Battle of Crete: German Paratrooper Premium Format Figure

by Jay Cochran
July 18, 2010





Item Number: 3000081

Manufactured by: Sideshow Collectibles

Attention EU Customers: Even though this item is not available to ship from the EU Warehouse, you can still order it via our US warehouse. You may be responsible for additional shipping fees and/or import taxes.

Est. Ship Date: 1st Qtr 2011

Limited Edition: TBD

Product Summary

Sideshow Exclusive

The Sideshow Exclusive version of the Battle of Crete: German Paratrooper Premium Format Figure includes a unique feature available nowhere else: Additional switch-out head with side cap for alternate display

The Battle of Crete: German Paratrooper Premium Format figure is a stunning 1:4 scale museum quality piece, celebrating the determination and spirit of the soldiers of the Second World War. Each piece is individually painted and finished to exacting standards with its own unique quality and detail, the trademark of a handcrafted Sideshow Collectibles product. Dressed in an incredibly detailed reproduction of the original uniform and standing over 21 inches high, the Battle of Crete: German Paratrooper Premium Format Figure is an outstanding addition to any display, a true tribute to the heroes of World War II.

Product Specifications

Product Type: Premium Format Figure

Product Size: 21.5" H (546.1mm) x 9" W (228.6mm) x 8" D (203.2mm)*

Product Weight: 10.00 lbs (4.54 kg)*

Box Size: 24.00" H (609.6mm) x 11.00" W (279.4mm) x 10.00" L (254mm)*

Est. Shipping Weight: 10.00 lbs (4.54 kg)*

* Product size and weight are approximate values. Est. Ship Weight is an estimated value for U.S. shipping calculated by item, box and shipping materials. International (non-EU) shipping costs are based on dimensional weight, click here for more information.

Artists:

* Andy Bergnoltz
* Heath Hammond
* Greg Mowry of Geppetto Production
* The Sideshow Collectibles Design and Development Team


Manufactured by: Sideshow Collectibles

Product Backstory
On the morning of May 20, 1941, World War II was well underway, threatening innumerable lives as Hitler's Third Reich invaded country after country. As Greek and Allied troops defended the isle of Crete, Nazi Germany launched a massive airborne paratrooper assault on the island. Unprepared for such an invasion, the Allied commanders lost control of the their main airfield, and German troops flooded the island in an ongoing battle that would last for ten days, ultimately ending in the loss of Crete to German forces despite staggering losses in their own ranks.

In the end, the Battle of Crete would be marked a failure by both sides. The great number of casualties to the Germans was considered too great to risk another large-scale airborne attack, and the Allied forces would count the island among the fallen territories. Even so, the Allies' admiration for Germany's planning and execution of the airborne trooper invasion lead to significant advancements in their own paratrooper divisions. As World War II waged on, the lessons of Crete would resonate with both Germany and the Allied forces.
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