Friday, February 1, 2013

Incoming: Very Hot 1/6 scale U.S. Army EOD Uniform Set for 12-inch figures - Hurt Locker?

Before Jeremy Renner became world famous as Clint Barton / Hawkeye in "The Avengers", he came into his own as Sergeant First Class William James in "The Hurt Locker", a 2008 American war film about a three-man Explosive Ordnance Disposal (bomb disposal) team during the Iraq War. The film was directed by Kathryn Bigelow and the screenplay was written by Mark Boal, a freelance writer who was embedded as a journalist in 2004 with an U.S. Army EOD team in Iraq.

Sergeant First Class William James (Jeremy Renner), a battle-tested veteran, arrives as a new team leader of a U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) unit during the Iraq War, replacing Staff Sergeant Matthew Thompson (Guy Pearce), who was killed by a radio-controlled 155mm improvised explosive device (IED) in Baghdad. James' maverick methods and attitude lead Sanborn and Eldridge to consider him reckless, and tensions mount. When they are assigned to destroy some explosives in a remote desert area, James returns to the detonation site to pick up his gloves. Sanborn openly contemplates killing James by "accidentally" triggering the explosion, making Eldridge very uncomfortable, but he does nothing.

This upcoming Very Hot release of the 1/6 scale U.S. Army EOD Uniform Set for 12-inch figures Features: ACU Shirt, ACU Pants, Tan Belt, MICH Helmet (woodland camouflage), Interceptor Body Armor (woodland), Gloved Hands, Tactical / Combat Boots, Beretta Pistol with Drop Down Pistol Holster, Water Bladder Pack (ACU), Dust Goggles, Radio with Pouch, Grenade Pouches x 2 (woodland), Double M4 Magazine Pouch x 2 (woodland), Smoke Grenades x 2, Hand Grenades x 2, Water Bottles x 2, Pliers / Wire Cutters x 4, Carabiner, Wrenches x 2, Screwdriver, Hand Saw (actually a snap-off blade knife), Patch Assortment, GP (General Purpose) Pouch (woodland), Leg Subload (woodland), IED, M4 Carbine with Tac Light, ACOG Sight, Laser Pointer, Foregrip, PMags x 4. NOTE: 1/6 scale head sculpt and 12-inch Action Figure body is Not Included (used in pictures for display only)

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Dragon Models Limited (DML) had released a 1/6 scale US Army EOD Squad Leader - Operation Iraqi Freedom - "William" (Sergeant First Class) 12-inch military action figure back in 2010 - see my reviews and pictures HERE, HERE and HERE.

While Dragon Models (DML) 1/6 scale US Army EOD Squad Leader William could be fully suited up in his bomb suit - a SRS-5 (Search and Reconnaissance Suit Model 5) which is considered the light suit version - this Very Hot 1/6 scale U.S. Army EOD Uniform Set has only the basic BDU (Battle Dress Uniform) that all soldiers wear and no bomb suit to show for it.

The only thing that tells you that this is an EOD figure are the patches he comes with. Remove those and he's just the basic grunt. Scroll down to see how he looks in turnaround views and also action poses with the 1/6 scale IED (Improvised Explosive Device).

Here's the Very Hot 1/6 scale U.S. Army EOD Uniform Set put into action. He is given miniature 1/6 scale tools to disarm the IED. He can carry the tools either in the GP (General Purpose) Pouch (woodland) or the Leg Subload (woodland).

Scroll down to see close-up pictures of this soon-to-be-released Very Hot 1/6 scale U.S. Army EOD Uniform Set for 12-inch military action figures.


Anonymous said...

There's no Ranger tab.

Anonymous said...

I have to tell that I am not a big VERY HOT fan. On pictures they have some interesting items (here the M4 accessories; that are usually glued to the weapon by VERY HOT; magpul mags are new for them I think, the tools looks nice and the bottled water is cool).But thats the point; as accessories look cool on pics and clothes looks okay; in real, clothes are still okay (way under Soldier Story quality; although thinier than Toyscity's). The accessories are horrible in real. The detailing is way behind; the black glossy paint goes away and sticks to your fingers; glue is really appearing and doesn't keep it together.
In my opinion they are still on the market because the prices are low because they don't sell you figures in those boxes; although that hides a very badly controlled low cost production.

Its unfortunate; because the concept is nice and good for collectors; kitbashers also. I have bought several VERY HOT different boxes. They must have a good design marketing crew, but on the stage of production it is really bad.

alex teo said...

Totally agree with you there about Very Hot's lack of quality control :( I am surprised that they are still around and putting out stuff when most have issues with their products. Still I noticed that some of the bigger boys are still stocking and selling them ;p I think it's got to do with their price point. My retailer won't stock Triad Toys because they are worse than Very Hot in terms of quality.

I myself have bought two Very Hot products recently and while the quality leaves one wanting, they were certainly good for the price. I didn't have issues with these particular two sets. They are Very Hot 1/6 scale Mercenary (sand version) outfit - and Very Hot 1/6th scale USMC Rifleman Uniform Set -

They are not great as stand-alones but good for troop building ;p to beef up the 1/6 army