Sunday, June 30, 2013

Incoming: Phicen 1:6 scale Female Leather Clothing set for kitbashing Underworld Selene

This is an upcoming release by Phicen. It is their 1:6 scale Female Leather Clothing set (Item No: SHE-001) for kitbashing Underworld Selene. Outfit includes Leotards, Corset, Trench coat, Cuffs 2 pc, Leg bags 2 pc, Boots 1 pair. In the Underworld film series, Selene is a Vampire Death Dealer, sired by Viktor after he had slaughtered her family unbeknownst to her. She was born to Hungarian parents sometime in 1383. She is the main protagonist of Underworld, Underworld: Evolution, and Underworld: Awakening. She is portrayed by actress Kate Beckinsale in the movies.

From the picture, it looks more like the headless horseman (from the short story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" by American author Washington Irving) LOL. Phicen Limited has already released a Underworld Selene inspired figure sometime ago and since their head sculpt looked nothing like Selene / Kate Beckinsale, I guess Phicen figured they'll do better if they just sold the outfit instead as the costume is pretty well done in terms of stitching and detailing.

There are at least three 12-inch versions of Underworld Selene (Kate Beckinsale) 1/6 scale Female Figure in the market at the moment: one from Phicen Limited, one from FigureFun and one from Kumik. I had recently reviewed the Selene figure from Kumik HERE and HERE. I bought the Kumik version because I felt that the 1/6 scale female head sculpt bore the closest resemblance to Kate Beckinsale. I might get this Phicen 1:6 scale Female Leather Clothing set and switch the outfits for a better looking Vampire Death Dealer Selene ;p

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Soul Three Kingdoms Elite General Series - Zhao Yun Limited Version 12-inch figure Preview

Zhao Yun, style name Zilong, was a military general who lived in the late Eastern Han Dynasty and early Three Kingdoms period. Originally a subordinate of the northern warlord Gongsun Zan, Zhao Yun later came to serve Liu Bei and had since accompanied Liu on most of his exploits — from the Battle of Changban (208) to the Hanzhong Campaign (217–219). He continued serving in the state of Shu Han in the Three Kingdoms period, participating in the first of Zhuge Liang's Northern Expeditions, until his death in 229. (source: wiki)

This is OS-Toy's Soul Three Kingdoms Elite General Series - Zhao Yun Limited Version 12-inch figure set with 1/6 scale horse. The 1/6 scale Zhao Yun figure includes the following items: 1/6 scale Head sculpt and 12-inch figure body, Trousers, Cloak, Cloth belt, Robes, Waist Support, Leather belt, Long belt, Armour (set), Shoes, various Hands for posing, Hat, Javelin, Sword, Horse. Limited Version includes Flag with Stand.

Zhao Yun has been featured prominently in Chinese popular culture, literature, art and anecdotes. Zhao Yun was already a relatively well-known hero from the Three Kingdoms period, as folktales about his exploits have been passed down through centuries. He became a household name due to the popularity of the historical novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Recently, Zhao Yun's popularity has moved beyond Asia and into the Western world, through various media, including the Internet and video games.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Something totally different: Steam Factory 1/6 scale Knight Captain Locke 12" Steampunk figure

There's a very very long backstory that comes with this figure's preview but I wouldn't even bother going into it. You could publish a novel based on it alone ;p I've always been a visual guy so the visuals either speak to me or they don't. This is definitely a unique release. Not something up my alley at all but an interesting attempt to produce the first steampunk figure ever.

Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization during the 19th century. Therefore, steampunk works are often set in an alternative history of the 19th century's British Victorian era or American "Wild West", in a post-apocalyptic future during which steam power has regained mainstream use, or in a fantasy world that similarly employs steam power.

This is an upcoming release by Steam Factory and they are calling this a 1/6 scale "Dobby & Rabbog" Knight Captain Locke. Material Composite material is a metal mask which can open and will be a limited edition of 200 sets, each with a separate number, first issued 100 sets containing Dobbtis treasure map. Scroll down to see more pictures and surprises along the way (no kidding)

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Review III: Hot Toys The Avengers Scarlett Johansson 1/6 Scale Black Widow Action Figure

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Here's Hot Toys Black Widow with the alien rifle blade :) Just couldn't get enough of this stunning 1/6 scale Scarlett Johansson as Agent Romanoff / Black Widow by Hot Toys. Truth be told, this figure lacks accessories but I'm just blown away by the sculpting of the head sculpt coupled with the new female body and outfit / costume. This just looks so real and truly can be called a masterpiece! Other than the two Glock 26 pistols and disc charges this figure came with, she's also equipped with a Chitauri alien rifle with blade.

Trivia: The name "chitauri" originates from Zulu mythology and is used to describe a "serpent race from the sky". Mark Millar, the creator of "The Ultimates", took the name from the writings of David Icke, who argues that these "chitauri" are in fact aliens bent on dominating humanity.

Hot Toys The Avengers Captain America 12-inch figure also came with a 1/6 scale Chitauri alien weapon included as an accessory (see pictures HERE). Hot Toys S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson on the other hand was armed with a Destroyer Gun (it harnesses the power of the Destroyer) - posted HERE. Scroll down to see more pictures of ScarJo Black Widow

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Preview Pop Culture Shock 1/4th scale Judge Death 2000 AD 21-inch tall Statue: Say "AH!"

Judge Death is a fictional character of the Judge Dredd universe recounted in the UK comic 2000 AD. He is the leader of the Dark Judges, a sinister group of undead law enforcers from the alternate dimension of Deadworld, where all life has been declared a crime since only the living commit crimes.

The full story of his journey from being a boy named Sidney, the son of a sadistic traveling dentist, to his incarnation as a creature of pure evil is recounted in the Judge Dredd Megazine series Young Death - Boyhood of a Super-Fiend and given extra detail by Anderson: Psi Division - Half Life.

Sideshow Collectibles is proud to present Judge Death, the latest entry in Pop Culture Shock Collectibles' 1:4 scale statue line of characters from Rebellion Interactive's series, 2000 AD. This museum quality polystone statue stands 21 inches tall and includes a certificate of authenticity.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Hot Toys The Avengers 1/6 Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow 12" collectible figure Review II

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In the comics, Black Widow uses a variety of equipment invented by Soviet scientists and technicians, with later improvements by S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists and technicians. She usually wears distinctively shaped bracelets which fire the Widow's Bite electro-static energy blasts that can deliver charges up to 30,000 volts, as well as "Widow's Line" grappling hooks, tear gas pellets, along with a new element introduced during her ongoing series during the "Kiss or Kill" arc called the "Widow's Kiss"; an aerosol instant knock-out gas she has modified.

In the Marvel 2012 Avengers movie, Agent Romanoff / Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) carries a pair of Glock 26 pistols in dual thigh holsters.

In my toy blog part 1 review of this Hot Toys MMS178 (Movie Masterpiece Series) The Avengers: 1/6th scale Black Widow Limited Edition 12-inch Collectible Figurine, I have mentioned about her stinger bracelets and two disc charges as well as box packaging and other contents. This was the pose by Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) as she is seen next to Captain America (Chris Evans) in The Avengers film. Scroll down to see more :)

Monday, June 24, 2013

Review Hot Toys The Avengers 1/6th scale Black Widow Limited Edition 12-inch Female Figure

Recently I reviewed Hot Toys 1/6th scale S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson 12-inch figure HERE and HERE, now it's Agent Romanoff's turn :)

Black Widow (Чёрная вдова, "Chornaya Vdova") (Natalia "Natasha" Alianovna Romanova, also known as Natasha Romanoff) is a fictional character, appearing in comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by editor and plotter Stan Lee, scripter Don Rico, and artist Don Heck, the character first appeared in Tales of Suspense No. 52 (April 1964). The character was first introduced as a Russian spy, an antagonist of the superhero Iron Man. She later defected to the United States, becoming an agent of the fictional spy agency S.H.I.E.L.D., and a member of the superhero team the Avengers. Commonly depicted as a femme fatale, the Black Widow was ranked as the 31st sexiest woman in comics by the Comics Buyer's Guide.

Scarlett Johansson portrayed the character in the films Iron Man 2 (2010) and Marvel's The Avengers (2012) and is set to reprise the role in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

This is Hot Toys recently released MMS178 (Movie Masterpiece Series) The Avengers: 1/6th scale Black Widow Limited Edition 12-inch Collectible Figurine with authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in the movie The Avengers. Scroll down to see more.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Check out Very Cool 1/6 scale "Bad Girl" Leather Suit Set - Black and Red Colors available

This is a toy blog post on the Very Cool 1/6 scale "Bad Girl" Leather Suit Set which will come in 2 Colors: VCF-2011A / B (A for Black, B for Red). Very Cool 1/6 scale "Bad Girl" Leather Suit Set includes: Faux Leather Jacket, Mini Once-Piece Skirt, Faux Leather Stiletto Boots (no feet inside). Do note that 1/6 scale Head sculpt, 12-inch female body, weapons and scenic displays are not included. Suit sets are designed to fit with most 1/6 scale female bodies.

Girls may look sexy with stiletto boots and short dresses but they don't really go with weapons nor aid in their movement. On the contrary, the heels will only hinder and hamper their movement in a firefight. So why is it that 1/6 scale manufacturers still insist on giving guns to girls with skimpy outfits and have them pose with them as if they can be useful. Most of the female action heroes in movies wear boots and tactical clothing that cover their body and protect them from the environments they operate in. In doing so, the movie producers are keeping in real, with the exception of Sucker Punch ;p Still, these look like nice outfits for 12-inch female figures.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Preview Medicom RAH (Real Action Heroes) 1/6 Guts Band of the Hawk 12" action figure

Berserk (ベルセルク Beruseruku) is a manga series written and illustrated by Kentaro Miura. Set in a medieval Europe-inspired fantasy world, the story centers around the characters of Guts, an orphaned mercenary, and Griffith, the leader of a mercenary band called the Band of the Hawk (鷹の団 Taka no Dan). (source: wiki)

Guts (created by Kentaro Miura) is the main protagonist of Berserk. He was the former raid unit leader of a mercenary group known as the Band of the Hawk. This is the upcoming Medicom RAH 636 Guts Band of the Hawk action figure.

Guts has black hair fitted with constant, short pointy spikes already built from short hair itself. At the base of his hairline, he allows a few strands to hang just above his forehead. He wears bandages over his right hand (a style he has used since the beginning, most likely to assist in handling a sword) and wears a sleeveless white under shirt beneath it, allowing him to move his arms freely.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Looking Good: Hot Toys The Avengers 12-inch Agent Phil Coulson Collectible Figure Review II

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This is the Part II review of the Hot Toys – MMS189 - The Avengers: 1/6th scale Agent Phil Coulson Limited Edition Collectible Figure based on actor Clark Gregg who plays Agent Phil Coulson in The Avengers movie. In the part 1 toy blog post HERE,  I covered the box packaging and contents as well as showing close-up views of Phil without his sunglasses and earpiece / headset. Here he's all decked out and ready to roll!

In the films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Agent Coulson is generally depicted as a supporting character of the protagonists and used to represent S.H.I.E.L.D.'s presence in the plots of the films, to the point that Clark Gregg has described Coulson as "the S.H.I.E.L.D. agent". However, in the "Marvel One-Shots", Coulson is given "a chance to stand in his own spotlight for once", when the character is put in a position where there is an imminent threat and no superheroes around. (source: wiki)

Gregg has stated, "I think of Agent Coulson, after all these years, as a guy with a full life. I think every day he's somewhere doing something for S.H.I.E.L.D., and yet I don't always know what that is... There's always a different twist. In this one he gets to show more of his wisecracking wit, and in this one he's a little bit more of a badass."

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Check out COO Model 1/6 scale SK Series No. SK04 "Iron Island" Jack-5 12-inch figure

Jack -5 (mechanical semi Warrior) Description:
"Jack" is the captain of a national army operations forces, has been carried out in various countries, infiltration and sabotage, theft of confidential work. In his last mission in witnessing beloved Executive crazy pressed a button to destroy the world launch of numerous nuclear world destruction, Jack was "priest" transferred it to the last known human species to survive this land "Iron Island" to survive in a world full of radiation.

To accept the transformation of the flesh mechanization, renamed model "Jack-5" Iron Island to become the first batch of transformation of people. After 2500 years, "Jack-5" has been in the iron ore outermost point of the island is full of high concentration of radiation under the material harvested Iron Island. "Da Qila ore" Iron Island to provide non-stop operation. But Da Qila ore mining after 2500 has been depleted, as long as Iron Island is located in the center of the fusion reactor is stopped, iron island of livelihood mankind will lose energy, protect the island's protective layer of iron will disappear, Artificial sun will not run, puny humans can not withstand high temperatures and winter, with the most horrible radiation.

Suddenly in the center of the world there is a living energy, "Mubarak". This energy is currently available to replace the "Da Qila ore" to continue the iron Island all the energy of human existence. Iron Island's premier dispatched to the island one of the few fighters have combat experience, to snatch the living energy "Mubarak" Jack-5 always regret why did 2,500 years ago to prevent nuclear launch, he joined the fight for the "Cadillac" of the team to the indemnity. Complement his fault 2,500 years ago, so humans can continue to survive.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Review Hot Toys The Avengers: 1/6th scale Agent Phil Coulson 12-inch Limited Edition 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). He will again reprise the role in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., an upcoming television series produced by Marvel Studios. 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.

This is the Hot Toys – MMS189 - The Avengers: 1/6th scale Agent Phil Coulson Limited Edition Collectible Figure based on actor Clark Gregg who plays Agent Phil Coulson in The Avengers movie.

Hot Toys The Avengers: 1/6th scale SHIELD 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.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Preview ThreeA / 3A Lost Planet 2 1/6 scale Mercenary 12-inch Figure - it is just WOW!

Lost Planet 2 is a third-person shooter video game developed and published by Capcom. The game is the sequel to Lost Planet: Extreme Condition, taking place ten years after the events of the first game, on the same fictional planet.

This is ThreeA's first offering from their Lost Planet Series, the 1/6th Mercenary from Lost planet 2. It will cost USD $160 bucks and go on sale June 22nd from Bambaland!

One word describes this: AWESOME!!! Scroll down to see more pictures

Playmobil 5186 Police Special Forces Unit

This is the Playmobil 5186 Police Special Forces Unit which consists of 3 Playmobil Police Officers fully dressed in riot gear including Riot Shield and a Police Dog. I've always liked Playmobil while growing up and my first Playmobil figure I got as an adult was the Playmobil 3949 Deep Sea Diver (see the pictures in my toy blog post HERE). I was attracted to it because the mini figure was identical to the Action Man 1/6 scale Deep Sea Diver (check out the pictures HERE) which I thought was rather cool. It's like a "Mini-Me" (Mini-Me is a character played by Verne Troyer in the second and third Austin Powers movies: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Before Dr. Evil was sent back in time to 1969, his minions made him a clone. The clone was identical in every way, but he was "one-eighth his size". Upon being introduced to his clone, Dr. Evil immediately declared, "Breathtaking. I shall call him... Mini-Me")

Since then, I've been picking up Playmobil figures on and off, only when I really liked what I saw and when I felt they would belong as part of my toy collection :) Not obsessive, just selective haha. Lately Playmobil has been coming out with more themes and offering a greater range of products which suit me just fine. This set was one I could not resist since I'm into 1/6 scale S.W.A.T. figures as well - check out my recent post of "1/6 scale S.W.A.T. 12-inch Action Figures" HERE. They really look impressive when assembled together. This Playmobil 5186 Police Special Forces Unit just look so cool with helmets that have the full face shield, gas mask and full body shield as well.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Preview Ace 1/6 French Foreign Legion 1er Régiment Étranger de Cavalerie 12-inch figure

The French Foreign Legion (French: Légion étrangère, L.E.) is a military service wing of the French Army established in 1831, unique because it was exclusively created for foreign nationals willing to serve in the French Armed Forces. Commanded by French officers, it is also open to French citizens, who amounted to 24% of the recruits as of 2007.

The Foreign Legion is today known as an elite unit whose training focuses not only on traditional military skills but also on its strong esprit de corps. As its men come from different countries with different cultures, this is a way to strengthen them enough to work as a team. Consequently, training is often described as not only physically challenging, but also very stressful psychologically. (source: wiki)

This is the ACE new product: French Foreign Legion 1er Régiment Étranger de Cavalerie. Product Details: 100% hand-made realistic weathering, 1/6 scale Head Sculpt, Man Mk 1 Body, Bare hands, Green Beret with badge / flash, F-2 Spectra helmet, F-2 Jacket (French Desert Camouflage), F-2 Trousers (French Desert Camouflage), Trouser belt, Khaki t-shirt, Patches, M1952 ranger boots, 1601 Jungle battle assault vest, First-aid kit pouch, Carabineer, FR-F2 Sniper rifle with sling and J8 scope. Expected Release Date: July 2013

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Preview Phicen Limited 1/6 scale FIRE White Rose 12-inch Female Action Figure - Looks Good

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Phicen is previewing not one but two new female figures and the second female is Phicen Limited 1/6 scale Fire White Rose female action figure (ITEM NO.: PL2013-20). Features include: 1/6 scale female Head sculpt, Replaceable Hair style 2 pieces, Replaceable Eyeball 3 pairs, Replaceable Hands 3 pairs, 12-inch female Seamless body in Pale skin (29.5 cm tall), Siamese skirt, Gloves 2 pairs, Bikini two-piece set, Stocking 3-piece set, Boots 1 pair, Pistol

Red Rose (see previous post) and White Rose reminds me of the German fairy tale Snow-White and Rose-Red (German: Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot) by the Brothers Grimm (collected as tale number 162). It is not to be confused with the Grimm fairy tale Snow White (which is written Schneewittchen in German, rather than Schneeweißchen) that provided the basis for the Walt Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs; this is a completely different character, and she has nothing in common with the other one, other than sharing her name in English, and having an encounter with a dwarf.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Incoming Phicen Limited 1/6 scale FIRE Red Rose 12-inch Figure - Isla Fisher / Amy Adams

Phicen is definitely getting better and better with their female head sculpts. They are now looking more and more realistic and together with their 12-inch seamless female body, you can be excused for mistaking them as real people... almost ;p

This is Phicen Limited latest preview of their upcoming 1/6th scale FIRE - Red Rose Female action figure (ITEM NO.: PL2013-19). The product features: 1/6 scale female Head sculpt, Replaceable Eyeball (3 pairs), Replaceable Hands 3 pairs, 12-inch female Seamless body in Pale skin (29.5 cm tall), Siamese skirt 1 pc, Gloves (2 pairs), Bikini 2-piece set, Silk Stocking 3 pcs/set, Boots 1 pair and Revolver 1 pc

Some people have made comparisons of the Phicen Limited 1/6 scale FIRE Red Rose Female head sculpt to Isla Fisher / Amy Adams. Both ladies appear to be dead ringers for each other (doppelgangers) and they certainly look very much alike. This month Isla Fisher appears in "Now You See Me Now You Don't" while Amy Adams is in "Man of Steel". This female figure certainly looks like she can stand next to Hot Toys MMS200 Man of Steel: 1/6th Henry Cavill Superman 12-inch Collectible Figure (see previous post)

Friday, June 14, 2013

Incoming: Hot Toys MMS200 Man of Steel: 1/6th Henry Cavill Superman 12-inch Collectible Figure

It's about time!

Man of Steel is one of the most anticipated blockbusters this summer. Directed by Zack Synder and produced by Christopher Nolan, Man of Steel will reboot the Superman franchise by giving audience a new look at the origin of the iconic superhero and his rise to become the protector of Earth and its people.

We are also excited to announce that the Hot Toys’ 200th collectible figure of the Movie Masterpiece Series goes to this one of the most well-known superheroes of all time. To celebrate this milestone, a 1:1 scale Kryptonian Command Key will be included with the Collectible Figure as an appreciation for all of our fans’ support over the years!

The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Henry Cavill as Superman in the movie, featuring a highly detailed head sculpt, finely designed costume with embossed pattern and the iconic red cape.

Sideshow Collectibles highly detailed 1:4 scale Man of Steel: Superman Premium Format Figure

"He'll be a god to them" - Jor-El, Man of Steel (2013)

Man of Steel hits theaters June 14th, and Sideshow Collectibles is proud to unveil the Man of Steel: Superman Premium Format figure.

Superman is fitted with a hand tailored replica of his distinctive new suit, with the Kryptonian symbol for hope emblazoned on his chest, and a fully poseable fabric cape. Featuring a stunning likeness of Henry Cavill as Superman, the artisans at Sideshow Collectibles crafted this outstanding figure in highly detailed 1:4 scale at 21.5 inches in Height (that's 546.1 mm tall).

The long awaited re-imagining of pop culture's most recognizable superhero is here, the Man of Steel will truly "give the people of Earth an ideal to strive towards."

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Check out these Beautiful Shogun Warriors Posters by Boiling Point Creative Group

Joe Natoli sent me these beautiful images / posters of the SHOGUN warriors and asked me to consider posting these on my toy blog. How could I not do it right? These are just fantastic and very nicely done so here they are for all our enjoyment :) Thanks Joe of Boiling Point Creative Group.

The Shogun Warriors were the central characters of a line of toys licensed by Mattel Inc. during the late 1970s that consisted of a series of imported Japanese robots based on the then popular anime shows featuring giant robots. Originally manufactured in three sizes: the 24-inch (610 mm) plastic versions, the 3.5-inch (89 mm) diecast metal versions and the slightly taller but much more detailed and articulated 5" diecast versions, several vehicles were also offered as well as a set that could be put together to form the super robot Combattra.

Pre-order Kotobukiya ARTFX 12-inch DC New 52 Deathstroke The Deadly Assassin Statue at TFH

A Kotobukiya Japanese import! Kotobukiya has created several fantastic ARTFX Statues based on DC Comics characters, but there haven’t been any from the current “New 52” relaunch… until now. Slade Wilson was a member of the United States Army chosen for advanced training due to his peak physical condition and strength of will. He was also experimented on by the very same government he fought for, and with the enhancements they gave him became a mercenary and assassin. As one of the most dangerous men in the world he goes by the name of Deathstroke! Appearing in his own comic as part of DC’s New 52, the character was re-introduced to the world with an updated costume but the same hardcore attitude and superhuman weapons mastery.

A powerful addition to the DC ARTFX lineup, Deathstroke is captured in a fierce martial arts stance. The Terminator wears his unique New 52 style armor with a sleek bodysuit, built in boots, a sturdy utility belt, textured mail-like armored torso, and heavy shoulder harness. His pose is a partial lunge while he holds his sword in a two-handed guard position, as ever aimed at his enemies so he can cut them to pieces! All of the elements of Deathstroke’s armor are expertly sculpted from his spiked boots to his fearsome skull-like helmet and everything in between, while the detailed paint applications show off his traditional blue and orange color scheme.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Just some RoboCop and RoboCop movie-related figures on display, including ED-209 & RoboCain

This is how I have been displaying my Hot Toys 1/6 scale ED 209 collectible figure since I took it out of the box, alongside smaller sized RoboCop figures from various other manufacturers. It looked rather lonesome all by itself and there was no way to squeeze any other 1/6 scale figure into the display cabinet. This was a case where I built the display cabinet first (way back in 1997) and it was never intended for displaying the Hot Toys ED-209 collectible figure as I didn't even know at the time that I would ever be seeing one in 1/6 scale but it seems to have served its purpose as a RoboCop themed display cabinet with ED-209 taking centre stage :)

You can see lots more pictures of Hot Toys ED 209 version 1.0 in my toy blog post HERE. The other smaller RoboCop figures were released at different times by different companies and being a fan of the RoboCop movies, I ended up collecting them as well. The other two Hot Toys 1/6 scale RoboCop 12-inch collectible figures in my collection are: RoboCop from the first movie (pictures HERE and HERE) and RoboCop 3 with jetpack / flight pack (reviewed HERE and HERE). Scroll down to see the rest of the RoboCop display :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Brother Production 1/6 scale Thief Figure or Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley in HEAT

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This is my second-part review of the recently released Brother Production Presents 1/6th scale Custom Hand Made THIEF 12-inch Action Figure which is inspired by Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley in HEAT. The first review posted HERE covered the box packaging and contents and showed 1/6 scale Neil McCauley putting on his custom made vest for carrying the eight M16 / M4 magazines just before he sets off to rob a bank. In this toy blog post, he's all dressed in his striped suit jacket and pants with white long sleeve shirt and tie plus shoes, with the vest and magazines now concealed under his jacket.

Michael Mann’s HEAT movie released in 1995 achieved both commercial and critical success, and is best known for its bank robbery-shoot-out scene where the bank robbers go full automatic on the LAPD officers in broad daylight when they are confronted. That was something worth watching all over again :) Scroll down to see more pictures of Brother Production 1/6 scale Thief 12-inch Figure or Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley in HEAT

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Review 1: Brother Production Presents 1/6 scale Custom Robert De Niro HEAT 12" Action Figure

Michael Mann seems to have a thing fro bank robbers and making bank robber movies ;p Aside from "Public Enemies" in 2009 (check out DID's upcoming 1930s Chicago Gangster figure HERE and also HeadPlay's Johnny head for Public Enemies John Dillinger HERE), he also wrote and directed HEAT in 1995.

Heat is a 1995 American crime film written and directed by Michael Mann. It stars Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, and Val Kilmer. De Niro plays Neil McCauley, a professional thief, while Pacino plays Lt. Vincent Hanna, veteran LAPD homicide detective tracking down McCauley's crew. The central conflict was based on the experiences of former Chicago police officer Chuck Adamson and his pursuit in the 1960s of a criminal named Neil McCauley, after whom De Niro's character is named.

Michael Mann’s HEAT achieved both commercial and critical success. It marked the first time in which Oscar-winning actors Robert De Niro and Al Pacino shared the screen, but the film is best known for its bank robbery-shoot-out scene.

This is the recently released Brother Production Presents 1/6th scale Custom Hand Made Robert De Niro THIEF 12-inch Action Figure. The boxed set comes with one Normal 1/6th scale Head of Robert De Niro as Neil McCauley, alternate 1/6th scale Head, Over 35 Moving Joints 12-inch Base Body, Realistic and Detailed Stripped Suit, Long Sleeve White Shirt, Tie, Magazine Carrying Vest, Belt, Socks, M4 Rifle, M4 Magazine x 8, Smoke grenade x 4, SIG P226 Pistol, US Dollar Notes, Duffle Bag, Gloved Hands, Black shoes, watch cap / hood / balaclava, Sunglasses and watch. Limited Edition run of 200 pieces.

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Preview Sideshow Collectibles 1/6 scale Cobra Commander 12-inch Villain Action figure

Leader of the ruthless terrorist organization COBRA, the Cobra Commander is a constant thorn in the side of the G.I. JOE team and a fearsome threat to the entire world. With a collection of well trained operatives, millions of dollars in funding, and an arsenal of state of the art equipment at his disposal, the Cobra Commander is a formidable adversary. Calculating, unscrupulous, and unyileding, the only thing stopping COBRA? G.I. JOE.

Sideshow Collectibles introduces Cobra Commander, the Dictator. Committed to world domination, leader of the ruthless terrorist organization COBRA, and a deadly threat to the G.I. JOE team and the world.

Crafted in 1:6 scale, Cobra dons his dress uniform, complete with fabric cape and COBRA symbol fittings. We've included interchangeable heads, featuring his classic helmet with chromed visor as well as his menacing masked visage. Armed with an array of weapons and accessories, Cobra continues his unrelenting assault on freedom and liberty.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Is the HeadPlay Johnny a good representation of Johnny Depp as "Public Enemies" John Dillinger?

Since Johnny Depp as John Dillinger has come up recently (see earlier post HERE), let's take a look at another 1/6 scale head sculpt of Depp as Dillinger that was done by HeadPlay and released some time ago. HeadPlay released a bunch of 1/6 scale head sculpts a while back (see my posts HERE, HERE and HERE) but they have gone all quiet since. I picked up a few of their head sculpts and this was one of them. This is the HeadPlay Johnny version and he does bear a resemblance to Johnny Depp as he is seen in "Public Enemies", a film based on the exploits of John Dillinger, a 1930s bank robber.

This is the HeadPlay 1/6 scale Johnny head sculpt with the complete outfit from Heroic's 12-inch Bank Robber that was released in 2010 (see the full review HERE). I also switched the bodies because the body Heroic used for their Bank robber figure was too bulky and had a large chest and wider shoulders which wouldn't fit this HeadPlay head sculpt. Scroll down to see the rest of the pictures :)

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Incoming: Sideshow Collectibles Star Wars Blackhole Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure

For much of the Galactic Civil War, a mysterious agent of Palpatine, code-named Blackhole, carefully sifted through countless streams of data, distilling it into useful information for Imperial Intelligence. Blackhole had an impressive amount of resources available to him, including an entire Star Destroyer and its complement of troops and fighters. Per his orders, the stormtroopers under his command had their armor cast in black to match his own particular eccentricities. The armor modification had practical benefits as well. The stygian-triprismatic polymer afforded the stormtroopers increased sensor-stealth.

Blackhole disappeared completely during the Galactic Civil War, and his forces were absorbed by other Imperial groups. When the Empire fragmented after the Battle of Endor, some of the Blackhole stormtroopers found their way into Carnor Jax's private army.

Sideshow Collectibles presents the Blackhole Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure. This Exclusive trooper features the unique all-black armor modification worn by agent Blackhole's elite squadron during the Galactic Civil War. The Blackhole Stormtrooper Premium Format Figure which is 19.5 inches in height (495.3 mm tall) i.e. 1/4 scale features: Blaster, Leather Holster, Fabric Bodysuit and Hand-Cast Armor

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Incoming: DID 1/6 scale 1930s Chicago Gangster is Johnny Depp as Dillinger in Public Enemies?

Public Enemies is a 2009 American biographical-crime film directed by Michael Mann and written by Mann, Ronan Bennett and Ann Biderman. It is an adaptation of Bryan Burrough's non-fiction book Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34. Set during the Great Depression, the film chronicles the final years of the notorious bank robber John Dillinger (Johnny Depp) as he is pursued by FBI agent Melvin Purvis (Christian Bale), and his relationship with Billie Frechette (Marion Cotillard), as well as Purvis' pursuit of Dillinger associates and fellow criminals Homer Van Meter (Stephen Dorff) and Baby Face Nelson (Stephen Graham).

This is DID's new preview of their next release - a 1/6th scale 1930s Chicago Gangster "John" with obvious reference to Johnny Depp's John Dillinger character as seen in "Public Enemies"

The 1/6 scale head sculpt of 1930s Chicago Gangster "John" is pretty good in likeness to Johnny Depp in some angles and not so in others but overall, the stitching and make of the striped suit is superb! The miniature Tommy gun (Thompson submachine gun, caliber .45) is excellent, as is the violin case used for storing it - scroll down to see the pictures :)

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Preview World Box 1/6 scale "The Old Guy" 12" Figure or Merle Dixon from The Walking Dead

Merle Dixon is a fictional character from the AMC television series The Walking Dead, portrayed by Michael Rooker. He is an original character and shares no comic counterpart. In Season 3, Merle has fashioned a knife attachment onto the stump where his hand used to be.

World Box presents: “Brothers, we will always be friends.” 1/6 scale Old Guy who is fighting to survive. Figure will come with 1/6 scale head sculpt, black shirt, white vest, belt and pants plus boots. Plus knife attached to stump. Scroll down to see more pictures.

POP TOYS model X04 Men’s Chinese Tunic Suit Set A – SLAM DUNK's Hanamichi Sakuragi?

Slam Dunk (スラムダンク Suramu Danku) is a sports-themed manga series written and illustrated by Takehiko Inoue about a basketball team from Shōhoku High School. It was serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan from 1990 to 1996 and was also been adapted into an anime series by Toei Animation which had been broadcast worldwide, enjoying much popularity particularly in Japan, several other Asian countries and Europe. As of 2012, Slam Dunk has sold nearly 119 million copies in Japan alone, making it one of the best-selling manga series.

POP TOYS model X04 new “style series” called ”Because I am a basketball player!” - men’s Chinese tunic suit set (1/6 scale head sculpt is included). The “style series” is a series of 1:6 ration action figure, which is characterized with exquisite tailoring and workmanship. “X” in the logo represents a pair of scissors. At the same time, it is the first letter in Pinyin of Chinese character “Xing”, means style.

POP TOYS 1/6 X04 Men’s Chinese Tunic Suit Set A (1/6 scale head sculpt is included) will come with Head with red hair (includes neck), Men’s Black Chinese (Japanese?) Tunic Suit, Men’s Black Pants, Men’s White Bottoming Shirt, Black Leather Belt, Black Leather Shoes. Note: 12-inch body and basketball are not included. Body used in the picture is Hot Toys’ narrow shoulders man’s body.

Monday, June 3, 2013

World Box Lakor 1/6 scale Kung Fu Baby 6-inch Action Figure with Bruce Lee's Yellow Jumpsuit

This will be the fifth 1/6 scale Lakor Baby figure from World Box. People must be buying all their stuff because they seem to be making money from them and continually coming up with new ones to sell. World Box Lakor Baby 005 Action Figure is 6 inches tall (150 mm in height) and Features 1/6 scale Baby's Head, 6-inch Boy Body, Yellow baby jumpers, Cucumber, Sausage x 2, Milk pot, four Hands for pose-ability and a pair of Shoes. Looks like he's trying to imitate Bruce Lee from Game of Death film. These baby figures will make good "Mini-me"s.

Mini-Me is a character played by Verne Troyer in the second and third Austin Powers movies: Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me and Austin Powers in Goldmember. Before Dr. Evil was sent back in time to 1969, his minions made him a clone. The clone was identical in every way, but he was "one-eighth his size". Upon being introduced to his clone, Dr. Evil immediately declared, "Breathtaking. I shall call him... Mini-Me" (source: wiki)

Scroll down to see more pictures of World Box Lakor 1/6 scale Kung Fu Baby 6-inch Action Figure with Bruce Lee's Yellow Jumpsuit.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Kotobukiya Batman Arkham City Collectors Edition 14 cm (5.5") Statue is nicely detailed

The highlight of the Batman: Arkham City Collector’s Edition (released in 2011) was this custom Batman statue made by Kotobukiya, well known for their work on other movie, comic and video game figures. This Batman Arkham City Collectors Edition statue has a nice quality sculpt that has a great likeness to the in-game Batman model. The amount of detail on Batman's suit is amazing. All the divots, shadows and textures have been almost perfectly realized. As a statue the figure has no articulation and Batman remains set in his crouching, ready-to-pounce pose with a stern look on his face. But I LIKE it! Got it because it wasn't expensive :) cheap and good haha

This Kotobukiya Batman Arkham City Collectors Edition Statue is only 14 cm (5.5 inches) tall (including the round base of 10 cm / 4 inches diameter) but it packs a lot within a small area. I don't have a lot of statues on my collection, preferring to go for the 1/6th scale fully articulate figures with fabric outfits / authentic costumes but once in a long while, I'll pick up something I really cannot resist and this particular Batman statue caught my attention.

Saturday, June 1, 2013

3R x Fewture 1:6 scale Golgo 13 Duke Togo 12-inch Assassin For Hire Action Figure Review II

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Here's a look at the 3R x Fewture 1:6 scale Golgo 13 Duke Togo 12-inch Assassin For Hire Action figure with his Khaki greatcoat / trench coat. In the previous toy blog post, I showed you how the box packaging looks like, along with Duke Togo (a.k.a. Golgo 13) wearing his all black suit with gray shirt and red tie, black socks and shoes. I also showed you what the 1:6 scale accessories were: how the M16 rifle with sniper scope comes unassembled in a gun carrying case along with three Seiko watches, one Khaki trench coat, four extra hands and figure display stand.

The backdrop with the buildings scene is included with this packaging. It is on the reverse side of the box cover and may be used for taking pictures with if you like or used as a backdrop for posing and display. Scroll down to see more pictures and views of this 3R x Fewture 1:6 scale Golgo 13 Duke Togo 12-inch Assassin For Hire Action Figure wearing his greatcoat and carrying his M16 rifle in the gun case.