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
There has been quite a number of 1:6 headsculpts with likeness of English actor and martial artist Jason Statham (known for his roles in the Guy Ritchie crime films "Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels"; "Revolver" and "Snatch". He also played lead roles in "The Transporter" film series, "Crank" and "Crank 2", "The Bank Job", "War" (opposite martial arts star Jet Li) and "Death Race") but this one really resembles Jason Statham very closely IMHO
The Navy Seal Mk14 Mod1 Rifleman outfit and gear also looks pretty amazing, and Toys City hasn't disappointed with the quality of its 1:6 scale products thus far
The 1:6 scale M14 EBR with Magpul CTR stock
Seeing pictures of the real thing really gives one an idea of how close this rifle resembles the 1:1 version.
The United States Navy Mark 14 Mod 0 Enhanced Battle Rifle (EBR) is an American selective fire military rifle chambered for the 7.62x51mm NATO cartridge. It is a variant of the M14 battle rifle and was originally built for use with units of the United States Naval Special Warfare Command, such as the United States Navy SEALs. [source: wiki]
The EBRs are made with the intention of carrying out both designated marksman and CQB roles in combat. The creation of the Mark 14 Mod 0 Enhanced Battle Rifle(EBR) began in 2000 after a request by United States Navy SEALs for the creation of a more compact M14 battle rifle.
A few comments on the rifle:
I have the civilian variant (ie, no select fire) of this exact gun here in the US.
Although people call it a "variant" of the M14, it basically is an M14/M1a. You just drop an M14 or a Springfield M1a into a Sage (pretty much http://www.sageinternationalltd.com/si/access/ebr.html) stock.
The part from Magpul is just the buttstock.
I actually find the rifle, while totally reliable, to be a bit cumbersome for CQB. Not 100 percent sure why you don't more often see the Springfield Socom rifle mounted into this: it has a much shorter barrel for CQB and the compromise for long range accuracy is small (still deadly as a bastard out to 700 yards or so, which is well within the range of most combat sniping). And anyway I question how serious they are about the long range thing: most of the EBRs I have seen in pics of SEALS and others have, like your model, an EOTECH-type red dot site useless for longer range stuff.
Anyway, great site. Did you ever acquire the Don Vito Corleone action figure? I am thinking about it and would appreciate your thoughts on it.
A BIG thank you for your very detailed comment on the rifle. We in Singapore can only read about these weapons as getting a hands-on experience is a big "No-No" in our country. Your elaboration on the weapon and its limitations make for a most interesting read.
Hot Toys Don Vita Corleone is a GREAT figure, going by what I've read on forums and having seen it up close first hand but I did not get the figure myself as I want to concentrate on certain genres and GODFATHER doesn't fall into any of my acquiring category.
All the BEST
Thanks so much for your detailed review.. I just would like to ask.. if the HPFU uniform will blend in well with the Soldier Story MCCU MSOB?? I'm planning to bash them.. Thanks again sir..
hi there, from the pictures i've seen, it looks as if the Soldier Story MCCU MSOB BDU looks to be a darker shade than the Toys City version.
hello sir.. thanks for the reply.. I was just wondering what helmet would match the HPFU.. I have one right now and still looking for the "Right" helmet.. Do you have any recommendations? If soldier story is not that close.. How about those from Hot Toys (Marines) and Playhouse (Mcknight)? I'm having second thoughts on the pictures I've seen over the net.. Btw.. the HPFU fits great on a HT TTM16 body.. but I would suggest to remove the "muscle thigh" though.. Thanks again sir.. And I apologize for asking too many questions..
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