Dragon continues in their abilities to produce top quality, 1/6th scale
action figures. This is the second WWII series figure I've purchased
and reviewed, and I'm still in awe at their talents. I really wish
they'd turn their attention to some other areas of history, and some other
wars of the past.
I've kept a large number of links at the bottom for
those looking to find these on-line. Right now few stores carry
them, so on-line is really your best bet to find a variety. Some
on-line stores will also sell individual items from the characters, but
their stock is often limited so make sure you buy early if you see
something you want. The official Dragon site is at www.dragon-models.com.
Articulation - ****
Dragon is still kicking ass with this body. Excellent range of
motion, and the double jointed knees, elbows, and excellent neck joint
still make this the finest 1/6th scale bodies on the market today.
Sculpts - ***
Alfred is an improvement over Hermann, my previous figure. The
sculpt is a little more 'lifelike', but he has a bit of a smirk that makes
him appear a little less tough. I like the addition of the scar on
his cheek, although it is a little too straight and perfect for a scar.
Packaging - ****
Another beautiful packaging job. The figure is easily removable
without doing any damage (although I still think they can skip the two
twisties they still used) and the graphics work is fabulous. A nice
history of the figure and the specific involvement in the war is included
on the inside flap. Excellent work!
Uniform - ****
Another area that Dragon excels. The detail on this uniform is
particularly good, with things like the small metal eyelets on the camouflage
tunic reminding you how detailed these figures are. The camouflage cover
on the helmet is removable, and the coat underneath his camouflage is the
same quality as you've come to expect. I particularly like the boots
on this figure, and the level of detail they put into the sculpting of all
their boots is something I've really appreciated so far.
Paint - ***
Another area that was a little better than Hermann. The skin tone
and paint work is more even here, and looks much more realisitic.
The accessories are their usual excellent quality. Alfred comes with
two stick grenades, the usual ammo pouches, his rifle and a bayonet
and sheath. While I like the details used in these accessories, it
still seems a little light in terms of quantity. Also, the sheath
material isn't quite up to par with the other items, and it doesn't appear
as though this bayonet can fit on the rifle. Still, they are minor
Overall - ***1/2
There is one caveat about this particularly figure - Alfred is an SS
soldier, so if you or someone you know would be offended by that, take
heed. Alfred has the traditional lightning bolts on the collar of
his inside jacket. However, if you aren't bothered by the politics
but are interested in the history, this figure is for you. I have
already ordered my third Dragon WWII figure, Dave, and will be reviewing
him when he arrives as well. I suspect I'll be buying quite a few
more of these!