Operation Market Garden

Another one of the 21st Century figures that you can get on Target clearance if you're lucky, the Operation Market Garden figure is technically another 101st Airborne figure.  Operation Market Garden was an attempt to drop fighters from several airborne divisions into Europe to capture key bridges and roads.  I received this figure from a friend, Connie Basham, who was nice enough to pick it up for me at a clearance price of $9.90!



Packaging - ***
Nicely done, as is all the 21st Century packaging.  Handles shelf abuse well, shows the figure off well, and has terrific graphics and background info.  Only downfall, is that you still have to destroy the inner sleeve to get the accessories out.

Sculpting - **1/2
Unlike many other folks, I like most of the 21st Century sculpts.  But this one leaves me a bit cold - it lacks the personality that I feel many of the others have.  Also, the heads on most of these (and the other new figures as well) don't seem to fit the head post as well as the previous figures.

Articulation - ***1/2
This figure sports the new and improved double joints at the knees and elbows, fast becoming the industry standard.  How long before Hasbro follows suit?

Uniform - ***1/2
.This uniform and it's corresponding accessories make this my favorite WWII 21st Century figure so far.  The boots are sharp looking, the uniform well made and looking great.  Everything fits well, and for the first time I was able to outfit him with all his gear easily. 

Accessories - ****
They are listening to the fans!  The plastic has improved, and not only that but the velcro straps that were previously glued to the accessories are now either tightly sewn or 'riveted' with a small plastic rivet.  For the very first time, I was able to outfit this figure with all his equipment easily.  It's not perfect, despite the **** score - the knife sheath is on the cheap side, and the velcro is still not my number one choice for all the accessories.  But they are improving on something that was already pretty damn good to start out.


Overall - ***1/2
I have 7 or 8 of the WWII 21st Century figures now.  My previous favorite was the British Paratrooper, but this figure has eeked him out of the top spot.  My greatest wish now is to start seeing fewer German and U.S. soldiers, and to start seeing some of the other combatants of WWII - Japanese, French, Italian, British and Russian.

Figure from the collection of Michael Crawford.

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