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Set 239

Modern U.S. Soldiers

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All figures are supplied unpainted    (Numbers of each pose in brackets)
Date Released 1987
Contents 50 figures
Poses 15 poses
Material Plastic (Medium Consistency)
Colours Brown, Tan
Average Height 24 mm (= 1.73 m)


Modern is a word manufacturers use at their peril in describing their products, as it dates very quickly. In this case, as the set was released in 1987, 'modern' means the US army of the mid 1980s.

The usual 15 poses in this Esci set are interesting but not particularly outstanding. Many, such as the standing and kneeling firing figures, display no apparent life or feeling of action, and even those that are clearly meant to be on the move seem stiff and unconvincing.

The men wear the standard PASGT clothing and have the ALICE gear. This has generally been properly modelled, though some areas caused us some doubt, such as the high position of the ammo pouches on the waist and the fact that everyone has a knife prominently displayed. Weaponry is mostly the M16 rifle, which in some cases has the 40mm grenade launcher attached. Those grenadiers also wear the special grenadier's vest, which held 24 rounds. One man is carrying an M47 Dragon missile system, neatly packed in its case, while another is actually using one. This last figure makes an interesting comparison with the similar figure from Revell in their Modern US Infantry set.

All the usual Esci qualities are on show in this set, with excellent sculpting and beautiful detail throughout. The sculpting of the weapons is particularly good, and it is a pity that the quite rigid poses let this set down. Virtually no flash was to be found, and apart from some extra plastic between the arms on the Dragon operator (a sacrifice we felt worth while for the realistic pose), there is no trimming required anywhere. With US troops seeing service in many parts of the world during the 1980s, these figures should find plenty of reasons to see action, but as they are over a quarter of a century old they are certainly anything but modern now.


Historical Accuracy 9
Pose Quality 8
Pose Number 9
Sculpting 9
Mould 9

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