NEW RELEASES FROM KING & COUNTRY!
“KUNG HEI FAT CHOI”, that’s Cantonese for “Happy Chinese New Year” in this the ‘Year of the Rat’ in the Lunar Calendar.
By the time you read this I will be in Texas meeting up with Laura, Amber and Jesse at Kings X to plan some exciting developments for our San Antonio store later this year.
In the meantime here’s a closer look at what King & Country are going to be releasing this month… So, let’s get on with it…
BEING RELEASED IN FEBRUARY…
1. "Walk A Mile In These Shoes!"
It’s very appropriate that we are beginning this month’s releases on ‘The Streets of Old Hong Kong’. Although this colourful and extensive range of figures, buildings and even Dragon Boats is rarely seen in collections in Europe or North America it is hugely popular here in Hong Kong and around Asia… and justly so!
HK291G "The Shoemaker Set (Gloss)"
A pair of Chinese custom shoemakers show off their latest efforts to one of their wealthy clients. Everything you see in the photo is included in this great little 3-figure set.
HK291M "The Shoemaker Set (Matt)"
AVAILABILITY: Mid February
2. "ANZAC Artillery"
Guns and gunners of the Royal Australian and Royal New Zealand Artillery were an important component of the ANZAC military commitment to South Vietnam from 1965 to the early 1970’s.
At first they employed the air mobile, Italian designed 105mm Pack Howitzer before converting over to the tried and tested American ‘105’ M2 Field Gun. By changing over to the US Army model spare parts and plenty of ammunition were readily available whenever and wherever required from US Supply Depots in South Vietnam.
VN076 "The ANZAC 105mm Gun & Crew Set"
Australian “Diggers” and New Zealand “Kiwis” have fought side-by-side as ANZACS since they were first militarily combined as the ‘Australian and New Zealand Army Corps’ in the early days of WW1.
During both World Wars they wore virtually the same uniforms with only their own unique military head gear to identify them as either ‘Aussie’ or ‘Kiwi’.
By the time of Vietnam their basic combat uniforms were broadly based on British Army tropical climate ‘OD’ (olive drab) of that period. Both armies wore the British-style bush hat.
This brand-new Gun Set shows 3 x gunners stripped to the waist manning their 105mm field piece... A kneeling, fully-clothed NCO watches over the men as they get to work firing and reloading their gun. This little set is a tribute to all ANZAC artillerymen who served in Vietnam.
Special Note: A later release will include a sand-bagged gun emplacement as well as extra shells and empty shell-cases.
3. "Somewhere in Normandy after D.Day"
In the days and weeks following the invasion of June 6, 1944, Allied troops quickly came to appreciate just how deadly and fiercely their German opponents defended their positions and almost brought the American, British and Canadian advance to a grinding halt.
Although vastly outnumbered in the air and even on the ground the German army fought with a grim determination borne of their experience on the battlefields of the Soviet Union and the Italian Front.
Here are two small reinforcements for K&C’s German troops fighting in Normandy.
WH096 "The Normandy Dispatch Rider"
A Wehrmacht Dispatch Rider on his Italian-made motor bike halts temporarily to avoid the patrolling Allied fighter bombers that made movement between different German units almost impossible during daylight hours in the Normandy campaign.
The rider himself is a veteran of the fighting in Italy as he wears Italian-pattern camouflage trousers.
WH098 "Panzer Lehr Command Vehicle"
One of the most famous German Panzer divisions taking part in the Battle of Normandy was the “Panzer Lehr”... Originally formed in Germany from training and demonstration troops (‘Lehr’ means ‘teach’) to provide additional armoured support for the anticipated Allied invasion of Europe. The division was in France when the invasion finally happened.
Here, you see the ‘Normandy’ version of our SdKfz 250/3 ‘Command Vehicle’ in typical 3-colour camouflage of the period. Inside the vehicle are 2 x full-body figures – a driver and a radio operator.
4. "Scots Wha Hae"
The Scottish Wars of Independence were an ongoing series of military campaigns fought between the Kingdoms of Scotland and England in the late 13th and early 14th centuries.
The wars were part of a great crisis for the Scots and the period when Scotland as a country defined its unique place in the history of the British Isles.
Robert the Bruce (1274-1329) became its most famous warrior king by successfully defeating the English Army under the command of Edward II at the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314 thereby helping to create the establishment of an independent Scottish kingdom.
Thirteen years later, in 1327, Edward’s son, Edward III renounced all claims to the Scottish kingdom and Scotland finally stood alone and proud… at least for a few hundred years.
MK200 "Robert the Bruce"
This mounted figure of “The Bruce” is closely modeled on the actual monument designed by Charles Pilkington Jackson which overlooks the battlefield of Bannockburn near Stirling in Scotland.
Unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen in 1964 it shows Bruce mounted on his mighty warhorse and holding a battleaxe in his right hand.
Colourful, dramatic and impressive it makes a worthy addition to K&C’s other medieval Scottish warriors.
AVAILABILITY: Mid-Late February
5. "To The Last Bullet... And The Last Man"
From a battlefield in medieval Scotland to another battlefield in southeast Montana Territory…
Three small but exciting releases for our “Real West” series depicting Custer’s Last Stand at the Battle of Little Bighorn on June 25, 1876…
TRW165 "The Last Aimed Shot"
A dismounted 7th Cavalry trooper uses his horse as cover as he takes careful aim with his carbine at one of his Indian opponents.
TRW166 "Die Longknife!"
Two Cheyenne ‘Dog Soldiers’ hack mercilessly at another unfortunate U.S. Cavalry trooper. (3 x figure set)
TRW167 "Fighting To The End"
Back-to-back, these two wounded troopers must know their end is near but still they are determined to put up a fight to the last... (2 x figure set)
AVAILABILITY: Mid-Late February
6. "In The Age of Napoleon"
Two senior officers and a mounted Aide de Camp gallop alongside their earlier released Emperor and some of his favourite generals.
NA441 "Galloping Aide de Camp"
Resplendent in his dark blue uniform and sporting the distinctive red and gold armband of one of the Emperor’s own select band of ADC’s this officer must stay close to the great man himself in order to be on hand to deliver any and all kinds of important messages and instructions.
NA443 "General Jean-Pierre Doumerc"
Jean-Pierre Doumerc (1767-1847) joined a French cavalry unit at the beginning of the French revolution and rapidly rose to command an entire ‘Cuirassier’ regiment by the time Napoleon came to power.
During the wars and campaigns of the Emperor, Documerc first led cavalry brigades and later divisions in many of the most important battles of that era.
Our K&C representation shows him wearing the extravagant general’s bicorn atop his senior Cuirassier officer’s uniform and metal breastplate.
NA445 "General Jean-Baptiste Bessieres"
Bessieres (1768-1813) was a Marshal of the Empire during the Napoleonic era.
A great personal friend of the Emperor he campaigned with him in Italy and Egypt before becoming a senior cavalry commander of Napoleon’s own Guard Cavalry.
He subsequently went on to take part in many other notable battles and campaigns in Europe before being killed in action in 1813.
Bessieres was not of high birth but adopted the manners and style of a gentleman. He typically wore the distinctive green uniform of his original regiment ‘Guides of the Army of Italy’ and wore his hair long and ‘powdered’ in the style of the ‘Ancien Regime’... And that’s how we have portrayed him.
NA453 "The Apple Seller"
Armies of Napoleon’s time relied on most of their food being supplied, bought or stolen from whichever country or community they were marching through. This young woman has a basketful of fresh apples to sell to the soldiers as they pass through or near her family orchard.
AVAILABILITY: Mid February
7. "On The Streets of Olde London"
A third version of our very popular horse transport from the time of Sherlock Holmes… or Charles Dickens.
WoD067 "The Green Hansom Cab Set"
As stated before another very useful addition to any street scene in Olde London.
8. "The Big Bamboo"
Bamboo can be found all over Asia and is frequently used for buildings as well as a food source and for raw materials. Bamboo has a higher specific comprehensive strength than wood, brick or concrete and a tensile strength that rivals even steel.
It’s also an essential part of any diorama that features K&C’s WW2 Japanese and US Marines as well as our Vietnam War ranges… Now you can purchase bags of various length, 1:30 scale bamboo stalks to give your jungle displays that extra touch of authenticity..
SP110 "Bamboo Pack"
9 x lengths of Bamboo in three approx. different sizes(16.5cm, 13cm, 12cm or 6.5”, 5.25”,4.5”). And at a great value price!
9. "Being Retired..."
As per usual here is what is disappearing…. Grab it while you can!
HOC001 "Dr. Sun Yat-Sen"
Our first K&C “Heroes of China” figure - Dr. Sun (1866-1925) was the first president and founding father of the Republic of China. He played a vital role in the overthrow of the decadent and corrupt Qing Dynasty. Dr Sun Yat-Sen was a uniting figure in the turbulent, post imperial China and remains a greatly revered leader to both sides of the Taiwan Straits.
Here he is in the dress uniform of a General of the Army in the new Republic.
IF030 "Italian Officer of Askaris"
Italy raised many regiments and battalions of Native Troops to serve in Ethiopia, Somalia and Libya… both before and during the early part of the Second World War… All of them led by Italian officers. This officer is a typical example.
LAH221 "The SS Marriage Set"
For members of Himmler’s SS any kind of Religious connections were definitely ‘frowned upon’... even weddings.
Most SS marriages were civil ceremonies and here is one such scene... An Algemeine SS (General SS) officer and his bride pose after the ceremony.
Note the officer is not wearing the usual black jodhpurs and boots but the less common long dress trousers.
RAF035 "Typhoon Pilot"
Enjoying a welcome smoke" and a cup of "Char" this pilot is taking a welcome breather between ops!"
A new" version of an old favourite… from our Battle of Britain set of RAF Ground Crew dating back almost 20 years!"
RAF073 "Wing Commander Bob Stanford-Tuck"
Stanford-Tuck joined the RAF in 1935. He first saw combat during the Fall of France over Dunkirk and went on to become an “ace” several times over during the Battle of Britain.
He was shot down over France in January 1942 when his tally of “kills” numbered 27 and 2 shared.
He survived imprisonment in the infamous Colditz and the war and enjoyed a successful career postwar during which he even became a friend of his old opponent, Adolf Galland.
WH003 ""Out of Danger!""
Another Medic and a fellow soldier pull another seriously wounded comrade out of harm’s way.
WH034 "Field Marshal Friedrich Paulus"
The ill-fated commander of the German 6th Army at Stalingrad. Our figure is based on an image of a dejected and haggard Paulus marching into Russian captivity after the surrender of his forces in the beleaguered Soviet city.
Hitler expected that the Field Marshal would commit suicide rather than surrender. While in Russian captivity Paulus became a vocal critic of the Nazis...Released in 1953 he lived the rest of his life in what was then communist East Germany. He died in 1957.
WH048 "WW2 Wehrmacht Sitting Soldiers"
A set of 4 sitting German riflemen in various poses and suitable for inclusion with many of K&C’s fighting vehicles trucks, tanks and half-tracks or just sitting by the road side.
WH068 "Tank Repair Commander"
A standing Panzer officer as can be seen by his short black “Panzer Wrap” jacket and black M43 Field Cap.
WH072 "Death in Berlin"
A lone dead German Soldier lies in front of a stone Berlin city marker... The end of the 1,000 year Reich... In just 12 years!
10. "End-Of-The-Run Remainders "
Every single month throughout the year, King & Country introduces a whole raft of new releases for collectors and dealers all over the world.
At the same time we also retire older items. Often these are snapped up as well however, in a number of cases, we still have some items remaining that we wish to offer collectors and dealers at some very attractive prices in order to make space for our incoming inventory. So our loss is your gain!
Here is the first selection… Available while stocks last!
BBG048 "Sd. Kfz. 234/1 Schwerer Panzerspahwagen"
A mighty beast of a reconnaissance vehicle. This 8-wheeled behemoth has been snow-camouflaged" and comes with a seated, full-body vehicle commander in the turret which mounts a 20mm cannon as well as an MG42 Machine Gun… A great winter add-on!"
DD125 "US Military Policeman"
An always useful USMP directing traffic somewhere near Normandy, June 1944.
DD161 "US Armoured Jeep"
A summer version of our highly successful “Battle of the Bulge” armoured jeep… No snow-chains this time, just regular wheels but there is an all-new driver figure. A very useful new Jeep for any Normandy ’44 collection!
DD174 "Humber Heavy Utility"
These rugged command cars were the inspiration for the long-wheel base Land Rovers of the Post-war era. Our one comes with a driver and is in typical Mickey Mouse" camo."
One of the more pleasant aspects of the Allied drive through France was the rapturous welcome “Tommies” and “Yanks” received when they liberated French towns and villages.
Here this “Tom” is delighted to get an enthusiastic hug and a kiss from a pretty young French girl.
DD189 "Valentine MK III"
This third and final version of the K&C “Valentine” tank is in the markings of the British 11th. Armored Division.
Formed in 1941, the division was kept in the U.K. for home defense but eventually landed on Juno Beach on D.DAY + 7. Thereafter it took part in the liberation of France before capturing the Belgian port city of Antwerp. From Belgium it moved into Holland. In March 1945 it crossed the Rhine and captured the German city of Lubeck before uncovering the horror of the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen.
Our 11th.Armoured “Valentine” belongs to the 3/5 Royal Tank Regiment and appears as it would have in the months leading up to D.Day.
A half-body tank commander figure is included.
DD223 "M3A3 “Stuart” Light Tank"
Named after the famous Confederate Cavalry leader our little “Stuart” is in the markings of the 5th Royal Tank Regiment and belongs to the 22nd Armoured Brigade of the famous British 7th. Armoured Division (The Desert Rats). Apart from its small 37mm main gun it is equipped with 2 x .30 caliber machine guns and a half-body tank commander.
DD225 ""US M20 Armoured Car""
Fast, agile and always ready these speedy, lightly-armed vehicles were often the eyes and ears of battlefield commanders throughout the European Theatre of Operations.
This "summer" version of the M20 comes with a standing vehicle commander plus a partial body M20 driver.
DD231 "Dead And Gone"
A commando has "taken-out" a lone German sentry...Here he drags the body away to conceal the evidence as other Germans wonder "What happened to Fritz?"
DD232 "Kneeling with Rifle"
Crouching down, this Commando is on the alert for the approach of any other German sentries or patrols.
DD235 ""A Quick Knee to the Groin""
The polite way of saying... "a swift knee to the balls!" Fighting in a non - conventional manner demands utilizing all methods of hand-to-hand fighting... none of them nice... as these two figures amply illustrate.
DD269 "War Paint"
One of the most iconic photos of the pre D.Day operation was the 101st Paratroopers who having shaved their hair into “Mohawk” style now painted their faces in a similar manner...Only some guys in the 101 did this!
LAH149 "Panzerjager 1"
When the Leibstandarte was incorporated into the Waffen SS this was one of the first armoured vehicles they were equipped with. The set includes the vehicle commander.
MK141 "The German Tent"
With the Germanic-style eagle at the top and the simple black and white colours this little tented structure belongs to a Knight from north of the Rhine.
MK142 "The English Tent"
A simple red on white crusader cross and the colours signify the presence of an English Knight.
And as the old cartoons used to say… “That’s All For Now, Folks!”
Hope you find something for you here…
Best wishes and... Happy Collecting!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country