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Blitzkrieg in the West - France 1940
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by: Vinnie Branigan [ TEACHER ]

Dragon 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 set
Inside 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.

Another 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!

Dragon have released another figure set that's really two sets in one. Even the box art consists of two separate illustrations. Again we have a pointing German, but also two really nice action figures, one of which has a PzB39.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 6347
  Related Link: Dragon Models Ltd
  PUBLISHED: Jan 22, 2007

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Hi there Thanks for the review. Looks interesting, and with the Char Bis tank some really interesting dios could be made. Thanks again Simon
JAN 23, 2007 - 12:58 AM
Greetings: Vinnie, I don't know how much pull you have with Dragon, but what I thought would be an interesting area in which Dragon could explore--and that is hand to hand combat summer and winter in the East. There are so many option with which Dragon could exploit = lots of revenue (which is why all companies exist). I was also like to see them manufacture into the idea of Russian tank riders in the winter phase (as the Russians lacked armor persnonel carriers). I just wanted to see if you could simply suggest these thoughts to Dragon as they seem to have you review their latest products. Thanks, and Kind Regards--Brian
JAN 24, 2007 - 04:56 AM
Interesting set indeed. 5 figures instead of the usual 4 and two different styles - action and casual. Will be interesting to watch how this develops.
JAN 24, 2007 - 04:08 PM
Good review, Vinnie. Interesting subjects, but I will have to say this is "yet another German figure set". I like the France 1940 theme, and both the PzB39 crew, and the early Sturmgeschutze crew are good to have. I do hope Dragon continues with this range of figures based on the Concord book (CPC-6001) Blitzkrieg 1939-41, with all the Ron Volstad artwork. If you dont have this book, its well-worth picking up Pre-orders are in, and I will be looking forward to seeing these new figures arrive ! Cheers !! Robert
JAN 24, 2007 - 07:29 PM
Al I can say is "ssoooooooo sweet" I know it's another german dragon set but still look at that gun!! damn! I'm gonna have to think up a dio just to throw those to action pose figures in. Thanks for the heads up Vinne I'm calling my hobby shop as I write this message. All you have to do is say a few words and the money starts flyin" eh? lol
JAN 25, 2007 - 05:29 AM

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