March, 2022
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the February Edition 2022 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the March Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier Newsletter, written on a bright, chilly, but sunny day here in the Bay Area. Unfortunately, as far as rain is concerned, we’re ending the season with no significant rain. The drought continues.

Unfortunately, we are all watching the events unfolding in Ukraine. In the last 17 years since we opened, we have gained many customers in both Russia and Ukraine. Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine and the ordinary people of Russia who are all suffering through these terrible events. We hope sense will prevail and this war can stop.

On a happier note, we attended the West Coaster show. It was a great event, well attended. Thank you to all who attended and stopped by, to say hello. It is always fun to meet our customers in person.

The next show we are planning on attending is the Texas Toy Soldier Show. The event is being held at the Menger Hotel in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, May 21, 2022, 10:00am - 5:00pm and Sunday, May 22, 2022, 11:00am - 3:00pm. For details, please drop us a note. We look forward to seeing you there.

For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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Cyber March Sale

Cyber March Sale.

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
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

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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 Thomas Gunn, First Legion, 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

King & Country

King & Country March Releases!

HOT DESERT SANDS & COOL, CLEAR WATER

As one of the great cradles of civilization Egypt has welcomed visitors and explorers into and onto its land for centuries. During this time all kinds of tradesmen, artists and workers have combined to provide all the necessary needs and requirements that these foreign guests and visitors might require. Following the enthusiastic and successful introduction of our first four ‘DISCOVERING TUTANKHAMUN’ figures we decided to add a few more to help populate the scene and add a little more ‘local colour’ into the bargain.

  • - Cool, clean drinking water was always in short supply in Egypt until relatively modern times. To meet the obvious demand itinerant ‘Water Sellers’ carrying a large ceramic urn would be a familiar sight in most large Egyptian towns and cities.
    They could also be found in areas where visitors and foreign tourists were likely to visit such as the famous ‘Valley of the Kings’ on the outskirts of Cairo.
    Here is one such ‘Water Seller’ plying his wares to anyone with a few piasters * to spare and a thirst to be quenched.
  • - As the seated customer enjoys a refreshing drink the seller pours another cup
  • - A familiar sight throughout the Middle East and North Africa is the ‘Hookah’. This is a single or multi stemmed instrument for heating or vaporizing and then smoking either tobacco, flavoured tobacco or sometimes cannabis, hashish and even... opium. The smoke is passed through a water basin – often glass-based before inhalation.
    In the Arab world and throughout the Middle East people smoke ‘hookahs’ as part of their culture and traditions. Social smoking is done with a single or double hose ‘hookah’ and even triple or quadruple versions on occasion.
    Smoking a ‘hookah’ can be done at home privately or with company in cafes which are widespread social gathering places throughout the Arab world.

Ancient Egypt

S.P.Q.R.

A ‘Legate’ was a very senior official who acted as a deputy general to governors of provinces conquered by Ancient Rome in the 1st and 2nd Centuries BC, during the period of the republic.

In the latter half of the 1st Century BC, Julius Caesar began appointing ‘Legates’ to command entire Legions in the Army.

This practice became customary under the Emperor Augustus who gave these commanders great power and influence not only over their personal areas of responsibility but also in Rome itself.

Our figure represents no particular personality but portrays a strong political soldier of wide experience and knowledge in leading a Legion in battle, protecting a Roman Province in peacetime and dealing with the trials and tribulations of Rome itself.

Romans

Rally Round The Flag Boys

Here is the second installment of King & Country’s 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteers going into battle in the first half of the Civil War. These additional figures join up with our first release to dramatically move forward against the enemy. Special Note: A THIRD RELEASE of 83rd Pennsylvania Volunteers will be available in April 2022.

  • - Unlike his fellow soldiers this officer is wearing the standard Union Army’s dark blue, frock coat.
    Sabre clutched tightly in his right hand, the scabbard in his left, this young officer bravely leads his men towards the enemy position.
  • - This Colour Sergeant carries the ‘National Flag’ proudly as he counters shot and shell to inspire the other 83rd Volunteers advancing and following alongside him. At his waist he carries a holstered Navy Colt revolver, his only weapon.
  • - ‘Drummer Boys’ played an important role in the American Civil War... on both sides of the conflict, with some becoming soldiers.
    In the Union Army it was forbidden to recruit any boys under the age of 16 but many still joined eager and willing to do their part and join, what many thought would be a ‘great adventure’.
    By and large, the most popular reason young boys joined up was to escape what they viewed as a dull boring life working on a farm. (In 1860 the population of the United States was more than 80% rural).
    As drummers these young boys helped to issue commands on the battlefield using their drum rolls and bugle calls to send orders to different units and formations.
    Soldiers marched to battle to the sound of drums and used their beat to regulate loading... firing... and reloading their weapons during the battle.
    Our young K&C Drummer plays a steady beat as his comrades move into the attack.
  • - Learning forward as he takes the shot.
  • - During the American Civil War the most commonly used cartridge for muzzle loading weapons was the ‘paper cartridge’. A paper cartridge contained a pre-measured amount of powder with the metal ball in a sealed unit often coated with beeswax, lard or tallow.
    The standard procedure for loading a musket or rifled musket involved the follows:
    1. Hold the musket level, place at half cock and open the flash pan.
    2. Bite open the paper cartridge, pour a small quantity of powder into the pan and close it.
    3. Hold the musket vertically and pour the remaining powder down the barrel.
    4. Ram the ball and remaining paper down the barrel with the ramrod. The paper, typically a thick, sturdy type keeps the bullet centred in the bore and the weapon is now ready to fire.
  • - Most infantryman on both the Union and Confederate sides carried a leather cartridge pouch suspended from a leather belt that crossed the chest and hung on the rear right side of the soldier.
    Most of these pouches contained at least 40 x paper cartridge rounds.
    Having fired his last round this soldier reaches back and into the open pouch to find another fresh cartridge.

Union Army by King & Country

THE REAL WEST

Three additional versions of well-armed Native American warriors...

Battle of Little big Horn

Good Morning Vietnam!

  • - A ‘Grunt’ Non Commissioned Officer M16 in one hand takes a closer look at an enemy position through his binos.
  • - A fully paid-up member of Full Metal Jacket’s ‘Lusthog Squad’. Lance Corporal ‘Rafterman’ Compton is ‘Joker’s’ buddy and companion when dispatched up to Hue during the TET Offensive. As a ‘Combat Photographer’ he brings along his cameras to get some of the ‘action‘ on film. In this great movie he will see plenty of action!
  • - This Aussie infantryman enjoys a few minutes rest and a break from ‘humping’ his M60 Machine Gun.
  • - Two ‘Grunts’ carefully move along a wall as one edges around a corner the other prepares to back him up.

Vietnam - Tet'68

DESTINATION STANLEY!

Although lasting just 10 weeks it was a unique chapter in Britain’s long history and had a lasting influence that can still be felt today almost exactly 40 years after the war ended with a resounding British victory. One of the most important factors that resulted in that victory was the quality and sheer professionalism of the forces that went ‘down south’... Marines, Paras, Guardsmen and Gurkhas backed up and supported by other regular British army soldiers, sailors and airmen who had years and sometimes decades of experience and military knowledge that came into play when the going got tough and the odds were against us. Nowhere was that kind of guts, grit and battlefield endurance shown better than when the British Marines and Paras ‘yomped’ and ‘tabbed’ their way on foot, in appalling weather, fighting a series of battles on their way to Port Stanley, the Falkland Islands capital. Following the introductory ‘Flaklands’ release of ‘The Yomper’ last December we are pleased and proud to announce this follow-up set... Special Note: More ‘Falklands War’ figures are ‘in the works’ including red beret Paras and a few Argentinians!

  • - A great little set of THREE additional ‘Bootnecks’ (R.M. slang for Royal Marines) yomping their way across East Falklands on their way towards Stanley.
    Each Marine carried over 80 pounds of equipment and supplies as well as their personal weapons and extra ammunition.
    Originally the Marines and Paras had expected to be transported forward by helicopters, but after the ‘Atlantic Conveyor’ which carried these aircraft was sunk the troops had to march across the island carrying everything on their backs.
    K&C’s 3 X ‘Booties’ are carrying an assortment of weapons... The ever-reliable L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle), the venerable L4 Bren LMG (Light Machine Gun) and the Belgian – designed, British-built L7A2 GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun). All naturally are in their standard British military DPM uniform and proudly wearing their green commando berets.

Falklands War

John Jenkins

New March Releases
MOUNTAIN MEN – THE KEEL BOAT

A keelboat is a riverine cargo-capable working boat, with shallow structural keels, nearly flat-bottomed, which is sometimes also called a “poleboat”. These boats are designed for the navigation of rivers, shallow lakes and sometimes canals that were commonly used in America, including use in great numbers by settlers making their way west. They were also used extensively for transporting cargo to market, and for exploration and trading expeditions, because water transport was then the most effective means to move bulky or heavy cargo.

Keelboats were similar to riverboats, but like other barges were unpowered and were typically propelled and steered with oars or “setting poles”.

The process of moving a keelboat upriver was extremely difficult, depending on the current. Most keelboats were 50 to 80 feet long and 15 feet wide, with a cabin in the middle or at the rear, but were also sometimes constructed with an open deck

Keelboats have been used for exploration, such as during the Lewis and Clarke Expedition, but were primarily used to transport cargo or settlers in the early 19th Century.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WSP-101 and WSP-102 are exactly the same Baggage sets which are included with the WSP-100 Keel Boat set. These are extra sets to fill out a display, or add to the upcoming Fur Trade Post/Fort.

MODEL DIMENSIONS 16 Length x 5 Wide x 12 3/4 Height Inches

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

Greeks

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.

Trojan War

Troy and her allies

Scythians

Scythians

Carthaginian

Carthaginian

Spartan Army

Booster Sets

Spartan Army

Saxons

Age of Arthur

Norman Knights

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Almoravid

El Cid and the Reconquista

Wars of the Roses

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

Battle of Saratoga 1777

3rd New York Regiment

19th Regiment of Light Dragoons

Wellington in India - Battle of Assaye, 1803

Madrass Native Cavalry

Madrass Native Cavalry

Maratha Cavalry

The Battle of Assaye was a major battle of the Second Anglo-Maratha War fought between the Maratha Empire and the British East India Company. It occurred on 23rd September 1803 near Assaye in Western India where an outnumbered Indian and British force under the command of Major General Arthur Wellesley (who later became the Duke of Wellington) defeated a combined Maratha army of Daulatrao Scindia and the Bhonsle Raja of Berar.

The battle was the Duke of Wellington’s first major victory and the one he later described as his finest accomplishment on the battlefield, even more so than his famous victories in the Peninsular War and his defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo.

The Maratha cavalry in the 1803 campaign was probably their weakest arm, yet by far the most numerous.

The Marathas employed three classes of cavalry.

The first were the BARGIRS, the cream of their cavalry, paid for and maintained by the state. At the death of Shivaji in 1680, they made up two thirds of the cavalry force, yet by the Battle of Panipat in 1761, their numbers had dropped to just 6,000 out of 38,000 cavalrymen.

This situation continued in the ealry years of the 19th Century as the Marathas continued to put more emphasis on their regular infantry battalions.

The second type of cavalry were known as SILLIDARS, who were irregular cavalry and these men provided their own horses and weapons.

The third type were known as PINDARRIES, and these were from various ethnic and religious backgrounds, with many being Muslims from the north.

Pindarries were an irregular light horse formation who were paid a fee or provided their retainers with a percentage, normally one sixth of any booty taken for the right to plunder.

They were used in the military role for screening the movement of troops, reconnaissance, raiding and cutting supply lines. They were not good against formations of steady infantry or cavalry, but were perfectly capable of cutting down unwary troops.

Maratha Cavalry

14th Regiment, New York State Militia

American Civil War, 1861 - 1865

Thomas Gunn

Roman Tents

New releases Expected in March.

Glory of Rome -Thomas Gunn

WWII Accessories

Thomas-Gunn-WWII-Europe-German

German Hetzer

Thomas-Gunn-WWII-Europe-German

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

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