This is a first impressions post based on the Plastic Soldier Review photos (link below). I'm actually curious how their review would judge the set.
My readers may know that I've been waiting for something to be released like this. I was secretly hoping that A Call to Arms would start producing their 54mm ECW riders in 1/72. Anyway, here's the savior(?), the photos are up on PSR (no review submitted yet). Of course they can and will be used as European reiters. This spares me a lot of work with green stuff - but not all, apparently.
12 figures in a cavalry box is quite good (not Zvezda good, I'm so sorry they've only done one TYW set), but there is no distinctive command figure, so one must be made by converting, turning a sword arm, adding a sash etc. The sword and pistol poses seem good and all combat poses carry a firearm, but why is the third pose shooting from the saddle? You can't really make much out of it. Making a musician/standard bearer optional is also a good idea, but the number of figures in the set means this way, if one does not convert (e.g. butcher) any figures, there are nine combatants to three musicians/standard bearers; half of the figures require a standing or walking horse while the horse poses are all very dynamic (all two of them). I wouldn't judge sculpting quality based on photos so I will wait for the real evidence (holding the figures in my own hands), but two horse poses to twelve riders???
The relatively few poses mean you can't drop the shooty guy from your ranks - and you can't make a proper caracole with charging horses. A standard bearer figure could be converted to a commander (why didn't they simply include a sword arm with the set?). So besides supplying something long demanded to the masses, this set doesn't have as much merit as it first seems, especially next to the Revell TYW cavalry set and its copies. Maybe this one just set the standard really too high.
More judgement will come as soon as I get my hands on a box.