Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Incoming: LoadingToys 1/6 scale Asia head sculpt - Faris aka Chow Yun-Fat

This will be the next head sculpt to be released by Loading Toys and the 1/6 scale Asia head sculpt "Faris" is none other than that of Chow Yun-fat, a Hong Kong actor best known in Asia for his collaboration with filmmaker John Woo in heroic bloodshed genre films A Better Tomorrow, The Killer, and Hard Boiled; and to the West for his role as Li Mu-bai in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.

The head sculpt looks stunningly realistic and has an amazing resemblance to Chow Yun-fat with a almost perfect likeness of the actor. Scroll down to see other 1:6 scale versions of Chow Yun-fat that have been released.

Dragon Models Limited (DML) released this 1/6 scale Chow Yun-fat 12-inch figure in 1999 and although it was not directly tied to the 1999 movie "The Corruptor", everything on the box said otherwise - the title itself was a giveaway! See all the pictures from my May 7, 2008 post :) or just click on the picture. If you were to compare this Dragon Models "Detective Chow" head sculpt with the soon-to-be-released version by Loading Toys shown above, you can see that it's pretty similar in terms of hairstyle, frown and lips placement except that the Loading Toys version is heaps better!

The Replacement Killers starred Chow Yun Fat and Mira Sorvino, and was Chow's American debut. Chow Yun Fat played John Lee, a hitman hired to kill the 7-year old son of an L.A. cop (Michael Rooker) but when he couldn't bring himself to kill an innocent child, Triad boss Wei responds by threatening Lee's family back in China as well as hiring other hitmen to finish the job. This is a kitbashed 1/6 scale Chow Yun-fat as John Lee figure based on the head sculpt produced by Dragon Models Limited (DML).

Last but not least, this was the 2007 released Hot Toys 1/6 scale Sao Feng 12-inch figure from the movie "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End" where Chow Yun-Fat played Sao Feng (meaning "Howling Wind"), the Pirate Lord of Singapore and the South China Sea, who possesses a map to World's End, the gateway to Davy Jones' Locker. See more pictures HERE or simply click on the picture below ;p

I cannot wait to get my hands on this LoadingToys 1/6 scale Asia head sculpt so that I can update / upgrade the DML "Detective Chow" and John Lee figures :)


Unknown said...

I also picked up the loading toys Chow head, to make a custom figure. Was able to get the detective Chow figure as well, so perhaps I'll get another "Loading Toys" head to replace the "Detective Chow" head, since as you noted the "LoadingToys" heads is so much better.

alex teo said...

Great choice Winston :) Glad you having FUN and enjoying the hobby. Viva 1:6 haha