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Saturday, September 6, 2014

Once Upon a time in China Wong Fei Hung Kit Bash






















Wong Fei Hung was a Chinese martial artist, physician, acupuncturist and revolutionary who became a folk hero and the subject of numerous films and television series. He is considered an expert in the Hung Gar style of Chinese martial arts.

Ok...I must admit I am not a history buff or expert.
Why I like Wong Fei Hung was because of the series of Once Upon a Time movies written and directed by Tsui Hark and Wong Fei Hung played by Jet Li.

Once Upon a Time in China is largely credited with starting period martial arts craze of the early to mid 1990s. It is one of those movies I can watch over and over again. Once Upon a Time in China 2 was my favorite out of the whole series.

This is a kit-bash using a modified Enterbay's head of Jet Li for their Fearless figure. The modification was done in a shop where they repainted the skin for better realism.
The body is Enterbay's RM-5 which has the perfect fit for an Asian Kung-Fu Master.
The Chinese suit is your typical suit you can get in most 1/6 figure shop.

I am pleased with the overall figure.
Finally I have Master Wong Fei Hung in my collection!

























Kit-bashing Asian characters is tricky as you need to get a good body to properly portray an Asian body.
Using the normal body may make the figure too bulky and may not look realistic for an Asian character.

























The Master showing his stuff!















Master Wong Fei Hung showing off his Kung Fu stance
But wait....




Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Do you remember...part 2

In one of my earlier posts, I blogged about how my old friend gave me his old box of old toys which sparked my interest to try and re-collect some of the old toy lines.
This led me to rediscover other 80's toy lines which were part of my childhood but have been forgotten.
I am back with a few more so relax and take a walk down memory lane with me.

Dino Riders

Dino Riders was a new toy line that was created by Tyco in 1988 and had a cartoon television to promote the toy line.

Dino Riders is basically a battle between the good  Valorians and the evil Rulons on prehistoric Earth.
The Valorians was a super human race while the Rulons were a mixture of humanoid creatures. Once on earth, the Valorians befriended the dinosaurs while the Rulons brain-washed them.

For the toy line there were 4 series.
For the larger dinosaurs, they had motorized walking action and the head could sway sideways.
The design and details of the dinosaurs were so good that the Smithsonian Institution contacted Tyco to reproduce the dinosaurs for their "Dinosaur and other Prehistoric Reptile collection". Of course minus the Valorians and Rulons.















Like all 80's toys, the packaging was awesome!

















The Infaceables

The Infaceables was a 1984 toyline by Galoob in which the characters could change their faces to animal faces through the use of vacuum suction.

When you extend the upper portion of the body, air would inflate and deflate the rubber face to complete the transformation.I would love to see the transformation but just couldn't find any video on it.

The whole toy line was based on this action feature and after time kids got tired of it and the toy line died with it.



























Sectaurs

Sectaurs: Warriors of Symbion was a line of action figures released by Coleco in 1985.
On a planet, somewhere in space and time, called Symbion where a genetic experiment fails, insects and arachnids grow to frightening proportions and the inhabitants taking on the characteristics of the insects and arachnids.
The inhabitants "tele-bonded" with the insects / arachnids and shared each other's pleasure and pain.
Yup you guess it, the insects (Heroic Sectaurs of the Shining Realm) are the good guys battling the arachnids which are the bad guys (Evil Sectaurs of the Dark Domain).

In the toyline, the figure and the insect companions were packaged together. Some of the companions were large enough for the Sectaurs to ride and you could place your hand inside a glove  that made up the lower body of the insects to manipulate the legs and an action feature.


















The characters, even the good guys, look particularly creepy with their insect eyes...
Pity the other characters who bonded with the smaller insects.

















Captain Power

Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future was a science fiction television series, merging live action with animation based computer-generated images. The toy line was produced by Mattel and during each episode there was a segment that included visual and audio material which interacted with the toys.

I am not sure if Captain Power debuted in Singapore because I don't remember using the toy to interact with the show...and I am very sure I would have whined to do so....haha



























Mega Force

The Mega Force toy line was produced by Kenner in 1989. The line was based on two factions, Triax and V-Rocs fighting against each other. Think micro machine but military style. One major pro of this toy line is the huge rolling fortress and flying command centers which the smaller planes and tanks could fit into.

The smaller vehicles are made from metal and painted while the larger vehicles are made of plastic.













































One of the areas that attracted me to this toy line was the box art. At the back, they had the cross section of the vehicles. Today, I still get all excited when I see cross section pictures of military (fiction or real) vehicles.
When this toy line came up I was around 13 years ago, an age where interest in toys starts to decline, but I was so into cross sections of military vehicles ( I even started a sketch book of cross sections of tanks and big fortresses I created) that this toy line really caught my eye.

























Construx

Fisher-Price introduced Construx in 1983. Construx are unique building parts that snap together allowing children to build large and strong items than can be played with. Construx includes lots of action parts such as wheels, pulleys and hinges allowing children to build everything from movable bridges to realistic spaceships.


















The only thing I remembered about Construx Space Series was that the good guys (Star Force) had spaceships made from white beams and glow in the dark pieces while the Alien Series had black beams, glow in the dark pieces and purple tinted panels.
I remembered watching the advertisements and can still roughly remember the jingle..."Contrux...you build the Alien...you build the Star Force, (each sold separately), challenge the Alien...hurray the Star Force...they glow...Contrux!"
Damn! Everything you need to know about the toy line is on that one jingle.
See it for yourself.

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