Monday, April 6, 2015

Review II: 1:6 scale Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) Jameson Deathridge Figure

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I had posted pictures of the box content and all the 1:6 scale accessories, gear and weapons that came with this recently released USA exclusive (production run of only 600 pieces, not sold outside the U.S.) Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) 1:6th scale Jameson YoungBlood Deathridge 12-inch Action Figure by E&S (Easy and Simple) in the first part review on my toy blog HERE so now it's time to see how he looks in some action poses.

Z.E.R.T. is an organization that uses “Zombie” as a metaphor for any natural or man-made disasters that will occur in our lives; Hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, criminal attacks or any type of situation where being prepared, trained and most importantly, armed with the proper mindset is required to see you and your family through to safety. Z.E.R.T. was officially launched in Las Vegas, November 2011 and now has 10000+ members in 35 different countries! Over 600 of these members are located in Las Vegas Nevada USA.

This 12-inch figure is based off the fictional Z.E.R.T. comic book character. I had a lot of fun putting this guy together. That's the difference between 1:6 scale military collectors and a lot of Hot Toys collectors. I started out on this hobby (1:6 scale modeling a.k.a. Playscale Miniaturism) by collecting 12-inch military figures which meant taking the basic figure out of the box and putting on all his kit and gear. So did Hot Toys founder Howard Chan before he started the company. Hot Toys first foray into the 1:6 scale market was producing and releasing 12-inch military figures (they were releasing uniform sets even before that) and the first Hot Toys 12-inch figure ever released in 2000 was the 1/6th scale F-14 Tomcat aviator / pilot action figure "Jack Carter" who was a dead ringer for a 1:6 scale Tom Cruise as LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell from the 1986 movie "Top Gun" – Check out my post HERE

Since then, Hot Toys has gone into the movie merchandising business and a lot of people have seen their products, fell in love with them or got poisoned by them depending on how you look at it and given up all their hard earned money for Hot Toys products. Many are hard core Hot Toys collectors but have never tried their hand at 12-inch military figures. 12-inch military figures require quite a bit of assembling and part of the fun is to gear up the figure and put on all his stuff as if you would in real life to yourself because that is what a real operator does. The challenge is assembling all the small tiny parts and trying your utmost best not to break anything in the process. A lot of Hot Toys collectors, on the other hand, simply remove the figure from the box and displays said figure. Any complex assembling has to be already done at the factory and delivered to the Hot Toys collector as a complete product as most of them have never put anything together on a figure before in their lives and probably wouldn't be able to do it if asked to.

The advantage of collecting 12-inch military figures is that when you get to examine and gear up the figure yourself, you get to appreciate all the finer details of the 1:6 scale gear, weapons and accessories, and the kind of load a soldier has to carry into battle, and all the advancements in technology he has at his disposal to give him the upper hand, in the case of the better equipped modern warrior. Case-in-point, this Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) 1:6th scale Jameson YoungBlood Deathridge 12-inch Action Figure.

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Here's the figure in full gear with 1:6 scale Cyre Air-frame Helmet System with NVG mount plus GPNV Quadeye Night Vision System including Battery Pack, PRC Radio & Headset with Arc Rail Adapter and microphone, plus Manta Strobe. That's just for the head alone ;p

He has the Shellback Tactical "Banshee" Plate Carrier System in Ranger Green with Shellback Tactical Triple Shingle 5.56 Magazine Pouch, Shellback Tactical Double Pistol Magazine Pouch, Shellback Tactical "Rampage" Admin Pouch, Shellback Tactical Hydra Bladder with Hydration Tube, and Shellback Tactical Emergency Pouch. Under the assault vest he wears Scorpion Urban Camouflage Uniform, Belt, and High Speed Black & Red "Go Fasters" Shoes. There's also the High Speed Kydex Battle Belt System, Riggers Belt, Kydex Double Pistol Magazine Holster, Kydex Radio Holster, Kydex 5.56 Magazine Holster, Kydex 60-Round Magazine Holster.

In his black gloved hands, he has the 1:6 scale Sub-Compact HK416C 5.56 Carbine Rifle with MFT Pistol Grip, Muzzle Striker Suppressor, Red Dot Optic, PEQ IR Laser, MFT Vertical Foregrip, 300 Quick Detach Tactical Light, Zertified 5.56 Polymer Window Magazine. The rifle is attached to the operator via a Black Two Point Rifle Sling.

The E&S Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) Jameson YoungBlood Deathridge 12-inch action figure also comes with a 1:6 scale Glock G17 Pistol with Threaded Barrel, Suppressor, Red Dot Optic, 2 x Taran Tactical Innovations High Cap Pistol Magazines with Red Butt Plate, and 3 x Regular Pistol Magazines.

He also has a RMJ Tactical "Berserker" Tomahawk with Kydex Sheath, Medical Shears and Tactical SS Hawk Blade with Kydex Sheath. You'll think twice before messing with him.

Check out the close-up pictures of this USA exclusive Z.E.R.T. (Zombie Eradication Response Team) 1:6th scale Jameson YoungBlood Deathridge 12-inch Action Figure by E&S (Easy and Simple) dressed almost entirely in black. That's why I call these operators "Men in Black" as most Special Operations Forces go all black in order to stay stealthy and hidden until it's time to strike, usually at night under the cover of darkness or in the shadows. The all black attire also tends to intimidate and cause their enemies to fear them, especially when they suddenly appear in front of their faces.

This 12-inch figure just looks so cool and badA$$. It certainly makes a nice addition to my 1:6 scale "Men in Black" collection and I don't mean the Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones kind although they are also included under this label.

My review of another similar figure, the Soldier Story 1/6th scale CIA Special Activities Divison (SAD) Night Ops 12-inch Figure has since garnered over 202,122 page views! You can see the post and pictures HERE.

Related posts of men dressed in black:
May 12, 2014 – 1/6th scale SAS CRW 12-inch figures released by BBI, Dragon Models, MC Toys, Medicom, Palitoy posted HERE
October 29, 2012 – 1/6 scale S.W.A.T. 12-inch Action Figures. We really need more of them to form a bigger team! (pictures HERE)
May 24, 2010 – Soldier Story 1/6th scale CIA Special Activities Divison (SAD) 12-inch figures version 1 & 2 posted HERE
November 18, 2009 – Some Pictures of Special Forces operators posted on my toy blog HERE

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