This is the
third of three GI sets that MB issued in quick order in the summer
of 2007. As such, it shares some of the same problems with U.S.
Machine-Gunners and D-Day June 6, 1944
with regard to the uniform jackets (two of the figures have breast
pockets on their Parsons jackets) and the return of the out-of-place
Marine canteen. Both these issues can be overcome, so let's look
at the upside.
MB comes up with some figures that kick the "A" in Action.
The most striking is the dog face pulling his wounded buddy out
of harm's way. Don't take MB's suggestion in the diagrams on the
back of the box and put a medic's decal on him unless you
set aside the Garand and ammo pouches for the belt. It would be
highly unlikely for a U.S. ETO medic to be armed in that manner.
But if you drop the weaponry and include the medic's bag and the
handy decal MB provides in its set of insignia, you'll have a brave
medic. Otherwise you can make him a brave combat soldier. He pulls
the injured GI by the strap of his M1928 haversack (the section
of strap is conveniently molded into the rescuer's hand). The sculpting
gives a good sense of the effort exerted to bring this fellow to
The other two
figures remind me how wonderfully far we have come since Tamiya's
old U.S Army Infantry.
The dramatic poses of the rifleman and grenade thrower echo through
time. This is a rare time, however, when the finished figures have
even more pizzazz than the compelling two-dimensional brush strokes.
Sculptor A. Gagarin has the rifleman's stance searching out his
target, ready for the recoil. The grenade thrower has the familiar
sideways posture, about to reach out and touch somebody with his
white phosphorous grenade.
The GIs are
kitted out with haversacks and entrenching tools, but curiously
there are no meat can pouches that typically sat over the shovels
(visible on two of the haversacks in the box art). Gagarin again
does something virtually unheard of in today's figure sets: he gives
us three uniquely sculpted haversacks, not three clones.
MB again provides
a small sheet of decals. While the are four figures in the set,
there are only three sets of insignia per unit: 1st, 2nd, 29th Infantry
Divisions (and perhaps 4th, if the reversed out decal is the ivy
insignia), as well as the 2nd and 5th Ranger Battalions. There are
even lieutenant's and captain's bars. However, there are only three
corporal and sergeant stripes; with one for each arm, that's the
equivalent of only one and a half soldiers. Also on the sheet are
six red cross circles if you choose the medic route.
is room for improvement, MB is energizing the plastic figure market
and seems determined to move past Dragon. Here's looking forward
to a healthy competition.
courtesy of Master Box.