My friend had some they were awful, flat as pancakes.
I had those. They ones I had weren't flat. I played with them a lot. The round ones are sort of collectable, I guess.
You just wonder why the comic publishers let such a rip-off go through on the back of their issues.
I had a WWII set of soldiers, tanks, planes, etc. Yes they were 2-dimensional only. Plastic was kind of brittle as well; a bunch of the tips of the rifle barrels broke off after a little handling. They might have been of use as tabletop wargame units or something, but that was before I had discovered gaming. (The only other thing I ever ordered out of the back of a comic book was comic book storage supplies in the days before the WWW.)
I always wanted that set and the others like them (knights, cowboys and injuns, WWII). I knew, somehow, that it probably wasn't the deal it seemed to be but a kid can hope.
I had these, the Civil War soldiers, the Romans, and the WW2 soldiers in the little footlocker. They were all flat, but they were still kind of cool and perfectly usable as toys. What do you want for a couple of bucks?
I don't know. As a kid I would have been disappointed. I'd be expecting something like the Marx line of plastic soldiers.
I got the plastic navy, pretty small but I had fun with the two aircraft carriers.
I saw these ads all the time but I always figured there was something a little off there. Reading about them recently it seems that at least some of the sets weren't so bad...not two-dimensional, at least. Tiny, though. Well no matter I always had enough of the Marx guys.