By the time you receive this edition of “DISPATCHES” the “Chicago Show” will be over and done with and Helen (our Managing Director), Gordon (Master Diorama Builder) and myself will be down in San Antonio visiting Laura (Cofounder of K&C) and our great team at KINGS X right next to the Alamo in the historic Menger Hotel (where Teddy Roosevelt recruited his Rough Riders).
After a Chicago Show is, for us, just as important as before and during. We collect our thoughts… analyze dealers’ and collectors comments’ and suggestions… dissect our competition’s “shock ‘n’ awe”… or lack of it… And reevaluate our own performance, future plans, strategies and… tactics.
We also have a lot of fun as well! Visiting Laura’s ranch…
horseback riding… shooting guns… and eating lots of great
Anyway back to basics… here’s all the latest info…
1. AVAILABLE THIS OCTOBER…
LAH087 “Der Fuhrer’s New Staff Car”
When K&C redid the big Mercedes 6 wheel Staff car for “Hitler’s
AVAILABILITY: Mid to Late October
LAH097 “The Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler Regimental Band”
A full 21-piece marching Regimental Band of the premier SS regiment “Leibstandarte Adolf Hitler”.
Led by their Drum Major this large set is sure to be the
centre-piece of any “
When you buy this complete 21-piece set K&C also adds on the extra-special LAH098 “Schellenbaum Carrier”… ABSOLUTELY FREE!
The complete band comes in its own special box.
In addition, for those collectors wanting to build an even bigger musical display or those building up their band piece-by-piece we offer the following musician figures on an individual basis…
LAH097(A) “Side Drummer”
LAH097(B) “Bass Drummer”
LAH097(E) “Bassoon Player”
LAH097(I) “Tuba Player”
LAH097(J) “French Horn Player”
LAH097(M) “Drum Major”
LAH098 “Schellenbaum Carrier”
Every winter, for the last few years, we’ve introduced
several sets of figures and fighting vehicles that can be used for “
BBG015 “Winter Schwimmwagen”
Not quite as ubiquitous as the Kubelwagen, the Schwimmwagen was still a fairly common sight on German battlefronts on the East and Western Fronts.
This new model has the top cover up and has been given a thin coat of whitewash over its original grey exterior. A well-wrapped up driver and a standing Feldgendarme complete the set.
BBG016 “The KONIGSTIGER or KING TIGER”(with Henschel Turret)
This is K&C’s third version of the almost 70 ton monster and the most accurate and detailed yet! Substantially larger than the first two versions the new “big cat” has the alternative “Henschel Turret” as opposed to the earlier “Porsche” one.
The superb, faded three-tone camouflaged and battle-worn King comes with 3 crew figures and its own special box. This is sure to be a much sought after piece and a great Christmas present!
BBG017 “King Tiger Tank Riders”
Three kneeling and sitting Panzer Grenadiers in a variety of Winter uniform… perfect for the KT or indeed any other suitable period German fighting vehicle.
BBG018 “Winter Scout”
A lone Panzer Grenadier, MP44 held ready advances to the front.
BBG019 “German Medics Set”
A Medic and a helpful “soldaten” carry a wounded comrade to the nearest aid station.
BBG020 “Waiting and Smoking”
A single standing Panzer Grenadier who can be used on top of a tank or standing by the side of the road watching events unfold.
AVAILABILITY: Mid October
C). “Polish PARAS For
When we last released all of our new “Market Garden”
figures at the end of 2007 we knew we had to produce a tribute to the Polish
Parachute Brigade who bravely fought alongside British 1st.
MG023 “Major General Sosabowski”
MG024 “Bren Gun Team”
This expert rifleman uses the standard Lee Enfield .303 with a special hunting scope.
MG026 “Firing Back!”
Using a captured German machine pistol this Polish Para is on the attack.
MG027 “Sitting Polish
Taking a momentary respite from the fighting this paratrooper is still watchful… and ready, rifle in hand.
AVAILABILITY: Mid October
D). “GODS & SPIRITS”
Most Asians are fairly spiritual and believe in ghosts,
demons and devils… and the Chinese more than most… Our newest “Streets of
HK169 “In The Lap Of The Gods”
Here, two traditional Taoist priests stand before their altar exhorting the Spirit world to look favourably on their requests.
Most are for good luck… better health and improved business opportunities. In this particular instance they are asking for help to cast out evil spirits… hence the sword. Both to protect them and… attack the evil ones!
AVAILABILITY: Late October
2. APPEARING IN NOVEMBER…
A). As is K&C’s style after we release our winter German additions in October we turn our attention to… the U.S. Forces. And boy oh boy, do we have some goodies for you!
BBA026 “Wounded M4
A hastily snow-camouflaged Sherman stands forlorn… its right
track has ran over a land mine and the results are plain for all to see… a
badly damaged rear end plus a split track. Two
A great little diorama piece!
The next four sets are unusual and unique… to say the least… They show soldiers during a lull in the fighting or simply relaxing before the next big attack. Again, perfect display figures.
BBA027 “So, What’s new… Are we winning?”
Three GI’s sit around their camp while one reads “Stars ‘n’ Stripes”… The GI’s own newspaper. Before long the whole platoon will get the latest news…
BBA028 “Takin’ It Easy”
While one GI rests on his ribs drinking a coke… the NCO stands wondering where he got it from!
BBA029 “GI drinking coffee”
Other guys might relax but some poor schmuck still has to stand guard duty… well at least this is one cold GI who can enjoy some hot coffee at the same time.
XM008-01 “Last Christmas of the War”
As is K&C’s tradition (we started it… others simply copied us) every Yuletide Season we like to bring out a very special Christmas set. This year is no exception…
It’s December 15, 1944 and somewhere in front of the vast,
These two guys do what any decent GI’s would… they make the kids welcome and prepare to share their hot meal.
Behind them the ruins of a fireplace form a realistic backdrop.
Little do all of them know that within 24 hours the Germans will launch the last, great Nazi offensive of World War Two!
Get your order in now!
AVAILABILITY: Early November
And now another great special and it’s a BIG ONE!!!
DD104(SL) “The M26 Armoured Recovery Vehicle”
This is one monster of a fighting vehicle and the biggest, heaviest one we’ve ever produced.
The M26 entered service in 1943 and was used extensively and virtually exclusively by U.S. Armoured Forces in the latter part of the war. This same armoured tractor vehicle was also utilized (with a massive trailer attached) as a tank transporter.
Our K&C Recovery version is meant to be used on battlefield displays to haul out both German and American war-damaged armour and even heavy artillery and other larger vehicles.
Four full-bodied crewmen service the vehicle and it comes with rolling wheels, a weathered paint finish and the legend “You break’em… We take ‘em!” painted on the side.
Measuring in at 4 1/
Just 1250 of this particular “monster” will be available in its own specially designed packaging.
AVAILABILITY: Mid November
B). From colder Northern Europe to
the sunnier climes of
Following the success of our recent FJ in action in Western
Europe in 1940 and
FJ011 “Forward Observer”
FJ012 “Kneeling Firing Rifle”
FJ013 “Standing Firing Rifle”
FJ015 “FJ Mortar Team II”
FJ016 “FJ Grenadiers”
FJ017 “FJ Fire Team”
FJ018 “Motorcycle Scout”
AVAILABILITY: Early November
3. BEING RETIRED
As usual there’s a fairly big-sized bunch of retirees to choose from… I hope some if not all are useful to you and your collectors…
BAR003 “Attacking w/Sword & Shield”
BAR004 “Fighting Chief”
BAR006 “Fighting Chief w/two heads”
BAR007 “Slashing Warrior w/Shield”
BAR008 “Running w/Sword & Shield”
BAR010 “Hacking Warrior w/Sword & Shield”
BBA006 “Returning Patrol”
C). American Revolution
BR052 “Brand-New Coat”
BR053 “This Gun Is Mine!”
BR056 “Cavalry w/ Carbine”
BR057 “Cavalry w/ Sword”
BR058 “Indian Scout”
BR060 “16th Light Dragoons (dismounted) Shouting”
BR061 “Marching Rifleman”
D). Fields of
FoB005 “British Naval
F0B006 “Marching Bren Gunner”
FoB011 “French General”
FoB012 “French Marching
LAH071 “Polizei Standard Bearer”
RO041 “Roman Gate”
And as I normally say… that’s that! I hope everyone had a
Very best wishes to you and yours, and, of course, great sales!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country