King & Country
It’s Easter Monday and I’m sitting at home writing this month’s “DISPATCHES”…
Well, that’s my “Around
The World in 19 Days” over and I’m back in
As usual Bob Fisher and Scott Morlan put on a great show and the weather was perfect throughout. All of K&C’s West Coast dealers were on parade – Craig… Chris… Mike and Mishka… Bill and Roy.
Also in for the
show was Larry and his wife from
Also attending the
show were Frederic and Thierry from “Toy Soldiers
all-too-short LA stay, it was down to
Cabo has to be one of the most beautiful resorts on earth – stunning beaches and beautiful houses… the sunrises are simply the best I have ever seen… anywhere in the world.
That evening Louis
hosted a cocktail party at his apartment where interested collectors could see
just a small portion of his huge vintage K&C collection. Afterwards another K&C afficianado,
Early next morning,
Louis, Lawrence, Hans Hedrick (another K&C enthusiast) and myself drove out of
All too soon we
were heading for JFK and flying onto
Waiting for me at “Charles
de Gaulle” airport in
Fred also organized
a party at “Toy Soldiers
“THE TOY SOLDIER EXPERIENCE”
morning (17 March), it was time to take the “Eurostar”
– the direct, under-the-channel express train from
I was there to take
part in “The Toy Soldier Experience” organized by Mike and Bob
Neville of King & Country
When the original
toy soldier show in March was cancelled at the last moment by its organizer,
Mike and Bob stepped in. Within a few
short weeks, they had completely revamped it to include living history “reenactors” depicting WW2 German, American and Red Army
soldiers. They designed and built a
20-foot stretch of “mock” Fall of Berlin wall to hilight
and display our upcoming
In addition, a real WW2 Jeep complete with “imitation” American/German MP’s and huge 1/6 scale German and Russian tanks drew hordes of crowds to the show.
The result was a host of happy dealers almost three times the normal attendance and double the actual business of last year! Regular and first-time attendees absolutely loved it.
Much as I love the “WESTCOASTER”
and the “
Enough of my travels and preaching here’s the latest news…
1. “1776” LATEST RELEASES
As I explained in March’s “DISPATCHES”, we’ve only received the first batch of woodland Indians and Redcoats. The response, as I hoped, has been terrific both with dealers and collectors who saw them on my “promotion trip”.
Virtually most, if not all, of this first delivery has already been shipped out to dealers. Now, I know many of you didn’t get all the quantities you wanted but at least I hope you got enough to keep your customers coming back for more. In June, that is, when we expect the balance of our order from the factories.
“THE FALL OF
Once again I’m happy to report the feedback has been extremely enthusiastic on this new series. Although all dealers have by now seen the photos on the internet, there is no substitute to seeing it “for real”.
Our room displays at the “Westcoaster”
as well as in
We hope to have all the German sets WS63-WS68 (including the “King Tiger” and “Puma”) available in late April / early May.
* SP14 The Berlin Tenement available in early May
The Red Army sets RA08- RA15 (again including the “T34/85” and “KATYUSHA” Rocket Launcher) available in late May / early June
SP15 + SP16 Reich Chancellery Facades, we hope to have ready mid / late May
3. IN THE WORKS…D.DAY PLUS, PLUS, PLUS
As last year’s 60th Anniversary commemorations amply proved interest in D. Day continues unabated. So here’s what will be dropping from skies…and landing on the beaches!
Four additional sets of Paratroopers, Rangers and a great new DUKW amphibious transport vehicle. Here’s some details…
First our paratroopers – three REAL Paratroopers – by that I mean 3 ‘troopers actually parachuting… suspended beneath fully deployed ‘chutes.
The actual parachutes are cast in resin and come complete with actual cotton lines that suspend the paratrooper beneath. All three ‘troopers are in different poses and look fantastic suspended from the ceiling descending at different heights. If 3 look good, imagine how a “stick” of 15 or 20 will look!
In addition to the paras, there’s two 4-man sets of US Rangers on the beach. These will be a great add-on to the two Ranger sets (DD47 & DD48) already released. These new sets boast some really dynamic combinations of figures such as medics, wounded and radio operators directly inspired by the dramatic opening scenes of “Saving Pvt. Ryan”.
Finally supporting the GI’s is our latest
Releases dates to be announced.
Following the success of “Mr. Churchill’s Commandoes” last year, we’re also adding on four more sets of British (and Canadian) sets to this range.
Among these new sets will be a group of 4 more Commandoes in action including two more riflemen… a running Bren gunner and a Sten gunner firing his weapon from the hip.
Another great set depicts a Commando escorting two captured Waffen SS officers back to the beach – a British Military Policeman sitting astride his BSA/Triumph motorcycle looks on.
On the fighting vehicle side is a great new Bren Gun Carrier and our impressive “Staghound” Armoured Car. These vehicles were American built but used almost exclusively by British and Canadian forces. Our vehicle is in Canadian markings and comes with a 2-man (half-body) crew.
We’re also looking into the possibility of producing a range of scale
model “Beach Obstacles” to complement all of this action on the
4. ITEMS BEING RETIRED
As mentioned last
month, some of our older “
IWJ12 “Wounded Marines” (2 Corpsmen + 2 wounded Marines)
IWJ16 “Hand-to-Hand A” (Japanese being knifed by Marine)
IWJ17 “Hand-to-Hand B” (Rifle versus Entrenching Tool)
Please note all other “vintage” IWO sets including all the Japanese and IWJ18 “The Defenders” will remain in production until replacements are ready – probably next year in 2006.
So, that’s the story so far…
Best wishes and… great sales!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder and Creative Director