Mini Green Soldiers
The Ugly, The Bad, And The Good
The first thing to note for purchasers of the Mini Green Soldiers is that what you receive will likely not be what is pictured. I knew that one could not expect much from so inexpensive a set of little soldiers, but I was hoping to get some of the science fictiony space troopers shown on the website. What I received was 130 plus shrunken clones of Matchbox World War Two soldiers. The figures were rather thin and flat, and were made of the very cheap plastic you find in bags of dollar store soldiers. A few had gun barrels or other pieces snapped off. Many suffered from flash - extra plastic along mold lines - though most of this was on the bottom of their bases and was easily scraped off with a knife. There were six poses, two American and four British. They were: An American officer in greatcoat firing a pistol. An American speaking into a walkie-talkie and holding a submachine gun. A British soldier standing and firing. A British soldier kneeling and firing. A British soldier throwing a hand grenade. A British soldier charging with his rifle. Obviously this strange and limited mix would hold little appeal for someone wanting to refight World War Two. If you just wanted some mini soldiers they might do. I was initially attracted to this purchase by the hope that these Mini Green Soldiers would be useful for 28mm miniatures wargaming. After my initial disappointment over the absence of the pictured science fiction troopers wore off, the (limited) possibilities of these soldiers for this purpose became clear. Quick and loose measurements with a ruler showed that most of these figures were in the 28-30mm range. I had some old 1990's heavily armored figures immediately to hand, and the Mini Green Soldiers were the right height, though obviously much more anemically proportioned. However, as unarmored infantry, this as it ought to be. If you are looking for inexpensive masses of infantry for your 28mm games - and are not particular about looks - this product has real possibilities.
April 2, 2013
count not accurate
While the product quality is what I expected, the advertised count was off. Each bag had only 136 instead of the advertised 144. Not a big deal, but since these were to be given away as a token reminder of a challenge, it would have helped to have an accurate count.
January 25, 2013