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Gladiators, 1st-2nd Century

Italeri 54mm Gladiators, 1st-2nd Century AD Kit First Look

By Michael Benolkin

Date of Review June 2006 Manufacturer Italeri
Subject Gladiators, 1st - 2nd Century AD Scale 54mm
Kit Number 6869 Primary Media Styrene
Pros Nicely detailed gun and crew Cons The figures on both trees are identical
Skill Level Basic MSRP (USD) $22.00

Italeri has released another interesting figure set in 54mm (or 1/32 scale) - Gladiators. If you're feeling like you're in the arena at work, here is your opportunity to create a vignette or two where you are lord and master.

Gladiators, 1st-2nd Century

The kit is molded in light yellowish-tan styrene and each of the figures are nicely cast. The set contains two parts trees, one tree is a duplicate of the other, so you have eight unique figures to work with. Two of the figures are animals, a bear and of course a lion, both on the offensive.

The remaining six figures are fighters of various builds and armed with an array of short swords, axes, tridents, etc. Two different shields are also provided as well, molded separately.

If you're a figure modeler or are interested in modeling the Roman era of Gladiator games, these figures will provide a nice canvas for the colors that varieties of armor used to entertain the Caesar and his subjects.

My sincere thanks to Testors for this review sample!