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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    oo interesting, might be my first ww2 figure

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Looks very good to me (apart from the chin cup), but I'm going to wait for people who knows more about the subject.

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    WWII figures aren’t my things but the HS of this particular one is very interesting. It has hair for real, first for SS.

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    Coke bottles? Very interesting indeed.

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    That looks like a pretty solid release! I wonder how well the parachute will work...

    He comes with quite a bit of gear, the detonator and explosives look really good.
    I'm trying to think of who the head sculpt might resemble...I almost wanna say DeNiro from Taxi Driver...

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Absolutely amazing. Definite purchase. Great for those who missed out on McNiece to get a great Normandy para.

    But SS PLEASE include instructions on how to assemble the parachute gear. Not all of us are experts.

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Looks to be light on the ammo pouches... And I would have preferred a para M1 carbine so we could get something not previously released but it looks good.

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Another airborne... why soldier story havent yet tackled a modern british soldier or a WWII british soldier i have no idea..... PASS!

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Quote Originally Posted by S.W.A.T View Post
    Another airborne... why soldier story havent yet tackled a modern british soldier or a WWII british soldier i have no idea..... PASS!
    I agree. A Brit para would have been nice instead, especially as SS have already done three excellent US AB figures from WWII. This is still a nice looking figure, but apart from the Coke bottles and the parachute I don't see anything new here. Hope they're not going to go down the Dragon route of rehashing combinations of existing stuff - that was the beginning of the end for DML.

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Hmm... they didn't show the pistol in the photos-- I wonder if it will be the incorrect M1911 they've used in the past WW II releases instead of an accurate M1911A1?

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Why else would they post dozens of photos......of everything except the pistol.....?

    And the Mohawk haircut was only 101st Airborne, wasn't it? Any way, too bad the headsculpt has one at all......pretty much limits it's use for much else.....

    As for "re-hashing".....when everything's already been done for WWII Airborne troops, how do you put a release together that's not a re-hash?
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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Well I'm a bit confused and let down by this release. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE US Airborne figures, but this one doesn't really excite me that much. Not too different from previous releases from SS or other companies.

    Also, the 82nd didn't "wear" Mohawks (really was just a 506/Rgt HQ Demo, Filthy Thirteen thing with a few members of the 326the Airborne Engineers for Normandy) nor did they add a ton of extra rigger pockets to sleeves. But that can easily be corrected by switching the patch. Also, the piping on the overseas cap needs to be infantry blue, not white and 3-pocket 30 rnd Thompson pouches...did not see action, especially in Normandy.

    I do like the TL linesman pouch, that's great. The coke bottles are interesting too.

    Glad to see the appearance of more WW2 guys, but there are so many others things that could have done or added to this guy to make him different. Just my opinion though.

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Overall a very nice figure - but they haven't done their research properly and there are some inaccuracies.

    The 3 cell mag pouch was only used by the USMC - this figure should have either the 5 mag shoulder bag(101st Bastogne figure had it), a GP bag or a rigger pouch to carry mags in. Another item that appears to be wrong is the boots - they look more like Korean War era M1948 russet combat boots than WW2 jump boots.

    Although they are calling it an 82nd AB figure, there are a couple of features that are specific to the 101st - the mohawk hairstyle was only worn by a handful of 101st paratroopers and the extra shoulder pockets were only seen in the 506th PIR.

    I feel like they have missed an opportunity here - there are many other US WW2 airborne subjects they could have covered instead, like a D-Day pathfinder with radio gear or the 517th PRCT from Op Dragoon with spray painted camo.

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    I agree with the first impressions. Thompson looks nice...some more WWII parts will be floating around, but nothing that moves me to "need" the whole set.
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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Looks awesome. WWII Airborne was what started me in this hobby. Funny I don't have any. I just wish they would have done 4th infantry division grunt in Normandy (or have they?). I'd buy it though.
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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Not a real release in my opinion. They are just reusing left over parts they have already done for the most part.

    They should have done a pathfinder, or at least tried to mix it up a bit.

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Interesting release, but I have to agree - doesn't seem THAT different from similar prior releases.

    And I love all the knowledge about the details and accuracies/inaccuracies being shared by the experts. Great to learn from this board!

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    a pathfinder would have been really welcomed, with the IR Light, and camo uniform....
    I agree the mohawk was only in the 101st , engineers ....and filthy thirteen...

    anyway is a quality release, but impossible not to rehash a subject that has been fully covered by DML, BBI and Did

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Quote Originally Posted by Eperitus View Post
    I agree. A Brit para would have been nice instead, especially as SS have already done three excellent US AB figures from WWII. This is still a nice looking figure, but apart from the Coke bottles and the parachute I don't see anything new here. Hope they're not going to go down the Dragon route of rehashing combinations of existing stuff - that was the beginning of the end for DML.
    Totally agree, all been done before. British/ Canadian/ Polish airborne soldier would have been nice.

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    I think this is going to make a lot of people very happy. Nice one Soldier Story, not something I will personally be purchasing as I've already got something very similar on display and space is limited, but very nicely done. Some excellent parts will be available on the loose market too.
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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    This seems thrown together. The hands look terrible and the HS doesn't even attempt to match the body color. I guess if you missed Jake McNiece, this would be a nice chance to get the gears, but there might be a $10-$20 premium now that shipping and other costs out of Asia are even higher.

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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    Another airborne... why soldier story haven't yet tackled a modern British soldier or a WWII British soldier i have no idea..... PASS!

    WHY??????? as he falls to his knees screaming...and why??????? does it have to be another US para...

    Totally agree with the above quote...with so many other countries they could have done, why another US Para.

    any WHY the Mohawk...101st were the only ones....on D-day

    Only reason i can think of is that they had a bunch of Jake Mcneice parts lying around and thought "lets use them up"

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    the headsculpt reminds me of DeNiro from Taxi Driver.
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    Re: [soldierstory]82nd AIRBORNE DIVISION NORMANDY 1944

    This is an accuracy disaster, but definitely represents a nice box of kitbash parts. To beat the dead horse further theres certainly US para subjects that could have been done that we haven't seen done as well as SS could have made them. Pathfinders w/beacon/signal light, 82nd in sicily, 17th airborne over the Rhine etc would have all been great. Of course a Brit para would have been cool too.

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