is one of Warriors' sets depicting U.S. Marines landing on Pacific islands. Their
release was spurred by Italeri's LVT series, and the preceding figure sets were
advertised as "disembarking LVT."
set has two Marines who have seen some action at least. One Marines is sitting
against the seawall, bunker or the side of a vehicle. He's holding his hand over
a wound in his left shoulder,. The figure's torso, legs, right arm, and head are
all cast in one piece. His left arm is separate. For equipment he's got an M1
helmet with camouflage cover, ammunition pouches around his belt, two canteens,
and a shotgun ammo pouch. There's a small sprue with a K-bar knife and bayonet,
so you could equip him with one of these. It's pity Warriors didn't include a
rifle for the wounded crewman, but we're getting used to this policy.
buddy is calling for a Corpsman, holding his rifle in his left hand. He is similarly
equipped, but with only one canteen, a first aid pouch and carries an M1 Garand
rifle. Legs and torso are one part, with two separate arms, head with helmet,
and his left hand moulded to the Garand to ensure a realistic grip. There's also
a haversack with M1910 entrenching tool.
is good, with well defined details. The expressions on the faces are good on the
shouting Marine and excellent on the wounded soldier. The latter also has a serious-though
unintended-head injury, as there is a major air bubble at the back of his neck.
There is also a small bubble on his right leg, his left arm, and a few tiny ones
of the edges of the jacket of the shouting Marine. Fit of the parts is fairly
spot on. The usual places such as shoulder joints might need a bit of filler.
the pose of the shouting Marine. He has his left leg knee slightly raised from
the ground, which gives the figure a sense of wariness. It also makes him look
like in a hurry. So this makes the set quite useful. The figures do not necesarrily
need to be combined. He could be shouting for armor support, a bazooka, flamethrower,
etc. What limits the use of the figures is the fact that the canteens are the
later style, with the flap crossing over each other. This makes them excellent
for use in conjunction with DML's Iwo Jima Marines, but no too easily used with
the new Gen2 Tarawa Marines. Oh well, by careful positioning, you can deny viewers
a look at the canteens. Or use a scalpel and some putty.
I'd rate this set an 8 out of 10. Poses are better than some of the other "Hit
the Beach" sets. The figures can be used together or separately. There aren't
many wounded U.S. figures anyway, so you might be tempted to convert this guy
in an ETO infantryman.
for PTO fans!