by: Nathan Phelps [ ]
An in box review of Verlinden's new Operation Iraq Freedom figure.
Welcome to the 21st Century
This is the first widely released modern US figure to hit the market with the updates needed to build the troops cureently in Iraq and Afghanistan (Airborne Minitaures has two very nice figures on the market, but those take a little effort to get ... but it's worth it. This figure is done by the same sculptor).
This guy is labeled as a member of the 101st, but can be modified to represent just about any US Army or USMC unit (I would change out the M-4 for an M-16A2 on the USMC option). A small 101st badge on the shoulder will also have to be sanded off if choosing another unit
This is a new era for Verlinden in 120MM. This figure is crip, clean and very well done.
What you get
The figure is molded wearing BDUs, the new Interceptor Body Armor and a CamelBak water carrier. A knife in sheath, four MOLLE ammo pouches two compass pouches and two grenades are also included with the figure.
The helmet includes the mounting bracket for the night vision goggles, but they are not provided with the kit. A bag is also supplied for the NBC suit. The figure is also wearing kneepads, a propular piece of equipment during OIF.
Overall molding is crisp and very nicely done. The legs and torso are three seperate pieces and go together with just a little bit of putty along the joints.
A resin base is also included with the figure along with some rubber for the CamelBak hose. the rubber is a bit flat and I will probably replace it with other tubing.
The main body of the M-4 is a four-piece affair which takes some CA gule and patitence to put together. The shooting hand is molded to the reviever/grip of the gun. A nice sight, CQB handle, and laser range finder are all included as seperate parts for the M-4. Two different barrels also also included. One appears to be a scilenced version but seems sorts short for that.
I still have to finish building this guy but Verlinden has found a winner in this figure. My Spidy sense tells me there are probably more OIF figures on the way and hopefully they will all be up to par with this guy.
I will update this review when I finish the figure.
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