner of the newly created Yukon Territory. He resigned in 1898, returning to Ontario where he died in 1905.
Mount Walsh a mountain peak in the Saint Elias Mountains in the Yukon is named after him.
For those interested in learning more about James Morrow Walsh and Sitting Bull, Ian Anderson’s book “Sitting Bull’s Boss, Above the Medicine Line with James Morrow Walsh” is recommended.
Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts
Battle of Cowpens - Queen’s Rangers
Battle of Cowpens - Delaware Company
Battle of Cowpens - Militia Dragoons
American Civil War - Cherokee Mounted Rifles
Cherokee Mounted Rifles
American Civil War - Emerald
Army of the Shenandoah, 33rd Virginia Infantry Regiment, Company E, Emerald
American Civil War - 4th Virginia Regiment
Army of the Shenandoah, The First Brigade, 4th Virginia Regiment
American Civil War - Confederate Artillery
Battle of Rosebud
The Battle of the Rosebud, June 17th 1876
Battle of Rosebud
Battle where the Girl saved her Brother, 17th June 1876
Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team -
Alex, Cody and Sean.
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