Hot Toys 1:6 Scale War Machine Special Edition Review

Over the past few years Hot Toys has cemented itself as the company of choice for for many purchasers of high-end collectibles based on popular blockbuster films. From amazing screen-acurate paint jobs to the crazy realistic head scuplts that several of the figures see, it is no surprise that we are seeing rereleases of the company’s more popular figures in special color schemes.

The figure arrived in the standard brown “shipper” box that has become a highly sought after accessory amongst the more militant collectors of these figures. Unfortunately the company with whom I have ordered this from shipped it out bare like this. Thankfully there was no damage to the container but this is a bad thing because it could bring down the overall value should I one day chose to sell it.

The actual box itself is interesting. Hot Toys usually puts a lot of production into the boxes themselves and from a distance this looks like a black Nike box but when you get up close and see it in direct light you can see the subtle design lines imitating what is obviously the torso area of War Machine himself. This is very reminiscent of the San Diego Comic Con exclusive Secret Project Iron Man Mark IV that they also released this past summer and will probably continue to be a trend in repainted editions such as this.

Once you get inside everything is laid out in a form fitted plastic wrapped package. There packagers made sure that everything has been carefully placed and securely wrapped to prevent any damage that should occur between manufacturing in China and delivery to customers hands.

The figure itself is pretty slick. The black plays off of the white very well and the small imperfections in the form of paint scratches really is a nice touch. I also enjoy the level of attention paid to the small details of the movie such as the inclusion of the “Ex Wife” missile that is housed in the left shoulder mount. I had a little trouble installing the forearm guns but aside from that the rest was a breeze.

 

The red LED lighting display is also a major change from the initial movie version release which had a white ARC reactor. I am a little disappointed in the luminance of the figure though. When compared to the white lights of a couple of previous Iron Man releases the red is just not as bright. Considering how often that we will leave the lights on this is not as big of a deal though.

War Machine’s height came off pretty nicely in this scaled translation. When I had received my Mark IV Iron Man my immediate thought was “this is too thin for a normal sized human”. The beefyness of this figure is in full display when compared to other figures that are essentially a man in form fitted cloth such as Spider-Man.

At the end of the day the figure is pretty slick but with an APR of $240 it is not a “must buy”. It is pretty bare bones in terms of accessories and I am a little upset that this did not include a Don Cheadle alternate head that the original had. With the number of original Movie Based figures from The Dark knight Rises, The Avengers, Green Lantern, and X-Men: First Class that we are expecting to see in 2012 I say save yourself a few bucks and hold off on this unless you can swing or NEED to collect every figure released from the iron Man/Avengers film line.

You can find this figure for sale now over at Sideshow Collectibles for a cool $240. Here is the official breakdown of the specs and goodies included:

Authentic and detailed fully realized likeness of War Machine from the Iron Man 2 film
Approximately 30 cm (12 inches) tall
Over 36 points of articulation
Movable parts on shoulder and waist
Two (2) pairs of interchangeable palms including:
One (1) pair with improved articulations, movable fingers and light-up repulsors (blue light, battery operated)
One (1) pair of fists
LED-lighted eyes and heart (red light, battery operated)
Articulated flaps at the back of armor on left and right legs
One (1) articulated shoulder-mounted gatling gun, rotatable and multidirectional
Two (2) shoulder-mounted cannons with Ex-wife Weapon on the left and cannons on the right
Two (2) machine guns with one behind left and one behind right forearm
Figure stand with War Machine (Special Version) nameplate and movie logo
Light-up figure stand (white light, battery operated)

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GTA III 10th Anniversary Claude Action Figure

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the legendary GTA III, Rockstar is teaming up with Sideshow Collectibles to put out a very limited Claude twelve 1:6th scale action figure. I saw this figure in person during last the New York Comic Con last weekend while I was at the Rockstar booth getting a special look at Max Payne 3 and I must admit that it is a pretty slick looking piece.

The box features a golden version of the game’s american release box art and the figure comes with a number of different hands to hold the various included weapons and also a secondary outfit in the form of the orange prisoner jumpsuit that he wore in the beginning of the game. I am familiar with Sideshow’s 1:6 figure via their Star Wars line and I assume that this means this figure will also have standard articulation points for various poses.

With the announcement of GTA V coming as well as the rerelease of this game for the iPad I can really see the fans jumping on this, which is what I do bee live to be the first toy based on this license.

Here is the official press release below and you can pre-order the figure here!

The limited-edition Claude action figure will be available November 2011.

10 years ago, this month, the revolutionary open-world epic Grand Theft Auto III was released to the world – a game that set players loose as a small-time criminal at the bottom of the food chain in Liberty City, a sprawling metropolis where anything can happen – and probably will. 

To commemorate the game’s 10th anniversary, Rockstar Games is proud to present this limited edition action figure of lead character Claude, an ex-con out for revenge in a city filled with mobsters, street gangs and cops on the take.

Found running the streets of Liberty City in Grand Theft Auto III, Claude rose from a small-time bank robber who is betrayed by his girlfriend to a big-time gangster ready to get revenge.

Produced in partnership with Sideshow Collectibles – Renowned toy manufacture revered by collectors around the world. This fully articulated 1:6 scale action figure of Claude comes dressed in his original attire of cargo pants and a bomber jacket, but he can also sport his iconic Liberty City Prison-issued jumpsuit (supplied).

Claude comes equipped with an arsenal of classic weapons from Grand Theft Auto III including a bat, knife, grenades, pistol, sniper rifle, and assault rifles.

Limited Edition – Only 1,500 pieces

Features:
12 inch body with nearly 30 points of articulation
Fabric Liberty City State prison outfit
Bomber jacket with real zippers
Canvas cargo pants
Two assault rifles
Sniper rifle
Grenades
Knife
Sub machine gun
Baseball bat
Pistol
One pair of fists
One right trigger hand
One left C grip hand

The Transformers: Season One – DVD Review

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A chilling and poignant commentary on the sociopolitical landscape of the time, Transformers presented issues and themes that still resonate with audiences today. Continue reading “The Transformers: Season One – DVD Review”

Be invincible just like Mario, with the invincibility star!

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Remember that cool Super Mario Bros. sound effects key-ring we told you about the other day. Well here’s something just as cool. It’s the Super Mario Bros Singing Glowing Star.

Now here’s the best part. Simply pat the back of it and it will play that iconic, and all so reassuring invincibility song from the Super Mario games. Oh how many times that cheery little star has saved me from those pesky Piranha plants.

But just as a side note, it doesn’t really give you powers of invincibility so don’t use it to confront dodgy folks loitering in alleys at night. Running into them with star in tow will probably have different repercussions than you might hope for.

Spotted at ThinkGeek.