March, 2020
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the February Edition 2020 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the spring edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News written on a very warm and pleasant day here, in the Bay Area. February was a very bad month for rain here in Northern California. It was our driest month since 1864. We are hoping for the much needed rain this month.

The West Coaster show was a great success and a ton of fun was had by all. The show was well attended, a great location and as always it was fun seeing all of you. It looks like we will be holding the show in the same spot next year. No date has been set yet, but tentatively it will be the end of February. We hope that the show will grow if it gets back to a regular time and place.

Our next major event for is the Chicago show, scheduled for the 3rd week of September, always great fun and we will publish details closer to the time. In the meantime our good friend Bob Walker is holding an open house in May at his home in Southern California. Details are in our events section.

In the meantime we wish everybody the very best in the current uncertain environment.

We do not have many new announcements from manufactures due to Chinese New Year and the Virus. From the information we have received the Toy Soldier Factories re opened this month and we should see new announcements shortly. The exception to this has been John Jenkins who was able to announce March releases (expected next week) and April releases. King & Country have made available more of their popular Beginner Gift Sets and Bundles. They have also announced special pricing on a number of items, info below.

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Events

Bob Walker's Second Annual Open House and Toy Soldier Faire

Saturday, May 16th, 2020 Southern California.

Many of you may remember, that we had the unique opportunity to visit Bob's private collection up here in Northern California. Unfortunately we does not run open houses here at this present time as he lives down south these days.

Great news, is that he is opening his home to see his magnificent Toy Soldier, Uniform and Book collection. This is truly a unique opportunity.

Bob has allowed us to extend an invitation to customers of Sierra Toy Soldier. If you would like to attend, please contact us and we will be pleased to request an invitation, we are only allowed to offer this to customers of Sierra Toy Soldier.

Cyber March Sale

Cyber March Sale

Looking for a deal this March, look no further.. Even more Sales items are available in our showroom. We also 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.

Sierra Blog
Events
Collectors Corner
Sierra Toy Britain's Exclusive
King & Country
King & Country Sale
John Jenkins

Showroom

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

www.sierratoysoldier.com

Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

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

Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

Sierra Toy Soldier Blog

Check out all the latest announcements. This is updated as soon as there is a new announcement.

Sierra Toy Soldier Blog

Collectors Corner

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.

Consignment Highlight

This month we have added lots of  King and Country sets all effectively brand new and unopened. We also received a most magnificent Britain's Circus set in mint condition, again never displayed. We will be uploading this in the coming days.

Collectors Corner

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive with King & Country.
Wojtek the Bear - Available Now! - Final Sets Remaining!

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive with King & Country. First Edition of 300!

Monte Cassino

Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive - New Release

We are very pleased to announce our 6th release in the Zulu Storehouse Attack Collection.  We waited to announce this set until we were convinced of the delivery date.  Expected arrival Spring / Summer 2020, 300 have been made. Pre-Order Now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Update - In Stock Now!

Thank you to all of you that waited so patently for this item to be released. Now in stock.

Zulu Storehouse Attack

King & Country

King & Country March Releases!

Beginners Gift Sets

New beginner gift sets and groupings.

Beginners Gift Sets

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.

  • - 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

French Napoleonic

  • - 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.
  • - 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.
  • - 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.
  • - 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

  • - A dismounted 7th Cavalry trooper uses his horse as cover as he takes careful aim with his carbine at one of his Indian opponents.
  • - Two Cheyenne ‘Dog Soldiers’ hack mercilessly at another unfortunate U.S. Cavalry trooper.
  • - 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.

Wehrmacht

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.

  • - 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.

Wehrmacht

King & Country Sale

End-Of-The-Run Remainders

If you like a bargain, King & Country is having to my knowledge a sale on retired and overstocked items from it's warehouse. This is so they can have space for all the new items coming in. The prices are amazing and a real bargain for you. These prices are good whilst stocks last, so if you spot something that tickles your fancy, get it now before it's gone.

Specials

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected March! - We expect these to arrive next week!
Iceni Warrior

Enemies of Rome

Veles

Mid-Republic Romans

Spartan Army

Spartan Army

Aztec Temple

Tenochtitlan was the capital city of the Aztec Empire. The city was built on an island in what was then Lake Texcoco in the valley of Mexico.

In the center of Tenochtitlan was a walled square, where in temples on top of high pyramids Aztec holy men honored their gods with colorful ceremonies and human sacrifices.

The jjDesigns Aztec Temple Complex pieces can be combined to create a suitable backdrop which can fit on a standard 36” wide shelf.

Either the exterior of the walled complex or the interior of the walled complex can be represented.

A display similar to the Roman Fort can be created, which can represent a simple shelf backdrop or a complete fort/temple complex!

The Straight Wall section is 8 7/8 wide by 5 high and 2 3/4 Inches deep.

The Temple Walled Shelf display is 35” wide by 5 ½” deep, and 7” high

Please note there will also be separate staircases available.

Aztec Temple Complex

Conquistadors

Conquistadors

Norman Knights

William Duke of Normandy (c. 1028-1087), usually known as William the Conqueror was the first Norman King of England, reigning from 1066 until his death in 1087.

In the 1050’s and early 1060’s, William became a contender for the throne of England held by the Childless Edward the Confessor, his first cousin removed. There were other claimants. Including the powerful English earl Harold Godwinson, whom Edward had named as King on his deathbed, in January 1066. William argued that Edward had previously promised the throne to him, and that Harold had sworn to support his claim.

Throughout the summer of 1066, William assembled an army and an invasion fleet in Normandy. This force included, in addition to troops from William’s own territories of Normandy and Maine, large numbers of mercenaries, allies and volunteers from Brittany, Northeast France and Flanders.

The Battle of Hastings took place on the 14th October 1066. Although the numbers on each side were about equal, William had the advantage of having both cavalry, infantry and many archers. Harold had only foot soldiers, and few archers. The English formed a shield wall along a ridge, and were initially so effective that the invading Norman army was repeatedly thrown back with heavy casualties. Towards the end of the day some of William’s Breton troops panicked and fled, with some of the English troops pursuing the fleeing Bretons. These English troops who had broken ranks, were themselves attacked and destroyed by the Norman mounted knights.

Norman knights were armoured warriors that fought on horseback, with lance , sword and shield. These were the Norman “secret weapon” as nothing like them had been seen before in England. There were between 1,000-2,000 Norman knights in William’s army, and it was these troops which proved decisive to the invading army’s victory. Two further Norman retreats were feigned, which once again drew the English into pursuit and expose them to repeated attacks by the Norman cavalry. It appears that the decisive event was Harold’s death, of which there are differing versions which are told.

William of Jumieges claimed that Harold was killed by the Duke himself.

The Bayeux tapestry shows Harold’s death by an arrow to the eye.

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Crusader Knight

The Crusades were a series of religious wars initiated and often supported directly by the catholic church between the 11th and the 17th century.

The Crusades differed from other religious conflicts in that they were considered a penance by the participants that brought forgiveness for confessed sin.

In 1095 Pope Urban II proclaimed the First Crusade at the council of Clermont. He encouraged military support for the Byzantine Emperor against the Seljuk Turks, and an armed pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

Crusades

Jacobite Rebellion - Bonnie Prince Charley

Bonnie Prince Charley, known also as the Young Pretender, whose name in full was Charles Edward louis Philip Casimir Stuart, was born December 31st 1720 in Rome, and died January 31st 1788 also in Rome.

He was the last serious Stuart claimant to the British throne and leader of the unsuccessful Jacobite Rebellion of 1745.

Jacobite Rebellion 1745

Drums along the Mohawk

Drums along the Mohawk

Rhode Island Regiment

Rhode Island Regiment 1781

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts - Jeremiah Johnson

A mountain man was an explorer who lived in the wilderness. They were instrumental in opening up the various Emigrant Trails (widened into wagon roads) allowing Americans in the east to settle the new territories of the far west by organized wagon trains traveling over roads explored and in many cases, physically improved by the mountain men and the big fur companies originally to serve the mule train based inland fur trade.

Mountain men were most common in the North American Rocky Mountains from about 1810 through to the 1880s (with a peak population in the early 1840s). Approximately 3,000 mountain men ranged the mountains between 1820 and 1840, the peak beaver-harvesting period. While there were many free trappers, most mountain men were employed by major fur companies. The life of a company man was almost militarized. The men had mess groups, hunted and trapped in brigades and always reported to the head of the trapping party. This man was called a "boosway", a bastardization of the French term bourgeois. He was the leader of the brigade and the head trader.

John "Liver-Eating" Johnson, born John Jeremiah Garrison Johnston, was a mountain man of the American Old West. Immortalized by the 1972 movie, starring Robert Redford.

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

JJD Aircraft Collection

The Aircraft Tug, or Moto-Tug was a small but powerful tractor which was employed on aircraft carriers during the second World War as planes became larger and more difficult to maneuver by hand around the crowded flight deck. The Moto-Tug had a small turning radius and was ideal for work maneuvering planes on the crowded and busy aircraft carrier runways.

Equipped with durable steel bumper, 45hp engine and double rear tires, the Moto-Tug was able to tow an approx. 1.8 ton payload.

Please note these Moto-Tug sets include 2 pins for attaching the yellow tow bar. One of these is a spare pin.

JJD Aircraft Collection

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected April
Enemies of Rome

Enemies of Rome

THE VELITES

Mid-Republic Romans

Carthaginian

Carthaginian

Persian Calvary

ACHAEMENID PERSIAN EMPIRE 550-330BC

Aztec Temple Complex

The Corner Wall section is 3 3/4 wide by 5 high and 3 3/4 deep.

Aztec Temple Complex

Conquistadors

From the moment of Christopher Columbus' discovery of lands previously unknown to Europe in 1492, the New World captured the imagination of European adventurers. Thousands of men came to the New World to seek fortune, glory, and land. For two centuries, these men explored the New World, conquering any native people they came across in the name of the King of Spain (and the hope of gold). They came to be known as the Conquistadors.

La Malinche was a Nahua woman from the Mexican Gulf coast, who played a key role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, acting as an interpreter, advisor, and intermediary for the Spanish conquistador, Hernan Cortes. She was one of 20 women slaves given to the Spaniards by the natives of tabasco in 1519. Later she gave birth to Cortes’s first son, Martin.

Conquistadors

Age of Arthur

A Housecarl was known as a bodyguard in medieval Northern Europe.

The term originated in Scandinavia and was brought to Anglo Saxon England by the Danish conquest in the 11th century. Housecarls were well trained and were paid as full time soldiers. In England they had a number of roles, both military and administrative.

Harold Godwinson’s Housecarls had a crucial role as the backbone of his army at Hastings. Although they were numerically the smaller part of Harold’s army, their superior equipment and training meant they could have been used to strengthen the fyrd, or militia which made up most of harold’s troops.

They would have traditionally been placed in the centre around the leader’s standard, but also it is believed in the first ranks of both flanks, with the fyrdmen behind them.

At the Battle of Hastings, the Housecarls fought after Harold’s death, holding his oath to him until the very last man was killed.

The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Housecarls as footmen clad in mail, with conical helmets and fighting with the great two handed Dane Axe.

Age of Arthur

Drums along the Mohawk

** PLEASE NOTE, The new militia figures can also be used to bulk out any American Revolution Continental regiments.

Drums along the Mohawk

Butler's Rangers

Butler's Rangers

Continental Army

Horatio Lloyd Gates (July 26, 1727 – April 10th 1806) was a British born soldier who served as a leading American general during the early years of the Revolutionary war. He was the main American commander at the battle of Saratoga 1777.

Born in the town of Malden in Essex, Gates served in the British army during the War of Austrian Succession, as well as the French and Indian War. Frustrated by his inability to advance in the army, Gates sold his commission and established a small plantation in Virginia. On Washington’s recommendation, the Continental Congress made Gates the Adjutant General of the Continental army in 1775. He was assigned command of the Northern Department in 1777. Soon after Gates took charge of the northern Department, the Continental army defeated the British at the crucial Battles of Saratoga. After the battle, some members of Congress considered replacing Washington with gates, but Washington ultimately retained his position as commander in chief of the Continental Army.

Gates took command of the Southern Department in 1780, but was removed from command later that year after the disastrous Battle of Camden. Gate’s military reputation was destroyed by the battle and he did not hold another command for the remainder of the war.

Continental Army

Hampton's Legion

Hampton's Legion South Carolina Zouave Volunteers

JJD Aircraft Collection

High Velocity Aircraft Rockets, or HVAR, were also known by the nickname “Holy Moses”, were an American unguided rocket developed during the second world war, to attach targets on the ground from aircraft.

JJD Aircraft Collection

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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