King & Country
Well I'm back from the States and once
more sitting at my desk looking over
What a great show and what beautiful weather! My buddy Chris Howse and myself arrived early on Thursday afternoon and got booked into our rooms on the 4th floor. I was nicely surprised by the amount of action (and people) going about in the rooms and hallways.
By Friday the Hyatt Schaumburg was packed solid and for me the action never stopped. It was terrific to see lots of old friends (dealers and collectors) and show as many as possible some of the latest K&C items that are in the pipeline.
Everyone was up bright and early on Sunday for the great day itself. A nice big crowd was gathering in the lobby as I made first of several "round-the-show" tours to see what was on offer. Come the flood gates were opened and the collectors came in.
Overall I think it was
one of the best
I have to admit Conte's new Civil War - both plastic and metal looked very good. I think at long last Richard is beginning to focus on one particular area that he does well and has decided to go for it.
Frontline didn't have much new on offer - they appear to be putting all their skills and energies into their European publisher's efforts.
New kid-on-the-block FIGARTI out of
I also saw the Rick Berry / Ken Osen collaboration on WW2 figures... should be interesting - I'll be watching that one very carefully.
All too soon the show was over - 4
great days of toy
1. NEW RELEASES
As usual we have a few
interesting new items for release this month, among them are: HK124
"Chinese Birdshop" and HK125
"Chinese Pharmacy" - These are both brand-new polystone buildings
to go with our "Streets of Old
(B) "Return to Ancient
The first two of four new releases for Ancient Egypt collectors will also be available this month....
AE15 "The Hunting Pharaoh" depicts a solo walking figure of the Son of Ra out hunting. A quiver of arrows over one shoulder a bow over the other - This is a great addition to this popular series.
AE16 "The Hunting Party". Pharaoh has been successful in the hunt. This add-on set has a pair of loyal retainers carrying the body of a young desert antelope hanging from a pole.
THE JOURNEY CONTINUES...
Also coming in December are two more Ancient Egypt sets...
AE17 "The Royal Mascot" shows a powerful young
leopard together with his
AE18 "Pair of Sphinx Statues". These stone monuments often
formed an avenue leading up to a
(C) Santa Comes to
XM04-01 is our third very special Christmas Santa Set - This particular one
shows our very traditional Santa making a very untraditional "stopover"
These K&C Santas have become very very collectable and are eagerly snapped up - so get yours soon.
2. GOING ... GOING ... GONE!
Being retired is the following:
IC001 The Emperor and Empress seated on their Imperial Thrones
IC002 The Child Emperor Pu Yi and a "kowtowing" Mandarin
WS57 The 88mm Gun - This may shock many dealers because this particular model has been very successful. However, as you know, we only ever intended to produce 1000 models of this gun. And in order to maximize its value and rarity to collectors, we've decided to stick with that number. We still have a number left - so if you want to get some - get them now!
3. PRICES ON RETIRED K&C ITEMS
Both individual dealers and Ebay has seen an amazing explosion in the prices of retired K&C pieces and sets. Recently one of our old Soviet Assault Guns went for close to US$300 (original price US$89). An army air corps officer - rumoured to look like Clark Gable, sold for US$250 (originally just US$15). An early wooden K&C Tiger Tank sold for over US$1400 (originally US$125). And that's just the tip of the iceberg.
So, look out for those '88's to go through the roof.
4. NEW NAPOLEONIC BLACK WATCH PRICES
Apologies for the typo in our last "Dispatches" regarding the upcoming Black Watch infantry figures. The correct unit prices are now as the attached price list shows.
The offending person responsible for the error was subsequently court-martialled and shot! We apologies for any inconvenience.
5. ADD-ON ADVERTISING
Attached to this DISPATCHES are copies of our latest advertising in the UK Toy Soldier Magazine - The Black Watch Ad and the very latest Ancient Egypt.
So, what more can I write - best wishes and great sales to you all. Thanks for all your business, we know you have a choice and we appreciate you flying...
Oops I've been away too long!
Andy C. Neilson
Co-founder and Creative Director