Sunday, May 31, 2009

Playmobil 4479 Deep Sea Diver

One of life's simple pleasures - not expensive too :) Got this Playmobil 4479 Underwater Expedition Deep Sea Diver today.

Made in Malta. WOW! A toy that's not made in China. Pardon my ignorance.

Malta is an island nation that comprises an archipelago of seven islands situated in the Southern European areas of the Mediterranean sea, 93 km off the coast of Sicily (Italy), 288 km east of Tunisia and 300 km north of Libya. The islands enjoy a Mediterranean climate. Malta is known for its world heritage sites, most prominently the Megalithic Temples which are the oldest free-standing structures on Earth. According to the Acts of the Apostles, St Paul was shipwrecked on the island. Malta is also considered a potential location for the mythical lost island of Atlantis. [source: wiki]

Comes with basic figure. Check out the new hairstyle! Even his shoes have "laces" now.

Deep Sea Diver gear laid out

Partially suited up

Playmobil's deep sea diver all suited up for some deep sea mission. He's wearing the JIM suit (named after Jim Jarrett, Peress' chief diver. Joseph Salim Peress is the inventor of one of the first truly usable atmospheric diving suits). The JIM suit is probably the most well-known atmospheric diving suit (ADS), designed to maintain an interior pressure of one atmosphere despite exterior pressures and eliminates the majority of physiological dangers associated with deep diving.

Comes with lights for seeing in the dark of the deep blue sea 

And propellers on both sides for steering the heavy suit underwater

He has his working tool for deep sea salvage work

And undersea environment with crab and starfish

Gonna put him together with the other Playmobil Deep Sea Diver (link here)

Friday, May 29, 2009

Hot Toys Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer Review

Nothing beats having the actual thing in hand - Hot Toys MMS72 (Movie Masterpiece Series) 1/6 scale 12-inch collector's edition Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer with Arnold Schwarzenegger's likeness. Man, I've been waiting edges for this, ever since companies have been producing Terminator 12-inch figures of Arnold Schwarzenegger. It's like, why no Arnold as Dutch? From playing "The Terminator (1984)" to fighting The "Predator (1987)" to becoming the 'Governator', he has certainly come a long way from Austria. When I first posted about him (link here), it was way back in June 2008!

Nice packaging by Hot Toys, as always. First the slipcase with landscape orientation

Back of slipcase

The actual box cover featuring the thermal image of Dutch as seen by the Predator. Inner flap reads: Recruited by the CIA to rescue hostages held by guerilla fighters in a Central American country, Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer and his men encounter an enemy unimaginably more deadly than any on Earth - because the Predator is not of this Earth.

Back of box showing all three figures from the Predator series as previewed earlier (link here)

Tray containing 1/6 Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer collectible figure as well as his weapons and accessories

IMPORTANT NOTE: Instruction sheet (referred as "Manual") clearly indicating that this Hot Toys Muscular Body figure is not as articulated as the standard/normal type and one must be extremely cautious when posing said action figure. Meaning: if you break it, don't "cowpeh" lah! For non-Singlish speaking readers, "don't cowpeh lah" means "DON'T go crying to your father OR complain!" because Hot Toys will only say, "I told you so."

Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer's weapons of choice: M16A1 assault rifle mounted with M203 40mm Grenade Launcher (movable front sights for M203, movable dust cover on M16A1, one removable 30-round magazine, Colt M1911A1 .45 pistol with removable magazine (no sliding breech nor movable hammer) - in the movie, Dillon is briefly seen with an M1911A1 pistol whereas Billy, Dutch and Mac were seen with IMI Desert Eagle handguns holstered as their sidearms. Dutch keeps his in a hip holster while Billy and Mac use shoulder holsters. Dutch also has two M67 "Baseball" hand grenades and two mean looking knives - one long (combat knife) and the other longer (machete)!!

Hot Toys 1/6 scale 12-inch Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer without his vest and jacket, showing off his bulging and rippling muscles with his Woodlands camouflage tank top and trousers with belt and buckle plus his web belt for his holster and sheath.

The other accessories include the spare left hand for holding his cigar

I've seen the sculpt and it is GOOD!!

Arnold Schwarzenegger as Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer - amazing sculpt produced by Hot Toys

Another look at the Hot Toys muscular body

"If it bleeds, we can kill it."
Interesting jacket design by Hot Toys - it is held together by a snap button and velcro fasteners. The zipper is for show as it cannot be fastened even though Hot Toys bothered to make the pull tab 1/6 scale. Wonder why they do that?

Dutch with his jacket and vest worn over his tank top

[After Dutch has nailed a guy to the wall with his knife]
Dutch: Stick around.
Mine's BIGGER than yours! Dutch with machete

Dutch with his pistol. Pistol-wise, in terms of 1/6 scale, Soldier Story wins Hot Toys totally (To view the exceptional quality of Soldier Story's 1/6 scale M1911A1 pistol, check out my post here)! Total Recall should be made for Hot Toys' pistols. BTW, "Total Recall (1990)" was another sci-fi action movie starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Dutch armed with his M16A1/M203

There's no mistaking that the head sculpt of Hot Toys Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer is Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Dutch's combat knife kept in its sheath on his web belt. It also has a removable sharpening tool kept in the front of the sheath.

"I'll be back!" - a catch phrase made famous by Arnold Schwarzenegger's title character from the 1984 science fiction thriller film "The Terminator." The phrase has become so associated with Schwarzenegger that celebrity impression comedians often recite it in a mock Austrian accent. In addition to being the Terminator's catch phrase, it's also Schwarzenegger's personal catch phrase, and he tries to include it in most of his films and public appearances.

A closer view of Dutch with his M16A1/M203, hip holster for his pistol and sheath for his machete, kept just next to his right calf.

Dutch wears jungle boots for operating in the jungle of Guatemala, before he and his merry men becoming the hunted instead of the hunter

Hot Toys MMS72 Collector's Edition Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer IMHO is another coup for Hot Toys - WELL DONE!!

You still don't understand, Dillon, do you? Whatever it is out there, it killed Hopper, and now it wants us.
Hot Toys MMS90 Movie Masterpiece Series 1/6 scale 14-inch Predator from the first Predator movie reviewed here. Major Alan "Dutch" Schaefer's teammate Private Billy Sole reviewed here.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Enterbay Bruce Lee as Kato Preview

Kato was the Green Hornet's assistant/sidekick and has been played by a number of actors. On radio, Kato was initially played by Raymond Hayashi, then Roland Parker and in the later years Mickey Tolan. Keye Luke took the role in the movie serials and in the television series it was handled by Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee's version is the one we all most remember. When I first heard that Enterbay was producing a 1/6 scale 12-inch Bruce Lee as Kato from "The Green Hornet", I was excited.

Now they have released pictures! Features will include: Authentic headsculpt likeness of Bruce Lee as Kato, Enterbay’s 360° Eye Ball System, Movie-accurate Kato outfit (2 different attire), 2 x hair styles (One for posing with hat and one for without hat), Removable as-seen-on screen Mask and old style chauffeur's hat, 2 x Kato Throwing Darts, 10 interchangeable hands (8 black gloved hands), New Original Action Body BL 3.5 (with improved leg joints), Bonus Paper Binocular (??), Figure Stand FS-200 (Full diecast metal and extra foldable base), Certificate of Authenticity Card and Exclusively Designed Premium Packaging Box Set (each edition comes with it’s own carry bag)

Kato was Britt Reid's valet, who doubled as The Green Hornet's unnamed, masked driver and sidekick to help him in his vigilante adventures.

When not doing any crime fighting, he was dressed in his casual attire

As Kato, he was dressed in chauffeur's outfit with hat and mask. Kato was a skilled driver, mechanic and fighter, with the creations of both the special automobile, the Black Beauty, and the Hornet's trademark sleeping gas and the gun that delivered it attributed to him.

In the television series he also became an expert in martial arts. It was due in part to Bruce Lee's portrayal of this character that martial arts became popular in the United States in the 1960s.

The Green Hornet's success in Hong Kong, where it was popularly known as "The Kato Show", led to Bruce Lee starring in the feature films that would make him a pop culture icon.

Bruce Lee so impressed the producers with his lightning-fast moves that he earned the role of Kato alongside Van Williams in the TV series The Green Hornet.

However, the show was surprisingly terminated after only one season (30 episodes), but by this time he was receiving more fan mail than the show's star.

Bruce Lee's Kato had him using green sleeve darts to give him a ranged attack he can use to counter enemies with guns long enough for him to close in to fight hand to hand.

Bruce Lee once said that he was selected for the role of Kato because he was the only Asian actor who could properly pronounce "Britt Reid". That and his KUNGFU!

Enterbay's 1/6 scale 12-inch Bruce Lee as Kato from The Green Hornet is really impressive and a MUST have, if not for the PRICE!!

Playing Mantis also released a Captain Action as Kato action figure some time back (link here for pictures) as well as The Green Hornet (pictures here). Pictures of Green Hornet and Kato here.