Welcome to the November (Thanksgiving) Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on the start of winter here in the Bay Area. November typically sees the first drops of rain, the end of the fire season and temperatures dropping into the 60’s. Winter is coming. This weekend they are predicting that we get a few sprinkles here and over a foot of snow in the Tahoe area.
If you celebrate Thanksgiving, we wish you a most pleasant day and hope with all the craziness going on at this time you get a chance to relax, spend time with friends and family, even if it’s only virtually. Just enjoy yourself and forget the world outside. Please take a moment to give thanks to all the first responders’ worldwide, who have given so much to keep us all safe during this year.
The holiday season is just around the corner. This year will be different than every other year. All our shipping companies are hiring like crazy to meet the anticipated volumes of shipments. This holiday season please order early and expect longer delivery times wherever you live. We will be publishing our Holiday Shipping Guide shortly.
In anticipation of increased visitors to our super showroom. The crew have been doing an amazing job of building our diorama displays including our Aztec, Ancient Greek and Roman, Norman/Saxon, Crusades, World of Dickens, American Revolution, and Native American Buffalo Hunt, with more to follow. If you are not in the area and would like to see these displays, please follow our social media pages on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We also now offer a Virtual Video Call by appointment. If you can make it into showroom, please do so as these displays look much better in person.
The sales from both King & Country and First Legion continue at a rapid pace. If you have a chance check it out as there are some real bargains.
King & Country Sale
First Legion Sale
We have some great new announcements from King & country, John Jenkins, First Legion and Thomas Gunn.
For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.
John Jenkins Future Releases.
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Cyber November Sale
Looking for a deal this
November, especially with Christmas around the corner, 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.
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
To set up a Virtual Video Call to see any of our latest releases or displays. Contact us via Email or Phone.
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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.
This month we have added lots of
Britain's and King and Country sets all effectively brand new and unopened.
Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive
After the recent release of those voluptuous young ladies disporting themselves
around the desert sands of Ancient Egypt it’s worth remembering that the real
hard work building all those pyramids, temples, palaces and obelisks was
actually the hard work of legions of humble artisans among them being...
AE085 Pyramid Plasterers Set
- A team of three workers combine to carry the raw materials to the worksite,
mix it together and then apply it to whatever structure they are assigned to
IN DAYS OF OLD...
WHEN KNIGHTS WERE BOLD
MK206 Robert de Chevron -
Not all knights who made the journey to the Holy Land did so because of their
religious beliefs or the virtues of the Crusade itself. More than a few were
tempted by the promise and possibility of plunder and pillaging at the same
time. Here is one such ‘Knight for hire’ who belongs to a mercenary company of
professional French soldiers hoping to make their fortune... or die in the
- MK207 Rupert Chevronel, Standard Bearer
- Another of the Mercenary Company dismounted this time.
- MK210 The Green Knight -
Although a ‘Green Knight’ appears in some of the Arthurian legends. Our mounted
figure is based on one of the Flemish Knights who accompanied RobertⅡ, Count of
Flanders on the First Crusade in 1095. The Lion Rampant was a common design
feature of Flemish medieval banners and coats of arms. The background colours of
green and white are two of the colours associated with Eastern Flanders.
Crusader - Cross & Crescent
When the Civil War erupted in 1861 the Confederacy enjoyed a number of significant advantages... Among them was the fact that many of the finest officers in the U.S. Army were ‘Southerners’ and almost to a man, resigned their commissions to join their own States Militias and Volunteer units.
A fair number of these same officers belonged to Cavalry and Dragoon regiments and had valuable battle experience as well as wide military knowledge of tactics and strategy.
At the same time the rank and file recruits who flocked to these newly created Confederate Cavalry regiments came from rural and agricultural backgrounds where ”ridin’, shootin’ and fightin’ ” were second nature to most of them. Many even brought their own horses with them.
These multiple assets worked to great advantage in the first half of the war when the Confederacy enjoyed its greatest military successes.
K&C are happy to announce our ‘Second Edition’ of a prize selection of some of our best American Civil War cavalry horsemen as well as two exceptional Confederate generals...
CW104 29th Texas Cavalry Flagbearer
- The 29th Texas were just one of the many volunteer mounted regiments raised
during the war and were in action from 1862 until the South’s defeat in 1865.
The 29th Texas flag combines part of the Texas state flag with the ‘Stars ’n’
Bars’ of the Confederate battle Flag.
- CW105 Major General J.E.B. Stuart
- James Ewell Brown ‘Jeb’ Stuart was the outstanding Confederate Cavalry officer of the Civil War. Originally from Virginia ‘Jeb’ Stuart was a regular U.S. Army officer since his graduation from West Point in 1854. A veteran Indian fighter he also participated in the capture of slavery abolitionist, John Brown at Harpers Ferry in 1859.
After resigning his commission in 1861 he returned to Virginia and was made cavalry commander of the troops under Thomas ‘Stonewall’ Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley campaign.
Throughout his military career he established a reputation as a bold and audacious cavalry leader and a ‘master’ of reconnaissance and the use of cavalry in support of offensive operations.
In addition, he cultivated an almost ‘cavalier’ image with his feathered hat cocked to the side and his canary-yellow faced uniform ‘shell’ jacket.
Major General ‘Jeb’ Stuart was fatally wounded in action at the ‘Battle of Yellow Tavern’ in May 1864. Transported by field ambulance to the Confederate capital, Richmond, he died aged just 31 years old on May 12, 1864.
Upon hearing of Stuart’s death, his commander, General Robert E. Lee said that ‘he could scarcely keep from weeping at the mere mention of Stuart’s name’.
- CW106 General Robert E. Lee - Robert Edward Lee is the most famous Confederate General of the American Civil War and commanded the Army of Northern Virginia from 1862 until its surrender at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.
The son of a notable Revolutionary War officer, Henry ‘Light Horse Harry’ Lee, Robert was a top graduate of West Point and destined for a glittering military career in the U.S. Army’s Corps of Engineers.
After 32 years in the regular American Army, Robert E. Lee resigned his commission in 1861 after exceptional service during the Mexican-American War of 1849 and holding the post of Superintendent of West Point from 1852 until 1855.
Confederate president Jefferson Davis then appointed Lee commander of the recently-formed Army of Northern Virginia. For the next four years Robert E. Lee was to lead his forces the length and breadth of the Eastern half of the United States winning and losing battles against a great number of Union generals and the growing strength and power of the Union Army.
Although personally opposed to slavery he fought for a Confederacy that strived to retain it.
Our figure shows him mounted on his favourite horse, “Traveller”, an American Saddlebred of 16 hands high. Lee acquired the horse in early February 1862 and rode him in many famous battles and actions.
When Robert E. Lee died in 1870 his horse “Traveller” died a few months later in 1871.
- CW107 29th Texas Trumpeter - A new version and a different sculpt of the 29th Texas Cavalry Trumpeter doing what trumpeters usually do!
Confederates by King & Country
Among the most highly-regarded German soldiers (by their enemies) were the men of the Luftwaffe’s Fallschirmjager (Paratroop) Regiments.
Although by 1944 they were primarily used as ‘Elite Infantry’, the Fallschirmjagers could be found fighting on every battlefront Hitler’s armed forces were operating in. The Normandy front in the days and weeks following the June 6, D.DAY Invasion was no exception.
Here, as promised, is the second batch of Fallschirmjagers in action battling the American, British and Canadians in the mighty struggle to hold on to this ‘Front’ in the West.
These six, dynamic German paratroopers are available individually or as a combined 6-figure ‘Value Added Set’.
Let’s take a closer look at them...
LW079 FJ Shouting NCO - This
kneeling Non Commissioned Officer is armed with the superb 9mm MP40 machine
pistol, better known as the ‘Schmeisser’. He cups his hand up to his month and
shouts out instructions to his men over the ‘din of battle’.
- LW080 FJ MG42 Gunner - The
MG42 machine gun was a superlative belt or magazine fed machine gun used
extensively by the Wehrmacht, Waffen SS and, of course, the Fallschirmjagers
during the second half of WW2. Because of its high rate of fire it was nicknamed
(by Allied troops) “Hitler’s Buzzsaw”. Ammunition (7.92 x 57 Mauser) was
supplied by either 50 round metal drum magazine or 250 belted rounds carried by
the gunner himself and his ‘Number 2’. Our FJ gunner is operating the weapon in
the prone position and taking aim on the advancing enemy infantry.
- LW081 FJ Kneeling Firing FG42
- This kneeling firing Fallschirmjager is using the FG42 select fire Mauser
automatic rifle developed specificably for the airborne infantry. It combined
the characteristics and firepower of a light machine gun in a lightweight form
and was slightly shorter in length. Considered as one of the most advanced
infantry designs of WW2 it was however expensive to produce and only had limited
production from its introduction in 1942 until the end of the war. That being
said many of its best features influenced other post war small arms development
particularly the US made M60 Machine Gun.
- LW082 FJ Sniper - This
particular paratrooper is using the ‘Kar 98 Sniper Rifle’. For snipers this
rifle was selected as being exceptionally accurate when fitted with a telescopic
sight. Karabiner 98K sniper rifles had an effective range of up to 1,000 metres.
During the course of WW2 an impressive 132,000 of these special rifles were
manufactured. Since that time surviving examples have become much-prized
collectables! Our standing sniper can be sighted behind a tree or wall, next to
a vehicle or hidden inside a house or up a church or clock tower... you decide!
- LW083 FJ Cautiously Advancing
- This rifle-carrying paratrooper moves stealthily across the battlefield taking
his time and moving ever so slowly. Sudden movement alerts watching eyes... and
usually comes with an enemy bullet!
- LW084 FJ Kneeling Rifleman -
Another watching and waiting Fallschirmjager armed with a Kar 98 (but no sniper
scope) gets ready to open fire on the approaching enemy.
- LW-S03 The Fallschirmjager Value Added
Set - Buy all six together and save yourself a little money... These
days every penny counts.
RA079 Victory Over Fascism -
With a dead German at his feet and a Nazi flag as a souvenir this Naval
Infantryman enjoys the fruits of victory.
- RA082 RNI Charging with PPSH41
- Carrying his Soviet-made ‘Burp Gun’ this sailor charges forward...
- RA085 RNI Standing Firing PPSH41
- A ‘classic’ pose for any fighting soldier.
- RA087 Maxim 1910 Machine Gun Set
- This medium machine gun first appeared in Imperial Russian Army hands during
WW1. It saw further service during the Russian Civil War and into WW2. It even
saw action in the Korean conflict and... Vietnam! First adopted in Russia in
1910 it fired the standard Russian 7.62mm round and was protected by an armoured
gun shield mounted on two small wheels. Our crouching Naval Infantry gunner is
determined to make every bullet count... Stalin would be proud of him!
Russian Front and Berlin 1945
WAITING TO SCRAMBLE
After the Battle of France and before the Battle of Britain began Britain’s Royal Air Force realized the urgent need to provide Emergency Airfields all over Southern Britain that could be utilized as and when the Luftwaffe attacked their long established airfields... as the enemy would surely do and indeed did.
These temporary airfields seldom had any kind of regular accommodation or other facilities. This meant accommodation, workshops and even messing facilities were usually found under canvas.
Wooden dispersal huts which on normal, regular airfields were located next to parked aircraft were obviously non existant on these temporary locations. These huts were where pilots could rest and relax before being ‘scrambled’ once more to their adjacent Spitfires and Hurricanes.
A solution had to be found...
RAF083 RAF Dispersal Caravan 1940 - One enterprising Squadron Leader used his own pre war Holiday Caravan as his mobile temporary ‘Dispersal Hut’ for his pilots.
After having the civilian caravan ‘camouflaged’ in standard RAF ‘camo’ of that period the moveable ‘dispersal hut’ began to be copied by other squadrons. Soon the Air Ministry itself heard about this simple and practical solution and ordered several hundred from a manufacturer and soon they appeared on virtually every temporary as well as regular RAF airfield all over Britain.
Some were even sent overseas to North Africa and into Sicily, Italy and France (after D.Day).
Our model is typical of the original ‘1940 Battle of Britain’ design and is the perfect accessory for our pilots, groundcrew and aircraft.
VN090 Shouting NCO - This
USMC ‘NonCom’ goes well with the recently-released Recoilless Rifle Set VN089...
or you can put him in charge of a squad of ‘Grunts’ fighting their way into Hue
during TET’68. The Choice is yours... the possibilities numerous.
- VN091 Stars 'n' Stripes Combat
Cameraman - Stars ‘n’ Stripes, the U.S. Forces newspaper sent military correspondents and photographers all over South Vietnam to cover virtually every aspect of the war from ‘Search and Destroy’... to ‘Winning Hears and Minds’.
They also had some trained personnel who used motion picture cameras to capture film of the troops in action throughout the country for use on AFNVN (Armed Forces Network Viet Nam).
There’s also a couple of great scenes in ‘Full Metal Jacket’ where the Grunts are being interviewed about the war and their attitudes to it. In the same movie while the troops are taking cover a camera crew moves alongside them filming the action.
Our crouching combat cameraman can fit perfectly into any kind of ‘Vietnam’ scene...
- VN093 Animal Mother - If
you’ve seen ‘Full Metal Jacket’ as many times as I have then you know exactly
who this guy is. This is one big ‘Badass’ that you do not want to mess with...
or meet on a dark lonely night... especially if you are a Viet Cong sniper!
Vietnam - Tet'68
New November Releases
Enemies of Rome
Numidian Light Cavalry
Persian Light Cavalry
PLEASE NOTE THIS IS THE FINAL RELEASE FOR THE PERSIAN 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.
VIK-001 Chieften - A Hersir was a local Viking military commander of approximately 100 men, who owed allegiance to a Jarl or a King.
Viking society was a chieftain or clan society. These Chieftains were landowners and similar to many feudal societies, supported the Kings in their centralization of power. A Chieftain society differs from a state in that it has no central government. Instead it is ruled by several, even many chieftains or lords, each of whom has his own domain of influence.
- VIK-003 Warrior blowing Gjallarhorn - The “Gjallarhorn” has its origins in Norse mythology, where according to legend, it was sounded to announce the arrival of the gods. It was said that its “blast can be heard in all worlds”, and the gods will awake and assemble together to fight the enemy.
Age of Arthur - Vikings
Age of Arthur - Norman Knights
Drums Along The Mohawk
Drums Along The Mohawk
A mountain man was an explorer who lived in the wilderness. They were instrumental in opening up the various Emigrant Trails (widened into wagon roads) allowing Americans in the east to settle the new territories of the far west by organized wagon trains traveling over roads explored and in many cases, physically improved by the mountain men and the big fur companies originally to serve the mule train based inland fur trade.
Mountain men were most common in the North American Rocky Mountains from about 1810 through to the 1880s (with a peak population in the early 1840s). Approximately 3,000 mountain men ranged the mountains between 1820 and 1840, the peak beaver-harvesting period. While there were many free trappers, most mountain men were employed by major fur companies. The life of a company man was almost militarized. The men had mess groups, hunted and trapped in brigades and always reported to the head of the trapping party.
This man was called a "boosway", a bastardization of the French term bourgeois. He was the leader of the brigade and the head trader.
Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts
Design of the Panzer I began in 1932 and mass production proceeded in 1934. Intended only as a training tank to introduce the concept of armoured warfare to the German army, the Panzer I saw combat in Spain during the Spanish Civil War, in Poland, France, the Soviet Union and North Africa during the Second World War.
Experiences with the Panzer I during the Spanish Civil War helped shape the German Panzerwaffe’s invasion of Poland in 1939, and France in 1940.
The Panzer I’s performance in armoured combat was limited by its thin armour and light armament of two machine guns, which were never intended for use against armoured targets, rather , being ideal for infantry suppression, in line with inter-war doctrine. Although lacking in armoured combat as a tank, it formed a large part of Germany’s mechanized forces and was used in all major campaigns between September 1939, and December 1941, where it still performed much useful service against entrenched infantry and other ‘soft’ targets, which were vulnerable to machine gun fire.
Although it was quickly surpassed by more powerful successors, the Panzer I’s contribution to the early victories of Nazi Germany during WW 2 was significant.
In September 1939, fifty one Panzer I Ausf. A light tanks were removed from service and transformed by Krupp and Daimler into ammunition supply vehicles. These were intended to equip the panzer regiments front line tanks, with suitably adapted vehicles for supplying ammunition when possibly under fire. These initial conversions involved removing the turret and providing a two-piece armour plate cover over the resulting opening. These crude conversions mainly served in Poland and France with Panzer units.
In the spring of 1942, most of the surviving and already obsolete model I tanks were converted into load and ammunition supply vehicles. For that purpose, plates were welded onto the superstructure replacing the turret, making a quadrangular box that could be covered by canvas for transport. A few months later in early 1943 the order was given to transform all the remaining panzers into ammunition carrier tractors.
These vehicles had their turrets removed and many of these turrets were used to arm bunkers and permanent strongholds, particularly on the Atlantic Wall.
PLEASE NOTE THE FIRST SET OF FIGURES WILL BE AVAILABLE IN JANUARY 2021
Battle of the Teutoburg Forest
The Battle of the Teutoburg Forest, described as the Varian Disaster by Roman historians, took place in the Teutoburg Forest in 9 AD, when an alliance of Germanic tribes ambushed and destroyed three Roman legions, their auxiliaries and accompanying civilian entourage led by Publius Quinctilius Varus.
The German alliance was led by Arminius, a Germanic officer of Varus's auxilia. Arminius had acquired Roman citizenship and had received a Roman military education, which enabled him to deceive the Roman commander methodically and anticipate the Roman army's tactical responses.
The battle happened in a heavily wooded valley near Osnabrück in Lower Saxony.
The battle was a initially a series of skirmishes with the Roman column being attacked ambush style. As the Romans were harassed along a 15 mile corridor through the forest they were continually depleted in minor actions, more German reinforcements arrived to create an overwhelming superiority in numbers. They were then able to surround and cut the Romans off so that escape for the majority would be impossible.
The resulting bloodbath lasted three days with up to 20,000 people being killed. When Varus could see that escape was impossible he and some of his senior commanders committed suicide, which I cannot but help think, was not very helpful to the more junior officers and soldiers left to fight on! His body was hurriedly burned and buried, only to be dug up later by the victorious Germans. The head was cut off and sent to another German chieftain Maroboduus in the hope of recruiting him into the rebellion. Maroboduss must have been delighted to receive such a gift, so much so he had it forwarded by special delivery to Rome, where they could decide what to do with the burnt head, talk about sitting on the fence!
The remaining Romans for some reason, perhaps seeing escape impossible unconditionally surrendered. This is where the real tragedy occurred, most of the surviving men, women and children from the column were tortured and executed by either being buried alive, crucified or dispatched by more traditional methods, such as being cooked in pots for religious offerings.
As it was the Roman custom to execute prisoners when victorious the Germans saw no reason why they, who had suffered so much at the hands of the Romans, should be lenient or behave in any way different. Any Romans not executed were sold into slavery although there cannot have been that many judging from the slaughter on the battlefield. There are reports in AD 50 from the Roman historian Tacitus, that after a battle with a German tribe called the Chatti, Roman forces found a number of Roman prisoners in the Chatti camp, some of them were from Varus' column and had been held prisoner for 40 years. The relief and joy for the Romans must have been heart stopping to say the least.
The battle is also famous for the outburst of the Emperor Augustus when he received the bad news of its outcome: ‘Quinctilius Varus, give me back my legions!’ The event left deep marks on the minds of the Romans. Around a third of the western Roman army was wiped out, and the three affected legions (the 17th, 18th and 19th) were never reformed. After the defeat the Romans abandoned their invasion of Germania. Subsequently up to 16 AD, they only carried out minor punitive expeditions against the Germani. These punitive expeditions, however led to losses for the Romans. They therefore changed their policy towards the Germani, choosing political and diplomatic methods instead of trying to subjugate them through military methods.
So what's coming from Thomas Gunn for this series? So far we have commissioned around 16 new sculpts for the series, including ox wagons, Roman and German cavalry and also some great looking dual combat dio pieces, two of which make an appearance this month. There will also be Roman civilians and some super looking Barbarians to compliment the series later on. We have added a new legion to our series namely the 19th (green shield design) who were with Varus but at the same time have maintained the ever so popular and iconic Imperial 'red' shield design along with the 9th (black shield) Legion.
Glory of Rome -Thomas Gunn
Enemies of Rome
ROM-EN017 German Barbarian Launching
Spear - A German Barbarian stands ready to launch his spear at the
enemy. A beautifully painted and detailed figure to grace your diorama setting.
Enemies of Rome
SFA035A Kneeling Private
- SFA035B Lance Corporal
- SFA035C Corporal
- VW009 Boer War Rifleman Reloading
- Boer rifleman reloading his rifle whilst doing his best to avoid enemy fire by
taking cover behind a barrel.
- VW010 Boer Commando Aiming.
- A Boer Commando aims his Broomhandle Mauser at the British.
German road signs
ACCPACK065 German Road Signs, France
1944 - Comprises three different German road signs suitable for
France 1944, as you can see when compared next to one of our figures, these are
large roadside signs designed to be viewed from a distance whilst driving a
WWII German forces
Moving onto WW2 the Japanese were prolific in erecting defence structures across their conquered territory during the 1940's. A variety of materials were used including wood, metal and concrete. A number can still be seen today dotted across the Pacific.
This striking green bunker measures approx 20cm (8in) length and 10cm (4in) height and is suitable as a command or artillery bunker due to its large size. The artillery barrel can be removed giving you scope to have the bunker used in a variety of formats.
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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