King & Country
A HAPPY, HEALTHY,
and I hope, PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR to one and all in 2005. The Neilson Family finished 2004 by heading
For those of you who have never been “down under”, it’s a great experience – the natives are decidedly friendly… the weather’s great… the seafood and local wine delicious and… everybody speaks English! Sort of.
It was also
terrific to visit Peter Nathan’s Toy Soldier shop in
Anyway, my wife Liza, daughter Carrie and me had a great time… I hope all of your Christmases were as good.
Now, down to business…
1. New Releases This Month Dept
As mentioned in the December “DISPATCHES”, we are launching no less than four exciting new sets to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of this epic battle.
As befits soldiers fighting in
All of them are wearing typical late-war uniforms of great coats… 1943 Field Jackets… gloves and scarves – they are even, partially covered in snow and frost!
Here’s a breakdown again of the actual sets:-
BBA01 “Rifle Section” Four GI’s armed with rifles, a carbine and a “Tommy-Gun” prepare to defend their position against the oncoming Germans.
BBA02 “Fire Support Group” provides extra fire power… A GI sits behind his .30 cal. machine gun…backing him up is a “bazooka man” with his M9A1 Rocket launcher. In support are two more riflemen.
BBA03 “NUTS!” Brigadier McAuliffe’s
immortal reply to the German demand for the surrender of surrounded
BBA04 “Friend or Foe?” A really unique set… Three seemingly American MP’s directing traffic alongwith their jeep.
During the early stages of the battle, the Germans infiltrated special “American-speaking”
soldiers in GI uniform and vehicles to create havoc in and behind the
Our set looks and sounds genuine enough but they are all wearing blue scarves!
Accompanying them is our great new jeep, complete with snow-covered canvas top and plenty of K&C’s usual “character” and “battle-worn” appearance. Initial reaction to these new “winter” GI’s has been very, very encouraging.
Later in 2005, we’re going to be releasing the German opposition also in winter uniform – Waffen SS and Volksgrenadiers plus additional GI’s and, of course, more fighting vehicles.
Please Note: We also hope to have these new sets come in our all-new WWII boxes.
(B) EGYPTIAN CHARIOT AE03
As virtually everyone knows the new “Prince of
(C) CHINESE DOCTOR SETS
HK126 and HK127 are our latest “Street Doctor” sets and are also now available. See photos attached.
2. Coming Next Month…
(A) RETURN TO
With the release in February 2005 of SIX new sets that has been remedied. Five of the sets feature US Marines and their equipment… the sixth provides much-needed armour for the Japanese opposition.
Here’s a detailed breakdown –
IWJ19 “Raising The Flag” The iconic image of
IWJ20 “Return Fire” Four “leathernecks” crouching, kneeling and lying prone try to withstand the withering Japanese sniper and machine gun fire. Included in the set is a “BAR” man and a radio operator.
IWJ21 “Running For Cover” whilst two Marine Riflemen provide covering fire two other marines, one with a BAR, race for cover.
IWJ22 “Courage Under Fire” As Admiral Nimitz said about the Marines on
IWJ23 “The AMTRACK Set” A brand-new LVT4 Amtrack
complete with two .50 cal and two .30 cal machine guns. Our new model comes in a typical
IWJ24 Type 95 “CHI-HA” Japanese Tank Used throughout the Pacific War this is K&C’s first piece of Japanese armour. Our model has tank commander and driver figures included.
(B) CHINESE “NEW YEAR” SIGN WRITER SETS
Two sets celebrate the upcoming “Year of the Rooster” HK129 and HK130. It is a long-standing tradition in Chinese homes to buy special hand-painted scrolls with good luck messages both as gifts and as household decorations. Our two new sets show a sign writer hard at work at his table with a background wall covered with examples of his work. The other set shows his customers. See the attached photos.
3. BEING RETIRED
Just two items this month…
Originally introduced with our American Civil War series, this model has been utilized by K&C collectors for American Revolution as well as World War Two – just 40 remaining.
(B) EA07 The Matilda Tank
Part of our British 8th Army series fighting the Afrika Korps
Well, that’s the end of this very long and important “DISPATCHES”. Thanks again for your business and continued support… and again have a peaceful, prosperous and happy New Year…
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder and Creative Director