Scupting - ***1/2
Some people do not like the sculpting on the Ultimate Soldiers line - I'm
not one of them. I think this sculpt captures a British soldier
fantastically, and is far superior to most of the current 12" head
sculpts out there. Yes, Dragon also does some beautiful work, but I
think 21st Century has their moments as well and this is one of them.
Paint - ***
Paint application is good, and the accessories are particularly well
done. The face paint is clean and neat as well.
All of the WWII figures produced by 21st Century have been terrific, I
have to admit. Not perfect, mind you, but certainly better than 80%
of what's coming out of Hasbro these days.
Packaging - ***1/2
Excellent artwork and a very well done history on the inside flap.
The figures are packaged so that you can see all the pieces easily, and
can appreciate the quality even if you're a MIB collector. The boxes
are also quite sturdy, and aren't prone to alot of shelf damage. My
one compliant - would it kill them to include a simple instruction sheet
showing you how all the pieces are intended to attach? I spent a
good 45 minutes working it all out, and I doubt I have it right yet.
Articulation - ***
Better than Hasbro, but not quite up to Dragon quality yet. I like
the heavier bodies though, and have certainly not been disappointed by the
range of motion and display possibilities.
Accessories - ***1/2
A terrific arsenal of well sculpted and accurate accessories come with
this figure. They get the ***1/2 stars based on sculpt quality and
accuracy - they don't make it to **** because quality is often a problem
(once again, I had to glue a couple straps that fell off immediately) and
the softness of the rubber used for the knife and bayonet is not to my
liking. BTW, he also comes with a standard helmet, but I much prefer
Value - ***
If you grab this baby on clearance at Target, you're getting a fantastic
value! At the original price of $25, it isn't quite as good, but
better than many of the other 12" figures out there.
Overall - ***1/2
This is a wonderful figure, but it's not perfect. Slightly
better plastic used in the accessories, and slightly tighter quality
control, and this figure would have been pushing a **** rating. But
at $14 or less, he's a terrific addition to your Allied forces.