Collectors Dinner Andy of King & Country talk (20 MAR)
Below is a summary of Andy's talk and Q&A at our event.
Total individual figures produced 2007 - 2016 approx 3,500
Actual figures sold 1.75 million
Mounted figures sold 55,000
Aircraft 40 (total sales 16,500)
Tanks 56,000 - 14 different Tigers starting with the wooden ones. Best seller Wittman at 2,000.
Other vehicles, artillery and motor cycles 43,000
Hitler the most popular figure with LAH 99 Hitler and dog selling almost 3,000.
Then opened for questions.
a) Asked if going to do figures connected with Gran Sasso raid and confirmed yes.
b) Any more Robin Hood series to come. Yes, will do some archers but will have in two colour schemes so that will also be more archers for the Crusades series.
c) Asked if the new Hitler and Hindenberg was a one off. Andy said would be some more but almost like a sub series of Berlin 38 but covering Deutchland 1933 and would involve some civilians.
d) Any plans to do Australians in New Guinea / Kokoda ? Starting with Far East (ie. Malaya, Singapore, Hong Kong and there will be Australians in that series. There will also be some Canadians (ie. Hong Kong) which are next. Mentioned uniforms of Australians in Malaya completely different to later jungle warfare. Did note British 14th Army in Burma was quite similar to Australians in the jungle.
e) Any plans to do Rough Riders ? (Collector not aware been done already). Done and no.
f) Any plans to release just castings of some figures ? Been asked at a few events but no.
g) After Lighthorse what plans for WWI ? - some civilians and liked behind the lines type. He observed that there was a demand for non-battle poses which was responding to in this and other ranges.
h) French Hussars in fighting poses ? No but considering doing the two mounted duellists from The Duelists movie. When asked about whether they might be released as attacking cavalry he was sympathetic but noted that the cost might prove prohibitive for a relase of eight or nine poses.
i) Does have any figures that did not make it to market ? Yes has 6 Afghans that were sculpted to go with Sons of Empire but series did not sell as well as expected.
Also has some nice pirate sculpts which were inspired by some Barzo figures. Looked at doing a pirate ship and had one made (still in his office). However after made the ship found out shipping cost would be more than the actual ship cost and then there was the problem of damage to a rigged ship. This prompted a suggestion could do some of the pirates as Club figures and Andy quite liked the idea for some of the personality ie Captain type figures. He believes that the pirate figures are among some of the best that K&C have ever released.
This also raised a discussion about problem of doing patrol boats and subs.
j) Any more planes in pipeline ? Yes but keeping to himself.
k) Great Escape series any plans for non actor figures ? Yes and will be more to come in this series.
l) Any more for Dads Army series ? Yes a few more to come.
m) Any plans to do train rolling stock ? No.
o) Have done WW1 Russians. Any plans to do more Eastern Front WW1 figures ? No.
Andy thanked all for coming and acknowledged the support of the Australian market and noted next year will be his 10th visit.