Monday, October 7, 2013

Esci 1/72 vs Britannia 20mm, Second World War


Manufacturer’s Designation and Number of Poses:

Britannia is well known for its 20mm Second World War range.  The company covers all the major participants in great depth.  Besides figures, Britannia has a range of vehicles and also offers artillery pieces and various other useful items.

These particular models come from Britannia’s British range, but the actual model codes are unclear.  Because Britannia does not publish a complete illustrated catalogue, it is not feasible to determine exactly which models they are.

Figure Characteristics:

Height (measured to eyes): 19mm.
Height (measured to head): 21mm.

Availability and Cost:

The complete Britannia line is available on their website:  

Foot figures in this range are being sold individually for £0.65.


Manufacturers’ designation and Number of Poses:

The plastic figure on the right comes from box 200 “World War Two, British Soldiers.”  The box included 50 figures in 15 poses. The set was later re-released by Italeri as box 6056, “British Infantry: The King’s Regiment.”

The Esci figure on the left is taken from Set 210 “World War Two, British Commandos.” It also contains 50 figures in 15 poses, and was reissued by Italeri.  Italeri numbered it as 6064 and named it “British Commandos: No. 2 Commando.”

Figure Characteristics:

200 Height (measured to eyes):  21mm.
210 Height (measured to eyes):  21mm.
200 Height (measured to top of head):  23mm.
210 Height (measured to top of head):  23mm.


Esci no longer exists, however Italeri continues to produce these figures. 

Notes on the Samples:

The commando figure was donated by Liam Sullivan.