July, 2020
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the June Edition 2020 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the Summer Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News written on a very pleasant day here in the Bay Area. Unfortunately the very dry weather has sparked a very early start to our Fire Season. Usually it does not start until late August, but not this year. So it looks it will be a very busy and unwelcome fire season.

We have been re-opened for about a month now and the team have resettled its like they have never been away. That is apart from masks and avoiding one another. The visitors to the showroom have been great, letting us check temperatures, ensure they are wearing masks and offering hand sanitizer. Afraid this is the new normal for a lot of retail stores and it will last a long while. The Bay Area numbers seem to be on the rise again, not sure why as everyone around here seems to be ultra careful.

We hope you had a good July the 4th, even though it was different for all of us. Here there were no official firework display, but the area sounded like the WWI Somme battlefield with an artillery barrage. We had more private fireworks being let off all over the place than we can ever remember.

The sales from both King & Country and First Legion continue at a rapid pace. First Legion’s sale is expected to end on August 31st. King and Country have just announced another 40+ End of Run items that they have put on sale. If you have a chance check it out as there are some real bargains.

King & Country Sale

First Legion Sale

We just completed for a store customer with Andy Neilson’s help, a special set of custom Royal Marines as shown in the picture above. This was a sizable investment on the customer’s behalf, which allowed us to commission certain Marines. These will be going on display at a certain museum; we will provide an update as soon as we get permission. If you should ever have a similar project in mind, give us a call and let’s have a chat.

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

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

John Jenkins Future Releases.

Stay safe, and look forward to summer days.

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Hope you enjoy our newsletter.

Cyber June Sale

Cyber July Sale

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

We will have lots of items on sale between 25 - 45% off throughout the month, please look at the special pricing being offered. We will be adding daily to our list of items on sale.  So please check back often and you may find a pleasant surprise.

Sierra Blog
Events
Collectors Corner
Sierra Toy Britain's Exclusive
King & Country
John Jenkins
First Legion

Showroom

We are open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00pm.

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

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Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

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

Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

Sierra Toy Soldier Blog

Check out all the latest announcements. This is updated as soon as there is a new announcement.

Sierra Toy Soldier Blog

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  King and Country sets all effectively brand new and unopened.

Collectors Corner

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive with King & Country.
Wojtek the Bear - Available Now! - Final Sets Remaining!

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive with King & Country. First Edition of 300!

Monte Cassino

Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive - New Release

We are very pleased to announce our 6th release in the Zulu Storehouse Attack Collection.  We waited to announce this set until we were convinced of the delivery date.  Expected arrival Spring / Summer 2020, 300 have been made. Pre-Order Now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Update - In Stock Now!

Thank you to all of you that waited so patently for this item to be released. Now in stock.

Zulu Storehouse Attack

King & Country

King & Country July Releases!

The Auld Forty Twa

The Black Watch’s origins go all the way back to 1725, ten years after the first failed Jacobite rebellion of 1715. King George I (‘German Geordie’) authorized the formation of six “watch” companies to patrol the wild Highlands of Scotland.

These troops were to be employed in disarming rebel Highlanders, preventing sheep stealing and cattle rustling and bring Highland fugitives to justice. Because the “watch” themselves were fellow Highlanders, many belonging to the Clan Campbell, they wore the dark plaid of the Campbells and thus gained the nickname “The Black Watch”. Eventually the “Watch” gained regimental size and status and were included in the British Army’s regular list as the “42nd Regiment of Foot”... ‘the auld forty twa’ in old broad Scots, (a Scottish version of English).

In 1881 they were amalgamated with the 73rd Perthshire Regt., to form the 1st and 2nd Battalions The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders). From that day on they saw action in virtually every corner of the world with the expanding British Empire.

During the years before the First World War broke out they fought in Egypt, the Sudan, India and South Africa.

WWI SERVICE

The outbreak of war in August 1914 saw an expansion of the regiment from its original two regular battalions to an additional seven territorial and war service battalions which again saw action around the globe but especially on the Western Front.

After the end of the war the 1st returned to India while the 2nd remained in Scotland before moving to Palestine to try and keep the Jews and Arabs from each other’s throats... at least for a little while until the Second World War erupted in September 1939.

K&C's LATEST BLACK WATCH

The Black Watch has appeared in the King & Country inventory several times since the company began in 1984.

During the 1980’s and 1990’s we produced a series of ‘Parade’ figures that included marching Highlanders, Colour Parties and a number of different ‘Pipes & Drums’ sets.

In more recent times we have had ‘Napoleonic’ Black Watch fighting the Emperor’s armies at Waterloo as well as taking part in WW2.

The ceremonial uniforms worn by these ‘parading figures’ are those that were in use from 1908, when the MKⅢ Lee Enfield rifle was introduced, up until 1939 when WW2 began.

The figures you see here are just the ‘Advance Guard’ of The Black Watch on parade... Many more are to follow. Additional Black Watch soldiers and a special Pipes & Drums set will be available in the coming months... Watch out for them!

  • - In an infantry regiment of this period only a few of the battalion officers would be mounted; The Colonel, his Second-in-Command and the Regimental Adjutant... All others marched on foot alongside their men. It should be noted that kilt-wearing was not a good choice while horse riding... therefore tartan trews, in the Regimental tartan, was adopted.
  • - This marching soldier was also attached to the Regimental Band and Pipes & Drums as a Drummer / Bugler. However when accompanying the Commanding Officer only a bugle was required.
  • - Second-in-command of an infantry platoon and the officer’s right hand man. On parade he wears three golden yellow stripes on his right tunic arm and a red cloth sergeant’s sash over his right shoulder.
  • - Similar in basic uniform to CE036 but no stripes and no sash. Marching with Lee Enfield rifle and fixed bayonet on the left shoulder.
  • - Sergeant and three Privates combined at a slightly better price!

Ceremonial

Tsar Power!

When Nicholas Romanov became Tsar of All The Russias in 1894 he inherited a vast but trouble Empire. It stretched from European Russia all the way across the Ural Mountains and into the plains and forests of Siberia and finally on to the Pacific coast port city of Vladivostok.

Its population in the early part of the 20th Century numbered over 175 million and included many different ethnicities... Russians, Tartars, Cossacks, Mongols and Chechens were just a few of the major groups.

Two of the most important symbols that held this huge country together were the Monarchy, in the shape of the Tsar and the Army which brought together all the different races and religions to serve and follow the Tsar through war and peace.

Following the defeat of its forces in the Russo Japanese War of 1905 Russia belatedly began modernising and rearming its soldiers. Some Russian military traditions however still remained... especially in its uniforms.

Although ‘khaki’ had been adopted for many everyday duties throughout the year the more conservative elements in the military hierarchy (and Nicholas himself) enjoyed seeing his troops parade in their summer white tunics and caps… and even on maneuvers.

This second version of our earlier Imperial Russian Infantry are wearing the strikingly white traditional Russian Summer tunics and caps.

Weapons and uniforms are typical of the period 1900-1914.

  • - Nicholas Alexandrovich Romanov (1968-1918) was the last Emperor of All Russia and ruled from 1894 until his forced abdication in March 1917 and murder in 1918. An autocratic ruler he was in favour of limited modernization of his country but resisted virtually all political change which in the end was to prove fatal for himself and his family. Here however we see him in happier times, reviewing his troops and presenting a religious icon before them. Like his men he wears a simple white summer tunic and cap.
  • - Striding forth in typical Russian style this soldier holds his rifle firmly to the front.
  • - Armed with both a sabre and a pistol this officer springs smartly to attention and delivers a snappy salute.
  • - Another soldier salutes a superior in ‘classic’ military fashion.
  • - Head up, chest out with rifle and fixed bayonet held firmly by the side.
  • - Kneeling before the Tsar, cap in hand, this soldier is actually paying homage to the religious icon the Tsar is holding. Most of the Russian Imperial Army belonged to the Russian Orthodox Church and icons (religious paintings of the Holy Family and saints) were frequently displayed to the troops during parades and before going into battle.
  • - Special regiments were awarded with the Tsar’s own personal flag as shown here. This was to always be carried on parade by the senior subaltern (junior officer) of the Regiment.
  • - ‘Eyes Right’ sabre drawn and held to the right this parade commander, usually a Major, salutes the Tsar as he marches past.

Imperial Russian Army

Sand, Bugs and Jungle

Our Pacific War Marines are always a popular release and one of K&C’s most extensive and dynamic series of recent years... Here are 3 great ‘Add-ons’.

Battle of TARAWA

The Battle of Long Tan Continues

Another vitally useful 4-man set to add-on to K&C’s first ‘Long Tan’ set released back in October 2019. This 2nd Set shows another 4 man infantry group fighting desperately to rescue a wounded mate while still returning fire on the ambushers. The Battle of Long Tan is justly remembered as a fine example of Aussie fighting spirit and grim determination to hold on against much superior numbers in bloody awful conditions. The set itself comes in its own labeled box and is a worthy companion set to Long Tan #1.

Vietnam - Tet'68

John Ford Cavalry Reinforcements

Four more mounted cavalrymen to increase your ‘John Ford Cavalry’ troop collection.

  • - Another fine mounted figure half-turning in the saddle. This figure also has the ‘moveable-head’ feature.
  • - One more recruit to the mounted ranks of ‘John Ford’s Cavalry’. With fixed head position.
  • - A new officer to lead the men on patrol. With the ‘moveable-head’ feature.
  • - A very experienced troop sergeant probably Irish, because that’s how director John Ford liked to portray his senior non-commissioned officers in his movies. Also with the ‘moveable-head’ feature.

John Ford's Cavalry

Just Around The Corner and up some dark stairway and into an Opium Den...

An alternative version to one of ‘Streets of Old Hong Kong’s’ most controversial releases...

K&C got quite a bit of notoriety both here in Hong Kong and overseas when we first introduced ‘The Opium Smokers’ set.

As we all know history has no shortage of darker moments and the subject of ‘OPIUM’ has been an integral part of the Hong Kong story.

This city’s foundations were built on the Opium Trade when British traders introduced Opium, grown and refined in India and then shipped to China in exchange for silver bullion.

After a few years it became a major problem for China itself and the Emperor tried to ban it and stop its import.

The British traders meanwhile were most upset by this attempted ban on their highly lucrative business and coerced the British Government to take their side. This was to lead to the ‘First Opium War’ in which the victorious British were ceded a small, barren island off the coast of Southern China called... Hong Kong.

From the 1880’s, the importation of Opium into China declined as Chinese – grown opium, much cheaper than the imported kind, began to take over the market.

At the same time, mounting pressure from the Church and the British Government forced Hong Kong to close most of its legally-operated opium dens and to cease exporting any to China.

Finally, it was not until 1943, while Hong Kong was still occupied by the Japanese, that the British Government completely banned the selling and smoking of Opium in the Colony.

These two revised sets portray an earlier time when there was a much-more relaxed and nuanced official attitude to Opium Dens, their proprietors and customers...

Orient

Beginner Gift Sets

Three new sets this month.

Beginner Gift Sets

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected July.
Principes

The Principes (singular princeps) were originally men in the prime of their lives , who were also fairly wealthy, and could therefore afford decent equipment. These were the heavier infantry of the legion, and their usual position was the second battle line.

By the time of the Punic wars infantry were sorted into classes according to age and experience rather than wealth. The Principes then became the older veterans but their equipment and role remained the same.

The velites would gather at the front , and cover the advance of the hastate. If the hastate failed to break the enemy, they would fall back on the Principes. If the principes could not break them then they would retire behind the Triarii.

This order of battle was almost always followed. It was Scipio Africanus at the Battle of The Great Plains, and the Battle of Zama, who modified this tactic.

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Numidian

Numidian

Spartan Army

Spartan Army

Aztec Temple Complex

The GATEWAY section is 9 ½ wide by 7 high and 5 ½ deep.

Aztec Temple Complex

Norman Knights

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Crusades

Crusades

Anglo-Allied Army

Anglo-Allied Army

Butler's Rangers

Butler's Rangers

54th Regiment Massachusetts

Union regiments had two colours. National colours had the name and number of the regiment, and the regimental colours usually had the name of the regiment on a scroll beneath an eagle, or state seal.

54th Regiment Massachusetts

Palmetto Riflemen

Palmetto Riflemen South Carolina Infantry

JJD Aircraft Collection

High Velocity Aircraft Rockets, or HVAR, were also known by the nickname “Holy Moses”, were an American unguided rocket developed during the second world war, to attach targets on the ground from aircraft.

The accessory set includes 8 Rockets which are designed to fit onto the Corsairs. These are perfect for the earlier models without the Rockets, and for those who would like to add a couple of rockets to the plane as they are being fitted.

The accessory set also includes two photoetched Clip on pieces which are designed to hide the hinged join on the Corsair wing when it is in the “Closed up” position.

Finally we have added a spare empty trolley and a set of chocs.

JJD Aircraft Collection

First Legion

New releases expected in August
Battle of the Bulge

Battle of the Bulge

Stalingrad Germans

Stalingrad Germans

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

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