Saturday, May 27, 2017

Some of the World War II German uniforms in 1/6th scale, all thanks to Dragon Models Limited

Important Note: These products are for military collectors and historic education purposes only, and they are not intended to glorify nor exploit the horrors and atrocities of war.

The Axis Powers is a term for those participants in World War II opposed to the Allies. The three major Axis powers, Nazi Germany, Fascist Italy, and the Japanese empire, referred to themselves as the "Rome-Berlin-Tokyo Axis." The Axis powers ruled empires that dominated large portions of Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, but they were ultimately defeated at the end of World War II.

The Wehrmacht (lit. "defence force") was the unified armed forces of Nazi Germany from 1935 to 1946. It consisted of the Heer (army), the Kriegsmarine (navy) and the Luftwaffe (air force). The Wehrmacht formed the heart of Germany’s politico-military power. In the early part of World War II, Hitler's generals employed the Wehrmacht through innovative combined arms tactics (close cover air-support, mechanized armor, and infantry) to devastating effect in what was called a Blitzkrieg (lightning war). The Wehrmacht's new military structure, unique combat techniques, newly developed weapons, and unprecedented speed and brutality crushed their opponents. By the time the war ended in Europe in May 1945, the Wehrmacht had lost approximately 11,300,000 men, about half of which were killed in action.

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IMHO The German military uniforms of World War II were most impressive and appear to be the best among all the armies. They were the best looking uniforms (the sharpest) and the German leaders seem to understand the value of branding and propaganda - the Nazi party spared no expense in looking good while doing bad.

While cleaning the display shelves for my 12-inch figures, I always try to take group pictures of my collection when they are out of their glass prison. Other group pics taken before include: "SEAL Team 6: The Ones Resonsible For Osama Bin Laden's Demise" posted on my toy blog HERE; "October 7 – The Day the War in Afghanistan Began with U.S. Special Forces leading the way" HERE; "1/6th scale World War II Allied Forces Pilots and Air Crewman 12-inch action figures gathered" HERE; "1/6 scale SAS CRW 12-inch figures released by BBI, Dragon Models, MC Toys, Medicom, Palitoy" HERE; and "Just some random Hot Toys Iron Man and War Machine / Iron Patriot pictures from my collection" HERE.

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant Weirdest JOKER designed by Tetsuya Nomura

The reimagined Batman archenemy Joker figure pictured below is designed by Square Enix’s famed character designer Tetsuya Nomura who is best known for his work on the Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts series (he's currently directing both Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII Remake).

The Square Enix Play Arts Kai DC Comics Variant JOKER figure stands 285 mm tall (about 11 inches) and offers quite a bit of customization. The figure comes with seven different facial options, with different faces and masks available to switch the look of Joker. There are are also different hand options and a set of machine-like arms / exoskeleton / wheelchair that appear to be quite flexible in terms of how they can be used. Nomura’s unique take on the Clown Prince of Crime is part of Square Enix’s DC Universe Variant Play Arts Kai line


It appears Nomura had a wide range of ideas in mind for the Joker. As such, the figure includes no less than seven interchangeable head options, including a fairly traditional Joker face, one that seems ripped from a Final Fantasy game and another that looks frighteningly demonic. There are other headwear options as well, including a red hood and an ornate harlequin mask.

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Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles Marvel Comics 1/6th scale Thor Odinson 12" collectible figure

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“I say thee nay!”

Thor. God of Thunder. Son of Odin. Prince of Asgard. Worthy.

He goes by many names, but all know him by his mighty hammer. After being disgraced and cast out of Asgard as the human doctor Donald Blake, the heroic Thor finds himself once again worthy to wield the power of the storm with his mystical weapon Mjolnir, which bears the inscription, “Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor”.

Few others have been worthy of the might of Thor before now. Our newest sixth scale figure brings the thunder to your collection with Thor Odinson in all of his Asgardian glory. Wearing his famous silver helmet with feathered wings, Thor is ready to launch into battle by taking flight with his hammer. Godly golden locks complete his classic portrait as he prepares to summon the thunder.


This figure comes garbed in a carefully tailored fabric tunic and pants just like Thor’s Viking leathers. He has sculpted gauntlets on his arms, and sturdy boots to designed to capture the classic look of his Asgardian armor. Thor’s mighty red cape flows behind him and comes with a removable faux-fur collar to make him appear extra godlike in detailed 12-inch stature.

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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Prototype Pics of Banpresto Iron Man Mark XLVII and Spider-Man from Spider-Man: Homecoming

Even though it's a Spider-Man movie, Iron Man has to make an appearance. Iron Man Mark 47 will be the newest armor suit Tony Stark wears in the latest Marvel Studios movie to be released in July 2017. Talk about Tony Stark's Narcissistic Personality Disorder. And the chance for Marvel to make more money from merchandising. Needless to say, action figures will be made based on the two superheroes, Tom Holland's Spider-Man and Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man Mark XLVII as well as the super villains appearing in the film, most notably Michael Keaton's Vulture.


Scheduled to be released in August, "Spider-Man: Homecoming" figures by Banpresto will be made available to fans and collectors everywhere. Check out the prototype pics released by the company to showcase the nice details and movie accuracy of their upcoming Iron Man Mark XLVII and Spider-Man figures! Banpresto Iron Man will be about 26 cm tall. Spider-Man is shorter and slimmer at 18 cm but that's also because he's crouching while shooting his web. The prototype pics feature some really nice details. Check out Banpresto Spider-Man prototype pics posted below followed by Banpresto Iron Man Mark XLVII prototype pics.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

JUSTICE LEAGUE Movie Costumes On Display

Justice League is an upcoming American superhero film based on the DC Comics superhero team of the same name, distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is intended to be the fifth installment in the DC Extended Universe. The film is directed by Zack Snyder, with a screenplay by Chris Terrio, from a story by Snyder and Terrio, and features an ensemble cast that includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Willem Dafoe, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen and J. K. Simmons. In Justice League, Batman and Wonder Woman assemble a team consisting of Flash, Aquaman and Cyborg to face the catastrophic threat of Steppenwolf and his army of Parademons.

The costumes worn by the World’s Greatest Superheroes in the upcoming Justice League movie were put on display at The Las Vegas Licensing Expo this week. New costumes only means new 1/6th scale figures by Hot Toys to be added to the collection. Let's take a look at the pics.


Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman: The benefactor of the group of metahumans who is also a billionaire socialite and CEO of Wayne Enterprises who dedicates himself to protecting Gotham City from its criminal underworld as a highly trained, masked vigilante equipped with many powerful tools and weapons.

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Four Exclusive Vanity Fair Covers - Special Anniversary Edition

Full coverage on Vanity Fair (link HERE)

Today, Vanity Fair debuts the cast of The Last Jedi, on four different covers, marking the first time they’ve released alternate Star Wars covers.

The first cover features at least one Jedi—who may or may not be the last. Annie Leibovitz captured Daisy Ridley and Mark Hamill on the blustery cliff on the planet Ahch-To (on location in Ireland) where Luke Skywalker was last seen with Ridley’s Rey. Ridley stares down the camera and into the future of the galaxy.


Daisy Ridley as Resistance warrior Rey and Mark Hamill as mentor Luke Skywalker, on location in Ireland. Photograph by Annie Leibovitz.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

SoosooToys 1/6th LOGAN: ONE LAST TIME collectible figure: Old Hugh Jackman Wolverine

Logan is a 2017 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Wolverine, produced by Marvel Entertainment, TSG Entertainment, and The Donners' Company, and distributed by 20th Century Fox. In the near future, a weary Logan (Hugh Jackman) cares for an ailing Professor X (Patrick Stewart) at a remote outpost on the Mexican border. His plan to hide from the outside world gets upended when he meets a young mutant (Dafne Keen) who is very much like him. Logan must now protect the girl and battle the dark forces that want to capture her. The film takes inspiration from "Old Man Logan" by Mark Millar and Steve McNiven, which follows a past-his-prime Logan undertaking a final adventure in a dystopian future.


SoosooToys SST003 1/6th scale LOGAN: ONE LAST TIME Collectible Figurine special features: Two detailed Head sculpts - One (1) neutral head sculpt, One (1) angry head sculpt, Approximately 30CM tall Body with over 30 points of articulation, Six (6) pieces of interchangeable palms including: pair of fists, pair of fists with metal claws, pair of relax palms, pair of open palms for holding cigar. Costume: black blazer, black coat, white shirt, white vest, black pants with black belt, black socks, black shoes. Accessories: cigar, figure stand

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Kaiyodo Revoltech Wolverine 6-inch tall action figure with X-Men style yellow and blue costume

Wolverine (born James Howlett, commonly known as Logan and sometimes as Weapon X) is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor, and three retractable bone claws in each hand. Wolverine has been depicted variously as a member of the X-Men, Alpha Flight, and the Avengers. The character appeared in the last panel of The Incredible Hulk #180 before having a larger role in #181 (cover-dated Nov. 1974). Wolverine then joined a revamped version of the superhero team the X-Men, where eventually writer Chris Claremont and artist-writer John Byrne would play significant roles in the character's development. Artist Frank Miller collaborated with Claremont and helped to revise the character with a four-part eponymous limited series from September to December 1982 which debuted Wolverine's catchphrase, "I'm the best there is at what I do, but what I do best isn't very nice."


This is the upcoming Figure Complex Amazing Yamaguchi Revoltech Wolverine. New official images and details have been released for the figure by Kaiyodo. The Wolverine figure will stand just over 6 inches tall and comes wearing his Astonishing X-Men style yellow and blue costume. The figure has 33 points of articulation. Wolverine includes three interchangeable portraits, multiple sets of hands, adamantium claws that can be swapped between the hands and a cigar. Also included will be a figure stand and a slashing effects piece.

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Special Figures 1/6th scale Emerging Force 12" figure - Édgar Ramírez as Bodhi in Point Break

Point Break is a 2015 action thriller film directed by Ericson Core and written by Kurt Wimmer which he co-produced with John Baldecchi, Broderick Johnson, Andrew A. Kosove, Christopher Taylor and David Valdes. An American-German-Chinese co-production, this film is a remake of the 1991 film of the same name. Thrill-seeking criminals perform a series of daredevil stunts to steal money and gems, only to give it away to the poor and less fortunate. Training for a job with the FBI, young recruit Johnny Utah (Luke Bracey) suspects that only extreme athletes could pull off these heists. Utilizing his own special skills, Utah infiltrates the gang of thieves after befriending their charismatic leader, Bodhi (Édgar Ramírez). As Johnny experiences the rush of their lifestyle, his superiors fear that his loyalties are being tested.


Special Figures SF-001 Emerging Force 12-inch figure features: Head Sculpt, Body With Relaxed Hands & Feet, Mp5 Submachine Gun / Magazine x 3, M9 pistol / Magazine x 2, Motorcycle Helmet, Smoke Grenade x 2, Extreme Off-road Motorcycle Jacket, Extreme Off-road Motorcycle Pants, Extreme Motocross Shoes, Extreme Motorcycle Protective Clothing, Motorcycle Knee Pads, Extreme Motorcycle Elbow Protection, Outdoor Backpack, Ultimate Sports Bag, Black T-Shirt, Extreme Off-road Motorcycle Gloves x 2. NOTE: Motorcycle Is Not For Sale, Only For Posing.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

NECA 1/4 scale 30th Anniversary Jungle Demon Predator 20-inch tall action figure looks dope!

This massive, limited edition action figure marks the 30th anniversary of the original Predator movie!

The stealthy Jungle Demon Predator is cast in clear plastic with camouflage accents to capture his cloaked appearance in the jungle. We’ve even equipped him with LED effects to simulate the yellow glowing eyes and phasing effect seen on screen! The figure also features red LED lights in the mask’s targeting system and in the wrist computer, which flips open.


The Jungle Demon stands an impressive 20″ tall and is fully poseable, with retractable wrist blades and articulated shoulder cannon. It comes with removable backpack accessory and is packaged in collector-friendly 30th anniversary window box packaging with foil accents. Uses button cell batteries, included.

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Check out MEZCO Toys One:12 Collective 1/12th scale Doctor Strange 16 cm tall action figure

Dr. Stephen Strange, MD was once a prominent but egotistical surgeon. Following a tragic automobile accident, he searched the world for a way to heal his badly damaged hands. After becoming a student of the Ancient One, Strange not only mastered the martial arts but the mystical arts as well. He now serves as Sorcerer Supreme and from his base in the Sanctum Sanctorum he guards the world from mystical and magical threats. Doctor Strange joins the One:12 collective with a comprehensively detailed outfit and unique character specific accessories.


MEZCO Toys One:12 Collective 1/12th scale Doctor Strange action figure features: newly developed head portrait, Over 16 cm tall One:12 Collective body with over 28 points of articulation, Hand painted authentic detailing, Six (6) interchangeable hands including: pair of fists (L & R), pair posing hands style A (L & R), pair of posing hands style B (L & R)

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Kotobukiya DC Comics Katana Bishoujo statue

Katana (Tatsu Yamashiro) is a fictional superheroine that appears in comic books published by DC Comics. Katana is portrayed by Karen Fukuhara in the 2016 Warner Bros. Pictures release Suicide Squad. Fukuhara has stated that she wants to explore Katana's backstory in the sequel.


Katana joins Kotobukiya's Bishoujo lineup of Super Heroes and Villains based on characters appearing in DC Comics! With her iconic mask beloved sword Soultaker by her side, Katana is ready to strike down her enemy. Katana looks amazing in her glistering black armor and red boots. Katana stands 230mm tall (9.05 inches) in 1/7th scale on a special themed base.

I would love to see a 1/6th scale Katana female action figure. Someone make one please.

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Hot Toys MMS DX15 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 1/6th scale Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow 12" Collectible Figure

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“The dead have taken command of the sea. They're searching for Sparrow!”

Coming up, another legendary Disney production, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is just around the corner. After 6 years, the highly anticipated blockbuster will finally be released later this month. Cursed by Captain Jack Sparrow into the Devil's Triangle, the terrifying Captain Salazar is resurrected and made a dead set at taking out all pirates at sea, particularly seeking out Jack Sparrow at all cost for his revenge. It’s been a long voyage since the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in 2011.


Hot Toys is very excited to bring an all-new Captain Jack Sparrow 1/6th scale collectible figure on board from Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales as the latest addition to fans beloved DX Series. Made with meticulous craftsmanship, the remarkable head sculpt features 2 interchangeable faces with patented Interchangeable Faces Technique and separate rolling eyeballs, highly intricate and brand new tailored costumes based on Jack Sparrow’s iconic outfit. A large assortment of weapons and accessories are also included to recreate the authentic likeness of this legendary pirate in the film. Along with the figure, it also comes with a surprisingly elaborated diorama figure stand inspired by his sailing adventures. Set sail with Captain Jack Sparrow!

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Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles Darth Vader Life-Size Figure which is over 7 feet / 2.3m tall!

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“I find your lack of faith disturbing”

Perhaps the ultimate Star Wars collectible!

Sideshow, in partnership with Legacy Effects, is proud to unveil the latest in our series of 1:1 scale, life-sized collectibles – Darth Vader! Standing over 7 feet tall, this all-new movie accurate statue makes for an imposing and utterly jaw-dropping museum-quality showpiece that is sure to be the pride and joy of any Star Wars fan!

The Dark Lord of the Sith has been faithfully reproduced down to every minuscule detail. From his expertly tailored costume and cape, to his movie-accurate armor and light-up chest plate, no expense has been spared to bring you the finest high-end display piece in the galaxy!


Instantly recognizable and utterly iconic, Darth Vader is quite simply one of the greatest villains in movie history. As lifelong Star Wars fans and collectors it was not only an honor for us to create a life-sized version of our favorite characters, but also a challenge to create a piece that is worthy of Vader’s legacy.

Hands resting on his belt, lightsaber hung casually (and within reach) at his side; Lord Vader exudes all the deadly confidence and quiet menace befitting a Sith Lord at the height of his powers!

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Sideshow Collectibles 1/4th scale Harrison Ford Han Solo 20-inch tall Premium Format™ Figure

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“Who’s scruffy looking?”

He just got back from making the Kessel Run, and now he’s ready to join your collection. Sideshow is proud to present the Han Solo Premium Format Figure. For the look of this figure, Han Solo has been brought to life straight from Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. His detailed portrait has been sculpted to capture the likeness of Harrison Ford.


The Han Solo Premium Format Figure has an authentic Episode V costume sewn from fabric and leather elements to give his look an added sense of realism, down to the details of his belt. Taking an action stance with his blaster, Han is ready to shoot first when his enemies come to collect what he owes. He stands on top of a Millennium Falcon inspired base to complete the scene, proving this smuggling scoundrel has the heart of a rebel. Product Size: 20" H (508mm) x 14" W (355.6mm) x 15" L (381mm)

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End I Toys EIT 1/6th scale HUANG FEI HONG 12-inch figure - tribute to famous Wong Fei-hung

Wong Fei-hung or Huang Feihong (9 July 1847 – 25 March 1924) was a Chinese martial artist, physician, and folk hero, who has become the subject of numerous martial arts films and television series. He was considered an expert in the Hung Ga style of Chinese martial arts.


End I Toys EIT 1/6th scale HUANG FEI HONG 12-inch figure Parts List: Head sculpt - Battle damage Head sculpture - Plastic body (height about 30 cm) - Hands x 4 pairs - Base - knife (about 16 cm) - Robe - Pants - Socks - Shoes - Bandage x 2 pc

Yet another Wong Fei-hung figure being released, after the recent preview by NFLAMES TOYS 1/6th scale “A Master Of Kung Fu” 12-inch Collectible Figure (Deluxe Version) - see the post on my toy blog HERE

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

Review 2: Hot Toys Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Shoretrooper Collectible Figure

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This is my second part action figure review of the recently released Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS389 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Shoretrooper 12-inch Collectible Figure. This Shoretrooper definitely has more articulation than the Hot Toys MMS267 "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" 1/6th scale Stormtrooper 12-inch Figure (reviewed earlier HERE and HERE) due in part to the more flexible fabric black suit worn under his armor as well as brown pants instead of the skin-tight inflexible body glove worn by the stormtroopers. Even the Hot Toys Star Wars Rogue One 1/6th Death Trooper (Specialist) Collectible Figure was not spared the skin tight body glove issue - see the pics HERE and HERE. The only Stormtrooper with amazing articulation is the Bandai 1/6th scale Star Wars Stormtrooper Plastic Model Kit (check out the pics HERE and HERE).


This Shoretrooper captain (identifiable by the markings on his armor) certainly poses well. Perhaps Hot Toys might consider releasing the other two ranks later on since they already have the mould and it's just a matter of repainting the armor. They are famous for doing that. Regular shoretroopers featured sand colored armor, a red band around their right arm and a white stripe around their left shoulder guard whereas Squad leaders were identified by a sand blue stripe that went along the top of their chest plates and onto the top of their shoulder guards. Squad leaders also sported a kama attached to their belt. Stationed at the top secret Imperial security complex on the tropical planet Scarif, shoretroopers patrolled the beaches and bunkers of the facility. Shoretroopers operate, effectively, as Sergeants which allow them to command small squads of regular stormtroopers.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

R.I.P. Stan Weston - G.I. Joe action figurines entertained generations / Scramble Pilot Review

This article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 13, 2017, with the headline 'G.I. Joe action figurines entertained generations'.

NEW YORK • Stan Weston, whose concept for a military action figurine became the heroic G.I. Joe, one of the most popular toys produced, died on May 1 at his home in Santa Monica, California. He was 84.

His daughter, Ms Cindy Winebaum, said the cause was complications from surgery.


In 1963, Weston was a successful licensing agent. When he approached the Hasbro toy company, he believed he might be able to replicate the success of the Barbie doll, the plastic fashionista that had been introduced by Mattel in 1959 and was followed two years later by her boyfriend, Ken. From Mr Elliott Handler, a founder of Mattel, he had learnt that a popular product could spawn a big, continuous business, such as Barbie's outfits and accessories.

After trolling Encyclopaedia Britannica for a subject that might yield Barbie-esque success, he alighted on the men of the United States military, who wore many uniforms, wielded numerous weapons and drove various vehicles (read: accessories). For his pitch to Hasbro, he mounted paraphernalia from military branches and flags on yellow cardboard, according to a 2012 article by his brother, Jay, in The Huffington Post.

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Very Cool WEFIRE Game Series 1/6th scale Blade Girl looks a lot like Sucker Punch Babydoll

Although Blade Girl is actually a licensed figure based on a popular Asian video game character, she looks a lot like Baby Doll from SUCKER PUNCH - see the similarities based on the Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS157 Sucker Punch 1/6th scale Babydoll Collectible Figure released in May 2012 and reviewed on my toy blog HERE and HERE.

“Guns on hand, Combating anytime!”

Wefire has always been a man's battlefield, and the exciting awesome gunplay motivates the male hormone of each sharpshooter. With a gun in her left hand, this iron rose blade girl holds a sword in the right hand and shows girlish gentle in her eyes and brows. Because of the suffering in her childhood, she is hostile to the terrorist organizations. By joining the Chinese Dragon Group, she becomes a dreadful “Blade Girl”. She has charming body, beautiful face and golden long hairs, and the most attractive is her seductive uniform, so that she is the most beautiful female role.


Very Cool WEFIRE Game Series 1/6th scale Blade Girl female figure Features: Head sculpt - Very Cool joint female body - Dark blue sailor suit - Dark blue sailor skirt - Black hole stockings (1 Pair) - Leather wrapped chest strap - Badge - High-heeled shoes (1 Pair) - Red scarf - Hair bands - Leather belt - Japanese samurai sword - Scabbard - Scabbard band - Cartridge bag (large) x2 - Cartridge bag (small) x2 - MP7 submachine gun - MP7 submachine gun magazine x3 - Natural hand shape bandage hand(1 pair) - Holding hand shape bandage hand (1 pair) - Hook gun hand shape bandage right hand

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Dam Toys Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag 1/6th scale Edward Kenway 12-inch Collectible Figure

From the classic action-adventure video-game Assassin's Creed series developed by Ubisoft, Damtoys has launched a 1:6 scale Collectible Figure of Edward Kenway, the main character in Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. Loaded with accessories to recreate the character's different styles in the game, it is bound to be highly sought after by loyal fans of Assassin's Creed!

Damtoys has carefully presented and crafted this figure according to Edward Kenway's style in the video-game Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag. It stands at about 31cm tall, comes with all-new design, head sculpture that perfectly captures Edward’s scarred face and cold expression, uniquely tailored pirate outfit, a variety of accessories, including guns, saber, sword, the signature Assassin Hidden Blade, as well as a specially designed figure stand, so that collectors can enjoy a fun experience through this great line-up of equipment.


Dam Toys DMS003 Assassin's Creed IV:Black Flag 1/6th scale Edward Kenway Collectible Figure features: Highly detailed head sculpt, DAM 2.0 male action body, Ten (10) pieces of interchangeable hands including: pair of open hands, pair of hands for holding flintlock pistol, pair of hands for holding saber/sword, pair of relaxed hands, pair of fists

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Hot Toys Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Shoretrooper Collectible Figure Review 1

This is the Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS389 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Shoretrooper 12-inch Collectible Figure from my recent April haul (posted on my toy blog HERE). Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series, set immediately before the events of the original Star Wars film. The Star Wars standalone film introduced us to some new troopers, alongside the familiar ones we are used to seeing, like the Stormtroopers. Among the new troopers were the Coastal Defender Stormtroopers, more commonly known as Shoretroopers, a specialized variant of the Galactic Empire's stormtroopers trained and equipped for combat in tropical environments.


Like I mentioned before, the beauty of these highly detailed 1/6th scale figures by Hot Toys or other manufacturers allows us to examine each character closely and appreciate the efforts the costume and prop designers put in to put these on the big screen. When all these characters are moving about on the screen, one cannot scrutinise all the juicy details featured until they are available to us replicated in movie-accurate 1/6th scale for our enjoyment. That's when the drool factor kicks in. Smaller size action figures are great for playing with but these high quality museum standard 1/6th scale realistic life-like reproductions of the actual stuff are such a wonder to behold. I never tire of them as each new release is a totally new experience.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

Review II: Hot Toys Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe

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"I fear nothing. For all is as the Force wills it."

This is the second part action figure review of this recently released Hot Toys MMS403 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Chirrut Îmwe Collectible Figure (see my earlier review post HERE). Here you see Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe wielding the lightbow. The lightbow was a complicated form of bowcaster native to Jedha and the traditional handcrafted weapon built by the Guardians of the Whills. Chirrut Îmwe used a lightbow during the attack on Eadu as well as during the Battle of Scarif. The lightbow was powerful enough to shoot down a TIE/LN starfighter with a direct hit. And Chirrut was shooting blind. Director Gareth Edwards allowed Donnie Yen to flesh out the character as he saw fit. One of the traits that Yen created for his character was Îmwe's blindness.


Chirrut Îmwe was a blind human male, with pale blue eyes, black hair and tan skin. He was one of the Guardians of the Whills, an order of spiritual warrior-monks. He was active during the days of the Galactic Empire and worked as an itinerant preacher in Jedha City. Although he lacked Force abilities, Îmwe was a strong believer in the Force and the Jedi way. He carried a simple staff and traditional lightbow bowcaster. Alongside his friend and protector, Baze Malbus, Îmwe became part of a volunteer group of Rebels tasked with stealing the plans of the first Death Star.

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Sunday, May 7, 2017

INFLAMES TOYS 1/6th scale “A Master Of Kung Fu” 12-inch Collectible Figure (Deluxe Version)

Once Upon a Time in China is a Hong Kong film franchise directed, written, and produced by Tsui Hark. The stories are based on the life of Chinese folk hero Wong Fei-hung, who is portrayed by Jet Li in the first three films and Vincent Zhao in the fourth and fifth films. The first two films in the franchise were among the most popular of the Golden Age of Hong Kong cinema (usually dated from 1986 to 1993) and were known for their depiction of Chinese nationalism as well as action choreography.

Once Upon a Time in China III (1993) is set in China in the late 19th century during the Qing dynasty, when Chinese sovereignty is being eroded by foreign imperialism. Empress Dowager Cixi and Li Hongzhang decide to stage a lion dance competition to showcase Chinese martial arts and restore national pride. Interested parties from all over China are invited to participate and compete for the title "Lion Dance King".


INFLAMES TOYS 1/6th scale “A Master Of Kung Fu” 12-inch Collectible Figure (Deluxe Version) features: 1/6th scale realistic and life-like head sculpt (real hair), Approximately 30 cm tall Newly developed special body, 10 pieces of interchangeable palms / hands. Outfit / Costumes: White Underwear, Black Bloomers, Light blue Underwear, Brown Bloomers, Khaki Robe, Printed cloth shoes. Accessories: Dancing Lion, flag, Folding fan, Gold medal of the Dancing Lion King

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

Check out SW Our World 1/6th scale Evil Hunter 12" figure aka Milla Jovovich Resident Evil Alice

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is a 2016 science fiction action horror film written and directed by Paul W. S. Anderson. It is the sequel to Resident Evil: Retribution (2012) and the sixth and final installment in the Resident Evil film series, which is loosely based on the Capcom survival horror video game series Resident Evil. The film stars Milla Jovovich, Ali Larter, Shawn Roberts, Ruby Rose, Eoin Macken, William Levy, and Iain Glen. In the film, Alice and her friends are betrayed by Albert Wesker, who gathers the entire forces of Umbrella into one final strike against the apocalypse survivors.

Milla Jovovich reprises her role as Alice. She plays the principal role in each film, the storylines all somewhat revolving around her and the struggle with the Umbrella Corporation.


SW Our World 1/6th scale Resident Evil: The Final Chapter Alice 12-inch figure will come with Head sculpt, Figure body, Tanktop, Tactical vest, Trenchcoat, Tactical pants, Dagger, sheath, Gloved hands, Boots, Pistol, Bullet x3

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Hot Toys Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back 1/6th scale Princess Leia Collectible Figure

The strong and fearless Princess Leia holds a very special place in many Star Wars fans’ heart. With her courageous personality and dedication to end the tyranny of the Empire, she ranks among the galaxy’s greatest heroes and one of the most beloved heroines of all time.

Today, Hot Toys is proud to officially present the Princess Leia 1/6th scale collectible figure from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back!


The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the appearance of Princess Leia in the film. Featuring a newly developed head sculpt with stunning likeness, sophisticated tailoring of Leia’s outfit as seen in the battle of Hoth, an assortment of weapon and accessories, and a specially designed snow-theme figure stand, this collectible captures all of the details of the great Rebel leader.

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Check out Threezero Ghost In The Shell 1/6th Scarlett Johansson as Major collectible figure

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Ghost in the Shell is a 2017 American science fiction action film directed by Rupert Sanders and written by Jamie Moss, William Wheeler and Ehren Kruger, based on the Japanese manga of the same name by Masamune Shirow. It stars Scarlett Johansson, Takeshi Kitano, Michael Pitt, Pilou Asbæk, Chin Han and Juliette Binoche. Set in a near future when the line between humans and robots is blurring, the plot follows the Major (Johansson), a cyborg supersoldier who yearns to learn her past.


Threezero Major collectible figure stands approximately 10.5” (~26.5cm) tall, it's fully-articulated and highly detailed collectible, featuring realistic likeness of the Major as portrayed by Scarlett Johansson in the “Ghost in The Shell movie”, including tailored and weathered clothing: Tactical Vest, Ballistic Groin Protection, Shin Guards, Uniform, Pants and Pair of Shoes. Collectible figure comes with Tactical Pistol with holster, Circular Plaza SMG, Stripper Clip, Sub Machine Gun and multiple exchangeable Gloved Hands.

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Burning Soul 1/6th scale Nigan Action Figure Set aka The Walking Dead Jeffrey Dean Morgan

Pre-order Burning Soul BSF001 1/6th scale Nigan Action Figure Set from KGHobby HERE

Negan is a fictional character in the comic book series The Walking Dead and in the television series of the same name. He is the leader of a group of roughly 500 survivors in The Sanctuary, called the Saviors, a group that trades with others. Jeffrey Dean Morgan portrays Negan in the television series of the same name and first appeared in the series' sixth season finale.


Burning Soul BSF001 1/6th scale Nigan Action Figure Set Parts list: Head, Body, Leather jacket, Scarf, Pants, Bullet, Belt, boots, Ordinary hand x 2, Glove hand x 2, Baseball bat

Pre-order Burning Soul BSF001 1/6th scale Nigan Action Figure Set from KGHobby HERE

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Hot Toys Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Donnie Yen as Chirrut Îmwe Figure Review

May the Fourth be with you :) Happy Star Wars Day!

"I'm one with the Force; the Force is with me." Chirrut Îmwe

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, or simply Rogue One, is the first installment of the Star Wars Anthology series, set immediately before the events of the original Star Wars film. The cast includes Felicity Jones, Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Jiang Wen and Forest Whitaker. Rogue One follows a group of rebels on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star, the Galactic Empire's superweapon. Donnie Yen stars as Chirrut Îmwe, a Zatoichi-esque blind warrior who believes in the Force. He is said to be one of the Guardians of the Whills.


This is my latest haul and the first of May 2017. Hot Toys must have an affinity for Donnie Yen because they were rather fast in producing and releasing this Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Chirrut Îmwe 12-inch Figure. It is no surprise since Hot Toys founder Howard Chan is also from Hong Kong and Donnie Yen is one of the biggest stars in Hong Kong. I'm also quite pleased to finally land a Donnie Yen 12-inch figure. Enterbay had the rights to the 1/6th scale Donnie Yen as Ip Man figure but I certainly wasn't going to get anything from them so this is my first mini Donnie Yen. While Ip Man didn't have many accessories, Chirrut Îmwe certainly is more equipped and his outfit / costume is more interesting.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Toys-Era 1/6th scale The Mystery 12-inch figure aka Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique from X-Men

Pre-order Toys Era TE018 1/6th scale Blue Shifter The Mystery Collectible Figure from KGHobby HERE

Mystique is a member of a subspecies of humanity known as mutants, who are born with superhuman abilities. Mystique is a shapeshifter who can mimic the appearance and voice of any person with exquisite precision, and her natural appearance includes blue skin and yellow eyes. Mystique appears in six of the X-Men films: she was portrayed by actress Rebecca Romijn in the first three installments, while Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence portrayed a younger version of the character in X-Men: First Class (in which Romijn has a cameo), X-Men: Days of Future Past, and X-Men: Apocalypse.


Toys-Era TE018 1/6th scale The Mystery 12-inch figure will come with: Highly detailed head Sculpt, Flexible seamless body (approximately 28cm tall, with specially sculpted skin texture), hands x 5, Clear plastic pistol, Figure Stand

Pre-order Toys Era TE018 1/6th scale Blue Shifter The Mystery Collectible Figure from KGHobby HERE

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Just some random Hot Toys Iron Man and War Machine / Iron Patriot pictures from my collection

Dust is of the devil. There's even a song called Dust is the Devil's Snow. As long as there is dust, we will always have jobs as cleaners and collectors are not spared either. I've been collecting for as long as I can remember and wherever you have a display, there tend to be dust built up over time. Open shelves are not the best for displaying toys and figures because the dust builds up really fast and before you know it, the figures are almost buried by the dust. Glass display shelves are one of the best for displaying figures because the enclosed cabinets help keep most of the dust out and you can have an almost dust free cabinet. I believe the best displays are those that seal the figures inside and keep the dust outside but that just means you have no access to the figures within and they are pretty much encased within a glass coffin. I like to have regular access to all my figures and so most of my glass display cabinets have swing doors so that I can regularly repose the figures and add more figures to the always growing collection.


Whenever I take the figures out of the display cabinets for their regular cleaning process, I try to snap photos of them because I enjoy taking group pictures. And these are some of the Hot Toys Iron Man collectible figures I have (missing the Hot Toys Iron Man Mark 1 because it is in its own customised display - see my review of the Toysbox Acrylic Hall of Armor 1/6th scale collectible display case for Iron Man figures posted on my toy blog post HERE.)

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Hot Toys Captain America: Civil War 1/6th scale Black Panther 12-inch Collectible Figure Review

This was from my April 2017 haul (posted earlier on my toy blog HERE)

The Black Panther (T'Challa) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer-editor Stan Lee and penciller and co-plotter Jack Kirby, he first appeared in Fantastic Four #52 (July 1966). He is the first black superhero in mainstream American comics, debuting years before such early African-American superheroes as Marvel Comics' the Falcon (1969) and Luke Cage (1972), and DC Comics' Green Lantern John Stewart (1971) and Black Lightning (1977). The character is usually depicted as the king and protector of Wakanda, a fictional African nation.


T'Challa / Black Panther made his live-action film debut in the 2016 film Captain America: Civil War, played by Chadwick Boseman. In the film, he is shown displaying enhanced speed, agility, strength, and durability. His suit has retractable claws and is made of a vibranium weave, which can deflect heavy machine gun fire. He joins Iron Man's side, after seeing security footage implicating the Winter Soldier as his father's killer.

This is Hot Toys MMS363 Captain America: Civil War 1/6th scale Black Panther Collectible Figure. The 1/6th scale Black Panther costume is non restrictive and does allow more articulation than usual as it is made of a thin and stretchable material. But I wouldn't attempt extreme poses for fear of the costume tearing at the seams.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Prime 1 Studio "Batman: Arkham Knight" Batman Flashpoint Version 33 inches tall statue preorder

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“I'm not the hero of this story. I'm a man who's been corrupted by his own unbearable pain. I'm a man who has too much blood on his hands to be called good. I'm a man who had nothing to live for--until the day I met the Flash.”

Sideshow and Prime 1 Studio are proud to present the Batman: Flashpoint Version from Batman: Arkham Knight. The Flashpoint costume is a reference to the Flashpoint series of comics where Thomas Wayne has taken on the mantle of Batman, instead of Bruce (and is a much more ruthless Batman to boot). This version is the first costume available to those who purchase the Batman: Arkham Knight Game Season Pass DLC.


Batman Flashpoint Version Statue features: interchangeable left arm holding a pistol, interchangeable right arm holding a pistol, interchangeable right arm holding the sword, interchangeable left fist, interchangeable left-hand empty holster, interchangeable right-hand empty holster, interchangeable left-hand pistol holster, interchangeable right-hand pistol holster, alternate Regular Portrait, alternate Exclusive Portrait. Size: approximately 33 inches tall

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Saturday, April 29, 2017

ToyHaven in the news :) Grateful and honored to be featured in a magazine with other collectors

I am both grateful and honored to be featured in a magazine along with other collectors :) In the latest issue of "Little", a quarterly family lifestyle magazine dedicated for parents with children age 3 to 12 years old, the publisher has chosen to feature collectors of all kinds: six personas and their prized collections. It's especially nice since this magazine feature will show my new home and the updated toy / action figure collection since the last feature a while back - check out the earlier coverage HERE and HERE.


I was approached some time back and the shoot was actually done in March but the magazine is only out now. We all understand schedules and how the whole publishing process works but I was quite eager to see how the picture turned out. Unfortunately, they couldn't cover the entire collection in one picture as I have a customised 98.5" L x 84" H x 19.25" D (2500mm L x 2134mm H x 495mm D) full glass display shelf which is not shown. The customised full glass display contains most of my Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series 1/6th scale figures plus other miscellaneous action figures (you can see the pictures posted HERE). For more details of the interview and other collectors showcased, read on or scroll down to see them :)

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Friday, April 28, 2017

LEO Toys 1/6th scale Hong Kong Airport Security Unit (ASU) 1.0 Training Version 12-inch figure

The Airport Security Unit (Abbreviation: ASU; Chinese: 機場特警組) formed in 1977 as Special Action Squad, is a special force of the Hong Kong Police Force tasked with the security of the Hong Kong International Airport. ASU is responsible for airport security, primarily targeting terrorist situations such as aircraft hijacking, but in urgent situations, is used as a backup force for situations outside of the airport. ASU officers can be identified by their distinctive deep blue uniform and are armed with sub machine guns (SMGs) as well as semi-automatic pistols. Compared to other units, the Airport Security Unit rarely appeared in the mass media, and there has yet to be any movie or television dedicated to them. However, the Unit was featured occasionally as part of films typically of the cantonese-action genre.


Looks like the Hong Kong Airport Security Unit (ASU) is getting some 1/6th scale attention lately, this being the second 12-inch ASU figure to be offered. The Soldier Story Hobby Expo China 2017 Exclusive 1/6th scale HONG KONG ASU 12-inch figure was previewed earlier on my toy blog HERE.

This LEO Toys 1/6th scale Hong Kong Airport Security Unit (ASU) 1.0 Training Version will come with Custom made Body, Hand with Tactical gloves x3, PROPPER TAC.U Coat (LAPD Navy), PROPPER TAC.U Pant (LAPD Navy), Arm patch (flag, badge), Danner DFA 8” GTX Tactical boots. Gear: Ballistic helmet, Blue Helmet cover, ESS Goggles, Bullet-resistant vest, Tactical belt, SUREFIRE V70 Flashlight holsters (Polymer SpeedHolster), Side-break scabbard, Hook, Waist bag, Waist bag with handcuff pouch, Radio pouch, Radio push-to-talk button with headset, 6004 Tactical holster (With OC pouch & multi-tool sheath), MP5 & pistol magazine leg pouch, Advanced tactical knee pads x2

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Preview TBLeague (formerly Phicen) 1/6th scale Vampirella (Asian version) 12-inch Action Figure

Pre-order TBLeague (Phicen) PL2017-101-A 1/6th Scale Vampirella - Asian version Action Figure from KGHobby HERE

When a spaceship from Earth crash lands on the dying planet Drakulon, the remaining dying inhabitants, the Vampiri, sends Vampirella to investigate to find the pilots from Earth have blood flowing through their veins; blood which at one point in time flowed in rivers throughout Draklon and now has since been put through drought causing the inhabits to die off. Vampirella is able to pilot the spaceship back to Earth where she becomes a "good" vampire, and devotes her energy to ridding our world of the evil vampires.

Making her first appearance in 1969 and quickly becoming a fixture of comics, horror, and pop culture, Dynamite Entertainment along with Executive Replicas and Phicen Ltd. are proud to bring you the very first ever licensed 1/6th scale Vampirella (Asian version) action doll.


TBLeague (formerly Phicen) PL2017-101-A 1/6th scale Vampirella (Asian version) 12-inch Action Figure will come with head sculpt, Phicen female seamless body with stainless steel armature, 3 pairs x interchangeable hands, one-piece bikini-style costume, high boots, cape, bangles, arm band (for right upper arm), reduced scale bat model, reduced scale skull model, figure display base

Pre-order TBLeague (Phicen) PL2017-101-A 1/6th Scale Vampirella - Asian version Action Figure from KGHobby HERE

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Bandai 1/6th scale Star Wars Stormtrooper Review II - now with DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle

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If you haven't checked out this Bandai 1/6th scale Star Wars Stormtrooper Plastic Model Kit, you really should. It's a cheaper alternative than all the other 12-inch Stormtroopers being offered in the market and it has the full range of articulation without the restrictive body suit that impedes movement and poses. Having done the first action figure review post earlier HERE, I decided to take more pictures of this Bandai model kit Stormtrooper but this time armed with the DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle (comes with open and closed bipods) which is actually based on the World War II-era German MG34 general purpose machine gun.


You don't really see the Stormtroopers shooting with the DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle. Most of the time they are firing with their E-11 Blaster Rifle which is based on another WWII era weapon, the British Sterling L2A3 submachine gun. Because Star Wars creator George Lucas believed strongly in the "used universe" concept where all devices, ships, and buildings looked aged and dirty instead of the traditional sleekness of science fiction, the weapons were based on real weapons so that audiences could feel a familiarity to a galaxy that was supposedly far, far away. For this Bandai 1/6th scale Star Wars Stormtrooper Plastic Model Kit, even the weapons had to be assembled, including the SE-14C Blaster Pistol, which began as a Swiss Rexim-Favor Mk5 submachine gun. All three weapons are included with the kit and no glue was required. Every part connected easily and stayed connected without any problems.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Check out Hot Toys MMS422 Beauty and the Beast 1/6th scale Belle Collectible Figure

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Pre-order Hot Toys MMS422 Beauty and the Beast 1/6th scale Belle Collectible Figure from KGHobby HERE

"Look at her! What if she's the one... the one who will break the spell?"

Disney's live-action adaptation of its classic animated film Beauty and the Beast has been one of the most anticipated cinematic events of the year and it is the highest grossing live-action movie musical of all time! Based on a timeless fairy tale, the fantasy romance follows dashing village girl Belle as she ventures into an enchanted castle to find her father. There, she agrees to take his place as the captive to the fearsome Beast, who used to be a handsome prince but was cursed to a life as a monster unless he can find true love.


Today, Hot Toys is delighted to present the 1/6th scale collectible figure of Belle from this modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Expertly crafted based on Emma Watson's appearance in the movie, the beautifully realized Belle figure features a newly developed head sculpt, meticulously tailored and intricately multi-layered costume based on her elegant ball gown with various accessories, as well as a specially designed marble-patterned figure stand.

Additionally, the figure comes with a bonus crew of castle’s enchanted household objects, namely Lumière (the candelabra), Cogsworth (the clock), Mrs. Potts and Chip (the teapot and teacup), and Plumette (the feather duster).

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Pre-order Hot Toys MMS422 Beauty and the Beast 1/6th scale Belle Collectible Figure from KGHobby HERE

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Comparison pictures of Hot Toys 1/6th scale Star Wars Stormtrooper & Bandai Stormtrooper kit

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After my action figure review of the Bandai 1/6th scale Star Wars Stormtrooper Model Kit (posted HERE and HERE), I had requests for comparison pictures between the Bandai Stormtrooper and Hot Toys Stormtrooper. So here goes.


The pictures posted above and below shows the Hot Toys Hot Toys MMS267 "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope" 1/6th scale Stormtrooper 12-inch Figure (reviewed earlier HERE and HERE) standing in the centre and flanked on the left and right by Bandai 1/6th scale Star Wars Stormtroopers assembled as part of a model kit. Bandai's Stormtroopers are slightly taller. Their helmet and body armor are also whiter and shinier compared to the Hot Toys version. Since Bandai Stormtroopers do not have an actual 12-inch body wearing skin tight and restrictive body suits, they have much more articulation and pose-ability. Because of the lower price, you can get two Bandai stormtroopers for less than one Hot Toys Stormtrooper.

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Square Enix Play Arts Kai Marvel Universe Variant Doctor Strange 10.55-inch tall figure

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Dr. Stephen Strange first made a name for himself as a brilliant American brain surgeon. After seven grueling years of training, however, he obtained the power of the mystical arts and became an unlikely kind of superhero. His name? Doctor Strange.

His signature cape can be inverted for a multitude of poses, while the exaggerated contrast unique to the paintwork of the MARVEL UNIVERSE VARIANT series brings out his profound presence. Articulated areas such as the chest, shoulders and hips incorporate flexible materials to allow for a wide range of motion.


With magic glyphs and effect parts constructed with translucent materials, as well as interchangeable hand parts, our Doctor Strange figure can be posed in various dynamic ways. Figure includes display stand. Figure Size: Approx. W11.4" x D4.6" x H10.55"

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Monday, April 24, 2017

Hot Toys Spider-Man: Homecoming 1/6th scale Iron Man Mark XLVII Power Pose Collectible

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Taking the role as young Spider-Man Peter Parker’s mentor, Tony Stark helps Parker to balance the normal routine life as a high school student and the crime fighting superhero life after the events of Marvel’s Captain American: Civil War.

Celebrating the global release of the long awaited Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming arriving this summer, Hot Toys is thrilled to present to you the Power Pose Series 1/6th scale collectible figure of Tony Stark’s new Iron Man armor in Spider-Man: Homecoming – the Mark XLVII as a Movie Promo Edition item only available in selected markets!

In reference to the appearance of Iron Man’s new armor in the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster, the Mark XLVII (Movie Promo Edition) Power Pose collectible figure is sophisticatedly crafted and designed with movie-accurate quality.


It features a meticulously sculpted sleek, streamline armor and trapezoid-shaped indent around the arc reactor. Equipped with 28 LED light-up points throughout the body, it is also given the iconic red and gold color featured mostly on the helmet and shoulder, as well as the distinctive silver and dark silver colored painting on the mid-section of the armor. This Power Pose collectible figure also comes with articulated head and arms, interchangeable fists and repulsor palms, and a figure base.

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April 2017 Haul #2: Hot Toys 1/6th scale Black Panther, Shoretrooper and Bandai Yoda model kit

This is my second haul this month (check out my earlier haul HERE) and I got the Hot Toys MMS363 Captain America: Civil War 1/6th scale Black Panther Collectible Figure, along with Hot Toys MMS389 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story 1/6th scale Shoretrooper Collectible Figure plus the Bandai Star Wars 1/6th scale Yoda model kit. Black Panther took a while to arrive but I was caught off guard by the Shoretrooper. Bandai Yoda was just the icing on the cake, unplanned but certainly interesting. More on that later.


In the 2016 superhero film Captain America: Civil War which was a little like the continuation from the Avengers: Age of Ultron because almost everybody who was in the film was in this one as well, we were introduced to a new Marvel character, the Black Panther. I think it was great casting Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa / Black Panther, the prince of the African nation of Wakanda allied with Stark. I've known the character since his comic book days and it was exciting to see the character being realized on the big screen.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Toys-Era TE017 1/6th scale The Laughter 12-inch collectible figure is The Joker from Gotham

Pre-order Toys Era TE017 1/6th scale The Laughter Collectible Figure from KGHobby HERE

Gotham is an American crime drama television series developed by Bruno Heller, based on characters published by DC Comics and appearing in the Batman franchise, primarily those of James Gordon and Bruce Wayne. The series stars Ben McKenzie as the young Gordon, while Heller executive-produces, along with Danny Cannon, who also directed the pilot.

Originally the series would have related only Gordon's early days on the Gotham City Police Department, but the series subsequently included the Wayne character and the origin stories of several Batman villains, including the Penguin, the Riddler, Catwoman, Poison Ivy, Two-Face, the Scarecrow, the Joker, Mr. Freeze, and Hugo Strange.


A character based on the Joker, named Jerome Valeska (Cameron Monaghan), is featured in Gotham. Monaghan stated that he drew inspiration from previous interpretations of the Joker for his performance, particularly that of Mark Hamill, adding "I think he’s the Joker in that he represents the idea, the greater concept." The mythology of the Joker is explored further during season three, and Jerome himself returns in the second half of the season bearing a physical resemblance to The New 52 incarnation of the Joker; Jerome's face was surgically removed before his resurrection, forcing him to staple it back in place.

Pre-order Toys Era TE017 1/6th scale The Laughter Collectible Figure from KGHobby HERE

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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Preview Hot Toys 1/6th scale Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 figures: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Rocket and Baby Groot

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is a 2017 American superhero film based on the Marvel Comics superhero team Guardians of the Galaxy, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is the sequel to 2014's Guardians of the Galaxy and the fifteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The film is written and directed by James Gunn and stars an ensemble cast featuring Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Vin Diesel, Bradley Cooper, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Elizabeth Debicki, Chris Sullivan, Sean Gunn, with Sylvester Stallone, and Kurt Russell. In Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, the Guardians travel throughout the cosmos as they help Peter Quill learn more about his true parentage.


Saw these pictures on the internet and thought it's nice to share :) It looks like Hot Toys will be releasing the full team again. This will be the second time the complete Guardians of the Galaxy team is being released. Drax from the first Guardians of 2014 has yet to see the light or set foot on the shelves but as far as pictures go, Hot Toys promises to release him soon (as seen in the upcoming release post on my toy blog HERE). Kudos to Hot Toys for releasing the complete set of figures. There may never be a platoon, the rest of the gals from Sucker Punch, all the other members of the X-Men and Suicide Squad etc but we can certainly look forward to the Guardians. Hot Toys Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 1/6th Star-Lord Collectible Figure and Rocket are already up for pre-order (posted earlier HERE and HERE) so that leaves only Gamora and Drax since baby Groot seems to feature as an accessory with every figure.

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Hot Toys LMS004 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 1:1 scale Groot Life-Size 26cm Collectible Figure

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Pre-order Hot Toys LMS004 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Groot Life-Size Collectible Figure from KGHobby HERE

"I am Groot!"

Since the debut of promotional materials from Marvel Studios' highly anticipated blockbuster, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, fans were instantly thrilled and captivated by the return of Groot, who has now grown a bit since we last saw him at the end of the first movie! Attendees of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 world premiere all expressed their huge love for Groot after seeing the movie.

Today Sideshow and Hot Toys is extremely excited to introduce the Groot life-size collectible figure which is destined to be one of the most adorable Hot Toys life-size figures you'll ever see!


The Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Groot life-size collectible figure stands approximately 26cm tall, featuring 3 interchangeable faces, newly developed body and expert paint applications to reflect Baby Groot's unique appearance, a Ravagers outfit to be worn by the figure, and 2 pairs of interchangeable hands including a pair of extended attacking hands with embedded wires allowing a variety of poses!

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Pre-order Hot Toys LMS004 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Groot Life-Size Collectible Figure from KGHobby HERE

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Review II: S.H. Figuarts Game of Death Bruce Lee (Yellow Track Suit) 14cm Tall Action Figure

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WATAAAA!!!

Here's the final (fourth) interchangeable facial expression that comes with the S.H. Figuarts Game of Death Bruce Lee (Yellow Track Suit version) 14cm (5.5 inches) tall action figure. The other three facial expressions were shown in my first action figure review posted HERE. I'm quite amazed how they can sculpt the features so accurately on a head that is so small. Apparently it's all attributed to 3D digital printing. This figure also comes with some nice articulation and the extra optional hands allow you to pose this figure in some of Bruce Lee's signature poses / stance.


I don't usually buy small size figures but this figure is certainly an exception. For a figure this small, the sculpting and details are quite good and I'm quite impressed with the overall figure. I also wanted to see how this mini Bruce Lee figure compares with the 1/6th scale Enterbay "Game of Death" Bruce Lee collectible figure - see the pics posted below.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

SW Our World FS008 1/6th scale Valentine 12-inch figure aka Jill Valentine from Resident Evil

Pre-order SW Our World FS008 1/6th scale Valentine figure from KGHobby HERE

Jill Valentine is a fictional character in the Resident Evil (Biohazard in Japan) horror franchise by Capcom. Jill made her debut appearance in 1996 as one of the protagonists of the original Resident Evil game, in which she is a member of the U.S. special police unit STARS trapped in a mysterious mansion along with her team partner Chris Redfield.


SW Our World FS008 1/6th scale Valentine will come with: Head sculpt - Poseable body - 4 pairs of interchangeable hands in different poses - 3 pieces of gloved hands - Shirt - Pants - Beret - Shoulder guard - Belt - Boots - Pouch - ID with holder - Pistol - Holster with belt - Dagger

Pre-order SW Our World FS008 1/6th scale Valentine figure from KGHobby HERE

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S.H. Figuarts Game of Death Bruce Lee (Yellow Track Suit) 14cm Tall Action Figure Review 1

This was part of my April 2017 haul (see the toy blog post HERE)

This is the S.H. Figuarts Bruce Lee (Yellow Track Suit) Action Figure which was released in January 2017. My childhood was definitely influenced by the legendary Bruce Lee. My father brought me to all the Bruce Lee films, starting with The Big Boss, then Fist of Fury, Way of the Dragon and Enter the Dragon. His Hong Kong and Hollywood-produced films elevated the traditional Hong Kong martial arts film to a new level of popularity and acclaim, sparking a surge of interest in Chinese martial arts in the West in the 1970s. The direction and tone of his films changed and influenced martial arts and martial arts films in the US, Hong Kong and the rest of the world. It's too bad he died so young.


This S.H. Figuarts Bruce Lee (Yellow Track Suit) Action Figure is the second Bruce Lee figure to be released by Bandai under their S.H. Figuarts line. After the success of the first version which was the Fist of Fury Bruce Lee figure released in January 2016, this second version has Bruce Lee wearing his trademark yellow tracksuit as seen in Game of Death. This Set comes with the main figure, optional left and right hands x4 types, optional face expression parts x3 types, Nunchaku x2 types and Pao stick.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Super Duck 1/6th scale Chinese Martial Arts Female Fighter Outfit Set (Blue) for Chun-Li

Pre-order SUPER DUCK SET 014 1/6th Scale Chun Li Cosplay Head Sculpt + Costume from KGHobby HERE

Chun-Li (春麗 Chun Rii, Chinese Simplified: 春丽) is a character in the Street Fighter series. She is the first female player character that appears in the series, and the first playable female character to appear in a 1-on-1 fighting game. Introduced in Street Fighter II, Chun-Li was the only female character in the game, as well as one of the youngest fighters, and while not as physically powerful as the other characters, she is by far the quickest.

Since her debut, Chun-Li has become a mainstay of the franchise and one of its most popular figures, appearing in nearly all subsequent installments of the series and several Capcom spinoff games, in addition to featuring prominently in Street Fighter-related media such as two feature films, multiple anime and comic book productions, and other official series merchandise.


Super Duck 1/6th scale Chinese Martial Arts Female Fighter Outfit Set (Blue) Features: Head sculpt - Cheongsam - Belt - Two piece swimsuit - Stockings - Wristbands - Boots - Leg effect attachment - Hand assortment NOTE: Body Not Included (Ideal for PHICEN Big Bust in Pale)

Pre-order SUPER DUCK SET 014 1/6th Scale Chun Li Cosplay Head Sculpt + Costume from KGHobby HERE

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

ThreeA and Marvel proudly present 1/6th scale Ashley Wood Captain America collectible figure

ThreeA and Marvel proudly present the sixth character in their stylized Marvel 1/6th Scale Collectible Figure Series – Captain America! Ashley Wood and ThreeA take the Sentinel of Liberty into the modern world blending elements of his unmistakable historic comic book outfit with contemporary tactical fatigues – all deftly tailored including the classic layered scallop detailings.

Captain America comes complete with his iconic Shield which features magnetic detailing that grant the ability to store on Cap’s back and on his faux-leather arm bracers. Captain America debuts a newly enhanced, heroically proportioned 1/6th scale body!


Marvel x ThreeA CAPTAIN AMERICA 1/6th scale Captain America Collectible Figure (Designed by Ashley Wood and Officially Licensed by Marvel) stands 12 Inches (30.5cm) tall, Features 30 points of articulation, Tailored Fabric Clothing and Includes: 3 x Sets of Interchangeable Hands, 1 x Magnetically Attachable Shield, 1 x Set of Faux-Leather Arm Bracers 1 x Set of Faux-Leather Boots. Materials: PVC, ABS, Fabric, Magnets

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Xensation Collectibles 1/6th Zealot Sorcerer 12-inch figure aka Mads Mikkelsen as Kaecilius

Pre-order Xensation AF18 1/6th Scale Zealot Sorcerer Action Figure from KGHobby HERE

In the 2016 American superhero film "Doctor Strange" based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, Dr. Stephen Strange's (Benedict Cumberbatch) life changes after a car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he looks for healing, and hope, in a mysterious enclave. He quickly learns that the enclave is at the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying reality. Before long, Strange is forced to choose between his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.

Mads Mikkelsen portrays Kaecilius: A Master of the Mystic Arts who breaks off from the Ancient One. Kaecilius believes the Ancient One is a hypocrite, protecting her own power base, and that the world may be better off "if we were to allow some of these other things through."


Xensation Collectibles (Product ID: AF18) 1/6th scale Zealot Sorcerer 12-inch figure will come with: detailed head sculpt, male action body, sorcerer robe, grey inner shirt, grey pants, Five pair of exchangeable hands, One sling ring, Two scythe daggers

Pre-order Xensation AF18 1/6th Scale Zealot Sorcerer Action Figure from KGHobby HERE

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