For anyone who follows the international news this past month (June) has been a very eventful one here in Hong Kong to say the least.
At the same time I was fortunate enough to get out of town for 10 days or so and head over to Europe and meet up with some very enthusiastic collectors in Paris and show them a few of our upcoming releases... And also get to hear a wealth of great ideas and suggestions from French K&C dealers and collectors alike... Lots to digest and ponder on.
Meanwhile back at the ranch... Much was going on in “The Land of the Pharaohs”...
1. BEING RELEASED IN JULY...
A “Building The Pyramids”
The recent relaunch and reinvigoration of K&C’s ‘ANCIENT EGYPT’ series has received a very warm and appreciative welcome from AE collectors all around the world. So, we decided to add some more...
AE063 “The Architect & His Assistant”
A young apprentice holds a piece of papyrus on which part of the plan for a new pyramid has been drawn and painted. Studying the plan is one of the principal architects. Is he happy with the progress so far...? Is it all going to plan...?
Now, you decide.
AE066 “The Measurers”
Checking all the angles, dimensions and positions of each and every stone block before it is finally maneuvered into place is a daunting task... These two men ensure all that is... is as it should be.
AE068 “The Mud Brick Molders”
In Ancient Egypt the absence of rain, the scarcity of wood and an abundance of sunshine made ‘adobe’ the much-preferred building material.
Nile mud was mixed with straw and other materials to form a surprisingly strong brick when molded and baked in the strong Egyptian sun.
Well-tended mud brick walls could last for many generations. Here, a team of two ‘molders’ set about their task.
AE076 “Ethiopian Bread Carrier”
This young girl brings two large baskets of freshly-baked bread out to the work-site for the builders’ mid day meal.
AE078 “Egyptian Sandstone Block Set”
A box of 10 sturdy, sandstone-coloured blocks perfect to begin construction of a city wall, a temple facade or even... your very own pyramid.
AVAILABLE: Mid July
B. “BACK TO THE BEACH”
Following on from our initial June release of US Army Rangers to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the D.Day Landings of June 6, 1944 here are some welcome reinforcements...
DD320 “On The Beach”
Two Rangers ‘hit the deck’ as they come under heavy machine gun fire from the German positions on the bluffs above Omaha Beach.
One Ranger fires his B.A.R. (Browning Automatic Rifle) while the other gets ready with his M1 ‘Garand’ rifle.
As all hell breaks loose around this Ranger Medic he runs forward to help a wounded buddy.
DD323 “Demolition Man”
Among the first men onto Omaha Beach were these soldiers carrying 12 pound ‘pack charges’ fixed to the end of long wooden poles. These were specifically designed to be shoved into a pillbox opening.
DD326 “Advancing Under Fire”
Two Ranger riflemen making their way forward.
DD329 “NORMANDY ’44 LCVP Landing Craft”
A reissue of a classic K&C model... This specially-marked LCVP (Landing Craft Vehicle Personnel) commemorates the 75th Anniversary of D.Day. Our LCVP or ‘Higgins Boat’ is a superb mixed-media model (white metal, polystone and resin) and comes with a moveable ramp, a US Navy cox’n and two sailors manning their .30 cal. machine gun positions.
Almost 24,000 were built during WW2 and they could carry a platoon of infantry or a jeep and trailer.
Typically constructed from plywood, these shallow-draft, barge-like boats were usually launched from larger troop transports.
If you’re interested in D.Day this model is a ‘must’!
AVAILABLE: Mid July
C. “DEATH ON THE NILE”
Back to Egypt again... not Ancient Egypt this time... but a murder mystery on a Nile river steamboat that became one of author Agatha Christie’s most successful stories and launched several very popular motion picture adaptations.
Once again Christie’s most famous Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, is at the very centre of the murder, mystery and mayhem!
WoD063 “Hercule Poirot”
M. Poirot is impeccably attired in a cream-coloured Egyptian cotton suit and comes complete with a dapper straw hat, dark sun glasses, his ebony cane and... a very handy fly whisk to chase away those very annoying local flies... and tourist guides!
AVAILABLE: Mid July
D. “CANTONESE OPERA... AN ACQUIRED TASTE..?”
While the joys and pleasures of Cantonese Opera can, to the ears of most Western listeners, be a shock to the ears at first no one can deny that it is still a colourful spectacle...
HK288(G/M) “The Opera Performers”
Two of the most colourful and spectacular characters that can be seen here feature a famous mythical Chinese General and his beautiful wife.
In days gone by many of the female parts were played by young men... that, however is a different story for another time.
HK289(G/M) “The Opera Musicians Set”
Back by popular demand! But with all-new costumes... If you are going to stage an Opera performance then you simply must have the musicians playing their traditional Chinese instruments! Four great little figures... One great little set.
AVAILABLE: Mid July
E. “Good Morning Vietnam!”
King & Country’s TWO ranges of Vietnam War figures and fighting vehicles have become two of our most popular ranges ever! The more we produce the bigger the collector base grows... especially among new collectors who did not previously collect toy soldiers.
Perhaps the continuing popularity and availability of several excellent ‘Vietnam War films’ has also played an important part in this growth of interest and fascination with a war in South East Asia that was at its height 50 year ago.
VN052 “Charlie Don’t Surf!”
These were the immortal words spoken by Colonel Bill Kilgore, a battalion commander in the 9th Air Cavalry Regiment in Francis Ford Coppola’s Vietnam epic “Apocalypse Now”.
Kilgore is a surfing fanatic who loves war... and surfing. After successfully leading a helicopter assault on a coastal Viet Cong village the Colonel is delighted to find that the nearby beaches offer some excellent surfing opportunities.
When one of his troopers questions the advisability of surfing near a Viet Cong stronghold Kilgore assures him that he has nothing to worry about because... “Charlie don’t surf!”
A classic movie... a classic line... and a great little figure of an Air Cav Colonel who loves surfing.
VN053 “Helping The Wounded”
A young Aussie rifleman helps a Vietnamese girl wounded in the cross
fire back to the platoon medic.
VN064 “Patrol Leader”
This Australian officer is armed with the ‘Owen Gun’, an Aussie-designed weapon first developed back in 1939.
The ‘Owen Machine Carbine’ was the only entirely Australian- designed and constructed submachinegun of WW2. It came into service in 1942 and continued until the mid 1960’s. It’s unusual appearance included the top-mounted magazine and a side-mounted sight however in combat the Owen proved reliable and sturdy.
This particular figure is the ‘Show Special’ created for the Annual
K&C Oz Visit down to Australia. A limited number of this figure are also
available to worldwide dealers and collectors.
VN067 “One Man & His Dog”
Tracker dogs have been an essential component of many armies for
many years... The Australian Army is no exception. Here our Aussie Dog
Handler, SLR in one hand... His dog rope in the other prepares to go out on
patrol with his black Labrador.
AVAILABLE: Mid-Late July
F. “BEFORE BATTLE COMMENCES...”
Early morning, just behind the frontlines men prepare for battle...
For some it’s all about the plans and the strategies to defeat the enemy.
For others it’s the simple everyday actions of washing, shaving and cooking
WS355 “Battlefield Conference”
Three Panzer commanders gather together to discuss today’s plan-of-action. During the Battle of Normandy it was virtually impossible for any German vehicle to appear on the roads during daylight. As the morning dawn begins to break these three have already moved their tanks into position during the previous hours of darkness... Now, they prepare for their ambush of the approaching Allied armour.
WS356 “Wash, shave... and eat!”
Three dismounted tankers freshen up for breakfast, they know it’s
going to be a busy day and a violent one too... who knows when they’ll get another chance...?
A great little add-on set for all kinds of ‘behind-the-lines’ displays of German armour.
AVAILABLE: Mid-Late July
2. And that’s the story for July except of course for the retirals... Check
BEING RETIRED THIS MONTH...
IDF002 M51 ‘Super Sherman’ Israeli Tank
LAH235 Tall Poster Column (Late War)
NA257 Major General Pakenham
NA258 Lieut. General Stapleton Cotton
RA070 Victory At Last
RAF046 RAF Airfield Starter Cart Set
SP062 The Wood Merchant’s House
SP064 The European Farm House
WS334 Marder III Tank Destroyer
3. ‘Oz Visit 2019’
For our Aussie friends, don’t forget I’ll be ‘down under’ during the middle of this month. I’m really looking forward to Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne... and for some typical Aussie Winter Weather!!!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country Ltd.