The World of Toy Soldiers
When King and Country released the DD348 - FFI Young Resistance Girl, they said that it was based on a known image from the liberation of Paris. The resulting figure is quite good looking, but is so much more interesting when you know who this toy soldier is based on as it brings more backstory to the light.
Roman empire transportation network is estimated to be composed of 400 000 km (250 000 miles) of roads on which 20% were stone paved. It was one of their biggest achievements, connecting the whole empire. To travel more comfortably on those roads, roman eventually developed specialized vehicles such as the Carpentum. So let’s look at the JJ-RR50 - ROMAN CARRIAGE by John Jenkins Designs; a museum quality model!
On July 8th 1758, two commanders met in America on a battlefield that was far different from what they were used to. Both were trained to European pitched battle, but they were now forced to engage in a woodland warfare style; a style that both commanders found to be a necessary evil. On that day, 3 600 entrenched French troops faced a massive outnumbering force of 16 000 british men at what is now called the Battle of Fort Carillon. Against all odds, the French won that battle. Let’s see how this happened and which toy soldier collections by John Jenkins Designs are linked to this event.
In 2019, First Legion released a new collection about the Franco-Prussian War. Sadly, this series of figures went mostly unnoticed and only has the French side so far. But today it’s time to bring back light as this collection has one magnificent flag bearer. So let’s have a look at the FPW04 - French Line Infantry Wounded Standard With Tattered Flag; a toy soldier who manages to summarize a whole conflict as seen by the French side.
Until recently, bringing Aussie infantry to the front in the Vietnam series by King and Country was a bit of a pain; Their only option was to walk. But luckily for them (and for the collectors too) a new version of the Land Rover was released in June 2021. Behold the VN118 - The Patrol / General Service Land Rover!
Ask a person if he likes vikings and chances are high that he will say “Yes!”. Everybody likes vikings. However, with all the different movies, tv shows, video games and various cultural influences, everybody seems to have a different representation of what a viking is. For those who like historically accurate vikings, the latest JJ-VIK-21B - Viking Warrior Charging by John Jenkins Designs will most likely please them.
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During World War Two, June 44 was quite a busy month. On June 6th, the allies landed in Normandy and so began the Operation Overlord. This episode, also known as Battle of Normandy, ended on august 30th, a few days after the liberation of Paris. Naturally, such important events inspired many toy soldiers. So, to commemorate special month, here is my personal top 5 favorite items related to the Battle of Normandy that are currently available.
Maybe you have noticed something special about this figure from First Legion, something vaguely familiar. His heroic pose, those over dramatic wounds, the grenade as the only weapon, the iconic striped shirt and sailor hat… If this rings any bell to you, you are right. The RUSSTAL061 - Russian Sailor With Grenade Bundle is based on a soviet propaganda poster!
Since I watched the TV show “I Claudius” when I was a kid, I was quite intrigued (and scared) by Sejanus. Sir Patrick Stewart was bringing this historical character to life in a brilliant way, showing a manipulative, intelligent, deadly and charismatic chief of the Praetorian Guard. So when I saw that King and Country produced a Sejanus, I was very excited! My first reaction to the images was an instant like. So let’s take a moment to appreciate the ROM054 - Chief of the Praetorian Guard by King and Country.