Author Topic: Official 1:18 Military Toys Thread (21st, BBI, FOV, etc)  (Read 112593 times)

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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #15 on: April 23, 2003, 08:17 AM »
This sucks bad!

I must say, it's hard not to "root for the bad guys" when you're playing the 'Battle of the Buldge', considering the Germans sort of won it.  ::) I'm hoping that the 21stC crew will now begin to make some Waffen-SS figures (both the Soldiers and the SS Officers). It wouldn't bother me to actually see some swastika's, finally.

I'm not a National Socialist or anything, I'm just a stickler for accuracy. Seeing an Iron Cross on the tail of a plain gets my panties bunched up (figuratively speaking, as I don't wear panties  :o).

JJ, are you a member of their club? If not, why not? If so, how do I join? I know there's a link on their site, but it appeared as if I've got to call them in order to join, and I'm too lazy to do that (of course, now that Germans won't be sold, I've got some motivation to become a member).

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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #16 on: April 23, 2003, 12:14 PM »
Have any of you guys used the Fountain playset piece from this line as a Theed prop for your SW dioramas?  Just curious.  Been thinking about getting that piece for that express purpose.
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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #17 on: April 24, 2003, 01:20 AM »
http://www.21stcenturytoys.com/1-18_iraqi_freedom.html

Yes, even MORE news...

The modern figures got pictured today.

The figures have some weaker versions and I can confirm the U.S. Spec. Forces guy SUCKS!  I have him, he comes with the Humvee.  He's a TERRIBLE figure.  Do NOT buy him under any circumstance!  haha

The ROyal Marine looks great though, as do the "Iraqi's".  If you ask me though, this whole line was set up for the war in Afghanistan, not Iraq.  IT was changed due to the war in Iraq's current popularity I believe.

Those "Iraqi's" look like Afghanistan citizens to me.  They aren't wearing traditional Iraqi garb anyway, but they do look Afghani to me.

The U.S. Delta guy, Spec. Forces guy, and armor guy look very rough to me, and like 3 of 21st's weaker (If not weakest ever) figures.  

The good news though you ask?  BBi's modern 1:18 figures are FREAKING AMAZING, and need to be seen.

PLEASE look up the Toy Fair 2003 coverage at Small Blue Planet or Raving Toy Maniac or one of these other toy sites to see the BBi US Marines 3-pack, Blackhawk, Little bird, and humvee...  Amazing stuff, and all would trounce 21st's modern figures.

Something to keep in mind!

That 21st Century Royal Marine is a nice figure though, as are the "Iraqi" guys.
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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #18 on: April 24, 2003, 08:56 PM »
Nicklab,

I think I've seen some use the fountain, but that's a costly set piece...  I'd wait for it to go on further clearance.  They're still $20 here, but I'm hoping for a drop in price eventually!
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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #19 on: April 28, 2003, 12:39 AM »

Please tell me this is 1:18... if this is, it's going on my cieling w/ my 1:48 models...

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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #20 on: April 28, 2003, 04:04 PM »
Hmmm, I think it is AE, but not sure...  I'm 99% sure it's 1:18 though.
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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #21 on: May 2, 2003, 08:08 PM »
Since Hasbro still isn't giving me new stuff, I bought Fallshirmjager Major Von Schnitzel and a Battle of the Buldge figure (American troop w/ white covers over helmet and uniform, forgot the title, wait, its a BAR troop, that's right)...

Anyway, all of the Germans have been bought, or removed, because only Schnitzel and one other were avaliable.

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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #22 on: May 9, 2003, 05:33 PM »
I just recently saw the 1:18 scale HumVee and Bradley Fighting vehicles this week.  They look impressive.  What do you guys who collect this line think of them?
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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #23 on: May 10, 2003, 01:24 AM »
Ewok,

The paras have been out for some time, so keep your eyes pealed at various TRU's if you have the means...  You may find a stray Falschirmjagger here and there.

I just found a fresh case of paras the other day actually, and got a Private Wilson (U.S. 101st Rifleman) and a Private Rupert (82nd ready for his D-Day Jump).

Nick,

The Humvee is probably one of the weaker products I've bought from 21st, so if you're going on first impressions do NOT buy that vehicle.  The figure is an abomination, and the Humvee itself doesn't justify the $30 pricetag.

The Bradley though, while I don't own it, is supposedly one of the best vehicles ever.  Full interior for troops and all.  I didn't get it because $40 was beyond my means that day, but now I wish I'd just bought it and left the Humvee personally.

My favorite line is the Battle of the Bulge right now.  They're easily the best figures I feel...  The paras and Falschirmjaggers are a close 2nd though, and the USMC Pacific theatre figures look to be awful nice (And rumored Japanese don't hurt either!)...

I think 21st makes some of THE best product out on the market today, honestly.  They blow Hasbro away in overall quality in what you get in an action figure.

I'd also say that you should ALLLLLLL check out BBi's Elite Force 1:18 line.

Their figures are all modern, but they're REALLY articulated, well sculpted, and neat little toys.  They're also going to be sold (supposedly) at "major retailers" this year in bulk.  IE: you may walk into Wal-Mart and find their awesome new Marine Corps 3-pack (In Desert tan) for $15.  Not too shabby once you see the ammount of stuff you get guys!

If I ever find some good pics, I'm gonna show you guys how much these BBi figures rock.  They have a Blackhawk helicopter on the way too, and let me say the chopper is MASSIVE.  It's got a pricetag to match, but it's full 1:18 scale and full detailed.

I want my BBi marines dropping out of that mamajama into a diorama ASAP though!

But, to answer your question Nick, I really like the lines. :)
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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #24 on: May 10, 2003, 10:50 AM »
Bought me two BAR Gunners for .90 cents a peice, again. I also picked up a Fallshirmjager and the BotB BAR Gunner... I think I'll pick up a tank, eventually, I just can't figure out which one... the BotB BAR Gunner is just awesome.

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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #25 on: May 10, 2003, 09:49 PM »
Yeah, that BoB stuff is pretty top notch.   Too bad that line's limited in the # of figures it is going to have.  Only 3 Germans, and 4 U.S. total...

I hope they make a 2nd BoB series some day...  I want a U.S. rifleman and BAR in trenchcoat. :(
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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #26 on: May 11, 2003, 08:29 PM »
Hey all, here's a quick image of the Marine 3-pack that BBi is going to be selling at "Major Retailers" this year.  I'm hoping to walk into Wal-Mart and find these personally!



EDIT: I guess they dont' allow links over at RTM, which isn't surprising because their site's a tad stingey IMO, but check the link below for all the images.

BBi's stuff is REALLY well detailed, features 16 points of articulation per figure (On their first series anyway) including ball/socket shoulders and a ball/socket ankle joint.

Needless to say they're uber poseable!  

BBi's #1 drawbacks are:

-Availability...  Up till now I've only seen them at online etailers and Electronic's Boutique stores in the mall.

-Visible articulation...  Some of the joints aren't overly well hidden, including the pin in the knees, and that BBi uses that "45 degree angle cut" joint that 21st Century created but scrapped for old hinge style...  Why BBi adopted it on the elbow, I'll never know, but it's ugly and noticeable.

-Gummy gear...  Their weapons make some Star Wars weapons look rigid.  

But, with every con, BBi makes up for it in other areas and then some!  Their positives are a-plenty, and include....

-Awesome sculpts...  I have 7 Generic heads that I'm using for Star Wars customizing from their first series SWAT figures and one Spec. Forces guy alone.  On top of that, their bodies are sculpted very well also, and with very intricate details like stitching in fabric and such.

-Good poseability...  Even though the articulation is noticeable, you get one very poseable figure.

-Interchanging parts.  The torsos, arms and heads pop off with ease, but do pop in quite sturdy for play.  They make for some mix/matching if you wanted to do major "army building".  

-Gear...  You get a lot with each figure...  Everything from knit stocking caps, to helmets, to ballcaps, to an assault rifle, to a pistol that fits in a holster, to a removeable belt, to removeable webbing gear...  These guys often come with quite a bit of gear.

-Gear sculpts are great too.  

-Price...  At $4.99 these figures make Hasbro's attempts at toys look like a joke.  They're amazingly detailed and executed, and cheap to boot!  Can't beat that with a stick!


I honestly can't say what the new figures will be like, but that picture of the Marine 3-pack looks substantially better than their 1st series figures.  Joints look well hidden which was my biggest gripe probably.

Buying them in a 3-pack will make army building a SNAP too.  Way to go BBi!

I highly recommend them to you guys, they're great figures for a very reasonable price.  And check Raving Toy Maniacs for more shots of their 2003 product and carded images of their 2002 U.S. Spec. Forces figures.  

The 2nd series is due out in July I belive, and WW2 planes (and possibly more) are POSSIBLE for later this year.
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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #27 on: July 17, 2003, 06:09 AM »
Nice to see this made the transition over to the new forum section.

Not much new info out on the line, but I did get the white Stuka the other day (Was waiting for the winter paint ap) and it's freaking amazing.

2 figures, with 18 points of articulation each...  A gunner AND pilot, and to boot they're different sculpts for the most part.  The Pilot has flares and leg straps like an X-Wing pilot has, and the gunner doesn't.  Both have a unique head as well...  The one guy is sort of showing his teeth looking PO'd and the other guy has no expression but his goggles are covering his eyes.

Not bad considering I paid only $45 for the thing, and the plane is HUGE...  both canopies slide open for the pilot and gunner, there's full interior and it's painted...  The seats are even weathered...

The winter white is a striking paintjob, and the plane was likely only seen on the Eastern Front doing in T-34's...  The main tank buster bomb has eyes and teeth painted on it, and I believe the nose logo says "Moshaisk", but I can't see it from here to be sure on that now...

It's all white, and that's really kinda creepy looking actually...  The Deutch Afrika Korps version with the big red and white snake down the fuselage is damned scary looking too though, if you want a desert camo Stuka, and the regular green/grey one is nice as well with the flying swine emblem.

The plane comes with 3 smaller bombs for each wing as well, and the machine gunners MG-34 (Which this exact gun was used in ANH by Sandtroopers, but it's the rarer version which is VERY difficult to see which had no stock and drum clips on both sides) is mounted into the cockpit window on a ball/socket mount and it DOES pivot like the real gun would've...

The level of detail and moving parts literally puts every toy Hasbro has ever made to shame.  These things are unsurpassed...  And people who know my love of the TIE Bomber from POTJ know that I think that ship was absolutely flawless.  It still doesn't hold a candle, or even a match, to this Stuka though...  I just had to buy it, and I don't collect the planes that much because of space issues.

Anyway, pick it up because the last thing you'd be is disappointed.  The pilots come with gas masks, and luger holsters which fit on them as well, oh, and stands too...  You at least get what you pay $45 for, that's for sure.
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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #28 on: July 17, 2003, 11:23 PM »
Yes,the stuka is uber cool!I can't wait for some new products,and ummmm some ''cool ;)'' stuff from build-o-rama!
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Re: The Official 21st Century Toys Thread
« Reply #29 on: July 22, 2003, 03:50 AM »
BBi's New Blackhawk Due Out Soon!!!
Look at this honkin' HUGE thing!!!  :)  I totally was NOT gonna get into modern 1:18 but I can't help but to want this thing, and to fill it with those 1:18 marines BBi is making.  



That's a freakin' huge toy, and check out that detail.  People at the SDCC who saw this in person were speechless.  BBi's stepping things up a notch, and 21st Century has serious competition now.  If BBi's things wind up at brick & mortar retailers like they promised, 21st is gonna have to play some serious catch up.
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