Dave, a Sergeant in the 1st Infantry Division, is my third WWII Dragon
figure. He quicklyl became my favorite so far! While the
interest in 6" and smaller action figures may have seemed to wane,
look no further than all the terrific 1/6th scale product out there to see
where the market is going.
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 - ****
I've raved about this body all three times now. The articulation is
excellent all the way around, and the only thing that would be an
improvement is if more of their figures had finger articulation.
Sculpts - ***1/2
The best sculpt so far, Dave has a gruff Sargeant quality about him, and
looks a little like George C. Scott. The flesh tone is much better,
and there isn't the glossy appearance to his face paint.
Packaging - ****
Dragon does a wonderful job with their packaging, some of the nicest on
the market today. This one is no exception. To accommodate the
larger number of accessories, they packed them in a plastic bubble
attached to the inside flap. Again, they managed to do so without
forcing the buyer to destroy the package to get everything out. Nice
Uniform - ****
Sweet! The uniform is perfectly detailed, fits fantastic, and is
great quality. Some people feel that these uniforms don't look
'weathered' enough, but I don't mind in the least. The helmet is two
piece, with the inner liner removable. The boots are interesting - I
prefer the cloth uppers that Hasbro used on a similar figure, but at least
these have an elastic strap across the bottom of the boot, giving the
impression that they are separate. *NOTE* A friend just let me know that
they are in fact two separate pieces, with the uppers removable!
Unlike the previous two WWII figures, Alfred and Hermann, I felt I as
getting my money's worth on accessories this time. Dave comes with a
belt, various pouches (including his cloth ammo bag), canteen, M1916
revolver, his Thompson, several clips for his Tommy gun, and his bayonet
and sheath. Items are held to the belt with metal clips, and the
plastic used in items like the bayonet and canteen is very high
quality. The M1916 has a removable clip, and the detail on the stock
of the Thompson submachine gun is great - wood grain!
The only thing to watch out for are the small pegs used to close the
holster and the canteen. They can easily pull out of the plastic and
get lost. One pulled out for me, and I replaced it with a little
super glue. I'd also avoid snapping the top loop on the sheath
holding the bayonet. It looks weak to me, and I've heard others say
it breaks easily.
Overall - ****
Can you say 'kicks ass'? I knew you could. The best sign of a
terrific figure is if it convinces you to buy another, one you might not
have bought otherwise. After getting Dave, I've already decided to
order Scott, and I highly recommend you do the same!