As I have asked more questions of contemporary makers I have come to realize that the molds needed to withstand the required injection pressures for the plastic have to be much more robust than those used for spin-casting metals. Mold making is often the most expensive part of the production process and each of these must have been a challenge. I can just begin to imagine the expense of the molds for any of these fellows and the length of the mule driver and bandit at 7 and 9 inches respectively are really impressive. I really can’t think of any other maker that came close to figure moldings of this size.
Could these groupings have been even more useful if cast as individual pieces that “fit” together? Probably, even though through the years it may have been hard to keep the individual components together. Who couldn’t use a stand-alone mule driver, separate mules or a kneeling 7th cavalry officer to put behind a horse one day and a wagon or log another? That isn’t the point. The point is that Atlantic thought big, had a market that could support the expense and went for it. Even if their style isn’t for you, you just got to love the effort. I love both!