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Admiral Chester W. Nimitz was a larger than life hero.

Except in the National Museum of the Pacific War gift shop.

There, he’s under three inches tall.


     One of the most popular items in the gift shop is the Admiral Chester W. Nimitz toy soldier from King & Country. Correctly identified as the, “Commander-In-Chief, United States Pacific Fleet” figure, the Admiral Nimitz toy soldier is 1/30th scale or roughly 2 ½ inches tall, is hand-made, and hand-painted. King & Country’s official description reads, “One of American’s greatest commanders of WW2, or indeed any of the wars and conflicts the U.S. has fought in during its history. Chester William Nimitz was born in Fredericksburg Texas in 1885 and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1905. When America entered WW2 in December 1941 he was promoted to Commander In Chief, Pacific Fleet with the rank of admiral. Nimitz controlled the ‘Pacific Ocean Areas’ while General Douglas MacArthur took over the land campaign. Admiral Nimitz was also present at the Japanese surrender on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945. Our figure shows Admiral Nimitz dressed in ‘Khakis’, the everyday wear of U.S. Navy officers in the Pacific Theatre of Operations during WW2.”




I tracked down King & Country owner Andy C. Neilson in Hong Kong to ask him about the figure.


How did the idea for an Admiral Nimitz figure come about?

The idea for an Admiral Nimitz figure came from the fact that the Nimitz Museum was already selling some of our WW2 figures.


Who crafted the figure and how long did it take?

The design sketch for the figure took about half a day. The sculpting of the master figure took approximately two days. The sculpting / carving was done in China. The original sketch / design was by me in Hong Kong.


How has the figure been received?

The figure has been well received and has sold well.


How did King & Country begin?

King & Country was cofounded in Hong Kong by Laura McAllister Johnson and myself back in 1983. It was begun because I was a toy soldier collector myself and no other companies then operating were producing the kinds of toy soldiers I wanted to collect. Since then K&C has grown to become one of the best and most popular brands in the toy soldier / military miniature market.


Visit the National Museum of the Pacific War gift shop at https://store.pacificwarmuseum.org/ or by emailing them at museumstores@nimitzfoundation.org


Contributor: Gayne C. Young
Gayne C. Young is a graduate of St. Edward’s University, the former Editor-in-Chief of North American Hunter and North American Fisherman - both part of CBS Sports -and a columnist for and feature contributor to Outdoor Life and Sporting Classics magazines. His work has appeared in magazines such as Petersen’s Hunting, Texas Sporting Journal, Sports Afield, Gray’s Sporting Journal, Under Wild Skies, Hunter’s Horn, Spearfishing, and many others.