May, 2019
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Missed the April Edition 2019 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the May edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a very mild and pleasant day here in the Bay Area. May is a great time to visit us and the Bay Area as the weather is great, and the main tourist season has not yet started. After visiting us you have a choice to still go skiing or Whale watching (highly recommended).

Our move continues. What a crazy idea trying to pack up a toy soldier store. It does not help when a neighbor’s delivery truck, decided to take out our electricity, by hitting a pole and wires at 4.00 in the morning. Our plans are still on track with us expecting to close the store around and about the 15th of June. We than plan to open our new Showroom, which will be a work in progress on July 1st.

New opening hours from July 1st we will typically be open Monday to Friday 10.00 to 5.00. Saturdays we will have special open days and appointment only. We will be stocking and displaying our full range of items as per normal. The advantage will be that all items will be in one location.

Many of you have already taken advantage of Store Only Sale, we have a lot more on sale at bargain prices because we really do not want to move it. Our store sale continues until June 15 do not miss out.

We have some great announcements from King & Country, John Jenkins, Thomas Gunn, Corgi and Hobby Master.

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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 to our consignment corner many King & Country, John Jenkins and Frontline American Civil War Sets.

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

King & Country

King & Country May Releases!

Ancient Egypt

Over 5,000 years ago Egypt became a united nation and for 3,000 of those years it was ruled over by its own kings. During that time there were three distinct periods... the Old, Middle and New Kingdoms. Now, see where we’re beginning our story... It was in the ‘Old Kingdom’ that the Egyptians began building huge stone tombs for their rulers called ‘pyramids’.

To these Ancient Egyptians, the three most important things in their lives were their King... the Next World and the River Nile.

Egypt is a very arid country where it rarely rains. The Nile’s water provides life for plants, animals and people.

The royal pyramids, which housed the bodies and possessions of dead rulers were all built on the west bank of the Nile.

To construct these mighty monuments armies of labourers hauled huge blocks of stone to the chosen sites. Once there skilled craftsmen and stonemasons shaped and placed these massive blocks according to the designs and plans of the architects and surveyors.

Painters, metalworkers, carpenters and sculptors then added their skills and handiwork to complete the gigantic structures.

This is the initial theme of these welcome additions to one of King & Country’s most original series of figures.

SPECIAL NOTE: This is just the beginning... there are already many more ‘Building The Pyramid’ releases scheduled for release in the coming months and into 2020!

  • - Although animals were also used to help drag huge blocks of stone to and around the pyramid’s building site most of the ‘heavy-hauling’ was undertaken by manual labour.
    Here a team of six labourers haul a wooden sled on which a large block of stone has been tied down to.
    If on level ground or sand, wooden logs could be placed under the sled to ease the passage of the load. On ramps however, built at an angle leading up to the various levels of the pyramid, brute strength was still the best, if hardest, method used. Six figures... one wooden sled... and one very large block of stone!
  • - Two labourers toil away mixing ‘Mud Bricks’. These were a compound of Nile mud, clay, sand mixed in with straw and even a little animal dung! This was all mixed together with water to form a malleable mass which was than pressed into wooden molds to make the individual ‘bricks’.
    As one labourer pours in some sand the other stirs up the mixture. 2-figures and the mixing trough.
  • - Watching over and instructing the various labouring tasks would be an ‘overseer’ or ‘foreman’ such as this figure. While many of the workers under his control were either slaves or foreign-born labourers most of the ‘Overseers’ were Egyptian although some had ‘risen from the laboring ranks’.
  • - Skilled stonemasons could be Egyptian but might also be talented slaves or foreign workers. Because of their skills and talents they received better provisions and much improved living quarters compared to the largely unskilled heavy labourers. A 3-figure set.
  • - Working under the blazing Egyptian sun from early morning until last light demanded copious amounts of water for ALL the workers constructing the Pyramid. Teams of girls and young women, many of Nubian origin, brought fresh water to the workers throughout the working day. After work had ceased they were kept in their own separate camp compounds to ensure their own safety as well as the likelihood that they might ‘tire-out’ the workforce with extra curricular evening activities!
  • - All over the building site you would see large and small wooden scaffolding complete with platforms where the expert craftsmen... sculptors, painters and other decorators would work away high above the heavy labourers.
  • - Although most ‘overseers’ and ‘foremen’ carried protective weaponry a strong force of the King’s soldiers would also be on hand to provide a kind of ‘military police’ presence on the work site. These professional soldiers would also protect the prized possessions which would be gathered at the Pyramid site ready to be interred along with the dead king when the project was finally completed.

Ancient Egypt


Although the Roman Army was highly successful in keeping its enemies at arms length occasionally a raiding party of Celts, Britons or rebellious Gauls would break through the military cordon to ravage and raid towns and villages just inside the Empire’s long and extended borders...

  • - Here, a forlorn and dejected young and attractive female captive is led away by a mounted barbarian chieftain. What fate awaits her remains unknown however this was a scene that was not unknown during the Empire’s long and often brutal reign...
  • - Three separate Legionary shields, decorated with the symbols of K&C’s chosen Legion, the XX Valeria Victrix (the Twentieth Victorious Valeria Legion) together with three ‘Pilums’, the classic Roman Army Throwing Spear. Very useful ‘extras’ for Roman Forts, encampments and... battlefields!



Amalienborg Palace, this classical palace can be found in the heart of Copenhagen complete with its own large square and a monumental equestrian statue of Amalienborg’s founder, King Frederick Ⅴ.

Everyday and night Amalienborg is guarded by Denmark’s own Royal Life Guards. As some of you may know several years ago K&C produced our own version of these guardsmen in their special ceremonial ‘scarlet’ tunics and bearskin caps (similar to Britain’s own Royal Foot Guard Regiments).

On most occasions however when the Guard parades at Amelienborg they wear a different parade tunic... the Navy Blue double-breasted one... That’s usually what most visitors see when the ‘Changing of the Guard’ ceremony takes place each day the monarch is in residence.


Michael Wittmann’s First Battlefield Tiger

Michael Wittmann (1914-1944) is, without doubt, the most famous tank commander of the Second World War. Since the war Wittmann has become almost a ‘cult figure’ thanks to his battlefield achievements as a ‘Panzer Ace’ particularly his actions at Villers Bocage in Normandy during June 1944. It was there that, single-handedly his Tiger tank and crew destroyed 14 British tanks, 2 anti tank guns and no less than 15 assorted personnel carriers in less than a quarter of an hour! A singular accomplishment for any armoured warrior of any army at any time!

His exploits commanding the formidable PanzerkampfwagenⅥ, better known as the ‘Tiger’ have ensured his fame all over the world ever since. Wittmann’s ‘Tiger’ adventures did not begin (and end) on the lush, green fields of Normandy in 1944 they go back to April 1943 in Russia.

It was there that Wittmann was given command of his first ‘Tiger’ tank, turret number ‘411’... Just a few weeks later SS-Untersturmfuhrer Wittmann’s unit was expanded and renumbered their tanks accordingly.

  • - Michael Wittmann’s own ‘Tiger’ was now given the new number ‘1331’... ‘13’ being the new, enlarged company, ‘3’ for the platoon and the final ‘1’ for the position of platoon commander.
    It was in this particular vehicle that the young untersturmfuhrer would go into action with during the biggest and fiercest tank battle of the Second World... KURSK.
    This K&C model represents Michael Wittmann’s first Battlefield Tiger as it appeared on the opening day of the Kursk Offensive, 5th of July 1943.
    On that day, despite driving over a Russian mine and one of his crew being injured Wittmann’s ‘Tiger’ destroyed eight T34’s and no less than seven of the much-feared Soviet anti tank guns.
    As you can see there are 2 figures in the open hatches of the turret... Untersturmfuhrer Wittmann in the commander’s position and his gunner, Bobby Woll, enjoying a brief breath of fresh air... as he scans the surrounding area for fresh targets!
    By the time the Kursk Offensive ended on July 17th the 29 year old Panzer ace and his crew were totally exhausted. They had however destroyed some 30 Soviet tanks and 28 anti tank guns!
    This latest King & Country Tiger comes in a specially designed full-colour box with extra strong black foam insert.... All the better to protect the model and figures inside!

Russian Front and Berlin 1945


  • - As Australia’s involvement in South Vietnam deepened the Army decided it must have a modern armoured personnel carrier that could more easily navigate through dense South East Asian jungles, paddy fields, rivers and creeks.
    After exhaustive tests and trials in Australia’s own tropical rain forests the Army selected the American-made M113.
    In March 1965 the first M113 A1’s arrived in Australia and by June of that same year some of these Aussie 113’s were deployed to South Vietnam.
    Our K&C model is typical of these Australian APC’s that saw action at that time and in the following years. ’22 Bravo’ mounts a .50 caliber Browning machine gun on top of the commander’s hatch behind which sits the vehicle commander himself. A second figure appears just popping out of the open hatch of the driver’s position.
    As you can see in our pictures the vehicle can also accommodate additional Australia infantrymen riding into battle.
  • - Three sitting Aussie ‘Grunts’ from the Royal Australian Regiment in various seated poses... All armed with the L1A1 Self Loading Rifle... the standard infantry rifle of the Vietnam period.
  • - A ‘stand-alone’, hands on hips, Aussie vehicle commander. This figure is especially designed for collectors who may want one additional M113 (or even more) to make up a troop of APC’s in action. Works equally well on this vehicle and on the upcoming Centurion tanks.
  • - A very useful seated commander, complete with ‘bone-dome’ scanning the surrounding countryside for any sight of ‘Victor Charlie’!

Vietnam - Tet'68

Berlin 1938

  • - Eva Anna Paula Braun (1912-1945) was the longtime companion of Adolf Hitler and, for less than 40 hours in May 1945, his wife!
    Eva first met Hitler in 1929 in Munich where she was working as a photographer’s assistant and part-time model. She began a relationship with Hitler a few years later and, by 1936, was an established, if secret, part of his private household at his mountain retreat at Berchtesgaden in the Bavarian Alps.
    She was a key figure in his inner circle but completely unknown to the German general public.
    Towards the end of WW2 she moved to Berlin and swore undying loyalty to Hitler and met her suicidal end shortly after marrying Hitler in the bomb-battered remains of the Reich Chancellery as the Red Army closed ‘in for the kill’ in the Reich capital.
    This is the second K&C version of this particular ‘Eva’ figure... dressed perhaps for an earlier, happier occasion.
  • - It was often said that Hitler loved animals more than people... perhaps there is more than a shade of truth in that.
    During the First World War, “Corporal Hitler’s” best friend and most loyal companion was a stray mongrel he adopted while serving in the trenches on the Western Front.
    ‘Blondi’ was Hitler’s German Shepherd given as a gift to the Fuhrer by his Chief of the Nazi Party Chancellery, Martin Bormann in 1941.
    The dog stayed loyally by Hitler’s side for the remainder of the war and eventually moved into the Berlin Fuhrerbunker located under the garden of the Reich Chancellery in January 1945.
    Hitler was extremely fond of ‘Blondi’ and she featured in many press photographs showing the Fuhrer as a dedicated and kind ‘animal lover’.
    The dog also met the same fate as her master when, in order to test the special cyanide capsules all top Nazis carried, Hitler ordered his doctor to test the potency of a capsule on his pet dog. This was done and ‘Blondi’ died as a result.
    Our ‘Adolf & Blondi’ set shows dog and master in other times... enjoying a walk in the Bavarian Alps near his mountain retreat.
  • - Josef ‘Sepp’ Dietrich (1892-1966) joined Nazi Party in 1928 and was originally Hitler’s driver and personal bodyguard. He won rapid promotion in the SS especially after his participation in ‘The Night of the Long Knives’ in 1934.
    He played a key role in the formation of the “Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler”, the premier armed bodyguard regiment of the Schutz Staffel and was its first and most famous commander. Dietrich oversaw its expansion from a single battalion to an entire regiment and finally into the most elite division-sized unit of the Waffen SS.
    The K&C figure shows him in the black, prewar SS parade uniform which went into permanent storage after the outbreak of hostilities in September 1939.
  • - This standing at attention, sword drawn, SS officer is wearing the white, parade dress accoutrements that clearly identify him as belonging to the Leibstandarte SS Adolf Hitler regiment.
  • - This special 5-figure parade set features five Leibstandarte ‘rank and file’ standing strictly to attention and ‘presenting arms’ for inspection or providing a guard of honour for a visiting dignitary.
  • - This 10-figure set comes in a special presentation box and includes one LAH officer in command of nine LAH ‘presenting arms’ Special Note: Both of the above releases are ‘Value Added’ packages that allow collectors to purchase multiples of these parade figures at very affordable prices!

Berlin'38 Leibstandarte

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected May 2019!
Inter-War Aviation

The Grumman F4F Wildcat is an American carrier-based fighter aircraft that began service with both the United States Navy and the British Royal Navy in 1940, where it was initially known by the latter as the Martlet.

The F4F was Grumman’s first monoplane fighter design and was to prove to be one of the great naval fighter aircraft of World War 2.

In 1939 Grumman were successful in obtaining a Navy order for 54 F4F-3’s. The RAF also received 81 F4F-3’s which were named the Martlet I.

The initial deliveries to the US navy were in December 1940, with the first of the planes going to the USS Ranger, and USS Wasp.

These were the only carriers which had the F4F-3’s when war broke out.

The period of aluminium finish, with yellow wings and coloured tails for the F4F-3, spanned only a brief period between December 1940 and March 1941. After which , most aircraft were to be seen in either overall light grey or the patrol colours of blue grey over light grey.

USS Wasp was occupied with Atlantic Neutrality Patrols during 1941.

Inter-War Aviation

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

To keep the many men and machines in fighting shape during the World War II invasion of France, logistics technicians had their work cut out for them. Bombs, bullets, planes and tanks were top priorities, so there was little room for luxury items that would keep the troops in good spirits while fighting .

In the early days after the Normandy invasion of June 1944, the retreating German army were suspected of poisoning the water sources. British and American troops also noticed an acute shortage of alcoholic beverages — namely beer. Many British soldiers complained that a watery cider was the only drink available in recently liberated French towns.

When a British brewery donated gallons of beer for troops on the front, there was no way to get it to the men by conventional means.

Luckily for them, the Royal Air Force was able to solve the problem.

With no room for cargo on their small fighter planes, RAF pilots arrived at a novel solution - using drop tanks to transport beer instead of fuel.

The drop tanks of a Spitfire each carried 45 gallons of gas, meaning a plane could transport 90 gallons of extra liquid.

For the purposes of ferrying beer, ground crews set about steam cleaning the tanks for their special deliveries. These flights became known as "flying pubs" by the troops they served. A few British breweries, such as Heneger and Constable, donated free beer for the RAF to take to the front.

The drop tanks had a serious disadvantage. While they could carry large amounts of beer, the initial runs still tasted of fuel. Even after the tanks had been used several times and lost their fuel taste, they still imparted a metallic flavor to the beer.

To counter this problem, ground crews developed Modification XXX, a change made to the wing pylons of Spitfire Mk. IXs that allowed them to carry actual kegs of beer.

These kegs, often called 'beer bombs,' were standard wooden beer kegs attached under the wing of the Spitfire. Though they carried less beer, it arrived tasting like it just came out of the tap at the pub, chilled by the altitude of the flight over the channel.

To ensure their compatriots remained satisfied, pilots would often return to England for rudimentary maintenance issues or other administrative needs in order to grab another round. As the need for beer increased, all replacement Spitfires and Typhoons being shipped to airfields in France carried 'beer bombs' in their bomb racks to the joy of the thirsty crews manning the airfields.

When the Americans learned of what the British were doing they joined in, even bringing over ice cream for the GIs as well.

As the practice gained popularity, Britain's Custom and Excise Ministry objected and attempted to shut it down. Thankfully by that time, there were more organized official shipments of beer making it to the troops.

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

Morgans Riflemen

Daniel Morgan (July 6, 1736 – July 6, 1802) was an American pioneer, soldier, and politician from Virginia. One of the most gifted battlefield tacticians of the American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), he later commanded troops during the suppression of the Whiskey Rebellion (1791–1794).

Born in New Jersey to Welsh immigrants, Morgan settled in Winchester, Virginia. He became an officer of the Virginia militia and recruited a company of soldiers at the start of the Revolutionary War. Early in the war, Morgan served in Benedict Arnold's expedition to Quebec and in the Saratoga campaign. He also served in the Philadelphia campaign but resigned from the army in 1779.

Morgan returned to the army after the Battle of Camden, and led the Continental Army to victory in the Battle of Cowpens. After the war, Morgan retired from the army again and developed a large estate. He was recalled to duty in 1794 to help suppress the Whiskey Rebellion, and commanded a portion of the army that remained in Western Pennsylvania after the rebellion. A member of the Federalist Party, Morgan twice ran for the United States House of Representatives, winning election to the House in 1796. He retired from Congress in 1799 and died in 1802.

Morgans Riflemen

Aztec Empire

The Peasant levy made up the core of the Aztec army. These commoners had no access to extravagant armour, and usually wore simple quilted cotton armour.

The majority of these troops were armed with a bow. These archers were sometimes accompanied by shield-bearers, who were trained to defend the archers and were experts at deflecting arrows with their shields.

Aztec young novice warriors or soldiers who had only captured one of the enemy, usually wore simple cotton quilted tlahuiztli body armour, and carried a simple maquahuitl.

Aztec Empire


Enemies of Rome

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic



1st Canadian Regiment

1st Canadian Regiment

American Civil War, 1861 - 1865

American Civil War, 1861 - 1865

Future Release

Coming throughout 2019, and previewed at the March London Toy Soldier show were the unpainted prototypes of the Aztec walled temple complex.

These pieces can be combined to display a large temple complex, a single temple, or even just as a walled shelf backdrop to an Aztec collection.

Aztec temples were called Teocalli (god houses) by the Mexica peoples. The priests of the Aztec religion went to these temples to worship and pray, and make offerings to the gods to keep them strong and in balance. Aztec temples were often part of a step-pyramid, and they often faced west. A flight of steps led up to the sanctuary and there was a sacrificial altar at the top of the steps. Historical accounts describe the temples as mainly white buildings painted with bright colors.

The temple measurements 12 ½” wide x 15” deep x 16 ¾” height

Please Note there will be 2 versions of the Aztec temple and they will be available for Pre-order this summer.

The Wall measurements include an extra corner piece will be 35 ½” wide x 5 ½” deep x 7 ½” height.

The Straight Wall section measurements 9” x 2 ½” x 5”

The Gateway section measurements 9 ½” x 5 ½” x 7 ½”

The Corner section measurements 4” x 4’ x 5”

Please note the first of the wall sections will be available in June 2019, and will be available as a regular release.

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Thomas Gunn

New Releases Expected Late May 2019!
Zulu Wars

  • - A British soldier administers the Coup de Grace to a wounded Zulu. As you can see in a group setting with some of the excellent Zulu's from Britain's, they make a very nice little diorama. This variant wears a bush hat popular with British and colonial troops and sports a nasty head wound covered by a bandage.
  • - A new version of our standing firing rifleman wearing a Glengarry style soft cap and beard takes aim at the Zulus.
  • - A kneeling British rifleman in shirt sleeve order takes aim at the Zulus.

African Wars


During WW1 cavalry were still a major part of most armies, however on the western front their use and movements were somewhat curtailed due to the nature of trench warfare. In the middle east and the Russian front where the open ground favoured cavalry, they were still able to play a considerable role scouting and attacking the enemy when the opportunity arose.

World War One

WWII German

Recently we released a Skoda howitzer, we now have some WW2 figures to crew it. There will be a new version of the Skoda howitzer in a late war colour scheme this year as well as some WW1 artillery crew. There will be another 3 artillery pieces this year for our WW2 series please note as well as crews.

As the war drew to a close, the Hitlerjugend not only filled the ranks of the SS but were also drafted to into all other arms and services of the German army. These artillery crew therefore reflect the Hitlerjugend employed in an artillery role towards the end of the war, maybe somewhere on the Siegfried line?

WWII German forces

WWII German

The 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" was a German armoured division which formed part of the elite Waffen-SS during World War II. The majority of its junior enlisted men were drawn from members of the Hitler-Youth ranging from 16 to 18 years old. The 12th SS saw its baptism of fire at the Normandy landings and although it acquitted itself well, suffered nearly 80% casualties by the end of the campaign.

As these are boys in arms, the figure size is slightly smaller than normal to reflect the junior age of these soldiers.

Other than SS066, all these figures are available in an A and a B version, the B version has no base contrary to the A version. This gives you the collector the opportunity to display your 'B' figures on a tank or on top of a building with no base to hinder them. For those who prefer bases we have supplied these on the A version so everybody is well catered for.

WWII German forces

WWII German

WWII German forces


Some new USMC figures, which are a similar size to the ones on offer from K&C and will compliment them in a diorama should you decide to place together.

  • - The 37 mm Gun M3 was the first dedicated anti-tank gun fielded by United States forces in numbers. Introduced in 1940, it became the standard anti-tank gun of the U.S. infantry with its size enabling it to be pulled by a jeep. However the continuing improvement of German tanks quickly rendered the 37 mm ineffective and by 1943 it was being gradually replaced in the European and Mediterranean theatres by the more powerful British-developed 6 Pounder cannon. In the Pacific, where the Japanese tank threat was less significant due to the lighter armour fielded by Japanese tanks, the M3 remained in service until the end of the war. Like many other light anti-tank guns, the M3 was widely used in the infantry support role and as an anti-personnel weapon, firing high-explosive and canister rounds. Our 37mm cannon comes with a variety of 9 x different shells and 2 x ammo boxes to complete your diorama.
  • - An American officer kneels down observing the fall of shot through a pair of binoculars.
  • - A USMC soldier prepares to insert ammunition into the 37mm cannon with his carbine lying next to him, useful just in case the Japanese infantry make a counter attack or a sniper is spotted!
  • - The final release of our USMC figures is the 3rd crewman for the M3, who adjusts the elevation and depression of the 37mm cannon as his commander finds a fresh target. Also comes with carbine as per attached photos.

WWII Pacific


WWII German Aircraft

New aircraft arriving later this month.

German Bomber and Fighter Aircraft

WWII British Aircraft

WWII European Theater Bombers & Fighter Planes

Hobby Master

Hobby Master
Scale 1:48

New 1:48 Scale Modern Aircraft - New Series

Modern Air Power Collection

Modern Aircraft Scale 1:72

Modern Air Power Collection


Modern Air Power Collection

Ground Power

Ground Power Collection

Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team - Aidan, Barbara, Christian, Cody, Gary, Howard, and Michael (the Kilted Vampire).

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