WELCOME ONE & ALL to November’s ‘DISPATCHES’... Can’t quite believe that it’s that time of the year already and we’re almost within spitting distance of Christmas... Well, if we’re that close to Christmas then it must be time for ‘Santa’ surely...
1. BEING RELEASED THIS MONTH
A. Santa finds a friend...
Over the years K&C has produced a fair number of different ‘Santas’ in all kinds of different situations here is the latest little variation...
XM021 ‘Santa & His Polar Bear’
As Santa lives at the North Pole it seems natural that he should have some kind of a ‘pet’ to keep him company during those long winter nights. So, what better animal to have around as a ‘pet’ than a Polar Bear.
After all, he could have chosen one of his reindeers but didn’t like to pick ‘favourites’ among all his sled-pullers.
And so ‘Snowball’ the Polar Bear seemed the logical choice... plus he was house-trained and had an aversion to reindeer meat.
Here they are about to go off and deliver some presents to lots of little boys and girls who have been specially good this past year!
AVAILABLE: Early November
B. ‘Onto the Beach... And into the Woods’
Here is the third and ‘final’ batch of British D.Day Infantrymen for 2021. Fear not however, additional figures and fighting vehicle releases are already in development for 2022.
As before each of these figures is available with a choice of either sand (Beach) base or grass (Inland) base as the collector chooses.
In addition three of the upcoming infantry ‘Tommies’ have NO BASE and so can be used in either types of battle scenes.
DD355(B) ‘Running Bren Gun Team’
Crouching to avoid enemy fire as they run forward this two-man team are looking to find some cover before they set up and begin opening fire on the enemy. As in previous releases of this range these men belong to the same South Lancashire Regt.
DD355(G) ‘Running Bren Gun Team’
As above but with the ‘grass-covered’ bases suitable for inland fighting.
DD356 ‘Casualties Set’
As one infantryman slumps to the ground after just being hit by a bullet or piece of shrapnel his mate writhes with pain as he clutches his blood-shattered leg.
Both figures have no base and can be incorporated into both ‘beach’ and ‘inland’ scenarios.
DD357(B) ‘Soldier Being Shot!
A well-placed enemy rifle shot catches this advancing infantryman in the right shoulder.
DD357(G) ‘Soldier Being Shot!’
As above but with that ‘grass’ base.
DD358 ‘The Sniper’
Attached to each British infantry unit would be a number of snipers using the standard No. 4 .303 rifle but with the special No. 32 Telescopic Sight.
Our bloke has adopted the lying prone firing position. As you can see, no base is necessary.
DD359(B) ‘Kneeling Firing’
A little classic figure in a classic firing pose on the ‘sand’ base.
DD359(G) ‘Kneeling Firing’
As above but somewhere ‘inland’.
AVAILABLE: Mid November
C. LOVE & KINDNESS
War is usually about one group of soldiers killing another group of soldiers who are often complete strangers to each other. It makes a pleasant change therefore to introduce some figures that portray the kinder, more gentler side of human behavior...
LoJ049 ‘The Good Samaritan’
This little 2-figure set is based on one of the most famous parables told by Jesus... A travellers is waylaid by robbers who beat him and steal everything from him including most of his clothes. As he lies severely injured by the side of the road several people pass by but refuse to help the victim until a stranger, not even a countryman of the traveller, stops to help and rescue him.
The point of the story is that people should not limit their love and compassion for others to only those they know... but provide help and understanding even to those they do not know.
This set shows the kneeling good Samaritan supporting the unfortunate traveller and offering him a drink of water and aid.
LoJ050 ‘The Donkey Boy Set’
As a companion piece to LOJ049 or as a ‘stand-alone’ set on its own... A young boy stands holding the head reins of a donkey. It might even be the good Samaritan’s own animal.
LoJ054 ‘Suffer The Little Children’
Jesus, in his travels the length and breadth of Judea always made time to talk to children... Here he meets with a young boy and his sister.
AVAILABLE: Early November
D. CRUSADERS IN BATTLE
Three additional variations of three of K&C’s most popular crusader sets.
MK211 ‘The White Swabian Knight’
Battle axe in hand and about to sally forth to meet the enemy.
MK212 ‘The Red Swabian Knight’
A mounted knight charging forward, lance held to the front.
MK213 ‘The Templar & The Lazarene’
A dismounted Templar Knight carries a wounded Knight of St. Lazarus to safety.
AVAILABLE: Early November
E. ‘WEHRMACHT FORDS’
The Ford Motor Company opened its first sales office in Weimar Germany in 1925 during the aftermath of WW1. Six year later it built its first factory and assembly plant near Cologne. By the time the Nazis came to power in 1933 the factory was already producing several different kinds of vehicles, mainly American designs, adapted to suit the European market.
It was not until just before the outbreak of WW2 in 1939 that the company was tasked with designing and manufacturing a medium size truck for the Germany Army. By that point the company itself was operating virtually independently of its American parent.
The result of their efforts was the Fordwerke V3000 which, after the Opel ‘Blitz’ was the most produced medium truck of the Wehrmacht.
WH099 ‘The Fordwerke V3000 Truck’
This all-new King & Country model comes with a seated army driver and 2 x removable bench seats which, when fitted, can seat at least 8 infantrymen. When the benches are removed the open space can also accommodate all kinds of cargo, ammunition, supplies and even a 20mm flak gun and crew.
WH100 ‘Sitting Panzer Grenadiers’
A set of 4 x seated Panzer Grenadier Infantry, 3 with rifles and 1 x NCO with an MP40 submachine pistol.
WS357 ‘Tank Commanders Set’
A set 4 x half body tank commander figures suitable for a wide range of K&C German armoured fighting vehicles.
AVAILABLE: Mid November
F. ‘ROYAL COLONELS’
It has been a long tradition in the British Army that senior members of the Royal Family are given honorary titles connected to many of the Army’s most famous regiments... Especially those regiments belonging to the Household Brigade whose first duty has always been to protect and defend the sovereign.
CE073 ‘HRH Prince Philip, Colonel of the Grenadier Guards.’
The Grenadier Guards have a very special relationship with the Royal Family going back over 350 years. Until 2017 the late Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh was the regiment’s Honorary Colonel since 1975... an amazing term of duty of some 42 years!
Our K&C figure of the Prince is based on an actual photo taken in 2003 at Windsor Castle. The Prince stands at ease, one arm behind his back watching a parade march past.
CE074 ‘HM King Edward’ VIII, Colonel-In-Chief of the Welsh Guards’
This standing figure of the King who was never crowned. He abdicated in 1936 and is in the ceremonial, full dress uniform of the Welsh Guards, the Guards regiment he was most fond of.
After abdication he became the Duke of Windsor but would never wear this splendid uniform again.
AVAILABLE: Mid to Late November
2. BEING RETIRED
As oft times before a fair number of very interesting items that I hope might find a place or two in any K&C collector’s collection...
AE045 The Breadmaker
FW177 Queen Alexandra’s Nursing Corps
HK256 The TAI PAN’s House
MK104 A Knight of the Accarigi Family
MK105 Francesco di Sienna
MK106 A Teutonic Knight
MK107 A Knight of Saxony
MK108 Farewell My Lady
ROM001 The Legate
VN083 The Pale Green Vespa Girl
VN106 The Golden Yellow Vespa Girl
VN107 The Baby Blue Vespa Girl
WH075 Kneeling Panzerschrek Grenadier
WH076 Standing Ready w/Panzerfaust
WH077 Machine Gun Team
WH078 Standing Ready Panzer Grenadier
WH079 Kneeling Panzer Grenadier with Schmeisser
WH080 Standing Firing Panzer Grenadier
WH082 The Sniper Team ( 2 figures)
And that my friends and fellow collectors is the story so far... Look out however, in a couple of weeks time, for a great new 36 page, full-colour ‘Christmas’ Edition of ‘COLLECTOR’ with, I hope, more than a few great figures and fighting vehicles to look forward to for this Festive Season and into 2022.
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder & Creative Director
King & Country Ltd.