Monday, March 31, 2014

No Western Fort is complete without the Red Indians. Ever wonder why they are called that?

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Wild West forts weren't built to withstand sieges, simply because the Natives had no opportunity to use artillery or even massed assaults (except for very rare situations). The Army had no need to prepare for any sort of large scale battle, and instead needed to construct something that could at least keep the Natives out as well as to secure an area and give a location that soldiers and civilians could retreat to if necessary.

Besides the fort itself and soldiers, Playmobil 5245 Western: Fort Brave set also came with two Native Americans and their horse, plus weapons. The horse is different from that of the United States Cavalry and both American Indians are not identical.

Indigenous peoples of the United States are commonly known as Native Americans or American Indians, and Alaskan Natives. The European colonization of the Americas forever changed the lives and cultures of the peoples of the continents. Although the exact pre-contact population of the Americas is unknown, scholars estimate that Native American populations diminished by between 80 and 90% within the first centuries of contact with Europeans. Native Americans suffered high mortality rates due to their lack of prior exposure to these diseases. The loss of lives was exacerbated by violence on the part of colonists who frequently perpetrated massacres on the indigenous groups and enslaved them. (source: wiki)

Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Welcome to the Wild West!" Review of Playmobil 5245 Western: Fort Brave – Call for the Cavalry!

As a kid growing up in the 70s, Westerns were the stable on television at the time with TV shows like "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin", "Bonanza", "Gunsmoke", "Have Gun – Will Travel", "Kung Fu", "The Lone Ranger", "The Wild Wild West" and "Zorro". So it was no surprise that I had a thing for cowboys and indians and it formed a part of my childhood. The Western Fort was something I was always into because they were built like the medieval castles, as a stronghold with high walls to protect those within and keep out intruders.

I got a huge surprise the other day when my wonderful wife decided to get me the Playmobil 5245 Western: Fort Brave set out of the blue, no occasion called for it. She knew I was into Playmobil because in some way, they were the mini-mes to the 1/6 scale figures I collect. One of the earliest Playmobil figures I got was the Playmobil 3949 Deep Sea Diver (reviewed HERE) which was a miniaturised version of the GI Joe 1/6 scale 12 inch Deep Sea Diver (posted HERE). Since then, I've always been on a look out for similar Playmobil figures and the collection has grown.

But I have never bought any play sets because they were huge and would need a large display area. Knowing my liking for this particular Playmobil Western Fort Brave set, my dear wife decided to splurge and got me this fortress which I was obviously not going to decline :) This is the biggest Playmobil set I've ever owned and will probably be the only fort set I'll ever have.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

I got up close to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 cast members, in Singapore for Earth Hour 2014 :)

Blogging has its privileges :)

The stars of The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx, along with director Marc Webb and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach were in Singapore last night at the Marina Bay Sands shopping mall as part of the promotion for the movie opening in Singapore on May 1, as well to promote Earth Hour on Saturday, March 29.

I was invited to be at the red carpet which was held at Marina Bay Sands The Skating Rink, Canal Level followed by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 International Press Conference at MasterCard Theatre.

The above picture shows the things I got prior to the event: Blu-ray DVD of The Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Man 12-inch figures from Hasbro Singapore, Spider-Man caps and Spider-Man masks. Scroll down to see pictures of the stars taken up close. I was able to get front and center second row seats at the Press Conference :) It was a blast!

Knowing Andrew Garfield was going to be there, I just have to bring along the Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS179 1/6 scale The Amazing Spider-Man Limited Edition Collectible Figure and hope that he'll autograph on it.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Incoming: Hot Toys MMS241 Captain America: TWS 1/6 scale Winter Soldier Collectible Figure

“He's fast... strong... and has a metal arm.”

In Marvel Studios blockbuster, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America will be drawn into conflict and forced to confront the powerful Winter Soldier in intense battles. In anticipation for the movie’s release, Hot Toys is proud to present the new 1/6th scale Winter Soldier Collectible Figure.

The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier in the film. It features two interchangeable head sculpts, metal-like left arm with red star emblem, detailed costume and weapons. Fans don’t pass up on the opportunity to pre-order this tough adversary of Captain America.

Hot Toys MMS241 Captain America: The Winter Soldier 1/6th scale Winter Soldier Collectible Figure specially features: Authentic and detailed likeness of Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. One (1) newly sculpted head with movie-accurate facial expression and make-up. One (1) interchangeable masked head. One (1) hair sculpt interchangeable on both head sculpts with Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture. Approximately 31 cm tall Body with over 30 points of articulations. Metal-like left arm with red star emblem. Four (4) pairs of interchangeable palms (left with glove) including: One (1) pair of fists, One (1) pair of relaxed palms, One (1) pair of palms for holding weapons, One (1) pair open palms. Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted

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Preview PHICEN 1/6 scale Female seamless body in brown / large bust size version 04 - Jinx?

"Die Another Day" (released in 2002) is the twentieth spy film in the James Bond series, and the fourth and last film to star Pierce Brosnan as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. "Die Another Day", produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, and directed by Lee Tamahori, marks the James Bond franchise's 40th anniversary. The series began in 1962 with Sean Connery starring as Bond in "Dr. No". "Die Another Day" includes references to each of the preceding films.

Halle Berry starred as Giacinta 'Jinx' Johnson, an NSA agent. In discussing her character, Berry said "She's fashion-forward, very sexy and takes fashion risks, and I love her for that." According to an ITV news poll, Jinx was voted the fourth toughest girl on screen of all time.

In honor of the franchise's 40th anniversary, they had Jinx (Halle Berry) walking out of the sea in a bikini, wearing a white belt and a diving knife as a reference to Ursula Andress walking out in similar fashion in "Dr. No (1962)"

This is Phicen Limited's next female figure (Item No.: PLLB2014-28), the Female seamless body in brown / large bust size for 1:6 figure version 04. Doesn't she remind you of someone familiar? Scroll down to see the rest of the pictures. Click on them for bigger and better views :)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A dog is described as Man's best friend so 12" guys also have Toys City 1/6 scale Bull Terriers

This is Toys City upcoming 1/6 scale Bull Terrier Set x 2. Toys city 1/6 Bull Terrier Set A and Set B will both include a Bull Terrier, Doggy clothes and a Bag. The doggy clothes in Set A are camouflage pattern while Set B is tactical black. There's a bag included as well. What's it used for? Who knows? Maybe to store doggy treats or biscuits.

A dog is described as Man's best friend so 12" guys also have Toys City 1/6 scale Bull Terriers. General George Patton had a loyal Bull Terrier which he named "Willie", short for "William the Conqueror". There's even a 1/6 scale version of "Willie" produced and released by Hasbro as part of their GI Joe Historical Commanders Edition. You can check out the pictures HERE

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Kitbash 12-inch Snow Trooper with MC Toys 1/6 Snow Space set and E&S HK416 Frosbite Rifle

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Having gotten the MC Toys F-029 1/6 scale Snow Space set for 12-inch figures and kitting it out with the Nobody Toys "Dreamcatcher" 1:6 scale head sculpt of Leonardo DiCaprio HERE (head sculpt first reviewed HERE) for the Inception movie snow scene, I realized that Dom Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio) was missing the winterized Blaser R93 LRS2 Precision Sniper Rifle with suppressor in Fischer's Winter Fortress dream. Since I don't have a 1:6 scale winterized Blaser R93 LRS2 Precision Sniper Rifle with suppressor in my possession, this E&S (Easy & Simple) 1/6 scale Assault Rifle 416 Special Forces set E (Frostbite) - reviewed in the previous post HERE - will have to do for now.

In the previous review of the MC Toys F-029 1/6 scale Snow Space set, I had the hood down and Leo was not wearing the goggles (pictures HERE). In this latest toy blog post, hood is up and over, goggles are worn and he is armed with the E&S (Easy & Simple) 1/6 scale Assault Rifle 416 Special Forces set E (Frostbite), looking very much like how a snow trooper would look. 

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Review E&S (Easy & Simple) Assault Rifle 416 Special Forces set E (Frostbite) - Recommended

Part of my March 2014 haul (posted in my toy blog HERE)
and now for the full reveal :)

This is the E&S (Easy & Simple) 1/6 scale Assault Rifle 416 Special Forces set E (Frostbite). It comes with all you see in the picture below and more...

The Heckler & Koch HK416 is an assault rifle designed and manufactured by Heckler & Koch. It is based on the AR-15 platform, and was originally conceived as an improvement to the Colt M4 carbine family issued to the U.S. military, with the notable inclusion of an HK-proprietary short-stroke gas piston system derived from the Heckler & Koch G36. Military and law enforcement customers can purchase a new upper receiver, buffer, and drive spring to refurbish existing AR-15s, or buy new complete HK416s.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

Incoming: OE (original effect) 1/6 scale Reborn Body Standard Pack Version 2.0 still 13 inches

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Having just gotten the OE (Original Effect) 1/6 Reborn Body and reviewing it earlier HERE and HERE, it seems like OE is not waiting for feedback and has already decided to go ahead and launch the OE (original effect) 1/6 scale Reborn Body Standard Pack Version 2.0 with these preview / prototype pictures.

OE (original effect) 1/6 scale Reborn Body Standard Pack Version 2.0 will come with 1/6 scale female Head sculpt, 13-inch tall Reborn Body, Optional normal hand (1 pair), Optional sword-holding hand (1 pair), Optional foot (high‐heeled wooden clogs) x 1 pair, Optional foot (wedge sole) x 1 pair, Optional foot (spike heel) x 1 pair, Bear foot x 1 pair, Underwear (Pink)x 1 set.

The choice of underwear (I think it's the color) is not very good / flattering because it looks like the lady has a bulge at the crotch, which makes one think of the infamous lady boys of Thailand LOL. Scroll down to see the pictures :) The additional options of different types of feet is a very good move and OE should have done that from the get-go.

Friday, March 21, 2014

OE (Original Effect) 1/6 Reborn Body Review II - this one's NSFW (Not Suitable / Safe For Work)

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This is my second part review of the OE (Original Effect) 1/6 scale Reborn Body (female standard). I covered the packaging and showed turnaround views as well as close-up shots / pictures of the female head sculpt and upper torso previously. I wanted to show the figure in other poses as well, including some sexy NSFW poses to show off the articulation of this particular female body.

We have established that this figure is 13 inches tall (33 cm in height from head to high heels) which makes it rather large for a sixth scale figure. Yet she looks rather fine sitting on the 1/6 scale designer chair meant for 12-inch figures.

In the first few pictures, I have the OE (Original Effect) 1/6 scale Reborn Body in a sitting position / seated posture to show how the legs can bend and how comfortable she can look seated. In the other pictures after, she's kneeling and her top is off so she has some covering up to do ;p Scroll down to see all the pictures.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Incoming: Hot Toys VGM17 Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance 1/6 scale Raiden collectible figure

The Metal Gear franchise has been a revolutionary series in the gaming world. One of the series’ protagonists, Raiden, has gained widespread popularity since his transformation into a cybernetic ninja. Last year, Konami has released Metal Gear Rising: Revengenace and let players take control of this amazing sword-wielding hero. Now Hot Toys is proud to introduce the 1/6th scale Raiden 12.5-inch Collectible Figure from this action-packed video game!

The collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Raiden in custom cyborg body from the game featuring a newly developed head sculpt, meticulously constructed body, and detailed weapons. Fans of Raiden don’t miss out on this cool collectible figure!

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Pre-order Go Hero, Executive Replicas and Phicen Ltd 1/6 scale Rocketman 12" figure

Radar Men from the Moon is Republic Pictures' first Commando Cody 12-chapter movie serial, filmed in 1952, and starring newcomer George Wallace as Cody, Aline Towne as his sidekick Joan Gilbert, and serial veteran Roy Barcroft as the evil Retik, the Ruler of the Moon. The odd naming choice of the serial's main hero, "Commando Cody," was possibly an attempt by Republic to make young audiences think they were seeing another adventure of Commander Corry, the hero of the popular ABC TV and radio series Space Patrol (1950–1955).

This serial recycles the rocket-powered flying suit from Republic's earlier 1949 serial King of the Rocket Men. The main character, Commando Cody, has a rocket-powered flying suit and a rocketship capable of reaching the Moon. When the U. S. finds itself under attack from a mysterious force that can wipe out entire military bases and industrial complexes, Cody surmises (correctly) that the Earth is under attack from its own Moon. He then flies his rocket there and confronts the Moon's dictator, Retik, who boldly announces his plans to both conquer Earth and then move the Moon's entire population here using spaceships.

This first ever 1:6 scale figure of the Rocketman, with the likeness of actor George Wallace, captures the retro-futuristic flying action that continues to influence countless entertainment properties from Star Trek to Star Wars to Dave Stevens’ The Rocketeer. Go Hero, Executive Replicas, and Phicen Ltd is proud to present, for the first ever as a 1:6 scale figure collectible, George Wallace as the Rocketman!

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Check out Sideshow Collectibles DC Comics collection Catwoman Premium Format Figure

“Like the view? It’s about the only thing you’re going to catch tonight.”

Gotham City’s most notorious cat burglar joins the Sideshow DC Comics collection with the Catwoman Premium Format Figure. Out on the prowl in her glossy black fitted jumpsuit and night-vision goggles, Selina Kyle steals the spotlight as she stops to give her trademark whip a twirl.

As one of Batman’s most popular foes, with a powerfully rich visual history spanning comic books, film and animation, there was no shortage of inspiration to draw from when it came to designing the Catwoman Premium Format Figure.

Sideshow’s artists created a unique interpretation of Gotham’s elusive thief that is fun, dangerous, and full of attitude. Brought to life with delicate sculpted details, Catwoman stands nearly two feet tall atop a cylindrical base with ferocious lion-themed architecture.

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Review 1: OE (Original Effect) 1/6 Reborn Body - alternative female body for 1/6 scale kitbashing

This is the recently released OE (Original Effect) 1/6 scale Reborn Body (female standard), an alternative female body to the ones being released by Phicen. Although touted as 1/6 scale, the figure is in fact 13 inches tall (33 cm in height from head to high heels) which makes it rather large for a sixth scale figure. 1:6 scale modeling, a.k.a. Playscale Miniaturism, is a hobby focusing on the collecting and / or customization of commercially produced 1:6 scale action figures and accessories. Most of this style of miniaturism is constructed around posable plastic figures. The average 1:6 figure stands roughly 30 cm (12 inches) tall, representing a 1.8 m (6 ft) tall human. So 13.5 inches is really rather BIG in sixth scale terms.

That being said, I still got this 13-inch tall OE (Original Effect) 1/6 scale Reborn Body because I like the head sculpt. Probably because I grew up reading quite a bit of Manga (Japanese comics) and watching just as much Anime (Japanese animated productions), so much so that I have a thing for anime / manga styled figures. Which explains why I got myself two Kotobukiya Bishoujo collection 1/7th scale statues - X-Force Psylocke (reviewed HERE and HERE) and Wonder Woman (pictures HERE and HERE) even though statues are not my main focus in collecting.

I've also gotten the OE (original effect) 1/6 scale killer instinct SAM 13-inch female action figure (posted HERE, HERE and HERE) as well as the Original Effect (OE) Army Attractive series 1/6 Viola 13.5-inch female action figure (reviewed earlier HERE and HERE). So this is my third Original Effect (OE) female figure so far.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Preview Hot Toys 1/6th scale Captain America (Golden Age Version) 12-inch Collectible Figure

Marvel Studios’ upcoming superhero blockbuster – "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" will launch worldwide very soon! Steve Rogers will be donning his new “Golden Age” suit to fight the powerful Winter Soldier. Hot Toys is thrilled to present the new 1/6th scale Captain America (Golden Age Version) Collectible Figure. This movie promo edition collectible figure will be available exclusively during upcoming promotion events period in different countries. Please stay tuned for updates!

The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Evans as Captain America in his “Golden Age” suit in the film. It features a brand new helmeted head sculpt, newly developed body, newly tailored costume made with new materials, and a specially-made metal circular Captain America shield with distressed effect.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

NECA 10-inch ED-209 and McFarlane 7-inch Robocop action figure: two peas in a pod

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Having reviewed the pretty awesome NECA Robocop 10-inch tall ED-209 Robot Action Figure (with Sound Effects & Dialogue) in the previous post, here are pictures of NECA 10-inch ED-209 and McFarlane 7-inch Robocop action figure standing together for a comparison of size. 7-inch RoboCop and 10-inch ED-209 seems to be of the right scale and height.

RoboCop and ED-209 seems to be made for each other. I don't think you can have one without the other. RoboCop was made possible because of the disastrous malfunctioning of ED-209 during it's first introduction. And RoboCop got to meet ED-209 in the office of OCP Senior President Richard "Dick" Jones when RoboCop goes to arrest Dick. All these happened in the 1987 science fiction action film "RoboCop" directed by Paul Verhoeven and starring Peter Weller as Officer Alex Murphy / RoboCop, not the 2014 remake of RoboCop, directed by José Padilha, with Joel Kinnaman playing the title role of Alex Murphy and Gary Oldman as a new character named Norton, the scientist who creates RoboCop and finds himself torn between the ideals of the machine trying to rediscover its humanity and the callous needs of a corporation.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Review NECA Robocop 10-inch tall ED-209 Robot Action Figure (Sound Effects & Dialogue)

"Please put down your weapon. You have twenty seconds to comply."

The Enforcement Droid, Series 209, or ED-209, are a fully-automated series of peacekeeping machines created by Omni Consumer Products. During its first demonstration, ED-209 malfunctioned disastrously, blasting junior executive Mr. Kinney to death over a sustained period of time. Dr. McNamara and his fellow technicians struggled to gain control over the 209, having to pull some sort of plug to finally shut it down. Because of the Kinney tragedy, the RoboCop program was given the green-light.

This is the NECA Robocop 10-inch tall ED-209 Boxed Action Figure with Sound Effects and Dialogue that I got recently (check out my mid-March haul HERE). I usually get mainly 1/6 scale figures and accessories but once in a while, I find something that I cannot resist and this NECA ED-209 robot action figure is one of them. Sure I've seen the latest version from the recently released RoboCop reboot / remake of the 1987 film of the same name but I still prefer this classic version. ED-209 was designed to look impressive and flashy but it really isn't very reliable "under the hood". It got me at "Impressive and Flashy" ;p Scroll down to see the pictures

Friday, March 14, 2014

It's only mid-March but I already have some haul: Reborn body, ED-209, Hit Girl, CIA, HK416 etc

Here's a quick look at my early March haul :) It includes a NECA 10-inch ED-209 robot action figure from the RoboCop movie, Original Effect 1/6 scale OE Reborn body (female standard), Play Toy 1/6 scale Purple Girl, Very Hot CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) outfit and accessories set, E&S (Easy & Simple) Assault Rifle 416 Special Forces set E (Frostbite) and Belet 003 1/6 scale head sculpt that bears a very strong resemblance to Morgan Freeman.

Most of the stuff are 1/6 scale (my cup of tea) except for the NECA 10-inch tall Enforcement Droid ED-209 from the RoboCop movie which is obviously not 1/6 scale but I always did have a thing for RoboCop, more so the classic and original version rather than the newer reboot version. You can check out my earlier post HERE of some of my RoboCop and RoboCop movie-releated figures on display. Guess I'm an old school kind of guy ;p Scroll down to see more of the pictures. 

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Incoming: OE (Original Effect) 1/6 scale Army Attractive Vol.10 - Mulan female action figure

One cannot believe how far and how fast Original Effect has come. In a blink of an eye (almost), this will be their tenth figure from their Army Attractive series.

OE (Original Effect) Army Attractive Vol.1 figure was Viola which I had reviewed earlier (August 25, 2013) HERE and HERE. The first body was terribly constructed and produced, and I almost gave up getting anything else from this company. But they did improve on their female body with the release of their new Reborn body. So I took a chance and got my second OE figure which was the OE (original effect) 1/6 scale killer instinct SAM 13-inch tall post-apocalyptic female figure which I covered in three parts HERE, HERE and HERE. I even did a comparison post HERE of 13.5-inch tall Viola and Sam.

OE (Original Effect) Army Attractive Vol.10 Mulan female action figure will come with 1/6 scale female head sculpt, OE Reborn Body, Generic Hands for posing, Hands for holding knife / sword, and shield, Mulan’s High heel shoes, Female underwear (black two piece body suit underneath), Silk coat / jacket (grayish blue short skirted robe), pink and maroon sash / belt and a black leather belt with ornate metal "flower" buckle, Girdle, Headband, Ivory necklace, Chinese style plate armor on both shoulders, hips and one shin, Great Sword (huge) and "dragon" head Shield. Scroll down to see the rest of the pictures.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Pre-Order Ax2 Studio's Inu and Saru series 1/6 scale Yojimbo Shusuke 12-inch action figure

"I shall killeth those who dareth toucheth mineth mast'r!"
Shusuke/ Yojimbo from the tribe of Saru

Yojimbo is my job. The members of Inu teased me, saying what I do is reminiscent of a watchdog that guards the entrance of Saru, but I pay them no heed. My life belongs to my mast'r. A grateful dog is no doubt far nobler than those crude, thankless goshi.

YOJIMBO means bodyguards, the job is usually taken by the more destitute rank of Samurai, such as the Ronin. Yet the attire of a Saru sergeant ought to be glamorous, so even a mere bodyguard's garments would appear more extravagant than that of usual corporals. The Saru people do not tolerate any dishevelment in clothing - a set of elegant, organized attire represents the frontage of the entire Saru clan. GOSHI means the lowest rank of samurai.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Preview Hot Toys "Captain America:The Winter Soldier" 1/6 scale Black Widow Collectible Figure

“The world is a vulnerable place but we're the best qualified to defend it.”

One of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s greatest female spies, Black Widow, will be back in action and team up with Captain America in the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie which hits the theatres very soon! The movie trailers have already pumped up many fans’ anticipation, and now Hot Toys is getting fans ready for this exciting film by introducing the brand new 1/6th scale Black Widow Collectible Figure!

The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow in the film featuring a newly developed head sculpt with straight brownish-red real fabric hair, newly designed tight-fitting costume made with multiple materials, detailed weapons and accessories.

This will be the third 1/6 scale Black Widow figure by Hot Toys and their fourth Scarlett Johansson 12-inch figure. Scroll down to see all the pictures

Review III Hot Toys "G.I. Joe Retaliation" 12-inch Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock Collectible Figure

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Here's my third and final review cum toy blog post of this recently released Hot Toys "G.I. Joe Retaliation" 1/6th scale Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock 12-inch tall Collectible Figure. The first part review covered the box packaging, contents and instructions sheet plus 1/6 scale Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's 12-inch tattoo body (posted HERE) and the second review showed off the unique custom weapons movie version Roadblock carries on his body (pictures HERE). This final review shows off Hot Toys 12-inch Dwayne Johnson Roadblock figure armed with the 1/6 scale M249E2 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) fitted with an Aimpoint CompM4s red dot sight. Scroll down to see the pictures :)

Before Hot Toys ventured into their 1/6 scale Movie Masterpiece Series (MMS) with official licensed movie-related products, they were already producing and releasing highly detailed 12-inch military figures (as far back as 1999) and I was one of those who got hooked because back in the day, military figures were the nom and movie-related figures were not that common an item. Check out my earlier post HERE of the Hot Toys US Navy SEAL VBSS Commander. How times have changed. Movie-related figures are more in demand now because many people can identify with them, having seen the figures in the films that they have watched. So for Hot Toys to produce movie-related military figures is the least of problems to them. 

The problem is with some of the new generation collectors who did not come into this hobby learning how to assemble and put together a military figure. 12-inch Military figures are like model kits. You have to put on the 1/6 scale gear and accessories just like you would do it to yourself, kitting up for battle. But a lot of new generation collectors expect everything to come assembled so that they can just take the figure out and display, foregoing the joy and satisfaction of putting everything together. Hence Hot Toys is very mindful to put in very accurate and careful instructions on how to assemble the figure. You won't find instructions for military styled figures. You are expected to figure it out by yourself. That's the difference in the two types of collecting ;p

Monday, March 10, 2014

Hot Toys "G.I. Joe Retaliation" 1/6 Dwayne Johnson Roadblock Collectible Figure Review II

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"G.I. Joe: Retaliation" is the 2013 sequel to 2009's "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra". Directed by Jon M. Chu, the film finds the GI Joe team on the run after being declared enemies of the state by the US government. The sequel's cast includes returning cast members Ray Park and Channing Tatum in addition to Dwayne Johnson, Adrianne Palicki, Ray Stevenson and Bruce Willis.

This is Hot Toys recently released "G.I. Joe Retaliation" 1/6th scale Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock 12-inch tall Collectible Figure, which was part of my February 2014 haul (posted HERE) and reviewed earlier (part 1) HERE. Having already covered the box packaging and close-up details of the Hot Toys Dwayne Johnson head sculpt and body tattoos, now let's see the 1/6 scale accessories and weapons that are also included with this collectible figure boxed set.

Hot Toys "G.I. Joe Retaliation" 1/6th scale Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock 12-inch tall Collectible Figure comes with: Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock in his military uniform and armor as seen in the G.I. Joe Retaliation movie. He stands approximately 30 cm tall and his Muscular body has over 30 points of articulations. Scroll down to see the accessories that come with this figure.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Review 1: Hot Toys "G.I. Joe Retaliation" 1/6 Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock Collectible Figure

Roadblock is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's Heavy Machine Gunner and debuted in 1984. Roadblock is one of the most prominent African-Americans in the series. Roadblock's real name is Marvin F. Hinton and he was born in Biloxi, Mississippi. His primary function in G.I. Joe is as a heavy machine gunner and his secondary function is as a cook. He is portrayed by Dwayne Johnson in the 2013 film "G.I. Joe: Retaliation".

In the film, Roadblock is second-in-command to Duke, and is among the survivors of the military air-strike on G.I. Joe orchestrated by Zartan, who was at the time posing as the President of the United States. Leading Flint, Lady Jaye, Snake Eyes and Jinx, Roadblock successfully stops Cobra by beating Firefly in combat, and using his briefcase to stop the Cobra Zeus satellites. Roadblock later vows to avenge Duke by capturing the Cobra Commander.

This is my first part review of the recently released Hot Toys "G.I. Joe Retaliation" 1/6th scale Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock 12-inch tall Collectible Figure, which was part of my February 2014 haul (posted HERE). One of the nice things of this figure (for me) is the amazing details of his tattoos which were not covered in the preview pictures (posted HERE). Scroll down to see the pictures :)

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Pre-order ACI AM001 The Lord of the Rings 1/6 scale Ringwraith 12-inch collectible action figure

"Nine he gave to Mortal Men, proud and great, and so ensnared them. Long ago they fell under the domination of the One, and they became Ringwraiths, shadows under his great Shadow, his most terrible servants."

The Nazgûl (in the Black Speech); (English: Ringwraiths, sometimes written Ring-wraiths, also referred to as the Black Riders or as the Nine; or the Ulairi in Quenya) were the dreaded ring-bound servants of the Dark Lord Sauron in Middle-earth throughout the Second and Third ages, and they dwelt during the Third Age in Minas Morgul. Once nine great Kings of Men, they were all given Rings of Power. The Nine took them without question and subsequently, after the forging of the One Ring, became slaves of Sauron and later his chief lieutenants.

ACI AM001 The Lord of the Rings 1/6 scale Ringwraith 12-inch action figure will come with highly detailed, fully articulated with die-cast armor including: forearm armor (gauntlets), upper and lower leg armor, feet armor. Ringwraith classic gloomy black robe and cloak, handmade battle-worn effect, realistic die-cast sword and dagger, display stand with stone-like platform. ACI medium built body (new Christian version with 30 points of articulation) is also included. Scroll down to see the pictures

Friday, March 7, 2014

Sneak Peek at what's coming in 1/6 from Hot Toys for "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"

“Gear up. It’s time.”

Marvel Studios' upcoming blockbuster – Captain America: The Winter Soldier will be hitting the theatres worldwide in just a few weeks. Hot Toys is preparing a range of collectibles from the movie and will also be hosting exhibitions in a number of countries in the near future.

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We can expect Cap and Bucky Barnes / The Winter Soldier but it looks like there's also going to be another Black Widow?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Introducing 18" of Pure Vigilante Fury! NECA Batman: Arkham Origins 1/4 scale Action Figure

Straight from Batman: Arkham Origins, the latest chapter in the Arkham saga, NECA Batman: Arkham Origins 1/4 Scale Batman Action Figure stands 18 inches tall and features over 25 points of articulation, a real fabric cape, and accessories which include Batarang and grapnel gun.

One of the most exciting items on display at the NECA booth at last month’s Toy Fair was a certain caped crime-fighter with a thing for bats. The prototype of their 1/4 scale figure from the Batman: Arkham Origins video game got a lot of attention, and these are the photo studio pictures taken for an up-close demonstration of his abilities!

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Review MC Toys 1/6 scale Snow Space set – DiCaprio as "Dom" Cobb in Inception snow scene

Leonardo DiCaprio fails to win Oscar once again!

Many had hoped that the 39-year-old actor would finally get his first Oscar almost 20 years after he was first nominated. However, Matthew McConaughey was throughout the frontrunner for the best actor Oscar for his turn in Dallas Buyers Club and finally went home with the prized statuette. DiCaprio was nominated for his portrayal of financial crook Jordan Belfort in Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street".

You could say Leo was left out in the cold >_< which brings to mind the snow scene in the 2010 British-American science fiction heist thriller film "INCEPTION" written, co-produced, and directed by Christopher Nolan. The film stars a large ensemble cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marion Cotillard, Ellen Page, Tom Hardy, Dileep Rao, Cillian Murphy, Tom Berenger, and Michael Caine. DiCaprio plays Dom Cobb, a professional thief who commits corporate espionage by infiltrating the subconscious of his targets.

This is the MC Toys F-029 1/6 scale Snow Space set for 12-inch figures which I had mentioned briefly in my earlier post - February Haul HERE. This is quite a nice snow outfit set and I really haven't seen that many all white snow sets in a while. Plus this set looked perfect for kitting out 1/6 scale Leonardo DiCaprio for the Inception movie Snow Scene. Scroll down to see the rest of the pictures

Monday, March 3, 2014

It's the Oscars! And here's Figure Club upcoming My Favorite Director collection 1/6 action figure

The Academy Awards, commonly known as The Oscars, is an annual American awards ceremony honoring achievements in the film industry. Winners are awarded the statuette, officially the Academy Award of Merit, that is much better known by its nickname Oscar. The awards, first presented in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, are overseen by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS).

This is an upcoming figure by Figure Club: My Favorite Director collection series 001 1/6 scale action figure. Product Description: 1/6 scale Normal Head sculpt, Head sculpt with magnet (for wearing hat), Metal-made Glasses, Baseball Cap & Beret Cap (with magnet for snap on), 12-inch Figure Base Body, Normal Hands, Hands for Holding Camera, Pilot Jacket with fur collar (leather-like), Blue Shirt, Belt, Washed Jeans, Mountain Boots, Cine-camera, Director Clapboard, Bullhorn, Golden Statue Award, Blu-ay Discs x 5, Cover stickers x 8 pcs. Note: 1/6 scale Chair Shown in the photo is not included

Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946) is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and business magnate. In a career of more than four decades, Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Three of Spielberg's films — Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993) — achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time.