Saturday, July 11, 2009

DiD Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg Review I (Before April 7, 1943)

First there was the preview (post here), now for the real thing ;) my first part review of DiD 1/6 scale 12-inch Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg

Since the beginning of 1942 Colonel Count Claus von Stauffenberg shared the widespread conviction among Army officers that Germany was being led to disaster and that Hitler must be removed from power. For some time his religious scruples (being a staunch Catholic) had prevented him from coming to the conclusion that assassination was the correct way to achieve this. After the Battle of Stalingrad in December 1942, however, he came to the conclusion that not assassinating Hitler would be a greater moral evil. Stauffenberg brought a new tone of decisiveness to the ranks of the Anti-Nazi resistance movement. When Tresckow was assigned to the Eastern Front, Stauffenberg took the responsibility for planning and executing Hitler's assassination.

On July 20, 1944, they carried out their attempt to kill Hitler. Unfortunately they failed. To commemorate the 65th Anniversary of this event, DiD has released a 1/6 scale version of Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg.

DiD went and did a MMS (Movie Masterpiece Series) like Hot Toys by releasing a 1/6 scale 12-inch Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg based on the actor's (Tom Cruise's) likeness in the film "Valkyrie" instead of the actual person. "Operation Valkyrie" was the national emergency plan to take control of the country upon the successful assassination of Hitler.

The real Colonel Claus Philipp Maria Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (15 November 1907 – 21 July 1944)

Tom Cruise as Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg

DiD Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg (looks more like Tom Cruise the actor as Colonel Stauffenberg) before the Colonel's "injury" in North Africa which saw him losing his left eye, his right hand and 2 fingers on his left hand

DiD Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg just out of the box

DiD Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg with Officer's peaked cap and briefcase. He was a German Army officer and Roman Catholic aristocrat and one of the central figures of the German Resistance movement within the Wehrmacht.

Very nice details of the Colonel's jacket and shoulder straps by DiD. The shoulder straps not only showed the wearer's rank, but also his arm of service, formation and status.

In addition, officers were distinguished by their head-dress (in this case, peaked cap with silver chin cords) and brown leather equipment.

The Colonel's 1/6 scale brown leather briefcase which can be opened, of course

The Hoheitsabzeichen ("National Badge" which was an eagle symbol) worn on the right breast of the uniform.

As an officer of the General Staff, he wears crimson stripes (Lampassen) on his breeches

and crimson piping on his shoulder straps and cap

The 1/6 scale German Officer's boots by DiD have incredibly nice details, no longer molded plastic pieces that were issued with Dragon action figures of old

Next part of this review will see Colonel Stauffenberg after April 7, 1943 (link HERE)

Important Note: This product is for military collectors & historical education purposes only, and it is not intended to glorify nor exploit the horrors and atrocities of war.


Joshua said...

wow, its really just like the prototype..i'm impressed..DID is improving!

btw alex, what's the materials used for the headsculpt?? plastic or resin?

Dash MacBastard said...

Nice figure. Very accurate clothing and accessories.

alex teo said...

hi joshua, dash - this is a NICE figure indeed :)

HS is plastic and not resin, joshua - DiD even included colour instruction sheet on how to switch heads

desmond said...

This figure is awesome..I like all the accessories..really screen accurate!!