The first 12-inch fighter pilot figure Hot Toys (HT) ever released in 2000 was the 1/6th scale F-14 Tomcat aviator / pilot action figure "Jack Carter" who was a dead ringer for a 1:6 scale Tom Cruise as LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell from the 1986 movie "Top Gun". Check out my post HERE. The second pilot figure Hot Toys released was a 12-inch F-18 Hornet Pilot "Alan J Nance" who looked a lot like Will Smith as CPT Steven Hiller in the 1996 movie "Independence Day" or ID4.
Now Very Hot Toys (VHT) has released preview pictures of their soon-to-be-released 1:6 scale U.S. Navy aviator / pilot figures and the first shown earlier HERE seems to be a 12-inch Tom Cruise look-alike. The second figure looks a lot like a 1:6 scale Will Smith in pilot uniform. VHT is following HT to a T, even releasing figures with the same likeness in the same order LOL You would think the owner of VHT has a thing for Howard Chan of Hot Toys and wants to show his admiration and affection in a way that Howard would understand hahaha
Most likely these two sets (this Black Knights piece and the earlier Black Aces pilot figure) will follow the trend of previously announced sets which means that they will be available with two options: as a fully boxed figure and a gear / uniform only set. Let's hope the price remains reasonable.
Strike Fighter Squadron 154 (VFA-154), also known as the "Black Knights", is a United States Navy strike fighter squadron stationed at Naval Air Station Lemoore. The Black Knights are an operational fleet squadron flying the F/A-18F Super Hornet. They are currently attached to Carrier Air Wing Eleven and deployed aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68). Their tailcode is NH and their callsign is "Knight".
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The Very Hot 1/6 scale United States Navy VFA-154 Black Knights 12-inch pilot figure without his flight helmet looks a lot like actor Will Smith who played a U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18 pilot "Captain Steven Hiller" with VMFA-314 in the 1996 film "Independence Day"
October 24, 2008 – Hot Toys 1/6th scale F-14 Tomcat pilot figure (their very first pilot / movie figure) "Jack Carter aka Tom Cruise as LT Pete "Maverick" Mitchell" as seen in "Top Gun (1986)" posted HERE
January 17, 2008 – BBI Elite Force 1/6th scale United States President George W Bush as seen on USS Lincoln (2003) pictures HERE