This past month (October) has been one of the busiest in K&C’s 28-year history…
As usual at this time of the year
After 20 years in the same third floor location in Hong Kong’s premier shopping mall, “Pacific Place” we’re moving into a brand-new and bigger store one floor below our present K&C shop. This new venue gives us the opportunity to present a different style of toy soldier shop to our existing collectors and potential new ones.
The design-style of the new K&C
store has been strongly influenced by two particular
In addition we believe (and hope) it’s even more inviting and welcoming… we’ll post photos soon so you can see for yourself.
Anyway, as I write this “DISPATCHES” we’re closing the old store at 8:30pm tonight and opening the new one at 11:00am tomorrow morning… it’s a lot of work but it will be well worth it… both for K&C collectors and K&C itself.
So, without further ado… let’s see what November and December has to offer…
1. APPEARING THIS NOVEMBER…
Near the end of each year, as the
first snow falls (at least in the
In October we presented our American
Forces release… now it’s the turn of the Germans… As American troops pull
BBG040 “Take Some!”
An SS Panzergrenadier
offers to share some of his captured
BBG041 “Prisoner & Escort”
A hapless GI forlornly trudges into captivity followed closely by his German captor
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.
BBG047 “Machine Gunner”
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!
BBG049 “Stug. III Ausf. G”
One of Nazi Germany’s best and most produced self-propelled guns. This is K&C’s first brand-new STUG for several years and is camouflaged in a typical, late-war 2-tone camouflage. As you can see not all “BULGE” fighting vehicles were “snow-camouflaged” or had the side-skirts.
Set includes the 1/2 body tank commander.
BBG050 “Winter Traffic”
With all this “heavy-metal” on the roads someone’s got to keep the traffic moving… The familiar “chained-dog” of the Feldgendarmerie could be seen all German battlefields.
BBG051 “The Sniper”
Taking a swift “smoke-break” this Waffen SS expert marksman prepares, once more, to take the fight to the enemy.
Note the typical SS-issue “Parka” the Sniper is wearing…distributed to members of the Waffen SS exclusively.
BBG052 “Suspicious Trooper”
This soldier is carrying the
brand-new German Assault Weapon… Only a few thousand were available for
front-line troops fighting in the
Our model looks like he’s just heard something and is about to investigate.
AVAILABLE: BBG041-42, 047-48, 050-052: Early November
BBG049: Mid to late November
From the freezing cold of a European winter to the tropical heat of K&C’s home city…
HK201G “Marching HK Policeman” (Gloss finish)
HK201M “Marching HK Policeman” (Matt finish)
AVAILABLE: Early November
Another geographical move… From the
sun-drenched (and very tropical) Far East all the way back to the very
dry (and hot)
LOJ011 “In The Carpenter’s Shop”
Here we see a teenage Jesus eagerly assisting his earthly father Joseph the Carpenter. As Joseph uses a “plane” on his large workbench his son carries over a plank of wood. The set includes the two figures plus the workbench and a pile of wooden planks.
LOJ012 “The Water Carrier”
A woman is on her way to the village well to pick up some fresh water. Balancing the clay jug on her head she also has a basket of fresh oranges to sell at the well.
During the life of Jesus and
for many years later the Romans were the military power in this part of the
LOJ013 “Standing Roman Auxiliary”
Auxiliaries, although armed like their Legionnary comrades, were quite different in appearance.
Many units wore blue as their uniform colour. Their shields were also blue with particular designs on the front peculiar to the Auxiliaries themselves.
LOJ014 “Auxiliary w/ Shield and Spear”
On parade… or on guard duty… the choice is yours.
LOJ015 “Walking Auxiliary”
Spear in one hand… shield in the other…
LOJ016 “Marching Auxiliary”
Spear on shoulder… shield in hand and ready for anything!
LOJ017 “The Centurion”
Many, if not most, of the Auxiliary officers were regular Roman soldiers seconded to an Auxiliary Unit for a specific length of service.
Here he is issuing “orders of the day” from a wax tablet.
AVAILABLE: Mid November
Special Note: More Romans are in the pipeline…
D. “SONS OF THE EMPIRE”
Three brand-new Ludhiana Sikhs to bolster up your Indian Army collection…
SOE005 “LSR Kneeling Firing Rifle”
This Sikh rifleman takes careful aim… Every bullet, well-aimed eliminates at least one of the Queen Empress’ many enemies.
SOE009 “LSR Reloading”
Another Sikh rifleman chambers a round into his rifle.
SOE013 “Standing British Officer”
Cool, calm and collected this officer indicates to his men the enemy positions.
AVAILABLE: Late November (we hope)/ Early December
2. “COMING IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS”
This festive Season promises a big,
bundle of “goodies” from Santa’s little helpers at K&C in
A. “VIVE LE ROI”
the King!” French royalty and nobility played
an important role in all of the Crusades… fighting alongside and sometimes
leading the armies of Christendom in their mighty struggle to regain the
Here are the first three French crusaders…
MK084 “King Philip II of
Philip went on the “Third Crusade” (1189-1192) with Richard
the Lionheart of England. His army captured the
important citadel of Acre in 1191 before ill-health forced his return to
Our K&C mounted figure shows him greeting his soldiers and wearing the traditional blue surcoat decorated with the royal “fleur de lys”.
MK085 “The King’s Banner Knight”
Carrying the King’s personal standard this mounted Knight follows closely behind his “liege-lord”.
MK088 “Royal Man-at-Arms with Banner”
Another of King Philip’s retainers… this one from the King’s own household troops and carrying a smaller version of the Royal Banner.
AVAILABLE: Early December
B. “As camp as a row of bell tents!”
That’s an old British witticism to describe a person who may (or may not be) a trifle “Limp-wristed”…
And now here is the real bell tent…
Used as a single or in multiples they can help transform any tented area in a display or diorama… see for yourself…
AVAILABLE: Early December
Two colourful new additions to this best-selling series…
HK191 “The Chinese Gateway”
A superb rendition of a traditional three-entrance
gateway seen all over
HK194 “Paper Windmill Stall”
Another common sight in what was old
AVAILABLE: Mid December
LIGHT HORSE AT
This is one of K&C’s most popular military ranges and… one of the most original. Its popularity now allows us to have 2 sets of releases in the year instead of just one!
AL027 “Australian Staff Officer”
Haldane, a staff officer belonging to
Gen. Chauvel’s Light Horse H.Q. observe the
Turkish defenses at
AL028 “General Sir Edmund Allenby”
of all British and Empire Forces in
AL029 “Sir Harry Chauvel”
Chauvel was the first Australian to become a Lieutenant General and
command an entire Army Corps. At
AL030 “Heliograph Set”
In a war where the wireless and telephone were still in their infancy the ancient method of signaling by reflected sunlight was still valued. Here two Light Horse signalers are at work… reading the signals coming in and preparing to reply.
AVAILABLE: Mid December
E. “ACHTUNG LUFTWAFFE!”
December sees the release of K&C’s latest warbird… the Messerschmitt Bf.109 “Emil”… together with a pair of refueling carts and two well-known German air aces….
LW034 “Airfield Refueling Carts”
These two hand-drawn carts were a
familiar sight on Luftwaffe airfields through the Second World War… From
LW044 Werner Molder’s Messerschmitt Bf109 “Emil”
This “E” model 109 is in the
personal markings of Oberst
Werner Molders, one of
The aircraft we have portrayed is one Molders flew when he took command of JG51 in July 1940. At that time he was the Luftwaffe’s youngest “Kommodore”. His best friend was another top German ace… Adolf Galland.
Just 500 of this particular aircraft are being produced.
LW046 “Oberst Leutnant Gunther Lutzow”
LW047 “Kommodore Helmet Wick”
Wick achieved 56 victories before and during the
AVAILABLE: Early December
3. TIME FOR RETIREMENTS
As per usual there’s a fair old bunch of “goodies” that are making room for the “new stuff”… Check ‘em out…
AK049 “AK Tank Riders Set”
AK052 “FunkKraftwagen Afrika Korps”
BBA029 “G.I. Drinking”
BBA036 “Half-Track Passenger”
BBG011 “Command Group”
DD116 “Cromwell Mk. IV Tank”
MK030 “Saracen Drawing Sword”
MK031 “Sacacen Crossbow Ready”
MK046 “Knight w/ Axe”
NA086 “Scots Grey Slashing”
WS083 “General Hasso Von Manteuffel”
WS085 “Moving Forward”
WS086 “Prepare to Fire!”
And that the story so far, best personal wishes to one and all!
Andy C. Neilson
Co- Founder & Creative Director
King & Country