Most of us have at LEAST a couple of Afrika Korps (or DAK) troops standing around in our Joe rooms with nothing to do, no place to go and no way to get there. But now, thanks to Dragon Models USA, they’ll soon have brand new, 1:6 scale Panzer II tanks to take them wherever they want to go. Chasing Montgomery’s forces across the Sahara will be much easier, when starting in July 2012, these exciting new tanks become available online and from dealers worldwide. According to Dragon’s official press release…
“As the first ever tank in the lineup, the arrival of Dragon’s 1/6 scale Panzer II Ausf.B tank in its Action Figure collection created a lot of excited chatter worldwide. Now Dragon has doubled the number of Panzer IIs available because it is releasing a second variant!
This time it’s a Panzer II Ausf.C, a type that was produced by Germany from June 1938 through to April 1940. Up-armored Panzer II Ausf.C tanks were in the forefront of the German invasion of France in 1940, while a number were also dispatched to North Africa to fight with the legendary Deutsches Afrika Korps (DAK).
The tank is fully pre-painted and essentially pre-assembled. Owing to its DAK usage, the impressive model is finished in a desert yellow camouflage scheme suitable for North African combat. Even though the original tank was diminutive in size, this model built to 1/6 scale has a significant presence. Appropriate Dragon action figures can also be matched with this tank.
Details are accurately represented, and there are numerous new components such as the cupola, turret, glacis plate and engine deck. The turret rotates, the gun elevates and depresses, plus the commander’s hatch can open, just perfect for fitting a tank crewman in the hatch.”
Not long ago, Dragon released the sister-version of this tank, a Panzer-gray colored Ausf.B. So it’s just good business to re-release what is essentially the same tank, but in full DAK colors and trim. Collectors of 1:6 scale armored vehicles, who thought they were all set with the first one, will undoubtedly find it hard to pass this one up as well. It’s beautiful! Dragon is clearly optimistic that sales will be strong for its new DAK version of the Panzer II, boldly declaring…
“Collectors will certainly want to clear space on their display shelves to park this scintillating DAK Panzer II Ausf.C right next to their Ausf.B!”
Well, maybe. First, you guys need to make better sense of your pricing. Now on backorder, fans can still find the original gray version retailing for around $230 plus $30 shipping at online stores such as Timewalker Toys found HERE. But strangely, the new DAK version is pegged to cost MUCH more and is currently being offered at pre-order for $500 plus $38 shipping HERE. Huh?
Because of this wide range in pricing, we highly recommend that you thoroughly research all online dealers before placing an order. As a static display piece (non R/C), it’s hard to justify a $500+ price tag for this item.
Two final notes: You can further customize any 1:6 German armored vehicle with custom waterslide decals of German divisions, etc. found HERE and basic markings found HERE. Plus, if you missed the debut of the original European-theater gray-trimmed version, you can still view a nice variety of photos posted by Monkey Depot HERE. Every possible angle is shown, giving you a much better idea of what to expect. Happy hunting, tank fans!