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Queen Elizabeth II is only the second British monarch (the other was Queen Victoria) to celebrate 60 years on the throne: she became Queen on this day in 1952, following the death of her father, King George VI. To commemorate this momentous occasion, the venerable 119-year-old toy soldier company, W. Britain, has commissioned a special series of figures The Guards Colours. These sets consist of two beautifully crafted soldiers carrying highly detailed ensigns, and are featured in the W. Britain 2012 Winter Collection catalogue. Each set has been produced in a limited edition run of 600.
The new catalogue has just been released and also includes new ceremonial sets of guardsmen, musicians and even a London Gift Set, to give everyone a little piece of London to take home from this summers Jubilee and Olympic festivities.
Other new releases include classic gloss figures from the W. Britain archive and the Redcoats collection, as well as matte-finish figures from the American Civil War and Napoleonic Wars. The Zulu War also features, including Desperate Escape British Royal Artillery Gun Team No. 1 attempting to escape from a Zulu onslaught. This 14-piece set comes complete with six horses, limber, gun, five British soldiers, and a Zulu in the midst of pulling one of the British riders off his horse!
W. Britain General Manager, Richard Walker, commented that the new Somme 1916 range with trench sections and figures going over the top is one of the most evocative scenes we have ever released.
6 February 2012
For further information please contact :
Dennis Lovett, Public Relations Manager,
Bachmann Europe PLC, Moat Way, Barwell, Leicestershire, LE9 8EY
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