Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Army Go Green

8th December 1941.

Tora! Tora! Tora!

The 25th Imperial Army had attacked Malaya. The troops were advancing down the northern cost of Malaya after the successful amphibious assault on the Kota Bharu, Kelantan.

The battle is notable for the Japanese use of bicycle infantry, which allowed troops to carry more equipment and swiftly move through thick jungle terrain.

However, they did not bring the bicycles with them in order to speed up the disembarkation process. Their Intel reported such machines were plentiful in Malaya. Later on, the Imperial Army quickly confiscated the bicycles they needed from civilians and retailers - by force of course.

The Malayan Campaign was a campaign fought by Allied and Japanese forces in Malaya, from 8 December 1941 – 31 January 1942 during World War II.

The Imperial Army took less than 60 days to capture Malaya.

Thursday, December 8, 2011


Another theme that was produced during my dark age of Lego is Western theme (1996-2002). Born in era of 80's, I was like any other boys who played Cowboys and Indians after watching evening TV's episode of High Chaparral and Little House on Prairie.

As we can see from the picture, it is clearly visible at the belt written with two letters of 'US'. The uniform is sky-blue, not the dark blue as I seen in Dances with Wolves movie. More vibrant and shiny for plastic soldiers.

The left mini figure with long rifle is just an ordinary soldier. He wears a white bandana and a kepi hat. His face of brown beard is the similar one found in Pirates set - the Harbor Sentry.

The Colonel, which wears a hat with two-crossed swords insignia, have a beautiful coat with two golden stars attached to its collar. He wields a gray sabre. The head is not the original one. This one I took it from the Admiral's head in Pirates 2009 theme.

At right of the picture is a Lieutenant Cavalry with a six-shooter. His uniform is different from the soldier. He has army rank insignia on his collar.

This mini figures usually come with horses. If not, they were put on garrison in fort. Their match? The Red Indians of course. Or maybe some outlaws, bandits and bank robbers or horse thieves but hey, that's the sheriff and marshal's duty isn't it?

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