Amongst the many and varied sets of modern military personnel Atlantic produced in its Export series, this ranks as one of the better ones. Though translated as 'Commandos' by the makers, these men of the 'San Marco' battalion might more correctly be styled as marines.
13 poses was quite generous for Atlantic, and allows for some interesting figures. The standard advancing and firing poses are armed with a mixture of rifles, machine guns and pistols. There is also a man firing an anti-tank weapon, and another handling mortar bombs. Lastly there are two sailors, both sitting and with arms outstretched. Neither these men nor the mortar man has any equipment, so as such they are useless in this set. However, they are intended to be used with the equipment available in other sets such as the vehicles and landing craft.
All the marines wear battledress and berets, and some are also kitted out with life jackets. The illustration on some of the boxes shows men dressed much like US infantry of World War II, but these figures bear no resemblance to this. Though detail is indistinct, the uniform does seem largely correct, though some of the webbing items seem to defy gravity. The two sailors wear quite modern looking helmets with radio headphones, and are dressed much like most NATO navies of the period.
Inevitably for this series the figures are thin and weedy. Anatomy is poor and many poses seem awkward and unnatural. Also many of the figures had large amounts of flash, and some have enormous amounts of extra plastic where it was injected into the mould. This is often in areas of detail and is very difficult or impossible to remove without leaving any trace. The men are also quite small, since they are in fact true HO scale.
Though not good by today's standards, this is nonetheless an interesting set of a subject not produced by anyone else before or since.