Thursday, September 24, 2009

Triad Toys "Wanted: Dead or Alive" Josh Randall Review

"Wanted: Dead or Alive" was an American Western set in the frontier of the 1890’s when it was common for bounty hunters to make a living from the rewards offered for capturing wanted criminals. Mr Cool himself, Steve McQueen played Josh Randall, a bounty hunter with a relatively soft heart who would often donate his earnings to the needy and help his prisoners if they had been wrongly accused. Randall carried a shortened Winchester 1892 Model carbine, called the "Mare's Leg" or "Mare's Laig", in a holster patterned after "gunslinger" rigs that were popular in movies and television then. While the guns were chambered for the .44-40 round, McQueen wore more impressive looking .45-70 rounds in the loops of his gun belt.

"Wanted: Dead or Alive" 1/6 scale 12" Josh Randall Action Figure by Triad Toys comes with the following items: Josh Randall authentic likeness head sculpt by Shane Talbott, Omega 12-Inch Figure Body with over 35 points of articulation, Cowboy Hat, Mare's Laig Rifle (a .40 gauge sawed-off carbine which handles like a pistol but packs the punch of a rifle), Real Leather Gun Holster with Metal Buckles and Functional Slots for Bullets, 16 Full Metal Rifle Rounds (otherwise known as Full Metal Jackets), a Pair of Cowboy Boots with Full Metal and Functional Rotating Spurs, Denim Jeans, Flannel Cowboy Shirt and a Fully Lined Lambswool Jacket with Functional Pockets.

Accessories: Cowboy Hat, Mare's Laig Rifle, Real Leather Gun Holster with Metal Buckles and Functional Slots for Bullets, 16 Full Metal Rifle Rounds, and Functional Rotating Spurs

Close-up of the spurs

Close-up of the weapon. The lever and hammer works, and it fits in the holster in the same manner as on the show.

Triad Toys "Wanted: Dead or Alive" Josh Randall basic figure without accessories

A closer look at the head sculpt with the likeness of Terrence Steven "Steve" McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980), an American movie actor nicknamed "The King of Cool". He was one of the top box-office draws of the 1960s and 1970s. His popular films include The Sand Pebbles, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Bullitt, The Getaway, Papillon, and The Towering Inferno. In 1974 he became the highest paid movie star in the world. [source: wiki]



Flannel Cowboy Shirt under the Fully Lined Lambswool Jacket

Cowboy Boots with Full Metal and Functional Rotating Spurs

"Mare's Leg" or "Mare's Laig" Rifle (a .40 gauge sawed-off carbine which handles like a pistol but packs the punch of a rifle), Real Leather Gun Holster with Metal Buckles and Functional Slots for Bullets, and 16 Full Metal Rifle Rounds. The rifle can be dismantled into two parts.

One of the famous poses of Steve McQueen as Josh Randall in "Wanted: Dead or Alive". Randall's holster held a sawed-off Winchester rifle nicknamed the "Mare's Leg" instead of the standard six-gun carried by the typical Western character. This added to the anti-hero image infused with a mixture of mystery and detachment that made this show stand out from the typical TV Western. The show was so popular it ran for three seasons from 1958 until early 1961 and had 94 episodes.




And here he is, all ready for some pumping action!





And here's how he wears the Real Leather Gun Holster with Metal Buckles and metal bullets





Close-up of the 1/6 scale metal bullets carried on his holster belt


His catch phrase in almost every episode was "Let's Go!" which he spoke softly and sounded more like "les goo".

Next: See how Josh Randall fares beside Sideshow Collectibles General A Custer (post HERE)

Compare the two 1/6 scale Steve McQueen - Toys McCoy and Triad Toys HERE

6 comments:

desmond said...

Although I don't know who is this cowboy guy, Triad Toys has done a really good job on this figure. Great head sculpt and well detailed accessories. I like the outfit and should say I like everything from this figure as I saw it at China Square Central during my lunch yesterday. A good piece with reasonable pricing..If you can put him to sit on a DML horse. They look perfect!!

alstoys said...

seeing these photos, now i wished i had bought that shotgun/holster loose set! want to kitbash a cowboy/western figure :)
-AL

Anonymous said...

Hi Alex,

Thats one mean looking gun...
Keep up with the reviews.

Cheers

@lex Gen X 1:6 Hardcore said...

HA HA desmond, not your time lah XD i grew up watching all these westerns and Steve McQueen was BIG in his time. Agree with you about the pricing - getting tired of the HIGH prices of Hot Toys and Medicom when other companies can give us reasonably priced products :)

AL, it's not too late - the Mare's Laig is very NICELY done, together with the metal bullets.

thanks, ANON - keep on reading ;>

Anonymous said...

Nice, except Josh Randall's shirt was a solid blue color and his pants were a light tan color, not denim.

@lex Gen X 1:6 Hardcore said...

thanks :) because this is an un-licensed and un-official product, i guess the manufacturer took some liberties with the outfit, hence the lack of accuracy CHEERS