Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Incoming: DAM 1/6 Delta Force Team Leader, Task Force Ranger, Somalia 1993

I can honestly say that this is a DAM toy :) Well, it is. The third figure to be released by DAM toy will be this 1/6 scale Delta Force Team Leader 12-inch Figure from their line-up of figures based on Task Force Ranger, Somalia 1993 or better known as Black Hawk Down figures , based on the 2001 film "Black Hawk Down" about how 123 elite U.S. soldiers (comprising United States Army Rangers, Delta Force and 160th SOAR) are deployed in Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis when their Black Hawk helicopter gets shot down.

DAMtoy (formerly VTS) has already released their 75th Ranger Regiment Chalk Leader of Task Force Ranger from Operation Gothic Serpent circa Somalia 1993 (previewed HERE) and has shown us prototype pictures of their DAM 1/6 Grenadier 75th Ranger, Operation Gothic Serpent SOMALIA 1993 (pictures HERE). They've just released pictures of their third Task Force Ranger 12-inch figure which is also their first 1/6 scale Delta Force Team Leader :)

It's not Hoot next, but Sanderson instead

This DAMtoy Task Force Ranger Delta Force Team Leader 12-inch figure is based on William Fichtner as SFC Jeff Sanderson from "Black Hawk Down" (who is based on real Delta Force operator SFC Paul Howe).

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Review 3: BBICN ThreeA Popbot exclusive Pathfinder Oya TK Ono

And finally we come to this: Fully kitted ThreeA (3A) Tomorrow King Oyabun 1/6 scale Pathfinder Ono 12-inch figure which is also a BBICN ThreeA Popbot exclusive. This is my FIRST Ashley Wood designed 12-inch human figure (after the earlier Badbot robot I got) and I'm very pleased with it and had quite a bit of fun taking pictures of it :)

Having posted twice on this 1:6 scale figure already (Packaging and contents HERE followed by figure with everything on except his hooded jacket HERE), it's only right that I post pictures of this ThreeA Popbot Tomorrow King Oyabun figure with his complete getup, jacket and all.

You know the famous saying "A picture tells a thousand words"? Well, then, no more words need to be said ;p ENJOY the pictures. Scroll down to see more :)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars Republic Clone Captain

Sideshow is certainly keeping up with their clones. Having previewed the Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars 1/6 scale 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper 12-inch figure in the previous post, here's a first look at the Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars Republic Clone Captain 12-inch figure.

The Clone Wars, also known as the Clone War and the Great Clone War, was the name given to the major galactic conflict fought between the Galactic Republic and the Confederacy of Independent Systems. The war was named after the clone troopers utilized by the Republic against the battle droid forces of the CIS. These armies, the Grand Army of the Republic and the Separatist Droid Army, were two of the largest ever pitted against each other in galactic history, and the fighting between them rapidly spread to countless inhabited worlds.

During the Clone Wars, the clone trooper captain was a specialized clone trooper breed which was bred on Kamino as battlefield officers and special mission operatives.

Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars 442nd Siege Battalion Clone Trooper

The 442nd Siege Battalion was a unit of clone troopers within the Grand Army of the Republic. As their name implied, the 442nd were skilled in besieging enemy fortifications. They were equipped with AT-RT walkers and ISP speeders with green markings. During the Clone Wars, they were sent to aid in the capture of Cato Neimoidia, a key Trade Federation stronghold.

It is possible that this unit takes its designation from the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, a highly-decorated unit of the US Army consisting mostly of Nisei volunteers. These Japanese-American soldiers earned many honors fighting in brutal close-quarters and mountain combat in Italy during World War II. (source: wookiepedia)

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Playmobil 4804 Giant Crab with Ghost Pirate

Aw CRAB!! Just kidding ;p

This is the Playmobil 4804 set consisting of a Giant Crab with Ghost Pirate. The Playmobil giant crab comes with functional pincers / adjustable claws. And the Ghost Pirate glows in the dark. The Playmobil Giant Crab has ridges on its back to allow the Ghost Pirate to ride on it.

True crabs are decapod crustaceans of the infraorder Brachyura, which typically have a very short projecting "tail", or where the reduced abdomen is entirely hidden under the thorax. Many other animals with similar names – such as hermit crabs, king crabs, porcelain crabs, horseshoe crabs and crab lice – are not true crabs.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Pre-order Hot Toys Artist Collection 1:6 scale Samurai Predator

Sideshow Collectibles and Hot Toys are proud to present the first entry in Hot Toys' Artist Collection, the Samurai Predator Collectible figure. A collaboration project with artists Mr. Takayuki Takeya and Mr. Yuji Oniki from Japan, the Samurai Predator features a newly sculpted head and body, detailed accessories, weaponry, and a diorama base with a defeated Alien body.

The Samurai Predator Sixth Scale Figure features: Original Samurai Warrior design, Realistic sixth scale measuring approximately 14 inches (35 cm) tall, Over 22 points of articulation, Newly sculpted head and body, Interchangeable open and closed mandibles, Movable jaw, Fabric net on left chest, Fabric skirt, Two (2) pieces of interchangeable palms including: One (1) pair of open palms and One (1) pair of holding palms, One (1) articulated left shoulder canon, One (1) broken sword with Alien cells, One (1) sword with sheath, Four (4) attached swords at the back, One (1) helmet, One (1) additional mouth mask, One (1) neck armor, One (1) set of shoulder armor, One (1) left chest armor, One (1) pair of forearm gauntlets with movable hooks on right side, Waist and thigh armor, One (1) set of leg armor, Extendable Alien tongue trophies on waist, One (1) dead Alien head accessory, One (1) diorama base featuring defeated Alien body and broken sword piece

Review 2: BBICN ThreeA Popbot exclusive: Pathfinder Ono Tomorrow Kings Oyabun

Having already seen the box packaging and the 12-inch figure as it looks straight out of the box in the previous post HERE, these are pictures I took of the BBICN ThreeA Popbot exclusive: 1/6 scale Pathfinder Oya (Oyabun) TK (Tomorrow Kings) Ono 12-inch figure.

In this post, I chose to pose the 3A Pathfinder Ono figure without his hooded camouflaged jacket so that it would not obstruct his movement. The hooded jacket would have also blocked the figure from view. Here are pictures I took of Pathfinder Oya TK Ono drawing his sword / katana

Because there aren't any cumbersome clothing to restrict his movement, you can get some nice poses out of this 12-inch figure :) Skin-tight rubber outfits look mighty fine but totally restricts movement, as in the case of Hot Toys 1/6 scale Black Widow 12-inch female action figure from the Iron Man 2 movie.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Hot Toys 2011 Catalog offers some insights

There have been pictures posted on the internet of the Hot Toys 2011 Catalog and it offers an interesting sneak peek into what will be available in 2012. What Hot Toys promises to deliver in 2012 include "The Avengers", "The Dark Knight Rises" and "Prometheus" 1/6 scale movie collectibles plus Metal Gear Solid videogame 12-inch figures. Excited to say the least. Question is: Will Hot Toys be able to finish the work they started? i.e. complete the series and not leave us hanging. An example: what happened to the rest of "Platoon"? It seems they have all gone MIA (Missing In Action)!

Besides the figures that have already been previewed and shown earlier this year, Hot Toys manages to throw up a few much awaited and much anticipated pictures such as Captain America (Rescue version), the Red Skull, Loki, Spiderman Black and Samurai Predator, to name a few :)

Review 1: BBICN ThreeA Popbot: 1/6 Pathfinder Oya TK Ono 12-inch figure

This is my FIRST ThreeA (3A) Tomorrow King Oyabun 1/6 scale 12-inch figure and it is also a BBICN ThreeA Popbot exclusive: Pathfinder Oya TK Ono. According to threeAwiki: Tomorrow Kings are male clones, from the Popbot Universe who were created by Luthor Bean Jr. originally used for corporate takeovers. These "Elvis ronin" were created to slay all monsters & ghouls with Luthor Bean Sr.'s Ion Engine that escaped Earth. They are also used to fight the Mortis.

Tomorrow Kings Oyabuns are a more agile and skilled type of Tomorrow Kings. In the Popbot books, they have only been mentioned once, but the figures have seen great demand. They are most distinct because they sport a large puffed coat and two katanas.

The world of Popbot and all its characters including Tomorrow Kings were created by award winning illustrator Ashley Wood. In 2008, Ashley Wood and ThreeZero's founder Kim created threeA, a Hong Kong based production house for designing, developing and manufacturing toys, posters, prints and clothing based on characters created by Ashley Wood.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 Black Dragon Ninja PREVIEW

Both the G.I.JOE team and the terrorist organization COBRA are keenly aware of the superior martial arts skills possessed by members of the ARASHIKAGE CLAN. While COBRA COMMANDER has employed the RED NINJAs from the ARASHIKAGE ninja clan, the ruthless leader formed a select group of ninjas who were completely loyal to protect him should the RED NINJAs or any opposing force ever get too close, leading to the establishment of COBRA'S BLACK DRAGON NINJAS.

COBRA COMMANDER had his BLACK DRAGON NINJAS brainwashed as a precaution to ensure that his growing ranks of ARASHIKAGE never rise up against him or COBRA. Little did he know that the ninja STORM SHADOW is a master of the atsui nami (a deep mind control technique), which he cunningly used on the BLACK DRAGON NINJAS to ensure their allegiance to him.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Avengers Assemble! SDCC 2011 Exclusive: Mini Muggs Avengers Review II

Part 2 of my review of the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2011 exclusive: The Avengers Mini Muggs 5-pack: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Giant Man (Giant Man is in the traditional Mighty Muggs size) - that was released earlier this year. See my previous post for Part 1 Review.

Two words: "Avengers Assemble!"

Click for the enLARGEd view ;p

Here are group shots of all 4 mini muggs Avengers figures (Thor, Captain America, Hulk and Iron Man) plus one standard mighty muggs figure (Giant Man) making up the SDCC 2011 Avengers 5-pack! Too bad the Wasp was left out of the lineup.

Monday, November 21, 2011

SDCC Exclusive: The Avengers Mini Muggs REVIEW 1

This is just too CUTE to resist!!!

Ever since Hasbro released the Mighty Muggs line of figures, I've been intrigued as I found them rather cute and arty in the way the figures were interpreted and designed. The toys resemble super deformed versions of characters from franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel Comics, Indiana Jones, G.I. Joe and Transformers. But it was never enough to compel me to buy any of them as my main focus is still 1/6 scale action figures and 12-inch collectible movie figures. Until NOW.

I came across "The Avengers" Mini Muggs 5-pack most recently and I was immediately hooked, line and sinker ;p This was the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2011 exclusive - The Avengers Mini Muggs 5-pack: Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Hulk and Giant Man (Giant Man is in the traditional Mighty Muggs size) - that was released earlier this year.

Click for an enLARGEd view :)

The assembled team is packed together and sports a domed box that plays off Giant Man's comparatively deluxe scale as his head pops up from the center of the box. How's that for attention grabbing eye catching display :)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Incoming: ZCWO 1/6 Mens Collection Boxing Legend outfit set

This will be ZCWO's next release: Vol. 003 1/6 scale Mens Collection Boxing Legend (Action Figure Not Included) which looks rather interesting and GREAT for kitbashing, if you are into kitbashing. Kitbashing is the practice of modifying a model (not limited to toy action figures) to achieve some result other than that intended by the manufacturer. So since this is a outfit and accessories set with NO 12-inch figure included, the choice is left to you to decide how you want your figure to look.

The 1/6 scale Sylvester Stallone looking head sculpt is used purely for marketing purposes and is NOT part of this Mens Collection set. The fact that this ZCWO 1/6 scale Mens Collection Boxing Legend outfit set comes with boxing gloves is definitely inspired by Sylvester Stallone's role as Rocky in the 1976 movie "Rocky" about a small time boxer who gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to fight the world heavyweight boxing champion in a bout in which he strives to go the distance for his self-respect.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Pre-order Triad Toys Splinter Cell Sam Fisher 1:4 scale Figure

Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell is an action-adventure stealth game, developed by Ubisoft Montreal and built on the Unreal Engine 2. It is the first Splinter Cell game in the series endorsed (but not created) by author Tom Clancy, and follows the activities of American NSA Black Operation, "Black Ops", agent Sam Fisher. The character of Sam Fisher is voiced by actor Michael Ironside. His boss, Irving Lambert, is voiced by actor Don Jordan.

Sam Fisher is the game's protagonist. He is a seasoned veteran of Covert Ops and Black Ops who is the first person recruited as a secret field operative known as a "Splinter Cell" for the NSA's super-secret sub-agency, Third Echelon.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hot Toys DX "Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back" 1/6 Bespin Luke Skywalker Figure Preview

Hot Toys is proud to present the DX 1/6th scale Luke Skywalker (Bespin Outfit) Collectible Figure from the Star Wars movie, the American epic space opera film released in 1977 created by George Lucas.

The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker in Bespin outfit in the movie with two collectible figures in a set, highlighting the two newly developed head sculpts with movable eyes, two figure bodies, two styles of specially made costume, highly detailed weapons, accessories and light-up Weathervane figure base.

Hot Toys Star Wars Luke Skywalker (Bespin Outfit) DX series Sixth Scale features: Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker, One (1) newly developed, hand painted head sculpt with Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS), One (1) newly developed, hand painted battle damaged head sculpt with Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS), Movie-accurate facial expressions with detailed wrinkles and skin texture, Approximately 30 cm tall, Two (2) TrueType bodies with over 30 points of articulation, Ten (10) pieces of interchangeable palms including: One (1) pair for gripping unlit lightsaber, One (1) pair of fists, Three (3) pieces of relaxed palms, One (1) magnetic severed right palm stump, One (1) right palm for holding blaster pistol, One (1) left palm for force push

Phicen 1/6 scale Assassin "Salina" 12-inch figure Preview

This will be Phicen's next 12-inch female action figure: 1/6 scale assassin Salina. Phicen is one of those companies that are producing seamless bodies although they have only been releasing female seamless bodies i.e. 12-inch figure bodies with no visible joints

Phicen's seamless female collector figures seem to be based on movie characters; their previous two Phicen 1:6 scale Deluxe Collector Female Figure was based on Lara Croft of Tomb Raider fame and this latest offering "Salina" seems to be inspired by Selena from the Underworld film series.

Phicen 1/6 scale Deluxe Collector assassin Figure Salina will come with Headsculpt, Large Breast Seamless Body Pale C (PL201101-12), 4 pairs of replaceable hands, Laptop, 2 pistols, 3 pistol clips, WA2000 sniper gun, Zoom peepsight, Night vision peep-sight, 6-round clips, 12-round clips, Dust coat, Leather jacket, corset one-piece suit, Tie, Belt with skull, 2 thigh holsters and knee-high boots

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Kitbash 1/6 scale Samuel L Jackson as NYPD Detective John Shaft

"Pulp Fiction (1994)" was widely considered the most influential American movie of the 1990s for its outrageously violent scenes, time-twisting events and most interesting characters.

The Oscar-winning script by Quentin Tarantino and Roger Avary intertwines three stories, featuring Samuel L Jackson (as Jules Winnfield) and John Travolta (as Vincent Vega), in the role that single-handedly reignited his career, as hit men who have philosophical interchanges on such topics as the French names for American fast food products; Bruce Willis as a boxer out of a 1940s B-movie; and such other stalwarts as Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Christopher Walken, Eric Stoltz, Ving Rhames, and Uma Thurman, whose dance sequence with Travolta proved an instant classic.

Click on the picture for a larger and better view :)

When you search images of "Pulp Fiction" on the internet / worldwide web, the most seen image is that of the two hit men Vincent Vega (John Travolta) and Jules Winnfield (Samuel L Jackson) with guns raised and aimed at "Man #4". This image has been parodied many times.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Enterbay 1/6 Real Masterpiece Scarface War Version Preview

"Say Hello to my little friend!"

Scarface is a 1983 American epic crime drama movie directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone, produced by Martin Bregman and starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana. A contemporary remake of Howard Hawks' original 1932 film of the same name, the film tells the story of Tony Montana, a Cuban refugee who comes to Miami in 1980 as a result of the Mariel Boatlift, and becomes a drug cartel kingpin during the cocaine boom of the 1980s. The movie chronicles his rise to the top of Miami's cocaine empire.

Kitbash 1/6 scale John Travolta as Vincent Vega 12-inch Figure in Pulp Fiction

The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. "Pulp Fiction" is a 1994 American crime film directed by Quentin Tarantino, who co-wrote its screenplay with Roger Avary. The film is known for its rich, eclectic dialogue, ironic mix of humor and violence, nonlinear storyline, and host of cinematic allusions and pop culture references. A major critical and commercial success, it revitalized the career of its leading man, John Travolta, who received an Academy Award nomination, as did costars Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.

John Travolta is Vincent Vega. Vincent is a hitman working for mob boss Marsellus Wallace (Ving Rhames). He is usually partnered with Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) when he is ordered to kill someone.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Preview: Brothersfree x Hot Toys - OM111114 - Sepia Monkey Action Figure (Brothersfree 10th Anniversary Version)

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Brothersfree, Hot Toys is proud to present the 1/6th scale Sepia Monkey Action Figure of its 10th Anniversary Version, a collaboration project of Brothersfree and Hot Toys, which is limited to 800 sets only. This figure is fully poseable, highlighting its unique style, detailed worker tools and accessories. The figure also comes with a Limited Edition Certificate.

The 1/6th scale Sepia Monkey Action Figure (Brothersfree 10th Anniversary Version) specially features: TrueType body with over 30 points of articulations, Approximately 30 cm tall, Fabric hair, Two (2) pairs of interchangeable palms including: One (1) pair of palms with safety work gloves (left relaxed palm and right palm with pointing forefinger) AND One (1) pair of palms with pointing forefinger

Preview: Brothersfree x Hot Toys - OM111115 - Monkey Action Figure (Brothersworker Color Version)

Hot Toys is proud to present the 1/6th scale Monkey Action Figure (Brothersworker Color Version), a collaboration project of Brothersfree and Hot Toys. This figure is fully poseable, highlighting its unique style, detailed worker tools and accessories.

The 1/6th scale Monkey Action Figure (Brothersworker Color Version) features: Approximately 30 cm tall TrueType body with over 30 points of articulations, Fabric hair, Two (2) pairs of interchangeable palms including: One (1) pair of palms with safety work gloves (left relaxed palm and right palm with pointing forefinger) AND One (1) pair of palms with pointing forefinger

Incoming: Art Figures 1/6 Delta Force - SFC 12-inch Figure

There have been so many Black Hawk Down 12-inch figures lately including the ones I already have that I have a label just for them on my TOY HAVEN blog. Dragon released at least FOUR 1/6 scale Black Hawk Down figures, two when the movie was released in 2001 and two more in 2003 to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Task Force Ranger's engagement at the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia from 3rd to 4th October 1993. That was followed by Playhouse D-Boy and most recently, VTS released their 75th Ranger Chalk Leader and also gave us a preview of their 75th Ranger Grenadier, Operation Gothic Serpent SOMALIA 1993.

Now we are getting PREVIEW pictures of Art Figures 1/6 scale Delta Force - SFC 12-inch Figure which is essentially a Delta Force operator in 1993 Somalia when the Black Hawk helicopter was shot down. The 2001 film "Black Hawk Down" is about how 123 elite U.S. soldiers (comprising United States Army Rangers, Delta Force, and 160th SOAR) are deployed in Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis when their Black Hawk helicopter gets shot down.

In "Black Hawk Down", William Fichtner stars as SFC Jeff Sanderson (which is based on real Delta Force operator SFC Paul Howe). Art Figures 1:6 scale Delta Force - SFC 12-inch Figure is based on William Fichtner as SFC Jeff Sanderson, hence the 1:6 scale likeness / resemblance in the head sculpt.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

CmToys H004 & H005 1/6 Roman Gladiator 12-inch Figures

1/6 scale Roman Gladiator 12-inch figures seem to be very popular this time of the year :)

Hot on the heels of the recent releases of Kaustic Plastik's 12-inch Roman gladiator figures and ACI's Flamma, CmToys has released pictures of their 1/6 scale gladiator figures as well. CmToys 12-inch Roman gladiator figures are based on the television series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand".

Spartacus: Blood and Sand is a Starz television series that premiered on January 22, 2010. The series is inspired by the historical figure of Spartacus (played by Andy Whitfield), a Thracian gladiator who from 73 to 71 BC led a major slave uprising against the Roman Republic.

The main actor, Andy Whitfield died on September 11, 2011, from complications of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Spartacus producers and Starz executives weren't sure they would go forward without Andy Whitfield, who they said had brought "gravity and heart" to the role of the famous warrior. "It's unheard of to recast your titular character in a television show, and we did a lot of soul searching about whether we even wanted to try", DeKnight said. "And then Andy [Whitfield] said, 'I really think the show should go forward without me. I give you the blessing. I want this story told.'"

Playmobil 4801 Stingray Bareback Rider

I've always been fascinated with the Manta Ray. They look so majestic as they gracefully swim under the sea. Manta rays are the largest rays and are closely related to sharks. These harmless rays have a short tail and no stinging spine. They are very acrobatic and have been known to leap up from the water. Manta rays have a distinctive body shape with triangular pectoral ‘wings’ and paddle-like lobes extending in front of their mouths.

I couldn't resist not getting this Playmobil Manta Ray when it was on sale recently. I do find Playmobil boxed set prices quite high as I feel that they shouldn't cost that much but when they are going at half their usual price, I jump right in :) hook, line and sinker! Click on the pictures for a bigger and better view ;p

Click on the picture for a bigger and better view :)

Mantas have a variety of common names, including Atlantic manta, Pacific manta, devilfish, and just manta. The term manta derives from the Spanish word manta, meaning cloak or blanket. This term originated from a type of trap traditionally used to catch rays that has a form resembling a blanket.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Incoming: Subway 1/6 Detroit 8 Mile Road "Eminen" 12-inch Figure

8 Mile is a 2002 American hip-hop drama film written by Scott Silver, directed by Curtis Hanson, and starring Eminem, Mekhi Phifer, Brittany Murphy, and Kim Basinger.

The film is an account of a young white rapper named Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith Jr. (Eminem) growing up in a poor area of 1995 Detroit, Michigan as he struggles for respect among his (mostly African-American) peers. Contrary to popular belief, the film does not detail Eminem's life growing up in Detroit, but instead, the average life of a rapper in Detroit, as stated by Eminem in interviews about the film. Despite this, the film is considered to be semi-autobiographical.

Subway will be releasing this 1/6 scale Detroit 8 Mile Road "Eminen" 12-inch Figure. The set will come with 1/6 scale "E" head sculpt, 12-inch figure body, Watch Hat (Deep Blue), Blue Denim Jacket, Gray Hooded Sweat Shirt, Light Blue Hip Hop Denim Jeans, Deep Blue belt with buckle, white underwear, V150 headphones, Sony Walkman, Wireless Microphone, Ballpoint pen, flyers x 2, pair of Direct Attach Soft Toe Work Boots (Tan).

Friday, November 11, 2011

Incoming: Brother Production Presents New York Detective "DIE HARD JOHNNY"

Yet another 1/6 scale Bruce Willis 12-inch action figure. This is also another Bruce Willis as Detective John McClane figure from the Die Hard film series. "Live Free or Die Hard" (released as "Die Hard 4.0" outside North America), is a 2007 American action film, and the fourth installment in the Die Hard series.

The fourth film "Live Free or Die Hard" aka "Die Hard 4.0" was released in 2007, 12 years after the third film "Die Hard With a Vengeance (1995)" but still proved that Bruce Willis has what it takes to be an action hero :)

Brother Production Presents New York Detective "DIE HARD JOHNNY" is obviously an unlicensed 1/6 scale Bruce Willis as Detective John McClane 12-inch figure as he appeared in the fourth Die Hard movie and I think this is the best interpretation of the famous actor as John McClane by far.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

3A Real Steel Ambush Robot Figure Preview

A different type of gladiator from the one in the previous post but this fighter also fought in the ring, although it was a bull ring that we saw it compete ;p

3A (threeA) will be producing a 1:6 scale model of AMBUSH, the robot boxer from "Real Steel". Not a lot of information is available as of now so just enjoy the pictures released by 3A (pictures are from 3A website)

Real Steel is a 2011 science fiction film starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Shawn Levy. The film is based in part on the 1956 short story "Steel" by Richard Matheson, though Levy placed the film in U.S. state fairs and other "old-fashioned" Americana settings.

Review 2: "Astacius" Kaustic Plastik 1/6 Retiarius 12-inch roman gladiator figure

After revealing the Kaustic Plastik "Astacius" basic figure and the box contents in the previous post, I now present the fully equipped Kaustic Plastik 1/6 "Astacius" Retiarius 12-inch roman gladiator figure ready for battle in the arena!

The retiarius (plural retiarii; literally, "net-man" or "net-fighter" in Latin) was a Roman gladiator who fought with equipment styled on that of a fisherman: a weighted net (rete, hence the name), a three-pointed trident (fuscina or tridens), and a dagger (pugio). The retiarius was lightly armoured, wearing an arm guard (manica) and a shoulder guard (galerus). Typically, his clothing consisted only of a loincloth (subligaculum) held in place by a wide belt, or of a short tunic with light padding. He wore no head protection or footwear.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Review 1: Kaustic Plastik 1/6 "Astacius" Retiarius 12-inch roman gladiator figure

This is the Kaustic Plastik 1/6 scale "Astacius" 12-inch Retiarius roman gladiator figure as he is seen in Rome, Italy, circa 300 A.D. I have already posted pictures of the box packaging earlier HERE, so let's go right into the figure review itself :)

Some information about the company that made these figures: Kaustic Plastik emerged from the ashes of Twisting Toyz, formed by Fabio Varesi, former Twisting Toyz historical chief consultant and Danilo Leo, former Twisting Toyz chief prototyper. Kaustic Plastik products are TOTALLY designed in ITALY. Being headquartered in Italy, they have wide access to some of the world’s finest historical artifacts out there and they have managed to bring these very fine 1:6 scale replicas to us.

Kaustic Plastik has taken some creative license with the 1/6 scale head sculpts of their 12-inch roman gladiator figures. The 1/6 scale head sculpt of this "Astacius" 12-inch Retiarius roman gladiator figure was inspired by Italian Footballer Francesco Totti.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Random Pic: Star Wars 1/6 scale Bounty Hunters

These are the 1/6 scale Bounty Hunters from a galaxy far far away...

The Star Wars universe is filled with these mercenaries for hire who tracked down and captured or killed anyone with a price on their head, although they were also known for doing nearly anything for the right price including the protection of clients. In all the Star Wars films, there has always been an intergalactic bounty hunter, starting with Greedo in "Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (1977)".

These are some of the Star Wars 12-inch Bounty Hunters I've collected over the years :) Hasbro is the only company that has released almost all of the Star Wars intergalactic bounty hunters in 1/6 scale.

Click on the picture for a bigger and better view :)

In "Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)", Darth Vader enlists the bounty hunters Boba Fett, Dengar, IG-88, Bossk, 4-LOM and Zuckuss to find the Millennium Falcon for a "substantial reward" aboard the Star Destroyer Executor. Scroll down to see the recreated scene in 1/6 scale :)

Incoming: CrazyDummy One Year Anniversary US Navy SEAL Team 8 Gunner with MK48MOD1

This will be Crazy Dummy's special one year anniversary figure: a 1/6 scale US Navy SEAL Team 8 Gunner 12-inch military figure with MK48MOD1. I didn't know it has already been a year since Crazy Dummy came on the scene but it seems they have survived a year and are now proud to offer us their latest 1/6 scale military figure in commemoration of their one year anniversary

The CrazyDummy One Year Anniversary US Navy SEAL Team 8 Gunner with MK48MOD1 figure will come with the following items 配件明細如下: REAL LIKE HEADSCULPTURE AND BADY头雕素体, MICH 2001 HELMET头盔, HEAD-LOC RETENTION SYSTEM H-NAPE(OD) H-NAPE盔带悬挂系统, L2 G05 NVG MOUNT 夜视仪座, AN/PVS-15 NVG 夜视仪, V-LITE信标, NVG BUNGEE HELMENT LANYARD NVG固定带, UNIVERSAL GOGGLE RETENTION STRAPS 风镜固定带

Monday, November 7, 2011

Playmobil Fi?ures - go figure ;p

Playmobil Fi?ures are a new Playmobil theme that was recently launched. Playmobil Fi?ures consist of polybagged Playmobil Figures, in two different assortments (pink for girls, blue for boys). They appear to be based off LEGO's popular Collectable Minifigires. Jamie Dickinson, marketing manager at Playmobil said: "The figure is at the heart of every toy Playmobil makes. It was the first Playmobil product designed, so it’s a natural progression that the figure has its own dedicated range with an exciting twist."

I was intrigued by this new Playmobil Fi?ure series when I came across it last Friday at Takashimaya. At SGD3.95, they were cheaper then the single boxed Playmobil figures (usually SGD5.95) and worth a shot. Anyway, for a mystery figure, being packed in a bag is way better than a box because you can actually feel the package to know if the Playmobil Fi?ure you really want is inside the package. And I only wanted a particular figure out of the entire series 1 line.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Review III: Kaustic Plastik 1/6 scale "Celadus" Roman gladiator 12-inch figure

Here's the third part review of the stunning figure that is Kaustic Plastik's 1/6 scale "Celadus" Thraex Roman gladiator 12-inch figure. Having looked at the box packaging HERE, the newly developed 12-inch figure HERE and the ultra detailed die-cast helmet and armored greaves HERE, now's the time to show you pictures of how all the parts come together to make the whole: a complete Thraex Roman gladiator 12-inch figure! Verdict: It is EXCELLENT!

Even with the 1/6 scale die-cast metal Thraex Gladiator helmet and die-cast armored greaves, the newly developed Kaustic Plastik 12-inch Realistik Muscle Body stands steady and upright without any problem, able to take the full weight of the die-cast metal armor parts without falling over :)

Friday, November 4, 2011

Veryhot 1/6 USMC Barrett M82 Sniper uniform set Preview

Remember what I said in the previous post about Very Hot being a sniper company, going sniper crazy and just releasing every type of 1/6 scale sniper there is? Well, I wasn't kidding :) Very Hot is not just releasing one more sniper to the earlier ones they have already shown us, they are releasing TWO more sniper 12-inch figures.

This upcoming Very Hot USMC Sniper uniform set is of a USMC Marine sniper wearing the Desert MARPAT utility uniform (MCCUU) and will come with a camouflaged .50 cal Barrett Sniper Rifle, and is outfitted in coyote brown gear.

As with all of VeryHot uniform sets, NO 1/6 head sculpt or 12-inch figure body will accompany this uniform set. The pictures released with figure are just to show off the uniform and sniper kit and how the outfit looks on the figure so don't expect any BODY when you purchase this VeryHot USMC Barrett M82 Sniper uniform set.

Unlike MultiCam which is a single camouflage pattern designed to help the wearer hide in varied environments, seasons, elevations, and light conditions – It is a 7-color, multi-environment camouflage pattern developed by Crye Associates in conjunction with U.S. Army Soldier Systems Center (also known as U.S Army Natick labs) – the Marine's MARPAT camouflage has to be switched when operating in different environments, hence the need for desert MARPAT as well as Woodland MARPAT.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Veryhot 1/6 USMC M40A3 Sniper uniform set Preview

Very Hot might as well be called a company of snipers, i.e. 1/6 scale snipers ;p Very Hot really seems to be on a Sniper frenzy. Last month, they announced the early Iraqi War era USMC Scout Sniper uniform set, and the Tactical Concealment inspired Army Sniper uniform set, complete with CheyTac Intervention 200 Sniper Rifle.

Not having enough of snipers, they are now back to showing some love for the United States Marine Corps, with their USMC Scout Sniper Uniform and Kit Set in Woodland MARPAT utility uniform, complete with bergen and M40A3.

The US Army have their ACU and MultiCam while the USMC have their MARPAT (MARine PATtern) MCCUU (Marine Corps Combat Utility Uniform). In fact, the Marines were the ones who were already putting on digital camouflage in 2002. When the uniforms were first introduced, Dragon Models Limited wasted no time in producing 1/6 scaled MARPAT MCCUU and the first of these was the USMC LRRP "John" in 2002. He came fully decked with his USMC MOLLE (MOdular Lightweight Load-bearing Equipment) which consisted of his FLC (Fighting Load Carrier) along with his main rucksack secured to a lightweight frame together with his sleeping mat and additional pouches. Check out my post HERE for a look at this stunning figure that was ahead of its time :)

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Asmus Toys 1/6 Sasaki Kojiro 12-inch Figure Preview

Sasaki Kojirō (佐々木 小次郎, also known as Ganryū Kojirō) (1585? – April 13, 1612) was a prominent Japanese swordsman widely considered as a Kensei, born in Fukui Prefecture. The literal translation of "kensei" is "sword saint". Thus, the term is considered by some to imply a higher degree of perfection and was an honorary title given to a warrior of legendary skill in swordsmanship. He lived during the Sengoku and early Edo periods and is most remembered for his death while battling Miyamoto Musashi in 1612.

This will be Asmus Toys upcoming release of a 1/6 scale Sasaki Kojiro 12-inch Figure which will include: 1/6 scale Sasaki Kojirō head sculpt and fully articulated 12-inch male body, exclusive sword, bucket, pair of clogs, traveling bag, metal stand and 3 pairs of swapping hands.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Review IV: Hot Toys "Resident Evil: Afterlife" Alice with Jacket

Having already covered Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS139 1/6 scale Milla Jovovich as "Resident Evil: Afterlife" Alice 12-inch collectible figure in three previous posts (last posted HERE), here's a final look at Hot Toys Alice female action figure (NOT a doll / dollie!) wearing her gray winter jacket with fur collar.

In the movie, after Alice (Milla Jovovich) manages to survive the plane crash that supposedly killed Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts), she is seen flying a two-person plane as she follows a repeating emergency broadcast from a survivors' safe haven known as "Arcadia" in Alaska. She hopes to reunite with the other survivors from the previous film "Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)".

In Alaska, Alice puts on this winter jacket to keep herself warm. Even if she's cold, we won't be able to see it (wink and cheeky smile). I've covered all the accessories that come with this Hot Toys "Resident Evil: Afterlife" Alice 12-inch collectible figure except this, the 1/6 winter jacket (described as dark blue colored jacket but looks very much blue gray to me).