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Doomhammer
04-11-2008, 09:11 AM
I know Screamingmetal will be thrilled to see this one:

http://www.modellersloft.co.uk/images/items27852.jpg

http://www.modellersloft.co.uk/images/items27830.jpg

Finally! Perhaps not so extraordinary for me since I have the long soldout DML Sergeant Jones, but it is very nice to finally see this available again, and probably a well improved version too :)
The addition of the meal backs and Zulu shield are very nice.

More images on modellersloft (http://www.modellersloft.co.uk/itemlist2g.ihtml?group_ID=166).

It's a horrible thing, whenever I think I'll take a break from this hobby someone draws me back in...

galactiboy
04-11-2008, 10:31 AM
Man, DiD makes some fantastic stuff... surprising you don't hear more about them. I guess since they are mostly military we don't get a lot of traffic here.

elektrox
04-11-2008, 04:39 PM
Thanks for this info. I was just thinking about this type of figure today perfect timing.

screamingmetal
04-11-2008, 04:51 PM
That really brought a smile to my face Doomhammer. :D
The Sean Connery head will be missed, but I wouldn't have changed the head sculpt out anyways, so this is more then welcome! Besides, Michael Caine is a good substitute, it's straight from the move Zulu!!!
And a Zulu shield to boot! Hope they make a Zulu warrior next.
I'm sure to save up for this one!
:banana :banana :banana :banana :banana

Mooncat
04-12-2008, 04:21 AM
Dont chuck those bloody spears at me !

Doomhammer
04-13-2008, 12:24 AM
Now up on DiD's page:

http://www.onlinedid.com/products/british_empire/80053/

http://www.onlinedid.com/products/british_empire/80053/80053-19.jpg

Rabbit
04-23-2008, 11:16 AM
Another mouth watering, must-have figure from DiD. I have two of the Dragon figures and I've been saving all of my Tuskegee Airmen and black close-out US sailors to make a Zulu Impi. Going for Isandalwana myself (anybody know of a Bob Hoskins headsculpt?).


Rabbit

-Super Hans-
05-16-2008, 02:03 PM
This guys at modellersloft now

Rabbit
05-16-2008, 03:14 PM
My local dealer, Battle Rhino, wasn't sure whether they could get him or not.


Rabbit

stickman
05-21-2008, 11:55 AM
I think this figure is done exceptionally well and will surely be adding it to my collection. Can Zulu warriors be next? Was Cotswold the only company that ever made Zulu warriors?

-Super Hans-
05-26-2008, 07:30 PM
Getting this guy next week woooo :naughty. Ive seen some decent looking 1/6 zulu warriors on the market but i dont think DID will make one.

:gun:chew

dance wookie

Rabbit
05-26-2008, 09:30 PM
Does anyone know if he'll be carried by any U.S. vendors? Otherwise I may have to order him from Blighty, also.


Rabbit

screamingmetal
05-27-2008, 11:18 AM
Wow, I didn't know this one was coming so soon!
Rabbit, I looked around and didn't find anyone in the US carrying this set. I'll send an email to see if a GSTG will be getting this.

Rabbit
05-27-2008, 12:21 PM
Screamingmetal, I've e-mail'd Modeler's Loft in England about prices for shipping to the States. I'll let you know.


Rabbit,
Fur and Foot Fighters

-Super Hans-
05-27-2008, 12:44 PM
Screamingmetal, I've e-mail'd Modeler's Loft in England about prices for shipping to the States. I'll let you know.


Modellers loft are great people there be able to sort you out cant wait to get mine

Rabbit
05-28-2008, 07:03 AM
I received an answer to my shipping query to Modeller's Loft today.

Me:

"To whom it may concern,

I am interested in purchasing one of your DiD Pvt Williams, 24th Regt of Foot, without sandbags figures. My address is:

Concord, California 94518

Could you please give me a quote as to shipping on this figure from England to the States? Thank you."


Their answer:

"Hello

Thanks for your message, shipping for your order to the US will cost £16 GB pounds

Kind Regards ML"


So shipping, in other words, will be $31.60 plus $63.19 for the figure. Yikes!!


Rabbit

-Super Hans-
05-28-2008, 08:50 AM
So shipping, in other words, will be $31.60 plus $63.19 for the figure. Yikes!!


$2 to the pound mate its gonna be expensive thats why i like buying things from the u.s. $31.60= £15 seems reasonable

screamingmetal
05-28-2008, 11:58 AM
Thanks for the info Rabbit, $31 is quite expensive.

I got a response from Good Stuff To Go, they said that they "contacted the DID distributor here in the US to see if they'll be getting any, and the
answer was "right now no"."
But they did tell me that they noticed that Timewalker Toys.com did have them available for preorder but was unsure how they're going to get any since the distributer said no.
Here's their website:
http://www.timewalkertoys.com/

I sent Timewalker Toys an email asking about the availability of the figure, I'll let you know what I hear back.

Rabbit
05-29-2008, 09:32 AM
Ok. I'm weak. I paid me money to Modeller's Loft for the little darlin'. Bloody bootchas, but I just had to have one!!

Thanks, Slimeyslug, for the recomendations.


Rabbit

screamingmetal
05-29-2008, 11:13 AM
I got a response from Timewalker Toys:

We recently posted a clarification on our website regarding the status
of this figure. Here is a copy of the clarification:

"NOTICE: A Clarification of TBA Status- To Be Announced (TBA) means
that we have not yet received an official sell sheet with pricing and
arrival information from our distributor. It also means that until we
receive this information from our distributor, this item is
technically being offered in an unofficial capacity. While the US
Distributor strongly believes that they will receive an allotment for
distribution in the United States, like the Napoleonic Series, this
item is a Modeller's Loft Exclusive. As such, allocation to the
United States is solely at Modeller's Loft's discretion. Anyone
uncomfortable with the TBA preorder status on this item should
probably order directly from Modellerís Loft in England."


Again to reiterate, we have been told by the US Distributor
that they are nearly 100% certain that they are receiving an allotment
for distribution in the U.S. They cannot, at this stage of the game,
give us 100% certainty until they receive their official documentation
from Modeller's Loft. The fact that this item is a Modeller's Loft
Exclusive has not deterred other exclusives from being distributed in
the U.S. The Napoleonic line is also a Modeller's Loft Exclusive, but
each of those items have seem fairly common release in the States.
Our distributor believes that the Rorke's Drift figure will follow
this same pattern of release. If the status of this item changes in
any way, it will immediately be posted on our website, and for those
who have placed preorders already, they will be immediately notified.

Thank you for your inquiry.

So it's still a possibility these will be available in the future, but right now they can't confirm.
Looks like Modeller's Loft is the only place for the time being.

Rabbit
06-11-2008, 10:40 AM
http://www.4-leaftoys.com/upcoming_arrivals.htm has added him as a pre-order. So far I've seen nothing from Modeller's Loft except the order confirmation and they had him listed as "In Stock" at that time.


Rabbit

-Super Hans-
06-11-2008, 11:30 AM
got mine last week wooooooooooooooooooo

Rabbit
06-11-2008, 12:06 PM
"Last week", you say? Then maybe mine will be this week. One can only hope.

Slimeyslug, other than the "wooooooooooooooooooo" what are your impressions of him? I've heard that he resembles Micheal Caine. Do you have the DML version? Congratulations on your new acquisition.


Rabbit

-Super Hans-
06-11-2008, 01:22 PM
"Last week", you say? Then maybe mine will be this week. One can only hope.

Slimeyslug, other than the "wooooooooooooooooooo" what are your impressions of him? I've heard that he resembles Micheal Caine. Do you have the DML version? Congratulations on your new acquisition.


Rabbit

Id say give it two weeks for the shipping :monkey5. Yes there is a slight resemblence to micheal caine and i am very impressed by this guy and the sand bags are a nice touch as well but he keeps falling off my shelf. I usually stick to dragon/DID ww2 figures but seeing how good this guy is im gonna branch out and get some of the DID napoleonic figures as well:sick:sick. DML version explain :naughty:naughty

Rabbit
06-11-2008, 01:59 PM
Never mind. Mine just arrived by the post. I bought the one without the sandbags. His prototype photos look more like Micheal Caine than the finished version. The Zulu shield is a nice touch.

DML made a 24th Foot a couple of years ago. I bought two. He is a Colour Sargent and by swapping one coat with the DiD one I can do "The Man Who Would be King".

http://www.tahoe2.com/rabbit/dolls/Horse/zuluhorse-100.jpg


Rabbit

Doomhammer
06-21-2008, 07:24 AM
Sergeant Jones, the one DML figure I just wont change out for the DiD update. Might get the boots though, and throw out the moulded ones. But the gaiters are too big for my taste.

http://users.pandora.be/doomhammer/warroom/IMG_5323.JPG

Rabbit
07-08-2008, 06:11 PM
Monkey Depot, (http://www.monkeydepot.com/), says that he will ship from them on Thursday the 10th for $74.95. I do really like mine. Money well spent even all the way from Blighty!!


Rabbit

screamingmetal
07-09-2008, 02:05 PM
Monkey Depot, (http://www.monkeydepot.com/), says that he will ship from them on Thursday the 10th for $74.95. I do really like mine. Money well spent even all the way from Blighty!!


Rabbit

Crap, I really wished I didn't click that link, not only is DID's Rorke's Drift coming in on Thursday but so is that SS CIA guy.
I don't even have money for the crap I have on order for next month let alone for anything else. :monkey2
I'm going to have to get both somehow, at least they're now available in the States.
Thanks for the heads up Rabbit!

screamingmetal
08-14-2008, 06:42 PM
I finally got mine a couple of hours ago, fantastic figure.
I forgot how great non-Sideshow figures could be, and this one is incredible.
The costume is insane with embroidery, and authentic plastic buttons and insignia. All the belts and pouches are faux leather or with one pouch, cotton cloth. Shoes and Gaiters are top quality faux leather with metal eyelets, real laces and plastic soles. Far better scale and about the same quality as Newline Miniatures' boots. I really have to hunt down some more DID boots for replacements.
The sandbags were a nice surprise, actually quite heavy with PVC Bean bag stuffing and excellent weathering. The weight should keep them secure when stacked. I could see getting another Rorke's Drift figure and making a nice diorama with all the sandbags.

And the Zulu Shield puts this just over the top. It's made from what appears to be the same material as some stuffed animals, but it's highly realistic looking for what it's supposed to be. The backing they used for the shield is some type of stiff material that looks like suede and is very realistic. The spear shaft is wood topped with what appears to be some more faux animal pelt.
I managed to get the shield on the far right:
http://www.onlinedid.com/products/british_empire/80053/80053-19.jpg
Which is just perfect, I either wanted that one or the one on the far left. :D
Sculpt and paint is phenomenal! nice amount of texture on the skin lending to incredible detail. The sculpt looks like Michael Caine, but I think it's the slightly darker eyebrow and hair paint that's throwing off the likeness. Caine should be much more blonde. But it's still very well painted.
About the only thing I didn't like was the real wood and metal rifle. Plastic would've given sharper more accurate detail. I also would've liked a more rifle posed hand instead of the pistol grip used here.

Packaging- ****
Sculpt- ****
Paint- ****
Body- ***
Costume- ****+
Accessories- ****
Value- ***
Overall- ****
If you're at all interested in this figure, you should definitely get one! :banana

Rabbit
08-15-2008, 03:51 PM
I'm surprised to see Military-Historical still being done here. Nice review, SM. I got the 4th shield, also.

I thought that I would post a shot of my Martini-Henry rifle collection for comparison.

http://www.tahoe2.com/rabbit/military/Martini-Henry024.JPG

1-Cotswold
2-DML
3-DiD
4-An actual one


Rabbit

-Super Hans-
08-15-2008, 04:08 PM
id say the middle one looks the best, its a shame the guy only has a pistol grip and cant properly hold the rifle but it can be solved with a little change of hand. love to get a real henry, sold my lee enfield 303 a couple of months ago just ran out of space for the thing

screamingmetal
08-15-2008, 06:16 PM
The Dragon one does look best.
It's a shame about DID's Martini-Henry, they made the Receiver out of wood when it should've been all metal. At first I couldn't put my finger on exactly why the Receiver was looking so rough and unfinished, until after I examined it and found out it's actually made completely of wood and painted gunmetal gray to look like metal.
Very disappointing.
Rabbit, is the Cotswold Martini-Henry rifle better then the DiD version?

Good idea Slimeyslug. I'll have to see if I might already have a DiD rifle hand, but I think those are Bendy hands and DiD never made a cast plastic rifle hand. I'll have to look into it.

Rabbit
08-15-2008, 07:43 PM
Quote:
"Rabbit, is the Cotswold Martini-Henry rifle better then the DiD version?"

In my opinion I would rate them thus:
4-The original (can't be any more realistic than this)
2-Dragon
3-DiD (close to Dragon)
and last
4- Cots


Rabbit

screamingmetal
08-16-2008, 03:15 PM
Quote:
"Rabbit, is the Cotswold Martini-Henry rifle better then the DiD version?"

In my opinion I would rate them thus:
4-The original (can't be any more realistic than this)
2-Dragon
3-DiD (close to Dragon)
and last
4- Cots


Rabbit

Thanks, you just saved me $4! :D