King & Country
As I write this latest "DISPATCHES" the Nuremburg Toy Fair is
already behind us and the
A few words about "NUREMBURG" first...what a show! K&C
attracted a lot of attention from dealers and distributors in
I had a chance to talk with both manufacturers and see some of their upcoming releases. Interestingly 21st Century are moving into diecast for their vehicles and will be competing "head-to-head" with "FORCES". It should be an interesting battle.
I personally believe there is room for everyone and know both other companies will expand the market and bring in new customers for all of us. Each of us has his own distinctive style and appeal - I welcome the competition.
On a historical level Nuremburg has much to offer the visitor. Each day
at 6pm, after the show we would head into the old town of
Many of these really looked like they had been around since the 30's and it was easy to imagine hordes of brownshirts and party faithful enjoying themselves there.
In a less exuberant note some of us took the time to also visit Zeppelin
Field and other Rally sights which can still be seen. It was a sobering feeling
to stand on the exact podium where Hitler gave some of his most famous
speeches. You could almost feel the ghosts around you. Near the Party Kongress
Halle there is a superb modern museum which depicts that time and shows
how these same rallies ultimately led to the Second World War...the
holocaust...the near destruction of
Today when so much is forgotten it is still vitally important to remember and remind younger people what happened in those places at these times. That's one of the reasons we do what we do.
1. LA HERE WE COME!
As I said earlier this coming Friday (5th
March) I head to
In addition we are attempting to send out the latest "ANCIENT EGYPT" series of figures and accessories to dealers taking part in the "WESTCOASTER". We hope you'll get them in time.
2. WHAT'S NEW?
Apologies again for the unavoidable delay in some our resupply. Our factories are working flat out to refill our shelves but demand has been outstripping supply.
However, we do expect to have plenty of "ANCIENT EGYPT - IN THE TIME OF THE PHARAOHS" to fill all your orders.
3. "IN THE PIPELINE" DEPT
With memories of Nuremburg still fresh it's perhaps appropriate that we tell you a little about the new LAH additions...
SA brownshirts as well as Hitler Jugend are being produced. Sculpted by the same team that produced last year's major Leibstandaste release these new figures are simply superb - amazing details, character and painting are incorporated in 8 different figures. Certain infamous personality pieces are also being produced including SA Chief Ernst Rohm... Feldmarschall von Runstedt and a new saluting, bare-headed, brown-shirted Hitler. A new LAH motorcyclist has also been added plus, the much requested singles of Goering and Mussolini who previously appeared with the Mercedes Staff Car sets.
In addition there is a superb SS Headquarters building and annex that makes a terrific backdrop for the figures. The SSHQ even features a balcony where Hitler and others can take the salute.
4. D.DAY PRE INVASION RUMOURS
Yes, it's true we're working on no less than 20 new sets of Germans, Americans and British to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the most famous invasion in history.
Apart from the all-action soldier sets there are fighting vehicles and defense works. All of them we hope to release over a 3-month period beginning May, June and July.
Well, that's the idea but like all military exercises nothing ever goes exactly to plan however, unlike some of our competitors at least we've got a plan!
More exact details next DISPATCHES".
5. ON THE RETIRMEMENT LIST
Being moved out to make room for newer items...
HK003 - the Chinese Rickshaw Set (to be replaced with an updated, upgraded new version
HK062 - Sitting
HK063 - Sitting Amah with Child
GC01 - GC07 All of the early-war German Cavalry (at a later date we plan to do some late war camouflaged SS Cavalry).
WS30 - "Casualties of War"
WS32 - Sdkfz 231 - the 8 wheeled early war armoured car (again, a replacement is being developed)
IWJ10A and B - The big Iwo
Many dealers have been asking what's happening with this popular series?
As you may know the first 7 sets have been retired. We plan to replace them with a brand-new sculpt of the 6-figure flag-raising plus at least 2 sets (possibly 3) of fighting marines. There is also a new AMTRAC version in the works and we're looking at some Japanese armour for opposition.
If we can, we will release later this year. More exact details nearer the time. Please note: none of our Japanese have been retired.
7. NEW BROCHURES
New D.DAY '44 brochures for both WW2 Germans and Americans are being printed as I write.
The American one will be ready this coming week. The German one I hope, middle of March.
An all-new "STREETS OF OLD HONG KONG" is also being worked on. Hopefully, ready by the end of March / beginning April.
Future new brochures will include NAPOLEONIC...AMERICAN REVOLUTION...LAH...to name but a few.
Well that's the story so far, look out for more news soon.
Best wishes and see you in LA!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder and Creative Director