August, 2017
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

Sierra Toy Soldier Company

Today's Headlines

Missed the July 2017 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to August Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News,. Written on a very hot and unusually humid day here in the Bay Area. The temperature has climbed into the high 90’s even breaking a 100. We are not accustomed to it being so sticky.

If you are from the Bay Area or just visiting next weekend Los Gatos is closing the Main Street and holding an Arts and Wine festival, This will be a ton of fun, and of course the highlight will be our kid’s painting event on the Saturday. So if you can pop along, Wine and Toy Soldiers - a marriage made in heaven.

We have announced details of our Customer appreciation Dinner, our 13th one being held at the Chicago show, with guest speakers Ken Osen and Stuart Hessney. Book your tickets early as space is limited.

Normally before the show we host King and Country in an open house, unfortunately we are not holding it this year, as it is Andy’s Daughters 18th Birthday that same weekend. We think this has priority.

Store wise Cody and Aiden, have been building many displays, including DDay, Jacobite Rebellion, Custer’s Last Stand, Gettyburg, Robin Hood, WWI French, to name a few. Check out pictures on Instagram, Facebook, and Twiiter

We have a great set of announcements including Britain’s, King and Country, John Jenkins, First Legions and lots more.

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more pictures.

Instagram:sierratoysoldier

Twitter:sierratoystore

You can keep up to date with us by visiting our Facebook Page.

Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

Sierra Toy Soldier Blog.

Hope to see you soon!

Events

Learn To Paint A Toy Soldier - Saturday August 12, 2017 - Los Gatos, CA - 10.00 – 4.00pm

Come and have some fun learning how to paint a Toy Soldier. Designed for Little and Big Kids, Mums most welcome.

Sponsored by Britain's.

Chicago Toy Soldier Show September 21 - 24, 2017.

We will be room trading on Thursday the 24th. The room trading which is a ton of fun lasts until the Saturday night. Then we move down to the main ballroom, for the main event on Sunday. If you would like details, please contact us at sales@sierratoysoldier.com - subject Chicago Show.

We welcome volunteers for a unique and crazy experience.

Chicago Customer Appreciation Dinner (13th Anniversary Year) - Friday, September 22 - Reserve Your Seat Today!

Every year we at the Sierra Toy Soldier Company, team up with Treefrog Treasures & Troops of Time at the Chicago Show to honor our customers with a fun-filled evening of toy soldiers and great food at our Customer Appreciation Dinner. If you will be attending the OTSN Chicago Show we want to make sure you know you are invited to attend this dinner.

Since this is a customer appreciation event, of course it is meant specifically for our customers and is not open to the general collecting public. If you have ordered from us in the past year, you are definitely our customer and we hope you will be able to attend!

Guest Speaker
Ken Olsen Head of Britain's and Stuart Hessney Editior of Toy Soldier and Model Figure of King & Country will be our guest of honor and the evening's speaker.

Tickets are $40 per person, same as last year, and can be purchased by phone, on-line or email. Please provide the name of each guest you wish to bring as well as the ages & gender of any children in attendance.

Children/young collectors are very welcome to attend.

Please reserve your seats early so you do not miss out.

We hope you can join us.

Super Sale

July Super Sale

This month we are having a very limited sale on a few overstock items from Thomas Gunn, Frontline and a few others. We have reduced the price on these items but only until the end of April, so do not miss out.

Super Sale

Sierra Blog
Events
Sierra Toy Exclusive
Britain's
King & Country
John Jenkins
First Legion
Thomas Gunn
Century Wings
Corgi
Hobby Master

Retail Store

We are open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00pm. Sundays 12.00 - 5.00pm

Just a reminder for those of you living in Northern California, or perhaps just visiting, that our retail store dedicated to toy soldiers is now open 7 days a week. The store is located at 29 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, California 95030. (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.

Collectors Corner

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive

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

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

Monte Cassino

Britain's

New Britain's Spring 2017 Catalogue - Expected Late Summer!

New Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Set - Expected Late Summer 2017!
Zulu Storehouse Attack

The fifth release in the Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Range. With this set we wanted to continue to add to our mini series Zulu Storehouse Attack.

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Britain's

New Britain's Summer 2017 Catalogue Releases - Expected Late 2017!

Vikings

Wrath of the Norseman

Dirty Shirt Blue

The first figures in the new series! It will focus on the people and events of the American West from 1860s to 1890s.

Dirty Shirt Blue

Museum Collection

Museum Collection

Jack Tars

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

King & Country

King & Country August 2017 Releases!

Romans

Romans

Crusaders

  • - This English bowman kneels down to let fly an arrow at his Saracen opponents... A large ‘Cross of St. George’ on his surcoat.
  • - A fighting Man-at-Arms wields his mighty and cruel-looking halberd towards the opposition.
  • - Facing the enemy this English bowman is about to open fire.
  • - One of England’s most famous and revered Kings, even today. This mounted figure is dressed in full “Crusader” garb and thrusting his sword skyward.
    The figure itself is modelled on the famous equestrian statue of King Richard that stands proudly outside the Palace of Westminster in London opposite Westminster Abbey.
    Last December, when K&C attended the ‘London Show’ myself and the K&C team saw this statue for the first time and all agreed it would make a fine ‘Royal’ addition to the ‘Crusader & Saracen’ series.

Crusader - Cross & Crescent

Napoleonic - Old Guard

French Imperial Guard

Beginner Gift Sets

Beginner Gift Sets

Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers

  • - A pair of lying prone Apache warriors observing the approach of a U.S. Cavalry patrol... As one warrior uses a pair of captured (or stolen) binoculars the other signals the rest of the war party using a simple disc of polished metal.
  • - As K&C collectors already know... I love movies ... ‘war movies’ and ‘westerns’ in particular. This figure is based on a great little movie called “Chato’s Land”, starring the late Charles Bronson. Bronson plays a half-breed Apache and many of the posters for the movie featured this pose... which is a great one for an Apache warrior.
  • - From a fictional Apache to a factual character from real history ... Sergeant Robert Hughes carrying the’ National Flag’ at the Battle of the Little Big Horn on that fateful day in June 1876. Here, holding his Army Colt in one hand and the 36-star flag in the other he reels back from a fatal shot during the battle.
  • - And now we mix ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’ with this figure of swashbuckling Errol Flynn as he appeared in the classic 1941 Warner Brothers Movie, “They Died With Their Boots On”. This highly fictionalized life of George Armstrong Custer climaxes at the Battle of the Little Big Horn with Flynn /Custer dressed in his buckskin jacket (and being the last man standing) as the Sioux and Cheyenne warriors prepare to make their final charge. And that’s how we show him.
  • - This is the third installment of this first release of “Buffalo Soldiers”... A black Cavalry Corporal grabs a marauding Apache around the neck as he prepares to use his pistol butt to ‘brain’ the knife wielding warrior! A great little 2-man ‘fighting’ set.

Apaches and Buffalo Soldiers

WWII

  • - This little Marder III was based on the Czech Panzer 38 (T) chassis and wheel arrangement. The K&C model is in the same camouflage style and markings (#102) as the Marder III seen in Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Pvt. Ryan” movie. Our model also includes a crew member who can stand outside or inside the vehicle... as you prefer.
  • - This 2-figure set wears the ‘classic’ short black ‘Panzer’ jacket and trousers and fits well alongside any of K&C’s Tigers or other German armour.
  • - A single grey-clad Self-Propelled-Gun officer stands cocking his pistol... Virtually all German vehicle commanders carried a side arm and this one is no exception.

Normandy '44 - Waffen-SS & Wehrmacht

Wehrmacht

  • - This 2 x figure set (1 x with short ramming rod plus 1 x shell fuser) goes perfectly with the other previously released artillery gunner sets such as the WH062 The 10.5cm Light Field Howitzer and its crew.

German Wehrmacht

John Jenkins

John Jenkins - New August Releases!

Enemies of Rome

The Gauls were Celtic peoples inhabiting Gaul in the Iron Age and the Roman period (roughly from the 5th century BC to the 5th century AD).

The Gauls emerged around the 5th century BC as the bearers of the La Tène culture north of the Alps (spread across the lands between the Seine, Middle Rhine and upper Elbe). By the 4th century BC, they spread over much of what is now France, Belgium, Switzerland, Southern Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic by virtue of controlling the trade routes along the river systems of the Rhône, Seine, Rhine, and Danube, and they quickly expanded into Northern Italy, the Balkans, Transylvania and Galatia. Gaul was never united under a single ruler or government, but the Gallic tribes were capable of uniting their forces in large-scale military operations. They reached the peak of their power in the early 3rd century BC. The rising Roman Republic after the end of the First Punic War increasingly put pressure on the Gallic sphere of influence; the Battle of Telamon of 225 BC heralded a gradual decline of Gallic power over the 2nd century, until the eventual conquest of Gaul in the Gallic Wars of the 50s BC. After this, Gaul became a province of the Roman Empire, and the Gauls were culturally assimilated into a Gallo-Roman culture, losing their tribal identities by the end of the 1st century AD.

The carnyx may be described as a type of war trumpet. This instrument was a valveless horn that was made of beaten bronze, and can be easily recognized due to its shape. Another distinct feature of the carnyx is its bell, which often depicts the head of some animal. Such animals include boars, dragons, serpents, birds and wolves. The bells of the carnyx were fashioned after these animals so as to strike fear into enemy warriors. Additionally, some bells were made with joints at the jaws, which would cause the animal’s head to move when the instrument was blown, thus adding to the psychological effect it had on the enemy. Whilst the sight of the carnyx struck fear into the hearts of the enemy, it was the sound of it, which has been described as lugubrious and harsh, that probably had a greater impact on enemy morale. The instrument's significant height also allowed it to be heard over the heads of the participants in battles or ceremonies.

Enemies of Rome

THE SECOND WORLD WAR - GERMAN ARMOUR

The Panzer I was a light tank produced in Germany in the 1930s. The name is short for the German Panzerkampfwagen I ("armored fighting vehicle mark I"), abbreviated PzKpfw I. The tank's official German ordnance inventory designation was SdKfz 101 ("special purpose vehicle 101").

Design of the Panzer I began in 1932 and mass production began in 1934. Intended only as a training tank to introduce the concept of armored warfare to the German Army, the Panzer I saw combat in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, in Poland, France, the Soviet Union and North Africa during the Second World War, and in China during the Second Sino-Japanese War. Experiences with the Panzer I during the Spanish Civil War helped shape the German Panzerwaffes' invasion of Poland in 1939 and France in 1940. By 1941, the Panzer I chassis design was used as the basis of tank destroyers and assault guns. There were attempts to upgrade the Panzer I throughout its service history, including by foreign nations, to extend the design's lifespan. It continued to serve in the Spanish Armed Forces until 1954.

The Panzer I's performance in combat was limited by its thin armour and light armament of two machine guns. As a design intended for training, the Panzer I was not as capable as other light tanks of the era, such as the Soviet T-26. Although weak in combat, it formed a large part of Germany's tank forces and was used in all major campaigns between September 1939 and December 1941. The small, vulnerable light tank would be surpassed in importance by other German tanks, such as the Panzer IV, Panther, and Tiger; nevertheless, the Panzer I's contribution to the early victories of Nazi Germany during World War II was significant.

Lesson learned from the Panzerkampfwagen I provided the German designers and manufacturers with valuable experience in designing and producing the next generation of new panzers that were soon to come. Although, Panzerkampfwagen I was not a truly valuable combat tank, it proved to be an excellent training tank and most of the panzer crews were trained on Panzerkampfwagen I until the end of the war or operated it in combat as their first armoured vehicle.

There have been many requests over the years for jjDesigns to produce Pz 1A’s for the Second World War. Although GA-10A has generic markings, there will be other tanks produced with specific unit markings, to represent tanks from The Invasion of Poland through and even Chiang Kai-shek’s National Government Army in China.

THE INVASION OF POLAND, 1st September 1939

On 1 September 1939, Germany invaded Poland The invasion was swift and the last Polish pockets of resistance surrendered on 6 October. The entire campaign had lasted five weeks and the success of Germany's tanks in the campaign was summed up in response to Hitler on 5 September: when asked if it had been the dive bombers who destroyed a Polish artillery regiment, Guderian replied, "No, our panzers!"

GA-11A represents a Panzer Division tank from the opening of the war in Poland. The Panzer I Ausf A represents a fighting vehicle of the 5. Kompanie while the Panzer I Ausf B (available at a later date) represents a staff tank of the I. Abteilung, Panzer Regiment 35.

The 4th Panzer Division, as part of the XVI. Armeekorps, was one of the first divisions of Heeresgruppe Süd (Army Group South) to cross the Polish border on September 1st, 1939. It fought against Polish cavalry at the Battle of Mokra and was the first German unit to reach Warsaw. It suffered heavy casualties in its initial direct assault to take the city and in subsequent attempts to take the city fighting alongside the Liebstandarte SS Adolf Hitler Regiment. Later it fought in the Battle of the Bazura (Battle of Kutno), the largest battle of the Polish campaign.

After Poland, the division fought against the British Expeditionary Force during the Battle of France and then on the Eastern Front for the remainder of the war.

Jagdpanther

I apologize that many customers were not able to get the first Jagdpanter. I have decided to re-stock this item, but as I had already made several small changes to the original prototype I was unable to produce an exact replica of the GA-01 model. For example the front machine gun on the original GA-01 did not move. I have now re-worked the prototype so that the front machine gun now moves. Therefore I have decided to re-stock the model and re-number the tank #121. If you are still interested in purchasing this new version, contact us. All pre-orders for GA-01(121) received by the 31st August will be produced.

JJ WWII Collection

Interwar Aviation

The Boeing P-12/F4B was an American pursuit aircraft that was operated by the United States Army Air Corps and United States Navy. Though best known in later years for producing large bomber or transport aircraft, Boeing produced a series of excellent fighters from 1923 to 1933. The most famous of those biplane fighters, the F4B, was the refinement of design experience gained from its FB, F2B and F3B predecessors. Nimble, rugged and reliable, the F4B-4's debut coincided nicely with advances in carrier operations aboard the new carriers Lexington (CV-2) and Saratoga (CV-3). The aircraft remained the Navy and Marine Corps' first-line fighter until replaced by faster and more powerful Grumman biplanes.

VF-6B, known as the “Fighting Six” had as their mascot, “Felix The Cat”, a well known cartoon character of the time. The lit bomb he carries relates to when the squadron first started as a Bombing Squadron in 1929. “Felix The Cat” is one of the longest serving squadron insignia in the US Navy.

The white tails of the aircraft were the squadron’s carrier identification colour during their service aboard the USS Saratoga.

The Navy Bureau Number (BuNo.) 9020 was the Section Leader in the Squadron’s Fourth Section, whose identification colour was black. The Section leader carried a full black cowl, the second aircraft displayed a top half black cowl, and the third a bottom half black cowl. All aircraft displayed wing chevrons in the section colour, and their individual aircraft number on their upperwing.

SECTION MARKINGS OF SQUADRONS

In December 1930, the US Bureau of Aeronautics directed that all aircraft under construction be painted using a scheme of section markings that would visually identify their position in the squadron. The normal squadron strength was 18 aircraft. This was divided into two divisions of three sections, and each section was made up of three aircraft. The first division was made up of sections, 1,2,3 and the second division was made up of sections 4,5,and 6. Normally the squadron Commander would lead the first division as Section Leader of Section 1, and his Executive officer would lead the second division as Section Leader of Section 4.

CARRIER TAIL MARKINGS

The first instruction to allocate a colour to all squadrons operating from the same carrier came in 1935, as it was creating confusion by the different tail colours that squadrons were selecting. In the 1935 directive the colours were white for USS Saratoga.

INTERWAR AVIATION AIRCRAFT CARRIER BASES

USS Saratoga (CV-3) was a Lexington-class aircraft carrier built for the United States Navy during the 1920s. Originally designed as a battlecruiser, she was converted into one of the Navy's first aircraft carriers during construction to comply with the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922. The ship entered service in 1928 and was assigned to the Pacific Fleet for her entire career. Saratoga and her sister ship, Lexington, were used to develop and refine carrier tactics in a series of annual exercises before World War II. On more than one occasion these included successful surprise attacks on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. She was one of three prewar US fleet aircraft carriers, along with Enterprise and Ranger, to serve throughout World War II.

Inter-War Aviation Collection

War of the Roses

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Battle of the Plains of Abraham

The 78th Regiment, (Highland) Regiment of Foot otherwise known as the 78th Fraser Highlanders was a British infantry regiment of the line raised in Scotland in 1757, to fight in the Seven Years' War . The 78th Regiment was one of the first three Highland Regiments to fight in North America. The regiment was raised in Inverness by Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Fraser of Lovat as the 2nd Highland Battalion and ranked as the 62nd Regiment of Foot in 1757. It was re-ranked as the 63rd Regiment of Foot later in the year. The regiment embarked for Halifax, Nova Scotia in July 1757 and, having been renamed the 78th (Highland) Regiment of Foot, or Fraser's Highlanders in June 1758, it took part in the Siege of Louisbourg later that month, the Battle of the Plains of Abraham in September 1759 and the capture of Montreal in August 1760. It was disbanded in Quebec in December 1763. In the Seven Years' War, the regiment at 103 soldiers killed and 383 wounded.

Battle of the Plains of Abraham

WWI - Egypt 195

Egypt 1915

First Legion

New August Releases!
Samurai

Age of the Samurai

Ottman Empire

The Ottoman Empire was founded in the 13th century in what is modern day turkey and would become a major world power and multilingual and multinational empire over the next several centuries. Crossing into Europe under Mehmed into the Balkans, the Ottomans conquered Constantinople and put an end to the Byzantine Empire. At the height of it's power under Suleiman the Magnificent, the Empire controlled large parts of Europe, Asia and Africa by the 17th century. This once great Empire was finally brought down during WWI. First Legion has created some 13 different figures as our initial release of the Ottoman Turks and they are the perfect opponent to both our Renaissance Landsknechts and our Polish Winged Hussars as the figures can be used across a wide period of the Empire. With both heavily armored warriors and several "Janissaries", which were the household troops of the Emperor, interesting and varied displays can be created particularly focused on the sieges of Vienna. These are extremely colorful and visually interesting figures that are rarely covered in such detail by figure makers and we sincerely hope you enjoy them and find them a refreshing change from the norm.

Ottoman Turks

Napoleonic

French Imperial Guard

Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge

Thomas Gunn

New August Releases!

Spartans

Spartans

Romans

Glory of Rome

WWI

World War One

World War II

WWII Allied Forces

WWII - German

WWII German forces

WWII - Pacific

WWII Pacific

Century Wings

Century Wings - Latest Releases

Century Wings

Corgi

Corgi - Arriving in August

Corgi

Hobby Master

Hobby Master - New Arrivals

Hobby Master

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

This newsletter is the copyright of Sierra Toy Soldier Company