This is my updated 1/6 scale Léon: The Professional 12-inch figure using HeadPlay's Jean Reno head sculpt and Heroic's outfit. I had posted pictures of Léon without his long wool coat and vest just relaxing at his table taking care of his plant in an earlier post HERE if you haven't seen that. This is just Léon doing what he does best - cleaning!
In the 1994 French thriller film "Léon: The Professional" written and directed by Luc Besson, Leone "Léon" Montana (Jean Reno) is a professional hitman (or "cleaner," as he refers to himself) living a solitary life in New York City's Little Italy. His work comes from a mafioso named Tony (Danny Aiello), who operates from the "Supreme Macaroni Company" restaurant.
Léon is one of the best at what he does and his choice of weapon is the Beretta 92FS fitted with AL-GI-MEC compensator and suppressor. Certainly a unique choice of weapon.
Léon has a certain code of honor (like the Japanese Samurais) and one of his maxims is "No women, no kids, that's the rules."
As Léon tells Mathilda (Natalie Portman in her debut): "The rifle is the first weapon you learn how to use, because it lets you keep your distance from the client. The closer you get to being a pro, the closer you can get to the client. The knife, for example, is the last thing you learn."
The signature pistols of Léon (Jean Reno) are Beretta 92FS's fitted with compensators and, in some scenes, sound suppressors. A compensator reduces the rising of the barrel during rapid fire by redirecting propellant gases.
Some close-up pictures of the Head Play 1/6 scale Jean version head with his trademark sunglasses and watch cap. The watch cap has many other alternative names as well, including beanie, boggan, knit cap, knit hat, ski cap, ski capor, skull cap, skully, sock cap, stocking cap, and toboggan. In India, the watch cap is known as a monkey cap.
What a difference a head makes! If you saw the original head sculpt that came with this figure (see my posting HERE), you will cringe. It was a case of buying the boxed set for the outfit and accessories, including the all important weapons case (pictures HERE) and hoping that a replacement head would be made available sometime in the near future and that was what happened =^_^=
Now someone point me to a 1/6 scale Natalie Portman as Mathilda child figure please?
Other hitman figures:
JANUARY 21, 2008: "Léon: The Professional" kitbash figure
APRIL 18, 2008: Jada Kins, Hitman - Tokyo Tribe 2
MAY 6, 2008: Kitbash 1/6 scale Chow Yun Fat as John Lee from The Replacement Killers (1998)
NOVEMBER 22, 2008: 1/6 scale Golgo 13 Duke Togo 12-inch Figure by Skynet
NOVEMBER 23, 2008: "Léon: The Professional" Revisited
OCTOBER 3, 2010: BBI "Elite Force: Terminate" Sniper Assassin "Lucifer" REVIEW
OCTOBER 17, 2011: Enterbay 1/6 Jean Reno as Léon PREVIEW
NOVEMBER 15, 2011: Kitbash 1/6 scale John Travolta as Vincent Vega 12-inch Figure in Pulp Fiction