FEBRUARY is upon us and… it’s going to be one very busy month!!!! On the 24th of the month Helen, Patrick and yours truly are off on our travels again… This time it’s the “WESTCOASTER” and one of the two big U.S Collector events we take part in every year. This year’s show is a wee bit earlier—on Sunday the 28th. Although K&C will be “on site” from Wednesday 24th.
After the Show
we’re flying direct to Boston to do a “meet ‘n’ greet” at Matt
Murphy’s “Hobby Bunker” store on Tuesday, 2nd. March.
After that I rejoin
the gang at Kings X in
And among all of this on the 14, 15, 16 February it’s Chinese New Year… the Year of the Tiger… “KUNG HEI FAT CHOY!” or put another way… Happy Chinese New Year!
Now, down to business…
1. WHAT’S BEING RELEASED IN FEBRUARY?
A. “Welcome to the Real Old West!”
At long last, the long-awaited second release of “The REAL WEST” series… More Dragoons… more Injuns… and even more action!!!
A dismounted Dragoon takes careful aim with his carbine.
Another foot Dragoon… pistol in one hand trying hold on to his rearing mount.
Standing next to his wounded horse this Dragoon spins around to face the enemy.
TRW012 “Mounted Dragoon Corporal w/Pistol”
TRW013 “Scout firing Carbine”
TRW014 “Mounted Warrior w/Bow and Arrow”
TRW015 “Mounted Warrior w/Lance”
TRW016 “Warrior firing Musket”
TRW017 “Running Warrior w/Carbine”
TRW018 “Charging Warrior w/Axe”
TRW019 “Warrior firing Bow and Arrow”
Note: All of our Indians are painted in
Southern Plains Indian style using Comanche, Sioux and
Well, here it is our newest and biggest release of German “KRIEGSMARINE” figures and fighting accessories… if you can call a midget U boat an accessory! 13 individual figures (including 3 special personalities), two very different vehicles and, of course, our first-ever submarine.
Whether on sea or on dry land the ability to make signals using only flags was a time-honoured naval tradition.
was one of the outstanding U Boat aces of the early part of WW2 and the first
to win the coveted “Knight’s Cross”. His submarine U47 sank over 200,000
tons of Allied Shipping including the British battleship, “HMS
Prien and U47
went missing on
This Kriegsmarine sailor is on watch… padded life jacket, steel helmet and flash hood in place.
All branches of the German armed forces had their own “chained-dogs” to enforce base security and discipline.
Part of a ship or naval base security detail.
Same as above… but moving.
KM009 “Sentry Duty” (Parade Dress)
This sailor is in summer parade uniform.
Our very latest “Strictly Limited” release… the type 127 U Boot “SEEHUND” (The Seal). This was the most successful of Nazi Germany’s mini submarines created during WW2.
Designed in 1944 and operated by a two-man crew the Kriegsmarine operated these boats during the closing nine months of the war.
Each midget U boat carried two “G7e torpedoes” on either side of the hull.
Although a total of
1,000 Seehunds were ordered just 285 entered
service. Our K&C model is finished in a typical mottled “leopard”
camouflage of sea green on a light sea g
Each boat comes complete with its own special wheeled transport “cradle” and towing rod.
Just 750 of this unique little U Boat are being produced.
A second K&C version of the venerated leader of the Kriegsmarine’s submarine arm. Here the admiral is dressed in his everyday working uniform and stands, arms folded, talking to one of his men.
KM013 “Korvettenkapitan Otto Kretschmer”
Another of Donitz’s most famous U Boat aces, Kretschmer and boats under his command sank almost 300,000 tons of Allied shipping between 1939 and 1941 when he was captured.
He rejoined the Bundesmarine in 1955 finally retiring in 1965 as a “Flotilla Admiral”.
Sadly, he died in a boating accident in 1998.
Wearing typical seagoing uniform this young officer is issuing orders.
Wearing a life vest and carrying his toolkit this U boat man is about to board his vessel.
This German naval officer sits comfortably in his BMW 327 Sports Car… Is he going on leave or just returning to duty?
AVAILABILITY: Mid February
KM017 “Sd.Kfz.9 Famo Recovery Vehicle”
More than 2,500 of these heavy recovery vehicles were produced during the war in many various versions. Although most were used in Artillery or Armoured units a fair number were used by the Kriegsmarine to move heavy items around naval bases and dockyards.
Our Famo is in field g
The Driver is included.
AVAILABILITY: Mid March
C. “KUNG HEI FAT CHOY!” (Happy Chinese New Year!)
Four nice and colourful little sets to celebrate the Year of the Tiger.
Wearing a giant paper mache mask this street clown is a familiar sight at any Chinese celebration.
A really beautifully detailed set… Two grandparents accept special gifts from their children and one of their grandchildren.
This set includes chairs and exquisite miniature Chinese furniture.
A young child tries to sneak up and get a taste of the delicious food presented on the table. This set also includes four chairs.
Three little kids… full of mischief.
It’s time to return to the early morning
Two 101st. Airborne paratroopers in all-new poses descend on their
fully-deployed canopies… somewhere in
Another two… completely
different… US 82nd. Airborne
troopers float down somewhere near Ste. Mere Eglise…
2. ALSO BEING RELEASED IN MARCH…
Seven very interesting “add-ons” to the Rogue’s Gallery of attendees at Hitler’s little hideaway in the mountains…
Konstantin Hierl, Reicharbeitsfuhrer of the paramilitary German Labour Service giving the Nazi “Heil Hitler” salute.
LAH105 “Heinrich Himmler Relaxing”
One of the Third Reich’s most feared and hated men… Reichsfuhrer SS Himmler enjoying a cup of coffee while sitting on one of the Berghof’s sun loungers.
LAH106 “EVA BRAUN”
Hitler’s long-time mistress and, briefly, wife. She met him when only 17 and working as an assistant to his personal photographer. By all accounts, friendly, outgoing and totally disinterested in politics.
Another of the most feared and hated characters in the Third Reich. Doomed to meet a well-deserved end at the hands of Czech patriots in 1942.
Just a little outdoor furniture for the patio of the Berghof. Accurately based on photographs of the real thing. Two in the set.
of the “Hitlerjugend” and “Gauleiter” of
important man in the Third Reich and Head of the German Labour
Front. He killed himself
while awaiting trial in
Finally, K&C has mobilized its “L’Armee francaise” and les Poilus march off to battle resplendent in their colourful uniforms of long blue coats, red pantaloons and scarlet and blue kepis…
This first release focuses on the soldiers marching to the front as they would have appeared in those first days and weeks of the war to end all wars!
FW060 “General Joffre”
The ample figure of “Papa” Joffre inspired confidence in the public, his men and his fellow officers. Cool, calm and collected, Joffre was a “steady hand at the tiller” of the French Army in those early days. He is best known for regrouping the retreating Allied Armies and defeating the Germans at the First Battle of the Marne in 1914.
Foch, was recognized by many, as the “most original mind in the French Army”. Initially serving as a subordinate to Joffre he later became Supreme Commander of all Allied Armies in 1918.
Proud and confident this mounted figure leads his troops forward.
A bearded Lieutenant, sword in hand advances.
Three differently posed “Poilus” journey to the front.
A single “add-on” that can be collected in multiples to make a grand parade.
A handsome little piece based on a Detaille illustration of a classic French Poilu.
This pensive soldier holds the reins on his General’s mount.
Music plays an important part in virtually every army… including the French. This Drum Major instructs his musicians…
FW071 “Auf Wiedersen”
This is the first of a unique series of poignant little vignettes depicting troops of three countries departing for the War.
This German “Soldat” tries to comfort his weeping fiancé as his Regiment departs.
FW072 “Au Revoir”
A different country… a different parting… As his wife holds his rifle this Poilu fondly cradles his small baby. Will he ever see them again?
A Scottish soldier embraces his sweetheart as he goes off to war.
Two more great (and
useful looking) additions to the four already released pieces… Together
they make a fine setting for Ancient
SP035 “The Village House”
SP036 “The Wall”
All over the Eastern Front and behind the front lines the German Army fought a long and increasingly bitter war against regular and irregular forces…
WS134 “PANZER III”
Another alternative to our earlier released Afrika Korps version. This Panzer comes in the distinctive 3-colour camouflage typical of the mid war period.
This particular model is suitable for both East and West Front displays.
Russian Cossack cavalry have the distinction of having fought both for and against Stalin’s Red Army.
On the German side
they fought with great valour and ruthlessness
especially on Anti-Partisan duties in
At the end of the war most of these German Cossack units retreated westwards and surrendered to the British Forces. They were then handed over to the Russians… expecting and receiving little mercy.
A dismounted Cossack field policeman with an unfortunate Partisan suspect.
Wearing the traditional Cossack costume (with German badges) this officer, sabre in hand, is issuing orders.
Scanning the horizon for enemy activity.
Looking to the right this Cossack, rifle held steady, is on patrol.
WS146 “Cossack holding Rifle”
Looking to the Left and with his rifle across the front of his saddle this is another member of the patrol.
This young Cossack is awaiting inspection.
Another member of the patrol indicating while making his report.
This German cavalry officer was the commander of the Cossack Cavalry Corps. Extremely popular with his men he often wore Cossack uniform.
After the war he chose to remain with his men when they were handed over to the Russians. He was executed by the Soviets in 1947.
3. BEING RETIRED
Nothing last month but quite a little batch this month…
Three of our most
popular and famous
RTA015 “Davy Crockett”
RTA019 “Col. William B. Travis”
Why the retirals of these best-sellers? Well, cos we’ve got brand-new ones in the pipeline!
Our first British WW1 troops are going West… plus a couple of Germans.
FW002 “Kaiser's Aide De Camp”
FW003 “Crown Prince”
FW024 “Sir John French”
FW026 “Kneeling Firing Rifle”
FW027 “Standing Firing Rifle”
FW028 “Standing Ready”
FW029 “Lying Loading Rifle”
FW030 “Lying Firing Rifle”
FW031 “Battlefield First-Aid”
FW032 “Pointing Subaltern”
FW033 “Vickers Machine Gun Set”
And that my friends is that… Hope you find something in there to tickle your fancies.
In the meantime I hope to see some of you guys in the States… Best wishes to one and all!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country