Thursday, May 7, 2009

Dragon WWII Combat Medic "Doc Peterson"

Before DID and Soldier Story went head to head with their offer of the WWII Airborne Combat Medic (see previous post), Dragon had cornered this area in the 1/6 scale 12-inch action figure market. 

Dragon released this 1/6 scale 12-inch action figure of a World War II Combat Medic in 2003. He is 'Doc Peterson', World War II US Army Medic (Private) from the 94th Infantry Division at Saar-Moselle Triangle of Germany, 1945. Clearing the 'Triangle' fell to US Third Army's XX Corps. Initial operations began in November 1944 after the capture of Metz. The German counter offensive in the Ardennes had delayed the major all-out attack until mid-February 1945, which was conducted by the 94th Infantry Division and then the 10 Armored Division, with brief support from part of the 8th Armored Division.

'Doc Peterson' is equipped with his M1 medic helmet with inner liner, wool face mask, scarf, wool sweater, winter combat trousers, GI (General Issue) Mackinaw, medic armband, M1936 web belt & suspenders, medic’s harness yoke with two medical pouches, collapsible Litter and artic overshoes.

The flap contained his medical supplies: safety pins, scissors, Sulfa powder, Morphine syrettes, bandages of various kinds, iodine swabs, book of Emergency Medical Cards; also contained his water canteen and carrier, two M1924 first aid pouches, M1936 musette bag and gas mask bag.

This is one of those boxed figures that I like to keep boxed because it allows you to view all the items laid out and appreciate the finer details. Once you take them out and put them all into his medical pouch, you won't be able to see them again unless you open his pouch and pour out the contents. There's just no space to display him standing over all his items like what we do for kit inspection.

Closer look of the 1/6 scale Safety pins, Morphine syrettes and Medical Tags

The safety pins don't actually work but they certainly looked impressive. DID has managed to produce realistic working 1/6 safety pins.

The problem I have with the head sculpt of PRIVATE 'Doc Peterson' is that he looks too old.

The outfit he's wearing is interesting because the wool sweater combined with winter combat trousers and artic overshoes is not the norm we've seen for 12-inch American soldiers. The GI (General Issue) Mackinaw is very nicely done as well and should be sufficient to keep him warm in the winter of February 1945.

Collapsible Litter (NOT waste disposed of in the wrong place but a stretcher or basket designed to be used where there are obstacles to movement or other hazards), medic’s harness yoke with two medical pouches and M1 medic helmet

Dragon's 1/6 scale 12-inch World War II Combat Medic Private 'Doc Peterson' with some of his items

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