The two Marines come in a sturdy plastic box, with each bagged separately in plastic bags. The figures come in separate pieces. One Marine is molded standing, in a very natural-looking pose, with his hands on his hips, armed with a carbine. The second figure kneels on one knee, and is also armed with a carbine. The front box illustrates the man using a map, but the figure could be doing almost anything.
Jacks of all trades
Both Marines wear the standard Herring Bone Twill (HBT) uniform. Each man wears a web belt with a canteen. This is actually a neat arrangement and leaves possibilities open. These men could be built unarmed (“in the rear with the gear”) or lightly armed with the carbines to represent scouts (and carrying any mags in their pockets.) The kneeling Marine has a helmet cover and both sport standard leather boots.
These Marines look battle-hardened and would not really represent early-war Devil Dogs. These figures could be anywhere in the Pacific, and could even be close to the front (but not really in it.) They could be used with Artillery, Infantry and Armor (in certain situations.) They could be rear-echelon. Either figure could range from the lowest rank to General. Of course, this set is also meant to dovetail in with the Warriors USMC Command Conference – Set #1 (See my review for details.) All four figures would really make a beautiful set, vignette or addition to a diorama.
The molding on these figures is wonderful. Warriors did a great job on the first set and continued with this set of figures. The details are incredible. Both figures are in natural poses that are relaxed, but taunt and ready for anything to happen. They convey the fact that what they are doing is important. The pockets flare out and look neat. The faces and expressions are standard “leatherneck,” and are appropriate for their poses. The two carbines are rendered well. Bill Chilstrom is a wonderful sculptor and quite talented.
There are some very large pour stubs the builder will have to clean and care must be taken to clean these pour stubs, especially the ones on the top of the helmets and the back of the arms. Additionally, the carbines must be carefully trimmed or you will be going into the “spares” box for replacements.
I really rate this set high. Warriors’ figures are wonderful to work with and look at. I would really recommend these figures as either stand-alone or in a dio. Recommended.
Thanks to VLS for providing the review sample.