King & Country
September is, next to December,
probably my favourite month of the year and there’re
two big reasons for that –
It’s a great opportunity to meet old friends … make new ones … talk with dealers and collectors alike and … see what the opposition is up to!!! For these few days the entire world of toy soldiers (or a large part of it) is at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield – it’s the most fun you can have with your clothes on.
This year I’ll be bringing our
I always have a whole bunch of
business meetings in
Apart from business I also get the opportunity to go to Laura’s 1200 acre ranch … ride horses … and shoot real guns!!! My all time favourite is the lever action Model 93 Winchester rifle – just like the movies.
Anyway enough fun ‘n’ games let’s get down to business …
A big thankyou to all the dealers who joined this special promotion. All of the great looking banners will be shipped–out with the latest ‘Battle of the Bulge’ German sets in the second week of September.
Several months ago I was in conversation with Don Pielin, one of the principal forces behind this successful show. Together we decided to produce a unique show ‘giveaway’ that would be both practical and a nice memento of the show – a big shoulder carry shopping bag. The stylish all black bag has a large show logo emphasising the 25th Anniversary on one side … on the reverse is a neat looking K & C logo and message statement.
These environmentally friendly bags – they are bio degradable – will be given away free to all attendees of the show.
In addition, we have produced some additional bags for our K & C dealers. Every dealer should receive some inside their next shipment.
3. SO WHAT’S NEW?
The big, big news this month is, of course, our ‘Winter’ Germans for ‘The Battle of The Bulge’ series. All you will, by now, have seen the photos. The response from dealers and collectors is very exciting and enthusiastic.
I feel confident all of us – dealers and manufacturer will be extremely pleased with the collector sales.
Here’s a quick reminder of the sets:
BBG01 ‘GRILLE’ Self Propelled Gun Set (includes 2 full figures)
BBG02 ‘Winter Patrol’ – Four walking figures
BBG03 ‘Winter Tank Riders’ – Four sitting, crouching, kneeling and standing Panzer Grenadiers
BBG04 ‘GI Prisoners’ – Three captured GI’s plus their Volksgrenadier guard.
BBG05 ‘The HETZER Tank’ – Fighting vehicle plus two figures and a road sign
BBG06 ‘Crossing The Road’ – Four action SS Grenadiers
BBG07 ‘Sepp Dietrich’ – ‘Personality’ figure of the 6th Panzer Army commander
AVAILABILITY: Second week of September
The forces of law and order –
HK137 Policeman with Martini Henry carbine standing on guard duty
HK138 Police Corporal with notebook taking notes
HK139 Policeman on Patrol. Chinese ‘Bobby’ on the beat
AVAILABILITY: Late September
King & Country’s FIELDS of BATTLE is a new series that many of you will not have heard of. Let me give you the background …
Some time last year we decided we wanted to broaden our sales appeal by producing a range of ‘UNPAINTED’ castings for connoisseur painters to paint for themselves.
After much thought we chose to do a small
group of figures with a WW2 theme. However we
did not want to compete with any of our own existing ‘painted’ WW2
series – “
We went ahead designed and cast 8 original figures and 1 tank which we intended to launch in ‘kit form’ to be assembled and painted by the buyer.
Back in June and July this year. I took samples of the unpainted castings and
painted versions to the States and
That being the case we rethought our entire sales and marketing strategy and decided to launch ‘FIELDS of BATTLE’ as a ‘specialist’ WW2 range that would focus on less well–known battles and campaigns. Although this new series is not ‘limited edition’ we do propose to produce smaller quantities of the different pieces until we see the general response of K & C collectors.
Having said that I personally am very excited about ‘FIELDS of BATTLE’ and its many potential possibilities. I hope you are too …
THE FRENCH ARMY
FOB001 French General’s Aide de Camp
FOB003 French ‘Poilu’ Presenting Arms
FOB004 French ‘Poilu’ Marching
THE BRITISH FORCES
FOB005 British Naval
FOB006 British Bren Gunner Marching
FOB007 British ‘Tommy’ Marching (no helmet)
FOB008 British ‘Tommy’ Standing
FOB009 French Char B1bis Tank (with Vehicle Commander)
Special Note: All figures will be sold individually except for the vehicle commander who comes only with the tank.
AVAILABILITY: Late October
Early - Mid October will be our latest additions to our controversial and
politically incorrect (but very successful)
This new bunch of villains includes the following:
LAH57 Dr. Josef Goebbels – Hitler’s Propaganda Minister and a particularly nasty little Nazi with a big mouth.
LAH58 Algemeine SS Man Marching. The Algemeine SS or ‘General’ SS were
recruited all over
LAH59 Algemeine SS
LAH60 Algemeine SS Standard Bearer Marching
LAH61 Leibstandarte SS Oath Taking Ceremony. While a Standard Bearer holds the LAH Banner horizontally two new LAH recruits, one hand on the flag, one raised, take the ‘blood’ oath of loyalty to the Fuhrer. (3 figure set)
LAH62 ‘Taking The Oath’. Additional LAH recruit single figure.
WEHRMACHT ON PARADE
Five new Classic Wehrmacht soldiers in traditional parade uniform – all marching.
LAH63 Mounted Wehrmacht
LAH65 Wehrmacht Flag Bearer
LAH66 Wehrmacht Drummer
LAH67 Wehrmacht Rifleman
LAH68 Panzer 1 Tankette w/vehicle commander. Volunteers from Leibstandarte AH were given tank training in 1938 and paraded before Hitler on his birthday of that same year. Later after the outbreak of WW2 Leibstandarte AH was converted into the 1st SS Panzer Division.
AVAILABILITY of LAH68: November
7. WS70SL ‘WINTER TIGER’ Strictly Limited
I’ve left this little surprise for almost the last item … After numerous requests we have decided to produce a very special limited edition ‘Winter Tiger’.
This new snow camouflaged Tiger is in the markings of the 2nd SS Division ‘DAS REICH’ as it would have appeared in the winter of 1943/44. Packed in a strong, sturdy ‘specially’ designed black box with silver graphics and lettering this set comprises the Tiger itself plus a full 5 man crew in winter uniform (all brand–new figures). An informative four page folder includes the individual number of the model itself.
In order to satisfy the higher demand for this extra special ‘Winter Tiger’ this edition has been limited to exactly 999 pieces – no more no less. This I personally guarantee!
We believe the worldwide appeal of this Tiger will be exceptional – don’t lose out on yours.
AVAILABILITY: Mid October
See more details and photos elsewhere in this DISPATCHES.
So, that’s the story so far … I look
forward to seeing some of you in
Best wishes to one and all.
Andy C. Neilson