Hot on the heels of Toys City's announcement of their upcoming release of a WWII German Sniper military figure Major König (see previous post), DiD has released teaser pictures of their "1942 Battle of Stalingrad" pair of figures. Teasers because not everything is ready and DiD hasn't posted all pictures on their website. Now DiD is competing with Toys City!! The Battle for Stalingrad 12-inch military figures has indeed begun.
The Battle of Stalingrad was a major battle of World War II in which Nazi Germany fought the Soviet Union for control of the city of Stalingrad (now Volgograd) in southwestern Russia. The battle took place between 17 July 1942 and 2 February 1943, and is often cited as one of the turning points of the war. The battle was the bloodiest in the history of warfare, with combined casualties estimated at nearly two million.
"Enemy at the Gates (2001)", a war film directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, starring Jude Law, Joseph Fiennes and Ed Harris was set during the Battle of Stalingrad.
DiD's 1:6 version of Major König, World War II German Sniper 12-inch military figure
Wehrmacht sniper Major Erwin König was played by Ed Harris in the fictionalized account of the duel in the movie "Enemy at the Gates (2001)". The head sculpt by DiD bears a striking resemblance to Ed Harris in this early stage and can only get better as they tweak it before its release.
Soviet sniper Vasily Grigoryevich Zaitsev was played by Jude Law (most recently seen in the 2009 film "Sherlock Holmes" as Dr John Watson, alongside Robert Downey Jr as Holmes) and the 2001 film "Enemy at the Gates" was based on a duel mentioned in William Craig's 1973 non-fiction book "Enemy at the Gates: The Battle for Stalingrad between Soviet sniper Vasily Grigoryevich Zaitsev and his German counterpart, Major Erwin König, as they stalk each other during the battle. The movie is also partially based on another book "War of the Rats".