Saturday, December 22, 2012

Asmus Toys Avengers Tony Stark casual clothing set - photo and video review

Finally got the Asmus Toys casual clothing set for Avengers Tony Stark in hand. For 25 USD shipped its a nice addition to your Iron Man 1/6 collection. Enjoy some photos and a short review. I Put the suit on a bootleg Truetype narrow shoulder body. And the headsculpt is the one of the Mark IV - original HT. The neck could be a tad longer with this new shirt, but its still ok. Also I used the suitcase from the Hot Toys Mark V figure as a fitting addition to the suit.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Hot Toys Wolf Predator - Cleaner kit - AvP:R : photo and video review

Got my hands on a older Hot Toys figure: the Wolf Predator 1/6 Cleaner kit version from 2008. Quite happy with the figure, lots of nice accessories and an  awesome biomask and headsculpt.

Important: If somebody wants to sell a spare non-damaged biomask of the original Wolf release and a second plasma gun, please let me know.

Enjoy the photos and videos:

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Hot Toys Captain America 1/6 - The Avengers - photo and video review

We have to start out with a photo - words can't describe this hot toys figure enough guys:

I'm totally excited holding this fig in hand - it's quite unbelieavable seeing this headsculpt for myself. Chris Evans all the way! Check the following video review, my conclusion and lots more on Hot Toys latest Avengers figure release.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Hot Toys Predators Royce 1/6 - photo and video review

I wanted to complete my Hot Toys Predators line and Royce was the only figure left. So I hunted down a used one and got a great deal on a perfect mint figure with box.

Enjoy my quick verdict on this figure, the video and the photos:

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Hot Toys DX10 T-800 - Terminator 2 photo and video review

Finally got the DX10 by Hot Toys, which is the T2 T800 Cyberdyne version. And I have to admit that the headsculpt grew on my the past hours after having the figure in hand.

Enjoy the video review in the second segment of my youtube video and many more photos (at 5:00 min):

One of the best angles:

For comparison:

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Hot Toys DX13 Terminator 2 - T-800 battle damaged version 1/6 preview

Just amazing news yesterday , finally Hot Toys got around and announced this awesome Terminator 2 T800 fully battle damaged Terminator figure.

It tooks them some time but it seems all the waiting and hoping of fans will pay off. There isn't much more that you can wish for, especially the damaged headsculpts look fantastic. If you go for the exclusive you even get a second T-1000 liqud metal portrait.

Normally I don't promote pieces in an early preview phase, but this could be worth it. So if you want to cut a deal, you might wanna pick it up at Sideshow Collectibles - release summer 2013.

The only bummer in my opinion: It's a bit of money making of Hot Toys doing 2 different DX releases on the same figure. First DX10 some weeks ago, now the announcement of the new one. Both together including also the accessories of the first MMS T2 Arnie would have been a dream come true.

But don't pass this one up - finally we get what we always wanted.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Hot Toys Predators Noland 1/6 - video and photo review

Fast pickup from a local dealer - only 120 USD, couldn't pass this one up. It's Noland from the Predators movie, 1/6 scale figure by Hot Toys.

Never planned on getting this one, but somehow I'm actually quite happy I did pick it up in the end. Was quite some fun setting up and it has lots of cool parts.

Check out my video review and then enjoy some photos:

My conclusion on the figure and lots of more photos you'll find right after the jump.

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hot Toys Iron Monger 1/6 - Iron Man - video review and more photos

For completion I put up a video review of Iron Monger - enjoy folks!

Also fits in a detolf if you take out a shelf:

Hot Toys Iron Monger 1/6 - Iron Man - photo review

The monger has arrived. Pre-ordered over a year a go - and finally got it in hand. Totally incredible! I never had that much fun unboxing and setting up a 1/6 figure. This Iron Monger by Hot Toys is a mechanical beast.

Some photos right after the unboxing:

Monger in full glory:

My conclusion on the figure you'll find right after the jump.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

1/6 custom velvet cape for Batman DX12 by lforigno

Got a fresh custom piece in for modification of the rather bad original cape that Hot Toys delivered with their DX12. The custom cape is made by Lance also known as "lforigno" on the web - you can look up his offers on different custom cape variants on eBay - just check it here.

So this lforigno cape dresses up your 1/6 DX Batmann in a more fitting and movie accurate way than the original cape. On the outside you get a perfect velvet fabric, where it is on the inside in a more plain / matte fabric. The weight of the fabric give it a quite realistic loose hanging look..

What you don't get with the lforigno cape are the little clips that come with the original cap. So the installation of the cape isn't easier than with the original cape. Because of the thickness of the custom cape it holds pretty good when putting the fabric deep enough in the shoulder sockets.

You can get the cape for about 25 USD shipped - if you aren't happy with the stock cape this is definately a good investment.

Now let's take a look at some photos:

Friday, October 26, 2012

Suggestions of 1/6 stuff you want me to review?

Hey fellas

Been some time, just wanted to give a lifesign on this blog. I'm quite busy after recovering from surgery and free time for our passions is a bit sparse. Right now no big 1/6 releases seem to hit the shelves (maybe HT Iron Monger next month) , so I thought why not to ask my audience if you have special wishes of stuff you want me to review. Just comment down below and bring up some ideas. But please don't name Star Wars pieces - I just don't wanna get soaked back into a Star Wars hype because of some recent figs...somehow I quit with the franchise and this is probably the best right now - collecting Star Wars stuff is a neverending story. :)

My friend Alex of Toyhaven puts up lots of 1/6 news, there are interesting pieces on the horizon besides the regular Hot Toys stuff. Maybe you want me to review stuff of smaller companies, like Asmus toys - they are putting out some fresh 1/6 outfits (like the Avengers Tony Stark casual outfit for example).

Just let me know and I'll be happy to get after your wishes.

Signing out and laters. :-)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hot Toys DX12 Batman The Dark Knight Rises 1/6 - Video Review and final opinion

Well guys, it took me some time but after inspecting lots of details on the figure and getting some feedback on my photos it's time to show you the figure in motion. Check my in depth analysis of some issues and a brief unboxing with some of my opinions.

Also I want to thank my new friends on the One Sixth Republic facebook group page, if you readers of the blog are interested to join - just check the page, all you need is a FB account. It's a great community and ever growing.

Though I think some peops of the Sideshow freaks forums are overexaggerating on some minor problems pf the figure I still thank you all for all your feedback. Some of the poses look bad in my recent photos, but I way never the big posing fan either. :-)

Now enjoy the video - it's lenghty but I cover quite a lot of major things:

Hot Toys DX12 Batman The Dark Knight Rises 1/6 - Photo Review Part 2

Little update on this figure. In my post yesterday I had some complaints on the cape. Still the clip mechanism isn't great, but you have to make sure the clip fits deep into the shoulder armor socket. It makes the hole cap attachment better.

Also I had some negative feedback that the abs are "oily", which from what I've heard was a big problem with DX02. The photos in the recent post showed the left abs a bit more shinier thann the other half - this was just because of the lighting setup I use. Tried to capure some more photos to show it better that you don't have to fear anything:

More photos after the jump.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Hot Toys DX12 Batman The Dark Knight Rises 1/6 - Photo Review

Attention: Video review follows as soon as possible...

Another big day in 1/6 scale collecting history - the arrival of Hot Toys DX12 Batman The Dark Knight Rises. 

I don't own the DX02 , so I can't compare it to this. But you know wat: actually I'm just happy owning this new DX12 now, since I always wanted a full armored 1/6 Batman besides the smooth Batman Begins suit.

Let's start out with some various photos:

Sculpt and tailoring wise most of the figure is top quality. Some things could have used a bit more polishing, but it's all in the details. The overall impression is very good,

The good

  • Amazing Bale likeness and in my opinion a lot better than last years Toyfair exclusive, you get a realistic aged looking Bale with super skin texturing
  • Lots of cool accessories, like a redesigned grapple gun, interchangeable faces, an EMP gun with an LED light up function and of course a beautiful diorama base
  • Superb tailoring on the suit - mixed media and no rubber suit anymore. The 2011 exclusive figure feels like a cheaply made figure next to this - I'm happy how Hot Toys pulled this off on the new DX12 and you even get good articulation out of it

The bad

  • the new PERS system is hidden in the mask and you can only reach it with a little tool you get with the figure. I'm okay with the solution but if the PERS gets damaged you won't have a chance to repair it or replace it
  • The cape. Not a big fan of it yet. The clip-on mechanism feels just not right. Also the cape fabric quality could be a bit better - at least it looks good on the figure and floats ok
  • the price tag: I got the figure early from HK so I paid bit more, and at the moment I find it hard to justify even 250 USD for these figs ( I paid about 320 USD). It isn't as original as earlier DX releases - that's probably the reason I feel that way.

Check out a comparison to Hot Toys Toyfair Batman Begins Exclusive 2011 Bale:

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Hot Toys Avengers Hawekeye 1/6 - Photo and video review

Today I received the second (or third if you take the Mark VI re-release) figure of Hot Toys in their Avengers line - Hawekeye. I was never totally thrilled about the character and the figure. But after having seen the movie I definately started to like the character bit more. Actually, I was neither a big Fan of Jeremy Renner - he's a fine actor but no big emotions with him. At least Renner did a good job on representing the superhero in the movie I thought.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

1/6 Kitbash Commissioner Gordon (Batman) - my first attempt

Here's my first serious attempt on a kitbash. I decided to customize a 1/6 Commissioner Gordon with the latest Hot Toys Lt. Jim Gordon figure as base. You will need to invest in some new custom clothes to get a decent result.

Because I didn't go for the Iminime Gordon custom (was far too pricey), I tried to hunt down some fitting custom 1/6 clothes to get an appropriate look.

First the kitbash results in pictures and video:

After the jump you'll find all details to get this look done.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Headplay Dwayne Johnson "The Rock" 1/6 headsculpt

Just a quick video tour on a custom headsculpt by headplay of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Likeness is okay for the price, would definately love to see a licensed version by Hot Toys anytime.

I decided to use it as headsculpt for a SWAT kitbash of Hot Toys' Lt. Jim Gordon SWAT body / uniform. The head fits perfectly in the SWAT helmet (not so speaking of the Gordon headsculpt itself).

You can find the Dwayne headsculpt everywhere on eBay for about 20 - 25 USD.