Thursday, January 21, 2010

Dragon "Duel at Stalingrad" Soviet Sniper "Misha"

In the winter of 1942, the German and Russian Armies meet in the Battle for Stalingrad, one of the most vicious engagements of the Second World War.

In "Enemy of the Gates (2001)" depicting the BIG battle, Vassili Zaitsev (played by Jude Law), a poorly educated peasant from the Urals who volunteered for the Red Army, manages to survive a suicidal charge without a weapon against the German front lines and the NKVD machine gunners shooting survivors who tried to retreat. Acquiring a rifle, Zaitsev — an expert marksman due to hunting for almost his entire life — manages to kill five Germans with the only five bullets he has.

To quote from Jar Jar Binks: "Mesa day startin pretty okee-day with a brisky morning munchy, then BOOM! Gettin very scared and grabbin that Jedi and POW! Mesa here! Mesa gettin' very very scared!"

In 2001, Dragon released this twin pack of World War II Action Figures, limited to 4,000 pieces - DUEL AT STALINGRAD Soviet Sniper "Misha" and German Jäger "Major Kater", both individually numbered on the neck.

This was obviously meant to tie-in with the movie "Enemy of the Gates" although it wasn't official. Dragon would go on to release movie-licensed figures later but for this release, the Soviet Sniper was called "Misha" and the German Jäger, "Major Kater" instead of Vasily and König

Dragon 1:6 Soviet Sniper "Misha" came equipped with the PPsh-41 submachine gun and two 71-round drum magazines and the carrier for the drum magazine. He also has M1940 shapka-ushanka cap (winter hat) in fleece-trimmed cloth.

"Misha" out of the box, wearing M1943 'gymnastiorka' Red Army field blouse, standard issue leather belt with M1930 cartridge pouches, M1935 'sharovari' trousers, puttees and old style ankle boots

If "Misha" is supposed to be Jude Law, the resemblance and likeness is pretty far off.

Perhaps from this angle

Dragon 1:6 scale PPsh-41 submachine gun, used by Russian NCOs and NKVD blocking troops as well as standard Red Army Soldiers during the battle of Stalingrad.

And here's Soviet sniper "Misha" wearing the 'telogreika' jacket M1941 or quilted jacket and armed with the Mosin-Nagant M91/30 rifle with a PU scope

"Misha" with his olive cotton duck ground sheet - 'plashchpalatka' - worn as a poncho / cape

Close-up of Dragon 1:6 scale M1940 shapka-ushanka cap (winter hat) with well detailed enamelled red star badge

Close-up of the the 'telogreika' jacket M1941 or quilted jacket

1:6 Aluminium water bottle carried in a khaki cloth pouch fastened by press studs (all molded in this case)

Closeup of the Mosin Nagant 91/30 Sniper Variant with Russian PU Sniper Scope and down-turned bolt handle.

"Wesa got a grand army. That's why you no liking us meesa thinks."

: Dragon "Duel at Stalingrad" 1:6 scale 12-inch German Jäger "Major Kater" military figure


Anonymous said...

How about Major Kater?

alex teo said...

as they say in this part of the world,"akang datang" meaning "coming soon" :) thanks for your patience CHEERS

desmond said...

I have the single packed Misha. Although the paint work is fairly soft and no texture on the face but the likeness of the actor is there.