by: Darren Baker [ ]
When it comes to resin heads I am sure a certain companies name jumps to mind, but there are quite a few other options out there. When Legend Productions sent along their most recent releases, I was also sent some of the past catalogue to look at. One of these sets is German Head Set No3 World War Two.
This product is packaged in the usual way of Legend Productions smaller offerings and in this case that has proved more than sufficient. In the box is a single Ziploc plastic bag containing two pour plugs with the heads attached.
A look over these heads offered by Legend Productions is quite pleasing in many respects. The moulding quality is the usual very high standard I have come to expect from Legend Productions, there are no bubbles are moulding issues that I can detect visually.
There are twelve heads offered in this set, and that does mean value for money depending on price and requirements. The heads offered all have headwear in place and the figures breakdown thus;
1 with the early WW2 beret style hat
6 with side cap
2 with brimmed forage cap
3 officer style cap
The detail present on the headwear is very good, but I do have a concern and it is a pretty major concern. The heads with the side caps are fine as they are attached via the neck, and so a manner we are all familiar with. The other six heads are connected via the top of the hats (5) or the back of the head (1), and I do not like that aspect. Clean up of these six will I believe be a royal pain while still retaining and matching the high quality present on the rest of the heads.
So with that out of the way what do I like about these heads? Well they are all suitable for armour related projects, but I do question slipping in a very early style tanker with the rest of this offering. The necks are a reasonable as regards length, my only possible concern being the angle of some of the necks, but again none of these are insurmountable issues.
The faces in these offerings are the equal of anything I have seen, being both crisp and expressive. Something I like is that the size of the heads does look to have some variance between them, this allows a more natural look when mixed as nothing is the same in nature. One of the figure heads is wearing cans and a throat mic, this look very nicely done, but I would have liked to see more of the heads feature this attribute. I also feel a mix of heads with the feature and the three main styles of headwear would sell very well.
So is the product perfect? No it is not, but it does have a lot to recommend it. The moulding is of a very high standard, detail is good, there are twelve heads to a set and the expressions are good;. The downside is that clean-up of half of the heads has been made problematic by attaching the pour plug to the top and back of the head rather than the neck. Perhaps one of the biggest attractions to this product is price, I have found this set for sale at a well-known retailers for $7.99, €7.35 or £5.34, these are fantastic prices for twelve resin heads.