Saturday, May 28, 2016

DID WWII US 2nd Armored Division "Hell-on-Wheels" SSGT Donald aka Fury's "Wardaddy"

No prizes for guessing who this latest DID 1/6th scale WWII U.S. Army 2nd Armored Division "Hell-on-Wheels" SSGT Donald 12-inch action figure is based on. It certainly took them long enough.

Fury is a 2014 American war film set during World War II written and directed by David Ayer. The film stars Brad Pitt as US Army SSG Don "Wardaddy" Collier, Shia LaBeouf as T/5 Boyd "Bible" Swan, Logan Lerman as PVT Norman "Machine" Ellison, Jon Bernthal as PFC Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis, Michael Peña as CPL Trini "Gordo" Garcia, Jason Isaacs as CPT "Old man" Waggoner, and Scott Eastwood as SGT Miles.

The film is set during the last month of the European Theater of war during World War II in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push into Nazi Germany, a battle-hardened U.S. Army Staff Sergeant in the 66th Armored Regiment, 2nd Armored Division named Don "Wardaddy" Collier (Brad Pitt) commands an M4A3E8 Sherman tank called Fury and its five-man, all-veteran crew, consisting of Boyd "Bible" Swan (Shia LaBeouf), gunner, Grady "Coon-Ass" Travis (Jon Bernthal), loader and Trini "Gordo" Garcia (Michael Peña), driver. After losing the assistant driver / bow gunner in battle, he gets a recently enlisted typist, Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), as a replacement.

This DID offering of "Wardaddy" may be two years late (it's already mid-2016) but it's certainly the BEST World War II U.S. Army Tanker figure ever produced. Dragon Models Limited teased a Wardaddy figure (see my toy blog post HERE) but I've never seen it. Max Toys previewed their version in 2015 (check out the preview pictures HERE). I even attempted to kitbash 1:6 scale Brad Pitt as WWII U.S. Army staff sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier 12-inch military figure - posted HERE but this upcoming release by DID blows them all to bits. The 1/6th scale Rawlings (M-1938) tanker helmet is made up of over 70 different parts including fabric, plastic and real leather (see pictures below)!

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DID 1/6th scale WWII U.S. Army 2nd Armored Division "Hell-on-Wheels" SSGT Donald 12-inch action figure will come with a captured German StG 44, a selective-fire rifle developed during World War II that was the first of its kind to see major deployment and is considered to be the first modern assault rifle.

Check out the 1:6 scale hand-held microphone which will be included with this figure. The T-17 Microphone With SW-109 Push To Talk Switch was used by many U.S. Army tank commanders in WWII.

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