Sunday, October 3, 2010

Lancashire Games vs Matchbox, WW2 Infantry

The photo above compares three metal soldiers from Lancashire Games (A,C) with a pair of plastic figures from Matchbox (B,D). Click on the image for a larger version.


Manufacturer’s Designation and Number of Poses:

The metal figures come from Lancashire Games’ 20mm WWII American Range. They can be found in set 20/WBP32, which is a large battle pack titled “American Infantry.” The figures can also be found in smaller sets in the range. Lancashire offers 13 different sets of US Infantry, including several modeled in greatcoats. Each code includes several poses. Other US sets in their WW2 range cover the Marines (7 sets) and Paratroops (6 sets).

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes): 21mm.

Availability and Cost:

These figures are currently available from Lancashire Games. Battle packs of 24 figures are sold for £10.50 with a discount for purchases of multiple items. Standard packs with 3 figures sell for £1.50.


Manufacturer's Designation and Number of Poses:

The Matchbox figures come from two different sets: the blue-gray figure on the left 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.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured from sole of foot to eyes):
P5003 German Infantry 19mm
P5001 British Infantry 18mm

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.

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