Your “09” Soldier is actually a Model 08 Soldier first issued in 2009. Take care of it because they are becoming collectible. I had two and got rid of them. Stupid move on my part. I have a Pattern 61 Alox Soldier made in 08. Would have made a fun mini collection with the new 08 Soldier model like yours. As for Griptilian scales, my complaint is the shape of the scales. I would like scales more like Emerson’s CQC7.