Paint - ***1/2
One area that DP can work on is the face paint for their figures.
I noticed on both this figure and Custer (who I'll be reviewing soon as
well) that there were some minor issues on the heads with the paint ops.
On FDR, they've used a wash to bring out the details in the
face, and make him appear his age. While it works in most spots, it's
tough to get even and clean, and some of the just ended up looking like dirt
on his face.
All the other paint ops are excellent however, and there's
certainly no issues with the hair line, details of the eyes and eyebrows, or
Articulation - ****
I'm assuming DP is continuing to use the same body as Hitler,
although I didn't completely undress him to confirm. The box claims 33
points of articulation.
The only negative I had then was a somewhat brittle feel to
the body, and without stripping him completely down I can't be sure if
that's still an issue or not. However, there's certainly no issues
with articulation, as he has a cut joint neck
(the heads can be popped on or off the bodies pretty easily, and there's a
neck post underneath), iball jointed shoulders, cut joints on the
biceps, ankles and thighs, double jointed knees and elbows, ball jointed
waist and chest, wrist joints, and even a jointed foot.
Along with all that there are the bendy fingers I mentioned
earlier, and these work much better than you'd expect, particularly with a
figure like this that needs to hold small items.
Accessories - ****
This is one of those categories where DP really shines. They
outfit their figures extremely well with historically accurate goodies.
FDR has his wheelchair, a major item in itself. The wood grain of
the back, the rubber tires, and the real metal spokes on the tires show just
how far they are willing to go. The metal spokes drove the cost up
though, as each chair took four hours to complete.
The scale on the chair is extremely good as well, and FDR sits on the
little pillow (another accessory) without any problems. The axles on
the chair seem a little loose on mine, but I'm hoping that won't be an issue
The chair also has a large ring attached on the right side. At
first I popped the metal leg braces in there, and shot the photos. But
as I played around with him some more, it became pretty apparent that the
ring is really there to hold his tortoise shell ashtray.
Speaking of the leg braces, these are as intricate as the chair.
They are made of metal, with straps for the waist, thigh and knee. The
leg braces look terrific, but they would work a little better if there was
an improved buckle for each of the straps. It's tough to keep them
tight with the very basic straps.
There is also a matching set of tortoise shell pen, cigarette holder and
ashtray. The cigarette you see in the holder is actually removable as
The ring you see on his left hand is also removable, and a very nice
additional touch. The final accessory are his glasses, which is the
only item in the entire set I had any issue with. They fit well on his
face, but seem about 50% too large. It may have been cost prohibitive
or there may have been manufacturing issues around getting them smaller, but
they do look out of place on his face.
The final accessory is a copy of the three declarations of war - one
against Japan, Germany and Italy. These are not sixth scale, but
actual copies of the originals on 8.5 x 11" paper.
Outfit - ****
Here's another category where FDR really shines. His complete
outfit includes his hat, shoes, three piece double breasted suit, shirt,
tie, shorts and socks. Yes, FDR wears boxers, proving that he and
Adolf had one thing in common.
The quality of this suit is really amazing. The material is
extremely soft, not rough and thick as is the usual 12" scale
suit. The tailoring is excellent, and there are real pockets in the
front of the pants.
The sculpting on the hat and shoes is very good, and the hat fits on his
head perfectly. It also looks good on him, not oversized or out of
It might seem after all that glowing talk about the accessories that I'm
shorting the outfit a bit, but trust me when I say it's exceptional.
Value - **1/2
Ah, but real beauty doesn't come cheap. Those who pre-ordered this
figure at $50 got an excellent value, as this rivals anything by bbi or
Dragon, and even surpasses some of the more expensive Toys McCoy style
But if you didn't pre-order, you're going to get hit with a
hefty charge at $70. That's the price I'm scoring this at, and
although it's not a terrible value - all this great work costs money - it's
not an exceptional value either.
I did find a site still taking pre-orders below fifty bucks,
and if you do some searching around you might still get lucky.
Overall - ****
Is FDR perfect? Heavens no, and I don't think I've ever seen a
PERFECT figure yet. But Drastic Plastic really is putting the pressure
on with a figure like this. They have plans to expand into the
military market, with the first release a World War II Marine
Combat Shotgunner from the Pacific conflict. You might want to
consider pre-ordering him if you believe he's one you'll want to avoid any
price hikes after he hits. Pre-orders also get free shipping, so it's
a much better deal.
Of course, with my fascination with westerns, I'm much more
of a fan of the Custer, Crazy Horse and Buffalo Bill figures. But even
I am impressed with the extreme attention to detail and exceptionally high
quality of the Leaders of WW II line. I'll be reviewing Custer
sometime over the next week or so as well, and while he has his minor flaws,
you won't be surprised to see the same level of detail.
Where to Buy -
I don't know of any bricks and mortar stores that will have these, but
you can purchase them on-line:
- direct from Drastic
Plastic, you can pick up FDR for $70 plus shipping.
has him listed for only $48 right now, still as a preorder. You might
want to double check on that price, as it's a great deal if you can get it.