Thursday, December 31, 2015

Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles 1/6th scale "Evil Dead II" Ash Williams (Bruce Campbell) figure

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“Groovy!”

Time to get revved horror fans – everyone’s favorite chainsaw-wielding hero is here! From Sam Raimi’s 1987 sequel, Evil Dead II, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to introduce the Ash Williams Sixth Scale Figure.

Capturing all that is awesome about Bruce Campbell as the cult classic icon, Ash Williams returns to the remote cabin in the woods where he must hack and slash his way past hordes of relentlessly deranged Deadites who want him dead by dawn. Just your average convenience store employee with a penchant for sweet-talking the ladies, the resilient, blood-stained survivor has been through hell and back in his torn shirt and brown pants. Thanks to the forces of darkness summoned by the evil Necronomicon, the glorious gorefest continues as Henrietta’s disfigured remains emerge from the cellar, dying to swallow his soul. But ‘armed’ with more than cheesy quips, Ash can definitely hold his own with his infamous chainsaw appendage, and handy sawed-off double barrel shotgun. Bring it on, baby.


Sideshow Collectibles 1/6th scale "Evil Dead II" Ash Williams 12-inch Figure specially features: Detailed likeness of Bruce Campbell as Ash from Evil Dead II, Unique male body with double-jointed chainsaw arm, Tailored and weathered costume with shotgun rig, as seen at the end of the film, Chainsaw, Shotgun, Four (4) interchangeable hands including: Shotgun grip, Relaxed hand, C-grip, Fist; One (1) pair of boots, Henrietta hand, Necronomicon. Sideshow Exclusive: possessed severed right hand

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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Pre-order pictures of ThreeA 1:6 scale Steel Age Batman Action Figure designed by Ashley Wood

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"Simply put, there was a gap in the market. I filled it." Lex Luthor

Following Ashley Wood's artistic take on Marvel superheroes (Iron Man HERE, Doctor Doom HERE and Ultron HERE), the designer and 3A Toys are now delving into the DC Universe. Presenting their first DC release, Steel Age Batman. This 1:6th scale action figure will be available for pre-order on bambalandstore.com on December 31st priced at USD$240.

As part of ThreeA's ONE6TH Scale Collectible Figure Series, these official images of the ThreeA Steel Age Batman Action Figure designed by Ashley Wood has been recently released. There's no indication of size though. Although it's supposed to be 1/6th scale, this is NOT Batman but a creation of Lex Luthor's.


"Order was needed at the street level. Batman was the obvious first choice!" Lex Luthor

Batman is the first in ThreeA's 1/6th Scale Collectible Series examining a world where the heroes have been replaced by robotic counterparts. Welcome to the Steel Age! Height 13.5 Inches (35cm) Tall with 50 Points of Articulation including articulated Fingers and Segmented Neck Armor; Highly-Detailed Sculpt and Weathered Paint Application. Includes: Batarangs x 2, Faux-Leather Tailored Outfit with soft PVC Iconic Scalloped Cape, Faux-Leather Lace-up Boots, Flexible Armored Pauldrons, LED Illuminated Eyes, Batteries Required: AG1 x3 (Batteries Not Included)

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

MOM Toys 1/6th scale Ancient Greek Warrior 12-inch figure is another King Leonidas from 300

In 480 B.C. a state of war exists between Persia, led by King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), and Greece. At the Battle of Thermopylae, King Leonidas (Gerard Butler), king of the Greek city state of Sparta, leads his badly outnumbered warriors (300 Spartans) into battle against the massive Persian army. Though certain death awaits the Spartans, their sacrifice inspires all of Greece to unite against their common enemy.

300 is a 2007 American fantasy war film based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley. Both are fictionalized retellings of the Battle of Thermopylae within the Persian Wars. The film was directed by Zack Snyder, while Miller served as executive producer and consultant. It was filmed mostly with a super-imposition chroma key technique, to help replicate the imagery of the original comic book.


This isn't the first 1:6 scale King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) 12-inch figure to be released into the market and I don't think he'll be the last either. Even though the movie has long played out (there's even a sequel), King Leonidas seems to be constantly in demand. There's the Good Smile Company 16 cm tall Figma 270 "King Leonidas" from 300 action figure previewed earlier on my toy blog HERE as well as the action figure review of the much sort after Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS114 "300" 1/6th scale King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) 12-inch collectible figure with the seamless muscle body posted HERE, HERE and HERE. This is for those who couldn't get their hands on the Hot Toys version or want to add more 12-inch Spartans to their 1:6 scale figure collection.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Review 1: Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th First Order Stormtrooper Figure

Ever since the day I first caught a glimpse of the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens Stormtrooper in the teaser trailer, I've been wanting to see the First Order Stormtrooper up close. I wanted to see and examine the fine design and the details of the new helmet, body armor and the weapons. Over the years, I've come to realise that this attention to detail can be achieved with movie-accurate 1:6 scale collectible figures. I am most glad to report that this is definitely true with the Hot Toys MMS317 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1:6th scale First Order Stormtrooper 12-inch Collectible Figure.

All the other Star Wars: The Force Awakens First Order Stormtrooper figures that came before are just toys, a child's play thing, as Woody would say. This Hot Toys 1/6th scale First Order Stormtrooper is anything but a toy. It is as if everything that is 1:1 scale has been miniaturised exactly into 1:6 scale and what you get is a extremely detailed and excellently produced quality figure that can be placed in any museum. Why am I so wowed over? The quality and materials used in making this 1:6 scale figure are top of the line and it doesn't look plasticky at all or resemble a toy in any way. It is stunning in its execution and I simply marvel at the engineering that went into producing this First Order Stormtrooper. The armor is as thin as can be and doesn't make the figure appear bloated, fat or bulky. And yet it is sturdy and not brittle or easily breakable.


This really is a piece of art. Not only is this a piece of art, it is one that is even articulated! The next best thing to having this 1:6 scale figure is to put on the actual movie prop uniform (helmet and outfit) itself to really appreciate everything that went into making this collectible figure. There is a downside however and that is the amount of articulation you are going to get out of this figure. It's a case of wanting movie accuracy versus playability / pose-ability. More on that later. Let's just enjoy the figure for its fine details. Check out the rest of the action figure review below.

Hot Toys MMS317 Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1:6th scale First Order Stormtrooper Collectible Figure specially features authentic and detailed likeness of the First Order Stormtrooper as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the latest Star Wars film to be released and one that is breaking a lot of records in terms of ticket earnings. This highly-accurate collectible figure features a brand new design of the Stormtrooper armor and helmet. This First Order Stormtrooper comes equipped with a blaster rifle and blaster pistol.

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Sunday, December 27, 2015

Action Figure Review II: Square Enix Play Arts Kai 1/7th Star Wars Variant 10-inch Boba Fett

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With his customized Mandalorian armor, deadly weaponry, and silent demeanor, Boba Fett was one of the most feared bounty hunters in the galaxy. A genetic clone of his “father,” bounty hunter Jango Fett, Boba learned combat and martial skills from a young age. Over the course of his career, which included contracts for the Empire and the criminal underworld, he became a legend.

Boba Fett stems from initial design concepts for Darth Vader, who was originally conceived as a rogue bounty hunter. While Vader became less a mercenary and more of a dark knight, the bounty hunter concept remained, and Fett became "an equally villainous" but "less conspicuous" character. Fett's armor was originally designed for "super troopers", and was adapted for Fett as the script developed. Screen-tested in all-white, Fett's armor eventually garnered a subdued color scheme intended to visually place him between white-armored "rank-and-file" Imperial stormtroopers and Vader, who wears black. This color scheme had the added bonus of conveying the "gray morality" of his character.


Square Enix designers have certainly kept Boba Fett's color scheme intact when they redesigned him for the Play Arts Kai Star Wars Variant 1/7th scale Boba Fett 10-inch tall action figure. They have maintained the overall look but made changes to his pouches and armor design to create a variant Boba Fett that is not the same as the one we see on screen. Still, one look and you know immediately without a doubt that this is Boba Fett, albeit with a slightly different look. How do I find it? I like it, as much as I like the Samurai influenced Star Wars characters Bandai has been putting out. They may deviate from the norm but they certainly do offer us another look at a character we are so familiar with. Even though they look very similar in some ways (color scheme, helmet design etc) they also look very different at the same time. Variety is the spice of life :)

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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Christmas Day Haul: Hot Toys Star Wars 1:6 First Order Stormtrooper and 12" Luke Skywalker

December 26 is also called Boxing Day, a holiday traditionally celebrated the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradesmen would receive gifts, known as a "Christmas box", from their bosses or employers, in the United Kingdom, Barbados, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, Bermuda, New Zealand, Kenya, South Africa, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, Jamaica and other former British colonies. In recent years, retailers have expanded deals to "Boxing Week". While Boxing Day is 26 December, many retailers will run the sales for several days before or after 26 December, often up to New Year's Eve.

My Boxing Day turned out just fine as I finally managed to get my hands on these Hot Toys MMS297 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope 1/6th scale Luke Skywalker 12-inch Collectible Figure and Hot Toys MMS317 Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens 1/6th scale First Order Stormtrooper 12-inch Collectible Figure. These two Star Wars figures plus the others I got earlier (see my toy blog post of my December 2015 haul HERE) only makes this a Star Wars month as far as new figures are concerned.


In the Star Wars universe, more than 30 years has passed since a Tatooine farmboy named Luke Skywalker decided to embark on a space adventure which would bring him face-to-face with the Sith Lord Darth Vader who he discovers to be his father. They would destroy Darth Sidious together and cause the fall of the Galactic Empire. In our world, more than 30 years has passed since I witnessed the very first Star Wars film on the big screen and now I get to see it all over again with the new Episode VII, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. So here's the old and the new side-by-side in glorious 1:6 scale, all thanks to the folks at Hot Toys who has made all these possible.

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Check out VTS Toys (VM-015) 1/6th scale Chainsaw Girl 12-inch figure aka Juliet Starling

Lollipop Chainsaw (ロリポップチェーンソー) is a comedy horror action hack and slash video game developed by Grasshopper Manufacture for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles. It features Juliet Starling (voiced by Tara Strong), a cheerleader zombie hunter fighting zombies in a fictional California high school. A collaboration between game designer Suda51 and filmmaker James Gunn, the game was published by Kadokawa Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and was released on June 12, 2012 in North America, June 14, 2012 in Japan and June 15, 2012 in Europe.

On Juliet Starling's (voiced by Tara Strong in English and Eri Kitamura/Yōko Hikasa in Japanese) 18th birthday, she goes to San Romero High School park to meet her boyfriend, Nick Carlyle (voiced by Michael Rosenbaum in English and Kenichi Suzumura in Japanese) who is going to meet her family for the first time. Unfortunately, a zombie outbreak has occurred, which leads to Juliet fighting off hordes of Undead on her way to meet Nick. When she arrives, she discovers Nick fighting off a zombie which was trying to eat her, and so Nick is bitten in her place. Realizing he will become a zombie, Juliet decides she must decapitate him to save him.


VTS Toys (VM-015) 1/6th scale Chainsaw Girl 12-inch figure will come with 1/6 scale Juliet Starling Head sculpt, PHICEN female seamless body, Women vest, Short skirt, underwear, Red belt, White stockings, Red socks, Pink hair net, wristbands, chainsaw, boyfriend head, Feet, zombie head A, zombie head B, One (1) right hand holding hands, One (1) right hand gesture rock, One (1) left hand holding hands, One (1) left hand hold hand gestures, watch, Red lollipop, Pink lollipop, figure stand

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Friday, December 25, 2015

Medicom MAFEX Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 1/12th Armored Batman action figure

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Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent / Superman and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, joined by Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch in a role newly created for the film, and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves. Jason Momoa will also be making an appearance as Aquaman. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to open worldwide on March 25, 2016. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.

Synopsis: Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.


Preview pictures / official images of Medicom Toy Miracle Action Figure EX (MAFEX) action figure toys of the title characters from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have been released including Superman, Batman, Armored Batman, and Wonder Woman. The figures stand at 6.3 inches tall and will feature 20-points of articulation. The Batman and Superman figures are set to debut in July of 2016 with the Armored Batman and Wonder Woman to follow in September 2016. These Deluxe Batman v Superman action figures show off the little details while we await the 1:6 scale version from Hot Toys which will show off what the figure is really about.

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Thursday, December 24, 2015

Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale Finn 12" Limited Edition Collectible Figure

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“You don’t know what I’ve seen. We all need to run.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has finally hit the silver screens around the world and already broke box-office records becoming the biggest worldwide opening in theatres! Following the debut of this epic Star Wars film, Hot Toys is very excited to officially present today the 1/6th scale collectible figure of one of the main characters of the film – Finn!

Originally trained to serve as a stormtrooper by the First Order, Finn’s conscience has awakened following the skirmish on Jakku and lead to his encounter with Rey, BB-8, and the Resistance which changes his life forever.


The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of John Boyega as Finn in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt, finely tailored outfit, LED light-up lightsaber, detailed weapons, and a hexagonal figure stand with the Resistance’s emblem.

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Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1:6 Finn & First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper Set

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Applause is in order :) I was wondering how Hot Toys was going to market their First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper and I couldn't have guessed that they would package both Finn and the Riot Control Stormtrooper figures as a set. That's a master stroke! And I like it!!

“Traitor!”

One of the most attention-grabbing moments in promotion videos of Star Wars: The Force Awakens was the duel between the lightsaber-wielding Finn and the baton-wielding First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper. Now with the epic blockbuster already hitting theatres around the world, Star Wars fans can fully enjoy this exciting fight between the renegade First Order Stormtrooper Finn and the Riot Control Stormtrooper on the planet of Takodana.

Today, Hot Toys is very excited to officially present a special 1/6th scale collectible figures set featuring Finn and First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper to let fans reenact this thrilling battle!


The highly-accurate Finn 1/6th scale collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of John Boyega in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt, finely tailored outfit, LED light-up lightsaber, detailed weapons, and a hexagonal figure stand with the Resistance’s emblem. The First Order Riot Control Stormtrooper is equipped with sleekly design Stormtrooper armor and helmet, the iconic baton, a riot shield, blaster rifle, and a hexagonal figure stand with the First Order’s emblem.

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Preview Medicom MAFEX Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Wonder Woman action figure

Directed by Zack Snyder and written by Chris Terrio from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent / Superman and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, joined by Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter as Senator Finch in a role newly created for the film, and Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves. Jason Momoa will also be making an appearance as Aquaman. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to open worldwide on March 25, 2016. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.

Synopsis: Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.


Preview pictures / official images of Medicom Toy Miracle Action Figure EX (MAFEX) action figure toys of the title characters from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have been released including Superman, Batman, Armored Batman, and Wonder Woman. The figures stand at 6.3 inches tall and will feature 20-points of articulation. The Batman and Superman figures are set to debut in July of 2016 with the Armored Batman and Wonder Woman to follow in September 2016. These Deluxe Batman v Superman action figures show off the little details while we await the 1:6 scale version from Hot Toys which will show off what the figure is really about.

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Incoming: CRAFTONE 1/6th scale CRIMES Detective 12" figure (Brad Pitt as Detective Mills)

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Seven (sometimes stylized as SE7EN) is a 1995 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey and Kevin Spacey. The film was based on a screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker.

When retiring police Detective Lieutenant William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) tackles a final case with the aid of newly transferred Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt), they discover a number of elaborate and grizzly murders. They soon realize they are dealing with a serial killer (Kevin Spacey) who is targeting people he thinks represent one of the seven deadly sins. Somerset also befriends Mills' wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), who is pregnant and afraid to raise her child in the crime-riddled city.


Again, not the first 1:6 scale Brad Pitt figure to be ever released. This figure looks better than their 1/6th scale CRIMES: Senior Detective 12-inch figure (previewed HERE). The most recent 12-inch Brad Pitt figure I have is a kitbashed 1:6 scale Brad Pitt as WWII U.S. Army staff sergeant Don "Wardaddy" Collier 12-inch action figure. You can check out the action figure review posted on my toy blog HERE.

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Preview CRAFTONE 1/6th scale CRIMES: Senior Detective 12" figure (Morgan Freeman)

Seven (sometimes stylized as SE7EN) is a 1995 American neo-noir psychological thriller film directed by David Fincher, and stars Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow, John C. McGinley, R. Lee Ermey and Kevin Spacey. The film was based on a screenplay by Andrew Kevin Walker.

When retiring police Detective Lieutenant William Somerset (Morgan Freeman) tackles a final case with the aid of newly transferred Detective David Mills (Brad Pitt), they discover a number of elaborate and grizzly murders. They soon realize they are dealing with a serial killer (Kevin Spacey) who is targeting people he thinks represent one of the seven deadly sins. Somerset also befriends Mills' wife, Tracy (Gwyneth Paltrow), who is pregnant and afraid to raise her child in the crime-riddled city.


This certainly isn't the first 1:6 scale Morgan Freeman 12-inch figure to be released. I did get the Virtual Toys 1/6th scale Weapon Advisor which was essentially a 12-inch Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox figure - you can see the action figure review posted on my toy blog HERE, HERE and HERE. This CRAFTONE 1/6th scale Morgan Freeman looks a little too dark skinned for my liking.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Square Enix Play Arts Kai Star Wars Variant 1:7 scale Boba Fett 10-inch Action Figure Review 1

What? No Bounty Hunter in the latest Star Wars The Force Awakens?

This was from my August 2015 haul which was posted on my toy blog HERE

Boba Fett is a fictional character in Star Wars. A recurring antagonist in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi as a bounty hunter hired by Darth Vader. Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones establishes his origin as an unaltered clone of the bounty hunter Jango Fett raised as his son. His aura of danger and mystery have created a cult following for the character.

Square Enix has released Play Arts Kai Variant figures based on characters from the DC and Marvel universe in the past and has now included characters from the Star Wars universe as well. There's the reimagined Play Arts Kai Star Wars Variant Darth Vader figure (previewed HERE) and the Stormtrooper as well (pictures HERE) but I find myself only drawn to this Square Enix Play Arts Kai Star Wars Variant 1:7 scale Boba Fett 10-inch Action Figure.


Pictured above is a close-up shot taken of the Square Enix Play Arts Kai Star Wars Variant 1:7 scale Boba Fett 10-inch Action Figure shooting flames out of his gauntlet with the flamethrower effect included with this figure. I liked how the designers at Square Enix re-designed Boba Fett's outfit and armor while still retaining the characteristics / essentials that make him still recognisable as the famed Bounty Hunter Boba Fett from a galaxy far far away.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

DID Los Angeles Police Dept Metropolitan Division (LAPD SWAT) 2.0 POINT-MAN "Denver"

The Los Angeles Police Department , also known as Metro, is an elite division within the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD). The Metro Division, which also contains LAPD's Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, contains seven platoons of specially-trained police officers. It is tasked with numerous crime-fighting duties including solving major crimes, surveillance, providing counter-terrorism details and attending high-risk barricaded situations, such as a hostage situation.

While not the first to use specially trained units, the LAPD was the first to form a specific SWAT team, and originally created the term, "Special Weapons And Tactics". John Nelson was the LAPD officer who came up with the idea to form a specially trained and equipped unit in the LAPD, intended to respond to and manage critical situations involving shootings while minimizing police casualties. In 1967, Nelson's CO, then-Inspector Daryl F. Gates approved this idea, and he formed a small select group of volunteer officers. This first SWAT unit initially consisted of fifteen teams of four men each, for a total staff of sixty. These officers were given special status and benefits. They were required to attend special monthly training. This unit also served as a security unit for police facilities during times of civil unrest.


This is DID's upcoming release: MA1006 will be a 1/6th scale Los Angeles Police Police Department Special Weapons And Tactics (LAPD SWAT) 2.0 POINT-MAN Denver 12-inch action figure. DID has been churning out some great stuff and this looks to be ranked as one of them. This is not the first 1:6 scale LAPD SWAT action figure to be released by DID. Back in May 2014, they had released a LAPD SWAT Assaulter 12-inch figure with Ryan Gosling head sculpt (see the preview pictures HERE) and follows up on that release with this Point-man figure.

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Monday, December 21, 2015

Review: DK Star Wars The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary is GREAT & provides answers

Spoiler Alert! Do not read on if you haven't seen the latest Star Wars The Force Awakens. But if you have already seen the film at least once and want to know more, this Dorling Kindersley (DK) Star Wars The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary is a good resource for some unanswered questions you might have. Plus you get to see more of the details that went into the making of the film. The complete guide to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this visual dictionary reveals all of the characters, creatures, droids, locations and technology.


I enjoyed watching the film and it was quite nostalgic to see Star Wars again on the big screen. It will never be able to repeat the jaw dropping eye popping effect it had on me when I first watched it on the big screen in 1977 but having the familiar faces and characters showing up on the big screen again after so long alongside new and fresh faces who will bring the franchise to a whole new generation and continue the saga that started back in 1977 is certainly well worth the wait. After the movie was over, there were some questions I wanted to ask but no one could give me the answers until I saw this Dorling Kindersley (DK) Star Wars The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary on a rack last Saturday. I already own four of the previous releases by DK so picking this up was a no brainer. This book covers most of the characters seen in the newest Star Wars film and a lot of what we see in a fleeting moment on screen is captured here for us to enjoy once more, especially all the weird and wonderful aliens and creatures that make up the Star Wars universe. Truly a visual treat and feast for the eyes!

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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Pre-order Prime 1 Studio "Batman: Arkham Origins" Deathstroke Statue from Sideshow

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"The only way this ends is with death. Yours or mine."

Sideshow Collectibles and Prime 1 Studio are proud to present Deathstroke from Batman: Arkham Origins (Limited Edition: 1500 pieces only - Get now at Sideshow Collectibles)

Once part of an experimental super-soldier program where he gained enhanced strength, agility, healing factor and intelligence, Deathstroke became a mercenary and rapidly gained a reputation as one of the world's greatest assassins. When Batman defeated Deathstroke, he finally earned his respect, and Deathstroke would devote all of his energy into killing him.


Prime 1 Studio "Batman: Arkham Origins" Approximately 30 inches tall Deathstroke Statue features: One (1) switch out right regular arm, One (1) switch out right arm holding an assault rifle, One (1) switch out right arm holding a ballistic staff, One (1) switch out left fist holding Ninjato sword, One (1) switch out left fist

Batman fans, don't miss your chance to add this relentless assassin to your collection. Pre-order from Sideshow Collectibles

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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Preview Hot Toys PPS003 "Captain America: Civil War" 1:6 Iron Man Mark XLVI Collectible

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After the events of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America and the Avengers continue to protect the world, but with the rising concern of collateral damage by the government, the Avengers has become divided into two opposing factions led by Captain America Steve Rogers and the other by Iron Man Tony Stark over the government oversight and accountability for the Avengers.

Today, Hot Toys is pleased to officially debut the first 1/6th scale collectible figure of Tony Stark’s new Iron Man armor in Captain America: Civil War – the Mark XLVI to our Power Pose Series (PPS)!


The Mark XLVI Power Pose Collectible is highly detailed and specially crafted based on the image of Iron Man’s new armor in the film featuring a meticulously sculpted sleek and streamline armor, 28 LED light-up points throughout the body, specially applied metallic red, gold and dark silver colored painting on armor, articulated head and arms, interchangeable fists and repulsor palms, and figure base.

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Hot Toys MMS344D15 "Captain America: Civil War" 1:6 War Machine Mark III Collectible Figure

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Following the events of Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America and the Avengers continue to protect the world, but the team becomes fractured into two opposing factions, one led by Captain America and another by Iron Man, after extensive collateral damage prompts the government oversight and accountability for the Avengers.

Today, Hot Toys is very excited to firstly introduce a member of Iron Man’s team in Captain America: Civil War – the new 1/6th scale War Machine Mark III Collectible Figure to our MMS Diecast series which the collectible figure is made of diecast material, and realistically designed to look even more like the armor as it appears in the film.


The highly-accurate War Machine Mark III Collectible Figure is crafted with great details and based on the image of Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine in Captain America: Civil War. It features a highly detailed helmeted head sculpt with LED light-up function, metallic black and silver colored armor with decals and weathering effects, LED light-up chest and repuslors, War Machine’s new extendable baton with LED light-up function, articulated back-mounted machine gun, and a specially designed Captain America: Civil War themed figure stand!

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Friday, December 18, 2015

Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles Marvel 1/6th scale Wolverine 11.75-inch (30 cm) action figure

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SNIKT!!!

Every X-Men fan knows what that means. Joining our growing Marvel Sixth Scale figure collection, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to unleash the mutant hero, Wolverine!

Ok, so while he may not actually be laced with adamantium, Logan is more than ready to let the claws come out. Meticulously crafted on an all-new muscular body design with two pairs of beefy arms and multiple swap-out hands, Wolverine has a full range of articulation. Fitted in a fantastically tailored tactical version of his classic brown and tan costume, ol’ Canucklehead comes with both masked and unmasked head sculpts, each channeling his unbridled berserker rage.


So what are you waiting for, Bub? If you’re looking for the ultimate Wolverine, let there be no doubt – he's the best there is!

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

MC TOYS 1/6th scale James Bond Austrian Action outfit from "Spectre" - keeping Craig warm

Spectre is the twenty-fourth James Bond film, produced by Eon Productions. It features Daniel Craig in his fourth performance as James Bond, and Christoph Waltz as Ernst Stavro Blofeld, with the film marking the character's re-introduction into the series.

The story sees James Bond pitted against the global criminal organisation SPECTRE, marking the group's first appearance in an Eon Productions film since 1971's Diamonds Are Forever, and tying Craig's series of films together with an overarching storyline. In the film, Bond travels to Austria to find White who tells Bond to find and protect his daughter. Bond locates Swann at the Hoffler Klinik, but she is abducted by Hinx. Bond rescues her wearing the outfit MC Toys is replicating in 1/6th scale. Nice to see Bond in another outfit other than a suit or tuxedo.


MC TOYS (Item No.: F-057) 1/6th scale James Bond Austrian Action outfit will come with: Quilted front jacket, Long sleeve T-shirt navy, Pants, Socks, Mountain light boots in black. NOTE: Head,body and gun are not included.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Review: Phicen Limited 1:6 scale Super-Flexible 12-inch Male Seamless Body the BEST one yet

This figure (12-inch muscle body) was from my most recent haul (posted earlier on my toy blog HERE) and I was quite blown away by this new seamless male body from Phicen Limited. This Phicen Limited 1:6 scale Super-Flexible 12-inch Male Seamless Body does not come with a head so I just plonked a 1/6 scale head sculpt that has the likeness of Jake Gyllenhaal from Hot Toys TTM19 TrueType Muscular Body Figure (see the full action figure review posted HERE) and began twisting and turning the body into shape and into various poses. I was quite surprised to find that this new male seamless body could be posed in almost every angle that was humanly possible, just like a regular normal human body would.

According to Phicen, the internal skeleton armature is made from durable stainless steel to withstand playability without being easily damaged or corrupted. Each armature have 28 points of articulation, using ball-jointed system, for maximum flexibility and movement. Each joint is designed to move freely and consistently with 90% accurate human movement. With the slightest effort, the bodies are capable of making countless dynamic poses to imitate any posture of any character.


I have to say I totally agree with what Phicen Limited claims the body can do. I have never come across a more flexible body than this. Boasting human-like skin texture, and being super flexible, posable and durable, this body could get into almost any pose without any problem. This figure can certainly take a dump on all the other figures that have come before because it can do things no other figures have done.

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Incoming: Hot Toys Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 1/6th Superman Collectible Figure

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“Black and blue, god vs. man, day vs. night!”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the epic blockbuster by DC Comics and Warner Brothers, will hit theatres around the world in March 2016! In this exciting film, fearing the actions of the god-like Superman left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable and forceful vigilante Batman will take on Metropolis' most revered, modern-day savior.

To get fans ready for this installment of the DC Extended Universe, Hot Toys is very excited to officially present today the 1/6th scale collectible figure of Superman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice!


The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Henry Cavill as Superman in the movie, featuring a newly developed head sculpt, movie-accurate body proportion, newly tailored Superman costume with embossed pattern, the iconic red cape made with new material, and a specially designed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice themed figure stand.

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Preview Hot Toys Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice 1/6th scale Batman Collectible Figure

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“That's how it starts. The fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men... cruel.”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the epic blockbuster by DC Comics and Warner Brothers, will hit theatres around the world in March 2016! In this thrilling new film, Gotham City's own formidable and forceful vigilante Batman will take on Metropolis' most revered, modern-day savior as he fears the chaos the god-like Superman can brought upon the world if the Kryptonian’s powers are left unchecked.

In anticipation to DC Extended Universe’s newest film, Hot Toys is very excited to officially present today the 1/6th scale collectible figure of Batman from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice!


The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Ben Affleck as Batman from the film. It features a newly developed masked head sculpt with 3 interchangeable eye pieces and lower faces, newly developed body which can naturally portray Batman’s muscular body, meticulously tailored Batsuit, detailed Batman gadgets, and a specially designed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice themed figure stand.

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And now from TIT TOYS – TT005 1/6th scale Uzumaki Ninja 12-inch action figure (Naruto)

Naruto (ナルト) is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto. It tells the story of Naruto Uzumaki, an adolescent ninja who constantly searches for recognition and dreams to become the Hokage, the ninja in his village who is acknowledged as the leader and the strongest of all. The series is based on a one-shot manga by Kishimoto that was published in the August 1997 issue of Akamaru Jump.

As of October 2015, the manga has sold over 220 million copies worldwide, making it the third best-selling manga series in history. The manga is also available in 35 countries outside Japan. It has also become one of North American publisher Viz Media's best-selling manga series. Their English adaptation of the series has appeared in the USA Today Booklist several times and volume 7 won the Quill Award in 2006.


TIT TOYS TT005 1/6th scale Uzumaki Ninja 12-inch figure will come with: Head sculpt x 2, Action Figure Body, 4 pairs of interchangeable hands in various poses. Clothing / costume includes: Red overcoat, Orange coat, Orange pants, Black mesh shirt, Fight package x 2. Accessories: Headband x 2, Necklace, Ninja shoes, Spiral pill, Scroll with leather sheath. Weapon: Darts x 2

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Monday, December 14, 2015

December 2015 haul: Star Wars Ronin Boba Fett, 1:6 scale Luke Skywalker X-Wing Pilot & Phicen 1:6 super flexible seamless male body

I cannot believe the year is coming to an end. And what an end it will be with the new Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens arriving in theatres all over the world this coming week. Most people (especially adults) are probably more excited about Star Wars this year than Christmas LOL

So what did I get so far this December? It just so happens that two out of the three items I got are Star Wars related: one is the Bandai Star Wars Movie Realization 7-inch tall Ronin Kenzan Boba Fett action figure and the other is the Sideshow Collectibles "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" 1:6 scale Luke Skywalker Red Five X-Wing Pilot 12-inch figure. The last item on the list is the Phicen Limited 1:6 scale super flexible seamless male body and what an innovation this turned out to be!


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Sunday, December 13, 2015

Hot Toys "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" 1/6th scale Batmobile full reveal happening soon

Hot Toys announces that in addition to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice collectible figures, that they will be taking Batman's personal ride for a spin with the astonishing 1:6th scale Batmobile! This Batmobile will be unveiled in its full glory very soon at Hot Toys’ booth (F01-16) at the upcoming Toy Soul 2015 on December 18 in Hong Kong. Stay tuned!


Full reveal happening soon. Just don't ask them about the 1966 Batmobile. We all know there has been no answers regarding that 1:6 scale vehicle.

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Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles 23" (584.2mm) tall Green Goblin Premium Format™ Figure

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We'll meet again, Spider-Man!"

Following the release of the immensely popular Amazing Spider-Man Premium Format™ Figure, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Green Goblin Premium Format™ Figure!

Ever since his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #14, no other villain in the history of comics has caused Spider-Man more pain and suffering than the Green Goblin. Driven by his obsession to the brink of insanity, the web slinger's eternal arch-nemesis explodes into action on his Goblin Glider in another nefarious scheme to terrorize the city from above. Soaring ever higher on a towering column of billowing smoke, the conniving megalomaniac pauses mid-flight, just long enough to seek out his next target. Composed of high-quality PVC and polystone, he strikes a dastardly pose with bulging yellow eyes and a maniacal grin - you can almost hear the Goblin’s wicked cackle as he readies another deadly explosive pumpkin bomb from his ominous bag of tricks...


Staged in an action-packed face-off against the Amazing Spider-Man Premium Format™ Figure, or showcased in a rogues gallery among fellow supervillains, the Green Goblin Premium Format™ Figure makes the perfect addition for any Marvel Comics collection!

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Saturday, December 12, 2015

POP TOYS F22 1/6th scale Sexy Female Killer 12-inch action figure aka Maggie Q Nikita Mears

Nikita is an American television series that aired on The CW from September 9, 2010 to December 27, 2013 in the United States. The series is a reboot of the popular 1997 TV series La Femme Nikita (itself based on the 1990 Luc Besson film Nikita). The series focuses on Nikita Mears (Maggie Q), a woman who escaped from a secret government-funded organization known as "Division" and, after a three-year hiding period, is back to bring down the organization.


POP TOYS F22 1/6th scale Sexy Female Killer 12-inch action figure will be equipped with super-flexible female seamless body and two sets of different costumes. It will also come with highly realistic head sculpt with hair, Super-flexible female seamless body, Hands x 5 pairs, Red dress, Red swimsuit, High heel shoes, Barrett M82 .50 caliber Sniper rifle

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Sideshow Collectibles "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" 1/6th scale Darth Vader collectible figure

Star Wars Episode VII is just around the corner and as The Force Awakens, so are a lot of toy companies taking opportunity to jump on the bandwagon and try to milk as much as they can from the franchise which is growing hotter and hotter as each day passes. Sideshow Collectibles is re-releasing their "Star Wars: Return of the Jedi" 1/6th scale Darth Vader DELUXE collectible figure as a basic figure to any Star Wars fan who wants a piece of the Star Wars franchise. You can check out the full action figure review of the Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi 1/6th scale Darth Vader Deluxe figure posted on my toy blog HERE and HERE with comparison pictures of Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 scale "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" Darth Vader Deluxe figure with the Sideshow ANH Darth Vader plus Sideshow Stormtroopers posted HERE.

Joining the Star Wars sixth scale figure collection, Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present the Darth Vader Sixth Scale Figure. Recreate every memorable scene with this Vader figure, featuring newly sculpted elements, new costume, a new lightsaber blade and our hexagonal figure base. Crafted on a fully articulated body with finely tailored costume and body armor elements, Star Wars fans don't miss your chance to add this Sith Lord to your most impressive collection!


Sideshow Collectibles "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" Darth Vader Sixth Scale Collectible Figure stands at 13.75 inches (349.25mm) tall and specially features: Detailed helmet portrait and body armor elements, Fully articulated Darth Vader body, Finely tailored costume featuring a two-piece fabric body suit, quilted vest, pants, undershirt, inner robe and cape, Newly sculpted codpiece, Sculpted boots, Chest box and belt boxes with light-up features, Lightsaber hilt without blade, Lightsaber hilt with attached blade. Eight (8) newly sculpted interchangeable hands including: One (1) pair of hands for holding belt boxes, One (1) pair of fists, One (1) pair of hands for holding lightsaber, Right 'force' gesture hand, Left pointer hand; Hexagonal shaped figure stand

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Preview ThreeZero 1/6th scale Berserk Guts 12-inch (32cm) collectible figure with “Dragonslayer”

Berserk (ベルセルク Beruseruku) is a manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired fantasy world, the story centers around the characters of Guts, an orphaned mercenary, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the Band of the Hawk (鷹の団 Taka no Dan). Guts (created by Kentaro Miura) is the main protagonist of Berserk. He was the former raid unit leader of a mercenary group known as the Band of the Hawk.

From ThreeZero:
Guts is s created with very close attention to details and features highly detailed costume with armor elements covered with blood and weathering; PU leather belts with various gear; two exchangeable heads and several right hands. Collectible comes with the following weapons: massive “Dragonslayer” sword, Crossbow, Dagger and five Throwing Knives. Guts right arm features seamless elbow joint and comes with adjustable figure stand to display your Guts in different poses.


ThreeZero 1/6th scale Berserk Guts collectible details: Two Exchangeable Heads (standard head x 1pc, Angry expression head x 1 pc); 12.6” / 32cm Collectible figure comes with following accessories: Exchangeable right hand (fist, open hand, hand for holding the “Dragonslayer” sword, hand to hold the crossbow handle); “Dragonslayer” sword; Crossbow (can be attached to the left forearm); Dagger, Five Throwing Knives; Highly detailed costume featuring armor with blood and weathering, fabric clothing such as cloak and bandages, and PU leather belts and gear; Right arm features a seamless elbow joint; adjustable figure stand

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Thursday, December 10, 2015

Incoming: Phicen Limited 1:6 scale Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer 12-inch collectible figure

Backstory:
A massive 50 ft wall of stone and wrought iron that separated a land of evil and the unholy was constructed by an ancient civilization thousands of years ago. Behind this wall are thousands of acres of swamp and mountain ranges that are forbidden to be visited by mankind; anyone who entered was never heard from again. An ancient tribe spoke of a demonic figure that lived among the dead. He was called The Death Dealer. He had eyes of fire, and was the embodiment of darkness.

The Death Dealer rode atop a large, black horse, and would execute any who visited this place with one fell swoop of his axe. He was even so powerful that he had an army of the living dead at his command. The Death Dealer stands enormous, draped with a chain-link skirt, a dark cloak, and a horned helmet. His eyes burn like fire and no one is certain of his origin. It is told that he is as old as time itself.


Phicen Limited 1:6 scale Frank Frazetta’s Death Dealer 12-inch collectible figure will come with: Armored head, Phicen first generation seamless male body with metal armature, Hand assortment, Cravat, Shoulder strap, Cape, Breastplate with toothed accessories, Black sleeveless robe, Briefs, Shoulder guards, Shread to fasten on one arm, Wrist guards, Midsection armor skull plate & belt, Lower leg guards, Chainmail-like leg shirt with thigh guards attached, Battle footwear with spurs, Battle sword & sheath, Battle axe, Shield, Figure stand

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Pre-order Hot Toys MMS331D13 Iron Man 2 1/6th scale War Machine diecast collectible figure

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The original War Machine in Iron Man 2 was one of the most iconic Iron Man suits of all time! Its heavily weaponized configuration and powerful militaristic design are beloved by many fans worldwide. Today, Hot Toys is very excited to revisit this fan-favorite suit and present the all new War Machine 1/6th scale collectible figure for our MMS Diecast Series! The movie-accurate collectible figure is made of diecast material, and crafted with amazing details that astonish fans with its high level of authenticity!

This is a second chance for those who missed out on the earlier version which was released in 2010 and is as good today as it was back then. There was nothing wrong with the first version and this latest diecast version looks almost exactly the same as the original released version. The sculpting of the Don Cheadle head sculpt is definitely better this time round but War Machine itself is almost identical. You can check out the full action figure review of the with Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS120 "Iron Man 2" 1/6th scale War Machine Collectible Figure with lots of pictures posted on my toy blog HERE, HERE and HERE. There are also size comparison pictures posted HERE and HERE.


The over 32cm tall diecast figure has a wide range of features including a newly developed helmeted head sculpt of James Rhodes featuring likeness of Don Cheadle, interchangeable LED light-up helmet, movie-accurate proportion and detailed armor design, metallic black and silver colored armor, interchangeable battle damaged armor parts on head, shoulder, chest, and back, articulated back-mounted machine gun, interchangeable battle damaged back-mounted machine gun barrel, hidden compartments on shoulders to reveal weapons, LED light-up functions, and a specially designed diorama figure stand based on the final showdown with Whiplash Mark II in Iron Man 2.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015

ART Figures 1/6th scale Boy Black 12-inch figure Review II - Vin Diesel as Riddick in Pitch Black

continued from previous toy blog post...

"Richard B. Riddick. Escaped convict. Murderer. All you people are so scared of me. Most days I'd take that as a compliment. But it ain't me you gotta worry about now."

Art Figures seem to have missed the mark lately or maybe Dam Toys / VTS is doing a better job with the same figures they are offering. But this is one figure they got right :) This particular ART Figures 1/6th scale Boy Black 12-inch figure is one of those figures that stand out for me. From the realistic Vin Diesel as Riddick head sculpt to the outfit and accessories (including the molded wrist guards) plus weapons, this figure scores in every area for me. I am thankful that Hot Toys isn't the only company offering quality products. Other 1:6 scale companies such as Art Figures and Dam Toys (also VTS) have also upped their game and are giving us good quality products with just as realistic and stunning head sculpts at half the price.

One can only have so many Iron Man 12-inch figures. And how many Stormtroopers does one really need? It's good to know other companies are producing and releasing other 1:6 scale figures Hot Toys will never touch because they are not of mass appeal. I for one would like to have a variety of figures from the different genres in my collection as I enjoy and appreciate all the nice details that go into making the different outfits and accessories.


This second part action figure review of the ART Figures 1/6th scale Boy Black 12-inch figure (aka Vin Diesel as Riddick in Pitch Black) shows the figure fully equipped with his accessories and weapons. ART Figures AF-018 1/6th scale Boy Black 12-inch figure comes with 1/6th scale head sculpt that features life-like likeness of Vin Diesel as Riddick in Pitch Black, 12-inch Figure Body, Egyptian style knife, Saber claw dagger x 2, Ancient dagger with sheath, Dust goggles, Wrist guard, Hydration back pack, Hydration tube, Tank Top, combat pants, Belt, Black boots, Handcuffs, Hands x 3 pairs.

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Monday, December 7, 2015

Check out Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale Rey & BB-8 Collectible Set

“The Force. It’s calling to you. Just let it in.”

The release of one of most highly anticipated movies of all time, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, is almost here! Featuring a cast of new and familiar faces, the epic sequel will surely take Star Wars fans on a very exciting journey in a galaxy far, far away! Today, Hot Toys is very thrilled to officially present a special 1/6th scale collectible set of Rey and the lovable droid BB-8!

Our new heroine Rey is a resilient survivor, a scavenger toughened by a lifetime of dealing with the cutthroats of the harsh desert world of Jakku. We are sure Star Wars fans are anxious to see where the journey will lead for Rey and her newfound droid.


The highly-accurate Rey collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Daisy Ridley in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt with fine hair sculpture, two interchangeable looks, meticulously tailored outfit, highly detailed accessories, and a hexagonal figure stand with the Resistance’s emblem. The highly accurate BB-8 collectible is specially crafted on the image of the unique designed droid in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It features a newly developed spherical body embedded with self-balancing mechanisms, LED light up eyes, and a specially designed Jakku desert-themed figure base attachable to Rey’s hexagonal figure stand.

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Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 1/6 scale Boba Fett figure

No name strikes more fear into the heart of a galactic fugitive than that of Boba Fett! The famed bounty hunter is known to denizens of countless worlds, though few have ever encountered him face to face, and fewer still have any clue to his true identity.

Crafted on a fully articulated sixth scale body, the elite bounty hunter commands the advantage with his iconic Mandalorian armor, tailored flight suit and cape, and jetpack. Fully equipped with a cache of weapons and tools that grant him the edge in tracking and tackling his marks, the Boba Fett Sixth Scale Figure is a must-have for any Star Wars collector!


This is not the first 1:6 scale Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back Boba Fett Bounty Hunter 12-inch figure to be released by Sideshow Collectibles. The company had released a 12-inch Boba Fett back in 2012 and the only two differences I can see between the first Sideshow Collectibles Boba Fett figure and this latest version are: (1) removable grappling hook on his rocket pack and (2) hexagonal base with flight attachment instead of Deluxe Illuminated Display Base. Boba Fett's pants also appear to be slightly longer and looser as compared to the original version which was a lot tighter at the calves and ankles. You can check out the action figure review of Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars Scum and Villainy 1/6th scale Boba Fett 12-inch Figure posted on my toy blog HERE and HERE.

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Sunday, December 6, 2015

Review 1: ART Figures 1/6th scale Boy Black is 12-inch Vin Diesel as Riddick in Pitch Black

Pitch Black is a 2000 science fiction action / horror film co-written and directed by David Twohy. The film stars Vin Diesel, Radha Mitchell, Cole Hauser, and Keith David. Dangerous criminal Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) is being transported to prison in a spacecraft. When the spaceship is damaged by comet debris and makes an emergency crash landing on an empty desert planet, Riddick escapes. However, when predatory alien creatures begin attacking the survivors, Riddick joins forces with the surviving crew and other passengers to develop a plan to escape the planet.

Pitch Black was shot on a modest budget of $23 million USD. Despite mixed reviews from critics, it was a sleeper hit, grossing over $53 million USD worldwide and developing its own cult following, particularly around the antihero Riddick, further confirming Vin Diesel's star power.


This is the recently released ART Figures AF-018 1/6th scale Boy Black 12-inch figure. The naming of the product is obviously a way to throw some people off their trail but we know Art Figures certainly got their inspiration from the character played by Vin Diesel in Pitch Black. The great thing about these 12-inch figures is that the manufacturer has studied the film and looked at the character in very fine detail and has produced a 1/6th scale version of the movie character with all his outfit / costume and accessories done as accurately as possible and I like that a lot.

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Saturday, December 5, 2015

REDMAN TOYS 1/6th scale Inspector Harry 12-inch Collectible Figure aka 1971 Clint Eastwood

Dirty Harry is a 1971 American action thriller film produced and directed by Don Siegel, the first in the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood plays the title role, in his first outing as San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) detective "Dirty" Harry Callahan. The film drew upon the actual case of the Zodiac Killer as the Callahan character seeks out a similar vicious psychopath. Dirty Harry was a critical and commercial success and set the style for a whole genre of police films. It was followed by four sequels: Magnum Force in 1973, The Enforcer in 1976, Sudden Impact in 1983 (directed by Eastwood himself), and The Dead Pool in 1988.

Eastwood's iconic portrayal of the blunt, cynical, unorthodox detective who is seemingly in perpetual trouble with his incompetent bosses, set the style for a number of his later roles and, indeed, a whole genre of "loose-cannon" cop films. The film resonated with an American public that had become weary and frustrated with the increasing violent urban crime that was characteristic of the time.


REDMAN TOYS RM010 1/6th Scale Inspector Harry 12-inch Collectible Figure will include: Head Sculpt & Body with hands X 2, Metal Glasses, Gray Striped Suit, White Shirt, Red Vest, Striped Tie, Gray Pants, Black Belt, Black Shoes, Knife, Revolver Pistol, Pistol Magazine, Inspector Credentials & Badge, Tactical Holsters

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Friday, December 4, 2015

Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale First Order Stormtrooper (Jakku Exclusive)

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

The long wait is almost over. The worldly anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens will finally begin hitting theatres around the globe in 2 weeks.

With the story set 30 years after the events of Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi in this new film, fans will see brand new characters and see how the story unfolds on the desert planet Jakku!

To celebrate the release of this epic installment of the Star Wars saga, Hot Toys is pleased to officially present today, the MOVIE PROMO EDITION 1/6th scale First Order Stormtrooper (Jakku Exclusive) collectible figure!


The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of First Order Stormtrooper on the desert planet Jakku in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It features the sleekly designed Stormtrooper armor and helmet, a heavy artillery vest, a detachable survival backpack, highly detailed blaster rifle with extended stock, a blaster pistol, and a specially designed Jakku desert-themed figure stand!

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Hot Toys “House Party Protocol” Iron Man 3 1/6th scale Gamma (Mark XXVI) Collectible Figure

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And the list goes on...

The Hot Toys “House Party Protocol”  - the movie came out in 2013 - continue to expand today for Iron Man fans with the official reveal of the Gamma (Mark XXVI), Heavy Construction Suit Upgrade, 1/6th scale collectible figure as a Hot Toys Exclusive item!

In addition to being able to resist extreme temperatures and devastating electrical surges, the suit gains its nickname “Gamma” for the ability to withstand Gamma Radiation.


The collectible Figure stands approximately 34cm tall, featuring suit’s distinctive design with a pair of spring-loaded Pneumatic Hammers, specially applied dark green, gray, and silver painting on armor with weathering effects, LED light-up functions, and a dynamic figure stand.

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Watch out for Very Cool x Tencent 1/6th scale WeFire Light Speed Boy 12" figure coming soon

“Guns on hand, Combating anytime!”

Beginning from 2015, Tencent launched its first self-developed mobile shooter game – WeFire. WeFire, China's most successful mobile shooter game ever, has topped App Store charts in mainland China since its release in January 2015. According to App Annie, WeFire has been the top downloaded shooter app in China since January 2015. On the basis of the recent success of cooperation with Tencent Games on its Dou Zhan Shen series, VERYCOOL is pleased to bring WeFire characters to 1:6 collectible figures.

WeFire is the first Shooter Game for smart phone game of Tencent. Displayed with full 3D gorgeous screens, WeFire brings movie-like visual feast for gamers to take in. A variety of classical weapons and cool vehicles in the Game construct museum of military fans. WeFire offers gamers strongest mercenary group developing system and promotion to commander with unlimited power. Stepping forward in checkpoints mode, the endless modes of the Game reproduce real battlefields sceneries in playing. Exposed in real time fierce battles, a gamer will no longer shoot lonely!


Very Cool x Tencent VC-TJ-01 1/6th scale WeFire Light Speed Boy 12-inch figure features: head sculpt, regular size body, sunglasses, camouflage combat uniform, camouflage combat pants, SWAT tactical protection vest, combat boots (one pair), waist belt, tactical pack, AK47 triple magazine pouch, radio, square utility pouch, PVC knee pad (one pair), drop leg pistol holster, smoke grenade, AK47 assault rifle, AK47 magazine x 3, M1911 pistol, Radio, drop leg smoke bomb fixed belt, patches x 2, gloved hands (one pair), relaxed hands (one pair), gun trigger hands (one pair), fisted hands (one pair), figure stand, WeFire nameplate.

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Thursday, December 3, 2015

Preview DAM TOYS Elite Series 1/6th scale Lockheed U-2 "Dragon Lady" Pilot 12-inch figure

The Lockheed U-2, nicknamed "Dragon Lady", is a single-jet engine, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). It provides day and night, very high-altitude (70,000 feet; 21,000 m), all-weather intelligence gathering. The U-2 has also been used for electronic sensor research, satellite calibration, and communications purposes. The U-2 is one of a handful of aircraft types to have served the USAF for over 50 years. The newest models (TR-1, U-2R, U-2S) entered service in the 1980s. The current model, the U-2S, received its most recent technical upgrade in 2012. They have taken part in post-Cold War conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, and supported several multinational NATO operations.

The U-2 pilot is integrated into a full pressure suit, similar to what an astronaut wears because of the hazardous physiological regime of the high altitude flight. The pilot must prebreathe 100% oxygen for 60 minutes prior to takeoff to avoid getting the bends. The pressure suit would be needed if the pilot were exposed to the atmosphere from a rapid decompression or having to eject from the aircraft. If the pilot were exposed to the environment at 70,000 feet, the gases in his body would rapidly expand causing a disastrous burst.


DAM TOYS Dam 78030 Elite Series 1/6th scale Lockheed U-2 "Dragon Lady" Pilot 12-inch figure will come with: 1/6th scale head sculpt, Dam 2.0 narrow shoulders body, hand palms x 2, long underwear, S1034 full-pressure suit, full-pressure suit helmet, full-pressure suit gloves, flight boots, full-pressure suit ventilating unit, ventilating unit air tube, ventilating unit oxygen hose, checklist, pen x 2, U-2 patch, flag patch with name, food tube x 2, drinking bottle, figure stand, 1:1 full size U-2 Dragon Lady Patch

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Incoming: POP TOYS EX005 1/6th Constantine 12-inch action figure aka Keanu Reeves version

Constantine is a 2005 supernatural action-thriller film directed by Francis Lawrence as his feature film directorial debut, starring Keanu Reeves as John Constantine, with Rachel Weisz, Shia LaBeouf, Tilda Swinton, and Djimon Hounsou. With a screenplay by Kevin Brodbin and Frank Cappello, the film is loosely based on Vertigo Comics' Hellblazer comic book, which is also a part of and run by DC Comics, with plot elements taken from the "Dangerous Habits" story arc (issues #41–46) and the "Original Sins" trade paperback. The character of John Constantine was introduced by comic book writer / creator Alan Moore while writing the Swamp Thing, first appearing there in June 1985.

The film portrays John Constantine (Keanu Reeves) as a cynic with the ability to perceive and communicate with half-angels and half-demons in their true form. He seeks salvation from eternal damnation in Hell for a suicide attempt in his youth. Constantine exorcises demons back to Hell in a bid to earn favor with Heaven but has become weary over time. With death looming, he helps a troubled police detective learn the truth about her sister's death while simultaneously unraveling a much larger and darker plot.


POP TOYS EX005 1/6th scale Constantine 12-inch figure will come with the following: Head sculpt, Body, Hands x 4, Jacket, Shirt, Tie, Trousers, Leather belt, Leather shoes, Gun, Bullets x 12, Lighter (retractable), Katar, Bible, Cigarette, Cigarette case, Holy water

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Devil Toys 1/6th scale War of Order Vol. 1 - The Secret Master 12-inch collectible figure Review II

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This is a second-part action figure review of the recently released Devil Toys 1/6th scale War of Order Vol. 1 - The Secret Master 12-inch collectible figure which was part of my July 2015 haul - see my post HERE. I have actually moved away from collecting 1:6 scale military figures in favor of 12-inch movie-related figures but I just couldn't resist getting this figure. He's military inspired but definitely not based on any actual military robots being deployed in battle in the world right now. I'm not too keen on synthetic humans as they can look downright creepy and much prefer my robots to be less humanoid and this particular robot figure suits me just fine.


This robot figure came with two heads, this Secret Master and another head called Secret Trooper. I much prefer this Secret Master head. The overall design really appeals to me. Devil Toys War of Order Vol. 1 - The Secret Master 1/6th scale Limited Edition collectible figure comes with an approximately 31 cm tall body that has over 35 points of articulation (normal human body) and is dressed in military garb (camouflaged, of course) from top to toe. He has a shoulder-fired micro missile, an assault vest with pouches and backpack for all his gear and equipment, a box with camera mounted in front, belt with pouches and drop-down holster for his gun and armor on his left shoulder and knees. He has black waterproof gaiters and boots.He also comes with a shemagh (or Keffiyeh) scarf which I decided to remove to show off the neck. His accessories include: Machine gun (assault rifle) with sling, four grenades, Survival knife with sheath, hand gun with removable magazine and two land mines.

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Monday, November 30, 2015

VTS Toys 1/6th scale Wasteland Ranger 12-inch figure aka Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is a 2015 action film directed and produced by George Miller, and written by Miller, Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. The fourth instalment in the Mad Max franchise, the film is set in a future desert wasteland where gasoline and water are scarce commodities. It follows Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy), who joins forces with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to flee from cult leader Immortan Joe (Hugh Keays-Byrne) and his army in an armoured tanker truck, which leads to a lengthy road battle.

Tom Hardy plays Max Rockatansky, the title character and protagonist of the post-apocalyptic action films from the Mad Max franchise, which spans 1979 to 2015. He appears in the films Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, and Mad Max: Fury Road. Created by director George Miller and producer Byron Kennedy, the character was played by actor Mel Gibson in the first three films, and by Tom Hardy in the fourth.


This is not the first Mad Max related figure to hit the market. ART Figures had previewed their version, the AF-019 1:6 scale Crazy Racer 12-inch figure earlier this month - see my toy blog post HERE with lots of pictures. Compare them with the images in this post and make your decision.

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Check out ThreeZero 1/6th scale Crysis - Prophet 13.5-inch (34.5 cm) tall collectible figure

Crysis is a first-person shooter video game developed by Crytek and published by Electronic Arts for Microsoft Windows and released in November 2007. It is the first game of a trilogy. The game is based in a future where a massive ancient space alien-constructed structure has been discovered buried inside a mountain on an island in the fictional Lingshan Islands, near the coast of the East Philippines.

Prophet, real name Major Laurence Barnes, is a main character in Crysis and Crysis 2 and the main playable character of Crysis 3. Prophet was formerly a CIA agent, but he grew disillusioned with the brutal methods his superiors used in handling suspects in the War on Drugs. Prophet is the leader of Raptor Team. He jumps to the island with Nomad, Psycho, Jester, and Aztec, and gives the team orders once there.


From ThreeZero:
Today we want to introduce you Prophet collectible figure from science fiction first-person shooter video game Crysis, developed by Crytek! 1/6th scale highly-detailed Prophet collectible figure stands 13.5 inches (34.5cm) tall; features soft PVC dermis on the limbs; comes with exchangeable hands and following weapons: SCAR MOD2 with Grenade Launcher and Predator Bow with three Standard Spear Arrows.

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Sunday, November 29, 2015

MC Toys M-055 1/6th scale Christmas' Casual Style Outfit Set isn't for Santa Claus or Xmas

Do not be mistaken by the product name. MC Toys M-055 1/6th scale Christmas' Casual Style Outfit Set isn't for Santa Claus or Xmas. It's meant for the character portrayed by Jason Statham in the Expendables films. His name happens to be Lee Christmas and this is an outfit set replicated in 1/6th scale to match a similar outfit worn by Lee as seen in the movie.

MC Toys M-055 upcoming 1/6th scale Christmas' Casual Style Outfit Set will feature: Distressed leather jacket, White sweater, Military green pants, Belt, Dark grey flat cap, Scarf, Tan Si assault boots. NOTE: figure and weapon not included (display only)


Jason Statham does seem to get a bit more attention in the 1/6th scale collectible world. There have been quite a number of 12-inch action figures released with head sculpts that bear quite a resemblance to Jason Statham and there are also just heads released that also have his likeness. As far back as March 2009, I've already done an action figure review of a Jason Statham looking figure on my toy blog. You can check out the post HERE. There's also a kitbash 1:6 scale Jason Statham as Frank Martin from the Transporter 3 film posted HERE.

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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Cat Toys 1:6 Female Character Head Sculpt + Costume Set - Margot Robbie Harley Quinn

Suicide Squad is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics antihero team of the same name. It is intended to be the third installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is written and directed by David Ayer and stars an ensemble cast featuring Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Joel Kinnaman, Jai Courtney, Cara Delevingne, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, Jay Hernandez, Adam Beach, and Viola Davis.

Margot Robbie stars as Harley Quinn: A crazed supervillain and former psychiatrist. Producer Richard Suckle described the character as "a fan fave. Funny, crazy, scary… You can’t come up with enough adjectives to describe all the different things you see her do.


Cat Toys CT-001 1:6 scale Female Character Head Sculpt + Costume Set will come with female rooted head sculpt (designed to fit many types of female body that has neck ball type attachment), Athletic sport jacket, White sexy T-shirt, Micro shorts with belt, Fishnet pantyhose, High heel fashion boots, Golden Neck choker. Note: BODY NOT INCLUDED. Don't you wish they'll just include the body and make the whole process easier instead of having to hunt for the body and not knowing which one will be the right fit?

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Friday, November 27, 2015

Hot Toys Star Wars: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale First Order Stormtrooper Officer Set

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The widely anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens will finally land in theatres around the world next month! In this upcoming epic blockbuster, the First Order has enlisted Stormtroopers equipped with sleek armor and powerful weapons to enforce its will across the galaxy.

Today, Hot Toys is thrilled to expand the First Order army once again and officially introduce the new 1/6th scale First Order Stormtrooper Officer and Stormtrooper Collectible Figures Set.

The highly-accurate collectible figures are specially crafted based on the image of First Order Stormtrooper and Stormtrooper Officer in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The two troopers are equipped with sleekly design Stormtrooper armor and helmet, but of two different body heights.


The First Order Stormtrooper Officer stands approximately 30cm tall and is armed with a blaster rifle with extended stock, a pair of articulated binoculars, and a red color pauldron that indicates the rank of officer (see the earlier post HERE for more pictures) while the First Order Stormtrooper stands approximately 29cm tall and is armed with a blaster rifle and blaster pistol.

A 1/6th scale Mouse Droid is also included exclusively in this collectible set!

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