June, 2020
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the May Edition 2020 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the Early Summer Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News. The weather here is going crazy, one day the temperature spikes to 100 degrees plus the next drops down to an ideal temperature of 75 degrees. Of course, no rain. We are officially in a drought and fire season has decided to start early.

The good news we are now fully open again, we opened our showroom on Friday and attracted a nice stream of collectors. We have some of the team back, Aidan, Alex and Cody. We will be open Monday – Saturday 10.00 – 17.00. We are closing earlier than normal so we can do all the required cleaning and preparation. It seems very strange all of us wondering around in masks, and not getting close. However this is the new normal.

For those of you that were looking forward the Chicago Show this September, it has been postponed until September 2021. It just would not have been practical to run the show with all the new restrictions and the hotel could not support the number of visitors, at least for now. If you would like to contribute and help support the show, they have a limited-edition 11 x 17 poster, with artwork by Doug Dearth, available there for purchase. Chicago Show Poster.

Our good friend Doug Dearth created the show poster. If you have never seen Doug’s terrific work check it out. Dearthco

We have some great new announcements from King & country, John Jenkins, Thomas Gunn, plus sale items from First Legion and King & Country. Now is a great time to treat yourself and add to your collection. Between First Legion and King and Country, there are some terrific bargains, which many of you have already taken advantage of.

Stay safe, and look forward to summer days.

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Cyber June Sale

Cyber June Sale

Looking for a deal this May, look no further.. Even more Sales items are available in our showroom. We also have authorized King & Country items on sale!

We will have lots of items on sale at up to 25% 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
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 Blog

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

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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 June Releases!

THE GLORY THAT WAS ROME: EMPERORS & GENERALS

Continuing the expansion of the Roman Empire 6 great new additions to this colourful series...

  • - The perfect background accessory for the Emperor and his Generals to gather around and plan their next move.
  • - Last month we released the first of our Praetorian Guardsmen... Now, we have one of the Centurions in command of them.
  • - One of Rome’s greatest generals and leading statesmen he was significant in the transformation of the city from a republic to an empire.
    He was also, for a time, an ally of Julius Caesar before becoming his sworn enemy. He was assassinated in Egypt while fleeing from Caesar.
  • - Another of Rome’s finest Generals who was known for his successful campaigns in Germania and as the elder brother of the future emperor, Claudius.
    During the reign of Augustus, he commanded no less than 8 Legions, about one third of the entire Roman Army.
    He avenged the terrible Roman defeat in the Teutoburg Forest and recovered two of the three Legionary Eagles lost there.
    As a famous general he was widely popular and regarded as both a noble and virtuous leader.
    He was also the father of the infamous Caligula who, it was said, poisoned Germanicus upon the instructions of his grandmother. Such was life and death in Ancient Rome.
  • - Vespasian ruled from 69 to 79 AD partly thanks to his successful military career during the invasion of Britain in 43 AD and the subjugation of the Jewish Rebellion in Judea in 66 AD.
    Perhaps his greatest building achievement, still known today, was the ‘Flavian Amphitheatre’ built in the heart of Rome. Today it is better known as... ‘The Coliseum’.
  • - Hadrian was emperor from 117-138 AD. Born into a Romano / Italo / Hispanic family he energetically pursued his own imperial ideals and personal interests by visiting almost every province in the Empire including Britannia which had recently suffered a major rebellion.
    There, he initialed the design and construction of a huge wall, ‘to separate Romans from their northern barbarian neighbours.’
    Shrewdly he reckoned it was cheaper to build and garrison the wall and its many forts along his northern border than keep a huge standing army there.
    Even today remains of the wall can still be seen in northern England and southern Scotland.
    Hadrian was also one of the few leading Emperors to wear a beard... nearly all the others were clean-shaven.

Romans

Victorian Wedding of the Century

Long before the weddings of Charles & Diana, William & Kate or even Harry & Meghan there was the very first ‘Celebrity’ Royal Wedding in the form of ... Victoria & Albert.

  • - The sumptuous wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert of Saxe Coburg & Gotha took place on 10 February 1840 at St. James Palace in the heart of London.
    Victoria came to the throne in 1837, just a month after her 18th birthday and as the monarch she was the one to select a husband for herself and to make the marriage proposal!
    Up until this time Royal Weddings had been small, private ceremonies held late at night.
    The young Victoria was going to change all that... and much more. She was determined that her people would be able to see the bridal procession drive to St. James Palace.
    Her wedding dress was also a break with the past... Victoria chose white that both enhanced her purity and innocence while making her more visible to the thousands of her people who came to watch the ceremony.
    Prince Albert meanwhile was dressed as a British Field Marshal, a rank Victoria herself had given to the young Prince as her personal wedding gift.
    Fortunately for K&C there is a wealth of visual information available on what Victoria & Albert actually wore on their wedding day and we used the very best of it to create these two great ‘Victorian’ figures.

World of Dickens

CRUSADERS BEWARE

Another great 4-man action set with an all-new colour variation.

Saracens

“Banzai! Banzai! Banzai!”

Because of the success of our USMC battling their way across the Pacific we’ve decided to release some more Japanese reinforcements to provide a little extra opposition along the way.

  • - The Kenpeitai was the military police arm of the Imperial Japanese Army from 1881-1945. It was both a conventional military police force and a ‘secret police’ in Japanese occupied territories.
    Their reputation for brutality was infamous in occupied countries and both ordinary civilians as well as military prisoners-of-war often became their victims.
    The Kenpeitai were also active in Japan itself, especially during WW2. It’s a little – known fact that General Hideki Tojo, before the war, commanded all of these military policemen, both inside and outside Japan.
    In the field and behind the lines they could be easily recognized by the special white headband worn around their helmets and a white, cloth armband bearing the two Japanese characters of their unit name.
  • - Led by a pistol carrying and sword-wielding officer two additional IJA riflemen with fixed bayonets charge forward.
  • - A crouching infantryman prepares to fire the Type 89 ‘Knee Mortar’. A second, lying prone NCO (non commissioned officer) observes the ‘fall of shot’ through his binos.
  • - From their earliest days in the Army Japanese soldiers were taught that their greatest honour was to ‘die for the Emperor’.
    As Allied forces grew even closer to Japan in the latter stages of the war the Japanese Army got ever more desperate to imbue their soldiers with the true spirit of the samurai.
    Here a lone Japanese infantryman crawls forward clutching a box of explosives which he will detonate after he has crept under a tank or into an enemy position.
  • - A lone British soldier comes face-to-face with one of the dreaded Kenpeitai...

Battle of TARAWA

HITLER’S WHEELS

There are some ‘classic’ K&C sets that we often get asked to revisit and reproduce. This is one of the most requested!

  • - Of all the many Hitler vehicles we have produced and retired this is, by far, the most requested and sought after.
    Just 57 MB W31’s were actually built in the early 1930’s for Hitler and the top Nazis... only 3 remain today.
    Our revised 1:30 scale version features the Fuhrer himself, in typical ‘Brown Shirt’ uniform standing and saluting in the front seat of this silver grey 6-wheeler with the black trim.
    Seated next to him is one of his SS drivers, behind them is SS-Obergruppenfuhrer Josef ‘Sepp’ Dietrich sitting alongside is SS-Brigadefuhrer Karl Wolff wearing the steel helmet. Riding in the rear are two SS bodyguards, ever watchful, ever ready.

Berlin'38 Leibstandarte

GOOD MORNING VIETNAM!

  • - As this NVA regular prepares to throw one of his Chinese-made ‘potato-masher’ grenades the black-clad Viet Cong provides covering fire.
  • - As the VC Rocket Propelled Grenadier moves forward his NVA comrade follows closely behind with his AK47.
  • - As the lying prone NVA soldier prepares to open fire the kneeling MG Team Leader observes the enemy through his binos.
    The gun itself is the WW2 era Degtyaryov Light Machine Gun in service from 1928 all the way up to the late 1960’s and even into the early 1970’s. It fired the standard Soviet 7.62mm round and could be fitted with either a 47 round ‘pan’ magazine or a 63 round version.
  • - A half-moon sand bag emplacement perfect for setting up one of our 105mm Howitzers either manned by Aussie Gunners or Marine Corps Artillerymen. This useful little display piece made in hard-wearing polystone can also be used to place stores, vehicles or soldiers. You decide what you need it for.

Vietnam - Tet'68

John Jenkins

New Releases Expected June - Scheduled to arrive this week.
Roman Cavalry

Roman cavalry became an integral part of the legion in this period.

As the stirrup had not yet been developed, riding was an acquired skill, and the Roman saddle was designed to keep the cavalryman mounted firmly on the horse. At this time cavalry were auxiliary troops used mainly for scouting, skirmishing and to combat enemy cavalry.

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Carthaginian

Carthaginian

Persian Cavalry

Persian Cavalry

Conquistadors

Conquistadors

Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

A Housecarl was known as a bodyguard in medieval Northern Europe.

The term originated in Scandinavia and was brought to Anglo Saxon England by the Danish conquest in the 11th century. Housecarls were well trained and were paid as full time soldiers. In England they had a number of roles, both military and administrative.

Harold Godwinson’s Housecarls had a crucial role as the backbone of his army at Hastings. Although they were numerically the smaller part of Harold’s army, their superior equipment and training meant they could have been used to strengthen the fyrd, or militia which made up most of harold’s troops.

They would have traditionally been placed in the centre around the leader’s standard, but also it is believed in the first ranks of both flanks, with the fyrdmen behind them.

At the Battle of Hastings, the Housecarls fought after Harold’s death, holding his oath to him until the very last man was killed.

The Bayeux Tapestry depicts the Housecarls as footmen clad in mail, with conical helmets and fighting with the great two handed Dane Axe.

Age of Arthur - Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall

2nd New Hampshire Regiment

2nd New Hampshire Regiment

2nd New York Regiment

2nd New York Regiment

Palmetto Riflemen

Palmetto Riflemen South Carolina Infantry

Knights Of The Skies

Acoustic Location devices were used by military services from mid-WW1 to the early years of WW2 for the passive detection of approaching enemy aircraft by listening for the noise of their engines. These typically consisted of large acoustic horns attached to stethoscope-type earphones worn by monitors.

The first use of this type of equipment was claimed by commander Alfred Rawlinson of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, who in the autumn of 1916 was commanding a mobile anti-aircraft battery on the east coast of England. He needed a means of locating Zeppelins during cloudy conditions and improvised an apparatus from a pair of gramophone horns mounted on a rotating pole. Several of these pieces of equipment were able to give a fairly accurate fix on the approaching airships, allowing the guns to be directed at them despite being out of sight.

Although no hits were ever recorded by using this method, Rawlinson claimed to have forced a Zeppelin to jettison its bombs on one occasion.

Extract from Canadian War Museum website:

“The Mk 1 Sound Locator was manufactured by A.W. Gamage Ltd. in Britain during the first World War. In the early days of the First World War, anti-aircraft defence was a totally new field. The detection of unseen incoming aircraft was a major problem. The only possible solution with the technology available at the time was sound detectors, which could provide a rough idea of an aircraft's direction and height based upon the sound of its engine. Tubes connected the bases of two horizontally mounted gramophone-style horns to a pair of stethoscope earpieces. An operator moved the detector until the sound was heard equally in each ear, at which point (theoretically) it would be pointed in the direction of the aircraft. A second operator used the vertically mounted horns to estimate height. The system was rudimentary at best, however, as the location of the aircraft could only be established for the time that the sound was recorded. After a sound contact was made, laborious calculations were then required to properly aim an anti-aircraft gun, and any deviation in the aircraft's flight path rendered the system useless. It was, however, the only system available for detecting the approach of unseen aircraft until the development of radar in the 1930s.”

Tubes connected the bases of two horizontal, gramophone-style horns to a pair of stethoscope earpieces. An operator moved the detector until he heard sound equally in each ear, at which point, ideally, the guns could be pointed in the direction of the aircraft. The two vertical cones estimated the target's height.

Improved forms of this instrument were still in use in 1939-1940, before being superseded by radar.

Many thanks to Scott Dummitt and the Canadian War Museum for their help in reproducing this unique piece of Great War technology.

Knights Of The Skies - WWI

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.

JJD Aircraft Collection

First Legion

The Big Sale - Has been extended until August 31, 2020, so do not miss out.

Yes, you read that right, FL are indeed holding an extremely limited time one-off sale of a staggering number of products. Given the current world situation with the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, our ability to produce new figures has been impacted and there will be some significant delays to getting new products to market. Rest assured, new products are being worked on, but given travel restrictions we simply have no way to conduct inspections and quality control and we cannot know when this situation will be resolved. So during this time we have decided to thank our loyal customers with a one-off sale of over 800 different products with discounts ranging from 25-50%! We want there to be something for everyone, so we have discounted products in almost every figure series that we make, so if there is a series that you have always wanted to get into, now is a great time to get started. If you have never collected First Legion, this is a wonderful opportunity to start and see firsthand the quality of our figures at amazing prices. It has been eloquently expressed to us that we don't sell figures, we sell "escapism." So during this difficult time, with nearly everyone spending long periods of time indoors, we want to offer the escapism that is the wonerful world of toy soldier collecting at a fraction of the normal cost. The sale will run for a limited time after which pricing will return to normal for whatever inventory remains. This will literally be a once in a lifetime opportunity to get First Legion figures at a fraction of their normal prices!

Thomas Gunn

New June Releases
Persians

Here are the next and last two Persian infantry in our series for the time being, some cavalry will follow later towards end of the year plus a surprise or two for this range.

Spartans

African Wars

The Second Boer War was fought between the British empire and the Boers who were settlers mainly of Dutch origin living in the South African Republic and the Orange Free State. Initially the Boers were successful and won some notable victories which galvanised the British government to send more troops to the troubled region.

Soldiers from all over the British empire took part in the long bloody conflict including Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Eventually through conducting a scorched earth policy, the rounding up of civilians into concentration camps and overwhelming military numbers on the battlefield, led to more and more Imperial victories and eventually the British empire forced the Boers to the negotiating table in 1902. All is fair in love and war as they say.

Our first figures are from the Seaforth Highlanders, who fought in South Africa during this campaign. For those of you who collect this era these troops could also be used in the Sudan and Afghanistan. We will be expanding the series next month with more Highlanders including some epic twin sets and Boers. To follow later in the year will be Australian cavalry and Canadian artillery.

African Wars

Luftwaffe

A product of Silesia, German, Rudel was an utterly unstoppable Stuka bomber pilot who received more medals for bravery than any other German soldier of World War II. This guy was so hardcore that even to this day he remains the most decorated combat pilot of any nation in the history of warfare. He was issued his country's highest award for military valour on five separate occasions, which is an utter mind-hump considering that he was serving in a war where successfully flying five combat missions in a row without exploding was pretty much considered a noteworthy achievement. His record of killing over five hundred enemy tanks in combat is a feat that will likely never be duplicated.

During the invasion of Poland, Rudel worked as a forward observer, flying recon missions over enemy territory and sending back reports to help coordinate the Blitzkrieg. After realizing that being on the front line of a war is far less terrifying when you are sitting in the cockpit of an aircraft that actually comes equipped with some sort of weaponry, Rudel transferred to dive-bomber training in 1940, where he learned the ins and outs of the notorious Ju-87 Stuka Dive Bomber. Now the Ju-87 wasn't exactly a glamorous aircraft. It was slow, ugly, hard to manoeuvre, and the landing gear was premanently in the "down" position, but it was also one of the deadliest pieces of machinery in the entire war, when flown by the right pilot. Equipped with a few hundred pounds of heavy bombs and sporting two under-wing mounted 37mm anti-tank cannons, this thing was the predecessor of the A-10 Warthog. At the controls of a Stuka, Rudel was a maestro of bomb-humping the living daylights out of any piece of equipment larger than an outboard speedboat motor. Flying in the 1st Squadron of Dive Bomber Group 2, Rudel spent a solid five years of his life turning any and all vehicles with a Soviet Red Star into busted, melted-down hunks of twisted steel and corpse-parts. It got to be to the point where you seriously couldn’t ride your bike through the Ukraine without this psychotic dive-bomber air-mailing a bomb into your eye socket.

Rudel flew 500 missions on the Eastern Front between 1940 and 1942, which is pretty impressive, especially when you consider that U.S. bomber pilots were usually allowed to go home after completing 25 missions without dying (an incredibly rare achievement in its own right). The German hurricane of bombicide was awarded the Knight's Cross a couple more times (including once when he was given the award by The Red Baron's cousin), and returned home with enough awards and honours to snap a camel in half. He was made an instructor at a German flight school, and asked to train new recruits in how to be awesome at flying Stukas. Rudel got bored of this pretty quickly and requested to return to the battlefield. He was made squadron commander, flew 500 more missions between 1942 and '43, killed twelve T-34 tanks in one day during the Battle of Kursk, and made such a name for himself as a destroyer of Russian armour that Stalin himself put a huge bounty out on Rudel's head.

All in all, Hans-Ulrich Rudel flew 2,500 combat missions, more than any pilot ever for any country, in any period of time before or since. His stats speak for themselves,11 airplanes, 519 tanks, 4 trains, 70 landing craft, two cruisers, a destroyer, a battleship, and over 1,000 enemy trucks and transport vehicles met their end at his hands. He received the Knight's Cross (Germany's answer to the Victoria Cross or the Medal of Honor) five times, they seriously had to invent awards to add to his Knight's Cross, because there wasn't anything in the book for what you give a guy who already has the Cross with oak leaves, swords, diamonds, bells, whistles, etc.

Rudel flew to the west and surrendered to the Americans who refused to hand him over to the Russians. He moved to Argentina as his right wing views were not welcome in the new Germany and over the course of time married 3 women (not at the same time), all by coincidence called Ursula!

He did eventually return to Germany and died in 1982, stating he would fight the whole war all over again given the chance. Needless to say Rudel is still hated to this day by just about everybody in Russia.

We have a limited edition of 100 pieces of this 2 man set featuring Rudel resting his arm on his chair after 1 glass too many and his rear gunner Doctor Gaddermann enjoying a drop of 'something' whilst taking some down time away from the front line.

WWII German forces

WWII Pacific

RS068,69, 70 are part of the Japanese Surrender.

WWII Pacific

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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