August, 2020
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Missed the July Edition 2020 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the Mid-Summer Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on what is going to be a ridiculously hot, and sticky day here is the Bay Area, with temperatures approaching 100 + F. So far most of this summer’s fires have been down south in LA where it is normally hotter, and drier than Northern California. Normally this time of year I would encourage you to come and visit. Then you could go to San Francisco and freeze at below 60 degrees, due to the Summer Fog rolling in. Then you could drive towards us and warm up again. However not this time as everything is pretty much locked down. We are all going stir crazy.

We are open Monday to Saturday and have been very busy welcoming visitors to our showroom. Everyone has been following all the safety rules. The team has been busy working on displays, social media and lots of pictures.

Great news, we finally received a Britain’s shipment with our exclusive Zulu figures plus other new releases, many not featured in the 2017 catalog. We are hoping for many new shipments during the remainder of the year.

The sales from both King & Country and First Legion continue at a rapid pace. First Legion’s sale is expected to end on August 31st. King and Country will be announcing more End of Run items that will be put on sale. If you have a chance check it out as there are some real bargains.

King & Country Sale

First Legion Sale

We have some great new announcements from Britain's, King & country, John Jenkins and First Legion.

We have started a new section on the web site featuring John Jenkins Future Releases. John has been publishing a series of announcements over the last few weeks, we have been sending emails to update Jenkins Collectors. Many of you will enjoy just seeing the variety and creative energy John is using on these releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

Stay safe, and look forward to cooler days.

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Cyber August Sale

Cyber August Sale

Looking for a deal this August, look no further.. Even more Sales items are available in our showroom. We also have authorized King & Country items on sale! We have added an additional 40+ items this month.

We will have lots of items on sale between 25 - 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
Britain's
King & Country
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

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Collectors Corner

Occasionally we get a rare opportunity to acquire individual items and complete collections for collectors that are thinning out their collection or from other dealers. These pieces are items that we do not normally stock. All are in mint condition or and in their original boxes, unless specified in the description. Please note these may have been on display.

So these are ideal pages to view if you are looking for that missing piece in your collection or just looking to find some very unique pieces that are not normally available.

Consignment Highlight

This month we have added lots of  Britain's and 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 - In Stock Now!

We are very pleased to announce our 6th release in the Zulu Storehouse Attack Collection.Thank you to all of you that waited so patently for this item to be released. In stock now and it looks superb!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Update - In Stock Now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Britain's

Britain's New Arrivals!

Yes after a huge wait, we finally received a shipment of new items and a few restocks, hurrah! Thank you to all of you that waited so patently for these items to be released.

Zulu Wars

Zulu Wars

American Civil War

American Civil War

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

King & Country

King & Country August Releases!

British Napoleonic Generals

The Return of the ‘Iron Duke’, Sir Arthur Wellesley, better known as The Duke of Wellington is rightly claimed to be one of Britain’s foremost and most successful generals and certainly its best known commander during the Napoleonic Wars.

In recent years we have produced a mounted Wellington figure but never a standing figure of the great soldier. Well that’s now been remedied... and here he is with two collecting options...

This special 4-figure set shows the Duke himself dressed as he is portrayed in portrait paintings and on the big screen in the uniform style he wore at Waterloo.

Alongside him are three of his most famous subordinate commanders...

Lord Uxbridge, his cavalry commander, is dressed in Hussar uniform. It was Uxbridge, who during the battle had his right leg shot off by a French cannon ball and remarked to the Duke, “By God, sir, I’ve lost my leg!” Wellington calmly replied, “By God, sir, so you have!” Despite his leg being amputated, without antiseptic or anaesthetics, Uxbridge went on to enjoy a long and relatively happy life, dying in 1854.

Sir Thomas Picton, this senior officer wearing civilian attire, was alas not quite so lucky at Waterloo... While Wellington admired Picton’s courage and military capability he was less than happy with this soldier’s manners... “A rough, foul-mouthed devil as ever lived” was the Duke’s assessment. Appointed to command the British 5th Infantry Division at Waterloo he was killed by a musket ball to the head while leading his troops in defence of La Haye Sainte farmhouse.

Sir Alexander Gordon was one of the Duke’s most able and trusted Aide de Camps. He joined Wellington during the Peninsular War and saw plenty of active service with him before joining him again during The Hundred Days Campaign leading up to Waterloo. It was there that he was severely wounded leading a battalion of Brunswickers attempting to hold back a French advance.

Wellington himself, rarely a man to show emotion, wept at the news of his friend’s death.

British Napoleonic Generals

The Sword & The Crescent

We now return to the Holy Land at the time of the Crusades with new colorful renditions of long-retired Saracen ‘classics’...

  • - Saladin (1137-1193) was a Sunni Moslim of Kurdish ancestry who at the height of his military power ruled Egypt, Syria, Upper Mesopotamia, the Hejaz, Yemen and other parts of North Africa.
    He defeated the Crusaders at the Battle of Hattin in 1187 and afterwards controlled virtually all of Palestine including the holy city of Jerusalem.
    Before his death in 1193 he had given away all of his fortune and lived a modest, pious life despite his many victories, triumphs and popularity.
    Here he is mounted on one of his beautiful Arab stallions.
  • - Saladin’s own standard carried by one of his small retinue of personal bodyguards.
  • - This large green and white banner carries a quotation from the Koran surrounded by a delicate and intricate mix of Middle Eastern Islamic designs and motifs. Together with the mounted warrior it makes a striking centerpiece of any Saracen collection!

Saracens

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM!

Since K&C launched our latest interpretation of the ‘Vietnam War’ in miniature back in 2018 the series of figures and fighting vehicles has grown and expanded far beyond what we originally planned or expected.

We began with the story of the Battle of Hue during the TET Offensive of 1968 and the men who fought in it - The U.S. Marines and their opponents in the North Vietnamese Army and the Viet Cong guerrilas.

Then we introduced our Aussie ‘Diggers’ and the first Vietnamese Peasants.

Now, we’re presenting our first set of Special Forces... Men drawn from the Australian and New Zealand Special Air Service Regiments that themselves inherited the proud traditions and heritage of their ‘parent’ regiment the British Special Air Service.

Although small in numbers compared to the more numerous American Special Forces units, the ANZAC SAS troops operating behind enemy lines in South Vietnam made a huge contribution out of all proportion to their actual fighting strength.

Also appearing in these ‘DISPATCHES’ are our 3 x ‘Vietnamese Vespa Girls’... These young ladies make a colourful exception to all that military olive drab usually associated with our VIETNAM soldiers and vehicles. The little ‘Vespa’ motor scooters first appeared on South Vietnam’s roads in the late 1950’s and by the mid ‘60’s were everywhere...

They were relatively cheap to buy, easy to maintain and got plenty of miles to the gallon. Also women found them particularly attractive in a wide range of pretty colours to suit their fashions.

There was even a Vespa Assembly Plant just outside Saigon where the little vehicles were put together from all the constituent parts shipped in from Italy.

  • - Two ANZAC SAS troopers watching and waiting for the enemy. As you can see, like all Special Forces at that time in Vietnam, the men could select whatever camouflage uniforms suited them best and were the most comfortable.
    That was the same with the weapons they carried... personal choice and mission suitability was the order-of-the-day when selecting personal weapons.
    Our pointing ‘Team Leader’ is wearing a set of the U.S. made ERDL camouflage combat uniform first developed by the U.S. in 1967 with limited supplies being issued to Special Forces units in 1968.
    ANZAC initiative ensured that anyone who wanted a set could obtain one!
    The Team Leader’s weapon is a heavily modified standard L1A1 Self Loading Rifle with a forward pistol grip, a shortened barrel and fitted with a 30 round box magazine from the 7.62mm Bren Gun.
    His weapon is also camouflaged as is his face. All kinds of additional ammo pouches and extra water canteens are added onto his webbing and back pack.
    The second figure is also carrying a modified SLR with the longer Bren magazine attached. This SAS trooper is wearing a locally-purchased ‘Tiger Stripe’ uniform originally designed for South Vietnamese paratroopers and particularly suitable for jungle conditions.
  • - This second 2-man set has a kneeling trooper armed with an M16 fitted with the M203 Grenade Launcher. He’s also wearing the locally-made ‘Tiger Stripes’ and has the special webbing pouches that carry extra M203 rounds.
    The other SAS trooper, wearing the ERDL camouflage is carrying the British-made Sterling sub machine gun with the 30 round curved magazine. Both the Australian and New Zealand Armies tested out this weapon but only the Kiwis purchased it... So, chances are this particular SAS Trooper is a ‘Kiwi’.
  • - At first K&C was only going to produce one pretty young Vietnamese girl on her Vespa motor scooter. Once we saw how good looking the combination was we decided to give her a little company...
  • - Wearing the traditional long white ‘Ao Dai’ tunic this young female student is on her way to college on her bright yellow Vespa.
  • - Another attractive young Vietnamese girl makes her way through Saigon’s bustling streets.
  • - When you order both of these 2-man ANZAC Special Forces sets at the same time you also make a special saving of US$13.00. Every little bit counts these days!
    Special Note: American Special Forces are already ‘in the works’ for release later this year or early next.

Vietnam - Tet'68

BANZAI!

From one jungle war in the 1960’s to another in the 1940’s... Our latest Imperial Japanese Army releases...

  • - This was Imperial Japan’s first indigenous tankette originally designed for the cavalry it was used for both scouting and infantry support.
    Armed with both a heavy and light machine guns these little tankettes, manned by 3 men, saw plenty of action in Manchuria and China before being used against the British in Malaya and the Americans in the Philippines.
    Our K&C model is camouflaged in the standard Japanese camouflage of the early war years and comes with a vehicle commander.
  • - This three-officer set comprises a pointing general... Masaharu Homma, he commanded the forces that invaded the Philippines in 1941... and was hung for war crimes afterwards. Accompanying him are two other Japanese officers... an Aide de Camp carrying a mapcase and one of his Regimental Commanders.
  • - Advancing rapidly to the front this soldier carries his rifle and fixed bayonet in one hand and blows his bugle with the other.

Battle of TARAWA

“Per Mare Per Terram” By Sea and By Land

Welcome back to our ceremonial Royal Marines on Parade circa the mid 1970’s... my own time in the Corps. Some colourful and very smart additions.

  • - Standing at attention and playing the bugle. During the first half of the Twentieth Century when the Royal Navy still ruled most of the waves most British capital ships... Battleships, Cruisers and Aircraft Carriers carried a full complement of Royal Marines. Buglers on these ships would make bugle calls for ‘change of watches’... ‘stand down’... ‘action stations’ and others throughout the day and sometimes into the night.
    This particular bugler is in his dress blues and is more likely to be in harbour or on a ceremonial visit to a foreign port... or simply on parade.
  • - Whenever a Royal Marines Band appears all eyes are on the imposing figure of the ‘Drum Major’ who leads the Band and the Corps of Drums on parade.
    Resplendent in his dress blue tunic with five rows of gold lace frogging; a senior NCO’s scarlet sash over his right shoulder; a wide gold laced Drum Major’s cross belt embroidered with the badge and distinctions of the Royal Marines over his left and white gauntlet gloves together with his white ‘Wolseley’ helmet he makes a memorable sight.
    Our Drum Major also carries, in addition to his silver topped staff, an infantry-pattern sword.
    Drum Majors, are responsible for all ceremonial, administration and discipline matters within the bands and are normally selected from the Buglers / Drummers branch.
  • - Feet placed together, left heel into right instep at 45∘angle with SLR and fixed bayonet held firmly to the front and centre.
  • - As above but this time just a Marine not a senior NCO.
  • - All drummers are also taught the bugle, and are trained by the ‘Bugle Major’. On parade the drummer / buglers lead the band immediately behind the Drum Major on active duty all RM bandsmen act as stretcher bearers.
  • - This handsome 7 x figure set comprises 1 x Drum Major, 3 x Drummer / Buglers and 3 x Buglers.
    This is just a ‘starter set’, collectors can add extra Drummers and Buglers to make a more impressive and spectacular display.
    Comes in a Special Display Box.

Ceremonial

John Jenkins

New July Releases In Stock Now!
Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

The Crow, called the Apsáalooke in their own Siouan language, or variants including the Absaroka, are Native Americans, who in historical times lived in the Yellowstone River valley, which extends from present-day Wyoming, through Montana and into North Dakota, where it joins the Missouri River.

Pressured by the Ojibwe and Cree peoples (the Iron Confederacy), who had earlier and better access to guns through the fur trade, the Crow had migrated to this area from the Ohio Eastern Woodland area of present-day Ohio, settling south of Lake Winnipeg. From there, they were pushed to the west by the Cheyenne. Both the Crow and the Cheyenne were pushed farther west by the Lakota (Sioux), who took over the territory west of the Missouri River, reaching past the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming and Montana. The Cheyenne eventually became allies of the Lakota, as they sought to expel European Americans from the area. The Crow remained bitter enemies of both the Sioux and Cheyenne.

From about 1740, the Plains tribes rapidly adopted the horse, which allowed them to move out on to the Plains and hunt buffalo more effectively. However, the severe winters in the North kept their herds smaller than those of Plains tribes in the South. The Crow, Hidatsa, Eastern Shoshone and Northern Shoshone soon became noted as horse breeders and dealers and developed relatively large horse herds. At the time, other eastern and northern tribes were also moving on to the Plains, in search of game for the fur trade, bison, and more horses. The Crow were subject to raids and horse thefts by horse-poor tribes, including the powerful Blackfoot Confederacy, Gros Ventre, Assiniboine, Pawnee, and Ute.

Their greatest enemies became the tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Lakota-Cheyenne-Arapaho alliance.

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

Aztec Empire

The jaguar motif was used due to the belief that the jaguar represented Tezcatlipoca, god of the night sky. Aztecs also wore these dresses at war because they believed the animal's strengths would be given to them during battles

Following the warrior's path was one of the few ways to change one's social status in Aztec culture. Eagle and Jaguar warriors were full-time warriors who worked for the city-state to protect merchants and the city itself. They were expected to be leaders and commanders both on and off the battlefield, and acted as sort of a police force for the city. Men who reached this rank were considered as nobles and elites of society, and were granted many of the same privileges as a noble.

Aztec Empire - Conquest of America

Carthaginian Warship

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE 9 MORE CARTHAGINIAN CREW FIGURES WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

Punic Wars

Roman Warship

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE AT LEAST 6 MORE ROMAN CREW FIGURES WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE AT LEAST 4 MORE ROMAN ARCHER FIGURES WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

Please Note the Roman Republican Archers are also available with normal grass bases.

Punic Wars

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Numidian

Numidian

Spanish

Spanish

Persian Cavalry

Persian Cavalry

Norman Knights

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Crusades

Crusades

American Revolution - Anglo-Allied Army

Anglo-Allied Army

Palmetto Riflemen

Colonel Micah Jenkins was the founder and Commander of this Regiment, who under a special act of Confederate Congress was authorized to organize 12 Companies into a specialist regiment of sharpshooters, the Companies of which would have been detached to various Brigades wherever they were needed, their duties would have included advanced picket duties, point and flank guards to protect heavy infantry columns from cavalry attack, night assaults against federal outposts and pickets and of course general sharp shooting to create havoc anywhere in the Union lines. Unfortunately it would appear that they generally fought as heavy infantry throughout the war.

Micah Jenkins (December 1st, 1835 – May 6th 1864) was a Confederate generalin the American Civil War, mortally wounded by friendly fire at the Battle of The Wilderness.

At the First Battle of Bull Run, Jenkins was Colonel of the 5th South Carolina Infantry Regiment, under the command of David R. Jones.

At the Battle of Seven Pines he was brigade commander of the 5th South Carolina, the 6th South Carolina and the Palmetto Sharpshooters. He was considered one of the war’s “boy generals”, and was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General on July 22nd 1862.

Wounded at the Second Battle of Bull Run in August 1862 he was to miss the Batttle of Antietam.

His Brigade served in the division of Maj. Gen. George Pickett at the Battle of Fredericksburg, although it was not engaged. Pickett’s division participated in the campaign of Lt. Gen. James Longstreet against Suffolk, Virginia in 1863, but Jenkins’ brigade was retained near Richmond , Virginia, missing the Battle of Gettysburg.

During the Battle of the Wilderness, Jenkins was riding with Lt. Gen Longstreet when both were struck down by friendly fire, on May 6th 1864. Although Longstreet survived, Jenkins died of his head wound a few hours later.

Palmetto Riflemen South Carolina Infantry

Second World War Aircraft

The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single seater fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and other allied countries before, after and during WW2. Many variants of the Spitfire were built, using several wing configurations, and it was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft.

The Spitfire IXe was a development of the standard Spitfire IX that inverted the position of the 20mm cannons and replaced the outboard .30 caliber machine guns with .50 caliber weapons in the wing position formerly occupied by the cannons.

While the IXe wing entered production in the Spring of 1944, many Spitfires thought to be examples of this sub-type are actually earlier Spitfires, with a “field modification” to change the gun position, without the inner .50 caliber weapon, which was done due to the fact that with Spitfires being equipped with bomb racks for the fighter-bomber role in the invasion of France, having a 250-lb bomb and a 20mm cannon in the same wing location put too much strain on the wing structure.

Such an airplane was MK392, the Spitfire flown by Wing Commander Johnny Johnson when he returned to combat operations in March 1944 to assume command of a second Canadian Spitfire wing, 144 Wing in 83 Group of the 2nd Tactical Air Force which became 144 RCAF (Fighter) Wing, a fighter/bomber unit comprised of 441, 442 and 443 Squadrons. MK392, the Spitfire Johnson flew with 144 Wing has now been identified as being originally produced as a Spitfire IXc. In June 1944, Johnson had an MU modify the airplane by changing the gun positions, which was not difficult since MK392 used the large teardrop-shaped “universal gun cover.” All the Spitfires in 144 Wing, which did include some early IXe airplanes that were not equipped with the .50 caliber machine guns (which only made their appearance in the fall of 1944 due to production delays of the weapons), removed the outer .30 caliber weapons to save weight since the rifle-caliber weapons were not considered particularly effective either in strafing or air combat.

Air Vice Marshal James Edgar Johnson, CB, CBE, DSO & Two Bars, DFC & Bar (9 March 1915 – 30 January 2001), nicknamed "Johnnie", was a Royal Air Force (RAF) pilot and flying ace.

Johnson was credited with 34 individual victories over enemy aircraft, as well as seven shared victories, three shared probable, 10 damaged, three shared damaged and one destroyed on the ground.

Johnson flew 700 operational sorties and engaged enemy aircraft on 57 occasions.

Included in his list of individual victories were 14 Messerschmitt Bf 109s and 20 Focke-Wulf Fw 190s destroyed making him the most successful RAF ace against the Fw 190. This score made him the highest scoring Western Allied fighter ace against the German Luftwaffe.

Johnson scored the bulk of his victories flying two Spitfires Mk. IX. The first one was EN398 JE-J, in which he shot down 12 aircraft and shared five, plus six damaged while commanding the Kenley Wing.

His second plane , MK392, was an LF Mk.IX, in which his tally increased by another 12 aircraft, plus one shared destroyed on the ground. He was to end the war flying another Spitfire Mk XIVe MV268.

As a Wing Leader Johnson was entitled to personal code letters and his aircraft were always marked JE-J.

Following the Normandy Invasion, 144 Wing became the first Allied unit to be based in Europe, and during the intense aerial battles over Normandy that summer, the wing became the top-scoring RCAF fighter wing of the war. W/C Johnson scored his 22nd-34th victories while leading the wing, with his final victory scored on September 27, 1944 over Nijmegen in support of Operation Market Garden.

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

First Legion

New releases expected in August
Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge

Stalingrad Germans

Stalingrad Germans

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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