December, 2020
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the November Edition 2020 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the Christmas and Hanukkah Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News. Written on a very sunny day here in the Bay Area, with temperatures in the high 60’s but very cold at night. Our rain came and went. Washington, Canada and Alaska are taking it right now. We could end up with no rain in December. What a way to end the year.

Our showroom is open, and we are all super busy getting packages on their way. Please shop early as all the delivery drivers are telling us the week before Christmas will be a mess. This year, as every year we are offering FedEx 2-day and 3-day delivery at greatly reduced rates. Please see our Holiday 2020 Shipping Guide for details and critical dates.

Holiday 2020 Shipping Guide!

Planning on visiting our showroom? The team have done a terrific job on the displays, which highlight the fun of collecting Toy Soldiers. We are having to limit the number of visitors in our showroom at any one time, so please contact us for details. Again, this year I am not being allowed to set up our Christmas Train Set, which is totally unfair.

Not sure what you would like, maybe a Gift Certificate is a good choice.

Gift Certificate

One of the friends of Sierra Toy Soldier who we usually meet at the West Coaster Show is Joseph Neumeyer. He loves to build dioramas and we have included a few pictures from his Christmas scene featuring King and Country Dickens figures. If you are interested in a custom diorama, let us know and we will put you in contact. Hope you enjoy!

Christmas 1

Christmas 2

Christmas 3

Christmas 4

From all of us at Sierra Toy Soldier we wish all out a very happy and safe Holiday season, a great new year and hopes for a better 2021. This year started out as a normal year for all of us and everyone’s plans got destroyed, but 2021 gives us all a chance to hope and look forward to all the Toy Soldiers to come.

King & Country Sale

First Legion Sale

We have some great new announcements from Britain's.King & Country, John Jenkins, Collectors Showcase and Thomas Gunn.

For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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Hope you enjoy our newsletter.

Cyber December Sale

Cyber December Sale

Looking for a deal this December, especially with Christmas around the corner, look no further. King & Country have added another 40 figures to the sale, so do not miss out!

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
Collectors Showcase
Thomas Gunn

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

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Sierra Toy Soldier Virtual Video Call

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

Virtual Video Call Email

Phone 408-395-3000

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 Britain's Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive - In Stock Now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Britain's

New December Releases - In Stock Now!
Vikings

Wrath of the Norseman

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

Musuem Collection

Includes a new George Washinton figure not previously announced.

Musuem Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

WWII German

WWII Collection

King & Country

King & Country December Releases!

TROOPING THE COLOUR

This ceremony has been performed by army regiments of the British and Commonwealth nations since the mid 17th Century.

In olden times, on the battlefield, a regiment’s ‘colours’ or flags, were used as rallying points before the age of electronics and field radios.

Regiments back then would have their ensigns (junior officers) carry their ‘colours’ slowly through the assembled rank and file to enable the soldiers to recognize their own regimental flags during the battle.

Beginning in 1750, ‘Trooping The Colour’ has also in Britain, signified the Sovereign’s official birthday. Each year, ever since, a huge military ceremony is usually held on the second Saturday in June on Horse Guards Parade in London.

The Queen, Elizabeth II, travels down the Mall from Buckingham Palace in a royal procession accompanied by a large sovereign’s escort of her Household Cavalry.

After arriving at Horse Guards Parade her majesty inspects some of her soldiers from the Household Division... both foot guards and mounted horse guards.

In addition The King’s Troop, Royal Horse Artillery, a mounted ceremonial artillery battery, also take part in the event.

Each year one of the five foot guards regiments (The Grenadiers, The Coldstream, The Scots, The Welsh and The Irish Guards) is selected to troop its own regimental colour through the ranks of the assembled guards on parade.

Then the entire assembly of mounted and foot soldiers conduct a march past the Queen. Parading with its guns, the ‘King’s Troop’ takes precedence and leads the salute to the Queen, first at a walking pace and then at a trot.

Music for the event is provided by the massed military bands of the five foot guard regiments together with the ‘Corp of Drums’ and occasionally the ‘Pipes & Drums’ of either or both the Scots Guards and the Irish Guards.

The ‘Mounted Band’ of the Household Cavalry also take part.

Combined there are usually over 400 musicians on parade. Put all together it is possibly the most colourful and spectacular military parade in the world today.

SPECIAL HISTORICAL NOTE: Obviously K&C has indulged in a little bit of ‘Historic License’ showing the Queen on horseback riding alongside her son, Prince Charles and her grandson, Prince William. That being said it’s great to see all three together at ‘Trooping The Colour’... even in miniature! Since 1986 the Queen has taken part in this special ceremony riding in an open-topped Royal carriage and dressed in civilian clothes.

  • - In charge of the entire ceremony on Horse Guards Parade is the mounted ‘Parade Commander’. This senior officer, usually a full colonel, is selected from one of the five Guards Regiments on parade that day. Our particular Parade Commander is a Colonel of The Coldstream Guards.
  • - Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, is the Queen’s eldest son and the heir to the throne who one day will become King upon his mother’s death. He is also ‘Honorary Colonel of The Welsh Guards’ and wears that regiment’s dress uniform.
  • - The Irish Guards and since that date has taken part in many ‘Trooping The Colour’ parades. This new K&C mounted figure shows him saluting to the right.
  • - For many years the Queen rode on horseback in a specially-designed dress uniform to take part in ‘Trooping The Colour’. Her last ‘mounted Trooping’ was in 1986 and King & Country has portrayed the monarch at this time on her favourite horse ‘Burmese’, a gift to her from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1969. Her Majesty is Colonel-In-Chief of all her Foot Guards regiments however on this particular occasion she is wearing her special dress uniform of The Grenadier Guards.

Ceremonial

Roman Triumphal Arch

As Rome expanded its influence and empire throughout the known world it desired to build all kinds of structures and monuments to celebrate its ever expanding power and victories over its enemies. Here is one such example..

Our model arch is a brand-new design and sculpt based on an earlier Roman Arch produced in the mid 1990’s by K&C.

This upgraded model is more detailed and much better painted than the original one and considerably less heavy than its predecessor.

Both models were inspired by the design of the Arch of Constantine which can still be seen in Rome today.

The Constantine Arch itself is widely believed to have been much influenced by an earlier work from the time of the Emperor Hadrian (117-138AD).

However you wish to view its history our new ‘Triumphal Arch’ is a terrific way to show off and display your K&C collection of Roman soldiers and Praetorian guards and makes a classic Roman backdrop.

Romans

Lunga Vita All Imperatore!

“Long Live The Emperor!” might well have been the cry of the soldiers of Napoleon’s own Italian Grenadiers of the Guards when the regiment was founded just after the Italian Republic was transformed into the ‘Kingdom of Italy’ in 1804 as

The Emperor Napoleon became Italy’s first monarch.

Previously Italy had been a client state of France with its capital in Milan. Now, this new Italian Kingdom ruled over most of northern Italy and its army was to be reorganized along strict French military guidelines which included regular line infantry, light infantry, dragoons and light horse... similar to Hussars.

The new formation soon acquired Chasseurs, elite mounted Gendarmes and Royal Grenadiers of The Guard.

Many of these new regiments wore a ‘green’ coat instead of French ‘blue’ ones however their general style and cut was copied directly from the French military fashion of the period.

Here are K&C’s own ‘Grenadiers of The Guard’... As they would have appeared performing ‘Drill & Musketry’ exercises during the Napoleonic era.

Italian Grenadiers of the Guard

ONTO THE GREAT PLAINS

From the cobbled-stone streets of Ancient Rome to the grass-covered ‘Great Plains’ of North America in the years when huge herds of magnificent American Bison roamed far and wide and provided virtually everything the Indian Tribes that shared that land required.

Bison or Buffalo hunting was a vitally important activity fundamental to the everyday economy and society of the Plains Indians tribes who lived on the vast grasslands of the interior Plains of North America.

Prior to the near-extinction of the buffalo in the late 19th Century every year the tribes would follow the migrating herds of animals and hunt and kill only as many as they would need to feed and clothe themselves throughout the winter and into the next spring.

Hunting these great animals, especially from a horse, demanded great skill and bravery and accidents, sometimes fatal, could and did happen to both rider and horse...

  • - Here is one such example... A young warrior and his horse have misjudged their approach to an already wounded and enraged buffalo... The angry beast turns suddenly goring the horse’s belly and bringing it down on top of its rider... The buffalo is now about to trample both horse and Indian as they lie trapped and helpless on the ground... Unless someone can rescue them.
  • - Another mounted Indian prepares to dispatch the wounded buffalo with a well-aimed lance thrust deep into the animal’s body.
    This same warrior can also be imagined fighting at the ‘Little Bighorn’ and about to dispatch one of Custer’s wounded soldiers too!

The Real West

THE LAST OF THE TSARS

From one Royal Family that still exists to another who had a turbulent reign and, unfortunately, a terrible end!

Tsar NicholasⅡcame to the throne of Russia in 1894 and was alas destined to be its last Emperor after his abdication in 1917.

During his reign, Russia embarked on a great series of reforms that benefitted civil liberties, education, literacy and parliamentary representation. He also attempted to modernize Russian industry and the country’s outdated infrastructure.

His progress however was undermined by his own personal commitment to autocratic rule and the oppressive policies employed by his secret police to crush and punish any kind of dissent from any quarter.

Nicholas’ rule also coincided with a series of disastrous events and upheavals both in and out of Russia. Among these was the Russo-Japanese War of 1904 where Russia was soundly defeated and humiliated by the recently-emerged Japan.

One year later, in 1905 in St. Petersburg, a peaceful demonstration by thousands of workers and their families asking for small increases in their pay and better working and living conditions was met by deadly force with infantry soldiers opening fire and cavalry charging defenseless protestors. Hundreds of unarmed civilians; men, women and children were killed and injured by this official armed and violent response.

In addition Nicholas’ regime did little to prevent a series of Anti-Jewish pogroms that targeted this particular religious community and led thousands of Russian Jews to flee to the west for refuge, religious freedom and a better life.

THE ROMANOV TERCENTENARY 1613-1913

Amidst all of this doom, gloom and tragedy was one particular event that for a brief moment enthused the nation and Nicholas himself... The Tercentenary Celebrations (1613-1913) marked 300 years of the Romanov Dynasty ruling this massive and far flung empire.

This happy and momentous anniversary has inspired the first part of a 3-part release of Imperial Russian Royalty at their most splendid...

  • - Both father and son are dressed in the ceremonial dress uniforms of two different Imperial Russian Guard regiments.
    Nicholas II is dressed as the Colonel-In-Chief of his Regiment while his son, the Tsarevich Alexei is uniformed as a junior subaltern of his particular regiment.
    Few could have predicted that both of them together with the rest of their Royal Family would be cruelly murdered by the Bolsheviks just five years later...
    After this first release there will follow a figure of Nicholas’ wife, the Tsarina Alexandra and then his two eldest daughters, the Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana, both in military uniform.
    The final release will be of the two youngest Royal daughters, the Grand Duchesses Maria and Anastasia, later in 2021.

Imperial Russian Army

Arab Infantry in Action - Six Day War

The latest starter set.

Beginner Gift Sets

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM... AGAIN!

VIETNAM was the setting for one of the U.S. Special Forces’ most complex and controversial missions. Beginning in the late 1950’s small Special Forces detachments were deployed throughout the South and several neighbouring countries to undertake the defense of indigenous tribes in the most difficult areas and help them form self-defense units and fortify villages and hamlets against communist insurgents.

Among their other duties were to improve the general health and living conditions of the local people while still gathering intelligence and other information about the movements and locations of any enemy (Viet Cong) groups operating in or passing through those parts of the country.

As well as these more ‘passive’ tasks Special Forces teams also played a more aggressive role... laying ambushes... planting mines and booby traps along enemy trails... and capturing and interrogating enemy prisoners.

The men who volunteered for ‘Special Forces’ were also a very different breed of soldier... strong, independent, flexible in mind and body and capable of operating in the harshest of conditions and often the worst of situations.

These new figures represent a small team of SF about to go into action and are part of K&C’s tribute to some very exceptional and brave soldiers...

  • - This solo Radio Operator is carrying his PRC-25 radio inside his rucksack and holding a CAR-15 Colt ‘Commando’ carbine in his left hand as he relays instructions on his handset. He’s wearing a locally-made ‘Tiger-Stripe’ uniform and a similar pattern ‘Boonie’ hat.
  • - This trio of Special Forces soldiers are ‘armed and very dangerous’! The ‘Team Leader’ moves cautiously forward carrying an M16A2 Assault Rifle, an updated and upgraded version of the standard U.S. Army M16A1, usually only distributed to Special Forces.
    He is dressed, in the then new ERDL* Pattern camouflage which was only issued to elite reconnaissance and special operations units in early 1967. *Engineer Research & Development Laboratories, a branch of the U.S. Army.
    The kneeling ‘Grenadier’ is loading his M79 Grenade Launcher, backing this up is his personal weapon, a ‘Swedish K’, 9mm submachinegun.
    Completing the ‘trio’ is the heavy firepower of the crouching M60 machine gunner festooned with belts of 7.62mm ammunition. He also carries the M1911 Colt Automatic Pistol alongside his ‘K bar’ fighting knife. His backpack sits in front of him.
    These last two S.F. troopers are also wearing the newly-introduced ‘ERDL Camo’ suits.

Vietnam - Tet'68

King & Country 2021 Calendar

King & Country 2021 Calendar - In Stock Now!

The new King and Country 2021 Calendar includes pictures of their most popular products and diorama displays from various series.

We include a coupon for $10.00 towards your purchase of a future King and Country figure or set, with every 2021 calendar purchased.

For Purchases of $200.00 or more, we can include one 2021 Calendar for free!

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John Jenkins

New December Releases
Mid-Republic Romans

During the Republican period armies were frequently commanded by one of the two elected ruling consuls.

In peacetime consuls would wear a white toga and tunic decorated with purple stripes and white boots.

In times of war the toga was laid aside for the military cloak, which was a scarlet colour made from the dye of the “coccum”, and was specifically reserved for the military cloak of generals. Tunics and even boots were scarlet, along with the horse furniture.

The Consul is believed to date back to the traditional establishment of the Republic in 509 BC.

Two Consuls were elected each year, serving together , each with veto power over the other’s actions. The consuls were elected by the Comitia Centuriata.

Consuls had extensive powers in peacetime, and in wartime often held the highest military command, which included reading auguries, an essential step before leading armies into the field.

Mid-Republic Romans

Iberian Light Cavalry

Spanish

Aztecs

The War suit, called an OCELOTOTEC, was woven to resemble an animal skin.

In the case of noblemen, this was made from feathers.

Men of non-noble birth attaining the rank of Jaguar warrior, usually had to make do with suits made from actual skins. These usually had the clawed paws around the wrists and ankles.

Otherwise Jaguar War Suits came in a variety of colours, mainly blue , but also yellow , red and white.

In most armies uniforms are used to differentiate units. In the Aztec army uniforms served to differentiate men with different levels of military experience within the same unit.

Rank descriptions in uniforms between warriors depended on how many captives each individual hed taken. A soldier who succeded in capturing four of the enemy was awarded a Jaguar suit and helmet.

It was believed that to capture an enemy, honored their gods in a way far greater than killing enemy soldiers in the battlefield. For a warrior to kill an enemy was considered clumsy.

The captured prisoners were offered as a sacrifice to the Aztec gods.

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

Conquistadors

Don Hernán Cortés de Monroy y Pizarro Altamirano, Marquis of the Valley of Oaxaca (1485 – December 2, 1547) was a Spanish Conquistador who led an expedition that caused the fall of the Aztec Empire and brought large portions of what is now mainland Mexico under the rule of the King of Castile in the early 16th century. Cortés was part of the generation of Spanish colonizers who began the first phase of the Spanish colonization of the Americas.

Born in Medellín, Spain, to a family of lesser nobility, Cortés chose to pursue adventure and riches in the New World. He went to Hispaniola and later to Cuba, where he received an encomienda (the right to the labor of certain subjects). For a short time, he served as alcalde (magistrate) of the second Spanish town founded on the island. In 1519, he was elected captain of the third expedition to the mainland, which he partly funded. His enmity with the Governor of Cuba, Diego Velázquez de Cuéllar, resulted in the recall of the expedition at the last moment, an order which Cortés ignored.

Arriving on the continent, Cortés executed a successful strategy of allying with some indigenous people against others. He also used a native woman, Doña Marina, as an interpreter. She later bore his first son. When the Governor of Cuba sent emissaries to arrest Cortés, he fought them and won, using the extra troops as reinforcements. Cortés wrote letters directly to the king asking to be acknowledged for his successes instead of being punished for mutiny. After he overthrew the Aztec Empire, Cortés was awarded the title of Marqués del Valle de Oaxaca, while the more prestigious title of Viceroy was given to a high-ranking nobleman, Antonio de Mendoza. In 1541 Cortés returned to Spain, where he died six years later of natural causes but embittered.

Conquistadors

Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

Age of Arthur - Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

Norman Knights

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Vikings

Viking society were split into many small clans, and every clan or Viking Chieftain would have had their own flag and symbols to identify their clan.

The Raven Banner was a flag, flown by various Viking chieftains and other Scandinavian rulers during the 9th-11th Centuries. The basic flag was roughly triangular, with a rounded outside edge on which were hung a series of tabs or tassles. It bore a resemblance to the ornate carved “weather- vanes” which were used aboard Viking longships.

It is said that the Raven Flag was a symbol of Odin, who was often depicted accompanied by two ravens named “Huginn” and “Muninn”. The intent may have been to strike fear in the enemy by invoking the power of Odin.

The Christian Anglo Saxons would have feared the banners as they would have believed they were imbued with the evil powers of pagan idols.The Anglo Saxons would certainly have been aware of the significance of Odin and his ravens in Norse mythology.

Age of Arthur - Vikings

Crusades

Crusades

Royal Artillery

The Royal Artillery had always had a reputation for skill and competence, and its service during this war was exemplorary. During the investment of Fort Ticonderoga in 1777, when told by Burgoyne that it was impossible to place a battery of artillery on Mount Defiance, the artillery officer William Phillips replied , “where a goat can go a man can go. Where a man can go he can drag a gun”.

The fate of the Royal Artillery detachment under second lieutenant James Hadden at Freeman’s Farm illustrates the heavy losses inflicted on British officers and gun crews by American marksmen throughout the campaign. Hadden’s two light 6pdrs covered the angle formed by the refusal of the two left companies of the 62nd Foot, which was being attacked from front, flank and rear.

By about 16.00, only Hadden and three of his 22 men were not killed or wounded. After requesting help to man his guns, during which a bullet went through the front of his cap, Hadden was joined by the senior artillery officer with Hamilton’s brigade, Captain Thomas Jones. Within minutes Jones and the 11 men with him had also fallen, and it wasn’t long before the Americans overran the guns.

The standard field piece of the period was the British light 6-pounder, used by both sides. It was an excellent weapon with a sturdy and effective carriage. It was pulled by horses in tandem harnessed to a limber that moved the gun effectively. The horses and drivers were hired civilians, which could pose a problem, as they usually didn’t like getting shot at and might take “French leave” and abandon the gun and its crew when they were needed most. This unsatisfactory situation was not remedied until 1794, when the artillery train was militarized. Crew drill was performed like a military ballet. A well drilled crew could deliver two aimed rounds a minute, and more per minute for short periods of time, such as in an emergency. Artillerymen were usually big men picked for intelligence as well as strength, and they were considered elite troops.

The Royal Artillery were uniformed in dark blue and faced red. During Burgoyne’s expedition in 1777, wore a light infantry style cap.

Anglo-Allied Army

Mountain Men

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

Army of the Shenandoah

Army of the Shenandoah, The First Brigade, 4th Virginia Regiment

Aircraft Collection

JJD Aircraft Collection

JJD Aircraft Collection

Collectors Showcase

New December Releases
Roman Collection

Roman

14th Brooklyn

14th Brooklyn

Union Cavalry

Union Cavalry - Michigan Brigade

Masterworks - Scale 1/6th

Restock of a long sold out piece.

Masterworks Collection

Thomas Gunn

New December Releases
WWII German

ACC PACK 059A; German light infantry 7.5cm cannon

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The Leichtes Infanteriegeshutz 18 was one of the standard infantry cannons of the German army during WW2 which along with the Pak 36 saw continuous service from the beginning to the final days of the conflict. Although superseded by more powerful artillery pieces as the war progressed, the easy handling and maneuverability of this versatile artillery piece, ensured it stayed in service for the duration of the war with infantry units who appreciated its rugged construction and reliability.

There are photographs of this very cannon being towed by an SdKfz 251 in the attempted breakout from Berlin in May 1945, unfortunately the occupants of the Sdkfz 251 were caught by artillery fire at the junction of Friedrichstrasse & Karlstrasse and all perished at the same time. It does not get much more late war service than that!

Development of the cannon began in 1927 and initially came with wooden spoked wheels to facilitate being drawn by horses. However with the development of the motorized German army division, pneumatic tyres were added to later versions. There were light weight versions for the mountain and airborne troops which could be broken down into smaller loads.

Our much improved newly tooled variant comes with SS soldier kneeling to reload the cannon, spare ammo case, spent cannon shells and unused shells ready for action.

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WWII German

  • - Comprises the above Infantry Cannon and new loading crew member with additional SS crew as follows: SS106 plus SS088 & SS089 to make a 4 man artillery team
  • - A useful addition to your battlefield diorama this time comprising a prone SS soldier readying himself to move forward to resupply his comrades. This is a generic item and can also be utilized with our PAK 36 cannon and crew.

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

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