Wednesday, October 13, 2010

VeryHot Toys: US ARMY in MultiCam deployed in Afghanistan PREVIEW

MultiCam is a 7-color, multi-environment camouflage pattern developed by Crye Associates in conjunction with U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center. The pattern was on the race to replace the 3-color desert and Woodland patterns, but originally lost to the Universal Camouflage Pattern in 2004, seen in the Army Combat Uniform. However, it has been newly commissioned in 2010 and will be replacing the UCP over time for use by US Army units serving in Afghanistan. It is already used by some American Special Operations units and law enforcement agencies. [source: wiki]

The US Army has recently approved the use of Multicam for the next tour of the 173rd Airborne Brigade deploying to Afghanistan.

How fast things change! ACU is now history and MultiCam has become current and back in when everyone thought they were out of the picture.

VeryHot Toys will be releasing this US Army in MultiCam uniform set (No figure is provided) for kitting out your very own 1:6 scale 12-inch soldier of the United States Army. Compare the picture of the toy soldier above with a picture of the real deal shown below. Which is the copy and which is the original?

The Army put out a message to soldiers who will receive new MultiCam uniforms for Afghanistan — don’t plan on wearing your fancy new duds to the bank at lunch time. The strict new rules governing the fielding and wearing of the new Operation Enduring Freedom Camouflage Pattern uniforms are laid out in a June 10 All Army Activities message. Army: MultiCam allowed only in Afghanistan

“OCP is authorized for wear in Afghanistan only,” the message states. “Only U.S. Army soldiers and members of other services assigned to U.S. Army units operating in Afghanistan are authorized” to wear the new pattern.

The Army selected MultiCam as the new pattern for Afghanistan in February after it outperformed the Army Combat Uniform’s Universal Camouflage Pattern and several other popular patterns in multiple Army tests.

The Army plans to begin fielding to units already serving in Afghanistan by November, but only units with “120 days or more remaining in Afghanistan” will receive the new uniforms and equipment in MultiCam.

Soldiers will be allowed to keep the MultiCam Fire-Resistant ACUs, caps and other accessories when they return from deployment, but will be required to turn in their MultiCam Modular Lightweight Load-bearing Equipment, Extended Cold Weather Clothing System Generation III items, body armor, and helmet covers, Army spokesman Lt. Col. Jimmie Cummings told Army Times on June 24.

MultiCam, made by Crye Precision LLC, was the top performer in a computerized, photo-simulation test the Army conducted late last year. Tests included photographs taken in desert, woodland, cropland and mountain terrain settings.

A development of MultiCam with the existing British DPM is to be adopted by the British Army as Multi-Terrain Pattern. I've seen pictures of British troops in MultiCam camouflage deployed in Afghanistan as well. So that makes MultiCam the hottest camouflage pattern now and this VeryHot Toys uniform set may be in HOT demand too.

The war in Iraq may be over but the one in Afghanistan is still being waged as the war on terrorism continues unabated. We wish all the brave and courageous soldiers who are there on the ground doing their part to rid the world of terror well, and may they go home safely to their loved ones when their tour is over.

This US Army Special Forces in Afghanistan is armed with a M4 Carbine with M203 Grenade Launcher, Beretta M9 pistol and pistol gripped shotgun.

Very Hot Toys US Army Special Forces in Afghanistan Uniform Set comes with MICH Helmet with NVG, Dust goggles, Tan balaclava, a MultiCam camouflage FROG style combat shirt and pants, MultiCam plate carrier body armor system with a whole lot of pouches, hydration carrier with hose worn on the back, a foldout shotgun shell pouch carrier system (holds 25 shells) held on a PALS leg subload, drop down holster, 40mm rifle grenades with bandoleer, Hiking Boots.


ethan said...

Hi Alex,
Do you have any idea on the quality of VeryHot Toys? Especially the weapons (since I'm a weapon freak)

Have a "naked" Hot Toys figure that I'm thinking of kit-bashing. Been waiting for the right "package" to go with...probably this might be the one.

Any advise is greatly appreciated.

alex teo said...

Hey ethan,

VeryHot don't have the BEST weapons. Most people buy for the outfit or loose parts to kitbash and get their weapons elsewhere, especially if you start comparing the quality of the weapons made.

Soldier Story, DID and Hot Toys make the BEST 1/6 weapons.

This outfit is most tempting though and is on my WANT list ;p


Enrique Ruiz said...

The set looks amazing !

ethan said...

@Alex - thanks for tips man. Appreciate it :)

Kin said...

Hi Alex,

Superb detailing in term of the texture of the military outfit , weapon , propotion of the figure just speechless just perfect for the dessert climate.



alex teo said...

yup kin, this outfit seems quite well put together. just not too sure abt the quality; will have to wait and see

Anonymous said...

The appearance is really great.. But I had bad experiences with VHT due to quality.. Radio set and small parts from weapons and other plastic accessories have the tendency to break easily without too much effort.. I hope they did their homework this time.. The set indeed looks promising.. Thanks for the review and additional info..

- Marq

alex teo said...

you are welcome marq :) agreed about VHT quality control issues CHEERS

Jeff said...

This particular set is pretty awesome. Check out the finished product! seen here: and here:

alex teo said...

Thanks Jeff for sharing your pictures :) looks good when put together CHEERS

Unknown said...

Hey I'm new to all this and was wondering if anyone could direct me somewhere I could buy bodies and heads and especially hands. Because this set looks pretty cool but it doesn't come with a body and the gloves look weird to me. so thanks if anyone can help me.

alex teo said...

Hi Kai Clein, you can try Cotswold Collectibles -

but if you are Singaporean, you can check out TFH -

or visit the shops at China Square Central