anybody knows what to expect when it comes to:
1/35 Zvezda and/or Master box compared to Verlinden/Academy/Tamiya.
Newer Zvezda and Masterbox (and Miniart) figures are quite nice. About as good as Dragon, and better than many older Dragon sets. But some of their older figures arent so good. It just depends...
For what its worth, most Academy figures are pretty poor and Tamiya is sub par (sadly) comapred to other brands. Tamiya's newest figure sets dont offer much of an improvement over their old 1970s figures.
Tristar also makes some nice plastic figures.