Sunday, December 14, 2014

Hot Toys T-800 Battle Damaged

The Terminator is a 1984 American science fiction action film directed by James Cameron. Schwarzenegger plays the Terminator, a cyborg assassin sent back in time from the future to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor, played by Linda Hamilton, the mother of the future leader of the resistance, John Connor.
Biehn plays Kyle Reese, a soldier from the future sent back in time to protect Sarah.
The movie was not expected to be a commercial success but it did by topping the American box office for two weeks. It later spawned 4 more movies, Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator Salvation and the highly anticipated Terminator Genisys which will released next year.

I loved the first two movies from the Terminator franchise but it got kinda downhill after the 2nd movie.
Hot toys has produced quite a number of solid figures for the Terminator franchise and I have a few of them.

You can read my review for
1) MMS117 T-800 Terminator 2: Judgement Day
2) MM129 T-1000 Terminator 2: Judgement Day
3) MMS-93 T-600 Terminator Salvation.
As you already noticed, I do not have the original terminator that started it all, the T-800 from the first Terminator movie. I decided to pass the MMS136 T-800 but was later poisoned by Hot Toys' latest Terminator offering - the Battle Damaged T-800 from the Terminator movie. Who can resist battle damaged terminators!

I love the packaging.
The design and the color has an 80's vibe, the era when the movie was released.
The figure and its accessories are packed nicely in 2 plastic trays set on top of each other.

This is the battle damaged version so you do not get a clean sculpt of Arnold.
Instead you get two damaged head sculpts, one with the eye gorged out exposing the famous mechanic red eye and the other in a more serious stage of damage.
In the 80's, the special effects were not good as compared to today's standard so on screen you could see the heavy make up on Arnold to achieve the battle damage. I was wondering if Hot Toys should have gone with being authentic and sculpted it according to what was seen on screen.
Hot Toys instead went with the proper sculpting of Arnold while adding the battle damage.
I am split on this one. On one hand I would love the authenticity but I don't think it would turn out that nice.

The right arm is also battle damaged exposing the endoskeleton.
I was too lazy to remove the jacket to take photo of it.

There is a light up feature for this figure. The mechanic red eye lights up and is activated at the back of the head.
The button activates the red light but it does not off it.
The light will automatically off after 45 seconds.

One gripe I have is that the back of the head does not fit perfectly (at least for my figure).
You can clearly see the gap where the back connect with the rest of the head.

Accessories are pretty light on this figure.
You get 9 interchangeable gloved palms, a pair of sunglasses, shotgun, machine gun, revolver and pistol with scope.
The stand is pretty nice showing a piece of a road with used bullets spewed over it and a damaged piston most probably from the T-800. However if you have limited display real estate this would just take up too much space.

My terminator display is incomplete without the original T-800.
I am satisfied with the battle damaged version.
Overall a solid figure with good sculpting, painting and tailoring. Something you already expect from Hot Toys.

The figure looks best with his sunglasses on.
This is how I will display him.

With 1st head sculpt

With 2nd head sculpt

Light Up features

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Bandai Big Hero 6 Baymax Armor-Up

Big Hero 6 is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated superhero comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. 
Inspired by the Marvel Comics superhero team of the same name, the film tells the story of a young robotics prodigy named Hiro Hamada, who forms a superhero team to combat a masked villain.
Bandai is producing the toys for the movie, ranging from 4 inch figures which will feature all the 6 members plus the villain of the film to plush toys and a variety of role play and mask offerings.
Baymax is clearly the main character in the movie and he boasts 4 different one-off figures.
There is the 10 inch projection/SFX Baymax, the 10 inch posed version with limited articulation, a deluxe flying version that comes with a 4.5 inch Hiro Hamada toy and an Armor Up Baymax.
I decided to get my hands on the Armor Up version basically because I could get two figures in one, the 6 inch white nursebot form and the armored up Baymax.

I like the packaging. It is meant to attract kids.
It's big, full of graphics and firm and you can see all the contents nicely laid in front of you.
The figure and armor parts are placed securely in a plastic tray.

There are 20 pieces of armor which are used to armor up Baymax.
It is easy to put the pieces on and was pretty fun to do so.
My only gripe is that they could have gone with a more metallic paint.

In the movie, Baymax in his white nursebot form is pear shaped.
However when he is armored up, his shape is totally opposite with broader shoulders and a smaller hip.
So how do you do a toy, where the body shape is different before and after putting the armor on?
Bandai came up with a simple yet ingenious solution.
By turning around the front and back of the figure and extending the shoulders, you basically get two different shapes!

White nursebot form

Ready to armor up!

I kinda like the sculpting of Baymax in its nursebot form.
Because of the armor up features, it can't be perfectly movie accurate but I think it works here.
Anyway I feel that most will display him in its armored up form.

Ok..lets armor him up.
First the leg armor. That will add around 2 inches in height.

Next will be the tight armor...

Body armor next...

Arm armor going up next...

Up with the shoulder armor...

The armor gloves...

His wings...

And finally his helmet.
Baymax in full body armor and ready for the fight!

Overall a fun toy to have.
I have always liked such 3D computer-animated movies and I am glad that I have a figure that represents the movie.
Even though it is a toy made for kids to play with, I think it displays well too.
In Singapore, the price point is a bit on the high side, so I recommend getting it on Amazon with free global shipping.


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