August, 2018
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Missed the July 2018 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the Hot August Nights Sierra Toy Soldier Newsletter, written, yes you guessed it, on a very hot Sunday in the Bay Area. Temperatures for us have been unusually hot in July and looks like it is continuing into August. For someone who likes 70 degrees, this 95 – 100, you can keep. Looking at the weather charts we are not the only ones suffering with the heat. Unfortunately, this has resulted in a bunch of Wildfires in California. Apparently, there are over 100+ Wildfires burning between California and Alaska.

Even with the heat, it is a great time to visit us and look at toy soldiers as we are fully air conditioned. So you can indulge your favorite hobby and stay cool-perfect

We are starting to plan for Chicago. Yes, it’s that time again. We are pleased to be holding our annual customer appreciation dinner, now in its 14th year. We will have as our guest speaker Andy Neilson of King and Country, who has volunteered. Details are below; book early so you do not miss out on what is a truly unique event! Also start planning what you would like to see. We are always looking for ideas of what to pack.

The store has been run throughout the summer by our History students. They have been building displays galore. Check out our Social Media pages.

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We have a great set of announcements including King and Country, First Legion, John Jenkins, Thomas Gunn and Corgi.

In this newsletter we have the latest Britain's, King and Country,  First Legion and Thomas Gunn announcements.

Hope you enjoy!

Events

Learn To Paint A Toy Soldier - Saturday August 10, 2018 - 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.

Chicago Toy Soldier Show September 20 - 23, 2018.

We will be room trading on Thursday the 20th. 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 (14th Anniversary Year) - Friday, September 21 - 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
Andy Neilson 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 or email. We do not make tickets available online since the event is only for our customers. 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

August 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
King & Country
John Jenkins
First Legion
Thomas Gunn
Corgi

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!

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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! - Final Sets Remaining!

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

Monte Cassino

Britain's

New Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Set - Expected 2018!


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

King & Country

King & Country August 2018 Releases!

Romans and Gauls

From a leader of the early 19th Century we journey back in time to Barbarian Warriors of almost two millennia before... Here, are the first five fighting warriors (there are more in the pipeline) ready to do battle with the Legions of Rome...

Romans

Napoleon & Josephine

Over the years K&C has produced more than a few figures of Napoleon Bonaparte however this is the first time we have designed and made a special 2-figure set that includes one of the great loves of his life... Josephine de Beauharnais (1763-1814).

Her marriage to Napoleon was her second, her first husband being guillotined during the ‘Reign of Terror’ that followed the revolution of 1789.

Already the mother of two children before she met Napoleon in 1795 she was six years older than him. Smitten by her charms and beauty they married just one year later.

Their married life afterwards was far from perfect with both indulging in extramarital affairs. Eventually, Napoleon chose to divorce Josephine because of her inability to provide an heir. Both however retained a great fondness for each other that survived their divorce in 1810 and lasted until their deaths... Josephine in 1814 and Napoleon himself in 1821.

  • - Here we see Napoleon himself dressed in the uniform of a Colonel of Chasseurs of the Imperial Guard. It was the Chasseurs of the Guard who usually provided the personal escort to the Emperor and he often wore the regiment’s uniform in recognition of their loyal service. Josephine meanwhile is gracefully attired in a pale blue and delicately embroidered ‘classical-styled’ dress complete with a wine velvet ‘manteau’ edged with ermine and decorated with gold, hand-sewn motifs.
  • - This figure is in ‘campaign dress’ complete with his traditional axe and a ‘Musket’ with fixed bayonet on his back. His sleeve badge consists of the ‘crossed axes’. He is also armed with a short sabre.

French Artillery, Infantry, and Dragoons.

Real West

  • - This moustachioed trooper sits confidently on his chestnut mare... Once more this figure has the ‘moveable head’ which allows him to scan the horizon from left to right and still keep an eye open for those dangerous Apaches!
  • - An essential part of any cavalry troop, our bugler is mounted, by tradition, on a different colour of horse than his fellow soldiers... All the better for his officer to see him in a battle situation. This particular figure’s head is ‘fixed’ as he is blowing his bugle.
  • - The second of our mounted Cavalry troopers, sits with his gloved hands folded over each other... Like ‘Trooper A’ he has the moveable head feature.

John Ford's Cavalry

D'Day

  • - Three ‘Casualties of War’ in 3 x different poses that prove, once again, that the price of freedom is never free!

D-Day '44

BLOOD & GUTS IN THE PACIFIC

  • - A Marine Corps NCO (non commissioned officer) cautiously advances his trusty ‘Thompson’ at the ready...
  • - A Marine BAR Gunner hoists a wounded Marine onto his shoulder and carries him back to safety.
  • - As a gravely-wounded Marine awaits evacuation a Navy Corpsman gives him a sip of water. Navy Corpsman during WW2 were enlisted medical specialists of the U.S. Navy who also served with U.S. Marine Corps units. Their bravery under fire was legendary and in WW2 alone they won no less than 7 Medals of Honor.
  • - A classic pose firing a classic machine gun... The M1917 Browning Machine Gun. This belt-fed, water-cooled weapon served alongside its lighter air-cooled Browning M1919 ‘cousin’. Although seeing limited action in WW1 the gun came into wide use in WW2 particularly in the ‘fixed defense’ role and as a battalion and regimental support weapon.
  • - A classic pose firing a classic machine gun... The M1917 Browning Machine Gun. This belt-fed, water-cooled weapon served alongside its lighter air-cooled Browning M1919 ‘cousin’. Although seeing limited action in WW1 the gun came into wide use in WW2 particularly in the ‘fixed defense’ role and as a battalion and regimental support weapon.

Battle of TARAWA

Vietnam

The Vietnam War has featured prominently these past few months with major releases of U.S. Marines fighting their way into the old Vietnamese Imperial Capital of HUE during the 1968 TET Offensive... the pivotal point in America’s involvement in the entire Vietnam conflict.

First, we released the Marines in combat, some of the finest and most realistic fighting figures King & Country has ever produced. Now we are releasing one of their most famous fighting vehicles and... The first infantry figures of one of their most valiant and reliable allies in that war... Australia!

  • - Officially known as ‘The Rifle, Multiple 106mm, Self-propelled, M50 this U.S. light armoured, tracked, anti tank vehicle became better known as ‘THE ONTOS’. Initially designed in the 1950’s as a fast tank-killer for airborne forces it won its battlefield reputation during the Vietnam War. Its six 106mm recoilless rifles comprised its main armament and could be fired in rapid succession against single targets to guarantee a ‘kill’. Although originally designed for the Army’s Airborne divisions it eventually ended up with the Marines after the Army cancelled the project. The Marines however used the ‘ONTOS’ for direct fire support against enemy infantry operating in fixed locations such as bunkers and houses. During the battle for Hue the ONTOS was much in evidence and played a major role in helping the Marines retake the old Imperial Capital. Our King & Country model is in USMC markings and carries the nickname ‘SIX-GUN SUZIE’ on one of its six 106mm barrels. The set also includes a vehicle commander in the top open hatch firing his .30 cal. machine gun.
  • - The perfect ‘add-on’ to VN015... This Marine man-handles one of the large 106mm rounds ready to reload one of the ONTOS barrels.
  • - As stated earlier, Australia was one of America’s staunchest allies throughout the Vietnam War and contributed over 60,000 men to the conflict between 1962 and 1973. Here, we present a set of 4 ‘Diggers’ from the Royal Australian Regiment as they would have appeared on patrol during the 1967/68 period. As you can see their appearance and some of their weapons are radically different from our US Marines in Hue. The Aussies favoured ‘bush hats’ in place of steel helmets and rarely wore flak jackets... Their uniform and web equipment shows a mix of British, Australian and American influences. As does their weaponry... Our 4-man set carries the American M60 machine gun... the M79 Grenade Launcher and the M16 Automatic Rifle... The standard military rifle most Aussies carried was the L1A1 Self Loading Rifle, the same as the British Forces of that time. This K&C set was previewed to great acclaim during my recent ‘Aussie Trip’ and, going by pre orders, is already a big hit! An additional 4-man patrol set is already in development for release later this year.
  • - During our recent ‘Aussie Trip’ this particular figure was made available to collectors and is now available worldwide... The standing ‘Patrol Commander’ holds his military-issue binos in one hand and his SLR in the other... A great ‘stand-alone’ figure... Even better with his four mates!
  • - K&C featured this 3 x Section Walls Set in all of our promotion material for the new Vietnam series... As you can see it’s very flexible and although specifically designed for a Vietnam street scene it works equally well in other settings.

Vietnam - Tet'68

Beginner Gift Sets

Four new gift sets

Beginner Gift Sets

John Jenkins

New John Jenkins August Releases!
Gauls

Enemies of Rome

Roman

The Scutum was a type of shield used among Italic peoples in antiquity, and then by the army of ancient Rome starting about the fourth century BC. The Romans adopted it when they switched from the military formation of the hoplite phalanx of the Greeks to the formation with maniples. In the former, the soldiers carried a round shield, which the Romans called clipeus. In the latter, they used the scutum, which was a larger shield. Originally it was an oblong and convex shield. By the first century BC it had developed into the rectangular, semi-cylindrical shield that is popularly associated with the scutum in modern times. This was not the only shield the Romans used; Roman shields were of varying types depending on the role of the soldier who carried it. Oval, circular and rectangular shields were used throughout Roman history.

Turf and Timber Roman Fort

Roman forts, also known as castra, could be found all over the Roman Empire. The huge empire stretched from northern England to North Africa and from Portugal to the Middle East.

A Roman fort could be built in timber and turf, or in stone, or even a combination of both. Turf and Timber was quick, easy to obtain, and extremely effective.

From the first century AD or earlier, Turf and Timber forts were common, but after that date forts were normally built in stone, because with settled frontiers units were far less likely to move on from permanent bases.

Some Roman forts could hold up to 6,000 people. As well as barracks for soldiers, they had stables, a butcher shop and bakery and administrative offices.

In the village of Baginton, near Coventry, a Roman fort has been reconstructed by archaeologists.

Made from timber and turf, the Lunt Roman Fort is an example of the type of buildings the Roman Army constructed in Britain in the years during and after the uprising by Boudicca.

The Turf and Timber Roman fort can also be used for the Battle of Alesia displays.

The Battle of Alesia took place in September, 52 BC around the Gallic oppidum of Alesia, a major town centre and hill fort of the Mandubii tribe. It was fought by an army of the Roman Republic commanded by Julius Caesar against Gallic tribes united under the leadership of Vercingetorix of the Arverni. It was the last major engagement between Gauls and Romans and the end of organized resistance to the Roman Empire, marking the turning point of the Gallic Wars in favour of Rome

To guarantee a perfect blockade, Caesar ordered the construction of an encircling set of fortifications, called a circumvallation, around Alesia. The details are known from Caesar's Commentaries. About 18 kilometres of 4 metre high fortifications were constructed in about three weeks . This line was followed inwards by two four-and-a-half metre wide ditches, also four-and-a-half metres deep. The farthest from the fortification was filled with water from the surrounding rivers. These fortifications were supplemented with mantraps and deep holes in front of the ditches, and regularly spaced watch towers equipped with Roman artillery. Vercingetorix's cavalry often raided the construction works attempting to prevent full enclosure. Caesar ordered the construction of a second line of fortifications, the contravallation, facing outward and encircling his army between it and the first set of walls. The second line was identical to the first in design and extended for 21 kilometres.

Roman Army of the Late Republic

Aztec

The ATLATL, or spear thrower was about two foot long and was often ornately carved and decorated. It had a hooked end and a groove in which to rest the butt end of the dart or javelin. There was also a pair of holes or finger loops about two thirds of the way along for the index and second fingers. It enabled javelins to be thrown further and with a force many times greater than was otherwise possible.

Modern tests indicate that it had a probable maximum range of about 150ft. Considerable accuracy was possible at 120ft, and modern tests show that a a four inch target could consistently be hit at this distance. The penetrative power of darts or javelins using the Atlatl was greater than that of an arrow.

Bernal Diaz del Castillo commented that “they could pass through any sort of armour, and against them there was no means of protection”.

The darts or javelins which were called TLACOCHTLI, were of oak. They averaged between 3-4 feet in length, and had either a fire hardened tip, or a blade of obsidian. They were often barbed so that “it cannot be removed without making a large wound unless it can be pulled out at the other side”.

Aztec Empire - Conquest of America

American Revolution - Battle of Saratoga 1777 - 1st Canadian Regiment

American Revolution - Battle of Saratoga 1777

American Revolution - Battle of Saratoga 1777 - 2nd Massachussetts Regiment

American Revolution - Battle of Saratoga 1777

American Revolution - Battle of Saratoga 1777-2nd New York Regiment

American Revolution - Battle of Saratoga 1777

American Revolution - Battle of Saratoga 1777 - Von Rhetz Regiment

American Revolution - Battle of Saratoga 1777

Knights of the Skies

Raymond Collishaw, CB, DSO & Bar, OBE, DSC, DFC (22 November 1893 – 28 September 1976) was a distinguished Canadian fighter pilot, squadron leader, and commanding officer who served in the Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS) and later the Royal Air Force. He was the highest scoring RNAS flying ace and the second highest scoring Canadian pilot of the First World War. He was noted as a great leader in the air, leading many of his own formations into battle.

Raymond Collishaw, one of Canada’s most decorated fighter pilots, was the third top-scoring allied ace of WW1—surpassed only by the famed Billy Bishop and Edward Mannock.

Collishaw ended the war with 60 victories, the third highest of the British Empire pilots. He remained in the Royal Air Force after the war and served in other combat arenas, including commanding the British forces against the Bolsheviks in Russia and the allied air forces in North Africa during World War II.

By the end of May 1916, the Royal Flying Corps was badly in need of reinforcements, much due to the after-effects of Bloody April. As a result, Collishaw was posted to his previous No. 10 Naval Squadron as a flight commander.

Collishaw's "B" Flight would be composed entirely of Canadians.

Although British commanders had strongly discouraged pilots painting their aircraft, Collishaw's flight painted their Sopwith Triplanes black (though appearing dark brown), and called themselves the All-Black Flight, later known more simply as the Black Flight

The aircraft of the All-Black Flight were christened with suitable names. Ellis Reid, of Toronto, flew Black Roger; J. E. Sharman, of Winnipeg, flew Black Death; Gerry Nash, of Hamilton, called his machine Black Sheep; and Marcus Alexander, of Toronto, christened his plane the Black Prince. The flight commander, Raymond Collishaw, flew a machine which gloried in the name Black Maria

During their first two months they claimed a record 87 German aircraft destroyed or driven down – which, strangely enough, brought Collishaw and the unit no wide publicity, though garnered a great deal of renown among their German opponents in the area. Collishaw later claimed that this was because officials in the regular Royal Flying Corps were loath to give credit to naval pilots.

June 6, 1917 was their grandest day. They were flying offensive patrols with 10 Triplanes. Collishaw was leading a patrol when they came across an Albatros 2-seater escorted by 15 Albatros and Halberstadt fighters. In the "fur ball" that ensued Collishaw dropped three Albatros’s, Nash downed an Aviatik two-seater and an Albatros, Reid downed a Halberstadt scout, Sharman and Alexander each downed an Albatros. In total the RNAS shot down 10 German aircraft without any losses.

Knights Of The Skies - WWI

Australian Air Force

No. 457 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighter squadron of World War II. Equipped with Supermarine Spitfire fighters, it was formed in England during June 1941 under Article XV of the Empire Air Training Scheme. The squadron was transferred to Australia in June 1942 and saw combat in the South West Pacific Area before being disbanded in November 1945.

The squadron saw combat against both Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan during the war. From March to May 1942 it was based in southern England and flew missions over German-occupied France during which it shot down at least five Luftwaffe aircraft. After being deployed to Australia, No. 457 Squadron was based near Darwin as part of No. 1 Wing RAAF and intercepted several Japanese raids on Allied bases in northern Australia between March and November 1943. The squadron remained at Darwin and saw almost no combat during 1944, but moved to Morotai and later Labuan in 1945 from where it attacked Japanese positions in the Netherlands East Indies and Borneo as part of Allied offensives in these areas.

Group Captain Clive Robertson Caldwell, DSO, DFC & Bar (28 July 1911 – 5 August 1994) was the leading Australian air ace of World War II. He is officially credited with shooting down 28.5 enemy aircraft in over 300 operational sorties, including an ace in a day. In addition to his official score, he has been ascribed six probables and 15 damaged

Caldwell flew Curtiss P-40 Tomahawks and Kittyhawks in the North African Campaign and Supermarine Spitfires in the South West Pacific Theatre. He was the highest-scoring P-40 pilot from any air force and the highest-scoring Allied pilot in North Africa

Supermarine Spitfire MK VIII, A58-484 (British serial JG543) at Morotai in March 1945; was one of three Spitfire MkVIII's allocated to Clive R Caldwell.

This aircraft like many others, was delivered to the RAAF wearing the RAF 'desert' scheme of Dark Earth, Middle Stone and Azure Blue. The Middle Stone portions were subsequently over painted in Foliage Green.

The Pilot initials 'CR-C' were Sky Blue, spinner and fuselage band in white with probably black bands. Below the cockpit was a Group Captain rank pennant and an impressive scoreboard indicating aerial victories against German, Italian and Japanese aircraft. Of note is the relative contrast between upper surface camouflage colours. RAF 'desert' camouflaged Spitfires typically had a 'darker' shade of the standard RAF colour Dark Earth resulting in a relatively lower contrast upper scheme when combined with RAAF Foliage Green.

No. 457 Squadron flew its first operations from Morotai on 10 February. The squadron's main roles in this period were to conduct ground attack missions against Japanese camps and shipping as well as escorting other aircraft engaged in attacking these targets. This involved a heavy workload, and the squadron flew over 293 operational sorties between February and the end of April. From May No. 457 Squadron's Spitfires began using dive bombing tactics as well as strafing targets with their guns.

No. 457 Squadron participated in the Borneo Campaign during the final months of the war. On 27 May it was ordered to prepare for deployment, and on 5 June its personnel and equipment sailed for Labuan island off the north-west coast of Borneo

Further recommended reading, KILLER CALDWELL, AUSTRALIA’S GREATEST FIGHTER PILOT, by Jeffrey Watson.

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

USS Bunker Hill

Caswell flew over 100 missions in WW2, destroyed 10 or more enemy aircraft in the air and 25-30 aircraft on the ground.

Remarkably, he never received a bullet hole in any Corsair he ever flew. He was awarded the Silver Star, 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 5 Air Medals.

Dean Caswell was assigned to the USMC VMF-221. On April 28, 1945 a 6-aircraft Corsair flight from VMF-221 was operating from the USS Bunker Hill in the vicinity of Okinawa when they encountered approximately 30 Japanese aircraft. The Japanese were trying to stop the U.S. landings on Okinawa. 1st Lt., Dean Caswell and group immediately attacked and Caswell scored 3 victories and 1 probable, this action turned back the Japanese attack. In WWII Caswell had 7 victories and did two tours in Korea and time in Vietnam.

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

First Legion

New August Releases!
Battle of the Bulge

First Legion is extremely pleased to present the next vehicle in our “Battle of the Bulge” series, BB031 the German Sd Kfz 182 Konigstiger as part of the 1st SS Panzer Division. The 1st Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Division was broken down into 4 different Kampgruppes for the Ardennes offensive, each named after their respective commander. The most famous of these was Kampfgruppe Peiper which contained all of the division’s tanks and was the tip of the spear of the “Wacht am Rhein” offensive. Our tank is designed to appear as it would have looked at the outset of the battle. The King Tiger was the successor to the Tiger I as Germany's Heavy Tank and combined the thick armor of the Tiger I with the sloping armor of the Panther along with the firepower of the 8.8 cm KwK 43 L/71 anti-tank cannon. Ours is depicted wtih the Henschel turret and soft edged camo as part of the 1st SS Panzer Division's Kampfgruppe Peiper. This tank is a real beast for sure at 70 tons and our rendition of it is modeled and painted to the very highest standards including additional weathering that we haven't done on any previous vehicle. With only a very small number of them produced (less than 100), KT "334" will become a real collector's item and a fantastic addition to our Battle of the Bulge figure series.

Battle of the Bulge

Thomas Gunn!

Thomas Gunn July Releases!
Spartans

Glory of Rome

Glory of Rome

Spartans

The Immortals were a standing force of 10,000 warriors assigned to guarding the Emperor and carrying out military actions at his behest. Should a warrior be killed then he was immediately replaced thereby keeping the unit number of 10,000 warriors complete, hence the name 'Immortals' which continues to this day.

Spartans

Napoleonic

Napoleonic

WWII German

WWII German forces

Corgi

New Corgi Second Half Announcements!
American Bombers

British and American Bombers plus other large Aircraft

German Aircraft

German Bomber and Fighter Aircraft

Modern Aircraft

Modern Aircraft and Fighting Vehicles

WWI Aircraft

World War I Aircraft

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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