...and it shows. I still have some of my original "Made in England" soldiers from the 70s/80s - remember the Germans, Australians, British commandos, German Alpine troops, Eighth Army, Africa Korps, etc? All classics. 1:32 and brilliant detail, plastic that was good quality and not brittle. I dug them out of the attic for my boys and thought I'd get some more. Today you've got 1:32 battle tanks from Forces of Valor etc to complement them (if you want to burn some cash...).
So, imagine my disappointment when I opened the box.
First, just 14 soldiers (28-29 in the original sets) and then: the quality! Quality? What happened? On the box the "Made in" is still there but "England" has morphed to "India". They make good stuff in India, but Airfix soldiers aint one of them. The detail is more akin to that of 1:72 (at that scale it's understandable but at 1:32 and when it was done better 30/40 years ago??). Maybe they could be better made in China!
This particular American set looks JUST like the Poundland set alluded to by another reviewer or the ones you get at the beach kiosk. The others I'd got (yes, despite my actual experience to the contrary, I live in hope of the next set being better - hmmm...isn't that a definition of insanity?) are slightly better but still far removed from the originals. I wish I could show you a picture of the originals I have compared with the new ones and you'd see what I mean.
Airfix...what's happened to you??