KING & COUNTRY
So, May is here… Spring is just around the corner and a young man’s fancy turns to… toy soldiers!
Well that’s the general idea if you catch my drift…
Here at K&C it’s time to let you know all the latest releases and give you a sneak peek at what’s coming up in the next couple of months.
Anyway, without further ado let’s go…
1. “COMING THIS MONTH”
As anticipated last Month this May sees the actual release of our revised, upgraded venture back into the American Civil War.
This first release focuses on the soldiers of the Confederacy. Mainly because their uniforms were anything but uniform and they sell better than Federal/Union troops. I can’t think of two better reasons to give them priority!
These twelve first releases are sold individually except for CW012 which is a two-figure set.
Inspect these troops for yourself…
CW001 “General Nathan Bedford Forrest”
A mounted portrait in miniature of one of the Confederacy’s ablest and most daring Cavalry leaders.
Clad in blue and g
Probably Lee’s most valuable
lieutenant and a superb tactician in his own right.
CW004 “Confederate Flagbearer” (Mtd)
A troop sergeant of the 1st Virginia Cavalry proudly carries the great battle flag of the Confederacy.
CW005 “Confederate Bugler”
Standing at ease, rifle shouldered, this bugler observes the passing parade.
CW006 “Rebel Leaning on Rifle”
Another southern veteran watches the passing scene.
Alert and awake this soldier stands ready to do his duty.
CW008 “Confederate Drummer boy”
Boys as young as ten years of age ran away from home to follow the colours. This young teenager has been lucky to find his place in a fine regiment…as his smart uniform testifies to.
This officer is, perhaps, attached to Gen. Lee’s staff headquarters or maybe about to march off with his company.
CW010 “J.E.B Stuart”
Lee’s most famous and most impetuous Cavalry commander. Known for his bravery and dash he was also known for his recklessness and, occasionally, unreliability.
An outstanding officer and general and the South’s preeminent soldier. Lee often was outnumbered…outgunned…but seldom outmaneuvered. His leadership and concern for his men was legendary. Here, he “tips” his hat in salute as he sits on his favourite mount “Traveller”
CW012 “After The
A wounded officer is gently led away from the battle by one of his men who salutes a passing general.
AVAILABILITY: CW001 – 003 MID MAY
CW004 – 012 NOW
B) “ACHTUNG PANZER!”
battlefields of Civil War
After the invasion of
The Germans quickly decided to use them and, in some cases, made improvements on the Russian design. Our model, WS098, boasts German-style sideskirt protection as well as a Panzer III/IV topturret hatch, three-colour camouflage and a Nazi recognition flag. Three German tank crew accompany the vehicle.
WS099 “German Tank Crew”
By special request of many K&C collectors… a set of 5 individual Panzer tankers in a variety of useful poses—great to add onto any armour scene or diorama or even… just on their own.
Another much requested item… a
late-war version (camouflaged) of our very popular “Fields of
AVAILABILITY: MID MAY
They say you can buy anything or
have it mended on the “Streets of Old
Even today people performing the ancient
exercise of “Tai Chi” are a familiar sight on the early morning “Streets
AVAILABILITY: LATE MAY
2. “COMING NEXT MONTH…”
June sees a raft of more great World War Two releases plus a whole new British Napoleonic infantry regiment!
Let’s start with the Germans…
A) “The Fuhrer’s WONDER WEAPONS”
WS100 “The Fuhrer’s Last Fighter”
This little jet fighter was designed to be flown by semi-skilled Hitlerjugend pilots with only the most rudimentary flying skills. They were to ram their small flying bomb into the midst of the massed Allied aerial armadas then bombing the Reich by night and day. It was rumoured that an ejection seat was provided for the young pilots to get out before their aircraft’s final explosion.
Our model, WS100, comes with a special “trolley” to transport the little jet to its launch pad plus two standing Luftwaffe figures—a pilot/instructor and a saluting guard. Inside the “see through” cockpit you can also see a seated Hitlerjugend pilot.
To pull and position the trolley with its “Rammjager” jet we have a neat little Sd.KfZ252 Halftrack vehicle. These were normally used as battlefield transports to haul ammunition and other supplies to forward troops. Our model is in camouflaged Luftwaffe markings and has a “commander” half-body figure in the open top hatch.
AVAILABILITY: MID JUNE
Meanwhile back in war-torn
A great looking set… three GI’s of the famous 1st. Infantry Division “The Big Red One” and their ubiquitous 1/4 ton transport. In the front an officer sits next to his driver. Providing the “top cover” a standing GI rests on his .30 calibre machine gun.
A special “tribute” piece
to Joe Rosenthal (the AP photographer who took the famous
The “companion piece” to DD076 is our seated at his typewriter “Ernie Pyle” War Correspondent. This terrific little figure is full of character another “tribute” to the war correspondent Ernie Pyle who wrote the classic “The Story of G.I. Joe” which was later made into a great WW2 movie starring Robert Mitchum and Burgess Meredith as Pyle himself. Sadly, Ernie was killed later in the war.
This is the first of King & Country’s KINGSIZE collection… a big, big artillery piece with no less than 5 full-bodied artillery men to man the gun.
Our gun comes with many fine detailed features and K&C’s very own battle-worn appearance. It will provide collectors with lots of extra fire support!
DD079 “General Omar Bradley”
General and one of Eisenhower’s most steady and reliable field commanders.
Bradley commanded the US 1st Army Group during and
DD080 “General James Gavin 82nd Airborne”
divisional commander in the U.S. Army during WW2. Gavin was only
37 at the time of the
A proud 82nd Airborne trooper in parade dress. Looks great in multiples…
And now here’s a whole bunch of GI’s… a mixture 82nd and 101st. Glider troops… all in action… and available as individual figures…
Leading the attack is this crouching officer checking out enemy positions 82nd. Airborne.
Another kneeling figure… this one putting in some well-aimed shots. 82nd. Airborne.
An NCO adding a little extra fire-power to the “fire fight”. 82nd. Airborne.
Even more fire to keep the enemy’s head down! 101st. Airborne.
Moving to a new location… 101st. Airborne.
This “dismounted Glider Pilot” is sending out a pretty clear message to his buddies… “Wait!”
AVAILABILITY: MID TO LATE JUNE
PRICES FOR ALL NEW DD SETS WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN MID MAY.
IMAGES FOR DD080 - DD087 WILL BE AVAILABLE IN MID MAY.
C) “Napoleonic COLDSTREAMERS!”
And now for something completely different… as Monty Python would say!
“Coldstream Guards in Action”.
As many of you know with me being Scottish I always have a “soft-spot” for Regiments from my homeland.
However I don’t want to neglect other parts of the Army and especially my many English friends so, without further ado, here is K&C’s first English Napoleonic Regiment—the world famous 2nd. Regiment of Foot Guards… The Coldstream Guards.
One of the most famous Regiments
of the British Army up to this present day, the “Coldstreamers”
fought throughout the Wars of Napoleon and at
Here, we have twelve (12) outstanding individual figures that singly, together or in “multiples” will take “pride-of-place” in any Napoleonic collection.
K&C has specifically designed
these pieces so that they can form up a traditional “
Here’s what’s coming in early June…
A Major on horseback directs his men.
NA129 “Standing to Repel”
NA130 “Kneeling to Repel”
NA131 “Sergeant w/Pike”
NA132 “Drummer Boy”
NA133 “Kneeling Firing Rifle”
NA134 “Standing Ready Corporal”
NA135 “Dead Guardsman”
NA136 “Wounded Guardsman”
AVAILABILITY: EARLY JUNE
As usual, we also have additional figures to add to one of our Chinese series, in this case… The Imperial Collection.
IC030 “Spear Practise”
Here, a soldier of the Emperor’s own bodyguard regiment perfects his fighting skills on a straw target.
Two Imperial bodyguards sword fight.
AVAILABILITY: EARLY JUNE
3) A LITTLE REMINDER…
Existing WS053 and WS054, both 3-figure seated figures, look great when sitting on the benches at the back of our new Normandy-style Opel Blitz (WS090).
For the record, we’re already working on a similar adaptation for the Afrika Korps Opel Blitz.
4) “BEING RETIRED THIS MONTH…”
Four items are being discontinued so grab’em while stocks last…
This little beauty works great in
either “Fields of
DD057 “Commando Attack”
DD058 “Taking Prisoners”
Two captured SS men being escorted to the rear by a Commando while a British MP on motorcycle looks on and finally…
WS052 “Prime Mover”
Originally designed to pull our ’88 gun this is still a great piece and very popular with WW2 German collectors.
And that, my friends is that! Until next time best personal wishes and… great sales!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director