I was so impressed by Dave, the first American WWII figure produced by
Dragon, that I looked around for the best deal I could find and then
picked up Scott, the rifleman. Sean, a BAR gunner and the third American figured to
be produced, was just released in August.
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.
I picked up Scott at www.kbkids.com,
and used one of their coupons to get another $5 off.
Articulation - ****
The body is still as great as the last three reviews. Unfortunately,
my Scott seems to have slightly loose knees, though, and it detracts a bit
from the quality of the figure overall.
Sculpts - ***
Not a bad sculpt, but not as much character as Dave. He actually looks
very German to me, but that might just be me. The paint work is excellent
again this time, not showing any of the odd wash effects that some of the
earlier German figures had.
Packaging - ****
Similar to the packaging for Dave, Scott has his large amount of extra
equipment stored in a plastic sleeve attached to the front flap.
Again, you can completely remove this figure and his accessories from the
box without damage. I still wish they'd lose those two twistys they
use - I think there must be some sort of 'two twisty' requirement since
they don't seem to use them for the same accessory with two different
figures - but overall this is some of the finest packaging on the
market. This is how the 12" figure market will be going, and
21st Century needs to get on board. They made one additional
improvement this time. Since the plastic sleeve on Dave's box
covered the writing, this time they've moved the informational text to the
back of the box.
Uniform - ****
Another excellent job, and fantastic quality all the way around. A
very realistic uniform, with excellent stitching and materials. The
harness/belt are particularly well done this time, and a tremendous
improvement over the same accessory used by 21st Century or Hasbro.
The only negative is the helmet this time. It seems big on his head,
and not quite in scale. It also appears as though the inner helmet
isn't removable this time - it may be, but I didn't want to damage the
netting on the outer helmet by trying to pull it apart.
Lots of great accessories, and they've gotten the right amount.
Often, 21st Century provide too many - at least on their WWII
figures. I've noticed a decided lack of accessories on some of the
new pilot figures...but back to Dragon. With some of the earlier
Germans, I was left wanting a bit when it came to accessories, but now
both Dave and Scott have given me just enough for my dollar value.
While the shovel, bayonet case, canteen, grenades and clips are all
very nice, the rifle and bayonet are the real stars here. The rifle
detail is excellent, with a even a sliding bolt, and the bayonet fits on
the front of the rifle beautifully. Great construction and design on
As with Dave, you have to watch out for the small pegs on the canteen
bag. They pull out easily, and I had to re-glue both of mine once I'd
put the canteen in it's place.
And oddly enough, they've included a small, plastic display stand with
Scott. I haven't seen this with the other Dragon figures so far, and
it's a very nice touch. Only problem is that it only goes on one
foot, leaving the other foot slightly off the ground. Therefore it
doesn't work quite as well as I'd hoped, but once again it's obvious that
Dragon is thinking and trying their very best to please the customer.
UPDATE - I'm told by my friends that I'm an idiot. These little
stands have been coming with Dragon figures for a long time, if not right
from the beginning. I've just not noticed them and been throwing
them out! Whoops. Well, now you know not to make the same
mistake as I.
Overall - ****
If you haven't yet picked up a Dragon, you really don't know what you're
missing. I can no longer bring myself to spend $30 on a 21st Century
figure, when I know I can get so much more for my money from Dragon.
Online Dragon retailers:
www.kbkids.com (search for Dragon
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