January, 2021
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the December Edition 2020 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the New Year Edition of the Sierra Toy Soldier Newsletter. We wish everyone a Wonderful and Safe 2021 and hope you will be joining us in celebration that 2020 is finally over. May we have a lot to look forward to in 2021. There may be a few bumps in the road along the way, mostly unexpected, however, together we will get through them all.

This newsletter is being written on a super winter day here in the Bay Area. For us, the New Year started out great, as we got some much-needed rain, with the forecast showing that more is expected next week. Traditionally, January tends to be the month with the highest average total of rainfall, so let us hope that trend continues.

Normally, this time of year we are typically formulating plans for the West Coaster Show (and Disneyland). However, this year we are waiting for news on when it will be possible to hold the show again. Hopefully with the vaccine and improving conditions, we may have some news to report later on, but for now there is nothing to share. We will keep you posted. In addition, we do not have any news on the Chicago Toy Soldier show, which is held in late September. Again, we will let you know as soon as we learn any details.

If you were planning to visit our showroom, right now we are open only for Curbside Pickup, due to the restrictions in Santa Clara County. As soon as the situation improves, we plan to have the showroom fully open for guests. Before planning a trip, please phone us so we can provide you with an update due to the fluid state of COVID-19 restrictions.

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 January Sale

Cyber January Sale

Looking for a deal this 2021, look no further. The sale from the King & Country and First Legion is still on going. 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

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

Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

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 January Releases - In Stock Now!
American Civil War Artillery

A new Civil War Artillery Set not previously listed in any Britain's Catalog.

Civil War Artillery by Britains

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

Dirty Shirt Blue - New Series

Dirty Shirt Blue

Museum Collection

Museum Collection

Napoleonic Grenadiers

Grenadiers of the 2nd Nassau-Usingen Regiment

WWII - German

Four new items not previously listed in any catalogs.

WWII Collection

WWII - German 88mm Gun - Now in stock.

WWII Collection

King & Country

King & Country January Releases!

Rebels On Horseback

Fighting a battle is difficult enough but to fight it from a ‘moving platform’ in the shape of a horse is double the difficulty.

When the American Civil War began the Confederacy was fortunate in being a collection of largely rural and agricultural states.

Many of the men who flocked to join the new cavalry regiments being raised were natural horsemen who often brought their own mounts with them.

In addition, the vast majority enjoyed ‘hunting and shooting’ as pastimes and were expert shots.

The 29th Texas Cavalry were typical of the kind of regiment these men joined. Here we see five of them, including an officer, in ‘skirmishing order’...

Confederates by King & Country

RETURN OF THE MOUNTED MAJOR

  • - This is an alternative version of our first mounted Gordon Highlanders Officer. Although the officer’s uniform is the same we’ve provided him with a different coloured horse.

Gordon Highlanders

AT THE AIRFIELD

As two young fighter pilots enjoy for a few rare moments of relaxation during the Battle of Britain another RAF figure prepares to go on duty protecting the airfield itself.

  • - Two RAF fighter pilots, during the ‘Battle of Britain’, sit down to enjoy the classic board game as their aircraft are rearmed and refueled before going back into the air to help defeat the might of Goering’s Luftwaffe.
  • - It was during WW2 that Dogs and their Handlers were first introduced into the security details guarding all Royal Air Force airfields and other secure installations. Ever since RAF Police Dog Handlers and their animals have provided high levels of security in the UK and across the world for all RAF airfields.

Royal Airforce

TIME FOR TEA

Tea and China seem to go well together and this colourful little set proves it...

Orient

THE RETURN OF THE EMPIRE

During the time when ‘the sun never set’ on the British Empire few of the world’s armies could have equalled the sight and splendor of Queen Victoria’s ‘Indian Army’.

And in that army the Cavalry were the most splendid and colourful of all... especially in their dress uniforms.

Possible the most colourful and certainly one of the most famous mounted regiments was ‘Skinner’s Horse’ (The 1st Duke of York’s Own Cavalry).

The regiment was founded by James Skinner, the son of a Scotsman and the daughter of a Rajput landowner who after many adventures formed a new regiment called ‘Capt. Skinner’s Corps of Irregular Horse’ which eventually was abbreviated to simply ‘Skinner’s Horse’.

Today ‘Skinner’s Horse’ is the premier cavalry regiment in the modern Indian Army and follows the proud traditions of the same regiment that served the British before independence.

Even its modern full dress uniforms are an accurate representation of the original ‘parade’ uniform worn during the time of British rule.

The ‘yellow’ colour of the long ‘kurta’ – style jacket was and is worn with the striped turban and dark blue cummerbund by all ranks.

When K&C first introduced our ‘Sons of the Empire’ series in 2009 it was always our intention to add some more dismounted figure to the ‘Skinner’s Horse’ collection and here they finally are...

  • - In the British Indian Army a ‘Havildar’ was and still is the equivalent of a senior non commissioned officer, usually a sergeant of many years experience.   
  • - This rank came into use with the British Indian Army during the early 19th Century and refers to a ‘horse-soldier’ belonging to the cavalry in this particular case a ‘Lancer’.
  • - British officers serving in ‘Skinner’s Horse’ had a choice of TWO dress uniforms. They could wear the Indian-style, complete with turban and other Indian dress accoutrements or they could opt for the more traditional European-style ‘Lancer’ dress uniform in the regimental colours. This officer has decided on the ‘European’ option. Some wealthy officers however had both.

Sons of the Empire

THE BEST 4 BY 4 BY FAR!

At long last, here is the first of our two Australian Army, Series II, Land Rovers in service in South Vietnam during the war... The Military Police version.

Alongside and accompanying this great looking military vehicle model are a selection of really useful Australian, American and South Vietnamese soldiers that work well with the Land Rover and any roadside scenario..

Today’s Royal Australian Corps of Military Police is a corps within the regular Australian Army.

Originally known as the Australian Army Provost Corps it began in WW1 and was then (and today) responsible for traffic control, security duties, prisoner handling, investigation of service offences, maintenance of discipline and running military prisons.

It was granted the ‘Royal’ prefix in 1948 and adopted its current name in 1974.

During the Vietnam War it was an integral part of the Australian deployment with the first Aussie MP’s arriving in Saigon in mid 1965.

Eventually they operated in and around three separate ares, Vung Tau... Nui Dat... and Saigon of course.

Among their many duties were:

  • Armed Convoy Escort
  • Collection and Guarding Enemy Prisoners
  • Mobile Patrols and Road Surveillance
  • VIP Escorts
  • TAOR (Tactical Area of Responsibility) patrols checking base perimeter defences and strong points
  • Manning and Operating Road Check Points

Our two ‘Digger MP’s’ are doing just that... As the senior NCO stops traffic, his #2 covers him and the approaches to the check point with his M16.

The little ‘Check Point’ sign is also included.

  • - This outstanding short wheel base, series II Land Rover is typical of the many Land Rovers that saw service in Vietnam. Designed in the aftermath of World War Two the British-designed, four-wheel drive, 1/4 ton Land Rover incorporates many of the Australian-made improvements to their vehicles including an additional fuel tank and the reinforced front metal guard. This K&C model also comes with a seated Military Police driver and a fully-fitted, canvas cover.
  • - The ‘Quan Canh’ (military police) guarded army headquarters, government buildings and prisoner-of-war camps, escorted convoys and performed other typical military police duties... similar to their Autralian and U.S. counterparts.
    He is shown with his steel helmet painted gloss black with red and white stripes and ‘QC’ on the front.
    A black armband with the same letters and a white braided whistle-cord round his right shoulder can also be seen.
    His pistol belt supports a black holster containing the ‘M1911’ .45 cal. pistol and a pair of handcuffs.
    He wears standard US Army, but locally-made OD fatigues and black-shined boots.
    QC’s would often accompany U.S. and Australian Military Police to act as interpreters with the local people.
  • - During the Vietnam War not all transport between different bases was provided by helicopters, it was essential to use roads and tracks between locations and keep them securely open for all kinds of vehicles (military and civilian) and people.
    That meant keeping hundreds of teams of soldiers out on the roads checking them regularly for mines and booby-traps set by both the local Viet Cong and their North Vietnamese comrades.
    Here two U.S. Marines are carefully checking a suspicious patch of ground which the U.S. Army P-158 Mine Detector has alerted them to.
    As the kneeling ‘Grunt’ gently prods the ground with his M16 bayonet his buddy carrying both of their M16’s looks on.
  • - It wasn’t only the Americans who were on the lookout for mines, unexploded ordnance or I.E.D’s (Improvised Explosive Devices)... The Australians were also conducting Mine-Sweeping operations.
    As one Australian operates his U.S. made P-158 Mine Detector his ‘body-guard’ follows on carrying an M16.

Vietnam - Tet'68

MARCHING INTO TROUBLE

The Sturmabteilung (SA for short) was the Nazi Party’s original ‘stormtroopers’ and played a significant part in Hitler’s rise to power in the 1920’s and early 1930’s.

Among their many purposes were providing protection for Nazi leaders and their party rallies and assemblies.

In addition they also disrupted the meetings of their political opponents and this often led to violent confrontations on the street and other public places.

Another of their main functions was to intimidate and influence the German public at large by holding mass marches and parades in virtually every city, town and village throughout Germany. Wherever you lived or visited during those tumultuous years of the Nazis dramatic growth and development it was impossible to ignore alongwith the constant SA presence and threat.

In the forefront of any parade or demonstration were the Sturmabteilung’s own corps of musicians... Sometimes a full military-style band, more often a smaller self-contained group of drummers, trumpeters and usually led by a drum major who would announce the presence of the SA detachment.

  • - This compact 7 x figure set contains three side drummers and three trumpeters led by a bellowing SA Drum Major. All together in their specially – designed box.

Streets of Berlin!

John Jenkins

New January Releases
Knights of the Skies
FOKKER F.I 103/17, JASTA 11, Ltn. WERNER VOSS, September 1917

The Fokker F.I was a prototype German fighter triplane. The first three aircraft were designated F.I. Werner Voss was to fly the F.I 103/17.

Manfred Von Richthofen flew F.I 102/17 in September 1917, scoring his 60th victory in this aircraft. F.I 101/17 was tested to destruction in August 1918.

Werner Voss was a WW1 German flying ace, credited with 48 aerial victories.

After flight school and six months in a bomber unit, he joined a newly formed fighter squadron, Jagdstaffel 2, on 21st November 1916, where he befriended Manfred Von Richthofen.

By April 6th 1917, Voss had scored 24 victories and was awarded Germany’s highest award, the Puor Le Merite. The medal’s mandatory month’s leave removed Voss from the battlefield during “Bloody April”. Even though in his absence Richthofen scored 13 victories, Richthofen regarded Voss as his only possible rival as the top scoring ace of the war.

Soon after Voss returned from leave, he was at odds with his squadron commander. He was detailed from his squadron to evaluate new fighter aircraft and became enthusiastic about the Fokker Triplane.

Voss was one of the test pilots for the F.I triplane prototype which developed into the Fokker DR.I.

Although the Fokker had some drawbacks, such as its low speed and slowness in a dive, Voss loved the new craft. It was easy to fly with light controls, could out-manouvre any previous aircraft, mounted twin guns, and had a rapid rate of climb. The same climbing ability that put it at 1,000 meters within three minutes of takeoff lent itself to the combat tactic of zooming upwards out of combat to gain the height advantage on opponents.

In late August 1917, the rotary engine F.I prototype was assigned to Voss as his personal aircraft. In his childhood Voss had flown Japanese Fighting Kites with his cousins in Krefeld. It is assumed the decorations on the kites gave him the inspiration to paint the nose cowling of his triplane, with two eyes, eyebrows and a moustache.

Voss’ last stand came on 23rd September 1917, just hours after his 48th victory. He was to fall in solo opposition to eight British aces. He was described by his pre-eminent foe James McCudden as “the bravest German airman”.

Knights Of The Skies - WWI

Germanic Warriors

Enemies of Rome

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Punic War - Warships.

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE 7 MORE CARTHAGINIAN CREW FIGURES WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

Punic Wars

Spanish Light Cavalry

Spanish

Aztec Empire

Aztec Empire

Conquistadors

Conquistadors

Saxon Standard Bearer

Age of Arthur

Vikings

Age of Arthur - Vikings

Norman Knights

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Crusades

Crusades

El Cid and the Reconquista

The Almoravids, also known as the Murabits, were a fundamentalist Islamic movement of the 11th and 12th Centuries. Founded by Ibn Yasin, in southern Morocco, they combined devotion to Islam with a fierce military tradition, and a desire to conquer. In 1070, the Almoravids established their capital city at Marrakesh, which at the time, was little more than a mosque in the desert surrounded by the tents of the faithful.

YUSUF IBN TASHFIN, who is better known to westerners as “Ben Yusuf”, was undoubtedly the greatest leader of the Almoravid movement. A pious and compassionate man, as well as a ruthless and charismatic leader in battle.

He rose to prominence as the commander of the northern part of the Almoravid empire in the 1070’s and became sole leader of the movement upon the death of Abu Bakr in 1087.

Having conquered all of morocco, he turned his attention to Spain, and invaded in 1086. He led his army to a great victory over the Christians at the battle of Zalaca in October 1086.

By 1089 he had decided to depose the Andalusian Taifa kings, and take their kingdoms for the Almoravid empire. Following the fall of the Taifa kings, Yusuf concentrated his forces against the Christians, in particular the outpost castle of Aledo near Granada, and Valencia, which El Cid had conquered in 1094.

Aledo finally fell in 1091, but Valencia held out against all of Yusuf’s attempts to retake it.

Yusuf was to outlive the Cid (who died in 1099) and finally saw Valencia fall into Almoravid hands in the spring of 1102.

Yusuf was to eventually die in 1106, and was succeeded by one of his many sons, Ali Ibn Yusuf.

El Cid and the Reconquista

American Revolution - British Artillery

Anglo-Allied Army

Mountain Men

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

American Civil War

11th Regiment New York

American Civil War

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

German WWII

JJ WWII Collection

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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