Hot Toys had already released a "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" 1/6th scale Prince Dastan 12-inch Collectible Figure (PREVIEWed HERE) with Jake Gyllenhaal head sculpt earlier in 2010. I had also kitbashed a 1/6 scale Jake Gyllenhaal as USMC Scout Sniper Anthony Swofford 12-inch figure sometime back (lots of pictures HERE). "Jarhead" is a 2005 film based on US Marine Corps Sniper Anthony Swofford's 2003 Gulf War memoir of the same name, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford.
Standard Hot Toys TrueType figure packaging with an extra pair of hands and figure display stand but this TTM19 Muscular Body version also comes with an instruction sheet cautioning you what you cannot do in case you damage the figure. Remember the saying:"Prevention is better than cure."
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Here's the Hot Toys TTM19 TrueType Muscular Body Figure with Jake Gyllenhaal head sculpt straight out of the package. Pardon his nudity haha but since these 12-inch figures are NOT anatomically correct i.e. something vital is missing between the legs, it's safe to look at it without wincing ;)
And here's a closer look at the awesome 1/6 scale head sculpt which resembles Jake Gyllenhaal without a doubt. The level of sculpting has improved tremendously, along with the painting skills such that if you were to look at the pictures below without knowing that this is a 12-inch figure, you might be mistaken into thinking that these are actually head shots of the actor himself because the artist is able to capture the skin tones and likeness of the person really well.
The design of the Hot Toys TTM19 TrueType 12-inch Muscular Body ensures that there isn't any visible neck joint as it is concealed under the upper torso. This allows the same level of articulation that figures with visible neck joints are able to afford but does away with the ugly joint lines that makes the figure look less realistic.
Unfortunately, there are certain trade offs. The Hot Toys TTM19 TrueType Muscular Body Figure has only 30 points of articulation compared to the Hot Toys TTM18 TrueType Figure with Narrow Shoulder which has 38 points of articulation. The main difference is in the shoulder and elbow joints. TTM18 has double jointed elbow joints which allows the figure's hand to bend and touch the shoulder (180-degree movement) whereas the TTM19 is restricted to a right angle bend (almost 90-degree movement)
The thing is, most times we don't make our figures do yoga nor do we put them in extreme poses but it's still nice to know that we could if we wanted to. For the TTM19 Muscular Body, there are limitations. It's a case of realism versus articulation. If you want more articulation, get the TTM18 but if you want realism, then TTM19 is your guy. Always good to have options.
The other problem is with head sculpts. Some 1/6 manufacturers produce head sculpts that come with a neck and a neck connector. These work well with the TTM18 as it allows for that option of switching out the heads but for the TTM19 Muscular Body figure, only heads will do since the neck is part of the upper torso. Any head that comes with a neck will not fit onto this body. That means all Head Play 1/6 scale heads and those of quite a few other manufacturers as well.
And here's the Hot Toys TTM19 TrueType Muscular Body Figure having a nice relaxing soak in his 1/6 scale bath tub ;p What's missing is the water and soap bubbles haha
And this is from a scene made famous on all the movie posters of "Love and Other Drugs", a 2010 romantic comedy film where Jake Gyllenhaal plays Jamie Randall, a pharmaceutical sales representative who hits the big time when he starts selling Viagra, an instant success. What's missing in the picture is Anne Hathaway. The two of them spent quite a bit of time being naked in the film. According to Hathaway, she believes both have "done nudity with a tremendous amount of sensitivity and dignity."
And there you have it - a short review of Hot Toys TTM19 TrueType Muscular Body Figure. Hope you enjoyed it :)