October, 2020
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Missed the September Edition 2020 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to Sierra Toy Soldier News October Edition. Written on a very mild day here is the Bay Area. The weather has started to change with temperatures dropping into the 70’s, which is really nice. Hopefully our fire season is heading to an end. It has been brutal this year with over 8100 fires in California an increase of 3000 from last year. We have had smoke in the Bay Area for over 45 days, yuck! Everyone seems to be trying to work out how to make Halloween happen this year and its looking like it will be organized as kid’s parades rather than traditional trick or treating.

This year we attended the first ever Chicago Toy Soldier Virtual Event, and it was a lot of fun. Thanks to the super efforts of Alex, Aidan and Cody our segment was a huge success. If you missed it you can see the video’s right here.

Sierra Toy Soldier Video

Chicago Virtual Show all Videos.

This has given us the idea of experimenting with Zoom Calls. As many of you cannot visit our showroom to see the superb displays that Alex, Aidan and Cody create, would like to see some of the new releases before you buy them, we thought we would offer to set up a virtual video call. If this would be of interest let us know. Tell us what you would like to see and lets see if we can set it up.

The sales from both King & Country and First Legion continue at a rapid pace. First Legion’s sale is extended again until the end of the year. King and Country will be announcing more End of Run items that will be put on sale. 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 Britain's, King & country, John Jenkins, and Thomas Gunn.

Stay safe and have a happy Halloween.

For information on John Jenkins Future Releases.

John Jenkins Future Releases.

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Cyber October Sale

Cyber October Sale

Looking for a deal this October, 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.

Collectors Corner
Sierra Toy Britain's Exclusive
Britain's
King & Country
John Jenkins
Thomas Gunn

Showroom

We are open Monday - Saturday 10.00 - 5.00pm.

Just a reminder for those of you living in Northern California, or perhaps just visiting, that our Showroom dedicated to toy soldiers is now open 6 days a week. 1350 Dell Avenue, Ste #5, Campbell, California 95008. (408) 395 3000

www.sierratoysoldier.com

Sierra Toy Soldier Facebook Page

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

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Sierra Toy Soldier Virtual Video Call

To set up a Virtual Video Call to see any of our latest releases or displays. Contact us via Email or Phone.

Virtual Video Call Email

Phone 408-395-3000

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 have added lots of  Britain's and King and Country sets all effectively brand new and unopened.

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

Sierra Toy Soldier Britain's Exclusive

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive - In Stock Now!

Zulu Storehouse Attack

Britain's

Britain's New Arrivals - In Stock Now!

Musuem Collection

New Releases for October.

Musuem Collection

World War II Collection

World War II Collection - W. Britain

American Civil War

American Civil War by Britains

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

Jack Tars & Leathernecks Collection

King & Country

King & Country October Releases!

ANCIENT EYGPT

  • - A second opportunity to obtain two of K&C’s most popular ‘Ancient Egyptians’. Back by popular demand after we revitalized and relaunched this series in 2019... at that year’s Chicago Show.
  • - Three energetic and talented young ladies only too happy to enjoy Egypt’s fine and warm weather with the barest of bare essential covering.
  • - These two ladies are providing additional musical accompaniment for the Dancing Troupe and are also very pleasing to the eye.
  • - Snakes, especially Cobras, were revered and highly-prized in Ancient Egypt. Their images and representations can be found in and on many surviving monuments the length and breadth of the Land of The Nile. Court performers would also include these beautiful but highly poisonous creatures in their performances... Here is one such example.

Ancient Egypt

RULE BRITANNIA

A revised and upgraded paint version of Britain’s greatest naval hero... Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson and the doomed victor of Trafalgar where the Royal Navy decisively defeated the combined French and Spanish Fleets of 33 ships-of-the-line compared to Nelson’s 27.

Nelson is wearing the dress uniform of a Vice Admiral complete with his many medals and decorations. This, alas, was to be his undoing...

In the midst of the battle a sharpshooter on the French 74-gun ‘Redoutable’ fired onto the deck of ‘HMS Victory,’ Nelson’s flagship. His musket ball found its mark and the Admiral sank to his knees. The ball had entered his left shoulder, passed through his spine and lodged in the muscles of his back. Nelson died three hours later.

Since that time the admiral has had a treasured place in British history... Monuments, ships, naval shore establishments and many British pubs have been named in his memory.

This is our little tribute...

British Napoleonic Generals

Italian Grenadiers of the Guard

In 1804, when Napoleon Bonaparte proclaimed himself ‘Emperor’ of the French Empire, the Italian Republic was similarly transformed, becoming the ‘Kingdom of Italy’ with Napoleon as its monarch.

For some time Italy had been a client state of France with its capital in Milan. This ‘new’ kingdom now ruled over most of northern Italy.

Its army was organized along French military lines and included regular line infantry, light infantry, dragoons and light horse. It soon grew to add on chasseurs, elite mounted gendarmes and... Royal Grenadiers of the Guard.

Many of the regiments wore green coats instead of French ‘blue’ however their general style and cut was copied from the French military fashion of the period.

Here are our first ‘Grenadiers of The Guard’ on parade... somewhere in northern Italy.

  • - Officers of the Regiment had uniform jackets in green with white facings on the chest. They would wear riding boots instead of the long dark grey leggings of the majority of the rank and file Grenadiers.
  • - The regiment’s colour and eagle were usually carried by a junior officer and based on French models but again with Italian ‘green’ replacing French ‘blue’. This particular officer has chosen to wear the same leggings as his men.
  • - Musket and bayonet held on the right side of the body this Grenadier marches forward.
  • - An essential member of any parade note the ‘red’ uniform facings on the chest and cuffs.
  • - Sabre held to the front this officer comes to the ‘salute’.
  • - The ‘classic’ parade pose... One looks good, ten look even better!
  • - This figure also works particularly well with K&C’s Napoleonic Guard Box (NA316)

Italian Grenadiers of the Guard

CUSTER’S LAST STAND LATEST!

  • - This bold Cheyenne Dog Soldier stretches down from his war pony to spear one of Custer’s men as they fight for their lives... Alternatively he can be used in our buffalo hunt scenes as he lances a fleeing animal...
  • - As his wounded horse writhes in pain this dismounted corporal, cavalry pistol in hand prepares to meet his end.
  • - Another of Custer’s men attempts to control his panicking horse as the animal desperately tries to escape the murderous mayhem all around.
  • - A Sioux bowman strings another arrow to fire at the hated ‘Longknives’!

Battle of Little big Horn

Vietnam

  • - An essential part of any modern army’s offensive inventory is the mortar. During the Vietnam War the Viet Cong made much use of captured U.S. made weapons and ammunition. One of the most important was the M29 Mortar, an American-produced 81mm mortar that came into use near the end of the Korean War in 1952.
    The M29 was lighter and easier to transport than its WW2 predecessors and, importantly, had greater range. The mortar’s maximum rate of fire was 30 rounds for the first minute followed by 4-12 rounds per additional minute. Its range was just over 5,100 yards and it was normally ‘crewed’ by up to five soldiers but could be operated by as few as two as seen here. Our Viet Cong team comprises a female loader and her male ‘gunner’.
    SPECIAL NOTE:
    Look out for TWO more ‘Mortar Sets’ in the coming months... A 3-man Australian set and a 2-man USMC set.
  • - One of our first ‘Vietnam’ fighting vehicle sets was the Six-Barrelled M50 ‘ONTOS’ self-propelled, light armoured, tracked, anti tank vehicle.
    Since its retirement K&C has received multiple requests for the single tubed 106mm recoilless rifle and here it is on its unique tripod gun mounting together with a
    US Marine gunner operating the weapon.
    The perfect addition for any ‘street-fighting’ scene during the TET Offensive of 1968 in Hue or any other urban environment the Marines fought in.
    ALSO AVAILABLE: K&C also has a number of 106mm Loaders VN016 readily available to make your set look even better PLUS VN014 ‘The Marine NCO w/Binos’ spotting for the gun crew.

Vietnam - Tet'68

A CHRISTMAS OFFERING...

  • - A young boy and his even younger sister come together to sing their favourite Christmas carols accompanied by a little snowman. A perfect Yuletide Gift!

Christmas - Limited Edition

STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG

A 'Second Edition' of a great set.

  • - Back in the day when all toys were hand-made this skilled craftsman tempts a young boy with one of his latest creations. As the boy’s AMAH (faithful servant), tries to pull away the young lad another boy takes a closer look at the Toy Maker’s offerings. A great little set...

Orient

John Jenkins

New October Releases
WWII Aircraft - Mustang

The P-51 Mustang fighter was manufactured in the United States during World War II (WWII). The first Mustang to come off assembly lines in California and Texas were P-51As. The P-51 was first used by the British Royal Air Force in 1942.

Starting in late 1943, the P-51B version was used by the U.S. Army Eight Air Force. Later in mid-1944, the P-51D version was introduced into the European theater. The P-51D was the most widely produced version of the Mustang during WWII and was easily recognized by its bubble top canopy and Rolls Royce Merlin engine.

The P-51D was equipped with six .50 caliber Browning machine guns holding a total compliment of 1880 rounds. The fighter also carried “zero rail” rockets under each wing and were equipped with bomb racks capable of carrying up to 1000 pounds of bombs. Because of its excellent range and maneuverability, the P-51 was primarily used as a long-range escort and as a ground attack fighter-bomber.

The Mustang was the first single engine fighter in Britain with enough fuel range to escort bombers to Germany and back. Luftwaffe Reichsmarshall Hermann Goring was quoted as saying after seeing the Mustang over Germany that “the war is lost.”

In both the European and Pacific theaters, Mustang pilots shot down a total of 4,950 enemy aircraft, and 275 P-51 pilots achieved “Ace” status.

The model is of a P-51D named the “Grim Reaper.” It was piloted by fighter ace Capt. Lowell Brueland.

Brueland had deployed to England in November 1943 and was assigned to the 355th Fighter Squadron, 354th Fighter Group, Ninth Army Air Force.

From 1943 to 1945, Brueland was credited with the destruction of 12.5 enemy aircraft in aerial combat. He eventually became commander of the 355th Fighter Squadron in May 1945,

Capt. Brueland was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for gallantry in action on November 8, 1944. During a fighter sweep over the St. Lo area in Normandy, France in July 1944, Brueland and his formation of eight P-51 fighters engaged over 60 German fighters and fighter bombers. In the ensuing combat, Brueland shot down three enemy fighters and damaged a fourth. Brueland and his fighter group eventually caused enemy fighters to disperse and be driven off. In addition, German fighter bombers were forced to jettison their bombs, thus eliminating a threat to the Allied front.

Brueland later served in command roles during both the Korean War and Vietnam conflict. He retired from the Air Force on December 31, 1968. He died on July 2, 2012, and was later buried at Arlington National cemetery

Please note the figures for the P51D Mustang will not be available until early 2021.

JJD Aircraft Collection

Aztec Empire

Aztec Empire

Conquistadors

Conquistadors

ROMAN WARSHIP

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE AT LEAST 2 MORE ROMAN ARCHER FIGURES WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

Please Note the Roman Republican Archers are also available with normal grass bases.

Punic Wars

CARTHAGINIAN WARSHIP

PLEASE NOTE THERE ARE 7 MORE CARTHAGINIAN CREW FIGURES WHICH WILL BE AVAILABLE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

Punic Wars

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

Roman Army of the Mid-Republic

NORMAN ARMY

We know that the English forces were deployed in a dense shieldwall formation at the top of a slope, (which newer sources suggests was Caldbec Hill), with their flanks protected by woods, and with marshy ground in front of them.

What is known about the Norman deployment, is that Duke William appears to have arranged his forces in 3 groups or “battles”. The left “battle” consisted mainly of Bretons, and was led by Alan The Red.

The Centre was held by the Normans, under direct command of the Duke, and the right was commanded by William Fitzosbern and Eustace II of Boulogne, and consisted of Frenchmen. and mercenaries from Picardy, Boulogne and Flanders.

The front lines of the invading force were made up of archers, with a secondary line of foot soldiers armed with spears and swords. The cavalry was held in reserve.

The Norman disposition of forces implies that the plan was to open the battle with archers, weakening the enemy with arrows, followed by infantry who would engage the shieldwall in close combat. The infantry would create openings in the English lines that would then be exploited by cavalry charges.

It is believed that the early barrage of arrows, probably had very little effect on the English shieldwall, due to the higher position of the English on the ridge.

Age of Arthur - Norman Knights

Crusades

Crusades

ANGLO-ALLIED ARMY

Anglo-Allied Army

Battle of Oriskany

Drums Along The Mohawk

THE FUR TRADE

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.

The Native Americans have always been a profoundly religious people. Every act of their lives were bound up with their religion. They trusted in a creative power that was higher than all the people and the universe. The Crows called this power “First Maker”.

The duty of prayer was taken extremely seriously.

“When you arise in the morning, give thanks for the morning light. Give thanks for your life and strength. Give thanks for your food and give thanks for the joy of living. And if perchance you see no reason for giving thanks, rest assured the fault is in yourself.”

This figure is based on the statue of a native American on a horse outside Boston’s Museum of Fine Art, called “Appeal to the Great Spirit”, by Cyrus Dallin.

Whiskey, Scalps and Beaver Pelts

THE FIRST BATTLE OF MANASSAS, 1861 THE ARMY OF THE SHENANDOAH
THE FIRST BRIGADE
THE 4th VIRGINIA INFANTRY, LIBERTY HALL VOLUNTEERS, Co. I.

The 1st Brigade of the Army of the Shenandoah, commanded by Brigadier-General Thomas J. Jackson, earned their legendary nickname at First manassas on 21st July 1861. Arriving on the battlefield in time to stem the Federal tide sweeping back the confederate left flank, they gained immortality when General Barnard E. Bee, declared: “Look at Jackson’s Brigade! It stands there like a stone wall!”

Many civil war regiments and the various companies they comprised, tended to be made up of men from the same geographical area or who shared a commom heritage. The Liberty hall Volunteers, Co. I, 4th Virginia Infantry, were largely composed of students at Washington College in Lexington. From 1776 – 1798 it was known as the Liberty Hall Academy. These young men obviously proud of their school became known as the Liberty Hall Volunteers, and had already been receiving military training from cadets of the neighbouring Virginia Military Institute.

By the time they were mustered into Confederate service on June 2nd 1861, to serve for a period of one year, the men of the Washington College were considered a well-drilled command. The young men however, were to learn quickly that cannonballs and bullets had no respect for academic achievement. At the battle of First Manassas six of the company were killed or severely wounded.

The volunteers wore collarless light blue grey hunting shirts, with dark blue trim, on top of white cotton shirts with collars showing. Trousers were grey with a dark blue stripe.

Members of this company also provided themselves with short bowie knives.

It was shortly before noon when Jackson arrived at the summit of Henry Hill with his 2,000 Virginians. He rapidly grasped the situation and organized his men into a superb defensive position, which the Northern regiments were unable to break down, and in the end were to wear themselves out in their repeated attempts.

On April 14th 1862, Company I was reorganized . Forty Nine men from the militia and another eleven transfers from other units were incorporated into the company, which meant it lost much of its original academic flavour.

The 4th Virginia served with the Army of Northern Virginia until the end of the war. It was organized along with the 2nd, 5th, 27th and 33rd Virginia Regiments to make up the famous Stonewall Brigade.

Army of the Shenandoah, The First Brigade, 4th Virginia Regiment

Thomas Gunn

Boar War

The Second Boer War was fought between the British empire and the Boers who were settlers mainly of Dutch origin living in the South African Republic and the Orange Free State. Initially the Boers were successful and won some notable victories which galvanised the British government to send more troops to the troubled region.

Soldiers from all over the British empire took part in the long bloody conflict including Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Eventually through conducting a scorched earth policy, the rounding up of civilians into concentration camps and overwhelming military numbers on the battlefield, led to more and more Imperial victories and eventually the British empire forced the Boers to the negotiating table in 1902. All is fair in love and war as they say.

African Wars

WWI

It's been a while since we added to our German cavalry and we have therefore changed this with the addition of another charging Uhlan, armed this time with a sabre.

World War One

WWII German

ACC PACK 060: Finally the long awaited winter version of our panzer 4, this time with separate side skirts. There has been a small price increase on the previous model due to this enhancement and also some additional costs from the factory. However we are still extremely competitive when you look at what else is available on the market at present.

A version with turret serial number 831 limited to 45 in number

B version with serial number 832 limited to 45 in number

C version with turret serial number 833 limited to 45 in number

D version with no decals applied but all the above decals are supplied in the box and limited to 45 in number.

Each tank comes with a commander figure and a full set of side skirts which can be alternated so that each tank appears different from another. There will be an ACC PACK Tank Crew add on set coming soon, this will allow you to swap tank commanders to create a unique look for each vehicle in the future. Hopefully this time we have made enough Paner 4's for everyone and will have a few spares for latecomers to the party.

WWII German forces

WWII Pacfic

During the early 1930's the Japanese army started a modernisation programme for its armed forces. The type 90 was one of these enhancements and comprised an all new 75mm artillery piece, it was unique among Japanese artillery in that it was the first to be fitted with a muzzle brake, there were two versions, one to be pulled by horses and the other by towed vehicles.

The type 90 saw service against the Russians and later the Allies during WW2, it was employed as an indirect fire weapon and also in the anti tank role against Allied armour. Our version comes with 2 figures (the soldier sitting on the trail leg and the soldier with the artillery shell) and is limited to 100 pieces worldwide.

WWII Pacific

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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