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

Welcome to the New Year Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, also known as the we survived Christmas Edition; written on a beautiful sunny day here in the Bay Area. For Christmas we asked Santa for rain, and he delivered it in bucket loads with a full atmospheric river. We received tons of the stuff, about 130% more than normal. Allowing the Sierra Nevada’s to have over 10 feet of snow. Good Job Santa and please, can we have some more!

Without a doubt this was the trickiest Christmas season we have experienced as a company. We had predicted that shipments would have delays, but the result was way worse than what we thought and caused a lot of anxiety on our end. Sadly, we do not think it will get any easier this year, either.

West Coaster Toy Soldier Show

We are looking forward to visiting the West Coaster Toy Soldier Show on February 27, 2022. Location: Delta Hotels by Marriott Anaheim Garden Grove Address: 12021 Harbor Blvd, Garden Grove, CA 92840

We are planning on being open for Room Trading on the Friday and Saturday, so stop by early for a bargain or two. We hope you can come, you will have a great time.

In addition to the modifications, we’ve been making to the Collector’s Corner section of our website, we’ve also been uploading to our scratch and dent tab as well. This unique category on our website provides our collectors with the opportunity to tinker as they try their hand at minor repairs to fix a broken item, or in some cases, add more battle damage to provide a little more variation in an otherwise pristine display. These items will range from King & Country to Figarti, so keep a mindful eye out for some rarities. While this section of our website is still being built up, as it is highly dependent on consignees sending us broken items, it is expanding almost every day. Here you will usually find the original reference image and an image demonstrating the damage to the item, so you can make your best judgement on whether this item is the best fit for your display. It also provides another opportunity for collectors to add certain items that they’ve been seeking without having to pay an eBay premium to get their hands on it.

Scratch & Dent

King & Country Sale

First Legion Sale

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

For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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Cyber January Sale

Cyber January Sale.

Happy New Year. If you are after a post Christmas bargin, you have come to the right place.

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
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

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

Scratch & Dent

Do you enjoy repairing or modifying toy soldiers and vehicles. Every now and again we receive figures and vehicles in need of a new home and some special care. If yes, this may be the section just for you.

Scratch & Dent

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 February Releases!

Zulu War

New Expected Expected February 2022! Not previously announced!

Battle of Isandlwana by Britains

Super Deetal Plastic

New and restocks Expected February 2022!

Plastic Toy Soldiers

American Civil War - Artillery

Restocks Expected February 2022!

Civil War Artillery

Napoleonic - British 1st Foot Guard

Restocks Expected February 2022!

Battle of Waterloo, 1815

King & Country

King & Country January Releases!

On The Little Bighorn

68 years before the events in France in the summer and autumn of 1944 a very different kind of battle was being fought on the hills and valleys around the Little Bighorn River in Eastern Montana.

There, the last remnants of a proud U.S. Cavalry Regiment and its charismatic but quiotic commanding officer were down to their last remaining revolver bullets and a few final carbine cartridges...

  • - A dismounted Cheyenne warrior carefully approaches a 7th Cavalry casualty. In his hands he carries a war shield and a captured carbine.
  • - Lying dead with two arrows in his chest this sergeant is next to his dead mount.
  • - Using his war pony for cover this bold Sioux warrior fires his weapon from under the pony’s neck.

Battle of Little big Horn

83rd Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry Regiment

One of the Union Army’s most senior Generals, George B. McClellan himself described the 83rd Pennsylvania as “a first-class regiment with a fine proficiency on the drill field... and an even finer fighting reputation on the battlefield!” Another senior officer remarked that the 83rd “encountered more fighting and suffered more casualties in action than any of its other Pennsylvania formations.” He went on to state that the Regiment’s losses were not caused by military blunders or disastrous routs but its fallen lay with their faces towards the enemy! Praise indeed.

The 83rd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment was made up solely of volunteers who participated in almost every major battle in the Eastern United States, including the ‘Seven Days Battle’... Antietam... Fredericksburg... Gettysburg... Petersburg and, eventually, all the way to Lee’s surrender at Appomattox Court House on 9 April 1865. Another notable feature of the Regiment were its unique uniforms worn in the first two years of the war. These were in the style, cut and colours of typical French ‘Foot Chasseurs’ and had, in fact, been purchased in bulk from a military uniform contractor in Europe and then transported across the Atlantic. These in turn were adapted and in some cases, copied to suit operational requirements on active service.

One of the 83rd’s most famous engagements was as one of the four regiments alongside the 20th Maine... 44th New York and 16th Michigan defending the hillock known as Little Round Top during the Battle of Gettysburg in July 1863. During this fierce struggle the Regiment’s own Commanding Officer, Colonel Strong Vincent was mortally wounded.

As a side note, several years before in 2008, King & Country released its first batch of 83rd Pennsylvania soldiers in a broad range of defensive poses.

This time, we are going on the counter offensive as, over a few months, we are releasing almost TWO DOZEN brand-new fighting Union ‘Pennsylvanians’ taking the battle to the enemy. Here is the first installment..

American Civil War

Turning The Tables

From the end of June 1940 until June 1944 France had to suffer the double ignominy of defeat and occupation by the armed might of Hitler’s Germany.

For four long brutal years the people of France had to contend with forced collaboration with the Germans and their ‘Vichy’ regime enforcers.

During this same period Vichy also sought to actively ‘scapegoat’ specific parts of the French population to blame for the nation’s defeat and disgrace... Jews, Communists, left-of-centre politicians, school teachers and even Freemasons fell victim to a long series of witch-hunts and persecution.

Resistance, both armed and passive to the Germans and the new reality began slowly but grew more rapidly as the enemy began to suffer military setbacks and retreats.

Following the D.Day Invasion of June 6, 1944 as the first towns and villages of France were liberated some of the once mighty and much-feared conquerors began to fall into French and Allied hands.

Now, the ‘tables had not only been turned... but turned over!’

  • - A pistol-carrying member of ‘The Resistance’ (‘Les Maquisards’) escorts a disarmed German prisoner-of-war.

D-DAY '44 - French

Turning The Tables

World War II

COURAGE UNDER FIRE

EIGHT all-new ‘Vietnam war’ additions combined into FOUR exciting ‘vignette’ scenes and sets.

  • - The inspiration for this dramatic little set was an actual photograph taken by the great photojournalist Don McCullin during the Battle of Hue following the TET Offensive of 1968.
    McCullin spent weeks embedded with the U.S. Marines battling to retake the ancient Imperial city of HUE. His reportage and photos of that battle are among the very finest of any taken of any war at any time.
    Now in his 80s the photographer has left all his wars behind him and now prefers the quiet, more peaceful pastoral landscapes of his native Britain and the occasional commissioned portrait. This is our ‘homage’ to a great and very brave photographer.
  • - As the battle rages all around them a young Australian infantryman grabs hold of a Viet Cong suspect and rushes him back to a safe area for interrogation.
  • - As one Marine ‘GRUNT’ prepares to move to a new location his buddy gets ready to ‘open-up’ with his M16 and provide ‘covering fire’.
  • - Two more Marines, with fixed bayonets on their M16s rush forward onto an enemy position.

Vietnam - Tet'68

John Jenkins

New February Releases
Focke-Wulf FW190 A-8

The FOCKE-WULF FW 190 is a German single seat, single engine fighter aircraft which was designed by Kurt Tank at Focke-Wulf in the late 1930’s and widely used during the Second World War. Along with its well known counterpart, the Messerschmitt BF 109, the FW190 became the backbone of the Jagdwaffe (fighter Force) of the Luftwaffe. The FW190 A started flying operationally over France in August 1941 and quickly proved superior in all but turn radius to the Spitfire Mk. V. the main frontline fighter of the Royal Air Force, particularly at low and medium altitude.

The FW190 maintained superiority over allied fighters until the introduction of the improved Spitfire Mk. IX

In November 1942.the FW190 made its air combat debut on the Eastern Front, finding much success in fighter wings and specialized ground attack units from October 1943.

The FW190 was well liked by its pilots. Some of the Luftwaffe’s most successful fighter aces claimed many of their kills while flying this plane., including Otto Kittel, Walter Nowotny and Erich Rudorffer. The FW190 had greater firepower than the BF-109 and at low to medium altitude, superior manouverability according to the opinion of German fighter pilots who flew both. It was regarded as one of the best fighter planes of the Second World War.

Josef “Pips” Priller was a German military aviator and wing commander in the Luftwaffe during WW2. As a fighter ace he was credited with 101 enemy aircraft shot down in 307 combat missions. All of his victories were claimed over the western front, including 11 four-engine bombers and at least 68 Spitfire fighters.

During the allied invasion of Normandy on 6th June 1944, he flew one of the few Luftwaffe missions against the allied beachhead that day, and was made famous by his inclusion in the book, and then the film “The Longest Day”.

On 31st January 1945 he was appointed Inspekteur der Jagdfieger West (Inspector of Fighter Pilots West) and ceased operational flying. He held this position until the end of the war in May 1945.

Following the war, Priller managed the family brewery business. He died in 1961.

JJD Second World War Aircraft Collection

Trojan War

According to the Iliad, when the tide of the Trojan War had turned against the Greeks and the Trojans were threatening their ships, Patroclus convinced Achilles to let him lead the Myrmidons into combat. Achilles consented, giving Patroclus the armour Achilles had received from his father, so that Patroclus could convincingly impersonate Achilles.

Patroclus killed many Trojans, including a son of Zeus, Sarpedon.

While fighting, Patroclus’ wits were removed by Apollo, after which he was hit with a spear of Euphorbus. Hector then killed Patroclus by stabbing him in the stomach with his spear.

Trojan War

Iceni Warriors

Special Booster Sets

Enemies of Rome

Carthaginian

Carthaginian

Armies and Enemies of Ancient Greece and Macedonia

The Scythians were an ancient nomadic people living primarily in the region known as Scythia, which today comprises the Eurasian steppes of Kazakhstan, the Russian Steppes of the Siberian, Ural, Volga and Southern regions , and eastern Ukraine.

The Scythians were a warlike people. When engaged at war, almost the entire adult population including a large number of women, participated in battles. The Athenian historian Thucydides noted that no people in either Europe or Asia could resist the Scythians without outside aid.

The scythians were particularly known for their equestrian skills, and their use of the composite bow shot from horseback. With great mobility, the Scythians could absorb the attacks of more cumbersome foot and cavalry, just retreating into the steppes. Such tactics wore down their enemies, making them easier to defeat.

Due to their notorious reputation as aggressive warriors they frequently gained employment as mercenaries.

By the late 6th Century BC, the Persian Achaemenid King Darius The Great had built Persia into becoming the most powerful empire in the world, stretching from Egypt to India.

Planning an invasion of Greece, Darius first sought to secure his northern flank against the Scythians.

Darius sent a fleet of over 600 ships into Scythian territory. The army captured several Scythian Nobles. The army according to Herodotus numbered 700,000 men.

Unable to withstand the direct force of the Persian army, the Scythians adopted a scorched earth strategy, while simultaneously harassing the extensive Persian supply lines. The Persians suffered heavy losses and only proceeded as far as the Sea of Azov.

Darius and his army eventually retreated across the Danube back into Persia, and the Scythians thereafter earned a reputation of invincibility among its neighboring peoples.

In the aftermath of their defeat of the Persian invasion, Scythian power grew considerably, and they were to launch campaigns against their Thracian neighbours.

The Greek cities of the Northwestern Black Sea coast and parts of the Crimea were also invaded and were largely unsuccessful, as the Greeks united under the leadership of the city of Panticapaeum and put up a vigorous defence.

The 4th century BC was a flowering of Scythian culture. The Scythian King Ateas managed to unite under his power the Scythian tribes. He was to conquer territories along the Danube as far as the Sava river and established a trade route from the Black Sea to the Adriatic.

The scythians apparently obtained most of their wealth from their control over the slave trade, but their trade routes were instrumental in opening up the silk road trade

The westward expansion of Ateas brought him into conflict with Philip II of Macedon, who took military action against the Scythians killing Ateas in battle.

Philip’s son Alexander the Great continued the conflict with the scythinas, and in 331BC his general Zopyrion invaded Scythian territory with a force of 30,000 men, but was routed and killed by the scythians near Olbia.

In the aftermath of conflict between Macedon and the Scythians, the Celts seem to have displaced the Scythians from the Balkans, whilst in south Russia, a kindred tribe, the Sarmatians, gradually overwhelmed them.

Scythians

Norman Knights

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Vikings

Age of Arthur - Vikings

El Cid

Almoravid

War of the Roses

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Conquistadors

Conquistadors

Mountain Men

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

Blackfoot

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

American Revolution - 3rd New York Regiment

3rd New York Regiment

American Civil War - 14th Regiment, New York State Militia

14th Regiment, New York State Militia

ARMY OF THE SHENANDOAH, THIRD BRIGADE

Barnard Elliott Bee Jr. (February 8th 1824 – July 22nd 1861) was a career United States Army officer and a Confederate States Army general during the American Civil War. He was mortally wounded at the First Battle of Manassas, one of the first general officers to be a casualty of the war.

During this battle he was responsible for inspiring the famous nickname for Brig. Gen. Thomas J.”Stonewall” Jackson.

Upon the start of the civil War, Bee, like many army officers from the South, was torn between loyalty to his home state or to the United States. He struggled with the decision but opted to stay with the South.

On March 3rd 1861, Bee resigned from the United States Army and returned to Charleston where he was elected lieutenant Colonel of the 1st South Carolina Regulars.

On June 17th 1861, Bee was appointed Brigadier General of a brigade mobilized at Manassas Junction, although he was confirmed by the Confederate senate posthumously.

He was given command of the third brigade of the Army Of The Shenandoah, under Brigadier general Joseph E. Johnston.

During the subsequent battle, on July 21st 1861, Bee said, “There is Jackson standing like a stone wall. Let us determine to die here, and we will conquer. Rally behind the Virginians!” This was in reference to brigadier General Thomas J. Jackson and his men, giving rise to the name “Stonewall Jackson” and his “Stonewall Brigade”. No one really knows if this was meant to be complimentary or an insult regarding jackson’s men not advancing. Bee was wounded in the stomach by an Union artillery shell and after considerable suffering, died the next day. As a result, it could not be determined whether his naming of Stonewall Jackson was intended as praise, a condemnation, or whether it was simply a misattributed quote.

Bee is buried at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Cemetry in Pendleton, South Carolina.

Bee was the younger brother of Hamilton P. Bee, who was also a Confederate Army Brigadier General, and the brother in law of Confederate Brigadier General Clement H. Stevens.

Stonewall Brigade

19th Regiment of Light Dragoons

19th Regiment of Light Dragoons

Madrass Native Cavalry

India did not see many King’s cavalry regiments, with only the 19th Light Dragoons serving in the country at this time. The effectiveness of the 19th Light Dragoons was considerable, and as a result the EIC soon started to raise native cavalry regiments.

They were of course organized along the lines of a King’s regiment, in that they were made up of 3 squadrons, each of two troops and totaling 517 men.

A troop at full strength was made up of 3 British officers, 3 Indian officers, 8 Indian NCO’s, a trumpeter, a water carrier, and 70 troopers.

The Commanding officer was always a European.

Like their infantry counterparts, the native cavalry were well trained and capable of carrying out battlefield manoeuvres by troop or half troop as well as any European regiment.

Madrass Native Cavalry

Thomas Gunn

The Ancients

A beautiful looking sculpt of an Egyptian entertainer with a Python beguiling an amused Mark Antony. Set comprises 2 x figures, table, sword and golden Sphinx, mat is not included. A Roman officer command tent (in red fabric colour scheme) will be available next year to compliment these figures). There will also be at least 4 more figures for the Ancient Egyptians early part of next year.

This version of Mark Antony with the snake charmer is limited to 150 pieces worldwide

TG-Enemies of Rome

Medieval Series

A great addition to any battlefield scene in the form of a dead Crusader/Norman horse. Available in 2 versions, A version lying on ground and B version lying on ground with arrows protruding.

Medieval Knight - Thomas Gunn

Heer Patrol Set

WWII German forces

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

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