Friday, November 30, 2012

What a difference a shemagh makes ;p Very Hot 1/6 scale Mercenary (sand ver) with kufiya added

continued from earlier post...

The keffiyeh / kufiya (Arabic: كوفية‎, kūfiyyah, plural كوفيات, kūfiyyāt), also better known as a ghutrah (غُترَة) or shemagh (شماغ), and also known by some as ḥaṭṭah (حَطّة), mashadah (مَشَدة), or in Persian chafiye (چَفیِه), and in Kurdish cemedanî ( جه مه داني), is a traditional Arab headdress fashioned from a square, usually cotton, scarf. It is typically worn by Arab men, as well as some Kurds.

It is commonly found in arid regions to provide protection from direct sun exposure, as well to protect the mouth and eyes from blown dust and sand. Its distinctive woven check pattern may have originated in an ancient Mesopotamian representation of either fishing nets or ears of grain, but the true origin of the pattern remains unknown. [source: wiki]

For decades, keffiyeh have been issued to British soldiers who now, almost exclusively, refer to them as shemaghs. Their use by some units and formations of the military and police forces of the former British Empire and subsequent Commonwealth dates back to before the Second World War. Since the beginning of the War on Terror (used to specifically refer to the ongoing military campaign led by the US, UK and their allies against organizations and regimes identified by them as terrorist), these keffiyeh / shemagh, usually cotton and in military olive drab or khaki with black stitching, have been adopted by US troops as well, a reversal of previous policy which saw them strictly forbidden during the Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991).

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Welcome to DASH, Here’s a Hot Toys Luke Skywalker Giveaway

In case you haven’t heard of, we wanted to make a strong first impression. In fact, we’re giving away a Hot Toys Luke Skywalker to make sure you remember us. This beautiful figure is valued at almost $300, includes a bundle of extras, and is being given away to one lucky collector for free by Collector-ActionFigures.

For your chance to win Luke Skywalker, all you need to do is complete a free membership registration with Collector-ActionFigures. It doesn’t cost a dime and only takes a minute, but make sure you go through the entire process to activate your account. Not only will you then be entered to win the contest, you’ll also have access to the internet’s best catalog of action figures. There’s simply no better way to start off a digital collection on DASH than by entering a classic figure like this Hot Toys beauty into your collection.

Enjoy your new membership, and we wish you good luck towards winning this unbelievable masterpiece of a prize.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Even mercenaries have sniper teams and two mercs are definitely better off than one ;p

continued from earlier post...

A marksman, markswoman, or marksperson is a person who is skilled in precision, or a sharpshooter shooting, using projectile weapons, such as with a rifle but most commonly with a designated marksman rifle and / or a sniper rifle, to shoot at long range targets. The main difference between a marksman and a normal sniper is that a marksman is usually considered an organic part of a team of soldiers, whereas regular snipers tend to work alone or with other snipers.

A sniper is a highly trained marksman who operates alone or in pair who maintain close visual contact with the enemy and engages targets from concealed positions or physical distances exceeding the detection capabilities of the enemy personnel, without being detected. These sniper teams operate independently, with little combat asset support from their parent units. Snipers typically have highly selective and specialized training and use high-precision rifles and optics, and often have sophisticated communication assets to feed valuable combat information back to their units.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Preview CooModel 1/6 scale Human Skeleton 12-inch figure - if only it came with sword and shield

"Jason and the Argonauts" is a 1963 Columbia Pictures fantasy feature film starring Todd Armstrong as the titular mythical Greek hero in a story about his quest for the Golden Fleece. Directed by Don Chaffey in collaboration with stop motion animation expert Ray Harryhausen, the film is noted for its stop-motion creatures, and particularly the iconic fight with the skeletons.

And now coming from COOMODEL: 1/6 scale Human skeleton Body introduced. Note: skeletal material: PVC (to prevent bursting) with Movable joints Material: the particularity nylon stamina PVC (to prevent brittle)

Wouldn't it be COOl if these were actually 1/6 scale skeletons from "Jason and the Argonauts"? All they need is the sword and shield plus skeletal hands that can hold the weapons. Looks like these "hands" are pose-able. If you scroll down to see the rest of the preview / prototype pictures, you'll see a picture of this particular CooModel 1/6 scale Human Skeleton 12-inch figure grasping what appears to be an "air" pistol i.e. holding the gun firing pose but with no gun in hand.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Review Very Hot 1/6 scale Mercenary uniform set (sand version) for 12-inch military figure

Another 1/6 scale Bruce Willis 12-inch figure? Why not since Bruce Willis has been keeping himself pretty busy with "The Expendables 2", "Looper", "Fire with Fire", "G.I. Joe: Retaliation", "A Good Day to Die Hard" and "RED 2". Because of Bruce Willis persona and his roles as an action hero who never seems to quit and cannot die, he has been the subject of quite a few 1/6 scale manufacturers and target of toy companies when making and releasing 12-inch figures.

This is just 1/6 scale Bruce Willis modeling the recently released Very Hot 1/6 scale Mercenary uniform set (sand version) for 12-inch military figure. Since the set doesn't come with a figure, I thought I'll just use this Bruce Willis 12-inch figure for the kitting up and display. The latest Bruce Willis figure released was the Art Figures 1/6 scale City Police 12-inch Figure reviewed earlier HERE and HERE. This particular 1/6 scale Bruce Willis head sculpt was a custom head I bought and used to kitbash a 1/6 scale Bruce Willis as John McClane 12-inch figure from Die-Hard 3 (You can view the pictures HERE).

But enough about Bruce. Let's see what Very Hot 1/6 scale Mercenary uniform set (sand version) for 12-inch military figure has to offer. By calling this a mercenary set, Very Hot doesn't have to be accurate in terms of the gear and equipment since mercenaries don't belong to any army and buy their stuff from all over. Hint: I bought this particular set mainly for the M40A1 sniper rifle. I'm going to need that when the DAM Toys 1/6 scale USMC in Persian Gulf War (Desert Storm 1991) 12-inch "Jarhead" Figure is released (see the preview pictures HERE). Scroll down to see what is included with this Very Hot set...

Take a look at Asmus Toys 1/6 scale Steve Training Set OR Boxing Training Outfit Set

In the 2012 "The Avengers" movie, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America is a World War II veteran who was enhanced to the peak of human physicality by an experimental serum but was supposedly Killed In Action during the war while trying to stop the Red Skull from destroying the United States. After being thawed out, Steve Rogers discovered that he is in a whole new world, in a completely different time where everybody he knew is dead.

Before Nick Fury approaches the Captain for the mission to stop Loki, Steve is taking out his frustration by punching bags. Now there's a way to recreate that very scene in 1/6 scale diorama...

This Asmus Toys 1/6 scale Steve Training Set OR Boxing Training Outfit Set will come with white fitted shirt (T-shirt), light gray sports trousers (track pants), a pair of All-Star sneakers and punching bag. Do note that 1/6 scale figure is NOT included.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Incoming Inflames Toys 1/6 scale The Cowboy from Hell looks like 1/6 Gungrave 12-inch figure

Gungrave (ガングレイヴ Gangureivu) is a PlayStation 2 third-person shooter video game developed by Red Entertainment and published by Sega. The game debuted on July 17, 2002 in Japan, September 16, 2002 in North America and November 29, 2002 in the United Kingdom. Gungrave follows its main character through a variety of stages on a path of revenge.

Formerly Brandon Heat, Grave was once a high ranking and trusted member of the Millennion leadership. Gungrave opens shortly after his resurrection, fifteen years after his death. Throughout the game Grave's past is told through the use of flashbacks in the form of anime cutscenes as Grave recovers his memories. Grave is a silent protagonist, receiving his mission and carrying it out without a word. As a result of his transformation into an undead soldier, his body must be sustained by periodic blood tranfusions or else he becomes weak and his body will collapse. [source: wiki]

Now from Inflames Toys comes this 1/6 scale The Cowboy from Hell action figure who looks a lot like a 1/6 scale Grave figure from the Gungrave video game. The words read "I am back from the hell just for you. When all over I will be back to the darkness. B. Heat" It can't get any more clearer than that.

Preview Phicen Limited 12-inch Female Seam-less Body In Specialties Color Medium Bust Size

Looks like 12-inch figure bodies are popping up left, right and center too ;p

We just saw the ZCWO 1/6 scale Articulate Body AB-01 in the previous post and now pictures and news of Phicen's next 12-inch female figure body are already circulating on the internet. This is the Phicen Female Seamless Body In Specialties Color Medium Bust Size For 12-inch Figures (Item No. PLMB2012-03). I don't name them, I just publish them so don't ask me what being in "specialties" color mean? Is it supposed to be racist, politically correct or are females now color coded as well when my back was turned. All I do know is that this female is in 1:6 scale, has 33 Points of articulation, is about 28 cm tall and weighs 0.208 kg (so don't call her fat or you'll live to regret it, if you know what I mean).

On the basis of the old products of theirs from before, Phicen assures collectors that the neck of medium sized breast figure can rotate 360 degree for the purpose of improving the simulation of the figure. Simulation, not stimulation ;p On the other hand Phicen has also added a mental piece into the elbow joint which prevents the arm from easy breakage. Furthermore, they say it looks more natural when the elbow is bent backwards.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Check out ZCWO 1/6 Articulate Body AB-01

The ZCWO 1/6 scale Articulate Body AB-01 will come with 2 pairs of hands, ankle extension joints, 4 pieces of interchangeable neck and an extendable neck. It's not clear whether or not the AB-01 comes with the 1/6 scale head sculpt. Since ZCWO announced their Mens Hommes MH010 1/6 scale U.S. Air Force Officer Service Dress Uniform for 12-inch figures recently (posted earlier in my toy blog HERE), we can be quite sure that this AB-01 articulated body is intended for that particular dress uniform ;p

Is the head sculpt supposed to be a replica of Hot Toys 1/6 scale 75th Ranger Regiment Terrence Howard head sculpt (see my earlier post HERE for pictures)? The resemblance to the actor is not so telling. Also the 12-inch figure body appears to be rather thin. Then again, thin bodies are easy to bulk up if necessary and this might just be what is needed, especially when you are going to pile on the uniform and assault vest plus pouches and gear as well as accessories. Hopefully, more 12-inch figure bodies being put onto the market means lower pricing for collectors with more options to purchase.

Comparing Art Figures 1/6 City Police with VTS (Virtual ToyS) Stone Cold Killer 12-inch figure

At least two 1/6 scale companies / manufacturers have produced and released 12-inch figures based on the 2005 film adaptation of Frank Miller's Sin City John Hartigan character. In the 2005 movie, John Hartigan is played by Bruce Willis and it seems Mr Willis is a very lucrative character to be made into 1/6 scale because there have been countless 1/6 scale figures released that bear a resemblance to Bruce Willis, so much so that I actually have a label on my TOYHAVEN toy blog just for Bruce Willis :)

There are other interesting characters from the Sin City film that could be made into 12-inch figures as well such as The Salesman (Josh Hartnett - at least Dragon Models did release two 12-inch figures of him - Pearl Harbor HERE and Black Hawk Down HERE), Jackie Boy (Benicio del Toro), Dwight (Clive Owen) and most notably Marv (Mickey Rourke) but we haven't see any of them hit the market. The girls in the film are even more exciting: Goldie (Jaime King), Shellie (Brittany Murphy), Becky (Alexis Bledel), Gail (Rosario Dawson), Miho (Devon Aoki) and Nancy (Jessica Alba - Dragon also released a Jessica Alba lookalike 12-inch female action figure as well - see the pictures HERE).

In the 2005 American crime thriller film "Sin City", a neo-noir based on Miller's graphic novel series of the same name, aging police officer John Hartigan (Bruce Willis) tries to stop serial child-killer Roark Junior (Nick Stahl) from raping and killing eleven-year-old Nancy Callahan (Makenzie Vega). Scroll down to see comparison pictures of the two 12-inch John Hartigan figures released so far.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Incoming: PopToys 1/6 scale Office Lady’s Suit Set for 12-inch female figures (3 versions)

These latest suits by Pop Toys for 12-inch female figures certainly is a welcome sight in contrast with the tactical hooker type of female outfits we have been seeing of late. So who are these suits for? Well, they are quite ideal for kitbashing 1/6 scale versions of Virginia "Pepper" Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) and Natalie Rushman / Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) from Iron Man 2 or Dana Scully from X-Files.

According to PopToys, their suit set will be fitter, because of the new cutting style. Heads in the photos are provided by Kumik and do note that the 12-inch female action figure body, 1/6 scale female head sculpt, accessories such as the laptop and gun are not included.

PopToys Model: POP1204-A Office Lady’s Suit Set Black will consist of Women’s White Long-sleeved Shirt, Women’s Black Suit, Women’s Black Suit Pants, Black High-heels. Scroll down to see more pictures plus the other two versions - Pop Toys blue and white women's suits

ZCWO Mens Hommes MH010 1/6 U.S. Air Force Officer Service Dress Uniform is for 12" Rhodes

When the U.S. Air Force first became a fully separate branch in 1947 personnel continued to wear uniforms nearly identical to the U.S. Army. The first Air Force-specific blue dress uniform, introduced in 1949, was in Shade 1683, also dubbed "Uxbridge Blue" after the former Bachman-Uxbridge Worsted Company. An Ike jacket, inherited from the Army Air Forces but in Shade 1683, was an optional uniform item.

The current U.S. Air Force Service Dress Uniform, which was initially adopted in 1993 and made mandatory on 1 October 1999, consists of a three-button coat, similar to that of a men's "sport jacket" (with silver mirror-finish "U.S." pins on the lapels), matching trousers, and either a service cap or flight cap, all in Shade 1620, also known as "Air Force Blue." This is worn with a light blue shirt (Shade 1550) and a herringbone patterned necktie (Shade 1620). Metal buttons on the dress uniform were also changed at this time, transitioning satin finish buttons that employed the contemporary U.S. Air Force seal to a historically significant retro insignia that had been used by the U.S. Army Air Forces as a shoulder patch during World War II. [source: wiki]

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Preview Hot Toys The Avengers: 1/6th scale Agent Phil Coulson Limited Edition Figure

First the teaser pictures (see my earlier post HERE), now the official preview / prototype/ pre-release pictures of Hot Toys S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson

Hot Toys is proud to present the Agent Phil Coulson Limited Edition Collectible Figurine from the smash hit The Avengers movie. The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson in the movie, highlighting the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume, weapons and accessories.

Hot Toys – MMS189 - The Avengers: 1/6th scale Agent Phil Coulson Limited Edition Collectible Figurine specially features: Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Clark Gregg as Agent Phil Coulson in The Avengers movie; is approximately 30 cm tall; has TrueType body with over 30 points of articulations with Movie-accurate facial features with detailed wrinkles and skin texture. Five (5) pieces of interchangeable palms including: One (1) pair of relaxed palms for holding walkie talkie or mobile phone, One (1) piece of right palm for holding gun, One (1) piece of left palm for holding gun or S.H.I.E.L.D. folder, One (1) piece of left palm for holding Captain America trading cards. Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted.

First look at Original Effect Army Attractive series 1/6 scale Viola 12-inch female action figure

UPDATE 25 August 2013: Viola in-hand pictures HERE

From source:
Army Attractive series is originated by OE. It forms a brand new legend label which contains comic, doll, board game (cooperate with Board game Design). It's a story about in the near future, an unperceivable Dictatorial power rises again. Its mission is creating a perfect ehthic, being crude to the world. Viola is the first ethic raised, with white skins, light yellow hair, blue-green eyes and is the accomplice of the evil organization. But Viola changes its side when they had been gone through of the massacre executed by the organization and became the fighter against it. Meanwhile, more and more challenges are waiting for her……

Original Effect Army Attractive series 1/6 scale Viola 12-inch female action figure (femfig) will come with 1/6 scale Viola head sculpt, 12-inch female figure body with high-heeled feet, pair of gloved hands, revolver, cap, Bra / corset top, skirt, belt with holster, stockings, black overcoat, tie, figure stand and comic: Army Attractive Vol.1. Scroll down to see more pictures :)

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Preview DAM Toys 1/6 U.S. Navy SEAL Riverine Ops Rifleman (Woodland Camouflage Version)

DAM Toys has already previewed their 1/6 scale United States Navy SEAL Riverine Ops Rifleman (Desert Camo version) 12-inch Military Figure a while back (you can see the pictures HERE) but now DAM Toys is showing us an upcoming Special version DAM Toys 1/6 scale U.S. Navy SEAL Riverine Ops Rifleman (Woodland Camouflage Version) 12-inch military figure. Besides the obvious difference in BDU (Battle Dress Uniform), there are other notable differences like the weapon and gear used.

Being a SEAL in Woodlands Camouflage, one cannot help but wonder if this is another TOTS (Tears of the Sun) figure in DAM Toys line-up and if it is, I really don't know who this guy is supposed to be in the squad.

DAM Toys 1/6 U.S. Navy SEAL Riverine Ops Rifleman (Woodland Camouflage Version) 12-inch military action figure will come with Woodland camo jungle hat, 1/6 scale real like head sculpt, 12-inch action figure body, Diving suit, SOF Woodland camo battle dress uniform, Rigger belt, 1195J Rifleman floating harness,1 Quart Canteen x 2, SAFE rigging, MOLLE MBITR Radio pouch, AN / PRC-148 Radio, LASH I Headset, Panama outsole jungle boots (black), Nomex gloves(OD), Navy UDT Life preserver, Navy shore patrol whistle, SCUBAPRO Twinjet fins. Scroll down to see more...

Monday, November 19, 2012

Preview Soldier Story 1991 Operation Desert Saber 1/6 USMC "Jarhead" 12" Military Figure

Jarhead is a 2005 biographical drama war film based on U.S. Marine Anthony Swofford's 2003 memoir of the same name, directed by Sam Mendes, starring Jake Gyllenhaal as Swofford with co-stars Jamie Foxx, Peter Sarsgaard, and Chris Cooper. The title comes from the slang term used to refer to U.S. Marines (sometimes by Marines themselves).

Jamie Foxx plays SSgt Sykes. Staff Sergeant Sykes is a Marine lifer. He is Swoff and Troy's training SNCO during Scout Sniper training at Camp Pendleton. If you've been wanting to add a 1990s Gulf War Era 12-inch military figure to your collection, now's the time :) First there was the DAM Toys 1/6 USMC in Persian Gulf War (Desert Storm 1991) 12-inch "Jarhead" Figure (pictures HERE) and now this.

From Soldier Story will come this 1/6 scale USMC 1st Battalion 2nd Marine Division grunt from Operation Desert Saber, Kuwait 1991. The Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991), codenamed Operation Desert Storm (17 January 1991 – 28 February 1991) was a war waged by a UN-authorized coalition force from 34 nations led by the United States, against Iraq in response to Iraq's invasion and annexation of Kuwait.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Incoming DAM Toys Gangsters Kingdom 1/6 Spade J 12" figure is animated Jason Statham

DAM Toys are coming up with a lot of nice surprises and these latest surprise is DAM nice :) I am liking everything about this new DAM Toys Gangsters Kingdom 1/6 scale Spade J 12-inch figure which essentially is an animated Jason Statham. How COOL is that!!!

DAM Toys Gangsters Kingdom 1/6 scale Spade J 12-inch figure will come with 1/6 scale head sculpt (the original description says "real-like" - LOL), 12-inch Action Figure body, peaked cap, Long sleeve T-shirt black, Heavy motorcycle leather jacket, Black jeans, Leather boots (one pair), three hands, P226 pistol, P226 pistol magazine x 2, PPK pistol + Pistol silencer / suppressor, Switch Blade, Ankle Holster, Diesel Bag, Silver Necklace.

Really excited about this one. Can't wait to get my hands on him. Scroll down to see more pictures. I hope it'll put a smile on your face as it did mine ;p

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Preview ACI Toys new 1/6 scale Christian 12-inch figure "Medium Built Bodies" - 3 versions

ACI Toys has announced their soon-to-be-released 1/6th scale 100% New Body that they are calling the 12-inch Christian "Medium Built Bodies". These are all the official pictures of ACI Toys: New 1/6 Body-Christian "Medium Built Bodies"!

Altogether there will be 3 versions: Unpainted Version, Asian Version and Caucasian Version. These will be just headless bodies i.e. the 1/6 scale head sculpt is not included. Do note that these bodies all come with the neck which means you can only attach heads and NOT head sculpts that come with a neck already. Good for head hunters only ;p

My first reaction when I saw these pictures was: "That's not very Christian-like haha" Scroll down to see more pictures of ACI's new Christian bodies. More 12-inch figure body options for collectors and kitbashers alike. Things weren't like this before. Used to be hard to hunt down a decent 12-inch figure body for bashing / customizing due to the limited options available but nowadays, we are pretty much spoilt for choice, which is a good thing.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Preview Hot Toys T2: Judgment Day 1/6th scale DX13 T-800 (Battle Damaged Version) 12" Figure

Hot Toys is proud to present the DX 1/6th scale T-800 (Battle Damaged Version) Collectible Figure from the "Terminator 2: Judgment Day" movie. The T-800 collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Arnold Schwarzenegger in battle damaged look in the movie, highlighting the two newly developed head sculpts with rolling eyeballs, advanced muscular body, leather-like battle damaged jackets and pants, as well as detailed weapons and accessories with T-1000 statue in real-like liquid metal form.

Hot Toys – DX13 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day: 1/6th scale T-800 (Battle Damaged Version) Collectible Figure specially features: - Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Arnold Schwarzenegger as T-800 in battle damaged look in the movie Terminator 2: Judgment Day - Approximately 32 cm tall - Two (2) battle damaged head sculpts with detachable scalp and shock- damping in the head including: One (1) battle damaged head sculpt with Parallel Eyeball Rolling System (PERS) patented by Hot Toys Limited, One (1) battle damaged head sculpt with rolling eyeballs with LED light in right eyeball (red light, battery operated)

Hot Toys teases with 1/6 scale Avengers SHIELD Agent Phil Coulson 12-inch Action Figure

Phillip "Phil" Coulson is a fictional character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, a shared fictional universe that is the setting of several superhero films produced by Marvel Studios. Coulson first appeared as a member of the fictional agency S.H.I.E.L.D. in Iron Man (2008), where he was portrayed by American actor Clark Gregg, who then signed a multi-film deal with Marvel Studios and reprised the role in Iron Man 2 (2010), Thor (2011), and The Avengers (2012).

Here are the first three pictures Hot Toys has released...

Clark Gregg will again reprise his role as "Phil" Coulson in S.H.I.E.L.D., an upcoming television series produced by Marvel Studios. Gregg also starred as the character in two short films. The character's popularity has resulted in his appearance in the mainstream Marvel Comics universe, as well as in the animated television series Ultimate Spider-Man.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Pre-order Dollsfigure 12-inch Hit Team Figures: 1/6 Female Agent, Biker, Dark Villain & Trooper

Now Dollsfigure have their own hit team too ;p Dollsfigure will be releasing a 1/6 scale Female Special  Agent clothing set, Motorcyclist / Biker clothing set, Dark Tool (Villain) uniform set and Dark Tool (Trooper) equipment set for kitbashers and customizers alike. Lots of options available but do note that heads, bodies and boots are NOT included.

Dollsfigure 1/6 scale Female Sniper Black Outfit Set (also called Female Special Agent Clothing Full Set) will come with Headgear, Belt, Overcoat, Bra Top, Skirt with Belt, Red Armband, 2 Neck Collars, Lace Stockings, SVD Sniper Rifle. Note: head, body and boots are NOT included (display only). Scroll down to see the other 12-inch figure sets.

Playmobil Fi?ures Series 3 female mini figure looks a lot like Charlize Theron as Aeon Flux

From one female assassin (see previous post) to another...

Æon Flux is a 2005 science fiction film directed by Karyn Kusama and it is a loose adaptation of the animated science fiction television series of the same name. The movie stars Charlize Theron as Æon Flux. Aeon Flux is a mysterious assassin working for the Monicans, a group of rebels trying to overthrow the government. When she is a sent on a mission to kill the Chairman, a whole new mystery is found.

Æon Flux was originally an avant-garde science fiction animated television series that aired on MTV in various forms throughout the 1990s, with film, comic book, and video game adaptations following thereafter. Æon Flux is set in a bizarre, dystopian future world. The title character is a tall, leather-clad secret agent from the nation of Monica, skilled in assassination and acrobatics.

One of the female figures from Playmobil's new line that is Playmobil Fi?ures Series 3 just happen to look a lot like Aeon Flux from the movie because of the way she is "dressed" / designed. The Playmobil figure has the same looking outfit as Charlize Theron in Æon Flux. Playmobil does not outrightly say that this is a Aeon Flux mini-figure but the resemblance is all too obvious.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Preview Phicen Limited 1/6 scale Assassin Joanna 12-inch Femme Fatale Figure

Phicen Limited is on a roll. Just after announcing that they will be releasing not one but two versions of their 1/6 scale Rayne 12-inch female action figure (femfig) last week (see my posts HERE and HERE), they are showing new prototype preview pictures of their next 1/6 scale female figure and this one's an assassin.

Phicen Limited 1:6 scale ASSASSIN JOANNA (Item No: PLMB2012-15) will be approximately 29.5 cm tall and will come with 1/6 scale Joanna female Head sculpt with earrings, Small breast seamless body tan colored, Replaceable hands (6 pcs / 3 pairs), one-piece all-black Leathery jumpsuit, black leather jacket, Belt with Small waist pack, Big waist pack, Wrist protector, Elbow support, Arms protector, Armpit holster (1 set), Leg holster, Leg bag, Clip bag, Lighter bag, Guitar bag, Boots (1 pair).

Assassin Joanna 12-inch Femme Fatale Figure will be armed with 1/6 scale Pistols (2 pcs), Pistol clips (2 pcs), WA2000 sniper gun with 6 rds clip (1 pc) and 12 rds clip (1 pc) plus Zoom peep-sight. Scroll down to see more pictures :)

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Art Figures 1/6 scale City Police 12-inch Figure Review II - More Sin City John Hartigan pictures

continued from previous post...

At the start of That Yellow Bastard, Hartigan is "pushing 60." He has a distinguishing cross-shaped scar on his forehead. He is presented as a muscular and imposing man, capable of holding his own in almost any fight. He also suffers from angina, which consistently affects his work, despite his attempts to ignore and fight through it. He is almost always dressed professionally, most commonly wearing an oxford shirt, tie, and dress slacks, along with his signature trenchcoat.

Hartigan possesses a seemingly indomitable will, able to withstand multiple bullet wounds without collapsing, and most notably being capable of willing himself back to life after being hanged. Hartigan has a distinctive way of narrating: he often talks to himself in his head, referring himself as "stupid old man". Who better to play John Hartigan in the 2005 film adaptaion of Frank Miller's "Sin City" than Bruce Willis, the die-hard man :)

Monday, November 12, 2012

Review 1: Art Figures 1/6 scale City Police 12-inch Figure is Bruce Willis as John Hartigan

Detective John Hartigan is a major protagonist in the "Sin City" series of graphic novels, written by Frank Miller. He is the central character in "That Yellow Bastard", and has a small cameo in "Just Another Saturday Night".

A veteran police detective of Basin City, Hartigan is gruff, stoic, and cynical. He is also completely selfless; he cares little about his own well-being as long as he can protect his fellow citizens. He risks his own safety and reputation to achieve safety for those he cares about, but this dedication eventually destroys his life.

Hartigan is portrayed by Bruce Willis in the 2005 film adaptation of Sin City. According to many interviews, Willis, upon seeing one or two minutes of The Customer is Always Right short that Robert Rodriguez had brought with him as a proof of concept tool to get actors and other talent (most notably Frank Miller) on board, paused the DVD, turned to Rodriguez and said that whatever he saw from that point onwards, he wanted to be part of the project. Michael Douglas was considered for the role before Willis came on board. [source: wiki]

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Post #5: Amazing Pictures by photographer Daniel Picard - He makes 1/6 figures so REAL!

If you haven't seen Daniel Picard's pictures and his awesome photography plus digital imaging skills, then you haven't see everything. Daniel Picard has been sharing his stunning pictures with me since September 2010 and he is really really really GOOD!

He combines real 1:1 scale pictures and objects with photographs of his 1:6 scale toys / figures and makes the 12-inch figures appear like they are actually 1:1 scale / life-size. AND he's extremely good at it ;p Kudos to Dan and thanks again for sharing your pictures.

The picture above shows Dan's new profile shot for an online interview, surrounding by three good old tRUSTY robot friends which we are all too familiar with. Scroll down to see more pictures of Dan's exceptional skills. I always get a kick every time he sends me pictures and almost always fall off my chair haha

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Preview DID Waffen SS-Panzer-Division "Das Reich", Eastern Front 1943 - SS Engineer "Niels"

WWII Sturm-Pioniers (Assault Pioneers) were German combat engineers responsible for the construction of bridges for infantry soldiers to cross natural and man-made obstacles as well as the breaching of enemy fortifications; supervising the construction of field defensive works such as bunkers, support weapon firing positions, etc.

DID's new Waffen SS Engineer "Niels" depicts such a sturm-pionier within the SS-Panzer-Division "DAS Reich", during operations in Eastern Front 1943.

DID Waffen SS-Panzer-Division "DAS Reich", Eastern Front 1943 - SS Engineer "Niels" Set will include: One 1/6 scale head sculpt, One New all-era 12-inch figure body, Three pairs of hands, One tunic, One combat trousers, One camouflage smock, One backpack, One bread bag, One camo helmet cover, One side pouch, One field cap, One grey scarf, One cuff title, One trousers suspender, One belt, Two triangular flags, One oblong flag, One flag carrier, One water bottle, One shovel with carrier, One saw with carrier, One bayonet with sheath and carrier, One wire-cutter with carrier, One helmet with inner leather, Three pieces of explosive blocks, Two pieces of explosive charges, One exploder, One grenade, Wire, One Teller mine, One mess kit, One K98 rifle, Eight styles of insignia, A pair of leather boots. That's a lot of stuff! Scroll down to see the pictures of this amazing highly detailed set.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pop Toys 1/6 scale Black Kunoichi Female Character Set for 12-inch female action figure

In the opening scene of the fourth Resident Evil movie, "Resident Evil: Afterlife" which opens a few weeks after the events of "Resident Evil: Extinction", the Alice clones (Milla Jovovich) attempt to kill Umbrella CEO Albert Wesker (Shawn Roberts) at his base in Japan. With hair swept back and tied in a ponytail while wearing skin tight all black suits and armed with double sub-machine guns plus double katana swords, the Alice clones seem to have the upper hand.

It seems Resident Evil Alice (Milla Jovovich) makes for a great 1/6 scale female action figure because quite a number of companies have produced and released 12-inch Resident Evil Alice figures and it looks like they are not letting up.

This is Pop Toys Model: POP1203 1/6 scale Black Kunoichi Set which is undoubtedly inspired by Milla Jovovich's Alice character from the "Resident Evil" films. Scroll down to see more pictures of Pop Toys 1/6 Alice 12-inch figure.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

H is also for Hades and Hermes 12-inch figures by Foxbox Studio "God Complex" line of figures

Gotta put them together – Foxbox Studio's pair of God Complex Hades and Hermes 12-inch figures. These are really one-of-a-kind sixth scale figures because they are not based on any movie franchise, nor military themed but they are drawn and inspired by the gods from Greek mythology.

In Greek mythology, Hades is the King of the Underworld and god of the dead and the hidden wealth of the Earth. His consort is Persephone and his attributes are the key of Hades, the Helm of Darkness, and the three-headed dog, Cerberus. Hermes is the god of travel, messengers, trade, thievery, cunning wiles, language, writing, diplomacy, athletics, and animal husbandry. He is the messenger of the gods, a psychopomp who leads the souls of the dead into Hades' realm, and the son of Zeus and Maia.

I've already reviewed both Foxbox Studio's "God Complex: Hermes" and "God Complex: Hades" separately but haven't put them together for pictures yet, until now :) Scroll down to see more pictures of this great pairing by Foxbox Studio.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Barack Obama wins election for second term as United States President - Congratulations to him

Source: YAHOO news

President Barack Obama handily defeated Governor Mitt Romney and won himself a second term Tuesday after a bitter and historically expensive race that was primarily fought in just a handful of battleground states. Networks project that Obama beat Romney after nabbing the crucial state of Ohio.

So its's only fitting that I re-post this particular TOYHAVEN toy blog entry again since the 12-inch figure in question is that of a 1/6 scale President Barack Obama figure :)

Originally posted on July 4, 2010 entitled "1:6 President Obama on July 4, Independence Day" HERE

During the 2008 US presidential campaign following the New Hampshire Democratic Primary, then-Senator (now President) Barack Obama, used the similar English translation of the slogan of United Farm Workers (UFW) – "Sí, se puede" (Spanish for "Yes, it can be done") in his speech. "Yes we can" became a slogan popularized by Obama and very much associated with him.

Pre-order Phicen Limited 1/6 scale Rayne version 2.0 12-inch femme fatale action figure (femfig)

Phicen Limited must have a lot of confidence in their newest product, the Rayne sixth scale female action figure because less than a week of posting pictures of Rayne wearing a sexy red and black outfit showing quite a bit of her mid-section (see my earlier post HERE), Phicen Limited is now taking orders for Rayne version 2.0 1/6 scale deluxe collector figure.

This time Rayne will come dressed in all-black evening dress but she is still armed with her two large killer swords (Ghost knives). How does she conceal her weapons baffles me ;p in most instances, the femme fatale hides a small handgun in a holster carried on her thigh or tucked into the garter belt but Rayne's weapons are HUGE so there's no way for her to conceal or hide her weapons so I guess she really isn't dressed for a night on the town.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Pre-order Figure Club 1/6 scale The League of Shadows "Ducard" Ninja Shadow Master figure

Figure Club 1/6 scale The League of Shadows "Ducard" Ninja Shadow Master 12-inch figure (worldwide limited release of 150 sets) will come with: Real-like 1/6 scale head sculpt of Ducard, 12-inch action figure body, face mask, detachable samurai armor consisting of chest, shoulders, arms and crouch piece), ninja clothing set, boots with armor, normal pair of hands plus three pairs of gloved hands with armor, katana, leather-like katana scabbard

Henri Ducard is a fictional character in the Batman comic book universe. The character was later amalgamated with Ra's al Ghul as the main villain in the 2005 film "Batman Begins", a reboot of the Batman franchise Hamm had helped originate.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Hot Toys MMS "Appleseed Ex Machina" 1/6 scale Briareos 14-inch pose-able action figure

continued from previous post...

Besides the excellent female form that is Hot Toys MMS (Movie Masterpiece Series) "Appleseed Ex Machina" 1/6 scale Deunan Knute fully pose-able figure, Hot Toys also released her cyborg lover / partner / companion Briareos Hecatonchires in 1/6 scale as well and he is BIG in terms of size, being of the right scale.

I felt in love with Masamune Shirow art in the Appleseed manga series which follows the adventures of ESWAT members Deunan Knute and Briareos Hecatonchires in Olympus. Like much of Masamune's work, Appleseed merges elements of the cyberpunk and mecha genres with a heavy dosage of politics, philosophy, and sociology. The series spans four volumes, released between 1985 and 1989. From 1988 to 1992, Appleseed was published in English by Eclipse Comics, packaged by Studio Proteus which was how I could understand all that was being said in the comic panels ;p

In 1988, the manga was adapted into an OVA with the same name. The OVA was directed by Kazuyoshi Katayama. It was produced by Bandai Visual and licensed by Manga Entertainment. A CGI feature film was released in 2004 titled "Appleseed" and was directed by Shinji Aramaki. The sequel to this film, "Appleseed Ex Machina", was released on October 20, 2007 in Japan with Aramaki again directing and John Woo producing.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Incoming: Triad Toys G4H Villains 1/6th scale Natasha 12-inch female action figure (femfig)

Triad Toys is a manufacturer of limited 1/6 scale figures and collectibles from a variety of proprietary and licensed properties, including Dexter, Zorro, Lone Wolf & Cub, Tekken and many more! Triad Toys has also created their own line of "Dead Cell" sixth scale figures with backstory and character backgrounds etc.

And this is Triad Toys preview of their next figure: G4H Villains - Natasha Sixth Scale Figure. Remember what I said about how it pours when it rains ;p Triad is getting better with their 1/6 scale female head sculpts now and I actually like this particular female head sculpt, even if she's a baddie. Natasha is the ideal model for making a great recruitment poster to get people to sign up on her side haha

In the forums, they use the term "tactical hooker" to describe her because any female figure not dressed in regular military / tactical attire but dressed instead to thrill and seduce before going in for the kill is called that; at least this particular female figure has pants although her rather tiny looking jacket is hardly big enough to cover her ample bosoms. Not too fond of the jacket and the mesh top although she does remind me of Famke Janssen as Xenia Onatopp in the James Bond 007 film "GoldenEye". Most female villains in Bond films use their sexuality as a weapon but Xenia literally uses sex as a weapon. A beautiful, seductive woman who derives sexual satisfaction from killing, she is a classic femme fatale. In one scene, she lures Canadian admiral Chuck Farrell onto a yacht moored off Monte Carlo and crushes him to death while engaging in violent sexual intercourse; she moans in pleasure as he moans in pain, and reaches orgasm as he dies.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Hot Toys MMS "Appleseed Ex Machina" 1/6 scale Deunan Knute fully pose-able figure

From S.W.A.T. (see earlier post) to E.S.W.A.T.

"Appleseed Ex Machina" is a 2007 Japanese animated CG film and the sequel to the 2004 "Appleseed" film, similarly directed by Shinji Aramaki, and was produced by Hong Kong director and producer John Woo.

In the year 2199, a series of random terrorist attacks perpetrated by cyborgs and humans alike threaten to throw Olympus (a futuristic utopia where humans, cyborgs and bio-engineered human beings called "Bioroids" are attempting to live in perfect harmony) into total chaos. Olympus' paramilitary task force called E.S.W.A.T. (Extra-Special Weapons and Advanced Tactics) must try to prevent more attacks and maintain the peace. Thrown into the action is plucky female E.S.W.A.T. warrior Deunan Knute and her cyborg lover / partner Briareos Hecatonchires who must investigate these bizarre occurrences and solve the puzzle with the other members of their unit.

Hot Toys released these 1/6 scale fully pose-able figures of Deunan and Briareos from the "Appleseed Ex Machina" animated film back then and I am happy to say that the rubber suits are still holding up very well :) I had posted pictures of the packaging and accessories in my earlier post HERE including the targeting scope which Deunan wears over her right eye, sword unsheathed and Hecate P-08 pistol.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Preview ACI Toys Warrior IV - 1/6 Gladiator "Priscus" 12-inch Figure, Gaul of Capua

This will be ACI Toys upcoming Warrior IV - 1/6 scale Gladiator "Priscus" 12-inch Figure, the un-defeatable Gaul of Capua will be equipped with 1/6 scale chain-mail, two axes, double greaves and a Thracian helmet! Not much in the way of accessories but pretty darn cool is all I can say :) Never imagined a figure can look this good with so little stuff on him ;p These ACI 1/6 scale Gladiator figures are looking mighty impressive and they seem to be improving with each release.

In the TV series "Spartacus: Blood and Sand", Manu Bennett starred as Crixus – a Gaul, and Batiatus' top gladiator. According to wiki, Priscus was a Roman gladiator of unknown origins. His combat with Verus was the highlight of the opening day of the games conducted by Titus to inaugurate the Flavian Amphitheatre in AD 80, and was recorded in a laudatory poem by Martial — the only detailed description of a gladiatorial fight that has survived to the present day.

Pre-order Phicen Limited 1/6 scale Rayne 12" collectible female figure from BloodRayne

You know what they say. When it rains, it pours. There have been a lot of 12-inch female figures being previewed lately and Phicen Ltd has one more female figure to add to the fray. Presenting Phicen Ltd 1/6 scale Rayne 12-inch collectible female figure (femfig) which will come with 1/6 scale RAYNE Head sculpt, 12-inch PHICEN Female Pale skin Large bust size seamless body (33 points of articulation), Pistol Grip hand set, Sword Grip hand set, Rayne Outfit Set with tactical vest (red and black lace-up corset), Decorative Hair accessory / headwear (black ribbons), Spike Stiletto Boots (NOT REMOVABLE FROM PANTS-DESIGNED INTO THE SUIT), (2) Forearm Battle Swords, (2) Flamethrower Pistols.

This Phicen female figure / character is most probably inspired by the 2002 BloodRayne third-person action-adventure video game. Rayne is a dhampir (in Balkan folklore, the child of a vampire and a human) looking for her father, and kills any vampire that crosses her path. She is working for the Brimstone Society.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Incoming: ACI Toys 1/6 scale Gladiator: Spartacus Exclusive Parade Version 12" Figure

ACI Toys has just announced their Special Exclusive (Parade Version) of Spartacus! ACI 1/6 scale Gladiator: Spartacus Exclusive Parade Version 12-inch Figure will feature: An Addition of New Paint Version Head, New Parade Version of Helmet, New Parade Version Armour & Shield Set, Red Parade Cloak, New Parade Version of Curved Sica and New Parade Version of Costume

It will be started for sales exclusively at ACI Toys International Ltd very soon! 100 pcs made worldwide. And only 25 pcs will be reserved for VIP and members.