GI is drawing a bead on the enemy with his M1 Garand. His weight is nicely shifted
onto his back right leg, as if preparing for the recoil from his weapon. He's
dressed in the M1943 jacket and the combat shoes with leather gaiters, so he's
dressed for autumn of 1944 through the end of combat in May, 1945.
is the first GI in the series from Platoon, and like the following three American
infantry soldiers, he's very nicely sculpted by Bill Chilstrom. Because of the
basic realism of the pose, there is a sense of animation that is lacking in many
other soldiers in firing positions. Both hands are molded onto the Garand, and
the fit of the arms to the one-piece body and the hands to the cuffs is good.
The separate head has the M1 helmet molded to it, and is comparable in size to
Tamiya products, as is the Garand. In fact, the figure scales to about 5' as he
stands with legs bent. He'll seem quite petite compared to Verlinden and many
Warriors figureswhat will be most apparent are the noticeably smaller cartridge
pouches. Of course, these only came in one size, so there will be an inconsistency
for the true sticklers for accuracy, even compared to Platoon's PT-006 and PT-007
figures, which inexplicably have larger pouches. This particular figure will look
good with the Ardennes-era GIs included with Tamiya's Shermans.
is little additional gear provided: a canteen and first aid pouch whose lineage
goes back to Warriors, as well as a bayonet and PAL RH 36 fighting knife in a
nice to have another combat figure available for diorama builders. Here's hoping
there are more to follow since the initial four were first offered in the summer