Sunday, July 13, 2014

Play Toy Killer Bride aka The Bride in Kill Bill Vol 1

Kill Bill is an American action/thriller film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.Kill bill was originally scheduled for a single theatrical release but with a running time of over four hours, it was separated into 2 movies: Kill Bill Vol 1 and Kill Bill Vol 2.

Play Toy specialises in 12" female bodies and they have taken upon themselves to produce female heroes like Uma Thurman in Kill Bill (The Bride).
It is great that companies like Play Toy are doing this figure because it would be almost impossible for bigger companies like Hot Toys to take on such characters. As this is not a licensed figure, they are calling it Killer Bride.
This is a pretty cool as I get to buy the characters I like but not at a very high cost. I guess the downsize is that the sculptors would have to source their own research material.
Play Toy has also done their version of Chloe Moretz in Kick Ass 2 (Hit Girl) which they named as Purple Girl.

The packaging is simple and it has the same design scheme as their Purple Girl figure.
A shoe box style packaging that holds the figure and accessories decently.
Their packaging design does grow on you and I love the Yellow and Black colours.
We can definitely tell what they were going for!

Ok here comes the bad news.
In their Purple Girl figure, their sculpting was average at best.
For this figure, I really think the sculpting is off.
This is supposed to represent Uma Thurman but I just don't see the resemblance.
And she has an expressionless look. Hey she is going to take on the Crazy least she should look determined!
This time I was really fooled by the promo photographs.
Of course, this is not a licensed figure to the Kill Bill movie so the complaint is somehow not "valid".

The hair is rooted but it looks really bad.
It is so messy and the flow so unnatural.
I guess given to a good customiser it could be fixed.

Unlike Purple girl, the joints are pretty good and not that loose.
It stands well on its own.

Thank goodness the accessories are a plus point.
Even though limited but they look good.
I love the shoes.

We are given 2 suits. One clean version and the other covered with Crazy 88's blood.
There is also the Hattori Hanzo's sword and an extra pair of hands.

Killer Bride has the same nipple problem like Purple Girl.
However, the blooded suit covers it up.
Using the clean suit, you can see the nipples.

Overall, I got this figure because it came cheap.
I am disappointed with the sculpt but at least with the accessories you can tell its The Bride from the Kill Bill movie.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Sideshow Darth Vader Deluxe

Being a Star Wars and toys collector, I found it really strange that I did not have even one Darth Vader 12" figure. Sideshow and Medicom had produced many versions and strangely enough I have passed all of them.
However, with Sideshow's latest Darth offering, I finally gave in to this deluxe version.
I do not have the other version of Vader to compare to, hence I will just comment on this version on its own.

I like the packaging.
The figure is packaged in a box, just like how designer bags are packaged.
Now I know why my wife gets so excited when she open up her designer bag boxes.
The design on the front of the box is simple, showing the outline of Vader's head upon a black background.
The back of the box shows the picture of the figure.
In accordance with the character of the figure, the packaging is dark with black as the primary color.

When opening the box, you get a sleeve that shows the picture of an unmasked Vader.
There are two layers. The first layer houses the figure and the additional head.
The second layer is where you can find the base and the extra hands.

Sideshow has been producing countless Star Wars characters in 12" scale and they have done their best work on sculpting the different helmets worn by troopers, Boba Fett and of course Vader.
I guess is is easier as compared to sculpting human faces that requires other factors like the texture of the skin, the natural flow of the hair and the realism of the eyes.
That being said, the expectation to be perfect or near perfect for Vader's sculpt is even higher and I must say Sideshow have done a good job.

Like all Sideshow figures, I hate the body.
I found it difficult to make Vader stand on its own (even for simple poses)
He just keeps falling over.

For the deluxe version, we get an extra head sculpt.
The unmasked Vader.
As said before, the sculpting gets so much more complex when you are doing a human face.
This is where Sideshow falters slightly.
Even though the details and texture are good and enhanced by a good paint job, I still feel the the sculpting is off and could be improved.
For human faces, Sideshow is still not as good as Hot Toys or Enterbay.

As a deluxe version (of course you pay more), you get lots of accessories.
On top of the extra head, you get your standard extra hands so you can do different poses.
You also get an "On" lightsaber and an "Off" lightsaber which you can hook onto his belt.

I love the base.
It looks bad-ass and with the light up feature it looks really cool.

Another cool accessory is the mediation chamber stand for Vader's helmet and mask.
Oh yes you also get an extra Vader's helmet and mask just to display with the mediation chamber stand.
Basically you get an extra item to display.
On top of it, the stand has light up features too!

I have a love hate relationship with light up features.
I love it as it enhances the figure but I hate it because I would have to take the batteries out to prevent them from leaking in the long run rendering the light up feature useless...sigh, the dilemma.
Both stands have light up features.
The buttons on Vader's chest plate and belt also light up.
The batteries are stored at the back of Vader's belt.

Despite some flaws, overall this is a good Darth Vader figure to have if you never owned one.
The many accessories are a plus point.

I do find the unmasked head a little small for the body.


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