So 21st busted out big news that they're partnering with Toys R Us (holy ****!
!?) of all people, who dumped 21st and their contract because of special interest pressures, and they're going to produce a 5-pack of figures with vehicles to distribute as a "Merril's Marauders" (sp) set.
The Marrauders were a group that totally F'd with the Japanese behind enemy lines. Army Rangers, special forces guys... Very cool.
The set is 5 all-new figures (so it says, though the heads look like Para heads I think) with gear, a 1.5 ton Dodge Truck (Troop Carrier), and a Dodge Command Car with no distinguishing markings so it'll be a cool "hit & fade" vehicle.
Anyway the whole set looks great and I hope it's not terribly expensive. There's a LOT in there though so it could be pricey. Still it's nothing they don't already have the toolings for it seems save for maybe the figures.
Way to go 21st on making the figure guys happy and seeing there is potential for the figure line overall really. World War II offers a buttload of material to make. I just hope they start diversifying to nationalities like British, Russian, French and Italian troops... I'd also like new 1st series Germans and U.S. Infantry, as well as various cammo variants on the Germans, some DAK variants on the Germans, some North African U.S. and British troops...
French, or "generic" resistance fighter figures would be cool too. They could really do a generic line that fit for Poland, France, the Netherlands or elsewhere... Russians are a must in this line at some point, along with re-releases of the BotB Germans to go with the Russian Troops.
WW2 offers so much diversity that would be popular if marketed right, that I just hope this is a sign of great things to come. US Spec. Forces from Pacific? I'd never have guessed.
Some D-Day Rangers are now a must!