October, 2017
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Missed the September 2017 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the October Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a very pleasant day here in the Bay Area, but you can feel winter in coming, as it is getting very chilly at night. October for California is typically the peak of our fire season; everything has dried out after 6 months of no rain. The winds from the north start to increase and with everything tinder dry; it takes nothing to cause a firestorm. You will sadly hear of the Napa, Sonoma and Anaheim fires. Not a time to visit wine country, so if you are coming to visit the Bay Area, Los Gatos looks like a really good choice.

Thank you to all who visited the Chicago Show and also those who came to our appreciation dinner, it was sold out again this year and was an excellent fun event. We had two excellent speakers Ken Olsen Head of Britain's and Stuart Hessney Editor of Toy Soldier and Model Figure. If you have never been, try to make it in 2018. We guarantee a great time.

This month it is the calm before the Holiday storm. Yes, there are only 10 more weeks before Christmas. It is a good time to start thinking about it, and we hope this and next Months issue will spur some ideas. Never to early to start dropping hints!

We have a great set of announcements including Britain’s, King and Country, John Jenkins, First Legion, and Thomas Gunn.

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Events

Learn To Paint A Toy Soldier - Saturday October 14, 2017 - 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.

Sponsored by Britain's.

Super Sale

Super Sale

This month we are having a very limited sale on a few overstock items from Thomas Gunn, Frontline and a few others. We have reduced the price on these items but only until the end of April, so do not miss out.

Super Sale

Sierra Blog
Events
Sierra Toy Exclusive
Britain's
King & Country
John Jenkins
First Legion
Thomas Gunn

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

 

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Check out our latest arrivals, new dioramas and events at our store!

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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.

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 December 2017!


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

Britain's

New Britain's Fall 2017 Catalogue - Expected in 2018!

American Civil War

New Britain"s 2017 Fall Releases - Expected Availability 2018!

American Civil War

Clash of Empires

Clash of Empires

Museum Collection

Museum Collection

WWII Collection

WWII Collection

Zulu Wars

Rorke's Drift - Matte Version

King & Country

King & Country October 2017 Releases!

AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE

This coming 31st October 2017 marks the centenary of the epic charge of the Australian Light Horse to capture the town and water wells of BEERSHEBA in what was then Palestine but is now part of modern-day Israel.

The Australian horsemen, against fierce Turkish opposition, charged the enemy’s lines and frontline trenches scattering their opponents and then galloping on into the town itself to capture the all-important water wells. It proved to be one of the major turning points of the War in the Desert during WW1.

  • - Light Horseman were tremendously attached to their horses called Australian Walers, a breed of horse developed in Australia from horses that were brought over from Britain and Ireland in the 19th Century. A ‘special’ bond developed between horse and rider that was unique. At the end of the war, however when the Australian horsemen were to be returned to Australia the decision was made to leave their horses behind and for them to be either euthanized or sold off to the local Arabs. Many horsemen themselves preferred to shoot their own mount before leaving it to a far worse fate. But in this happier scene a young trooper is feeding his animal an apple as he awaits orders to ‘mount-up’.
  • - A dismounted NCO (non commissioned officer) takes a young nurse into his arms... He is leaving for parts unknown and this maybe their last chance to meet for some time. Are they lovers... or perhaps an older brother and younger sister...? Whichever it is... it makes for a poignant scene.
  • - From time immemorial soldiers and armies have had animal mascots... In Egypt and Palestine, during the First World War, the Australian Light Horse had a kangaroo called “Skippy” as one of their divisional mascots. Here, we see him with his personal “handler” having a polite conversation...
  • - Back a hundred years ago bugle calls ‘ruled’ a soldier’s life from ‘reveille’ first thing in the morning till “lights-out” last thing at night! Almost every duty or task a soldier might be ordered to do would and could be announced by the sound of a bugle call. Here is the camp bugler doing what buglers do!

AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE ‘SECOND EDITION’

In December 2009, King & Country launched our very first Australian Light Horse figures to an unsuspecting collecting audience around the world.

We were modestly confident that we would ‘find’ a market for these mounted figures in Australia itself BUT were not so sure about the rest of the collecting world...

Now, eight years later, I am happy to report that the ALH series (Australian Light Horse) has its devoted admirers and collectors all over the globe... and not just in the ‘Land Down Under’! Some of our biggest and most enthusiastic collectors of ALH are in countries as diverse and far apart as Russia... Indonesia... Japan... and the Czech Republic to name but a few.

Not only that but a steady stream of new ALH collectors keep arriving in part, of course, thanks to the hard work and efforts of our three dedicated Aussie Dealers in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

As ‘newbies’ arrive they often seek out some of the original, older pieces now long since retired as well as the more current production.

MARKING THE CENTENARY...

To help celebrate the hundred years since the Light Horse’s remarkable charge at Beersheba K&C are issuing a ‘Second Edition’ of 7 the earliest and most popular first releases of ALH with one noticeable change... the horse colours of the individual mounts. This is to ensure that collectors owning the original pieces will know and recognize a ‘First Edition’ piece or ... this newer ‘Second Edition’ horse and rider at a glance.

It also allows newer collectors of the series to obtain those extremely useful earlier pieces without having to pay higher costs on the ‘secondary’ market.

Here are the four amended mounted ‘Second Editions’:

  • - Charging to the front, service revolver held firmly in the air.
  • - - Lee Enfield .303 slung across his back this bugler sounds the ‘charge’!
  • - Holding his .303 in his left hand this trooper charges forward.
  • - The ‘classic’ iconic image of the Light horseman at Beersheba... sword bayonet held forward to the front as horse and rider gallop towards glory!
  • - A very, very popular figure when released BUT had a bad tendency to fall over due to the heavy all-metal Turkish flag!!! Now, the flag is sturdy, light-weight polyresin and the ‘problem’ is a thing of the past. Also, we have repainted the officer with a brand-new Turkish officer’s uniform... Very smart and, I think, better than the original!
  • - Both of these ‘retired’ empty horses have been much requested by both dealers and collectors because of the number of ALH dismounted figures currently available to make up camp scenes... Obviously if you have dismounted troopers sitting and standing around you must have their unmounted horses nearby.

Australian Light Horse

Invasion of Malaya

Although the Japanese troops that invaded Malaya in December 1941 were outnumbered 2-1 by their British and Empire opponents they were fast-moving and surprisingly innovative... Among the many ways they constantly outflanked and out-paced their opposition was by the use of captured and abandoned functioning military vehicles left behind by the retreating British and Empire troops... and many thousands of bicycles commandeered from the native population and/or hundreds of others strategically left by Japanese merchants along the main roads and routes in the days, weeks and months prior to the outbreak of war. Here are just a few examples...

  • - Hard and brutal campaigning was no stranger to the average Japanese soldier in Malaya. Most of them were veterans of the China War and were tough, battle-hardened and resourceful.
  • - TWO of those Army cyclists peddling along as fast as they can go to get closer and closer to their ultimate goal... ‘SINGAPORE’!

Invasion of Malaya

Saving Private Ryan

“SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” is quite simply one of the finest war films ever made. Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon it tells the story of a squad of U.S. Army Rangers tasked with finding and bringing back safely the last surviving brother (of four) who is somewhere in Normandy during the days after the D.Day Invasion of June 1944.

Next year marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of this fine motion picture. As a tribute to the men who made ‘SAVING PRIVATE RYAN’ and the real heroes who inspired it K&C are producing no less than TWO sets of the 8-man squad that went searching for PFC James F. Ryan of the 101st Airborne behind the German lines... The first set, is currently available and now we have...

Gang of Heroes

SOMEWHERE ON THE GOLAN HEIGHTS

For many years Syria had fortified and built up their defenses on these heights over-looking the northern flank of Israel. During this time the Syrians had almost constantly shelled Israeli kibbutzes and communities from this elevated position.

When war broke out Israel was determined to capture it and safeguard its northern border from these Syrian attacks.

On the morning of June 9, 1967, three days after the war had begun, Israel attacked. First with sustained air strikes and then with infantry, artillery and armour including their elite paratroopers. The fighting was hard and bloody... but ultimately successful.

Here are 3 more important additions to our new ‘SIX-DAY WAR’ series...

SPECIAL NOTE: A special ‘stand-alone’ figure of PFC James F. Ryan is already in development.

  • - An Israeli Para pushes his Syrian prisoner towards the P.O.W. ‘Cage’. On the Para’s back is the Syrian’s AK47 Assault Rifle. The Israeli himself is armed with the ubiquitous ‘UZI’.
  • - Belgian-made FN rifle held aloft this other Para is indicating in which direction ‘Prisoner & Escort’ should go.
  • - This U.S. made, 1950’s vintage M38 Jeep was very much in evidence in the IDF’s military inventory during and after the ’67 War. Our set includes the driver and vehicle commander together with an extra ‘UZI’ for protection. The main vehicle protection however is the jeep-mounted GPMG (General Purpose Machine Gun) sighted in front of the vehicle passenger position. All in ... a great-looking set and a worthy and useful addition to this ‘young’ collection...

Six Day War

Tota Tora!

Note: Only 150 of this “Imperial Japanese Navy A6M ‘Zero’” are being released.

  • - K&C’s first THREE Naval A6M ‘Zeroes’ are long sold out but still we have collectors who ‘want’ that pale grey, black nose ‘classic’ naval aircraft. This fourth IJN ‘Zero’ belongs to the IJN Carrier Zuikaku, flown by Petty Officer 1st Class Tetsuzo Iwamoto, as part of the Combat Air Patrol over the Task Force during the Pearl Harbor operation. Petty Officer 1st Class Iwamoto already had fourteen ‘kills’ claimed over China by 7 December 1941 and was ultimately credited with eighty victories by the end of World War Two and flew on ‘Combat Air Patrol’ above the Japanese Fleet as it released all of its attack aircraft on an unsuspecting Pearl Harbor on that fateful morning of 7 December, 1941.
  • - Before every flight each pilot performs a 360 degree inspection of his aircraft.
  • - Each aircraft had its own designated team of armorers under the supervision of a petty officer mechanic.

Tora!Tora!Tora!

Tarawa

  • - A lying ‘Leatherneck’ holds a fresh clip of 8 rounds in his hand as he prepares to reload his M1.
  • - Staying low to make a smaller target (hopefully) this Marine fires off a few rounds from his M1 ‘Garand’ rifle.
  • - The Thompson Sub Machine Gun was the favored weapon of senior NCO’S (non commissioned officers) and some junior officers... Strong, sturdy, unlikely to jam it had real ‘stopping-power’.

Battle of TARAWA

Rome

Romans

STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG

Orient

STREETS OF OLD BERLIN!

These typical ‘Berlin Poster Drum Columns’ were a familiar sight in the Reich’s capital city... Our first version covered the 1930’s and the Rise of the Third Reich... This new Drum Column reflects a much grimmer, less optimistic outlook typical of the latter days of the war.

Berlin'38 Leibstandarte

CHRISTMAS COMES BUT ONCE A YEAR...

Christmas - Limited Edition

John Jenkins

John Jenkins - New October Releases!

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN AIR FORCE

No. 457 Squadron was a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) fighter squadron of World War II. Equipped with Supermarine Spitfire fighters, it was formed in England during June 1941 under Article XV of the Empire Air Training Scheme. The squadron was transferred to Australia in June 1942 and saw combat in the South West Pacific Area before being disbanded in November 1945.

These new WW2 planes have been designed with interchangeable “plug-in” undercarriages.

This will enable those collectors who wish to display their Second World War models on display stands, to display them with the undercarriage correctly closed.

The models will also have opening and closing canopies.

The side door will open only on specific models, marked with the code “D”. Since the hinge is oversize, if the model is displayed with the door closed this may not be acceptable.

The squadron saw combat against both Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan during the war. From March to May 1942 it was based in southern England and flew missions over German-occupied France during which it shot down at least five Luftwaffe aircraft. After being deployed to Australia, No. 457 Squadron was based near Darwin as part of No. 1 Wing RAAF and intercepted several Japanese raids on Allied bases in northern Australia between March and November 1943. The squadron remained at Darwin and saw almost no combat during 1944, but moved to Morotai and later Labuan in 1945 from where it attacked Japanese positions in the Netherlands East Indies and Borneo as part of Allied offensives in these areas.

No. 457 Squadron flew its first operations from Morotai on 10 February. The squadron's main roles in this period were to conduct ground attack missions against Japanese camps and shipping as well as escorting other aircraft engaged in attacking these targets. This involved a heavy workload, and the squadron flew over 293 operational sorties between February and the end of April. From May No. 457 Squadron's Spitfires began using dive bombing tactics as well as strafing targets with their guns. No. 457 Squadron participated in the Borneo Campaign during the final months of the war. On 27 May it was ordered to prepare for deployment, and on 5 June its personnel and equipment sailed for Labuan island off the north-west coast of Borneo

Please note that one more Spitfire MK VIII for the RAAF at Moratai, will be available later next year, as well as more ground crew and pilots.

Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes, DSO, DFC & Bar, OAM (6 May 1916 – 11 April 2007) was a leading Australian fighter ace of World War II, and the longest-serving wartime commanding officer of No. 3 Squadron RAAF. He was officially credited with 10¼ aerial victories, although his score is often reported as 12, including two shared. Gibbes was also credited with five aircraft probably destroyed, and a further 16 damaged. He commanded No. 3 Squadron in North Africa from February 1942 to April 1943, apart from a brief period when he was injured.

Born in rural New South Wales, Gibbes worked as a jackaroo and salesman before joining the Royal Australian Air Force in February 1940. Posted to the Middle East in April 1941, he flew with No. 3 Squadron in the Syria–Lebanon Campaign, and became commanding officer during the Western Desert Campaign, where his leadership and fighting skills earned him the Distinguished Service Order and the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar. Subsequently posted to the South West Pacific, he served with No. 80 Wing of the Australian First Tactical Air Force, and took part in the "Morotai Mutiny" of April 1945. After the war he spent many years in New Guinea developing local industry, for which he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 2004. He continued to fly until the age of 85, and died five years later in 2007.

JJ WWII Collection

WWI - BRITISH

The importance of motorbikes during the Great War is all too often overlooked. Motorbikes were used for mounted infantry, scouts, dispatch and courier duties, ammunition carriers, medical supply carriers and casualty evacuation. The versatility of these machines clearly helped them play a hugely significant role in the logistics of the war, far more than the automobile.

The use that they were most commonly used for was that of the messenger. Because of the unreliability of communications technology during the war years, the motorbike’s virtue of speed meant that orders, reports and maps could be transferred between units quickly.

It was not only the men who got to ride around on motorbikes. The Women’s Royal Flying Corps made extensive use of motorbikes. The initial aim of the WRAF was to provide female mechanics so that men could be free to serve in the armed forces. Thanks to the high number of women volunteers, many also filled driver positions as well.

Douglas was a British motorcycle manufacturer from 1907–1957 based in Kingswood, Bristol, owned by the Douglas family, and especially known for its horizontally opposed twin cylinder engined bikes and as manufacturers of speedway machines. The company also built a range of cars between 1913 and 1922.

During WW1 some 70,000 of these 349cc twin horizontal cylinder machines were produced for the British military.

British Forces

FRENCH MILITIA

French Militia 1759

THE SOUTH CAROLINA PROVINCIAL REGIMENT

Provincial Regiments 1759

WARS OF THE ROSES 1455-1487

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

First Legion

New October Releases!
Retreat from Russia

We are extremely pleased to present a wonderful expansion to our Retreat from Russia Series and by far our largest "Vignette", the Burning of the Eagles! On the late afternoon of November 28th, facing the grim reality of the situation in which the tattered remnant of the Grand Armee found itself, Napoleon ordered the burning of his papers and many of the army's standards to prevent them from falling into enemy hands. Now, it is very much debated whether or not the standards were actually burned, however, the subject makes for such a wonderful vignette that we felt it was a must add to the series. The Berezina is a battle in particular where Napoleon's old energy returned to him and the escape of the French Army from a seemingly impossible situation was nothing short of miraculous. We have presented the scene here as inspired by several paintings of the same topic, most notably that by Wojciech Kossak (1857-1942).

Retreat From Russia

Battle of Normandy

Battle of Normandy

Unpainted Metal Kits

Unpainted Metal Kits - Scale 60mm and 75mm

Thomas Gunn

New September Releases!

Wings of War

The Sopwith Triplane was a British single seat fighter aircraft designed and manufactured by the Sopwith Aviation Company during the First World War. It was the first military Triplane to see operational service. The Triplane joined Royal Naval Air Service squadrons in early 1917 and was an immediate success. It was nevertheless built in comparatively small numbers and was withdrawn from active service as Sopwith Camels arrived in the latter half of 1917. Surviving Triplanes continued to serve as operational trainers until the end of the war. The initial "prototype of what was to be referred to simply as the Triplane" first flew on 28 May 1916, with Sopwith test pilot Harry Hawker at the controls. Within three minutes of takeoff, Hawker startled onlookers by looping the aircraft, serial N500, three times in succession The Triplane was very agile, with effective, well-harmonised controls. When manoeuvring, however, the Triplane presented an unusual appearance. One observer noted that the aircraft looked like "a drunken flight of steps" when rolling. Our green coloured version of the Sopwith Triplane is N6307 which was flown by Lt Sharman who served with 10 Sqn RNAS under Raymond Collishaw, Sharman was unfortunately shot down and killed in this aircraft on the 22nd July. All the aircraft in this flight had the prefix 'black' attached to their names and Sharman claimed 6 out of his 7 victories in this Triplane. Black Flight claimed a total of 87 German aircraft in a 3 month period whilst under the command of Raymond Collishaw. Our Triplane comes with free figure GW065A ‘The Orderly’ as per the photos. This model is limited to 10 pieces.

Wings of War

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

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