Sunday, November 30, 2014

Preview: Soldier Story 1/6 scale Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) 12" figure - Miroslav Klose?

Hot Toys used to produce military figures back when they just started out, before they ever ventured into the movie merchandising business which has sealed their success and brought the art of collecting 12-inch figures up many notches to a position and place where people all over the world sit up and take notice. The fact that a news company like CNN even conducted an interview with Hot Toys founder and CEO HOward Chan says a lot about what the company is doing right and where it stands today in the world. Hot Toys has certainly brought a great many people on board to buy their products.

With Hot Toys absent from the 1/6 scale military figure market, at least two other companies have come out and taken over the mantle Hot Toys left behind. These two companies have been faithfully producing some very fine 1/6 scale modern military figures and they seem to be in keen competition with each other which is good for we collectors because we get to choose which ones to buy since more options are made available to us. The two companies are Dam Toys and Soldier Story.

2014 has been declared the year for Russian 12-inch figures although who declared it and why nobody can fathom. There were many years it was the United States Navy SEAL figure when almost every 1/6 scale figure being released was a USN SEAL 12-inch figure. There was even a year for PMCs (Private Military Contractor, a nicer moniker for Mercenary) and this year, it's been Russian after Russian being previewed and released.

This latest offering by Soldier Story is the 1/6 scale Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) 12-inch military figure. KSK Kommando Spezialkräfte (Special Forces Command, KSK) is an elite special forces military unit composed of special operations soldiers handpicked from the ranks of Germany's Bundeswehr and organized under the Division Spezielle Operationen (Special Operations Division, DSO). KSK has received many decorations and awards from NATO, the USA and its affiliates and KSK operatives are frequently requested for joint anti-terror operations, notably in the Balkans and Middle East.

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From 1973, until the KSK’s formation in 1996, the West German (and later German) government assigned all counter-terrorist and special operations activities to the GSG 9, a highly trained police force created shortly after the tragic events that transpired during the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. Prior to 1973, the army’s Fernspäher (Long-Distance Reconnaissance), the navy’s Kampfschwimmer (Combat Swimmers/"Frogmen"), and (until 1989) the Special Weapons Escort Companies—Sonderwaffenbegleitkompanien[3] were the only military units comparable to anything that other nations may have seen as dedicated special forces units. Following the KSK’s activation on April 1, 1997, all but one of the Fernspähkompanie have been either disbanded or merged into the newly constituted unit.

Soldier Story 1/6 scale Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) 12-inch military figure will come with: HEADGEAR consisting of Ops Core fast helmet, LUCIE-NVT System (Night Vision Goggles), LUCIE-NVT Cover, OB 70 helmet mount (for LUCIE-NVT), Oakley SI strike glasses, MS 2000 Strobe light, Tactical Hood

UNIFORM: Crye pattern 5 Flecktarn combat shirt, Crye elbow pads (1 pair), Crye pattern 5 Flecktarn combat pants, Crye Knee pads (1 pair), Hatch operator short gloves (1 pair), Salomon Quest 4D Gore-Tex Hiking Boots (1 pair)

TAC GEAR: LHT Plattenträger Gen. III (Body armor system), LHT G36 double open magazine pouch, LHT G36 single open magazine pouch, LHT double P8 pistol magazine pouch, LHT DM51 hand grenade pouch x 2, LHT quad 40mm pouch, LHT molle Hydration pouch, Armor plate x 2, Hydration tube, 5 Flecktarn Medic pouch, 5 Flecktarn PRC148 Radio pouch, 5 Flecktarn Molle belt, TT dump pouch (MC), TT malice clip X 6, TAG Tactical arm band, TAG GPS wrist pouch, Germain GPS, Weapon catch, C-A-T tourniquet, Tactical safety lanyard, Tactical light stick x 4, Velcro compass, Carabiner, Black tape roll, VIP Infrared Strobe, Surefire Molle light, Tactical Entry Tool, VTAC Padded Sling

COMMUNICATION: PRC 148 MBITR Tactical Radio, PRC-148 MBITR broadband antenna, PELTOR COMTEC II headset, PELTRO PTT

BODY: Soldier Story S2.5 BODY (12-inch tall), Bare Hand (1 Pair), Bare Feet (1 Pair)

HEAD SCULPT: Modern German soldier life-like head sculpt (the face certainly bears a strong resemblance to the legendary Miroslav Klose, German professional footballer who plays as a striker for Lazio in the Italian Serie A. Klose is best known for his performances with the German national team, for which he is the all-time top scorer with 71 goals. He has excelled at the FIFA World Cup, where he is the overall top scorer in its history with 16 goals. He was part of the 2014 World Cup winning German squad, having previously finished second (2002) and third (2006, 2010) in the competition.

PATCH SET: Call sign patch with hook velcro X 2, Blood patch with hook velcro X 2, Full color German flag patch with hook velcro X 2, Subdued German Bundeswehr flag with hook velcro x 2, A+ patch with hook velcro X 2

WEAPON: P8 9mm pistol, P8 9mm pistol magazine x 3, G-Code RTI DUTY mount kydex belt-slide, Blackhawk SERPA CQC P8 Holster

WEAPON: G36K assault rifle, G36 rear and front sights, KAC rail cover x 2, KAC NT4 sound suppressor, Eotech 552 HOLOgraphic Weapon Sight, LLM01 (Laser Light Module 01), LLM01 remote pressure switch, QD sling mount, Grip Pod, PMAG 30G MagLevel (5.56x45 magazine) x 4, PMAG Ranger plate x 3, DM51 hand grenade x 2, MK13 Mod 0 BTV-EL Flash Bang x 4

Related posts:
August 16, 2008 – Operation Enduring Freedom 10 - Kommando Spezialkräfte (KSK) "Schumacher" posted HERE
February 14, 2009 – kitbashed Special Operations Force operator (formerly KSK) posted on my toy blog HERE
February 22, 2009 – 33,000 NATO troops in Afghanistan posted on my toy blog HERE

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