Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Normandy Beach

A different image and view from the first puzzle that started this whole hobby and idea. Army Rangers and infantry from the 29th Infantry Division are caught up in barb wire and other obstacles while attempting to breach the beaches and their defenderes during the invasion of Normandy. The figures include two GI Joe convention exclusive Pointe du Hoc Rangers. The Ranger Captain in the center is an Elite Brigade figure from Cotswold Collectibles. The Ranger Medic is also an Elite Brigade figure from Cotswolds. Both of these Ranger figures from Cotswolds are still highly prized in my collection as the hobby just started it's amazing run in the late 90s, and Saving Private Ryan also just hit the theatres. The 29th Infantry soldier on the right is from 21st Century Toys. The barb wire comes from an awesome D-Day Deluxe set from Hasbro.

D-Day Airborne Paratroopers

Watching their flanks for friend and foe alike, and peering to the skies for their comrades, these 82nd Airborne paratroopers are consolidating their ranks after being scattered throughout Normandy. The center figure is a Cotswold Collectible Elite Brigade figure. The two paratroopers on the outside are from 21st Century Toys.

GI Joe Combat Heroes

Tried redoing this one several times, but none of the photos came out just right. This diorama photo was one of my favorites with Beachhead, BBQ, Scarlett, Gung-Ho and Roadblock....surrounded by Cobra. These figures are about 3 inches tall and the puzzle comes in at a nice 18x12 inches so it captures these guys in giant size.