The minor disappointment with this set was the number of poses and figures (5) which had been available for some time previously, in the RAF Refuelling Set model kit, in hard polystyrene.
PS - Can't remember why I numbered it? They are just the two points where the strand is hidden in the depths of the plastic, it is only visible where it was trapped between the flat [meeting] faces of the two halves of the tool.
When I was a kid, I had a whole bunch of these, one lot were in a set of British Grenadiers, the others were stuck to Waterloo French Infantry, in both cases there were several in each box, so clearly a brush that was on its last legs, or being used too vigorously!
Little colour variation in the early days, I don't know what's happened in recent years, as it's not the sort of set you trip over yourself to buy multiples of, but they were cream for the longest time, with a dark grey issue in the late 1980's.
Of note is the height of the grey figure, he may have suffered damage to the mould at some point and had his thighs lengthened, possibly as part of a repair? But equally may have been caught on something as he left the mould, still hot enough (soft enough) to stretch, you can see a lump at the top and a pinch-point above the knee on the left leg?
Although I've only found these in Gum Ball capsules, I'm sure they were made by the same Hong Kong company that produced the woeful Roman copies, you can see on their own post. The style of the bases, the shiny plastic, the pose number (about half the set's copied) all point to a link. I have a whole bunch of lose figures in storage, so we'll look at them in better detail another day and I expect to find a bagged set eventually - sometimes they turn-up in 'bag' sized groups/amounts.