May 2016


Already May is here and, in a few weeks, yours truly and Helen, K&C’s Managing Director, will be flying off to San Antonio for the 10th. Annual Texas Toy Soldier Show.

        K&C and Kings X have been jointly running this show for the past 5 years and it continues to grow and grow! This year will be the biggest event yet with an increase of almost 20 percent in the number of dealers and vendors taking part.

At the show itself King & Country will be previewing a number of upcoming releases as well as quite a few of this month’s latest pieces. So without further ado let’s see what’s in the bag…

ON RELEASE THIS MONTH…

1. "A LITTLE BIT OF EVERYTHING…"

There’s no shortage of variety in this month’s releases… Let’s begin with a pair of extremely useful additions to a recent Pacific War debut…

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U.S. Marine Corps Jeep

AF036 "U.S. Marine Corps Jeep"

Some of you may have seen this useful airfield vehicle on our publicity pix for “Pappy” Boyington’s F4U Corsair… Well, here it is in person and ready for duty on any Pacific Island airstrip.. Mud and dust-covered it has a “Campaign-hat-wearing-leatherneck” at the wheel.

The Sheep Pen Tent

AF037 "The Sheep Pen Tent"

The standard U.S. Military Tent of WW2 and beyond. Perfect as part of the background for your F4U Corsair or on any battlefield or barracks whether its the Pacific , Europe, Korea or even… Vietnam!!!

AVAILABILITY: Now!

2. "THE ROYAL NAVY IN THE TROPICS"

Back in the days when Britannia ruled the waves and a quarter of the world map was still painted pink the Royal Navy and its sailors served in many of the globe’s hottest spots. When serving and sailing in warmer waters the Navy adopted “Tropical Whites” for all officers and men.

Here in Hong Kong, pre 1997 and the Chinese hand-over, British sailors most often wore “Tropical Whites” when on ceremonial duties or “going ashore”.

These sailors can be used for both wartime and peacetime scenarios.

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Oarsmen Rowing Set A, Gallipoli 1915

GA030 "Oarsmen Rowing Set A, Gallipoli 1915"

Two clean-shaven Matelots.

Oarsmen Rowing Set B, Gallipoli 1915

GA030(B) "Oarsmen Rowing Set B, Gallipoli 1915"

Two more sailors… both bearded.

Sitting Oarsmen Set A, Gallipoli 1915

GA031 "Sitting Oarsmen Set A, Gallipoli 1915"

Two clean-shaven sailors at the “Up-Oars” position.

Sitting Oarsmen Set B, Gallipoli 1915

GA031(B) "Sitting Oarsmen Set B, Gallipoli 1915"

As above but sporting full beards.

Sailor w/ Telescope, Gallipoli 1915

GA032 "Sailor w/ Telescope, Gallipoli 1915"

Sailor w/Boathook, Gallipoli 1915

GA033 "Sailor w/Boathook, Gallipoli 1915"

Whale Boat, Gallipoli 1915

GA034 "Whale Boat, Gallipoli 1915"

The ever-useful Royal Navy “Whale Boat” complete with cox’n in“Tropical Whites”.

AVAILABILITY: Now!

3. "SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER"

Over the years it has been popular, in some quarters, to question and complain about the military qualities and abilities of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, Supreme Allied Commander of all Allied Forces in Europe from before D.Day until the end of the “German War” in May 1945.

K&C firmly believes this to be wrong! No other commander (British or American) had the skill, patience and overall understanding of what was required and necessary to hold the coalition together and forge a fighting force that ultimately helped defeat Hitler’s armies.

Over the years we’ve produced two other miniature portrayals of “IKE”  and now we’re happy and proud to produce three more… in a choice of uniforms.

Eisenhower wearing IKE

DD284 "Eisenhower wearing IKE"

Here, the General is seen wearing the short, battledress-dress style jacket (modelled on the original British one) that he had specially tailored for himself in London when he took up his European command in 1943.

In this version his “IKE” jacket, as it came to be known, is tailored in the same chocolate brown material as the regular U.S. Army officers’ issue uniform of the period. When this colour of jacket was worn it was usually teamed with the “pink”( more beige khaki actually) trousers of the standard officers’ uniform.

D.DAY IKE

DD291 "D.DAY IKE"

Here is the General wearing the standard U.S. Army Officers’ Uniform combination of full, four-pocketed jacket, again with a pair of “Pinks”.

Behind the General’s back he holds a sets of plans for the upcoming “Operation Overlord”, the invasion of Normandy in June 1944.

AVAILABILITY: Now!

Special Note: A “third” General Eisenhower is being specially issued for the 10th. Texas Toy Soldier Show.

Texas Toy Soldier Show “IKE"

DD294 "Texas Toy Soldier Show “IKE""

This particular Texas Show “Ike” is wearing the all-olive drab jacket and trousers uniform which the General also wore before and after D.Day.

Just 200 pieces of this” Texas” version are being produced.

AVAILABILITY: Now!

4. "APACHE TERRITORY"

It’s fair to say that “The Apachesproved to be one of the finest and fiercest opponents of the U.S. Army during the “Indian Wars” that followed the end of the Civil War.

From 1865 until the mid 1880’s the various tribes that made up the Apache Nation fought a long and skillful “guerilla” campaign throughout the Southwestern part of the U.S.

Although their numbers were never large they spread fear and terror throughout Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and parts of Colorado wherever they raided and fought.

Never operating in large numbers (like the Plains Tribes) they were particularly adept at ambushes, skirmishing and then disappearing into nowhere as the U.S. Cavalry found out time and time again.

Here are the first few examples of a great new range of Apache warriors…

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"Geronimo", The Apaches

TRW090 ""Geronimo", The Apaches"

A mounted figure of probably the greatest Apache Warchief “Geronimo was a “Mescalero/Chiricahua” born in 1829. He was a superb leader in raiding and revenge attacks on both Mexican and American interlopers… In truth, he harboured more hatred for Mexicans who had killed many of his extended family during this time.

Our new figure shows him carrying a “Winchester” carbine and a holstered pistol.

"He’s Dead!", The Apaches

TRW091 ""He’s Dead!", The Apaches"

One of the hated “Longknives” lies sprawled at the feet of this Apache Warrior. His cartridge belt and revolver will find a new owner! (2 figures)

"Reloading", The Apaches

TRW092 ""Reloading", The Apaches"

Reaching back to extract a fresh cartridge for his “Springfield” rifle.

"Taking Aim", The Apaches

TRW093 ""Taking Aim", The Apaches"

A lying prone Apache “takes a bead” on one of the enemy.

"Bows & Arrows", The Apaches

TRW094 ""Bows & Arrows", The Apaches"

Although most Apache warriors preferred to get their hands on firearms they were also adapt in the use of the more traditional Indian weaponry.

"Kneeling Firing", The Apaches

TRW095 ""Kneeling Firing", The Apaches"

As ammunition for their rifles and pistols was always in short supply each Apache rifleman had to make every shot count… They were accurate marksmen, far better than the average U.S. Cavalry trooper!

AVAILABILITY: Now!

5. "ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVOURITE MOVIES!"

Director Ridley Scott’s first feature film The Duellistsis, in my opinion, one of the finest and most authentic historical films ever made!

The attention to detail of the period (1800-1815) is second-to-none in the uniforms, the attitudes and even the changing hair-styles of the two main protagonists.

The story is centred on a series of duels that take place between two French Hussar officers during the last 15 years of Bonaparte’s reign.

Everything about this small, intimate movie (it cost less than USD$1 million to make) is exceptional – the military costumes, the settings, the actors (including Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine) the script and the music is simply superb! Please see it… and you’ll see what I mean.

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The Duellists Set#1

NA349 "The Duellists Set#1"

Gabriel Feraud (7th Hussars) is a violent and fervent Bonapartist who loves to seek out trouble and fight duels.

Armand D’Hubert (3rd Hussars) is serving on the staff of his general and is sent to reprimand Feraud on his latest duel where he has almost killed the nephew of an important local town official.

Feraud is mightily offended and forces the first of several ongoing duels onto the hapless D’Hubert, who he believes, is “victimizing” him!

Here, both officers are about to begin their first duelling encounter in the courtyard of Feraud’s lodgings… D’Hubert in his 3rd Hussars uniform minus his dolman and sabretache of course and a similarly attired Feraud of the 7th Hussars.

AVAILABILITY: Now!

6. "LIGHT GERMAN ARMOUR"

Where would K&C be without a little German WW2 component for any month’s “DISPATCHES”.

Sd.Kfz250/11 Panzerbuchse 41

WH049 "Sd.Kfz250/11 Panzerbuchse 41"

This lightly armoured halftrack mounting a 2.8cm gun was intended to be a close-support, anti-tank weapon for motorized infantry.

The first examples reached German units on the Eastern Front early in 1942. Although an interesting development it never achieved major success because of the low effective range of its 2.8cm gun. It remained in production for just one year.

However, as a representative German model of the war’s mid years… it’s a great little addition to any WW2 German collection.

AVAILABILITY: Now!

7. "PIKE & MUSKETS & CAVALIERS"

A few select additions to this colourful and unique range that covers “The English Civil War”The Thirty Years War and even the novels of Alexander Dumas and his “Three Musketeers”

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Cavalier Ready, English Civil War

PnM055 "Cavalier Ready, English Civil War"

A mounted Royalist trooper in the army of Charles I. Our man holds his “Musketoon” at the ready.

“Musketoons” were short-barrelled versions of soldiers’ muskets first carried by sailors and pirates and later adopted by cavalry as they were easy to carry (suspended by a spring hook on a cross belt) and to shoot while mounted.

Cavalier Shooting, English Civil War

PnM056 "Cavalier Shooting, English Civil War"

This Royalist trooper shoulders his “Musketoon” as he prepares to fire from the saddle.

Royalist Trumpeter, English Civil War

PnM057 "Royalist Trumpeter, English Civil War"

This richly and colourfully-garbed cavalryman would, on his officer’s command, sound the different trumpet calls that would let the regiment of horse know what was required of them during the “din of battle” or the many manoeuvers on parade or even while on the move.

Most trumpeters would also ride a white steed, the better to be seen by both officer and men.

The King’s Lifeguard Standard, English Civil War

PnM058 "The King’s Lifeguard Standard, English Civil War"

An advancing officer of the King Charles ‘ own “Lifeguard Regiment of Foot”. Over his right shoulder he carries the Regimental Colour… In his left hand a pistol.

The Commonwealth Flag Bearer, English Civil War

PnM066 "The Commonwealth Flag Bearer, English Civil War"

A second version of the previous figure… This time, our Parliamentary Officer carries the “Commonwealth Flag” of 1649, adopted by Cromwell’s Army two years before the actual end of the Civil War in 1651.

AVAILABILITY: Now!

8. "1914"

A few months back we came upon some figures that were still on our “reserve list”. After reviewing them… we painted them… liked the results… and so, here they are!

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Cuirassier studying map

FW221 "Cuirassier studying map"

A mounted French Cuirassier, little different from his comrades of a century before… except for a khaki cloth helmet cover consults his field map.

Cuirassier w/ Sword Drawn

FW222 "Cuirassier w/ Sword Drawn"

Even in the age of the machine gun sabres were still carried.

Cuirassier w/ Pistol

FW223 "Cuirassier w/ Pistol"

Although sabres were also carried a pistol might do more ”damage” at close quarters…

Pointing Poilu, WWI French

FW224 "Pointing Poilu, WWI French"

A traditional French Infantryman pointing the way…

Boche Prisoners,WWI German

FW225 "Boche Prisoners,WWI German"

Two German prisoners… one foot soldier and one “Uhlan” make their way to the rear.

AVAILABILITY: Now!

9. "SETTING THE SCENE"

Battlefield and Diorama accessories go a long way to helping collectors bring their displays “alive” and adding an extra dimension to any collection.

Here are some great new pieces…

Special Note: As you can see we are offering these architectural items in both

Sandstone” and “Greystone” colour finishes.

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Four Lions Town Fountain (Sandstone)

SP072 "Four Lions Town Fountain (Sandstone)"

This handsome ‘sandstone’ ornamental structure is a prefect centerpiece for any European-style village or town square. Historically it can be used for displays for a wide range of different eras from Ancient Greece and Rome all the way up to the present day.

Dimensions: 11.5(L) x 11.5(W) x 8.8(H)cm

The Lion’s Head Wall Fountain (Sandstone)

SP073 "The Lion’s Head Wall Fountain (Sandstone)"

For more compact spaces and displays this smaller “sandstone” wall fountain adds an extra touch of realism.

Dimensions: 8.6(L) x 2.8(W) x 6.5(H)cm

Square Statue Plinth (Greystone)

SP074 "Square Statue Plinth (Greystone)"

The perfect location for one of our K&C bronze-coloured “statue” figures. Can also be used in a wide variety of historical periods and settings “Greystone”.

Dimensions: 5.7(L) x 5.7(W) x 5.4(H)cm

Large Equestrian Statue Plinth (Greystone)

SP075 "Large Equestrian Statue Plinth (Greystone)"

A multi useful traditional European “greystone” plinth perfect for our bronzed mounted statues. Two sides are undamaged… the other two show extensive “battle-scarring”.

Dimensions:11.5(L) x 5.3(W) x 10.6(H)cm

Square Statue Plinth (Sandstone)

SP078 "Square Statue Plinth (Sandstone)"

As SP074 but in “sandstone” finish.

Dimensions: 5.7(L) x 5.7(W) x 5.4(H)cm

Large Equestrian Statue Plinth (Sandstone)

SP079 "Large Equestrian Statue Plinth (Sandstone)"

As SP075 but in “sandstone”finish… also with two sides“battle-scarred”.

Dimensions:11.5(L) x 5.3(W) x 10.6(H)cm

Four Lions Town Fountain (Greystone)

SP080 "Four Lions Town Fountain (Greystone)"

As SP072 but in “Greystone”.

Dimensions: 11.5(L) x 11.5(W) x 8.8(H)cm

The Lion’s Head Wall Fountain (Greystone)

SP081 "The Lion’s Head Wall Fountain (Greystone)"

As SP073 but in “Greystone” finish.

Dimensions: 8.6(L) x 2.8(W) x 6.5(H)cm

AVAILABILITY: Now!

And that boys and girls is that… except, of course, for the “retirals”… Now, read on… There’s quite a big bunch…

10. "BEING RETIRED"

Fighting Hoplite

AG013 "Fighting Hoplite"

Charging Turk w/ Rifle

AL050 "Charging Turk w/ Rifle"

Kneeling Firing Rifle

BBA047 "Kneeling Firing Rifle"

Another great ‘action’ figure

Kneeling Loading Rifle

BBA061 "Kneeling Loading Rifle"

Standing Firing Rifle

BBA062 "Standing Firing Rifle"

Advancing BAR Gunner

BBA063 "Advancing BAR Gunner"

Advancing Radio Man

BBA064 "Advancing Radio Man"

M20 Commander

BBA067 "M20 Commander"

A war-weary unshaven sergeant who can stand either inside or outside…or even on top of his M20 Armoured Car! Hope his appearance does not offend the Gerneral…

Bar Gunner Set

BBA075 "Bar Gunner Set"

Two “half-body” GI’s, one firing his B.A.R. (Browning Automatic Rifle) the other holding onto his helmet come under enemy fire as they shelter in their foxhole.

Observing The Battle

BBA077 "Observing The Battle"

As one “half-body” GI watches the enemy through his binos, the other GI waits ready with his rifle.

Kneeling Officer w/ Map

DD211 "Kneeling Officer w/ Map"

This “101st.” Officer is wondering “Where the hell are we?”

Lying Prone B.A.R. Man

DD215 "Lying Prone B.A.R. Man"

An 82nd. “BAR” gunner prepares to give covering fire.

Bayonet Fixed

DD217 "Bayonet Fixed"

This 101st. Para is taking no chances…

Tommy-Gunner

DD218 "Tommy-Gunner"

Another 82nd. trooper calls out as he moves forward…his Thompson at the ready.

Crouching Wounded

FW154 "Crouching Wounded"

"Let's Go!"

FW155 ""Let's Go!""

This action pose was suggested by a very famous French Poster of WW1.

Children at Play (Gloss)

HK166G "Children at Play (Gloss)"

Children doing what children do... all over the world... the HK version. This set fits perfectly with HK156 Lion Plucks Green"."

Children at Play (Matt)

HK166M "Children at Play (Matt)"

Children doing what children do... all over the world... the HK version. This set fits perfectly with HK156 Lion Plucks Green"."

Little Dragon Boat (Gloss)

HK182G "Little Dragon Boat (Gloss)"

A young boy celebrates The Festival of the Sea" with his imitation dragon boat. These were usually made out of paper or papier mache on top of a lightweight wire frame."

Little Dragon Boat (Matt)

HK182M "Little Dragon Boat (Matt)"

A young boy celebrates The Festival of the Sea" with his imitation dragon boat. These were usually made out of paper or papier mache on top of a lightweight wire frame."

The Green Dragon Boat (Gloss)

HK222G "The Green Dragon Boat (Gloss)"

A third contender to join our previous two releases makes for an even more spectacular and colourful race.

The Green Dragon Boat (Matt)

HK222M "The Green Dragon Boat (Matt)"

A third contender to join our previous two releases makes for an even more spectacular and colourful race.

Mounted Napoleon

NA237 "Mounted Napoleon"

The all-time, classic image of the Emperor as him and his armies traversed the length and breadth of Europe... winning countless battles and forging many enemies!

Kneeling Firing

TRW025 "Kneeling Firing"

Due to the stifling mid summer heat this trooper has discarded his heavy wool jacket and is fighting in shirt-sleeve order"."

Kneeling Ready

TRW026 "Kneeling Ready"

The Christmas Store

WOD019 "The Christmas Store"

Full of blooms and Christmas trees this little corner piece will make a great add-on to the already released “World of Dickens” Display Pieces.


Best wishes and... Happy Collecting!

Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country