April, 2020
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the March Edition 2020 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the Easter Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News written on rainy Sunday here in the Bay Area. The good news is we have rain which we badly needed. It also makes sure we all stay in doors. Hopefully those of you that traditionally celebrate Easter, will get a chance to still enjoy it, especially if you have kids.

Here in California we are under lock down, because of the virus, like many of you. All restaurants, bars etc, are have been closed. It is so hard to imagine that just about 4 weeks ago we were at the West Coaster show in LA and on vacation at the Grand Canyon, amazing. We have closed our show room to walk in visitors, but we are fully open for phone orders and on-line orders. Currently it is just Myszka and I working in our warehouse. We hope this will change shortly and we get back to normal. Currently all our delivery companies are working and delivering items around the globe, so we are fully operational. We are doing our best to get orders out in a timely manner.

We have had many telephone calls over the last couple of weeks from collectors, stuck at home who are taking this opportunity to revisit, and rediscover their collections and enjoy them all over again. Many have been adding to them, and although we cannot help with the virus, we can put a smile on a collector’s face.

We have some great new announcements from King & country, John Jenkins plus sale items from First Legion and King & Country. Now is a great time to treat yourself and add to your collection.

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Hope you enjoy our newsletter.

Events

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

Saturday, May 16th, 2020 Southern California. - Sadly this event is cancelled, Bob hopes to hold this event in the Fall.

Cyber April Sale

Cyber April Sale

Looking for a deal this April, 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
First Legion

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.

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 April Releases!

Praetorian Guard

Virtually every king, emperor or all-important ruler has felt the need to have a military unit that was expressly loyal to himself and for his and his family’s personal protection... Rome’s rulers were no exception!

The Praetorian Guard (Latin: cohortes praetoriae) was an elite formation of the Roman Army whose soldiers served as the personal body guards and intelligence service for the Roman Emperors.

During the Roman Republic, the Praetorians served as a small escort force for high-ranking officials such as senators or provincial governors.

With the transformation into the Roman Empire the first emperor, Augustus, altered the Guard to become his personal security detail to the exclusion of all their former duties and responsibilities. In this capacity they continued in existence for the next three centuries.

The Guard became famous or perhaps, infamous for their intrigue and interference in Roman politics overthrowing and sometimes even killing their emperors, Caligula being their most notable victim.

The Praetorian Guard, like other Roman Legionaries carried the standard sword and dagger and in the Imperial period, which K&C portray, wear the ‘Lorica Segmentata’ armour over a white tunic. Shields carried were the oval and more robust shape rather than the regular Legion rectangular ones. Their terms of service, food and lodging were much better than other Roman soldiers and only Roman citizens could be recruited to their ranks.

Symbols carried on their shields and banners included stars, crescents and... scorpions.

Here are the first releases...

  • - A standing Guardsman complete with oval shield and long Pilum on guard outside the Emperor’s quarters.
  • - On patrol in the grounds of the Imperial Palace.
  • - The first of our Roman rulers and probably, the most famous. A Roman statesman and military general, Caesar played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. Among his many achievements were the successful acquisition of Britain and the defeat of Gaul and bridging the Rhine.
    As the successful victor of the Roman Civil War he enjoyed unrivalled power and influence and used it to begin a program of social and governmental reforms, including the creation of the Julian Calendar.
    He also gave citizenship to many residents of the far regions of the Roman Republic as well as providing land reform and financial support for army veterans.
    Although popular with most of Rome’s people he angered many of the city’s elite and in 44 BC was assassinated.
    Still, he remains, to this day, Ancient Rome’s most famous ruler. We depict him as he appeared on campaign, leading his army.
  • - Caesar’s adopted heir, Gaius Octavius was born into one of Rome’s noblest families and was named by Caesar himself to be his successor.
    Upon taking power and renaming himself Augustus the young ruler dramatically enlarged the Empire around the Mediterranean and into Africa. He completed the conquest of Hispania, (present day Spain) and developed a broad network of fine roads connecting the far flung parts of the Empire.
    Much of Rome itself was also rebuilt and improved during his reign which included creating a police force and a fire-fighting service.
    Augustus died in AD14 at the ripe old age of 75, possibly from natural causes but probably by poison, given to him by his wife Livia to ensure that her son, Tiberius would succeed him.
    Such was life (and death) in Ancient Rome!
  • - This Cohort Standard Bearer is wearing the head and pelt of a Grey Wolf. The banner itself features one of the Guard’s favourite symbols... a scorpion.
  • - The greatest honour that any member of the Guard could have was to carry the unit’s ceremonial gold eagle... presented to the Praetorians by the Emperor himself. This senior enlisted Praetorian wears the Lion’s head and skin as befits his senior rank and responsibility.
  • - The third and final member of the unit’s ‘Honour Guard’.

Romans

Running The Buffalo

For the Plains Indians, life revolved around two principal elements: ‘Hunting’ and ‘War’. One meant sustenance for the body, the other, honour to warm the soul.

Some tribes planted crops, others traded meant, fur and horses to those same farming Indians for foodstuffs their nomadic ways or horseman’s pride would not allow them to plant and grow for themselves.

Although the ‘hunters’ killed deer, antelope and smaller wild game for meat their greatest dependence was upon the largest walking beast to be found on the North American continent... The Buffalo.

The American Bison, more commonly called the ‘buffalo’ furnished most of the Plains tribes daily necessities; meat, warm robes for winter, skins to cover their tepees, leather for moccasins and leggings as well as coverings for war shields. The buffalo’s bones also provided glue for binding and could be fashioned into cooking and eating utensils, sewing implements and the frames for saddles. Buffalo hair was even woven into ropes or used to stuff saddle pads or any item that required cushioning.

The Indians used virtually everything from the animal... nothing was thrown away!

Once the horse was introduced, hunting became even easier and much more successful especially hunting the buffalo.

Bands of warriors would follow the herds in the Fall each year, carefully selecting which beasts to go after. Their families would follow the hunters, staying well back and downwind. Though the buffalo’s eyesight was poor, its sense of smell was strong.

As the hunters burst upon the grazing animals, the first goal was to make the animals run in a circle, creating what was called a ‘surround’. This confined the ‘kills’ to a limited area, a convenience for the following women who would do most of the butchering of the carcasses.

Every hunter had a special horse or pony that had been trained to ride close to the buffalo so the arrow or lance could be driven accurately into the animal.

When the hunt was complete a signal would be given for the women and followers to move in and begin harvesting the meat.

These latest K&C releases portray the herd under attack by some Sioux and Cheyenne warriors in a most dramatic fashion.

  • - Three different mighty beasts running at full gallop as they try to escape the Indian arrows and lances.
  • - Two buffalo casualties... One lies dead, felled by two of the Indian arrows.The other buffalo falls head over heels struck down by an expertly aimed arrow.
  • - All five individual buffaloes brought together at a valued-added price.

The Real West

Fallschirmjager

Luftwaffe

On The Autobahn

Following the Nazis taking power in Germany in 1933 one of their first moves was to enlarge and expand the power and size of the Schutz Staffel (the SS) especially the Fuhrer’s own bodyguard regiment, the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler.

Among the new units created was a company of motorcyclists who could accompany the leader’s motorcades as he journeyed throughout Berlin and the rest of the Third Reich as extra mobile protection.

These additional ‘out-riders’ could also be used as ‘Dispatch Messengers’ to pick up and deliver important papers and instructions on behalf of the Fuhrer himself and the Party.

Here is our latest...

  • - This black-clad rider is easily identifiable as a member of the LAH ‘Adolf Hitler’ by the white-belted accoutrements only worn by this, the premier regiment of the SS... and his ‘Adolf Hitler’ cuff title.

Berlin'38 Leibstandarte

Vietnam

The M14 Battle Rifle, for only a decade, was the principal US Service rifle before being replaced by the lighter, smaller-caliber M16.

During that time however many experts considered the heavier, 7.62mm firing M14 the best rifle to ever see service with the US Military.

Originally designed for war in Europe alongside other battle rifles such as the Belgian / British FN Self Loading Rifle (also using 7.62mm ammunition) the M14 had its ‘Baptism of Fire’ in Vietnam.

Within the US Armed Services the USMC was particularly fond of the rifle because of the Marines high value on marksmanship and battlefield reliability.

All of the Marines that were deployed to Vietnam in 1965 and 1966 were issued with M14’s and found them to be excellent weapons in combat with many fine characteristics even in the most difficult of circumstances and conditions.

Indeed it was, with great reluctance, that many Marines exchanged their tried and tested M14’s with the early M16’s. Many unit quartermasters managed to retain at least some weapons which were then issued to individual snipers and proved, once more, to be both useful and excellent combat weapons.

This first, USMC 4-man ‘Vietnam’ combat set shows a section of 4x Marines in action poses all utilizing their favourite M14’s.

Vietnam - Tet'68

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 April - Scheduled to arrive this week.
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

First Legion

The Big Sale

Yes, you read that right, FL are indeed holding an extremely limited time one-off sale of a staggering number of products. Given the current world situation with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, our ability to produce new figures has been impacted and there will be some significant delays to getting new products to market. Rest assured, new products are being worked on, but given travel restrictions we simply have no way to conduct inspections and quality control and we cannot know when this situation will be resolved. So during this time we have decided to thank our loyal customers with a one-off sale of over 800 different products with discounts ranging from 25-50%! We want there to be something for everyone, so we have discounted products in almost every figure series that we make, so if there is a series that you have always wanted to get into, now is a great time to get started. If you have never collected First Legion, this is a wonderful opportunity to start and see firsthand the quality of our figures at amazing prices. It has been eloquently expressed to us that we don't sell figures, we sell "escapism." So during this difficult time, with nearly everyone spending long periods of time indoors, we want to offer the escapism that is the wonerful world of toy soldier collecting at a fraction of the normal cost. The sale will run for a limited time after which pricing will return to normal for whatever inventory remains. This will literally be a once in a lifetime opportunity to get First Legion figures at a fraction of their normal prices!

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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