King & Country is a newcomer to the toy-soldier arena, established in Hong Kong in 1984 by two Scottish ex-pats, Andy C. Neilson and Laura McAllister. King & Country models follow in the footsteps of “connoisseur figures” from the 1950s, using a 1:30 scale and intricate designs directed at collectors rather than children. By 1994, Neilson and McAllister had opened a U.K. branch and their highly detailed, all-metal military figures were leading the market.
Like Marx, King & Country makes model buildings, vehicles, and accessories to be displayed alongside its toy soldiers and other figures. Subjects encompass all eras, with series ranging from the armies of Julius Ceasar to contemporary troops stationed in Afghanistan. Unique settings and historical accuracy add to King & Country’s sense of realism, visible in figures like a clock repairman and his customer created for a popular line called “Streets of Old Hong Kong.”
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