Excellent analysis and commentaries of the Dragon bodies and I couldn't agree more, thanks! :thumbThey are still the basis of all my WW2 collections , since they did the best range of uniforms, and were ( and still are if you search ) always available.
For the heads, I always preferred to make my own( though as this thread shows, when repainted their heads are very good) but the bodies are still the best cheap body.The chests are a bit deep, but otherwise when clothed they resemble real bodies far better than the muscle marys that other manufacturers have become obsessed with .
They also never went for the pin-and- ball ankle, a design disaster if you want a figure to stand up reliably, but stayed with the solid ankle with a simple pivot, perfectly adequate for all but the most extreme poses.
Nearly all my collection are Dragon bodies, some of them modified for height and depth, and they are cheap enough to submit to surgery.
Sure, they did some odd things, and had a very totalitarian attitude to customers, but without them there would not really be a 1/6th hobby.
PeteThis is one of DML's very, very early headsculpts, one of the first 40 or so figures that DML produced...
70021 - Sgt. Dave Kowalski 1st Infantry Division, 'The Big Red One', Normandy 1944. Headsculpt number 37!
The ones we all like to think of as being very basic with head sculpts that are not up to todays standards in sculpting..... and yet, with the original paint stripped and a good repaint it's as good as anything you're likely see anywhere else...
Oh my Lord!as promised here are a few of the Master's Dragon repaints....