probably cause the german bayonet was released with the last storm trooper when health and safety became an issue,as the fr outfit was first released in 1968 when nobody worried about those things and you can see the same difference in the gold handled knuckle knife early pointed later rounded
Here are some comparisons of the sixties SOTC issue and the later of the SOTW issues. The picture of the early SOTW issue in the 2nd hall book shows the same contents as the sixties version: the gun with an elastic strap and the early radio but this could be a recard I suppose.
Some outfits just look so much better on a bearded figure and this is one of them.
You should be able to see the differences in the material here (earlier is first)
Just like the VC, the Croix de Guerre lost detail as time went on and as Daz has already mentioned the sticker changed. The earlier one is on the left of the picture.
The later radio is made of softer plastic, hasn't been painted in camouflage and has less detailed but less delicate hinges.
The bayonet is the same but has a different finish and isn't as cleanly detailed. I've also pictured the round tip version from the late German Stormtrooper set. Something I've always wondered is why the French resistance knife has the cut out for the rifle to slot into when there wasn't a suitable rifle released until ten years after the original. Any ideas?
The rifle is the same throughout just the way the strap is attached changing in line with other period weapons. I haven't actually seen one with the small pip which may explain why there is an elastic strap version on the early SOTW card in Halls book.
I believe the boots are the same as that of the basic soldier in each period with the exception of the sixties issue that has the same boot as the Australian but in glossy black rather than brown.
That looks in super condition, the case is well deserved Is the £5.50 the price new or later ?.
Interesting question Daz? I had a look at AH volume 3 and there are carded sets at approx £5 mark, [football cards for £1.25 - we wish! probably couldn't sell them?] so I guess £5.50 is about right for the late 70s?
Have no recollection of what things cost in those days?
Can only remember paying £20 for a skateboard - one of the first polypropylene ones - seemed like a fortune. it was shite but better than the first wave skateboards with the wooden deck and 'roller skate' wheels!!