Evolution Miniatures is one of the newest names in resin figure business. Founded by a talented Russian sculptor Sergey Traviansky (Menelay), Evolution recently united with another Russian figure company Imperium Models, and re-released several Imperium figures under Evolution Miniatures label. One of such figures is Soldier of "Delta Force", 1993 (EM-35013), first in a line of figures based on “Black Hawk Down” movie.
As with all Sergey's figures I have had the pleasure of reviewing, this one is also perfect; the anatomy and the pose are superb, the equipment is spot on, the casting flawless and the fit of the parts excellent.
The figure arrived safely protected in a hard cardboard box. The cardboard box is a new form of packing Evolution Miniatures figures; changing the awkward plastic cylindrical boxes was a good move by Evolution as the new cardboard ones are much easier to handle. Furthermore, the new design of the box is very nice and it is quite obvious Sergey pays attention to all the details when presenting his figures to the market. The box features nicely painted box art and lists both the sculptor (Sergey Traviansky) and the painter (Oleg Drobov).
After opening the zip-lock bags and reviewing parts of the figure I was again amazed by the amount of details on the figure and by the perfect molding of parts. The parts are cast in grey resin and are completely clean of all imperfections: there are no air bubbles, no flash or seam lines. Casting plugs are well placed, allowing easy clean up with minimal chance of damaging the detail. Besides, the plugs are attached to kit pieces on places that are not going to be visible once the figure is fully assembled. However, I would advise extreme caution when removing the tiny microphone boom from its carrier... in fact, I was pretty surprised to see such a delicate part being cast in this scale, the usual practice being scratching the boom from some fine brass wire.
The figure is depicted as kneeling, standing guard and watching the perimeter… a great pose for a “Black Hawk Down” vignette but also for a wide variety of SF figure projects as well. The figure consists of 7 pieces: full body with the head and the right arm, left arm, weapon with both hands attached, two canteens, side weapon in holster and a microphone boom. The fit of the parts is excellent… do a test fit of the left arm to the torso and hands with the weapon to arms before gluing, but I don’t expect you will have any problems there; if placed correctly the parts fit perfectly. The anatomy of the figure is flawless and the pose is very natural.
The figure wears SF custom modified DCU featuring loads of extras to the regular uniform which improve security, functionality and accessibility of the DCU system. The most obvious modification sculpted on this figure are the extra shoulder pockets with Velcro panels. The figure is also wearing King Arms 5.56 Chest Rig over PT Tactical Body Armor, a usual choice of body armor for SF operators during the intervention in Somalia in 1993. Pro-tec Half-head Helmet is worn over an Intercom Headset. The SF look of the figure is further enhanced with Tactical Holster on the right and Drop Leg Pouches on the left thigh, knee pads, Bolle X500 goggles and Nomex Aviator Gloves. The nature of missions Delta Force operators were engaged in made the use of heavy equipment obsolete as the operators needed to be quick and maneuverable.
As for the weapon, the figure is sporting CAR-15 Carbine with an additional Aimpoint optical sight mounted on the carrying handle and double ammo clips taped together for fast reloading.
This figure is great in all possible ways. The anatomy is spot on and the pose is excellent, the casting of the parts is perfect and the fit of the parts wonderful. All the sculpted details depict the Delta Force operator from the “Black Hawk Down” movie flawlessly; I really hope to see more of this figure line expanding under Evolution label: I'm quite sure those would prove to be very popular.
ReferencesBlack Hawk Down, DVD (2002)