German Soldier 2-Pack

July 3, 2009 | By | 3 Replies More


German Soldier, 2 pack, Indiana Jones®, Raiders of the Lost Ark®, Hasbro, Action Figure Review

German Soldier, 2 pack, Indiana Jones®, Raiders of the Lost Ark®, Hasbro, Action Figure Review

Army building action figures seems to have became more popular in the last ten years.  As a kid, I was always torn between, should I get Bespin Luke or another Snowtrooper? Hmmmm, Bespin Luke it is.

The vintage Indiana Jones line suffered from a worse problem. There was no army to build. There was figure of Indy in a German Uniform Disguise.  This figure normally was a a generic bad guy for me, beard and all. This time around, Hasbro recognized the fact that you need some whip fodder in a figure line.  To help, they produced both a single carded figure and an army building two pack.


Appearance:

In order to save some manufacturing costs, both of the figures, as far as I can tell, are from the same mold. That is something we’ve seen a considerable amount of in this line.  Considering this pack is two generic soldiers, I was okay with that.

These figures are pretty much what you would expect.  Two plain neutrally posed  German soldiers.  I have to give Hasbro thanks for not trying to make these guys in an action pose. There is one tiny issue with the pose, but it’s pretty minor.  In order to make these guys really generic, both hands were sculpted with trigger fingers. In the package, one of them is posed in a less obvious pointing position.  How many time do you pose your figures so they are pointing?

German Soldier, 2 pack, Indiana Jones®, Raiders of the Lost Ark®, Hasbro, Action Figure ReviewThe overall articulation on these two is what we’ve seen on the rest of the line, very much akin to what you would see on a Super Articulated Stormtrooper  (Abbreviated SA for the newbies out there).  The articulation does a pretty good job of flowing with the sculpt and there really no joints that stand out to my eye.

The one cool thing about the ball jointed head is that you can switch the  heads on these fellows.  For you army builders, some creative head switching can change out your ranks even farther.  For the customizers, swap heads with an Indy figure and you’ve got Indy from the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark (See bottom picture). Note, the Indy head  I used is made for a bigger ball, it’s just sitting on there for the picture.

There’s one thing that would have made these guys a little cooler.  That is if the belt ammo packs were movable. A couple of little pegs and you could have pulled them off and switched them around for different looks.   They are kind of bulky and limit some poses, but are an accurate part of the uniform, so I guess that’s cool.

German Soldier, 2 pack, Indiana Jones®, Raiders of the Lost Ark®, Hasbro, Action Figure ReviewPaint and color are the main differences between these two. One has a green shirt and the other has a tan one.  The paint on the straps, belt, buttons is the same for both.  The hair color is the other difference between these two. For the most part the paint work is fine.  The only area that I have issue with is on the green shirt.  Where the flesh is painted for his neck, there are a couple of issues. The first is a bit of slop up on the collar.  It’s minor, but can see it in some of these pics.  The second issue is that the paint on the right side of his neck is too thin.  This allows the green to show through like he’s about to turn into the Hulk only on his neck.   It’s mostly on the back and side of his neck and not very noticeable from the front.  Both of these issues are fairly small, and I don’t mind overlooking them on a generic soldier figure.

Fun:

German Soldier, 2 pack, Indiana Jones®, Raiders of the Lost Ark®, Hasbro, Action Figure ReviewThe weapons that come with this duo are not bad. They are a typical WWII era German submachine gun.  The only difference between the two is one has a stock and one doesn’t.
I’d be surprised if this weapon hasn’t been or will be part of the GI Joe line at some point. The gun with the stock that I got suffers from being bent in the package.  It has a distinct curve to it, that I haven’t tried to work out yet.

Overall:

Hasbro did a good thing by giving us a two pack to army build with.  Even if you just get the pack as an accessory pack for the truck, it’s still cool.  If you have the car and truck, there’s a fair number ofsoldiers needed to make it look full and movie accurate.  A couple of two packs can really help fill that out.  The main reason I got this pack was so that I had some soldiers to lug my Desert Ark Crate around.

Engineernerd Score: 90/100

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  1. Kyle says:

    They need a stahlhelm with the Nazi soldier not the this one.

  2. Engineernerd says:

    I’m guessing if the line would’ve continued we would have got a repaint of this pack with helmets themed for the third film to go with the motorcycle trooper.

    I might be wrong, but I don’t remember any helmeted troops in Raiders, which this pack is from.

  3. John says:

    They need stahlhelms plus they need clothes that are made with cloth! And also there faces shouldn’t look like from a cartoon or something.

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