Thursday, December 31, 2009

WarModelling vs Matchbox, WW2 Infantry

The photo above compares three Second World War figures from Matchbox (in various shades of plastic) with four German paratroops from WarModelling (in black washed metal). Click on the image for a larger version.


Manufacturers’ Designation and Number of Poses:

The metal figures come from WarModelling’s World War Two range. They are part of set WW22, titled “German Fallschirmj√§gers (CRETE)”. This is a boxed set with 22 figures in unique poses, plus a small mortar.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 21mm.
Body Build (from 5 categories): C (Average).

Availability and Cost:

The WarModelling figures are currently available. They can be ordered directly from the manufacturer. Cost from manufacturer: 19.50 EUR for the complete box.

Notes on the Samples:

The figures were kindly supplied by the manufacturer.


Manufacturers’ Designation and Number of Poses:

The Matchbox figures come from three different sets: the green figure on the left is from box P5006 “British Commandos”; the blue-gray figure in the centre is from box P5003 “German Infantry”; and the brown figure to the right is from box P5001 “British Infantry.”

The British Infantry and German box each includes 49 figures in 17 poses, plus a mortar. The Commando box has 46 figures in 19 poses, as well as a rubber dinghy and a couple of ladders.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
P5006 Commandos 18mm
P5003 German Infantry 19mm
P5001 British Infantry 18mm
Body Build (from 5 categories): B (Slender).

Availability and Cost:

Matchbox no longer produces these sets. Used figures can be found on eBay or similar places. Complete boxes also come up occasionally, but they sell for high premiums to collectors.

Notes on the samples:

The commando figure was donated by Liam Sullivan.

General Notes:

See the side panel lists for websites of the manufacturers, distributors and retailers mentioned above. To convert cost figures to your currency, use a site such as, also listed in the side panel.

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