November, 2023
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the October Edition 2023 Newsletter, view it here!

Hello and welcome to the November 2023 edition of the Sierra Toy Soldier Company newsletter, written on a blustery day here in the San Francisco Bay Area. Fall is finally upon us and as the time changed, so did the weather. The temperatures have dropped considerably, and we are preparing for our first major storm to roll through, what a delight! Hopefully the rain will be slow and steady so to avoid floods this season.

It isn’t just the weather that has changed, however, but our website as well! You may have noticed lately that we have been adding new items and brands to our shelves. Among these have been the new additions of Team Miniatures and War Park, both of which have proven to be very popular so far! We received our first Team shipment this week and we must say, we are incredibly impressed by the level of detail put into their figures, as well as the subject matter that they portray! Place an order today, so we can get it you for Christmas.

Cody has continued to stay busy and has updated the Collectors Corner page on our website through the entirety of October. He has added a multitude of new figures to the King & Country, John Jenkins, and W. Britain’s consignment pages. Alex has been hard at work packing your holiday orders and updating the Sierra Toy Soldier Company social media pages. If you would like, please follow us on Facebook and Instagram, as we have exciting things coming your way very soon!

Speaking of holiday orders, it is that time of year again where the Christmas rush is beginning to be felt! We anticipate we will be very busy this year, so we recommend that you get your orders in early and often to better guarantee that you get your gifts in time! If, however, you are short on time or unaware of what a loved one may want for the holidays this year, rest assured that we have you covered with gift certificates! Our certificates make for excellent stocking stuffers and provide an easy gift option for that hard to buy for person in your life!

For a short amount of time, Sierra Toy Soldier will be on Saturdays again, starting Saturday, November 25th. We will also be open Monday through Friday, from 10AM to 5PM PST. After the holiday season, we will be reverting to Saturdays by appointment only.

We have some great new announcements from King & Country, John Jenkins and War Park.

For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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20th Anniversary Sale

20th Anniversary Sale

Help us celebrate and pick up some real goodies at bargin prices.

Look for new additions later this month.

King & Country Mega Sale

First Legion Big Sale

Collectors Showcase Grand Sale

John Jenkins Grand Sale

Thomas Gunn Grand Sale

We will have lots of items on sale between 20 - 45% 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.

Collectors Corner
Sierra Toy Britain's Exclusive
King & Country
John Jenkins
War Park


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

Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

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

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Sierra Toy Soldier Virtual Video Call

To set up a Virtual Video Call to see any of our latest releases or displays. Contact us via Email or Phone.

Virtual Video Call Email

Phone 408-395-3000

Scratch & Dent

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

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.

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.

Consignment Highlight

This month we feature sets from Thomas Gunn, First Legion, Britain's, Jenkins, King & Country, Frontine, St Petersburg and Plastics.

Collectors Corner

Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive - In Stock Now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

King & Country

King & Country November Releases!

Battle of Kursk - Now released

In March 1943, the Soviet lines along part of the Eastern Front formed a huge salient that bulged deep into the German defences.

This Russian ‘bubble’ was more that 180km (110 miles) wide and protruded almost 110km (63miles) to the west of the city of Kursk.

Hitler and his generals knew that this Soviet salient posed a major threat to the German line and the Soviets could use it to ‘kick-off’ their own Summer Offensive.

To avoid this fate Hitler and his generals decided they must destroy it with a fast-moving pincer attack from both north and south.

Then, with the defending Soviet armies trapped inside the salient, the attacking Germans could, in their own time, destroy the Russian enemy once and for all.

Another major reason for this battle was to enable the Germans to both straighten and, importantly, shorten their front line.

They could then, fortify these new positions and keep the ‘Red Army’ at bay, forcing them to exhaust themselves against reinforced German defences.

Russian Front and Berlin 1945

South Of The Rio Grande

And now for something completely different! It’s a long, long way from World War Two Russia to the borderlands on either side of the Rio Grande, the winding river that separates the United States on one side to the north and Mexico on the other to the south.

For a long time, including most of the 19th Century, this entire area and the river that runs through it was rife with cattle rustling, all types of banditry and general lawlessness of every kind and shape.

Many of the cowboys and vaqueros who moved across the Rio Grande on a regular basis were easily familiar with both sides of the law and who administered it in each place.

Here are just a few prime examples…

  • - CD028 "'Buck'" This good ol’ boy is a Deputy Sherrif of a small Texas town on the northern edge of the Rio Grande. Being one of the few lawmen in the small town and also responsible for the county surrounding it he comes well armed to fulfill his duties… Learning on his trusty Winchester Repeating Rifle he also carries a holstered Colt Army Model 1860 revolver, a reminder and a momento of his military service during the recent Civil War.
  • - This Mexican ‘Vaquero’ is dressed in the typical style and manner of a herder of cattle and wild horses. These skilled and knowledgeable horsemen could be found on both sides of the Rio Grande depending on where the work was available and how much the cattle owner was willing to pay for their services. In one hand he carries his Spencer Carbine. Originaly designed in 1860. This particular weapon was a shorter and lighter version of the longer and heavier rifle manufactured for the Union Army. These carbines were specifically made for the U.S. Cavalry but were also sold to civilians.
  • - This nattily-attired Mexican gentleman is most definitely NOT a Vaquero. More likely he is a gunfighter available for hire to the highest bidder。 In Mexico these men were called ‘Pistoleros’ and carried a variety of weaponry including in this case a brace of revolvers and a bandoleer of ammunition for his rifle.
  • - Now, this heavily armed ‘Bandito’ certainly looks like he means business… Apart from his Winchester rifle, he also has a pistol and a nasty-looking dagger for good measure. Whether in small bands or large groups these ‘banditos’ were the scourge of honest, hard-working people on both sides of the Rio Grande.
  • - This ‘Cowpoke’ is representative of the many types of cowboy who roamed the West and provided the cattle drives with their trained personnel to herd the ‘doggies’ all the way from Texas up to the railheads in Kansas and beyond. In one hand he has his rifle in the other, his saddle… both expensive and very necessary ‘tools of the trade’. Special note: When a cowboy joined a new crew the trail boss would often provide an extra horse for each man even if he already had one of his own. Occasionally, the cowboy no longer had a horse but always retained the saddle.
  • - Many Cattle Drive collectors have requested more ‘empty’ horses… in different colours here is the first one… Standing quietly, this animal is ready and waiting for its rider.
  • - Another colour variation of a very useful standing horse.
  • - The final member of the trio stands patiently with the other two.

The Real West

Hong Kong… All our Yesterdays’

  • - Back in the day it was not uncommon to see some kids eating their breakfast and sometimes dinner on the street. If Mum or Dad was working at a street stall, the kids would often be seen sitting next to or behind the stall where their parents could still keep an eye on them.
  • - Another of the most common sights in 1960s Hong Kong was this guy cutting hair… One young customer gets the standard ‘Short Back and Sides’. Might not be fashionable but it was always cheap and… always available!
  • - A very familiar sight back then was to see a young mother or perhaps an elder sister carry one of the younger ones in a traditional ‘Chinese-Style’ carrier called a ‘Mei Tai’ or ‘Bei Dai’. This was a pliable rectangular cloth body panel, with four straps attached to each corner. The two bottom straps tie the body panel around the waist, apron style. The two top straps go up and over the shoulders and are tied together with the two bottoms straps in the middle of the carrier’s chest. Overall this arrangement could be adjusted to suit the baby’s or young toddler’s size and weight. This piece works very well with HKY008 who appears to be watching the young boy get his hair cut.

Colonial Hong Kong 1897

Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh

  • - One of the most requested items in our ‘Life of Jesus’ series is this little set of the Biblical Magi – also known as ‘The Three Wise Men’ who were described in the Gospel of Mathew and who were said to have visited the newly – born infant on the night of his birth. As can be seen here we have given the Magi a more colourful (but still historically correct) makeover and, as before, present in front of them are their traditional gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh for the baby Jesus.
  • - Well, we surmised, if K&C is going to reimagine the ‘Three Wise Men’ we also have to figure out how they journeyed all the way from the Far East to the Middle East. Obviously, they did not walk all that way so it’s more than likely they came by camel. And, once again, we took our terrific original camel sculpts and gave them brand new and again, more colourful blankets and accessories that befit the status and prestige of their owners.

Life of Jesus

The Other Side of Sherlock Holmes

  • - WOD071 "Mycroft Holmes" Mycroft Holmes is the elder brother of the famous detective (by seven years). By profession, a senior British Government official he appears in a series of different Conan Doyle stories between 1893 and 1908. Sherlock’s elder brother is described as sharing many of the same amazing abilities of deduction and knowledge as his more famous sleuthing brother… and in some cases, even exceeding them! Mycroft Holmes however failed to put these exceptional powers to a practical use because of his active dislike for actual ‘fieldwork’. This is our interpretation of Sherlock’s elder sibling, neatly attired in a pearl grey ensemble complete with a top hat. In his right hand, a smart ebony cane… perhaps containing a sword stick. Mycroft Holmes is the elder brother of the famous detective (by seven years). By profession, a senior British Government official he appears in a series of different Conan Doyle stories between 1893 and 1908. Sherlock’s elder brother is described as sharing many of the same amazing abilities of deduction and knowledge as his more famous sleuthing brother… and in some cases, even exceeding them! Mycroft Holmes however failed to put these exceptional powers to a practical use because of his active dislike for actual ‘fieldwork’. This is our interpretation of Sherlock’s elder sibling, neatly attired in a pearl grey ensemble complete with a top hat. In his right hand, a smart ebony cane… perhaps containing a sword stick.
  • - Irene Adler is another of the fictional characters in the Sherlock Holmes novels written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A former opera singer and actress she was first featured in the short story, “A Scandal in Bohemia” published in 1891. Miss Adler is one of the most notable female characters in the stories of Holmes. While not quite a criminal and bearing no malice towards the great detective, she outsmarts him and often evades many of the traps he has set for her. Despite all of this some people interpret Miss Adler as a possible romantic interest for Holmes or perhaps a former lover who occasionally dabbles in crime. Irene Adler’s previous profession on the stage and in the concert hall point to a very intelligent woman whose looks, poise and intelligence would and could attract even the cool, calm and collected Sherlock Holmes!

World of Dickens

John Jenkins

New releases expected December!


Asteropaeous had the distinction in combat of being ambidextrous and would on occasion throw two spears at once. In the Iliad as the Trojans attacked the Achaean wall, he was a leader of the same group of the Lycian warriors with Sarpedon and Glaucus. It was this group which pressed hard enough to allow Hector and his troops to breach the wall.

Later during the siege Achilles is mercilessly slaughtering Trojan warriors alongside the river Scamander, and polluting the water with dead bodies, including one of Priam’s sons, Lycaon.

With the river god Scamander pondering how he might stop Achilles, Achilles in turn attacks Asteropaeous (himself the grandson of a river god) whom Scamander instills with courage to make a stand against Achilles.

Achilles and Asteropaeous engage in combat, Asteropaeous throwing two spears at the same time at Achilles. One spear hits Achilles’ shield, while the other hits the right forearm of Achilles and draws blood. Asteropaeous was the only Trojan in the Iliad who was able to draw blood from Achilles.

However he fails to kill Achilles and is slain.

Achilles is to boast that though Asteropaeous may be descended from a river god, that he, Achilles, is descended from a mightier god, Zeus. Later , in the funeral games for the slain Patroclus, the bronze and tin corslet, and the silver studded swords of Asteropaeous are awarded as prizes.

Troy and her allies

Battle of Zama in 202BC

In 218 BC the Second Punic War began and the famous Carthaginian general Hannibal traversed the Alps to invade Italy with an army that included 37 war elephants, which were believed to be mostly African.

In the course of that arduous crossing, many men, cavalry and draught animals were lost, but apparently (according to ancient sources) not a single elephant. The elephants were to contribute to Hannibal’s first victory in Italy, on the Trebbia river, where they frightened the Roman cavalry and routed the Roman auxiliaries. Shortly after the battle, all but one elephant died. It is not known why? Maybe the after effects of exhaustion suffered during the crossing, or some disease incurred during the campaign, are all distinct possibilities.

The Battle of Zama in 202BC proved to be the crucial encounter of the Second Punic War. The Carthaginians led by Hannibal, met the invading Roman army under the command of Scipio, who afterwards was titled “Africanus”. The armies were equally matched, but Hannibal had a force of 80 war elephants. The Carthaginian army had been assembled in a hurry, was manned with a considerable number of recruits and the recently caught elephants had not been fully trained.

Both generals concentrated their infantry in the centre, with cavalry on the wings. Hannibal stationed the 80 war elephants in front of his infantry, and started the battle by ordering the elephants to attack. Scipio had anticipated this attack and had set up his infantry in the usual standard 3 lines, but instead of the draught board formation he placed the maniples in rows with gaps between them. The lightly armed velites preceded the infantrymen, and were prepared to meet the advancing elephants. During the attack the Romans blew their trumpets and horns, and beat their shields with their swords, creating an unbearable noise. Some elephants frightened by the cacophony of noise pivoted and rushed into Hannibal’s Numidian cavalry, causing confusion, which Scipio’s own Numidian allies exploited to completely rout Hannibal’s left wing.

The rest of the elephants clashed with the Roman velites, and were drawn into the gaps in the Roman rows, where they were isolated by the velites and captured.

Because of these Roman tactics, the elephants did not seriously harm the Romans, whose cavalry having gained victory on the flanks, attacked the Carthaginian infantry in the rear, destroying Hannibal’s remaining army.

According to Appian, at Zama Hannibal’s elephants were equipped to inspire the enemy with horror, and it is believed they were draped in blood red cloth, and their ears painted red.

Defeated in the second Punic War, Carthage was forbidden to keep war elephants.


Roman Cavalry

Roman Army of the Late Republic

Thessalian Cavalry

For a full description on Thessalian Cavalry

Thessalian Cavalry

Mongol Invasion

Mongol Trebuchet

Gempei War

Tomoe Gozen was an Onna-musha from the late Heian Period of Japanese history. She served Minamoto no Yoshinaka during the Gempei War.

Her story in the Tale of The Heike influenced several generations of Samurai, and has been celebrated in many books, music, poems and films.

She commanded, under the leadership of Yoshinaka, 300 samurai. Yoshinaka fought the Taira army under Yoritomo at the Battle of Awazu, on February 21st 1184. Although Yoshinaka’s troops fought bravely, they were outnumbered and overwhelmed. Tomoe Gozen’s 300 samurai, were outnumbered by 2,000 Taira warriors, but still Tomoe Gozen was said to have taken at least one head of the enemy, Honda no Morishige of Musashi.

With only a few of Yoshinaka’s soldiers standing and facing certain defeat and death, he told Tomoe Gozen to flee because he wanted to die with his foster brother Imai no Shiro Kanehira, and he said that he would be ashamed if he died with a woman.

Gempei War 1180 - 1185


Age of Arthur - Vikings


Odo was the son of William the Conqueror’s mother Herleva and Herluin de Conteville. There is uncertainty about his birth date, and it is believed he was born around 1035. Duke William made him bishop of Bayeux in 1049.

Although Odo was an ordained Christian cleric, he is best known as a warrior and statesman. He funded ships for the Norman invasion of England and is one of the very few proven companions of William the Conqueror known to have fought at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

The Bayeux Tapestry which was probably commissioned by him to adorn his own cathedral, appears to make the point that he did not actually fight, that is to say shed blood, but rather encouraged the troops from the rear.

The Latin annotation embroidered onto the Tapestry above his image reads, "Hic Odo Eps Baculu Tenens Conortat Pueros”, "Here Odo the Bishop holding a club strengthens the boys”.

It has been suggested that his clerical status forbade him from using a sword, although this is doubtful. The club was a common weapon and used often by leaders including the Duke William himself, as also depicted in the same part of the Tapestry.

In 1067, Odo became Earl of Kent, and for some years he was a trusted royal minister. On some occasions when William was absent (back in Normandy) he served as regent of England, and at times he led the royal forces against rebellions (eg, the Revolt of the Earls).

During this time, Odo acquired vast estates in England, larger in extent than anyone except the king. He had land in twenty three counties, primarily in the south east and in East Anglia.

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Siege of Malta

Great Siege of Malta

Conquest of America


Mountain Men

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

North West Mounted Police

For a full description on NWMP, please click on either of the figures.

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

Black Hawk Wars

Black Hill Wars 1876-1877

Battle of Cowpens

17th Light Dragoons

Battle of Cowpens

The main core of Morgan’s flying Army was a battalion of veteran Continentals. Three companies of the Maryland Line, and one company from Delaware. These were highly trained and disciplined, and formed the main line commanded by John Eager Howard. They were the best troops to engage in prolonged close combat with British regulars.

The Delaware Company was especially highly regarded, and most were survivors from the Battle of Camden. Their commander, Captain Robert Kirkwood, was also well regarded.

Their full regimental issued uniforms were dark blue with red facings, cuffs and turn backs. Waistcoats were white and more durable buckskins replaced the white cotton breeches, and they wore cocked hats trimmed with yellow braid. A black metal cannister which held forty extra cartidges was also added.

In October 1780, North Carolina, from its meagre stores, furnished the men of the Delaware company with new shoes, a hunting shirt, and blue striped ticking overalls. This was the uniform worn at Cowpens and subsequent actions, at Guilford Court House, Hobkirk’s Hill, the Siege of Ninety Six and Eutaw Springs.

  • - The enigmatic Daniel Morgan was likely the best tactician of the war. Born in New Jersey to James and Eleanor Morgan, a Welsh family, he became initially an officer in the Virginia Militia and at the start of the American Revolutionary War he recruited a company of riflemen. He served in Benedict Arnold’s expedition to Quebec and in the Saratoga campaign. Also the Philadelphia campaign before resigning from the army in 1779. He was to return to the army after the Battle of Camden, and led the Continental Army to victory at the Battle of Cowpens. Morgan’s plan at the Battle of Cowpens took advantage of the British commander Tarleton’s tendency for quick action and his disdain for the American militia. Morgan positioned his Virginia riflemen to the front, followed by the militia, and the regulars in reserve at the hilltop. The first two units were to withdraw as soon as they were seriously threatened, but only after inflicting some damage. This it was planned would invite a premature charge from the British. The tactic resulted in a double envelopment. As the British forces approached, the Americans, with their backs turned to the British, reloaded their muskets. When the British got close, they turned and fired at point blank range. In less than an hour, Tarleton’s 1,076 men suffered 110 killed and 830 captured, and 200 prisoners which were wounded. The British Legion among one of the best units in Cornwallis’s army, was rendered useless. The captured commander of a battalion of the 71st Regiment of foot, Archibald McArthur, said after the battle that, "he was an officer before Tarleton was born; that the best troops in the service were put under "that boy” to be sacrificed”. For his actions, Virginia gave Morgan land and an estate that had been abandoned by a Tory.

Delaware Company

Battle of Cowpens

Queen’s Rangers

ACW - Cherokee Mounted Rifles

For a full description on Cherokee Mounted Rifles, please click on either of the figures.

Cherokee Mounted Rifles

ACW - Confederate Artillery

Confederate Artillery

ACW - Rockbridge Artillery

1st Rockbridge Artillery

ACW - 4th Virginia Regiment

Army of the Shenandoah, The First Brigade,

War Park

New releases expected December!

Battle of Kursk

Battle of Kursk

War Park Vehicles

War Park Vehicles & Accessories

Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team - Alex, Cody and Sean.

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