Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hot Toys MMS127 Prince of Persia The Sands of Time

Now that I have a detolf, I've been opening up more of my figures.  Next up is Hot Toys Prince of Persia!

This figure sports excellent details including a suit of leather armor, several ornate swords, Dagger of Time, an alternate "relaxed" costume, and a special "muscle" body that offers a more realistic-looking physique for the exposed areas that the costume does not cover.

There are several issues with this figure. The first is that the alternate costume is very difficult switch to. Another is that the system that connects the sword scabbards to the chest armor is poorly designed and cannot be better secured.

And finally, although Hot Toys touts an "authentic likeness" to actor Jake Gyllenhaal, I cannot really see it.

My copy came with stiff elbow joints, which made it difficult to bend the arms without fear of damage. Oddly enough, the legs were loose at the hip joint. While not so loose that it would not stand on it's own, it was a bit too loose for my liking.

Still, despite the problems, I think this is a very nice figure and one that I'm glad to have in the collection. For me, the details on the uniform and fantastic paint apps put it over the top, despite some QC problems and lack of authenticity in the head sculpt.

If you can find it at retail MSRP or less, I'd say it is a fair buy, although I wouldn't recommend it if you were not a big fan of the film.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Hot Toys MMS 143 Spider Man - Released!

Now available in Hong Kong:

Fun with the Enterbay RM-4

For those you wondering how the new Enterbay RM-4 body looks in uniform, here's some photos of the figure in action.

I used Soldier Story ACUs and boots from the SOAR figure, and a Hot Toys shotty from the FAST figure I blogged about a few days ago.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Femme Fig Photoshoot of the Day

I had an extra Hot Toys Sarah Connor/Abigail Whistler body and was able to find a reasonably priced Hot Toys Battle Suit Jill head and made this quickie "Race Queen" bash.

"Race Queen" is a term used to describe promotional models that appear at certain Japanese motor sport events.  These models often wear clothing advertising various auto and auto part makers.



Monday, June 27, 2011

Hot Toys Marine FAST and Playhouse Navy Seal

Before Hot Toys became the leader in 1:6 scale movie action figures, they were a leader in 1:6 scale military action figures.

While most of these Hot Toys Military now go for well over what my budget allows, I have found a few choice deals on eBay.  One that I decided to open recently is the US Marine 2nd Fleet Anti-Terrorist Support Team (FAST) figure.  This version sports woodland camo and was an exclusive edition for a Candian toy store called Toys2.

Although not quite the level of quality that they are associated with now, Hot Toys' attention to detail is quite evident, even in their early releases.  Here's a comparion with the late 2010 Playhouse Navy Seal Team Ten figure:

While the rest of the figure is Playhouse, the head is Hot Toys--their paint apps now are the industry standard for realism.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Hot Toys M-Icon: Bruce Lee 70s Casual Wear

If you are a fan of Bruce Lee, but could not afford Hot Toys' DX Enter The Dragon set, perhaps the M-Icon series will fit the bill.  Unusual for this scale, the head sculpt features a relaxed, smiling Bruce showing the humorous side of the man more well-known for his intense martial arts and fitness regimen.  It also includes a number of hands for different poses, as well as a little beach chair for lounging.  I picked up a loose head from the DX set for more versatile display purposes.

You have offended my family and offended the Shaolin Temple.
Chillin' wit da ladies.

Friday, June 24, 2011

DID Pierre French Resistance

DID continues to impress with it's latest WWII figure, a "French Resistance" character who bears a striking resemblance to a certain "Inglorious Basterd".

A bit of Brad Pitt, no?

Although recent DID releases have included accessories for multiple outfit/uniform displays, this set forgos the clothing for a full metal bicycle with working chain! 

The Resistance used whatever was handy to fight occupation.

Overall, I think this is a neat figure to own.  While the uniform options are limited to just what "Pierre" is wearing, there are still tons of little accessories like molotovs, a real wood bike crate with 1:6 scale propaganda posters, a knife, rifle, and more.

Zut alors!  Vous le vous coucher avec moi?

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Hot Toys Berserker Predator

Even though it's just shy of 14 inches tall, the Berserker Predator from Hot Toys is an imposing figure indeed.  As the only alien from the movie "Predators" to reveal it's identity, the Berserker 1/6 figure from Hot Toys sports a highly detailed face with options for open and closed mouth display.  The latter can be used when the Berserker's mask is in place.  With mask on, the Berserker can also use a battery-powered LED "laser" sight--very cool indeed.

Though accessories are sparse (only a bloodied human skull and spine are included), the figure's great size, fine details, and LED action make this a solid collectible for any fan of the movie franchise.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Hot Toys MMS156 Captain America The First Avenger

Hot Toys – MMS156 - Captain America: The First Avenger: 1/6th scale Captain America Limited Edition Collectible Figurine Specification ~ MMS Series ~

Hot Toys is proud to present the collectible figure of the great superhero from the Marvel Studios - the 1/6th scale Captain America Limited Edition Collectible Figurine from the upcoming summer blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger movie. The movie-accurate collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Evans as Captain America in his hero costume in the movie, highlighting the newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume and weapons.

The 1/6th scale Captain America Limited Edition Collectible Figurine specially features:

- Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of Chris Evans as Captain America in his hero costume in the Captain America: The First Avenger movie

- Approximately 30 cm tall

- Helmeted head

- Muscular body with over 30 points of articulations

- Movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture

- Nine (9) pieces of interchangeable gloved palms including:

- One (1) pair of palms for holding shield

- One (1) pair of palms for wielding shield

- One (1) right palm for holding gun

- One (1) pair of relaxed palms

- One (1) pair of fists

- Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted


- One (1) blue and grayish-white jacket with embossed pattern as well as stars in chest and arms

- One (1) pair of grey and red suspenders

- One (1) pair of blue pants

- One (1) brown leather-like belt with pouches and pistol sheath

- One (1) pair of brown boots


- One (1) metal-like electroplated shield

- One (1) machine gun

- One (1) pistol


- Figure stand with Captain America nameplate and the movie logo


- Head Sculpted by EOM JEA SUNG

- Head Painted by JC.HONG

- Head Art Directed by KOJUN

**Prototype shown, final product may be slightly different

Release date: Q3, 2011

Captain America: The First Avenger, the Movie: © 2011 MVL Film Finance LLC.

Marvel, Captain America, all related character names and their distinctive likenesses: TM & © 2011 Marvel Entertainment, LLC and its subsidiaries. All rights reserved.

© 2011 Hot Toys Limited. All Rights Reserved.

G.I. Joe Dusty Kitbash Continued

Added some more bits to Dusty.  One of these days, I might add the face camo.  >_<

Monday, June 20, 2011

DiD Marcel Unboxed

Here are some shots of DiD's French Infantry Indochina  figure, "Marcel".

This figure was commissioned by a French hobby store called "Machine Gun France" for the European market, and sports a number of unique elements, including "lizard" pattern camoflauge and MAS rifle with folding stock.

Like most DiD boxed sets, it comes with a number of different accessories that allow for multiple display options.  I went with the beret, pack, and belt only. 

Overall, it is a pretty cool piece that I'm glad to have been able to add to the collection.

Friday, June 17, 2011


One of the many problems of being a collector is where and how to display your new items affordably whist keeping them clean and attractive.  Enter Ikea!  The Swedish purveyor of cheap home decor and funishings hit a veritable home run in creating their "Detolf", a 4-tier slim glass curio cabinet.  Selling for less than $100, these display cabinets are perfect for showing off your collection of toys and other smaller items.

Unfortunately for me, living in the beautiful state of Hawaii means (besides a higher cost of living) no Ikea, and finding someone selling a used Detolf is a rare event indeed.

So when I saw an ad on Craigslist recently advertising one for $50, I jumped at the opportunity.  It took some extended back and forth, but I finally picked it up yesterday and have started moving my action figures in there already.

Seeing my collection in there makes me realize I either have too many figures or not enough Detolfs, lol.  (of course it's likely the former, but oh wells)  :p

Thursday, June 16, 2011

DID Konig Unboxed

As my collection grows, my space for unopened boxes shrinks.  Hence, I've been unboxing a lot more figures lately.  Here's the latest to get a breath of fresh air so to speak: DiD's Erwin Konig! 

Loosely based on Ed Harris' character in the movie "Enemy at the Gates", this action figure sports a great likeness of the actor and, as usual with DiD releases, a ton of accessories that translate into multiple costumes and display options.  I opt'd to use most of the winter gear for display purposes.  I must confess, however, that despite the wonderful details and high quality paint job, the figure suffers in the articulation department thanks to the fit of the outfits. 

This is not to say that the tailoring is bad, as it is really quite nice, but wearing the uniform and the winter coat definitely puts a clamp on putting Konig into sniper and other shooting poses.  Nonetheless, I'm very happy to own this figure.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

G.I. Joe Dusty Kitbash WIP

Although I've been liking Sideshow's 12" Joe line, I had some reservations about their treatment of Dusty.  I ended up canceling my preorder and decided to just put together my own version.  Here's what I have so far:

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Femme Fig Photoshoot of the Day

Received the VTS racing girl set and decided to try it on a spare Triad Otaku 2.0 body.  Used a spare Lola head as well.

Also decided to take a few more pics of the Phicen "Hindu" figure with Triad bikini.
Yes, I need some boots for the Racing Girl set.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Hot Toys Green Lantern License Announcement

We are proud to present the license of the upcoming superhero action adventure movie Green Lantern by DC Comics and Warner Bros Pictures!

The Green Lanterns, protectors of peace and justice, are granted with rings that are bestowed with superpowers. But when a new enemy threatens to destroy the balance of power in the Universe, their fate and the fate of the Earth lie in the hands of their newest recruit - a test pilot who may soon prove to be the greatest Green Lantern of all!

In Brightest Day. In Blackest Night. In Our Darkest Hour, There Will Be Light.
The movie will be hitting the 3D and 2D theatres on June 16! The collectible of this movie will be coming! Stay tuned!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

DiD Vasily Zaitsev Unboxed

Decided to open up this figure.  It's DID's take on Vasily Zaitsev, as portrayed by Jude Law in the movie "Enemy at the Gates".  It's a wonderful figure with a strong likeness to Law, and plenty of details as well as enough accessories to make multiple costumes.  I chose to use the out-of-box officer's uniform, with the lace up boots and hooded jacket.