December, 2021
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Missed the November Edition 2021 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the Christmas Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News. Written on a slightly damp day here in the Bay Area. This is the first drop of rain we have had since the end of October. This Christmas the West is hoping for rain and snow.

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 2021 Shipping Guide for details and critical dates.

Holiday 2021 Shipping Guide!

Planning on visiting our showroom? The team have done a terrific job on the displays. 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

As we begin to wind down the Christmas season and some of you late shoppers begin to frantically look for something interesting and maybe even rare, might we point you in the direction of the Collector’s Corner section on our website. This includes new additions in King & Country, W. Britains, Frontline Miniatures, and Conte. We have even added a new section to accommodate a recent influx of 1/72nd scale model tanks from Dragon Armor. The Collector’s Corner on our website contains items lost to Christmas past, only to once again make a limited appearance as these lost toys try to find a forever home. So, if you’re seeking out an elusive piece from a company that no longer produces that item, there’s always a chance we may be carrying it.

Collectors Corner

If you are in an even more adventurous mood, you may even want to check out our eBay page, with many more rarities. Here, one may find Thomas Gunn Wooden Warbirds, BBI/21st Century Xtreme Detail 1/18 Scale aircraft, Sierra Toy Soldier exclusive items, or many other things we are tasked with selling as consignments. To access what we are selling on eBay, feel free to follow this link.

South Bay Toys (Sierra Toy Soldier)

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 2022.

King & Country Sale

First Legion Sale

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

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.

First Legion will be discontinuing their sale on lots of items on December 15th. This is the last chance to pick up a bargin.

We have added more items our sale items. Check out our Thomas Gunn, First Legion and King & Country Sale items.

King & Country Mega Sale

First Legion Big Sale

Thomas Gunn Grand Sale

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

Showroom

We are open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00pm.

Just a reminder for those of you living in Northern California, or perhaps just visiting, that our Showroom dedicated to toy soldiers is now open 6 days a week. 1350 Dell Avenue, Ste #5, Campbell, California 95008. (408) 395 3000

www.sierratoysoldier.com

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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.

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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 feature sets from Britain's, Jenkins, King & Country, Frontine and Dragon. 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

Britain's November Releases! - In Stock Now!

Musuem Collection

New releases not previously announced!

Musuem Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

American Civil War

New releases not previously announced.

American Civil War

Vikings

New releases not previously announced.

Wrath of the Norsemen

King & Country

King & Country December Releases! - Arriving Early Next week!

IN THE SANDS OF ANCIENT EGYPT

The tomb of the boy King Tutankhamun is possibly the most famous because of its well-known discovery by the British archaeologist, Howard Carter. The tomb was doubly important because it let archaeologists record what an Egyptian pharaoh’s tomb actually looked like thus allowing them to learn much more about Ancient Egypt. Unlike earlier tombs belonging to other pharaohs Carter’s discovery had not been vandalized and looted by grave robbers and private collectors. This meant the tomb’s vast hoard of artifacts and treasure, intended to accompany the young king into the afterlife, revealed an astounding amount of detail about his all-too short life and the society he lived in.

Tutankhamun ruled Egypt for just 10 years until his death at the age of 19, about 1324 B.C. He remained barely known to the modern world until 1922, when Howard Carter chiseled his way through a doorway and entered the royal tomb, which had remained intact for over 3,200 years!

This coming year marks the centenary of the tomb’s discovery and introduces another chapter in King & Country’s ‘Ancient Egypt’ series...

  • - This unique little set of 4 figures depicts four of the people very much associated with the discovery of the boy pharaoh’s tomb...
    Howard Carter (1874-1939) became world-famous after discovering the virtually intact tomb of 18th Dynasty Pharaoh Tutankhamun.
    Carter had been exploring several areas in Egypt seeking the tombs and other burial sites of Ancient Egypt’s nobles and high court officials before beginning work at the behest of his patron Lord Carnarvon in the Valley of the Kings in 1914 to search for the tomb of Tutankhamun. The outbreak of World War One in that same year brought work to a temporary halt while Carter undertook other duties on behalf of the British Government.
    In late 1917 he was allowed to return to his excavations. It was however to take 5 long years until his efforts began to yield results. Throughout this time his work was sponsored by his patron, Lord Carnarvon (1866-1923).
    George Edward Stanhope Molyneux Herbert, 5th Earl of Carnarvon was an English Lord and wealthy aristocrat with a passion for all things ‘Ancient Egyptian’.
    After his doctors advised that he ‘winter’ outside England he sailed for Egypt to enjoy the warm weather and become an enthusiastic amateur Egyptologist collecting all kinds of Egyptian antiques and relics.
    It was in Cairo that he first met Howard Carter who convinced the wealthy peer to fund his search for the elusive tomb.
    After many years and much expense the noble Lord was just about ready to withdraw his financial support when Carter telegraphed the exciting news of his biggest discovery yet...
    Lord Carnarvon meanwhile had been visiting Monte Carlo and rushed by boat to Alexandria and then by train to Cairo to see for himself exactly what Carter had uncovered.
    Travelling with him was his daughter, Lady Evelyn Herbert (1901-1980). Rushing with her father to the site of the newly-discovered tomb Lady Evelyn was only the third person in modern times to enter the burial chamber of Tutankhamun after Carter and Carnarvon.
    50 years after the great event Lady Evelyn attended the opening of the ‘Treasures of Tutankhamun’ exhibition at the British Museum in London where she was presented to the Queen.
    Accompanying the three British figures is the single Egyptian figure of famed Egyptologist, Dr. Selim Hassan (1886-1961) dressed in traditional Egyptian garb. He also took part in several other major excavation works at other ancient Egyptian burial sites and eventually became the senior Professor of Egyptology at Cairo University.
    This particular set will be joined with other figures closely associated with the search for the tomb in the coming months.
  • - The welcome return of an Ancient Egyptian set complete with the bandaged body of the young king and the beautifully painted and decorated outer coffins.

To enhance the display of any our Ancient Egypt series, especially these two ‘Tutankhamun’ sets, King & Country has produced a unique and useful, full-colour ‘backdrop’ accessory piece... FREE-OF-CHARGE!
Depicting scenes from life in the time of the Pharohs the full colour card can be folded neatly into a rectangular, open box-shape that represents a typical burial chamber of that era.
Any of our Ancient Egyptian figures but especially the two sets depicting the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, will work in this attractive setting. Adding some of our sturdy Egyptian Stone Blocks AE078 makes the scene even better!

Ancient Egypt

HOME ON THE RANGE

From the dry, desert sands of Ancient Egypt we move to the dry, dusty plains of North Texas as we introduce a few more ‘cowpokes’ who have gotten down from their horses and taken a well-earned break from trail driving and cattle-branding...

  • - On a cattle drive, the chuck wagon and its cook were as important to the drive’s success as a good pair of cowboy boots or a fine horse.
    With a ‘Dutch-Oven’, some sour dough, a side of beef and plenty of beans, a chuck wagon ‘cookie’ could feed an entire trail crew morning, noon and night. Beef, biscuits and beans made up the majority of what cowboys were served up with on a daily basis with an occasional pie dessert and plenty of hot coffee.
    On average cooks were paid about 30-40 per cent more than the average ‘cowpoke’ but would also administer some very basic medicine from time to time as needs required and time permitted.
    Our ‘Cookie’ bangs a wrought-iron triangle to tell the crew ‘Grub’s Up!’
  • - On most cattle drives there was usually one or more cowboys who could sing, play a harmonica, strum a banjo or even pick away at a guitar. If time and circumstances allowed it, at the end of the day, around the campfire after a meal one of the ‘cowpokes’ might sit down and pick out a tune maybe an old gospel hymn... or even a favourite civil war song like ‘Dixie’ or ‘The Bonnie Blue Flag’... A little bit of home-spun entertainment sure went a long way in those days!
  • - This cowboy is holding his treasured ‘Winchester Model 1873 Lever-Action Rifle’. This is the weapon that became known as ‘The Gun that won the West’ and it came with two timeless features: reliability and firepower.
    In an era when many other rifles and pistols were fussy and unreliable the ’73 was the weapon that would never let you down.
    It could hold 15 rounds in a tubular magazine beneath the barrel and fired a .44/40 calibre round. This was further enhanced when Remington and Colt began chambering their own revolvers to carry the same .44/40 rounds meaning cowboys used the same ammunition for both rifle and pistol.
    Among the famous Western characters that carried the Winchester ’73 were Buffalo Bill (William F. Cody), the outlaws Jesse and Frank James and the Apache leader Geronimo. In addition modern ballistic experts have revealed that at least 8 different Winchester ‘73s were used by Indians at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876!
  • - Cowboys were sometimes known for their very short tempers... They did not suffer fools gladly and might take offense at the simplest of casual remarks. This ‘cowpoke’ might be joking or he might just be looking for trouble. After a long, hard day on the trail it was not difficult to find someone or something to argue with or about.
  • - On the other hand some ‘cowpokes’ just wanted to get off their horse, sit on their bedroll, light up a smoke and enjoy a quite cup of coffee...

The Real West

Ceremonial

Each of the two Household Cavalry regiments that contribute one sabre squadron to the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR) have two magnificent drumhorses on their operational strength. In October we released ‘HECTOR’, our first Life Guards Drumhorse. This month it is his companion, the equally handsome chestnut brown, ‘HERCULES’. Like his fellow drumhorse this animal is a ‘Clydesdale Cross’, carefully selected and trained by the HCMR’s ‘Riding Master’ and stands almost 16.5 hands high.

Ceremonial

Crusades

Friedrich Barbarossa (1122-1190) was the Holy Roman Emperor from 1155 until his death during the Third Crusade in 1190.

Elected ‘King of Germany’ at Frankfurt in 1152 he went on to be crowned ‘King of Italy’ in 1155 and finally ‘Emperor’ by the Pope in Rome that same year.

He was named ‘Barbarossa’ or ‘Red Beard’ by the northern Italian cities he ruled while his Germanic subjects called him ‘Kaiser Rotbart’ which translates as ‘King Red Beard’. The ruler himself preferred his Italian nickname which perhaps reflected the centrality of his campaigns in that country during his long reign.

THE THIRD CRUSADE

In late 1187, ‘Barbarossa’ received urgent requests from the Crusader states in the Near East urging him to come to their rescue as soon as possible. Some months later he joined forces with King Philip Ⅱ of France and began the long and tortuous journey toward their first objective Byzantium. According to many this particular ‘Crusade’ was ‘the best planned and organized’ of all these ventures and numbered over 100,000 soldiers including 20,000 mounted knights. It was also the best-disciplined... The two previous crusades had often plundered and pillaged the lands and peoples of the countries and states they passed through on their way to The Holy Land – Jews in particular suffered greatly. ‘Barbarossa’ issued an imperial edict protecting Jewish communities and threatened maiming or death to anyone who attacked, stole or destroyed Jewish lives and property.

DEATH OF AN EMPEROR

On June 1190, while crossing a river in southern Turkey, the Emperor Barbarossa fell from his horse and was swept away and drowned. This unexpected event left the Crusader army under the joint command of bitter rivals, Philip of France and Richard The Lionheart of England... a sure recipe for disaster. Many historians consider Friedrich Barbarossa to be the greatest of the Holy Roman Emperors. He appeared to be almost superhuman and combined many great attributes... a skilled organizer... battlefield acumen... personal bravery and chivalry... and wide political knowledge.

THE K & C ‘BARBAROSSA’

This new ‘Barbarossa’ equestrian figure is directly inspired by a fine monument that still stands today in Goslar, Lower Saxony in Germany. The original statue was sculpted by Robert Tobernetz (1849-1895) and erected in 1893 to stand alongside another equestrian monument featuring Kaiser Wilhelm I which was unveiled a year earlier. This King & Country Emperor stands proudly tall in the saddle displaying the black imperial eagle on his golden yellow surcoat. Friedrich Barbarossa (1122-1190)

Crusader - Cross & Crescent

Saracens

This is the first of no less than 7 brand-new Saracen Archers that will be released now and into 2022. Originally we were only going to produce two BUT when we saw how good-looking (and useful) they came out we added 5 more designs.
However, here is the first kneeling archer about to seek out his target.

Saracens

NORTH VIETNAMESE ARMOURED AGGESSION

By 1972 the withdrawal of U.S. ground forces together with the continued unreliability of many, but not all, ARVN troops seemed to offer a ‘window of opportunity’ for North Vietnam. The decision was then made to launch a massive assault on the South that would utilize, for the first time, entire units of Soviet and Chinese-designed tanks as well as major, infantry, artillery and support units. This was the first time North Vietnam had committed so many main force units into the battle to defeat their South Vietnam opponents. It was also the first occasion when their main battle tanks drove south to take on the ARVN’S own M48s and M41s face to face. Among these Communist tanks were Chinese-made T59s (a copy of the Soviet T54/55) and Soviet-Bloc manufactured T54/55s... Let battle begin!

  • - The T55 was a direct development of the earlier T54 and virtually identical in outward appearance. From the late 1950s it became the standard main battle tank for the Soviet Army and other Warsaw Pact nations. It would go on to be involved in many of the world’s armed conflicts in the latter half of the 20th Century... including Vietnam.
    The T54/55 series would become the most produced tank in history with estimated production runs of anywhere from 86,000 up to 100,000 vehicles.
    China’s People’s Liberation Army also manufactured their own exact copy called the T59 and built about 5,000 additional versions of the design.
    Our first King & Country model is numbered #312 and mounts the excellent 100mmm Main Gun together with the 12.7 turret mounted DShK Heavy Machine Gun. A tank commander figure is included and the model also has the additional fuel drums mounted on the rear of the engine compartment.
  • - A second T55 for those collectors who would like an additional tank for their display / diorama with a separate hull number... In this case #313.
    An additional note... the commander’s turret hatch can also open and close.

Vietnam - Tet'68

SOUTH TO THE FALKLANDS

In April 1982, Britain was astonished to find itself at war with Argentina over a group of windswept, sparsely populated islands thousands of miles away from the British mainland.

On 2 April 1982, an Argentinian military force landed on this little group of islands and unilaterally declared Britain’s rule to be over.

This was the first invasion of a British territory since WW2 and the result would be a short but bloody conflict that decided the political fate of both countries and their leaders.

As we approach 2022 King & Country is proud to remember and celebrate the 40th Anniversary of a remarkable military victory against great odds by the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces that won the day and proved, yet again, when ‘The going gets tough... The tough get going!’

We are delighted to present our first, very special, introductory figure to this dramatic series...

  • - Probably the most iconic image of the Falklands War on land is the photo taken by Petty Officer Peter Holdgate, a Commando Forces Photographer while accompanying British forces ‘yomping’ towards Port Stanley during the war.
    At one point on the march one of the Royal Marines attached a small ‘Union Jack’ to the radio antenna of another Marine’s field radio.
    This simple, straight forward image of a long line of British fighting men marching towards their objective and ‘flying the flag’ seemed to represent the kind of grit, courage and determination of Britain itself to recapture the Falklands and liberate its small, captive population from a cruel, despotic south American dictatorship.
    King & Country’s initial offering is our portrayal in miniature of this lone Royal Marine ‘yomping’ towards eventual victory and defying all odds.
    Additional Falklands War Royal Marines will be released in early 2022 while others, including the famous ‘Red Berets’ and some Argentinians are already ‘in the works’.

Falklands War

John Jenkins

New December Releases - In Stock Now!
Trojan War

Traditionally, the Trojan War arose from a sequence of events beginning with a quarrel between the goddesses Hera, Athena and Aphrodite. Eris the goddess of discord, was not invited to the wedding of Peleus and Thetis, and so arrived bearing a gift. A golden apple, inscribed “for the fairest”. Each of the goddesses claimed to be the “fairest”, and the rightful owner of the apple. They submitted the judgement to a shepherd they encountered tending his flock. Each of the goddesses promised the young man a boon in return for his favour. Power, wisdom, or love. The youth, in fact Paris, a Trojan prince who had been raised in the countryside, chose love, and awarded the apple to Aphrodite. As his reward, Aphrodite caused Helen, the Queen of Sparta, and the most beautiful of all women, to fall in love with Paris.

The judgement of Paris earned him the ire of both Hera and Athena, and when Helen left her husband, Menelaus, the Spartan king, for Paris of Troy, Menelaus called upon all the kings and princes of Greece to wage war upon Troy.

Menelaus’ brother Agamemnon King of Mycenae, led an expedition of Achaean troops to Troy and besieged the city for ten years because of Paris’ insult. After the death of many heroes, including the Achaeans, Achilles, Ajax and the Trojans Hector and Paris, the city fell to the ruse of the Trojan Horse. The Achaeans slaughtered the Trojans, except for some of the women and children whom they kept or sold as slaves. They desecrated the temples, thus earning the wrath of the gods. Few of the Achaeans returned safely to their homes, and many founded colonies in distant shores.

The Romans later traced their origin to Aeneas, Aphrodite’s son and one of the Trojans, who was said to have led the surviving Trojans to modern day Italy.

  • - Odysseus was alegendary Greek King of Ithaca, and the hero of Homer’s epic poem the Odyssey. He also plays key roles in Homer’s Iliad and other works in the same epic cycle. The son of Laertes and Anticlea, husband of Penelope, and the father of Telemachus and Acusilaus. Odysseus is renowned for his intellectual brilliance, guile and versatility, and is therefore known by the epithet Odysseus the Cunning. He is most famous for his “homecoming”, which took him ten eventful years after the decade long Trojan War.

Trojan War

Trojan War

Troy and her allies

Mid-Republic Romans

Mid-Republic Romans

Punic Wars

Punic Wars

Carthaginian

Carthaginian

Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

Age of Arthur - Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

Almoravid

El Cid and the Reconquista

War of the Roses

Thomas Howard was an English nobleman, soldier and statesman who served four monarchs. He was the eldest son of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk, by his first wife Catharina de Moleyns. The Duke was the grandfather of both Queen Catherine Howard and the great grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I. In 1513 he led the English to victory over the Scots at the decisive Battle of Flodden, for which he was richly rewarded by King Henry VIII, who was away in France at the time. Thomas Howard was an English nobleman, soldier and statesman who served four monarchs. He was the eldest son of John Howard, 1st Duke of Norfolk, by his first wife Catharina de Moleyns. The Duke was the grandfather of both Queen Catherine Howard and the great grandfather of Queen Elizabeth I. In 1513 he led the English to victory over the Scots at the decisive Battle of Flodden, for which he was richly rewarded by King Henry VIII, who was away in France at the time.

War of the Roses

Conquistadors

Conquest of America

Drums Along The Mohawk

Drums Along The Mohawk

19th Light Dragoons

The 19th Light Dragoons was a cavalry regiment of the British Army created in 1781 for service in British India. The regiment served in India until 1806, and in North America during the War of 1812. It was disbanded in Britain in 1821.

The regiment was raised by Colonel Sir John Burgoyne (a cousin of General John Burgoyne) as the 23rd Regiment of Light Dragoons on 24th September 1781 for service in India.

There had been no European cavalry to that date in India, and successive commanders there had called upon the regular British Army to supply a cavalry unit.

The regiment arrived at Fort St. George, Madras in 1782 and became the first British cavalry regiment to serve in India. In 1786 the regiment was renumbered as the 19th Regiment of Light Dragoons

The 19th played a major role in the Anglo-Mysore Wars, and Anglo-Maratha Wars.

Their first campaign was against Tipu Sultan of Mysore from 1790 to 1792. After defeating Tipu the 19th were on garrison duty until 1799 when war broke out with Tipu again.

This time the Sultan was killed during the Siege of Seringapatam in May 1799.

In 1800, the 19th fought Dhondia Wagh’s rebel army and in 1803, led by Major-General Arthur Wellesley they participated in the Battle of Assaye in September 1803. In this battle, the outnumbered British troops defeated a Maratha army and the regiment was subsequently awarded the battle honour of “Assaye” and presented with an honorary colour.

  • - During the Battle of Assaye a formation of Maratha cavalry charged the 74th Highland Regiment in the flank, and began capturing some of the British guns.
    In response, Lt. Colonel Maxwell advanced with his cavalry brigade, which consisted of three regiments of Native Cavalry and the 19th Light Dragoons, and charged the enemy’s left driving the Maratha cavalry into the river Juah, and from the field of battle.
    The Maratha army was so large that the British rear was still threatened, so Maxwell’s cavalry returned to the rear, and ended the day with another charge against the Maratha infantry, even though the men and horses were exhausted.
    In the initial pursuit of the Maratha cavalry Lt. Colonel Maxwell was killed.

Battle of Assaye, 1803

Blackfoot Warriors

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

Mountain Men

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

American Civil War

14th Regiment, New York State Militia

Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team - Alex, Cody and Sean.

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