Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Brother Production presents Revenge of the Replicant REVIEW

"I've... seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain... Time to die." These were Roy Batty's last words as he reached the end of his four-year lifespan as a replicant (bioengineered or biorobotic being or simply, android - a robot or synthetic organism designed to look and act like a human).


This is the Brother Production 1/6 scale 12-inch Revenge of the Replicant figure. In the movie "Blade Runner (1982)", Roy Batty is the leader of the renegade Nexus-6 replicants. Roy Batty was played by Rutger Hauer, a Dutch film actor. He is most remembered as the eccentric, violent, yet sympathetic renegade replicant.


This 1:6 Roy Batty Renegade Replicant came with his Black Leather-like Trench Coat. The coat has wires hidden under the edges so that the collar could stay up or down depending on how you wanted to pose the 12-inch figure




Here's a closer look at the 1:6 Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty head sculpt. IMHO I think the headsculpt is pretty good for a non-Hot Toys product.


Rutger Hauer as Roy Batty was regarded by Philip K Dick (the writer of the novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" on which the movie is based) as "the perfect Batty—cold, Aryan, flawless". Me thinks the HS does the character justice, with the cold, steel blue eyes.



Besides the black leather-like trench coat, this Brother Production Roy Batty also wears a gray T-shirt with 3/4 sleeve (which seems to be the rage now), dark gray pants with red stripes running down the sides and shoes (sneakers, to be specific) with white socks (hidden)


Roy Batty is a combat model, used off-world for military service, and is said to have participated in every off-world battle and conflict from the fighting at the Tannhauser Gate to the Massacre on the Venezeualan Moons.


With an "A" Physical Level (superhuman strength & endurance) and an "A" Mental Level (genius level intellect), he is probably the most dangerous of all the fugitive replicants.


Other accessories include: an alternate injured head (sustained towards the end of the film), White Dove or Pigeon (made from resin), and the 2nd set of hands, one with a nail through the palm, the other with flexible or bendable fingers




And here's Roy Batty in the final scene wearing his Gray boxer shorts and holding on to a pigeon.


As the symptoms of Roy's limited lifespan worsen and his right hand begins to cramp, he grabs a nail and jabs it through his hand in order to regain control of it. BIG mistake by Brother Production here as they have jabbed the nail into his left hand instead. In the prototype pictures, the nail was in the RIGHT hand.


Another look at the tattoos on Roy Batty's body. It is never explained how he got them or what they mean and I didn't know the tattoos looked like that until I saw the first prototype pictures. Too bad they did it on this old-type body when new generation bodies have been popping up. Again, this isn't a Hot Toys product nor Hot Toys pricing so let's cut it some slack.


And now a closer look at Roy Batty's boxer shorts which was what he wore in the end. The dove was Rutger Hauer's idea as he felt that letting go of the dove showed us exactly when the spirit goes.


The 1:6 body with tattoo prints on chest and shoulder - some of it look like images from the "Space Invaders" video game


As Roy's life fades away, he calmly sits and delivers a soliloquy about the experiences of his life.


Rutger Hauer had cut 28 lines from the original script to the now famous last words which reflected Roy Batty's "humanity", and the fact that he chose to save Deckard's life, suggested that perhaps he has gained the empathy that is the thin dividing line between human and replicant.

And check out this post of the Brother Production Blade Hunter, essentially a 1:6 scale Harrison Ford as Rick Deckard, Blade Runner.

Other Blade Runner posts -
September 2, 2007 - Blade Runner (1982) with Kubrick Spinner HERE
Toy Syndicate Android Hunter Version 1.0 - link HERE
Toy Syndicate Android Hunter version 2.0 - pictures HERE
Toy Syndicate Android Hunter with Sideshow Collectibles Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones head sculpt HERE
Kitbash Roy Batty, a "combat model" replicant and leader of the renegade Nexus-6 replicants posted HERE

7 comments:

Wicket® Toy & Collectible Photography said...

Hey Alex, how are you? I hope all is well in life with your wife and children. =]
Its been awhile since I talked to you. I was scrolling through your blog page and noticed you linked my collection. That is really awesome, thank you so much. I was wondering if I might be able to do an interview with you. I could type up the questions and send it to you over email and you can write your answers. And I could post it on our blog. Ever since I stumbled upon this Toy Haven, Ive always wanted to interview you. What do you say?

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

Hi Jon, all is well in the house of toys Ha! Ha! I really liked your collection and how everything is well organized and have its own place. Of course your photography skills made them look all the more amazing. It's really GREAT what you are doing, with the merchandise and all :) I want to wish you all the BEST!! I'm very honored and humbled that you would want to interview me, of all people LOLZ. I would certainly want to contribute in any way I can so fire away ;p

Wicket® Toy & Collectible Photography said...

Alex, seriously you are a true hero to me and Andrea. You showed us that being yourself can bring true happiness and to share such a unique hobby with the one you love is the best thing anyone can expierience. When I get my own place I will definitely devote it to all Drea & I's collectibles, just as you and your family have.
Can I get your email address so I can send the interview in private? =]

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

Hi Jon, now you are making me blush ROFL Ha! Ha! The most important thing of all for me is family. That's all that matters. Once you have their support and they share your passion, everything else just falls into place :) I've been blessed that way. I can see that Andrea and you are already going in the right direction and I'm happy to see that. Looking forward to your questions. You can email me at cowpehcowbu@gmail.com

Wicket® Toy & Collectible Photography said...

Sounds like a life I want to live. Give me a day or two to get my questions together and Ill send them to you. And once again, thank you so much for giving us the oppertunity to interview a true hero of ours. Talk to you soon! =D

Rich said...

The tattoos are explained in Future Noir, the book about the making of the film. They're meant to be markings like on a machine - unscrew here, that kind of thing

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

thanks Rich, that's most enlightening CHEERS