Thursday, August 28, 2008 - 10:38 PM UTC
Perhaps it would have been more appropriate to simply have posted this on the Network's figure site Historicus Forma, but as an interesting example of WIP its something that should get maximum coverage.
This week has seen Masterbox Ltd return from their summer vacations, with every indication that they haven't been lying soaking up the UV on a beach. This is the third WIP they've shared with the network this week and of all, the most radical yet...

Historical figures in 1/35th scale? Surely some mistake? No. These are test-beds for a couple of ideas that the company wants to float on this Network - more than anything to do a bit of market research and see if commercially, they are viable propositions.

Two very different subjects - a Russian Hussar of 1812 and what looks to be an Plains Indian.

Now, more than ever YOUR input is required! Masterbox really want to hear your comments on the commercial viability (or otherwise) of these test figures.

Again, our thanks to Alexander of Masterbox Ltd. for giving this network the chance to see this Work-in-Progress!
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I would go for both sets. The price difference between white metal & plastic is worth noting because stuff like this is usually white metal & thatīs what puts people off. MB have proved to me that they are capable of a high quality product at a reasonable price. The trouble is that Iīve painted enough germans to make me sick of them. Now something like this would be a big brave move on their part but deserves to pay off because at least it shows that they are paying attention to what people want. Obviously some of the wish lists on this thread may appear way from the mark & it has to be considered that they have to invest work & money to make money; itīs a business right? So, how many more different types of germans can anybody make?especially if itīs apparent that people want some changes. If my name was Mr Dragon I would consider buying the company because I like the product so much;especially if they are going to take a chunk of my figure sales.
SEP 05, 2008 - 06:08 AM
i will def buy the native american i really hope they do more of these
SEP 05, 2008 - 04:28 PM
Definitively a great idea ! I would buy this kind of sets (my wife gone to kill me ) What could be interesting would be the idea of continuing the combined set in order to make vignette or diorama. It's almost impossible in the metal 54mm world, because each trademark has its own proportion, and it's very rare to find two figures of the same unit, same period of time etc... So go on ! Julien
SEP 11, 2008 - 09:14 PM
I've already linked in Mbox to this thread and they are absolutely delighted at the feedback. Comments like Julien's are exactly the kind that are invaluable to them Keep them coming!
SEP 11, 2008 - 09:30 PM
Yeah, that works for me as well I think the possibility of having something available outside one's normal area of interest would be a hell of a plus for many as well... [/quote] Would agree with that. Have been looking at the Native American figures for awhile, but the prices have been keeping me away. The detail and poses of the sample figs. are very nice. Would make a great change up from the armor and aircraft builds. Best Regards,
SEP 11, 2008 - 09:35 PM
I like the idea of plastic historical figures. The DML ACW sets were nice and the old Airfix historicals still have potential in the hands of the right modeler. I have to say, I'm not sure that they will sell all that well. I hope they do and I will likely get a set of each. I would rather see them in 1/32 scale rather than 1/35. The conversion potential in 1/32 is better IMO. Shenandoah, Historex, Airfix, and many of the other manufacturers of historicals have embraced 1/32 (54mm). 1/35 figures are geared more toward armor modelers IMO.
SEP 13, 2008 - 01:48 AM
I think it is a wave of new blood, so to speak. How many panzer grenadiers can you build? These new figures from Master Box are excellent from what I have seen, a change of pace and a fresh look at the 1/35th plastic world. Keep 'em comin', say Foreign Legion, Gurkhas, various colonial troops in the 1880s, Boers, Zulu etc, a whole world of nearly untouched topics. Ironmike
SEP 15, 2008 - 09:43 AM
I think it's an excellent idea. I'm all for more options. My interests aren't just limited to WWII. I've even bought Historex figures in the past. I like the idea of modelling different eras of history. I like the fact that Masterbox is thinking "out-of-the-box"...... no pun intended. Jeff
SEP 15, 2008 - 10:12 AM
I was thrilled to see the MB offerings and I think more plastic injected historical subjects regardless of their specifics will be a boon to the hobby. I will easily purchase the pony soldier/civil war subjects. I know this is not the venue for requests or suggestions but as long as I'm typing.......there is a huge void in that WWI figures are virtually non-existent in injection plastic. The ones that do exist are usually toy like. Please, Please, Please....World War I figures ! Any type or nationality My 2 cents Cheers, Charles
SEP 24, 2008 - 03:11 PM

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