Friday, January 29, 2010

February 2010 Update

How's everybody's year going so far?
Our's is going just fine. We hope all of you have had a good first month of 2010, and the rest of the year looks very promising for collectors. We are planning on obtaining more pieces in our collection, but for now we're taking a little break to save up some money. Also Ill be taking a break from 1:6 scale figures untill I have more money and like the available figures out in the market. Thats it for now. Until later, happy collecting!

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Saturday, January 23, 2010

Hot Toys 1:6 Inglourios Basterds-Lt. Aldo Raine

During the week we showed you a teaser of Hot Toys latest addition, a 1:6 scale Lt. Aldo Raine from the movie Inglourios Basterds. Hot Toys has now released the product photos for the figure, and we're ecstatic!
This thing is crazy, probably one of the best head sculpts Hot Toys has released yet. They're definitely on there game and 2010 looks very promising for toy collectors. The head was sculpted with authentic likeness to Brad Pitt by Kojun and painted by JC. Hong. The figure specially features movie-accurate facial expression with detailed wrinkles and skin texture, real-like hair style and facial hair, TrueType body approximately 30cm tall with 34 points of articulation, three pairs of interchangeable hands (one pair of relaxed hands, one pair for holding gun and one pair for holding blade). Accessories include jacket with worn-out edges, sweater, scarf, trousers, hat, leather-like belt with gun holster and blade pouch, leather-like long boots and bag, flannelette-surfaced water bottle, rifle, machine gun and pistol, large and small blade, and figure stand with movie logo and Lt. Aldo Raine nameplate. Release date is Q2 2010, and I dont think it can come fast enough.
 

















Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Hot Toys Inglourious Basterds Teaser

Searching around the web today, I found a pretty sweet new teaser. It seems as if Hot Toys is going the distance in their 2010 Movie Masterpiece collection. With the film walking away with several Golden Globe awards, Hot Toys celebrates with this 1:6 scale figure of Brad Pitt's portrayal as Lt. Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino’s WW2 film “Inglourious Basterds". It's a pretty impressive piece and I cant wait till some new photos release.

Hot Toys 1:6 Scale Terminator Salvation T-600

After working maticulously for over half a year on completing my Hot Toys The Dark Knight collection I needed to shift my focus to something new. Lately Ive become quite a fan of the Terminator series, especially "Terminator Salvation", so I chose to start with Hot Toys 1:6 scale T-600 Endoskeleton. Hot Toys has been working hard over the last 10 years to profect their techniques in toy making, and this figure is no exception. The Terminator Salvation line is one of their most advanced and sophisticated in design, with so many moving parts and details. The T-600 is essentially the real thing shrunk down to tiny 1:6 scale goodness.The figure features a very movie-accurate design, with working pistons/actuators and 25 points of articulation including completely articulated fingers. The eyes light up by a cell button battery located within the back of the endoskeleton. Accessories include a realistic rotating gatling gun a long magazine of bullets leading to a harnessed ammo pack. The figure also includes a movie scene featured figure base with a "T-600" nameplate. The T-600 is a massive figure, standing at at a huge 14"(35cm) tall. The figure is a giant compared to most 1:6 scaled figures, and requires adequate room for display. The painting is probably the most amazing thing about the T-600. Being that the figure is made mostly of plastic, the painting helps the figure take on a completely aged metallic look right down to the rust. There are only a couple negatives in my opinion. The buckles on the harnessed ammo pack are very difficult to latch. However this can be resolved by loosening the straps after receiving the figure. The other issue is that due to the many parts that make up the endoskeleton, it is known that some figures are missing pieces on arrival. If this happens to you, all you have to do is contact your seller and explain your situation. Purchase with quation, and make sure whoever you buy from is a trusted seller.I love this figure, and Im very happy with my first addition to my 1:6 terminator collection. This highly detailed endoskeleton is an exeptional piece of art and everything you would expect from Hot Toys. It does come with a pretty hefty price tag of about $150, but it's worth every penny.



















Note: The Hot Toys 1:6 T-600 Endoskeleton does require some assembly, but don't worry it's easy.



Saturday, January 16, 2010

Funko Terminator Salvation T-600 Bobblehead

Drea got me a T-600 bobblehead just for the hell of it, and I love it! Amazingly for it's size this thing has a pretty good amount of detail for it's size. The eyes light up when the head bounces, and the arms can swivel up on down. It's a great little novelty to add to a Terminator collection, and it definitely helps to start mine.
Check out this pic on our flickr page
 


Our New Additions for 2010

Both Drea and I's birthdays are right after Christmas, so what do you think that means? More toys! I think if there was a rehab for toy obssesion...we would definitely need it. XD

Both of us are huge Star Wars fans, and Drea already has her 12" Sideshow collection started. So of course what would I get her for her birthday? I looked around on Amazon and found a rediculous deal on a Sideshow Collectibles 12" Luke Skywalker Besbin version. We'll have a review done for it up very soon.



Another new figure coming to our collection is one that I am very excited about arriving. I've pretty much finished my Hot Toys The Dark Knight collection, so now Im shifting my focus to the Terminator Salvation line. Lately Ive become a fan of the Terminator movies, and I love the T-600s in the movie, so I just had to start with Hot Toys 1:6 Scale T-600. It's on its way to us right now, and Ill definitely have some shots on our flickr as soon as I get it.

Monday, January 11, 2010

Yulli Hotto-The Hands of Hot Toys

To most, the name Yulli might not mean anything, but the world of 1:6 scale collectors...its a legend. Even if you havent heard the name chances are you've seen the miracles this girl's hands can work. Her name is Yulli Hotto (or simply "Yulli"), a Korean sculptor, and one of the master artists behind Hot Toys great success in 1:6 figures. Her most notable work is in their The Dark Knight line, working on all 5 joker head sculpts including one of the most realistic sculpts Ive seen up to date, The Joker Policeman figure. Along with sculpter and painter JC Hong, they've created some of the most critically acclaimed figures and show no signs of slowing down. With every figure the team leads Hot Toys higher and higher in quality. Thanks to Yulli, these figures truly seem to have a personality of their own. Check out her work.



Yulli posing with her Elizabeth figure, during an interview with AFHub.com

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Sideshow Collectibles Terminator Salvation T-600 Life-Size Bust

In the last year with the release of TERMINATOR SALVATION, Ive become a bit of Terminator fan. Im just starting to collect Terminator based collectibles, and when I stumbled upon this piece my mouth dropped.
This thing is not for your everyday Terminator fan. This Life-Size movie masterpiece is for serious collectors only, being a massive 25lbs, almost 2 feet high, and nearly $800 price tag. From the movie-accurate pistons and rods, the glowing red LED eyes, to every littly last detail...I believe its worth every penny.

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Something that I think definitely sets the bar up on this piece is the detail that went into it. The metal is so aged looking, all the way down to the rust.

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Piercing glowing red eyes burn right into your soul...

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Sunday, January 3, 2010

Jon & Wicket Featured on the "BAT-BLOG"

A little while back I stumbled across some Batman tattoo pictures on Google and they led me to the famous "BAT-BLOG". Its a blog run by a man named Tommy, and its everything Batman related. Its the ultimate fan site for anything Batman. So I messaged him about a tattoo that I have on my neck of the 1989 version of the Batsymbol, and to my suprise he posted it on his site. Thanks Tommy! Go check out the post here, and the rest of his blog while you're at it.

NECA AVP REQUIEM-Battle Damaged Predator

On New Years Eve Drea and I made our way over to "Things From Another World" located in Universal Studios' CityWalk. I had some Christmas cash to burn so I looked around for some things to buy.
For the last few months I've been focusing on 1:6 scale figures to add to my collection, and haven't quite payed much attention to the smaller figures. When looking around TFAW, I came across NECA's brand new Alien VS. Predator Unmasked Battle Damaged Predator. This figure is incredible! The detail is amazing, and for a 7" figure, the most Ive seen for this size. Every little detail is acurate, all the way down to the green Alien blood splattered on his body. The figure features an assortment of accessories, and comes in a pretty cool box as well. To be honest Im not a complete fan of the movie series, but just to show you how cool this figure is, I bought it. =]

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Saturday, January 2, 2010

Sideshow Collectibles Luke Skywalker-Episode IV

It's no secret that I'm a Star Wars fan and after meeting Jon, I was introduced to the toy collecting community and was instantly interested. There are many types of toys to collect and one of my favorite are 1:6 Scale movie character replicas. As of today, an American based company called Sideshow Collectibles carries 104 different Star Wars figures, so which one was I going to choose?

Luke Skywalker - Episode IV, of course.

The 12" figure features 30+ points of articulation and with more than enough accessories, which includes a farmer poncho, long rifle, a pistol, Electrobinoculars, a droid caller, both a lit and unlit lightsaber, and two alternative hands. There are many positives to this figure, but some negatives. I'm satisfied with this figure, but there are a few things I'd change. Under certain lighting, the figure's hair seems to have a very subtle green hue. It’s not an issue in person, but for photography issues it creates havoc. Another issue is the skin tone differs from his face to his body, a design flaw that many of Sideshow Collectibles’ figures face. Most figures’ clothing hides this flaw, but this figure wears a robe-like shirt, perfectly authentic to the movie, that reveals this skin color difference. The face, although similar to Mark Hamill's, is still not completely accurate.

Other than a few flaws, Sideshow Collectibles did pay pretty close attention to detail on the accessories and clothing, especially the leg raps and adds a very realistic addition to the figure. Sideshow Collectibles are the leading maker in Star Wars 1:6 scale figures, there are no other manufacturers that beat them. For a price tag of $60, you’d be a fool to pass up this purchase. This figure is definitely a great classic to add to anyone’s Star Wars collection

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