There are patterns from Jeremiah Junction called Nutcracker Factory I, II and III, would this be what you're after?
They look like little soldiers.
Here's a link:
And some Mill Hill kits:
Here's a few more links:
Boris, I think he's Russian!
Search for "nutcracker":
scroll down on the left, Nutcracker 2000 sampler:
ps The Russian Ballet came to our nearest city and it was wonderful that my friend and I took our daughters to see "Sleeping Beauty". We were WOWed with the exquisite costumes, back drops and of course their talent!!