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We've got Hot Toys MMS194 Expendables 2 Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross 1/6th scale Collectible Figure in full tactical suit (see earlier reviews HERE), we've got Art Figures AF012 1/6 scale Soldiers Of Fortune 2 12-inch action figure which is essentially Gunner Jensen from The Expendables 2 (posted HERE) and we've got Art Figures 1/6 Soldiers of Fortune 12-inch figure (Jason Statham as Lee Christmas in The Expendables - pictures HERE). What we haven't seen till now are the three of them in a group picture together for size comparisons so here it is: my toy blog post of the terrific trio, the team of three from The Expendables films :)
Hot Toys never did release any other cast members / actors from The Expendables films other than the two Barney Ross (Sylvester Stallone) 1/6 scale figures even though they have acquired the license to produce the Expendables Movie Masterpiece Series 12-inch figures. Out of the two Barney Ross figures, the latest version from The Expendables 2 looks to be the better choice if you can only get one of them. Scroll down to see the rest of the pictures of the three Expendables 12-inch figures. They certainly look good together. I'm just hoping that more members from the team will be released so that they can be complete.
The Expendables is a 2010 American ensemble action film written by David Callaham and Sylvester Stallone, and directed by Stallone. Since its release, there has been a sequel with the third film scheduled for release on August 15, 2014. The film is about a group of elite mercenaries tasked with missions no one else would undertake. It pays tribute to the blockbuster action films of the 1980s and early 1990s, and stars an array of action veterans from those decades, including Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, Mickey Rourke, Bruce Willis, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Chuck Norris as well as more recent stars such as Randy Couture, Jason Statham, Terry Crews, and Steve Austin.
I like what they wear because being mercenaries, they don't wear standard and identical military uniforms and gears but each have their own gear of their choosing, as long as everything is in black because you know what they say in the military: "BLACK is always IN!" Camouflage patterns may change, colors of the fabric may change but black always stays the same and almost every special forces unit will undoubtedly have a black set of uniform they use for night operations.
So if you look at each Expendables member individually, you will see how they equip themselves according to what they need and what they are most uncomfortable going into battle with which is quite cool in a way.
Military units have their regimentation and discipline to keep them in check whereas mercenaries are "motivated to take part in the hostilities essentially by the desire for private gain and, in fact, is promised, by or on behalf of a party to the conflict, material compensation substantially in excess of that promised or paid to combatants of similar ranks and functions in the armed forces of that Party".
As a result of the assumption that a mercenary is essentially motivated by money, the term mercenary usually carries negative connotations. There is a blur in the distinction between a mercenary and a foreign volunteer, when the primary motive of a soldier in a foreign army is uncertain. For instance, the French Foreign Legion and the Gurkhas of the British and Indian armies are not mercenaries under the laws of war.
But the Expendables are clearly mercenaries for hire ;p
Other Sylvester Stallone figures:
September 2, 2007 - Hot Toys 1/6 scale Rambo: First Blood Part 2 (1985) HERE
August 23, 2008 - Kitbash John Rambo from First Blood (1982). Check out the pictures HERE
April 3, 2009 - Medicom RAH (Real Action Heroes) Judge Dredd 12-inch figure posted HERE
December 29, 2012 - Review 3: Jason Statham as Lee Christmas – Art Figures 1/6 Soldiers of Fortune 12-inch figure (pictures HERE)
September 12, 2013 - The Expendables 2 Gunner Jensen (Dolph Lungren) 12-inch Figure aka Art Figures 1/6 scale Soldiers Of Fortune 2 posted HERE
September 15, 2013 - Army of Two: Art Figures 1/6 Soldiers Of Fortune Lee Christmas and Gunner Jensen (pictures HERE)