April 2021


Well here we in April, the beginning of a ‘New Financial Year’ and with a modest but interesting draft of new figures.

Looking back on the past 12 months it’s encouraging to see a healthy increase in sales both to dealers and private collectors all over the world… So, we must be doing something right!

Looking forward I’m happy to report a lot of exciting new additions to existing series are already ‘in the works’ while some others are still on the drawing board and being readied to be passed over to our skilled and talented team of sculptors.

So, as I wrote earlier here’s a ‘look-see’ at what will be available for K&C Dealers and Collectors this month…

BEING RELEASED THIS MONTH…

1. "On Parade"

Among the most popular of King & Country’s more recent series has been the ‘CEREMONIAL’ range of soldiers and marines on parade.

These kind of figures go all the way back to the very earliest days of toy soldier collecting both for the hobby and myself.

As a wee boy, growing up in Scotland in the 1950’s, I would marvel at the displays of massed ranks of toy soldiers on display in the toy departments of major stores in nearby Glasgow.

I remember one particular Christmas display seeing a painted model backdrop of Buckingham Palace in front of which were hundreds of red-coated Guardsmen marching past a figure of Queen Elizabeth II on horseback.

Standing to one side of the monarch and other mounted officers was a 50 piece Grenadier Guards Band playing while standing at attention.

On the other side of the Queen were two long files of horsemen from the Household Cavalry resplendent in their blue and red tunics, plumed helmets and shining silver breastplates.

Together all of these toy soldiers made a splendid and impressive spectacle that was this little boy’s dream.

One day”, I thought, “I’ll have a collection like that!” Wishful thinking indeed!

I never dreamt, in my wildest dreams, that I would ever have the opportunity to not only collect, but actually design and produce, many thousands of our own ‘Ceremonial’ toy soldiers for collectors all over the world to buy, appreciate and create their own spectacular parades and displays.

Here are the latest K&C parade participants and reinforcements…

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Royal Marine Colour Sergeant

CE066 "Royal Marine Colour Sergeant"

In any military force the Non Commissioned Officers, NCO’s, are the backbone of that unit, regiment or corps.

Britain’s ‘Sea Soldiers’, the Royal Marines have some of the finest. This particular RM Colour Sergeant is a Drill Instructor and the man who trains and instructs every Marine on the parade ground. Nothing escapes his eagle eye and woe betide any individual who gives less than 150% effort on the parade square.

‘Parade Drill’ is the movement and actions of a mass of soldiers moving in close-order formations.

Originally intended to move bodies of troops on the battlefield it is now almost entirely used for ceremonial purposes although still practised to instill unit cohesion, discipline and martial pride.

Our Colour Sergeant stands smartly at attention, his swagger stick held firmly under his left arm.

Black Watch Officer Marching

CE067 "Black Watch Officer Marching"

This marching Black Watch Officer carries the 1828 Pattern Highland Officer’s Sword which was issued to all Officers of Scottish Highland Regiments such as The Black Watch.

It was carried (and used) throughout many campaigns in the 19th Century and even saw limited service in WW1. Today it is still in use, but only for ceremonial occasions.

Black Watch Officer At Attention

CE068 "Black Watch Officer At Attention"

This other Black Watch Officer is standing firmly at attention, again with his 1828 Highland Officer’s Sword held to the front ready to salute.

The Black Watch Colour Party

CE070 "The Black Watch Colour Party"

This colourful 5-piece set comprises 2 x flag bearing officers, one holding the Regimental Standard, the other holding the Sovereign’s Standard (it can be the Queen’s Colour or King’s Colour, depending on the monarch on the throne).

Between them marches a ‘Colour Sergeant’, usually a senior non- commissioned officer.

Bringing up the rear are 2 x Black Watch Privates with rifles and bayonets fixed. Together they make a fine display and a terrific centerpiece leading any parade.

AVAILABILITY: NOW!

2. "PRE WW1 PRUSSIAN INFANTRY"

At the close of the 19th and the early years of the 20th centuries many national armies still clung to their traditional colourful uniforms… Among the most famous was the army of Kaiser Wilhelm.

Before the official adoption of ‘Feldgrau’ (field grey) in 1910 the many different German states that comprised the recently-created Kingdom uniformed their infantry soldiers in dark blue for both parades and field operations.

In the summer months however many of these same regiments adopted white, cotton trousers especially the Prussian infantry regiments.

These ‘Second Edition’ figures shows the soldiers on their summer maneuvers. This is the initial release with more to follow… in action.

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General Helmuth von Moltke

FW241 "General Helmuth von Moltke"

Helmuth von Moltke (1848-1916) first saw active service in the Franco / Prussian War of 1870. Rapidly rising through the ranks of the officer corps he became aide-de-camp to Kaiser WilhelmⅡ, thus becoming part of the Emperor’s inner circle.

In 1902 he was promoted to Lieutenant General and was given, two years later, the post of Deputy Chief of the General staff.

Here he inspects the Prussian Infantry on maneuvers.

Mounted Prussian Line Infantry Officer

FW242 "Mounted Prussian Line Infantry Officer"

Accompanying the General on his tour of inspection is one of the Prussian Regiment’s own senior officers, complete with binos.

Prussian Line Infantry Rifleman / Bugler

FW247 "Prussian Line Infantry Rifleman / Bugler"

Apart from regular regimental musicians most Line Infantry regiments also relied on additional buglers drawn from its ranks of riflemen.

Prussian Line Infantry Present Arms

FW248 "Prussian Line Infantry Present Arms"

With so many ‘top brass’ around this rifleman smartly offers a formal salute in the form of ‘present arms’ to his superiors.

AVAILABILITY: NOW!

3. "Hard-At-Work"

Hong Kong has always been justly famous for the quality of its tailoring. Back in the day all kinds of tailoring operations could be found all over the great port city and gateway to China.

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The Chinese Sewing Lady (Gloss)

HK296G "The Chinese Sewing Lady (Gloss)"

Using a Singer sewing machine imported from the West this Chinese lady employs all her skills and talents to create a new garment the echoes the more traditional style and colour of the East.

The Chinese Sewing Lady (Matt)

HK296M "The Chinese Sewing Lady (Matt)"

Using a Singer sewing machine imported from the West this Chinese lady employs all her skills and talents to create a new garment the echoes the more traditional style and colour of the East.

AVAILABILITY: NOW!

4. "ARTILLERY ON THE COAST"

In the aftermath of Imperial Japan’s rapid ‘blitzkrieg’ across the Asia Pacific region in 1941 and 1942 a large number of captured coastal artillery guns were dismantled and repositioned all across a chain of islands in the Pacific.

These islands were to provide a strong fortified barrier against any expected Allied counterattack aimed at Japan itself.

Entire British, French, Dutch and American coastal batteries were dismantled and then reinstalled in dozens of lonely, island outposts throughout this newly-won Japanese empire. All of them prepared to open fire on their previous ‘owners’.

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The Japanese Coastal Gun

JN067 "The Japanese Coastal Gun"

This French-made 155mm gun first served during WW1. Afterwards some were adapted and shipped out to French Indochina and used in coastal batteries protecting the ports of Saigon in the South and Haiphong in the North.

The same guns, captured in mainland France, were also utilized by the Germans to help defend their ‘Atlantic Wall’.

This model has been recamouflaged in a typical Japanese colour scheme similar in design and composition to Japanese armour of the same WW2 period.

Japanese Coastal Gun Crew Set

JN068 "Japanese Coastal Gun Crew Set"

This 4-man set of IJA gunners is the perfect accompaniment to JN067.

AVAILABILITY: NOW!

5. "RED NAVY REINFORCEMENTS"

Four more Russian Naval Infantry go on the attack against the all-mighty Wehrmacht!

All four of these figures were suggested by dedicated collectors of the Russian Naval Infantry and provide a little extra firepower against the hated invaders and despoilers of Mother Russia

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RNI Standing Firing Moisant Nagant Rifle

RA088 "RNI Standing Firing Moisant Nagant Rifle"

This bolt-action rifle combined a simple, straight forward design with a 5 x round box magazine. Its long service life from 1892 until late in WW2 testifies to its sturdiness and reliability.

Our standing Naval Infantryman leans forward while he aims his weapon and takes the shot.

RNI Kneeling Firing Rifle

RA089 "RNI Kneeling Firing Rifle"

Again, this Naval Infantryman is using the Moisant Nagant... this time in the kneeling position.

RNI Advancing w/MP40

RA090 "RNI Advancing w/MP40"

This particular Naval Infantrymen has acquired a much coveted German MP40... Better known as the ‘Schmeisser’.

Unlike the Russian sub machine gun the German MP40 was a finely-detailed and expertly-made weapon. Our Naval Infantryman carefully moves forward his MP40 at the ‘ready’.

RNI Lying Prone Sniper

RA091 "RNI Lying Prone Sniper"

With more than 300,000 specialist sniper rifles produced these particular Moisant Nagant weapons were a familiar sight on the Eastern Front battlefields.

AVAILABILITY: NOW!

6. "GOOD MORNING VIETNAM!"

What’s a ‘DISPATCHES’ without a little ‘VIETNAM’… Here are two new additions…

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Marines on Patrol

VN109 "Marines on Patrol "

The first three Marines of a section that will be on patrol when finally complete.

The two ‘light green’ marines are carrying their M16’s while the ‘dark green’ ‘Grunt’ is humping the M60.

Marines Mortar Team

VN116 "Marines Mortar Team"

These two ‘Grunts’ prepare to fire their mortar at the enemy. It was said during the Battle of Hue in early 1968 that mortar fire caused the greatest number of casualties... on both sides!

AVAILABILITY: NOW!

7. "FLYING THE FLAG"

From the biggest firebase to the loneliest outpost all across Vietnam it was important to show your ‘colours’… both to announce your presence and… to annoy the enemy!

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The Australian Base Flag Set

SP116 "The Australian Base Flag Set"

Using a trio of soil-filled, 50 gallon oil drums as a base topped by a few sandbags a length a steel pole supports the national flag of Australia.

Flown since the beginning of the 20th Century, the flag consists of the British Blue Ensign joined by a large seven-pointed ‘Commonwealth Star’ and five smaller stars representing the constellation of the Southern Cross.

The American Base Flag Set

SP121 "The American Base Flag Set"

Similar to the above but flying the ‘Stars ‘n’ Stripes’.

AVAILABILITY: NOW!

8. "BEING RETIRED..."

As the new guys come in… some of the older ones go out…

Grab ‘em while you can!

A Taste of Real Chocolate from WW2 U.S. Airborne

DD289 "A Taste of Real Chocolate from WW2 U.S. Airborne"

A charming little vignette showing a young French girl clutching a small “Stars’n Stripes” in her tiny hands and greeting one of her U.S. Airborne “liberators”. As you can see this “Mohawk” Paratrooper belongs to the 101st. “Screamin’ Eagles” Division (the only unit that had some guys adopt the Mohican hair style).

Grateful for the welcome, this GI is offering some chocolate from his ‘C’ Rations to the young girl ... probably the first time she has ever tasted “Real American Chocolate”!

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.

D.DAY COMMANDERS PLANNING GROUP

DD315 "D.DAY COMMANDERS PLANNING GROUP"

Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower commanded a team of many of the best Allied military leaders of WW2 among them were...

Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Tedder (1890-1967), Ike’s Deputy Supreme Commander of the AEF (Allied Expeditionary Force). Tedder, a senior Royal Air Force officer was a loyal and trusted subordinate ensuring Gen. Eisenhower’s instructions were fully understood and carried out.

General Omar Bradley (1893-1981), the ‘soldiers general’, had a distinguished career even before D.Day having successfully commanded U.S. troops in North Africa and Sicily. He was chosen to command the First United States Army during the Invasion of Normandy and was responsible for both of the American landings at OMAHA and UTAH beaches. Later he took over the Twelfth United States Army Group which ultimately comprised 43 Divisions and over 1.3million men.

After WW2 he was promoted to become the 1st Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

General Bernard Montgomery (1887-1976) was Commander of Allied Ground Forces for the invasion and made major contributions to the original planning of ‘Overlord’. Although popular with soldiers and civilians, he could frequently be tactless and arrogant causing unnecessary conflict with his American allies and others.

After D.Day he was a key figure during the campaign in north west Europe and received the surrender of all German Forces in North Germany, Holland and Denmark in May 1945.

Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay (1883-1945), Commander in Chief of All Allied Naval Forces for ‘NEPTUNE’, the naval part of D.Day. Previously he had overseen and been responsible for the successful evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force at Dunkirk in 1940.

Ramsay’s long experience and naval skills greatly contributed to the Invasion’s success.

Sadly, he was killed in a plane crash on his way to meet Field Marshal Montgomery on 2 January 1945.

D.DAY MAP BOARD

Here is the large Map Board showing one of the many planning maps for D.Day complete with seaborne routes for the invasion fleet and the individual landing beaches for the American, British and Canadian forces.

Soldier Holding burp gun

RA024 "Soldier Holding burp gun"

Russian Tanker with Map

RA028 "Russian Tanker with Map"

Dressed in black overalls and wearing the distinctive padded, armoured vehicle helmet this officer is studying his map.

Winter Tanker with PPSH

RA029 "Winter Tanker with PPSH"

Wearing a warm sheepskin coat and carrying his machine pistol this tanker is taking the opportunity of a halt to stretch his legs.

Sitting burp gunner

RA046 "Sitting burp gunner"

A very useful “Tankrider”.

Sitting w/ Rifle

RA047 "Sitting w/ Rifle"

Kneeling w/ Rifle

RA048 "Kneeling w/ Rifle"

Red Army Platoon Leader

RA050 "Red Army Platoon Leader"

"Standing Guard Female Sniper"

RA055 ""Standing Guard Female Sniper""

The Russian Army of WW2 was the only army to employ women in a full combat role. This female sniper with her hessian-camouflaged rifle edges closer to the enemy.

Death to Fascists!

RA065 "Death to Fascists!"

Down below in the streets of the city small pockets of German resistance are still being “flushed-out” even as the red flag flies overhead. Here one Russian soldier leans over a dead enemy and takes a “potato-masher” stick grenade out of the German’s belt...Let’s hope it’s not booby-trapped.

Dead Russians

RA069 "Dead Russians"

Two of the fallen who have made the ultimate sacrifice for “Mother Russia”

The Souvenir Collector

RA071 "The Souvenir Collector"

All armies, given the opportunity, will loot when and where possible. Here, a Russian officer holds his machine pistol in one hand and carries off a bust of the Führer as a small momento of the battle.

Attack!

RA073 "Attack!"

As one Russian soldier urges his Comrades forward into the assault his comrade provides covering fire.

Captured!

RA076 "Captured!"

A solitary, unarmed German soldier is roughly handled by his Red Army captor ... He should consider himself lucky he is only being manhandled because he is Wehrmacht ... If he was Waffen SS ... He would be shot out of hand!

Corner Wall Tower

SP108X "Corner Wall Tower"

This K&C Xclusive is perfect for connecting our ‘Desert Village’ Wall Sections to extend and develop into a bigger display. Also useful for many other different historical periods.

Shotgun Ready

VN005 "Shotgun Ready"

During the Vietnam War Marines carried a variety of different weapons. Among the most effective both in close-quarter jungle conditions and in house-to-house fighting was the shotgun... A number of different makes were employed in the battle to retake HUE... Our Marine carries a ‘Mossberg 500’... Other favoured shotguns include the ‘Winchester Model 1912’ and the ‘Remington Model 870’. Special length barrels could also be ordered as short as 20 inches or as long as 36 inches.

Corpsman & Wounded Marine

VN009 "Corpsman & Wounded Marine"

This Kneeling Navy Corpsman has done his best to bandage up a seriously wounded ‘Grunt’... Now, they’re waiting for the transport to get the injured Marine back to the nearest Aid Station to have his wounds properly seen to.

Moving Supplies

VN028 "Moving Supplies"

A female V.C. shoulders a box of supplies while still keeping her rifle close at hand.

Shouting Instructions

VN037 "Shouting Instructions"

As VN036 sprints for cover his kneeling buddy shouts over to him.

Marine Grenadier

VN039 "Marine Grenadier"

Holding his M16 in his right hand and about to throw his M18 Red Smoke Grenade with his left.

Sitting & Waiting

VN047 "Sitting & Waiting"

As any combat veteran will tell you battle often means sitting and waiting for something to happen 90% of the time... And then being terrified out of your mind the remaining 10%!

This Marine is taking a break while he can.

Sitting Vehicle Commander with Binos

VN066 "Sitting Vehicle Commander with Binos"

A very useful seated commander, complete with ‘bone-dome’ scanning the surrounding countryside for any sight of ‘Victor Charlie’! This figure can be used with the M113 and also the upcoming Centurion Tank.

Michael Wittmann’s First Battlefield Tiger

WS352 "Michael Wittmann’s First Battlefield Tiger"

Michael Wittmann’s own ‘Tiger’ was now given the new number ‘1331’... ‘13’ being the new, enlarged company, ‘3’ for the platoon and the final ‘1’ for the position of platoon commander.

It was in this particular vehicle that the young untersturmfuhrer would go into action with during the biggest and fiercest tank battle of the Second World... KURSK.

This K&C model represents Michael Wittmann’s first Battlefield Tiger as it appeared on the opening day of the Kursk Offensive, 5th of July 1943.

On that day, despite driving over a Russian mine and one of his crew being injured Wittmann’s ‘Tiger’ destroyed eight T34’s and no less than seven of the much-feared Soviet anti tank guns.

As you can see there are 2 figures in the open hatches of the turret... Untersturmfuhrer Wittmann in the commander’s position and his gunner, Bobby Woll, enjoying a brief breath of fresh air... as he scans the surrounding area for fresh targets!

By the time the Kursk Offensive ended on July 17th the 29 year old Panzer ace and his crew were totally exhausted. They had however destroyed some 30 Soviet tanks and 28 anti tank guns!

This latest King & Country Tiger comes in a specially designed full-colour box with extra strong black foam insert.... All the better to protect the model and figures inside!

And that my friends is that for another month. I hope you find something of interest for your collection. If not, don’t fret about it, there will always be something new next month… and the month after that too.


Best wishes and... Happy Collecting!

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