by: Vinnie Branigan [ ]
introductionContrary to popular belief, Dragon are committed to enlarging their 'Ordinary' figure range, whilst still producing their 2nd Generation range and improving on earlier sets with their 'Premium' range. This set of four figures From Dragon was based on a drawing submitted by Ron Volstad a few years ago, and is a welcome addition to their figure range in that it includes a Polish Officer as prisoner.
the setAs mentioned, the set of four figures is an 'ordinary' release, and therefore doesn't include any of the 'goodies' we've come to expect from the 2nd generation and premium releases. Now really, I can't understand why a 2nd generation weapons set isn't thrown in? The Kar98 rifles for example, are the old ones..... no pre-drilled barrels, and fairly prominent moulding seams that aren't that easy to remove, given the detail on them.
As was usual with these figure sets, you get one sprue in the box, that holds all four figures, with a very small extra sprue holding 3 rifles. there is also a tiny photo etched sprue with the two straps on for one of the helmets. I think these were to hold camouflage? Only for one of the helmets though!
The set consists, as shown on the box art, of three German figures, all wearing the same uniform, and all holding a rifle. The fourth figure is of a standing Polish officer, with arms folded, looking a bit defiant. As such, you get exactly what is shown on the box art.
The moulding of the figures takes me back a few years, with fairly prominent mould seams, almost non-existent ears on the heads, and equipment that is sometimes hard to get to 'sit' right on the completed figures. If you look at the close-up of the Polish officer, particularly at the 'sit' of the folded arms, you will see that it's quite difficult to get them to sit right? I think it might have been almost better to mould the torso with the arms already in place.
in conclusionIt's a useful set because of the presence of the Polish Officer. If you take that figure away, you're left with three Germans, with pretty uninspiring poses. I have to say recommended, if only for that polish figure, but I do fell slightly disappointed with this figure set, not least because it also exhibits one of my pet hates, which is that there are no helmet decals, when the box art clearly shows them!
My thanks to Dragon for the review sample.