The poses were also rather lack-lustre, while the boat is really nice, and the carriers could be employed to carry the boat (either way up!) or a ladder (...or two!), but the other poses? The officer looks like he can't be bothered to fire his Webley, the wounded guy looks as if he's just remembered he left the gas on, The grapple-thrower could be playing magnetic-fishing (and clearly isn't under fire or stress of any kind!) and most of the other poses seem to be being forced to dance by the Tommy-gunner! Just...not nice...
Once the - much better - replacement set's mould had been scrapped by idiots in France, the new parents of the old mould then added insult to injury by re-producing the awful poses...in an awful colour! I mean to say; What TF! 1st Battalion, Cadbury's Own Chocolate Commando Regiment anyone?
Other bugger's efforts, the grenade thrower looks like one of mine from the early 1970's, but I think that's just coincidence, there weren't many colours to chose from then and with Airfix only having a couple of 'Army' greens and 'Khaki' browns in their range, a lot of figures got the same scheme around the nation!
The blue and black guy is probably from a 'private army'...back in the day, various 'Bond movies and similar big screen extravaganzas had us rushing of to create wildly coloured secret armies, space armies, future armies of good guys and/or bad guys ready for final scene denouements! My Brother had one in 1:32 scale, Germans, Americans and the Paratroop officer pointing were brought together with a fetching set of yellow pyjama trousers and black jackets with red head gear!
I don't have many OBE's for the Commandos as I had a big paint-stripping session a few years ago...well, I say a few years; probably 20-odd years ago...where does the time go!
It IS all about the headdresses though isn't it? He looks quite good with an M1 helmet, yet the original looks like a loon escaped from Rampton* with a carved rake-handle...and a sword-bayonet he stole from a museum!
* Overseas readers need to know Rampton (along with Ashworth and Broadmoor) are where we send our REAL loons, to protect society and them...from themselves! As a kid we used to listen-out for the alarm-test on Thursday mornings which would drift over Bramshill forest and penetrate our classrooms, if it wasn't Thursday morning (or whichever morning my memory is tricking me into thinking it wasn't)...we panicked!
One day I'll retake the images for one random page and paint them-up, then one page can have the painting in progress and the other the finished figures. For now...at least the legs are useful, huh? The donkey is from a board-game called Trek (I think), and while there is only the one pose, there are a whole bunch of them, very useful for war-gaming supply columns.