May, 2021
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Missed the April Edition 2021 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the May Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News written on a super-hot day here in the Bay Area. For what is supposed to be a spring day, it feels a lot more like a mid-summer day in August. We ask that you please send us some of your excess rain and 70-degree weather, as we really need it and would like it.

Good news on the COVID front, the Bay Area is opening as our numbers have been dropping most impressively. Also, good news, the Sierra Toy Soldier Company staff have now all been fully vaccinated, so we can move forward with fully reopening as soon as Santa Clara gives the green light. But like all worthwhile things the wait will have been worth it.

We are planning on attending the Chicago Toy Soldier Show, September 23 – 26, 2021. Location is Hyatt Regency Schaumburg, Chicago. As it is the 40 Anniversary of the show, we do not want to miss it. Hope you can join us.

Recently, we have seen an uptick in collectors looking to thin out their displays by selling through us on consignment. While not everything has been listed quite yet, we are delighted to tell you that some of the manufacturers are King & Country, John Jenkins Designs, Corgi, and Hobby Master. For those of you who may be missing a particular figure or vehicle, let this be a reminder to check out our Collector’s Corner section of our website to snag that “Holy Grail” you have been looking for.

We have some great new announcements from King & Country and John Jenkins.

For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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Cyber April Sale

Cyber May Sale

We continue to add more items each month to 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
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King & Country
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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 feature sets from King & Country Ancient Egypt 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

King & Country

King & Country April Releases!

The Skirl o’ The Pipes and The Beat o’ The Drum

The origins of the British military’s pipe bands can be traced back to the early 1800’s as soldier / musicians were tasked with keeping pace and morale up on long marches with their respective regiments.

This inevitably led to the global spread and popularity of ‘piping’ as the British Empire expanded and the British Army’s Scottish Regiments ranged far and wide both building and defending its colonies and citizens.

By the 18th Century, the highland bagpiper would perform as a soloist or as a member of a Regiment’s ‘Pipes & Drums’ band.

Army pipe bands were officially recognized by the British War Office in 1854 and thereafter became a permanent fixture and addition to all Scottish regiments.

The leading piper became known as the ‘Pipe Major’ while the mace wielding NCO In the front of the band was the ‘Drum Major’.

With Scots, both military and civilian at the forefront of Britain’s colonial adventures so its national music and its pipers and drummers spread Scottish culture and music to the four corners of the world.

Among the most famous ‘exporters’ and ‘exponents’ of Scotland’s national music were the men of The Black Watch.

  • - This magnificent 13 figure set, laid out in its own large box contains the following...
    1 x ‘Drum Major’
    6 x ‘Pipers’ (which includes a ‘Pipe Major’)
    2 x ‘Tenor Drummers’
    1 x ‘Bass Drummer’ and
    3 x ‘Side Drummers’
    Points to note, all six Pipers wear the ‘Royal Stewart’ tartan and the black doublet jacket. All drummers and the Drum Major wear the regiment’s scarlett tunics and the traditional ‘Black Watch Government Tartan’
    Although K&C has produced this 13-man set most military ‘pipes & drum’ bands are actually larger... Anywhere from 8-16 pipers and 4-6 side drummers which is why we have also made available...
  • - These individual bagpipers can be purchased as ‘solo’ pieces to add on to and increase your ‘pipes & drums’ or… stand alone.
  • - A superb little figure complete with his bugle and side drum.



Ancient Rome was a dangerous place to live in ... even for some Emperors. Plots, treason and murder were all too common occurrencies for those who held the top position over the city and its growing empire.

One of Rome’s best and most able emperors, Augustus, still felt insecure enough to establish his own personal imperial bodyguard regiment to ensure his own and his family’s safety.

For the next three centuries the ‘Praetorian Guard’ fulfilled its duties to the emperor while still intriguing and occasionally interfering on its own behalf. These Praetorians came to become both a help and a hindrance to their nominal masters...

  • - A well-proven, professional soldier who has seen plenty of active service with the regular Legions before transferring over to the Praetorians.
    Rising up through the ranks he is a blend of military professionalism, fierce loyalty to his superiors and dedicated ruthlessness when required with ‘no questions asked’
  • - Lucius Aelius Sejanus rose to power under the reign of the Emperor Tiberius, the adopted son of Augustus. Sejanus was the first, but not the last, to exploit his position of Commander of the Guard to pursue his own ambitions.
    He made extensive efforts to ingratiate himself with the Emperor while at the same time quietly eliminating any others including Tiberius’ own family, from having any connection with the Emperor himself.
    Inevitably, he over-reached himself by trying to get Tiberius to make him his ‘heir apparent’.
    This led to his downfall and execution but for 17 years he led the Guard and was a major power in Rome itself.
    He is most notably portrayed in the classic television series, ‘ⅠClaudius’ Our mounted figure shows him at the pinnacle of his power.



From the colour and spectacle of Ancient Rome to the blood-drenched grass of Waterloo in 1815.

Galloping into the charge are the first of two batches of our latest 2nd North British Dragoons... better known as ‘The Scots Greys’... Leading them is the bold and brave Sergeant Charles Ewart (1769-1846).

Several years ago K&C issued its first collection of Scots Greys and they proved to be very popular.

Having been long-retired we have received a number of requests to come up with additional mounted figures to add on to that first range while also introducing newer figures to bring the range to the notice of newer Napoleonic collectors.

So, here are the first four...

  • - Probably the most famous cavalry action that happened on the British side was Sergeant Charles Ewart’s capture of the tricolor, regimental standard of the 45th Line Infantry. Our figure shows him clutching the captured standard as he prepares to gallop to the rear with his prize and... safety!
  • - Sabre held vertically this trooper gallops into action.
  • - Heavy cavalry sabers were best employed in wide, sweeping cuts that could take off an arm or a leg. They were not precision weapons but could be used with deadly effect at close quarters. Our cavalryman is about to administer one such blow.
  • - Bringing his horse to a halt this particular trooper has just heard a distant bugle call ordering him to reform.

British 2nd North British Dragoons


The Tsar’s two eldest daughters, the Grand Duchesses Olga and Tatiana were alas to suffer the same horrible fate that befell the entire Royal Family on the night of 17 July 1918... murdered in a cruel massacre by a gang of cowardly Bolsheviks.

In the happier years before the war broke out in August 1914 both young girls were given the ranks of ‘Honorary Colonel’ of prestigious cavalry regiments in the Imperial Army.

Grand Duchess Olga, the eldest, became ‘Honorary Colonel’ of the 3rd Elizavetgradsky Hussars Regiment.

Her younger sister, Grand Duchess Tatiana was also awarded the same rank and title for the 8th Vosnesenski Lancers.

Imperial Russian Army


The Sherman Firefly was the best tank used by British and some Commonwealth and Allied armoured formations in WW2. It was based on the US M4 Sherman but fitted with the more powerful British 17-pounder gun as its main weapon.

During the war, the British Army made extensive use of the American-made and supplied Sherman tanks but found the US 75mm main gun less than effective against German armour.

The answer was to ‘upgun’ the Sherman with the tried and battle-tested, British 17-pounder gun. Because of its large size this also meant redesigning the Sherman turret to accommodate the bigger gun.

By early 1944 this ‘new’ configuration was christened the ‘Firefly’ and put into full production in the UK.

In Normandy, following the landings in June 1944, the Sherman ‘Firefly’ proved its worth by becoming the first Allied tank to successfully take on and penetrate the armour of the mighty German tanks such as the ‘Panther’ and ‘Tiger’.

  • - This K&C model is in the markings of a ‘B’ Squadron vehicle of the 23rd Hussars, belonging to the 11th Armoured Division during the battle for Normandy.
    Because the ‘Firefly’ had a visibly longer main gun barrel, crews often tried to camouflage it with paint so that the tank would look like, from a distance, the more normal and numerous, 75mm-gun M4 Sherman.
    Our King & Country ‘Firefly’ comes with a ‘half-body’ tank commander and a ‘head and shoulders’ driver in the open hatches.
    As additional protection this ‘Firefly’ also has extra tank tracks mounted around the turret and on the tank hull itself.
  • - Also consider adding on this set while available.

D-Day '44 - British and Canadian


Although that might be the title of a great old ‘Animals’ song from the 1960’s it’s also a reminder that King & Country is in Vietnam for the long haul and ain’t pulling any troops out just yet. Hell, we’re even bringing in more reinforcements!

  • - Among the deadliest (and bravest) of the enemy in ‘Nam were the VC and NVA ‘Sappers’ who would strip down to their ‘skivvies’ to crawl through barb wire and minefields to strike at US and ARVN airfields and firebases throughout the country. Here is one such ‘Sapper’ who has made it through all the obstacles and hazards and is going ‘hunting’ with his AK47. Most of these soldiers did not enjoy a long life and suffered horrendous casualties... but they’re still worthy of respect from friend and foe alike.
  • - This trio of forlorn captives are on their way back for interrogation and, if they are lucky, a long stay in a South Vietnamese prison cell.
    A few were persuaded to ‘change sides’ and go over to the ARVN side and perhaps become useful as intelligence scouts for American infantry units.
    The program was originally initiated by US Marine units operating in Vietnam.
  • - These three stripped down ‘Diggers’ or ‘Kiwis’ if you prefer are laying down some heavy mortar fire on an enemy position outside the perimeter wire of their base camp. As the men were probably operating from a secure area there was little necessity for shirts or body armour. All three blokes are also wearing ear defenders... wise choice!
  • - A very, very useful and necessary addition to the previous set... 12 extra mortar rounds laid out on a piece of khaki ground sheet waiting to be fired. Can also go with our Viet Cong Mortar Team (VN088) and our USMC Mortar Duo (VN116)

Vietnam - Tet'68

European Farm Gateway

The perfect architectural feature to extend and grow a European display or diorama for virtually any historical period from the middle ages all the way up to the wars of the 20th Century and all points in between. The two doors can open and close and have a wooden ‘locking bar’ to hold them in place. Goes well with SP114 and SP119.

Diorama and Scenic Building Collection


From the mud, blood and dust of Normandy in the summer of ’44 to the banner-festooned boulevards and broad streets of Pre War Berlin in ’38...

  • - This double-bannered street lamp shows two red, white and black Nazi banners on one side, while the reverse has a pair of ‘HJ’ banners in position. Useful for any ‘Berlin ‘38’ scene or group of figures.

Berlin'38 Leibstandarte

John Jenkins

May Releases
WWII - German Armour

The Panzerkampfwagen VI Ausf B. Tiger II, commonly referred to as the King Tiger, was the successor to the legendary Tiger I heavy tank. It was designed to be even more heavily armed and armored than its iconic predecessor. Like the Panther tank, it incorporated design improvements gleaned from combat experience on the Eastern Front. The King Tiger was armed with the finest tank gun of WW2, the dreaded long barreled 8.8 cm KwK. L/71. Coupled with excellent sighting optics, this cannon was capable of destroying any Allied tank with ease, while it's well sloped armor provided excellent protection. In fact, German armaments officials during the war stated the King Tiger's front profile was impervious to all Allied weapons and there is no evidence that the King Tiger's 150mm thick glacis plate was ever penetrated in combat. To defeat the King Tiger, Allied tanks would have to outflank it in order to take shots at its weaker side and rear armor. In the hands of a skilled crew, the King Tiger was a fearsome opponent.

This massive armament and extremely thick armor came at the price of weight, and at almost 70 tons the King Tiger was the heaviest production tank of World War Two. Due to engine technology limitations of the time, the King Tiger was underpowered, since it used the same 750 horsepower Maybach HL 230 engine found on the much lighter Tiger I and Panther tanks. Additionally, the massive weight of the King Tiger put enormous strain on engines, gears and drivetrains and led to early malfunctions and teething problems. Often, these issues were exasperated by inexperienced drivers (with only days or a few weeks of training) who did not adhere to engine limitations. Contrary to popular belief, though, the King Tiger was no lumbering behemoth. Once combat experience was gained, mechanical improvements were implemented and by the end of the war the operational availability rate of King Tigers was on par with the Panzer IV and actually better than the Panther. Furthermore, post-war testing showed the King Tiger displayed similar maneuverability to the Panther and Panzer IV and was actually more maneuverable than many Allied tanks.

Ultimately, too few King Tigers were produced to effect the outcome of the war, but the King Tiger remains one of the most deadly tanks of World War Two.

Late in 1944 through the end of the war, German panzers were routinely rushed from the factory assembly centers directly to the front lines, often without time for the Panzer troops to apply turret numbers or other markings. This King Tiger is meant to represent one such vehicle. It features a historically accurate "soft edge" tri-camo pattern with the iconic camo dots that became widely known as "Ambush" or "Licht und Schatten" (Light and Shade) camo. The only other markings are Balkenkreuz (Baltic Cross) applied to each turret side at the factory. Historic pictures abound of King Tigers with nothing but ambush camo and turret Balkenkreuz on both the Western and Eastern Fronts.

Consequently, this ambush camo King Tiger is extremely flexible for collectors. While the inspiration for this model was a Kampfgruppe Peiper tank that fought with King Tiger #213 during the Battle of the Bulge, the model is just as accurate depicting a King Tiger from numerous other units. Some examples include the famous schwere Panzerabteilung 503 "Feldherrnhalle" fighting in Hungary or schwere SS Panzerabteilung 503 fighting in Berlin during the final desperate battle against the Russians.

Furthermore, most 1/35 scale King Tiger decals are compatible with this model if collectors want to depict their favorite specific unit.

This JJDESIGNS King Tiger comes with the following features:/p>

  • - all hatches are fully operable and both open and close
  • - fully detailed turret interior and driver's crew compartment
  • - fully detailed and opening engine compartment
  • - removable side mudguards that can be individually attached to allow maximum display possibilities
  • - removable track links to attach to the side of the turret
  • - adjustable cupola mounted anti-aircraft machine-gun with historically correct armor sleeved MG-34

JJ WWII Collection

WWII - German Aircraft

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.

This aircraft has a winter whitewash over the standard camouflage. It was with this aircraft that Dortenmann crash landed at Orsha Süd Air base on the 6th of February, 1944, after losing three feet off his port wing in a collision with a Soviet fighter.

In a rear hemisphere attack against his target, and at a height of some 200m, he misjudged his distance. His intended target was probably a fighter flown by Capt Ivan Mikhailovich Astakhov of 49 IAP.

Having been killed in this encounter, the collision with Black “7” was classified as a “taran” attack and considered Astakhov’s twelfth victory (another seven being shared). He was awarded a posthumous Hero of the Soviet Union.

It was Dortenmann’s first confirmed victory. Prior to his transfer to the west, he shot down a further fourteen Soviet aircraft, including four Il-2 Sturmoviks. He totaled 38 kills, and was awarded the Iron Cross.

JJ WWII Aircraft

Roman Army of the Late Republic

By the first decades of the 1st century, the COHORT had replaced the maniple as the standard tactical unit of the legions.

The three lines of the manipular legion were combined to form the cohort, which generally numbered about 480 to 500 men. Maniples and centuries continued to be used as military and administrative subdivisions for the cohort.

There were six centuries in a cohort, which were now all 80-men strong.

Each Centuria was commanded by a Centurion, and also included an Optio, a Signifer and a Cornicen

The Centurions also appointed the bravest men as standard bearers, or Signifers.

A signifer was a standard bearer of the Roman legions. He carried a signum (standard) for a cohort or century. Each century had a signifer so there were 59 in a legion. Within each cohort, the first century's signifer would be the senior one.

The signum that he carried was the military emblem of that unit. It had a number of phalarae (disks or medallions) along with a number of other elements mounted on a pole. The pole could be topped with a leaf-shaped spear head or later a manus (open human hand) image denoting the oath of loyalty taken by the soldiers. It sometimes included a representation of a wreath, probably denoting an honour or award.

The task of carrying the signum in battle was dangerous, as the soldier had to stand in the first rank and could carry only a small buckler. It was that banner that the men from each individual century would rally around. A soldier could also gain the position of discentes signiferorum, or standard bearer in training. If the signifer was lost in battle, the whole unit was dishonored.

In addition to carrying the signum, the signifer also assumed responsibility for the financial administration of the unit and functioned as the legionaries' banker. He was paid twice the basic wage.

An Optio was an officer appointed by the centurion, and was stationed at the rear of the centuria to keep the troops in order. Their duties would include enforcing the orders of the centurion, taking over the centurion's command in battle should the need arise, supervising his subordinates, and a variety of administration duties. Optio pay was double the standard legionary pay and they were the most likely men to replace the centurion if the position became vacant.

A Centurion at this time can be distinguished from other Legionaries by several methods. He usually wore greaves, and the crest of his helmet was usually turned so it ran transversely across the helmet. His sword was worn on the left and his dagger on the right which is the opposite of a Legionaire.

Each Centuria would also contain a hornblower or Cornicines. A cornicen (plural cornicines) was a junior officer in the Roman Army. The cornicen's job was to signal salutes to officers and sound orders to the legions. The cornicines played the cornu (making him an aeneator). Cornicines always marched at the head of the centuries, with the signifer. The cornicines were also used as assistants to a centurion (like an optio). The cornicen was a duplicary or a soldier who got double the basic pay of the legionary.

The legion was now composed of ten cohorts rather than thirty maniples, and numbered an average of about 5,000 men.

Roman Army of the Late Republic

Enemies of Rome

Enemies of Rome



Anglo Saxon/Danish Shieldwall

Anglo Saxon/ Danish Shieldwall


Age of Arthur - Vikings

Norman Knights

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights



El Cid and the Reconquista

El Cid and the Reconquista

The Almoravids

Al-Andalus was the Muslim -ruled area of the Iberian Peninsula.

The name more specifically describes the different Arab or Berber states that controlled these territories at various times between 711 and 1492, though the boundaries changed constantly as the Christian Reconquista progressed.

Nearly all of the warring factions in Spain used local Andalusian troops as allies in their armies. Christian kingdoms often called upon their neighbouring states to assist in campaigns against Moorish troops, or they were also found joining the jihads in the armies of the invading Almoravids and Almohads.


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.

El Cid and the Reconquista

Mountain Men

The Crow, called the Apsáalooke in their own Siouan language, or variants including the Absaroka, are Native Americans, who in historical times lived in the Yellowstone River valley, which extends from present-day Wyoming, through Montana and into North Dakota, where it joins the Missouri River.

Pressured by the Ojibwe and Cree peoples (the Iron Confederacy), who had earlier and better access to guns through the fur trade, the Crow had migrated to this area from the Ohio Eastern Woodland area of present-day Ohio, settling south of Lake Winnipeg. From there, they were pushed to the west by the Cheyenne. Both the Crow and the Cheyenne were pushed farther west by the Lakota (Sioux), who took over the territory west of the Missouri River, reaching past the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Big Horn Mountains of Wyoming and Montana. The Cheyenne eventually became allies of the Lakota, as they sought to expel European Americans from the area. The Crow remained bitter enemies of both the Sioux and Cheyenne.

From about 1740, the Plains tribes rapidly adopted the horse, which allowed them to move out on to the Plains and hunt buffalo more effectively. However, the severe winters in the North kept their herds smaller than those of Plains tribes in the South. The Crow, Hidatsa, Eastern Shoshone and Northern Shoshone soon became noted as horse breeders and dealers and developed relatively large horse herds. At the time, other eastern and northern tribes were also moving on to the Plains, in search of game for the fur trade, bison, and more horses. The Crow were subject to raids and horse thefts by horse-poor tribes, including the powerful Blackfoot Confederacy, Gros Ventre, Assiniboine, Pawnee, and Ute. Their greatest enemies became the tribes of the Blackfoot Confederacy and the Lakota-Cheyenne-Arapaho alliance.

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

American Revolution - 12th Massachusetts Regiment

12th Massachusetts Regiment

American Civil War - 11th Regiment New York

11th Regiment New York


The 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment was formed in the spring of 1861 around the nucleus of several cavalry companies from the valley of Virginia which had been placed under the command of J.E.B. Stuart. Regimental organization was completed by the appointment of Stuart as Colonel on 16th July 1861.

The unit then comprised ten companies, lettered A-M, of men enlisted for Confederate States service for one year. The regiment was reorganized 22nd April 1862, and served thereafter through most of the civil war.

J.E.B. Stuart was appointed Lieutenant Colonel, infantry, Provisional Army of Virginia, at Harpers Ferry, Jefferson County, Virginia on 8th May 1861. He was appointed Colonel of 1st Virginia Cavalry on 16th July 1861. He was assigned to command the cavalry of the Army of the Shenandoah during the first battle of Manassas on July 21st 1861, and was appointed Brigadier General, Confederate States Army on 24th September 1861.

The 1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment was often illustrated in the newspapers during the early days of the war. Especially during the First Manassas when Stuart, with companies H and B under R. Welby Carter and John Blair Hoge, made a dashing charge upon the 11th New York Zouaves. Artists on both sides were inspired by the episode, and reporters dubbed the companies the “Black Horse Cavalry”.

The troopers performed well during this engagement, and it was in no time, especially under the inspiring leadership of Stuart and Fitzhugh Lee, that they grew into one of the crack mounted outfits of the Confederate service.

1st Virginia Cavalry Regiment

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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