1:6 scale is fairly new to the modeling world, having been standardized in the early 1960s through Barbie and G.I. Joe toys (it is not clear exactly when these figures were first used for mainstream modeling purposes). Playscale miniaturism (with emphasis on articulated figures) emerged as a hobby in 1964 when the toy company Hasbro introduced the first fully articulated action figure: G.I. Joe. Unfortunately, by 1976, GI Joe was no longer produced in 1:6 scale although the U.K. equivalent, Action Man, continued on for much longer. In the early 1990s Hasbro began reproducing G.I. Joe in 1:6 scale again as a Classic Collection marketed towards adults. The shift in focus towards collectibility rather than marketing the figures as a toy invited competition, and soon other companies began to market detailed 1:6 figures toward adult consumers.
And that is where we are today :) The 1:6 scale collectible market is alive and strong, and growing too judging by the number of new entrants into the market, although most of the numbers are made up of Hot Toys collectors who seem to choose to simply display their figures in the original box - see my recent toy blog post "Hot Toys Collector or Hot Toys Box Collector? Age-old question: To open / not to open the toy!" HERE
This upcoming Worldbox VT003 1/6th Durable Body - narrow shoulder, good posture seems most ideal for kitbashing. You don't need a 12-inch figure body if you only collect Hot Toys figures because they all come with a body already. But if you are into 1:6 scale kitbashing or customization, then a good 12-inch figure body is one of the required items on the list. Worldbox VT003 1/6th Durable Body set specially features: Newly developed narrow shoulder body, good posture! Body is approximately 30 cm tall with two pairs of interchangeable arm including: One pair of seamless arm joints, may be bent 90 degrees; One pair of non-seamless arm joints. Body is suitable for 1/6th scale fabric costume and accessories. Accessory: Figure display stand
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Release date: Q2, 2015
November 26, 2013 – Comparison of 1/6th scale 12-inch Action Figure Bodies: Hot Toys, X-Series etc - which is best? posted HERE
November 28, 2013 – More pictures showing differences in articulation of 12-inch figures: Alpha/TrueType, X-Series etc posted HERE
July 4, 2010 - Hot Toys TrueType Figure Advanced version, TTM15 is 1:6 scale United States President Barack Obama buffed up (pictures HERE)
November 2, 2010 - Hot Toys "T2" T-1000 Motorcycle Cop REVIEW IV using the Hot Toys True Type TTM14 figure body (posted HERE)
December 22, 2011 - Review of Hot Toys TTM19 TrueType Muscular Body Figure (1/6 scale Jake Gyllenhaal) HERE
February 9, 2012 - Comparing Hot Toys TrueType TTM18 & TTM19 12-inch Figure Bodies + HeadPlay Heath Ledger (pictures HERE)
February 19, 2013 - Check out my toy blog post of Hot Toys 1/6 scale Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark head sculpt on a TTM18 12" figure body HERE
April 14, 2013 - Review of Customized 1/6 scale light up Mark VI Arc Reactor on Hot Toys TTM21 12" figure body HERE
April 21, 2013 - Reviews of Kaustic Plastik 1/6 scale Athletik Muscle Body KP03B Caucasian version HERE and HERE
April 23, 2013 - Review of Kaustic Plastik 1/6 scale Athletik Muscle Body KP03C Afro (African) American version HERE