November, 2018
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the October 2018 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the November Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier’s News, written on a very unseasonably warm day here in the Bay Area. It’s almost like a summer's day, except for the cold nights and sadly, no sign of rain.

Thanksgiving, and Christmas are suddenly around the corner. This week we built our major Christmas display, and it looks terrific. As usual, we have a Train around a Victorian Village, filled with a mixture or King & Country, and Department 56. We include some “Hidden Treasures”, a “Waldo”, or seven, some dinosaurs, a mammoth hiding behind the buildings, and plenty of Santa’s, polar bears and penguins. Little faces are glued to the window, although some of the nose prints are at least 6 feet up.

Toys for Tots

This year we once again proud to be a sponsor of US Marine Corps Reserve “Toys for Tots” program. Last year was a great success thanks to all of you, we hope this year we can grow it again.
The objectives of “Toys for Tots” are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of Christmas, one toy at a time. If you are local we have a container to put in new, unwrapped toys.

Toys For Tots Carton

If you are not local but would like to participate, please visit our Toy’s For Tots page for information on how you can join in.

Toys for Tots Page

We have a great set of announcements including King and Country, John Jenkins, First Legion, Thomas Gunn and Hobby Master.

Check out our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more pictures.

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You can keep up to date with us by visiting our Facebook Page.

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Hope to see you soon!

Events

Learn To Paint A Toy Soldier - Saturday November 10, 2018 - Los Gatos, CA - 10.00 – 4.00pm

Come and have some fun learning how to paint a Toy Soldier. Designed for Little and Big Kids, Mums most welcome.

Super Roman Sale

October Super Roman Sale - Final Week

This month we are having a very limited sale on a few Roman figures Thomas Gunn. We have reduced the price on these items but only until November 11, so do not miss out.

Super Sale

Sierra Blog
Events
Sierra Toy Exclusive
King & Country
John Jenkins
First :Legion
Thomas Gunn
Wings of War
Hobby Master

Retail Store

We are open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 6.00pm. Sundays 12.00 - 5.00pm

Just a reminder for those of you living in Northern California, or perhaps just visiting, that our retail store dedicated to toy soldiers is now open 7 days a week. The store is located at 29 North Santa Cruz Avenue, Los Gatos, California 95030. (408) 395 3000 www.sierratoysoldier.com

 

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.

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

Britain's

New Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Set - Expected 2018!


Zulu Storehouse Attack

The fifth release in the Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Range. With this set we wanted to continue to add to our mini series Zulu Storehouse Attack.

Zulu Storehouse Attack

King & Country

King & Country November 2018 Releases!

King & Country 2019! Calender

The new King and Country 2019 Calendar includes pictures of their most popular products and diorama displays from various series.   For King and Country Order over $200.00, we include a Calendar for Free!  Do not miss out!

King & Country Calendar

Santa 2018!

The presents are all packed, the heavily-laden ‘Santa Sacks’ are all loaded, onto his sled, the elves are enjoying a well-earned break and Santa is doing a final check of the addresses of all the good little boys and girls he will be visiting on his epic journey around the globe...

Christmas - Limited Edition

Roman-Style Crime & Punishment

The Roman Empire did not take kindly to those of their subject peoples who rebelled against their rule... Those bold enough to take up arms fully realized that they would need huge reserves of courage and fortitude to face up to the cruel and often barbaric punishments they would suffer should they fall into Roman hands...

  • - Crucifixion was a method of capital punishment in which the victim was tied and / or nailed to a large wooden cross and left to hang for several days and nights. Usually the eventual cause of death was exhaustion and asphyxiation. Although the crucifixion of Jesus is the most famous example of this form of lethal punishment it was a fairly common execution method for thieves, murderers and rebel chieftains.
  • - Prior to execution it was normal Roman procedure to flog the prisoner... The usual instrument was a short whip with several single or braided leather thongs of various lengths. Into these thongs would be tied small iron balls and sharp pieces of bone at irregular intervals. For scourging, the prisoner was stripped of most of his clothing (women were never scourged) and tied to a large wooden or stone post. Two Roman soldiers would be on either side of the victim and would take it in turn to flog him. Extreme pain and blood loss would soon follow and it was not uncommon for the prisoner to even die of shock at the post. Should the prisoner survive his ordeal the soldiers would often taunt their victim adding extreme insult to injury!
  • - The fate of captured rank and file rebels was usually decided in the immediate aftermath of a battle... If slaves were required either to be worked to death in the Roman quarries or as ‘gallery-slaves’ they lived (for a time). Similarly, they might to spared to be trained as gladiators to fight in the arenas that had sprung up across the empire and in Rome itself. If, alas, they were unsuitable for any of these destinations or were declared “surplus to requirements” a quick sword thrust was usually the end result!
  • - Sitting, observing his soldiers go about their duties is this sitting Centurion. As he rests, both hands on his sword, his helmet by his side he ensures that all punishments are carried out with cruel efficiency.

Romans

“Remember The Alamo... Again!”

Mexican Army

Hercule Poirot

This fictional Belgian detective, created by English author, Agatha Christie has appeared in more than 33 novels, several films and television series and on radio.

He has been memorably portrayed by Albert Finney, Peter Ustinov, Orson Welles, David Suchet and most recently, Kenneth Branagh.

And now he is immortalized in miniature by King & Country. As you see the dapper and fastidious M. Poirot stands confidently addressing his audience and obviously making a point of, perhaps, declaring who is the murderer or person behind the crime!

World of Dickens

THE ORIGINAL STORMTROOPERS

Although the name ‘Stormtroopers’ has come to be associated with the nickname of Hitler’s ‘Sturmabteilung’ better known as the ‘SA’ or the ‘Brownshirts’ the actual German derivation of ‘Sturmtruppen’ dates back before the Nazis to the latter days of the First World War.

These were among the first ‘Assault Troops’ trained to move swiftly across the battlefield with deadly force using hand grenades, portable machine guns and... plenty of individual initiative!

  • - Three heavily-armed stormtroopers with an assortment of weapons gather around their officer... Perfect for a pre battle WW1 scene near the frontline trenches OR perhaps a street scenario in revolutionary postwar Munich in the turmoil that follow the 1918 Armistice.
  • - This combination set brings together a captured British Mk. IV tank and its brand-new vehicle commander plus a standing Stormtrooper on guard.

France 1917

WINTER COMES

The Sd.Kfz.10 (Sonderkraftfahrzeug or Special Motorized Vehicle) was a WW2 half-track that saw widespread use in all German Theatres of Operations. Its main role was as a prime mover of smaller towed artillery pieces however it could also carry up to 8 infantry troops.

Among its many other uses this vehicle was a ‘battlefield ambulance .’ It had excellent cross country capabilities that allowed it to get right up to the frontlines and help evacuate wounded soldiers back to base hospitals and first aid posts.

Our K&C model has had its original summer camouflage painted over with a coat of winter ‘whitewash’ by its crew but is already showing ‘wear and tear’ through the vehicles constant use in difficult cold weather conditions.

The model includes a seated driver and a removable ‘canvas’ cover.

SPECIAL NOTE: This is a ‘LIMITED RELEASE’ with just 100 vehicles being available on a ‘first-come-first served’ basis.

Battle of the Bulge

Kubelwagen Ambulances

The Kubelwagen was a light military vehicle designed by Ferdinand Porsche and built by Volkswagen during WW2 for use by the German military (both Wehrmacht and Waffen SS).

Originally conceived in 1938 and called the ‘Kubelsitzwagen’, because it had no doors and bucket seats, it soon went into full production in 1940 and had its name shortened to the VW Kubelwagen.

Although the majority of Kubelwagens were built by Volkswagen other German makers such as Mercedes, Opel and Tatra also produced them.

Over the years K&C has produced quite a few of our own... but never the ‘ambulance’ version until now. Here is the first of three ambulance kubelwagens that will be available

  • - This particular kubelwagen has had ‘dunkelgelb’ yellow oversprayed in a camouflage pattern on top of the original ‘feldgrau’ field grey. A wounded German soldier lies on the stretcher as the driver/ medic prepares to ferry him back to the nearest field dressing station. The painting and ‘weathering’ on this vehicle is particularly good!

German Field Hospital

Vietnam

  • - This trio of figures portrays one of the most famous incidents of the entire TET Offensive... In the early hours of January 30, 1968 a Viet Cong guerrilla group attacked the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. Blasting holes in the perimeter wall V.C. sappers broke into the embassy compound and took over several outlying buildings but did not actually get into the central multistorey complex. Although the V.C. caused severe damage and killed and wounded a number of embassy military policeman and personnel they themselves were, after several hours, all killed, wounded or captured. One of the most famous photos of the battle in and around the Embassy shows a young walking wounded V.C. guerrilla being marched outside the compound wall by two American MP’s... I’ve often wondered what happened to him. (3 figure set).
  • - Meanwhile in Hue City, further north from Saigon, this young ‘Grunt’ sprints for cover, one hand gripping his M16, the other holding onto his steel helmet.
  • - As VN036 sprints for cover his kneeling buddy shouts over to him.
  • - oth Marines take shelter as this female Viet Cong guerrilla fires off a fusillade of rounds from her AK47.

Vietnam - Tet'68

Singapore’s Gurkha

Singapore’s Gurkha Contingent plays an important role in helping to keep the island city /state of Singapore safe and secure for ALL its citizens and visitors.

The Contingent’s origins go back many years to even before Singapore became one of Asia’s foremost ‘dragon economies’.

Singapore although primarily a Chinese city has fairly substantial Indian and Malay minorities. One of the main advantages of having the ‘Gurkha Contingent’ is that they are racially impartial and treat all of Singapore’s different peoples fairly and equally. In addition, this paramilitary force is the only unit in Singapore that still has a number of British officers in charge alongside their Singaporean comrades.

Many of the small island state’s most secure areas and facilities are guarded and protected by these Gurkha policeman. They also provide a strong and reliable counter terrorist force that is among the finest in Asia.

On the streets of Singapore they are easily recognized by their traditional Gurkha slouch hats and Kukri fighting knives worn at the rear of their pistol belts.

Singapore

John Jenkins

New John Jenkins November Releases!
TURF AND TIMBER ROMAN FORT

Roman Army of the Late Republic

REPUBLICAN ROMANS

Roman Army of the Late Republic

SPANISH CONQUISTADORS

Aztec Empire - Conquest of America

War of the Roses

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

THE 1st CANADIAN REGIMENT

1st Canadian Regiment

THE 2nd NEW YORK REGIMENT

2nd New York Regiment

THE 2nd MASSACHUSETTS REGIMENT

2nd Massachusetts Regiment

First Legion

New First Legion November Announcement
Napoleonic - Prussian

Be it at the battles of Lutzen, Bautzen, Dresden, Leipzig or any of ther other battles in the 1813-1814 campaigns, or all the way through the 100 days at Ligny, Wavre, and Waterloo, the Prussian Army was constantly present and bent on revenge for the humilation of the 1807 Treaty at Tilsit. Our first release for the Prussian Army was the Musketeers of the 11th Line (2nd Silesian) Infantry Regiment chosen because they were one of the few regiments which carried their standard with them at Waterloo. With these figures now nearly sold out, we have since added the 2nd Brandenberg Artillery and are pleased to present our latest release, the 3rd Battalion of the Silesian Landwehr. These figures are appropriate for Waterloo and for the 1813 Campaign as well where we have created 4 different standards for them.

Prussian

Unpainted Model Kit

75mm Unpainted Metal Figure Kit for modellers and collectors from the Unpainted Figure Kits

Unpainted Metal Kits - Scale 60mm and 75mm

Thomas Gunn

New Thomas Gunn October Arrivals
Romans

Glory of Rome

Ancient Britons

Ancient Briton and Celts

Spartans

Spartans

World War One

World War One

Home Front

Home Front

WWII - Pacific

WWII Pacific

Thomas Gunn - Wings of War!

Thomas Gunn - Wings of War!

These are large birds even at 1/43 scale measuring in with a 12 inch (30 Centimetres) wingspan and an 18 inch (46cm) fuselage length. They are bigger than most of our WW2 1/30 scale fighter models! We have 2 samples available at the moment, in the markings of the 'Sundowners' and the 'Jolly Rogers' both veterans of the Vietnam war.

Wings of War

Hobby Master

New Hobby Master April 2019 Announcements!
Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:48 Scale.

New releases scheduled for April 2019!

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:48 Scale.

Modern Air Power

Modern Air Power Collection

Hobby Master

Very best regards from Mike & Myszka Hall and the Sierra Toy Soldier team - Aidan, Barbara, Christian, Cody, Gary, Howard, and Michael (the Kilted Vampire).

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