King & Country AE108 Colonel Niven
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Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot's best-known 'sidekick' was a retired British Army officer, Captain Hastings who was, more or less, a direct descendant of Sherlock Holmes' Dr. Watson.
For Poirot, Hastings was a lifelong friend, confidant and chronicler and features in at least 8 of the Poirot novels.
In the 1978 film, for some reason, there was a name change and the 'Hastings' character was promoted to a full 'Colonel' and given the new name of 'Race'. As such he was portrayed by the legendary British actor, David Niven.
David Niven (1910-1983) was a British actor, soldier and author who joined the British Army as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Highland Light Infantry in 1929 and then resigned his commission in 1933 before ending up in Hollywood in 1935 after many adventures. By the late 1930s he had costarred with Errol Flynn in such epics as 'The Charge of The Light-Brigade' and 'Dawn Patrol'.
The day after Britain declared on Germany in 1939 he rejoined the British Army eventually rising to Lieutenant Colonel. During the war in addition to his military duties he also took part in various liaison roles with the American forces as well as starring in two wartime films 'The First of The Few' (1942) about the development of the Spitfire and 'The Way Ahead' (1944) the story of a young Army Lieutenant and his platoon from basic training into battle. After the war Niven returned to Hollywood starring in a wide variety of movies. Among his best were... 'Around The World In 80 Days'... 'The Guns of Navarone'... '55 Days At Peking'... and 'The Pink Panther' series.
In addition to all of that he became a well-respected and best-selling writer with his chronicles of his very eventful life and the golden age of Hollywood. 'The Moon's A Balloon' and 'Bring On The Empty Horses'.
As a tribute to this fine actor, brave soldier and a terrific writer, K&C has altered the character's name in the 1978 film from 'Colonel Rice' to 'Colonel Niven'. Always debonair... frequently entertaining... and forever the true, blue British officer and gentleman.
One of the most captivating aspects of King & Country pieces is the level of detail infused into each miniature. From the intricately designed uniforms to the lifelike expressions on the faces of the soldiers, every nuance is carefully considered and expertly executed. This attention to detail will transport you to different eras and battles throughout history, allowing you to appreciate the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought.
King & Country is a well-respected producer of collectable toy soldiers, civilian and military miniatures, and was founded in 1983 by two partners, one of whom was a former Royal Marine Commando with a lifelong interest in toy soldiers and military models. Since then the company has grown into a major designer and producer of toy soldiers and miniatures including a wide variety of hand-painted, all-metal 1:30 scale military figures. The company also produces scale military vehicles, model buildings, aircraft and ships for the collectible figures and diorama market. The historical eras and subjects covered by King & Country's products are unparalleled in the world of toy soldier collecting, and the company continues to grow, producing some of the finest toy soldiers and scale military figures, structures and vehicles on the market today.
The company's best-selling series include "Streets of Old Hong Kong" which is a colorful series of Chinese buildings and figures showing street life in Colonial Hong Kong at the turn-of-the century, and several "World War Two" series with scale figures, buildings and military vehicles. The World War II series tackles subjects that stretch from the sands of North Africa to shores of Normandy. There is even a series dedicated to "Operation Barbarossa" the June 1941 German Invasion of Russia. Other series address topics as diverse as "The Imperial Army" of the Emperor of China, "The Age of Napoleon" and "The Crusades".
Trains and Toy Soldiers carries King & Country toy soldiers, including a range of hand-painted metal toy soldiers, military figures, civilian figures, and polystone vehicles and accessories in 1/30 scale. Enhance your collection with a variety of high-quality King & Country metal toy soldiers and diorama supplies from Trains And Toy Soldiers. Established in 1984, King & Country is owned and operated by Andy Neilson and Laura Johnson. Based in Hong Kong, King & Country toy soldiers include a range of hand-painted metal toy soldiers, military and civilian figures, and polystone vehicles and accessories in 1/30 scale. Enhance your collection with a variety of high-quality King & Country metal toy soldiers and diorama supplies.
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