So I picked up 2 of the BBI Paratroopers tonight...
-Articulation is above and beyond anything before done by BBI. It's amazing what hinged elbows can do to figures who've done nothing but looked like **** with their piss-poor angle-cut elbows. These guys are great though.
-Legs Apart... BBI apparantly learned that the ****-tacular way their last couple waves of figures looked because their legs were awkwardly close together just wasn't working, so they fixed them up and now they're looking great. Much better spacing. Very realistic.
-Gear... Armed to the teeth these guys are. Some come with 2 firearms, and each ahs a heavy-weapon pack-in except one who has a duffel bag on his leg. I got one with a kick-ass mortar and the duffel-bag guy.
They also have the first ever to-scale .45 pistols, and pineapple grenades. Talk about kicking ass eh? Smoke grenades too, lots of pouches... They're just packed with gear.
-Headsculpts rock... Really the sculpts overall rock, and it makes me only long for more WW2 items from BBI since 21st doesn't put **** at a decent retailer. Great figures though, and the headsculpts are among their best ever if you ask me. Just intensely realistic. Good customizing fodder for Star Wars too!
And now, the bad and the ugly all in one...
While I like having the workking chute and all, it sucks more than enough ass that the vest and chute straps are all molded on the figure and not removable. They look great for what they are, but I want combat ready Para's, not jumping para's, and that's gonna kill me buying anything but ONE set of these guys.
Had they been vest/chuteless, I'd want at least 3 of each figure if not more. They're just that F'n great. I'm sad that BBI went this other route though. They did a great job, but they gotta ditch these packs so the figures can actually be used in multiple dioramas other than jumping or pre-jump looks.
So, that one little slight kinda killed my "high" on these. They're neat, but only neat enough for one set and that sucks.
I wanna army build, dammit.