continued from previous toy blog post...
After my action figure review of Hot Toys MMS320 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale Kylo Ren Collectible Figure (posted HERE and HERE), I thought it'll be interesting to show comparison pictures of Hot Toys Kylo Ren with Sideshow Collectibles Deluxe Darth Vader figure and other Sith Lords, including Darth Maul, Darth Tyranus and Asajj Ventress.
But even before that, how about a picture of Hot Toys Kylo Ren kneeling before Sideshow Collectibles "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" 30th anniversary Darth Vader Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure (reviewed HERE and HERE) who happens to be his grandfather. Though trained by his uncle Luke Skywalker as a Jedi, Kylo has been seduced to the dark side of the Force, and aspires to be as powerful as his grandfather, the Sith Lord Darth Vader. Believing himself capable of communicating with his deceased grandfather, Ren implored the spirit of Vader to "Show me again the power of the darkness, and I'll let nothing stand in our way. Show me, grandfather, and I will finish what you started.”
Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian praised the character and the actor alike, saying, "He is gorgeously cruel, spiteful and capricious – and unlike the Vader of old, he is given to petulant temper tantrums, with his lightsaber drawn." Adam Driver said in December 2015 that, despite the visual similarities to Darth Vader, there's a recklessness about Kylo Ren that's not normally associated with the Dark Side. You normally think of order, and structure, and full commitment and no hesitation ... he's just a little bit more unpolished. It’s in his costume, in his lightsaber — how you kind of get the sense that it could just not work at any moment; that it could just blow up.
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Here's Sideshow Collectibles "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" 30th anniversary Darth Vader Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure (on the left) standing beside Hot Toys MMS320 Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens 1/6th scale Kylo Ren Collectible Figure (on the right). 1:6 scale Darth Vader is 13.75 inches (or 35cm) tall whereas 1:6 scale Kylo Ren is 33cm tall.
I really like the Sideshow Collectibles "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" 30th anniversary Darth Vader Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure and didn't feel the need to get the Hot Toys Episode IV version which is without Anakin Skywalker's head sculpt, unlike the Sideshow version - check out the action figure reviews HERE and HERE plus comparison pictures HERE.
Another picture of Kylo Ren which I have already covered in my earlier posts
Here's Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 scale Darth Maul 12-inch figure beside Kylo Ren. Darth Maul is only 29cm tall. At the time the figure was released, almost all 12-inch figures were about 29cm tall and you don't get a lot of height differences in figures. It was cheaper to make one body and plonk a different head onto it. No one really cared about making the height of the figure to fit the actor who played the character until recent times. By the way, Ray Park who played Darth Maul wasn't really a tall man by Hollywood standards. He's 1.78m and Liam Neeson who battled him is 1.93m.
This is Hasbro's 1:6 scale Sir Christopher Lee as Count Dooku aka Darth Tyranus 29cm tall figure standing beside Kylo Ren.
And this is Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 scale Asajj Ventress 29cm tall figure standing with Kylo Ren. Found by Sidious's apprentice Count Dooku on the harsh world of Rattatak, Ventress is recruited into the service of the Sith after she proves herself worthy of their attention. She is presented with twin curved-hilt lightsabers by Darth Tyranus.
Last but not least, here's a look at Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 scale Anakin Skywalker Sith Apprentice 31cm tall figure. The 2006 San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive version of the Anakin Skywalker figure reveals Anakin at his most malevolent, with pale skin and fiery Sith eyes. The figure included an all-new lava droid base, so that you can reenact the famous duel on Mustafar.
The picture below puts Sideshow Collectibles 1:6 scale Anakin Skywalker Sith Apprentice 31cm tall figure beside Sideshow Collectibles "Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" 30th anniversary Darth Vader Deluxe Sixth Scale Figure which is 35cm tall.
Another look at Anakin Skywalker Sith Apprentice. More pictures HERE
An assassin trained in the ways of the dark side by Count Dooku, Asajj Ventress yearned to be considered a true Sith, but such status wasn't allowed under the Sith's Rule of Two. Ventress fought with twin red-bladed lightsabers, and clashed with Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker many times. Check out the action figure review posted HERE.
Hasbro released 1:6 scale Christopher Lee as Count Dooku / Darth Tyranus 12-inch figure from Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones. In the film, Lee is former Jedi Master who falls to the dark side of the Force and becomes Darth Sidious's second apprentice. You can see more pictures of the figure HERE
A deadly, agile Sith Lord trained by the evil Darth Sidious, Darth Maul was a formidable warrior and scheming mastermind. He wielded an intimidating double-bladed lightsaber and fought with a menacing ferocity. Darth Maul was physically portrayed by martial artist/author Ray Park in The Phantom Menace and he really made Darth Maul look cool as the villain in Episode 1. IGN named Darth Maul the 16th greatest Star Wars character, noting, "Of the countless characters to walk in and out of the Star Wars saga, none looks or acts more badass than Darth Maul."
You can see more pictures of Sideshow Collectibles 1/6th scale Darth Maul HERE. There's also the very cool Hasbro produced 1:6 scale Sith Speeder with Darth Maul figure and his probe droids by Sideshow - pictures HERE.
And finally, a group picture of the various Sith Lords standing together with Kylo Ren, the newest addition to the villains of the Star Wars films. Click on the picture for a bigger and better view :)