September, 2017
Sierra Toy Soldier Company

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Missed the August 2017 Newsletter, view it here!

Welcome to the Chicago Edition of Sierra Toy Soldier News, written on a very warm day here in the Bay Area. We are glad the really hot temperatures have subsided, at least for now. We like 70 degrees not 110 degrees. The hot dry weather has left over 70 wild fires burning on the West Coast, so we are hoping the winter rain will arrive a little early.

Our thoughts today are with all those that are suffering from the massive Hurricanes that have hit the USA and the Caribbean, and also those in South America and Europe that are trying to recover from floods and also earthquakes. We hope all our customers and friends are safe.

This week we start the Chicago packing, a task that can drive anyone a little crazy. Thank you to those that have requested items, it makes the event so much easier. There is still time for special requests, but will be shipping by mid week so please let us know soon.

We still have space available for our customer appreciation dinner help on the Friday, September 22. This is a really fun and unique event. Do not miss out!

Are you coming to the Chicago Show. One of the fun event's is the Annual John Jenkins Treasure Hunt. This year there will be 8 stops in the hotel. Stop by and pick up an entry form and have a great time.

Our new window display features a World War I Airfield, with a dogfight over it. Aidan and Cody have had fun putting it together.

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

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Hope to see you soon!

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.

Chicago Toy Soldier Show September 21 - 24, 2017.

We will be room trading on Thursday the 24th. The room trading which is a ton of fun lasts until the Saturday night. Then we move down to the main ballroom, for the main event on Sunday. If you would like details, please contact us at sales@sierratoysoldier.com - subject Chicago Show.

We welcome volunteers for a unique and crazy experience.

Chicago Customer Appreciation Dinner (13th Anniversary Year) - Friday, September 22 - Reserve Your Seat Today!

Every year we at the Sierra Toy Soldier Company, team up with Treefrog Treasures & Troops of Time at the Chicago Show to honor our customers with a fun-filled evening of toy soldiers and great food at our Customer Appreciation Dinner. If you will be attending the OTSN Chicago Show we want to make sure you know you are invited to attend this dinner.

Since this is a customer appreciation event, of course it is meant specifically for our customers and is not open to the general collecting public. If you have ordered from us in the past year, you are definitely our customer and we hope you will be able to attend!

Guest Speaker
Ken Olsen Head of Britain's and Stuart Hessney Editior of Toy Soldier and Model Figure of King & Country will be our guest of honor and the evening's speaker.

Tickets are $40 per person, same as last year, and can be purchased by phone, on-line or email. Please provide the name of each guest you wish to bring as well as the ages & gender of any children in attendance.

Children/young collectors are very welcome to attend.

Please reserve your seats early so you do not miss out.

We hope you can join us.

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

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Events
Sierra Toy Exclusive
King & Country
John Jenkins
First Legion
Thomas Gunn
Corgi
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

 

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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!

Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive with King & Country. First Edition of 300!

Monte Cassino

Britain's

New Britain's Spring 2017 Catalogue - Expected Late Summer!

New Sierra Toy Soldier Exclusive Set - Expected Late Summer 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

King & Country Promotion

Promotion – Receive Exclusive ‘CAMPFIRE CHEF’ for FREE for Purchase of US$350

For every purchase of King and Country over US$350 (exclude shipping cost) in single transaction, you will receive ONE piece of ‘Campfire Chef’ for FREE.

The free ‘Campfire Chef’ will be sent with your order. This offer closes on October 10, or when the Free ‘Campfire Chef’ runs out.

To recive your figure place your order On-Line, via Phone, Email or in Person in our Store Just mention the promotion code "Camp Fire" If placing the order On-Line, just enter the promotion code in the "comments Section".

King & Country

King & Country September 2017 Releases!

BLACKADDER COMPLETE...

Perhaps so, with the addition of the final leading character of the ‘BLACKADDER GOES FORTH’ series that depicted, in very black humour, the absurdities and humour of the trenches in World War One.

  • - Lieutenant The Honorable George Colthurst St. Barleigh M.C. is a frontline Infantry Officer, second-in-command to Capt. Edmund Blackadder.
    In both manner and personality he is a very close relative to P.G. Woodehouse’s Bertie Wooster. George joined the Army on the day war was declared on Germany in 1914.
    Although lacking any clear military skills, competence or authority as an officer, his upper-class social status and educational background meant he was commissioned immediately with virtually no military training.
    Among Lieutenant George’s many saving graces... He is always cheerful, exceedingly ‘keen’, generally kind, an inveterate optimist and filled to the brim with the public school ‘tally-ho’ attitude to the horrors of war and death.
    Superbly played by Hugh Laurie, (later of ‘House’ fame) he is the perfect addition to the ‘Blackadder Goes Forth’ collection!

France 1917

ON THE STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG

Hong Kong from its earliest days has been (and is) one of the great trading ports of the world. As such it relies on a veritable army of laborers to transport goods, products and everyday essentials around the city 24 hours a day 365 days a year... Today, of course, that’s mostly done by vehicle but back in the days of ‘Old Hong Kong’ these tasks were performed by legions of “Coolies” of all shapes, sizes and ages. Here is one such figure.

  • - In days of long ago there were hundreds of small, independently owned farms all over Hong Kong, Kowloon and the New Territories.
    Most of the fruit and vegetables consumed in the Colony were grown on these farms and transported on foot by ‘Coolies’ such as this man directly to local markets.
    Work could be back-breaking and long (at least 12 hours-a-day) but at least it kept you fed!

Orient

WORLD OF DICKENS

One of Charles Dickens most famous literary creations was Mr. Wilkins Micawber, a fictional character in his 1850 novel, ‘DAVID COPPERFIELD’. He was modelled on the author’s real father, John Dickens, who like Micawber was put into the ‘Debtors Prison’ after failing to meet his creditors’ demands. Here we see the nattily attired Micawber in the company of his long-suffering spouse, Emily.

  • - Another of Dickens most memorable characters along with his patient and loving wife take a stroll on the “Streets of Olde London”.
    In popular culture, Micawber was famous for his many quotations. Among the most famous is... “Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen pounds and six pence, result happiness. Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pounds naught and six, result misery!”

World of Dickens

WHEN KNIGHTS WERE BOLD...

There are many legends surrounding the events that led Arthur to become King and to eventually establish his castle at Camelot and to form his ‘Knights of the Round Table’.
One of the greatest is Arthur drawing the sword from an unyielding stone thus proving his suitability to become King. In some tales he is still a young boy... In others a Knight’s squire... In another version he is the Knight himself!
Here, Arthur stands four-square behind the sword in the stone, his hands resting on its hilt... He is about to draw the sword out and be acclaimed... King!

Crusaders

  • - Among the priests who journeyed to ‘The Holy Land’ there were some who in their previous lives, before taking their vows, had been fighting men themselves ... even some Knights.
    This ‘Brother’, from a humble religious order may have taken his vows some time before but he has forgotten none of his military training and skills... Sword in one hand, hand-made cross in the other he is ready to do battle.
  • - This warrior may look casually-relaxed but he is also ready at a moment’s notice to cut his enemy down.
    Great house, castles and noblemen have always had the requirement for additional professional roving Men-at-Arms. Travelling bands of mercenary soldiers would often be hired by nobles and great houses to provide extra protection and security.
    As such they would be dressed in the colours and livery of their ‘master’ or household... as this fellow and his fighting comrades are.
  • - With his large long Norman-style shield protecting the length of his body this fighting Knight is about to strike a deadly blow!
  • - One hand is good... two even better to grip your sword handle and ‘parry’ an aggressive enemy.

Crusader - Cross & Crescent

NOTTINGHAM CASTLE ALTERNATIVES

For those ‘Robin Hood’ enthusiasts out there here is a second version of two of the above figures... This time, wearing the colours of the dastardly villainous ‘Sherriff of Nottingham’

  • - As those taking ‘Holy Vows’ had, at least, a fair modicum of education and intelligence they were, in addition to their military duties often given the task of tax collecting... record keeping and even educating their ruler’s young sons.
  • - The same pose as MK167 but somehow more threatening... He is, after all, one of the Sherriff’s ‘enforcers’.

Robin Hood

THE MIGHT OF ROME

  • - Holding his shield to the front this Legionary prepares to throw his ‘Pilum’ at the enemy.
  • - Preparing to repel an enemy assault this kneeling Legionary has ample protection behind his shield with the ‘Pilum’ sitting forward at a 45∘angle.
  • - On duty inside his Roman Fort or perhaps pacing along the raised walkway behind the fort’s walls this soldiers has no need of a large shield... but he still has his sword and ‘Pilum’.

Romans

VIVE L’EMPEREUR!

  • - Not all of the ‘Old Guard’ wore their famous ‘bearskins’ at the battle... During the ‘100 Days’ Campaign there were many supply shortages and even some of the ‘Old Guard’ were affected.
    Although he may have lost his ‘Bearskin’ cap... he has not lost any of his fighting spirit.
  • - This Grenadier has suffered a headwound but still advances forward.
  • - Another of the Guard, wearing his great coat and the bicorne cap taking aim at the enemy.
  • - An ‘Old Guard’ sergeant attempts to pull his seriously wounded officer to safety. These 2 x figures were inspired by a painting showing the same action.
  • - The complete 5 x figure set featuring ALL of the above figures at a very affordable and fair price!

French Imperial Guard

BLOODY TARAWA

This is K&C’s Third ‘landing’ of U.S. Marine ‘Leathernecks’ in action.
Our first 2 x releases, back in the late 1990’s and 2005 focused on the epic battle of IWD JIMA, immortalized in both countless books and several major motion pictures.
This time we are producing a ‘prequel’, a battle that was, in its own way, just as bloody and bitterly fought... TARAWA.
The Battle of TARAWA was fought between 20-23 November 1943 and was part of the U.S. invasion of the Gilbert Islands in the central Pacific region.
Although not the first time U.S. forces had met the Japanese in battle it was the first time they had faced serious opposition to an amphibious landing.
On the tiny Tarawa Atoll more than 4,500 Japanese defenders were well-supplied and expertly dug-in and fought virtually to the last man.
Opposing them were the men of the 2nd Marine Division, U.S.M.C., some of America’s toughest and best fighting forces.
Of approximately 12,000 Marines who assaulted Tarawa 3,146 became casualties with almost 1,000 killed and over 2,000 wounded. That was the deadly toll of just 76 hours of bloody, brutal, non-stop combat.
K&C are proud to launch an initial first wave of 7 fighting Marines in dramatic, dynamic action poses many more are on the way including a magnificent looking LVT(A)-1 ‘Alligator’.
All of our ‘Leathernecks’ have shed their backpacks and are equipped with a mixture of weapons... the M1 ‘Garand’ rifle, the Thompson SubMachine Gun the M1 Carbine, the 1911 Colt Automatic Pistol and a Flame Thrower.

  • - The ‘M2 Flamethrower’ was the U.S. made, man-portable backpack flamethrower used in WW2.
    Although its ‘burn-time’ was just 7 seconds and its range a mere 20-40 yards it was a very useful weapon... especially in close-quarter battle situations such as the ‘island-hopping’ campaign in the Pacific during WW2.
    The Marines used it extensively against pill-boxes, bunkers and trenches defended by determined, die-hard Japanese.
  • - As this kneeling Marine operator receives instructions on his ‘SCR-300’ portable radio transmitter he cradles his M1Carbine next to him. This back-packed radio was the first to be nicknamed a ‘Walkie-Talkie’.
  • - This junior officer is barking out orders as he holds his ‘Tommy Gun’... He also carries a side-arm... The 1911 Colt Automatic Pistol.
  • - The U.S.M.C. has always believed that first and foremost every Marine must also be a ‘Marine Rifleman’. Great value has always been placed on ‘skill and marksmanship’ in the Corps and, in WW2, that was immeasurably assisted by the M1’Garand’ Rifle.
    A.30 caliber, semi automatic rifle it weighed 9.5 pounds was gas-operated with a rotating bolt, had an effective firing range of 500 yards and was loaded with an 8-round clip. Tough, reliable and accurate it was a Marine’s best friend! Our standing Marine fires off a few rounds at the enemy.
  • - Holding his M1 ‘Garand’ in one hand, this ‘Leatherneck’ expertly pitches his MK2 Grenade at the opposing Japs.
    In appearance the Mk2 Grenade had a series of grooves and knobs cast in its casing that gave it the appearance of a ‘Pineapple’. Naturally, that soon became its nickname.
  • - A badly wounded, unconscious Marine is dragged to safety by one of his buddies.
    Whenever possible Marines will always try to rescue a wounded fellow Marine or at least recover his body. There is a strong tradition in the Corps that whenever or wherever Marines are in battle they will always do their level best (and more) to recover their dead and wounded.

Battle of TARAWA

WHERE’S RYAN...

From battles in the PTO (Pacific Theatre of Operations) to other battles elsewhere... In the ETO (European Theatre of Operations) and one particular operation... to save the lone surviving brother of a family called RYAN.

“SAVING PRIVATE RYAN” is a very special war drama film for many of us history movie buffs and especially so for myself and K&C. Back in 1997, through a Hollywood friend and fellow collector, I heard about a big new D.Day movie that was already being filmed in Britain and Ireland by none other than Steven Spielberg. At the time all we knew was that it featured American paratroopers and U.S. Rangers and was centered around Normandy and Omaha Beach. And so, K&C produced some of its very first American D.Day soldiers which began our entire D.Day range which continues to this day.

Journey forward quite a few years to when we met Capt. Dale Dye U.S.M.C. ret’d., the military advisor on ‘Ryan’ and countless other great war movies and discussions about doing a special ‘tribute’ to a fantastic movie and the real ‘heroes of D.DAY’. This 4-figure set (the first of 2) features the perilous journey through the fields and bocage of German-occupied Normandy to try and find PFC James Ryan, 101st Airborne. Capt. John Millar, 2nd Rangers takes the lead carrying his Thompson sub machine gun.

Backing him up is PFC Reiben with the BAR ( Browning Automatic Rifle). Next to him is Cpl. Upham, not a Ranger but an interpreter borrowed from another unit. The final member of this first 4-man squad is Pvt. Jackson, a left-handed sniper holding his bolt action M1903 Springfield with telescopic sight. All four men will be joined next month (October) by our second ‘Searching for Pvt. Ryan’ set which includes Sgt. Mike Horvath, Pvt. Mellish, Medic Irwin Wade and PFC Caparzo...

Don’t miss out on a terrific movie and ... 2 x outstanding sets of D.Day soldiers!

D-Day '44

... AND THE POOR BLOODY CIVILIANS CAUGHT IN THE MIDDLE

  • - A wooden, 2-wheel cart is loaded up with the bare essentials as well as a few, treasured family heirlooms... The family horse is between the shafts to hopefully pull the cart and its owner out of harm’s way.
  • - Carrying a suitcase in one hand this refugee leads her tired old horse and its heavy load down the road.
  • - Combine the horse, the cart and the woman… and you can save yourself a few dollars!

Fields of Battle

Afrika Korps

Following the success of the most recent “Rommel’s Command Car” set (AK107) featuring the sand / grey camouflaged ‘ADLER’ Sd. Kfz. 251 we have had a large number of requests to extend this particular camouflage scheme to some other Afrika Korps vehicles that were being shipped over to North Africa to supplement the Desert Fox’s meagre armoured force...

  • - Mounted on the tracked chassis of captured French Renault tanks these small SPG’s make a fine addition for Rommel’s Afrika Korps.
    This particular model mounts a 4.7cm anti tank gun in an open armoured turret to become a tank destroyer... Some were used during “Operation Barbarossa” – the Invasion of Russia in 1941. A few even saw action in Normandy in June 1944.
  • - Another old favorite but this time with the distinctive 2-colour camo. This set also includes the relaxing Afrika Korps figure.

Afrika Korps

John Jenkins

John Jenkins - New September Releases!

THE ANCIENTS COLLECTION - ARMIES AND ENEMIES OF ANCIENT ROME

Enemies of Rome

ROMAN AUXILLIARY CAVALRY

Roman Auxiliary Cavalry were drawn from a wide range of warlike peoples throughout the provinces, especially on the fringes of the empire. They were generally not citizens of the Roman empire.

These auxilia cavalry provided a powerful fighting arm, they were well organized, disciplined, and well trained.

The four horned saddle, which was originally of Celtic origin, was an important part of cavalry equipment.

The four tall horns closed around and gripped the riders thighs, but did not inhibit free movement , which was especially important to spear armed horsemen. In an age which did not have the stirrup, the adoption of the four horned saddle allowed the horsemen to launch a missile effectively, or use both hands confidently to wield a shield and sword, during a melee.

Roman Auxiliary Cavalry

THE WARS OF THE ROSES 1455-1487

Wars of the Roses 1455-1487

THE BATTLE OF BUSHY RUN 1763

Battle of Bushy Run

RAID ON ST. FRANCIS 1959

Raid on Saint Francis, 1759

FIRST SUDAN WAR 1884-1885

The Naval Brigade was a generic term used to define a body of Seamen, and Royal Marines, drawn from their ships and landed for active service under the orders of an army commander. Numbers were immaterial and it did not relate to an army Brigade. Often it would not even be of battalion strength.

Generally the armament of the Naval Brigade was made up of what was available from the parent ships, from where the Brigade was drawn.

The Gatling gun or its variants was the main weapon of the Naval Brigade in Egypt and the Sudan.

First Sudan War 1884 - 1885

AIRCRAFT CARRIER BASES

The Aircraft carriers during the second World War mainly had wooden decks.

The colour depended on the class of ship and when it was commissioned

It also depended on whether the ship received upgrades or had battle damage repairs.

To better camouflage the carriers from the air, the decks were treated with a dark blue stain, called “Deck Stain #21”.

It was approximately the same colour as the “Sea Blue” that the tops of the aircraft were painted during the tri colour scheme, but not as dark as the overall “midnight Blue” which aircraft were painted towards the end of the war.

Please note “BH CARRIER BASES” can be used as single, double or as a triple display.

The Double Base 19 ½” x 15” x ¾” (using any 2 of the 3 BH bases) can accommodate most 1/30 scale carrier fighters.

The Triple Base 29 ¼” x 15” x ¾” (using any 3 of the BH bases) can accommodate one 1/30 scale carrier fighter and 1 “parked” carrier fighter.

Please note BH Carrier Bases are designed to be displayed in sets of 3, “running Vertically”, as opposed to the IWA Carrier Bases which are designed to be displayed “running horizontally in sets of 2.

JJ WWII Collection

First Legion

New September Releases!
Battle of Normandy

New Expected September!

Battle of Normandy

Greek Hoplites

Greek Hoplites

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

Corgi

Corgi - In Stock Now

Helicopter Legends

Helicopter Legends

War in the Pacific

WWII War in the Pacific

World War I

World War I Aircraft

German Aircraft

German Bomber and Fighter Aircraft

Hobby Master

Hobby Master - New Arrivals This Month

Hobby Master - Propellor Power

Air Power Collection (Propeller Powered) - 1:72 & 1:32 Scale.

Modern Aircraft

Modern Air Power Collection

Ground Power

Ground Power Collection

Hobby Master

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

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