This very old hunk of metal really took me back to the early days of our painting experience.I remember when I first saw the old Confrontation figures, and noticed how different they were sculpted from everything else at that time.
I think the next transition which was that noticeable was the ZBrush phenomenon a few years back. You can tell when something has been digitally sculpted quite easily, just by the flow of the lines, and how most organic surfaces are rendered. I remember how intricate these Confrontation minis were when they first hit the scene.
There were many more details on those figures than you had typically seen on sculpts of that 2001-2003 period. Now with the digital sculpting, it is commonplace.
These solid metal figures are certainly a lot heavier than the resin and plastic figures you will see today. It is so strange to think that metal figures are the least common materials nowadays!