Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hot Toys 2015 Toy Fair Exclusive #1: Iron Man 3: 1/6th scale Mark XXIV (Tank) Collectible Figure

With the San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC 2015) just around the corner, many collectors are excited to see what exclusive and new figures the toy and figure companies are putting out this year.

Many Hot Toys fans have already been anticipating the unveil of the 2015 Toy Fair Exclusive items, and Hot Toys has officially revealed the first exclusive item for you all! The 2015 Toy Fair Exclusive Iron Man 3: 1/6th scale Mark XXIV (Tank) Collectible Figure will make its first appearance in the “Avengers 200% Exhibition” in Japan! Avengers 200%” will be opened at the Roppongi Izumi Garden Gallery on July 4 – 20.


It looks like the 1/6th scale Mark XXIV (Tank) Collectible Figure will have two companions by its side, much smaller versions to create a diorama effect of flying Iron Man suits as seen in the Iron Man 3 film "House Party Protocol".

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

DAM Toys 1/6th scale Royal Marine Commando 12-inch action figure with Bear Grylls head sculpt

The Corps of Royal Marines (RM) is the United Kingdom's amphibious light infantry force, forming part of the Naval Service, along with the Royal Navy. As a highly specialised and adaptable light infantry force, the Royal Marines are trained for rapid deployment worldwide and capable of dealing with a wide range of threats. The Royal Marines are organised into a light infantry brigade (3 Commando Brigade) and a number of separate units 1 Assault Group Royal Marines, 43 Commando Royal Marines formerly Fleet Protection Group Royal Marines (previously the Comacchio Group), and a company strength commitment to the Special Forces Support Group. The Corps operates in all environments and climates, though particular expertise and training is spent on amphibious warfare, arctic warfare, mountain warfare, expeditionary warfare, and its commitment to the UK's Rapid Reaction Force.

Throughout its history, the Royal Marines have seen action in a number of major wars often fighting beside the British Army – including the Seven Years' War, the Napoleonic Wars, the Crimean War, World War I and World War II. In recent times the Corps has been largely deployed in expeditionary warfare roles such as the Falklands War, the Gulf War, the Bosnian War, the Kosovo War, the Sierra Leone Civil War, the Iraq War and the War in Afghanistan.


DAM Toys #78023 1/6th scale Royal Marine Commando 12-inch action figure will come with: Bear Grylls head sculpt, dam 2.0 action body one (1) pair of palms for holding weapon, one (1) pair of palms for gloves, Royal Marines green beret, t-shirt, British Army sweater, MTP combat smock jacket with wired hood, Royal Marines commando patch, MTP combat trousers, Elite boots, outdoor gaiters.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Hot Toys Terminator Genisys 1/6th scale Arnold Schwarzenegger as T-800 Guardian Collectible Figure

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He is back. Arnold Schwarzenegger is returning to the big screen again as the iconic Terminator in Terminator Genisys.

In the new installment of The Terminator series, John Connor, leader of the human resistance against Skynet, sends Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect his mother, Sarah Conner, from a Terminator assassin, an unexpected turn of events creates an altered timeline. Instead of a scared waitress, Sarah is a skilled fighter and has a Terminator guardian by her side. Faced with unlikely allies and dangerous new enemies, Reese sets out on an unexpected new mission to reset the future.

To celebrate the launch of this upcoming movie, Hot Toys is pleased to present the 1/6th scale T-800 Guardian Collectible Figure from Terminator Genisys.


The T-800 Guardian collectible is specially crafted based on the image of Arnold Schwarzenegger from the movie. It features two newly developed head sculpts, leather-like jacket licensed by the oldest British brand of motorcycles and clothing - Matchless London, detailed weapon and a LED light-up figure base.

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Check out this Square Enix Play Arts Kai Marvel Universe Variant Venom "symbiote" action figure

Regarded by some as a second Spider-Man, Venom is iconic as both a villain and a rival to his heroic webslinging counterpart. A popular character in his own right, he has clashed not only with Spider-Man, but also with super-hero team The Avengers! Venom is a symbiotic relationship incarnate: a human host co-existing with a sentient alien parasite, appropriately called a "symbiote".

This figure portrays the ominous presence of Venom through his hulking physique, his toxic color scheme, the web-like patterns stretched across his skin, and his ghoulish, sprawling tongue. The contrast of matte and glossy textures in the paintwork, along with his realistically grotesque maw make him a truly impressive figure.


This figure’s range of motion is unlike any living creature on earth, and can be posed in wild, contorted ways. Accessories include effect parts that show symbiote appendages reaching out like massive hands, showcasing and accentuating his extraterrestrial qualities.

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Hot Toys "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 1/6th Captain America 12-inch Collectible Figure Review II

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Created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, Steve Rogers first appeared in Captain America Comics #1 (cover dated March 1941) from Timely Comics, a predecessor of Marvel Comics. Captain America was designed as a patriotic supersoldier who often fought the Axis powers of World War II and was Timely Comics' most popular character during the wartime period. Since Marvel Comics revived the character in 1964, Captain America has remained in publication.

Captain America wears a costume that bears an American flag motif, and is armed with a nearly indestructible shield that he throws at foes. The character is usually depicted as the alter ego of Steve Rogers, a frail young man enhanced to the peak of human perfection by an experimental serum to aid the United States government's imminent efforts in World War II. Near the end of the war, he was trapped in ice and survived in suspended animation until he was revived in the present day to subsequently become the long-time leader of the Avengers.


Captain America has used multiple shields throughout his history, the most prevalent of which is a nigh-indestructible disc-shaped shield made from an experimental alloy of steel and the fictional vibranium. Captain America often uses his shield as an offensive throwing weapon.

This latest Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS281 "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 1/6th scale Captain America Collectible Figure comes with a magnetic metal / die-cast circular red and blue shield with retractable handles so no straps are needed. The magnets allow Cap to attach the shield to his back or either arms with ease as there are also corresponding magnets on the figure.

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Review 1: Hot Toys "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 1/6th Captain America 12-inch Collectible Figure

Just got this Hot Toys Movie Masterpiece Series MMS281 "Avengers: Age of Ultron" 1/6th scale Captain America Collectible Figure recently (see my June haul post on my toy blog HERE). This is my first of the Avengers: Age of Ultron figures as I decided to wait for the Movie Masterpiece Diecast Series MMS300D11 - Avengers: Age of Ultron - Mark XLV Iron Man figure instead of the Mark XLIII which has already been released.

The movie-accurate Captain America Collectible Figure is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Evans as Captain America / Steve Rogers in Avengers: Age of Ultron, featuring a newly painted helmeted head sculpt, a newly painted Steve Rogers head sculpt, finely tailored Captain America suit, magnetic metal Captain America shield with retractable handles, and a specially designed figure stand.


I'm a big fan of Captain America but I didn't get all the 12-inch Captain America figures Hot Toys have released, only just the ones I like and this one is the latest version of Cap as seen in this year's Avengers: Age of Ultron film. The coolness factor about this most recent 1:6 scale Cap is that the shield is magnetic and attaches to Cap's uniform (back and arms) easily without the need for straps or an extra device (hook) to hold the shield in place, as with the previous versions. I didn't think that this could be done in 1:6 scale but Hot Toys has upped the ante once again and given us something that's very close to the movie version and I applaud them for that :) Talk about realising collector's dreams. They actually made it a reality!

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Pre-order Sideshow Collectibles Brown Costume Wolverine 20-inch Premium Format™ Figure

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Inspired by the events of Wolverine’s breakout comic book mini-series, collectively known as ‘the Japan Saga’, Logan embarks on a personal mission away from the X-Men to the land of the rising sun, where he must fight for the woman he loves and restore his honor. Expertly sculpted with dynamic detail, the mutant berserker crouches in anticipation of a fight over a snowy bridge riddled with arrows from unseen adversaries. Disguised in his popular classic brown and yellow costume, collectors can further define their favorite look for Logan with masked and unmasked portraits, each depicting his savage ferocity. Ready to tear through his enemies like an angry God, the lone warrior unsheathes his razor-sharp Adamantium claws, and Japanese steel forged by the swordmaster Muramasa. Because let’s face it, Bub – he's the best there is at what he does, and what he does isn’t very nice...


Ever since his introduction in 1974, Wolverine has changed outfits about as many times as he's killed ninjas — a lot. For a comics icon, this can be a rarity. Captain America, Spider-Man, and Daredevil have become essentially synonymous with their trademark costumes, but not Wolverine. Wolverine's original costume introduced his signature blue and yellow color scheme and other apparel that would become hallmarks of the character's look. Featuring blue gloves, trunks, shoulder pads and winged-boots with a red belt over a yellow spandex body suit highlighted with tiger stripes, this would serve as the basis for most of Wolverine's future costumes.

This Brown and Tan costume made its first appearance in X-MEN #139 (1980). Swapping blue and yellow for brown and tan proved the most significant change, as the darker colors more closely matched the personality of the character and resulted in a costume that struck a chord with fans. Among all his costumes, the brown-and-tan would go on to have the longest continuous run, as it lasted until Wolverine switched back to his blue-and-yellow duds in 1991.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Incoming: ZCWO 1/6 scale Rowan Atkinson as Mr Bean 12-inch figure with teddy bear & duck

Mr. Bean is a British television programme series of fifteen 25-minute episodes written by Robin Driscoll and starring Rowan Atkinson as the title character. Based on a character originally developed by Atkinson while he was studying for his master's degree at Oxford University, the series follows the exploits of Mr. Bean, described by Atkinson as "a child in a grown man's body", in solving various problems presented by everyday tasks and often causing disruption in the process. Bean rarely speaks, and the largely physical humour of the series is derived from his interactions with other people and his unusual solutions to situations.

During its five-year run (1990 to 1995), the series gained large UK audience figures, including 18.74 million for the 1991 episode "The Trouble with Mr. Bean". The show has been sold in 245 territories worldwide and has inspired an animated cartoon spin-off, two feature films, and an appearance at the London 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony.


ZCWO has announced their newest 1/6 scale collectible action figure to be released soon and he is one of the most famous and well know British television programme character, Mr Bean. 1/6 scale Mr Bean is wearing his trademark tweed jacket and a skinny red tie. He also wears a digital calculator watch. Mr. Bean's best friend teddy bear and a small bath duck also included. Mr Bean iconic suitcase, armchair, and colorful balloons are perfect accessories.

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Preview Hot Toys Avengers: Age of Ultron 1/6th Chris Hemsworth as Thor Collectible Figure

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The Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Hot Toys collectibles series continues! In the epic blockbuster Avengers: Age of Ultron, Thor along with the rest of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes had battle hard against the menacing A.I. Ultron in order to save mankind from the terrifying fate of human extinction!

Hot Toys is delighted to present the new 1/6th scale Thor Collectible Figure from Avengers: Age of Ultron! The movie-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Chris Hemsworth as Thor in the movie, featuring a newly developed head sculpt, highly detailed costume, a LED light-up Mjolnir and an authentic metal Mjolnir with lightning effect accessory, and a specially designed figure base.


Furthermore, a specially designed 3D augmented reality (AR) app has been developed and will soon be available on iOS and Android devices to interact with the Thor collectible figure! With the use of the app, fans can explore and take photo of the striking 3D scene where a number of Ultron Prime’s dangerous sentries are swarming to attack the Asgardian prince! 

Complete your Avengers: Age of Ultron collection with the mighty God of Thunder!

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Getting to know Imperial Studio, a new toy shop

Blogging has its privileges :)

I was privileged and honored to be invited to the opening of a new toy shop in Singapore. Imperial Studio is located at 111 North Bridge Road #04-32 Peninsula Plaza right in the heart of the city (open from 12noon till 8pm). Besides selling toys (and collectibles), the owners wanted a place "where toys and people come together". One of their specialties is that they are able to specialise in original customs and work with collectors' desired customs as well. And I was blown away by the customs I saw. Not only are they of the highest quality, the customised figures are innovative, creative and most affordable. The customised figures are sturdy as award winning customiser Reeve has lots of experience and won numerous accolades for his custom work. We local collectors have been waiting for this to happen for the longest time and now, Imperial Studio is finally here to make it all come true!


The picture above is the store front and right in the centre is the main display which has a 12-inch figure of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) standing. Holographic images of the various Iron Man suits are then superimposed onto Stark's body / figure and you see him being suited up in the different Iron Man armor suits we all know too well from the Iron Man films. See if you can identify the various suits that appear on the screen when you drop by the shop. Very cool display indeed and definitely worth a visit.

Go check out their facebook page HERE and LIKE it to stay updated with all the latest news.

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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Incoming: Medicom Toy RAH (Real Action Heroes) 1:6 "Flashpoint" Batman 12-inch figure

"Flashpoint" is an American comic book crossover story arc published by DC Comics. Consisting of an eponymous core limited series and a number of tie-in titles, the storyline premiered in May 2011. Flashpoint details an altered DC Universe in which only Barry Allen, Kid Flash, and Booster Gold seem to be aware of significant differences between the regular timeline and the altered one, including Cyborg's place as the world's quintessential hero, Superman's detention by the government, and a Thomas Wayne version of Batman who spends his days "running Wayne Casinos."

DC Comics' 2011 storyline Flashpoint set the stage for "The New 52" relaunch of DC's superhero lineup, and Batman - a.k.a. Thomas Wayne - was a major player! This darker, older Batman from a timeline where Bruce Wayne died as a child, the Thomas Wayne Batman stands approximately 12 inches tall and boasts special muscle parts added to MEDICOM's RAH 301 Kai body. The Flashpoint Batman comes with interchangeable hands and a display stand.


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Preview Medicom Toy RAH #715 DC Comics 1/6th "Red Son" Superman 12-inch action figure

HE'S WATCHING YOU!

Superman: Red Son is a three-issue prestige format comic book mini-series published by DC Comics that was released under their Elseworlds imprint in 2003. Author Mark Millar created the comic with the premise "What if Superman had been raised in the Soviet Union?" It received critical acclaim and was nominated for the 2004 Eisner Award for best limited series.

Based on DC Comics' 2003 Superman: Red Son by Mark Millar and Dave Johnson, here's MEDICOM's Real Action Heroes version of what the Man of Steel might have looked like had he crash-landed in the U.S.S.R., not the U.S., as a baby! Measuring approximately 12 inches tall, the figure includes additional muscles on the RAH 301 Kai body, interchangeable hands and a display stand.


Medicom Toy RAH #715 DC Comics 1/6th "Red Son" Superman 12-inch action figure RAH SUPERMAN (Red Son Version) ● Height about 300 mm ● PVC made ​​head completely reproduce the image in the comic book! Cloth costume stuck to texture ● Distinctive cloak also completely reproduced ● Adoption of dedicated muscle parts, faithfully reproduce the type ● various wrist included ● RAH301 incorporates a modified body, its own style and the movable ● figure stand included

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Preview Asmus Toys 1/6th scale The Hobbit: Christopher Lee as Saruman 12" action figure

Saruman the White is a fictional character and a major antagonist in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. He is leader of the Istari, wizards sent to Middle-earth in human form by the godlike Valar to challenge Sauron, the main antagonist of the novel, but eventually he desires Sauron's power for himself and tries to take over Middle-earth by force. Saruman is one of several characters in the book illustrating the corruption of power; his desire for knowledge and order leads to his fall, and he rejects the chance of redemption when it is offered.

In Peter Jackson's film trilogy (2001–2003), Saruman is significantly more active in the first two films than in their equivalent books, and he appears in several scenes that are not depicted in Tolkien's work. In the films, Saruman is depicted presenting himself outright as a servant of Sauron. In Jackson's adaptation of the prequel, The Hobbit, Lee reprises his role as Saruman the White, even though Saruman does not appear in the novel. Saruman was played by British horror actor Christopher Lee in all of Jackson's films.


Asmus Toys 1/6th scale The Hobbit: Christopher Lee as Saruman 12-inch action figure features: Authentic and detailed fully realistic likeness of Saruman from The Lord of the Ring / The Hobbit. Comes with Approximately 30 cm tall Asmus Toys KP01A+ male body with Over 36 points of articulation plus An authentic likeness of actor from the film. Also comes with One pair of elder relaxed posture hand, One pair of elder weapon holding hand, One pair of elder open palm hand, One spell cursing hand, Saruman’s robes, robe fastenings, Saruman’s coat, boots, Magic Staff, Palantír of Orthanc, Saruman’s altar, One interractive custom base, One Asmus Toys figure stand + One pair of Orc leg brace (can be equipped on regular 12-inch body to build an orc)

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Next Up: Kotobukiya DC Comics 1/7th scale Raven (Teen Titans) Bishoujo 9.5-inch tall Statue

Kotobukiya proudly presents the next entry in their lineup of Bishoujo statues based on the superheroines and villains of DC Comics, the mystical Raven! The half-demon daughter of Trigon uses her formidable magical powers alongside the Teen Titans, always careful not to unleash “hell” by keeping her emotions in check. Raven finally steps out of the shadows in her debut in the Bishoujo series with traditional Japanese “pretty girl” styling based on a new character interpretation by Shunya Yamashita!

Demons and evil doers beware! Raven is ready for action as she floats in the air, hands outstretched before her to conjure eldritch energies. The Teen Titan wears her classic costume with thigh high boots, bodysuit with long tabard, detached sleeves anchored at the middle finger, and a massive swirling cloak with pointed hood. All of her clothing elements are a rich, deep blue while the accents at her shoulders and her detailed belt are bright gold; meanwhile, Raven stares at you from under her hood with piercing green eyes and the purple of her lips match her pointed fingernails! The flowing movement of the demonic heroine’s clothing gives the statue a life of its own as well as making it look like Raven is floating above your shelf.


Sculpted by Hogari (Jetstream), Raven is nearly 9 ½ inches tall (1/7 scale) as she hovers in the air. Display her alone or alongside other DC character Bishoujo statues from Kotobukiya!

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Star Wars Costume Evolution: Stormtroopers

Thanks to Halloween Costumes, we have a fun Star Wars infographic that offers us a look at the evolution of the Stormtroopers costume design. Over the years we've seen several different designs for them, and here they all are conveniently placed for you to look at and perhaps learn a few things you might not have known about them.

Here's the note that came along with the infographic:
When George Lucas conceived of Star Wars, he created an industry -- costumes and animatronics, special effects and digital sound, you name it! Many of the things we take for granted in movies today exists because of Lucas, LucasArts, Skywalker Sound, and Industrial Light & Magic.


Nobody does iconic looks like George Lucas and his creative team, and next to Darth Vader himself, the Stormtroopers have some of the most noticeable and recognizable costumes in the Star Wars universe. While the Stormtrooper and clone trooper armors haven't changed much in their look since the Clone Wars, their helmets have undergone the most drastic changes and had the most amazing variations throughout their use. From the onset of the Clone Wars to 2015's Episode VII: The Force Awakens, check out how the Stormtrooper costume has changed in it's nearly 50-year history!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Check out this upcoming Kotobukiya 1/10th scale Star Wars AT-AT Driver ARTFX+ 7" tall statue

Star Wars ARTFX+ Statues bring you all of the quality and detailing that you expect from an ARTFX release in a great smaller scale perfect for collecting! The Saga Collection has exploded with fan favorite characters like Boba Fett and Darth Vader as well as army builders like troopers, clones, guards, and more.

Following up on the previous release of the Snowtroopers, Kotobukiya is proud to offer another unique Imperial Army character with the AT-AT DRIVER! First seen alongside the Snowtroopers in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back when Vader’s forces attacked the Rebel base on the frozen world of Hoth, this driver was in charge of operating the massive quadrupedal All Terrain Armored Transport walker. The crewman is ready to take his place at the controls of the Imperial Walker, wearing a distinctive uniform ideal for the cockpit with a gray flight suit, armored harness, thick boots and gloves, and familiar Imperial helmet connected to a chest-mounted computer and life support system.


All of the subtle details from the film are included down to the readout on the chest and even the commlink embedded in the glove. There are even multiple arm parts so you can customize your display with the Driver putting on his gloves, at parade rest with his hands behind his back, or wielding his blaster pistol.ARTFX+ Statues are fun-to-assemble pre-painted snap-fit kits that can be put together easily in seconds without glue or modeling skill.

The AT-AT Driver stands just over 7 inches tall (1/10th scale) with magnets in his feet for extra stability on the included metal display base. Prevent Rebel attacks with the Driver in your Imperial ARTFX+ Statue collection!

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Pre-order First Hellboy 12-inch Statue by Mondo - Created by Mike Mignola way back in 1991

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In 1991, comic artist and writer Mike Mignola created a black and white illustration at a comic convention of a demon character that bore the name "Hellboy" on his belt. This was the genesis of the filed-homed fighter of the supernatural known and loved today.

The First Hellboy Statue by Mondo brings the original concept to life, showcasing all the strange and fun details of the original drawing. In addition to all the sculpted details, original Hellboy colorist Dave Stewart was enlisted to design the color scheme for the piece. Now is a Hell of a time to bring this piece of comic history home!


The demon itself bears virtually no resemblance to Hellboy, and Mignola had no intention of doing anything serious with the concept, but later decided he liked the name. Mignola became interested in doing a creator-owned comic, as he felt it made more sense to create his own characters for the stories he wanted to tell, rather than trying to shoehorn existing characters into these stories.

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Monday, June 22, 2015

Comparison pictures of Hot Toys 1:6 Batman figures - Dark Knight, Arkham, 1966, 1989 etc

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Having reviewed and posted lots of pictures of the latest Hot Toys released VGM18 (Video Game Masterpiece Series) "Batman: Arkham City" 1/6th scale Batman Collectible Figure on my toy blog HERE and HERE, I was curious to know just how big and how tall this Arkham City Batman is compared to the other 1/6th scale Batman figures that have been released. Well, this post will answer that by comparing Hot Toys Arkham Batman alongside some of the other Batman figures Hot Toys has released, as well as a side-to-side comparison with some other 1:6 scale Batman figures released by other manufacturers. It may not be as comprehensive as it gets but it's a good start. It's all to do with the height and size.


The first picture above shown has Hot Toys Arkham City Batman figure standing behind Tim Burton's 1989 Michael Keaton Batman and Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight Christian Bale Batman. All 1:6 scale figures are by Hot Toys but not all of them are 12 inches tall. Arkham City Batman is the tallest and biggest of them all (In the game, he's 6 feet 2 inches of bulking muscles) so he really stands out here. Not sure if that's a good thing in real life because that would make Bruce Wayne too prominent in terms of size and height and would certainly stand out from among the crowd. One wouldn't have to be a detective to discover who the man behind the Batman mask is since Bruce and Bats would be of the same height and size in a city filled with normal people who wouldn't all be 6 feet 2 inches tall.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Hot Toys VGM "Batman: Arkham City" 1/6th scale Batman 12-inch Collectible Action Figure Review II

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The Batsuit (or Bat-Suit) is Batman's costume and is essential in making him who he is. Though the suit has been drawn many different ways by different artists in the comic books and then re-interpreted and re-designed for the big screen, the stories themselves have described Batman as modifying the details of his costume from time to time. The Batsuit is most often depicted as consisting of: matching black (or blue) scalloped cape, bat-like cowl, gloves with a series of scalloped, fin-like protuberances, boots, and outerwear briefs; a utility belt; and a skintight gray body suit (with a stylized, black bat insignia emblazoned on the chest—either without, or within, a bright-yellow ellipse).

Batman wears this costume both to conceal his identity, and to frighten criminals. Most versions of the Batsuit incorporate some form of body armor, and often night-vision, gas filters, and other aids to combat effectiveness or protection. All versions of the costume incorporate a utility belt containing a variety of technological, mechanical, and crime-fighting gadgets.


In the Video games Batman: Arkham Asylum and its subsequent sequel Arkham City the batsuit appears more akin to that of the cloth versions often seen in the comics. But underneath the aesthetic layer was a series of armor to protect against ballistic damage. Throughout the course of the games the suit takes on more and more progressive damage. The mask contains a "Detective Mode" visor to allow Batman to investigate crime scenes, collect data, navigate and locate signals. The gauntlets contain not only Batman's signature spiked blades but also a hardened mini computer and remote for his vehicles. His cape is similar to the one in the Nolanverse films which permits him to glide across vast distances. His utility belt contains an array of gadgets some of which he either builds and accumulates over the course of the games.

This is my second part review of the recently released Hot Toys VGM18 (Video Game Masterpiece Series) "Batman: Arkham City" 1/6th scale Batman Collectible Figure - see my June haul posted on my toy blog HERE. The collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Batman from the game featuring a newly developed masked head sculpt with 2 interchangeable lower faces, newly sculpted muscular body and Batsuit, and detailed weapons.

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Saturday, June 20, 2015

Check out the upcoming NECA Quarter Scale Batman: Arkham Knight 18-inch tall action figure

Batman: Arkham Knight is an upcoming action-adventure video game being developed by Rocksteady Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One video game consoles, and Microsoft Windows. Based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, it is the successor to Warner Bros. Games Montréal's 2013 video game Batman: Arkham Origins, and the fourth main installment in the Batman: Arkham series. Arkham Knight is expected to be released worldwide on June 23, 2015.

Arkham Knight features Batman, a superhero trained to the peak of human physical and mental perfection and an expert in martial arts. Batman's armor was redesigned to match that of the Batmobile to make them appear visually similar—featuring the same shapes and material textures—and appear functionally compatible with the high-speed methods in which the character enters and exits the vehicle. The design also added armor over Batman's shoulders, covering the previously exposed cape, to make it appear more feasible that it could hold Batman's weight without failing during gliding.


Over the past several months NECA has been teasing the Batman: Arkham Knight 18-inch figure, but this is the first time that we see the highly detailed 1/4 scale figure and it looks pretty good. This figure is scheduled to start shipping in July, for an SRP of $125.99.

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Threezero Mass Effect 3 1/6th scale Legion collectible figure full reveal & pre-order info

“Organics fear us. We wish to understand, not incite.”

Legion is a unique geth mobile platform, designed to operate outside the Perseus Veil and interact with organics. To that purpose, it houses 1,183 geth programs, as opposed to the roughly one hundred found in other platforms, enabling it to operate independently and speak. In order to facilitate communication with organics, Legion possesses several panels on its "head" that move to simulate facial expressions. These flaps serve the same purpose as eyebrows in organics, raising to imply surprise or interest and folding forward (much like the furrowing of the brow) to show concentration.

Next figure in Threezero's 1/6th scale Mass Effect 3 collectible figure line is Legion! Legion will be offered for pre-order at threezerostore.com for a limited time beginning on June 22nd 9:00AM Hong Kong. Threezerostore Exclusive version will be coming with M98 Widow in addition to Geth Pulse Rifle. Legion price at threezerostore.com is 190USD / 1480HKD with worldwide shipping included in the price.


Threezero Mass Effect 3 1/6th scale Legion collectible figure details: figure stands 13 inches (33cm) tall; fully articulated as seen in Mass Effect 3 game; highly detailed, soft PVC skin wrap on the limbs; collectible comes with following exchangeable hands: one pair of relaxed palms and one pair of hands for holding weapons; meticulous attention to details, including mechanical parts with a realistic paint application; eyes & chest are equipped with light-up feature; collectible comes with highly detailed weapons, including the Geth Pulse Rifle and M98 Widow (threezerostore exclusive); AG1 X 3 button cell batteries needed for light up feature (batteries not included).

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Pre-Order ThreeA Toys Metal Gear Solid Metal Gear Ray Half-Size Edition Collectible Figure

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Metal Gear RAY was an amphibious model of Metal Gear initially designed to hunt down Metal Gear REX derivatives. Although the model technically lacked the ability to launch nukes, it was considered a Metal Gear because of it being designed to counter REX derivatives, which did possess the ability to launch nukes, which nonetheless fell under the pretenses of nuclear strategy.

Sideshow Collectibles and ThreeA Toys are excited to present the Metal Gear RAY Half-Size Edition collectible figure. Ready to battle with its nemesis, the Metal Gear Rex, the half-size Metal Gear Ray features all the articulation and detail of its larger counterpart, and its wingspan measures an impressive 17.7 inches! This collectible includes a game-accurate detailed design, a cockpit that opens, LED illumination and an articulated stand and base.

Product size: 8.6" H (218.44mm) x 9.76" W (247.9mm)
Wing span: 17.7" H (449.58mm)


Metal Gear Ray Half-Size Edition features: Officially licensed by Konami, Game-accurate detailed design, Opening cockpit, Fully articulated legs, wings and neck; LED illuminated cockpit, Articulated stand and base. 3 AG1 batteries required (not included)

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Preview Kotobukiya SDCC Limited Edition 1/10th scale Deadpool “Chimichanga” ARTFX+ figure

One of the most popular comic book Super Heroes in the business is back in a variation of his red and black costume, Deadpool! Formerly a member of the Weapon X program, the “Merc with a Mouth” is a longtime assassin for hire and independent agent who’s worked alongside just about every superhero and villain from the Avengers to X-Men and everything in between. Now the fourth wall-breaker invades your house, and this time he’s brought a chimichanga!

Created in 1991 by Fabian Nicieza and Rob Liefeld, Deadpool has never looked back and continues to appear in more and more books with his unique style and nonstop witty repartee, not to mention his trademark costume and extensive armory!


Wilson makes a stunning debut in the ARTFX+ series as he crouches in preparation for the attack, drawing one of his swords from the sheaths on his back. This time Deadpool wears his iconic red and black costume with its abundance of straps, pouches, extra ammunition, spare weapons, pointy hood with his mask peeled back just enough to eat a chimichanga and display his scarred features, and of course his cute Deadpool logo belt buckle. In his low crouch the assassin leans forward with his other hand extended in front of him, and you can choose between interchangeable left hands that hold either a chimichanga or Headpool!

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Thursday, June 18, 2015

Check out ThreeA next release: 1/6th scale The Last Tomorrow King and The Archer 12" figure

SWORN TO PROTECT THE LAST OF THEIR KIND
Designed by Ashley Wood

According to threeA wiki: Tomorrow Kings are male clones, from the Popbot Universe who were created by Luthor Bean Jr. originally used for corporate takeovers. These "Elvis ronin" were created to slay all monsters & ghouls with Luthor Bean Sr.'s Ion Engine that escaped Earth. They are also used to fight the Mortis.

ThreeA's next release will be the Last Tomorrow King and The Archer 12-inch (30.48cm) figure which will feature Hand Tailored Clothing. Set Includes: The Last Tomorrow King, Bow, Quiver, Arrows, Grenades and Sword. USD $160 Price Includes Free Worldwide Shipping


This time we even get to see some of Ashley Wood's awesome artwork!

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Review 1: Hot Toys VGM "Batman: Arkham City" 1/6th scale Batman 12" Collectible Action Figure

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Batman: Arkham City is a 2011 action-adventure video game developed by Rocksteady Studios and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. Based on the DC Comics superhero Batman, it is the sequel to the 2009 video game Batman: Arkham Asylum and the second installment in the Batman: Arkham series.

Batman: Arkham City is based on the franchise's long-running comic book mythos. In the game's main storyline, Batman is incarcerated in Arkham City, a huge new super-prison enclosing the decaying urban slums of fictional Gotham City. He must uncover the secret behind the sinister scheme, "Protocol 10", orchestrated by the facility's warden, Hugo Strange. The game's leading characters are predominantly voiced by actors from the DC Animated Universe, with Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill reprising their roles as Batman and the Joker, respectively. The game is presented from the third-person perspective with a primary focus on Batman's combat and stealth abilities, detective skills, and gadgets that can be used in both combat and exploration. Arkham City expands Batman's arsenal of gadgets and combat attacks and offers a more open world structure, allowing the player to complete side missions away from the primary storyline.


This is the recently released Hot Toys VGM18 (Video Game Masterpiece Series) "Batman: Arkham City" 1/6th scale Batman Collectible Figure - see my June haul HERE. The collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Batman from the game featuring a newly developed masked head sculpt with 2 interchangeable lower faces, newly sculpted muscular body and Batsuit, and detailed weapons.

Although not based on any particular actor under the cowl, Arkham City Batman still looks very life-like and real, especially with the detailed skin texture and facial expression. The batsuit appears more akin to that of the cloth versions often seen in the comics. But underneath the aesthetic layer was a series of armor to protect against ballistic damage. In this case, Hot Toys chose to fit Batman with a suit made of soft rubber.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Kotobukiya DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight 1/10th scale Arkham Knight ARTFX+ Statue

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Batman returns to Kotobukiya’s hit ARTFX+ lineup of superheroes and villains based on DC Comics characters with all new statues based on Batman: Arkham Knight, the fourth installment in the Batman: Arkham series. Opposing the Caped Crusader on screen and on your shelf is a brand new character with an awesome look, the Arkham Knight!

A mysterious combatant who hates Batman and wants to see him suffer, the Knight wears a unique costume with a camouflaged bodysuit, armored extremities, a low-slung utility belt, the Arkham “A” symbol on his chest, and of course a seemingly Batman-inspired helmet with pointed “ears.” Sculpted by M.I.C. and standing in 1/10th scale, the mystery man barrels forward toward his sworn enemy, one arm up to bash through any resistance and the other holding out a pistol at the ready!


A first for the ARTFX+ series, the Arkham Knight comes with a new modular base system that lets you customize your display with a wide range of options; you can have the villain rushing over rooftops, breaking through a wall, or tackling the hero!

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Kotobukiya DC Comics Batman: Arkham Knight 1/10th Batman ARTFX+ Statue with diorama

The Dark Knight returns to Kotobukiya’s hit ARTFX+ lineup of superheroes and villains based on DC Comics characters, this time with Batman in his new armored costume from the Batman: Arkham Knight game. The 2015 installment is the fourth in the Batman: Arkham series and takes the Caped Crusader to a whole new level with a heavily armored look fully realized in this highly detailed 1/10th presentation.

Batman relentlessly hunts for the criminals attacking Gotham City (led by Scarecrow and the Arkham Knight), and to do that must break down a few doors. Sculpted 1/10th scale by M.I.C., Dark Knight is captured in mid-leap as he flies through the air in a dynamic pose that’s sure to catch any collector’s eye! Every detail of his new armor is complete down to the heavy plating, segmented joints, the tread on his boots, the weight of his new cape, and of course Batman’s traditional scowl under his pointed cowl.


A first for the ARTFX+ series, Batman comes with a new modular base system that lets you customize your display with a wide range of options; display Batman breaking through a wall, vaulting over rubble, or in the middle of delivering a flying side kick!

With multiple square and rectangular pieces plus a broken window, metal grate, and joint parts this set is all about building your own diorama base. Even better, you can really craft your own unique display by combining Batman’s architectural elements with those of his arch-rival the Arkham Knight (sold separately - see NEXT post) and show off the two fighting in a rich and complex Gotham City environment!

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Monday, June 15, 2015

Pre-order Star Ace Toys Ltd 1/6th Gary Oldman as Sirius Black (Prisoner Version) 12-inch Figure

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"I did my waiting! Twelve years of it! In Azkaban!"

Sideshow Collectibles and Star Ace Toys are thrilled to announce the Sirius Black (Prisoner Version) Sixth Scale Collectible Figure. This movie-accurate collectible figure shows a fully realized authentic likeness of Gary Oldman as Sirius Black in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. A member of the Marauders, Sirius was framed for the murder of twelve Muggles and the apparent murder of Peter Pettigrew; he was sent to Azkaban, only to become the first known person to escape the prison. The figure comes with Sirius Black's wand, prisoner's tag, handcuffs and detailed costume.


Star Ace Toys Ltd Sirius Black (Prisoner Version) Sixth Scale Collectible Figure features: 1/6th scale body approximately 30 cm tall with 30 points of articulation; Fully realized authentic likeness of Sirius Black in the movie Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban with Accurate facial expression and detailed skin texture; Each head sculpt is specially hand-painted. Three (3) interchangeable hands including: one (1) pair of open hands, one (1) hand for holding wand. Body with detailed tattoos

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