Monday, May 31, 2010

HT T2 T-800 & Die-cast T-800 Endoskeleton

And here's Hot Toys MMS117 "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" ("T2" for short) 1/6th scale T-800 cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) collectible figure facing off with the Aoshima die-cast T-800 Endoskeleton. The Aoshima die-cast T-800 Endoskeleton is very heavy due to its mostly die-cast metal parts and has lots of working pistons and joints. The figure comes with a stand that clamps onto the back of the figure to provide stability when posing due to the extremely top heavy body.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Hot Toys "T2" T-800 "Arnie" figure REVIEW II

continued from my previous post...

Having seen the box packaging and contents of this latest Hot Toys release in the last post, now we see everything come together. Here's Hot Toys MMS117 "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" 1/6th scale T-800 cyborg (Arnold Schwarzenegger) collectible figure as he appears in the mall, looking for the young ten-year-old John Connor (Edward Furlong).

The T-800 Terminator is dressed in his outfit of gray-color T-shirt, black leather-like jacket and pants with a leather-like belt with buckle, and black-color boots. He's wearing Black-lens sunglasses with black-color frame and carries a gold-color box containing what appears to be half a dozen roses.

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Hot Toys "Terminator 2" T-800 12-inch figure REVIEW 1

When "The Terminator" first arrived on our movie screens in 1984, I was blown away. The concept was quite new ("Back to the Future" didn't happen till 1985) - a killing machine sent from the future into our present to eliminate the future threat from ever existing. "The Terminator" was a low-budget movie, at roughly US$6.4 million, which turned out to be a box-office hit, earning US$38,371,200 domestically. The film went on to gross more than US$78 million worldwide.

James Cameron followed on his success with "Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)", this time with Arnold Schwarzenegger as the hero instead of the villain, playing a different but visually identical Terminator cyborg reprogrammed to protect a young John Connor from the more advanced T-1000 model (played by Robert Patrick). The rest, as they say, is Terminator history.

Now that we've seen preview pictures of Hot Toys T-1000 in Sarah Connor disguise (see previous post), let's compare that with the Hot Toys MMS117 "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" 1/6th scale T800 collectible figure in-hand pictures. Click on the pictures for a bigger and better view ;)

Very nicely designed box slipcase cover with a shot of the Hot Toys T-800 proudly displayed on the front - that is the quality that can be achieved with 1/6 scale head sculpts nowadays.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Hot Toys T-1000 in Sarah Connor disguise (2010 Toy Fairs Exclusive) Preview

The T-1000 is a fictional android assassin and the main antagonist in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The T-1000 is portrayed primarily by Robert Patrick; however, being a shape-shifter, the T-1000 is played by other actors in some scenes of the film. In Terminator 2, the T-1000 is presented as a technological leap over the "800 Series" Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger). [source: wiki]

Also a 2010 Toy Fairs Exclusive, this Hot Toys MMS125 Movie Masterpiece Series Terminator 2: Judgment Day: 1/6th scale T-1000 in Sarah Connor disguise Collectible Figure (2010 Toy Fairs Exclusive)

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hot Toys 1/6th Guardian Predator (2010 Toy Fairs Exclusive) Preview

This is the Hot Toys MMS126 (Movie Masterpiece Series) Predator 2: 1/6th scale Guardian Predator Collectible Figure (2010 Toy Fairs Exclusive) and it is certainly another Masterpiece.

Hot Toys is proud to present the 1/6th scale Guardian Predator Collectible Figure from the Predator 2 movie. The movie-accurate Guardian Predator collectible is specially crafted based on its image in the movie, highlighting the newly painted head and body armory, highly detailed weapons, newly developed face mask, oxygen mask and bone trophies.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Elite Brigade 1:6 scale Medieval Knight by Cotswold

A Knight to call my own. This 1:6 scale 12-inch miniaturized version of a Medieval Knight in his full armor is hand-made entirely of steel (where it should be) with leather fittings. Produced by Cotswold Collectibles, Inc. for their Elite Brigade line of figures more than ten years ago, this knight was part of their vision to realize the medieval knights of old in 1:6 scale, including their full armor and they actually approached the descendants of the original knight armor makers to cast these to scale.

The Medieval Knight was one of three types of fighting men during the middle ages: Knights, Foot Soldiers, and Archers. The medieval knight was the equivalent of the modern tank. He was covered in multiple layers of armor, and could plow through foot soldiers standing in his way.

Monday, May 24, 2010

Soldier Story 1/6 scale CIA SAD version 1 & 2

Can't resist not putting both released versions of Soldier Story CIA SAD (Central Intelligence Agency's Special Activities Division) side-by-side :) So here they are, the latest released Soldier Story 1/6 scale 12-inch CIA SAD Night Ops Ver 2.0 operator / military figure (reviewed HERE) and the earlier CIA Special Activities Divison (SAD) Night Ops Oded Fehr operative (reviewed HERE). The nice thing about these two releases is that they are both completely differently attired and equipped and yet look just as good individually or as a team.

Check out the pictures posted (remember to click on them to get a bigger and better enlarged view :>) Hope you all like them

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Toys City Navy Seal Mk14 Mod1 Rifleman PREVIEW

One of the benefits of collecting 1/6 military figures is how current the 1:6 scale manufacturers try to be and how they always try to stay on top and updated on the latest developments in military technology, be it weapons, gear or even uniforms.

The BLACKHAWK!® HPFU (High Performance Fighting Uniform) is a revolutionary approach to the combat uniform featuring a lean, athletic cut with articulated knees and elbows for increased performance, mobility and reduced bulk. Constructed with no-melt, no-drip materials. The I.T.S. equipped HPFU Uniform has 8 life-saving tourniquets integrated into the arms and legs and meets U.S. Institute of Surgical Research Tourniquet Requirements (USAISR).

Now from Toys City comes this 1:6 scale 12-inch Navy Seal Mk14 Mod1 Rifleman military figure equipped with the latest HPFU including gear and weapon. This boxed set will come with a Jason Statham Head sculpt and Body, Blackhawk HPFU, Body Armor, Chest Rig, M-14 Mag Pouch, M-60 Ammo Pouch x 2, Grenade Pouch, PRC-148 Radio & Headset, PRC-148 Radio Pouch, Modular Assault Pack, Pistol Mag Pouch, P226/6004 Holster, Mich 2000 Helmet with NVG Mount, Helmet Light, Tactical Head Light, Tactical Knife, Tactical Gloves, Hiking Boots, Safe Sling, Light stick, M14 EBR with Magpul CTR stock + Magazine x 05, H.A.D.B and D Ring

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Sideshow 1:6 Scale Yoda Figure Sneak Peek

Just like the title of the post says, here's a Sneak Peek at Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars 1:6 Scale Yoda Figure in Production. Looking good so far :) It's certainly about time although I wonder how Sideshow will charge for this small sized figure

Friday, May 21, 2010

World Cup 2010 Fever is here! Even in 1/6 :)

The 2010 FIFA World Cup will be the 19th FIFA World Cup, the premier international football tournament. It is scheduled to take place between 11 June and 11 July 2010 in South Africa. And it looks like the 1/6 world is not spared this phenomenon either :)

1/6 scale 12-inch versions of the world renowned footballers will be making their appearance pretty soon, thanks to the good people who makes all these 1/6 figures. There will be Brazilian football midfielder Ricardo Izecson dos Santos Leite, commonly known as Kaká who currently plays for Real Madrid.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Stupid is as stupid does

Another 1/6 scale "Forrest Gump" 12-inch figure although it's not clear which company is producing and releasing this figure (see my earlier post HERE for the first version announced)

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Toys City German Mountain Troop "MG 34 Gunner" PREVIEW

Toys City and Merit International will be offering a WWII German Mountain Troop "MG 34 Gunner" with yet another ED Harris head sculpt. Toys City had just released the 1:6 scale Major König World War II German Sniper 12-inch military figure with WWII Swedish type winter jacket (Preview pictures HERE) which also came with a Ed Harris lookalike headsculpt so it's really strange for them to release yet another Ed Harris HS.

Another observation: How is it that Toys City was able to preview a much better Sean Connery HS (pictures HERE) and yet this Ed Harrid HS looks rather poor in comparison?

Toy Carnival 2010 @ Singapore Expo

The guys at The Falcon's Hangar (TFH) are organising the Toy Carnival again after last year's success (my post HERE). This year Toy Carnival @ L2P will be held at the Singapore Expo Hall 6B from 28 May - 30 May 2010 (03 days) from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm. Admission is FREE :) So keep the dates open and go on down for bargains galore!

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Soldier Story CIA SAD Night Ops Ver 2.0 REVIEW 2

continued from previous post...

The Special Activities Division (SAD) is a division of the United States Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) National Clandestine Service (NCS) responsible for covert operations, black operations and other "special activities." These include covert political action and paramilitary special operations. [source: wiki]

Since the CIA SAD is covert and black ops, no one is going to confirm or deny if this Soldier Story 1/6 scale 12-inch CIA SAD Night Ops Ver 2.0 operator / military figure has the proper or correct getup (outfit) but who really cares ;) this figure just looks too damn COOL

Friday, May 14, 2010

Soldier Story CIA SAD Night Ops Ver 2.0 REVIEW 1

Finally, here are in-hand pictures of the Soldier Story 1/6 scale 12-inch CIA SAD Night Ops Version 2.0 military figure. Ever since the release of the excellent Soldier Story Central Intelligence Agency Special Activities Divison (CIA SAD) Night Ops figure (reviewed HERE) and the insufficient supply to meet the overwhelming demand, many 1/6 collectors have been asking for a re-release. Well, here is the latest version 2.0 and this one's disappearing pretty fast too.

Comes in the standard regular sized box - BLACK of course

Crazy Owners Miyamoto Musashi PREVIEW

Coming soon from Crazy Owners Historical Series @ COF-011 - 宫本武藏 Miyamoto Musashi

Miyamoto Musashi (宮本 武蔵) (c. 1584–June 13 (Japanese calendar: May 19), 1645), also known as Shinmen Takezō, Miyamoto Bennosuke, or by his Buddhist name Niten Dōraku, was a Japanese swordsman and samurai famed for his duels and distinctive style. Musashi, as he was often simply known, became renowned through stories of his excellent swordsmanship in numerous duels, even from a very young age. [source: wiki] - makes for a most interesting read

Related posts:
DID Samurai Date Masamune posted HERE
TAO Devil Ninja - pictures HERE
Ignite 12-inch Ninja figure Reviewed HERE
Alfrex Ninja Hattori Hanzo (Sonny Chiba) figure posted HERE

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Sideshow 501st Legion: Vader's Fist Clone Trooper PRE-ORDER

An elite unit of clone troopers, and later stormtroopers, that came to symbolize the might of the Galactic Empire, the 501st Legion were the soldiers under the command of Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Sith. Also known as "Vader's Fist," they continued to enforce order and Imperial rule well after the death of Vader.

The 501st began just as any of the other initial clone units that blazed across the rocky deserts of Geonosis in the first historic battle of the Clone Wars. They seemed identical to the other clones that infiltrated the Separatist stronghold and pushed the Confederacy forces off-planet.

The 501st Legion was split into special mission groups, often to supplement other clone missions. In some cases, they operated independent of the command structure already in place. There were 501st troopers protecting the skies over Coruscant during General Grievous' bold strike against the capital. Others provided support to clone units on worlds such as Felucia, Mygeeto, Utapau and Kashyyyk.

The 501st Legion: Vader's Fist Clone Trooper 12 inch Figure features: Fully articulated male body (armored body) with 30+ points of articulation, Bodysuit, Fully detailed armor set with helmet, Clone Trooper Carbine Blaster, Clone Trooper Long Rifle, 12-inch Figure Display Base with Star Wars Logo

To pre-order your 501st clone trooper, click on the banner below

Check out the earlier released Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 scale 12-inch Imperial Shock Trooper posted HERE

Sideshow Star Wars Clone Captain Rex Pre-Order

"The name's Rex. But you'll call me 'captain' or 'sir'..."

Backstory: Grown on Camino from the DNA of Bounty Hunter Jango Fett, Clone Trooper Captain CC-7567, nicknamed Rex, was activated during the Clone Wars, the galaxy-spanning struggle between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Rex was a freethinking, cunning, and tough warrior, yet despite his unusual individualism as a clone, Rex followed orders without question.

Serving as Jedi General Anakin Skywalker's second, Rex commands Torrent Company of the acclaimed 501st Legion of the Grand Army of the Republic. Rex and his men were assigned to patrol the most lawless and dangerous sectors of the galaxy within the feared Outer Rim.

The Captain Rex 12 inch Figure features: Fully articulated male body (armored body) with 30+ points of articulation, Bodysuit, Switch-out portrait, Fully detailed armor set with helmet, Fabric skirt with holsters, Jetpack, Two (2) sets of feet, Six (6) sets of hands, Two (2) Blaster Pistols, Clone Trooper Carbine Blaster, Clone Trooper Long Rifle and 12-inch Figure Display Base with Star Wars Logo

Does Rex look like Jango? After all, he's supposed to be Jango's clone.

To pre-order yours NOW, click on the banner below:

And then there's the Star Wars - Clone Lieutenant International Edition (Comic Con Exclusive): Identical in form, physical prowess, stamina and mental capacity, each of the first generations of clone troopers were fully encased in hard white armor, each identical face concealed behind a t-shaped visor.

Eventually, color-coded flashes on the armor denoted rank and later came to signify individual units, who often became more customized with mission specific gear and armor modifications.

To pre-order this Comic Con Exclusive Clone Lieutenant International Edition, click HERE

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Passing of a GREAT artist

Frank Frazetta (February 9, 1928 – May 10, 2010) was an American fantasy and science fiction artist, noted for his work in comic books, paperback book covers, paintings, posters, record-album covers, and other media. Pioneering fantasy artist Frank Frazetta, whose visions of muscle-bound men fighting with swords and axes, and scantily clad women helped define fantasy heroes such as Conan, Tarzan and John Carter of Mars, died of a stroke on May 10, 2010, in a hospital near his residence in Fort Myers, Florida. He was 82.

Triad Toys Dead Cell Jade Van Helsing femfig PREVIEW

The Triadtoys Jade Van Helsing Premium 1/6 Scale Collectible Female Action Figure features over 35 points of articulation, hand painted parts and fully clothed items. Her holsters and sword scabbard is completely adaptive and can be worn around the hip, back, or sides for collectors who like to customize their figures. Her overcoat features wires for more poseability.

The figure includes: - Hand crafted headsculpt with detailed paintwork and hair styling, Triad Toys’ Alpha Female Action Figure Body with Mid-sized Bust, Pair of Gun Grip Hands, Pair of Sword Grip Hands, Pair of Relaxed Posed Hands, Pair of Jade's Special Revolvers, Leather Gun Holsters and Belt Harness, Tactical Meat Cleaver, Leather Sword Harness, Leather Wrist Gauntlet, Two-toned overcoat with wires for posing, Gold Satin Top, Khaki shorts with leggings, Leather Wrist Band, Leather Shoulder Band and Black Biker Boots.

What's it all about? According to the creators Triad Toys, the US Government creates a new splinter faction called “Dead Cell.” Dead Cell members comprise of only the best special ops members across the world and are armed with the latest technology and weaponry to combat the undead.

Steam Punk pistols? Really?

Jade's outfit looks a lot like the one worn by Alice (Milla Jovovich) from the third Resident Evil movie - "Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)"

And instead of two Kukri knives, Jade has a Meat Cleaver (not sure why it's called a "Tactical " cleaver)

Also featured: Triad Toys 1/6 scale themed display environments - Fire Fight Triarama. Cast in high density polystone, the Fire Fight Triarama depicts a scene riddled with ammo rounds after a major battle. It also features two magnets to use with Triad's bullet-time system to display your figures.

That's really a lot of bullet casings / empty cartridges. Not since "The Matrix: Revolutions (2003)" where the APUs (Armored Personnel Units) battled the massive horde of Sentinels have I seen so many casings in one place.