NEW RELEASES FROM KING & COUNTRY!
WELCOME to the hottest time of the year in Hong Kong and the final month of preparations before September and the ‘Chicago’ Show…
As usual, we have a fairly eclectic and historically wide ranging selection of K&C releases covering a broad spectrum from our different series. And here they are…
BEING RELEASED IN AUGUST…
1. "CRUSADING WARRIORS"
Four really useful (and colourful) additions to K&C’s “Crusaders & Saracens” series – 3 on foot and 1 very famous King.
MK170 "Crusader Archer (kneeling)"
This English bowman kneels down to let fly an arrow at his Saracen opponents... A large ‘Cross of St. George’ on his surcoat.
MK171 "Crusader Halberdier"
A fighting Man-at-Arms wields his mighty and cruel-looking halberd towards the opposition.
MK172 "Crusader Archer” (standing ready)"
Facing the enemy this English bowman is about to open fire.
MK173 "Richard the Lionheart (mounted)"
One of England’s most famous and revered Kings, even today. This mounted figure is dressed in full “Crusader” garb and thrusting his sword skyward.
The figure itself is modelled on the famous equestrian statue of King Richard that stands proudly outside the Palace of Westminster in London opposite Westminster Abbey.
Last December, when K&C attended the ‘London Show’ myself and the K&C team saw this statue for the first time and all agreed it would make a fine ‘Royal’ addition to the ‘Crusader & Saracen’ series.
2. "MARCHING TO BATTLE"
King & Country’s “Old Guard” have proved a popular ‘hit’ with Napoleonic collectors and we’re providing more guardsmen to ‘beef-up’ their ranks…
NA401 "‘Old Guard Walking’ (with musket slung)"
NA403 "‘Old Guard’ Shoulder Arms (w/musket on the left arm)"
This proud Grenadier moves closer to the enemy.
NA406 " ‘Old Guard’ Tambour (drummer)"
Our second ‘Old Guard’ drummer this time wearing the traditional long blue greatcoat and the ‘bicorne’ hat.
NA407 " ‘Old Guard’ Shoulder Arms (on the right shoulder)"
Another ‘bicorne’ wearing Grenadier who is also clad in his long blue greatcoat.
NA408 "‘Old Guard Marching’ (with musket on the left shoulder)"
NA409 "‘On Guard’ (2 x figure set)"
An attractive (and useful) pair of ‘standing-at-attention’ Guardsmen in slightly varying dress that can be ‘on duty’ outside the Emperor’s tent... or elsewhere.
NA-S05 "“The ‘Old Guard’ Marching set” (7-figure set)"
This attractive full 7-figure set comes at a very attractive combined price with considerable savings when you buy the complete set as shown.
3. "VOTE! VOTE! VOTE!"
While the vast majority of people today would never vote for a ‘Hitler’ the situation in Germany in the early 1930’s was radically different…
LAH234 "Vote For Hitler!"
Another interesting version of this SA campaigning figure together with his sandwich board and 2 x all-new vintage Nazi posters.
4. "ROMAN SWORDS & SHIELDS"
From ‘brownshirts’ with political posters to FIVE CLASSIC Roman Legionaries with brightly coloured shields and very sharp swords… All in action!
ROM014 "Fighting w/ Sword (Running Forward)"
ROM015 "Fighting w/Sword (Advancing)"
ROM016 "Fighting w/Sword (About to Strike)"
ROM017 "Fighting w/Sword (Thrusting)"
ROM018 "Fighting w/Sword (Kneeling)"
5. "GERMAN TRACKS & ARTILLERY"
A few useful additions for our ‘German WW2’ collectors…
WH073 "Additional Artillery Crew #3"
This 2 x figure set (1 x with short ramming rod plus 1 x shell fuser) goes perfectly with the other previously released artillery gunner sets such as the
WH062 The 10.5cm Light Field Howitzer and its crew.
WS334 "Marder III Tank Destroyer"
This little Marder III was based on the Czech Panzer 38 (T) chassis and wheel arrangement. The K&C model is in the same camouflage style and markings (#102) as the Marder III seen in Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Pvt. Ryan” movie. Our model also includes a crew member who can stand outside or inside the vehicle... as you prefer.
WS342 "Standing Tiger Crewmen"
This 2-figure set wears the ‘classic’ short black ‘Panzer’ jacket and trousers and fits well alongside any of K&C’s Tigers or other German armour.
WS343 "SPG Officer w/Pistol"
A single grey-clad Self-Propelled-Gun officer stands cocking his pistol... Virtually all German vehicle commanders carried a side arm and this one is no exception.
6. "WAY OUT WEST... SOUTHWEST!"
From battlefields in Europe to the ‘Indian Wars’ of the Old West in the years following the end of the Civil War…
Some great and unique figures for both our “Apaches” and “Plains Indians” Tribes plus a Cavalry figure or two…
TRW112 "Watching & Signaling"
A pair of lying prone Apache warriors observing the approach of a U.S. Cavalry patrol... As one warrior uses a pair of captured (or stolen) binoculars the other signals the rest of the war party using a simple disc of polished metal.
As K&C collectors already know... I love movies ... ‘war movies’ and ‘westerns’ in particular. This figure is based on a great little movie called “Chato’s Land”, starring the late Charles Bronson.
Bronson plays a half-breed Apache and many of the posters for the movie featured this pose... which is a great one for an Apache warrior.
TRW114 "Sgt. Robert H. Hughes"
From a fictional Apache to a factual character from real history ... Sergeant Robert Hughes carrying the’ National Flag’ at the Battle of the Little Big Horn on that fateful day in June 1876.
Here, holding his Army Colt in one hand and the 36-star flag in the other he reels back from a fatal shot during the battle.
TRW126 "Errol Flynn’s Custer"
And now we mix ‘fact’ and ‘fiction’ with this figure of swashbuckling Errol Flynn as he appeared in the classic 1941 Warner Brothers Movie, “They Died With Their Boots On”.
This highly fictionalized life of George Armstrong Custer climaxes at the Battle of the Little Big Horn with Flynn /Custer dressed in his buckskin jacket (and being the last man standing) as the Sioux and Cheyenne warriors prepare to make their final charge.
And that’s how we show him.
TRW127 "The Stranglehold"
This is the third installment of this first release of “Buffalo Soldiers”... A black Cavalry Corporal grabs a marauding Apache around the neck as he prepares to use his pistol butt to ‘brain’ the knife wielding warrior!
A great little 2-man ‘fighting’ set.
7. "BEING RETIRED IN AUGUST..."
As some come in … others go out…
AF039 "Maj. Gregory “Pappy” Boyington USMC"
To say that “Pappy” (1912-1988) had a chequered military career would be a slight exaggeration.
A hell-raiser and defiant of authority by nature he was also a fine pilot and a born-leader. His active flying services took him to China where he flew with the “Flying Tigers” and also to the Pacific where he led VMF-214 and shot down the majority of his Japanese “kills”.
Among his many awards were the “Medal of Honor” and the “Navy Cross”. He was eventually promoted to full colonel before retiring from the Marine Corps in 1947.
BBA054 "The M4A3E8 Easy-Eight SHERMAN"
This is actually the first real" Easy Eight K&C has ever produced... Many moons ago... around 1999 we manufactured a "Hybrid" that utilized a proper "Easy Eight" turret complete with 76mm gun but we "married" it to the body of an Israeli "Isherman". Now, this time it's the "real-deal"... It’s big, bold and brassy and it’s one helluva tank... And it’s "snow-camouflaged" as well."
BBA074 "Radio Operator Set"
Two full-body GI’s huddle behind their snow-frosted, sand-bagged emplacement. As one GI aims his M1 carbine the other is using the radio handset.
BBA076 "Supporting Fire"
Another two “half-body” GI’s provide additional fire power with their M1 Garand rifle and M1 carbine from their foxhole.
BBG042 "Jochen Peiper"
A very well-known Waffen SS officer who was once a military adjutant to Adolf Hitler. His division is, of course, the Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler"… the premier SS Division."
FOB080 "General Yamashita & Staff Officer Sugita"
“The Tiger of Malaya” and one of his most trusted Staff Officers on their way to demand the surrender of their British opponents in Singapore, February 1942.
FOB089 "Oskar Schindler & Itzhak Stern"
During WW2 there were some Germans who performed many acts of kindness and bravery protecting, helping and sometimes hiding Jews and others from Nazi persecution…maybe not many – but a precious few.
One of the most notable and famous was Oskar Schindler whose story has been well told in Thomas Keneally’s book “Schindler’s List” as well as Steven Spielberg’s “Schindler’s Ark” movie.
Here we see Oskar together with Itzhak Stern, the jewish accountant who helped run his firm and helped compile the famous “list” of men, women and children who were saved from almost certain death.
LAH196 "Tall Poster Column"
All over German towns and cities these kind of tall, multi poster displays could be seen advertising all kinds of products, goods and services as well as theatres and cinemas.
In this case Herr Hitler is front and centre as well as other National Socialist posters.
WS223-1 "Tank Commanders #1"
The first commander wears the “classic” black Waffen SS wrap around iacket" and SS officers field gray service cap. Figure 2 wears the reversible winter smock and the black Panzer Wehrmacht side cap. These half-body German tank commanders will fit the vast majority of K&C’s armoured vehicles…both German and Allied. "
WS223-2 "Tank Commanders #2"
One commander, all in black Wehrmacht Panzer uniform and side cap. The other in Waffen SS wrap around camouflage uniform topped off with a black ski cap. These half-body German tank commanders will fit the vast majority of K&C’s armoured vehicles…both German and Allied.
WS317 "The Marder I"
In June 1940, after the Fall of France, the Germans found they had captured thousands of French (and plenty of British) vehicles and all kinds of armour.
Among their captures were over 300 French “Lorraine” artillery tractors and armoured personnel carriers. Soon they were utilizing these and many others to mount all kinds of anti-tank guns to provide much needed artillery support for their troops on the Eastern Front.
More than 170 “Lorraines” were converted to carry the standard German 75mm anti tank gun in an armoured cupola.
Although most served in Russia a substantial number were supplied to the 21st. Panzer Division and saw plenty of action in Normandy after the invasion.
WS318 "Extra Hitlerjugend"
To add to the HJ group meeting the Fuhrer for the last time here are two more young fighters.
The young lad wearing the greenish uniform jacket belongs to the Auxiliary Fire Service which recruited volunteers from the Hitlerjugend. In the battle for Berlin they exchanged their firehoses for rifles and panzerfaust anti-tank rockets.
The other young boy is wearing the standard HJ uniform and belongs to the “Special Patrol Service” group who were already trained in small arms even before the desperate days of April and May 1945.
And that my friends is August for you… Here’s looking forward to September … a little cooler weather and… Chicago!
Best wishes and... Happy Collecting!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country