Soldier Story and Cal-Tek USA jointly announce their 1:6 scale 12-inch 160th SOAR “Night Stalkers” Pilot Action Figure. Soldier Story and Cal-Tek USA are proud to announce the latest figure in their modern forces line up: 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (SOAR) “Night Stalkers” Pilot CW4 Todd McDunn. This elite unit is tasked with providing aviation support to US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) forces such as US Army Special Forces, US Navy SEALS, US Army Rangers and other elite Special Operations Forces.
The Night Stalkers are a notoriously secretive unit and producing an accurate 1/6th figure has always proven to be a near impossible task. Many of the pictures that surface on the internet are either not in fact 160th members, or pictures of now outdated equipment.
When I first saw 1:1 scale pictures of these 160th SOAR members (see pictures below), I could only dream that one day someone would produce them in 1:6 scale.
That day has COME ;>
With assistance from Monkey Depot, Soldier Story and Cal Tek have worked with a real 160th pilot Chief Warrant Officer Todd McDunn who is now head of aircrew systems for Eagle Industries in the development of this complex figure.
Eagle Industries supplies the tactical nylon gear to the Night Stalkers and CWO McDunn is in the unique position of not only having served in the 160th, but have access to the ‘latest and greatest’ upcoming gear allowing Soldier Story to have unprecedented access to the gear load out of a 160th pilot. In addition, this is the only action figure produced to have the approval to use the official Night Stalkers insignia and be approved by the unit.
The 160th SOAR “Night Stalkers” Todd McDunn figure is loaded with accurate equipment and features the new Eagle CIACS 6 aviation body armor. This amazing figure will be available at all authorized Soldier Story retailers in January 2011.
Most aircrews carry rifles and sidearms in case of being shot down in enemy territory now, they are all equipped for the worst case scenario. This 1/6 scale pilot is based off a real pilot of the 160th SOAR with current 160th SOAR gear. After Somalia, the 160th revised its aircrew equipment. SOAR pilots now fly fully armored and armed with an M4. They also have extensive small arms training. The fight does not end if the bird goes down.
This is an AWESOME and STUNNING figure. Imagine him dressed in all BLACK! It'll totally blow your mind. Me think this is the BEST MILITARY figure of 2010 (although it won't be available until January 2011 - well, it'll be a GREAT start to the new year then) and I am so getting this :p---- (lots of drool)
The HGU-56 helmet has been engineered based on an actual helmet and includes the smallest details never before produced in 1/6th scale.
The helmet has dual visors. Underneath this visor is a clear visor
The M4 this Soldier Story 160th SOAR "Nightstalkers" Pilot is equipped with is the BEST by far, with alternate optic sights and true to scale accurately reproduced 1/6 scale parts
The wire even plugs into the handle / fore-grip and you don't have to tape it down. Fantastic details all round.
Additional comments from a USAF helicopter aircrew:
"I'm USAF helicopter aircrew and I can that is the most accurate aircrew equipment being released for a figure with great detail. The helmet and face guard are sick!!! This guy could pass for me minus the ACU two piece flight suit.
The figure could pass as a Pilot or an enlisted Crew Chief (Army); or Flight Engineer (USAF) by swapping with a Desert flight suit. Most likely enlisted guy though. I only mention this because the figure comes with a retention lanyard (aka monkey-tail) that the enlisted guys wear so they don't fall out of the helicopter with they're clearing the helo.
The HEEDs bottle and the LPU are really cool but you don't have to wear them in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, because you're not over open water where you can't autorotate to dry land (then just useless weight weighing you down). Then the subload on the thigh is just dependent on the Aircrew member because it is cramped in the helo and you want to move as freely as you can. Plus, a pilot wouldn't have it on his left leg (if at all). Because pilots operate the collective with their left hand that increases engine torque and blade pitch, and you don't want any equipment attached to you blocking it."
You can check out Monkey Depot's site HERE to order or view a lot more pictures