Devising… designing… and manufacturing toy soldiers or military miniatures (you decide) is a fascinating business. Perhaps that’s why, even in these difficult times, new companies are continuing to come into the market place and competition has never been so keen as it is today.
Some of our competitors I am sure have looked at K&C’s success and thought “I could do that” or even “I could do that better!”
Well, that’s the beauty of the free market… all or any of us can put our money where our mouth is and come up with products that may or may not sell… Ultimately the collector makes the final decision and I’ve always welcomed that. Where I sometimes get amused is when any of the new competitors promote their own product by either denigrating K&C or underestimating our market appeal and competitiveness.
The toy soldier/military miniature battlefield contains more than a few casualties who have made that little mistake…
And now… read one…
1. AVAILABLE IN JULY
As promised in the June “DISPATCHES” here are our Canadian releases as part of our two-fold D. Day assault…
On D. Day Canadian troops were assigned
A Canadian officer, revolver in hand, assesses under fire, his position. Next to him his radio-man relays a message. Covering them both is a kneeling rifleman.
A standing Canadian NCO fires off a burst from his Sten Gun while another rifleman takes aim.
A lone Canadian soldier caught by a burst of enemy machine gun fire.
A typical stone
Many Canadian regiments had strong Scottish connections. This brave piper, regardless of enemy fire, pipes his comrades forward.
This MP is from the Canadian Provost Corps and points the way ahead for his fellow soldiers.
Our final Canadian soldier of this release is a dynamic figure throwing a “Mills” bomb grenade at an enemy position.
SPECIAL NOTE: All our Canadian troops are from the “Canadian Scottish Regiment” of the 3rd. Canadian Infantry Division.
In the middle of our Canadian releases is this brand-new figure of Gen. Bernard Montgomery, D. Day’s Ground Forces Commander.
“Monty” is typically dressed and wearing his double-badged black beret and an RAF leather flying jerkin.
Providing some of
the armour support during the
Our latest fighting vehicle is a Cromwell Mk IV of the Welsh Guards of the Guards Armoured Division. Although this division did not land until D. Day +11 it took part in some of the heaviest fighting in the Normandy “bocage” and saw almost continuous action until the German surrender in May 1945.
Our model comes with two crew figures and a detachable “back pack” of extra supplies.
King & Country’s latest “Strictly Limited” set is being released to mark the 65th. Anniversary of what might have been the most momentous day of the Second World War.
We have chosen to
Among the figures gathered around Hitler are General Gunther Korten , Luftwaffe chief of staff, Field Marshall Wilhelm Keitel and a senior Waffen SS officer. In front of the group is large table spread over with two printed Eastern Front maps. Colonel von Stauffenberg completes this historic “SL” set.
Just 888 are being produced.
In addition to these “Strictly Limited” figures K&C is also releasing two sets of 2 figures each to enlarge the scene.
A standing, arms folded, Wehrmacht General confers with his Army adjutant.
An East Prussian Party official from the local Gauleiter’s officer listens to a highly decorated Panzer officer.
Both of these “add-on” sets make for a superb small-scale diorama worthy of any serious WW2 collection.
AVAILABILITY: Mid-Late July
When the Civil War broke out in 1861 thousands of young men flocked to the colours looking for adventure… and glory. Many of them believed that the cavalry offered all of that and more. Hard campaigning and harsh-military realities soon put them right on that score!
K&C’s latest American Civil War release prepares to mount up and ride off in search of battle with eight new figures… All of them Confederates and proud of it!
CW041 “Mounted Bugler”
CW042 “Cavalry Flagbearer”
CW044 “Prepare to Mount”
CW045 “Firing Carbine”
CW046 “Sergeant holding Carbine”
CW047 “Loading Carbine”
AVAILABILITY: Mid-Late July
During June and July most of our World War Two focus has been on the British and Canadian soldiers taking part in D. Day. Now, it’s about time to show some of the bruised and battered defenders…
A wounded Wehrmacht officer tries to let his superiors know the position is coming under fire…A kneeling soldier aims his Schmeisser Machine Pistol at advancing Allied troops…A German rifleman cautiously moves forward…And the officer’s German shepherd nervously crouches near his master…The Invasion has begun!
This very useful
diorama piece is cast in sturdy polystone and is typical of hundreds of similar
reinforced concrete machine gun positions up and down Hitler's "Festung Europa" (Fortress
piece are a new crouching 2-man MG42 gun team and…a turban-clad volunteer from
AVAILABILITY: Mid July
2. SO, WHAT’S COMING IN AUGUST???
August promises to be another bumper month for both dealers and collectors with a varied batch of releases… and a couple of surprises…
After seeing this headline you might be forgiven for thinking there’s more German aircraft appearing… Well, not just yet… but we’re still talking fighting airmen in battle.
This time, it’s the men of the Luftwaffe Field Divisions. By 1942 the huge losses in the Army’s manpower meant that the Wehrmacht had to seek out additional troops. One huge potential source was Goering’s Luftwaffe.
and under utilized the Luftwaffe appeared to have “men-to-spare”.
Goering insisted however that he would only allow these airmen to be trained
and used as ground forces if they could be retained under his overall command
and they could then be designated as “Luftwaffe Field Divisions”.
Eventually some 21 divisions were raised and 5 fought in
Utilizing his camouflaged tent cover as a smock this feldwebel observes enemy positions.
LW019 “Machine Gun Team”
LW020 “Panzerschrek Team”
This weapon was one
of the “scourges” of Allied armour in
LW022 “Attack Set”
Three assorted Luftwaffe riflemen.
A young NCO, pistol in hand, and a rifleman advance cautiously.
A seated Luftwaffe airmen manning a portable searchlight.
AVAILABILITY: Early August
Providing some much need heavier support are two adaptations of a very useful half-track…
WS131 Sd. Kfz. 251/22 “Pakwagen” Ausf. D (Summer)
This camouflaged half-track mounts the well-known and deadly Pak.40 anti tank gun.
Our model is very
representative of those taking part in the
In Wehrmacht markings our 251/22 has a 3-man crew to man the gun.
BBG022 Sd. Kfz. 251/22 “Pakwagen” Ausf. D (Winter)
After we made the
first summer version we thought “this could look equally good as a
AVAILABILITY: Summer Version—Early August
Winter Version—Mid August
As mentioned in last month’s DISPATCHES our Confederate releases in 2009 would be in two halves… Here’s the second…
A trooper dismounts to examine a fallen comrade… “Is he alive or dead?” His forlorn horse looks on.
A Confederate Army doctor tends a seriously wounded cavalryman propped up against his dead mount.
Two Cavalrymen carry this wounded officer to the nearest Aid Station.
The South’s most famous General receives a report from his almost equally famous Cavalry commander, J.E.B. Stuart.
CW057 “Jackson & Longstreet”
Two of Lee’s most trusted and respected subordinates… General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and James Longstreet.
His camp bed spread over with a fresh uniform… a portable table with the general’s hat, revolver and binoculars and… Lee’s own Campaign Chest topped with his personal eating and drinking utensils.
A typical officer’s tent helps complete the scene…
AVAILABILITY: Mid August
“Streets of Old
And here’s something else…
HK178 “Happy Day”
HK181 “God of Wealth”
AVAILABILITY: Mid August
Over the years K&C has recognized the importance and value in providing collectors with “scenic” and “architectural” pieces that can offer an adaptable setting for figures and vehicles over a wide historical time span.
Well, here are the first two structures of what promises to be an ongoing series of buildings that can enhance and enrich many different collections…
designed an entire Middle Eastern “
A typical Middle Eastern brick and dried-mud entrance to a village or small town. Above the open gate is a walkway for watchmen or guards to patrol.
Again, another very
typical structure so redolent of
SPECIAL NOTE: All of these new pieces have been designed to be used in multiple positions providing collectors with a constantly changing choice of settings for their figures, vehicles or accessories. Take a closer look…
AVAILABILITY: First two pieces Mid August
3. “BEING RETIRED or heading to the happy hunting grounds…”
Another fairly large bunch of retires sets this month… So dig in…
LAH025 “Presenting Arms”
LAH029 “Blood Flag Bearer”
*LAH030 “Marching Rifleman”
LAH037 “Standing Attention Standard Bearer”
LAH039 “Standing Saluting”
LAH075 “Winter SS w/Sword Up”
LAH076 “Winter SS w/Flag”
LAH077 “Winter SS w/Sword Down”
*LAH078 “Winter SS Presenting Arms”
WS082 “Winter MG42 Set”
All of the above items are great little movers… the only reason they are disappearing is because we’ve got even better stuff coming!
Finally, both Helen and yours truly are off to OZ at the end of July to meet most if not all of our Aussie dealers plus a whole big bunch of K&C collectors. We’ll be announcing our new Australian series either very soon or when we arrive… All of us at K&C are very excited about it and I think many of our other K&C dealers and collectors around the world will be too… Can’t wait to share it with you! Until then all the very best and… we always appreciate your support and business.
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country