by: Vinnie Branigan [ ]
introductionDragon continue to issue 'normal' figure sets alongside their superb 2nd Generation figure sets. This is another of their 'normal' figure sets based around a Ron Volstad sketch, consisting of five early war figures.
the setInside the box you'll find three separately bagged sprues containing the necessary parts to make up the five figures and their weaponry. The main sprue containing the figures themselves is new, but both the smaller sprues have been released in earlier figure sets, one from #6105 'Wermacht Infantry, Barbarossa, 1941', and the other as part of #6196 'German Anti-Tank Team (France 1940)'.
The main figures are as you'd expect, superbly scuplted and moulded, but as with most injection moulded figures they do suffer from the hair line defects caused by differential cooling of the plastic. These are particularly noticable on the torso's of the figures and will need to be removed by gently scraping with a scalpel blade.
Three of the figures in the set wear infantry uniforms, M36/40 tunics, whilst the remaining two are wearing panzer tunics. Many modellers will no doubt be pleased to know that there is a German figure, pointing somwhere, included in the set! The other four figures look as if they could have come from different sets, and indeed even the box art consists of two quite separate illustrations. The two figures wearing panzer tunics are in typical non-action poses. One figure wears a tankers ribbed helmet, and stands with hands on hips, whilst the other is wearing the large tankers beret, has binoculars, and has one hand on his hip!
The remaining two figures are more interesting and in slightly more animated poses! One is crouching about to throw a stick grenade, the other is standing and aiming a Panzerbuchse 39 which was used with great effect against French tanks. Two of these plus several ammunition clips are included in the set.
conclusionAnother nice figure set from Dragon. People will no doubt buy a couple of sets to have in, as they will prove very useful indeed, especially since they include the PzB 39 which will find it's way into many a dio, although it's really two figure sets of three and two figures.
Not really inspiring poses, but useful! Recommended!