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Surprised they decided to model a Simunition modified rifle. I love HTs mil figures but they tend to be quite expensive, Toy Soldier in my opinion is on par with HT in terms of equipment accuracy (HT heads are better) for 40 buck less.



Would you mind elaborating a bit about why you're surprised? I'm interested! GabRaz, do you know if this is a 'training' outfit? Are these guns just 'training' weapons? Thanks!
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You'll notice the M-4 carbine has a blue barrel and the magazine is different from the traditional 30 round mag used on the m16/4 family.

What this means is that instead of using traditional bullets the weapons have been modified (change of bolt and barrel) to fire a bullet loaded with paint capable of ballisticaly replicating normal [sign in to see URL] up to 100 meters.

Essentially paintball with real weapons, makes soldiers used to the handling and effects of real world weapons in a training scenario. The rest of the clothing and equipment is what they would wear in combat.


I'm surprised because this is the first time I see a manufacturer do this sort of thing, which is good, but personally I would just get the simunition M4 as a loose item off of some online retailer.




I have to go to work but I'll explain more later.

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That's awesome explanation GabRaz, thanks!

Btw, how is the quality of Toy Soldier's figure's bodies? Are they a new company? I only first heard of them from you.

Anyway, I decided to take a chance anyway & ordered their "Heat" DeNiro figure & their "Domino" Knightly figure from an online retailer. They look real cool! I love "Heat," it's one of my fave movies! Domino kinda sucked, but hey, it's a nice looking figure!
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Toy Soldier's been around for a couple of years I think. The body's not bad, better than both Dragon and BBI IMO, there's enough articulation in the ankles to let the feet lay flat on the floor in most poses without looking awkward. As for a TS HT comparison, here are 2 figures that have quite a few common points.

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On the left is a TS custom (ACU lower BDU, and a PCU upper), on the right is the HT VBSS SEAL in PCU. As you can see the HT is slightly taller than the TS; though not obvious, both are wearing the same body armor (MBSS) in different patterns, again the HT one is slightly oversized as are most of the HT accessories.

I've noticed that HT figures come somewhat more personalized, electric tape around weapon handgrips, battlefield customization you'd see in combat pics, lots of little trinkets, which make for a more "human" figure.

TS tailoring and patterns are top notch and accurate, while they lack HTs more "personal" take on things (essentially a no frills situation), they do have loads of equipment to spare, sometimes enough for a second figure. A big plus in my book is the cloth boots, which allow better articulation IMO; HT mil boots are more often molded plastic and attached at the ankle (meaning they have no feet). HT headsculpts are clean and very nice, but they all look like some young Adonis for some reason; TS while not up to HT standards (though not too far off either) tend to look like grizzled older professional soldiers (many are modeled on actual soldiers).

In essence it all comes down to how much you're willing to pay, I've bought my boxed TS figures for about 70 US each, while the HT offerings average out at 40 to 50 bucks more. I like my TS' because I'm not afraid to customize and modify later on, they come with tons of stuff that one figure could look completely different the next day; HT on the other hand stays the same, and putting on all the equipment is a hassle, they come boxed with all the accessories unattached, it's up to you to do it, depending on how some things are put together it might be as daunting as an MG Gundam (I can still hear my brothers curses after putting that guy together up there).

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The USMC MEF figure is a good start if you want to plunge in the land of mil figs. Many people consider it a rehash of previous figures (apart from the gun), but for someone who will be getting it as his first, thats not an issue.






 

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Awesome, GabRaz thanks! I promise to post my thoughts & pics when my Toy Soldier figures come in and I'll definitely look into the USMC MEF figure you've recommended.
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